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

May 2019

What we have been learning so far:

Arts

We looked at our first self-portraits and decided to improve them. This time, we wanted to add colour to them. We also wanted to show mood to show our understanding of colour meanings in Art. We asked our partners to give us their opinions of our work so that we could improve it. We were challenged to be creative.

It was good to have this opportunity to reflect on our own work to see how we could do even better next time.

“I really enjoyed this topic because…….”

Computing

Pupils have learnt how to position the cursor when composing sentences on a page using Microsoft Word and how to use the backspace key to delete and reposition text.

They have continued to practise the skills of selecting and dragging text contained within a text box. They have applied these skills to sequence information and to edit jumbled up sentences.

Pupils have had the opportunity to apply the skills of selecting and dragging to sequence numbers in ascending or descending order; consolidate number bonds to 10 and beyond; recall their 5 and 10 times tables and add numbers by bridging to 10.

English

This month in English the children have been reading The Enormous Crocodile by Roald Dahl. They have been introduced to the new skill of asking questions that begin with: Who? What? When? Where? Why? Would? Was? Will? What if? For example: Who will the crocodile eat next? Why does he like to eat children? Was he ever good? These kinds of questions enable the children to infer what the author could be suggesting and therefore they are able to think more deeply about the way the text has been written. Another activity involved sequencing the main events of the story in the format of a comic strip which the children always seem to enjoy very much.

Geography

This month the children have been studying their local area, Slough, in more detail. They have used a map of Slough and identified locations and places using the map key. Their tasks also involved following directions around the map using positional language to help them create a route from one location to another. The children also had the opportunity to challenge their own learning by creating their own routes aswell as write directions using the appropriate language for their peers to follow and locate the specific destination.

Maths

This month the children have been working with numbers within 1000.  They have represented 3-digit numbers using concrete, pictorial and abstract representations. They partitioned 3-digit numbers in a variety of ways. The children have also applied their knowledge of comparing, ordering, reading and writing numbers in numerals and words to 3-digit numbers. Aswell as this they have reading scales within 1000. They will continue to consolidate learning about reading scales, reading and writing numbers to 1000 and finding 10 and 100 more or less than a given number in Maths Meetings.

Music

The children have been continuing to play the pulse and rhythms on percussion instruments whilst also changing the dynamics of their sound. They have copied rhythms and followed a graphic score in order to play a class piece. They have developed their memory and ability to internalise rhythms by performing progressive rhythm games. They have learnt to follow a conductor to change dynamics and rhythms and they have had an opportunity to be a conductor themselves.

Physical Education (P.E.)

This month children are preparing for Sports Day.  We have been practicing for events such as 50m sprint, throwing, egg and spoon race and football dribble.

Children have been learning about the spirit of competition and the Olympics.  They have also been learning about the great efforts professional athletes make to be competitors and the level of hard work and discipline needed to perform at the top level.

PSHE

Mindful May.

It was ‘Mental health week’ during the last week of May. Year twos joined some of the schools that tuned in to learn about ‘Mindfulness’ on Class Dojo. We enjoyed the activities such as the mindful breathing exercises where we had to slowly breath in, hold our breaths and breathe out through our mouths. This helped us to relax and feel calm. One of the children said that helped him refresh his mind. We also learnt about our POWERFUL emotions both positive and negative. Watching the videos helped us to know how to control our emotions positively.

R.E.

The children have been also learning to understand the special relationship between Jews and God aswell as the promises they make to each other. We began with discussing the meaning of a promise or agreement. The children then explained what it would mean to them if that gets broken. In the lesson thereafter the children have been writing their own promises about their relationship with somebody special to them. This has enabled them to understand deeper about the importance of keeping a promise or an agreement.

Science

We have been investigating plants germinating. First we explored seeds. We saw a whole range of sizes and colours. Some were so tiny we had to use magnifying glasses to see them clearly. It was amazing to find out that most plants come from seeds. So we wanted to find out which seeds germinate the fastest.  We made our predictions. We put all our seeds on a wet tissue in a bowl. We observed them over a few days.   We noticed that germination was taking place. Some of us had made correct predictions. We also noticed that the roots germinate first!

Sikh Studies

Children have been learning about Vaisakhi which translates to the creation of Khalsa. In year 2 they have been focusing on the Five k’s, and the reasons as to why we wear them as well as the Panj Piyare, and what being a panj piyare entails furthermore, the symbolism behind the act of becoming one. We used a variety of resources to allow the children to become familiar with the corresponding names and pictures of the 5K’s. The pupils were given an opportunity to take a first-hand look at the 5K’s in person after which we allowed them to share their personal experiences. The pupils familiarised themselves with the process of how one becomes a Panj Piyara and what stages need to be taken.