Mrs Sandhu

2 Partridge

Welcome to Life at KPS for Year 2

Mrs 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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October 2019

Computing

Pupils were introduced to the term ‘hyperlink’. They had to access a mental mathematics game entitled ‘Helicopter Rescue’ using the given link. This game consists of different sized number charts and is designed to help pupils identify and work with numbers up to 100.

In ‘Find a Number’, pupils were asked to locate a specific number on a number grid, either directly or in between two voiced numbers.

In ‘Count on & Back’ game, pupils learned the vocabulary of addition and subtraction. They were able count on and count back and understand the concepts of ‘more than’ and ‘less than’.

DT

This half term the children have been learning about Pottery. We looked at pottery from Thailand. First, the children had a go at drawing plans as sketches. Then they practised these using playdough. The children also learned how to make imprints on their designs using different objects like the sharp end of a pencil or a sticks. Finally, they made their final pots using salt dough. The children had a choice of making either a pinch pot or a coil pot. They were proud of their pieces of pots.

English

In English the children have learned how to write a 2A aswell as a list sentence. They have used adjectives in their retell of Guru Nanak’s story called The True Bargain. First the children had an opportunity to describe Guru Nanak as a young boy, then write speech bubbles from the characters of the story which they were able to use when writing their own retell of The True Bargain story. The children have really enjoyed this topic and are able to retell the story in great detail.

Geography

As we have been learning about Guru Nanak this term, the children have had the opportunity of comparing England to India. They have had the opportunity to write what they already know about India and what they would like to know about it. They have compared schools aswell as explain the similarities and differences between the two cultures. The main difference had been the landscape of the two countries and so the children were able to draw and label a village setting in India.

Maths

This term the children have been looking at Number. We started the term by looking at place value and grouping 2-dgit numbers into groups of ten; then the children partitioned 2-digit numbers into tens and ones; read and write numbers to 100 in words; compare numbers to 100; explore number patterns; explore odds and evens; number bonds to 20 in addition and subtraction; adding and subtracting ones from a 2-digit number; add and subtract 2-digit numbers using their knowledge of place value.

Music

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

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

They have played music games related to the tempo, pitch, pulse and rhythm.

The children have also created their own rhythms related and, as a class, we have written graphic scores to follow. The whole class have begun to follow and play their rhythms on djembe drums.

This helps their concentration, coordination, listening skills, perseverance, sense of achievement and team work.

Panjabi

In Year 2 we have been learning 3 sets of Panjabi letters and their corresponding sounds.

The main focus of this term has and will be on Guru Nanak Dev Ji since we are celebrating the 550th Prakash Dehara of Dhan Dhan Shri Guru Nanak Dev Ji. We have been learning about Guru Ji’s family members and their names using a variety of interactive resources such as pictures and whiteboards, we then used our knowledge to record this information in our books.

We have also 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.

PE

Children in Y2 have been learning the basics of Gymnastics. We have done this by focusing on balancing and jumping.

The children have practiced different types of jumps and balances and will progress to trying to put these into a sequence or routine.

Children have also been taught about the importance of balancing and jumping techniques as they will use these skills in almost any sport they play.

PSHE

This half term the children have been looking at their wellbeing through Mindfulness activities. By watching videos and discussions, the children have learned how to control their emotions through the use of Mindful breathing. These activities help them to be aware of their emotions and how they react to different situations. The children quite enjoyed the mindful breathing activities as they are relaxing and calming after active lunch times.

The children also engaged in different activities on the Mental Health day. They learned about the importance of talking to other people when they are worried about something both at home and at school. We referred to it as our circle of support.

RE

The children have been introduced to the Christianity religion this term. We started the topic by answering a key question; Is it possible to be kind all of the time? Many of the children had answered yes considering it being one of the five values of the Sikh religion. In this way, the children themselves made some comparisons with the two religions. One child said, “In the Sikh religion we all show kindness and a long time ago Jesus showed kindness too.” The children have grasped the concept of kindness well and we continue to answer the key question in our daily life.

Science

This month the children have been looking at Everyday Materials such as wood, metal, glass, plastic, paper, rocks and. We started off by closely exploring these by feeling them, using magnifying glasses and discussing their findings. Doing this helped the children to find out a lot about properties of these materials.

Each week, the children had an opportunity to work in smaller groups as they tested the materials to see if they sink or float, magnetic or non-magnetic and to see if they are absorbent or not. They children have learned to use Scientific vocabulary and to explain their findings after their tests.

Sikh Studies

This month pupils have been learning about the teachings of Guru Nanak Dev Ji from watching a short animation on Guru Nanak Dev Ji’s life. They firstly derived as many teachings as they could from the short clips shown from the animation. From there they chose one of the teachings and then applied it to a real life situation that they could relate to through role play. Here are the photos of them preparing and showing their role plays. This took place over a series of lessons. Afterwards they wrote down how they can use each of the teachings from Guru Nanak Dev Ji in their day-to-day life.