Welcome to 2HR!
Monday 7th January
Hello all and a happy new year! I hope you had a wonderful Christmas and enjoyed the two weeks rest. 2HR are ready to dive back in this term, especially as we have got some really exciting learning planned around our new topic 'The Great Fire of London'. We are also starting a new science topic looking at Animals including humans which covers a variety of scientific areas. Thank you for your continued support and I am looking forward to seeing what this half term brings.
Monday 10th December
This week in 2HR we have really gotten into the Christmas spirit helped by the visit of a naughty Elf! Each morning we are finding him in a new location in the classroom and some days we have discovered that he has done something cheeky such as eaten some chocolates, made a mess in the reading corner and even been swinging off some tinsel! Nonetheless, we have continued to be busy working elves our self, especially as Santa’s helpers have installed a CCTV camera which feeds all the way into the North Pole… Santa is watching our every move!
In our English learning we have been focussing on grammar to improve our writing. This includes homophones, conjunctions, commas in a list and contractions.
In maths, we began learning to tell the time! We looked at o’clock and half past and even challenged ourselves with quarter to and quarter past. We have now moved onto comparing and sorting common 3-D shapes based on their properties.
With the Christmas Production ‘The Inn-Spectors’ fast approaching the children are hard at work learning their lines, stage directions and songs. Thank you so much for the support you have given us with this, by helping your children to practise their lines at home – it is much appreciated. The costumes are also looking fantastic, thank you for putting the effort in with those. We can’t wait to share our festive masterpiece with you on Thursday 13th December 2pm. Hope to see you there! Merry Christmas! Miss Ross.
Spotlight on Science
We have been very busy scientists working on an important ‘shock absorption’ project. Our friend Eggbert the Safety Inspector called upon us for some assistance. He was a very brave egg, maybe the bravest to ever exist. Eggbert had to test lots of different activities to make sure they were safe for all the other eggs in the world. Over the years Eggbert had tested rollercoasters, bungee jumps, parachutes and even air bags in cars. However, this time Eggbert faced his toughest challenge yet! We helped by testing which materials were shock absorbent so that when we dropped Eggbert we kept him safe! We have practised our scientific skills of asking questions, observing changes over time and comparing our results to complete a fair test.
Tuesday 4th December
Hello all. I just wanted to say a really big thank you to everyone who was able to come and support our Family learning event yesterday. It was great to see such a brilliant turnout and I think you will join me in saying that we all had such a wonderful time creating our royal crafts together. Well done for getting so stuck in and making the most of it.
Friday 30th November
We have been super busy in 2HR over the last few weeks… we have even had a couple of visits from the magic man himself – Merlin! We then turned into Merlin’s helpers to write instruction for and brew our very own potions. Some of the ingredients we used included unicorn wee, bat wings, crushed fairy wings and extract of toad!
During maths, we have been getting our brains in gear to work out fractions of shapes and numbers. We have come up with a super silly way to remember which part of the fraction is the denominator and which is the numerator – just ask your child! Some of us began to use fractions for real life purposes such as working out the fraction of fruit in a bowl and the fraction of each chocolate in a celebrations tub (trying very hard not to eat any!)
Friday 21st September
This week, we have travelled back in time... Mrs Powell delivered a scroll to Year 2 which explained that unfortunately, our current King Arthur Pendragon is missing! The message was addressed from the Six Ladies, who asked the children to help them find the King by creating a missing person poster with a description of King Arthur. Luckily, Year 2 accepted this challenge and have been working on their description of King Arthur's appearance and personality to include in their poster. Some will be put on display around school in the hope that we will find our King!
In maths, the children became shape detectives by identifying and describing a range of regular and irregular 2-D shapes. We have learnt some new vocabulary such as vertices and lines of symmetry, along with using a mirror as a mathematical resource to identify symmetrical shapes. Finally, we have sorted shapes using a Venn diagram based on their properties.
For our science topic of Materials, we have been exploring how to sort materials into natural and man-made and explaining how we know this.
Hi everyone just a quick spelling update from Mr Locke
form lower-case letters in the correct direction, starting and finishing in the right place
form lower-case letters of the correct size relative to one another
Welcome to 2HR!
Hello and welcome to 2HR. I would firstly like to thank all the children and staff for making my first week at Leasowes so fantastic and I am very excited to see the progress the children make. I have thoroughly enjoyed getting to know all of the lovely children in 2HR and look forward to furthering our class bond throughout the year. I can already tell that we are a lovely, lively bunch who will have lots of fun learning together. I am also looking forward to getting to know parents/carers as we progress our learning journey through Year 2.
'Meet the Teacher' will take place on Tuesday 11th September from 17:00-17:30 and again at 17:45-18:15. I look forward to seeing you all there!
Friday 14th September
We have had a brilliant start to the year and all the children are settling well into a routine. We have begun our first English topic which is based around the non-fiction book 'Billy's Bucket'. We have been very busy, turning ourselves into buckets on the shelf in order to describe what we look like and what makes us special. Furthermore, we have looked inside our very own bucket using our imagination to describe what underwater life we can see.
Currently, our focus for Maths is Place Value, Addition and Subtraction. The children have been exploring alternative words for addition and subtraction, before completing some number sentences in their books. We have been using practical resources such as bead strings, 100 square grids and number lines to help us notice patterns within number sentences.
Spellings will be given out on a Friday and tested the following Friday. If you find the time, it would be greatly appreciated if you practise spellings with them at home throughout the week.
Reading Records will be checked and signed on a regular basis. Please continue to read with your child as much as possible at home and sign their diary to indicate how many pages they have read.
Homework will be given out on a Wednesday and will be due in on the following Monday. Homework will alternate between English and Maths every week.
PE will take place every Tuesday and Thursday so please ensure that your child has the correct kit, clearly named.
Thank you so much for your support so far and please do not hesitate to come to me with any questions you may have. I will be on the class door every morning and end of day if you would like to have a quick chat. Alternatively, if you would like a lengthier conversation, please arrange an appointment with myself or the office or write it in your child's Reading Record.