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 Miss Broughton (Class 6) and Miss King (Class 5). Ms Cutts is our Teaching Assistant and she will be supporting both classes.

English

In English we have been continuing with alternative traditional tales. We have focused on ‘Snow White in New York’. We have been developing our knowledge of vocabulary including rage, dame, success and classiest. We have learnt how to apply coordinating conjunctions into sentences.

Working hard sequencing ‘Snow White in New York’.

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 Miss Broughton.

Maths

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, cubes, number lines and 100 squares to embed our knowledge.

Topic

We have thoroughly enjoyed our ‘Great Explorers’ topic where we have learnt all about the lives of Neil Armstrong and Christopher Columbus. Part of this topic included talking about significant people, our prior knowledge of Florence Nightingale and Usain Bolt enabled us to have a very interesting debate. The children are bursting with facts! Please ask them all about it.

Science/Outdoor Learning

This half term we have been around the school grounds looking at living things and their habitats.

We saw lots of wildlife outside! We saw a frog and worms in the mud near the polytunnel. (Owen) We found a centipede under compost and learnt that they have 100 legs because ‘cent’ means 100 (Samuel).

A centipede!

We saw native slugs and slugs eggs! (Brody) We saw a new bud growing on a plant. (Xander) We saw some native birds, including robins, sparrows, magpies, wrens and a grey tit in the hedges (Jorgie & Jayne)

Slugs eggs

RE

Year 2 having been learning about the importance of Christmas to Christians. We have looked at the significance of Advent wreaths and the nativity story.

Christmas Nativity

The children have really enjoyed performing our nativity ‘I’m Gonna Shine!’ Where Gloria, the brightest star in all of heaven, took centre stage on a tricky journey to Bethlehem as she lights the way for the three wise men.

The Three Wise Men

As Mary, Joseph and the shepherds also made the long journey, we met Gabriel, the other angels and an angry King Herod. 

KS1 Singing ‘Can you hear the angels?’

Healthy Lifestyles

Our ‘Healthy Lifestyles project continued this term with another visit from Chef Idris. This time parents were invited into the session to learn how to make bread with their children. They then took their dough home to continue the rising process and then cook and enjoy the bread! We look forward to Idris coming in again next term!

Mixing the bread
Kneading our bread.

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. 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.

Enjoying our class reading ‘The BFG’

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

Miss Broughton, Miss King & Ms Cutts