Copernicus (Year 2)
Mrs Dowson and Mrs Hewitt
Welcome to the Year 2 class page.
We are so happy to have all of the children back at school and look forward to a new term of hard work and exciting opportunities. If there is anything that you would like to share with us or photographs of your child learning at home, feel free to email us at Copernicus@southbankprimary.co.uk
We have PE on a Wednesday each week. Children should come to school in their PE kit. Please make sure that this is appropriate for the weather as PE will be outside. Tracksuit/jogging bottoms and trainers are ideal!
We are a Rights Respecting School
We have already started looking at Article 7 – Every child has the right to be registered at birth, to have a name and nationality, and, as far as possible, to know and be cared for by their parents.
During the Summer term we will be looking at
* Article 28 – Every child has the right to an education. Primary education must be free and different forms of secondary education must be available to every child. Discipline in schools must respect children’s dignity and their rights. Richer countries must help poorer countries achieve this.
*Article 29 – Education must develop every child’s personality, talents and abilities to the full. It must encourage the child’s respect for human rights, as well as respect for their parents, their own and other cultures, and the environment.
Spring Term Learning
We were so happy to be back at school!
In Literacy we tool part in two author events with Rachel Bright and Ton Percival. The children loved listening to the authors talk about their journeys before reading some of their stories and teaching us how to draw characters from their books!
In Maths we have been recapping what we have learnt so far in Year 2 using objects and drawings to represent numbers to 100. We have been practising counting in 2’s, 5’s and 10’s ready to learn our times tables. These can be practised at any time by clicking the link.
Our topic this half term has been around healthy body and mind, peer relationships, world communities and the difference between right and wrong. This has involved lots of discussion and expressing different emotions as you can see from the photographs.
What makes a good friend and not so good friend?
Autumn Term Learning
Although celebrating Christmas was different this year within our bubbles. We had a great time and especially enjoyed our Christmas dinner.
We love to read! Here is one of our favourite five books that we read daily. Throughout the year, children will continue to bring books home to read every day. Please listen to them read and sign their reading log to say that they have read. The books will be changed in school every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. If you click on the link below you can choose lots of other free ebooks to read.
We are still working really hard to learn all of our phonics. Now we are focusing on using our phonics in our spelling. Click the link below to play games whilst soring words into real and nonsense.
This term we have practised our cursive handwriting and made sure we have used capital letters and punctuation in all of our writing. We have have been learning to spell the KS1 common exception words in our weekly spelling test. You can test yourself on these at home!
In maths, we have continued to practise counting in 2’s, 5’s, 10’s and 3’s. We have used objects and drawings to help us to add and subtract numbers up to and beyond 100. We have used our number bonds to 10 and 20 to find all of the related facts. We are beginning to develop a deeper understanding of number and can use this to solve maths problems.
Click on the links below to practise your times tables and other areas of learning at home.
Our creative curriculum topic for the second half term has been Bright lights, big city. We looked at the capital city of London and started our topic with a Royal Tea Party. Everyone dressed up for the occasion and wore hats that we had made. We danced and ate scones and cucumber sandwiches. A great time was had by all.
In the run up to Remembrance day, we learnt about the meaning behind it and showed our respects by joining in with a 2 minute silence on 11th day of 11th month at 11 o’clock. Gracie brought in her dad’s medals to show to the class and we recited the poem In Flanders Fields by John McCrae.
In DT we learnt about different mechanisms and how they work including sliders, levers, wheels and axels. After having a go at making each of these, we designed a moving picture and choose a mechanism to make the picture move. It took a lot of thought and perseverance but we never gave up and were really proud of the final results.
After looking at London bridges, we worked in pairs to design a bridge using only card that was strong enough to hold plastic cars. We made the bridge and experimented making it stiffer and more stable before testing it out.
In Art we used natural materials to create a picture just like the artist Andrew Goldsworthy.
Finally, we looked into the past at The Great Fire of London in 1666. We looked at the events that happened during this time and discussed why the fire spread so fast. We read extracts from the diary of Samuel Pepys and compared what life as like in the past to life today. We recreated Pudding Lane, paying attention to the way that the houses looked in 16666 before setting our own fire.
Unlike in 1666, we were fully prepared and all safety precautions taken.