Year 2 Class - 2L - Autumn - 2018 - 2019

Welcome to Class 2L!   

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Our class teacher is Miss Little.
Our Teaching Assistant is Miss Walters. 

 

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 Important information:

  • P.E. is on Thursdays and Dance is on Wednesday. P.E kits should remain in school all week. 
  • Homework is given out on a Monday and is due in on a Friday. Dojo points are awarded for the return of completed homework.  
  • Children will be tested on their spellings and times tables every Friday.  
  • Please read with your child every night. Class 2L earn points and rewards for their reading efforts at home. Reading records should be signed by an adult to earn these points!  
  • Please bring your reading book to school every day.  
  • Music is on Monday and Mandarin is on Wednesday.
 
 
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Please practise reading and spelling the words below with your child.
 
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The children have been taking part in mindfulness sessions with our school councillor Eddie. The children have been looking at dealing with difficult situations by controlling their thoughts and breathing. They have also been working on staying focussed and being mindful.
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Today the children enjoyed a wonderful performance of Alice in Wonderland. They met the Mad Hatter, the Queen of Hearts and the Chesire Cat. They sang songs and helped Alice play croquet with the queen and escape the Queen's wrath during the trial. Thank you to the amazing company who came in to perform.
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The children have had lots of fun on our festive fun day! They have met Santa and got a lovely present from him, read stories with the elves, bought gifts for their families, had a disco with a Christmas Tree, watched a film with lots of treats, had a 'dance off' in class and have done lots of colouring!
 
 
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The children had a great time together on our class trip. They did lots of different things including science experiments such as making rockets, making bubbles float and volcanoes explode, created baubles, made bath bombs and even made slime! 
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The children are learning to divide! They are using their dienes (ones) and counters and the method, grouping, to help them divide/share a total number into equal groups.
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The children are learning about living things and their habitats. During our first lesson the children worked together to determine what is alive, dead and what has never been alive. Using their knowledge of the different characteristics of living things, such as they breathe, reproduce and respond to stimuli, they recognised which animals, plants or objects were alive, dead or never been alive.
The children have also been describing different habitats using adjectives and identifying animals that live in said habitats. The children worked together to recognise and/or describe the suitability of the habitats for their chosen living things and how living things (particularly animals) adapt to live there. 
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The children have been using lots of different methods to complete multiplication questions.
They have been using their dienes and counters to create equal groups to help them work out how many they have altogether.
 
Parents- can you help your child to practise their 2, 5 and 10 times tables?
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The children have been working together to learn how to write their numbers in Mandarin!
 
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In class we looked closely at the school's mission statement. Using the theme of anti-bullying week, (respect), we talked about how we should and could show respect to others to emulate the golden rule of 'treating others as you wish to be treated.' We also discussed how we are all special and unique and how we should celebrate this.
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In History the children are studying The Great Fire of London. The children have worked together to investigate different artefacts, noting their ideas of its purpose and who may have used it. The children used their deduction skills to determine the age of the items.
 
Parents-Can you help your child research 5 facts about the great fire or create a picture/painting of the fire?
When learning about eyewitness accounts the students took on the role of Samuel Pepys and shared their perspective of the Great Fire of London. The class asked Samuel lots of different questions about the fire including how, where and when it started and how many people died. 
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This week is anti-bullying week and this year's theme is 'choose respect'.
The children and staff wore odd socks to show that we are all special and unique and to remind children to celebrate these differences.
The children dedicated today's collective worship session to thinking about how we treat others. They discussed our Golden Rule: 'treating others as you wish to be treated' and talked about how they can emulate this to prevent bullying. We talked about allowing people to join in games, sharing, using kind words and kind hands/feet and supporting each other. The children dedicated their prayers to asking God to support them and remind them to be upstanders and to follow our Golden Rule.
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For Remembrance Day the children wrote Acrostic Poems and held a minute silence to show their respect and gratitude for those who died. Have a look at some of their poems, below. 
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This week is Other Faiths week. Year 2 have been learning about Judaism. Jeremey came to visit us and told us all about a Jewish Shabbat (Sabbath). He told us what we would need to do and prepare for this holy day and how the special items used and gathered symbolise different things.  Thank you, Jeremy!
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This week is Unplugged week and the children have been looking more closely at coding. The children learned how to code instructions using appropriate language and selected appropriate symbols to match this. They also worked together to recognise where they had gone wrong and debugged their programming to allow Flurb to reach the fruit. The children have learned lots of new language this week and have done really well to use it. Well done!
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The children have been working together to identify the offspring of different animals. The children have planned a test to determine whether we get faster as we get older. They have decided they are going to complete 5 races between children of different ages to see who is faster. Some of the children have predicted it will be the older students who will be faster because they have longer legs and are older so have had more practice. Stay tuned to see the results!
We completed our test/experiment and we discovered that younger children are faster than older children, most of the time, but to make it a fair test we would have to do more tests to make sure this was true!
The children have also been discussing healthy eating and healthy living. They completed numerous activities to observe the effects of exercise on the heart. The children worked together to monitor the change in their heart beat and discussed which exercise had the biggest effect.
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This half term the children are learning how to say and write the numbers in Mandarin. The children are enjoying singing the Mandarin number song!
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The children have also been looking at and talking about the signs and symbols used during Baptism. They have visited the Church and spoke with Father Dominic who explained what each of the symbols mean.  The children took part in a role play, reanacting a Baptism to understand the purpose of each of the symbols. The children learned what order the symbols are used in, with Father Dominic encouraging them to think and talk about why they occur in this order. The children had lots of fun! Thank you, Father Dominic!
 
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Class 2L have been using Talk For Writing to retell the story of 'The Tear Thief'. The children have been using their own actions to perform the story. Soon, the children will be using the story to help them write their own stories based on a familiar setting.
 
The children have started to write their own stories using The Tear Thief story to help them. The children have changed the characters and settings to make the story their own and have used lots of expanded noun phrases to describe them.
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The children have started learning actions for instructions on 'How to Trap a Dragon'. The children are using this list of instructions to learn about imperative verbs and adverbs and how to use commas in a list. The children are really enjoying the actions for these instructions!
 
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In Maths the children have been learning about place value. They have been using their dienes (tens and ones) to represent different numbers. 
 
The children have been using their place value knowledge to add 2 digit numbers! The children used their tens and ones columns and their dienes (ten strips and ones) to calculate how many cakes Ruby and Ted had altogether.
The children have been learning how to subtract different amounts of tens from 2 digit numbers. They have been working together using their dienes (tens and ones) to complete the questions.
 
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In Music the children have been learning and performing the song 'London's Burning' which links to this term's history topic!
 The children have been learning to sing the song in canon.
The children have been learning to sing 'London's Burning' in a round and can even do it in 3 parts! The children have also started to use percussion instruments called Glockenspiels to begin playing the tune.
Class 2L had the pleasure of watching Class 5E perform the song "In the Jungle" including amazing vocals, percussion and conducting. Well done Class 5E, we really enjoyed your performance!
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 Our Geography topic this term is maps. The children have been looking at different types of maps and have been using directional language to describe a route.
 
The children explored and navigated the school grounds to identify key landmarks. The children did observational drawings and planned the route. They will be using their findings to create their own map of the school, soon!
The children have been making their own maps in 3D! They have talked about the positioning of their human features, such as homes and shops, using directional language (such as North, South, East and West) and explained why they have placed them there.
 
"I love Geography because we get to make 3D maps!"
"I liked looking at pictures from an aerial view."
"I liked making my own key."
"I liked adding my own things to my map."
"I liked working with my friends."
 
 
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Meet Jackson the Digi Dog!
 
 Jackson is Class 2L's online safety hound. The children work with Jackson to help them understand how to stay safe online and how to build a better internet!
 
Jackson will be going on lots of different adventures with the children in our class so keep an eye out on our page for more pictures and stories.
Digi dog has been on several adventures already and has played on ipads, nintendos and xboxes, learning how to stay safe while doing so.
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Well done to the children in class 2L for reading lots at home! They have now reached the moon on our reading chart in class and have been awarded with special certificates and extra Dojos for their efforts and enthusiasm for reading.
During guided read the children enjoy asking each other questions and working together to identify and define interesting words. 
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The children have been working hard in dance particularly on their timing and rhythm. 
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In R.E the children have been talking about signs and symbols. They have identified signs they see on thier way to school and in school and have talked about what they mean.
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In Mandarin the children have been practicing their greetings, focusing on thier pronunciation.
 
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The children have been exploring the theme of 'responsibility' during Collective Worship and have been discussing the responsibilities they have in our community.