Year 2 Blog

Welcome to our Year 2 blog.
Scroll down to find out in more detail the things we have been learning and see some photos past and present.
Friday 6th September 2019
The children have had a great time settling into their new classes and learning all about their new routines; and the rules and expectations for behaviour and learning at Shirley School.
Summer Holidays Recount
First we had to warm up our hands and fingers after the long summer break with some exercises! We then discussed with each other a highlight from our Summer holidays before planning what we wanted to write about. After writing our recounts we edited part of our work, thinking about how we could improve our handwriting, punctuation and use of vocabulary.
Class Charter
We learnt that it is important to create a set of rules that we were all happy with and agree to follow them in order to make our class a safe, happy place to be where we can do our best learning.
Rewards and Consequences
As part of our behaviour policy at Shirley school we have lots of rewards and consequences that the children will receive depending on whether they make positive or negative behaviour choices. We spent lots of time thinking about what we could do to earn things like merits, table points and class points. We also made sure we were very clear about when we would receive warnings, 5 minutes and quiet rooms.
Sunflower display
Over the Summer, the sunflowers planted at the end of last year have become huge! We spent some time exploring the sunflowers, counting the seeds and feeling the texture on the leaves, before creating our own artwork using collage or paint. 
In Year 2 indoor P.E. takes place on Mondays, whilst outdoor P.E. takes place on Thursdays. The first homework will go out next Friday so please ensure your child brings in their book bag next week. Replacement book bags can be ordered from the office. 
We hope your child has enjoyed their first few days in their new class and we can't wait to see you all again on Monday!
Year 2 team
Friday 13th September 2019
On Monday afternoon Shirley school was lucky enough to host a travelling theatre company's production of Treasure Island! The children had a great time and we are so grateful to M&M Productions for putting on such an amazing show for our pupils!
We have been refreshing our Year 1 knowledge and looking at place value this week.
We have begun to explore our first English text, ‘Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs’, which will inspire our narrative unit this half term. 
This week we had the entry point for our new topic, We Are What We Eat. We made portraits of faces full of fruits and vegetables by using collage. Our work was inspired by Italian artist Giuseppe Arcimboldo. We also designed plates filled with our favourite foods.
We have started to look at Jesus as part of our topic on Christianity.
Friday 20th September 2019
In Maths today we used all of our knowledge of partitioning numbers to generate two and three digit numbers. We used practical resources such as Dienes equipment, number beads, hundred squares, number lines, place value grids and digit cards to help us!
Friday 27th September 2019
We are currently working on writing some stories based on the text 'Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs' by Judi Barratt. This week the children have had a great time selecting their own favourite foods to rain down on a village. We then labelled these pictures with nouns, adjectives and verbs which will support our writing next week.
Monday 30th September
Year 2 went on our farm trip today as part of our 'We Are What We Eat' topic. We got to visit an apple orchard, picked some apples and made some yummy fresh apple juice. We also saw tractors, toured the grounds and met some lovely animals. 
As well as allowing us to see some healthy food being freshly made and learning about where food comes from, this trip also inspired some of our English work, helping us to write recounts and thank-you letters.
Monday 14th October 2019
You may have heard about The Daily Mile before. It's an initiative rolled out across schools to try and get children to be more active and healthy in their daily lives. At Shirley we began this last year and have had some extremely enthusiastic results from children so far. It's a great way to get some extra circulation pumping around our bodies, which helps with our learning as well.
In Year 2 we do the Daily Mile (weather permitting!) every day that we don't have a P.E. lesson.
Each time we run, the class teachers keep a tally and we add the distances of all the pupils in our class together to see how far we can run. Each class has a target destination that we are aiming to try and reach cumulatively! 2AO's target destination is Tokyo, Japan; whilst 2EB's is Washington D.C., USA!
We will update you on our progress later on in the term!