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2021 - 2022 Year 2 Class

 Welcome to the Year 2 Class of 2021-2022 with MIss Stanley, Mr Nichols and Mrs Rayner.

I wanted to welcome you all to a new school year. We hope you enjoyed a well deserved summer holiday! It has been wonderful hearing about all the fun you got up to and great to see your summer holiday envelopes, thanks to all for taking part in that activity.


It has been a wonderful beginning to a new academic year. The children have settled really well and are enjoying some new learning opportunities in year 2!


Below are some photos from our first few days back!

The focus for the first few weeks of the term will be looking at traditional tales. We will explore the story of 'Little Red Riding Hood', finding traditional tale features and learning about proper nouns. We will be collecting adjectives to use in our writing and be retelling the story from a different point of view. 
You won't believe what happened to us this week! The wolf from Little Red Riding Hood emailed Mr Nichols and told us his version of the story. We wrote questions to interview the wolf today. Here we are practising our growls!!
Our first Power Maths unit will be looking at numbers to 100 and place value. This unit focuses on children’s ability to read and understand numbers to 100. They will use their growing understanding of place value to help them sort, compare and order numbers. Within this unit, children will revise their understanding of different representations of numbers and also meet other representations for the fi rst time. They will use these representations to show a number’s ‘tens’ and ‘ones’ and use this to help them compare and order. Children will use part-whole models and place value grids to show their partitioning of numbers and use these to support their reasoning when comparing and ordering. Moving on from partitioning and ordering numbers, the children will begin to develop their ability to count forwards and backwards e ciently in steps of 2, 3, 5, and 10.
In our Science lessons we are going to be learning about materials. We will identify and name materials and consider their properties. We will then use this knowledge to think about why materials may be suitable for their purpose.
Why are windows made from glass and not fabric? 
Children will sort materials into criteria and take part in some investigations to answer scientific questions. 
In science we have been testing materials to find out how the shapes of solid objects made from some materials can be changed by squashing, bending, twisting and stretching. Here we are in some action photos!
In Geography this term we are learning about maps. The children will learn what a map is, be able to name some maps and identify features on a map. We will explore the world map and be able to name the 7 continents and 5 oceans. We also will look at the map of the UK and name the countries which make up the UK. The children will have a go at making their own maps and then use a map to find the shortest route around Isleham. We will use the map to take part in a historical walk around the village! We have already looked at map symbols. See if you can match the meaning to the symbols below. 
In Geography today we learnt about how to use an atlas. We identified the 7 continents and 5 oceans of the world and then started looking at the map of the United Kingdom. 
On Friday we learnt about human and physical geographical features. See if you can work out which are human and which are physical...
We then looked at a sketch map of Isleham and plotted the human features of our village. We identified the shortest route and are going to follow our maps next week to learn about the history of Isleham. Check back to see our photos!
In this unit, children will have the opportunity to identify their own responsibilities in familiar settings, both in and out of school. They will also discuss the areas of their lives for which adults are responsible and consider how this might change as they grow up. We will create our classroom rules and reflect on our school rules and talk about why they have been made and what they mean in practice. We will begin to develop an understanding of democratic decisions and how these affect their everyday lives, including experiencing voting and its outcomes in the classroom. They will begin to learn how to share their opinions, ensuring that they listen to those of others, taking turns and showing respect for each other. They will develop these skills further by taking part in paired and class discussions about topical issues.
In PSHE we have learnt about responsibility. Responsibility means being dependable, making good choices, and taking accountability for your actions. We also thought it was about trust and looking after others and we agreed that we all responsibile for making the world a better place. We thought about the responsibilities we have in school. For homework we then had to explain the responsibilities we do at home too. 
In Music, our weekly lessons will develop our knowledge of Hands, Feet, Heart is a song written for children to celebrate and learn about South African Music. The material presents an integrated approach to music where games, the dimensions of music (pulse, rhythm, pitch etc), singing and playing instruments are all linked. As well as learning to sing, play, improvise and compose with this song, children will listen and appraise different styles of South African music.
In our music lessons we have started to use the glockenspiels. They are great fun but we have learnt it can be tricky to use both hands at the same time, while following the music. 
In RE this term we will be learning about Judaism and considering ‘why Jewish families talk about repentance at New Year. We will then explore Christianity and discuss ‘why Jesus was given the name Saviour?’. We will also be doing our annual Nativity production and will recap the Christmas Story.
In RE we have been learning about the traditions that Jewish people observe during Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. We learned that Jewish people blow the Shofar (a horn which is sometimes a rams horn) to signify the 10 days of repentance. During this time they ask for forgiveness from friends family and from God. They do this for ten days and on the final day it is blown to celebrate the end of repentance and a new start with all wrong doing forgiven (Yom Kippur Jewish new year.) We made our own Shofar to help us remember the special period of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur.
In PE we will be continuing with swimming until Autumn half term on Mondays. We will also be doing a dance unit of work on Tuesdays and looking at traditional and modern playground games, thinking about our historical learning of toys.
Computing :
In Computing we will explore our new programme Purple Mash and learn about coding. We will be looking into how algorithms work and also discover more about online safety.
In Art we are learning about painting. We will explore different paint, line and shape and reflect on this to inspire our own work based on Piet Mondrian. Check back later to see our work!
In Autumn term we will begin by exploring changes over time in our local area and use our maps to take us around Isleham to discover what has changed and what has stayed the same. We will use phrases about the passing of time and write a recount about our findings. 
In Autumn 2 we will be exploring the history of toys and whether we would like to play with toys of the past. We will learn how toys have changed and put them into chronological order. In addition, we will be sorting toys according to a criteria and making some Victorian toys for ourselves! This will inform some instruction writing.
In DT this term we will be making bunting. We will begin by evaluating existing products, reflecting on what we like about designs, how they are suitable to a focus group and how they could be improved. The children will design their own bunting to meet a criteria and have the chance to make the bunting they design! 
Thank you to all who joined us last Friday at St Andrew’s Church for our harvest festival, and for your amazing selection of harvest goods for the Ely Foodbank. The children sat beautifully throughout and enjoyed singing some autumn hyms together.