Year 2

Friday 18th December
 
What a fantastic week Year 2! 
 
We have done some wonderful writing based on the Edgar the Dragon Christmas Advert apologising for burning everything in the village in English. I was so impressed with how the children got in to role and used their formal language and letter writing skills! 
 
In Maths we have been exploring measuring length and height and on a very wet day braved the rain to measure parts of the yard! What great teamwork! We also showed we could compare and order measures too and that there are 100cm in a m and we can record measures in cm and m! 
 
In Science we have been exploring the Weather and the Seasons as part of our catch-up curriculum and have been recording the weather over the week, using Scientific language such as wind direction, temperature and rainfall. Great skills Year Two! 
 
We have had our Party Day and had lots of fun with games, quizzes and watching the pantomime as well as making some beautiful cards using our DT skills! We hope you like them! 
 
Have a wonderful weekend Year Two and see you next week for the last two days! Nearly time for the man in red to visit your house - he's already been in school! 
Friday 20th November 
 
Wow Year 2! What another fantastic week! 
 
I am so impressed with the children's work this week and they wrote some outstanding instructions for how to find hidden treasure. We also worked on some tricky Maths where we were dividing by sharing and grouping, as well as our daily four a day. In RE we had a beautiful end of Topic class liturgy and I'm sure you'll agree our focal point, designed by the children and filled during the Liturgy with their reflections on Baptism, looks wonderful! The main focus of our week was Anti-Bullying Week which this year celebrates being United Against Bullying. We began with Odd Socks Day and went on to explore what being United Against Bullying means, how it links to the work of the NSPCC and how it links to children's rights as we are a Rights Respecting School. 
 
Have a wonderful weekend Year 2 - you've earned a nice rest! I wonder if any more Christmas Decorations will be going up this week as we start Advent at the weekend! 
Friday 13th November 
 
Homework Update:
 
We have made some minor changes to homework in Year Two which we hope will make things clearer and easier for families at home. This will be put in to place from Friday 13th November. 
 
Homework will only be set in Reading, Spelling and Maths and will be as follows.
 
Reading
Children should be reading every night and having their reading record signed by an adult so they can move through our Reading Ninjas! 
 
Spelling
 
Children should be practising their spellings daily in their spelling homework book. This book no longer needs to be returned to school - please keep this at home for home practise only. 
 
All spellings for the full half term have been uploaded to the class materials folder in Teams so you always have access to them for the purposes of home practise and a paper copy will be sent home on Monday 16th November. 
 
Spellings will still be tested in a quiz on Fridays. 
 
Maths 
Mathletics new tasks will be set by Mrs Damti on Mondays to be completed by the next Monday. The tasks set will revise areas we have covered in the previous week. 
 
Times Tables Rockstars is for children to practise their tables in a fun and interactive way and can be accessed any time. I would recommend two or three 15 minutes sessions per week but your child can do more if they wish. 
 
There is also a file with additional times tables resources on Teams if you wish to access those. 
 
Please do not hesitate to get in touch if you have any further questions. Have a lovely weekend!
 
Mrs Damti 
 
 
 
 
Friday 6th November
 
We had a fantastic start to the half term this week! The highlight was definitely Mission Day where we explored our namesake St Charles. I was blown away with the children's responses and there fantastic designs for a new school logo! I'm confident we might have a winner! Well done Year Two on a great start to the new half term - you are superstars as usual! 
Friday 23rd October
 
Happy Half Term Year 2! 
 
We have had a brilliant Friday in Year Two for lots of reasons but mainly because we were back together at last! It was so lovely to welcome back our friends who have been working so hard at home! 
 
Another reason was because we had our Special Mission! We were tasked by Commando Joe's to follow in the footsteps of Pocahontas and lead our tribe to safety. First we had to lead the women and children through the dangerous terrain to the safety of the base camp. Some of us had to carry the babies, while the others carried supplies and water! Then we had to transport he crops we'd harvested across the plains to the rest of the tribe before they spoiled! 
 
Year Two - you were amazing! I was so impressed with your  teamwork, resilience and risk-taking! Well done! 
 
What a half-term! Have a lovely relaxing break and see you in a week for Autumn 2! 
Friday 16th October 
 
I think we all agree that it was a week to remember in Year Two! In fact has it only been a week....? 
 
I cannot express how proud I am of each and every one of the children with the way they have coped with this strange week! Whether in school or at home isolating they have been so resilient! I can't wait until we are all together again next week! (Fingers crossed very tightly!) 
 
Here's a flavour of what those of us in school have been up to this week and I loved seeing what you at home have been up to on Teams too! 
Friday 9th October
 
What another amazing week in Year Two! 
 
Today it was so lovely to see the children in their brightest clothes for Brighten Up the Harvest! In RHE we thought about how our emotions can get muddled just like the colours on the Colour Monster, and how colours can represent emotions. We talked about felling 'blue' and how we all felt great today because of all the sunshine colours we were wearing! We also reflected on our strengths and talents as part of our work on self-esteem! Year Two certainly are a talented bunch. 
 
On Wednesday we had a Forest School session with Ms Owens and I was blown away with the children's teamwork, inventiveness and resilience! We created 'bug hotels' and completed a challenge to see which team's could build the highest! They were fantastic! 
 
Another highlight of the week was having our first Teams lesson, where we logged into our remote learning accounts and completed a conjunctions quiz Mrs Damti had created for us. We were so brilliant! 
 
From this week I will be setting weekly grammar homework in fun ways - like quizzes - to do through teams t give the children a chance to get used to the home learning platform and to avoid unnecessary paperwork between home and school. Please do help your child to log in and complete these tasks. They will receive feedback from me too! 
 
Have a great weekend! Mrs Damti 
Friday 2nd October
 
Wow - what another amazing week in Year 2! 
 
This week we have been learning about St Paul in RE and how he showed others how to be a 'holy child of God'. We wrote short biographies about him and explained why he is so important to Christians. We then did a beautiful collective worship to reflect on our topic. 
 
In English we have been looking at 'The Ugly Sharkling' and using it as a stimulus to persuade! We looked at why Harry the spider was a good friend and what persuasive language to use to convince someone else! Nest week we will be writing our letters to persuade others about why some animals make good pets! 
 
In Maths we have worked really hard on some tricky topics like counting back in tens from any number, place value charts and we did our weekly arithmetic test! I am so proud of how resilient the children have been when they have found something tricky and they have blown me away with their place value knowledge!
 
In Science we investigated our own questions about the preferred microhabitats of woodlice and went into forest school to collect our data after we made a prediction. Next week we will present our data and draw our conclusions! I wonder which microhabitat will be the winner! 
 
Have a wonderful weekend Year 2! Relax and have fun! 
 
Remember to read your library books or books you love at home and record in your reading record as your reading books are in quarantine! Log in to Mathletics and have a go at the tasks I've set too! 
 
Mrs Damti
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Autumn Week 3: Friday 25th September
 
In Year Two we have had another fantastic week! 
 
In Maths we have continued to look at Place Value and the children have blown me away with their ability to solve problems based on counting in steps of 2 and the tricky 3s! In English we have been writing our own traditional tales about 'The Three Little...' which Mrs Damti can't wait to read! 
In History we looked at the changes to Newcastle and Gosforth over time, using photographs as our sources. The children were able to identify how Gosforth High Street and St James' Park had evolved over time from their observations! Well Done! 
In Art we used coloured pencils to create different shades by changing the pressure we used and we all created colour bars from dark to light. We then applied this technique to shading a leaf. We are building up to a Still Life based on the work of Henri Rousseau!
In RHE we looked at empathy and what it means , and how sometimes people might hide and their feelings and why. I was blown away by the children's thoughtful and sensitive ideas about this. 
In RE we developed our own Liturgical dances and Miss Hamer was so impressed! 
 
I have set Mathletics tasks this week so please log in and have a go! Please speak to Mrs Damti on Monday if you can't remember your log in and I will hand them out again! 
 
Have a great weekend Year Two! Relax and have fun. 
 
Mrs Damti 
Autumn Week 2:  Friday 18th September 
 
Welcome to the Year two blog from Mrs Damti and Year Two! 
 
Year Two have blown me away with how they have returned to school. I knew they would be amazing after teaching them last year but they have exceeded my expectations. What superstars they all are!
 
This week we have been working hard in Maths on identifying, representing and estimating numbers to 100 in lots of different ways, and worked hard to find as many ways as we could in the sunshine on Monday. Later in the week we showed our understanding of this by solving problems about this too. Well done my Mathematicians. 
 
In Science we are looking at Living Things and their Habitats, and this week we built on last week's learning by identifying things in Forest School which were alive, dead or never alive. We had to think hard as some things would have been alive once because of what they are made of and you have to work backwards to figure it out! We were also able to identify a variety of plants and animals that we found, and what their homes were. 
 
Next week we are moving on to Microhabitats.
Can you work out what a Microhabitat might be?
Did we see one today? 
 
We also visited the library today and have some lovely books to share with you. Remember as this is a bonus book, the children can choose whichever book they wish, so it may seem too hard or too easy for them to read but it is a sharing book to enjoy at home that reflects the children's own interest. One of the children chose a book to share with his younger brother to 'help him learn to read and he loves pigs'
 
Enjoy the photos below which show our learning in action! 
 
Mrs Damti and Year Two 

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