Year 2: Blog items
Date: 25th Mar 2021 @ 4:25pm
Oh, what fun we have had this week getting into the Easter spirit.
In Collective worship, we learnt how Jesus taught the parable of the Unforgiving Servant, which teaches us to forgive others, since Jesus forgave us. After reading this parable, we made our own forgiving hearts, to show how a heart full of forgiveness is a heart softened by God to love others as He loves us.
In English, we refreshed our understanding of when full stops should be used and explored the different scenarios we should use capital letters in. We have also started to read a new class book by the brilliant author Andy Shepherd. Year 2 have been giggling along to the stories about the disastrous bongleweed and they are excited to see what happens next with the mysterious dragon fruit!
In Maths, our focus turned to fractions and how we can identify a half and a quarter of different shapes and amounts. We were sure to remember that the shapes and amounts needed to be in equal parts.
It was time to start our DT projects this week, so we took a look at different vehicles and how axles worked. We then set off designing our own choice of vehicle, headlights and all, before getting crafty with the paints and making our designs come to life.
Easter activities were the highlight of the week! On Thursday, the Easter Bunny made a surpirse trip to our school! We loved dancing along as the Bunny busted some moves. We also created our own Easter baskets and popped a special chocolate from the Easter Bunny inside. Friday came and the wait was over... it was time for an Easter egg hunt! The children had to use great team work to work out the answer to the clues given, so they could find their special token at the end of the hunt. The children were delighted to find out that the token they had worked so hard to gain could be exchanged for their very own Easter egg! Mmmm, enjoy Year 2!
I hope you all have the most fabulous Easter break with your loved ones and enjoy some time taking in the beauty outdoors that this season has to offer!
Date: 19th Mar 2021 @ 3:20pm
What a wonderful week we have had! We have been so creative and imaginative this week, our school values have really shone through everything we have done!
To kick start our week, we said a big thank you to The Bible Tales for taking us on an Easter journey. We fully enjoyed learning all about Easter and we especially loved making our own crosses to carry around with us. In our Collective Worship, we discovered that the cross reminds Christians that God wants to forgive the wrong things that people do, so that they can live in peace and friendship with Him and with others.
After discovering that the camel in our story has been sucked up but the hoover, we took to the challenge of making the soldiers a new best friend. We focused on the instructions we would need to follow, in order to complete our designs. We then took a look at different examples of diary writing and spotted key features using our diary writing checklists.
Maths was so much fun this week! We got out the paints and created our own shape patterns. We had to make sure our pattern repeated and our drawings represented 2D shapes. We then started to look at fractions and considered what a shape or amount would look like if it were split into equal parts.
In science, we focused on categorising materials into those that are Man-Made and those that are Natural. We also recognised materials in our local area and discussed how their properties help us to know if it is a Man-Made material or not.
History was also super fun this week, as we took a trip around Buckingham Palace! We explored the different rooms and uses of the palace, before using a blueprint of the building to record our findings. We were so enthused by this lesson, that we are going to do some extra learning next week and discover more about this special building.
As Spain are preparing for their La Semana Santa festival, we took the time to practise our Spanish and think about the Easter festival. We put our knowledge of Spanish colours to the test, as we coloured in Easter Eggs according to the Spanish colour code. We also took the time to reflect and relax in our Mindfulness lesson, by taking the time to colour in a Shamrock, in recognition of St Patrick’s Day. We are so looking forward to starting our DT projects next week, as we take on the challenge to design and build our own moving vehicles... axis and all!
Friday afternoon called for one thing and one thing only... DISCO TIME! In aid of Comic Relief, we danced the afternoon away to our favourite songs, whilst creating some funny dance moves to keep us laughing throughout. We sure were super movers!
Have a fantastic weekend Year 2, I will see you next week!
Date: 12th Mar 2021 @ 3:47pm
Oh wow! What a fantastic week we have had being back together again, smiling and laughing, as we completed lots of fun learning and enjoyed being back with our friends again.
In RE this week, we enjoyed spending time retelling the Easter story in a variety of ways and explored how each of the characters may have felt in different parts of the story. We used our yellow thinking hats to reflect on why Easter is one of the most important festivals in the Christian calendar and discussed our excitement for the up and coming festival.
Collective Worship gave us an opportunity to think about our monthly value of ‘Forgiveness’ and what it means to forgive somebody. On our whiteboards, we wrote down different things that we would like to be forgiven and wiped them clean, just like when God forgives us and wipes our slate clean.
We are thoroughly enjoying our focus book ‘Major Glad and Major Dizzy’ in our English lesson. It is giving us an insight into how life was like in the olden days and how different the toys children played with are from those we enjoy today. Using the book, we focused on describing what life might be like as a toy living under the old, creaky floorboards and also wrote our own poems reflecting on what we want to do and be like when we grow up.
3D shapes have been our focus in Maths, as we identified the faces, vertices and edges on different 3D shapes. We also used our multicoloured thinking hats to extend our learning, to think about alternative ways shapes can be sorted into groups.
In our Foundation subjects, we decorated the classroom and recreated a celebration of the Queen’s Jubilee, spotted similarities and differences between portraits and practiced drawing different patterns and shapes, simply using a pencil.
To celebrate International Women’s Day, we discovered fact files in our outdoor area. They gave us in an insight into lots of inspirational women from over the years and the achievements that they have made. We also celebrated British Science Week by focusing on Charles Macintosh and his waterproof invention! We created our own salt dough animals and investigated different materials that would make a great shelter for the animals.
You have been superstars this week Year 2. I hope you have a wonderful weekend and I look forward to more fun learning next week!
Date: 8th Jan 2021 @ 4:15pm
It has certainly been an unusual week, but a great one nonetheless!
Over the past three days, the children have had to adapt to a new way of learning and a different routine - but their high levels of effort and resilience have certainly shone through! We have been so impressed with the work that has been shown on camera and seen in books, either in the classroom or on Tapestry. (Please note, all work that has been submitted online has received feedback, so please do make sure you have checked back for teacher comments.)
Collective Worship this week was led by Simon from St. Peter’s Church. He discussed the Feast of Epiphany to mark the end of the 12 days of Christmas and celebrate the visit of the Wise Men to the baby Jesus. Thank you to Simon for taking the time to ensure the children were still able to participate in a worship on Wednesday morning, as per usual routine.
In Maths, we have been focusing on money. To begin, the children were able to connect their thinking by reflecting on why we have money and when they see it being used. They then needed to recall the different coins we use in England, as well as paper money. As part of their activities, the children have added various amounts of money, which has required them to be able to identify different coins from sight and have secure arithmetic skills to find the totals. There have been some tricky calculations to solve this week and the children should be feeling very proud of themselves for their efforts!
The children have participated in many writing tasks this week, from writing about what their New Year’s resolutions are, to planning some excellent dragon descriptions! We started our new unit for Writing on Thursday with Helen Ward’s ‘Dragon Machine’ and the children were very surprised to hear that they had been overlooking all the dragons we have in school – some were also very confused when they saw photographs of themselves with dragons watching quietly in the background! Through reading their new class text and working and participating in several dragon-themed tasks, the children have been able to develop their vocabulary further and it has been fantastic to see them challenging themselves to include this new vocabulary in their written work. Keep it up, Year 2!
The week concluded with an afternoon of PE, led by the nation’s favourite PE teacher, Joe Wicks, as well as Cosmic Yoga to help cool / calm down. After the children settled once more, they then received a video message from Mrs Pringle (now uploaded on today’s ‘Activity’ on Tapestry) and one final ‘Story Time’ for the week.
It may not have been the week they expected, but hopefully the children have still been able to enjoying being in school this week…whether it be literally or virtually! Miss Mcvey is very much looking forward to teaching all the children again on Monday.
Next week’s spellings have been uploaded onto Tapestry and there is also a word search on today’s ‘Activity’ to support your child with their learning of these words. Don’t forget, if your child has missed or struggled with any lessons this week, you can still refer back to the daily Tapestry updates where you will find all activities, presentations and video inputs.
We will continue with our weekly class blog updates when we are all back in school together.
Date: 18th Dec 2020 @ 1:28pm
What a truly wonderful week we have had to end an amazing term. We are definitely in the festive spirit after a week of making festive puppets, Christmas cards and decorations.
In Collective Worship, we created a Kit of Hope to remind us of the qualities we need to ensure we are hopeful towards our future dreams and wishes. The kit contained a star to remind us to keep shining, a paper clip to hold everything together, a rubber to correct our small mistakes, a lock to keep our secrets safe, a penny to help us on our way and a rubber band so we can stretch beyond our limits.
What better way to start our festive week by watching the National Elf Service pantomime. We discovered a magic portal in our classroom and helped the characters to save Christmas. We loved shouting ‘he’s behind you’ and guiding the cast to where things could be found. It was also a delight to see the lovely Early Years and Foundation Stage Nativities, we thoroughly enjoyed watching their fantastic performances and were amazed by how many songs they had learnt!
We connected lots of our learning this week, as we were set the task of making an igloo. The igloo had to keep us sheltered from the cold, snowy weather and stand freely on its own. We imagined what materials a real-life igloo would be made from and where we might find them in the world. We also gave thanks to our TSP Science and Environmental Ambassadors for helping us understand how to be a little greener this Christmas. We are delighted to support the Christmas Waste Campaign and we will encourage those around us to reuse and recycle this Christmas.
We have thoroughly enjoyed discovering what our class elf Ginger has been up to each morning, we will be sad to see her head back off to the North. To end our fantastic week, Year 2 enjoyed celebrating all they have achieved with a Christmas party! We danced, sang, played games and even completed a festive quiz. It was so lovely to spend some time with our peers and share our plans for the Christmas holidays.
It has been my absolute pleasure to teach Year 2 this term and I cannot wait for the new year to come. I would like to take this opportunity to thank each and everyone one of you for the support you have given us all in Year 2 this term. A big thank you for all your thoughtful gifts and well wishes. From all here in Year 2, we wish you a very merry Christmas and a happy New Year. See you in 2021!
Date: 11th Dec 2020 @ 8:10am
What a fantastic week it has been Year 2, filled with festive cheer and lots of amazing learning.
In Collective Worship, we continued our thinking around our monthly value of Hope, as we thought about our hopes and dreams. We considered how we can make these dreams a reality and how we can help others to realise their hopes. In RE, we considered how the Shepherds and the Wise Men would of responded to the news that Jesus had been born. We thought about why they would feel a certain way and referred to our own lives to consider who we would walk miles to go and see.
For our Mindfulness session, we created a human knot. We worked together to accomplish the goal of progressing from a tangled mess to an untangled circle. We had to use teamwork, good communication and lots of problem-solving skills.
This week we had a big focus on Computing to celebrate Computer Science week and carried out our Computing day for this term. To Kickstart Computer Science week, we researched Grace Hopper who is famously known as a pioneer of computer programming. She has inspired world-wide celebrations of women in technology and we loved celebrating this too. Whilst being guided online with a step by step guide, we carried out an hour of code. We had to carefully follow each step to ensure all the code was correctly arranged so the programme could run efficiently.
In Maths, we have connected our learning around Column addition to be able to use the method to support our subtraction calculations. We had to remember to subtract the number away and also pinch a ten from the tens column if needed! We also showed off our calculations using multiple methods this week, as we understood the importance of finding different ways to get to a solution.
After lots of fact finding and organisation into different categorises, our fact files all about owls took shape this week in English. The children worked really hard to think of a suitable heading and sub headings to use and even incorporated commas in a list into their writing.
We put different everyday items to the test this week, as we investigated whether the objects could be bent, twisted, stretched or pulled. We also began our DT project to create our own festive puppets. We got creative in order to design the most festive puppet we could think of and it was wonderful to see how the children clearly grasped how puppets can be made to move. We can’t wait to get our hands on our puppets next week and make our creations.
Christmas cheer filled the air on Friday, as we paraded around the classroom in our fantastic Christmas jumpers. The children all looked fantastic and were nice and cosy all day! Ginger, our class elf forgot her Christmas jumper…but not to worry, we all designed her a jumper she can wear over the weekend when she visits the other class elves.
Have a lovely weekend Year 2 and I will see you next week for some Christmas fun!
Date: 4th Dec 2020 @ 8:02am
How is it December already? Time really does fly when you are having fun… and what fun we have had this week!
In RE, we have been exploring the Journey Mary and Joseph took to Bethlehem and sequenced the events that took place in the Nativity story. Using our green thinking hats, we considered how each character may have been feeling about the news that Jesus had been born. We started our new monthly value of Hope this week in Collective Worship, by connecting our understanding of hope as one of our school values. We reflected on people in our lives who show us hope, how we can demonstrate hope and what it means to have hope. Lots of our ideas linked to those characteristics and attributes we already showcase in school, as we take guidance from our school values each day.
Lots of fact finding has occurred in our English lesson this week, as we unpicked the structure of a non-chronological report and identified suitable headings and sub headings for our discovered facts. We have been working really hard to ensure our letter formation is correct and we are using capital letters and full stops throughout our writing. We worked critically this week in Maths, as we investigated different 2-Digit numbers we can make with the number cards 1-9. The children used their yellow thinking hats to come up with different ways to create an array of numbers, including the biggest odd number and the smallest even number.
Miss Mcvey took a soaking in our Science experiment, as Year 2 tested different materials to find the most suitable waterproof material for her new coat. With the weather turning so wet and windy, Year 2 had to find a material suitable to keep Miss Mcvey dry and also warm. In History, we connected our learning with our Guided Reading focus of poetry and made our own acrostic poems all about The Great Fire of London. In Pe, we completed activities from the fitness and well-being calendars set by Sefton School Games.
Ginger, the class elf arrived to school on Monday and she arrived bringing lots of mischievous behaviour with her. Sent to us from Father Christmas, Ginger has been watching over us to check that we continue to be the superstars that Miss Mcvey has told him we are. Ginger has been having lots of fun in our classroom and we have loved seeing what she has been up to each morning. We can’t wait to see what he gets up to next week!
What a great Santa Dash we had! The children really did embrace our school value of Enjoy, as they dashed around the school field singing Christmas songs in their wonderful festive attire.
Year 2 did incredibly well in their Phonics Screening this week and should be so proud of themselves for the hard work they have put into their Phonics.
Don’t forget to open your advent calendars this weekend Year 2 and keep spreading the festive cheer! See you Monday!
During the summer, many of our pupils took part in and completed the Arts Council's 'Summer Reading Challenge'. This year, they have introduced a 'Winter Mini Challenge', encouraging children to read three books between now and the 15th January 2021. For further details on how to take part, please visit the 'Winter Mini Challenge' website.
Formby Methodist Church have created an Angel Trail around Formby Village! You are tasked with hunting for the missing angels in various shops and locations around the village. All will become clear when you follow the link for the digital trail sheet here. There is also a Christmas "goody bag" for every family that takes part. Good luck!
Date: 26th Nov 2020 @ 4:03pm
What a wonderful week it has been in Year 2.
In RE, we role played the Nativity story and explored why the birth of Jesus was such good news. We all agreed that the news of Jesus was very important because he was the Son of God and the saviour of our world. We then lit our candles to represent that Jesus is the light of our world, as we reflected on what Jesus’ birth means to us. To end our monthly value of Respect, we discussed how peach lives inside all of us and how it is up to each of us, with God’s guidance, to realise it from within. With inspiration from Noah’s Ark, we created our own peace doves, carrying symbols of peace, to help us release our inner peace.
Imagining we were Plop the Owl from our focus story, in English we began the week by imagining we were sitting on the rooftops with a cat by our side. The children then discussed what they could see, hear and feel as they looked over the town. We then put all our ideas into sentences using adverbs ending in ‘ly’, to explain how things were happening. In Maths, we applied our subtraction knowledge and learnt how to use Column Addition to help us with adding two, two-digit numbers.
We have been busy planning our Science investigation this week, which will help us to find out which materials are waterproof and those that will not keep us dry. We made it clear what we would need to carry out this investigation, how we would ensure it was a fair test and the steps we would take to test each material. We also made 3D houses to help us picture what the houses were like in 1666 and how they differ from those built today. Inspired by the film Rio 2, we continued to explore the Brazilian Carnival Dance Culture this week in PE and have been rehearsing a very special festive treat for all our family and friends in Music…. all to be revealed.
A huge well done and thank you to all of Year 2 for supporting Formby Community Football Club. The Chair of the club was overjoyed with the festive cards Year 2 created to spread festive joy to the shielding people in our community. Our cards will make the perfect addition to the lovely hampers they will be delivering to spread the festive spirit.
Reminder - Year 2 will be carrying out their Phonics Screening Checks next week.
Have a lovely weekend and I will see you all on Monday!
Date: 19th Nov 2020 @ 4:24pm
Another fantastic week in Year 2!
In RE this week, we used our green thinking hats to identify how Mary would have felt after Angel Gabriel shared the news that she was to have a baby. We the created stain glass windows, with Mary as the main focus of our designs, to remind us of the story and Mary’s feelings. In Collective Worship, we discussed which pictures make us feel at peace. Using our green thinking hats, we also recognised that pictures can create different feelings in different people.
Continuing with our focus book ‘The Owl who was Afraid of the Dark’, we created fact files to show what owls eat, what owls look like, where they live and what they do. We also identified what the morning sky is like and how it differs to the night sky. We made sure we used lots of expanded noun phrases to fully describe the differences between the morning and night sky.
Our Guided Reading focus text this week has been a fiction text all about the oceans and the creatures who live within its depths. Using our VIPER Snakes, we unpicked the vocabulary within the text, retrieved lots of facts about the different creatures who call the ocean their home and summarised what we learnt from the text.
We used number lines in Maths to help us with our addition and subtraction calculations and recognised that subtraction is the inverse operation to addition by creating fact families. We have developed our understanding that when we take away a number, the total amount becomes smaller and by adding two amounts together we create a bigger number.
In PE we entered into the Sefton PE competition, by counting how many Spotty Dog exercises we can do in 20 seconds. We were extremely speedy and used our school value of Hope to increase our speed after our practise round. We carried out an investigation in Science to discover the properties of different materials. We worked scientifically as we observed the materials, asked questions and recorded our findings. To further our knowledge of The Great Fire of London, we explored what the houses were like before and after the fire and identifed the changes in materials used to rebuild the houses.
As part of Anti-Bullying week, we learnt that every time a person is mean to us or writes unkind things about us, they are responsible for adding a crinkle to our hearts. Even though they may apologise later, that crinkle cannot be smoothed out.
Enjoy your weekend, I hope the sunshine makes an appearance for you!
Date: 12th Nov 2020 @ 3:46pm
Wow, what a busy week we have had! The Year 2 classroom has certainly been full of kindness this week and we have truly reflected on our school values of Nurture and Enjoy.
To kick start our Celebration of Kindness Week, we identified what kindness is to us by thinking about what it looks like, feel likes and sounds like. We then took time to be kind to ourselves, as we wrote about all our positive qualities and reflected on our strengths. Year 2 truly are beautiful inside and out! Using the Diamond 9 thinking strategy and our yellow thinking hats, we organised statements about friendship to show those that are most important to us and those that are of least importance.
Our Kindness Rock project has spread so much happiness and kindness this week. We first designed our own Kindness Rock with an inspiring, motivational and positive message. These messages helped us develop the skill of being kind to ourselves. Year 2 wanted to use their Kindness Rocks to then inspire and motivate others, so we created a Kindness Rock Garden in the school grounds. This meant other children could read the kind messages, smile and positively continue their day. However, the grounds of TSP were not enough for the amount of kindness we had to spread, so the children deposited their rocks around our local community for others to find! We are hoping for lots of Tweets from those lucky few who find them!
During Collective Worship this week, to remember those who have fought and continue to fight to bring peace to our world, we created poppy lanterns. Our lanterns shone brightly as we gave thanks and hoped for a peaceful future. On the 11th hour, we took part in our whole school two minutes silence and listened to the beautiful poem ‘In Flanders Fields’. To continue our focus on sharing good news in RE, we used modern technology to retell the story of Angel Gabriel visiting Zechariah and sharing the news that Elizabeth was going to have a baby boy.
Using our experiences from Bonfire Night and with inspiration from our book ‘The Owl who was Afraid of the Dark’, we used our senses to explain what we can hear, see, smell and feel on bonfire night. Our ideas were then turned into sentences, as we used commas in a list and adverbs with the ‘ly’ ending to describe the movement of the fireworks. We also used an extract from the poem ‘A Great Big Cuddle’ by Michael Rosen to create our own firework poems using ‘ly’ adverbs.
In Maths, we have mastered using pictorial representations to help us with our addition and subtraction calculations. We put our method into practise as we solved word problems by identifying the number facts within the problem, before drawing the pictorial representation needed to solve the problem. We are becoming more and more speedy with the recall of our times tables facts and can answer quick fire calculation questions to show off our understanding of number bonds.
To end our week, we wore spotty hats and played ‘I Spy Pudsey’ as we celebrated Children in Need. We joined Joe Wicks to finish his incredible 24-hour PE Challenge and connected our learning with our Kindness Rock project by using Pudsey to help spread our kindness messages. We also made our own Pudsey inspired relaxation balls to help us to take notice, reflect and identify the things that we are doing great!
Despite two national lockdowns this year, our annual Celebration of Kindness Week was still able to take place in school this week, culminating in another video! You can see this year’s ‘Celebration of Kindness video’ on our school YouTube channel. We hope that all our TSP friends and families can find enjoyment in watching this year's film. As always, the message of the video remains, 'Laugh More...Worry Less.'
Thank you for being so kind this week Year 2. Our school and local community have all been positively impacted thanks to you! Have a wonderful weekend.
Date: 6th Nov 2020 @ 8:01am
It was a delight to see all the children smiling when they came into school on Monday and I loved the stories about all the fantastic things the children had been up to over the half term.
This week in Collective Worship, our candles were lit as we used our school value of Imagine to envision a world of peace. We used John Lennon’s song ‘Imagine’ to guide our reflection and used our school value of Hope as we prayed for a peaceful world. In our Mindfulness lesson, we connected our learning with our Collective Worship focus. We identified that in the religion of Buddhism, they practise mindfulness regularly to help create peace in their lives.
In RE, we started our new topic focusing on good news and how news is shared across the world. After identifying how news is shared today, we identified that God used angels to spread his news and took a look at different representations of angels in Christian Artwork, before designing our own angels to spread our own good news.
To kick start our new book ‘The Owl who was Afraid of the Dark’, in English, we used our black thinking hats to identify facts we know about owls and the one we spotted in our outdoor area. We identified the main character in the story, Plop, and used lots of adjectives to describe the different parts of his body. We were introduced to using commas in a list and incorporated this new skill into writing a description of Plop, ensuring we used commas to list our adjectives. We also looked at how adjectives can be turned into adverbs to describe how the owl is flying by adding the suffix ly.
In Maths, we truly mastered using pictorial representations to support us in finding the answer to an addition and subtraction calculation. By drawing tens and ones blocks, we were able to carefully add tens and ones together to support our addition calculations and cross off the subtracted amount to find the answer to subtraction calculations. Using a circle map, we also outlined different ways we can represent a number using pictures, objects, words and number sentences.
We started learning about the Great Fire of London this week, using our fantastic artistic skills to create pictures using oil pastels to represent that roaring flames of the fire. In History, we explored the event in more detail comparing the houses in London in 1666 to now. Our scientific skills were put to the test as we started our new topic of materials. The children played ‘I spy’ around the room to find as many different materials as they could, before defining what the word ‘material’ means.
Have a great weekend Year 2 and remember those dancing feet for our music video next week!
Date: 23rd Oct 2020 @ 7:52am
This week we have well and truly committed ourselves to our monthly value of ‘Generosity’ as we wrote prayers to tell God how we are going to be more generous. We then put our prayers onto a Generosi-Tree to symbolise to God our willingness to grow our generosity. We really have been serving with a kind heart and have shown a wealth of generosity this month! We engaged in a multifaith lesson in RE this week, looking at Holy books in different religions. We looked at the similarities and differences of these Holy books to The Bible and researched the symbols associated with each religion. We then created our own library of Holy books to display our understanding of their titles and the religion they belong to.
We started the week by planning our own Traction Man adventures in English, ensuring we outlined the characters, setting and most importantly the suit that would feature in our stories. We then spent time throughout the week writing and editing our own Traction Man stories to ensure the adventure was as exciting and detailed as possible. The children have worked so hard this week to ensure capital letters and full stops are used throughout their work, specifically checking for capital letters when writing the name ‘Traction Man’.
In Maths, we have recapped our understanding of adding one-digit numbers and tens, continuing to relate our tens and ones number facts. We then moved onto looking at ten more and ten less of a number, before connecting our learning to finding ten more and ten less of an amount of money. Year 2 also worked against the clock to recall number bonds in order to find six ways of making 50 and 100 using two, two-digit numbers. They really are displaying our school value of Hope to push themselves to beat the clock in Maths each week!
Thursday was Computing Day! A whole day dedicated to enhancing our Computing skills, developing our understanding of online safety and identifying different ways to communicate safely online. We followed the adventures of Lee and Kim who helped us identify different rules when going online and the importance of keeping ourselves safe. After learning from Superhero Sid about what we can do to keep ourselves safe online, we made our own online safety posters listing the four most important rules to follow. We also identified that we should only communicate with people who we trust and discussed how things stay on the internet for a very long time.
We also had lots of fun this week drawing maps and creating keys to show our route to school, completing a Harry Potter themed Yoga session and answering lots of Science questions around our topic of living things using a Kahoot quiz.
Well done Year 2, you have made an incredible start to the year and I will miss your lovely, smily faces over the next week. Have a well-deserved break this half term and we all look forward to seeing you on Monday 2nd November!
As the nights draw in and the clocks go back this coming weekend, it is a good time to revisit road safety with your child. Please find a useful guide from RoSPA (The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents) attached.
If you would like your child to continue their learning at home over half-term, Maths and Phonics resources have been uploaded onto Tapestry. A particular focus on Phonics will be beneficial to the children with the up and coming Phonics Screening Check being next half term. You can also refer to the Home Learning page on our school website for more support.
To find out more about what we will be learning over this year, please read our updated curriculum overview here.
Date: 15th Oct 2020 @ 4:42pm
Just like that another week is over but lots of memorable learning has taken place in Year 2!
This week in Collective Worship we read ‘The Rainbow Fish’ and discussed how the fish in the story is generous. We talked about different ways we can be generous and what we can do to add colour to our lives. Using out white thinking hats, we thought about the positives of being generous and all the different things we can give to one another. To continue our focus on the Bible in RE, we completed research on The Bible Society website and found that The Bible Society are working hard to translate and distribute the Bible all around the world. We thought of many important questions to ask about the Bible and carried out research to find out the answers to our questions.
In English, we were truly gripped by our new book ‘Traction Man is here!’ and the incredible adventures him and his sidekick Scrubbing Brush go on. In the story there was lots of new and powerful vocabulary we had not come across before, so we decided to make our own Traction Man glossaries to understand this vocabulary a little more. We also sequenced the story, identified the main characters, spotted all the different suits Traction Man wears and even designed our own Traction Man suit!
In Maths, we identified that we can use the inverse operation to check our addition and subtraction calculations and showed off our understanding of greater than and less than by comparing number sentences. We recapped number bonds to 10 and 20 and continued to use our school value of Hope to complete our times tables wheels even quicker this week.
Using our reading VIPERS, we unpicked an adorable, factual video all about hamsters in Guided Reading and created food chains in Science to show how living things get their food, and how nutrients and energy are passed from creature to creature. In Geography, we gained an understanding of what Physical and Human features are and created our very own maps to showcase our knowledge of the continents that make up the world.
As part of National Hate Crime Awareness week, we developed our understanding of hate crime and the impact it has on our communities. We recognised similarities and differences in others, no matter their background, while discussing the meaning of respect and diversity within a wider community context. We truly embrace differences in Year 2 and spread love everywhere we go. To develop our awareness of Black History Month, we learnt about the inspiring role model Mary Seacole and designed our own medals to acknowledge her for her incredible contributions to society.
Well done everyone! Enjoy your weekend and I will see you on Monday!
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Date: 9th Oct 2020 @ 7:35am
It has been a very wet and windy week but the weather has not dampened our spirits in Year 2!
We started our week by reading and retelling the incredible journey that Mary Jones took to get her own Bible. We were amazed to learn that she saved for six years and walked twenty-five miles to own a Bible in her own language. We considered what important things we would travel all this way for and identified that when things are special to us, we will do anything to retrieve them. In Collective Worship, we have begun to think about our monthly value ‘Generosity’ and have introduced a Random Acts of Kindness box to our classroom. The children are so excited to freely give their time to bring happiness to others. We also engaged in a virtual Harvest tour and made a paper chain of people to show the people in our lives that we are thankful for.
In English, we have planned and wrote our first story! The children reflected on their learning over the past few weeks and brought it all together to create their own Troll Swap story. Our characters and settings differed to those in the book however, we were careful to ensure after a bump of heads our characters swap places and their characteristics changed, just like they do in Troll Swap! In Maths, we have been recapping our 2,5 and 10 times tables to ensure we understand what the multiplication sign tells us to do. We used a fabulous clip from Number Blocks to remind us of odd and even numbers and created fact families to show the inverse operation to an addition number sentence.
We had a real workout in PE this week as we learnt about the history of African dance guided online by dancer Rujeko. We were exhausted when she moved into double-double time, but we did manage to keep to the beat of the African drums. Lots of animal discussion also occurred this week as we discover Microhabitats in our outdoor area and identified animals that live in hot and cold climates.
Year 2 are continuing to develop a Growth Mindset so our classroom has become an ‘I can’t’ free zone. We understand that if you change your words, you can change your mindset ...so it’s ‘I can’s’ from now on! We also worked up a sweat as we completed the Merseyside Daily Mile Day by undertaking an enjoyable run around our outdoor area. We sure do love being active in Year 2!
Our week concluded with Hello Yellow Day. A day in which we designed and used our green thinking hats all day to encourage us to talk about our feelings. The children loved taking a seat on our yellow friendship bench to discuss their feelings with others. We also completed a Double Bubble thinking map to identify ways we can make sure we keep ourselves happy and those around us happy too.
Have a wonderful weekend Year 2 and remember you are all stars!
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Date: 2nd Oct 2020 @ 8:03am
Yet another fantastic week in Year 2!
In RE this week, we learnt about how the Bible is split into the Old Testament and New Testament and explored the stories in each. We recognised that stories in the Old Testament talk about God and the Israelites, whilst the new Testament has a focus on Jesus and his followers. To conclude our focus on our Collective Worship monthly value of Respect, we worked as a team to put each of our pieces of artwork together to form one complete world map. Once the pieces were all in place we stopped and admired our artwork, having time to reflect and understand the importance and equality of each piece.
We put ourselves into the shoes of different characters this week in English. We wrote letters and diary entries about how we, as the characters, are feeling and are thoughts towards the other characters in the book. On Thursday, giggles and laughter filled the room as the children were greeted to a washing line of underpants! To celebrate National Poetry Day, we read the poem ‘Alien’s stole my underpants’ to find out just where this underwear had come from. The children learnt verses from the poem and recited them beautifully. Do check out our Twitter page @Year2TSP to see our amazing rendition of the poem... you won’t be disappointed!
In Maths, we have developed our understanding of place value further by using Part Whole Models to support us with adding and subtracting tens and ones. We have also continued to develop our recall of the 2,5 and 10 times tables by using our school value of Hope to beat the clock when completing our times tables wheels.
Amazing fish and bird portraits were created in Art using oil pastels and we identified the different habitats animals live in across the world in Science. We also explored the capital city of Ecuador and compared it with London using a double bubble thinking map and engaged in some rather relaxing Yoga in PE.
We also had lots of fun celebrating European Languages Day. After locating Spain on a map and learning about Spanish culture, we made our own fact files with important information about Spain including its capital city, the main spoken langauge and popular sports.
Reminder - Tempest Photography will take place next Friday (9th).
You have been amazing this week Year 2. Enjoy a fun filled weekend and I will see you Monday!
Date: 25th Sep 2020 @ 11:20am
Another great week in Year 2! We are certainly getting back into the swing of things.
In collective worship, we started to complete artwork linked to our Geography topic of the world. To highlight our monthly value of respect, the children decided that we can connect our artwork together to make one big piece to symbolise how everyone’s piece is equal and important. In RE, the children were given an opportunity to reflect as we thought about what things we considered to be of value to ourselves. Using animated Bible stories, the children also used their yellow thinking hats to explain what different Bible stories remind us to do.
It is no surprise that the children are still fascinated by our whole class read and every day they cannot wait to hear more about the adventures of Shen, Sika and the sixty-six pugs! In English, we had great fun folding words into their contracted forms and discovered what an apostrophe is and why it is used. We then spent time writing a description using lots of specific adjectives to explain what our very own trolls are like. Continuing with place value, we worked hard this week to find different ways we can make a number using different amounts of tens and ones. We have also introduced a times tables wheel to complete at the start of our Maths lessons to practise our times tables recall. We are using our school value of hope and determination to beat the clock each lesson!
Inspired by the artist Giuseppe Arcimboldo, Year 2 created amazing portraits in Art using images of flowers and in Science we categorised objects as living, dead or never alive. Our ball skills are continuing to develop in PE and we are becoming more aware of the continents that make up the world in Geography.
During our Big Question discussion, we were saddened to hear that many relatives could not visit their loved ones in care homes. As a result, the children decided they would like to draw pictures of rainbows and brighter days to symbolise their hopes that the people in care homes will be able to see loved ones again soon.
I hope you have a wonderful weekend everyone! See you on Monday.
Date: 18th Sep 2020 @ 3:32pm
What a fantastic week it has been!
We have been working extremely hard in Guided Reading to think about the vocabulary and sequence of events in ‘The Bear and the Piano’ book by David Litchfield. We have also gained skills to help us retrieve and explain information in the books we read. Continuing with our English book ‘Troll Swap’, we began to think about our own troll characters and how best we could describe their appearance, personality and where they live. We had great fun forming expanded noun phrases with different coloured paper to help us put more detail into our sentences.
In Maths, we have been working hard to use a tens and ones frame to support our understanding of how many tens and ones are in a number. We also looked at greater than and less than signs and used the hungry alligator song to help us remember that the hungry alligator always eats the greater number!
In RE, we started to think about why the Bible is a special book to Christians and why it is considered a Holy book. The children named lots of important Bible stories with Noah’s Ark being a class favourite! We also focused our discussions in Collective Worship around the animation of ‘The Very Important Monster’. In the animation Mojo is chosen as the very important monster of the week, but the special title changes how he acts towards his friends. We thought about how Mojo should act and considered the differences and similarities between not being respectful and being mean.
One of our favourite lessons this week was Science! We used chalk on the playground to draw around our partner and annotated them by explaining why we are a living thing. The children also fully enjoyed using atlases in Geography to identify the countries that make up the UK and learning about the Artist Giuseppe Arcimboldo who will be the focus Artist for our Art lessons this term.
Well done Year 2 for another amazing week. Enjoy your weekend and I will see you all on Monday!
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Date: 11th Sep 2020 @ 3:32pm
A fantastic second week back for Year 2! We have been busy in English unpicking the book ‘Troll Swap’ and using it as inspiration to support our writing. We wrote expanded noun phrases to describe and specify the two main characters, Timothy the troll and Tabitha the young girl. We then compared their characteristics and wrote a set of instructions for Timothy, so he knows what to do to be like a traditional, fierce troll. In Maths, we have been working hard to count forwards and backwards in 2s and 5s, find the missing numbers in number tracks and represent numbers using pictorial representations.
In collective worship, we focused on our monthly value of respect and discussed the importance of all the Trolls in the Troll world being respectful of each other’s differences in appearance, temperament and music genre. We created our own Troll High Four using inspiration from our TSP High Five to provide the trolls with rules they must live by to ensure they respect one and other.
Our week concluded with a celebration of Roald Dahl and all the wonderful characters in his many books. We discovered which Roald Dahl character we are most like as we completed a quiz to see if we were a creative like Willy Wonka, or perhaps a magical marvel like Matilda. Our Trolls adventure came to an end this week, as we worked together to move the final string frozen in ice to the bottom of our Mioti-Lab. We celebrated of our achievements with a presentation as we restored all six strings back onto the magical harp. King Peppy and the Trolls are immensely proud and extremely grateful!
Well done Year 2, it has been such a fantastic week. Enjoy your weekend and I will see you Monday!
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Date: 2nd Sep 2020 @ 9:42pm
What a truly wonderful and exciting first week we have had!
We were welcomed by mystery footprints and a magical harp which we soon discovered had been left by Poppy and Branch from the film ‘Trolls World Tour’. We used our black thinking hat to consider what we already know about the Trolls and focused on our school value of hope as we wrote letters explaining how determined we are to recover their lost magical strings. In maths we have been focusing on lots of counting and place value, making sure we understand how many tens and ones are in a number.
This week also marked the start of our wonderful new class book ‘Pugs of the Frozen North’ by author Philip Reeve. The children are all very excited to see how the adventures of Sika and Shen unfold as we delve into this fantastic book.
In collective worship we focused on our monthly value of 'respect' and identified how each Troll is different and that we should respect and praise eachothers differences. We discussed how in the Trolls World Tour film the Trolls forgot to choose wisely and choose kindly so we have been working hard to show them how we make wise and kind choices at TSP.
Our creative juices have been flowing this week and we created our own Trolls using clay and designed Troll Pods for them to live in. We discussed the characteristics of our Trolls and what Troll Universe they would be best suited to. We are excited to decorate our pods with bright colours and amazing tufts of hair next week!
Our first week back has been fantastic and we can’t wait to see you on Monday and retrieve more of the missing strings! Enjoy your weekend!
From Monday 14th, children will be sent home a reading book in line with their reading day.
A reminder that children will need to come into school every Thursday and Friday dressed in their PE kits.
Weekly spellings will be posted on Tapestry every Friday. We use the flip-learning approach to spellings which means that the children have the choice to begin learning these spellings over the weekend. On Monday we will have our weekly spelling session to learn these spellings in preparation for a quiz on Thursday. This will happen every week.
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Date: 1st Sep 2020 @ 4:07pm
Miss Mcvey would like to wish you a warm welcome to Year 2!
We are extremely excited to see all of your smiling faces tomorrow morning.
Year 2 class starts at 9.15am and ends at 3.15pm with the exception of those children who have arranged times to ordinate with siblings. The photograph below shows the class access point for drop off and pick up. This is the blue sliding door which gives direct access into the Y2 classroom.
Please remember to abide by the one way system which is in operation.
During the Autumn term, PE lessons will take place on a Thursday morning and Friday afternoon. Both these lessons will not be practising contact sports and will be skills based only. PE lessons will commence week beginning Monday 7th September.
On the two days allocated for your child’s PE lessons, your child is to come to school wearing their outdoor PE kit on both these days. If a child is unable to take part in a PE lesson, a note should be written from the parent/guardian to the child’s class teacher.
Children are encouraged to bring a snack each day to be eaten at break times. Please remember to provide your child with only a healthy snack – e.g. fruit, vegetables.
Bottles of water with a sports cap type lid are also encouraged so the children can drink as and when they need it throughout the day.
I know that there may be times when you need to drop me a quick note for example: pick up arrangements, share news and so with this in mind you can now contact me directly via this email address: Y2@tsp.sefton.school
We hope this will enable each parent to be able to drop off and collect their child promptly so to support the social distancing measures and one way system we have in place.
Please kindly note, I will check this inbox each school morning at 8.30 am. If there is a matter of urgency, please contact the school office as normal.
All emails will be monitored in line with our Parent Communication Policy.
Please also let me know for our records, by the end of the week, if you would require an electronic device should your child need to isolate or in the case of a local lockdown.
I am excited to see what wonderful things the new year brings.
Date: 16th Jul 2020 @ 9:16am
So we come to the end of the academic year. It certainly isn’t the way we thought our summer term would end, when we started our Year 2 journey together. However, I am so proud of all the children’s hard work and dedication over the past year. They have been an absolute pleasure to teach and we have made so many wonderful memories that I will never forget. A personal highlight for me was our KS1 Nativity; the children performed beautifully and truly shone like the stars they are!
Throughout Year 2, the children have grown in so many ways and I have no doubt that they will continue to flourish in Year 3. I have missed them all very much over the past few months but it has been lovely to catch up with them every week over Zoom and I look forward to teaching them again when we reunite in September. I hope you all have a fantastic summer holiday and spend some quality time with your families.
Over the summer break, there are still many ways for the children’s learning to continue:
- Children should continue to read as much as possible, selecting different genres where possible. Where appropriate, please ask questions to help support the development of your child’s comprehension skills.
- There are also a variety of audio books available on The World Book Day website.
- There are 136 free reading books available for the children to read, from Pink to Lime book bands. Follow this link and log in using the username: UKfreeaccess and password: engage. The books will be available to access until 31st August 2020.
- The children can continue to enjoy this year’s virtual Summer Reading Challenge.
- Practise spellings from this half term.
- Access websites such as MyMaths and Sumdog.
- Access White Rose Maths for their ‘Problem of the Day‘ and daily lessons and activities, which are provided here.
- Complete tasks that have been set in previous blogs that your child may not have had time to complete yet.
- The Big Start Assemblies team have provided a package of free online resources to help engage children on the topic of faith from home. The team has made available one complete series of thirteen assemblies (each packed with interactive stories, films and songs).
- Access many of the free resources being suggested on our whole school Twitter feed.
Thank you to all those parents who have sent in gifts and cards this week. I really appreciate it.
Keep shining, Year 2!
Lots of love,
Miss Gray x
Date: 15th Jul 2020 @ 12:12pm
Please see the transition PowerPoint below for additional information to ensure that your child has the best start to Year 3.
Date: 10th Jul 2020 @ 9:05am
I hope you have all had a wonderful week and that the children have enjoyed completing their learning tasks. As the summer term is coming to an end, this will be our final blog with home learning tasks. The children have worked incredibly hard this term and their dedication towards their learning has been admirable! I have thoroughly enjoyed reading their work and it has been a joy to see their smiling faces each week through our Zoom sessions.
On Friday the 17th, we will be sharing our 'End of Year Leavers' Service' on the school's YouTube channel at 9:20am.
We would encourage all our TSP families to watch this in celebration of both our Year 6 pupils, who will be moving onto secondary school, and despite closure, give thanks for another successful year at Trinity St. Peter's.
Next week, we will have a final whole class Zoom session.
This will take place on Friday 17th July at 11:20-11:35.
I hope your child will be able to join us!
As usual, you will receive a text message the day before to confirm a password to join the meeting.
In September, we will be introducing the new learning platform, 'Google Classroom'. Further information on this can be found in the “Google Classroom Letter” attachment below. Please read this letter as well as the “Google Classroom Acceptable Use Policy” which is also attached.
Individual login details will be sent via text message early next week.
If you experience any difficulties signing up, please let us know via the curriculum account next week so that the whole class is prepared for September.
Listed below are learning activities set for Year 2 next week.
Please remember, the activities that have been set are there to support you in your child’s learning. These activities are suggestions in line with what your child would have been doing had school been able to remain open. We appreciate that each family will have their own routine, which will differ widely. Therefore, please do not worry about completing all the activities set. Just select the activities which you feel will be the most beneficial for your child. Should you wish to complete all the weekly activities, a suggested timetable has been attached to support your child.
To support your child further, the BBC have now expanded their education provision, providing daily lessons for all ages in many subjects. You can access resources here link or watch the daily lessons online here link.
You can also refer to our whole school Twitter feed and the 'Learning at Home' section of our website where useful websites and resources are being shared daily as well.
For your additional information and support, the Government have provided guidance for parents on how to ‘Help Primary School Children continue their education during coronavirus’ and have also indicated use of the Oakland Academy which we can also highly recommend for direct teaching.
Please also note that the school’s ‘curriculum’ email account will close on Friday 17th July.
This week, we will be revising the topic, ‘Time’. The children should be familiar with telling the time to 5 minute intervals using an analogue clock. They should also be able to compare durations of time.
The children should watch the following BBC Bitesize lesson, ‘Telling time’ which explains how to tell the time on an analogue clock to 5 minute intervals. The children may also click here to watch a fun song about telling the time.
Every day we do different things depending on what time it is. The children may click here to watch a song about the different times of the day we do things: from getting up in the morning, until going to bed at night.
Daily lessons will be provided here from Monday (Week 12) along with video tutorials to support your child with their learning of time. The activities for this week are attached below along with the answers so that you can check your child’s understanding. In addition, the children can also refer to White Rose Maths for their daily ‘Problem of the Day’!
If your child wishes to challenge themselves further, they may complete the attached ‘Time word problems’. The questions with greater challenge have more stars at the bottom of the page.
The children may also complete some of the following activities:
Please encourage your child to complete any remaining tasks on MyMaths and to continue to use Sumdog.
There are 136 free reading books available for the children to read, from Pink to Lime book bands. Follow this link and log in using the username: UKfreeaccess and password: engage. The books will be available to access until 31st August 2020.
This week’s reading comprehension is, ‘The Bear Who Came to Babysit’. I have attached the text, differentiated questions and answers below. The questions with greater challenge have more stars at the bottom of the page.
With so many superstar readers in Year 2, I am sure that the children are continuing to enjoy this year’s virtual Summer Reading Challenge. The challenge, called 'The Silly Squad', enables children, aged 4-11 years old, to have regular access to books as well as have a safe space to connect with their peers.
Please also continue to read a range of books with your child at home for pleasure and ask them comprehension style questions to aid their understanding of the text.
There are also a variety of audio books available on The World Book Day website and, of course, David Walliams continues to read each day. They are all available to catch up on too so I would encourage your child to listen to these throughout the week here.
I hope the children enjoyed writing their shape poems. Thank you to those children who sent me theirs; I thoroughly enjoyed reading them! As the children are excellent poets, this week I would like them to write their own poem inspired by Michael Rosen’s, ‘Chocolate Cake’. I am sure lots of the children will be familiar with this poem; it is one of my favourites!
The children should click here to listen to Michael Rosen perform, ‘Chocolate Cake’. Following the video, ask your child to explain how the author’s performance makes the poem come alive. The children may also read through the poem which I have attached below.
Michael Rosen has used different poetic devices and vocabulary to help the reader understand how much he loves chocolate cake. For example, he uses: onomatopoeia, alliteration, descriptive adjectives and metaphors. The children should read through the information on the attached PowerPoint which explains what these poetic devices are and how they are used. Following this, they should complete the attached worksheet to find the different poetic devices in the poem.
Finally, the children should plan and write their own poem about their favourite food, using some of the same writing techniques. Firstly, they should complete the attached circle map to describe their favourite food using lots of exciting adjectives. Ask your child:
- What does it smell like?
- What does it taste like?
- What does it look like?
- How does it feel to touch?
- What does it sound like when you eat it?
When writing their poem, the children should use the writing frame and word bank on the ‘My favourite food’ worksheet for support. This is attached below.
As usual, the Year 2 writing success criteria is attached below. Don’t forget, you can share with me your child’s hard work, by emailing it to our school curriculum account.
This week, the children should recap different compound words. A compound word is formed when two separate words are merged together. For example, ‘star’ and ‘fish’ can be combined to make the word ‘starfish’.
The children should watch the following video, ‘What are Compound Words?’ and complete the quiz afterwards to test their knowledge.
Spellings for the week are below:
Geography: This week’s task is, ‘To investigate the coastal erosion at Holderness.’
To conclude our topic, ‘Seas and Coasts’, I would like the children to investigate the coastal erosion which takes place along the Holderness coast line. The children should click here to watch a video which describes the process of erosion and focuses on the Holderness Coastline. Following this, they should research the erosion at Holderness and present their findings as a poster. Their research should answer the following questions:
What coastal erosion takes place at Holderness?
What are the impacts of coastal erosion at Holderness?
What is being done to reduce the impacts of coastal erosion?
This task can be written in the children’s exercise book or recorded in a way that suits you.
To conclude our ‘Materials’ topic, this week, the children will learn about recycling and the impact it has on the environment.
‘Recycling’ is the process of turning used waste and materials into new products. This prevents potentially useful materials from being wasted as well as reducing energy use and pollution.
The children should click here to watch a video, which explains the journey our rubbish takes after we put it in the bin. They should also watch the following video, ‘What should I do with my rubbish?’ and complete the quiz afterwards to test their knowledge.
The children may also create a poster to encourage people to follow the 3 R’s: Reduce, Reuse and Recycle. Click here to watch a video for more information about the 3 R’s.
In addition, a variety of resources to spark curiosity and develop thinking skills can be found here, on the Explorify website.
The pharmaceutical company, Pfizer Ltd, have also developed some new educational materials to be used by parents and students at home. ‘Superbugs: Join the Fight’ teaches children about the spread of infection and medicine.
For additional tasks, you can also visit the following website: https://www.jamesdysonfoundation.co.uk/resources/challenge-cards.html where there are 44 challenges for children to try at home.
Art: This is a suggested task as we appreciate parents may not have resources at home.
In keeping with this week’s Science theme, I would like the children to create a piece of art work using recycled materials. They may create anything they like! I have attached some examples of recycled art below for inspiration.
As well as accessing the weekly singing sessions / resources from 'Out of the Ark,' you may also want to access the weekly 'Edsential At Home' resources. Every week, they upload an easy-to-follow, educational and fun downloadable activity sheet, which uses a variety of websites, videos, books and songs to create an interactive and fun learning experience at home. Follow the link to take a look at this week and the previous week's activities.
This is a suggested task as we appreciate parents may not have resources at home.
Your child may enjoy these 30 creative activities to do with built-in features of iPad.
Joe Wicks continues to broadcast live workouts every Monday, Wednesday and Saturday morning. All workouts can be found here. Alternatively, Joe Wicks’ pre-recorded ‘5 Minute Move’ Body Coach workouts are also available on YouTube.
There are also plenty of active challenges shared on our school Twitter page and the North Sefton School Games Twitter.
In addition to this, the Association for PE have produced a series of short, fun and engaging lessons for you to try at home. All of the activities are designed specifically for PE at home and offer lots of creative ways for everyone to stay active during isolation. These videos can all be accessed here.
RE: The Big Question continues to be uploaded on a Friday morning on our class blog page for you to discuss with your family. Hopefully this is leading to many great conversations and debates. St Peter's website also have a weekly Sunday Club page which will share RE ideas for you to complete with your family.
The Big Start Assemblies team have provided a package of free online resources to help engage children on the topic of faith from home. The team has made available one complete series of thirteen assemblies (each packed with interactive stories, films and songs). These media-rich resources are ideal to encourage discussion with children around positive Christian values, such as: faith, hope and courage!
When the children begin a new RE unit, a connection is established to a key concept or ‘big idea’ within Christianity. This is important in helping pupils to understand the 'BIG story’ of the Bible! The attached resource includes a wealth of YouTube clips for the children to enjoy, which link to each of these core Christian concepts.
Collective Worship: The B Tales will continue to release collective worship videos every Monday via their YouTube channel and would love to be part of your weekly collective worship routine. Videos will be posted by 10 am every Monday morning.
Saddleback Kids Ministry has created a menu of links to 88 short, animated Bible videos about Jesus, which can be accessed here. You can also go straight to their channel on YouTube here. Each clip is an animated retelling of a Bible story for children, which are ideal for use in Collective Worship.
Watching television programmes or films together also provides an opportunity for you to check your child’s comprehension and develop inference. We know that learning happens in abundance at home. So let them paint, bake, build...these are all wonderful learning opportunities!
If you have any queries or concerns regarding your child's learning, or wish to share any of their work please email to this address: firstname.lastname@example.org instead of the school's usual admin account with the title FAO Year 2. This email account will be checked daily from 12noon and 2pm each day. The curriculum email account will be closing on the 17th July.
Keep shining, Year 2!
Miss Gray x
Date: 10th Jul 2020 @ 8:27am
This week's dicussion prompt question is: 'Are holidays important?'
Since March 17th, people in the UK were only allowed to travel to other countries if the journey was essential. Anyone who returned to the UK was also required to self-isolate at home for 14 days. A new traffic light system, recently launched, means countries have been given a green, amber or red light depending on the number of coronavirus cases there, allowing people to potentially have a summer holiday this year. All passengers have to wear face coverings on planes and ferries.
Supporting resources and prompts to use when discussing this issue at home are attached below.
There are additional resources also attached, which you may wish to take a look at. The first resource has some children telling us about their holidays (1) and the second resource shares more information about holidays and why we have them (2). Enjoy!
Date: 3rd Jul 2020 @ 8:32am
This week's dicussion prompt question is: 'How important are first impressions?'
A red, white and blue paint job on the Prime Minister's plane has recently been revealed. The RAF Voyager is used by the Prime Minister and members of the Royal Family for official visits around the world and was previously coloured grey. An official spokesperson for the government confirmed that the plane received its makeover in Cambridgeshire in the colours of the Union Jack at the cost of £900,000, taken from public funds.
Supporting resources and prompts to use when discussing this issue at home are attached below.
There are additional resources also attached, which you may wish to take a look at. The first resource gives some descriptions of what some children are planning to do. (1) and the second resource shows some examples of people representing others. (2). Enjoy!