Ahlberg

Year 2

Welcome to Class 2 Ahlberg’s Homepage.

 

Class Updates

Friday 18th September

What a fantastic full week back we have had. There’s lots of happy, smiley children who have really enjoyed their week at school. Thank you to all who have sent in their photos. Very much appreciated. If you have not done so, please can you send them this weekend. Thanks so much.

In regards to homework, the spelling and arithmetic homework will always be put on our class web page. The children must complete the spelling section in the front of their book and the math section in the back of their book. Mathletics activities will be set weekly. Your child’s mathletics password will be stuck in their homework book. Every other week there will be a comprehension exercise, which must be completed in the front of the homework book. Please ensure that you child is continuing to learn our class poem and practising their reading.

In English, we have started our brand new book ‘Meerkat Mail’ by Emily Gravett. We have discussed all of the wonderful places that the central character Sunny has visited on different days of the week. For each place that he visited, Sunny sent a postcard home to his parents. Year 2 thoroughly enjoyed reading these heart-felt postcards. We have also been thinking about when to use our capital letters (the start of a sentence, I, a name, a place, days of the week and months of the year) and answering retrieval and inference questions based on the book.

In Maths, we worked in partners using tens and ones dienes to make 2-digit numbers. We then partitioned our 2-digit numbers in two different ways using a place value column, the part whole model and calculation sums for example: 64 = 60 + 4 OR 10 + 54 = 64. We have also been using ‘greater than’ and ‘less than’ symbols to compare objects. We finished the week by comparing pairs of numbers using ‘greater than’ and ‘less than’ symbols. In our Maths starters, we have been revising the commutative law and inversing. Next week, we will be ordering numbers and counting in twos, fives threes and tens.

In Science, we have been learning about how animals, including human, have offspring that grow into adults. We looked at pictures of baby animals and their adult such as a foal and horse and fawn and dear and discussed how they have changed.

In Humanities, we have been locating London on a map and describing its location. We are starting to learn all about London. We discussed what London is, where it is on a world map, that London is in the world and within the UK, that it’s a capital city and that the UK has three other capital cities. In pairs, we looked at the UK Map, World Map and had Picture Cards. Using all of the information provided, the class answered questions such as:-

  1. Which country is London in?
  2. What continent is London in?
  3. What are the other capital cities in the UK?

In R.E, we have been discussing the importance of family in Hinduism.

In Art, Year 2 have been studying the artist Roy Lichtenstein.

Have a lovely weekend,

Miss Whiting

Friday 11th September

The children have a done a brilliant job at settling into Year 2 this week. It has been absolutely lovely spending time getting to know them all a lot better. What a great class! I foresee great things!

The children have written detailed replies to my letter introducing myself, telling me all about what they did during the holiday, where they live and what they like doing.

We have talked about the importance of rules in our lives and have made our own set of rules for our class. The children have all signed the ‘Class Contract’(!) as a promise to try to follow them at all times.

In Maths, we have been practising ordering one and two-digit numbers and have also been writing numbers as numerals and in words. The children have been showing me how good they are at finding one more and one less of given numbers. They did this so well we even started looking at  finding ten more and ten less of two-digit numbers.

We talked about our class poet, Allan Ahlberg. We have read his poem entitled ‘Peepo’ and wrote their own poem in the style of Ahlberg, filled with interesting adjectives. This poem is our first Allan Ahlberg poem of the term to learn at home.

P.E. lessons and Gymnastics will commence next week so please make sure that your child comes in in their PE kit on Monday and Thursday. At pick up time, the children who have siblings in Years 4, 5 or 6 only will go through to the big playground to be collected with their sibling. Please note the homework attached to our class page. In Year 2 the children will also be doing comprehension every other week starting from next week.

Have a great weekend.

Miss Whiting

 

 

Monday 7th September

Dear Parents and Carers,

Welcome to Year 2!

I hope you all had a super summer holiday and are feeling refreshed and ready for the new school year.

 

Drop Off and Collection

In the mornings, Year Two children are to arrive between 8.45am and 8.55am. We ask that parents and carers say goodbye to their children at the school gate where Miss Hall will be waiting to welcome them. I will then direct them to their classroom, up the stairs in the small playground where they will be welcomed by Mrs Hayes and Mrs Walsh. In their new classroom they will then take part in a ‘soft start’. The ‘soft start’ is a chance for the children to quietly do an activity at their table whilst we wait for the whole class to arrive before starting the day. At the end of the day, Year Two children will be dismissed from the small blue door to the right of the main entrance at 3.30pm.

 

Reading Books

Your child will be given two new reading books every Monday which they will keep until Friday. They are being given two books because there will not be an opportunity to swap these books during the week. The books need to be brought back to school on the Friday and put into the reading book box, which the children will find inside the classroom. Please make sure that you sign the reading diaries when the books need to be changed. Books will not be changed if your child’s reading diary is not signed.

 

Homework

English homework (spellings, sentences and comprehension tasks) are to be completed in the front of the green homework book. Arithmetic homework is to be completed at the back of the same green homework book and children will also be set online Mathletics activities. Your child’s Mathletics login card and J2E login card will be attached to the back of their homework book. Their logins remain the same. All homework will be set on a Friday and needs to be completed and handed in by the following Tuesday, they are welcome to hand it in on Monday if they would like. Please note, English, Arithmetic and Mathletics homework will begin on Friday 11th September. This Friday a poem by our class poet will be uploaded onto the website for children to learn in addition to the homework set.

Gymnastics and P.E.

Children will need to come into school wearing their P.E. kit on Mondays and Thursdays starting from this Thursday. The children will have their Gymnastics session on Thursdays and their P.E. session on Mondays. If children have clubhouse, which they need to be in PE kit for, please make sure they bring a bag of their kit in with them in the morning. May I please remind parents that earrings must be taken out before school on the days that your child has sports lessons.

 

Water Bottles

The children are encouraged to bring in a water bottle each day.

 

Our first Science topic is all about the growth and survival of animals including humans. The children will be thinking about how they have changed since they were babies and it would be lovely if we could have some photos to illustrate their work. Please email these through to your class teacher by the beginning of next week. I am really looking forward to getting to know the children and yourselves over the next couple of weeks. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask me.

 

Thank you for your support,

 

Miss Whiting

l.whiting@ststephensce.lbhf.sch.uk

 

Homework

Please find attached this week’s homework:

Week two

Red Words

Here is our Autumn 1 poem:

Peepo