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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!!
To begin the second half of the Autumn term we are learning about instructions. An instruction text is a text that explains to someone how to do something, such as bake a cake, play a game or work a DVD player.
Children will be shown a range of instruction texts, such as recipes, manuals and game instructions. They will discuss the features of instruction texts:
  • Layout
  • a 'You will need' list which explains what ingredients or tools are required
  • numbered points
  • 'bossy' verbs (imperative verbs) such as 'put', 'take', 'mix', 'spread'
  • Instruction texts also often use time adverbs at the start of each numbered point ('First', 'Next', 'Then' and 'Lastly').
To start our new English unit of work, we took inspiration from the Autumn leaves and followed verbal instructions to make a 'Leaf Man'. We listened carefully when Mr Nichols gave us the instructions so we understood what we needed to do. 
This week we started learning about old toys. We found out that during the Victorian Era children played with toys called Thaumatropes. We had a set of instructions and carefully read the commands to make our own toys. Here are the results! 
We have used our knowledge of instructions to explore and create another old toy- the cup and ball! We really enjoyed making these and testing them too! 
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 efficiently in steps of 2, 3, 5, and 10.
In Power Maths we have been learning the units on Addition and Subtraction. In this unit, children will build upon the number bonds to 10 that they will have learned in Year 1. Children consolidate this understanding and apply it to number bonds within 20 and to 20 in this unit. Children are introduced to writing fact families of equations, and to relating addition and subtraction operations.Once this key learning is understood, children are introduced to the column method which they will use throughout their time at school, applying the mental strategies appropriately. This method is introduced alongside a variety of different visual representations to ensure a strong conceptual and procedural understanding.
Here are some parent guides to the methods we have learnt so far. 
This unit builds upon basic money work children completed in year 1. It also reinforces children’s counting skills, as well as addition and subtraction strategies. In this unit, children focus on coins and notes and cover the following topics: calculating total amounts, finding change and word problems.
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 Science we have started to think about suitability of materials. We were introduced to Sensible Sally and Silly Sebastian. They live in the same house but one likes to be silly and one likes to be sensible. We tried building their houses by using or representing the materials they might use to build their side of their house. 
Our 'eggcellent' egg drop 'eggsperiment'!

Yesterday we took part in an egg drop challenge. We were thinking about suitable materials for protecting an egg so that when it was dropped it wouldn't crack.

We used our learning in Science to predict which materials would be suitable and which would not be suitable. We considered their properties.

Here is how it went!
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. 
To celebrate Black History Month we learnt about Rosa Parks. In 1955, she refused to give up her seat on a bus for a white person. Her actions changed American history forever. Today, Rosa Parks is remembered as an ordinary woman who took a stand to help black people in America be treated fairly. We thought she was amazing and used her rights and responsibility to make a difference to all people. 
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. 

This half term we will be learning the song Ho Ho Ho! by JoannaMangona Ho Ho Ho! Is a fun Christmas song that includes rapping, improvising and dancing. We will be using our body to find the pulse. We will also be talking about the song and answering questions together using correct music vocabulary. We will begin to improvise simple rhythms using different instruments, understanding that timbre means the character or quality of a sound, texture describes layers within the music and understand that structure describes how different sections of music are ordered. We will predominantly be playing the Glockenspiel although we may use other instruments alongside to enhance our performance such as triangles, bells and claves.

Other songs we will be listening to and appraising are:

‘It’s Beginning to Look A lot Like Christmas’ by Perry Como, “Do they know it’s Christmas” by Band Aid, ‘The Twelve Days of Christmas’ John Rutter. ‘White Christmas” by Bing Crosby. We will of course also be learning songs for our Nativity.

It’s going to be a busy and fun half term!

In music last week we had a go at composing our own digital music. This week we listened to 'When a Child Is Born' by Johnny Mathis. We noticed that the lyrics linked to the Christmas story for example the lyric:
'A tiny star lights up way up high
All across the land, dawns a brand new morn
This comes to pass when a child is born'.
This reminded us of the Bethlehem star guiding the way to the stable where baby Jesus was born. 
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.

This half term in RE we will learning why Jesus was given the name ‘Saviour’ by Christians. We will be focusing on the Christian concept of ‘salvation’. It encompasses the understanding of what Christian people believe about God, Jesus Christ and the traditional Christian belief that God came into the world in human flesh in the form of Jesus Christ. This is otherwise known as Incarnation and is about God’s son becoming ‘one of us’, a human. We will be looking at relevant bible stories of the annunciation (announcement to Mary) Luke 1 v. 26-38, the birth of Jesus Luke 2 v. 1-7 and Simeon and Anna Luke 2 v. 21-39. Christians talk about Jesus as the saviour of the world and we will be learning why they believe this and understanding the importance of ‘The Nativity’ in salvation.

Key words we will be using will be

  • Annunciation
  • Incarnation
  • Saviour
  • Nativity
  • Advent
We decided to create the Nativity scene in our classroom. We worked together and spoke about the Christmas story. 

Advent is the start of the Christian year. It is a time for Christians to prepare for the celebration of the birth of Jesus. Advent is the four weeks before Christmas. During Advent, churches display an Advent crown or an Advent wreath.The Advent wreath is a circle of evergreen branches. There are 4 candles standing in the circle. In the centre there is a 5th candle. We made our own Advent wreaths, take a look!

We have been busy finding Christmas books in our reading corner. Some tell the Nativity story while others teach us about the true meaning of the Christmas celebration. 
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.
In PE this half term we have been thinking about traditional and more modern playground games. We have then started trying these during our break times too.
In Gymnastics this half term we have been learning about a unit called 'Ball Tall, Wall'. We have developed fundamental movement skills, extended our agility, balance and coordination as well as engage in co-operative physical activities. We have explored these shapes and linked them with movements on different levels.
We were very fortunate to be offered a dance workshop this half term. We loved using coordination, balance and sequencing to put together our performances. As part of the workshop we tired to make the first letter of our names with our bodies in different ways. Thank you Jo for our fantastic session. 
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 our first unit of Purple Mash, we learnt about coding. Computer programs are made using a special language called code. Coding is used so that the computer understands what to do. These instructions are split into little steps so that a computer can solve a problem or get something done. These instructions are called 'algorithms'. 
Our second unit this half term has been online safety and emails. We now now how to refine searches using the Search tool when online and how to share work electronically using the display boards. We also learnt about digital footprints and that A digital footprint is the trail of information you leave behind when you use the internet. We completed a quiz to show our understanding of what is and isn't apropriate to share online. We then had a go at safely sending emails to communicate on Purple Mash.
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!
We spent some time looking closely at Piet Mondrian's artwork and identified he used the primary colours, vertical and horizontal lines and shapes. We then took inspiration to create some shape art. 

We decided that our investigation with watercolour paint was very different to the work of Piet Mondrian. Therefore we decided the lines must only be vertical and horizontal but can overlap.

We also decided the watercolour paint was not bold enough for our pieces of art so we tried acrylic paint. Here are our designs.

We drew our final designs, used a ruler to draw the horizontal and vertical lines and then added textures to make our designs different to Piet Mondrian's art. We then carefully used the primary colours along with black and white. 
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 the week before half term, year 2 learnt about recounts in English. We also looked at some historical photographs of Isleham, learnt about how it has changed over time and created maps of Isleham, showing the current human features. We decided to use these maps to go on a historical walk around our village. Here are some photos of our trip. After our walk we wrote our own recounts. 
Today we introduced the children to our autumn history topic – TOYS! We enjoyed discussing our favourite toys and why we love them so much. We then agreed that toys are objects used mainly for joy and amusement. We then looked at some examples of older toys and the children explained how they knew that the toy was old. We then directly compared toys from different eras, sorting them into a Venn diagram. We discovered some toys were designed in the past but have been updated and are still made today, these went in the overlapping section. We thought about the materials used to make the toys, whether the toy was electronic and whether they were likely to see this toy in a shop today. The children then explained their reasoning verbally.
In today’s lesson we thought about what the ‘past’ is. We compared toys of the past with modern toys. The children discussed what they thought toys might have been like in the ‘distant past’ such as when their parents or grandparents were children. They learnt what a timeline was and how it showed the progression of toys over 100 years. They noticed that older toys were more likely to be made of materials such as wood or cloth.
We have been exploring how we can find out about toys of the past. We thought of museums, grandparents and books as ways to find out about the past but also artefacts which are objects. Today we discussed what toys in the past may have looked like. The children were able to examine toys such as rocking horses, trains, dolls and yoyos. They thought about the materials that were used to make them, how children might have played with them in the past and what modern day toys they remind them of. The children also had an opportunity to play with the toys. Thank you to Denny Abbey for allowing us to use your toy boxes. We had great fun.
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. 
On the 10th December we visited St Andrew's Church for our Chrsitingle service. 

A Christingle is made up of an orange, a red ribbon, cocktail sticks, sweets or dried fruit and a candle. We were given one each at the end of the service and learnt about what each part of the Christingle represents.

  • Orange - represents the world
  • Red ribbon - represents God's love
  • Sweets/dried fruit - represent all of God's creations or the four points of a compass or the four seasons
  • Candle - represents the light and hope of Jesus

It is used in the Christian faith as a symbol of light and hope.

Wishing all the Year 2 families a safe and happy Christmas break. 
Thank you for all of your support and kindness over the past term and we look forward to welcoming the children back in the Spring term 2022!

Here are some of the festivities we have been getting up to.

With all best wishes and thanks,

Miss Stanley
In English we have been reading Handa's Surprise. It is about a girl, Handa, who wants to surprise her friend, Akeyo, with seven delicious fruits. On her way there some cheeky animals take the fruit. We have written diary entries from Handa's point of view and then wrote a new version set in the UK.
In maths this half term we have been learning about multiplication and division. We have used several methods including equal groups, bar models, arrays and even just using our fingers. We have worked practically to begin with and have enjoyed using our Power Maths books to help solve problems. 


This half term we have journeyed to Africa to discover the geography of Kenya through focusing on the main human and physical features of the country. We have also learnt about the key geographical features of the country including Kenyan wildlife, landscapes and culture.We have considered the similarities and differences between Kenya and the UK along with continuing to develop their geographical skills through a variety of fun and interactive activities.

Look at the books we found in our reading corner linked to our Africa topic! 

In Science, we are learning about living things including humans. We will classify living things by identifying their similarities and differences. As well as this, we are going to study the life cycles of several animals, and learn about food chains.

In our new unit of ICT we are learning 2Question which is designed to help pupils learn about the importance of phrasing questions and that certain data-handling resources are limited in the answers they can provide
In our Islam unit of work we are focussing on Muslim concepts of ‘Allah, compassion and mercy’. In the first lesson we heard the story of 'The Crying Camel' an Islamic story about justice and caring for animals. This started us thinking about being compassionate.
This week we are continuing to discover how followers of the Islam faith know that Allah is compassionate. We will do this through stories in the Qur’an (Muslim holy book) which tell us how the Prophet Muhammed showed how to be compassionate just as Allah commanded. Muslims believe Muhammad was a messenger from Allah (God) and so know that he would set the example of the path Allah would want them to follow. We read the stories together and made notes about how the stories describe Muhammad. Then we filled out the spider diagram with the information we found.
We have been busy finding books linked to our learning. We found all of these in our reading corner of the classroom and have been excited to tell Miss Stanley and Mrs Rayner information we have learnt by reading them. 
This half term in music, the children decided they wanted to learn about African music. We have even been using the African drums in school! 
In art this term, we are learning about fabrics and making African weavings!