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

June 2019

What we have been learning so far:

Art

In English we are learning about Paddington a bear from darkest Peru who found himself at Paddington station in London. Now, he is planning to visit Amritsar in Punjab and he needs a suitcase. First, we looked at some suitcases designed by Year 3s during one of their previous topics. We then researched online, magazines and catalogues for ideas for more suitcase designs that are already out there. At the moment, we are in the middle of sketching, annotating and labelling our designs. Next we will be looking at suitable materials for our designs. This is really exciting! 

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 had to burst the bubbles by clicking on them.  

In ‘Magic Castle’, pupils used a code to start up a series of events by clicking on an object. 

English

The children have been introduced to Paddington Bear this term. The story is Paddington by Michael Bond which is the original story of the bear from Darkest Peru. The story tells of the bear being lost and found at London Paddington station. We then had a class discussion about the text. The children then completed a likes, dislikes, pattern and questions chart. This helps them to form their own opinion about the text aswell as ask questions directed at the author. For example, Why does Paddington Bear like marmalade so much? Why was the taxi driver rude towards him? Aswell as Do bears have birthdays? 

Geography

This month we have introduced the children to the tourist attractions in London. This is part of the Paddington Bear topic as he ends up living there. We discussed the main attractions aswell as looked at the differences and similarities between Slough and London. The children then looked at a map of the United Kingdom. They tried to name and identify all the countries. We then used an atlas to find the UK, name the surrounding seas, name the 4 countries and their capital cities.  The children then looked at the characteristics of each country to find any similarities and differences between them. 

Maths

In maths this month the children have been introduced to 3 digit numbers. They have explored the components of 3 digit numbers and used the more than and less than signs to compare them. The children have used and applied their knowledge of number within 1000 to read scales. Further to this, they have recognised the place value of each digit in a 3-digit number. They have then used dienes, blocks and ones to show the value of a 3-digit number in more than one way.  

Music

The children have been linking their music learning to their topic of growing and understanding the parts of plants. 

They have learnt to sing the songs ‘Digging the Garden’ and ‘parts of a plant’. They have discussed what a plant needs in order to grow and have experimented with percussion instruments to represent sunshine, rain, digging the soil, and a growing plant. The children have followed and written their own graphic score related to their percussion work. 

Particular attention has been given to the changes in sound, dynamics, pitch, tempo, pulse and timbre (for example, low steady drum beats to represent digging).

Panjabi

In Panjabi children have been learning about plants and the different plants of a plant. 

First they shared their knowledge with their groups and discussed it at length, they then learnt the key words involved with the parts of a plant, and then drew on their whiteboards with prompts from the flipchart. They need learnt the corresponding colours with the parts of the plant. They then went outside and related their knowledge with nature and understood what plants need to grow as well as learning the individual functions to each part of the plant.  They then learnt the names of colours in Panjabi.  They linked all their knowledge learnt with their science lessons. 

Physical Education (P.E.)

This month was our school Sports Day.  Children took part in many different races where they were required to put all their previous learning into action.  They had to use techniques learnt in PE lessons to compete against each other in a variety of challenges and races.  Some of our races involved problem solving where children had to work as part of a team to complete challenges faster than the other teams.  This put many skills learnt in PE lessons into practice and the children were excellent in displaying their teamwork and tenacity to finish any challenge they were confronted with. 

PSHE

Following on from mindfulness last month the children have learning about how emotions can be powerful. They can overwhelm you or become your friend. In order to control some emotions, the children had drawn a picture of their very own beast. In this way they were able to explain when the beast comes out and to control it whenever it does. The children also gave examples of something that causes conflict between them and their friends. They were able to recognise that it was their beast coming out again. Subsequently solutions like deep breathing, counting to 10 were suggested so that the beast could be tamed. 

R.E.

In Judasim the children have learned that Jews believe that there is one God who not only created the world, but with whom every Jew can have a personal and individual relationship. They discovered that Jewish history begins with the Covenant (agreement/promise) between God and Abraham around 1812 BC and that Abraham is considered the founder of Judaism. The children watched a video about Abraham praying to the sun thinking it created everything. They learned how he discovered there was a larger power that had created everything. The children then wrote a short summary of Abraham’s discovery. 

Science

We looked at different conditions that plants need to grow and stay healthy.  Our most favourite on -going investigation was finding out if plants need light to grow well. We placed our pots in three different places. One had plenty of sunlight, another one had some light and the third one in a cupboard where there was no light. A week later, we were wowed by the different seedlings.  We wrote our investigations describing and concluded what we observed.  We finally transplanted all our seedlings outside in our Science garden where there is plenty sunshine to help them grow well.