Welcome to Year 2
Learning together Enquiring minds Excitement Kindness Generosity
As many of you know, our 5 school values underpin everything we do and are used throughout the curriculum. Each term, since they were introduced, the children have been learning about what each value means and how it will help them to become thoughtful, independent people who will make the world a better place. Last term we focused on excitement and this term we will be focusing on the final value of generosity.
Whole School Litter Picking
We worked together to pick up litter in our park to show how we can be generous to our local community. What a wonderful day! Today I was so proud to be a part of Hollybush Primary School as all the children all got ‘stuck in’ and collected huge amounts of litter, leaving the park looking spotless! Well done to all of you. You're amazing!
Our special visitor
We were very excited to have Mariam visit us in Year 2 for a special lesson after leading a whole school assembly. Mariam came to talk to us about Islam. The children were very interested to hear about this religion and used their enquiring minds to ask many super questions. Two children tried on traditional Muslim clothing. A Kufti hat is a traditional cap worn by Muslim men and a hijab, which is a traditional Muslim headscarf. A huge ‘well done’ to these two children for having the confidence to volunteer. We learnt all about the prophet Mohammed. We also looked at the Arabic alphabet, which was very different from the alphabet we use to learn to read in English. Thank you so much for coming, we thoroughly enjoyed your visit and loved learning together about Islam.
What a fantastic and exciting day we had today! First we took part in 'drop everything and read' where we had to stop and read when we heard the bell. After that we wrote book reviews on the books we brought to school. Then Yr5 came down to Yr2 to share a book together. It was so lovely to see the children reading together but even more impressive, was the questions they we asking and answering. 'What do you think will happen next?' 'What was your favourite part of the story?' What does this word mean?'
After lunch each teacher read a book to another class. Yr2 were very lucky to have Mrs Kenway share her favourite books with them. They even heard some poems. Our final part of the day was a performance of The Gingerbread Man by the staff in assembly. What brilliant fun we had!
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Pizza Express Trip
Year 2 had a fabulous time at Pizza Express. Our day began with a walk to Hertford to make our own margarita pizzas. First we were taught all about the ingredients and where they all come from. After that we tasted basil and mozzarella cheese which we then added to our doughy base. Finally, we learnt about the temperature of the ovens and how long our pizzas would take to cook. With our mouths watering from the delicious smell, we waited patiently (tummies rumbling) while the chef put them in their boxes and we carried them back to school. The best part of our trip was when we arrived back to school because that was when we could eat them! Yum! Thank you Pizza Express for this wonderful trip.
Well done Year 2 for representing Hollybush Primary School so sensibly, you were super stars!
Welcome to the Spring term, the children have quickly settled back into the routines and have returned to school ready to learn. We would like to thank you for your kindness at the end of term and we hope you had a wonderful Christmas holiday.
At the end of last term, the children received a special gift of ‘Traction Man’ who is an action figure from the book ‘Traction Man is here’ by Mini Grey. This new addition to the classroom has inspired the children to write inferences, opinions, character descriptions and an advert. This week the children are writing a thank you letter to Father Christmas for Traction Man pretending they are the boy from the story. Next week we begin a new story to stimulate our writing. The Lonely Beast by Chris Judge is an exciting book about the journey of a beast. We will be writing invitations, diary entries, a newspaper article and an interview script.
We will be continuing with our weekly spellings, the children are doing a fantastic job of learning them and now they need to ensure they are transferring these skills and spelling patterns into their independent writing. We will also be recapping the Year 1 common exception words over the next 2 weeks within the class so please ensure your children know how to read and write them. I have attached a copy to this letter. Next week I will be changing the spelling test day to a Thursday for the rest of this term. New spellings will come home either Thursday or Friday.
Well done to everyone who embraced the Planet Reading Challenge. This will continue for the next few weeks and I will change this to a new challenge by February Half Term in order to continue to encourage the children to read at home. It is very important to continue to read at home each night. Reading is the key to success! Don’t forget to read to your children as well, pick a chapter book and share the reading together. Remember to discuss the meaning of new words and ask your child questions about the text to ensure they understand what they are reading.
We have been learning to partition numbers into tens and ones and add two 2 digit numbers together. We have also been looking at dividing. Next we will be learning to subtract using larger numbers and looking at fractions of shapes and numbers (children will need to find a half, a quarter, three quarters and a third. Please continue to practise the 2’s, 3’s, 5’s and 10 times tables. Don’t forget there is a super game on www.topmarks.co.uk called Hit the Button which is a great free resource you can use at home.
Thank you to Louie’s mum who came in to speak to us about Australia it was very exciting to have Sheila the Kangaroo in our classroom as well as learn to play the didgeridoo. The children used their enquiring minds to ask many questions. Thank you also for lending us your Aboriginal Art work, we have since been inspired to create our own and these will be up on display as soon as they are finished. Please can you ensure your child has an art apron in school (an old shirt or t-shirt is perfect.)
This term we will be focusing on history and looking specifically at people who have changed the world. Our new topic is, ‘Can one person change the world?’ We will also be having our own impact on making the world a better place by trying to reduce the amount of plastic going into landfill sites. As a school we will be creating Eco-Bricks (more on this to come.)
This half term we will be looking at food chains and next half term we will be investigating materials.
Would anyone like to come in to listen to readers? We are in desperate need for some support to hear children read (ideally in the afternoons). If you can spare any time, we would be very grateful.
Year 2 Home Learning
I have been very impressed with the amount of children who have been handing in their home learning each week. Thank you for all your support. I have been keeping this work in school and if a child has made any errors, these have been addressed in class. If you have any further questions or need any support with any tasks, please do let me know.
Optional Termly Project
The projects the children created for ‘Our Wonderful world’ were brilliant! It was so lovely to see that the children were excited to go home and learn together with you. So thank you once again for taking an interest in your child’s learning and being generous with your time.
This term I would like children to think of significant people who have made the world a better place. This can be someone famous or historical or even someone they know. How the children present the project is completely up to them. As long as the children can talk about what the person has done and the impact they have made, it can be artwork, a project, a model, a piece of writing or something made using technology. Have fun together and be creative J
Learning together Enquiring minds Excitement Kindness Generosity
As many of you know our 5 school values underpin everything we do and are used throughout the curriculum. Each term since they were introduced the children have been learning about what each value means and how it will help them become thoughtful, independent people who will make the world a better place. Last term we focused on excitement and this term we will be focusing on the final value of generosity.