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The Year 2 class is led by Miss Addae. She will be helped by Mr Coggins who is the Assistant Class Teacher, as well as Ms Bairam, Mr Thompson, Ms Bandin and Ms Ndoko who are the teaching assistants.
This half term our topic is London. We will be learning all about The Great Fire of London.
We will practise phonics, reading and spelling in our Read, Write Inc. lessons and Guided reading lessons and will write in a variety of genres in our Literacy lessons. We will focus on some interesting stories and information books about the Great Fire of London.
In Maths, we will be working with numbers to 100 through counting, making number patterns and number bonds. We will practise adding and subtracting and multiplication and division by 2, 5 and 10.
In Science, we will be looking at the uses of everyday materials. We will look at which materials are better for different objects and carry out different science experiments to test our predictions. We will see which objects and materials we can change the shapes of by bending, squashing and stretching.
Nightingale Class are settling in well to life in Year 2 and started the year learning all about The Great Fire of London. We have learnt all about the fire, how it started and how it stopped and have also produced some lovely writing around it. In Maths, we have been consolidating our learning about numbers and place value, really focussing on tens and ones. We will soon be moving on to addition and subtraction, which will involve us using our knowledge of place value. In Geography, we have been learning all about London, looking closely at London landmarks, and in Design and Technology, we will be creating our own London vehicle. In Science, Nightingale Class have also been learning all about different materials, recognising their properties and discussing why certain materials are chosen for particular objects.
To support your child with their learning in class, we would love you to spend some time at home practising the 2 and 5 times tables. This will really help them when they begin multiplication and division after half term.
Nightingale Class have been learning about The Victorians this half term! They have taken part in some wonderful learning, finding out about how The Victorians lived, what their schools were like and making comparisons with life then and now. In English lessons, we have been reading non-fiction texts to uncover these facts about The Victorians! We recently visited Alexandra Palace where we discovered that the palace was built in the Victorian period and that it got burnt down by a fire, only 16 days after it had been built! In Art, we have created our own Victorian silhouettes and have been looking closely at creating still life drawings. During our Maths lessons, we have been learning all about measurement and mass, and have been practising our number bonds to 10 and 20! We will soon be moving onto reading and creating graphs, before learning about multiplication and division. Nightingale Class have loved carrying out different scientific experiments, this half term we have been trying to find out what seeds need to germinate and grow healthily – we will let you know the results when we are finished!
We also had a wonderful trip to Alexandra Palace, where we learnt all about how the Palace was originally built in The Victorian period by Queen Victoria herself! The Queen named the Palace after her daughter-in-law, Princess Alexandra. We found out some fascinating facts about Alexandra Palace, including the fact that after only 16 days of being built, the majority of the Palace was destroyed in a bad fire. We rein acted this scene in groups, and had to pass buckets of water to each other in an attempt to try and put the fire out! We also looked at some different Victorian toys and had a lot of fun making our own Victorian thaumatropes!
In Year 2 we have been learning all about Wild Weather and had a fantastic time launching the topic, by creating our own weather types in some Scientific experiments. We have read some lovely books about different types of weather and have been comparing England and Jamaica in our Topic lessons. In maths we have been multiplying and dividing and have just moved on to learning all about money! After half term, we will be continuing with money, before we move on to 2D and 3D shapes.
In Art, we have been looking at different homes from around the world and how they are adapted for their climates; we have just finished making our own Inkajijiks inspired by the Kenyan Masaai tribe homes – we made these out of clay, which also helped us develop our fine motor skills!
Next half term, we will be immersing ourselves in the wonderful world of Roald Dahl and we will be having a go at illustrating in the style of some famous illustrators including Quentin Blake.
As you know, the Year 2 SATs are fast approaching, so lots of practise of reading, mental maths and writing at home would be great!
Reminder: We are hosting a SATS workshop on Wednesday 13th February at 2.45pm. Hope to see you there.