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Year 2

  • Disco

    Year 2 had a brilliant time at the disco. A big thank you to all the parents that helped to organise such fantastic afternoon.

  • Leavers Show

    A special thank you to Mrs Spenceley for filming and producing this year’s Leaver Show, we hope you all enjoy it…..





  • Sponsored Slide

    We lots of fun today taking part in a Sponsored Slide.

     

    Thank you to the wonderful Friends of Merry Hill for arranging it.

  • Roald Dahl Day

    Year 2 have had a wonderful Roald Dahl Day today.

    The day began with ENORMOUS crocodile making.

    Followed by the creation of a WONDERCRUMP dream jar.

    Then a SPLENDIFEROUS workshop by The Roald Dahl Museum (as featured on our Blog on 24th June).

    Then a SCRUMDIDDLY-UMPTIOUS picnic on the field.

    And finally we created a WHOOPSY-WHIFFLING Roald Dahl character on our very own bag.

    How you can help at home:

    Over the summer encourage your child to start reading chapter books. If they have not read a chapter book before the shorter ones by Roald Dahl are:

    Magic Finger, Esiotrot, The Enormous Crocodile, The Giraffe the Pelly and Me, Georges Marvellous Medicine and Fantastic Mr Fox.

    And remember to register for the Wild World Heroes Library Challenge.

  • Kites

    During our Mindful Monday sessions we have been learning about kites. At the  beginning of the topic we looked at kites to find out how they were made and the different designs. Then we experimented with different ways to attach the spine and spar together as we had noticed that they needed to be strong and stable when in the air and when hitting the ground.

    Once we knew what made a good kite we designed some of our own kites and chose one to make. We worked really hard and our teachers were so impressed with our independence and creativity when making them; each kite looked completely different.

    When we had finished making our kites we took them up to the playground to test out. Lots of the kites worked really well and the children could say what they thought was good about their kites. We also had a few breakages whilst testing them but we didn’t let this spoil our fun. We helped each other to use our growth mindsets by saying things such as “don’t worry, I will help you fix it” and “you can do it, I believe in you”. Here we are testing out our finished kites.

    How you can support your child at home

    • Visit this website to find out more about growth mindset and how it can help us to believe in ourselves – https://ideas.classdojo.com/b/growth-mindset
    • Next time your child finds something challenging encourage them to use their growth mindset to help them.
    • Talk to your child about times when you have used your growth mindset.
  • Science – Animals

    In science we have been learning to describe how a habitat meets the basic needs of an animal.

    We made our own Tops Trumps Cards for the animals deciding upon a score out of 10 for habitat, diet and speed of the chosen animal.

    Here we are making and playing with the cards.

    The National Curriculum says pupils in Year 2 should be able to:

    • identify that most living things live in habitats to which they are suited and describe how different habitats provide for the basic needs of different kinds of animals and plants, and how they depend on each other
    • identify and name a variety of plants and animals in their habitats, including microhabitats.

     

    Here is a link to delve more deeply into habitats at Key Stage 1.

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/zx882hv

  • Year 2 Sports Day

    With some wonderful Year 6 helpers we had a fun filled Sports Day on Thursday. Here are some photos of us competing in the activities.

  • Roald Dahl

    We are huge fans of Roald Dahl stories in Year 2.  Over the year we have enjoyed listening to them during our snack times and some of the children are reading them themselves.

    This week in English, each table received an envelope containing the clues to a Roald Dahl character. The children worked together to create a picture from the clues. Can you guess who they are?

    At the end of Year 2 we learn about a significant children’s author, finding out where they got their ideas, what kind of a person they were and interesting events in their lives. Roald Dahl is particularly fascinating. Did you know he was once a spy? 

    Did you know he worked with Walt Disney?

    Did you know he was an inventor?

    Did you know he was a pilot in the war and survived a plane crash?

    We will be learning lots more about him in our final weeks at Merry Hill but if you have had your interest sparked here is a website full of information:

    https://www.roalddahl.com/home/grown-ups

    If you are looking for a day out then Roald’s home village of Great Missenden have walking trails highlighting places that appear in his stories and the footprints of the BFG by his grave.

    https://www.roalddahl.com/museum/visit/village-and-countryside-trails

    There is also an amazing museum there with the gates to Charlie’s chocolate factory at the entrance.

    https://www.roalddahl.com/museum

    Finally, as an adult, I would recommend reading ‘Boy’ and ‘Going Solo’ as they are biographies written in Roald’s unmistakeable style. What a WHIZZPOPPING, SCRUMDIDDLYUMPTIOUS   life he led!

     

  • Kites

    This half term in design and technology we are learning about kites.

    We have started our topic by looking at kites and identifying the different parts and how they are made. We plan to use what we have found out to help us make our own kites.

    We even had a go at flying kites on the playground.

    How you can support your child at home

    • If you have a kite at home, have a look at how it is made. Identify the properties of the different parts, e.g. the spine and spar need to be rigid and strong.  Have a go at flying your kite.
    • Research kites on the internet. Find out who invented kites, identify the different types of kites available.

     

     

  • Calligrams

    Calligrams, or shape poems as they are otherwise known, are poems written in the shape of the subject.

    We have spent the past two weeks in English lessons looking at some examples where the poem is a single word, some where the poem’s shape is made with the words and some where the words fill the shape.

    The children have made some excellent calligrams about things they would find in a garden. Here are just a few:

    How you can help at home:

    Children should read and respond to a range of poetry. They should learn to perform poetry using rhythm and intonation. They should recognise the writing layout is different to a story or set of instructions.

    The Poetry Paint box books are a great introduction to poetry and learning rhymes by heart is a useful skill.

    As adults we can usually recall rhymes we learned when we were young. One of my favourites is halfway up the stairs by AA Milne.

    Halfway down the stairs is a stair where I sit,

    There isn’t any other stair quite like it,

    It’s not at the bottom, it’s not at the top,

    So this is the stair where I always stop.

    Here is a lovely link to a Muppets version:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qGFR3zz12p0

    Why not teach your child a favourite poem of your own?

     

     

     

  • African Masks

    Last half term we shared a Blog about the work we had been doing on Africa.

    Here are our finished beautiful African Masks made by layering cardboard, pressing textures into the cardboard using pens, Lego bricks and scissors and tearing the cardboard to reveal patterns.

    We think you will agree they are TINGATINGA TERRIFIC!

     

    How you can help at home:

    The National Curriculum for Art in Key Stage 1 says:

    to use sculpture to develop and share their ideas, experiences and imagination

    to develop a wide range of art and design techniques in using colour, pattern, texture, line, shape, form and space.

    Sculpture is a firm favourite for children in art lessons. They are very good at coming up with ways to re-purpose a milk bottle or a cereal packet. If you have some clean recycling encourage the children to make models but challenge them to join the containers using hole punches, string, or perhaps even a sewing needle. Put the Pritt Stick and sellotape away where it can’t be found. Push their creativity and see what they come up with.

  • This week Year 2 have been making the most of the sunny weather and enjoying learning outside. We are taking part in The Wildlife Trusts 30 Days Wild challenge. Each day the classes choose something to do outside. So far they have chosen to feel the grass with their feet, eat their fruit and snack outside and use natural materials to make sculptures.

    At lunchtime the children have been very enthusiastic about some of the new outdoor activities on offer. A particular favourite has been playing ‘tug of war’.

    How you can support your child at home

    • Get your child(ren) involved in planning activities they would like to do outside. It could be something small such as looking at the clouds to see what shapes and pictures you can see, or something bigger, such as planning a picnic. Your child might like to be involved in the planning and preparation of the picnic as well as the taking part!
    • Play games which involve winning and losing. This could be an outside game, such as a penalty shootout, or it could be a board game.
  • Rounding to the nearest 10.

    This week in Maths Year 2 have been learning to round 2 digit numbers up and down to find the nearest 10.

    We learnt that if the last digit is 5 or more then we should round up to the next 10 and if the last digit is less than 5 then we should round down. We used equipment, such as beadstrings and numicon, to work out whether each number should be rounded up and down, and used our voices to explain to our friends why we had made our choice.

    We also watched this clip to help us remember when we should round up and down.

    Look how much fun we had together playing a rounding game.

     

    We then used our knowledge of rounding to support our addition and subtraction work. We realised that if we rounded one of the numbers in the number sentence to the closes ten that it made it easier to find the answer. We had to remember to re-balance the number sentence at the end – for example, if we had borrowed one to round 9 up to 10, then we had to give it back at the end. Have a look at some of the rounding we did here to help us.

    How you can support your child at home

    • When out and about look out for numbers in the environment – identify the 2 tens either side of the number – identify which multiple of ten it is closest to.
    • When shopping, ask your child to find the total of 2 items that you will buy – round one of the number to the nearest ten, to help work out the calculation. Remember to re-balance at the end!
  • Africa

    We have been finding out about Africa in lots of different ways this half term.

    Earlier in the term we showed you our myths based upon Tinga Tinga tales. We also learned about the artist Edward Tingatinga and incorporated his use of colour and pattern into African masks then made some African sunset pictures.

    We learned about it’s geographical features on Seesaw and generated African facts.

    For homework we wrote acrostic poems about Africa, using the letters in the word ‘Africa’ at the start of each line.

    How you can help at home:

    The children love comparing places – especially if they are familiar places. In school we practice identifying human (bridges/buildings) and physical (cliffs/beaches) features and look at aerial views and maps of places of interest.

    The National Curriculum says children  should : use simple fieldwork and observational skills to study the geography of their school and its grounds and the key human and physical features of its surrounding environment.

    When out and about in Bushey draw your child’s attention to the landmarks – Bushey Rose Garden, King George Park, Statues, important buildings. Discuss distance with them from your home – “How long did it take us to get here?” “Is that nearer our home than the park?” “How do you know?”

    If you have a compass take it with you. We have practised identifying the compass points and finding North within the school grounds. Can your child tell you a landmark that is South of your home?

    Have fun rediscovering the local area.

     

     

  • What’s the time Mr Wolf?

    We have been practising how to tell the time in year 2.

    Here are our Perfect Playtime Patrol group practising “What’s the Time Mr Wolf” to play with their friends on the playground.

    Here are some of the ways the teachers have been asking the children for the time:

    “We will be stopping in 5 minutes. What time will that be?”

    “When the long hand reaches the 12 it will be playtime. What time will that be?”

    “What time is it now?”

    Children in Year 2 should be able to tell the time to the nearest 5 minutes. One of the best ways to learn this is to use an analogue clock and practise counting in 5s from the 12, back around to the 12 again. The analogue clock also helps the children to see the fractions of the hour at quarter past and quarter to and half past.

    Take a look at this clip to revise telling the time and have a go at the quiz to test your knowledge.

    BBC Bitesize