Welcome to Life at KPS for Year 2
Mrs Sandhu and Mrs Birring 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.
This term we have been completing our work on Rana Safadi. We have looked at her work and the different style of paintings she has created. We have finished our final piece of artwork and have started to analyse our piece. The children have talked abo0uit what they like and don’t like about their work as well as what they would do differently next time. They represented their analysis in a little thought bubble in their sketchbooks. Children talked about the colours they used and how these colours show their emotions. Rana Safadi is an impressionist and used different colours to signify feelings.
In English they have completed the reading of Aladdin and further discussed their questions and predictions. They had the opportunity to describe various scenes from the book using adjectives to write 1a and 2a sentences. This month they have role-played the story using props like a treasure chest, Abu the monkey and costumes which they thoroughly enjoyed. For the end of term production, the children have begun to practice the production A Little Bird told me – they are currently learning the songs and soon will be acting out the scenes too.
In Maths, the children have been using their number bonds to help add and subtract from 2-digit numbers. They have also been introduced to bar models as a representation of a number equation. They have represented and explained addition and subtraction of 2-digit numbers aswell as begun to add 3 1-digit numbers. The children have continued to use concrete objects such as dienes and ones to represent their equations.
I am pleased to say that singing has now resumed in both class music and as a whole school
So far this term, year 2 have been learning how to beat and follow a pulse and rhythms through following body percussion pieces and selecting different rhythms from songs which they then repeat on chime bars and drums.
In addition, they have also written and followed their own rhythms using the Kodaly method
The main focus of this term has and will be on Guru Nanak Dev Ji because we are celebrated the Prakash Dehara of Dhan Dhan Shri Guru Nanak Dev Ji. We have been learning the story of The True Bargain and following that the 3 golden rules of life given to us by Guru Nanak Dev Ji. After reading the story we discussed the plot and the lessons that can be learnt from the story. We then shared our learning with each other in the class by giving each other examples. To remember the order of story children were using the different pictures from the story and they were putting them in order and were saying a sentence in Panjabi. Children leant the one of the teaching of Guru Nanak Dev Ji (Wand ke shakna) from this story and took part in Langer sewa.
This month in PE the children have been linking math to their PE lessons!
Children have been playing Pirates Treasure. The aim of the game is for each team to collect as much treasure as they can within a set time, then they go back to their team and count how many pieces they have. The team with the most points wins that round and we start to introduce different values to different pieces of treasure, leaving children to problem solve by planning which pieces are worth more and to add the total value of their treasure to give themselves a grand score.
We also use the balancing skills learnt from our last game to find interesting and creative ways to place the treasure back to its place after each round.
In PSHE, we have been looking at anti-bullying week which took place from 15 – 19th November and this year’s theme is ‘one kind word’. Children have been talking about kindness and what it means to them. Children had discussions on things that they do to help others around them and things that they say to make each other laugh. Some children said, “being kind is asking if someone is ok”. These discussions led to children designing a poster using one kind word that they feel best describes their friend and explained why they chose that word.
This term we have continued to learn about Christianity. We encouraged children to talk about why they think God gave Jesus to Christians. Children talked about the Christmas story and how Jesus was a gift from God to the world. Children talked about the problems in the world w have today with pollution, animals dying etc and how Jesus was given to put an end to some of these problems by teaching people to recycle regularly and people should try and use less plastic as it is ending up in the oceans killing all the fish. Children read stories about superheroes saving the world and drew their own superhero and explained how they were going to help others save the world.
This term we have continued looking at materials. We have explored how materials can be changed by squashing, bending, pulling etc and then making accurate recordings to explain their results to others. Children have also been testing a collection of fabrics to find out which ones will let the least and most light through, by placing them over a box and looking through an eye-hole to check how light it is inside the box. Children have been using scientific language such as opaque and transparent.
In Sikh Studies this term, pupils have been learning about the first few Gurus and the key teachings from each of them from Sri Guru Nanak Dev Ji to Guru Arjun Dev Ji. Children have learnt stories about each of the Gurus and what the main teachings are from each.
Children were able to recall key facts and the teachings of each of the Gurus and either make a spider diagram of what they learnt about the Guru or write sentences in bullet form of what they have learnt. This helps children learn the names of the Gurus and at least one or two stories of each of the Gurus too.