St Pauls CE Primary School

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Year 2 

Saint Saens Class     Spring term 1

Our key text for this half term is: The Robot and the Bluebird by David Lucas.  This heart-warming story follows the journey of a robot whose heart has broken and is left abandoned on a scrap heap. An unlikely friendship forms between the robot and a bluebird. We explore the feelings of both characters as the story unfolds through drama and written responses.

The children will be writing in role as the robot and considering his dilemmas and decision making.  This offers opportunities for persuasive letter writing in addition to writing an alternative ending to the story. 

We will also be learning about the features of non-fiction writing and making links with our science topic: materials.  The class will explore the uses and properties of everyday materials; perform simple tests and record results.

Grammar, spelling and handwriting are part of everyday learning and embedded in all other curriculum writing that we do.

Mathematics this half term has a focus on the number system, introducing multiplication and division. In addition to reasoning, the children will be developing their mental fluency with known and related facts: doubles and near doubles.   The science topic offers links for using statistics and representing data. Geometry is also introduced this term.

Our RE focus is all about how we remember special times.  In particular we learn about how special religious times are observed in different faiths: through fasting, for example, at the time of Ramadan and Lent.

We will teach the computing curriculum with Purple Mash. This half term continues with learning how to code and debug; questioning and representing answers- linked to science.

The class have a dedicated music lesson each week. The lessons include singing and composing in addition to practising essential skills in rhythm and developing choices in sounds chosen for a purpose.

PE

Monday- games, weather permitting outdoors.

Friday – Gym in the hall

Please ensure that your child has a full PE kit for these lessons. Generally speaking, if your child is well enough to come to school, the expectation is that they will participate in the PE lesson. However, if there are any particular circumstances, please speak to the teacher.

Art 

We learn about portraits this half term and how to observe closely in order to become more accurate in our sketching skills; explore how to shade using graded pencils.  We study the Mona Lisa by Leonardo da Vinci and also the highly stylised portraits of Modigliani.  This study will result in our own self-portraits, developing our skills in watercolour painting.

 

Homework

Homework is handed out on Thursdays and due back on Tuesdays.

Please check that your child understands what they have to do. The homework is meant to consolidate learning and should be done independently. It will usually be work that has previously been taught in class or sometimes a ’finding out’ homework.

If you have a query, please speak to Miss Gray or Ms Smith.  

Spellings are given out and tested on Mondays. To begin with, the children are revising high frequency words and previously taught phonics. Sometimes the spelling words will be connected to topics we are learning about. Please help your child learn the spellings in the context of whole sentences: read the word out aloud in a sentence or children can have a go at writing sentences using the word.

We have recalled the maths games and presently updating them to ensure that all the pieces are present.

Reading books are changed at least twice per week. It is essential that children both read and discuss books frequently at home, not only to help with decoding and vocabulary, but also with understanding. If your child needs an extra book, please see Miss Gray or Ms Smith. If your child is reading longer books, it may be that this won’t need changing as frequently.

 

Class Events and Trips

National Portrait Gallery- 23rd January.

Pupils need a packed lunch. 

Thank you for all the offers of help, we have enough parent helpers now.

 

Class Assembly - Friday 1st February 9:20am

 

Science Museum - Tuesday 5th March

Pupils need a packed lunch. 

Parent helpers required.

  

Spellings

Spring 1

For February Half Term: Common Exception Words

Year 1 Common Exception Words

Year 2 Common Exception Words

  

Current Homework

Fluency 1

Fluency 2

Fluency 3

Extra Lined Paper

Maths 16th Jan A

Maths 16th Jan B

Portrait homework 31st January

February Half Term Homework

Non-fiction framework sheet

 

 


  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A very special visit.. (10 images)

We had a very exciting afternoon thanks to a visit from West Hampstead firefighters. They talked to us about their jobs and gave us lots of facts about the engine as well as how to look for hazards at home. We even got a chance to have a go with the hose!

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The Fire of London Revisited (24 images)

Year 2 explored how the Great Fire of London spread by burning our own model houses.

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Year 2 Trip to Kidzania (0 images)

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Year 2 Christingle making (6 images)

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Year 2 Nativity (23 images)

Nativity and Christingles December 2016

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2016 Nativity (23 images)

Year 2 Christingles

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Year 2 trip to the CLC (2 images)

Year 2 went on a visit to the Camden Learning Centre to learn about coding. Here are a couple of examples of our work.

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Science- spreading germs! (6 images)

We investigated how germs spread and how to wash our hands effectively. Our lucky volunteers coated their hands in oil and then flour to represent germs whilst the class predicted what would remove the most dirt. The choice was out of using a combination of soap, no soap, hot or cold water. It was quite messy and quite shocking to see how thoroughly we needed to wash our hands. We then practised good handwashing techniques.

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Year 2 Watercolours on the Hill (6 images)

On Wednesday we were very lucky to have an artist who specialises in watercolours to take us up Primrose Hill to paint the view. Our focus was trees and fortunately we managed to catch some sunshine too! We were working on using different brushes and layering colour.

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Y1 3D Wild Things (7 images)

We recycled materials to make our own wild things. Do you like them?

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Y1 DT (26 images)

We made 'Gruffalo crumble' by listening and following instructions. It tasted delicious!

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