Year 2 Blog Week 12

The Year 2 classroom has been a hive of activity this week. In English, we have been learning about The Legend of the Poinsettia. There is an old Mexican legend about how Poinsettias and Christmas come together. The children thoroughly enjoyed finding out about the ‘Flowers of the Holy Night’ and everyone created some fantastic story maps. Thank you to Eric for bringing in a beautiful Poinsettia for our classroom! Watch this space for our finished retellings of The Legend of the Poinsettia. 

In Maths this week, we have been looking at reasoning problems. The children worked well at solving these problems and explaining the reasons for their answers.

Can you solve this number problem?

I am not below 20.     I am a multiple of 5.    One of my digits is 5.     I am above 21.

Add my digits and the total is 7.

Who am I?    12    43    25    6     35    15

 

We are now in the final stages of preparations for our KS1 Christmas Nativity. Please see below the list of costumes the children require. We have some costume accessories and props in school however if children have a complete costume for their part at home they may use that if they wish.

Children – Christmas/Festive clothes, hats

Stall holders – Christmas/Festive clothes, hats

Angels – White top, leggings, tights

Romans – Black top and trousers

Nazarenes – Black or white top and trousers

Shepherds – Black or white top and trousers

Wise Men – Black or white top and trousers

Inn Keepers – Black or white top and trousers

Mary – White top, leggings, tights

Joseph – Black or white top and trousers

Please bring in costumes on Monday 10th December, in a bag with your child’s name on it, ready for the dress rehearsal on Tuesday 11th December. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask me.

Home Learning: Rehearse lines and songs for the play. No spelling test!

I look forward to seeing all you on Wednesday 12th December at 9:30 a.m. for the big show!

Have a peaceful weekend.

Miss Davey

Year 2 Blog Week 11

This week we have been thinking about how during Advent we are preparing for the coming of God. Year 2 created a beautiful Advent calendar display for our sacred space in our classroom. 

In Science we have been learning about health and hygiene. The children carried out a simple experiment to see how easily germs spread. Everyone went on and created wonderful posters about the importance of washing your hands.

In Computing we have been learning about how technology can sense conditions around us. The children had great fun using different apps to measure sound levels and light intensity.

Home Learning: Spellings wk 4. Learn lines for the Nativity play.

Have fun at the Christmas Fayre!

Miss Davey

 

 

Year 2 Blog Week 10

It has been all about balancing and rebalancing this week in Year 2. In maths, the children have been looking at rebalancing number sentences. The children identified the number in their calculation that was near a friendly number (multiple of ten) and used a beadstring to rebalance their calculation.balance

How would you rebalance the following calculations?

41 + 13 =

24 + 39 =

18 + 28 =

Year 2 completed their big write for Weslandia. The children composed a letter explaining how they created their own civilization.  Everyone put their editing hats on and made fantastic revisions to their first drafts. Year 2 always take great care with their handwriting and they should be very proud of the presentation of their work. 

We continued work on our History topic: Remembrance – Everyone remembered. Year 2 researched Private H.J. Childs of the Royal Army Service Corps. We found out that he was a member of the 69th field bakery and he died on the 12th April 1917. We made a card for Private Childs, who is buried in St. Mary’s cemetery Potters Bar and the School House Captains brought all the cards to the cemetery and said prayers over the graves.

Home Learning: Reading comprehension, Spellings Wk 3 and Maths worksheet. Don’t forget to login to Fitter Futures and see our class video!

Have a wonderful weekend.

Miss Davey

Year 2 Blog Week 9

It has been a very busy week in Year 2. The children have been focusing on the book Weslandia as part of our whole school writing project.IMG_2857

‘Wesley is an outcast from the civilization around him. He’s not into pizza or football or haircuts like the other boys in his school. So, when Wesley has to find a project for the holidays, he has a brilliant idea: he’ll found a civilization of his own – in his back garden!’

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The children have engaged in lots of creative learning around the story- creating a model Weslandia for our classroom as well as a life sized Wesley. We will begin our big write next week – watch this space!

This week was UK Parliament week and Year 2 have been learning all about Democracy. The children had great fun using the backdrops and props in the hall.

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In P.E. this week we have continued work on balances. The children worked together to produce some amazing team balances!IMG_2849

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Year 2 ended the week with a beautiful Remembrance Act of Worship. It was very special to come together and pray for our loved ones who are no longer with us. May they rest in peace. Amen

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Home Learning: Spellings wk 2, reading comprehension, handwriting and Mathletics.

Have a peaceful weekend,

Miss Davey

Year 2 Blog Week 8

November, the month of Remembrance.IMG_2795

In November we pray for the people we love who are no longer with us. This week Year 2 created a beautiful display of poppies for our R.E. board. The children also wrote the names of people they are praying for on poppies and hung them from our prayer tree.IMG_2806

Next week, family and friends are invited to attend the Year 2 Remembrance Act of Worship. This will take place on Thursday 15th November at 9:15 a.m.

In Religion this week, for Other Faiths Week, we have been learning about Judaism. The children learnt about the Jewish observance of Shabbat. We laid the table for this special celebration and we enjoyed trying some grape juice and Challah bread.IMG_2792

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P.E. was all about jungle gymnastics with Mr Cowan. The children had great fun perfecting their balances and sequences. There were plenty of graceful gazelles, tip-toeing tigers and loping lions.IMG_2797

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Home Learning: spellings wk1, reading comprehension and  mental maths worksheet.

Have a peaceful weekend.

Miss Davey

Year 2 Blog Week 7

Year 2 Blog Week 6

This week we welcomed Mr Cowan to Year 2. Mr Cowan is a trainee teacher from St. Mary’s University. He will be teaching and learning with us for the next term. We hope he is very happy with us in Year 2 and we wish him a successful teaching practice placement.

The children have been working hard during their reading sessions and they have been concentrating on answering inference questions. This month we are enjoying the stories of the award winning writer – Sir Michael Morpurgo. So far we have read Fox Friend, This Morning I met a Whale and The Black Queen. They have been suspenseful stories and they do not always have a happy ending.166398-ml-1394408

Year 2 were in full voice as they joined Year 3 to practise hymns for our celebration day.IMG_2681

We ended the week with a wonderful day of celebrations for St. Paul VI. We enjoyed a very special assembly about the staff pilgrimage to Rome and the canonization Mass. Everyone received a beautiful St. Paul VI prayer card to share with family and friends. After extra play and a Fairtrade treat, Year 2 created their own flags of the Vatican City. We gathered on the playground at the end of the day and waved our flags as doves were released. A beautiful moment and a lasting memory.IMG_2692

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Home Learning: Spellings Week 6. One World Week project on Kenya.

Have a lovely weekend.

Miss Davey

Pilgrimage To Rome and St Paul VI Celebration Day

Today the school has been filled with excitement and joy as we celebrated the canonization of Pope Paul VI. We started the day with an assembly where everyone was presented with a St Paul VI prayer card. The children then enjoyed an extra break and Fairtrade treat in the sunshine. Following the theme of peace, the children spent the morning creating flags, designs, sketches and mosaics as well as continuing their research on Pope Paul VI. This afternoon we released doves of peace in the playground as a symbol of our continuing mission, following the charism of Pope Paul, to support peace and justice for all. Our pilgrimage to Rome to share in this very special moment was inspiring and uplifting. We felt privileged to be able to represent our school community in this important event. Father Shaun also attended the Mass in St Peter’s Square and we were all invited by Alex (our Seminarian)to visit the English College for Mass and then refreshments, enjoying the view of Rome from the rooftop terrace! Throughout the weekend we remembered our Pope Paul School Community and prayed for the continuing success of our school. We are very fortunate to have a wonderful group of staff who are happy to make a financial and time commitment in support of our community. Thank you ladies!

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Year 2 Blog Week 5

This week Year 2 have been reflecting on the life and work of Pope Paul VI. The children learnt about canonization, wrote up fact files and created some beautiful artwork.

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In English, the children wrote a first person recount. The children recounted a day in the life of Rapunzel, experiencing freedom for the first time. Everyone included plenty of wonderful expanded noun phrases in their writing.

We had a very special visitor in class this week … Michael, the seminarian from OLSV came to sing some hymns with us. It was a joyful afternoon of singing.IMG_2640

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We have been focusing on balances in P.E. The children created amazing individual balances on the mats.

Home Learning: R.E. whole school learning – St. Paul VI prayer and spellings week 5.

Have a wonderful weekend.

Miss Davey

Year 2 Blog Week 4

Year 2 have had a very creative week. The children completed a very special stained glass window for a school display. This display is part of our Year of our Eucharistic Journey 2018-2019 to enhance our understanding and devotion to the Blessed Sacrament.IMG_2608

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We have continued work on representations of number in Maths. The children created beautiful WANTED number posters with plenty of different representations of number.IMG_2623

In English we have been learning about expanded noun phrases and conjunctions. The children applied these to their writing about Rapunzel. ‘Rapunzel was feeling elated because she could run wildly in the dark, gloomy forest.’ IMG_2620

Home Learning: reading comprehension, handwriting, spellings wk 4 and Mathletics – Money.

Have a lovely weekend.

Miss Davey