Year 2 

Monmouth and Blaise



Blaise Class will usually have PE on Mondays and Fridays.

Monmouth Class will usually have PE on Tuesdays and Fridays

Please make sure your child has their full PE kit in school every day - including trainers (not daps). Please check footwear regularly too as some children have had a growth spurt! 



Year 2's Blog

Term 6

Week 6

Year 2 have enjoyed a Science Day this week when we investigated floating and sinking and made boats to float. We also made bridges that would be strong enough to hold a book. In Maths, we have been revising fractions, finding fractions of shapes and amounts. In English we have researched and written about whales, inspired by the story of the Lighthouse Keeper's Rescue. Next week we have a celebration evening between 3.30 and 5.00 pm on Wednesday 18 July - a chance to see all the hard work that the children have been doing and to visit all the other classrooms too if you have time.

Week 5

Lots of work has happened this week! In Maths we have been practising our division skills by sharing equally. In English we have written the story of the Lighthouse Keeper's Rescue. We have been using our inference skills in reading. Have a lovely weekend and please come along and support our school fayre if you are able to.  

Week 4 

In Maths this week we have been practising multiplication. Keep going everyone - you really know your tables when you can do them backwards! In English we have been using commas in a list along with our best describing skills. Well done to all the children who went to the Keynsham Schools' Year 2 Singing Festival today and thank you to all the adults who helped us too. There was lots of listening and words to learn and they tried really hard; we even learned how to sing the alphabet backwards! The children who chose not to sing this time learnt all about the artwork of Seurat and produced some exciting perspective paintings. We look forward to sharing our songs and artwork with each other next week.

Week 3

We have been learning to add in different ways this week, improving our mental counting strategies. In English we have been using the past progressive tense to say what has been going on. We have also enjoyed some sketching this week, inspired by our inquiry topic. Please remember to read and try to research about lighthouses to help us with our writing next week. Have a great weekend, it looks like it will be sunny! : ) 

Week 2

What a busy week! Having said that, we always have busy weeks in Year 2! We have been learning all about position and direction in maths, learning to give directions with a quarter, half and three quarter turn, remembering the directions of clockwise and anticlockwise. The children have also written their own stories of The Lighthouse Keepers Cat, innovating all the escapades that Hamish the cat has been up to! We have been practising for sports day this week, which is on Tuesday 19th at 1.30 pm. If you are free, you are most welcome to come along and watch. Please make sure you have PE kit in school; shorts, Tshirt and a pair of trainers. We really want everyone to take part and have a great time. 

Week 1

Welcome back for the summer term! This week we have been learning the story of the 'Lighthouse Keeper's Lunch'. This is a great story and we have learned lots of new words like 'concocted' and 'scavenging seagulls'. Blaise Class has even completed some sketches of the story, including a fluffy Hamish in his basket! In Maths we have been practising reading the time to the nearest five minutes - please continue to practise at home! In Science this term we are continuing to learn about living things, and focusing on plants. Have a lovely weekend!



Term 5

Week 7

This week we have been writing our own just so animal stories. We have been practising word problems in maths, reading the question and drawing what it is telling us. We have enjoyed some science learning all about food chains too! Enjoy your week's holiday- don't forget to have a good rest and practise lots of reading! Don't forget your PE kit for the first day back.

Week 6

We have all worked extremely hard this week- well done, Year 2! We have done lots of reading and writing, practising our comprehension skills. This week we have also made some Torah scrolls and practised Hebrew writing in our RE, learning about Judaism. Thank you to everyone who was able to attend Blaise's Class Assembly, it was great to see you. Have a lovely weekend, it looks like it is going to be sunny : ) 

Week 5 

This week we have learnt about symmetry and have drawn lines of vertical symmetry in shapes. We have been using our imagination to write descriptively in English. In Science we have been leaning about plants and animals that live in different habitats around the world and how they are adapted to live in each place. We are looking forward to next week when we are celebrating the Royal Wedding with the rest of the school on Thursday. Blaise are also holding their Class Assembly next Friday, 18 May at 9.00 am. 

Week 4 

This week we have been learning about fractions and have been finding fractions of shape and amounts. We have been practising our reading too and also learning more about habitats across the world. For Inquiry, we have designed our very own farms complete with animal pastures, using what we have learned - these were absolutely beautiful. We hope you have a very relaxing and enjoyable Bank Holiday! 

Week 3 

Thank you to everyone who was able to come to Monmouth's Class Assembly and see all the lovely work they have been doing. This week, Year 2 have written about our farm excursions and started to learn a Just So story about how the elephant got its trunk. In maths we have been revising how to multiply and divide. Have a really nice weekend, don't forget to read! 

Week 2 

This week we visited Warleigh Lodge Farm as part of our learning about animals and Inquiry, 'What animals make the best pets?', We were so lucky with the sunny weather. We were able to feed lambs, chickens and goats. We had a ride on a tractor and did lots of running in the fields. We learnt how to keep farm animals safe and care for them. A very fun time was had by all! Have a lovely weekend. 

Week 1

Welcome back!  We hope you had a great Easter holiday. The children have been working very hard this week. In maths we have been doing lots of work with data handling and statistics, reading pictograms and bar charts and also creating our own. The children have also written some fantastic innovated stories of Jack and the Beanstalk too, with some children writing more than they have ever written before. Thank you for your hard work, Year 2! We are looking forward to our educational visits to the farm next week. Keep learning the names of baby animals - we might see them in real life! 



Term 4

Week 5

This week we have been writing poetry, inspired from our learning about Easter. Thank you to everyone who has managed to make a Great Fire of London house - they look superb and we can really tell how much effort has gone into them. Our display is looking brilliant. We hope you have a happy and relaxing Easter holiday.  Don't forget to read lots of books and enjoy yourselves!

Week 4 

What a busy week! We often have busy ones in Year 2! In literacy the children have been writing the story of the Three Billy Goats Gruff and some of us have been innovating stories; we've had the Three Pink Pigs and many others! 

In maths we have been learning all about the inverse and we now know that addition and subtraction are opposite and inverse of each other. We can also turn any addition calculation into a subtraction- it's like mathematical magic! 

We have started to learn about the Easter story, in preparation this celebration, which is very early this year. We have some craft to do next week : )

Week 3

We celebrated 'Castle Book Day' on Wednesday and it was lovely to see so many children enthused by dressing up as their favourite characters and sharing their favourite books. Thank you for all your effort. 

This week we have been continuing to learn about the Great Fire of London, Blaise children have written a diary entry as if we were there in the Great Fire, using their best vocabulary. We have also painted scenes from the Great Fire of London which look fantastic and are displayed in our classroom gallery. We look forward to seeing some homemade houses soon! 

In maths we have been practising everything we know about number and reading questions to find out the number sentence. 

Week 2 

We were prepared to dress up as our favourite book characters but it looks like snow has stopped play! Please enjoy yourselves and make sure you stay safe. Don't forget to read in between making snowmen!

Week 1

Welcome back!  We have been working very hard this week; we have written our own stories of the Three Little Pigs, making our sentences really good using adjectives, adverbs and conjunctions.

In Maths we have been finding fractions of amounts, using our division and multiplication skills.  Next week we will move on to drawing the hands on a clock so please keep practising the time on clocks at home!

This term our Inquiry is about the Great Fire of London; we have been learning about Samuel Pepys who wrote about the event in his diaries.  We also found out which item of food was so important to him that he buried it to stop it getting spoiled by the fire!



Term 3

Week 6 

Thank you for your hard work this term, have a lovely half term holiday. Don't forget to read and write what you have been up to!

Week 5

We have been writing stories this week about penguins, inspired by the book 'Penguin Small' by Mike Inkpen. We had the opportunity to share these stories with other classes. Blaise read to Year 3/4 (Dover Class) and Monmouth read to the Kendal 3+ children. We also heard their stories too; it was a lovely event! 

In maths we have been learning about scales, practising counting in 2s, 5s and 10s and practising symmetry, making our own symmetrically coloured patterns.

Thank you to everyone who was able to pop in on Friday morning; we hope you enjoyed our poem and facts. More learning about hurricanes to follow next week! 

Week 4 

Very busy again this week - Blaise Writing Class has learnt loads of facts about Emperor Penguins and used these to write a non chronological report. They were fantastic! 

In Maths we have practised using measures practically, including ml, cm, g and kg. We will continue to practise reading scales next week. 

Thank you to everyone who has managed to complete research about the weather and weather in Keynsham - we've shared some wonderful homeworks. You are invited to come into classes next Friday 2 February between 8.45 and 8.55 am to to see the children's work. 

Have a lovely weekend- keep reading!

Week 3 

We have written some excellent instructions this week about how to get changed for PE and how to escape from a faraway island. We have worked really hard to make sure we included time connectives, verbs and adverbs in our writing. 

In maths we have been making 3D shapes from straws, counting faces, edges and vertices. We also moved on to find the inverse and learnt that when you know any adding calculation you can also check it using the inverse - subtraction. 

In your homework this week you will also find a poem; this is for the children to learn to recite for some work on performance poetry!

Week 2

This week we have been writing an aboriginal story of 'How the birds got their colours'. Blaise children have done their absolute best handwriting and Monmouth Class has also produced some fantastic artwork which we will put on display.

Well done to everyone who has been reading at home. A few minutes each day really does make a difference! It has been great to see many of the children's confidence grow in reading, especially when compared to the start of the year. Keep it up!

We have been working on solving problems in maths.  Homework this week is practising the four operations (addition, subtraction, division and multiplication); it is really important the children are secure at these calculations to help them problem solve accurately.

We have continued to explore the weather this week  We have looked on a globe and map to find out which countries and areas are the hottest and coldest and why. On that note, the most recent weather forecast tells us it is going to be rather cold next week so make sure you wrap up warm! 

Week 1 

Welcome back! We hope you had a lovely Christmas and New Year. It was really nice to read what you had been up to in your homework books. 

This term our Inquiry is 'Weather across the World'.  If you are able to read any books about the weather and watch the weather forecast that would be excellent!  Blaise Class has been particularly fascinated by storms and how we get thunder and lightning. 

We have been reading the time this week in maths, please practice as much as you can. We have been focusing on reading time to the quarter hour. The children need to know the minute and hour hand and the minute hand positions for o clock, quarter past, half past and quarter to.

PE days for this term will be on Monday and Friday for Blaise and Tuesday and Friday for Monmouth. This is a polite reminder to check that your child has their kit in school every day - sometimes the timetable can change. Children need a t-shirt, shorts (for inside) and joggers (for outside), a sweatshirt (for outside), a pair of socks and trainers - not daps. 



Term 2 

Week 6

Well done to everyone this week for all their hard work, learning lines, songs, actions and cues for our production. Thank you everyone who was able to come and support us - we hope you enjoyed it.The children particularly enjoyed singing 'It was on a starry night'. It seems strange not to be rehearsing any more!

We are getting ready for Christmas now and in English we have written the story of The Snowman by Raymond Briggs. A firm favourite! We have been working on fractions of amounts in maths. 

Have a lovely weekend and please remember to read lots! 

Week 5

Preparations for our KS1 Nativity production have been in full swing this week. Well done to all the children for learning lines, songs, remembering the order of the play ,and being patient. We hope you are able to make our performance next week!

We have been learning about fractions in maths, recognising fractions of shape. We are moving on to find fractions of amounts too. The children have tried really hard with a topic that many find difficult so well done year 2 and keep practising!  

In English, we have been authors and written our very own books about the Christmas story. Miss Silman and Mrs Clarkson were very impressed with the children using their sounds, adjectives, capital letters and punctuation.

Week 4 

We have been very busy this week in Y2 learning about change in maths. It is a really tricky concept to learn and so we have taught this as the money that is  left over when you have paid for something.  This means that it is a subtraction, ie you give 20p to a seller. The seller only wants 18p so they take this away and you are left with 2p.

We have also been starting to practise our KS1 production. All the children should have taken home a slip with their costume requirements. If you have not had a slip can you let us know please. Sometimes the slips don't make it out of the classroom!

Many thanks for all your support.

Week 3 

We have had a fun week- everyone's hands have dropped off from doing lots of writing! Blaise have written some innovative versions of Frog Belly Rat Bone! In maths we are continuing to work with money, and next week we are going to work on finding the change. We have also started practising songs for our Christmas production. Blaise Class has enjoyed playing with driedels this afternoon as we are learning about the Jewish festival of Hanukkah. Have a lovely weekend; don't forget to read! 

Week 2 

The children have worked so hard this week! Thank you everyone. As usual, we have been very busy. We have learned and written our own story of Frog Belly Rat Bone by Timothy Ering and some of us have designed our own characters for example, Hairy grass head and Chicken Wing Rabbit Ears. In maths we have been practising subtraction and measures. We have looked at the food pyramid and different food groups in science. We have also been doing lots of reading each day! 

Thank you to everyone who helped with our questionnaires- we are going to use these in our learning next week. We are going to be learning about money next week so if you can inspire your child to recognise coins, and practise adding small amounts that would be great! Thank you!

Week 1

Welcome back to Term 2.  We hope you had a lovely holiday. Blaise and Monmouth had a WOW Day on Friday to launch our new Inquiry, 'How toys have changed?'.  We had a fabulous time playing some traditional games. We played hopscotch, quoits, hoopla, consequences, practised some french skipping and some of us had a go at tossing a hoop (difficult!). We talked about how toys and games had changed and lots of us agreed that there were good things about old and new games. 

In our other learning we have done addition, this time using cm to measure as well. We have started a new topic in science about living things and what they need to survive. 

 We have enclosed a questionnaire about the games you used to play with when you were younger in homework books- your child's job to record the answers but if you can talk about games you used to play etc that would be lovely. 

Please make sure children have a full PE kit in school. This term PE will be on  Monday/Tuesday and Friday. Children need to have trainers instead not daps please and sweatshires (not hoodies) and joggers.  

Term 1

Week 6

Year 2 always have fun and busy weeks! This week we have been learning all about explorers for our Inquiry and English. We have learnt lots about Christopher Columbus and even designed and made our own boats which look absolutely amazing! In maths we have been pactising multiplication and making groups of a number. For our science investigation, we learned how to make a strong paper shelf to hold up a book for 30 seconds. 

Week 5

This week we have been busy bees again! We have continued to practise subtraction with word problems and we will be moving on to investigate multiplication next. (Very exciting!) We have been writing instructions and learning the stories of Hairy Maclary in english. In science we have been squashing, bending and twisting materials to find out how they change. Miss Silman will never get her plastic wallet back into the same shape again! 

Thank you for your support with homework and reading records; it is so important that reading records are in school every day as we fit in readers whenever we can. Keep practising!

Week 4

Another very busy week! We have been learning about the world around us in geography, using Google maps and atlases to locate the continents and oceans. In Science we have learned about waterproof materials and did an experiment to test which materials would be the best for a raincoat. We have been practising subtraction in maths, and doing our very best to be accurate!

Week 3

What a busy week it has been! We have been writing using our sounds and using many adjectives in our stories of 'The Tiger Child' which explains how tigers turned into cats. In maths we have been adding two digit numbers and using dienes to find out the answers. 

Thank you all who worked hard to complete the homework! Please try to get into a habit of practising the spellings each day. It really makes a difference. Thank you!

Week 2

This week we have been learning folk tales from Africa and Australia. Blaise have learned the story of the Tortoise’s dream and Monmouth have learned the story of Tiddalik the very thirsty frog. We have done some beautiful painting of tortoises, frogs and the magical Omumbo Rombonga tree which can only be found if you don’t look round, slip in mud, fall into a pool or trip over an ant’s nest! In maths we have been learning all about number and place value, making a massive numberline to 100 complete with dienes!

Thank you to all of you who were able to attend Back to School Night, it was great to see you! We are sending home a summary for your information. We would also like to invite all parents and carers to come in for a reading session every Friday morning from 8.40 to 8.55 am. This is a really lovely opportunity to share a book with your child.

Homework books are coming home today - please get busy learning spellings and read, read, reading!

Week 1

This week we have been getting used to our new classroom. Blaise Class has learned to line up within three seconds (truly amazing!) and we have been doing times table aerobics each day. Blaise and Monmouth have all been learning how to group objects into tens and make numbers. We are trying really hard with our handwriting to form each letter correctly and put them on the line - no spacemen allowed! We have also got our new reading books and are looking forward to reading lots of new books!

Welcome back! We hope you had a lovely summer. If you have any queries or concerns please come and talk to us; we look forward to meeting with you. Next Wednesday, 13 September, is Back to School Night.  Please come along to your child's classroom to learn more about the coming year.



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