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Week beginning 8th of October 2018

We have had another wonderful week in year 2 and the children have completed all the challenging learning activities. The children have been doing super subtracting in Maths. We have been subtracting 2 two digit numbers this week where we need to exchange a ten! This is really tricky but the children have been using there personal learning goals of resilience to tackle this challenge. It is amazing for the teachers to see the children doing these complex calculations at such an early stage in the year! Well done year 2!

Home learning challenge this week is to practise exchanging 10 when solving calculations like       34 – 16 =

In English we have been doing some writing about our trip to Matilda. We have been focusing on using commas in our writing as well as using the conjunction because. It is really important for the children to be able to explain a little bit further in order to make their writing even better. We have been writing sentences about our favourite part of watching Matilda and then we had to use the conjunction because to say why.

Home learning challenge can you encourage your children to use because when they are speaking?

In our IPC learning this week we have started to evaluate our learning. We looked at our learning with a teacher and decided where we are in our learning and then we looked at what we could do in order to improve our learning. It is really important for us to know how we can improve our learning in order to make us better. We have also prepared for our trip next week by having a look at different objects and places and deciding when the photograph was taken. We looked at toys, cars, aeroplanes, roads and computers from different eras and sorted them into their era. We then linked this to our imaginary village by looking at villages from a contrasting time and the different jobs that people would have had a long time ago. This leads us nicely into our trip as we look at famous people from Bolton and the different jobs which they had! Very exciting!

We would also like to thank grown ups who have helped the children with their homework. There is some amazing learning that has taken place and this couldn’t have been done without your help!

Week beginning 1st October 2018

We have had a very special week this week in school as it has been our English themed week. The children have been put into groups and have been visiting the different year groups to take part in lots and lots of different fun activities. The children have loved visiting the different classrooms and spending time with all the children and grown ups. The week was a Jack and the Beanstalk themed week and the children did a range of activities such as acting out the story of Jack and the Beanstalk, writing instructions on how to plant a magic bean and many many outdoor learning challenges. We were also lucky enough this week to be visited in class by some of our family and friends where we took part in a Matilda themed task. This linked to our visit to the theatre to watch Matilda which was amazing! The children were so sensible and absolutely loved the trip! Thank you for sending in Matilda books as we have started our class read of Matilda and the children love having a book with them.

Home learning challenge this week is to continue to use comma comma and when describing characters from Matilda. Eg Matilda is nice, funny, clever and confident.


Our Maths learning this week has been focused on subtracting. We have been subtracting two digit numbers using a tens frame and now we have moved on to using place value grids. The children have followed the teaching sequence very carefully and are showing a super understanding. The children have worked in different classes based on how they have applied their understanding and the children have responded really well to this. 

Home learning challenge is to show your special people at home how we subtract using a tens frame and a place value grid.


Our IPC learning this week has been Geography focused. We started our learning with a walk around Bromley Cross. We had a map with an incomplete key. We had to walk around Bromley Cross and complete the key of geographical features. We then created our own buildings using junk modelling to create a class village. And then at the end of the week our challenge was to create our own map of our village and use a key to identify the buildings that we have included in our map.



Week beginning 24th September 

We have had a busy week in year 2 and yet again the children have blown us away with super learning. In Maths this week the children have been adding 2 two digit numbers. This week we have taken it even further and the children have been able to bridge 10! We have practised with practical methods of adding then progressed to drawing them pictorially then using numbers. The teachers have been over the moon with our work this week!

Home learning challenge this week is to help with the shopping and add 2 two digit numbers together. You can write the numbers down or draw the tens and ones! eg 15 + 23 =?


In English we have been helping all the children in our school who wanted to make some super snappy crocodiles like ours. We have helped them by creating our own set of instructions. We created a 'what you will need' and a 'what you do'. We then wrote in our super joined up handwriting and using capital letters and full stops. We created at least 8 clear instructions to help create a crocodile. We were allowed to be bossy and use bossy verbs to make sure people followed our instructions exactly!  

Home learning challenge this week is to use bossy verbs to give instructions to people. eg Tidy your bedroom.


Our IPC learning has continued by looking at our 'Day in the life' unit. We have been looking at artists as a job. In particular we have had a look at Frida Kahlo. She is an artist from Mexico. Mexico is going to be our host country for this unit and we are going to have a look at comparing our society with Mexican society. Frida famously drew pictures of herself in Mexican attire as she was proud of being Mexican. We have drawn our own self portraits with things that are special to us and which make us, us. The drawings are amazing and the children have taken such time with their drawings.  


Thank you for your support this week! You make school extra special for the children!

Week beginning 17th September 2018

We have had a super week in year 2 and it has been very exciting!  In Maths this week we have started looking at adding. We have been adding 2 two digit numbers. We have started the week by adding a 2 digit number and tens. We have been very impressed with the children's learning as this is very tricky to grasp. We have started the week by adding a 2 digit number and tens practically using the base ten equipment. We then moved on to drawing a pictorial representation of the base ten and used our drawings to help us add the numbers together. By the end of the week were able to add the 2 numbers together without using the equipment and just using our clever brains!

Home learning challenge this week is to practise working out how many tens and ones are in 2 digit numbers. Eg 56 has 5 tens and 6 ones.


In English this week have been looking at verbs. We looked at the newspaper article about our Roald Dahl day and wrote some super sentences using verbs about what we did on that day! We have continued reading the Enormous Crocodile and we even got chance to make our very own crocodile! The crocodiles turned out amazing and we loved trying to catch the fish. The crocodiles were so fantastic that all the other children in school wanted to make them. We have been using our personal learning goals of thoughtfulness and we decided we would write some instructions for the other children in school so they could make one too! We have been using bossy verbs so that they can make crocodiles just as amazing as ours!

Home learning challenge this week is to think of a verb and use it in the past tense and present tense. Eg I walked to school yesterday. I am walking to school.


This week we started our new topic called 'A Day In The Life'. It began with an entry point where we were given lots of different props by the teachers and we had to decide who would use it. This was very exciting as we got to use our imagination to think of all the jobs we could. In the next lesson we played a game where we had to think of as many jobs as we could and whoever thought of the most won! Then we had a think about our hopes, dreams and aspirations for the future and wrote them down in some super sentences. 


Thank you for your support with your child's learning!

Week beginning 10th September 2018

We have had a super week in year 2 this week where the children have been superb. We have been looking at place value in Maths. We have been looking at tens and ones and working out which number is the biggest or why. Once we had established which 2 digit number was the biggest or the smallest we then used < and > to show this. If we had 2 numbers which were the same we would use an = sign. The children did amazing learning with this and this is very important as the children need to understand the value of tens and ones in order to support them with their Maths learning for the rest of the year.

For a challenge at home you could give your child a 2 digit number and ask them to partition it into tens and ones.

In English we have started looking at our first Roald Dahl story of the year. Our first story we are looking at is the Enormous Crocodile. Our grammar focus which we applied to the story was expanded noun phrases. We tried to describe a delicious snack that the crocodile would like to eat rather than children. However this didn't work and he still wanted to eat a juicy, little child. As we read that the crocodile was leaving the river we created a wanted poster where we used our expanded noun phrases to describe the crocodile and hopefully catch him!

As a home learning challenge can you ask your children to describe different things in the house? This will help with their vocabulary as we look to use better words than hard, big, small, soft etc.

Our topic learning was all about the brain. We tried to complete some jigsaws without looking at the picture. Then we had the picture which made it much easier to complete the jigsaw. This was to represent how all our subjects link together to make our topic learning. We also got the chance to make 3D glasses and watch a 3D film. This was to represent knowledge + skills = understanding. These words are going to be used often throughout our learning in year 2. Our exit point for the unit was our farm day where the children dressed up as farmers. We went outside and looked at the animals and talked about respect. Respect is one of our personal learning goals. We talked about how we could respect the animals and what respect is. We also looked at how we could respect ourselves and our school. After this we got the chance to create our own farm!

Thank you for your support!


Week beginning 3rd September 2018

We have had a fun filled first week back at school. The children successfully completed lots of learning challenges which has started the new school year off in amazing style! The Year 2 teachers are very impressed with all the learning that has taken place and how well everyone has adjusted to our fun and challenging timetable.

In Maths we have been learning about place value. We have been learning about the value of both numbers in a 2 digit number and making numbers using Tens Frames and Base Ten. We have also practised counting in 2s, 5s and 10s forwards and backwards!


At home you could help your child by helping them to count forwards and backwards in 2's, 5's and 10's.  Try counting forwards as you go up the stairs and backwards as you come down them.  You could also help your child with their understanding of 2 digit numbers by giving them a 2 digit number (such as 54) then asking them how many tens in the number? Then how many Ones in the number?  (5 tens and 4 Ones)

Other games that would help your child in maths are practising writing numbers to 100 correctly and playing snakes and ladders noting the number you land on and partitioning the number into Tens and Ones.


In English we have been retelling the story of our favourite day in the holidays.  We have been learning about how important it is to speak in our 'writers voice' using Standard English to support our writing. The children have written some wonderful recounts about their favourite day. It sounds like they all had a fabulous time! Our focus for our writing was using capital letters and full stops correctly. We also practised using our joined up handwriting and holding our pencils correctly.


It was the first week of our Brainwave topic. We have been learning about what the brain does and how it helps us to learn.

We joined our Year 1 friends in the hall and found out lots of interesting facts about the human brain.  We learned about how big our brain is... ask your child to demonstrate how they know how big their own brain is!

We also learned about how our brains develop and grow and were all able to use scientific vocabulary such as neurons and brain cells!


The teachers have set the children a fact finding challenge and when the children can prove to us they know the answer to the following question they will receive a sticker:


                                        "Do all living things have a brain?"


Next week we will continue to learn about our brains and how our brains make connections that help us learn - it's sure to be a week of more learning and lots of fun!


We look forward to welcoming you to our Year 2 welcome meeting on Thursday, 13 September at 2:45 pm.  We will be sharing information about the year 2 curriculum and and life in Year 2!  We are excited to work together, with our Year 2 families, to ensure your child has an amazing year of learning in Year 2!