Year 2 Class
Welcome to Year 2!
Meet The Team:
Class Teacher: Miss Floyd
Learning Support Assistant: Mrs Self
Learning Support Assistant: Mrs Dancey
Learning Support Assistant: Mrs Mansfield
PPA cover: Mrs Keys-Stevens
Year 2 Parent Information Term 1 2020-2021
We are launching StoryTime Phonics this week!
We have recently purchased a brand new and fun Phonics program in Key Stage 1. StoryTime Phonics is a Letters and Sounds based program that teaches phonics through real texts. We are so excited about StoryTime Phonics as it encourages children to immerse themselves in books and links with our school vision to "Create Memories, Build Futures". All of the staff have had the StoryTime Phonics training and are now preparing the resources needed to implement this new way of teaching Phonics. This will be rolled out to the children and parents in Term 3!
For more information about StoryTime Phonics, please read our poster:
Term 1 - Week 4:
The Year 2 children have been very busy in all areas of the curriculum this week!
In English we have been developing our use of vocabulary by completing drama activities. Here you can see different Year 2 children interviewing each other for the Kintbury News channel!
In Maths we have been using a range of equipment during our place value topic:
We have been exploring different types of art during our Art and Design lessons. Here you can see the children painting superhero shields in the pointillism style:
Thank you to all of the families for donating the Art aprons!
Phonics has been so much fun this week. We have been using the Nick Sharatt book "Shark in the park" to investigate the "ar" phoneme. Here you can see the children using a shark puppet to segment and blend and using scrambled egg (shaving foam!) to practise writing the letter e:
Miss Floyd :)
Term 1 - Week 3:
Phonics fun has been the topic of conversation between the children, staff and parents this week! It has been so exciting to introduce the children to our new reading program, StoryTime Phonics! We have been spending time getting to know the Phonics Fairy and the Tricky Troll! We have also been learning some super "caption actions" to help us remember different phonemes. We are looking forward to sharing photos and videos over the coming weeks so that you can see all of Year 2 engaging in this fun approach to Phonics!
In other areas of the curriculum we have been helping The Hulk with his sentence writing skills, learning about the worlds oceans in geography, investigating 2 digit numbers in Maths and exploring materials in Science. It has been a busy week and we can't wait to see what happens in Week 4!
Miss Floyd :)
Term 1 - Week 2
This week we joined the SUPERHERO ACADEMY! This term we are training up to become superheroes.
Already the children are showing "super" listening skills, calm behaviour and have settled into the school routine brilliantly.
PE has been a real highlight this week. On Monday Mr Grainger (our SCL PE Coach) taught PE and played lots of team games to get to know all of the children. On Wednesday I was able to lead gymnastics. We focussed on our different movements and practised moving like different superheroes.
In other areas of the curriculum we have created superhero lego vehicles and have been writing about them, we have been focussing on number in Maths and have identified all of the continents in Geography!
Here are some of the books that we have read this week:
We are all really looking forward to another "super" week next week!
Miss Floyd :)
Term 1 - Week 1
This week we have really enjoyed welcoming all of our fabulous Year 2 children back to school! They have all tried extremely hard demonstrating super listening skills, social distancing awareness and kindness towards others.
We have had a busy few days focussing on "The Word Collector" by Peter H Reynolds.
You can find a version of this book read aloud by Barack and Michelle Obama here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U-hTKWCX7hc
AND "The Word Collector" by Sonja Wimmer:
You can access this story here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WAFEDekuH1A
We focussed on our favourite words, thinking about words that look good, sound funny, are fun to say and are powerful.
"Inside Out" by Disney and Pixar also acted as a stimulus this week, enabling us to identify and talk about our emotions. The children showed some fantastic drama skills, acting out joy, anger, disgust, sadness and fear.
We spent a lot of time getting to know each other and we discussed our worries and hopes for the year ahead of us.
My favourite Year 2 quote of the week comes from Freddie: "We are like a family of friends, a friends family!"
We have had A LOT of fun this week and we can't wait to see what happens next week!
Thank you to all of the Year 2 children for a brilliant first week.
Miss Floyd :)
Term 4 - WELCOME TO THE CIRCUS!
This week we have been joining up with the Dove Class to take part in our whole school "Take one book and run with it" theme. All of our lessons have been themed around the circus!
To launch this mini topic, Mrs Hunt and Mrs Dancey gave each of us a mystery ticket as we arrived on Monday morning:
As we entered the classroom the Greatest Showman soundtrack was playing and we had mindfulness clown tasks to complete! The Dove Class joined us and we were informed that our tickets would allow us to not only watch circus acts but to take part in circus skills activities too!
We had so much fun! We were all very excited to see what we would be up to for the remainder of the day!
We watched Mrs Cantwell introduce our book for the week "Leon and The Place Between":
This was a magical moment! The story was filled with jugglers, acrobats, clowns and magic!
Our day continued with Circus crafts and Lego STEM challenges:
What a wonderful way to start our mini topic!
What Makes A Family?
We have been singing this very catchy song all year! It is a song that we performed to the school during collective worship in Term 1 and we also performed it to our families during the family learning day in term 3!
Today the children asked if we could sing it at the end of the day to celebrate the end of term. One parent heard our beautiful singing and asked if we could share the audio and lyrics. So here is "What Makes A Family?":
Term 3 - Now Press Play!
We have been using our brand new school equipment! For more information about Now Press Play visit: http://nowpressplay.co.uk/
Term 3 - Diving into Abstract Art!
We have been developing our use of interesting verbs and adverbs! We were given a piece of abstract art and small world characters. We had to imagine that our partner had jumped into the artwork! Next, we directed our partner around the painting using exciting verbs and adverbs. We used this activity to write instructions. Miss Floyd said that the writing that we produced was INCREDIBLE!
Term 2 - A mystery parcel
Today a mystery parcel arrived in the Dove Class. When we opened the box we found Pablo the baby emperor penguin!
Inside Pablo's box there were challenges for us to complete and Pablo's favourite penguin-themed books!