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Welcome to Year 2!

Our teacher is Miss Murphy and our Teaching Assistants are Miss Bacon and Ms Friel.

 


  

Health and Well-being Week

21st June 2019

We have had a brilliant Health and Well-Being week; full of workshops and activities.

On Monday we thought about and discussed ‘Healthy Living’. We thought about the choices that we make in our day. We talked about choices that we make, like what fruit we choose at playtime, and choices that are made for us, such as what we have for our lunch. We then drew and wrote about the healthy choices that we make every day. We also took part in a brilliant yoga workshop where we learnt about breathing, as well as team work. To compliment this, we have been taking part in some cosmic yoga lessons in the mornings which are again story based yoga activities which focus on simple positions and breathing.

On Tuesday we all hopped on board the Life Bus where we met Harold the Giraffe who taught us about being good friends to one another. Harold went to a fancy dress party, where one of his friends was unkind to the other. Luckily, we discussed with Harold what he could do to help his friend so that everyone could enjoy the party. We also looked inside our body to find out what the different parts of our body are called. .

Later in the afternoon, we took part in a circuit’s class led by Peter Bakare. Peter is an Olympic volleyball player who competed in the 2012 Olympic Games. We learnt about Peter’s journey to become an Olympic volleyball player. There were many new skills he had to learn and there were many challenging times for him. His coach always reminded him when you say ‘I can’t’, it should always be followed by ‘yet!’. Peter taught us about the importance of practice and perseverance to achieve our goals.

On Wednesday we had our PE lesson and also took part in a fantastic dance workshop and played lots of fun games, like ‘Alligators’. We learnt a new dance routine and had lots of fun!

On Thursday we took part in a Kidz Fit workshop. We learnt about the importance of exercise and eating a healthy balanced diet. One of the fun activities he gave us was to hula hoop for as long as we could with HUMUNGOUS hoops. He even challenged some of us to hula-hoop with not one, not two, but up to FIVE hoops! Later on in the day we learnt more about eating healthy diet and what needs to go in a ‘Healthy Life Pie’. Some of the key ingredients were exercise, eating at least 5 fruits and vegetables every day and being active throughout the day.

In PSHE lessons we also learnt about people who are special to us and keep us safe, as well as learning the name of the different parts of our body. We also thought about safe and unsafe situations and what to do in different scenarios. To finish our fantastic week, we had a play date with Year 1. We took part in lots of activities that are good for our body and mind, like skipping, drawing, football and using the hula hoops.

 

 

Open evening

Thank you to all the parents who were able to come and join us for open evening to have a look at your child’s books.  It is so nice to look back and reflect on the great progress the children have made in year 2.

A few reminders:

On Monday children are to come to school in their school uniform as PE will be on Tuesday.

We are very excited about our upcoming trip to Brighton, which will be on Thursday 4th July. Parents and carers are welcome to join us on the trip and more information will follow next week.

Have a lovely weekend,

Miss Murphy and Year 2.

 

This week in Year 2

7/6

Welcome back and I hope that you had a wonderful half term! It has been great to be back and the children have settled back in nicely for our last half term in year 2! A highlight this week was DT on Wednesday. Our focus was board games and we discussed different board games that we like to play. We then designed a noughts and crosses game with a seaside theme. We came up with some great ideas like, ice cream and sunshine and buckets and spades. We used stones and cardboard to create the pieces, copying our design neatly onto each piece. We also designed a bag to keep the game in and used special pens to decorate the seaside bag. When we had finished making the game, we completed an evaluation to describe what we liked about our product and how it could be improved further.

 

 

 

 

In Maths we have been learning how to find the inverse in addition and subtraction calculations. We had to find the missing number in the number sentence and then work out what other number facts we could derive from the calculation.

Well done to all of the children for a brilliant poetry recital on Thursday morning! They children all performed brilliantly and we were very proud of them all.

A few dates for your diary:

Wednesday 12th June – Wear your sports kit. We are raising money for our Health and Wellbeing week. Please wear any sports kit that you like on this day and bring in a donation.

Thursday 13th June – Dad and significant lads breakfast from 8am in the Scott Hall

Friday 14th June – SPORTS DAY. Please read the letters that have been emailed about the details for Sports day, and if you haven’t already please RSVP with your travel details ASAP

Monday 17th  - Friday 21st June Health and Wellbeing week. The children can wear PE Kits all week. Throughout the week, the children will be taking part in lots of activities all about our health and wellbeing.

Wednesday 19th June 3.30 – 4.30pm and Thursday 20th June 8.00 – 8.45am Open Classroom.

Friday 21st June – Own Clothes day – bring a bottle for the Tombola at the Summer Fair

Saturday 22nd June – Summer Fair

 

Have a lovely weekend,

Miss Murphy and Year 2

 

Well done Year 2!

Miss Murphy is one very proud teacher this week! Year 2 have worked exceptionally hard over the last few weeks, showing off their knowledge of everything they have learnt in Year 2 so far in reading and maths. During the week the children have also been creating their own writing books and have used their brilliant imaginations to write a variety of poetry, creative writing and information pages.

Today we had a fantastic time at year 6 ‘Young Enterprise’ afternoon. We had a go at lots of fun games, like guessing the number of sweets in the jar and throwing the basketball into the hoops. It was a lovely way to finish for half term!

After half term we are looking forward to our DT day. If you are able to collect any small stones or pebbles that would be wonderful. They will be part of our DT Day project.

Thank you so much for all of your support over the last few weeks. I hope that you have a lovely half term and we will see back on Tuesday 4th June.

Miss Murphy and Year 2.

 

This week in Year 2...

17/05 

In English this week we have been continuing our letter of apology from Tuffy the cat. We focused on using conjunctions in sentences and proof read our work to check our spelling. In addition, we have been revising what we know about spelling, grammar and punctuation and the terminology used for different sentence types.

In Maths, we have been revising the four operations. We revised how we find a missing number in a number sentence and also how we can find the different between two numbers. If the difference was quite big, we used the column method to subtract the two numbers. We have also looked at answering reasoning questions where we must find the missing digits to make a number sentence correct.

Today we went to Ravenscourt Park Glasshouses where we had lots of fun learning about plants. We had so much fun getting our hands dirty planting sunflowers and learning about how to pot different types of seeds, including pumpkin and runner beans. With Miss Bacon we had a go at making lavender bags and we got to take them home with us. In the garden we went on a bug hunt and learnt about different types of plants. Take a look at the gallery!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Have a lovely weekend,

Miss Murphy and Year 2.

A fun week in Year 2!

10/05

In English this week we have been practising our reading and answering questions about different types of texts. We have focused on the types of questions we might be asked and how to answer them effectively. We also continued reading Anne Fines ‘Diary of Cat’ to find out what mischief Tuffy has got up to!

In Maths we have been learning about statistics, specifically how data is collected in tally charts and tables, and how data is represented in pictograms and bar charts. We had fun today collecting our own data by asking people ‘What is your favourite animal’ and creating a tally chart as a class. We then answered questions to find the difference between the data. As morning activities, we have been telling the time- keep practising this at home!

In Science and Humanities we have had a Seaside theme this week! We have been learning about what animals we might find at the seaside and why they are suited to this habitat. We have also explored what the seaside was like in Victorian times. We found out about lots of similarities between then and now!

Just a gentle reminder to make sure children bring in their school uniform on Monday and Wednesday so that we can get changed after PE.

Have a lovely weekend,

Miss Murphy and Year 2.

 

This week in Year 2

3rd May

A highlight of the week was watching Nicola Benedetti performing in Tuesday morning assembly. She played beautifully on the violin and we had an opportunity to ask her some questions. We found out about how she became a violinist and how much practice she does each week.  It was a wonderful assembly!

This week we have been doing reading comprehension in English, looking at fiction, non-fiction and poetry and marking our answers together. We have also been writing diary entries about a cat that causes a lot of mischief! We also wrote a letter of apology from Tuffy the cat. We focused on using different sentence openers as well as different types of conjunctions to join clauses together.

In Maths this week we have been learning about the properties of 2D and 3D shapes. We focused on finding lines of symmetry in shapes and patterns, as well as drawing shapes in cm. We learnt new vocabulary like width and length.

This week in science we started our new ‘Living things and their Habitats’ topic. We discussed what the differences are between something that is living and not living and what we need to live. We had to work as a team to sort objects into living and not living and give reasons why. We also talked about how some objects used to be living, like paper and wood blocks.

Please remember that PE this term is on Monday and Wednesday. Please also make sure that you have school uniform in school to change into.

Have a lovely weekend,

Miss Murphy and Year 2.

Welcome back!

26th April 2019

I hope that you all had a lovely and restful Easter holiday! The children have all come back to school focused, eager and ready to learn.

In English, we have been writing character of a troublesome cat called Tuffy from Anne Fine’s story. We thought about what Tuffy looks like and how he behaves. We also thought about what the family should do to help Tuffy. We worked with our partner to read the story and answer questions about the story.

This week in Maths we have been revising our arithmetic strategies to find the missing number in a number sentence. We looked at using the inverse to find a missing number and practised using the column method to add and subtract bigger numbers.

In RE we started our new RE topic about Judaism. Today we thought about how different religions have different celebrations called festivals throughout the year. We discussed different festivals/celebrations that we celebrate and why we celebrate them.

Nicola Benedetti visiting St Peter’s

On Tuesday morning, we are incredibly fortunate to have Nicola Benedetti coming to visit St Peter’s. Nicola Benedetti is one of the most sought-after violinists of her generation. Her ability to captivate audiences with her innate musicianship and dynamic presence, coupled with her wide appeal as a high-profile advocate for classical music, has made her one of the most influential classical artists of today. Some of Nicola’s accolades include a MBE, CBE, 2 Classical BRIT awards and playing with orchestras around the world. Nicola will be speaking in a special assembly on Tuesday morning for the whole school about her career, performing for us and answering questions. Why not you read up on our famous visitor and think of a question you would like to ask https://www.nicolabenedetti.co.uk/.

PE

PE will be on Monday and Wednesday. Please come into school in your PE kit on both days ready for PE. Please bring your uniform in to change into afterwards.

Homework

Green homework, which includes the spelling list and times tables, will be sent home on Monday and is due in on Thursday or Friday. Our spelling test will be on Friday.

Blue homework will be sent home on Friday and is due in Monday or Tuesday.

 

Have a lovely weekend,

Miss Murphy and Year 2

 

Happy Easter!

5/4

We have had an eggcellent week in Year 2! Our highlight was the Easter Bonnet parade on Thursday morning. All the children put so much effort into their hats and we were amazed by them all! Take a look at the pictures below!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

From next term, we will be having PE on Monday and Wednesday. Children are to come to school in their PE kit when we return to school on Wednesday. Please bring your uniform to get changed into afterwards.

Well done to all of the children for their hard work this term- it has flown by! We hope that you have a wonderful Easter Holidays and we will look forward to seeing you back at school on the 24th April.

Thank you for your continued support. Have a lovely Easter holidays!

Miss Murphy and Year 2.

 

This week in Year 2…

29/3

Year 2 had a brilliant time at the V and A Museum. A museum guide took us to see a beautiful piano that is part of one of the collections. We gathered around the piano and thought of adjectives to describe what it was like. We then made the piano come to life through storytelling! We had to imagine a character who the piano could belong to. It was such a grand piano we decided it must belong to a Prince or Princess who lived in a castle. However, one day the piano went missing! In groups, we then had to create a story with a beginning, middle and end about the missing piano and how the character got the piano back safely. We used drama freeze frames to depict each part of the story in our groups. Towards the end of the workshop, we drew our own storyboard of what happens at each part of the story. We had a wonderful time at the V and A. We had so many imaginative ideas and stories to tell based around just one object. Thank you so much to the volunteers on the trip, we hope that you enjoyed the trip!

Take a look at the gallery below!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In English this week we have been writing recount texts. We looked at how to change words into the past tense and also learnt about how to spell words that are irregular past tense words. In Maths, we have been learning about how multiplication and division are the inverse. We made number sentences using three numbers and then wrote corresponding multiplications and divisions.

In RE we have been learning all about the Easter Story and the events of Holy Week. We discussed symbols that are used in the story and why they are important to Christians. We then thought of symbols that were important in our own life.

 

A few reminders:

Big Pedal

Wow…so far, we are 1st place in the ‘Big Pedal Regional Positions for Small Primary Schools, 5-day challenge in Greater London’. Nationally, we are positioned 27th, which is fantastic because there are over 300 school involved. We have one more week to go so make sure you are cycling, scooting or walking to school- that means you too adults!

 Don’t forget that next Friday we will finish school at 2pm for the Easter holidays!

Have a lovely weekend,

Miss Murphy and Year 2

Arts Week 2019

22/03

Wow! What a creative week we have had. This week it was Arts week and we took part in many fantastic workshops. Our arts week was based around an impressionist painter called Claude Monet and we focused on one his famous paintings called ‘Waterlilies’. We have had a wonderful week learning about his art. Take a look at the gallery below:

 

 

 

 

Monday

On Monday we learnt about who Monet was and discussed his other paintings. We looked at the techniques he used in his paintings and had a go at drawing a water lily and using oil pastels to add the vibrant pink, blue and green colours.

We also took part in a brilliant workshop all about ‘Matilda’ by Roald Dahl. We had to pretend to be the different characters in the story. There were some excellent impressions of Mr and Mrs Wormwood!

Tuesday

On Tuesday we had a go at becoming actors and actresses in ‘The Lion King’. We learn the song lyrics and dance routines to accompany the music. We then showcased our routine to the class. There were some fantastic animal poses to finish off the performance routine!

We also participated in a dance workshop. In the workshop we played lots of fun games to get our bodies warmed up. We then learnt a new dance routine and performed it to the class.

Wednesday

In the morning, we entered the art room which has been transformed into a beautiful, colourful space full of flowers and Monet prints. We had a good at different activities like smelling different plants and herbs, collage and looking at different types of flowers. We also took time to reflect outside on the beautiful sounds that surround us.

Later that afternoon we tried our hand at circus skills! It was very entertaining watching the leader perform some tricks, such as making the scarf disappear and juggling skittles! Wow! We then had a go at some of the skills for ourselves. We had to balance plates on the end of the stick, balance a peacock feather and had a go at juggling with scarves and balls. In a whole school assembly we shared some of the skills that we had learnt.

During the day, we also completed water colour painting in the style of Monet. We used the water colours to paint in an impressionist style and mixed the colours to make different shades of blue, purple and pink.

Thursday

On Thursday we took part in a brilliant dance workshop. We learnt about traditional Indian dancing and followed a routine. We then performed the routine to the class.

We also enjoyed taking part in an exciting art activity in the Art Room. Hazel led a fantastic workshop where we made leaves for a giant tree together. We used collage, drawing and stencils to add leaves to a tree that had been sketched onto paper. The tree was bigger than us and look incredible!

Friday

On Friday we got stuck into some observational drawing at Ravenscourt Park. We looked at the daffodils that were growing and did some lovely sketches of what we could see.

To finish our fun filled week, we had a visit from the Animal Man. Ranger Stu bought lots of animals for use to see and some of us even held them! We saw lots of fascinating animals including an armadillo, owl, tarantula and a pancake tortoise. At the end, we all had the opportunity to be very brave and touch the slithery snake!

We have had such a fantastic week and have really enjoyed all of the activities that we have completed. Thank you so much to Mrs Noonan for organising the week.

 

Yoga is back…

On Wednesday 27th March and Wednesday 24th April at 5.30pm, Miss Cook will be holding yoga classes in the Scott Hall to raise money for Mind charity (as part of her Marathon journey); the classes will be one-hour long and suitable for all abilities, so whether you are a first time yogi or a head standing guru, this class is for you! She hopes to see lots of you there.

Big Pedal…

From  the 25th March until the 5th April St Peter’s School will be taking part in the Big Pedal 2019 and in for a chance to win some exciting prizes. For the next two weeks we encourage you to cycle, scoot or walk to school as much as possible so we are in for the chance of winning; each day Miss Cook will send our totals to Sustrans, who are organising the event at the end of each day.

Have a lovely weekend,

Miss Murphy and Year 2.

A brilliant week in Year 2!

15/3

We have had a great week in year 2! A highlight was Grandparent’s Day on Thursday! We all went to a wonderful assembly where we heard stories and rhymes about other people Grandparent’s or special elderly relatives. Then the Grandparent’s had a tour of the school and then afternoon tea in the hall. Thank you so much to everyone that joined us, we hope that you had a lovely afternoon at St. Peters and it was lovely to meet you all.

In English this week we have been reading ‘The Gruffalo’ by Julia Donaldson- who is certainly one of our favourite authors in Year 2! We wrote an in depth book review about the story, as well as describing the characters and setting. We also completed a reading comprehension and looked at how we answer inference questions.

In Maths, we have been continuing learning about multiplication and division. We learnt that division means sharing and practised sharing an amount into equal groups. We also focused on using a number line to divide by counting in jumps of 2, 3, 5 and 10. Keep practising your times tables and divisions at home!

Big Pedal 2019

Get set… we’re taking part in Sustrans Big Pedal 2019, the UK’s largest inter-school cycling, walking and scooting challenge. The challenge runs from 25 March to 5 April; it’s free and we would love everyone to be involved.

The details

On each day of the challenge schools compete to see who can record the greatest number of pupils, staff and parents cycling, walking or scooting to school. You can let us know if you or whoever does the school run has cycled, walked or used a scooter by informing your class teacher, who will record it on the Sunstrans record sheet.

It’s a great way to get more of our pupils travelling actively to school and is a simple way to boost their physical and mental health- let’s see what prizes we can win!

 

Have a lovely weekend,

Miss Murphy and Year 2.

 

‘Oh, the places you’ll go!' Dr. Seuss.

8/3

We have had a brilliant week in Year 2. On Wednesday we celebrated World Book Day and we all came to school dressed as a book character. There was many fantastic costumes in Year 2, including Mary Poppins, Matilda and The Saucepan Man from ‘The Faraway Tree’. During the day we will be doing lots of fun activities based around our favourite stories, including ‘The Big Book Quiz’. Today we took part in a brilliant workshop all about 'Where The Wild Things Are'. Take a look at the gallery below to see our wonderful costumes from book day!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In English we have book looking at stories by Julia Donaldson. We have been focusing on the story ‘The Room on the Broom’. We wrote excellent character descriptions, focusing on using different sentence openers. We also thought of a new character that could join them on the broom and wrote a new rhyme. We have also been working with a partner to answer questions about longer pieces of texts. If the answer couldn’t be located in the text, we discussed how we could find out the answer by reading back to see what a character has said or done.

In Maths, we have been learning about multiplication. We have been practising multiplying by using repeated addition and today we looked at how we can use arrays to multiply. We learnt that instead of counting objects individually, we can find out how many rows and columns there are and multiply them together. We found out that multiplication can be done in any order. Keep practising your 2, 3, 5 and 10 times table at home!

This week we started our new topic about ‘Mexico’. Well done for your super homework where you conducted research into Mexico. We were very impressed with the information that you found and we will share the posters in out Humanities lesson next week.

Have a lovely weekend,

Miss Murphy and Year 2.

 

This week in Year 2…

1/3

We have had a wonderful week in Year 2. A highlight this week was DT Day which was all about food! We learnt about the different food groups and why it is important to have a healthy and balanced diet. We planned healthy party snacks and came up with some imaginative ideas. We then made our own ‘Party Pitta Pockets’. We washed and prepared the vegetables to be put inside. We learnt about how to use equipment safely and different techniques to cut food. We thoroughly enjoyed our finished product! Take a look at the gallery below!

 

 

 

 

 

In English this week we have been planning a letter from new places that Sunny goes to visit. We then wrote our final letter using cursive handwriting. In Maths, we have been solving worded addition and subtraction problems. We underlines key information and used the column method to derive the answer.

Have a lovely weekend,

Miss Murphy and Year 2.

HAPPY HALF TERM!

15/02

We’ve had a wonderful week in Year 2!

In English we have been continuing our unit about ‘Letters and postcards’. We thought of a new place which Sunny could visit and wrote a new postcard. We came up with wonderful ideas like New York, Space and even Candy Land! We had to describe what it was like there using interesting adjectives and describe the activities that we have done there. Sunny also really enjoys eating different foods so we described a new food which Sunny ate!

In Maths we have been learning new subtraction methods. We started by subtracting two numbers by partitioning the number into its tens and ones. We have also used column subtraction to take away two numbers and practised borrowing a ten from the tens column. Keep practising these methods over half term!

On Monday we explored different aspects of ‘Living in the Wider World’ as part of our PSHE. We learnt about what we can do to make sure that we and our friends are able to do their best learning. We also thought about what money is and why it is important. We listened to the story of ‘Harold saves for something special”. We learnt about why we sometimes need to save money and how we can save our money. As part of our day, we described what makes us special. We discussed what is similar and different about each of us and learnt that we are all unique!

We were busting some serious moves on the dance floor on Thursday evening at our School Disco! As we entered the school hall, we were amazed by all of the amazing decorations that filled the room!

Just a reminder that on the 26th February there will be Year 2 SATs meeting.

Well done to all of the children for an excellent half term. Have a fun and restful week off and we look forward to seeing you back on the 25th February. Children are to come into school in their PE kit ready for our PE lesson. Thank you for your continued support.

We hope that you have a lovely half term,

Miss Murphy and Year 2.

 

“That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind!”

08/02

In English we have been learning about Letters and Postcards. We read story called ‘Meerkat Mail ‘and followed the journey of Sunny who was trying to find some peace and quiet. We wrote a letter, from Sunny, to explain why we had decided to leave the Meerkat den. We have also been learning how to spell words with the suffix –er and –est.

In Maths we have been practicing using the column method to add and subtract two 2 digit numbers. We also did some practice arithmetic questions to apply the strategies that we had been taught.

In Humanities, we have been finding out all about Neil Armstrong. We had to go round the classroom reading the fact cards to find out about who Armstrong was and why he is remembered today. We then shared the information that we had discovered. We also discussed how he would have felt at different parts of his journey.

This week was also ‘Children’s Mental Health’ week. We talked about how we can keep ourselves healthy ‘Inside and Out’. We discussed what we can do in the day to look after our bodies and our minds. We learnt that a healthy diet, exercise, fresh air and reading can help our body and our mind. We thought about who can speak to if we do feel unhappy and what others can do to help us. We made fantastic posters to show what we had learnt!

Have a lovely weekend,

Miss Murphy and Year 2.

 

A fun week in Year 2...

01/02

This week in English we have been writing our non-chronological report about a new superhero. We thought about different sentence openers and punctuation we can use to draw the reader in.

In Maths this week we have been using different methods to add numbers. Today we looked at how we can partition a number into tens and ones, then add each together. Next week we will look at how we can use the column method to add two numbers bridging a ten.

On Thursday we visited St. Peters Church. Charles taught us what happens in a Baptism and Marriage using teddy bears. We watched Charles baptise the teddy and he told us about the important objects that are used in the ceremony. We then watched as teddy and bunny got married! We learnt about the different people that are involved in the ceremony and what the rings that are exchanged symbolise.

On Tuesday we took part in an online safety workshop. We met ‘Digi-Duck’ who couldn’t decide whether to share an image of his friend. In the end Wise Owl helped him understand that it was not a kind thing to do. We shared our ideas on how we can us electronic devices safely and what to do when we are unsure.

PE Kits

Children are to come into school in their PE kit on Monday and in their gymnastics kit on Tuesday. If it is cold, please put your jogging trousers and your shorts/leggings in your bag.

Have a lovely weekend,

Miss Murphy and Year 2.

 

This week in Year 2!

25th January

We have had a very fun week in Year 2!

In English, we have been writing our final versions of a new adventure for Traction Man and used cursive handwriting to publish them. We focused on using arrange of interesting adjectives and commas in lists.

In Maths we have been learning how we can partition a number into combinations of tens and ones. We also practised counting coins to show different amounts of money.

This week in RE we discussed why the Christian Church is important for Christians and what Christians do in church. We also thought about communities that we are part of and why they are special to us.

Online Safety workshops

Mrs Zalar is running an Online Safety workshop for parents on Tuesday 29th January from 5.30pm – 7pm in the Year 6 classroom.

Have a lovely weekend,

Miss Murphy and Year 2

 

The Lady with the Lamp

18th January

We have had a very fun week in Year 2! On Wednesday we visited The National Army Museum to find out about Florence Nightingale and Mary Seacole. We learnt about their journey to Scutari and had the chance to investigate a range of artefacts. We learnt what objects were used at the time and why they were important. We looked at medicine backpacks, bandages, metal hot water bottles and some of us even dressed up as Florence Nightingale. We had a super time! Thank you to our helpers on the trip, we hope that you enjoyed the day. Take a look at the gallery below!

 

 

 

 

In English, we have been writing our final versions of a letter from Traction Man about his adventure in his green suit. We ensured that our writing used interesting adjectives and a range of conjunctions. Furthermore, we also completed a reading exercise about castles. We learnt how to underline information to help us answer the questions.

In Maths we have been learning how to answer different reasoning questions by applying our Maths skills. We looked what operation to use to answer worded problems. In addition, we have also looked at how to turn objects clockwise and anti-clockwise in quarter, half and three quarter turns.

Have a lovely weekend,

Miss Murphy and Year 2.

Happy New Year!

11th January 2019

Firstly, happy New Year to you all! We hope you had a very festive and restful Christmas holiday. Thank you so much for your generous gifts, it was very kind of you all.

We had a fabulous start to the term on Tuesday morning when we shared what our favourite memories of our Christmas break were.

In English, we have begun to learn about Adventure stories. We have been reading the story ‘Traction Man’ and focusing our writing around the characters. We discussed how the characters all felt and decided Traction Man was not keen on his Green romper suit and bonnet! He then went on an adventure and we wrote a letter form Traction man explaining what happened.

In Maths, we have been leaning about how to tell the time to the nearest quarter of an hour. At home, keep practising telling the time and what you do at different parts of the day.

Next week we will be going on our trip to ‘The National Army Museum’. Please make sure that you have returned your permission slip. Children will need to bring a packed lunch on the day.

Have a lovely weekend,

Miss Murphy and Year 2.

 

Merry Christmas! 🎅  

21st December 2018

A HUMUNGOUS well done to all of the children in Year 2, 1 and Reception for their outstanding performance of our nativity: ‘Hey Ewe!’. You all danced, sang and acted like true professionals and entertained the audiences with such confidence. Miss Murphy is so proud of each and every one of you for telling the story of Christmas to the children and our wonderful audience. 

Take a look at the gallery below!

 

On Wednesday we had great fun at our Christmas lunch and well done to everyone who ‘Blinged up’ their bike or scooter- they were all fantastic!

Thank you so much for your kind support over the last term. We have had a wonderful autumn term in year 2- it has flown by!

We look forward to seeing you in the New Year. Remember to bring in your PE kit for gymnastics on the Tuesday that we return!

Have a lovely Christmas and Happy New Year!

Miss Murphy and Year 2.

 

It’s nearly show time!

14/12

We have had a very busy in Year 2 practising for our fantastic Nativity ‘Hey Ewe’. We have all been working very hard to make sure that the performance is perfect! Today we performed for the school in our costumes and we did brilliantly. All of the teachers and children thoroughly enjoyed the show! Don’t forget that the show will by on Tuesday 18th December at 10am and 2pm. There are no tickets for the performance please just come along before the show to take a seat or find a space to stand. We hope to see you all there!

In English we have been practising our handwriting and using the correct joins in our letters. We also thought about a toy that we would really like off Father Christmas and we have planned a persuasive letter to send him. In Maths, we have been looking at how we answer test questions, focusing on addition, subtraction and finding fractions of a number.

On Tuesday we made Christingles. We learnt about what each part of the Christingle represented and we thought of a new symbol we could add. We came up with fantastic ideas like a love heart to show God’s love for us.

Please note that we will not have PE on Monday or Gymnastics on Tuesday. Children are to come to school in their uniform as normal. On Wednesday, we will have our PE lesson, Children are to come to school in their PE kit,

Dates for your diary

Nativity play  on 18th December at 10am and 2pm in the Scott hall

Carols by Candlelight on 18th December  in the Church (KS1 are not involved in this but if you wish to join the school community and celebrate Christmas with KS2 you are welcome to come and watch)

Wednesday 19th December is also our Christmas Dinner at school – yummy!

Friday 21st December is our Christmas service in the Church at 9am please come and join us.

..and don’t forget we finish at 2.00pm on Friday 21st for Christmas.

 

Have a lovely weekend

Miss Murphy and Year 2

 

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas!

7th December

This week has all been about preparing for our Nativity! Rehearsals are well under way and we are doing a fantastic job with our roles! A letter was sent out on Wednesday informing you about but costumes you need to bring in. Please bring them in a bag with your child’s name on by Wednesday 12th December. Next Friday we will do a dress rehearsal for the whole school!

On Tuesday we had a very exciting trip to ‘The Bush Theatre’ to see ‘The Snow Queen’. The story was about a little boy who gets lost in the snowy mountains and ends up at the Snow Queen’s palace. His friend tries to find him and meets some fun characters along the way! Eventually she finds her friend and managed to break the Snow Queen’s spell!

In English this week we have been revising our spelling and grammar. We looked ta using commas in an expanded noun phrase. In maths we have been practising our mental calculation skills as well as finding halves and quarters of shapes.

Thank you so much to everyone that brought in the items for ‘The Baron’s Court Project’ ‘Soap and Socks’ Appeal. We have had lots of donations which will help to make a difference to people’s lives this Christmas.

On Tuesday 11th December we would like each of the children could bring in an orange to make a Christingle as part of our work in RE.

 

Dates for your diary

Out Nativity play will be on 18th December at 10am and 2pm in the Scott hall.

Thursday 13th December House Trip, for the winning house in Autumn term.

 

Have a lovely weekend

Miss Murphy and Year 2.

Hey Ewe!

30/11

The KS1 Nativity is nearly upon us! This week we have been practising our roles and singing the very catchy songs. Don’t forget to keep practising your lines over the weekend!

In English, we wrote our own text persuading people to buy our new ‘Space Souvenir’. We had to use interesting adjectives and a range of conjunctions, including when. We also learnt about how we can answer reading comprehension questions by locating answers in the text and underling key words.

In maths we have been measuring length using grams and kilograms. We weighed a range of items and recorded their mass. Today we also learnt about how we can find ding fractions of a number and a shape.

Thank you so much to everyone that has brought in shower gel and socks to donate to ‘The Barons Court Project’ to help the homeless. If you wish to bring in any more items next week they would be greatly appreciated.

Have a lovely weekend,

Miss Murphy and Year 2

International Day 2018

23/11

Wow! What a fun filled week we have had in year 2! On Wednesday The Strand on the Green Infant school kindly invited us to take part in their Great Fire of London project. We took our houses to the school and an adult set them on fire starting from the bakery. We discussed why the fire spread and how people the people who were there would have felt. We had a great afternoon and also really enjoyed getting to know children from another school. Thank you so much to The Strand Infant school for having us!

On Thursday we celebrated International Day! We got our passports ready and travelled all around the world! We all came to school dressed in the traditional costume of a country or colours of a country’s flag. We travelled around the world to different countries where we took part in different activities and tasted different foods. In reception we went to Polynesia. In Year 1, we went to Israel. In Year 2, we visited Holland! In the afternoon we also used an Atlas to locate different countries in the world and identify flags from around the world.

In English this week we have been learning new spelling rules. We learnt about adding es and s to a word to make it plural and –ies if the word ends in y. In Maths we have been reading scales to measure capacity. We measured about different capacities of water using different measuring equipment.

The script and lines for our Nativity play have now been sent home. Please keep practicing the lines at home! We are also learning lots of fun new songs in school which we are sure that you will enjoy!

Have a lovely weekend,

Miss Murphy and Year 2

A Spotacular Week! 16/11

We've had a very busy week in Year 2! Today we all came dressed in spots to help raise money for 'Children in Need'. The school council also hosted a delicious cake sale after school. Thank you to everyone that came along and donated for such an important charity.

On Thursday, Year 2 visited Holland Park Ecology Centre. In science, we have been learning all about animals and their habitats and at Holland Park we had the chance to explore two contrasting habitats. We met our guide for the workshop and looked at the different creatures that we can find around the ecology centre. We discussed how they survive in their habitat and their special features. We then put on our coats and went to a special part of the park. We went on a minibeast hunt, and used an animal identification sheet to recognise what minibeasts that we had seen. We even found a toad sleeping under a damp log! It was very difficult to spot because of its camouflage. We then had the chance to go pond dipping. We used long nets to swirl a figure of 8 in the water and emptied the net into a tub filled with water. We then looked at what pond creature we could find. It was a super trip and we really enjoyed identifying new creatures.

In English this week we have been learning how to use apostrophes to show possession. We have also started our new unit of work about ‘Persuasive texts’ focused on the story of ‘Bob The Man On The Moon’. We received a mysterious letter from Bob asking us to design a new space souvenir for him to sell on the moon. We came up with all sorts of brilliant ideas, like talking alien toys, flashing rockets and maps of the universe! It will be very difficult for Bob to choose which is best!

 In Maths we have been practicing measuring in cm and m. We used a ruler to estimate and measure length and also decided which unit of measure (cm or m) would be best to measure the length of different objects. We also learnt about fractions and finding a half and quarter of a number by sharing into two or four equal groups.

This week has also been Anti-Bullying Week. On Monday we all came to school in odd socks to show how unique and special we all are. During assembly we also discussed what 'Respect' is and how we can choose this day-to-day. In class, we learnt about how unique we all are is talked about 'What makes us who we are?'. We all created a puzzle piece to illustrate what makes us special and then built the puzzle together as a class.

 A few reminders:

International Day

On Thursday 22nd November we are celebrating International day. The children will be invited to come to school dressed in traditional clothes or outfits inspired by a country of their choice. Throughout the day the children will visit different classrooms and teachers and travel the world. The children will be engaged in a wide range of creative activities including; Music and Art.  They will also learn a little about the geography of the country and will have the opportunity to taste some traditional foods. 

 

Visit to The Strand on the Green Infant School

On Tuesday we will be visiting The Strand on the Green Primary School for a project about the Great Fire of London. The children have been busy this week creating their own 17th century houses that we are going to burn on the school’s playing field. This will be a great opportunity to safely see what happened in the fire. We will be stood very far back and fire extinguishers will be at the ready! We will need some parent helpers on the day, so if you are available then please let me know.

 

Have a lovely weekend,

Miss Murphy and Year 2

This week in Year 2…

09/11

We have had a very busy week in year 2. In English this week we have been learning how to use apostrophes to show possession. We have also been continuing our poetry about fireworks. We wrote fantastic poems that used a repeated line and onomatopoeia. The poems were fantastic!

In Maths, we have been exploring the properties of 3D shapes. We have been identifying how many 'faces', 'edges' and 'vertices' each shape has. We have also been exploring how to find lines of symmetry in shapes.

Today we took part in an anti-bulling workshop ahead of anti-bullying week next week. We had to act out different emotions and had to decide what to do in different scenarios. We also practised how to speak with a loud and confident voice and focused on the importance of showing respect to each other.

In RE we discussed what ‘Sangha’ Buddhist community is like and compared it to the communities that we are part of. We also discussed what it is like to be part of a community and what being part of a community teaches us.

Well done to everybody that took part in out Nativity auditions. You all prepared wonderful songs and narration lines and we were blown away with the talent! 

A few reminders:

On Thursday we will be going on a class trip to Holland Park Ecology Centre. Please bring a packed lunch and warm clothing on the day.

On Monday it will be ‘Odd Socks Day’. Get your odd socks ready to celebrate how unique we are!

On Friday we are asking children to add spots to their uniform for ‘Children In Need’. A few ideas could be spotty socks, spotty tights, a spotty tie, a spotty headband or even spotty stickers on your jumper! The School Council will also be collecting any donations for the charity in the playground before school and will be hosting a cake sale after school outside the Year 1 classroom.

Have a lovely weekend,

Miss Murphy and Year 2.

Don't think of a Zebra!

02/11/18

Welcome back! We hope that you had a fun and relaxing half term. It was lovely to hear about all of the activities the children did during their holiday. The children have all settled back very well into the second part of our Autumn term. Well done to all of the children for a fantastic poetry recital on Thursday. You read your poem ‘Don’t Think About a Zebra’ with great expression and the audience enjoyed your actions.

In English, we’ve been mastering reading comprehension questions, learning how to find information in a poem and write our answers using full sentences. We have also been writing our own acrostic poems about Fireworks by describing the five different senses.

In maths this week we have been learning how we can use the column method to add and subtract two and three digit numbers. We have also been practising strategies to add on numbers in our heads. Over the last couple of days, we have been naming 2D shapes, looking at their properties as well as recognising regular and irregular shapes. Next week, we move onto 3D shapes!

On Wednesday it was DT day. We used ‘techcard’ to make a ‘Land Yacht’ that can move by wind power! We designed our yacht first and discussed what materials we were going to use. We measured and cut the dowel using a junior hacksaw and then sued PVA glue to carefully assemble the yacht. We even used the paper that we made by recycling paper to make the sail! The final product that we made was exceptional. Well done!

Don’t forget it’s Parent's Evening on Monday and Tuesday next week. You can still sign up for a slot on the flashboard on Monday morning.

Have a lovely weekend!

Miss Murphy and Year 2.

 

This week in year 2... 19/10

This week, St Peter’s has been celebrating Black History Month and to kick start our week we listened to a lovely story called ‘so much’ and sang a great song about a man and a lion. Thank you so much to the parent helpers that read the story, the children thoroughly enjoyed it.  We then became time travellers and went back in time to learn about important figures and events in history. We learnt about who Mary Seacole was and her influence on nursing. She was very brave and helped soldiers during the Crimean War. We also learnt about Rosa Parks and re-enacted scenes of the ‘Bus Boycott’. We also had a chance to listen to Martin Luther King Junior’s ‘I have a Dream’ speech and we then thought about own dreams for our life. At the end of the week, we watched Year 6’s amazing assembly all about ‘The Windrush’.

In English, we have been writing and retelling traditional tales. We wrote super stories and used commas to list adjectives to describe the characters. In maths we have been adding by partitioning numbers into tens and units. After half term, we will continue this for subtracting and also learn how to work out answers using the column method.

In RE, we have been listening to Buddhist stories. We retold a story called ‘The Lion and the Jackal’ and discussed how it teaches Buddhists about friendship and generosity. We also thought of ways we can show generosity in our life.

Don’t forget to log into Mathletics/Spellodrome and explore the games online over the holidays and earn some certificates!

Well done to all of the children for a wonderful half term in Year 2!

Have a lovely half term!

Miss Murphy and Year 2.

 

Fee! Fi! Fo! Fum!

12/10

This week we have been learning all about traditional tales in English. Jack and the Beanstalk was our favourite! We have been learning how to write sentences using conjunctions to retell the story. We also had to make a Wanted! Poster for a new giant and wrote imaginative descriptions. We had to use ambitious vocabulary and similes to make our writing interesting.

In Maths we have been practicing our mental arithmetic skills and learning strategies to add on and take away. We have also been practising counting on and back in 2s, 5s and 10s from a given number.

On Wednesday we went to the Primary Proms at the Royal Albert Hall. We were wowed by a range of bands and music from around the world: from steel pans to an amazing choir!  During the concert, we learnt about the different instruments that make up an orchestra and joined in with the singing. It was a wonderful morning that really captured our imaginations in the world of music.

 

A few dates for your diary:

Black History Week

The week beginning 15th October as a school we will be celebrating Black History Month. If you would like to be involved and come into school to help us celebrate please email and let us know. This week will include a special assembly on Tuesday 16th October at 9am with a Gospel Choir, please come and join us in the Scott Hall if you are free.

 Family Supper

I hope lots of you will be able to join us on Thursday 18th October for our annual Family Supper. Please bring along a dish to share to the Scott Hall from 5 – 7pm.

Show Racism the Red card

On Friday 19th October we are asking all of the children to add something red to their uniform to mark the national event ‘Show Racism the Red Card’.

 

Have a lovely weekend,

Miss Murphy and Year 2.

 

This week in Year 2…

05/10

We have had a very busy week in year 2! In English we have been reading, following and writing instructions. We very quickly learnt how to list items, use imperative verbs and time connectives! To help us write our own instructions, we made our very own marvellous recipes!  We had to think of our own ingredients for our recipe and explain to the reader how to make it.

In Maths we have been learning our number bonds to 20 and how to add tens to 2-digit numbers. We have also been developing strategies to add a one digit number to a two or three digit number. Next week, we will be looking at written methods to add and subtract two numbers.

In Humanities, we have been learning about who Samuel Pepys was and why his diary was a very important source. We learnt that during the fire, Samuel Pepys buried his important papers and parmesan cheese! We had to decide what important objects we would bury to keep them safe and explain why.

In RE we have been learning about ‘The Eight Fold Path’ that Buddhists follow. We discussed the different ways that we could lead a good life and look after our world. We came up with great ideas like showing kindness to others, using the car less and making sure that we recycle.

A few reminders:

Please make sure that reading books are in every day so the children can read with our volunteer readers.

 

Upcoming events and dates for your diary:

Harvest festival

Please join us on Monday 9th October 9am in St Peter’s Church for our Harvest Festival. If your child is bringing donations for the festival then please bring them into school on Monday morning and the children will carry them over to church before making their offering at the beginning of the service.

 Black History Week

The week beginning 15th October as a school we will be celebrating Black History Month. If you would like to be involved and come into school to help us celebrate please email and let us know. This week will include a special assembly on Tuesday 16th October at 9am with a Gospel Choir, please come and join us in the Scott Hall if you are free.

 Family Supper

I hope lots of you will be able to join us on Thursday 18th October for our annual Family Supper. Please bring along a dish to share to the Scott Hall from 5 – 7pm.

Show Racism the Red card

On Friday 19th October we are asking all of the children to add something red to their uniform to mark the national event ‘Show Racism the Red Card’.

 

Have a lovely weekend,

Miss Murphy and Year 2

 

In Sixteen Hundred and Sixty Six…

28/09

We have had a very busy week in year 2! A highlight was our sharing assembly all about ‘The Great Fire of London’. Well done to everyone for such a fabulous assembly. You all said the lines clearly and sang the songs beautifully!

In English we have been reading, following and writing instructions. We very quickly learnt how to list items, use imperative verbs and time connectives! To help us write our own instructions, we made our very own marvellous recipes!  We had to think of our own ingredients for our recipe and explain to the reader how to make it.

 

In Maths we have been learning our number bonds to 20 and revising how we can partition a number into tens and ones. Next week, we will be focusing on subtraction and counting backwards from a given number.

This week was also ‘Environmental Week’. On Tuesday we attended a school assembly where we learnt about materials that can be recycled. We also talked about how we can reduce what we use. We then became ‘Paper Makers’ and set up our own paper making factory. We learnt about how paper can be recycled and made our own out of old newspaper.

A few reminders:

Please make sure that reading books are in every day.

Children are to come into school in their PE kits on Monday.

 

Have a lovely weekend,

Miss Murphy and Year 2.

 

A Pirate’s Life For Me!

21/09

What a swashbucking-ly fun week we’ve had in Year 2! On Wednesday, it was ‘Talk like a pirate’ day and we all came to school kitted out in our finest pirate costumes, complete with hats, hooks and eye-patches ready for a morning filled with song, drama, art and bee-bots! In our house groups, we travelled between Mrs Noonan’s, Miss Murphy’s, Miss Cook’s and Mrs Nicholson’s cabins and worked together to complete lots of speaking and listening activities. Check out our photo gallery below to see what we got up to.

 

 In Maths we have been ordering and comparing 2 and 3 digit numbers. We have been looking out how we can split a number into its tens and units and write a corresponding sum. In English, we have been writing a new adventure story about Alfie the tortoise. We focused on using capital letters and the correct punctuation at the end of the sentence. Furthermore, we learnt about how we can answer questions about a story by locating the answers in the text.

 

A few reminders:

Please make sure that you wear your PE kit into school on Monday ready for our PE lesson.

The children have been doing very well with their homework and it was great to read your book reviews last week. Please make sure that blue homework is returned on Monday/Tuesday and green homework is returned on Friday.

Have a lovely weekend,

Miss Murphy and Year 2

 

Our first full week in year 2! 14/9

We’ve have had a very busy full week back at school as we have now started our English and Maths lessons.

We have been immersed in the imaginative world of Roald Dahl in English. We read Esio Trot this week and were inspired to write amazing character descriptions and write letters from Mr Hoppy inviting Mrs Silver (and Alfie the tortoise, of course!) over for tea and biscuits! We also planned a new story for an adventure the Alfie could go on. In maths, we have been counting on in 2s, 5s and 10s. We also continued number sequences and wrote the rule for each one. Keep practising your times tables at home!

Thank you so much to everyone who came to the open classroom on Thursday. We hope you enjoyed looking around our lovely classroom and looking at all the work we have been doing in year 2. We all also had a wonderful time at the bbq afterwards!

Next week promises to be another fun-packed week as on Wednesday it’s ‘Talk like a pirate day!’ Don’t forget to come dressed as a pirate if possible (a plain t-shirt and trousers will be fine if not), and be ready for some swashbuckling activities!

On Monday we have our PE lesson. Children are to come to school in their PE kits ready for our lesson after music.

Thank you,

Have a lovely weekend,

Miss Murphy and Year 2

 

Welcome to Year 2! 7/9

Welcome to Year 2! We have been in year 2 for three days and have enjoyed every minute of it! We have all settled in very well into the new school year. It has been wonderful getting to know our new teacher Miss Murphy and our teaching assistants Miss Bacon and Ms Friel.

We were very excited to see our new playground! See below!

 

We have been very busy this week. We have done some amazing writing what we did in our summer holidays. We focused on using a variety of punctuation and capital letters for the names of people and places.

In Maths we have been revising our numbers to 100. We have been practising our addition and subtraction.

In addition, we had great fun in our Humanities lesson learning about The Great Fire of London. We also did some art work based around the topic. 

In RE we write some prayers about friendship and also reflected on how we can 'Walk Humbly With God'.

 

A few notices:

On Monday we will be starting our PE lessons so can I ask all parents to make sure all children have their PE kits in school, including a pair of trainers or pumps.

Reading books will be changed every Tuesday and Friday. Please make sure that you read with your child each night and sign the reading diary. Please also write when the book is finished, so that we know to change the reading book. Thank you.

Our Open Evening and Welcome BBQ are on Thursday 13th September. Join us for a look around the classroom and school from 5 – 6pm and then the BBQ will be in the Scott Hall Playground from 6pm.

 

We are all looking forward to next week at school!

Have a lovely weekend!

Miss Murphy and Year 2.