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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November 2019

Computing

Pupils have been introduced to the coding unit. They understand that when a computer does something, it is following a set of instructions called code. They have learnt how to give clear instructions to make objects on the screen move.

In ‘Burst the bubbles’, pupils learnt how to create a code to make objects disappear when they are clicked. They created a simple game where three bubbles floated around the screen in different directions, and then they had to burst the bubbles by clicking on them. They were also able to create and add their own background to the game.

DT

In DT the children have been introduced to the word textiles. In theme with Pirates topic, the children will have the opportunity to design and create their very own pirate bandana. This week they have had the chance to look at various styles which are being used in the fashion world. They compared the designs giving their own opinions about which were best to wear for pirates. In the first lesson, Year 2 have been given a design brief and from this created their own two designs. The children then have chosen the one that fits the design criteria best giving their reasons.

English

In English the children are learning how to write connected sentences using conjunction and. We are continuing to read the pirate book called The Night Pirates. The children are enjoying this story because it is funny as well as rhythmical.  They have enjoyed roleplaying it as well. This brought out their imaginations and creativity. The children are using adjectives to describe the characters and their settings. They continue to use 2A adjective sentences as well as list sentences.

History

In November we all took part in Remembrance Day. The children had the opportunity to be silent during the allotted two-minute silence at 11am on the 11th day of the 11th month. Before leaving the classroom to stand outside by the Union Jack (for the silence), they had the chance to learn about who is remembered and why. They also had the chance to learn about why poppies are worn and that it is The British Legion who collect donations to give to families that have served in the armed forces for the country aswell as other commonwealth countries.

Maths

Pupils have already looked at numbers within 100. This month the children have been introduced to bar models within measures units as well as future number units. They have recognised and used the inverse relationship between addition and subtraction and use this to check calculations and solve missing number problems. The children have solved problems with addition and subtraction: used concrete objects and pictorial representations, including those involving numbers, quantities and measures; applying their increasing knowledge of mental and written methods. They have estimated the answer to a calculation and used inverse operations to check answers.

Music

The children have been continuing to link their music learning to inter-related music techniques, in particular pulse, rhythm, dynamics and tempo.

They have continued to sing and perform rhythm rounds which focuses on being part of a team and improves their listening skills

The children have also created their own rhythms and have written and followed each other’s graphic scores. The whole class have begun to follow and play their rhythms on djembe drums.

They have begun to learn sea shanties related to their topic on Pirates.

Panjabi

This month the children have been learning about the story of Guru Nanak Dev Ji and the True Bargain (Sacha Sauda) in Punjabi by learning the vocabulary of the story in Punjabi and retelling the story in Punjabi verbally and also in writing in their books. Pupils have been using cartoon images of the story about the True Bargain and Guru Nanak Dev Ji and after sequencing the story in the right order they have been writing the story in Punjabi next to the pictures. Then they have retold the story themselves in Punjabi afterwards to the rest of the class.

PE

In PE, we have been learning about teamwork and problem solving.  We have been trying to complete challenges that require us to work together to achieve an objective. For example, River Cross.  In River Cross the class had to work in groups to try and cross the imaginary river using only the equipment provided.  In groups of 5 the children had to figure out how to get from one side of the playground to the other using only two large hoops.

Children were encouraged to share their ideas and also to listen to others.

PSHE

This month Year 2 have been learning a lot about bullying and what it actually means. There has been a lot of discussion focused around different scenarios such as name-calling, hitting and teasing. The children are becoming more confident with saying that if a hurtful event happens repeatedly, then it is called bullying.  In a particular lesson the children had the opportunity to work in small groups to create a role-play of their own demonstrating what bullying is and how to resolve it. They have had great fun acting as teachers and headteachers!

RE

This month the children have been understanding all about The Good Samaritan story from the Christianity religion. They have realised what the word means and have been using it in modern terms too. In this way they have experienced how to become a helpful person. Many children had even suggested it is in of the five Sikh values as compassion towards others. The children have learned that Jesus was trying to teach all Christians that no matter where you come from or what you look like, we all have a duty to help. This is a concept that the children have continued to build upon during Anti-Bullying week.

Science

This term we are learning about Living things and their habitats. First, we discussed the meaning of a microhabitat as well as look at some examples of them in class.  Then we went outside to investigate and find any in the school field and allotment area. The children investigated using microscopes to find small insects under large pots as well as worms in mudholes. They were able to recognise the location of the microhabitat, explain what was living there and then use up to 5 adjectives to describe the habitat.

Sikh Studies

This month, the children have been using role play to explain about Guru Nanak Dev Ji to a non-Sikh. Using the footage captured by Newsround of our school celebrations, pupils have got into pairs and practised doing a role play of having to explain to a non-Sikh person about Guru Nanak Dev Ji. The non-Sikh person has just learnt about Guru Nanak Dev Ji from watching Newsround and wants to know more from pupils at this school. This has enabled children to share their knowledge that they have acquired this term so far on Guru Nanak Dev Ji and use it in a real-life setting.