Welcome to Year 2
Our teacher is Ms Forbes.
We are helped by Mrs Ashwin and Mrs Savage.
This half term's theme is 'Castles'.
Last week Year 2 began to look at the earliest 'Motte and Bailey' castles, built by the Normans. We drew and labelled pictures and and explored a castle's main features. This week we have been exploring the purpose of some of the features in more detail, thinking about why they were important and how they could help to defend the people who lived there.
Unfortunately, this year, due to current restrictions, it won't be possible for us to go on our usual trip to Hoghton Tower, to explore a real castle. Therefore, if you have chance over the next few weeks, it would be great to hear about any visits that you have made to a castle yourselves. Some ideas of where you might like to visit include; Lancaster Castle, Wray Castle, Sizergh Castle, Lowther Castle but any castle is fine. We would also love to see some pictures of where you have been, so please e-mail any photographs that you have taken while you were there and we will have a look at them in class and add them to this web page.
As part of our castle theme, we will be looking at traditional tales in English and exploring the story of Jack and the Beanstalk. The children will then be planning and producing their own alternative versions of the story.
Finally, I would just like to say how well the children are coping with all of the new rules and routines that we now have in school. There have been quite a few changes, both in the classroom and during playtime, and all of the children are trying so hard to make sure they are doing as they should. It can still be tricky to remember all of the rules but we are constantly reinforcing social bubbles, hand washing, not playing close contact games and only sharing when it is safe to do so, and it is beginning to become our new 'normal'. I would also like to say thank you for understanding how tricky it can be for me to speak to you at the beginning and end of the school day and that, although I'm not as available in person, I am happy to be contacted via e-mail or telephone.
Thank you for your continued support.
Reading Book Update
All children should now have been issued with a reading book. For many children this will be on the band that they were working on before 'lock down' but some of you may find that your child has been given a book from a previous book band if it is felt that they need a bit of a recap after such a long time out of school.
We have been working very hard to assess the children as quickly as possible but as I am sure you will understand this is very much an ongoing process which will take place over the next few weeks, in order to assess comprehension as well as word reading. During this time, your child may move up a band, or two, depending on the progress they have made.
If you would like to make a comment in your child's reading record to update me on how they have been getting on at home that would be lovely.
We will do our best to change books and listen to your child read as often as possible but due to the current climate we now have to quarantine books for 72 hours, so it may not be possible to do this as often as we would have previously. With this in mind, we would encourage you to listen to your child read every day and share books whenever possible. I have provided each child with a book mark with question prompts to help you support your child whilst having discussions about books.
Hello and welcome to Year 2! It is so lovely to be back after such a long time out of routine and the children have settled in really well - I am incredibly proud of them all!!
I hope that you have all had a lovely time over the summer and are ready to start the year. As there are lots of new challenges and exciting approaches to learning in Year 2, I have put together a little bit of information to give you an idea about what you and your child can expect this year, and provide you with a few other pieces of information that I thought you might find useful. I am very much looking forward to getting to know you all and working together so that we have a very exciting and productive year. If you have any questions or queries please do not hesitate to contact me, either by e-mail or by filling in the contact form below. Many thanks, Miss Forbes.
In order to continue to make good progress, it is very important that you listen to your child read each day. If you are short on time, just a few pages is enough, with a focus on quality rather than quantity. At school we will attempt to hear each child read two or three times a week, so please ensure that your child has their reading book in their book bag every day. The children will also be given lots of opportunities to read and enjoy books at other times.
Your child will be bringing home spellings to learn each week; using the Look, Cover, Write, Check format. They will be tested every Friday and new spellings sent home that day.
Some homework will be sent home in addition to spelling and reading to help reinforce the learning objectives taught in class.
It is important that your child learns to form their letters correctly to gain a flow with their writing. If you would like some handwriting sheets to work on at home please ask. We also have sheets to help form numbers correctly.
Spring Term 2020
After a very busy first half term, learning all about Africa, we have come back refreshed and ready to start some new topics. Our Topic for this half term is People Who Care For Us, focusing in on the life of Florence Nightingale and how she nursed the soldiers during the Crimean War. We compare her story with that of Mary Seacole thinking about how their experiences were so different and why.
We recently held a parents' information evening as preparation for SATs 2020, if you were unable to make it, please see the PPT added to give you some updated information about how the assessments work and what you can do at home to help.
Class Assembly on The Great Fire of London.
Wow, what a great class assembly!
Year 2 were fantastic in this morning's class assembly, entertaining us all with super singing, fantastic dancing, wonderful recorder playing and amazing acting. They retold events of The Great Fire in 1666 with confidence, demonstrating everything they have learnt over the half term.
Today we became nature scientists, looking for microhabitats in our nature area. We explored the area and used magnifying glasses to observe the living things that we found and where they lived. We used identification cards to name the plants and animals and used this information to draw conclusions about what lives where and why.
We have been very busy little elves this morning, running around our school running track to raise as much money as we can for St John's Hospice. It was hard work but a lot of fun!
What a wonderful day we had at Hoghton Tower today!
The day began with a grand tour of the house, where we saw the rooms that King James I stayed in, and where Prince Philip slept during his visit in the 1980's. They were very grand! Some of the children then became 'smelly peasants' and had to pay 5 shillings to touch the Queen's hand so that they might be healed of their diseases! We then spent some time in the great hall where we were knighted by the queen, in recognition of our achievements. After lunch, we walked through the underground passageway, all the way to the dungeons, which were very cold and damp.
The children behaved fantastically well and asked and answered some great questions. We had a lovely day!
Today we received a visit from Morecambe Fire Service. They talked to us about fire safety and how we can keep ourselves safe. We thought about making a fire plan and acted out what we should do in the event of a fire.
Materials and their Properties
Today we have been looking at materials and their properties; exploring how the shapes of solid objects made from some materials can be changed by stretching, squashing, bending and twisting.