Year 2 Blog 2020-2021

International Week
 
This week at Shirley we are celebrating International week along with the Euro2021 football. Each class have been given a country to research and celebrate this week and in Year 2 we have started to learn lots of information to share already! 
Nightingales are learning about Italy and Kingfishers are learning about Spain. 
 
Today we have been using iPads to do our own research on the countries using QR codes. These are scanned by the children and they then have found their own interesting facts about the places. 
 
We also have been listening to music from our countries and went on a 'virtual world tour' to the beautiful places. 
Health Week 
 
This week in Year 2 we have been celebrating health week by researching different food groups. Nightingales and Kingfishers have been 'virtual shopping' and filled their baskets full of delicious health foods, created a menu for a local café and made our own very yummy fruit kebabs! 
The children have also been working very hard to try new foods and even created their own healthy eating superheroes! 
Friday 23rd April 2021
 
Year 2 have had an exciting week outdoors. It was National Skipping Day Friday so everyone had a go. We have also been enjoying Spring and watching everything grow. Our tadpoles have gotten much bigger and begun to turn speckled. We think they will begin to grow legs very soon! We also planted sunflower seeds as part of the sunflower growing race at Shirley.
Tuesday 20th April 2021
 
Year 2 have been measuring anything and everything for the last few days of our learning, because our current Maths unit is 'Length and Height'! We have been getting out and about to practise using different tools and units of measurement to find out the how long and tall various objects are in the world around us. We have also been comparing measurements and using lots of mathematical language linked to this unit.
 
Friday 19th March 2020
 
What a great week we've had! We have enjoyed finding out about spiders and flies; and owls and pussycats because for the next two weeks our Reading and Writing texts are The Spider and the Fly, and The Owl and the Pussycat. We are really enjoying reading these two poems and practising using our rhyming words and repetition. For Maths we have been recapping our addition and subtraction knowledge. In the afternoons we have had fun learning about Easter in R.E., movement in P.E. and taking part in our Red Nose Day fun run. We also spent lots of time in the garden and the forest area exploring plants and bugs and going on a dragon hunt! The most exciting news is that we found some frog spawn in the pond, which we have taken to our classroom to see hatch and grow!
Tuesday 9th February 2021
 
Safer Internet Day!
 
Today we read the book Detective Digiduck and learnt all about how to check information you have seen on the internet is correct or not. We learnt about reliable sources of information too. We wrote emails to the Wise_Owl, informing them of what we had learnt from the story and our class teachers sent the emails to them!
Monday 8th February
 
Diary Entries inspired by the Great Fire of London
 
Last week in English Year 2 spent a lot of time on their diary entries inspired by the Great Fire of London. They learnt about different features we need to include in diaries and then planned and wrote their own, writing from the perspective of an animal that might have been in London during the fire. We are so proud of their incredible work!
Children's Mental Health Week
 
This week in the UK it is Children's Mental Health Week which at the moment is particularly important to be aware of at such a challenging time. You can find more details over on the PSHE section of our website - http://www.shirley.cambs.sch.uk/website/pshe/479991. 
 
In Year 2, we would love to encourage this with an 'Express Yourself' challenge! 
 
'Expressing yourself is about finding ways to share feelings, thoughts, or ideas, through creativity. This could be through art, music, writing and poetry, dance and drama, photography and film, and doing activities that make you feel good.'
 
There are many ways you can express yourself with creativity and finding what you really enjoy doing! We would be really excited to see one thing you have done this week to 'express' yourself'!
 
Here are a few ideas: 
  • Drawing/painting a self portrait 
  • Creating a dance
  • Write some poetry about a topic of your choice
  • Create your own play/short film
  • Bake some cakes 
  • Play a sport that makes you feel happy 
We would love to see what you get up to this week so please send any pictures to your class teacher at either nightingales@shirley.cambs.sch.uk or kingfishers@shirley.cambs.sch.uk. 
 
To find out more about children's mental health week, click the link below:
 
Keep smiling, 
 
Miss Saunders and Miss Burles :) 
Year 2 Art Exhibition 
 
Year 2 have wowed us with their incredible artwork which was featured in our Art exhibition on Friday 29th January. The artwork was inspired by fire and our current topic, The Great Fire of London. 
Baking Bread and Fantastic Learning
 
This week in Year 2 we have been doing some brilliant learning about the Great Fire of London:
 
- Baking bread using a traditional recipe 
- Writing diary extracts inspired by Samuel Pepys
- Creating a recipe for the people of London in 1666
 
Below are some of the great examples of work we were sent in last week:
Great Fire of London Creativity
 
A huge well done to everyone who has been enthusiastically joining in with this topic so far and getting very creative with the activities they do. Below are some images of the incredible art work, experiences and costumes you have sent us. (Any pictures that have children's faces in have been posted with parental permission).
Hello Year 2, Welcome to Remote Learning and Information about our Dress Up Day
Class emails are:
Kingfishers - kingfishers@shirley.cambs.sch.uk
Nightingales - nightingales@shirley.cambs.sch.uk
 
The office email address to register your attendance at our live zoom sessions next week is:
office@shirley.cambs.sch.uk
Remote Learning Spring Term 2021
 
A huge hello and Happy New Year to all of our wonderful children, parents and carers. The Year 2 team would just like to say we miss our classes lots and can't wait until we can be back together again learning at school. For now all learning will be remote and your teachers and teaching assistants will be working busily behind the scenes to provide you with tasks and to provide feedback and support however we can.
 
We would like to use this blog space (versus the remote learning page where we set tasks) to celebrate each other's learning.
 
To kickstart this, we have some work that was sent in last term for the optional homework project, as part of our UK Geography topic. Later this week we will post some examples of learning children have been completing at home this week.
 
Happy first week of remote learning!
The Year 2 team
14-12-2020
 
Nightingales and Kingfishers have had a great week with lots of key learning before the Christmas break. 
 
English - This week in English we have been looking at instructional texts, we created instructions for how to make Christmas decorations and then swapped with each other to see whether we could follow the instructions in order to make them ourselves. 
 
Maths - We have been recapping key multiplication learning this week, looking at arrays, equal groups and multiplication facts. 
 
R.E. - This week we have been learning about key religious celebrations and traditional features of special events. 
 
We have also had lots of fun this week as a celebration for all the hard work by having a Christmas activity afternoon and watching an interactive Pantomime. 
 
Miss Saunders and Miss Burles have been so impressed by the resilience, hard work and behavior of all the children this year and we are really looking forward to seeing you all in the new year! 
 
23-11-2020
 
This week in Year 2 we have been learning about:
 
London Landmarks: In reading this week we started our new text 'Katie in London' which follows the story of Katie and her brother and a Lion who takes them on a London adventure to see the sights. 
Kingfishers and Nightingales had a whirlwind London adventure of their own this week and 'went' to London on the train. They gave their money at the door, experienced what it is like to go on a train ride and created paintings inspired by the ones at the National Gallery. 
 
Money: In Maths we have been looking at different combinations of coins. The children have learnt how to identify coins and understand which coins add together to make certain amounts. We also practiced this when they bought their tickets for London. 
 
English: Following on from their amazing travel guides, this week we have started looking at persuasive posters. The children have begun to identify commands within poster examples and creating our own. 
20-11-2020
 
This week has been Anti-Bullying week, and the focus of this year was 'United Against Bullying'. In Year 2 we have been doing lots of learning about positive choices we all can make to be united against bullying including learning about how to spot bullying behaviors, what we can do to help and signing an school anti-bullying charter. 
 
We have been looking at many different resources this week about what bullying is. Both Nightingales and Kingfishers had great discussions about what we can do if we do see these such as talking to an adult, offering help to anyone who is being bullied and making sure we all choose good choices when playing with others. 
 
We also made our own jigsaw puzzle pieces which you will be able to see in our window display next week. Children drew one thing they are going to do to be united against bullying. They had some great ideas and we hope you will enjoy seeing these next week! 
 
Miss Saunders and Miss Burles look forward to seeing you all :) 
13-11-2020
 
This week in Year 2 we have been continuing with our learning opportunities from the last week weeks along with learning about armistice day and children in need. This has enabled us to use our creativity to produce some brilliant art in both Nightingales and Kingfishers. 
 
In Maths we have been continuing our shapes topic, looking at lines of symmetry and 3D shape features. 
 
In English we have began to look at creating our own travel guides and looking at areas in the United Kingdom. We will write our own next week with information about weather, food and the geographical location. 
 
In guided reading we are continuing to read Meerkat Mail, we are following Sunny's journey visiting all his Mongoose relatives! 
 
In Geography, we are learning more about the United Kingdom and specifically the seasons in a year. We will be comparing this to the seasons of the year in Australia and making key observations. 
 
Thank you for your donations for Children in Need this year! It was great to see everyone in their non-uniform and spots!! 
 
Also a gentle reminder to bring in wellies and warm clothes for the Forest Area and P.E. :) 
06-11-2020
 
Year 2 have had a great start back to school after the half term with lots of exciting new learning topics and fun. 
 
In Maths we have been learning about 2D and 3D shapes. The class went on a 2D shape scavenger hunt in the nature area, we have made our own shapes using GEO boards and have begun to identify 3D shapes in our environment. 
 
In English we have been learning about travel guides, looking at their features and exploring lots of different examples such as travel guides about Austria, Australia and other fantastic places. 
 
In guided reading we have started our new book, Meerkat Mail which is all about a Meerkat who decides he needs a holiday! 
 
In Geography we are following our Australia topic with learning about somewhere a little more close to home, the United Kingdom. 
 
Miss Saunders and Miss Burles have really enjoyed being back and are looking forward to lots more exciting things to come this term! 
23-10-2020
 
Our first half-term in Year 2 has been fantastic! Some of the highlights have included having lots of outdoor learning time (thank you, parents for ensuring the children have waterproof coats and boots so that this can happen!), creating nature poems, animal fact-files, Aboriginal-inspired Dreamtime stories, dot paintings, exploring different feelings by creating a class book and 'feelings' jars and learning all about Australia.
 
The children have worked so hard catching up on any learning they might have missed from Year 1 during the school closures whilst working on Year 2 objectives as well.
 
We have had lots of fun so far and are looking forward to what the next half-term at school holds!