Welcome to Year 2
Although we are working differently, we are still looking forward to an exciting half term of subjects. We will be looking closely at the curriculum to ensure you feel confident in Maths. In English, we will study a poem called Footprints in the Snow and a text called The Snowman whilst also looking at working on our Phonics.
In Geography, we will look at the Europe/France and in Art we are looking at Abstract Expressionism. There are lots of other skills to be learned this half term and we will be right beside you to guide you on the way.
We want to celebrate the work that you are doing at home so please remember to send your work to:
Miss Robinson - firstname.lastname@example.org
Miss Lyne - email@example.com
Welcome to our Year Two page!
In Year Two this year, the team is Miss Robinson, Miss Lyne, Mrs Mansell, Mrs Binning an Miss Taylor.
If your child is in this year group, please familiarise yourself with this page as it will let you know the various activities the class are currently involved in.
This year we will be teaching a wide range of subjects discretely: English, Maths, Science, Art, Computing, History and Geography. We aim to update our page every week; giving you a snapshot of our learning.
This term, Class 5 will have P.E on Monday afternoon and Class 6 will have P.E on Thursday afternoon. Please ensure your children bring their P.E uniforms on this day and that earrings are removed.
Diaries will signed each Monday and any notes will be read and replied to as needed. Please make a note of your child's reading in their diary and feel free to share notes of any other home learning that they have been doing.
Year Two SATs:
In May, your children will be tested on their knowledge and understanding of the Key Stage One curriculum in English and Mathematics. We will report a teacher assessment to yourselves and the Local Authority when these have been completed.
Reading Books: Children choose Reading for Pleasure books from the library themselves - these books may be too difficult to read independently but are great as a shared read with you at home.
Read, Write, Inc: Your children will soon come home with a phonics book that has been chosen due to their assessments. Please allow your child to read with you at home, daily, to help their fluency and expression.
Readiwriter: New spellings are set every Monday.
Mathletics: New maths homework will be set every Monday.
Autumn Two: Week Five:
December at Mesty Croft:
This week Elvis the elf arrived in Key Stage 1 and caused absolute mayhem... that naughty elf! He covered the whole of the open area in toilet roll, hasn't he heard about the shortage this year?
We are really excited about Christmas at Mesty Croft and class 5 have an amazing Christmas tree in their classroom. Class 6 are waiting for Miss Lyne to come back to put their decorations up, but they are really excited to get decorating their classroom as well!
In Music and DT this week we have also been getting in the Christmas spirit, creating Christmas cards for our friends and starting to learn our songs for a special remote Christmas performance.
We have been learning all about the Gunpowder Plot this half term and this week we looked at the different ways it has been celebrated and remembered throughout history. It was very interesting to see how it has changed over hundreds of years. We were really surprised when we found out that people have been putting a 'Guy Fawkes' on their bonfires since the 1700s!
Here is some of the different ways Bonfire night has been celebrated since it started as Guy Fawkes day in 1606:
This week we have been planning our very own experiment to find the answer to the question; 'Which magnet is the strongest?' So far this half term we have been learning a lot about magnets (we even found out that the Earth is a magnet!)
Whilst we were planning our experiment we thought about:
* The equipment we would need
* How we would conduct the experiment (our method)
* How we would record our results
* What we thought would happen (our prediction)
Autumn Two: Week Four:
This week, in Maths we started to learn about money, it was a bit tricky at the start but we were soon enjoying learning about all of the different coins. On Thursday we were even able to help Santa spend the right amount of money on filling the stockings. It was so much fun and it definitely put us in the Christmas spirit!
English - The Owl who was Afraid of the Dark
This week we finished our class book; The Owl who was Afraid of the Dark. Everyone in year 2 really enjoyed reading about the adventures of Plop. This week Year 2 completed a narrative, creating their own chapter of the book, introducing a new character, writing about all of our senses and some of us even included speech marks in our writing! Miss Robinson and Miss Lyne were really impressed with some of the chapters the children created.
Autumn Two: Week Three:
Class 6 return
This week Class 6 came back to school. Whilst they had a great time learning at home we were all excited for them to be back in school. Here is some of the learning they did whilst they were learning from home:
We learnt all about Diwali, which was celebrated on Saturday.
We spent some time looking at the significance of Remembrance Day and made some poppies to stick in our windows
This half term we have been learning about traditional Chinese music and this week we learnt about traditional Chinese instruments and we even learnt about pentatonic scales. It was a lot of fun!
Autumn Two: Week Two:
This week, in our history lesson, we looked into the very interesting history of the gunpowder plot. We looked at the Catholic and Protestant religions and discussed how Catholics were not accepted in Stuart era England. We explored how Catholics had to keep their religion a secret and considered how scary it would be to have to hide. We found out that Catholic Priests would have to hide in 'Priest Holes' to make sure that they were not captured by the Priest Hunters and executed.
Children in Need
On Friday, for Children in Need, we get dressed up in the clothes that made us happy. Thanks to the Grinch, we were very happy.
Autumn Two: Week One:
What a wonderful week back! We have seen the lovely impact that our colourful Halloween pictures had at the Willows Nursing Home and realised the importance of being kind to others. How can you show kindness this week?
Autumn One: Week Eight:
We had the most wonderful time this week with our scarecrow making. We worked together in our classes to make fantastic scarecrows in the theme 'Key Workers' for The Big Sandwell Scarecrow Festival. Head over to Facebook and get voting for Mesty Croft Academy!
Many thanks for the donations of resources for our scarecrows.
Autumn One: Week Seven:
This week, in Computing, we have been continuing our work on E-Safety. We know how important it is to tell an adult if we see something that makes us feel funny in our tummy and makes us feel uncomfortable. We used the programme Jit5 to create a safety circle which showed who we could talk to if we needed help and if something online ever makes us feel uncomfortable.
Autumn One: Week Six:
This week, in RE, we have been continuing our work on kindness. We looked at the work that organisations such as Christian Aid and the Samaritans do and how this links with the Christian teaching of 'love thy neighbour' and 'love thy stranger'. We have debated whether it is possible for us to be kind to everyone all of the time and decided that we were going to try to show kindness, just like Jesus did in the Bible stories we have read. We decided, from an idea put forward by one of our lovely parents, to show kindness to strangers through sending pictures to a care home to brighten it up and cheer up the residents. We are fabulous at being kind in Year 2!
Autumn One: Week Five:
This week, we have been pattern seeking in our Science lessons. We carried out an investigation to find out whether bigger hands were able to grab more cubes. We predicted that children with a bigger hand length would be able to pick up the most cubes. Our prediction was correct for most of the children but there was one child who picked up les even though they had a bigger hand.
Autumn One: Week Four:
This week, we have been working extremely hard in Maths. We have been focusing on place value and have been able to order and compare numbers.
Fred, the phonics frog, has also been very impressed with our narrative work this week as we have been using capital letters, full stops, finger spaces and we have been using our Fred Fingers to help with our spelling.
Autumn One: Week Three:
This week, we have been introduced to all of our new topics for this half term. We are excited about our upcoming work in Art as we will be looking at Kandinsy's 'Squares with Concentric Circles' and how to use paint to create a beautiful piece of art in this style. We have also been introduced to our wonderful Music topic, Western Classical Music, and have listened to 'Hoe-down' by Aaron Copland. We will go on to create a performance in this style.
Autumn One: Week Two:
We have been very excited in Year Two about our 'One School, One Book' topic. This week we have read 'The Tin Forest' by Helen Ward and explored a range of activities around this story. We have made beautiful origami birds, collected and painted leaves, made wildlife habitats, planted seeds and created beautiful chalk pictures.
Welcome back to Summer Two!
We are now into our final half term in Year Two and hasn't it been the strangest end to our year? We hope that you had a lovely half term break and managed to get outside as much as possible in the beautiful weather we had over the last week.
Home learning will continue as before, with all work to be sent to the following email addresses:
Class 5 = firstname.lastname@example.org
Class 6 = email@example.com
Mathletics and Spellodrome will continue to be set daily and an exciting daily task around one of our subjects will continue. Teachers will email feedback to you within 24 hours, however, Class 6 may notice that Mrs Baker helps out with your feedback, as Miss Usher will be busy teaching in Year One this half term. She will still be looking at all of your fabulous work and will email you throughout the week to tell you which pieces have been her favourite!
Remember to BELIEVE AND ACHIEVE. We hope to see you all very soon.
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Summer Term: Mathematics: Additional videos to support your learning at home on halving and quartering this week can be found in the link below:
Suggested for this week: Week One: Fractions:
Lesson One: Video: Make equal parts
Lesson Two: Video: Recognise a half
Lesson Three: Video: Find a half
Lesson Four: Video: Recognise a quarter
Lesson Five: Video: Find a quarter
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Home Learning from Monday 20th April:
Every day, this section of our year group page will be updated with daily work before 8.50am, for your child to complete at home. Please make sure that you have your child's Spellodrome and Mathletics log in, which can be found in their school diary. We also have access to Oxford Owl, which we will be using to set the children a book to read online. There will also be additional reading/writing opportunities related to this.
You can access Spellodrome here: https://login.spellodrome.com/
You can access Mathletics here: https://login.mathletics.com/
You can access Oxford Owl here: https://www.oxfordowl.co.uk/
Oxford Owl - My Class Log In:
My class name: mesty5
My class password: home
Any work that children complete can be emailed to their class teachers using the following email addresses:
Miss Robinson: firstname.lastname@example.org
Miss Usher: email@example.com
Work that you wish your class teacher to see, may be completed electronically, or simply a photograph. We will provide individual feedback to you and can also answer any questions/queries that you may have. Schools remain open for vulnerable children and those of parents who are key workers. Therefore we ask that you give us up to 24 hours to respond to your work/questions, as we may not immediately be available to you.
This is an unusual time for us all, but we encourage children to continue their learning at home with the support of both yourselves and accessing their class teacher's support remotely.
Thank you - Miss Usher and Miss Robinson
Happy Easter Year Two!
Well done for all of your hard work over the last two weeks. It has been a challenge for us all, but we have thoroughly
enjoyed emailing you daily and seeing the amazing work that you have produced each day. Have a well-deserved break
and if we are not back at school after Easter, we will be back with more home-learning tasks on Monday 20th April.
Check out our Easter challenges below, if you fancy doing some of the activities during your holiday.
Stay safe and healthy.
Miss Usher and Miss Robinson