Year 2

Welcome to Year 2
Below are resources to use when learning at home. If you are unable to access these, please ring the school office during opening times. 01237 477262
We understand the importance of communication at this time. We, as class teachers, will be on hand to answer any queries or concerns using our email:
Mr. Malyn:
Mrs O'Sullivan:
Mrs Clarke:
Please contact us with any worries or questions that you have. We are here to help!
Purple Mash
If you log on to Purple Mash you will see that we have set you lots of 2dos to have a go at! Remember to save your work into your folder so that we can see it. Also, if you want to have a go at different areas of Purple Mash, you absolutely can!
Our Class Blog!
We feel that it is very important to stay in touch. We have set up a class blog so that you can send messages to us and your friends in the class! 
To access the blog: Log on to Purple Mash. Go to the computing section and then 2Blog. On the left hand side, there will be the name of your class. Click on the name and it will take you to our blog!
We will be adding questions and thoughts to the blog as we go, but for now we just want to use it to say hello!
The resources below are a duplicate of those above, but in PDF format.
Our two Year 2 classes are called Skylarks and Sandpipers.
Skylark's Class
Class Teacher - Mr Malyn
Sandpiper's Class
Class Teachers - Mrs O'Sullivan
                         Mrs Clarke
Year 2 TAs
Miss Downes
Mrs Harrison
Mrs Robinson
Mrs Mitchell
Please feel free to come and talk to any of the year 2 team if you have any worries.
This term we are learning about China in our topic of 'Different Place, Similar Lives'. We are really enjoying learning about a new culture and have already started to develop understanding of similarities and differences. We, as with all of our topics, are fully immersed in our learning and have already begin the transformation of our corridor!
We will continue to have a focus on vocabulary this half term. We are really enjoying learning new, powerful words and we have noticed that our year 2 children are using an excellent range of words to express themselves across the curriculum. 
The words that we are working on this half term are:
Inspire                  perplexed                 devious              
This half term our topic is 'Great Fire of London.' We have lots of exciting things planned and look forward to sharing these on this page, as we share these with the children.
In class, we are working on expanding and developing our vocabulary. We hope that the children will begin to use words that we have been learning in conversations they are having with you. We are trying to encourage the children to carefully consider and select words that are most powerful in the context they are speaking within.  Please ask your children about this and see what they can tell you...
Key Vocabulary that we are working on in class:
Communicate      Communication     Talented    Optimistic       Variety              Devious               Opportunity      Moral    Intimidating     
We are working on developing a curiosity for words so please feel free to discuss these words at home!
Science:  Exploring healthy living.
Thank you for sending in lots of food and drinks packets for us to explore in our science. We have found it fascinating looking at the sugar content in everyday foods that we eat.  
As part of our science, we were lucky enough to have Kim come in and talk to us about keeping our teeth healthy and how sugar has an effect on our teeth.
If you would like to help your child at home, please continue to encourage your child to read regularly with you. See if your child can tell you about what they have been learning in Maths, can they teach you what they have learnt? We are trying to ensure the children are confident with their number bonds to 10 and use these facts to help them to apply their understanding to number facts to 100. I know 3 + 7 = 10, 30 + 70 = 100.
We had fun making stamps and printing at Appledore art studio.
Pirate Day!
We had a brilliant day on Friday as we celebrated our Pirate Day together. The variety of costumes and outfits were amazing. The children, as always, made a real effort to be a part of their learning. The day started with a treasure hunt, where the children had to solve mathematical puzzles in order to navigate their way around the school. After collecting all of the letters for our code, the children had to crack the code to unlock the treasure chest!
We choreographed a pirate dance which portrayed a sword fight after break time. The children had to listen to the music carefully to decide how the tempo and volume of the music would change their dance. The choreographed dances produced by the children were brilliant!
In the afternoon, we used all of our topic knowledge and our scientific understanding to create our own pirate ships. We had to think about the features of a pirate ship that we have learnt about and used our ideas about materials in order to make careful choices about our ship. We even had some extra helpers as grown ups from home came in to class to help finish the ships!
Please see the timetable for swimming below. Year 2 will swim alternate weeks until the end of the Summer term. Please ensure that your child has a swim hat for every lesson, they are welcome to wear goggles if they wish.