St. Paul - Y2
Hello and welcome back to Year 2!
We are delighted to welcome everyone back to what I am sure will be a busy and fulfilling term.
Keep up to date here on our class page to see all the exciting work we are doing. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask.
This week, we went to our chapel and did our collective worship. We got to reflect on what kindness is and how we can be kind to one and other.
In groups we looked at the different objects and put them into groups. We learnt that some objects were once alive because the material had come from trees and animals. For example, Dry leaves on the ground are dead, but they were once part of a living tree. Bones were once part of a living animal that now is dead. We discussed that anything metal, plastic or stone has never been alive.
We had to come up with questions to ask the red crayon how he felt, and what would make the red crayon feel better. We learnt that the red crayon felt over-used during the holidays and did not feel appreciated. Some of us got to play the red crayon and hot seat how it felt.
First, in partners we had to retell the story and answer questions about Samuel Pepys and why it took Samuel Pepys a long time to get out. We un picked the story and in groups we acted out the story and came up with our own ideas of why it took so long for Samuel Pepys to come out.
Dear Parents/ Carers,
Welcome to Year 2!
My name is Miss Patel and working with me to support the children is Ms John. We are very excited about the year ahead and are looking forward to seeing your child thrive.
Please drop in weekly for updates on all the exciting activities and learning opportunities that the children will engage in.
Recommended Reading List
Please find below, a recommended reading list for year 2. Please send a note in, if you would like a particular book to be taken out from the library that week. Hope you enjoy reading these books!
We learnt about a Jesse tree and found out the Jesse tree is used during the Advent to tell stories from the Bible. We had fun making ornaments for our own Jess tree and used symbols related to Bible Stories.
This week, we had the pleasure of doing a class assembly on Remembrance Day. Thank you for coming to watch our class assembly.
In art, we have been looking at different ways we can use tissue paper. We made poppies for Remembrance Day using different shades of Red.
In maths we have been learning addition and exchanging. We used dienes and our whiteboards to draw the tens and ones on our whiteboards. When we had more then ten ones we exchanged it for a ten. Then we counted how many we had altogether, to complete the number sentence.
Black History Month
Book Aziza’s Secret Fairy Door by Lola Moraya (Pen name of two creative artists Tola Okogwa and Jasmine Richards and illustrated by Cory Reid)
Year 2 are celebrating Black History Month by reading the book called Aziza’s Secret Fairy Door we will be creating a nonfiction report on Nigeria. It is our first chapter book, and we are so excited to see what happens next. We acted out what had happened in the first chapter, where Aziza hears a loud knock from the secret door. We then acted out what we think might happen after she opens the door. We cannot wait to read chapter 2, to find out what is really behind the door. Year 2 Ndongo
is a British-Nigerian children’s author, journalist, and hair care educator. She believes it’s important for children to read books that are reflective of their own experiences, as well as other cultures and she seeks to create these opportunities through her books and wider writing.
Jasmine is an author, former children’s publisher, screenwriter and founder of Storymix an inclusive fiction studio with a social purpose. Storymix creates children’s stories with diverse casts of characters in an organic, joyful and authentic way. The studio also works with emerging and established writers and illustrators from BME backgrounds to offer pathways into publishing.
We've just finished this brilliant chapter book about a magical toy world! I loved the idea of a magical world that can be secretly visited at night made me wish I could go there every night. We raced through the book as we wanted to see if Aziza would catch up with the Gigglers and get her door knob back. This is book you must read, you will wish you had a secret door- Year 2
Anyone who likes fairies, unicorns and shapeshifting bears will love Shimmerton. My favourite part was when Felly, Kendra and Noon threw slime at Aziza, Tiko and Peri. You never know what will happen next! The characters were funny, kind and curious except for the Gigglers, who were rather annoying with their mean tricks. If I was Aziza I might have just stayed in Shimmerton it seems like a nice place to live because I would love to fly and meet a unicorn. I would definitely like to read the next book in the series if it’s going to be as adventurous and funny as this story. -Year 2
In Art, we have celebrating Black History Month by looking at African Prints. We then created our own self portraits using bright colours and African patterns. We had lots of fun using oil pastels.
In Literacy, we have been reading about Aziza’s secret fairy door. It is our first chapter book, and we are so excited to see what happens next. We acted out what had happened in the first chapter, where Aziza hears a loud knock from the secret door. We then acted out what we think might happen after she opens the door. We cannot wait to read chapter 2, to find out what is really behind the door.
In Maths we have been looking at numbers’ lines up to 100. We drew our own number lines and put the increments in 2’s, 5’s and 10’s. Our partner had to identify the number that we had drawn the arrow to. We used 100cm rulers to help us identify the numbers.
We did an investigation to check which different textures of materials would not absorbed the water, if it had absorbed water. We then turned the material around and coloured a patch of material with a crayon to see if it would absorb.
In Literacy, we have been reading the story of the Little Red Reading Hood. We went to our local area park, and pretended we were in the woodlands. We used the Fantastics, to explore the environment through the various lenses. We took pictures to remember what the woodlands looked like, and created a word bank in the park using alliteration.
In RE, we are learning about the Genesis Story, we read the story from the Bible, and had to retell the 7 days of the world being created. We pretended to be the different parts of the things that God created over the seven days in the Genesis Part 2 story. This helped us learn the order of how the world was created over the 7 days.