Welcome to Year Two
Croeso i Flwyddyn Dau
I hope the following information will be of help to you and your child:
Library Books (every other week)
Language homework is given on Monday to be completed by the following Monday. Mathematics homework is given on Wednesday to be completed by Friday. On occasions extra or different homework will be given in line with the class theme. Please could you provide your child with an A4 file for their homework sheets.
Reading books and personal reading record books need to be brought to school everyday. As parents you are encouraged to write comments in the record books when your child has read either their school reading book or other materials such as magazines, newspapers, library books and so on.
Year 2 visit Pembrey Library every other Thursday. Please ensure that your child has their book to change on this day.
P.E. will take place every Wednesday - please would you ensure that your child has their gym kit on this day (plain white T-shirt and navy shorts). Please note that trainers are to allowed during dance and gymnastics lessons in the hall, however lightweight pumps are permitted. For your child's safety, no jewellery is to be worn and long hair should be tied back.
Fruit can be bought everyday for 30p.
If you have any questions or concerns regarding your child’s work and/or wellbeing at school please do not hesitate to contact me. Diolch!
(assisted by Miss A Taylor)
Come and view all that we have done this term!
Autumn Term 2014-15
It has been a busy and exciting term, with both the pupils and teacher getting settled in to their new class. We enjoyed our theme 'Mini Zoo', where we looked at similarities and differences between different animals and their habitats. Pets at Home visited us, introducing Glyn the Guinea pig and Gareth the rabbit. We learnt how to care for pets and talked about their individual needs. We looked and identified pet necessities and talked about our own pets. Pets at home kindly left us with several leaflets on how to care for rabbits and guinea pigs. These were put in our classroom 'pet shop' alongside the VIP magazine which we have enjoyed reading.
We have developed lots of skills in literacy, learning how to create eye-catching posters and informative brochures. We have read several non-fiction books and used websites to create animal fact files. We looked at the story of Noah's ark and created a log book, describing what we saw and heard on the day of the flood. We used lots of adjectives in our writing. We were given a 'problem' to solve in pairs: Noah saw 12 legs walk by into the ark. How many creatures could he have seen? How many different answers can you find? We learnt how to work together to record our results. We like to think of ourselves as mathematicians in Year 2. We have enjoyed learning new skills and applying these throughout the term. We have done lots of work on place value, addition and subtraction. We are enjoying learning the 2x tables, with the help of Percy Parker!
In the theme 'Remember Remember' we have looked at the history of The Great Fire of London. We ordered events in chronological order and painted houses, attaching felt as fire for our display. We wrote our own diary as a firefighter and listed questions together as a class, to ask a firefighter, when she visited our class to talk of fire safety.
We have been learning new movements in gymnastics and recently enjoyed riding our new bikes. We like to use our outdoor area to explore, run around and have fun. We have made lots of christmas crafts and written a letter to Santa. We wrapped presents and measured their length, before putting them under our class christmas tree. We have impressed our teachers with all of our hard work preparing for the Christmas concert. We made them proud! We look forward to next year, where we will become pirates in our theme 'Land Ahoy'!
Dosbarth Miss Nelson
Spring Term 2014-15
What a busy yet exciting term we have had. We were fortunate to have Miss Blakemore teach us (student) for a term, who enjoyed spending 7 weeks in our class and was impressed with how well behaved we were. We began with the theme ‘Land Ahoy!’ We were taught about the properties of different materials, a range of mechanisms and forces. Mr. Conway helped us make our very own lifeboat using recycled materials and we were given a mission to rescue Captain Buttons’ coins from the great ship, ‘The Chocolate Pot’. We impressed Miss Nelson with our creative writing and wrote a story about the rescue. We included a range of punctuation in our writing, including speech marks. As part of the theme we went to Burry Port RNLI to learn about the local lifeboat centre. We listened to their accounts of rescues and recorded our experience on return.
Our recent theme ‘Supermarket’ has taught us about a range of materials and their properties used for packaging in shops and supermarkets and about the issues surrounding waste and recycling. We make sure we recycle in our school! In groups we wrote and performed a rap song about recycling. We visited a local supermarket and were reminded about healthy eating. We looked at the prices of food and have been gaining confidence when handling money during our Numeracy lessons. We looked at where food comes from around the world and created a class database. We have also followed and written instructions.
During the term we have learnt the story of The Gingerbread Man, using actions to retell the story. We enjoyed performing a puppet show one sunny afternoon to our friends.
In PE we have been enjoying learning dawnsio gwerin.
We have been reminded of the meaning of Easter, role-playing the story as News Reporters. We have also enjoyed creating an Easter craft and card. We would like to wish you a happy Easter and look forward to yet another fun-filled term when we return!
Summer Term 2014-15
We have been very busy this Summer term, engaging in two exciting topics called ‘Big Wide World’ and ‘Growing Things’. We practised and performed a class assembly, where we shared with our families and friends all that we learnt about our local area, the UK, Lesotho and the Rainforest. We also impressed our teachers as we made projects about a country and presented these to class. Some of us used the interactive whiteboard, others used pictures and words; we even had props such as chop-sticks and postcards. Miss Nelson and Miss Michelle learnt a lot and were proud of how confident we were to become the ‘teacher’. It was a very special week at the beginning of term as we had our two visitors come to stay, from Lesotho. We loved to hear their stories of life in Lesotho and enjoyed sharing all that we had learnt prior to their visit. We put ourselves in the shoes of a child in Lesotho and made diaries.
We wrote poems about life in a rainforest and sequenced the story of Handa Surprise. We also developed our numeracy skills as we made predictions and weighed Handa’s fruit; and measured the distance we could travel carrying a basketfull of tangerines on our head. We looked at temperatures around the world and compared temperatures here in Wales to other countries.
We have been looking at ‘changes’ in assembly and discussing how we change as we grow up and how we might prepare for some challenging or significant changes. We had year 5/6 buddies to join us for an afternoon and we measured our height, arm length, foot size, and so on to look at these differences. We also interviewed Year 3 pupils to ask them to share with us the differences between Year 2 and 3.
We went on a trip to the Botanical Gardens to introduce our theme, ‘Growing Things’. We learnt about seeds and how a plant starts to grow. We looked at different types of seeds and sorted, and we looked inside a seed and planted. We have been planting in school. We were impressed with how quickly our cress grew. We found out what conditions seeds need to grow, as we carried out an investigation.
We listened to the story of Jack and The Beanstalk and wrote alternative endings. We also created a poem about the giant and made paper mache golden eggs, which we decorated and used in our obstacle races.
Yet again, a term full of excitement and fun, learning and applying new skills. We look forward to our Summer break and a new start in September where we become Blwyddyn 3!
What a busy, yet exciting term we have had. Our theme at the beginning of the term was Mini Zoo. We looked at different animals, what they need to stay alive and be well. We enjoyed our pet shop role play area, where we weighed dog biscuits and sold them for different prices. We have been using standard units of measure, learning that there are 1000g in a kilogram. We have also been measuring length and height. We drew large zoo animals using a metre stick to give accurate measurements.
We received a letter from a zookeeper, asking us to design our very own mini zoo. We had to think of choice of animals, their habitats and needs. We learnt how to use a key on a map.
We listened to the story of Noah’s ark and wrote diaries, sharing our feelings as Noah. We also solved problems, where we had to apply our knowledge of repeated addition and multiplication. We wrote poems about life in a jungle. Miss Nelson was very impressed with our choice of adjectives and similes. During the Autumn term we went on an autumn walk, searching for autumnal natural materials and inspiration for our autumn poems. We learnt how to write a list poem and tried to include as many adjectives as we could.
We also looked at the theme Remember Remember, where we were taught about The Great Fire of London and the Gunpowder Plot. We wrote factual and historical recounts (QR code) and sequenced key events in a timeline. We learnt about life in 1600’s England, looking at the similarities and differences between our houses and lifestyle. We learnt about significant people such as Guy Fawkes and Samuel Pepys. We have been enjoying playing in our very own Pudding Lane Bakery in class.
Christmas term is always an exciting time of year. We have been very creative and made some christmas decorations and cards. We worked extremely hard during the Christmas concert preparations. We enjoyed learning new songs and reminding ourselves about the real meaning of Christmas, in our nativity, A Miracle In Town! We hope you enjoyed our concert.
We would like to wish you all a Merry Christmas! We look forward to all of the exciting learning opportunities that 2016 will bring.
Spring Term 2015-16
What a wonderful Spring Term it has been, full of fun and exciting learning opportunities. We enjoyed our theme Land Ahoy, where we spoke like pirates, wrote poems and weighed and measured pirate’s booty. We found out how rescues happen at sea and visited BurryPort RNLI Station. We sang sea shanties and listened to stories of Captain Blackbeard and Captain Cook. We designed our own pirates and treasure maps. We used Beebots to navigate around our maps and we looked at half and quarter turns.
In Science we investigated which material/s would be suitable for a boat. We have been learning how to tell the time and we wrote diaries as a pirate, showing analogue and digital times.
Miss Nelson said - Let’s get messy! Muck Mess and Mixtures has been a ‘messy’ and marvellous theme. We have thoroughly enjoyed the story ‘George’s Marvellous Medicine’ and all of the work we have done based on this wonderful Roald Dahl novel. We have poured, mixed, stirred! We have dived in and got our hands messy when playing with liquids, dough and slushy, mushy materials. We wrote recipes and instructions and we have created our very own animation by shaping dough in to a character and recording scenes on Movie Maker.
We have enjoyed our Welsh theme ‘Parti Doli Glwt’. In class we have our very own party role play, where we can practise sentences such as ‘Ga i…?’ ‘Dw i’n hoffi…’ We had a party in class, where we shared what foods we liked/disliked.
We have had to concentrate when learning dawnsio gwerin. Miss Nelson is impressed with how we can perform a dance to Jac Y Do. We learnt Sospan Fach for St. David’s Day. We sang proudly and enjoyed taking part in the assembly.
We have learnt a lot about Fair trade as we performed a class assembly, sharing the meaning of Fair trade and encouraging pupils to buy Fair Trade goods. We enjoyed making lemonade using fair-trade sugar and applying our understanding of capacity, using measuring equipment. We also compared prices of Fair Trade goods against non-Fair Trade products and applied our numeracy skills to work out the difference in cost. We have problem solved using money and we can work out total costs and change from a pound.
We would like to wish you all a Happy Easter!
We have been very busy this Summer term, engaging in two exciting topics called ‘Scented Garden’ and ‘Wriggle and Crawl’.
We went on a trip to the National Botanic Garden of Wales to learn about seeds and how a plant starts to grow. We looked at different types of seeds, looked inside a seed and planted seeds to nurture back in school. We wrote a recount on our trip, using lots of time connectives to impress, during a Big Write session.
We looked at non-fiction texts and identified features such as headings, sub-headings, pictures, labels, captions and index. We also looked at the fictitious story of Jack and the Beanstalk and role played/hot seated, wrote newspaper reports and retold the story orally. We measured our footprints and compared these to a giant’s footprint and we also used our measuring skills to chalk different sized beanstalks.
We explored a range of garden herbs using all of our senses and we had a go using the pestle and mortar to release a stronger smell. We made scented play dough, a fragrant lavender bag and herb butter. We learnt about the life of Helen Keller too.
To begin our theme ‘Wriggle and Crawl’ we went to Penybedd woods to observe and identify mini beasts in their natural habitat. We also explored our school grounds and made tally charts and bar graphs to show what we had found hiding in our surroundings. We went on a programmed mini beast hunt where we wrote instructions using positional language, for a friend to follow and find minibeasts. The was good fun, yet challenging!
We have listened to several stories about minibeasts and made predictions and written book reviews. We learnt a lot about bees, including their lifecycle and how they make honey. We wrote explanation text during Big Write to illustrate and write about what we had learnt. We also listened to The Flight of The Bumblebee and illustrated the sounds and movements. This made a wonderful class display, along with our bumblebee craft that we made.
We have been busy bees ourselves this term, learning, having fun and making our teachers proud!
We began the Autumn Term by visiting Kidwelly castle, exploring its different parts. We found out how many towers it has, how many turrets and whether it has any secret tunnels or passages. We thought about how the castle helped defend the people living inside its walls. We took digital photographs of the castle’s different areas and interesting features, and we crept passed the sleeping dragon that hid inside. We planned a simple recount of our castle visit using information gathered as well as our own experiences. We also designed our very own coat of arms and spoke about it confidently, explaining what it meant to us.
We listened to the traditional fairy tale of ‘Rapunzel’, then sequenced the story using picture cards and described in our own words what happens at each point. We took on the role of different characters. We shared a report from a fantasy newspaper, ‘The Fairy Tale Times’, on the story of Rapunzel. We read the report and talked about whether it covers all the story’s important details and events. We looked at features of the newspaper report, including the headline, captions, photographs and sub-headings. We worked in pairs to highlight the reported speech contained in the text. We wrote down what we imagined the characters might say if interviewed by the newspaper. We used speech bubbles and displayed them around large cut-outs of the characters. We have been practising how to use speech marks in reported speech.
We stacked cubes to make towers. Using standard units, we measured and recorded the height of each to discover who can build the highest tower. Then we tried to build a taller tower using a different approach, such as starting with a wider base. We were challenged to answer mathematical problems based on the measurements, such as finding out the difference between the two towers, how many centimetres the two towers measure altogether and who made the tallest tower in the class.
We listened to Anthony Browne’s book, ‘The Tunnel’, and talked about the story. We considered what we would have done if our brother, sister or friend crawled in to a dark tunnel… Would we follow or not? We ordered picture cards of the story up to the point at which Jack crawls into the tunnel. Using pictures of tunnels, we imagined we were about to step inside to follow a friend or sibling. We made an illustrated story map to plan what will happen in our adventure, adding notes and captions to explain what happened at each stage. We used our maps to write a narrative version of our story. We were encouraged to add any speech needed to complete the story, using speech marks.
In Science, we worked collaboratively to build a paper bridge. We had to work out how to strengthen the paper in order for the three goats to travel across.
We listened to the story of the Welsh nurse, Betsi Cadwaladr. Miss Nelson invited Mrs. Ashby to our class, to talk to us about her job. We had prepared questions before she arrived. We thought about the differences between nursing now and then. We very much enjoyed looking at the different nursing uniforms and some of us had a go trying them on.
Our second theme was called ‘Muck Mess and Mixtures’. Miss Nelson held a ‘Messy Mixtures Afternoon!’ We were allowed to experience a variety of weird and wonderful mixtures that we felt with our hands and feet. We created messy mixtures from cornflour and water, paint, paste, shaving foam, body lotion, soap flakes and clay.
We have enjoyed the story, ‘George’s Marvellous Medicine’ by Roald Dahl. We have been predicting what will happen in the rest of the story. We have learnt how to write recipes, using bossy verbs and time connectives, listing, diagrams and titles. We wrote a recipe for a Perfect Christmas.
We have investigated a range of everyday materials, such as salt, wax, flour, cornflour, clay, sugar, cooking oil, glitter and shaving foam to find out how each one changes when mixed with water. We made predictions before mixing and created a simple table to record our results.
Finally, we have made our teachers proud by taking part in our wonderful Christmas Show – A Tale of Two Birthdays.
We would like to wish you all a Merry Christmas!
Year 2 have thoroughly enjoyed learning during Spring Term. We began with the theme ‘Land Ahoy’. We visited Burry Port RNLI station, where we listened to rules about water safety. We enjoyed looking at the boats and their uniform. We watched Miss Abbey try it on, although she was not as quick as she should have been! We read and listened to fiction and non-fiction text and innovated a pirate story. We looked at ways to improve our stories using a range of time connectives such as ‘suddenly’, ‘in a flash’, ‘all at once’, ‘next’ and ‘finally’. We also used our imagination and wrote our own adventurous pirate stories. We used j2e to write our ideas and practise our typing skills.
We talked like a pirate, reading and practising our best pirate voices! Words and phrases to learn included Ahoy! Avast! Aye! Arrr! and yo-ho-ho! We wrote postcards, paying attention to grammar, punctuation and spelling. We were able to learn and apply the success criteria to do this during our Big Write session.
We have had lots of fun in Science. We worked together to try and collect treasure from ice cubes, using different tools to help release the treasure from the ice. We investigated to see if salt helped melt the ice. We were set a challenge to create a boat that floated. We tested to see if our materials sunk or float, and raced our boats. We also looked at the differences between an octopus and squid, getting messy and handling them in class!
We developed our questioning and oracy skills, learning about Captain Henry Morgan and hot seating as the character.
We used positional language to direct BeeBots around our treasure maps, which we made collaboratively. We used language such as ‘quarter turn’ ‘half turn’. We learnt about doubling and halving, applying this understanding to pirate problems.
During e-safety day, we learnt about our digital footprint. We know what information is safe to share online. We have enjoyed learning dawnsio gwerin and we particularly had fun learning a pirate dance.
Our second theme this term has been ‘Street Detectives’. We began by walking around the local area. We looked for clues in the area about the past and present. We took photographs and compared then and now. We thought about the people who live and work in our local area and how the area may have changed over the years. We enjoyed our visit from Mrs Jackie Davies, who spoke on how Pembrey has changed over time. We enjoyed asking lots of questions and looking at the photographs Mrs Davies had to share. We created maps of Pembrey and learnt about the purpose of a key and we also made a model village of Pembrey.
We have enjoyed learning about money and using this knowledge in our role play area which has been a post office. We have also learnt the success criteria for writing a letter, which we have applied in our play. For Fairtrade fortnight, we learnt where some different food types come from. We read about the difference Fairtrade makes to people around the world.
What an exciting week we have recently had. We have been receiving letters from an alien, asking us to share all about life in Pembrey. We couldn’t believe what we saw one morning in class… Footprints! We had to write persuasive letters to the alien, asking him to land his spaceships elsewhere. Fortunately, we had been learning about persuasive writing and we used our ‘wow words’ to write letters.
We enjoyed our afternoon in Pembrey Pottery shop. We were shown how to make teapots and we were able to ask lots of questions.
It has been yet another busy term, full of fun and exciting learning opportunities. We would like to wish you all a Happy Easter!
To begin our theme ‘Scented Garden’, we went on a trip to the National Botanic Garden of Wales to learn about seeds and how a plant starts to grow. We looked at different types of seeds, looked inside a seed and planted seeds to nurture back in school. We looked at non-fiction texts and identified features. We also looked at the story of Jack and the Beanstalk and wrote newspaper reports and retold the story orally. We measured our footprints and compared these to a giant’s footprint and we also used our measuring skills to chalk different sized beanstalks.
We explored a range of garden herbs using all of our senses and we had a go using the pestle and mortar to release a stronger smell. We made scented play dough, a fragrant lavender bag and herb butter. We planted seeds to create our wildflower garden. We also investigated what conditions cress needs to grow. We went on a welly walk to see what seeds we collected on route.
During our theme ‘Wriggle and Crawl’ we went to Pembrey country park to observe and identify mini beasts in their natural habitat. We also explored our school grounds and made tally charts and bar graphs to show what we had found hiding in our surroundings. We scanned QR codes to find out about habitats too. We identified symmetry and completed a symmetrical minibeast. Next, we sorted insects following more than one criterion. We have had to complete challenging puzzles and problem solve throughout the term.
For Literacy, we wrote an explanation text to explain how bees make honey. We also listened to poems and created our own, matching different musical instruments to sounds and scenes of the poem (Scan QR codes to hear us perform). Choosing a book about minibeasts, we wrote a book review.
We have identified an insects body parts and combined materials to create our own minibeast. We sequenced a lifecycle of a spider and made a spider glider. We hunted for snails and worms to create a wormery and snail habitat in class. We fed the snails lettuce and spinach. We watched the worms make tunnels in the soil. We looked at Bug Art by Steven Kutcher, being inspired to create our own paintings using plastic insects and different tools to make patterns and markings. We listened to The Flight of the Bumblebee and drew markings to represent the sounds we heard. Miss Nelson asked us to listen to the tempo and timbre of the music. This influenced the way we put pencil to paper. We thought about movements that bees make and used different lines to show this in our work.
Wishing you all a happy Summer break!