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Year 2

Welcome to Year 2!

Thursday 10th July 2014
 Your learning challenge for today is linked to the 3D shape work that we have been doing this week. I would like you to create 3D shapes out of resources that you can find at home or in your garden. For example, with marshmallows and sticks like the picture below or with sticks and blue tac. Can you also write a description of the shapes you have created including the number of faces, edges and vertices please?



Who's Who?

Dates for your diary

23.06.14 - KS1 Sports Monday 1:30 -3pm 
27.06.14 - Class museum (Parents/Carers are invited to share our learning between 9 and 9:30am)
15.07.14 - School disco
18.07.14 - Last day of term

Why is the grass green?
This half term we are learning about plants and habitats. We have already been on a hunt around school to identify the flowers and trees around us. Other learning will include the structure of a flowering plant, what plants need to survive and why some plants are only found in certain parts of the world.

Rotherham book awards 2014

In Year 2 we have been reading all of the books that have been entered into the picture book category of the Rotherham Book Awards. After reading 'Herman's letter' we wrote a letter back to his best friend Henry. We have all created and described a new monster to join the zoo in 'Do not enter the monster zoo!' and we have also written book reviews for our favourite one. If you scroll down to the Summer term 1 photo album you might find some of our book reviews to read. 

We have cast our votes and you can see for yourselves that in our eyes, the winner of the Rotherham book Awards should be Do Not Enter the Monster Zoo! 

Can you use your data handling skills to answer these questions about our bar chart below? 

- Which book was the most popular? 
- Which book was the least popular? 
- How many children preferred 'Herman's Letter'?
- How many children took part in the survey altogether? 



Nocturnal animals
(Mini topic Spring term 2)

Wow! Year two have produced some fantastic home learning about nocturnal animals over half term. Have a look in our spot tray area where you will find some of their fact files.

Dance showcase at Wales High School
Well done to all of the children who took part in the dance and gymnastics festival at Wales High. You did a great job and should be feeling very proud of yourselves!
Scroll down the page for a video of our performance to 'We are one'.

Which superhero are you?
Spring term 1 topic
On Friday 10th January the Year 1 and Year 2 children became a superhero for the day. They made super energy bars and superhero masks, they took part in superhero PE and wrote some fantastic descriptions of the character they were dressed as.

Finger puppets
In Y2 we have begun learning how to sew. Mrs Eddershaw came in to visit us and helped us make a superhero finger puppet each. Take a look at the pictures below!



Some of the children on Superhero day.



Enterprise Week
25.11.2013 - 29.11.2013

This year enterprise is based on 'Going Gaming!' so all classes have been busy creating games this week. In Year 2 we have set up a company called Harthill Hollywood Bowl. We have split up into five teams to create our own bowling alley; skills assessment team, accounts team, design team, sales team and manual team.

We have focused on teamwork and positive attitudes this week. The skills assessment team have seen lots of teamwork every day and we even received a special award from Mrs Williams! We have shown positive attitudes towards our challenge this week too.



General information about your child's learning in Year 2.

Phonics lessons are taught daily for 20 minutes. We use the 'Phonics Bug' resources in our phonics lessons; children will see clips from Cbeebies and often race 'Polyphonic' when spelling words using new sounds.

Guided reading is also taught for 20 minutes a day. Children are split into groups and will have a carousel of activities which they will complete over the course of the week. Activities include; role play, phonics, handwriting, reading to Mrs Naylor and comprehension activities. Children have been allocated a book band level which is suitable for their reading ability. If you are unsure what colour books your child should be reading please pop in and ask any of the Y2 staff.
How to help your child at home
  • Spellings are given out on Mondays and will be tested the following Monday. Please practise writing these on their own and using them in sentences.
  • Children in Year 2 should be reading daily to an adult at home, please record this in your child's reading log. It is helpful to use the reading logs as a way to communicate between home and school and sounds or words that may need some extra time on. Reading logs will be collected once a week on the day your child reads in Guided Reading.
  • Talking about favourite books and authors.
  • Practising the cursive handwriting that we are using in class.
  • Sharing stories together.
  • Reading road signs, comics, websites, books, information leaflets, instructions ... anything!
  • Counting objects in and around the house
  • Counting forwards and backwards in 1s, 2s, 5s and 10s
  • Learning the 2, 5 and 10 times tables
  • Measuring together; weighing cooking ingredients, using rulers or tape measures in the house
  • Beginning to talk about the time (hour and half past)
  • Learning number bonds to 10 and 20 as well as the two times table facts for 'Big Maths Beat That!' I have attached copies of the Big Maths Beat That sheets that can be printed off and completed at home. In school children are given 90 seconds to complete as much of the sheet as they can.
Have you seen the Kids' Zone? Play games, and visit some cool websites. You can vote for your favourites!

Year 2 Dance - We are one

Still image for this video