Year 2

Welcome to Year 2!
Teaching Team:
  • Miss Bachewich
  • Mrs Kellock - TA (Mon - Fri mornings) and HLTA (Weds afternoon)
If you want to see what Year 2 got up to last year, please click here! 
This page will be updated regularly to show what we have been getting up to in class.
Please see below for links to our timetable, topic overview.
Plants, Plants, Plants!
In Science we have begun our unit on Plants. We were lucky to catch the nice warm weather for our first lesson in which we went outside and we looked for different types of flowering plants and trees. Last week we planted our own flowers. Each of us planted a Sunflower and a Narcissus flower. As a class we planted watermelon and we have placed them in different conditions (light, no light, water and no water) and we predicted how we think they will grow. See the fun we had in our pictures!
Where We Live
Welcome back to Summer Term 1! The Year 2 class has been quite busy getting ready for the SATS and starting our new topic Where We Live. We started our topic off by going on a walking tour of Shelford. We will focusing on Britain and Monarchs. 
I invite you to choose one or two activities below to compliment our topic work in school. 
1. Design a Crown- Design a crown that can be worn by our current monarch Queen Elizabeth II. 
2. Queen Elizabeth I's Diary -Imagine what Queen Elizabeth I might have been thinking about during the Spanish Armada, when the navy were about to be sent into battle. 
3. Trips-There are a number of historic places that could visited: Buckingham Palace, Hampton Court Palace or if you are travelling near Leicester you could visit King Edward III Visitor Centre. 
4. Royal Wedding-The Royal Wedding will be in London on Saturday May 19th, you could join the crowds and be a part of history. 
5. Create a Timeline-Design a timeline of Kings and Queens of England until present. 
6. Food- Create a traditional recipe from the past or present from England, Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland. 
I will be setting aside time in class for those who would like to present their projects to the class on the following dates:
Friday March 20th PM
Friday July 14th PM
I look forward to seeing what you come up with. If there are any questions, please don't hesitate to ask!
Miss Bachewich
Great Fire of London Topic Finale
The Year 2's completed their Great Fire of London Tudor houses and they turned out great! Once they were complete we took them outside and Mr. Paduano lit them on fire to show us on a smaller scale what the fire would have been like in 1666. We discussed how those who lost their houses during 1666 would have felt and how we would have felt, had it been our houses that were burned down. The Year 2's developed a deeper understanding of what it would have felt like to have been in London during the Great Fire. 
Math Day
During the last week of classes we were lucky to have a visitor who came to our school to work on different math puzzles with us. The Year 2's had a great time working on the puzzles. They ranged in difficulty from easy, medium and hard. A few of the comments were as follows:

"I liked that some of the puzzles made me squeeze my brain and I really liked the fact that you could have other people to help you and work in a group" - Humphrey

"I liked that there were 2D and 3D puzzles" -Matthew

"I liked working with my friends to help expand my learning" -Joseph

"I liked that I was able to work with my friends when I didn't know how to solve the puzzle" -Gwendolen
Great Fire of London
Year 2 has been working very hard this past week to recreate Tudor Houses using cardboard boxes. We have been working in teams of five and everyone has been showing great teamwork skills. Stay tuned for the final product. 
Year 2 Multi Skills Festival 
Last Tuesday we took a long walk to Stapleford to compete in the Year 2 Multi Skills Festival. Although we came in second place, the Year 2's showed good sportsmanship and worked very hard! Thank-you to Mrs. Richardson and Mrs. Cook for coming along with us. See some of our pictures from the event. 
World Book Day
Year 2 has been very busy this term. Shortly after we started we had World Book Day on Thursday, March 1st. There were a lot of creative costumes in Year 2 and it was quite impressive. We had a day filled with literacy which included sharing our favourite books and the costume parade in the Hall. Check out some of our photos from the day! 
Fun in Science
This week in Science we learned what the word absorbency meant and we tested different paper towel brands to find out which paper towel was the most absorbent!
Topic Introduction
On Monday January 7th we started our Topic of the Fire of London by playing the game put out the fire. We worked in two teams and had to pass water using only a cup from one end of the yard to the other. 
After reviewing the math and grammar assessments from the last half term, I have identified areas to work on for all children in the class as a whole. I have come up with simple ways that these could be worked on in their daily home routine. 
1. Number Bonds to 10 (This included addition and subtraction)
These can be as simple as asking your son or daughter addition and multiplication questions when they are walking to school, as they get ready for bed, etc. The goal is to have your son or daughter recall these number facts more quickly to help them with their weekly maths checks and ultimately to help them on their SATS. 
2. Multiplication Facts (For 2s, 5s and 10s)
Again, similar to number bonds, asking your son or daughter multiplication facts for their 2s, 5s and 10s. I would suggest to do these on a continually basis because they need more practice with these. Once these are mastered I would suggest working on 4s and 6s times tables. Our maths checks almost always have questions where knowing the 4 and 6 times tables would help them to answer these questions. 
3. Place Value (tens and ones)
This involves giving your son or daughter a number, for example 47, then asking them what the value of the 4 is (40 or 4 tens) and the value of the 7 (7 or 7 ones). 
1. Nouns, verbs, adjectives and adverbs
This can be focused on during reading. If any of these appear in the book you are reading, ask your son or daughter if they can pick out the noun, verb, adjective or adverbs. 
Besides these areas, it is recommended that reading continues to happen. When you are reading with your son or daughter you can also ask them questions about the text they are reading. A larger portion of the SATS will involve reading comprehension and extra practice is always useful!
If you have any questions or would like any resources do not hesitate to ask!
Happy New Year!
I hope that you had a wonderful Christmas holiday!
The Year 2 classroom will be doing the Fire of London as their topic for the Spring Term. Our weekly schedule and topic plan has been uploaded. Be sure to look at the term schedule as there have been some changes since last term. 
Spring Term Project Activities for Home
We invite you to choose one or two of the activities below to compliment your topic work in school. There will be time to share your creations in the last week of term.
1. Go on a Great Fire of London Walk-The information for this can be found here: Take pictures and write about what you learned. 
2. Map of London-Create a map of London in 1666 showing the location of the River Thames, Pudding Lane bakery and where the fire spread. This could be drawn or collaged. Alternatively, you could create a 3D map with miniature buildings e.g. Houses of Parliament, Pudding Lane bakery etc.
3. Make a model of a church or house in London in 1666-This can be done in anyway. Be creative!
4. Fire-Create or reproduce a picture depicting a scene from London during the great fire. You could draw, paint, collage, use chalks or use a computer paint package to create your picture. 
5. Diary-Samuel Pepys was famous for keeping a diary during the fire. Imagine you lived in London in 1666. Write a diary about the fire, describing what it was like to be caught up in the event.
6. Poem-Write and illustrate a poem inspired by ‘The Great Fire on London’.
7. Research-Research the plague and the great fire using the internet or books. Hand write or type up your findings in your own words using Microsoft Word or other word processing package. You may wish to add pictures downloaded from the internet. 
I will be setting aside time in class for those who would like to present their projects to the class on the following dates:
February 5th
March 19th
I look forward to working on this topic with your son or daughter. If you ever have any questions, please don't hesitate to ask!
Miss Bachewich 
Don't forget ... 
You still have time to complete one of our topic projects if you wish. We will make time for sharing these in class in the week beginning 11th December. Thank you to those of you who have already brought in some marvellous creations.
Year 2 Visit
On Monday 13th November we went to visit The Chocolate Lady! Here are some photographs of our visit for you to enjoy. Please look again soon - we hope to write some recounts of our trip for you to read!
Wicked Welding with Chocolate!
On Monday 30th October, Year 2 had a visit from The Welding Institute (TWI) who came to run a 'Welding with Chocolate' workshop. We enjoyed making a chocolate plank bridges using Milky Bars. We predicted how many kilograms our bridges would hold. Most groups predicted about 200g. We began to load our bridges, carefully adding a little extra weight at a time. Our bridges held a surprising 400g! We then made V-shaped structures with 2 bars by melting the edges of them and welding them together. Our heat source was hot water in a bottle. Next, we stuck 2 of these V-shaped structures together to make a chocolate box girder and then made predictions about how much weight these would hold. Some children cleverly predicted that because there were 4 bars used in making the box girder, this structure should hold 4 times as much, therefore 1.6kg. We were amazed to discover that actually these held so much more - a whopping 5.5kg! With some help from the TWI team, we were able to understand why our chocolate box girders were so much stronger than the plank bridges. 
We hope you enjoy looking at the photographs from this exciting workshop which was provided free to the school by the TWI.
Healthy Humans
In Science this term we have been exploring what animals, including humans, need to survive, grow and live a healthy life.
We started out by role-playing being stranded on a desert island to brainstorm what we would need to survive and sent out 'messages in a bottle' to ask for help. 
We then explored the importance of exercise to keep your heart healthy and a balanced diet to keep your body healthy.
At the end of the half term, we worked hard to create a healthy snack for our friends and siblings in Reception and had great fun sharing it!
Wonka's Workshop
On Monday 9th October we were very lucky to have a special 'Charlie and the Chocolate Factory' themed workshop with Mrs Moore from Premier Performing Arts.
We played various games in role as characters from the story thinking carefully about their expressions and behaviour. We enjoyed pretending we were made out of clay and sculpting ourselves into different characters and guessing who they might be. We listened to music as we did a tour of Willy Wonka's Chocolate Factory imagining what we could see, hear, smell, touch and taste! 
Our favourite part of the workshop was performing a 'Soundscape'. Everyone had to imagine a sound they might hear in the Chocolate Factory. This could be the sound of machines whizzing and whirring or the line a character might say. Taking turns whilst sitting in a large circle, each person had to add their sound until the whole class was contributing. It sounded amazing and made us feel like we really were in Wonka's factory!
Mrs Moore complemented us on our behaviour and excellent participation. We would like to say a huge thank you to her for holding this fantastic workshop with us.
Settling in Activities
The photograph album below shows some of the fun activities we have been doing during our first week back at school. We enjoyed many different induction activities, including thinking of ourselves as Superheroes where we identified our strengths (superpowers) and our areas to improve. 
We introduced this term's topic with a 'Big Start' and decorated our 'Wonka's Sweet Shop' role play area. We even enjoyed the exciting 'Chocolate Game'.
Autumn Term Project Activities for Home
We invite you to choose one or two of the activities below to compliment your topic work in school. There will be time to share your creations in the last week of term.
  1. Do some research on the Cadbury Family. You could make a poster, design a leaflet or even produce a PowerPoint presentation.
  2. Do some baking with chocolate as the main ingredient! Write out the recipe and the method. You could even make your own Chocolate Cook Book with a variety of chocolate recipes!
  3. Design a sweet shop. Draw the sweets for sale and give them prices. Then create some word problems relating to your sweets, e.g. The Candy Balloons cost 12p each. How much would three Candy Balloons cost?  I buy a Wonka Bar for 35p and pay with a 50p coin. How much change do I get?