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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January 2020

Art

This term in Art were learning to draw.  We started off by drawing what we see. We had objects infront of us which we looked at and carefully drew. We then used the four shading skills we learned which are hatching, cross hatching, scribbling and stippling. After that, we had to choose one or two shading skills for our drawings. This was fun! Next, we learned to draw the four sides of our objects. We shared our work with our peers. This helped us to point out our strengths and areas to improve.

Computing

Pupils have been revisiting how to use the various tools of Microsoft Word. They have completed a skills review sheet. They consolidated their knowledge of how to change the font to either bold or italic to add impact to their writing. They are able to change the size of font, style and colour of the text. They have applied the various formatting skills that they have learnt to create rules for the computer suite.

Pupils have learnt how to position the cursor on a page using Microsoft Word. They have had an opportunity to compose sentences about their favourite pet. They are able to use caps lock and fullstops appropriately.

English

In English we have started looking at 17th Century London at the time of The Great Fire of London in 1666. In order for the children to understand the time they have been shown pictures and paintings of how London could have looked at the time. These have been compared to modern day London and the children have used adjectives to describe the similarities and differences. They have begun to use adverbs such as quietly and closely;

One child wrote, “The streets were dark and dull all closely packed together”.

History

The Great Fire of London is our topic this term and the children have been introduced to the topic through a video. We have also played a clipping of the re-enactment with just the sounds. This enabled the children to imagine the horrific time and how it almost destroyed all of London. In order to remember the events in order the children had the opportunity to role-play it in small groups with some props.

Maths

This term we started a new topic multiplication and division. We started off by grouping counters and adding them, showing repeated addition. We introduced arrays to help the children to count counters in rows and columns to help them understand the parts that are being multiplied.  After that we introduced the multiplication symbol. We learned that multiplication can be done in any order. Here is an example of equations 2 x3=6 and 3×2=6.  Finally, we worked on solving problems that involved multiplication.

Music

In music, the children have been learning 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’

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 Kanna words. In this term 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.

PE

In PE, we have been learning to play Dodgeball.  This has been really fun! We are learning to think on our feet and react quickly to stay in the game.  We have encouraged each other to take risks and to come out of our ‘comfort zone’, along with learning the basic skills required for throwing and catching.  We have been learning the importance of making eye contact with our team mates and shouting their name during match conditions.

PSHE

Being healthy is our new topic. We discussing things that make us healthy such as eating lots of vegetables and fruits as well as drinking water instead of too much sweet, salt and oily food and fizzy drinks. They learned that resting was equally important as eating healthily and exercising.

We also discussed the importance of being relaxed instead of being tense.  The children had opportunities to discuss scenarios of calm and tense people.  They explained signs that tell us if someone is calm or tense. We concluded by saying that taking deep breaths help us to be calm.

RE

This term the children are learning about Judaism. We started with what God means to the Jewish community. The children have gained an insight into the importance of God by learning about Passover. The children watched a video showing a Jewish family celebrating Passover in their home. They have a special meal called The Seder meal and each piece of food represents something from the time the Jewish people were captured by the Pharoah of Egypt. Year 2 answered the key question; How do Jewish people celebrate Passover? Confidently, the children explained the story from Ancient Egypt and understand its importance to Jewish people today.

Science

This term we looking at the topic Animals including humans. We started off by learning the Life cycles of a chicken and butterfly.  We named and described each stage of development. We also discussed the changes that take place between each stage. We compared these life cycles to the life cycle of humans. We also explored the question: Do all animals look like their offspring? We found out that not all young ones look like their parents for example caterpillars and tadpoles do not look like their parents. The highlight of these activities was when the children made their own life cycles using the knowledge they had learned over time.

Sikh Studies

To mark Guru Gobind Singh Ji’s Gurpurab that was in early January, this month children have been looking at the family of Guru Gobind Singh Ji and creating a family tree to show Guru Ji’s family. They were shown pictures and short video clips from the Chaar Sahibzaade movie showing Guru Ji’s family. Then children had to create their own family tree of Guru Ji’s family.

Some children who were Greater Depth and who had more knowledge were able to extend their family tree further to include the extended family of Guru Gobind Singh Ji. This helped the children to understand the relationship between the 10th Guru and previous Gurus.