Year 2

Hello and welcome to Class 5 and 6! We are a cohort of brilliant and hardworking Year 2 children and our teachers are called Mrs Heiden (Class 6) and Miss King (Class 5). Ms Cutts is our Teaching Assistant and she will be supporting both classes.

English

In English we studied a text all about The Great Fire of London. We have focused on the VIPERS skills (vocabulary, inference, prediction, explain, retrieve and sequencing) to develop our reading comprehension and writing skills.

Posing in front of our VIPERS display

Phonics

At The Milford Academy, early reading is taught using synthetic phonics as the main approach. Children are systematically taught the 42 phonemes (sounds), using a multi- sensory approach. Year 2 children have daily 20 minute sessions where the children are encouraged to blend the sounds for reading and segment the sounds for writing. We use the principles and phases of the government’s ‘Letters and Sounds’ programme, and children are taught:

  • the grapheme-phoneme correspondence in a clearly defined sequence
  • the skill of segmenting words into their constituent phonemes to spell
  • that blending and segmenting are reversible processes

If you have any questions regarding phonics, please speak to Mrs Heiden

Maths

In Maths this half term we learnt how to interpret and construct simple pictograms. tally charts, block diagrams and simple tables. We also answered questions about totalling and comparing categorical data. We have been working hard to solve arithmetic problems involving the 4 operations and fractions. We have been applying these skills to reasoning questions. We have been using concrete apparatus including base 10, cuisenaire, cubes, number lines and 100 squares to embed our knowledge.

Using base 10 to solve problems.

Topic

We have thoroughly enjoyed our ‘Great Fire of London’ topic – we are full of facts! We enjoyed our drama workshop by Partake Theatre in which we acted out what happened.

The fire starting spreading!

We learnt songs including ‘In 1666,’ ‘London’s Burning’ and ‘We need a Leader’.

Art

We mixed colours to create a fire effect and black paper to create a silhouette of buildings. We’ve made model town houses from 1666 out of cereal boxes!

Our fabulous paintings!
Our houses from 1666.

Science

This half term we have been learning about ‘Living Things and Their Habitats’. We have learnt what a carnivore, herbivore and omnivore is and looked at how plants and animals depend on each other to survive. We found out what a food chain is and have drawn some of our own!

We had a fabulous morning at Nottingham Trent University where we worked with students conducting experiments. Some included making bubbles, testing environments for stick insects melting ice and testing the best materials for ramps.

Making a moving hand.

Healthy Lifestyles

Our ‘Healthy Lifestyles project continued this term with another visit from Chef Idris. The children made and tried different types of potatoes and dressings and chose their favourite in preparation for his next visit in June.

Making our own dressing.

Reading

At Milford we are putting a bigger emphasis on reading. This will include whole class reading where we share a book together as a class. This half term we have read Flat Stanley, Giraffe, Pelly and Me and The Faraway Tree.

Guided reading where we share leveled books in smaller groups – these books are taken home with the children and changed weekly. Rainbow reading books, these are free choice books that are chosen by the children, enjoyed at home and can be changed as often as they like. Next half term we will be reading ‘The Boy Who Grew Dragons’ as our class reader.

PE

P.E will be taught throughout the year and will be taught on Monday’s. Please make sure you child has a full, named PE kit in school. We will send kits home every half term.

We are looking forward to another fun year! Watch this space for lots of interesting and exciting updates about our work in Year 2!

Year 2 Team

Mrs Heiden, Miss King & Ms Cutts