Welcome to Year 2 - Tennyson

Welcome to Year 2 Tennyson Class!

Hello! My name is Miss Murphy and welcome to our class page! We are lucky to have the amazing Teaching Assistant Mrs O'Connor supporting us in class.

This term our topic is Dungeons and Dragons.

Our class name

Tennyson class is named after Alfred Tennyson.

Alfred Tennyson was born in 1809. He is considered one of England's most popular poets. Queen Victoria admired his poetry, writing in her diary that she was 'soothed' by reading some of his work.

Maths

During Maths lessons, we will be looking at place value of numbers. We will be adding and subtracting larger two digit numbers, multiplying and dividing using 2, 3 5 and 10 times table. We will continue to explore statistics in pictograms, tally charts, block diagrams and simple tables.‚Äč

Week beginning 26th February

This week we have been learning about multiplication. Some of us worked practically to group objects. We rehearsed counting in 2s and related our counting to multiplication.

Here is some of our amazing work.

We developed our understanding of multiplication being commutative. We demonstrated our understanding using arrays.

Challenge:

Draw arrays to represent

3 x 5 =

2 x 10 =

3 x 3 =

5 x 2 =

If you know these multiplications, you also know...

Times tables

By the end of Year 2, we are aiming to have a solid understanding of the 2x, 3x, 5x and 10x tables.

English

Week beginning 26th February

In English, the children will be immersed in the story of 'Jim and the Beanstalk'. They will plan, edit and publish their own narrative to predict what might have happen to the characters in the story and the adventure they might go on.

On Wednesday we familiarised ourselves with the story. We spoke about the similarities and differences to Jack and the Beanstalk. We used our comprehension skills to answer questions about the text. Some of the questions were simple retrieval questions such as 'What did Jack steal from the giant?' and 'What did Jim want to eat?'. We discussed inference style questions and hidden meanings in the text such as 'I'm thinking Jim might not be safe. Why?' We pulled out vocabulary from the text such as 'the giant banged his fist on the table' and 'fiercely'.

Spellings

Please continue to learn these spellings at home. The most effective way to learn spellings is to use the words within sentences. If English is not your first language, we would also ask that you help your child learn these words in your first language also. This will help to enrich their vocabulary and understanding of how and when these words can be used.

http://www.victoriaprimaryschool.org.uk/data/uploads/y3s/files/Year_1_and_2_Common_Exception_Words.pdf

Another fun strategy is to rainbow write the words or create pictures that correspond to the meaning of the word.

Science

Our Science focus for Spring 2 is 'Everyday Materials' We will be learning about the properties of materials and what makes them suitable for their purpose.


Through practical investigations we will be learning about the following materials.

We will explore how the shapes of solid objects made from some materials can be changed by squashing, bending, twisting and stretching.

Scientific vocabulary:

Computing

In Computing we will be learning about programming. Watch this space for photographs of what we manage to achieve.

Forest School

What is Forest School?

Forest School is an innovative educational approach to outdoor play and learning. The philosophy of Forest School is to encourage and inspire individuals of any age through positive outdoor experiences.

Our Sessions

Every Tuesday we take part in Forest School. It is a chance for us to explore our local environment, take part in outdoor learning and acquire new skills.

Last half term we learnt about fire safety. Did you know, that when you are near a fire you should crouch down instead of kneel> This means you can move quickly in an emergency. To help us remember this skill we toasted marshmallows. They were delicious!

PE

This term the children will be developing their skills in gymnastics. They will also be learning how to stay fit and healthy and the importance of regular exercise. Please ensure all PE kit is clearly labelled with your child's name and class so that any lost PE kit can be returned to its owner.

Reading

Reading is a top priority for all children as it underpins all the curriculum areas. Reading at home will make a HUGE difference to your child's learning. By the end of year 2 the national expectation is that children are reading Gold book band books. We as a team want every child to reach this level. But we can't do this on our own, we need your support!

Top tips:

  • Make reading part of your child's everyday routine - reading for just 10 minutes a day will be a massive benefit to your child.
  • Record the reads in your child's reading diary. This helps the adults in school to know how familiar a book is when your child reads.
  • Remember to share different reading material. It could be comics, recipe books, library books or websites. Any reading counts so make sure you record this reads in your child's diary.

Important information

  • Please ensure your child brings their home school diary and reading book into school every day.
  • Please label your child's belongings to prevent them getting lost.

As a team we are always happy to chat. If you have any queries or want to discuss anything, please come and chat to a member of staff. If however, you would like a longer session to discuss your child's needs please make an appointment. The year 2 team can then discuss your child without it feeling rushed.

If you need any information please do not hesitate to ask. We look forward to a successful year ahead in Year 2.

This Week

Dungeons and Dragons

Homework

Hello Tennyson!

I am excited to hear all about the incredible snowman you have built and the snow fun you have had with friends and family. I'd like you to have a go at these activities. Your arithmetic skills are improving every day so I know you will impress me.

Times table Challenge:

How many questions can you answer in 1 minute?

Follow this link for times table games

https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/hit-the-button

I managed to answer 24 questions in 1 minute. Can you beat me?

Arithmetic

Please see the video below for support and extra challenges.

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