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Year 2

Welcome to Year 2!

Mr Locke and Miss Ross

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Home Learning so far

Mr Locke and Miss Ross would like to say a HUGE well done to all the children that are continuing to work so incredibly hard at home. We really look forward to looking at our e-mails each afternoon and getting to see the brilliant learning that is taking place in the garden, in the kitchen, in the lounge... and more! The children have demonstrated such a positive and enthusiastic attitude towards their learning already and have aspired to do their absolute best during these unusual circumstances.

It has been fantastic to see so many of our Leasowes values in action: 

  • You have been collaborating with your siblings and family members during home learning tasks.
  • You have shown a real love for learning, your family and teachers.
  • You have had the courage to challenge yourself to take every learning opportunity whilst at home.
  • You have shown great amounts of enjoyment for the learning activities we set each day and have even been inspired to do some learning of your own.
  • You have shown aspiration to be the best Home Learner you can be.
  • You have shown respect to your parents, siblings and teachers every step of the way. Many of you are joining in with the Thursday 8pm clapping in support of the NHS. Similarly, even though we were unable to celebrate VE Day in school, lots of you made decorations and spent time with family in your household.

Also a big thank you to you, the parents and adults, for giving us your constant support and doing such a brilliant job of teaching from home!

A reminder that home learning activities can be accessed using the 'Pupil Secure Area' and by using the username and password provided on the leaflet.

Thank you. Stay safe and keep smiling! Miss Ross and Mr Locke.

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Accessing Home Learning

To all of our wonderful Year 2 children and parents, we have updated the Pupil Secure Area and this is where you will find the Home Learning activities. We will update this daily for you to complete. We hope that you are all safe and well and look forward to hearing from you, and seeing you soon.

Along with the learning activities provided, there are daily/weekly expectations for you to follow to maintain as normal of a school routine as possible for your child:

  • Daily reading of a book evidenced within emails to your child's teacher/in reading diary
  • TTRockStars accessed throughout the week (monitored by teacher online)
  • Daily dose of physical activity (set by your child's teacher or an extra activity decided by yourselves)

We would love to see some of the learning activities that you have completed. This may be through written confirmation or a photograph. Please keep in touch by contacting us on the emails below:

Mr Locke: 2TL@leasowes.staffs.sch.uk
Miss Ross: 2HR@leasowes.staffs.sch.uk

Similarly, if you have any questions regarding the work, please don't hesitate to ask. When you have contacted us, where possible, we will provide feedback for your child. If your child is feeling ill, please let us know as you would usually do on a school day so that we don't contact you regarding work.

We look forward to hearing from you soon :)

 

Dates for your diary

Wednesday 12th February and Thursday 13th February - Parents' Evening

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W.C. 9.3.20

Hi everyone we are in the thick of Spring term lots has happened since our last post. The children have discovered a nest of dinosaur eggs, dug up fossils and burnt down their own made houses in a recreation of the Great fire of London (complete with it's own risk assessment of course). This week the children have been building on their knowledge of measurement and reading integers for temperature and capacity. In English they have been writing a letter to fossil finder about his experience of when he found a prehistoric fossil walking his dog. 

As I'm sure you are aware with the recent news about the Corona virus we have spoken with the children to ensure they are being as hygienic as possible. Thank you for your continued support.

Kind regards

Mr Locke and Miss Ross

 

 

W.C 24.2.20

Hello everyone we hope you had a wonderful half term and the bad weather didn't deter you from having lots of fun. The children seem well rested and raring to go for another very busy half term. In Maths this week we will be looking at fractions and in English, Geography and History we start our brand new Topic - Roarsome Dinosaurs where we will be looking at the geographical properties surrounding the dinosaurs and learning from our new class text - The Dinosaur's Diary by Julia Donaldson. Thank you for all your support at Parents evening and if there is ever any questions or concerns please find me or Miss Ross ASAP so we can sort them. Kind regards,

The Year 2 teaching team  

 

W.C 10.2.20

Year 2 are still hard at work, last week completing a biography of Samuel Pepys' life from early childhood to the reason for him being famous. We were aspirational in our targets, including co-ordinating and subordinating conjunctions, adjectives, commas for a list and similes. The children were hooked on this learning right from the get-go as we watched Miss Ross interview Samuel Pepys after he made a guest appearance to Leasowes. Our maths learning has focussed on consolidation of our place value knowledge, along with our 2, 5 and 10 times table, by finding the maths hidden inside word problems and understanding the strategy to answering the questions. This includes looking for key words such as 'altogether' or 'shared equally'.

As you may have seen on Twitter, Year 2 have also been researching, evaluating and planning a design for their own mobile structure, a fire engine, using wheels and axles in D.T. From their planned designs, the children created a model fire engine which will be used during our recreation of the Great Fire later in the week. What a brilliant way to tie together all of our learning this half term.

W.C. 27.1.20

Hello everyone, what a busy start to the Spring term we've had. We have started our fantastic new Topic - The Great Fire of London which we are all really enjoying. In English we have been looking at non-fiction writing and poetry all surrounding our topic work. In Maths we have been looking at mass and statistics which saw us ordering data and grouping it in lots of different ways. We are both very much looking forward to seeing you at our SATs meeting tonight, do not worry if you can't make it as the information will be sent home with the children tomorrow. Please if you have any questions about it don't hesitate to ask either class teacher. Thank you for your continued support.

Kind regards

Mr Locke and Miss Ross

W.C. 2.12.19

Hi everyone what a busy couple of weeks we've had. I'd just like to start off by saying how much me and Miss Ross appreciate your support with the family learning event, we've had some lovely feedback which has been very much appreciated. It was fantastic to see you all getting stuck into the activities and having such a lovely afternoon with your children. This week we have been focusing on time in Maths, understanding the concepts and identifying quarter past, half past and quarter to. If you can continue to drip feed this into the home asking what the time is or how long until the next hour etc that would be hugely helpful. In English we have been focusing on our SPaG skills including common exception words, exclamation marks and questions and identifying word classes in sentences. As I'm sure you are well aware, Christmas is coming and it is very busy in school. We have the Christmas production on Thursday 12th December at 1.45pm for our Y2 parents. Also our Kings and Queens board games are due in on Monday 9th I cannot wait to see them all. Have a lovely weekend and as always thank you for your continued support.

 

Kind regards

Mr Locke

 

WC 11.11.19

Hi everyone, we've had a very busy week in year 2. Fractions have been our focus for the last two weeks and the children have made fantastic progress being able to explain, numerators, denominators and find fractions of shapes and amounts. Including 1/2 1/4 and 3/4 of different numbers. In English we had received urgent word from King Arthur to send help to defeat the terrifying Saxons. The children have spent the week writing instructions to create a powerful potion to help King Arthur. They have been using time adverbials, imperative verbs and adverbs to write some lovely instructions. We finished the week off by following these instructions to make these wicked potions. Hopefully you would of received a text message about an upcoming trip to the local church for Christingle service. This will be on the morning of the 2nd December which coincides with the family learning which will still be happening in the afternoon. Our project homework is due in on the 9th December, if there is any resources you need please ask adn school will try to provide. Thank you for your continued support.

Kind regards

Mr Locke

 

WC - 21.10.19

Hi everyone, it has been our last week of the half term. The children have been learning new grammar techniques this week including coordinating and subordinating conjunctions. In Maths we have been learning about position, direction and patterns with sequences. It was lovely to see you all this week for parents evening. It has been a fantastic first 8 weeks getting to know your children. All expectations and learning behaviours are now embedded and all the children are familiar with these. I hope you all have a lovely half term and I look forward to hearing all about it when we return in one week's time. Thank you for your continued support.

Kind regards

Mr Locke

 

 

WC - 14.10.19

Hi everyone it has been a busy 2 weeks in the 2TL classroom, we have been looking at poetry in our English lessons and using rhyming couplets to describe King Arthur. The class have been using the tools and rules to write brilliant poems that have included the different punctuation, adjectives and sentence rules to be a successful poem. In Maths we have been continuing our journey with multiplication adn division now covering the 2 5 and 10's and using a variety of different concrete and pictorial teaching styles to embed this learning. 

I hope you all enjoyed the brilliant harvest assembly yesterday i think you'll all agree the children did brilliantly and it is such a fantastic cause so thank you all for the wonderful donations. Have a fantastic weekend and I will see you all for parents evening next week. Thank you for your continued support.

Kind regards

Mr Locke 

 

WC -  30.9.19

Hello everyone as I'm sure you are aware we had a dragon visit our classroom late last week who left behind some very important dragon eggs. Luckily there was enough for each child to take one home for the weekend (apologies for any inconvenience whoops). The children have been writing about all of these experiences to create a non fiction leaflet about how to take care of the dragon eggs. The children have included several different features in their writing including facts and information, the second person, imperative verbs and sub-headings. Thank you for your support with this as it has led to some truly great writing. 

In maths we have been learning about measurement, including centimetres, millimetres and even metres. The children have been taught how to correctly measure adn record their data, how to make an estimation of the length of different objects and even compare the lengths using the greater than less than symbols. 

We have some busy weeks ahead of us including the harvest production which will take place on the 17th October and we will begin our own reading assessments of the children in the next 2 weeks. 

If there is any questions or concerns please don't hesitate to come find me. 

Thank you for your continued support. 

Kind regards 

Mr Locke

 

W/C - 16.9.19

Hi everybody, we are now 3 weeks into our Autumn term and routines and timetables are starting to become more familiar and slicker. This week the children have been trying really hard to improve their pace and stamina in their work, which has been fantastic, great work 2TL.

In English the children have been focusing on  our King Arthur text introducing a much older version of King Arthur who goes missing. Their writing was great and they really enjoyed showing off their writing skills by trying to help find King Arthur.

In Maths this week we have been focusing on 2D shapes and their properties including terms like vertices. The children have grouped these shapes, drawn their own and found their properties throughout the week.

We seem to have been lucky enough to have been blessed with a resurgence of sunshine, I hope you all make the most of it over the weekend before those dark early nights set it.

As always if there is any query or question you have please come and see me as I am more than happy to answer any concerns you may have.

Thank you for your continued support.

Mr Locke

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A reminder of important dates

Tuesday 10th September: Meet the Teacher. 5:00-5:30 and an alternate session at 5:45-6:15.

Friday 13th September: Parents invited to view our showcase of 'An Atlas of Imaginary Places' once children have been collected at the end of the day.Thursday 17th October: Harvest celebration.

Wednesday 23rd October: Parents Evening 3:30-6pm.

Thursday 24rd October: Parents Evening 3:30-6pm. ________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Hello and welcome to the 2TL class page. I am really looking forward to getting to know the children and sharing our exciting learning journey this year.

We have some really interesting learning to come which will no doubt spark imagination and curiosity.

Autumn 1: Kings and Queens

Week 1: Settling in and routines.

During this week we will be sharing the book 'An Atlas of Imaginary Places'. 2TL will be focussing on an island called 'The Ice Arena' with musical penguins and a cello playing polar bear as beautiful sounds echo far over the ice.

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The children will be completing some English and Art work based on this learning and I am really looking forward to see what they create! Each class are completing work on a different island and you are invited to a showcase of our recreation on Friday 13th September after school.

 

If they are ever any issues please don't hesitate to speak to me either at the start of the day or at the end. If you would like a more formal appointment you can ring the office to book one in. For any other issues or comments please write them down in the reading diaries and I can respond that way. If there are any changes to the pick up routine please let us know especially over the first month while I get used to new faces picking the children up. Thank you for your continued support, I'm sure it's going to be a great year.