Well, after the most unusual term ever, we have made it to the Easter holiday! We hope that you have found the packs helpful and you have all been kept busy. So that you and your family can enjoy some down time together, we will not be posting any specific tasks for you to complete throughout the holiday. However, we would really like you to keep reading every day and practising your times tables and handwriting (click the document below for reminders). After the holiday, we will post weekly tasks for you to complete so that you carry on learning throughout the summer term. Make sure you check this page regularly! Stay safe and keep smiling!
Before we go, we would like to give a big birthday shout out to...
Jacob in Maple Class...
who will be celebrating his birthday in the Easter holiday. Have a lovely day, Jacob!
Here is a link to a YouTube video to help you understand some of the cursive joining methods. Please note however, that we do not loop any letters at Preston Primary School!
It has been lovely to speak to so many of you over the last few days and we are glad to hear that you are all doing so well with your packs and, most importantly, staying happy and healthy. It was especially lovely to hear that so many of you are doing lots of reading at home. Keep it up! Reading is such an important skill. With this in mind, you can access lots of books online by logging in to Oxford Owl (click on the link below). You might even see some of the books that you recognise from school. Have a look and choose some new books. You can select books from the stage you are on or challenge yourself by having a look at different stages.
Stay safe and keep smiling!
This week’s birthdays...
...Happy birthday to Lily in Cedar Class. Hope you have a lovely day!
Updates - Week Beginning 30th March
Hello to all of you lovely Year Two children. We hope that you are all well and keeping yourselves safe. We are missing you all very much and hope that it won't be too long before we see you again. Well done to those of you who have completed the MyMaths tasks. I shall be checking regularly and adding more activities when appropriate. Please check the MyMaths website and remember to 'Checkout' so that your work is saved.
If we had been in school this week, we would have been working on money. Perhaps you could look at some coins that you have at home and count up how much you have. You could sort the coins according to their values and choose which combinations of coins would give you the least/most money. You could set up a shop by putting price tags on some of your toys and working out which coins you would need to buy them. You might have Monopoly at home which would be a fun game to play that uses money!
In our science lessons we would have been looking around the school grounds for signs of Spring. Perhaps you could have a look in your garden or while you are out for your walk. What plants do you notice? What is happening to the trees and bushes? Can you see any animals, including any mini-beasts? Write a list of the things you see. Remember to use commas to separate items in the list.
Don't forget to keep reading , too. We would love to hear about any new books that you have read or any favourite books that you have returned to. Also, try to have some fun and keep being kind to your mums, dads, brothers and sisters.
Hope to see you soon,
The Year Two Team
Keeping Safe At Home
Hello to all parents and children in Year 2! We hope that you are all keeping safe at home and are enjoying this lovely sunshine in your gardens. We shall be updating the class page every now and again to check in with you all and update you with some new ideas for home learning.
We have seen that many of you have completed a lot of the mymaths tasks already, so we will keep an eye on that and try to regularly update the tasks set. Please do feel free to explore the site and complete any tasks you wish to, as every little helps! We are aware that there are some glitches being reported with saving your tasks, so please do not panic if your progress isn’t completed, we just thank you for doing the task at all.
There have been many helpful posts on social media for activities to keep your children busy. A website that we use regularly in school is twinkl.co.uk and they are offering parents a one month subscription using the code ‘UKTWINKLHELPS’. If you have access to a printer there are some very helpful worksheets and activities on there. Also please do explore topmarks.com for lots of fun and free educational games which we also use in school a lot so the children are familiar with this site.
If you are unsure how to help your child progress, here are some top tips-
— Daily reading with questioning about what they have read to check understanding
- Joined handwriting practise and key word spellings
- Times tables rehearsing
- Teach your child how to tell the time as this is always a huge task in year 2!
Finally, please also do remember to have fun and enjoy each other’s company. Although it is a time of great uncertainty we are living in, it is also a unique opportunity to teach your own child and learn from each other which can only strengthen your relationship. We hope that you are all remaining well and in positive spirits, and we already miss you all dearly!
We very much hope to see you all soon and send our best wishes to you all,
Year 2 teachers
On Friday the 13th March we had a visit from the museum service. A lady called Sharon came and taught us lots of things about the Great Fire of London. We used fire buckets, wrote with a quill and ink like Samuel Pepys, dressed up in old fashioned clothes and held artefacts, including a peg that was in the actual fire. We had a fantastic time and learnt lots of new things.
Have a look at the pictures.
In our Maths lesson we were investigating how far a sneeze could travel with different variants. First, we looked at how far a sneeze could travel without any barrier at all, and estimated the distance we thought it would spread, by placing a picture of ourselves in the spot we thought it would reach. We used a water spray bottle to simulate a sneeze, and we circled where the droplets fell on the sugar paper strip. We repeated the experiment a further two times, once with a hand to cover the nozzle, and the final time with a tissue. We now thoroughly understand the impact that using a tissue can have!
Year 2 pulled out the stops this year with all of their fantastic costumes!
We have been learning how to use cm and m to measure length. We found out that Usain Bolt can run 100m in just under 10 seconds. We each timed ourselves running for 10 seconds and then used the trundle wheels to measure the distance we had run. Although no-one managed to beat Usain Bolt’s record, we all ran quite a distance! The measurements were recorded in tables using m and cm.
This week the children have been thinking about the changing seasons. To coincide with our science learning about plants, our art lesson this week focused on using drawing to share our ideas, in which we did a still life study of daffodils. The children used a variety of media to explore colour and tone, and made careful observations and drawing what they could actually see.
Today is Shrove Tuesday and year two have been learning all about the religious significance of the day. We understand why pancakes are eaten and have all had a go at making and tasting some pancakes. We also learnt that it is traditional to have pancake races. Unfortunately, the wet weather stopped us from racing outside so we had a pancake tossing competition instead!
We are learning the features of traditional tales, with a current focus on Little Red Riding Hood. We will be comparing and contrasting a variety of well-known tales as well as adapting and innovating our own versions. So far, we have retold the original story of Little Red Riding Hood and overall we were really impressed with the quality of the writing produced!
We have linked our English and Science learning to create information booklets about the life cycle of a frog. Our information booklets contained labelled diagrams, a glossary and information written in the present tense.
As part of our Computing work, we have been thinking about how to keep ourselves safe when using the internet. We designed posters to advertise some of the sensible behaviours we should adopt when we are online. We know that the internet can be a fun, useful resource but we also know that we need to be careful and think about our actions online, as we would in real life.
In our R.E. lessons, we have been learning the story of “Jonah and the Whale”. Christians believe that Bible stories teach them about God. We came up with some ideas about what God is like, using examples from the story. We tried to represent each characteristic, such as “powerful”, or “forgiving”, through art work. We are very pleased with the outcomes!
We have been learning about materials and their properties. We have also talked about how long materials take to break down if they are sent to landfill. Instead of throwing used items away, we should try to reuse or recycle them. Our Christmas tealight holders are made from used glass jars. We think they will look wonderful on the table on Christmas day.
Cedar Class were very excited to have a visit from Father Christmas this week. We were very lucky to receive an adopted polar bear from the North Pole! Father Christmas has asked to look after this bear. We have decided that he will be called Snowflake! As part of the adoption, we will receive updates about Snowflake’s friends back in the North Pole!
Thanks to the PTA who showed Father Christmas the way to our classroom and took some photos!
We have all been very busy preparing for this year's nativity, 'Lights, Camel, Action!'. We have had lots of lines and new songs to learn and we have all had great fun doing so. We hope that you all enjoy our performances. We think you are in for a treat! Everyone in the Year 2 team would like to wish you all a very merry Christmas and a happy new year!
As part of our History work on Remembrance, Year Two enjoyed a day out at the Fleet Air Arm Museum in Yeovilton. We took part in a Poppy Trail, where volunteers showed us around the museum, talked to us about the exhibits and helped us to answer questions. We saw medals that had been won for bravery and there were planes for us to look at that had been involved in wars. Later, we made ‘sweetheart pin cushions’. These were often made by injured servicemen to send home to their loved ones. We got to take ours home. Some of us also made poppies to add to the display at the museum. In the afternoon, we all had another chance to have another look around the museum. Some of us went on Concorde and some of us experienced what it would be like on the deck of an aircraft carrier. We all had a great day and everyone behaved themselves – a real credit to themselves and the school. See above.
As part of our Arts Week activities, Preston Primary were invited to create a new piece of artwork to be displayed in the local Yeovil branch of Hobbycraft. Key Stage 1 pupils worked together to produce a colourful mixed media portrayal of 'The Three Little Pigs' using a variety of textures, colour and materials. The canvas will be available to view in Hobbycraft in Yeovil.
Today we got to meet a group of alpacas. We learnt lots of interesting facts about the animals. Alpacas come from Peru and can live to be 20 years old. They have two toes on each foot and they do not have teeth in their top gums! Alpacas eat hay and grass and are also given extra foods that aren’t normally available in the United Kingdom. Some of us were able to feed the alpacas. We had to remember to keep our hands flat! See above.
Year 2 received a visit from Reverend Ruth today who came to join us for our Singing Assembly. The children were given the opportunity to ask Ruth some questions and they did not disappoint! Mrs Rich and Mrs Mann were very impressed with their knowledge of the Bible and the depth of their questions. Ruth will be coming back to see us again soon, and we are all looking forward to it!
A big “well done” to Brooke in Cedar Class for winning this amazing trophy. Brooke took part in a dance competition in Taunton and won first place with her street dance routine. Thank you for bringing your trophy in to share with us, Brooke. We are very proud of your achievements! See above.
Year 2 have been taking part in a six week workshop with Stuart Kennard from Somerset Activity and Sports Partnership. The sessions are linked to our Science curriculum objective of learning how we can keep our bodies healthy.
This week the children were learning about how to keep our teeth healthy. We first sequenced drinks in order of how much sugar we thought they had in them, then we set up an experiment using cola, vinegar and water. We put a fresh egg in a cup with one of the liquids, and we will wait for seven days to see what happens to the shell on the eggs. This will help us to see what happens to the enamel on our teeth when we consume a lot of sugar.
We cannot wait to see the results!
As part of our Arts week celebrations, the children in Key stage 1 welcomed author and illustrator Mike Brownlow. Famous for his bestselling ‘Ten Little..’ Series, Mike enjoyed spending time with all the children and sharing his drawing knowledge and skills with them all. The children particularly enjoyed learning how to draw their own robots in the style of Mike’s TV series ‘Little Robots’. See below.
Year 2 have enjoyed our first Healthy Futures session with Mr. Kennard. Today we learnt all about our senses and took part in a rotation of activities to explore them. We taste tested healthy drinks, played circle of whispers to test our hearing, described objects in a feely bag, used our sense of smell to identify the scents of different shampoos and used our sight to label the parts of the body. It was great fun and we are all looking forward to the next five sessions to develop our understanding of how to live a healthy life.
Everyone is settling in nicely and we have already done lots of work in class. Today, we thought about our first few days in Year Two and have written about our experiences.
On Tuesday I was nervous of the other children because I had forgotten what they were like. We made four rules. We had a class assembly and we had lunch and then we had a playtime.
On Tuesday I felt excited because I wanted to see what it was like in year two. We put everything away. We did some English, science and maths. At the end of the day we read a book called ‘The Twits’. We had some playtime. I was very happy that day.
On Tuesday I felt a bit nervous about having a new teacher. On Wednesday I was happier than Tuesday. We have done some fun stuff, like counting straws.