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

April 2019

What we have been learning so far this year:

Arts

In Art the children enjoyed sketching the dragons to celebrate Saint George’s day. We used our sketching and shedding techniques from previous lessons.

We also had fun using some of our Mathematical knowledge of 3D shapes to sketch our friends’ portraits using Picasso’s cubism technique. We used our knowledge of line, space, position, shapes and colour.

These activities helped us embed the work we started on portraits by Pablo Picasso.

Computing

We have been learning the skills of selecting and dragging text contained within a text box. We have sequenced information contained within a text box to create an ordered list.

We know how to highlight and change the colour of the font. Some of us are able to change the style of the font.

We have had the opportunity to apply the skills of selecting and dragging to solve age appropriate Mathematical games. This has helped us to consolidate our number bonds, our five and ten times tables and adding numbers by bridging to 10.

English

To celebrate St George’s day, the whole school came in dressed up in British flag colours. We read the story of how Saint George became the patron of England. We worked in groups at roleplaying it.  We discussed the character of St George’s. We wrote our stories on comic strips focussing on using (2A sentences) sentences with two adjectives.

After that we planned and wrote our own fantasy stories. We used a range of adjectives to describe our fantasy characters and settings. We learned to use ‘What + ! sentences’ in our writing to show the use of exclamation marks. 

Geography

In Geography we have been learning about our local environment. We looked at map skills which include orienteering, locating, navigating and map making.

We used our Mathematical knowledge of position, direction and movement to help us. We now know that that there are maps for different purposes such as street maps, village maps, town, school maps, Sat Navs and google maps.

We explored a range of activities that included orienteering the KS2 playground, drawing our school map, giving directions to different places on our role-play town and playing location games on the computer. All these helped us to put our maps skills in practice as we followed given directions for a route.

Maths

In Mathematics we have been learning about addition and subtraction. We learned to use a range of techniques, for example, we were using the ‘make ten’ strategy when adding ones to one and two-digit numbers. We also used our knowledge of partitioning tens and ones to regroup. We used bead strings, dienes and number lines to help us work accurately.

We also learned about 2D and 3D shapes. We explored their properties. for example, the number of sides, vertices and lines of symmetry of 2D shapes and then edges, faces and vertices of 3D shapes. We finished off by learning about rotations and pattern making

Music

The children have been learning to play the pulse and rhythms on percussion instruments.  They have copied rhythms and followed a graphic score in order to play a class piece.  They have developed co-operation through friendship songs including ‘Jump Jim Joe’ and co-ordination by singing and moving to playground songs.

They have been learning songs related to their topic, Neighbourhood Watch and have created a rhythm piece based on people living in their street.

Panjabi

In Panjabi children have been learning symbols. Now they are learning a new symbol – Dolawan.  First they learnt the sound of that symbol and where that symbol stands in the words.  Children read the Dolawan words by using their prior knowledge (sound the letter, sound the symbol).

For writing Dolawan words children used different resources like flash cards, magnetic letters and white boards etc. Now children in year two have started making simple sentences.

Physical Education (P.E.)

Children have been focusing on sharing their ideas with each other.  We introduce problems into the PE lessons and challenge children to solve these problems as a team.  This term, cross curricular links are being made with subjects such as maths.

In the picture we can see children playing Pirate’s Treasure.  Here they have to collect treasure from the middle and count together how many pieces they have collected.  Some treasure is worth more than others so children must decide which pieces to take first to collect the most amount of points.

PSHE

In PSHE we learned about friendship. Our teachers are happy to know that in Year 2, we all have friends. We discussed why it is important to have friends. Here are some of the responses we gave. “It is important because we have people to look out for us”. “It’s not fun playing by yourself”.  Just like a delicious cake needs ingredients, we came up with our own friendship ingredients which we think if followed carefully, would help one to come up with good friendship values.

We realised that our friendship ingredients are not just for our school friends, but for other friends who do not come to our school.

R.E.

In RE we looked at why Christians celebrate Easter.  First we looked at the Spring Season. We discussed the changes from Winter to Spring and we noticed that new life is everywhere! Blossoms, shoots on trees and grass is greener than it was and animals and birds have new offspring.

Just like new life in animals and birds, Christians believe that their lives get renewed during Easter because of Jesus dying for them on the cross. They celebrate by giving each other cards and Easter eggs. The eggs symbolise new life. They go to church on Good Friday and Easter Sunday.

Science

We are learning about plants. We started off by walking around the school and locating where plants are growing. Then we drew them on our school maps. Some of us could name dandelions, buttercups and daisies. We used our information to answer questions such as which plants were the most common or least common?

We also learnt about why plants are so important to humans and animals. The reasons were endless! “I didn’t know that some trees produce rubber!” someone exclaimed. “Even sea animals need oxygen too?” asked another.

We finished off by sorting fruit and vegetables according to the different parts we eat, for example leaves, stems, roots, fruits, seeds and flowers.