St Francis Of Assisi Catholic Primary School

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Pupils  »  Year 2

2018 Spring II Term
 

We have used a range of poetry to explore the techniques that the author has chosen and explain why we like some poems more than others. We made rice crispy buns for Good Shepherd and followed with writing instructions. The children wrote story mountains for The Three Billy Goats Gruff and their own stories including many year 2 writing objectives.

 

We visited Lotherton Hall and bird gardens. The children enjoyed the workshops with a Florence Nightingale theme and they played nurse, carefully looking after a teddy bear. They looked around the bird gardens in the afternoon and really enjoyed comparing and learning new bird facts.

 

In guided reading we are learning how to answer questions about poetry and we have had many practises at some SAT questions. The parents joined us for a reading morning on the 29th of March. We have also completed some speed reading exercises – looking at reading 90m words per minute.

 

In Mathematics we have investigated fractions, looking at how to show fractions of a quantity. We looked at fraction challenges with some tricky problems. More recently we used scales to measure liquids and other forms of measurement. We went out to measure the playground and used centimetres and metres to estimate and measure a range of objects. In the last week we returned to subtraction to increase our confidence with this aspect of mathematics.

 

In Science we continued our learning all about plants and bulbs. We looked at how temperature can affect plants and designed an experiment to test this. We made simple conclusions from our experiment. For Science Week we looked at the work of Edward Jenner.

 

In Art we designed and made some silhouette pictures. The children used their photo to create a black silhouette and these are posted in our cloakroom. Come and guess which silhouette belongs to which child.

 

In RE our topic was ‘The Mass’. We have studied a range of parts for the Catholic Mass and the children now feel more confident about the parts when they join in. Year 1 and 2 performed an assembly to retell the story of Palm Sunday and really enjoyed choosing and singing hymns. We retold the story of the Last Supper and designed some key questions on this topic.



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2018 Spring I Term


We have used the text of ‘Jack and the Beanstalk’ to write our own stories, using different sentence types (questions, statements, commands and exclamations), expanded noun phrases, and a range of punctuation. We also wrote Winter poems using alliteration.


 

We visited the library on Dewsbury Road and the children exchanged their books. We talked about fiction (story) books and non-fiction (factual books). The children were encouraged to borrow a non-fiction book to assist with guided reading opportunities.


In guided reading we are learning how to answer questions relating to facts and opinions. The children looked a range of fiction and non-fiction texts to support similarity and differences. We completed some guided reading tests and a longer comprehension about the Chinese New Year.


In Mathematics we have investigated division and multiplication. The children have completed lots of morning challenges based on this topic using their problem solving skills. The children have completed ‘statistics’ looking at pictograms and tally charts, answering questions about what the charts show.


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2017 Autumn II Term


We have used the text of ‘Dinosaur Diary’ to write diaries, using different tenses, expanded noun phrases, and punctuation. We also wrote Bonfire Night safety poems and a letter to a special man in a red suit.


 

We visited the library on Dewsbury Road and the children exchanged their books. We talked about fiction (story) books and non-fiction (factual books). When we returned to school we chose to keep our library books for our table independent reading skills.


In guided reading we are learning how to answer more in-depth reading questions. This half term we have focused on inference and building up our knowledge of skills ready for our reading tests in the summer. Parents joined us for a successful reading morning and we grew some adult brains too!
 

In Mathematics we have investigated addition and subtraction. We have used money for simple problems and to add with. We looked carefully at all English coins and notes. The children have also completed morning challenges related to money to continue to develop their money skills. The children have also used repeated addition, picture representation and number sentences for multiplication. Next half term we will use multiplication as our focus for morning challenge work.


In Geography, we have looked at The Great Fire of London. The children sequenced events for this historic event and we have discussed what led to this occurring. We have looked at how we can learn from history and the development of the Fire Service.


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2017 Autumn I Term


We have used the text of ‘Mama Panya’s Pancakes’ to write innovated stories, using expanded noun phrases, questions and exclamation sentences. We carefully worked each week on a small part of the story and in week 5 we wrote our own whole stories. We have also written acrostic poems for African animals and we are going to write persuasive posters after visiting the Wildlife Park.

We visited the library on Dewsbury Road and the children really enjoyed the active session. When we returned to school we chose to keep our library books for our table independent reading skills.


In guided reading we are learning how to answer more in-depth reading questions. This half term we have focused on vocabulary skills, florescent highlighting the text, and some sequencing skills.


In Mathematics we have investigated place value, using single and double digit numbers in our reasoning and problem solving activities. We have looked at addition and subtraction and the order the numbers need to be in, solving some simple missing number problems and some brain squashing tasks.


In Geography, we have looked at the continents and oceans in the world, looking at creatures that live in each place. For example, we studied penguins and their environment when we looked at the continent of Antarctica. We had a Geography Week in school and made flags and ate lots of delicious food our families brought in.


In Science we have learned all about ‘Animals and Humans’. We focused on the things we need to survive and what animals may need to survive. We designed Little Science Books containing important information about washing, hygiene, healthy eating and exercises.


In French we learned the French name for a range of wild African animals and tested our friends knowledge by speaking in French and asking them to guess our animal.


In RE our topic was ‘Chosen People’ and I hope you enjoyed our assembly. We have focused on 3 bible stories, Moses as a baby, Abraham leaving his home and Daniel in the lion’s den. We talked about our own talents and how we can share them, designing flower petals for our RE area. We changed our class saint to St Margaret Clitheroe now we are in year 2, and we began learning about her too.


Our beautiful African art work is on display in our cloakroom – please come in to take a look.



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Hello parents and Year 2!

Welcome back to school. Our staff in Year 2 are Mrs Deighton and Mrs Bray. We also share Miss Leach and Miss Berry helping us this year. Please do not hesitate to speak to us if you have any questions or queries about Year 2.