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Friday 20th May 2022

 

This week's "quizzes" have been the Maths paper 1 - Arithmetic and some of the children have worked on Reading Paper 2. Next week the remaining children will complete Reading Paper 2 and everyone will be doing Maths paper 2 - Reasoning.  We want to say a big WELL DONE for the children's amazing hard work and resilience with these "quizzes". They have been a challenge but they have approached them with a positive 'can do' attitude and we couldn't be more proud of them.

 

Important notices

 

Home learning: This term (and going into term 6) the home learning task is to create a fact file about an explorer of their choice. Please refer to the home learning page for full details.

Time Table Rockstars regularly every week.  If you are having any problems logging into any of these websites please let your class teacher know. The children should be gaining confidence with their 2s, 5s and 10 times tables. Please move on to 3s and 4s next.

 

Swimming: Next week will be 2J, please remember your kit including towel.

 

PE: This term's sport will be games, we will be outside as much as possible so please can the children bring in hats and suncream when necessary as the weather is unpredictable.

 

Our learning next week

 

SATs: Final week - well done one and all!


English: Meerkat fact files. We will be researching these interesting animals and creating our own fact files and pictures to illustrate them.

 

Maths: Consolidating our problem solving technique in preparation for the Maths paper 2.

 

DT: The puppets are looking fantastic (thank you Ella's mum and Mrs Lake) we aim to complete a lot more next week and will post some of the finished products. Next term the children will create their own puppet show with their masterpieces.

 

Art/dance: Building up to the Jubilee we have a number of creative activities to celebrate her Majesties Platinum Jubilee, this will continue into the first week of Term 6.

Friday 13th May 2022

 

This week's "quizzes" have been the grammar, punctuation and spelling.  The children have adapted well and we are so proud of how they have conducted themselves.  We will begin the Maths and continue with reading next week.

 

Important notices

 

Home learning: This term (and going into term 6) the home learning task is to create a fact file about an explorer of their choice. Please refer to the home learning page for full details.

Time Table Rockstars regularly every week.  If you are having any problems logging into any of these websites please let your class teacher know. The children should be gaining confidence with their 2s, 5s and 10 times tables. Please move on to 3s and 4s next.

 

Swimming: Next week will be 2M, please remember your kit including towel.

 

PE: This term's sport will be games, we will be outside as much as possible so please can the children bring in hats and suncream when necessary as the weather is unpredictable.

 

Our learning next week

 

SATs: During May we will begin completing the official SATs paper, not all of the children will be working on these at the same time.  Next week some of the children will be completing the arithemetic paper and reading paper 2.


English: The children will concentrating on their comprehension with guided reading lessons. 

 

Maths: Consolidating this year's learning we will recapping on counting in 2s, 5s and 10s and direction we will also be starting the arithemetic SATs paper (quizzes)

 

DT: Most children have now completed the main element of their puppets and will now be concentrating on the additional parts and features building on the sewing skills they have learnt.

 

Computing: Using the ipads 2J will be continuing with their coding practise.

 

Geography: Looking at the oceans of the world the children will be plotting a voyage around the world using north, south, east and west.

 

Art: This week we will be sketching and labelling a variety of plants looking particularly at the features like roots, stem, leaves and plants. 

Friday 6th May 2022

 

It's been a lovely short week but that doesn't mean we've not worked really hard!  This week the children have started their SATs journey with the Reading paper 1. They have all worked well concentrating and trying their best and we couldn't be more proud of them.  We will continue throughout May with the papers working in small groups at the children's pace. If you have any questions regarding these 'quizzes' as we're calling them please speak to your class teacher.

 

Important notices

 

Term 4 home learning: Thank you all so much for the variety of bean diaries, we can see how hard some of the children (and adults) have been working! 

 

Home learning: This term (and going into term 6) the home learning task is to create a fact file about an explorer of their choice. Please refer to the home learning page for full details.

Time Table Rockstars regularly every week.  If you are having any problems logging into any of these websites please let your class teacher know. The children should be gaining confidence with their 2s, 5s and 10 times tables. Please move on to 3s and 4s next.

 

Swimming: Next week will be 2J, please remember your kit including towel.

 

PE: This term's sport will be games, we will be outside as much as possible so please can the children bring in hats and suncream when necessary as the weather is unpredictable.

 

Our learning next week

 

SATs: During May we will begin completing the official SATs paper, not all of the children will be working on these at the same time.  Next week some of the children will be completing the grammar, punctuation and spelling booklet.


English: The children will begin to create their Mark Beaumont fact file using all the resources they have researched over the past few weeks.

 

Maths: Consolidating this year's learning we will recapping on properties of shapes, symmetry, direction and reading numberlines for example scales or thermometers.

 

DT: More children will begin to sew the main element of their glove puppets. Thank you to Matthew's mum and granny and Ella's mum who have been working on these, we will publish more photo's of the progress as the week's go on.

 

Computing: Using the ipads 2M will be continuing with their coding practise.

 

History: What is a significant individual? What makes an explorer? The children will be discussing these questions.

 

RE: This children will be exploring compassion in the Islamic religion through fasting in Ramadan.

Friday 29th April 2022

 

We've been busy bees this week working hard in all areas and in particular some of us have started our puppets, we've been pleasantly surprised by some of the children's brilliant sewing skills.  Thank you again Ella's mum for all her help with the budding sewing bees!

 

Important notices

 

Term 4 home learning: The bean growth diary is due in next week.

 

Home learning: This term (and going into term 6) the home learning task is to create a fact file about an explorer of their choice. Please refer to the home learning page for full details.

Time Table Rockstars regularly every week.  If you are having any problems logging into any of these websites please let your class teacher know. The children should be gaining confidence with their 2s, 5s and 10 times tables. Please move on to 3s and 4s next.

 

Swimming: Next week will be 2M, please remember your kit including towel.

 

PE: This term's sport will be games, we will be outside as much as possible so please can the children bring in hats and suncream when necessary as the weather is unpredictable.

 

Our learning next week

 

SATs: During May we will begin completing the official SATs paper, not all of the children will be working on these at the same time.  Next week some of the children will be completing the reading paper 1.


English: The children have begun to research the explorations of Mark Beaumont who travelled around the world in less than 80 days by bike. Next week they will be gathering the information they have researched and will create their own fact file about him. (This will support their termly home learning project!)

 

Maths: Consolidating this year's learning we will be recapping certain units of work over the next few weeks. In particular next week we will be looking at addition of two digit numbers. We will also be assessing their learning looking at reasoning and problem solving.

 

DT: More children will begin to sew the main element of their glove puppets.

 

Computing: Using the ipads 2J will be continuing with their coding practise.

 

Music: As part of our We are Explorers topic the children will be looking into understanding more about Bluegrass and Country music, associated with the white settlers in the New World, through appreciation and performing, including doing some line dancing.

 

RE: This children will be discussing Muslim stories about compassion to animals

Term 5 - Friday 22th April 2022

 

Welcome back to the penultimate term in Year 2. Thank you to all those parents to have been working through the SATs practise sheets over the holidays, if you have not completed them then please feel free to continue over the next weeks, we would love to see what the children have done once they are complete. We will also be continuing to practise over the next few weeks before the real thing throughout the month of May.

 

Important notices

 

Volunteers wanted:  Our design and technology project the children will be  making/sewing and evaluating their own hand puppets which they designed last term. Thank you ever so much to Ella's mum for cutting out all the templates for the puppets which has saved us a lot of time. We would like to get up and running with these next week so if any one has a spare hour (any time day of the week) during this term to help support the children with their sewing please speak to your class teacher.

 

Home learning: To consolidate the children's learning we have included on the home learning page some fractions worksheets to support the children.  Time Table Rockstars regularly every week.  If you are having any problems logging into any of these websites please let your class teacher know. The children should be gaining confidence with their 2s, 5s and 10 times tables. Please move on to 3s and 4s next.

 

Swimming: Next week will be 2J, please remember your kit including towel.

 

PE: This term's sport will be games, we will be outside as much as possible so please can the children bring in hats and suncream when necessary as the weather is unpredictable.

 

Our learning next week


English: This term's topic is 'We are Explorers' and we have started to look at the book 'Around the World in 80 Days'. As an alternative next week we will be looking at the real life story of Mark Beaumont who recently traveled around the world in 80 days and wrote about it. The children will be writing about his exploration sequencing his journey and writing in the past tense.

 

Maths: Consolidating this year's learning we will be recapping certain units of work over the next few weeks. We will also be assessing their learning looking at reasoning and problem solving.

 

Geography: This week we "took off" on our journey around the world as a stunning start to the new topic for Terms 5 and 6: 'We are Explorers'. Next week we will be discovering the oceans and continents of the world.

 

Computing: Using the ipads 2M will be continuing with their coding practise

 

Science:   We will our topic of Plants as the children observe and describe how a plant changes as it matures.

 

RE: We will begin this term's topic looking at other religions around the world.  Year 2 will be concentrating on Islam and discovering what they know and what they would like to know.

Happy Easter

 

Well we made it to the end of another term!  We all hope you have a wonderful Easter holiday whether you are going away or staying local. Thank you, as always, for the continued support with the children and staff. We are looking forward to a packed term 5 and with that in mind you will have noticed that the children have brought home some practise SATs sheets. Information will be found on the SATs page of this webpage. It would be lovely if the children could do some of these with you but please do not feel that you have to.

 

Take care and see you oon Tuesday 19th April.

The Year Two Team

Term 4 - Friday 25th March 2022

 

Thank you to all of those parents who attended this week's SATs information morning, we hope that we were able to address any questions and concerns. You will have noticed that we have now set up a SATs information folder for all the information and documents following our talk, this includes a copy of the powerpoint for those of you who were unable to attend. 

 

The children have had a busy week taking part in lots of STEM activities please see below our photos which should give you a flavour of the things they have participated in.

 

 

Important notices

 

Year 2 SATs:  Next week we will be sending home some SATs style booklets for the children to practise with you over the holidays.  You are not obliged to do this but if you feel you would like to try it with your child then please feel free to have a go. If you have any queries please speak to your class teacher.

 

Volunteers wanted:  Our design and technology project the children will be designing, making/sewing and evaluating their own hand puppets. This is a lot of fun but does require extra man/woman power to support the children with the sewing.  Could you please therefore let us know if you were available on either the last week of this term or going forward into next term for an hour or so on a day/date of your convenience to assist the children in this fun sewing activity (previous experience not required!) - thank you to those who have already offered 

 

FOFs - Make the Rules Day - Thursday 31st March please remember to bring your donation, 50p per rule.

Church: End of term/Easter Service - Friday 1st March. Please meet us at church when you drop your child off.

 

 

Home learning: Time Table Rockstars regularly every week.  If you are having any problems logging into any of these websites please let your class teacher know. The children should be gaining confidence with their 2s, 5s and 10 times tables. Please move on to 3s and 4s next.

 

Swimming: Next week will be 2M, please remember your kit including towel.

 

PE: This term's sport will be hockey, we will be outside as much as possible so please can the children bring in tracksuit bottoms as the weather is unpredictable.

 

Our learning next term


English: We will be writing our own version of Jim and the Beanstalk, story-mapping before completing our big writing challenge towards the end of the week.

 

Maths: Consolidating this term's learning we will be looking at measurements with addition and subtraction problem solving questions. We will also be assessing their learning so far in year 2 which will inform our revision next term as we build up towards the SATs.

 

Design and Technology: The children have planned and designed their puppets and will next week begin to cut out their template and explore how to thread a needle and do simple stitching.

 

Computing: Using the ipads 2J will be discovering best methods research topics safely using the internet.

 

Science: The children will be observing and describing how a plant changes as it matures.

 

RE: This week we will complete our build up to the Easter Story culminating in our attendance on Friday at Church where year 5 will be performing the Easter Story.

Term 4 - Friday 18th March 2022

 

It has been an industrious week as the children are beginning to build their stamina for writing producing some lovely independent writing comparing the story of Jack and the Beanstalk with a new book Jim and the Beanstalk.  The week culminated in the fun of Red Nose Day, it was lovely to see the red noses, masks and white for peace costumes. Please see the photos below.  Can we please draw your attention to our parent meeting next Thursday regarding Year 2 SATs - please see details below.

 

 

Important notices

 

Year 2 SATs:  Please note that the government requires Year 2 children to complete the end of key stage assessments during the month of May which we are preparing for on an ongoing basis.  To guide you through the procedure and expectations we will be holding a question and answer session on Thursday 24th March 9.00-9.20 am for Year 2 parents/guardians to attend if they wish.  Further information will be emailed to you. 

 

Volunteers wanted:  Our design and technology project the children will be designing, making/sewing and evaluating their own hand puppets. This is a lot of fun but does require extra man/woman power to support the children with the sewing.  Could you please therefore let us know if you were available on either the last week of this term or going forward into next term for an hour or so on a day/date of your convenience to assist the children in this fun sewing activity (previous experience not required!) - thank you to those who have already offered 

 

Year 2 SATs:  Please note that the government requires Year 2 children to complete the end of key stage assessments during the month of May which we are preparing for on an ongoing basis.  To guide you through the procedure and expectations we will be holding a question and answer session on Thursday 24th March 9.00-9.20 am for Year 2 parents/guardians to attend if they wish.  Further information will be emailed to you. 

 

Home learning: Time Table Rockstars regularly every week.  If you are having any problems logging into any of these websites please let your class teacher know. We would also like the children to continue to practise telling the time, to help them with this there some challenge sheets under home learning Maths for them to complete by Friday 25th March (which is a week earlier that previously advertised) if possible. 

 

Swimming: Next week will be 2J, please remember your kit including towel.

 

PE: This term's sport will be hockey, we will be outside as much as possible so please can the children bring in tracksuit bottoms as the weather is unpredictable.

 

Our learning next term


English: We will be looking at suffixes and when we add y to a word of one syllable. 

 

Maths: It will be a Maths heavy STEM week looking at properties of shapes, recognising and writing simple fractions with shapes, pictures, lengths and numbers. We will also be discovering different standard units of measurements and which methods we would be using for which function.  This will link in with our DT activities.

 

Design and Technology: As part of STEM week we will be introducing sewing skills with simple stitching on Binca fabric, the children will then use their new mathematical skills to measure the length of their stitching.  This sewing will help them when we begin to make our puppets.  This week the children will be designing their puppets inspired by Traditional Tales characters they know. We will also be making the tallest beanstalk planning, constructing and then analysing it's strength and durability.  We will need newspaper for this session so if anyone has some old newspaper they could donate to Year 2 we would really appreciate it.

 

Computing: Using the ipads the children will be discovering best methods research topics safely using the internet.

 

Science: The children will be carrying out and evaluating an investigation into the conditions that affect germination.

 

RE: The children will be sequencing the Holy Week story.

 

Term 4 - Friday 11th March 2022

 

We've had fun this week as we considered who 'trashed' the library and left behind some golden beans; the children were creative with their theories on who it was, suffice to say we are now questioning Mrs Saunder's role in this 'crime'! We then began our look at the story of Jack and the Beanstalk and the children had fun making their own stick puppets of the main character.  You will see some of the photo's below.

 

 

Important notices

 

Friday 18th March: Red Nose Day: please refer to the main Newsletter for information on what the children are allowed to wear.

 

Volunteers wanted:  Our design and technology project the children will be designing, making/sewing and evaluating their own hand puppets. This is a lot of fun but does require extra man/woman power to support the children with the sewing.  Could you please therefore let us know if you were available on either the last week of this term or going forward into next term for an hour or so on a day/date of your convenience to assist the children in this fun sewing activity (previous experience not required!) - thank you to those who have already offered 

 

Year 2 SATs:  Please note that the government requires Year 2 children to complete the end of key stage assessments during the month of May which we are preparing for on an ongoing basis.  To guide you through the procedure and expectations we will be holding a question and answer session on Thursday 24th March 9.00-9.20 am for Year 2 parents/guardians to attend if they wish.  Further information will be emailed to you. 

 

Home learning: Time Table Rockstars regularly every week.  If you are having any problems logging into any of these websites please let your class teacher know. We would also like the children to continue to practise telling the time, to help them with this there some challenge sheets under home learning Maths for them to complete by Friday 25th March (which is a week earlier that previously advertised) if possible. 

 

Swimming: Next week will be 2M, please remember your kit including towel.

 

PE: This term's sport will be hockey, we will be outside as much as possible so please can the children bring in tracksuit bottoms as the weather is unpredictable.

 

Our learning next term


English: Next week we will be introducing a new book Jim and the Beanstalk by Raymond Briggs. The children will be predicting the story and comparing it to Jack and the Beanstalk. They will then be writing an opinion piece using language to explain their book preference and using conjunctions (because, but, or, so) to explain why.

 

Maths: Next week we will be recapping our knowledge of 2d and 3d shapes, looking at vertices, edges, faces and lines of symmetry in 3d shapes. We will then be exploring fractions in pictures and shapes and discussing how to calculate 1/2s, 1/4s, 3/4s and 1/3s.

 

Computing: Using the ipads we will continue coding and examining how to research topics using the internet.

 

Science: This term's topic is Plants and next week we will be considering why it is important for a plant to disperse seeds.

 

RE: We will continue our Easter journey mind mapping the events up to the Last Supper.

 

 

STOP PRESS.....there was an incident in the school library yesterday!  We suspect that some story book characters may have broken in over night as we found some magic beans scattered and many foot and hoof prints (wink, wink).

 

We hope that your child has enjoyed this "marvelous middle" to inspire their writing and were not unduly anxious about it.  Please speak to your child's teacher if there are any repercussions.

 

Term 4 - Friday 4th March 2022

 

We often say it has been a busy week but this week has certainly been one of the busiest.  Together with International Book Day/Week we've also had our Church worship and the children excelled themselves.  We have all worked really hard to spread the message of Peace and we were proud of each and everyone of the children who accepted the challenge of reading, reciting and dancing in front of the entire school and Year 2 parents.  For those of you who were unable to attend or would like to see it again we have a recording which you can find on our website under children/video resource centre, you can click on the link below.  We have also included some photos below.

 https://henryfermor.primarysite.media/media/worship3-1

 

If you would like to see further pictures of all the events over World Book Week please follow this link:

https://www.fermorschool.org.uk/reading/

 

 

Important notices

 

Volunteers wanted:  This term's design and technology project the children will be designing, making/sewing and evaluating their own hand puppets. This is a lot of fun but does require extra man/woman power.  Could you please therefore let us know if you were available later this term of an hour or so to assist the children in this fun sewing activity (previous experience not required!)

 

Mighty House Group Egg and Spoon Relay has been announced for Thursday 24th March, please look out for the email regarding this and ticketing details.

 

Year 2 SATs:  Please note that the government requires Year 2 children to complete the end of key stage assessments during the month of May which we are preparing for on an ongoing basis.  To guide you through the procedure and expectations we will be holding a question and answer session on Thursday 24th March 9.00-9.20 am for Year 2 parents/guardians to attend if they wish.  Further information will be emailed to you. 

 

Home learning: Time Table Rockstars regularly every week.  If you are having any problems logging into any of these websites please let your class teacher know. We would also like the children to continue to practise telling the time, to help them with this there some challenge sheets under home learning Maths for them to complete by the end of term. 

 

Swimming: Next week will be 2J, please remember your kit including towel.

 

PE: This term's sport will be hockey, we will be outside as much as possible so please can the children bring in tracksuit bottoms as the weather is unpredictable.

 

Our learning next term


English: Next week we begin our unit on Jack and the beanstalk. Our stunning start will include a 'finding the beans' activity. We will then be retelling the story using puppets.

 

Maths: Next week is all about division in 2s, 5s and 10s. We will discuss how multiplication is commutative. 

 

Computing: Using the ipads we will continue coding and examining how to research topics using the internet

 

Science: This term's topic is Plants and next week we will be looking and exploring bulbs.  The children will be growing their own class Tulip

 

RE: We will be looking at Salvation and counting down to Easter.

 

Design and Technology: What are puppets, what elements are needed in a puppet and what materials are they made from?

World Book Day - meet the author

Term 4 - Friday 25th February 2022

 

Welcome back to the second half of Year 2. We would like to introduce Mrs Brickle who is joining 2M as a student teacher, she will be working with the class until the end of this academic year together with Mrs Miller, the children have been fantastic at giving her a warm welcome. This week we have been considering Year 2s value of PEACE, thank you for all of you who have been practising at home. We all look forward to seeing you at Church next Wednesday were we hope you are able to stay and watch our performance.

 

Important notices

 

World Book Week: Dressing up on Monday 28th February, please remember the children need to come as a character from a book that they also bring in with them to show and read on the day. Please refer to the email regarding all the activities for the week.

 

Year 2 SATs:  Please note that the government requires Year 2 children to complete the end of key stage assessments during the month of May which we are preparing for on an ongoing basis.  To guide you through the procedure and expectations we will be holding a question and answer session on Thursday 24th March 9.00-9.20 am for Year 2 parents/guardians to attend if they wish.  Further information will be emailed to you. 

 

Home learning: Time Table Rockstars regularly every week.  If you are having any problems logging into any of these websites please let your class teacher know. We would also like the children to continue to practise telling the time, to help them with this there some challenge sheets under home learning Maths for them to complete by the end of term. 

 

Swimming: Swimming did not take place on the first week so 2M will therefore be next week, please remember your kit including towel.

 

PE: This term's sport will be hockey, we will be outside as much as possible so please can the children bring in tracksuit bottoms as the weather is unpredictable.

 

Our learning next term


English: As part of World Book Week we will be concentrating on Journey by Aaron Becker, the children will be using all their skills they have been learning so far to create a writing piece describing a scene from the book. 

 

Maths: We will be concentrating on Times Table and general skills.

 

Computing: Using the ipads we will continue coding and examining how to research topics using the internet

 

Science: This term's topic is Plants, due to World Book Week we will not be covering Science this week but please remember to practise your Plant themed spellings this week.

 

RE: We will be looking at the value of Peace and recalling our Church performance.

 

Art: We will be creating an imaginary world based on Journey by Aaron Becker

Thursday 10th February 2022

Even though it's been only 4 days we've had another busy week. Everyone has worked really hard with Guided Reading and Maths Assessments and are now all ready for a lovely long half term break.  This week has been specially fun with Internet Safety Week and Year 2 were lucky to be using the school ipad as we explored the world of coding, we will certainly be using them again.  Please see below for photos of all our fun activities of the day.

 

Important notices

 

Church service: Please note that Fermor's next church service will be on Wednesday 2nd March. On this occasion it will be Year 2's turn to perform their class value of PEACE. We would like to invite you all to attend on the morning and support your children who will be presenting their thoughts on the Fruit of the Spirit.

 

Year 2 SATs:  Please note that the government requires Year 2 children to complete the end of key stage assessments during the month of May which we are preparing for on an ongoing basis.  To guide you through the procedure and expectations we will be holding a question and answer session on Thursday 24th March 9.00-9.20 am for Year 2 parents/guardians to attend if they wish.  Further information will be emailed to you. 

 

Home learning: Thank you so much for all your amazing Mary Seacole and Florence Nightingale work, we have been blown away with the quality of the work. We will be publishing next term's big project once we return.

Please remember to encourage the children to practise on Time Table Rockstars regularly every week.  If you are having any problems logging into any of these websites please let your class teacher know.

 

World Book Week: You should all have received the details for book week along with your book token, we have some wonderful readers in Year 2 and are hoping that the children can manage to spend some of their time over half term reading in some interesting places!

 

Swimming: First week back will be 2M, please remember your kit including towel.

 

Our learning next term


English: We will be continuing with our Growing Healthily topic and this term we will look at Jack and the Beanstalk.  Linking in with World Book Day we will also be examining the book Journey by Aaron Becker.

 

Maths: Continuing with multiplication and division we will also cover units in fractions and shapes

 

Computing: Using the ipads we will continue coding and examining how to research topics using the internet

 

Science: Continuing our Growing Healthily topic next term we will be looking at plants

 

RE: We will be building up to Easter and Salvation

Friday 4th February 2022

 

What a fantastic end to the week with an amazing group of rock dudes and chicks. We've loved the variety of costumes and hair and make up and everyone from the teaching staff to children have embraced their inner rock gods and goddesses! We had a full day of fun and varied activities from a times table rock star challenge across the school, biscuit decorating with fractions, pictograms and physical number challenges.  Please see the photos below of some of these.

 

Important notices

 

Year 2 SATs:  Please note that the government requires Year 2 children to complete the end of key stage assessments during the month of May which we are preparing for on an ongoing basis.  To guide you through the procedure and expectations we will be holding a question and answer session on Thursday 24th March 9.00-9.20 am for Year 2 parents/guardians to attend if they wish.  Further information will be emailed to you. 

 

Home learning: Don't forget this terms 'Big Task' was due in on Friday 4th February. We will still accept them on Monday 7th February to give us time to 'show and tell' throughout the week. Thank you so much to those of you who have brought in such a variety of amazing project work.

Please remember to encourage the children to practise on Time Table Rockstars regularly every week.  If you are having any problems logging into any of these websites please let your class teacher know.

 

Swimming: Next week will be 2J, please remember your kit including towel.

 

Forest School: Please note that we would still like to continue with Forest School in Year 2 this term so Mrs Miller and Miss Chalkley will be taking the session next week with 2M (weather permitting). If children could just bring their wellies in that is all they will need.

 

Our learning next week


English: We will be focusing on grammar, punctuation and spelling this week. In spelling we will be looking at alternative sounds for different letters, we will also been thinking about verbs and adverbs. Concluding our work on The BFG the children will be thinking further regarding the dream catcher.

 

Maths: The final week we will be consolidating our division and multiplication unit so far although this will continue into next term. There will also be some assessments throughout the week.

 

Computing: Next Tuesday is Safer Internet Day and the day will be all about how to use the internet in a safe way, we will do this through role-play and art. We will also be using the school ipads whilst we explore the world of coding.

 

Science: Continuing our Growing Healthily topic we will be discussing the importance of exercise.

 

History: We will be completing our lanterns as part of our Florence Nightingale display.

 

RE: We will be completing our Gospel theme and reflecting on what we have learnt.

Fraction biscuits and human shapes!

Friday 28th January 2022

 

The weather this week has been varied but we always try to get out and about as much as we can as it’s so important for our physical and mental well being. Last week and this week in Forest School we were all about team working, collaboration and building structures as the children constructed a giant ‘nest’ to protect them from the cunning fox! Working together the children were having fun learning to navigate friendships, compromising and helping each other as we both listened to and talked to each other. These are skills that we are also focusing on in the playground and the classroom as the children mature in upper key stage one.

 

Important notices

 

Number Day:  Please refer to the email that was sent to you this week. We look forward to seeing the rock stars and rock chicks next Friday 4th.

 

Home learning: Don't forget this terms 'Big Task' is due in on Friday 4th February.

  Please remember to encourage the children to practise on Time Table Rockstars regularly every week.  If you are having any problems logging into any of these websites please let your class teacher know.

 

Swimming: Next week will be 2M, please remember your kit including towel.

 

Forest School: Please note that we would still like to continue with Forest School in Year 2 this term so Mrs Jeffs and Miss Chalkley will be taking the session next week with 2J. If children could just bring their wellies in that is all they will need.

 

Our learning next week


English: We will recap verbs looking at how we can use them in the past tense. Continuing to look at significant people we will be looking at the 'Crocodile Hunter' Steve Irwin describing his character and life events.

 

Maths: We will be moving onto division by thinking about equal groups and how we can share and group them, we will also recap the division symbol. We will continue to assess how they are progressing with Time Table Rockstars at home so please continue to practise at home.

 

Science: Continuing our Growing Healthily topic we will be discussing diet and the importance of exercise.

 

History: Looking at how hospitals have changed since the time of Florence Nightingale.

 

RE: As part of this terms topic of The Gospel we will be discussing how Jesus' good news is all about love.

Friday 21st January 2021

 

We've had a full week and  very busy week in Year 2. This culminated in our special celebration worship which took place today where along with our usual certificate and golden book achievers we also recognised this year's Pride of Fermor champions.  Congratulations to Charlie R from 2J and Ella from 2M, we are all so proud of you for your wonderful examples of what Fermor is all about - Inspire, Believe, Achieve. Full details and pictures will be in the main school newsletter.

 

Important notices

 

Phonic Screening:  Due to the covid disruption last year, the Year 2 children were not able to take their Year 1 phonic screening test, however we have now administered the test in accordance with DFE guidelines during last term. Pupils who did not meet the expected standard in the 2021 autumn check will be expected to take the statutory check in June 2022, alongside year 1 pupils.  Please look out for the letter explaining how your child performed next week and if there are any questions, we are happy to talk these through with you

 

Cold weather: Can we please remind parents/carers that as the weather is quite cold at present all children should bring in their coats and gloves, if they have a warm hat that would be even better and they can either keep these on their pegs on in their book-bags.

 

Home learning:   Please remember to encourage the children to practise on Time Table Rockstars regularly every week.  If you are having any problems logging into any of these websites please let your class teacher know.

 

Swimming: Next week will be 2J, please remember your kit including towel.

 

Forest School: Next week will be 2M, for this week only all children will be attending the afternoon session so please bring in their clothes and wellies (if they're not in already) in a bag.

 

Our learning next week


English: Building on this week's excellent descriptive writing on the BFG and the children's own imaginary giants the children will be concentrating next week on writing about Florence Nightingale. Building their stamina we will be looking at how we can write using paragraphs whilst still using all the tools that they have been taught so far like expanded noun phrases, similes, adjectives and verbs.  We will then be looking at how we can edit our work encouraging the children to see if what they have written makes sense and is spelt correctly. 

 

Maths: In multiplication we will consolidate on all their learning so far on what it means to multiply. We will be looking at doubling and then focusing each day on a different times table: 2 x, 5 x and 10 x. We will continue to assess how they are progressing with Time Table Rockstars at home.

 

Science: Continuing our Growing Healthily topic we will be discussing what animals need to survive. We will be exploring how they need food, water and air and how different types of animals obtain this in different ways.

 

History: Our topic of Florence Nightingale has been so much fun and they have really engaged with the subject. This week we have been sequencing the events in her life onto a timeline.  Next week we will be writing up this sequence using factual sentences. We will also be making lanterns for our Lady of the lamp display. We would like to say a special thank you to George PS and his mum for the amazing Florence Nightingale School of Nursing and Midwifery medal which the children were fascinated with.  Please see a photo below.

 

RE: As part of this terms topic of The Gospel we will be discussing thankfulness.

Friday 14th January 2021

 

This week has been Bible week and in Year 2 we met Mark and his friendly puppet who was able to put some of the bible stories in context as we learn about the Gospel this term. 

 

Important notices

 

Home learning: Please look on the Maths section of home learning where you will see helpful Maths vocabulary; information on some websites which you can use to support your child with their times tables and telling the time home learning suggestions which we would like you to concentrate on this term.  Please remember to encourage the children to practise on Time Table Rockstars regularly every week.  If you are having any problems logging into any of these websites please let your class teacher know.

 

Dance: For those who attended last week's dance club they are welcome again on Monday at lunchtime. The dance competition is open to key stage 2 only but we welcome any Year 2 children to join in the lunchtime club anyway as it's such a fun and healthy activity.

 

Swimming: Next week will be 2M, please remember your kit including towel.

 

Forest School: Next week will be 2J, please check your email regarding if your child is in the morning or afternoon session.

 

Our learning next week


English: Our grammar focus will continue to look at how we recognise similes. 

Continuing to examine this terms large book: The BFG, the children will be creating their own friendly giant using expanded noun phrases and similes in descriptive writing.

 

Maths: In multiplication we will be thinking about the x multiplication symbol and investigating how we problem solve using pictures. We will also assess how they are progressing with Time Table Rockstars at home.

 

Science: Continuing our Growing Healthily topic we will be discussing how animals and humans reproduce in different ways. For example, how long are different animals pregnant for, which animals have eggs etc.

 

History: The children have been fascinated with Florence Nightingale and next week we will be examining the timeline of her life.

 

RE: As part of this terms topic of The Gospel we will be discussing Forgiveness.

Dance and movement - thinking about how we use different parts of our body

Friday 7th January 2021

 

Happy New Year! Welcome to 2022 and the start of another term. The children have settled in very well and we've just about managed to get used to getting up early on the frosty cold mornings.

 

This term is called Growing Healthily which links our Science topic of healthy eating and a healthy body and the History subject looking at Florence Nightingale and comparing 19th century hospitals with modern hospitals. You will see in your child's contact books that we have included topic related spelling to practise this term which relates to this.  Don't forget to also look in the home learning section for this term's long project and weekly spellings.  We will also be including some additional Maths homework from this term. We will notify you in this newsletter when we have included any Maths homework as it may not be every week.

 

Important notices

 

Welcome: This term we welcome Miss Bryant to the year 2 team. She is completing her SCITT  teacher training specifically with 2J during Term 3.

 

Dance: The school are planning to take part in the East Sussex 'Lets Dance' festival held in Eastbourne on 14th March 2022 for all enthusiastic dancers across primary schools in the country. We therefore are going to be holding a 'give it a go' session on Monday 10th January for any children who are interested in participating. This term we are coincidentally teaching dance as our PE focus so we have discussed this with the children today.  If you feel your child would be interested in participating in this exciting event could you please discuss this with them and let your teacher know via their contact book.

 

Swimming: Next week will be 2J, please remember your kit including towel.

 

Forest School: Next week will be 2M, please check your email regarding if your child is in the morning or afternoon session.

 

Our learning next week


English: Our grammar focus will be introducing and exploring similes. 

We will be beginning this term's big read The BFG. The children will be drawing the BFG and labelling him using expanded noun phrases learnt from last term and similes. We will then go onto descriptive phrases looking at the protagonist Sophie using mindmapping techniques.

 

Maths: This term we are starting our multiplication and division unit. Starting with arrays which we will recap from year 1 we will then be examining equal groups making our own equal groups and then using them in addition equations.

 

Science: as part of Growing Healthily the children will be looking at different animals and humans and examining how they grow and stay healthy. We will be discussing what different babies animals have.

 

History: we will be look at Florence Nightingale discussing who she was and why she is famous. We will look at our history time lines to explore when in history she was alive. 

Week 1 Photos: Completing our learning about money and 2J's Forest School

Photos: how high can we count in 2 minutes?

Thursday 17th December

 

We would like to wish you all a merry, peaceful and healthy Christmas and New Year.

 

Thank you also to each and every one of you  for your amazing and generous gifts; we really do appreciate them all.

 

Looking forward to seeing you again in 2022!

Nativity Performance link

Friday 10th December

 

This week must go down as one of the most eventful and exciting of the year. The children surpassed expectations with their excellent Nativity performances. It is easy to forget that they didn’t have the full experience last year of watching the older children perform as they sang and danced in support when they were year 1. Each and everyone of them should be so proud of how brilliantly they did.
 

Thank you so much for your understanding regarding how we have had to control the numbers able to watch, as one parent said they were just grateful they could see their child and we’re so delighted we found a way to make that happen. We put some photos up last week and have added a few more below. Details of the recording and where to find it will be forwarded to you as soon as it is available.

 

We rounded off the week with a visit from the local fire brigade helping us re-enact the Great Fire of London. The children were so excited and the wind had perfect timing as it mirrored the conditions of the weather on September 1666 whipping up the flames. We would all like to say thank you to the firemen who attended and helped us bring history to life. We would like to add that we were all so impressed with the Tudor houses you were able to make, we’re not sure who enjoyed making them more - the children or the parents/grandparents.

 

Of course we also had another special visitor on Friday, it was very exciting and we now can’t wait for the night of 24th when we hope he agrees that all of year 2 should definitely be on the ‘nice’ list! Thank you to Boris and Doris the crazy elves!

 

Important notices 

 

Swimming: We will be swimming next week with 2M

 

Church: At the time of publishing we still expect the whole school Christmas Church service to take place on the last day of term (Thursday). Please bring your child to church in the morning as per our usual Church routine.

 

Our learning next week

 

It will be a slightly altered timetable next week but there will still be learning with spelling, guided reading and handwriting as part of their normal daily routine.

 

English:

The children will be recalling the firemen’s visit and writing in the first person about what Christmas means to us.

 

Maths:

We will be consolidating our money unit with some Christmas shopping problem solving. We will also be revisiting Times Table Rock Stars to see how we’ve progressed this term.
 

Science:

We will be completing our topic of materials.  
 

In addition we will be looking ahead to next term’s English reader with Road Dahl’s The BFG by looking at the recent film. You should have been sent an email regarding this. As the film is a PG could you please let you class teacher know via your child’s contact book if you do not want your child to watch it.

 

 

The Great Fire of London - re-enactment

More Nativity images

Friday 3rd December 2021

 

We are full on in Christmas mode at the moment.  The classrooms are decorated, the elves have been visiting, the tree is up in the main hall and the Nativity has had the final dress rehearsal. The children have been so excited and it's been such fun witnessing their excitement.  We are looking forward to next week's Nativity and are so pleased that we can share it with you. We have also been very creative this week in preparation for the Christmas Fair and are looking forward to showing you what we have made on Saturday.

 

Important notices:

 

Nativity:

Please remember the performances are as follows:

2J - Tuesday 7th December at 9:45am

2M - Tuesday 9th December at 9:45am

 

The children will also be performing to some of the Year 1 parents on Monday 6th.

 

Father Christmas:

We are really looking forward to our visit on Wednesday, please remember to sign up on parent pay if you haven't already done so. Wednesday is also Sir Henry Fermor's Christmas Jumper Day, the children can be as bright and sparkly as they like.

 

Home Learning Tudor Houses:

These are due in by Wednesday 8th, we will be 'showing and telling' on Friday in preparation for the Fire Service 'big burn' on Friday afternoon. Look out for photographs on this page next week.

 

Forest School:

No Forest School next week.

 

Swimming:

2J next week.

 

Our Learning next week

 

Understandably a lot of the week will be dedicated to the Nativity performances we will however still be covering as much as the curriculum as time allows.

 

Maths

We will be assessing their addition and subtraction learning from this term.

 

English

The children will be editing their Great Fire of London diary then recalling experience performing in the Nativity play using past tense vocabulary.

 

Science

Children will be exploring why objects are made of plastic or metal.

 

Art

We are continuing with our Christmas themed art and decorations which the children will be bringing home at the end of term.

 

 

Friday 26th November 2021

 

It's beginning to feel a lot like Christmas in Year 2. This week we have been creating some art as part of our stage backdrop and producing lovely nativity pictures to identify the key nativity characters. The stage is now set and we have been busy rehearsing for our Nativity play again this week, well done to everyone who has been learning their words, we really have seen a massive improvement from where we started last week.  Details regarding the dates/performance times should be sent to you on a separate email.

 

You can help your child to learn the songs , they are all saved in Children - Video Resources Centre - Year 2 on this website. 

 

 

 

Moths to a Flame updatethe moths that we decorated for Sustainable Living in Crowborough a couple of weeks ago to bring attention to the Climate change focus at the recent COP 26 in Glasgow are on display at the Community centre, Pine Grove, until the end of this month. All are welcome to visit as they make an amazing display altogether!

 

Important notices:

 

Costumes:

Please send all nativity costumes in by Monday 29th November (this Monday).

 

Forest School:

Forest School has now finished for term 2 due to Nativity and Christmas commitments.

It will resume in Term 3 and 2J will have it on Wednesday 5th January. 

 

Swimming:

Next week 2M, please may we remind you to bring a swimming hat.

 

Our Learning next week:

 

Maths

We will be continuing to calculate coins and notes exploring different ways to find the same value. We are also practising our times table using Times Table Rock Stars, well done to all of you who are using this regularly, we are starting to notice the difference in the children's results.

 

English

In spelling and grammar we will be exploring homophones which links in with a lost of the spellings this term. In addition we will be examining the diary of Samuel Pepys during the Great Fire of London and looking at features of the Great Fire. We will then be imagining that we are in the fire and writing our own diary extract.

 

Art

We will be having a Christmas creative day on Thursday.  Thank you to Ella Smith's family for supplying an amazing number of loo rolls to help us create our Nutcracker soldiers.  We will also be making Christmas presents and tree decorations.  If any of you have any spare (small) sparkly craft items that we could use to decorate the presents and tree decorations with we would welcome any donations but that is only if you have some already, we DO NOT expect you to buy any as we do have some in school already.

 

 

Friday 19th November 2021

 

Another dress up Friday! What fabulous costumes we witnessed today, everywhere was spotty!  Thank you again for your generous donations, we know we ask a lot but we appreciate each and every £1 you donated.

 

This week has been full on rehearsals, the children have been so patient as we begin to bring their performances to life.  We were working this week on projecting their voices so everyone can hear them at the back!  Please check out the email regarding the date and seating arrangements.

 

Important notices:

 

School photo: please remember all children will need their ties and correct attire for their individual and family photos on Tuesday 23rd November.

 

Tudor House - home learning: please check your child's contact book for their written instruction on how to build a house.  If you would like to follow along with the video illustrating how to do this you may look at this You Tube link:  

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vx3l8ebV0eY

 

 

Forest School:

This week will be 2M. We will be doing this in a morning or afternoon session so please refer to your original email to find out which session your child is.

 

Swimming:

Next week will be 2J.

 

Our Learning next week:

 

Maths

We will be focusing on money this week looking at coins and notes, the children will be identifying them then looking at addition problem solving questions. We will also be practising our times tables and looking at how the children are progressing with their Times Tables Rock Stars, please remember to try this at home if you haven't already done so.

 

English

Next week we are looking at past tense verbs incorporating our senses by using expanded noun phrases.

 

Science

With our materials we will be exploring how they feel. How can we manipulate them? Can they change shape when we squash, bend or twist them?

 

Nativity

Most of our afternoons when not busy with swimming, Forest School or Science will be occupied with our Nativity rehearsals.  Don't forget the songs are on our website - Children/Video Resource Centre if you wish to practise.

 

English

 

What a spotty Friday!

Friday 12th November 2021

It was lovely to see everyone today in their pjs and onesies and thank you all so much for your generous donations.  We had fun checking out all the super heroes, unicorns, dinosaurs and Disney Characters!  You will see a few photos of our day below along with a 'slumber party' reading session with Mr Lucas. 

 

This week we have also begun the rehearsal process for our Nativity, the children have been so enthusiastic and we are looking forward to showing you their talents next month, further information regarding the shows will be forwarded to you in the next few weeks. 

 

We would also like to say a big thank you and well done to everyone in Year 2 for their conduct and excellent behaviour on Thursday's Remembrance Day - 2 minutes silence.  They conducted themselves admirably and we had many teachers from other year groups coming up to us to say what a credit they were. We are all so very proud of them. 

 

Important notices:

 

Nativity costumes:

Please look out for notification regarding your child's part in this year's Nativity. If you have any queries please speak to your class teacher. Could we please have everything in by Monday 29th December. Thank you.

 

Odd Sock day:

Next Monday will be Odd Sock day as part of our Kindness Week. Children may wear odd or colourful socks and tights.  

 

Forest School:

Next week will be 2J. Please look out for the email notifying you if you are the morning or afternoon session.

 

Swimming:

Next week will be 2M. At present we still do not have any parent helpers so if you were available next Tuesday from 1:25pm we would really appreciate your help.

 

Our Learning next week:

 

Maths

The children will be looking into strategies for adding 3 one digit numbers we will then begin looking at the money unit and recapping on their values.

 

English

Next week will be continuing with our unit on writing instructions. We will be looking at how to write the instructions for making our model house. For further details regarding this please look at the Home Learning - Project for Term 2 page.

 

History

We will be investigating and exploring the timeline for the Great Fire of London.

 

Nativity

Now that the children know which parts they have it will be full steam ahead with rehearsals for the next few weeks.

 

 

 

Friday 5th November 2021

 

 

Welcome back to term 2 and a warm welcome to Sofia who has joined us in 2M. We have a packed term ahead which includes many lovely treats but most importantly our Nativity performance which we will start rehearsing very soon.  Please look out for further information regarding details, script practise and costume information which will be forwarded to you next week.

 

Important notices:

 

Home Learning:

Please look at the home learning page for this term's home learning project connected to our History topic - The Great Fire of London.

 

Forest School

It has been lovely seeing the children during these sessions, you will see some photos below from this week.  Next week will be 2M, due to Church service and staff training the entire class will be in the afternoon so please bring their clothes to change into.

 

Swimming

Next week will be 2J

 

Church:

Next Wednesday's Church service will be on the theme of Remembrance, please meet us at 8:45am at All Saints Church.

 

Our Learning next week:

 

Maths

We will be experimenting and problem solving with number bonds to 100.

 

English 

Continuing with instruction writing the children will be using imperative verbs to write instructions on how to make a Remembrance Day poppy.

 

Science

This term's topic is materials. We will be identifying natural and man made materials and sorting them. We will be naming naturally occurring materials and man made materials.

 

Art

We will be making Rembrance Day poppies, this will link in with our English topic and Church service.

 

Nativity

We will begin to including rehearsals to our afternoon sessions.

 

 

 

Friday 5th November 2021

Friday 22nd October 

It was wonderful to see you all at parent's consultation this week. The support and enthusiasm from all parents cannot be underestimated and we appreciate it. Thank you also for your amazing island homework projects, we have been overwhelmed with the creativity and detail of the children's work.  You will see a sample of the children's masterpieces in the pictures below.
 

Have a lovely half term break. Please remember it is inset day on Monday 1st November and therefore returning to school on the 2nd.

 

Important notices:

 

Forest School: 

You will be pleased to know term 2 brings the welcome return to our popular sessions. They will be on a Wednesday starting from the first week (3rd November). As before each class will participate on alternate weeks; the first week will start with 2J. . We WILL NOT have Forest School towards the end of term due to Christmas activities. Please look out for an email regarding all the information from the Forest School team. 

 

Swimming:

Will resume immediately on our return with 2M on Tuesday 2nd November.

 

Our Learning next term

 

Maths

Will be a continuation of addition and subtraction to 100. Later in the term we will be exploring in more detail 2D and 3D shapes.

 

English

We will start the new term looking at instructional writing and continue with our Guided reading activities. There will be no spellings over the half term but please look out for new spellings on the Friday of the first week back.

 

History

This will be a history dominant term exploring the subject of the Great Fire of London. This is an exciting subject which children have enjoyed in the past. We hope you can engage with this at home too so please look out for nexts term’s Great Fire of London related Termly Homework Project in our Home Learning section of our Class Page on this website.

 

Science

Next term we will be investigating materials delving deeper and building on their investigations from last year.

 

R.E

We will be introducing and understanding the Christmas story, this will link in with our Nativity celebrations later in the term.

 

Art/British Values

We will begin the term focusing on   Remembrance commemorations creating our own poppies.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Friday 15th October

 

Thank you for all the scrummy chocolates you donated today, these will go towards the Christmas Fair contributions which will help so much to raise much needed funds for the school. For further details please see the FOF webpage.

 

Important notices:

Please note this terms large homework topic to create our own island inspired by Katie Morag’s Isle of Struay is due in next week. Can we please have them all in by Tuesday 19th.

 

Parent Consultation:

Please remember to book your time slot for next Tuesday or Thursday, we are really looking forward to meeting you to discuss how your child has settled in.

 

Swimming:

The final swimming this term is 2J.

 

Our learning next week

 

Maths

We have been continuing to focus on addition and subtraction. Next week we will be looking at 10 more and 10 less and consolidating our understanding of 10s and 1s to help us add and subtract numbers to 60.

 

English

This is our final week with the Katie Morag stories.  Building on this week’s examination of verbs which we mind-mapped and turned into sentences using the past tense, we will be creating our own stories, imagining that we were Katie living in the Scottish Isle.
 

Science 

During this final week of term we will be summarising what we have learnt about animals and plants and their habitats.


Geography

We will be “showing and telling” our Island homework looking at all the geographic features we have learnt this term.

Music

All this term we have been exploring Scottish music and discovering different percussion and wind instruments.

 

Also to celebrate the end of our Scottish themed topic this term we will be having our own Fermor version of a Ceilidh with music, dancing and some Scottish foodie treats to finish off the week.

 

 

 

 

Friday 8th October 2021

 

Thank you to all of you for your kind donations towards our Harvest Festival. We all thoroughly enjoyed the morning in church and the children, as the oldest year group there, set an excellent example to the younger children. 
 

Important notices:


Lunch orders:

Can we please remind you to place your child’s lunch order on parent pay prior to each day, preferably the weekend before. Can you also discuss with your child their preference as we are unable to change their orders on the day. Your co-operation with this is appreciated. 
 

Swimming: Please remember next week’s swimming is 2M.

 

Our learning next week

 

Maths

We will be continuing to look at addition and the related facts included in number bonds. In particular we will concentrate on doubling numbers.

 

English

We will further explore the Tiresome Ted story in the Katie Morag series. After the adventures last week where Ted was lost by Katie and miraculously found by Mrs Saunders from our office; we will be recalling his adventures using verbs and discussing what action words we could use.

 

History

We dip back into History next week as the children discuss what we mean by History. As part of our Time Team termly topic we will be identifying on a time line what we have learnt so far in key stage one. We will ask the questions - can we identify where we are in the time line, where would we place other time periods, events or people we have already learnt about? We will then discuss what some of us already know about history from our families and where we think this fits onto our timeline.

 

Art

Last week, inspired by landscape art from the Impressionists and Post - Impressionist movement the children created some fantastic coastal sketches. Next week, based on these observations we will be designing and creating landscapes using paint and wax resist.

 

R.E.

Concluding our study of the Creation the children will be considering Adam and Eve.  They will consider how they felt as we consider our own relationships to each other.


 

 

Friday 1st October 2021

 

It has been a productive week as the children are beginning to find their feet in Year 2. They have all worked very hard but have particularly embraced the Geography topic of aerial mapmaking, which we have been exploring with different media. This week we investigated how to make an aerial model of our own classrooms using Lego. In the photos below I’m sure you can see their interpretations of the classrooms including windows and doors, desks, computer screens and even the teachers at their desks!

 

Important notices:


Swimming: next week will be 2J.

 

Harvest Festival: next week the school will be celebrating Harvest Festival at All Saint’s Church where we welcome your gifts of nonperishable foods. This year we will be celebrating as a key stage with Years 2, 1 & Early Years. This will be on Thursday 7th October. Please take your child directly to church at drop off in the morning as you would on normal church days.

 

Our learning next week

 

Maths

We will be delving in addition and subtraction up to 100 using the place value strategies we have been exploring this term. The children will be introduced to fact families where the inverse of an addition calculation uses the same digits in its subtraction calculation.

 

English

This week we hear about Katie Morag and Tiresome Ted. The children predict what will happen as the story takes a dramatic turn. Using Talk for Writing techniques they story map their predictions. They will then go on to create a poster linked to these events, discussing the feelings of the characters which links into our PSHE topic of relationships.

 

Geography

We will be looking into mapping the Isle of Struary using ideas and techniques developed so far this term.

 

Art

2M will be looking at landscape art inspired by the Impressionist and Post Impressionist which 2J looked at last week.

 

RE

 Following on from our Harvest celebrations the children will be considering who they would give thanks to.

 

Science

We will continue to explore habitats looking at micro habitats of mini-beasts. Taking pictures and sketching what we can find of some habitats in the school grounds.

 

 

 

 

Friday 24th September 2021

 

 

There was a lot of excitement this week as Year 2 were the first year group to have a class trip. This was part of our cross curricula topic incorporating Geography where we were investigating the physical and human features of Crowborough and our English reader the Katie Morag. The children wrote a letter to Mairi Keddewick and whilst we were touring Crowborough they visited the post office and posted the letter. If we get a reply we will let you know.


Important notices

Swimming: next week will be 2M.


Our learning next week

 

Maths

Continuing place value next week we will be looking at numbers up to 100. We will also be recapping number bonds to 20.

 

English

We will be predicting a new Katie Morag story and continuing to answer comprehension questions about the text. The children will also be relating their own experiences to the characters in the story.

 

RE
We have been looking at the Creation story but next week we will look ahead to Fermor’s harvest festival. We will be discussing why Christians celebrate harvest and what the word harvest means.

 

Science

We have been looking at living and non-living things and exploring what habitats are suitable for different animals and plants. Next week we will be looking at micro-habitats and mini-beasts.

 

Geography

Building on our field trip we will be looking at planned perspectives and making a plan using lego.

 

Art

Starting to look at coastal landscape artists, this will include the Impressionist and the Post-Impressionists. 

 

Weekending Friday 17th September 2021

 

The children have now completely settled into the routine of Year 2 and are quietly setting a good example to the younger children. It has been another busy week but they have all risen to the challenges.

 

Maths

We have finally completed our assessments and the children have surprised themselves at how they’ve been able to master a few mathematical problems. From next week we will be consolidating on some of their learning and addressing any misconceptions so that we can move forward and expand their place value knowledge.

 

English

 

We have been continuing with the Katie Morag stories and clarifying some more new words; do you know what burrach mean? We’re sure your child could tell you! In Guided Reading they have begun to discuss the story and answer comprehension stories on the text. This is an important skill and is something you could do to support your child when reading at home. We have continued to  identify nouns and adjectives and have written simple expanded noun sentences with different sentence openers.

 

Spelling

Don’t forget to look at the home learning section of this class page for the first assigned spellings. It would be really helpful if the children could practise these during the week as we will do also in class. Your child will either be a Sunflower, Buttercup, Marigold or Tulip.

 

Geography

We had fun this week looking at aerial photography. The children looked at a traditional 2d aerial photograph of Crowborough and in particular the buildings and surrounding land of the school. They then began to look in detail at our school through Google Earth. We discussed the human and physical features of what we could see and how some things were obscured by vegetation. We then took ourselves outside to see what in our aerial photograph we could identify. The children were fantastic at identifying the field, pathways, solar panels on the school roof and car park. Some of them were amazed that the birds eye view enabled them to find the roof above their classroom and even the flag pole and markings on the playground. Hopefully you can see some of this in the photos below. Next week we will be exploring beyond our school into Crowborough town, an event we are very much looking forward to. Thank you again for all of you who have volunteered to accompany us on this trip.

 

Swimming

This week was 2Ms turned to experience swimming for the first time this year. They all did amazingly well and will find out which group they are in on 28th September, please can we remind you that they will not be able to swim without any voluntary help so thank you to the one volunteer we have had so far. Next week - Tuesday 21st September - will be 2Js turn.

 

P.E.

This term the children will be concentrating on skills linked to athletics. Earlier we were concentrating on team building and collaboration and this week we have been stretching our legs and learning techniques to build up our running speed. To help us with this Mr Miller who is a personal trainer came in to guide them on the correct positions and techniques. They had enormous fun and we are hoping that we can invite him back for another session soon.

 

We hope you have a lovely weekend and look forward to seeing you next week.

 

Best wishes

The Year 2 Team

 

 

 

 

 

 

Week ending Friday 11th September 2021

 

Welcome to the first newsletter of this academic year. We all hope you have had a restful summer and are ready for this next chapter.
It is always a daunting prospect starting a new year with an unfamiliar class room and new routines to navigate. For most there have been new teachers or teacher assistants to get to know but the children have adapted brilliantly. In particular we would like to welcome the new children who have started with us this term, they have been amazing and although understandably nervous on day one they have settled really well and are already making friends and learning the Fermor routines. Well done everyone for making them so welcome!

 

In class we have started to reacquaint the children with their new timetable and curriculum:

 

English

We began the week by talking about our summer holidays and sharing with the class where in the United Kingdom we have travelled to. The children then identified on a map where they had been and wrote a few sentences about their summer. This links well with our Geography topic but also consolidated the UK work they did last year. We have also been introduced to the Katie Morag stories. The children were able to predict what they thought would happen in the first story ‘Katie Morag Delivers the Mail’ and as part of their guided reading lessons we were identifying and clarifying the meaning of new words in the text. We also revisited nouns and adjectives as we began to described the Isles of Struay. Next week we will continue to explore the books of Katie Morag and develop our knowledge of nouns and adjectives eventually moving on to expanded noun phrases later in the term.

 

Maths

This week has all been about consolidating the children’s place value knowledge. We have had lots of fun with manipulatives including diens bricks and bead strings trying to find new and innovative ways to make two digit numbers. We have also been reminding ourselves how to count in twos, fives and tens. At the end of the week we began to work as a whole class looking at how to read a variety of Maths questions. Next week will be focusing on assessing what they have remembered from last year and this will inform the planning for the remainder of the term.

 

Science

We had fun in the sun this week as we began our topic of living things and their habitats. We went out into our wooded area to explore what living things, dead things and none living things we could find and then sorted them into categories back in our classrooms. We had much fun trying to decide whether a feather was living or dead or if a twig was dead once it fell off the tree. Next week we will continue this theme and will examine some of the different habitats of animals and plants.

 

Geography

We began this term's topic Time Team by comparing the aerial views of Crowborough and the Isle of Coll which is the inspiration for Katie Morag's Isle of Struay. We used Google Earth to find Crowborough and had fun trying to find the school and All Saints Church which we had been to that morning. The children also challenged themselves to remember the four countries that make up the UK.

 

Swimming

Please make a note to look at the letter regarding swimming. Children will need to bring in their swimming costume/shorts, hat, towel and goggles (if the children wish).  The first lesson is with 2M  on Tuesday 14th September. (2J will be the following week). If you are able to volunteer to support and help with this please can you let the office know. 

 

Walk into Crowborough - Wednesday 22nd September from 1:30pm

Finally we have sent you a letter regarding the year 2 walk into Crowborough as part of this term's topic. We would really appreciate some helpers to support us and the children as they walk into and back to town.  Please could you let your class teacher or the office know as soon as possible if you are able to help us in this regard.

 

The children have worked really hard this week so we hope that they and you have a lovely weekend and we look forward to seeing you back in school on Monday.

 

Best wishes

The Year Two Team.

Newsletters

Our first newsletter for this academic year will go live on Friday 10th September. Please check back then to see what interesting and exciting things the children have been doing during their first full week back.

Swimming

Swimming will start next week (week beginning 13th September) and the Year 2 swimming day is Tuesday, running alternate weeks for each class.  Please ensure that your children have a full swimming kit to include a swimming costume/ shorts, a towel, a hat and if your child would like goggles please send these also.

You will receive a letter to remind you about the dates that each class are in the pool.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Friday 16th July

Year 2 have been very busy this week! We have finished our marvellous wheeled vehicles, following our plan carefully. Thank you for all the junk bought in so that the children could achieve their creation! We have also been able to watch the James and the Giant Peach film to sum up our learning in English this term! We had an exciting visit from author David Fuller and had a snippet of one of his stories, starring the main character Alfie Jones!

Friday 9th July

As you know, we have had our sports week this week and we have had a fantastic time taking part in various sporting activities! We started the week with the Sussex games on the field, learning and trying different games like 'under and over' and a assault course challenge! We then had a HIIT workout in the hall. On Wednesday it was our swimming gala, which was a fantastic event and everyone tried really hard! Finally we ended the week with our sports day and the daily mile challenge!

We are beginning our exciting DT project next week, can we kindly ask for your child to be sent into school with a variety of junk modelling materials to create their vehicle! 

English

This week we have continued with part to of the story Lakshmi and the Washerwoman. We had a go at clarifying any words we did not know by ourselves and noting these down to look up in a dictionary later. We then wrote a couple of our own comprehension questions, predicted what the sequel to this story might be and then summarised what had happened. We also had a go at sequencing the story.

 

Maths

We have been continuing subtracting a 1-digit number from a 2-digit number using number-lines and then solving the problems mentally using the column subtraction method. We have also learnt how to tell the time to quarter to the hour.

 

History

We have been learning about some 20th century explorers: Jessica Watson, David de Rothchild and Ellen MacArthur. We looked at their early life and their exciting explorations! We then wrote about our favourite 20th century explorer and why.

 

Geography

We have been diving deeper into the continent of Asia, by learning about the country India. We found India on the globe and then learnt about ways of life in India and looked at some pictures. After that, we wrote about some similarities between India and a country in Europe using conjunctions.

 

Key dates:

Transition morning - Monday 12th July

There will be no forest school for either class on Tuesday 13th July.

Friday 2nd July 2021

 

English

This week we have been continuing our learning on poetry. We had a look at the features of a listed poem and how they have numbers and repeat until the end. We used our prior knowledge of mini-beasts and chose one we would like to write a poem about. We mind mapped ideas for adjectives and verbs related to the mini-beast of our choosing and wrote our own poem about it using these words. Next week we will be sequencing stories and reading the next part of Lakshmi and the Washer woman. 

 

Maths

We have been continuing how to subtract a 1-digit number from a 2-digit number using tens and ones and number-lines. We learnt how to subtract doing more than one jump at a time using our tens and ones knowledge. We have also continued learning about time and how to tell the time to quarter past. Next week we will continue with subtraction and will be learning how to tell the time to quarter to the hour.

 

PE

We have been busy preparing for Sports Day this week and making sure we have practised all the activities ahead of Wednesday! We also took part in the charity day hour group challenge and had t try and throw five bean bags in a bucket! We have raised lots of money for the wonderful charity NSPCC.

 

Important messages

  • As it is sports week next week (week commencing 5th July) please send your children to school in sports clothing every day that week, except for Friday 9th July as there will be a special service taking place due to the Bishop Ruth visiting, so they will be required to wear their uniform that day.
  • On sports day (Wednesday 7th July) please make sure your child comes to school with their house group colour t-shirt on.
  • The swimming gala for year 2 will be taking place on Wednesday 7th July in the afternoon. Please send your child to school that day with their full swimming kit
  • May we also remind you to please order your child's lunch the day before, to avoid disappointment as the kitchen staff order enough for the orders that have come in. Many thanks.

 

Key dates:

Sports week: Week beginning 5th July

Sports day: Wednesday 7th July

Swimming gala for all of year 2: Wednesday 7th July

Transition morning - Monday 12th July

Forest school for both classes - Tuesday 13th July - 2J in the AM, 2N in the PM.

Friday 25th June

 

English

This week we have been incorporating our creative week into our English lessons through acting out James entering the giant peach and then exploring poetry. Next week we will be exploring poetry further and writing our own poem.

 

Maths

This week we have been learning how to subtract a 1-digit number from a 2-digit number. We have been using our tens and ones to help us solve these problems and have also drawn them in our books to show the process of exchanging a stick of ten for ten ones. 2J have also been exploring Rangoli patterns which 2N will look at next week. Next week we will be continuing subtracting a 1-digit number from a 2-digit number using tens and ones and number-lines. We will then be learning how to tell the time to quarter past the hour.

 

Creative week

Year 2 have fully embraced creative week! We have made some amazing pieces in Art and DT, also linking to our learning as well as the theme 'flying high'. We have made some butterflies out of wire and tissue paper that will be used as a whole school display in the future. We have created some paper aeroplanes for the challenge of whose can fly the furthest and who has designed the best one. We have also created some food chain mobiles to link to our Science learning.

 

Important messages

  • PE will continue as normal every Friday. Please send your children in with full PE kits which are: Fermor PE T-shirt, black/blue joggers, black/blue shorts, black/red/navy PE jumper for the colder weather.
  • As you know, swimming has started back up again for year 2. You should have now received a letter explaining what children need to come in with on their swimming day and what each class' swimming dates are. If you have not received this letter, please let your class teacher know.
  • As you know, forest school has started back up again for year 2 this term. Please send your child to school with their clothes for forest school.
  • As you may know, there is also plans for our school to have a reflection garden. Mrs Strand would love some ideas and inspiration for how we can utilise the space. If your child would like to contribute, please get them to complete a sketch/picture of their ideas and send in after half term. 
  • May we also remind you to please order your child's lunch the day before, to avoid disappointment as the kitchen staff order enough for the orders that have come in. Many thanks.

 

Key dates:

Forest school 2N: Tuesday 29th June

Swimming 2J: Monday 28th June

Swimming 2N: Thursday 1st July

Sports week: Week beginning 5th July

Sports day: Wednesday 7th July

Swimming gala for all of year 2: Wednesday 7th July

Friday 18th June 2021

English

This week we have been continuing reading James and the Giant Peach and focusing on all thing peaches! We have looked closely at a peach in our groups and written some adjectives to describe the peach using our senses. We mind mapped our adjectives and then wrote some similies inspired by Roald Dahl. We have been looking closely at vocabulary and grammar this week, learning about the terminology verb, adjective, noun and adverb. We identified these words on some posters advertising different places and then were inspired by these to create our own poster as if we were Aunt Sponge and Aunt Spiker  advertising the amazing giant peach!  Next week we will be focusing on creativity as it is creative week and acting out the next chapter of James and the Giant Peach and exploring poetry.

 

Maths

This week we have been learning how to add two 2-digit numbers using column addition and exchanging. We have solved problems using pictures, number-lines and then had a go at solving them mentally. We have also begun learning about time and how to tell the time to the hour and half past the hour and have had a go at reading clocks, drawing hands on the clock to show the time and solved some word problems. Next week we will be learning about subtraction and having a go at some creative Maths!

 

RE

We have continued learning about Hinduism and the law of karma through the game snakes and ladders. We explored the concept of reincarnation through playing the games on tables labelled different things: fish, plant, human, animal, reptile, bird and explored how Hindus are taught that good karma leads them up the ladder to God and the process of moving between the tables represents the process of being re-born. Next week we will be learning about how karma affects an individual.

 

Design and Technology

We begun our DT project this term, preparing for when we create our own wheeled vehicle. We looked at a variety of vehicles and had a go at drawing one of our own and labelling it with the appropriate vocabulary. Next week we will be planning our vehicle.

 

 

Important messages

  • PE will continue as normal every Friday. Please send your children in with full PE kits which are: Fermor PE T-shirt, black/blue joggers, black/blue shorts, black/red/navy PE jumper for the colder weather.
  • As you know, swimming has started back up again for year 2. You should have now received a letter explaining what children need to come in with on their swimming day and what each class' swimming dates are. If you have not received this letter, please let your class teacher know.
  • As you know, forest school has started back up again for year 2 this term. Please send your child to school with their clothes for forest school.
  • As you may know, there is also plans for our school to have a reflection garden. Mrs Strand would love some ideas and inspiration for how we can utilise the space. If your child would like to contribute, please get them to complete a sketch/picture of their ideas and send in after half term. 
  • May we also remind you to please order your child's lunch the day before, to avoid disappointment as the kitchen staff order enough for the orders that have come in. Many thanks.

 

Key dates:

Forest school 2J: Tuesday 22nd June

Swimming 2N: Monday 21st June

Friday 11th June 2021

 

English

This week we have begun a new text: James and the Giant Peach. We have read the first few chapters and will begin chapter 6 next week. We have been writing up descriptions of how James must be feeling working at his Auntie's, descriptions about Aunt Sponge and Aunt Spiker and made some predictions about what will happen in chapter 6! Next week we will be continuing learning around this story.

 

Maths

This week we have learning how to add two 2-digit numbers with column addition and exchanging. We have been using tens and ones to help us solve these questions. Then we have been looking at writing simple fractions of shapes and amounts, for example: 2/4, 1/2 and 3/4. Next week we will be adding two 2-digit numbers using pictures and number-lines and time.

 

RE

We have begun our new topic of Hinduism and have written up some key questions we want to find out during this topic. We then played a game of snakes and ladders and how we felt playing this game. We will explore this game further next week and how it links to karma.

 

Geography

We have begun looking at a new continent, Asia! We had a 'flight' to New Delhi, India and have been using atlases to locate different countries in Asia. We have learnt about some landmarks in Asia and which countries these are in, for example: Batu Caves, Rice Terraces, Taj Mahal, Great Wall of China and Dragon Bridge.

 

Important messages

  • PE will continue as normal every Friday. Please send your children in with full PE kits which are: Fermor PE T-shirt, black/blue joggers, black/blue shorts, black/red/navy PE jumper for the colder weather.
  • As you know, swimming has started back up again for year 2. You should have now received a letter explaining what children need to come in with on their swimming day and what each class' swimming dates are. If you have not received this letter, please let your class teacher know.
  • As you know, forest school has started back up again for year 2 this term. 2N will go first on Tuesday 15th June and 2J will be the following week, Tuesday 22nd June. Please send your child to school with their clothes for forest school.
  • As you may know, there is also plans for our school to have a reflection garden. Mrs Strand would love some ideas and inspiration for how we can utilise the space. If your child would like to contribute, please get them to complete a sketch/picture of their ideas and send in after half term. 
  • May we also remind you to please order your child's lunch the day before, to avoid disappointment as the kitchen staff order enough for the orders that have come in. Many thanks.

 

Key dates:

Forest school 2N: Tuesday 15th June

Forest school 2J: Tuesday 22nd June

Swimming 2J: Monday 14th June

Swimming 2N: Monday 21st June

Friday 28th May

 

English

This week we have been building up to our big write! We all chose and research an African animal we would like to write about. We then planned our fact-files and use our plans to write up a fact file full of information we had learnt about the African animal we had chosen. Next term our English focus will be on James and the Giant Peach.

 

Maths

We have been continuing learning how to add and subtract 1-digit numbers using sticks, stones and number-lines. We will continue with this next term and will also be moving on to adding 2 digit numbers together.

We have also been learning about non-unit fractions of shapes, for example, shading 2/3 of a shape. Next term we will be learning about equivalent fractions.

 

History

We have been researching a female explorer called Mary Kinglsey. We learned about her life and produced a timeline showing the events of her life. Next term we will continue learning about explorers.

 

Important messages

  • PE will continue as normal every Friday. Please send your children in with full PE kits which are: Fermor PE T-shirt, black/blue joggers, black/blue shorts, black/red/navy PE jumper for the colder weather.
  • Next term we will be starting swimming back up again. You should have now received a letter explaining what children need to come in with on their swimming day and what each class' swimming dates are. If you have not received this letter, please let your class teacher know.
  • As you may know, there is also plans for our school to have a reflection garden. Mrs Strand would love some ideas and inspiration for how we can utilise the space. If your child would like to contribute, please get them to complete a sketch/picture of their ideas and send in after half term. 
  • May we also remind you to please order your child's lunch the day before, to avoid disappointment as the kitchen staff order enough for the orders that have come in. Many thanks.

 

Key dates:

Make the rules day - 28th May

Swimming (dry week) for both classes - 7th June

Friday 21st May 2021

 

English

This week we have been learning about meerkats and looking at some non-fiction fact files about meerkats. We started by looking at various fact files about African animals and then eventually wrote our own fact-file about a meerkat using all we had learnt. Next week we will be writing a fact-file about an African animal of our choosing. 

 

Maths

This week we have been learning how to add a 2 digit number to 1 digit number using tens and ones to help us. At first we used manipulatives to solve the addition problems, then we moved on to drawing sticks (tens) and stones (ones) to help us. We focused on how this helps up cross ten in the ones. We have also learnt about unit fractions, which are fractions with a 1 as the numerator. Next week we will be looking at division as the inverse of multiplication and looking at adding 2 digit and 1 digit numbers together and non-unit fractions.

 

History

This week we have been learning about the explorer Christopher Columbus. We spoke about his discoveries and also how even though someone is significant it doesn't always mean all the things they have done are good.

 

RE

This week we continued learning about Eid and how Muslims celebrate this special day. We watched some videos that showed different families celebrating Eid and then we wrote a 'three in a bed' poem about the events of Eid, which means writing three words in one line. 

 

Music

This week we listened and played some African music! We looked at some different African instruments and then had a go at playing these whilst our partners set a beat with their feet.

 

 

Important messages

  • PE will continue as normal every Friday. Please send your children in with full PE kits which are: Fermor PE T-shirt, black/blue joggers, black/blue shorts, black/red/navy PE jumper for the colder weather.
  • Next term we will be starting swimming back up again. There will be a letter to follow soon. As you may know, there is also plans for our school to have a reflection garden.
  • Mrs Strand would love some ideas and inspiration for how we can utilise the space. If your child would like to contribute, please get them to complete a sketch/picture of their ideas and send in after half term. 
  • May we also remind you to please order your child's lunch the day before, to avoid disappointment as the kitchen staff order enough for the orders that have come in. Many thanks.

 

Key dates:

Virtual fire safety talk - 24th May

Make the rules day - 28th may

Friday 14th May

A huge thank you from all the year 2 team for all the junk that was sent in for our junk modelling flowers and plants. The children had a fantastic time and created some wonderful masterpieces! 

English

This week we have been looking at the story Meerkat Mail and have made some predictions, written about character feelings, described the settings in the story, clarified new words and answered some questions about it. We have also watched a fantastic short film involving meerkats called Catch It and wrote some expanded noun phrases about the meerkats and used conjunctions to compare the characters from the film to the ones in Meerkat Mail. Next week we are looking at non-fiction texts about wildlife.

 

Maths

This week we have been learning how to divide by 2 and 10 and looked at numbers that are odd and even all the way to 100. We have also been learning how to recognise a third of shapes and find a third of amounts using bar models. Next week we will be learning how to divide by 10, add a 2-digit and 1-digit number and unit fractions.

 

Geography

This week we have been learning more about the continent Africa. We looked at a map of Africa and found lots of countries within it, 54 to be exact! We then learnt about the country Nigeria and wrote some descriptive sentences using geographical language. Next week we will be focusing on History, learning about some explorers.

 

RE

This week, as it has been Eid we have been learning about how Muslims celebrate the end of Ramadan. We then worked in pairs to create some full moons  and crescent moons! Next week we will be learning more about how Muslims celebrate Eid.

 

Science

This week we have been creating some amazing flower models using junk! We made sure we had all the main parts of the flower in our creations. Next week we are learning about roots and their purpose.

 

Important messages

PE will continue as normal every Friday. Please send your children in with full PE kits which are: Fermor PE T-shirt, black/blue joggers, black/blue shorts, black/red/navy PE jumper for the colder weather. We all enjoyed our PE lesson together on the field today and have also been pleased to use the field for our break times too (with a picture included) - please remember to send in an extra pair of wellington boots to remain in school during the term to avoid damp toes!  During these year group sessions together we will be observing their interactions in preparation for the mixing of classes ready for September.  We will also be talking about this change to the children over the next weeks and will give them many opportunities to select friends that they wish to be placed with next year.  Please speak to your children to prepare them for the transition to Year 3 and speak to us if you have any concerns or considerations.

 

Key dates:

Virtual fire safety talk - 26th May

Friday 7th May 2021

The children had a fantastic day celebrating number day! The day was full of plenty of practical and hands on activities and ended on a high of eating our fraction biscuits!! Thank you for all the wonderful Maths accessories!!

 

English

This week we have been continuing our learning on non-fiction texts, focusing on writing fact-files. We completed our collaborative fact file on Mark Beaumont and then moved on to learning about the famous explorer Ibn Battuta. We read some facts about Ibn in Guided Reading and highlighted a lot of new words that we learnt the defintion of, like Mecca and pilgrimage. We then wrote up some facts we could remember about Iban and wrote these under specific sub-headings. Next week we will be reading the story Meerkat Mail and making predictions and writing descriptions.

 

Maths

This week has been a very Maths filled week with Number day! We continued our learning on division by looking at how to share objects into equal groups and how t his corresponds to a division sentence. We then learnt how to recognise a third by looking at showing a third on different shapes. Number day was full of a times tables tournament between classes, scavenger hunt on the field to find number bonds to 10, 20 and 100, creating pictures using 2D shapes, coin rubbings, making fraction biscuits and finished with different Maths related PE exercises: timing ourselves doing different activities, adding with quoits, finding the multiplication sentence and matching answer on cones and counting how many chest passes we can do! Next week we will be continuing with division and fractions.

 

Science

This week we looked at the process of cress maturing by ordering pictures and writing a sentence for each picture. Next week we will begin creating our own plant/flower out of junk modelling!

 

RE

This week we learnt about the month of Ramadan and what this teaches Muslims about compassion. We wrote some sentences about what Muslims do during the month of Ramadan and watched a video of a family explaining what happens. Next week we will be learning about Eid-ul-Fitr.

 

History

This week we learnt about what makes a person 'significant'. We recapped our knowledge on Florence Nightingale and Neil Armstrong and why they are considered 'significant'. Next week we will be returning to Geography, learning about the continent Africa.

 

 

Important messages

PE will continue as normal every Friday. Please send your children in with full PE kits which are: Fermor PE T-shirt, black/blue joggers, black/blue shorts, black/red/navy PE jumper for the colder weather. We all enjoyed our PE lesson together on the field today and have also been pleased to use the field for our break times too (with a picture included) - please remember to send in an extra pair of wellington boots to remain in school during the term to avoid damp toes!  During these year group sessions together we will be observing their interactions in preparation for the mixing of classes ready for September.  We will also be talking about this change to the children over the next weeks and will give them many opportunities to select friends that they wish to be placed with next year.  Please speak to your children to prepare them for the transition to Year 3 and speak to us if you have any concerns or considerations.

 

Key dates:

Bring in junk modelling to make 3D flowers - week beginning 10th May

Virtual fire safety talk - 26th May

Friday 30th April 2021

The week beginning 10th May, the children will be making some 3D flowers. To do this, we kindly ask you to send your child into school with materials to enable them to do this. Things like: string, card, straw, foil, straws. If the items chosen could be sent in, in a named bag please. Many thanks for your help with this.

 

English

This week we have been learning about non-fiction texts, specifically focusing on fact-files. We have been reading a fact-file about a man called Mark Beaumont who set himself lots of bike riding challenges, particularly cycling around the world in 79 days! We then looked at a variety of other fact-files, highlighting the features: title, sub-headings, pictures, facts/fun facts, paragraphs, text boxes. We had a go at writing some questions we would ask Mark if we were to interview him. We then researched to see if we could find answers to any of these questions and wrote up these facts onto a fact-file about Mark with our partner. Next week we will be finishing our fact-files and then moving on to learning about Ibn Battuta. 

 

Maths

We have been continuing learning about fractions, focusing on how to find a quarter or a number or amount. We used pictures to find a quarter and had a go at using the 'find half, then half it again' method. We also used sharing a number or amount into four equal groups. We had a go at using money to half and then quarter. We have also finished up our learning on multiplication by looking at some multiplication word problems and doubling numbers up to 20 and beyond. Next week we will be learning about thirds and division.

 

Science

This week we looked at the results of our experiment! Both classes were very surprised to see that the cress that was put in the dark grew the most! We wrote up the results of the cress that had water and no water, the cress in light and dark and the cress in the heat and cold. 2J's cress definitely grew the best! Next week we will be looking at the process of germination and growth of cress.

 

RE

This week we have continued our learning about Islam, hearing some Islamic stories involving the Prophet Muhammad and how we would describe the Prophet in the stories. Next week we will be learning about the month of Ramadan.

 

Geography

This week gave been recapping our knowledge of the seven continents of the world and the five oceans. We have been looking at the continent of Europe and some of the countries that make up Europe. We then looked at some landmarks in Europe and what a landmark is. Then we organised some landmarks into those with human features and those with physical features. Next week we will be learning about the continent of Africa and significant individuals in History.

 

Important messages

PE will continue as normal every Friday. Please send your children in with full PE kits which are: Fermor PE T-shirt, black/blue joggers, black/blue shorts, black/red/navy PE jumper for the colder weather. We all enjoyed our PE lesson together on the field today and have also been pleased to use the field for our break times too (with a picture included) - please remember to send in an extra pair of wellington boots to remain in school during the term to avoid damp toes!  During these year group sessions together we will be observing their interactions in preparation for the mixing of classes ready for September.  We will also be talking about this change to the children over the next weeks and will give them many opportunities to select friends that they wish to be placed with next year.  Please speak to your children to prepare them for the transition to Year 3 and speak to us if you have any concerns or considerations.

 

Key dates:

Number day - 7th May

Bring in junk modelling to make 3D flowers - week beginning 17th May

Virtual fire safety talk - 26th May

Friday 23rd April

 

English

This week we have launched into our new topic 'We are Explorers'! We began the week listening to a snippet of the story 'Around the world in 80 days' where we wrote up some predictions of what we thought might happen next. We then highlighted some words we did not know the meaning of like: announced, despite, exactly, butler, acrobat, coast and we have looked at the definitions of these words. Next week we will be learning about a man called Mark Beaumont and his adventures and looking at writing fact-files. 

 

Maths

We have continued our learning on multiplication and fractions. This week we have been learning how to use arrays to write repeated additions and multiplications. We have also been learning how to recognise a quarter of a shape and how this means it is 1 out of 4 equal parts. Next week we will be looking at doubling, division and finding a quarter of amounts and numbers.

 

Geography

This week we have been learning about the 7 continents and the 5 oceans of the world. We labelled a map and learnt about the equator and what this means for continents near and far away from it. We then made some ocean collages to represent the 5 oceans of the world. We also had an exciting trip to Africa this week, we had our own boarding passes and passports and checked in on a flight to Africa, watching the journey on the big screen! Next week we will be learning about the continent Europe.

 

Science

This week we have continued learning about plants. We have focused on the word 'germination' and what this means. We wanted to experiment what plants needed to germinate. We have conducted an experiment this week to see if the cress seeds will germinate without water, with heat and with light. We will check on the cress seeds every day to see what happens. Next week we will be looking at the findings of our cress experiment.

 

RE

This week we have launched into our topic of Islam and our key RE question this term is: How do Muslims show Allah is compassionate and merciful? We wrote up some questions we would like to find out this term and then listened to the story of The Crying Camel and wrote about what this teaches Muslims about compassion to animals.

 

Important messages

PE will continue as normal every Friday. Please send your children in with full PE kits which are: Fermor PE T-shirt, black/blue joggers, black/blue shorts, black/red/navy PE jumper for the colder weather. We all enjoyed our PE lesson together on the field today and have also been pleased to use the field for our break times too (with a picture included) - please remember to send in an extra pair of wellington boots to remain in school during the term to avoid damp toes!  During these year group sessions together we will be observing their interactions in preparation for the mixing of classes ready for September.  We will also be talking about this change to the children over the next weeks and will give them many opportunities to select friends that they wish to be placed with next year.  Please speak to your children to prepare them for the transition to Year 3 and speak to us if you have any concerns or considerations.

 

Key dates:

Number day - 7th May

Virtual fire safety talk - 26th May

Friday 26th March 

 

English

This week we have been continuing our learning on Jim and the beanstalk. We have used a planning sheet to plan out our own version of the story by changing two of the items the giant asks Jim for. We also noted down any key words and phrases we wanted to include in our versions of the story. We have been writing these up this week using all we have learned!

 

Maths

This week we have continued learning on multiplication, division and fractions. We have been learning how to use the multiplication symbol by looking at arrays and repeated addition. For example, if we had an array the represented 2 lots of 5, this would be written as: 5+5=10 then 2x5=10. We have also been halving quantities and numbers, looking at how we can use pictures and counters to support us. We then looked at some larger numbers and practised partitioning a number into tens and ones to help us half it. For example - 24: 20+4, half of 20=10, half of 4 =2, 10+2=12. 

 

Science

We have been continuing learning on plants and had a look at the progress of our radish seeds and discussed in our groups the changes. We then checked in on the tulip bulb too! We discussed seed dispersal, focusing on seeds in fruit. We learnt about how seeds are dispersed to re-grow else where. We then predicted how many seeds were in different pieces of fruit, we looked at: a pear, a satsuma, a pea pod, a tomato and an apple. We wrote down our predictions, then we open them up and had a look how many there were and to see how close our predictions were!

 

RE

We have been looking at the key question 'why does Easter matter to Christians'. We have learned about the events of Holy week and acted these out. We then looked at the parable of Zacchaeus and how salvation came upon him due to the decisions he made to ask for forgiveness. We linked these to changes we would like to make in our lives, like helping with chores around the house.

Friday 19th March

 

English

This week we have been continuing to explore fairytales. We have read two new versions of Jack and the Beanstalk, titled: Molly and the Beanstalk and Jim and the Beanstalk. We have been enjoying comparing these stories and finding similarities and differences between them. We have been writing sentences using conjunctions like: and, or, but and subordinations like: when, if, because. Finally, we wrote about our own opinions of the three stories, writing down which was our favourite and why and what we liked about it. 

 

Maths

We have been continuing our learning on multiplication and division as well as fractions. We have been learning about 'arrays' and what this means and counting how many are in a column and a row and how we use arrays to write a repeated addition sentence and a multiplication sentence. We have also been drawing our own arrays and testing our partners to work out the repeated addition and multiplication sentence! In fractions, we have continued learning about one half and have been investigating how to fold an oblong in half in different ways.

 

Science

This week we had a look at the progress our radishes had made that we planted last week! We discussed in our groups what changes had happened and took a picture of its progress. We then spoke about the differences between planting a seed and planting a bulb and that a bulb provides its own food, which is why tulips and daffodils re-grow after the Winter. We then wrote sentences about the life cycle of an onion and a tulip.

 

Design and Technology

This week we have begun our project on puppets in preparation for making our puppets at home! We have been learning about puppets, how they are made, how they are used and why they are used. We looked at a variety of puppets and chose our favourite, we then draw a picture and wrote about it, explaining what it is made from and why we liked it. This then helped inspired us to design our own puppet, which had to based on a fairytale character.

Friday 12th March

 

Year 2 have had a fantastic first week back in school! We have had a lot of exciting events this week! To name a few: a mysterious crime scene in the library, planting radishes, nature walks, working with clay and Fermor book day! 

 

English

This week we have continued our learning on the well know story of Jack and the Beanstalk. To our surprise we came in to find there had been a crime committed in the library! We could see mysterious footprints from a human and an animal and some golden beans had been left on the ground! We wrote a recount of what we had seen to help us find out who could have done this! Next week we will be looking at different version of this traditional tale. 

Maths

This week we have begun learning about multiplication and division, focusing on recognising equal groups, making equal groups and adding equal groups. We have also continued learning about fractions, focusing on the fraction one half. Next week we will continue looking at these topics.

Art

We have had lots of exciting art projects this week! First, we created some nature stamps in clay by collecting pieces from the woodlands to print into some clay, which created some really effective pieces. Then we created some 'wild' pictures, using photographs of the Ashdown Forext for inspiration. To create this we used oil pastels and chalk. We also were inspired by the Fermor book day story - The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse. We created some wonderful self portraits using a straw as a quill and black paint to create a drawing similar to the illustrations in the story. 

 

Thursday 17th December 2020

 

We wish you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy new year! We will see you in 2021!

 

Important information 

  • PE will take place on a Friday, alternate depending on if your child's class is doing forest school that week. Swimming for year 2 will not be happening for the last two weeks of term as there is a lot to fit in from now until then. Swimming will continue for year 2 in term 3, 2J will be the first week back. Thank you for your understanding. 
  • Forest school will not be taking place in term 3 for year 2.
  • Krispy Kreme doughnut day will take place on Thursday 17th December. The forms were given in November and should have all been handed in already.
  • If you purchased a nativity CD, this will be handed out at the end of the day today (Thursday 17th December).
  • We will be watching the movie the BFG next term on the first week back as our English writing is based upon this story. Any issues or queries with this, please let us know. Thanks.

 

English

We had a very exciting start to our week this week as we had Andrew the fire investigator in to demonstrate how the Great Fire of London spread so quickly by burning our 17th century houses! We had a fantastic time listening about fire safety and telling Andrew all that we had learnt about the fire of London. We then wrote up about our day using exciting adjectives and verbs.

 

Art

We have had a VERY art week, creating Christmas cards, wreaths and calendars!

Friday 11th December

 

Thank you so much for all the costumes that were sent in and the support and patience as we filmed and produced the nativity in a very different way than previous years. We hope you enjoy watching it when we have finalised the finishing touches! Thanks again, from the year 2 team. The children's big homework project this year was to make a 17th century house and we are so impressed with how these have turned out!! The children have clearly spent a lot of time and effort on these and are very proud of their creations! We would also like to let you all know that we are able to still do class Christmas cards this year, but only to children within our classes. These will be put in our class post box and given out at the end of term to allow time for them to decontaminate. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation with this. Please let your child's class teacher know if you would like a class list.

Important information 

  • PE will take place on a Friday, alternate depending on if your child's class is doing forest school that week. Swimming for year 2 will not be happening for the last two weeks of term as there is a lot to fit in from now until then. Swimming will continue for year 2 in term 3, 2J will be the first week back. Thank you for your understanding. 
  • Forest school will not be taking place in term 3 for year 2.
  • Both Christmas dinner and Father Christmas' grotto will be on Wednesday 16th December. There has been an email sent out regarding booking your child in for the grotto. Please ask your child's class teacher if you are unsure on what this is. 
  • Krispy Kreme doughnut day will take place on Thursday 12th December. The forms were given in November and should have all been handed in already.

 

English

This week we have been finishing and editing our diaries of the Great Fire of London, inspired by Samuel Pepys' diary. We have also looked at acrostic poetry and what these look like and how you write one. We have written one for the word Winter. 

 

Maths

We have been adding and subtracting a two-digit number to a one-digit number this week using manipulatives and number-lines to support us with this. We have also continued learning about money by comparing amounts using the < > or = symbols that we learnt about last term.

 

Art

Year 2 have had a very creative week this week, getting into the festive spirit! We have completed some wonderful Christmas symmetry, calendars and the letter Y to be put out in the advent calendar at the front of our school!

Friday 4th December

Thank you so much for all the costumes that have been sent in this week! We have been overwhelmed with wonderful costumes and the children are so excited to wear their costume in the coming days! Please do not worry if your child has not got a costume for their part, we have been able to supply children without, with one. Thank you for you support with this, from the year 2 team. We would also like to let you all know that we are able to still do class Christmas cards this year, but only to children within our classes. These will be put in our class post box and given out at the end of term to allow time for them to decontaminate. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation with this. Please let your child's class teacher know if you would like a class list.

Important information 

  • PE will take place on a Friday, alternate depending on if your child's class is doing forest school that week. Swimming for year 2 will not be happening for the last two weeks of term as there is a lot to fit in from now until then. Swimming will continue for us in term 3, 2J will be the first week back. Thank you for your understanding. 
  • Forest school be finishing next Friday, the 11th December for 2N. 
  • Christmas jumper day is taking place on Friday 11th December for the Save the Children charity.
  • Both Christmas dinner and Father Christmas' grotto will be on Wednesday 16th December. There has been an email sent out regarding booking your child in for the grotto. Please ask your child's class teacher if you are unsure on what this is. 
  • Krispy Kreme doughnut day will take place on Thursday 12th December. The forms were given in November and should have all been handed in already.

 

English

This week we have been learning about how to write a diary, using Samue Pepys diary of the Great Fire of London as our inspiration. We have been acting out the events of the fire over the five days as well as interviewing each other as if we were there. We have been focusing on how to write in the past tense to support us in writing our diaries, which will also feature lots of past tense verbs as well as adjectives. Next week we will be editing our diaries and writing an acrostic poem about Winter.

 

Maths

We have continued with our learning on addition and subtraction as well as money. At the beginning of the week we were looking out how to calculate 10 more and 10 less than a number, we used our 100 squares to help us. We then related this to adding and subtracting tens in a vertical format. In money, we have been counting and adding a mixture of pounds and pence. Focusing on adding the pounds first then the pence and writing it as follows: £4 and 17p. Next week we will continue with adding and subtracting vertically with a two digit number and a 1 digit number as well as continuing with money.

 

Science

We have continued our learning on materials, focusing on metal and plastic and how there are different types of these materials. For example, the plastic used to make our rulers and the plastic used to make our chairs and which plastic has to be stronger and why. We looked at a variety of objects made of these materials and spoke about why they had to be made from plastic or metal. 

This weeks learning!

Friday 27th November 

You may now be aware that a letter was sent home in contact books on Tuesday regarding roles in the upcoming nativity. As you can imagine, the nativity will look very different this year due to the current situation. To be able to continue to keep the nativity running we will be filming both classes doing separate roles, giving them all a part unless they have said otherwise. Please refer to the note in your child's contact book about the part they have and if you have any costume/s at home that link to their part, these would be greatly received, by Tuesday if possible. If not, please do not worry but just let us know as soon as possible and then we can supply your child with a costume if need be. Many thanks, year 2 team.

Important information 

PE will take place on a Friday, alternate depending on if your child's class is doing forest school that week. As you know, swimming sessions for year 2 will now take place on a Tuesday afternoon. 2N will be swimming this coming Tuesday, Tuesday 1st December. 2J will swim the following Tuesday, Tuesday 8th December. Please ensure your child has a full swimming kit, including swimming hat, costume and towel, goggles are optional. As they can no longer borrow items due to the current situation, so it means they will not be able to swim without the full kit. Forest school will continue taking place on a Friday, alternate weeks for each class. However, this will run differently this week2N will have forest school the following Friday, Friday 11th December. If your child is in Forest and Brook they will be attending the morning session, please send them in, in their forest school clothes (warm, waterproof coat, old, warm clothes, waterproofs, wellies, hat, scarf, gloves, etc.) If your child is in Warren and Ghyll they will be attending the afternoon session, please send them to school in their uniform and pack their forest school clothes for them to change into. Many thanks.

 

English

This week we have continued linking our writing to the Great Fire of London. The children have really enjoyed exploring adjectives using their sense and imagining what it would look/smell/feel/sound like. Using these adjectives they have written some wonderful pieces of descriptive writing about the Great Fire of London, making sure they were writing verbs and adjective in the past tense, whilst also including expanded noun phrases! Next week we will be looking at how to write a diary, using Samuel Pepys' diary as an example.

 

Maths

This week we have continued learning about bonds to 100, this time looking at tens and ones. For example: what do you add to 49 to get to 100? We used our 100 square initially to help us first, counting down in tens then across in ones until we got to 100. Then we were able to see the relationship between the two numbers, for example: you would add 51 to get to 100, as the when you add the ones (9+1=10) they are a number bond to 10, then because of this we drop one when adding the tens, so the tens will make 9 (4+5=9). We have also begun learning how to add 3 single digit numbers by finding the bond to 10 first if there is one, for example: 6+5+4=, find the bond to 10 so 6+4=10, then add the 10 to what is left, 10+5=15. Sometimes this isn't always the case so children have to use their problem solving skills in this scenario! We have also continued our learning on money, counting in pounds using notes and coins. Next week we will be subtracting 3 single digit numbers and counting in pounds and pence.

 

Science

This week we have been looking at the words: bend, stretch, squash and twist. We each ahd a chunk of salt dough to experiment these words with and realised that with salt dough you can do them all and they stay like it for all except for when you stretch it, it breaks! We then had a go at doing all these four words with a variety of materials to see which ones could do it and stay that way and which ones can't. We then discussed in our classes why this was the case and would it be a good thing if all materials could do those things. Next week we will be looking at materials and their uses.

 

History

This week we have looked at some artefacts that were found after the Great Fire of London and that can still be seen today in the Great Fire of London exhibition at the Museum of London. We watched a clip of someone discussing the items and where they were found. We then matched the picture with the correct description.

 

This weeks learning!

Friday 20th November

 

Important information 

PE will take place on a Friday, alternate depending on if your child's class is doing forest school that week. As you know, swimming sessions for year 2 will now take place on a Tuesday afternoon. 2J will be swimming this coming Tuesday, Tuesday 24th November. 2N will swim the following Tuesday, Tuesday 1st December. Please ensure your child has a full swimming kit, including swimming hat, costume and towel, goggles are optional. As they can no longer borrow items due to the current situation, so it means they will not be able to swim without the full kit. Forest school will continue taking place on a Friday, alternate weeks for each class. 2J will have forest school this coming Friday, Friday 27th November, 2N will be the following week on 4th December. If your child is in Forest and Brook they will be attending the morning session, please send them in, in their forest school clothes (warm, waterproof coat, old, warm clothes, waterproofs, wellies, hat, scarf, gloves, etc.) If your child is in Warren and Ghyll they will be attending the afternoon session, please send them to school in their uniform and pack their forest school clothes for them to change into. Many thanks.

 

English

This week we have been learning about how to write a newspaper report. We looked at examples of a newspaper report of the Great fire of London. We then pretended we were reporters and interviewed our talk partners, asking them questions about the fire. We used all of our questions to support us in writing up our own newspaper reports of the events! Next week we will be looking at descriptive writing, linking it to our topic.

 

Maths

This week we have been learning about number bonds to 100 and how number bonds to 10 and 20 can help us solve these. For example, 4+6=10 can help us solve 40+60=100 and 4+16=20. We have also been learning about money and how to add pounds in notes and coins together and write the correct symbol in the correct place.

 

Science

This week we have continued learning about materials and the terms 'man-made' and 'natural'. We looked at a variety of materials and grouped them into natural and man-made and spoke about how the natural materials have been made. We then dug further by looking at how some materials began natural but then were manipulated and turned into a man made material - glass is a good example of this. 

 

Geography

This week we continued looking at famous landmarks in London through the story 'Katie in London'. We listened to the story of all the landmarks Katie visited and then we ordered these landmarks and wrote the names of them next to them. We then mapped out Katie's journey on a map of London.

 

This weeks learning