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Bromet Primary School Excellence, Enjoyment and Achievement for All

Kingfisher - Year 2

Class Teacher: Mr T Libberton

PPA Cover: Mrs M Humphreys

Teaching Partner: Mrs S Quint, Monday to Friday morning

Teaching Partner: Mrs B Shah, Wednesday to Friday afternoon

 

Our Classroom

Spring 2022

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Curriculum Information

 

24th- 28th January

 

In English we are finishing our learning by publishing our leaflet as to how to look after the wrold, animals and ourselves. 

In Maths we are learning about sharing equally by making equal groups.

In Science we will be looking at real life plants and finding out about the different parts of a plant. 

In Geography we will be focussing on our local area and looking at roads, houses, shops, schools, and  railway.

In PSHE we are working on creating our own goals and thinking about the sucesses we ahve had

In DT we will be looking at the 'eatwell plate' and thinking about how we could make our picnic balanced. 

In Computing we are learning how to use google docs to write.

In Music we will be listening and appraising Smoke On The Water by Deep Purple. We will then be singing our song I Wanna Play In A Band

In PE we are learning to be able to link travelling actions and balances using apparatus.

In Phonics we are reviewing the dge grapheme and adding suffixes to dge words. 

knowledge that they have learnt. 

dge Grapheme and Suffix Recap

bridge lodge sledge dodge budge wedge splodge badge

 

Year 2 CEWs

find, great, kind, steak, mind, break, behind

200 HFWs

may, say, way, away, play, never, ever, river, under, better, after

 

Notes for this Week:

 

Mrs Shah and Mrs Quint Teaching Monday Morning as I am attending a training course

Mrs Burns will be covering my PPA on Thursday Morning. 

 

17th-21st January

 

In English, we are continuing to read Here we are'. We will be writing leaflets this week. 

In maths, we are learning about:

  • using arrays
  • making doubles (recap lesson)
  • 2 times table
  • 5 times table
  • 10 times table

In History, we will be starting our studies based around Grace Darling. We will be putting her life events in time order. 

In RE, we will be understanding the significance of special places.

In Science, we will be thinking of some ways to categorise plants. 

In Art, we will be completing as basic sketch outline of the Mona Lisa. 

In PE, our learning objective is to be able to use shapes to create balances.

In PSHE, our learning objective is "I carry on trying (persevering) even when I

find things difficult"

In Phonics/Spelling:

Possessive Apostrophe

This possessive apostrophe is for singular nouns.
Examples: Megan’s, Ravi’s, the girl’s, the child’s, the man’s

Revision of the following:

y (long I), al (or), o (u), ey, w-a (o), w-or (er), w-ar (or), ti, i (CEW)

Revision of Adverbs formed by the addition of the ly suffix

Common adverbs are useful sentence openers.

For example: finally, actually, certainly, generally, suddenly, normally, highly, carefully

Revision of Contractions

 

Class Assembly 

 

Our Class assembly has been uploaded to our Google Classroom. The audio is out of sync with the video, I do apologise, I have tried many things to try to make it work! It does share what we have been learning in Kingfisher Class, though. I hope you still enjoy. 

 

 

10- 15th January

 

This week we will be recording our class assembly. It will be available on our Google Classroom page on Friday.

 

In English this week, we start our learning based on the book 'Notes for living on planet earth' By Oliver Jeffers. This week will be writing an information text based on ideas from the book. 

 

In Maths:

  • Recognise equal groups
  • Make equal groups
  • Add equal groups
  • multiplication using the x symbol
  • multiplication using pictures

 

In Geography we will link our learning to local area eg Local Area Watford Town Centre (roads, houses, shops, railway, amenities)

 

In Science we will be learning about famous Scientist Jane Colden. She was the first female botanist in America

 

In PE we are learning to perform gymnastic shapes and link them together.

 

In Phonics/ Spellings:

Consonant Suffixes. The suffixes ment, ness, ful, less and ly. Example words: enjoyment, sadness, careful, playful, hopeless, plainness, badly

Contractions. For example: can’t, didn’t, hasn’t, couldn’t, it’s, I’ll

 

In Music, we are learning the song "You've got a friend in me" and "Hands, Heart, Feet". 

 

In Computing, we will be learning about:

 

 In PSHE we will be making goals and working out how we achieve them. 

 

In DT we will be designing picnic food.

6th-7th January 

 

Welcome back, and I would like to wish you all a Happy New Year!

 

The first few days of term will be us reconnecting as a class. We will be focussing on PSHE thinking about British values, feeling safe, network hands and emotional wellbeing. 

 

Please bring in book bags for Thursday as we can then issue new books. 

 

 

Autumn 2021

20th- 21st December 

13th-17th December

 

In English this week, we will be writing job adverts for a conductor for the Polar Express. We will also be writing poems and letters. 

In Maths, we will be working on our number skills. These activities will be based around Christmas. We will also be completing the 2 5 and 10 times tables in a daily challenge. 

In RE, we will be learning about the reason Christians give gifts at Christmas. 

In PE, we will be learning to move from the ready position to track the ball. Point your hand in the direction you want the ball to go in. 

 

On Monday, we will be having a dress rehearsal for our performance. This will be recorded on Tuesday. 

Christmas jumper and Christmas dinner day is Wednesday.

We also have our Pantomime on Friday.

 

 

 

6th - 10th December

 

In English this week we will start our new learning based around the story The Polar Express. 

We will be continuing with our daily guided reading sessions, the themes of the text are seasonal texts. 

In Maths, we continue to look and multiplication and division. 

Our Science learning will be continuing to learn about electricity and making predictions about electrical circuits. 

In Computing, we will be focussing on keeping safe online. 

We will be working on the skill of moving to where the ball is in PE. 

Phonics/ Spelling: 

ti (sh) Grapheme 

This is a high-frequency grapheme.

Example words: television, treasure, usual

i Grapheme (Yellow I)

This is also a high-frequency grapheme.

Example words: find, kind, mind, behind, child, wild

 

We will also be rehearsing our Christmas play, ready for recording on Monday 13th December. The children have been stars so far when rehearsing, each day becoming more confident in the delivery of their lines. 

 

I'd also like to say a well done for all the hard work the children put into their tests this past  week. 

 

29th November- 3rd December

This week in English we are finishing off our stories, writing the ending and then editing them to improve them. We will then start making an explanation leaflet about Frogs.

In Maths, we are learning about dividing and sharing. 

Our Science this week is all about electrical circuits and adding different components to them. 

In RE, we are thinking about Christmas and why people give gifts at Christmas. 

In DT, we will evaluate our bags that we have made and think about what we like and how we might make them different if we made them again. 

We continue in PSHE we will be continuing to learn about breaking stereotypes and this week we will be making a Christmas list for different people. 

In PE, we will be playing games and trying to win points on a court. 

Phonics and Spelling: 

w-ar (or) Grapheme 

There are not many of these words.

Example words: war, warm, towards

s (zsh) Grapheme

In words with ‘sion’ and ‘sure’ endings. Also includes ‘usual’ and related words.

Example words: television, treasure, usual

Year 2 CEW

water, parents, beautiful

22 -26th November

 

In English, this week we will be writing our own stories called Chameleon's Promise.

In Maths we are continuing to learn about money, adding amounts and choosing the correct coins and notes

In Science, we are looking at electrical items, and we will be categorising and comparing them.

In Computing, we are going to be making a supermarket! We will be understanding the roles computers have in shops. 

In DT, we will be making our bags. 

In PE, we are learning to develop returning a ball using a racket.

We will be continuing to learn about China, looking at the continent it is in. 

Phonics/ Spelling:

w-a (o) Grapheme 

This is the most common spelling for the ‘o’ sound after w and qu.

Example words: want, watch, wander, quantity, squash

w-or (er) Grapheme

There are not many of these words.

Example words: word, work, worm, world, worth

Year 2 CEW

after, again, sure, sugar

 

15th- 19th November

 

Anti- Bullying week

 

In English this week, we will be getting to know the story Tadpole's Promise really well. We will be making storyboards to sequence it and making story maps.

In Maths, we will be learning about money and adding money. 

Our PE is focussed on tennis. 

In Science, we will be observing and name a variety of sources of sound, noticing that we hear with our ears.

In Geography, we will be learning about China. 

In  Art, we will be focussing on collage.

In RE, we will be looking at symbols in the Sikh faith. 

Phonics/ Spelling: 

The ‘or’ sound spelt as ‘al’.

  • Example words: all, ball, call, walk, talk, always

The u sound spelt o.

  • Example words: other, mother, brother, nothing, Monday

The long E sound spelt ey. The plural of these words is formed by the addition of ‘s’ (donkeys, monkeys, etc.).

  • Example words: key, donkey, monkey, chimney, valley

Year 2 CEW

bath, path, father, plant

 

 

 

A selection of learning from last week

8th-12th November

 

English: We start our new book Tadpoles promise, thinking about using apostrophes.

Maths: Subtraction crossing ten, number bonds to 100 and adding three 1-digit numbers

Science: Light and how it travels

Computing: Inventing our own helpful robot 

History: Remembrance 

DT: Trialling our bag designs

Phonics/ spelling:

This week introduces the y (long I) grapheme and the al grapheme that makes an or sound.

y Grapheme (Yellow I)

The long I sound spelt y at the end of words is by far the most common spelling for this sound at the end of words.
Example words: cry fly

al Grapheme

The ‘or’ sound spelt as ‘al’.
Example words: all, ball, call, walk, talk, always

Year 2 CEW

grass, class, pass, past, fast, last

 

On Tuesday, we have a virtual author workshop to look forward too as well 

1-5th November

 

In English this week, we will be writing our own versions of Goldilocks and the tree bears. It might be we change the characters or setting of the story.

In Maths, we will be subtraction using different methods, including column.

In Science, we will be learning about how glass is made. 

In RE, we will be learning about Diwali.

Our Geography lesson will be learning about what we could do near a coastal area.

In Art, we will be making collages.

On Tuesday we will be focussing on our environmental impact. All activities on this day we will based upon making a brighter future.

 

In Phonics and Spelling we are introducing the ‘change y to an i’ rule for adding vowel suffixes and reviews all of the spellings rules for adding vowel suffixes. This is the rule for adding ed, ing, er and est to a root word ending in y with a consonant before it. The y is changed to i before ed, er and est are added, but not before ing as this would result in ii. The only ordinary words with ii are skiing and taxiing.

Example words: copied, copier, happier, happiest, cried, replied

This rule does not apply to adding ‘copying’, ‘crying’, ‘replying’ and other similar words.

Year 2 CEW

busy, money, hour, Christmas

18th- 22nd October

 

English: We will be reading a different version of Goldilocks and comparing the two we have read so far.

Maths: This week we will be focusing on addition. We will be crossing 10 and looking at different methods of representation.

History: We will be learning about Rosa Parks. 

Science:  living things, and things that have never been alive.

Art: Frida Kahlo, editing pictures of ourselves, making them with her iconic artistic style

Phonics: 

Adding Vowel Suffixes –  Double Consonant Rule

Adding ing, ed, er, est and y to words of one syllable ending in a single consonant letter after a single vowel letter. The last consonant letter of the root word is doubled to keep the vowel ‘short’.

Exception: The letter ‘x’ is never doubled: mixing, mixed, boxer, sixes

Example words: patting, patted, humming, hummed, dropping, dropped, sadder, saddest, fatter, fattest, runner, runny

 There is no homework set over Half Term

11th- 15th October

 

English: We will be making wanted poster for Goldilocks, writing as goldilocks and sequencing the story. 

Maths: adding and subtracting methods 

Science: Learning about animals and what we call their young.

RE: Symbols in the Christian Faith

Geography: We will be looking and finding out about some beaches across the UK

DT: We will be using online software to design our tote bag

PE: Ball skills

Adding Vowel Suffixes – Drop e Rule

Examples: hiking, hiked, hiker, nicer, nicest, shiny

Adding Vowel Suffixes –  Double Consonant Rule

Example words: patting, patted, humming, hummed, dropping, dropped, sadder, saddest, fatter, fattest, runner, runny

Year 2 CEW

even, people, whole, clothes

 

 

 

4th- 8th October

 

English: This week we finish our stories based on Lights on Cotton rock. They are already coming along very nicely. We will then be starting our new learning involving a mystery case of who has been eating all the porridge!

Maths: add and subtracting tens and ones

History: Why did the Wright brothers succeed where others failed? How do we know it happened if we were not there?

Science: Show how carnivores, herbivores and omnivores are similar and different. 

Computing: To recognise how technology is controlled

Art: Frida Kahlo inspired art through the medium of painting

Phonics/ Spelling: 

This week introduces al graphemes and reviews all the graphemes that make the ‘ul’ sound at the ends of words. Homophones and near-homophones are also introduced.

al Grapheme

Not many nouns end in –al, but many adjectives do.

Example words: metal, pedal, capital

il/el/al Grapheme Review

Recap the spellings and sets of words for each of these graphemes.

Homophones and Near-Homophones

It is important to know the difference in meaning between homophones.
Example words: there/their/they’re, here/hear, quite/quiet, see/sea, bare/bear, one/won, sun/son, to/too/two, be/bee, blue/blew, night/knight

Year 2 CEW

most, both, only, every, everybody

27th September- 1st October

English: Planning and starting to write our own stories based on 'Lights on Cotton Rock'

Maths:  fact families, checking calculations, comparing number sentences and number bonds.

Science: Point out and explain the main differences between birds, fish, amphibians, reptiles, mammals and invertebrates.

Geography: labelling maps of our local area

RE: To find out how symbolic food can be used to remember important events

DT: Designing a bag that a friend would like

Music: Listen and Appraise - The Click Song sung by Miriam Makeba

Phonics/ Spelling: 

le Grapheme

Example words: table, apple, bottle, little, middle

il Grapheme

Example words: pencil, fossil, nostril

el Grapheme

Example words: camel, tunnel, squirrel, travel, towel, tinsel

Year 2 CEW

any, many, pretty, move, prove, improve

20th September- 25th September

English: Writing letters, logs and making posters. 

Maths: Counting patterns- 2s,3s,5s and 10s.

Science: What is the difference between evergreen and deciduous trees?

History: Who were the Wright Brothers, and how did they become famous?

Music: Beat and Pulse 

Computing: Recognising parts of a computer

Art: Frida Kahlo. Focus on drawing

PSHE: Rewards and consequences/ positive and negative choices 

PE: Multi-skills ball skills

 

Phonics/Spelling:  This week introduces the gn (silent g) and the wr (silent w) graphemes.

gn Grapheme
Example words: gnat, gnaw

wr Grapheme

Example words: write, written, wrote, wrong, wrap

Year 2 CEW

would, could, should, door, floor, poor

13th- 17th September

Notes for this week

 

Tuesday we start our forest school sessions. We ask that children have clothing that covers legs and arms due to brambles etc.   You may wish to bring in a change of shoes as well, depending on the weather.

 

If your child needs to change, please put the clothing in a bag. We will have time before the session. 

 

Please note: if your child is wearing school uniform jumpers/cardigans and trousers they will not need to get changed. 

 

Our Learning this week

 

English: This week we will be writing diary entries and letters

Maths: Tens and Ones. Place Value charts

Geography: Using Geographical words to describe our local area

Science: We will be finding out what type of scientist we would like to be 

DT: Designing and making fruit smoothies

RE: Signs and symbols that we recognise

Music: Musical appreciation Hands, Feet, Heart 

Phonics:

This week introduces the soft c and the kn (silent k) graphemes.

c Grapheme

The s sound is spelt c before e, i and y.
Example words: race, ice, cell, city, fancy

kn Grapheme

The n sound is spelt kn and (less often) gn at the beginning of words. The gn grapheme is taught next week. The ‘k’ and ‘g’ at the beginning of these words was sounded hundreds of years ago.
Example words: knock, know, knee

Year 2 CEW

wild, child, climb, behind, old, gold, hold, cold, told

 

 

6th-10th September

I am eagerly awaiting our first week together in Kingfisher class. On Monday, we will be reading First Day Jitters written by Julie Danneberg. We may even get to try some Jitter Juice. We will also be starting our PE lessons on Monday.

In English, we are asking questions, labelling items, making predictions and describing something extraordinary. Our learning is all linked with the story Lights on Cotton Rock. 

In Maths, we will be counting objects to 100, representing numbers and partitioning numbers into 10s and 1s.

Our Art lesson this week will be drawing ourselves using pencils. 

In Phonics this week introduces the dge and g graphemes, which make a j sound. 

dge Grapheme

  • Example words: badge, edge, bridge, dodge, fudge

g Grapheme

  • Example words: gem, giant, magic, giraffe, energy, age, huge, change, charge, bulge, village

Year 2 CEW

  • great, break, steak, find, mind, kind, behind

Throughout the week we will be taking part in lots of PSHE activities, well being at the heart of the curriculum. 

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