Welcome to Year 2
The new school year has started well and the children have settled into Year 2. I will endeavour to put as much information up here as I can as well as useful information appropriate to what the children need to learn in Year 2.
Just to advise we are going to be making our castles in both Years 1 and 2, on Friday this week (5th October). We have sent a note home asking that your child brings in something to wear over their clothes to protect them eg. an old t shirt, an old shirt or an apron. We will be getting messy with paint and glue!
If you have any queries about this activity or anything else we are doing in Year 2 please do come and have a chat.
World Book Day 7th March 2019
What a day we had! We managed to keep it a secret as to how we would start the day and the children did a fantastic job of dressing in our class colour of green. After our assembly the children came back into the classroom to work on the book of the day "When the Crayons Quit" by Drew Daywalt. We needed to change them into crayons by making our green hats. We then re read the story and thought about how the main character Duncan could help the crayons and sort out their problems for them. The children are still in the process of writing letters back to the crayon from Duncan solving their problems. In the afternoon the children were able to go and look at all the potato "book character" entries as well as sharing books with children from Year 6. It was lovely to see the children fully engrossed and chatting about the books they were reading together. Sometimes we need time just to enjoy a good book together.
Reading with your child
Thank you for all the effort parents are making with reading with the children. I love to read their reading records to see what books you are reading with the children, what they are reading to their brothers and sisters or on their own. It is great to read your comments as well when your child makes an interesting comment, compares their books to something else they have read or have discovered a new word. I love to hear what their favourite books are. Encouraging children to read is helping them with a life long skill.
Any interesting comments can be written in their reading records, it really does help to hear what you have to say and what the children say at home. If you need any help with talking about the books with the children have a look at the questions at the back of their reading record. If you have any questions about you can help your child further please do not hesitate to contact me or chat to me at the end of the day.
Times Table Rock Stars
The children have all been given their passwords again for this program. It encourages the children to learn their times tables in a quick and fun way. Not only do they learn how to multiply but it also helps them learn the division facts for each table. Most of the children are working on their 2x, 5x and 10x tables. We also work on these in the class by having regular times tables tests - the children are set 60 questions and have to answer as many as they can within the time limit of 3 minutes. The children are challenging themselves and we use the times table rock stars group names to record their scores in class.
Year 1 & Year 2 Nativity
Congratulations to all the Year 1 and Year 2 children who performed their Nativity Play so wonderfully to their parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles on Monday and Tuesday. You are all little stars. Thank you to everyone who came and watched them perform and for the generous donations you made to CAFOD and for purchasing raffle tickets from the Friends of St. Peter’s to raise money for Sports equipment here at school.
** Our PE days this term are Tuesday's. Please can you ensure that your child has a PE kit which incorporates clothing for inside and outside lessons, thank you**
On Wednesday Years 1 & 2 took part in a special African Continent Day for their topic. They both designed and decorated their own wooden, tribal masks using acrylic paints and discussed what part of Africa they came from. They also discussed the symbolism of the colours used on the masks. Year 2 went on a flight to Kenya and had to pass through boarding control with their passports
In the afternoon, both classes participated in a drumming workshop using Djembe Drums. They learnt certain rhythms and discussed dynamics, tone and pitch. Year 1 imitated some sounds of African Savannah animals and Year 2 practised some more complex rhythms in different groups. Both classes performed their music to the rest of KS1 at the end of the day. We all had a lovely day and thoroughly enjoyed the activities!
On Monday 6th November 2017, Year 1 and Year 2 went on a trip to the Brighton Toy Museum. We were amazed by all the different toys we could see and how colourful they were. We saw some toys that were over 100 years old and we had a chance to hear about how toys have changed over time. We saw an old wax doll which was a bit creepy and a beautiful old bear called George who had mohair fur (goats fur). We enjoyed finding out lots of information about the toys and sketching them.