Year Group Blog

2018/19

Happy Holidays!

Well Year 2, our last blog of the year! It might have been the final full week but we still did lots of super learning! In Maths we have been learning about capacity. We have completed lots of investigations and used this within our playful enquiry sessions… In English we have been writing our own … Continued

Circus Capers!

We have had the most wonderful week! We have had a visiting circus where we learnt how to do lots of different circus tricks. We learnt about balancing a feather, using gymnastic ribbons, walking a tight rope, walking on stilts and much more! We did all of this dressed as our favourite type of circus … Continued

A Place Between…

Thank you to all of you who were able to attend our last Family Friday of this academic year today. It was a pleasure to be able to share with you the hard work and learning that the children have been undertaking throughout the year, and to see their enthusiasm at sharing this with you. … Continued

Teamwork Makes the Dream Work

We have had a super week! In English we have been creating raps and songs about teamwork. We have worked really hard to put our lyrics to a beat and have been honing our performance skills to capture the attention of our audience. In Maths we have been learning all about the bar model and … Continued

Circus tricks and capers

This week we have continued our circus theme topic and learning. In English we started to think about persuasion and how people become convinced to visit a circus. We planned our own posters and then made our very own circus persuasive poster! We made sure our posters were eye catching, bright and informative! We also … Continued

Journeys through fragments of the sky

Year 2 began their last half term of this year with a splash… of colour! This week we took part in a variety of creative and thought-provoking activities linked to Creative Week at UCPS. As our stimulus throughout the week was clouds, we started off by looking at the clouds in the sky and imagining … Continued

Summer Sunshine

What a lovely end to our half term. Thank you to all of our parents who came to Family Friday. We have been busy bees this week! In English we have written some fabulous fantasy stories. We began with drama that helped us to plan out our ‘story mountain’… We were practising all of our … Continued

What a week!

This week has been very busy! We have been completing our reading questions packs and we really enjoyed it! We have been solving even more problems in maths; we followed algorithms in computing and started to edit and word process documents and during our playful enquiry we continued applying our knowledge about Medieval castles in … Continued

Turrets and Tiaras

This week we have been engrossing ourselves in our topic of Turrets and Tiaras through English, topic lessons and playful enquiry. Imagining through our five senses and using our knowledge of suffixes (ly, ness, less, ment, ful), we explored description and rhyme by creating a poem about a dragon (which, we discovered, is a challenging … Continued

First week of Summer!

This has been a short but busy week. We have been revisiting our work on multiplication and division in maths and have started to become word problem detectives: trying to figure out what the maths is the question is. We will do lots more of this next week and are excited to get cracking on … Continued

Brilliance!

Wow! Year 2 have had a BRILLIANT final week of our spring term. From beanstalks to ball games, treasure hunting to code breaking, we have enjoyed our time together very much! In Geography we learned about ‘aerial images’ and ‘landmarks’. We were given an aerial image of the school and had to name some of … Continued

Healthy bodies and healthy plants!

How time has flown! We are now entering our last week of the spring term and are two thirds of the way through the year! Year 2 are making fantastic progress in all areas of their learning, and we would like to extend our thanks to parents and carers for your support and the learning … Continued

Giants, Friendship and More Fractions…

It’s hard to believe that we are already half way through our half term! Thanks to our lovely parents and children who came to our learning conversations this week. In Year 2 this week we have been delving deeper into fractions. We have been exploring equivalence using fraction walls (e.g. 2/4 = 1/2) We have … Continued

Fairy tales and fractions

Our new text focus in English is Jack and the Beanstalk and, through this, we revised subordination and developed expanded noun phrases, as well as creating setting descriptions for our fairy tale collages. This leads us in to our story writing next week, in which we see the story from the giant’s perspective… Following fraction … Continued

Start of Spring…2

Spring is in the air which has put a spring in our step. We have had a wonderful week of learning and it was great to see so many happy and excited faces on Monday morning ready to start learning! In English we have started to explore all about fairy tales and used drama, art … Continued

Happy Half Term!

What a SUPER way to end our half term! We have had a wonderful week of learning. In English, we have been writing our non-chronological reports about the polar regions…take a look… To inspire us for these we did some drama, imagining we had stepped into the polar regions.. We also used Vivaldi’s ‘Winter’ to … Continued

How to save the planet… UCPS-style!

We started writing our non-chronological reports this week about How to Save the Planet, starting with purposeful messages about how humans can save the planet from climate change by reducing their rubbish, by recycling and by cycling or walking instead of travelling by car. We imagined the life of an arctic animal through making their … Continued

Stories without words

This week has been a chance for us to show our teachers all we have learnt so far this year. We have made super progress and can’t wait to show you on Family Friday next week . We also had a special visitor who came to play his cello for us. He did a duet … Continued

Eat Your Plastic!

This week we have been trying to persuade a poor penguin to eat plastic, based on the book ‘Daisy Eat Your Peas’ where Daisy’s mum tries to persuade Daisy to eat her peas by promising to give her the world! Thankfully, the penguin has refused to eat the plastic. We had some interesting philosophical discussions about … Continued

Cold As Ice!

Year 2 launched their new topic, Cold As Ice, this week – both in class and on the learning street. Our topic looks at the polar regions and how climate change is affecting them. The children have opportunities to be scientists, experimenting with freezing and testing water using our on-street freezer; weather reporters, using iPads … Continued

Double, double toil and trouble…

Happy New Year everyone! We have had a “wicked” start to 2019 as it has been Shakespeare Week and the play we have learnt all about is the Scottish play…Macbeth! “All hail Macbeth, Thane of Glamis” – acting out the witches’ predictions on the foggy, stormy heath really helped us to understand how Macbeth would … Continued

Soundscapes, Stories and Cinderella…

This week we have written some AMAZING stories about The Bat Who Came to Breakfast based on The Tiger Who Came to Tea. We have particularly been practising writing exclamations and using apostrophes… In Maths we have been learning about money and exploring how we can make the same amount of money using different coins. … Continued

The Tiger left after Tea… but the Bat came for Breakfast!

Thank you for a fantastic Family Friday this morning. The children of year 2 were pleased to share their learning and progress with you – a well-deserved occasion after the hard work and commitment they have shown this half-term! Our week kicked-off with our latest Writing Showcase event. Year 2 were given a picture of … Continued

Look out, look out, there’s a tiger about!

This week has been a wonderful week of learning. We have started a new focus text ” The Tiger Who Came for Tea” and we have loved it! Drama, creative design, using our knowledge from last week and learning all about exclamations! Our progress has been very impressive.      In maths we have continued … Continued

Being Transparent in Year 2…

What a week! It has been jam-packed full with lots of super learning. In English we enjoyed creating instructions on ‘How to search for monsters in your home’, inspired by Orion’s journey through his home in ‘Orion and the Dark’. We practised using verbs, adverbs and time connectives… We were also able to help Orion … Continued

Carnival, kindness and a whole lot of commands!

The year 2 team would like to extend their thanks to all parents and carers who attended learning conversations this week. It was a productive afternoon, with next steps for all to take learning and achievement forward. Our year 2 children are working incredibly hard and it was a pleasure to celebrate this with you. … Continued

Now that darkness is my friend…

We have had a great week of learning and really immersed ourselves in our topic of “The Dark Side”. In English, we read our key text “The Dark”  in which our main character Lazslo is afraid of the dark but at the end he and the dark become friends. In response to our text we … Continued

Introducing The Dark Side…

This week we have begun to explore our new topic ‘The Dark Side’. In PE we began to brainstorm our ideas for a dance to the Star Wars tune ‘The Imperial March’ where darkness battles with light! In English we have practised writing simple sentences relating to ‘The Dark Side’ using capital letters and full … Continued

Let’s traction the action!

What a packed and exciting half term we have had to start our 2018-2019 year! Our book week last week provided different teaching and learning experiences through which the children were able to learn about the story of Oliver Twist and the life of a Victorian workhouse inmate. Unfortunately, our blog from then did not … Continued

Adventures Galore!

We have had a fantastic time this week beginning our new English topic ‘Adventure Stories’ based on the epic adventures of Traction Man and his trusty friend Scrubbing Brush. We have role played and planned our own adventures, learning about the main parts of a story using a story mountain (introduction, build up, problem, resolution, … Continued

Collages, captions and commutative law!

We are now halfway through our first half-term of the year and deep into our new curriculum! We have been focusing on partitioning numbers up to 9 in maths and have been developing our understanding of “take away” and “difference.” Please find below a copy of our activities from this week: Dominoes Challenge Maths Week … Continued

Label for the week? Brilliant!

This week we have hit the ground running in terms of curriculum content: list and labels a plenty in English. We were inspired by the book Mountain Rescue and after our own role play we discovered that the camera must have been broken as some items were not included! We had to label what was … Continued

Learning to learn…

Welcome back to all of our Year 2 heroes!  We have been busy  getting used to our new classes and routines through lots of team building activities and drama. To kick off our new topic ‘Heroes’, we entered a disaster zone and discovered some heroes along the way… We used this for our own role … Continued