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Westonzoyland Primary School ‘Raising Aspirations’

Kestrel – Miss Squibbs (Year 2)

Welcome to Kestrel Class

This page is intended to give you an overview of the routines in Year 2, together with useful information. We will also post photographs and examples of work throughout the year. We hope that you will find it useful.

 

Teaching Team

Class Teacher: Miss Squibbs

Teaching Assistants: Mrs Williams

 

 

This Term's Learning Expedition

Our topic this term is 'Lost in the woods'. See our curriculum map in the link below to find out how we will be involving all curriculum areas.

PE

 

Our PE day is currently Tuesday. However please make sure your child has their P.E. kits in every day in case of timetable changes. Could all clothing be clearly named also to avoid anything getting lost. 

 

Homework

 

The children will be expected to read at least 3 times at home during the week. Please could you write in the name of the book and pages read and sign this in your child’s reading log. I will be collecting these in every Monday to monitor reading of the previous week. It is important that your child practises their reading at home to ensure they

make good progress.

 

Spellings will be sent home on a weekly basis to reinforce spelling patterns and strategies introduced throughout the week during phonic sessions. Please could you encourage your

child to practise these at home.

 

Times tables should be practised throughout the week as the children will be tested on these

in their maths lessons throughout the week. This should be ongoing so please try to practise

them with your child at any possible opportunity.

 

Reading, Spelling and Times Tables will be the main priority for your child’s homework.

Other pieces of homework may be sent home on occasions but this will not be every week and will not always be a written piece. Privilege time will be awarded on a Friday afternoon to

children who complete all homework.

Friday 17th November 

This week we had great fun in our PE lesson learning how to play hockey! 

 

On Friday, we supported 'Children in need' by dressing in something Pudsey themed. 

In Maths we used different objects to estimate and measure the perimeter of Pudsey Bear.

At the end of the day, we were so excited to receive a visit from Pudsey himself! 

 

Friday 10th November

After studying different maps and aerial photographs of Westonzoyland, we looked at how symbols are used on maps to mark different features. We discussed what features might be found in a village and then we worked at designing our own village. We drew maps and used symbols to show all the different landmarks. Maybe you could work at drawing a map of your ideal town. How would it differ from a village? 

 

Friday 3rd November

We began the week with Mystery Monday. The classes worked in different classrooms across the school; working in mixed age groups to explore different Mystery objects. In Kestrel Classroom we explored an African musical instrument called a Kalimba. The children took their learning in all different directions and took part in many activities such as painting, clay modelling,, music, Maths, writing, research, ICT and drama. 

 

 

 

 

In our Maths lessons, we have been exploring the different ways we can add 3 single digit numbers. We practised number bonds and doubles to help us. We used tens frames and carried out different investigations involving odd and even numbers. 

We produced some fantastic sketches in our Art lesson. We chose and sketched an Autumn leaf; paying close attention to detail. We used shading techniques to make our drawings realistic. 

Friday 20th October

We cannot believe how fast the weeks are flying by! We've reached half term already. It is great to see such progress from the children over their first half term in year 2 and watching them develop into happy, enthusiastic, motivated learners. 

 

We've had yet another busy week this week; working very hard, right up to our Friday afternoon treat of 'The Lorax' cinema afternoon. It was a very well deserved treat which was enjoyed by everyone! 

 

The weather let us down on Thursday and we weren't able to get out into the garden to take part in our habitat building. However, a big THANKYOU to Mrs Atyeo who came in to work with the children in the shelter of the polytunnel, where they made bird feeders to hang in our school grounds. 

 

Here are are some pictures of the children enjoying their learning throughout the week - Maths, English, Science and Outdoor Learning. 

Friday 13th October

 

We have been working very hard at collecting ideas and writing animal poems. We worked with writing partners to talk through ideas, write first drafts and then edit and improve our initial ideas, using our purple polishing pens. We then used our computing skills to present a final copy.

 

The children have loved learning about poetry and are extremely proud of what they have achieved! Many of them have gone home to write lots more poems to share. 

In Art, we have stayed with the theme of trees, but this week we have produced a very different syle. We used black ink pen to create patterned leaves (neopop realism style). The end results looked stunning! We then used them to decorate the front cover of our brand new precious sketch books. The level of focus and concentration from the children was amazing and it was wonderful to see, yet again, such pride in their finished work. 
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A great time was had by all at our Harvest Celebration at the church. I was so proud of how the children performed. They sang beautifully! Many of them overcoming nerves to stand up and sing and speak in front of an audience. We hope you enjoyed their rendition of 'Let it grow' from The Lorax film. They really did have great fun with this song! 

Friday 6th October

Kestrel Class had great fun using the gym apparatus to practise their balancing, climbing and jumping skills this week.

In our Geography lessons, we've been studying aerial photographs and identifying geographical features. We considered whether the different features were physical (natural) or human (man-made). 
In Art we learnt how to skilfully use pastels to create some winter tree silhouette pictures. We were incredibly pleased with the results! 

Friday 29th September

We've had another busy week in Kestrel Class.

In Maths we've started to look at addition; practising number bonds to 20 using Bar modelling to help. We've been learning the vocabulary linked to addition and understanding the commutative law (that addition can be done in any order e.g. 15 + 5 is the same as 5 + 15). We are continuing to practise counting in steps of 2, 5 and 10 and creating number sequences. We had great fun using the chunky chalks on the playground to help with this. 

In our English lessons, we've been stepping into woodland pictures and using our senses to help us describe the setting. We've been using expanded noun phrases to describe the things we can see, and then extending our ideas by adding a verb to explain what is happening. Some of our favourite sentences were:

I can see a tall, towering tree growing steadily in the middle of the dark, damp woods.

I can hear distant thunder rumbling in the grey, misty sky.

I can feel an icy, bitter wind blowing against my frozen face. 

Can you think of any more sentences like this? Remember to choose the best words possible to help the reader picture your idea. 

 

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Friday 22nd September

A big WELL DONE to Kestrel Class for being the first class to win the attendance cup this year! It's so important to attend school every day. Let's hope we can keep this up each week. 

 

In Maths this week we have been learning how to make careful estimates and then accurately count different objects. We practised grouping objects into piles of ten to help us count them quickly. Maybe you could try this at home with various objects - Pokemon cards, pennies, paper clips. Don't forget to estimate first. 

 

We are also learning to count in steps of 2, 5 and 10, both forward and backwards. Practise regularly at home to help with 2, 5 and 10x table facts. 

Another great multi- skills sports session this week. We worked on hand- eye coordination and practised the skill of catching.

Thursday 14th September

In English we have been learning how to write character descriptions. We made our own story maps to help with the description of the main character of the fawn from 'Lost in the Woods'. We will then use these to help us to write our own character descriptions.

 

In Maths we have been learning about place value. To help us to compare numbers, we played a dice game with a friend. Every time we made the largest number we won a point. We started with 2 digit numbers and then moved on to 3 digit numbers. We talked about the best strategies to use to help us win. 

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Tuesday 12th September 

Kestrel Class enjoyed their first PE lesson with our new sports coach, Mr Pigden. 

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Friday 8th September

 

After an enjoyable Summer break, the children are back, refreshed and ready to learn!

We have enjoyed sharing some of the children's homework projects on our topic, 'Lost in the woods'. 

 

In Maths, we have been thinking about number and place value. We have been exploring all the different types of Maths equipment and finding different ways to represent two digit numbers. 

 

 

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