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YEAR 2 2021-22

Welcome back to school and to your new class.  We have lots of exciting things planned for you and are sure that we will have a wonderful year together.  Photographs of learning will be shared regularly further down this page.

Here is some important information:

 

Class e-mail

Any queries should be directed to Mrs Young/Mrs Johnson via the class e-mail: year2@stpeter.doncaster.sch.uk.

For urgent matters, please contact the school office.

 

Classroom staff

Class Teachers: Mrs C Young (Monday - Wednesday) Mrs D Johnson (Thursday/Friday) 

Teaching Assistant: Mrs S Hamilton 

 

PE Days (Summer 22)

Wednesday (outdoor) and Friday (outdoor). Children may come to school in their PE kit (navy shorts/joggers & white polo shirt) on these days

 

Homework:

Spelling homework will be issued each Friday and tested the following Friday.

 

Reading books will be sent home every day. Please ensure your child reads every day at home. If they come home with the same book, encourage your child to read fluently, with expression and ensure they understand what they have read by asking questions about the book.

 

Additional home learning activities will be set during the year.

 

 

 

 

Summer Term 2022 : 'Investigate'

 

This term, our curriculum has a Science focus.  Our two areas of study include plants (Summer 1) and Animals, including humans (Summer 2).  We have lots of wonderful cross curricular learning activities planned for you.  For more information, take a look at the planning documents below.

Below are some useful resources to support your child's learning.  These include some reading recommendations for Year 2 children.

USEFUL WEBSITES IN THE EVENT OF REMOTE LEARNING

 

Should your child need to self isolate due to a positive case of Covid-19, the following educational websites are really useful to support learning from home. Please remember that children also have access to the reading resource 'Lexia'.  Logins and passwords are in the brown reading records, but please contact us if you are experiencing any difficulties.

Certificate winners - Friday !st July

Congratulations to our two certificate winners this week, Travis and Shaza, for always making the right choices and being such good role models in class. Well done!

RE - Exploring God's treasures in our school grounds

Our new RE topic is called 'Treasures' in which we learn all about God's gift of the wonders of creation. We enjoyed a wonderful morning exploring the school grounds and spent time in the school's new 'Happy Hideaway' wildlife garden. We found some wonderful natural treasures - including an interesting find in a discarded crisp packet!

Sports Day 14th June 2022

Minibeasts and microhabitats

We enjoyed a wonderful afternoon with Katie from the Sustainability team at Doncaster Council. We explored the school grounds on a minibeast hunt and investigated different microhabitats.

Celebrating the Queen's Platinum Jubilee

What a wonderful day we had to celebrate the Queen's Platinum Jubilee! After a Mass for Ascension Day, we enjoyed circus skills, a picnic lunch and a concert of songs from the decades. We all wore red, white and blue and school was decorated in style.

This week we enjoyed a visit from ERS Medical.  We learned how people in our community help others and loved exploring the ambulance!

Easter cards

Our beautiful Easter cards were created using marbling and collage techniques.  Don't they look effective?

Esater egg competition

Some of our amazing entries in the Easter egg competition.

Somebody Swallowed Stanley Tuesday 12th April

We enjoyed a session with Katie from the sustainability team at Doncaster Council. After re-reading 'Somebody Swallowed Stanley' (one of our favourite books from this term!), we enjoyed making our own jellyfish from plastic bags.  Don't they look effective?

Sponsored Bunny Hop Monday 11th April

We really enjoyed participating in the sponsored bunny hop this week.  Thank you to Mr Wells for setting up the course, and to all adults who helped to raise funds for school by sending in sponsor money. Great fun was had by all, and we really enjoyed the chocolate eggs left by an early Easter bunny!

Open afternoon Friday 1st April

It was wonderful to welcome parents and other members of our community into school for our open afternoon. The children loved sharing their learning, and it was a fabulous way to celebrate all the incredible learning that has taken place this term. 

World Book Day 4.3.22

The second day of our World Book Day celebrations! We enjoyed dressing up as our favourite book characters and a special assembly with Mrs Young.  This afternoon, we enjoyed sharing stories and a special treat of hot chocolate and a cookie!

World Book Day 3.3.22

We enjoyed the first day of our World Book Day celebrations with a draw a long with Phil Sheppard from Doncaster Stories.  Aren't our drawings fantastic?  We have also been creating book characters from potatoes as part of a home learning activity.

Sharing writing with Year 1

Year 1 recently retold the story of 'The three little pigs' in their own words. They very proudly shared their stories with Year 2, who listened carefully, asked questions and gave them feedback. A great example of writing with real purpose and audience.

Nen and the Lonely Fisherman

Alice in Wonderland Ballet Workshop - 7th February 2022

Year 2 joined Year 5 for a fantastic ‘Everybody Dance’ ballet workshop run by The Royal Opera House. This had been organised by Doncaster Stories and the National Literacy Trust as part of the Doncaster Storytelling Festival.  We became honorary members of The Royal Ballet’s corps de ballet and learned some choreography inspired by Christopher Wheeldon's production of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. We loved exploring the characters and story through dance. It was fabulous morning, which allowed us to creatively engage with ballet and get moving in a fun and inclusive way.

We enjoyed a wonderful day of learning at The Deep as part of our Geography topic on Coasts and Oceans and Science topic of Living Things and their Habitats. We loved exploring the exhibits and participated in a workshop in which we investigated the diversity of seaside habitats and the range of animals that make their homes there and why. It was a fantastic day, with lots of enthusiasm and engagement from everyone. Well done Year 2. You were a credit to St. Peter's and all the adults were so proud of you.

The Secret of Black Rock

We are really enjoying our class text 'The Secret of Black Rock' by Joe Todd Stanton.  Last week, we used story maps to orally retell part of the story in our own words.

Congratulations to Timo and Mia who are our certificate winners this week for their positive attitude. They always make us smile and they show such enthusiasm for everything we do. Well done!

Using an atlas 4.1.22

This afternoon, we started our new topic by researching the seas and oceans around the United Kingdom. We developed our geography skills by using an atlas to do this. This helped us to name and locate the seas and oceans surrounding the UK.

SPRING TERM 2022

 

Happy New Year!  Welcome back to school. We hope you have all had a lovely Christmas break.  Once again, thank you for all your cards and gifts.  They are very much appreciated.

This term, our topic focus is 'Explore'. This has a Geography theme, with a focus on seas and oceans.  Details of our curriculum plans are provided below. A home learning activity has been set, and we ask that you support your child with this.  This should be returned by Monday 17th January.

 

Please note PE days this term are Mondays and Fridays.

 

Homework: 4.1.22

HAPPY CHRISTMAS!

We have reached the end of our first term; what a busy one it has been!  Everyone thoroughly enjoyed the history of transport topic and we are delighted with the progress each child has made.  Thank you for all the support you have provided to your children at home.

Our Christmas celebrations were wonderful, including the fantastic Nativity, Christmas lunch and party. We would like to thank you all for your Christmas cards, gifts and good wishes for the Christmas season. We hope you all have a wonderful holiday and enjoy some rest and happiness with your families.

Next term promises to be another busy one. Our topic will have  a geography focus, based around Seas and Oceans. In Science, children will learn more about living things and their habitats.  More details about the topic and home learning activities will be issued in the New Year. We will also be welcoming Miss Garcia to class for the Spring Term.  Miss Garcia is a student teacher from Lakeside, who will be doing a placement with us. We are all looking forward to welcoming her to the Y2 team.

We hope you all have a happy and peaceful Christmas, and we look forward to welcoming the children back to school on 4th January.

Love and Best wishes,

Mrs Young, Mrs Johnson and Mrs Hamilton xxx

Our beautiful Christmas cards

We really enjoyed our Christmas dinner today, cooked by Mrs Jones. Everyone looked fabulous in their Christmas jumpers and party hats.  Afterwards, we watched 'The Polar Express' and had a very special visitor! What a lovely festive day.

Year 5 and Year 2: Sharing 'Beowulf' writing

On Monday 13th December, we had a special treat.  Year 5 shared their wonderful writing - a retelling of the Norse myth, Beowulf, with us. We were all really impressed with the quality of their writing. What fantastic role models the Year 5 children are.

KS1 Nativity: 'The Sleepy Shepherd'

I'm sure you will agree that this year's Nativity 'The Sleepy Shepherd' was absolutely fantastic.  It really was a joyous celebration of the Christmas story.  We are all so incredibly proud of the children as they worked so hard throughout.  

Classroom display Autumn Term 2021 - The history of transport

Year 2’s visit to Doncaster Museum

26th November 2021

 

Year 2 had a fantastic day at Doncaster Museum as part of our history of transport topic.  We participated in a ‘Steam in Doncaster’ workshop and learned more about Doncaster’s rich railway history.  We enjoyed seeing the two huge steam locomotives and explored different railway heritage. This really helped to develop our historical knowledge and enquiry skills. There were some fabulous discussions and super questions. Well done Year 2 – you were a credit to the school.

Amy Johnson biographies

We have really enjoyed learning about Amy Johnson as part of our topic on the history of aviation. We have written biographies of her, explaining her life story and achievements. These will be displayed in our classroom and shared with the Aircraft Museum and also the Streetlife Transport Museum in Hull - birthplace of Amy Johnson! Here is just a small selection of our wonderful writing.

Year 2's visit to Doncaster Aircraft Museum

We had a wonderful day at the aircraft museum. We loved exploring the different aircraft. We learnt more about Doncaster's aviation history and found out why there is an aircraft museum next to our school!

Maths - Using apparatus to represent numbers to 20

Super Maths work from Year 2 this week.  We recapped on numbers to 20 and explored representing them in different ways using Mathematical equipment.

Topic - Using photographs to explore how transport has changed over time

This week we started our history of transport topic.  During the lesson, we developed our historical enquiry skills by studying old photographs of Doncaster to explore some of the changes in transport over time.

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