Year 2

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Class 2 Ahlberg are taught by Miss Whiting and supported by Miss Louisa.  This homepage is updated every Friday and will give details of what the children have been learning about that week, upcoming events and homework.

Class Updates

Friday 17th February

In English, we have been adding the –ful and –less suffixes to root words. We used these adjectives to describe Cinderella. After this, we were using apostrophes for possession such as, The Fairy Godmother’s golden, sparkly and remarkable wand had glitter all over it. As well as this, we looked at changing the present tense into the past tense. To finish the week, we wrote a diary entry using all of the exciting things we have learnt this week. The class wrote the diary entry as Cinderella explaining what happened when she met her Fairy Godmother.

In Maths, we have been adding pounds and pence in order to find the total in written calculations and word problems. Following this, we have been finding the change when paying for something in written calculations and words problems. As well as this, we have been solving problems involving money by finding the difference between two amounts. Towards the end of the week, we started to work on our multiplication skills. We started the week by answering questions involving repeated addition for example, 2 + 2 + 2 = 6 is the same as 3 x 2 = 6. Following this, we answered multiplication sums using objects to help us. We had to write the multiplication word sentence ‘There are 2 equal groups with 4 in each group,’ as well as the multiplication number sentence ‘2 x 4 = 8’.

In Humanites, we recapped our knowledge of where the seven continents are on a world map. Following this, we talked about the weather and climate in Kenya and thought about what we would pack to go on a Kenyan safari and why.

In R.E, we have been identifying the sentence in The Lord’s Prayer ‘Give us today our daily bread’ and understanding trust in the prayer. We also discussed the difference between what we need to live and what we want.

We are in full swing assembly rehearsals. Thank you so much for all the hard work you are putting in at home. It would be great if you could continue with this over the weekend.

Thanks so much.

Have a lovely weekend.

Miss Whiting

Friday 10th January

Happy New Year! I want to say another massive thank you for all my lovely cards, gifts and voucher. It’s so lovely of you!

It was lovely to see the children on Monday and find out what they got up to over the Christmas holiday – the places that they visited, the people they saw and the presents that they received. They wrote some very detailed recounts of their two-week holidays using the past tense, time connectives, conjunctions and the correct punctuation.

This week, we have started rehearsing some songs and dances for our class assembly. I have given the children a copy of the three songs today and have sent a PDF via the whatsapp group (I thought that would be useful). I also sent through the backing tracks that the children can sing along to whilst practising. It would be fantastic if they could start learning these songs over the weekend which would really help them when we’re rehearsing the dances next week. I’ll be sending a script home for them next week and some more exciting songs. It’s going to be a singing, dancing and acting extravaganza.

We are having a focus on handwriting this half-term so we have been practising how to form our letters correctly. We have been thinking carefully about whether letters are tall (ascenders), small or tail (descenders) and writing these accurately on the line. We have also talked about how it is important to sit up straight with our feet firmly on the floor, make sure there is a fist-sized gap between the table and our stomach and hold the paper in place with our free hand before we start writing.

In English, we have started a new topic on the classic fairy tale, ‘Cinderella’. We read the story in sections, pausing in places to predict what might happen next and to discuss the characters’ feelings. Next week, we will read an alternative version of the fairy tale.

In Maths, we have been adding pence and pounds, taking care to add the pence and pounds separately, as well as using coins to find different ways to make given amounts. For example, I could make 48p using two 20 pence pieces, one 5 pence piece and three 1 pence pieces. We then moved on to solving word problems involving paying and giving change in pence and pounds.

We have started our new Humanities topic, ‘Let’s Go on Safari to Kenya’. The children have identified the seven continents of the world as well as the seas and oceans. All the children can locate the continent of Africa on a map and find the country Kenya. Some children can also name Kenya’s capital city.

In R.E. we have started to look at ‘The Lords Prayer’. From this, we discussed the meaning of the phrase “Our Father In Heaven, Hallowed by Your name.”

We have started our new Science topic, ‘Exploring Everyday Materials’. This week we have been identifying a variety of materials and sorting them according into different groups.

Have a great weekend.

Miss Whiting

Friday 20th December

I can’t believe it’s the end of the first term already! Where has the time gone! What a brilliant term it has been. I have loved every single minute. Your children are amazing and make me smile each day.

Just to let you know that there is no homework over the Christmas period.

We’ve had a lovely final day today. The church service was wonderful. We got our creative heads on and painted a beautiful picture of a Christmas forest and a snow man. In the afternoon the children sewed together their very own Christmas decoration at the same time as having a leaving party with some nibbles for C. The class thoroughly enjoyed giving her a thoughtful card that they had made her.

I want to say a massive thank you for all of my amazing cards, gifts and my extremely generous gift voucher. I really appreciate it and am thankful for all of you dedication and on-going support.

I hope you all have a wonderful Christmas and a very happy new year!

Miss Whiting

Friday 13th December

We’ve had such an amazing week in Year 2. On Tuesday, the class enjoyed their delicious Christmas dinner. They all loved singing songs and pulling crackers. We will be continuing the festive activities next week with our extremely exciting Christmas party.
I’m sure you will agree with me that the class were all super stars in their Nativity ‘Lights, Camel, Action’. The strength and energy in their dancing blew me away, the projection in their voices was fantastic and their singing was beautiful. I hope you enjoyed every moment as much as I did. It was so lovely to see lots of smiling faces in the audience along with the huge cheers you gave the children. Thanks so much for being so supportive. I know it made the children feel extremely special.

We finished the week with a very exciting DT Day where the children created their very own Nativity scenes. The class were so creative and enthusiastic about this. Thank you so much for everything you sent in for this. You’re all amazing! We following this up in R.E by discussing the story of the Nativity.

In English, we’ve been finishing off our work on how to use onomatopoeic words. The class loved writing their own poem using these words. They based each section on something from school for example, the sounds they heard in the Nativity or the classroom or even at Christmas lunch.

In Maths, the class worked in partners where one person became the teacher and the other the pupil in order to practise their skills of making particular amounts of money. Firstly, the teacher showed the pupil a certain amount of coins and the pupil had to calculate how much money the teacher had using the £ and p sign. The coins used were £2, £1, 50p, 20p, 10p, 5p, 2p and 1p. The teacher then had to check that the pupil calculated the correct amount of money. Finally, they both had to write the amount on their whiteboard and reveal their answers to each other.

In Science, we have been looking at how exercise keeps us fit and healthy. We had a fantastic discussion about what everyone’s favourite way to exercise is. We also discussed how exercise increasing our heart rate and pumps blood around our body quicker.
In Humanities, we looked at Samuel Pepys diary and rewrote our own versions of this using our five senses.

I hope you all have a lovely weekend! Looking forward to seeing you all next week in the festive spirit!

Miss Whiting

Friday 6th December

What a fantastic week it has been. The children are all very exciting for Christmas. They thoroughly enjoyed making their Christmas cards ready for our school fare last Saturday. It was so lovely to see lots of you there.

It has been a full week of nativity rehearsals, which is shaping up nicely. If we could have one final push this weekend with line learning and songs, that would be fantastic. Also, if there is anyone that hasn’t brought in their outfit yet please can they be brought in on Monday morning as we are going a dress rehearsal.

In Maths, we had been looking at the commutative law in addition as well as doubling and halving number. Year 2 are getting extremely good at this! We’ve also started to learn about the value of pound and pence.

In English, we have been learning about how to use onomatopoeic words. The class really enjoyed this and are looking forward to writing their own poem using onomatopoeic words next week. We have also been editing our work and evaluating how we could make it even better.

In Science, we have been finding out how to eat a healthy, balanced diet. We talked about how we have to eat some foods more than others to keep healthy.

In RE, we looked at Christingles and thought about what each part could represent. We then drew and labelled one which we will be making before the end of term. We ended the lesson by reflecting on what we might want to add to our Christingle and why. We thought about adding a heart to represent the love of God or a crucifix to remind us that Jesus died for us.

A couple of things to note regarding DT day next Thursday. In preparation, the children can plan their small Nativity set as part of their homework. The children need to think about what resources they could find at home and at school which they could use to create a Nativity scene (in one day). The children may do a labelled drawing of their plan on the paper given to them. Find sheet attached along with the homework to the website. In addition, if you have any shoeboxes lying around at home please may you send them in with the children on Monday. Thank you to those parents who have already done so.

I hope everyone has a fantastic weekend and I look forward to seeing you all next week.

Thanks so much,

Miss Whiting


Please find attached this weeks homework:

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