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

March 2019

What we have been learning so far this year:

Arts

This term we focused on Portraits by Pablo Picasso. We introduced sketching techniques like stippling, hatching and cross hatching. We also looked at tones especially how to effectively use a sketching pencil by creating lighter or darker tones. We started off by drawing what we see from different angles. For our self-portraits, we used Picasso’s Cubism technique. First we used mirrors to have a good look at our faces. Then we sketched ourselves and our friends. Lastly we learned about colour. We specifically learned about warm and cool colours to indicate mood.  

Computing

The children have been taught how to access Microsoft Word and to write simple sentences using correct punctuation. 

To link in with the theme of traditional stories, the children wrote specific questions for a character in a story. They then role played the part of the character and answered the questions themselves. This allowed them to understand how to use a question and an exclamation mark in their work by using the Shift key. 

Currently, the children are being taught how to name their file, save it and then to retrieve it. Some children have progressed to inserting relevant clip art into their work. 

English

The term began with the children exploring the traditional tale, Hansel & Gretel. In class we read the story together and the children had to re-enact it in a group role-play. As part of a carousel there was speech writing, comic strip ordering and character descriptions. Then the children were able to retell the story in a long piece of writing with adults helping with the spelling of words only. All the children had written marvellous retells of the story.  

We have also explored the story The Man on the Moon in which we looked at fantasy settings and characters such as aliens and dragons. After half term the children will be able to plan and write their very own fantasy story. 

History

While looking at the traditional tale of Hansel and Gretel the children looked at the original version of the story by The Grimms brothers. This was a very dark tale and it had changed into a fairy tale over the years so that children wouldn’t be frightened of the context.

The children were exploring how people lived in the 17th Century.  They learned about how people dressed, which food they ate, how children played aswell as the kinds of jobs that the adults would have had.

The children then compared the old way of living to modern times picking out similarities and differences.

Maths

In March the children have used concrete manipulative such as coins, notes and bead strings when learning all about money. They have added and subtracted amounts to give change, using both £ and p in practical contexts. As well as this they have recognised and compared the value of coins, counted money in a set of coins, made the same total using different coins, calculated change from a pound as well as been able to solve problems related to money.  

The children were also introduced to fractions earlier this term. They have learned how to write fractions and understand the meaning of the vinculum, numerators and denominators. They identified unit and non-unit fractions of halves, thirds and quarters of shapes, objects or quantity. They have even begun to explore equivalence through exploring how one half and two quarters are equivalent.    

Music

National curriculum aims t0 use their voices expressively and creatively by singing songs and speaking chants.  In addition, to experiment with, create, select and combine sounds using body and non tuned percussion.

This month, the children in year 2 have been learning about how to care for their neighbours. To support this work, they have learnt a rhythm chant related to their topic, added a pulse to it, selected a rhythm from the chant to use as an accompaniment and followed a graphic score using a variety of non tuned percussion.

In addition, the children have also sung songs related to thinking of others in their class. This was in the form of playground music games which encouraged them to beat pulse and rhythm sensitively and cooperatively with others.

Panjabi

The children have been exploring the significance of the Holla Mohalla story at Anandpur Sahib. In Panjabi lessons children are learning about Panjabi symbols. They have learnt about Lawan symbol and made words with this symbol.

Physical Education (P.E.)

The children have been taking part in the Healthy Minds programme and learning about Yoga. They have also been practicing their football skills, focusing on passing and dribbling the ball. Alongside this they have been learning about teamwork and how to share their ideas. Having the confidence to share their ideas will help the children throughout the year in many other subjects

Science

We are looking at animals including humans this term. Specifically, we have been learning about how humans grown into adults through the human life cycle. In later lessons we have found out and described the three basic needs for survival of all animals being water, food and air. As well as this we have learned about the importance of human exercise, eating the right amount of different types of food, and hygiene. Furthermore, the children have compared the needs of humans with other animals recognising that we all need the same things for survival.