Welcome to the Year 2 Apple webpage.
Class Teacher: Miss Gray.
Support Staff: Mr Thind.
Current Learning Journey: Fantastic Mr Fox by Roald Dahl
PE Days: Wednesday and Friday.
Current Learning Champion and Jigsaw Genius
Learning Champion: Riley for fantastic effort in his writing when writing a discussion about whether chickens should live in battery cages.
Jigsaw Genius: Anas for helping to settle and welcoming a new child into the class!
Year 2 have been really busy this half term up to now.
In English we have been practising our debating skills and completing conscience alley to decide whether we felt chicken who lay eggs should live in cages or be free range.
The class decision was inconclusive and they didn’t have an overall majority for either side.
In Maths we have been looking at measures such as weight, temperature and capacity.
We have using different equipment to allow us to measure and have been learning how to read different scales.
In Art we have been practising different printing techniques such as rolling, printing, rubbing and overlapping. We will be using some of these techniques for our end product.
In DT we are designing and making a prototype tractor for the farmers in our class story. They wrote us a letter to ask for our help so we are designing , making and evaluating our models to see if they will help the farmers.
In Science we are looking at things that are alive and things that are dead. We went in a hunt for wood lice to see which habitats they populate. We will be learning more about habitats and things which once were alive but now are dead.
In Computing we have been learning how to create a picture on Purple Mash in the style of different artists. We have used styles such as Impressionism, Pointalism and using lines such as Mondrian.
In PE we really learning football skills and are completing circuits.
Keep up the hard work Y2!
This has been another busy week in Y2 Apple!
In English we have written information leaflets about animals. We used subheadings, paragraphs, comma's to list and a variety of conjunctions in our writing. We are really pleased with the end result and some of them will be going up on the wall next week!
In our Maths we have finished off our learning about fractions. This week we concentrated on 3/4, non-unit fractions and equivalent fractions such as 1/2 = 2/4.
In our RE learning we were thinking about Easter and how, why and who celebrates Easter.
On Thursday we went on a trip to the Tropical Butterfly House at North Anston. We had a fantastic day meeting lots of animals from all around the world. Pictures to follow!
Week 1 Spring 2
Welcome back Y2 Apple, what a fantastic week we have had!
In our English we have started our information leaflets about animals. We looked at the structure of a leaflet and the grammar features and we are really concentrating on our suffixes and our subordinating and coordinating conjunctions.
In our Maths learning we have been continuing our learning of fractions, moving on to 1/3 and unit fractions. On Arithmetic Friday we were looking at addition and subtraction and the different efficient methods we can use to solve problems.
In Geography we were learning about the seven continents and the five oceans and used some very good songs to help us to learn them.
In Art we have started to think about our salt dough animal project. This week we experimented with tools and manipulated the dough.
It has been a very busy last week in Y2 Apple!
We have been editing the story of Rapunzel and publishing our own books. We thought about the characters and the things we could change and rewrote the story.
In Maths we have started to learn about fractions. We concentrated on a half and quarter this week. We used shapes and amounts to find fractions.
In DT we finished off our sewing of crowns. They were really tricky to do but they look fantastic!
In History we wrote a Biography about Queen Elizabeth I and compiled all of the facts and information we found out about her life!
This half term has been a fab one!
In English, we completed our book Rapunzel and have been writing letters to Rapunzel to persuade her to stay in the tower or to escape from the witch. We looked at the word choices to use to persuade her.
In Maths, we have been learning our 3D shapes, we have been looking at their properties such as their faces, sides and edges.
In Art, we have been creating collages of the witch, looking at the different shapes to create her and techniques of collage.
In PE we have been playing dodgeball and learning different skills when working in a team.
In reading we have been using the clue finder to make inferences.
In History, we have been continuing our learning about Queen Elizabeth I!
Great work Apple!
Week 1 Spring 1
We have and a fantastic first week back in the new year in Y2 Apple!
We have started to learn about a new book in our English learning called Rapunzel. We have been completing story maps, role on the walls where we think about Rapunzel and the witch and decide on words to describe their feelings, personality and appearance. We also asked Rapunzel questions to find out more information.
In our Maths we have completed our learning about multiplication and division by focusing on dividing. We looked at different methods of dividing by 2 , 5 and 10.
In our Arithmetic Friday learning we looked at different efficient methods for addition and subtraction.
In Computing we started looking at Spreadsheets.
We have had a fantastic week!
Week 3 Autumn 2
This week in Y2 Apple we have had another very busy but fantastic week!
In our Maths we have finished off our learning about money and have been looking at two step problems and finding change. We looked at effective methods to use to solve the two step problems and decided number lines was the best method.
Can you practise solving two step money problems at home?
In our English we have been learning about Advertisements and looking at the different ways of advertising. We have been learning about the structures of them including, rhetorical questions, tag lines, the use of offers and persuasions. Our product linking to our class text is the Everlasting Crayon- the crayon that lives for ever. We are looking forward to creating our own posters to advertise next week.
In our Geography we have been looking at the climate of different countries in relation to the equator. We learnt about how being closer to the equator means the climate is warmer and being further away the climate is cooler.
In Art we have started to look at paint and we will be painting in the style of Steven Brown. This week we looked at colour mixing and concentrated on mixing primary colours to make secondary colours.
We continue to work on our handwriting and have been learning some new joins and it is starting to show in our presentation.
In Computing we continue to use Purple Mash to learn about Coding. We have started to use a variety of games and programmes to create algorithms.
Week 1 Autumn 2
We have had a lovely first week back to school on Y2 Apple but also very busy.
In our English learning this week we have started to look at newspaper articles. This week we have been looking at our WAGOLL and identifying the features of a newspaper report and the grammar structures we will be using. We have looked at headlines, witness statements and including information such as who, what where and when. We also learnt about using commas to list and continued our learning about past tense, we looked at conjunctions but coordinating and subordinating.
In Maths we have started to look at Money. We have been learning to count money, bridging pounds and pence and comparing amounts looking at greater than and less than.
In our Art this week we have been making our poppies for our school Remembrance Field. We used the ends if bottles for the flower and painted them red.
In out DT following the Remembrance theme we have decorated biscuits with poppies on them and included a little poem.
I have a little poppy,
As red as red can be.
To show that I remember,
Those who died to make me free.
In RE we have been learning about Diwali and looking at why and how they celebrate. We create hands with Mendhi patterns on which is a tradition carried out as part of Diwali.
Autumn 1 week 7
It's been another busy week in Apple class!
We have been writing our biographies on Dick King Smith. We planned, drafted, edited them and wrote them in best. Some of us are really improving our presentation and they look extremely neat! We have also been thinking about past and present tense, contractions and time conjunctions.
Can you use any of the above in sentences?
In Maths we have been continuing our learning about addition and subtraction and using the column method to solve problems. We have been looking at adding two digit numbers with and without an exchange.
Can you solve some at home and bring them in to show us?
In our Art we have been drawing our final piece which is a sketch of the hedgehog in our class story.
In Science we have been drawing diagrams to show the changes that happened from when our Cress was planted to when it had grown.
Some of us have been using TTRock Stars regularly and it is starting to improve our times tables! Keep up the good work!!!
Next week is the start of Acres Hill’s 10 day Active challenge. Let’s try and get as many people travelling to school in an active way as possible.
Autumn 1 week 6
It has been another busy week in Y2 Apple.
In our English this week we have started to look at Biographies. We are going to be writing ours about Dick King Smith who is the author of our class text 'The Hodgeheg'.
We have been learning about different time conjunctions and using them in sentences thinking about where we can use them in a sentence. Can you write some sentences at home using time conjunctions?
After Before As soon as When
We have also been looking at past and present tense and changing words into the past from the present tense and back again.
Can you change these words in to the past tense and use them in a sentence?
sit talk fly run jump have drink
In our Maths we have been looking at adding and subtracting one digit numbers to and from two digit numbers. We have been using lots of different equipment such as dienes to help us. We have also started to look at the using the column method to answer maths questions.
Can you practise using column method to subtract one digit numbers from two digit numbers?
On Arithmetic Friday we looked at multiplying and dividing by 2. We had a really good practical lesson to help us learn how to do this an develop our two times tables skills.
In Science this week we have begun observing plants and their growth, we have planted some cress to observe how that changes over a short period. We are also in the middle of an experiment to see what happens to plants when they don't get what they need.
In our Art we have been learning how to cross hatch as a method of shading. We will be using this as a technique when we sketch our hedgehogs.
In Spelling we have been practising some common exception words. Can you practise these at home:
Autumn 1 week 4
We have had another busy week in Y2 Apple.
In our English we have been doing lots of role play, acting out the story using actions and sequencing our stories ready for writing them next week. We have also been looking at adverbs and past and present tense.
Autumn 1 week 5
In our English this week we have been writing up our stories in our best writing. We planned, drafted and edited them before we did so we could make sure they were the best they could be.
In our Maths this week we have been learning about addition and subtraction. We have been looking at adding one more or taking one, adding 10 more and taking it away and starting look at different methods to work out our answers such as the column method.
In Art we have been looking at cross hatching to add shade and lines to our work to look at giving our hedgehogs a spiky effect.
In Science we have been making predictions for an experiment we are going to be doing to do with putting flowers in different conditions and seeing what happens.
In Maths we have started looking at addition and subtraction. We have been looking at the relationship between different number sentences and looking how we can use this to work out more complicated number sentences such as:
2 + 8 = 10 so 20 + 80 = 100
In our Art we have been using the technique of shading to create pictures of hedgehogs and next week we will be looking at a new technique and putting that into practise.
In Science we have been creating comic strips about the life cycle of a plant and using all of the language and vocabulary we have learnt on them. You can see some of these on our celebration of learning display in our classroom.
Autumn 1 week 3
This week in Y2 Apple we have been enjoying our learning and showing real enthusiasm.
In our Maths we have finished our learning our place value by looking at ordering numbers from smallest to largest and looking at what methods we can use to do this. We have also been looking at our 2s, 5s and 10s times tables.
In our English we have been starting our next learning outcome which will be a story. We are using Superworm by Julia Donaldson to inspire our writing. Last week we looked at some of the grammar we will be using and concentrated on the past and present tense.
Can you right any past or present tense sentences?
Can you be a tense doctor and use was or were in sentences correctly?
In our Science learning we have been looking at the life-cycle of a flower and looking at all of the different stages of growth. This is in preparation for us creating our life cycle comic strips.
In Art we moved on from our shading lesson to look at filling the page. This is to help us to remember when we create our end piece to ensure we aren't sketching tiny pictures in the corner of our paper.
In Computing we are becoming more confident to use the laptops for our Times tables Rock Stars and continuing using Purple Mash to learn about programming and algorithms.
Autumn 1 week 2
In Apple class this week we have been very busy!
In our English learning we have been learning about expanded noun phrases, we drafted, edited and wrote up in our best writing our setting descriptions from our class text. You can come and read these in our writing folders.
In Maths we have continued our learning on place value and have been looking at different ways to partition numbers using things such as part whole and place value charts. We have especially been thinking about how to show our working out and what method to use.
In our Art we have been looking at shading and how we can use different graded pencils to create different depths of shade.
In our Computing we have been started to use our new Purple Mash programme and have began to learn about programming and algorithms.
Autumn One week One
We have had a lovely first week back at school and a very positive one settling into year two.
In English, we have been starting to look at Descriptive writing about our class text, 'The Hodgeheg' by Dick King Smith. We have been learning about the features we are going to use such as writing in the past tense and using the first person and concentrating on using expanded noun phrases in our writing.
In Maths, we have starting a big focus on our two times tables and using Times Table Rockstars. We have also been looking at place value.