Monday, 15 October 2018

15th October 2018

Wow- what a great first half term we have had in year 2. Thank you for all of your support so far. 

This week we in English we have been listening to and creating our own acrostic poems. An acrostic poem is a type of poetry where the first, last or other letters in a line spell out a particular word or phrase. Our poems have had a pirate theme!

In maths this week we have been learning how to count in 3s. As part of your home learning we would like your children to continue this at home. We have been singing it to the tune of row, row, row your boat. 

3, 6, 9, 12
15 and 18
21, 24
27 and 30 

The children could even paint the numbers on a 1-100 number square by clicking the link below.

We also encourage to children to regularly count in 2s, 5s and 10s up to 100 and if they would like an extra challenge you could ask them to count in 10s from any number. For example 3, 13, 23, 33...etc.

We have also been learning number names (e.g. 1 one, 15 fifteen etc) and there are some great games online to help children learn to read them...

Parent teacher interviews begin this week on Tuesday 16th October (RE). The rest will continue after half term (see below). Please remember these are 10 minute appointments so if you have any concerns please come and speak to us prior to your appointment. 

Monday 29th October RE
Thursday 1st November JW
Tuesday 6th November RE
Wednesday 7th November JW

Monday 5th November is non-uniform day and we also have our first year 2 maths event 9am in the school hall. We will send a reminder nearer the time.

We finish this Wednesday (17th) and return back to school on Monday 29th October. This will be our first International week of the year and we will be learning about a European country. If you visit any where in the UK this half term please send us some photos to add to our UK wall to 

Please  encourage your child to read every day, have a lovely half term break and remember...

Wednesday, 10 October 2018

8th October 2018

This week we had a fantastic time at Norwich Theatre Royal watching the Music for Youth Primary Proms. It was really inspiring for the children to watch other children performing. We were really proud of how well the children behaved and this was commented on by other schools and the coach driver! 

We were lucky enough to listen to a Cantabene choir, Norfolk County Strings, West Lynn Strummers & Drummers and Norfolk County Symphonic Wind Band.

In maths this week we have continued to look at addition. We recapped how to add two number on a number line (finding the greatest number first) and also by partitioning. 

Number line addition
Number line addition
 Addition using partitioning-

23 + 32 = 55
20 + 30 = 50 
 3  +  2 = 5
50 +  5 = 55

In English this week we received a letter from Kitty Black who we met on our trip to the Tide and Time museum. Her message arrived in a bottle and we have been writing informal letters to reply.

Please remember to send your Christmas cards back by this Friday 12th October so they can be sent off. 

Parent teacher interviews begin next week on Tuesday 16th October (RE & JW). The rest will continue after half term (see below). Please remember these are 10 minute appointments so if you have any concerns please come and speak to us prior to your appointment. 

Monday 29th October RE
Thursday 1st November JW
Tuesday 6th November RE
Wednesday 7th November JW

The last day of half term is Wednesday 17th October and we are back in school on Monday 29th October. 

Monday 5th November is non-uniform day and we also have our first year 2 maths event 9am in the school hall. We will send a reminder nearer the time. 

Thursday, 4 October 2018

1st October 2018

Thank you to all those parents who have been able to attend one of our curriculum meetings this week and for all of your positive comments. We welcome any feedback and remember if you have any questions, concerns or worries please speak to us now and don't wait until parent - teacher interviews. (The sign up sheets for these are available now if you haven't already signed up!) If you weren't able to make it to a meeting we have put a very brief overview at the bottom of this blog.

This week in maths we have been recapping on number bonds to 10, learning about number bonds to 20 and thinking about addition using our knowledge of place value! Number bonds are also often referred to as 'number pairs'. They are simply the pairs of numbers that make up a given number. For example- 16 + 4 = 20, 4 + 16 = 20, 15 + 5 = 20
As part of your home learning you could play board games such as snakes and ladders- can your child add the number they are on to the number rolled on the dice without moving the counter? There is also a great game your child can play...

In English we have been looking at similarities in Pirate stories. One thing we noticed is that Pirates often receive letters in a bottle. We have been looking at different letters, thinking about the features of letters and talking about why we send and receive letters. We have looked at formal letters (to people we don't usually know) and informal letters (to people we know).  As part of your home learning you could share different letters you get the in post (even if it is a bill!), what do they notice? You could also teach you child your home address as we will be writing these at the top of our letters. 

Please remember to send your children in their fantastic pirate costumes tomorrow if they wish as they will continue their pirate training.

We are lucky enough to be going to the Theatre Royal next Tuesday to enjoy watching some other school play a range of different instruments. Thank you for helping us to get the slips signed and sorted so quickly! The trip is happening in school hours so they need to be in school at normal time and will be back normal pick up. Please remember to send a packed lunch if you haven't ordered one and a water bottle. Thank you!

Year 2 Curriculum Meeting Overview

 Expectations, responsibilities and opportunities 
Now the children are in year 2 we are providing opportunities for them to be more responsible such as choosing to wear coloured bibs at break and lunch time and to apply to be team captains. We are also providing lots of great opportunities for them including trips and sporting events. 

Blog / App
Please download the school APP. We share as much information with you as we can on the school blog and it's a great way to find out about what your child(ren) have been up to and things which are coming up. We also provide ideas for home learning on the blog and it is usually updated on a Thursday.

Here is an example of what our weekly timetable looks like but this often changes due to trips and other activities. We also have science weeks, International weeks, art week and sports week.(ERIC means everyone reading in class and is a carousel of reading activities). 

SATs will take place in May. Please don't book any holidays for May!! We will not let you know which days these take place and appreciate your support with this.   

Personalised learning
Please remember that learning for each child looks different and what it right for one child may not be for another. We are working hard to provide your children with appropriate challenges to meet their own needs. Please support us in making sure your children appreciate this and they need to focus on only themselves and listen to what they are told. 

 Home learning and Big Talk
Big talk is sent home weekly and is a talking activity. If children want to record things then they can but we ideally want you to be talking and building their range of vocabulary. Ideas for home learning are posted on the blog weekly and if children want to record anything then this can be done in their home learning book which has been sent home. We will not mark this but we will share any work with the class and give team points and stickers. 

The expectation in Year 2 is that children read 5 times a week for about 5 – 10 mins- building up to longer. As their reading becomes more confident and fluent we focus on comprehension and understanding. Please remember that we prefer quality rather than quantity – when should we read? DO what works for you! Please record reads in their yellow reading diary and if you want get them to write it in. Please remember that there’s always an opportunity for reading!

Junior school
You need to start thinking about which Junior school you would like your child to attend. Our best advice is to go and have a look around. 

Thursday, 27 September 2018

24th September 2018

We had a fantastic time at the Time and Tide museum on Monday. The staff and members of the public loved how well behaved and enthusiastic all of the children were. This week in English we have been writing a recount of what happened. As part of your home learning can your child tell you (using past tense verbs) about what happened? Below are some pictures to help!

This week in maths we have continued to look at place value in two digit numbers but have been comparing them using < less than, > more than and = equal to. We have been comparing two numbers and thinking about why there are more or less than. For example-
24 < 34
24 is less than 34 because 24 only has 2 tens but 34 has 3 tens

There is a great game you can play at part of your home learning...

Next week we have our Year 2 curriculum meetings- please sign up if you are able to attend. The dates and times are-

Monday 1st October 230-3pm
Wednesday 3rd October 9-930am

Next Friday 5th we would love for the children to dress up as Pirates so we can continue with our Pirate training!

Thursday, 20 September 2018

17th September 2018

Firstly a big thank you to all those who were able to attend our first year two reading event. We hope you found it useful and please feel free to come and ask us questions or if you have any concerns. It really was lovely to see the children enjoying reading in school with all of you- we really appreciate your support. As part of your home learning this week we would like to challenge you and your child(ren) to read as many things as possible which aren't books! This could be recorded in your home learning book if you want to. We would love to give out team points to those children who can share what they have read and where! 
As promised we are also sending home this week some top tips to support your child's reading at home. We hope you find this useful.

This week in maths we have continued to look at place value with two digit numbers. We have continued to used tens and ones and also introduced arrow cards. 

There are some great ICT games the childen can play to support their understanding of place value-

In English we have continued to look and read pirate stories. We have designed our own pirates and thought about suitable settings. This week the children have also written independently in their purple writing book. They were all very excited about this and got to write the opening of their Pirate story on the first page!

Next Wednesday the library van will be in school. Please remember to send in library cards. If you do not have one speak to a member of the year 2 team and we can provide you with a form to fill it .

Don't forget that on Monday we have our trip to the Time and Tide museum in Great Yarmouth for  Pirates day out! Please remember to send children with a packed lunch and drink (unless you have ordered a school packed lunch). Children are welcome to dress up as Pirate or to come in their school uniform. Children need to be at school for normal time and will be back in school ready for the end of day.

We have started Early Morning Work this week. This is a simple independent activity which the children complete whilst we take the register. It will be linked to the maths or English that we have been learning in class.

As you know all children are part of a team (Snowdon, Ben Nevis or Scarfell Pike). Children can gain team points for a range of things including making good choices.  As a school we would like to have team captains for each team. The year 2 children will be given the opportunity to be a captain for their team but first of all they will need to apply for the position. We would like you to speak to your child and help them to prepare for this if it is something they would like to do. We will then give them the chance to speak to their team and each team will vote for one team captain.

Thursday, 13 September 2018

10th September 2018

Welcome to the first full week of year 2. This week the children have had a taster of what it is like to be a year 2 pupil! We have been talking to them about responsibilities at break time and lunch time as bib holders. These roles are voluntary and different children will be selected at random each week to be either a red bib (to help others on the playground), a yellow bib (litter picking), green bib (singing and music) or blue bib (tidying the toys and sheds). We are really encouraging the children to take more responsibility so please encourage them to volunteer and talk to them about their role. 

In maths we have been learning all about place value using tens and ones. We know that a two digit number (e.g. 24) is made up of the digits 2 and 4 but that the 2 is worth 20 (2 tens) and the 4 is worth 4 (4 ones). We have been recording this as a number sentence 24 = 20 + 4. 

As part of your home learning you could practice counting in 2s, 5s and 10s up to 100. You could talk about numbers you see out and about and encourage your children to think about how many tens and ones there are. For example- the number 37 bus. The number 37 is made up of 3 tens and 7 units. They can record this in their home learning book if they would like to. 

In English we have been recapping how to write a sentence using capital letters and full stops. We have been reading the story The Pirates Next Door by Johnny Duddle and thinking about our own story openers.

During this half term we will be doing gymnastics in PE. We would love for the children to start to wear a t-shirt which matches their team colour (either red, blue or green). Please remember that all long hair should be tied back and please provide tape to cover any earrings. Our PE will usually be on a Tuesday but please remember to keep a PE kit in school at all times- especially those who are starting sporting after school clubs from Monday. 

We would like to invite you into school for our Reading Event on Wednesday 19th September at 2.00 pm until 2.45 pm in the school hall. The theme of the Reading Event is Reading for Pleasure. A letter will be sent home this week.  

Thursday, 6 September 2018

Welcome to Year 2

Welcome to the year 2 blog. We hope you have all had a lovely summer. Each week we will try our best to update the blog with what we have been doing, upcoming events and any important information. We will also post suggestions on what you can do at home to support your child's learning. Each child will be bringing a home learning book home next week where your child can record any home learning, practice spellings or write about exciting events as they wish. 

Norfolk Museums Logo
Today we have sent home letters about our first trip which is to the Time and Tide museum in Great Yarmouth. We will be enjoying a Pirate-themed activity day and  the trip will take place during usual school hours on Monday 24th September. Please return all slips by Wednesday 19th September. Thank you!

Our PE day will usually be on a Tuesday but this may sometimes change. Also please remember to send in an extra kit if your child is taking part in a sporting after school club or bring it back in the following day.

Letters for after school clubs will be out this week and sign up is next Monday 10th September in the hall. Clubs will start the following week beginning Monday 17th September.

As the weather starts to change please send children with coats and wellies! 

If you have been lucky enough to travel somewhere in the United Kingdom this year we would love for you to send in a photo to add to our class displays. You can either bring in a photograph or email it to

If you have any questions or queries please speak to any member of the year 2 team.