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!
Monday 28th October
This week, we launched our new topic 'People of the Past'. We dressed up as famous historical figures and shared facts we had learned about them. We enjoyed an exciting day which included designing and making our own time machines and taking part in a fashion show to show off our costumes!
We have enjoyed looking at artefacts from the Polar Museum and have begun to learn about the famous explorer Captain Robert Falcon.
We have also been having fun with our new interactive Maths display and have begun weekly 'shared reading' sessions with children in year 1.
 Monday 4th November 
In History we have been learning about the famous explorer Captain Robert Falcon Scott. We imagined what it would be like to be Captain Scott and wrote a diary entry detailing our thoughts and feelings returning from the South Pole. We also learnt that Captain Scott and his team were beaten by the Norwegian team in the race to get to the South Pole first and sadly never made it home as they died in harsh conditions of the Antarctic.
We also learnt about the history behind the celebration of Bonfire Night and the failed plan to blow up the Houses of Parliament by Guy Fawkes and his team of plotters. 
In Maths we have looking at multiplication and understanding what multiplication means.
Monday 11th November
This week we learnt about the history of Remembrance Day and why we wear poppies.
For Anti-bullying week, we discussed what bullying is and ways we can help prevent bullying. We created our own acrostic poems on this year's theme about how we can all make changes to help prevent bullying. We discussed different scenarios and what we could do to help.
We combined ideas from both year 2 classes and created an acrostic poem.
Never use words to hurt.
Only be respectful
Bullying has to stop.
Unkind behaviour is unacceptable.
Let's make a change!
Listen to one another.
You can make a difference.
Include others who are left out.
No bullying in our school.
Grown-ups can help.
In English, we have started looking at biographies as we will be writing our own biographies about famous people of past we have learnt about in our History lessons!
Monday 18th November
We have been learning about multiplication in Maths. We have learnt about different words and phrases that can be used for multiplication and have been using different strategies to solve multiplication number sentences including counting, creating arrays and drawing arrays.
Tuesday 14th January 2020
Year 2 relaunched their topic 'People of the Past' today. This half term we will be looking at the work of artists such as Claude Monet, Katsushika Hokusai and Pablo Picasso; as well as finding out about important civil rights activists from the past such as Martin Luther King, Emmeline Pankhurst and Rosa Parks.
Today we explored what art is by looking at different kinds of art works such as paintings, sculptures and less traditional art forms such as installation.
We also had a go at creating our own mini installations inspired by Yayoi Kusama!
Wednesday 15th January 2020
Year 2 have been exploring the concept of mindfulness and practising some activities to help us feel calmer.
This afternoon we did some mindfulness colouring whilst listening to some calming music.