Miss Sandhu

2 Partridge

Welcome to Life at KPS for Year 2

Miss Sandhu and Mrs Morgan warmly welcome you to Year 2.

The aim of this page is to highlight some of the fantastic learning that has been happening in Year 2, this page will be updated monthly, with photographs and information about the learning we have completed during the month.

We hope you enjoy looking through these updates and do discuss your child’s learning with them to celebrate their success. We look forward to any suggestions you may have to make your child’s learning a pleasant experience.

Mrs Morgan

2 Sparrow

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February 2020

Art

We completed our drawing topic this month and we have had lots of fun expressing ourselves through drawing. We have learned to use lines, tones and different shading techniques. We started off by drawing what we see to show observational drawing. This was a big challenge to us as we had to do a lot of concentrating!  Our two final pieces are based on our History topic, The great fire of London. We have enjoyed evaluating our drawings with others and point each other’s strengths and areas to improve.

Computing

Pupils have continued to practice and reinforce how to use the various tools of Microsoft Word. They have shown a good understanding of how to change the font and select their own style of writing. They are able to change the size of font, style and colour of the text.

Pupils have been introduced to the term algorithms. They were asked to order the instructions on how to make a jam sandwich. They were shown how they could view multiple pages on a screen to help them move the text boxes in a logical order more easily.

English

In English we have been learning about the features of a diary entry. The children have been reading Diary of the Wimpy Kid to further understand a person’s personal view including feelings about events going on in their life. They have then used their knowledge of the Great Fire of London to write their own diary entry. Some have written from the viewpoint of Samuel Pepys while others have written as Thomas Farriner, the baker for the King. Many people, including some historians, believe that the fire started had at his bakery on Pudding Lane.

History

The children have focused their learning on Samuel Pepys, the famous diarist of the 17th Century who had recorded events about the Great Fire of London. They have read samples of his diary aswell as written speech pretending to be him at that time.  The children are beginning to understand that he had written his diary in code (currently known as short-hand) so that nobody was able to read it too easily. This had been discovered many years after the fire when people themselves began using short-hand to record things quickly.

Maths

In Maths we have started working on the time. The children have learned that there are 24 hours in a day and are beginning to understand the time shifts between morning, afternoon, evening and night time. Further to this, the children have ordered events in the day such as waking up shortly after sunrise, then having breakfast, lunch, learning at school through to bedtime at night. They have also enjoyed telling the time to the half hour using an interactive clock aswell as being introduced to an analogue and digital clock.

Music

In music, the children have been continuing to learn and perfect songs related to their topic ‘The Great Fire of London’

They have learnt to sing the round’ London’s Burning’ which they have performed in 4 parts.

In addition, they have listened to and begun to learn a two part song ‘September 1666’ adding simple percussion parts to them

Not only does this help with their historical knowledge but,with actions, they are able to memorise the lyrics.

Panjabi

In Year 2 we have been learning 3 sets of Panjabi letters and their corresponding sounds. Children have been using these letters and their sounds to make Mukta and Kannaa words. In this month they have learnt the new symbol (Siharee ishwrI) and beginning to make words with this symbol.  We have also been learning the names of the body parts in Panjabi. To make our learning more interesting children have been using actions and flash cards to remember the names of their body parts in Panjabi. After this we worked in pairs to write the sound of the body part on white boards and some children were using the pictures of the body parts and matching them with their names. Children learnt the functions of different body parts through a song.

PE

In PE, we have been learning to play Dodgeball.  This has been really fun! We have learnt key words linked to the game such as, ‘dodge’, ‘duck’ and ‘swerve’.  We have also continued to learn the importance of making eye contact with our team mates and shouting their name during match conditions.

PSHE

To finish off our ‘Healthy me’ topic in PSHE, we looked at how medicines work in our bodies and how important it is to use them safely. We explored the different types of medicines as creams, liquids and tablets. We looked at the 5 food groups and discussed what each food group gives us. We concluded by planning a balanced meal on an eat well plate. This helped us to understand which foods we should eat less of and which ones we should eat more of.

RE

The children have started a new religion, Islam. In the first lesson they have learned about a goal they would like to commit to themselves. There was discussion on how they would be able to meet the goal, for e.g. hard work, more time/commitment. They then had drawn a picture of themselves achieving this goal with 3 key words written around it. In this way the children are beginning to understand why Muslims commit themselves to prayer up to five times a day as well as the impact on daily life.

Science

We are enjoying our Science topic, Animals including humans because we are finding out lots of fun facts. We now know the difference between wants and needs. We know that basic needs are those very important things that you cannot live without! We also learned about the importance of being hygienic. We discussed the products we use to help us to keep clean. To be hygienic we need to keep up with some of these healthy lifestyles; brushing our teeth twice a day, covering our mouths when sneezing or coughing and washing hands after toilet use or before touching any food.

Sikh Studies

This month in Sikh Studies pupils have been learning different stories about the life of Guru Gobind Singh Ji. Stories (Sakhis) from the birth of Guru Gobind Singh Ji, to their childhood and to the different contributions the 10th Guru gave to the Sikhs. The children had learnt these stories through images from story books and then the children used those images to write their own short stories to go with each of the images they chose to write about. This has helped children to understand more about the greatness of Guru Gobind Singh Ji while practising their story writing skills.