GSO Test

 

Welcome to Year 2!

 

 

Our class teacher is Miss Murphy and our teaching assistant is Miss Grundy.

Year 2 Curriculum Map

Year 2 Timetable

This week in Year 2

1st July 2022

In English this week, we have been writing our own poems based on ‘The Sea’ by James Reeves. We thought of a new animal that the sea could be like. We came up with excellent ideas, like a cheetah and a lion and thought of interesting adjectives to describe the animal. We created a word bank using literary features, such as onomatopoeia, alliteration and powerful verbs. Next week we will use the word bank to write our poem.

In maths, we have been revising shape. We looked at the properties of 3D shapes and the nets of 3D shapes. Next week, we will look over methods for multiplication, division, subtraction and addition.

On Wednesday, we had a wonderful morning at Ravenscourt Park Glasshouses. We explored the different plants that were growing and why plants are so important to us. We also made our own sunflower to take home. Thank you ever so much to Rita and Katy for leading the workshops, we had a wonderful time.

Have a lovely weekend.

Miss Murphy

 

This week in Year 2

24th June 2022

We have had a wonderful week in year 2, full of activities and workshops all about health and wellbeing.

We took part in a wonderful dance workshop and later on in the week, we also had the chance to make up our own dance routines. We had time to practise and then performed them to the class.

In yoga, we went on a safari! We saw many different animals and learnt different moves and poses.

In the classroom, we also took part in lessons learning about the different parts of the body and their function. We also thought about what we can do to keep our bodies and minds healthy and why this is important. We also discussed the life cycles of humans and animals.

We also took part in some fun workshops about recycling, led by WRWA. In our session, we read the story of ‘Michael Recycle’ and thought about how we can become recycling superheroes to help save the planet. We created our own recycling superheroes to take home- we even used recycled pens!

Today we took part in a ballet class. We learnt that ballet is practiced by many professional sports players in football, basketball etc to increase strength and balance. We learnt the names of different ballet poses and moves and even tried some leaps. We had to hold our balances for as long as possible!

Jaidz, a author, came to visit us and talked to us about different emotions. We really enjoyed the stories which she shared with us.

Eleanor also came in to do some cooking with us. We learnt about different foods from around the world and looked at her cook book. We planned and made a Greek salad. We have taken the recipes home for you to try!

I hope that you have a lovely weekend.

Miss Murphy

 

This week in Year 2

17th June 2022

In English, we have been writing instructions about ‘How to trap a seagull’. We had fun designing our trap and looked at the key vocabulary to use. We also learnt about using adverbs to tell the reader more about the verb and using noun phrases for the things we will need to make the trap. Next week, we are going to edit and improve our instructions.

In maths, we have been doing work on multiplication and division. We have been looking at how multiplication can be done in any order, but division can’t. We also looked at finding the inverse from a number triangle. Next week, we will continue to look at multiplication and division, including solving problems. We have also been practising telling the time to the nearest quarter of an hour and five minutes.

In art, we have been looking at the work of David Hockney. We learnt about his life and his most famous paintings. We recreated his painting ‘The Bigger Splash’ using our own colours and patterns.

Next week it is Health and Wellbeing week. We have lots of great activities planned, including yoga, dance, recycling workshops, ballet classes and learning about how we can lead a healthy lifestyle. Children can wear their PE kit for the whole week.

Have a lovely weekend,

Miss Murphy

 

This week in Year 2

10th June 2022

Welcome back to our last half term in year 2! We hope that you had a lovely half term. We have had a lovely week back and got stuck back into our learning. In English, we have been answering questions about our spelling, grammar and punctuation. We have also been learning about spelling common exception words- please practise this at home too!

In maths, we have been revising key concepts about telling the time. It would be great to keep practising this over the weekend. As a challenge, can you tell the time to the nearest five minutes?

Well done to all of the children for their brilliant poetry recital today. You performed the poem ‘A Dinosaur’s Dinner’ brilliantly! Thank you to all those that managed to come and watch - we hope you enjoyed the poems!

Don’t forget that next Friday it's sport’s day – we hope to see you all there!

Have a lovely weekend,

Miss Murphy

 

This week in Year 2

Happy Jubilee!

27th May 2022

We have had a wonderful week in year two, full of happiness and celebrations for the Queen’s jubilee. We have had great fun practising our songs for the performance and all wore amazing outfits!

 

In English, we have been writing recount texts about trips that we have been on. We ensures that we used the past tense and different joining words. After half term, we will be writing instructions based on our seaside story.

In maths, we have been revising addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. After half term, we will revisit measures and reading scales.

On Thursday 9th June, it will be our poetry recital. Please continue to practise our poem ‘A Dragon’s Dinner’ over the holidays.

I hope that you have a lovely half term.

Miss Murphy

 

 This week in Year 2

20th May 2022

We have had a lovely week in year 2. This week has been STEM week, and what an amazing week we have had! Thank you to Irene, Humera, Eleni, Conor, Philip, and Natali for coming in and sharing their STEM expertise with the children. We have been exploring architecture, boat engineering, why things glow-in-the-dark, the underlying chemistry is fluorescence and phosphorescence, climate change, cryptocurrency, and coding. It has been a jam packed week, and the children are so enthused and excited about the STEM world. We also got to use our new IPads, and explore how we can use them in the classroom to enhance our learning.

On Monday, we were joined by Dr Humera Ansari who taught us about climate change and how it effects our planet. We thought about ways that we can help the planet and created posters to show our ideas.

Today, Natali came and shared her experiences as a boat engineer. We thought about the design of boats and how engineers design boats to keep people safe. We came up with very interesting questions about the structure of boats and what ships might look like in the future.

We also had great fun today using the new ipads in school. We had a go at creating digital art and exploring the different features of an ipad.

Amongst all of this, we have also been doing maths revision, going over key concepts of measures and units we use to measure. We have also started a new unit of work, identifying the features of instructions and next week we will be writing our own instructions.

Family supper

St. Peter’s School is excited to announce that we are reintroducing the Family Supper event; a fantastic event to celebrate our school, and the wider community. We would like to warmly invite every parent/carer, child, and member of staff to the Family Sharing Supper on Thursday 26th May 2022. This event will take place in the Scott Hall from 5pm, and will finish at 7pm.

This is a wonderful event where we can share our favourite foods, and dine together as one big St. Peter’s family. This event is free and friendly, and all we ask is that you bring your favourite dish with you. There is no need to bring drinks along as both beer, wine, and soft drinks will be available to purchase. All sales from the drinks will go towards the school fund. The Family Supper is a very special St. Peter’s community evening, and is a brilliant opportunity to see familiar faces, and meet new ones. It has been greatly enjoyed by all in previous years, so please do come along and bring your favourite savoury or sweet dish along with you. A gentle reminder that we are a nut free school, so all dishes must not contain any nuts.

Please keep practising singing 'Wonderwall' by Oasis over the weekend, ready for the Jubilee performance next Friday.

Have a lovely weekend,

Miss Murphy

 

This week in Year 2

13th May 2022

We have had a lovely week in Year 2. In English, we have been learning how to answer questions about our spelling, grammar and punctuation. We have edited out new ‘Lighthouse Keeper’s Lunch’ story, made corrections and published our work. We also enjoyed drawing an illustration for the story.

In maths, we have been revising key concepts in maths. We have been learning about odd and even numbers and answering reasoning questions about them. We have also revised the names and properties of 2D shapes as well as drawing 2D shapes.

We are all very excited about representing the 1990s at the Platinum Jubilee Concert in St Peter’s Square on Friday 27th May.

We will be performing the classic Oasis song ‘Wonderwall’ from 1995.

It would be fantastic if the children could dress up and accessorise with a 90s theme. A few ideas could be denim jackets, flared jeans, block colours, bleached hair, oversized shirts and scrunchies.

Be as creative as you can and we can’t wait to see what you come up with!

 

Have a lovely weekend,

Miss Murphy

 

This week in Year 2

6th May 2022

We have had a lovely week in year 2 and we have been enjoying the sunshine today. This week, we have been focusing on reading and how to answer different types of questions.

In English this week, we have been writing stories about ‘The Lighthouse Keeper’s Lunch’. We used our plans from the previous week to help guide our writing and we used paragraphs to organise the story for the reader. We focused on using adjectives to add description to nouns and using commas in lists. We included our new inventions to stop the annoying birds from stealing the lunch!

Next week in maths, we will be revising the names and properties of shapes and how to draw different shapes. We will also learn about units of measures and how to read scales accurately.

In art, we started to make Mayan style masks using a range of materials, including card, fabric, small mosaic stones and buttons. We designed our mask first and then created the designs on the mask.

In RE, we have started our new topic ‘Promises that Christians make before God’. We learnt about what happens in a Christening and the purpose of the different objects that are part of the ceremony.

Have a lovely weekend,

Miss Murphy

 

This week in Year 2

29th April 2022

We have had a wonderful week in year 2. A highlight was designing and making Mayan masks. We used a range of materials, like small colourful stones and tissue paper, to make a mask based on Mayan designs.

In English, we created a new invention to stop the pesky sanderlings from stealing the lunch. We shared imaginative ideas, including a robotic cat and sound recordings to scare the birds away. We then planned a new version of the story, including a new delicious lunch and other ways they tried to stop the birds. Today we started to write a descriptive opening to our story, focusing on describing the setting and characters. Next week, we will continue to write our stories and work with a partner to further improve our stories.

In maths, we have been revising key concepts in multiplication and division. We learnt the different language that can mean times by and practised answering reasoning questions about multiplication. Next week, we are going to revise what we know about measures and finding fractions of quantities.

Have a lovely weekend,

Miss Murphy

 

This week in Year 2

22nd April 2022

I hope that you had a lovely Easter holidays. We have had a wonderful week in year 2. It was lovely to hear about all of the nice things the children did during the holidays.

In English, we started learning about a new story called ‘The Lighthouse Keeper’s Lunch’. We read the story together and answered questions about the text. We had great fun yesterday, re-enacting part of the story and creating freeze frames. Next week, we are going to think of our own inventions to stop the pesky seagulls from stealing the delicious sandwiches!

In maths, we have started out new unit of work about statistics. We have learnt about how to complete tally charts and how we can represent the data in pictograms. Furthermore, we answered questions about the data, including finding the difference between two totals. Next week, we will look at reading data in bar charts and creating our own bar charts.

To celebrate Earth Day, we went to St. Peter’s square to explore the different plants and trees that can be found there. We also had a go at sketching different spring plants.

Have a lovely weekend,

Miss Murphy

 

This week in Year 2

1st April 2022

We have had a lovely week in year 2. Well done to all of the children for their hard-work this term, I am very proud of them all! Thank you also for your kind support this term and the wonderful Easter gifts.

We had a lot of fun this week. A highlight was the egg rolling competition! Look at the gallery below! We also made some wonderful Easter cards.

In English, we published our final stories of ‘Lila and the Secret of Rain’. Next term in English, we will be focusing on the story of ‘The Lighthouse Keeper’s Lunch’. We will be reading the story and also designing new inventions to stop the seagulls eating the lunch! In Maths, we completed practise KS1 SATs papers and discussed how to answer different questions, especially when we need to show the working out.. Next term in Maths, we will continue learning about measuring in degrees and answering questions about measures, using the four operations. We will also practise collecting data and presenting it in a pictogram, tally chart and bar chart.

In we also designed an Easter cross using different Easter symbols. We talked about why the symbols are important.

Please ensure that you are reading each day at home and write it in the reading log. You can also use Mathletics, TT Rockstars and Readiwriter. You might want to also keep a little holiday diary too.

Thank you again for your support this term. I hope that you have a lovely Easter and I will look forward to seeing you on the 20th April.

Miss Murphy

 

This week in Year 2

25th March 2022

In English this week, we have started our new story called ‘Lila and the Secret of Rain’. We sequenced the story and thought about what the characters are thinking and saying at different parts of the story. We used thought bubbles and speech bubbles. Next week, we are going to plan a new wishing story tale using ideas from the text.

In maths, we have been learning how to find the difference in coin totals and how to solve money word problems. We also had great fun on world maths day, playing Karate Cats Maths games with our year 1 friends.

On Wednesday, we were invited to Ravenscourt Baptist Church to watch a wonderful performance. The play was about Jesus’ Disciples: James, Andrew, Simon and John. We learnt about the miracles which Jesus performed in his life. We also learnt about the Easter story and Jesus’ sacrifice for us. It was a brilliant, engaging performance.

Today, we were invited to Willows pre-school to read with the younger children. It was a great activity which we thoroughly enjoyed. We chose a story from the library to share with our friends.

Next week, we will be doing many fun Easter activities, including an egg-rolling competition, the Easter egg raffle and making Easter cards.

Have a lovely weekend,

Miss Murphy

 

This week in year 2

18th March 2022

Wow! What a creative week we have had. This week it was Arts week and we took part in many fantastic workshops. Our arts week was based around butterflies and we studied the work of Salvador Dali.

We also had a great visit from a professional artist, Dominic Harris and his team. Dominic creates incredible moving butterflies on screens and he gave up tips on how we could design our own butterfly. The children and the arts ambassadors have decided which butterflies they like the best and Dominic is going to make them come to life by making them digital. We had a wonderful time looking at his different work and he inspired us when designing and creating our own butterflies.

We also had a visit from the Animal Man. Ranger Stu bought many animals for use to see and some of us even held them! We saw many fascinating animals including an owl, tarantula and a pancake tortoise.

Other workshops included street dance, drama and a parent also came to teach us a Dutch song and read a Dutch story.

It was a wonderful week.

**Year 2 Arts Week

Next week we will be learning about a new story called ‘Lila and the Secret of Rain’. We are going to be listening and reading the story and writing our own versions of the story. In maths, we will continue to learn about money, focusing on finding the difference in totals and calculating change.

Have a lovely weekend,

Miss Murphy

 

This week in Year 2

11th March 2022

We have had a lovely week in year 2. A highlight was taking part in a Shakespeare workshop, as part of our world book day celebrations. We learnt about the play ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ and explored the scenes and characters through speaking and listening activities.

In English, we have been planning and writing a new fairytale based on ‘La Princesa and the pea’. We thought of new characters for the story and a fruit or vegetable that could be used instead of a pea. We wrote our stories and edited them with our friend. We then wrote the final versions of the story.

In maths, we have been continuing our work on money. We have learnt how to find the total cost of items, using the column method to add on. We also learnt how we can solve reasoning questions about money. We will continue our money topic in the next couple of weeks, learning how we can find change and find the different between two totals.

There is a lot to look forward to next week because it is Arts Week! Please bring in a show box (and any spare one you might have) as we will need them for the project that we are doing over the week.

It was lovely to see you at parent’s evening and during the year 2 SATs meeting.

Have a lovely weekend,

Miss Murphy

This week in year 2

4th March 2022

We have had a very fun week in year 2! We celebrated World Book Day, Maths Day and we took part in a Shakespeare workshop! On Thursday we celebrated World Book Day and we all came to school dressed as a book character. There was many fantastic costumes in Year 2, including The Weasley Twins from Harry Potter, Dog Man and Ballerinas. We took part in lots of fun activities, including a live draw along and creating our own World Book Day bookmarks.

**Year 2 World Book Day

 Yesterday, we also started to read and act out a story, called ‘La Princesa and the pea’, a Peruvian tale. We had great fun learning lots of Spanish words and we all created a scene from the story to perform to the class. Today, an illustrator came into school and taught us step by step how to draw illustrations from ‘The Princesa and the Pea’. We drew some incredible illustrations of the princess and the cat.

In Maths, we have been learning about the value of different coins and how we can add coins together to create a total. We learnt about how we can use different combinations of coins.

Next week, it is our poetry recital. I have sent the poem ‘Don’t’ by Michael Rosen for you to practise over the weekend and we will practise it in class too.

Don’t forget about the Bonkers Monster creative writing competition on Google Classroom. Please bring or email your entries to me.

Have a lovely weekend,

Miss Murphy

 

This week in Year 2

28th February 2022

We have had a lovely week in year 2. A highlight was learning all about carnival and we even created our own carnival hats. We found it very interesting learning about why carnival is celebrated and how people celebrate. We designed and made fantastic hats!

This week in English, we have been focusing on the story of ‘MeerKat Mail’. We sequenced the story and practised using joining words in the sentence. We also looked closely at the text and practised answering questions about what we have read.

In Maths, we have bene learning about division and how division is sharing into groups. We learnt about mental and written strategies to solve word problems and how we can check our answer using the inverse. Nest week, we will learn about money and the coins that we need to use to make a total amount.

Next Thursday it is World Book Day. Don’t forget to get your costume ready for Thursday! It would also be lovely to bring the book in too and we can share some stories throughout the day.

Bonkers Monsters creative writing competition

It is time to let your imagination run wild, with a fantastic creative writing competition from ‘Young Writers’. There are many great prizes up for grabs from ‘Young Writers’. If your saga is published, you will receive an exciting goody bag. Plus, every entrant receives a bookmark and young writers award a certificate of merit for all young writers chosen for publication.

Your challenge is to write a mini monster saga that is no more than 100 words long. I have attached the planning sheet, writing sheet and examples to help inspire you! Once you have written your mini saga, please bring your mini saga into school, using the format provided.

Please make sure that you have filled out all of the details in full. The deadline for your saga is Monday 28th March 2022.

If you would prefer to type the mini saga, please use the format provided and email it to communications@stpetersce.lbhf.sch.uk FOA Miss Murphy.

Watch this short video for more information:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L9ASbnzKg4w&t=74s

I will look forward to reading your mini saga!

Have a lovely weekend,

Miss Murphy

 

This week in Year 2

11th February 2022

A highlight this week was DT Day, where we made fantastic wooden guitars. We drew four initial designs to see what colours and materials we wanted to use and then choose our final design. We made the product by carefully following instructions to assembly. We also painted, decorated and evaluated the final product. The final product was brilliant, well done!

In English this week we have been writing our own 'Sound Collector' poems. It was wonderful to read the final poems with the new settings and sounds. We also learnt new vocabulary like onomatopoeia, alliteration and verse. Next half term, we will start a new unit of work based on the story 'MeerKat Mail' and we will be writing our own letters and postcards.

In maths, we have been learning about multiplication. We have been learning the 2, 5 and ten times tables and solving words problems using multiplication. After half term, we will start to learn about division and how multiplication and division are the inverse.

Today, we celebrated International day of women and girls in science. We learnt about Doctor Charlotte Armah and her research into nutrition.  Born in London to parents who emigrated from Ghana, Charlotte Armah's scientific work may have obvious benefits for us all. She leads experiments to learn whether eating particular foods, especially broccoli, can protect us from diseases.

This week, we also completed activities for Children’s mental health and wellbeing day. We discussed what mental health is and how we can look after it. The theme this year is ‘growing together’, so we discussed how we are always growing in ourselves and what we can do. We also created a positivity tree, where we wrote all of the wonderful things that we can do and what brilliant, kind people we are.

Carnival Celebration

On Wednesday 23rd February 2022, to learn about Black History and culture, we will be celebrating the tradition of Caribbean Carnivals. Throughout the day, the children will be taking part in workshops lead by artist, filmmaker and historian, Fiona Compton, who is an ambassador for Notting Hill Carnival. The children will not only learn about the origins of various carnivals but will get the opportunity to create props and take part in a range of activities. I have to say a huge thank you Natasha for organising Fiona to come into school.

Have a lovely half term,

Miss Murphy

 

This week in Year 2

4th February 2022

This week, we have started a new unit of work based on a poem called ‘The Sound Collector’. We identified the features of the poem and talked about what we liked about the poem. We had lots of fun today learning a verse of the poem, adding our own actions and performing it to the class. Next week, we will be planning and writing our own sound collector poems.

I was also very impressed with our Maths work, looking at multiplication. We have started to learn our 2, 5 and 10 times tables. We have learnt that multiplication is repeated addition and used a number line to help us count on in jumps. Over the weekend, keep on practising your times tables. Next week, we will continue to look at solving multiplication questions and begin to divide using groups and a numbers line.

Take a look at our gallery of pictures from the National Army Museum last week

**Year 2 Army Museum 2022

Have a lovely weekend.

Miss Murphy

 

This week in Year 2

28th January 2022

Well done for another brilliant week! On Wednesday, year 1 and 2 had lots of fun learning how to cross roads safely. We became road safety detectives with the ‘Roadwise Rangers’ and had to follow the clues about how to cross the road safely. We learnt many top tips for crossing roads, including using different types of crossings and making sure we always look and listen very carefully when crossing a road.

This week we planned a new adventure that Traction Man could go on. There were new adventures of Traction Man on the moon and deep sea diving. We then wrote the new story. We have also been learning about report texts and the features of a report. We answered questions about am animal superhero and ten designed our own animals superhero. We has great fun thinking of new super powers for the super hero.

In maths, we have been learning about column addition and subtraction. Next week, we will start a new unit of work about multiplication and division.

Have a lovely weekend.

Miss Murphy and Year 2.

 

This week in Year 2

21st January 2022

Well done to the children for their wonderful assembly this week. The assembly is available for you to watch on Google Classroom. Today, we visited The National Army Museum to find out about Florence Nightingale and Mary Seacole. We learnt about their journey to Scutari and had the chance to investigate a range of artefacts. We learnt what objects were used at the time and why they were important. We looked at medicine backpacks, bandages, metal hot water bottles and some of us even dressed up as Florence Nightingale. We had a super time! Thank you to our helpers on the trip, we hope that you enjoyed the day.

In English, we have been learning about Adventure stories. We have been reading the story ‘Traction Man’ and focusing our writing around the characters. We discussed how the characters all felt and decided Traction Man was not keen on his green romper suit and bonnet! We then designed a new suit and wrote about a new adventure which Traction Man went on. Next week, we will be writing instructions about how to look after scrubbing brush!

In maths, we have been practising portioning numbers into tens and ones and finding different ways to partition numbers. Next week, we will look at different methods to add and subtract two numbers.

Have a lovely weekend,

Miss Murphy

 

A lovely week in year 2

14th January 2022

Well done for a wonderful week in year 2. We have been getting stuck into our sharing assembly this week, about Mary Seacole and Florence Nightingale. I have sent a parent mail to invite you to come and join us for the assembly in the hall. The hall will be well ventilated and please kindly wear a mask, unless exempt.

In English, we have started our new Traction Man story. We have focused on sequencing the story, making predictions and writing letters from Traction Man. Next week, we will design a new amazing suit for Traction Man and think of an adventure that he can go on.

In maths, we have finished our unit about telling the time. Please continue to practise this at home and we will revisit it next half term. Next week, we will learn more about number and how we can partition numbers in different ways, We will also look at reasoning with numbers, for example, what happens when we add odd and even numbers.

Next week, we will also be going on a trip to the National Army Museum. Please ensure that you have given permission for your child to attend and if you would like to come along, please indicate this too.

Have a lovely weekend,

Miss Murphy

 

Welcome back!
7th January 2022

We have had a lovely week in year 2. I hope that you had a lovely Christmas holidays and thank you ever so much for all of your gifts, it was very kind of you all.

In English this week, we have been editing and improving our work about a space souvenir. Next week, we will write our persuasive text neatly and practise using cursive handwriting. Our next unit of work will be based on the story of ‘Traction Man!’. We will be planning and writing our own adventure stories.

In Maths, we have been practising telling the time to the nearest quarter of an hour. At home, please continue to practise telling the time. We also discussed how many hours are in a day, how many days are in a week and next week we will think about what we do at different times of the day. As an extra challenge at home, you could begin to practise telling the time to the nearest five minutes.

In geography, we completed some field work to answer the question, ‘What do people think of our street?’. We looked at the quality of two locations and used emojis to share our emotional response to the location.

It has been lovely to see all of the children back this week. On Monday, we will start to practise our sharing assembly and the songs. Our sharing assembly will be about Mary Seacole and Florence Nightingale.

Have a lovely weekend,

Miss Murphy

 

Happy Christmas

 17th December 2021

Thank you for your support this term. The children put on a wonderful Nativity play and we hope that you enjoy watching it at home.

**Year 2 Christmas

Happy Christmas!

Miss Murphy

 

This Week in Year 2...

11th December 2021

It has been great fun preparing and performing our Nativity this week! The children have worked ever so hard and I am sure that they will put on a showstopper of a performance! On Tuesday, The performance will be filmed and we will send a link for your to watch the performance as soon as it is ready. Please practise saying your lines in a loud and clear voice over the weekend and we will practise again on Monday.

In English, we have been reading the story ‘Bob Man on the Moon’. We came up with interesting new ideas for a space souvenir. We drew the new design and labelled it to explain what it could do. In Maths, we have been looking at moving objects in quarter and half turns.

Please note that next week we will do the last book change on Monday and then we will collect the books in for the end of term, including library books. Please ensure that all books have to handed back in by the end of term.

 

Reverend Singa

On Tuesday, we had the privilege of Reverend Singa leading our morning worship. Reverend Lesinga Vunipola - known as Singa - is originally from Tonga, a Polynesian kingdom of more than 170 South Pacific islands and now, she spreads her light and faith in the Lord through Methodist ministry.

The worship assembly focused on the good news at Christmas and the joy in which we receive at this time of year. She made it even more exciting by linking it to delicious chocolate – I think the staff and children were fixated.

At St Peter’s we are excited to see more of Reverend Singa and build relations with local schools in Tonga. She even has two children who are play professional rugby for England. Let us hope we might be able to meet them too.

 

Disability History Month 2021

What is Disability History Month?

Disability History Month runs every year between 22nd November and 22nd December.

Disability History Month supported by a wide range of disability groups, unions and voluntary groups. The aim of the month is to promote the rights of people who have disabilities and their struggle for equality now as well as in the past.

For schools Disability History month can be a chance to develop a culture of respect for difference and to remove barriers that everyone can reach their full potential.

Next week’s homework will focus on raising disability awareness and as a school; we will continue to focus on the theme into the New Year.

 

We have lots of things to look forward to next week, including the KS1 Christmas party with lots of fun games and making Christmas decorations.

I hope that you have a lovely weekend,

Miss Murphy

 

This week in Year 2...

3rd December 2021

We have had a very busy in Year 2 practising for our fantastic Nativity ‘I’m Gonna Shine’. We have read through the script together and have been practising the songs.. Next week, we will start to get rehearsals into full swing with the stage. A letter about costumes will also be sent home next Monday.

I have saved the songs and lyrics on google classroom for you to use.

In English this week, we have started our new unit of work about ‘Persuasive texts’ focused on the story of ‘Bob The Man On The Moon’. We listened to the story and thought of interesting questions which we could ask Bob. Next week, we will learn about what a persuasive text is and learn a persuasive text about ‘The Roaring Rocket 3000!’. We will also design a new space souvenir and write a persuasive text to persuade people to buy our new toy.

In maths next week, we will learn about turning objects in half and quarter turns. At home, it would be great to practise telling the time to the nearest quarter,

Have a lovely weekend,

Miss Murphy

 

This week in Year 2

This week in year 2, we have been getting our Nativity rehearsals into full swing! We have been practising the songs and today we practised saying our lines on the stage. Over the weekend, please practise your lines and the songs. I have posted the songs on Google Classroom for you to use.

In English this week, we have been learning about changing adjectives to adverbs and using them in sentences to make our writing even more interesting for the reader. We planned and wrote a new story about ‘How to Catch a Star’ and we focused on using the correct punctuation. In maths, we practised finding fractions of shapes and total amounts.

In PSHE, we looked at what an assumption is and how people can make assumptions about others. We looked at how we are similar and different and discussed why we are all special.

Next week, we will be doing a lot more Nativity practise and letters about costumes will be sent home.

Have a lovely weekend,

Miss Murphy

 

This Week in Year 2...

19th November 2021

This week has been Anti-Bullying Week. The theme this year was ‘One Kind Word’. We thought about the positive messages that we could say to people and how the words make them feel. We created posters about ‘One Kind Word’ and will make sure that we put this into practise.

In English this week, we have been learning about changing adjectives to adverbs and using them in sentences to make our writing even more interesting for the reader. We listened to the story of ‘How to Catch a Star’ and answered questions about the text, We also sequences the story and learnt about the conjunctions that we can use to join two sentences together,

In maths we have been finding fractions of a number, including halves and quarters. We have also been developing our understanding of equivalent fractions, such as 2/4 is the same as ½. Next week, we will be learning how to find fractions of shapes and objects.

On Tuesday, we took part in a wonderful Caribbean Dance workshop. On Thursday, we also had an ‘Animal Kind’ workshop, where we learnt how we can take care of animals and we created posters to share our ideas.

Next week, the RE Ambassadors will be collecting more new pants, socks and grey tights for the food bowl charity. Please bring your donations to your class RE Ambassadors. It is greatly appreciated.

I hope that you have a lovely weekend.

Miss Murphy

 

This week in Year 2

12th November 2021

A highlight this week was DT Day, where we made fantastic bird feeders. We drew out four initial designs to see what colours and materials we wanted to use and then choose our final design. We made the product by carefully following instructions to assembly the parts of the birdfeeder tie the string. Our final product was fantastic! Take a look at the gallery below:

*Year 2 DT Day

In English this week we have been learning how to use apostrophes to spell words with contractions. We have been writing poems about fireworks, using a range of poetical features. Today we published our poems. We also had fun with Kat during our poetry workshops. We wrote and performed poems about our skin, basked on the story of 'Sulwe' by Lupita Nyong. We came up with wonderful ideas and even included similes.

This week maths week UK. We listened to the story ‘How many jellybeans?’ and took part in a great fun (and tasty!) activity counting jellybeans in 2s, 5s and 10s. We also created a pictogram to show how many of each jellybean there was in the packet and answered questions about the pictogram.

Next week in English, we will start our new story called ‘How to Catch a Star’. In our lessons, we will practise answering questions about the text and writing sentences about the story using conjunctions. We are going to be thinking of new ways for the boy to catch the star in the story and writing our own version of the story. In Maths, we will be learning how to find fractions of an object or an amount.

Well done the children for their Nativity auditions this week. Myself, Mrs Johnston and Miss Miller will be deciding parts and we will start rehearsals soon.

On Monday it will be ‘Odd Socks Day’. Get your odd socks ready to celebrate how unique we are for anti-bullying week. The theme for anti-bullying week is ‘One Kind Word’. Over the weekend, try and think of lots of kind words and phrases that we can use to encourage people and make their day! We will share our ideas next week,

Have a lovely weekend,

Miss Murphy and Year 2

 

This week in Year 2

6th November 2021

Welcome back! We hope that you had a relaxing half term. The children have all settled back very well into the second part of our Autumn term. Well done to all of the children for a fantastic poetry recital on Thursday. You read your poem ‘The Thing About Bees’ with great expression and wonderful actions.

In English, we’ve been reading poems about bonfire night. Today, we looked at a poem called ‘Bonfire Night’ by Sara Fox and annotated the features the poet had used in the poem, such as onomatopoeia, alliteration and personification. Next week, we will be writing our own poems with a repeated line.

In maths this week we have been learning about measuring in cm and m. We had a go at drawing lines in cm and measuring the height and width of objects. We also looked at reading scaled in 2s, 5s and 10s when measuring capacity and temperature.

In PSHE, we also talked about the COP26 which is happening in Glasgow. We watched an assembly with Ade about the ways that we can help save the planet and discussed why it is important for us to help.

Have a lovely weekend.

Miss Murphy

 

This week in Year 2...

21st October 2021

Yesterday, the whole school watched The Sun Shines on Everyone by Black Books Matter Company. The performance was about a boy who unintentionally made a racist comment at school. One evening, he met an alien who came from a planet where everyone is the same. The student realised that this would be a boring way to live and therefore, our differences should be celebrated because we are each unique.

In RSHE, we also learnt about Katherine Johnson and her amazing achievements. We listened to a story about her life called ‘Counting on Katherine’ and created a fact file about her life. We learnt about her desire to become a mathematician and how she fulfilled her dreams.

A huge thank you to Gairey Collins for reading Golda Locks and the Magical Rocks to the children. The children loved your story Gairey. You are a true inspiration to us all. They especially loved your expression and performance.

In English, we have been writing a report about what happened in the great fire of London. We also learnt about using apostrophes to show possession. Over half term, I would like you to learn a poem called ‘The thing about bees’. Please practise this over half term and we will recite it during our poetry recital next week.

In maths, we have been answering reasoning questions about number and place value, addition and subtraction and shapes. Over half term, please keep using Mathletics and I have assigned tasks for the children to complete.

Interschool competitions

Huge congratulations to Cross for winning this half term’s interschool competitions. Across the school, Cross performed excellently and consistently. As a result, they were awarded the highest amount of points. Everyone who took part should be extremely proud of themselves. The winning trophy will be displayed in the entrance to the school. In addition, a huge thank you to the Sports Ambassadors who helped organise the matches.

Have a lovely half term.

Miss Murphy

 

This week in Year 2...

15th October 2021

In English, we have been become newspaper reporters! We travelled back to 1666 to discover what The Great Fire of London was like. We started by collecting facts about the fire and what happened. Next week, we will use the information that we know to write a newspaper report. We will also learn about the key features of a newspaper report, like subtitles, pictures and captions.

In maths this week we have been naming 3D shapes and looking at their properties including number of edges, faces and vertices. We also sorted 3D shapes according to their properties. Over the weekend, see if you can find 3D shapes around the house- I have uploaded an optional maths activity on Google Classroom.

Show Racism the Red Card

'Lack of knowledge is darker than the night.'

- African proverb

On Thursday 21st October 2021, St Peter’s staff and children will be wearing an item of red clothing/accessory to show solidarity for and join alliance with, ‘Show Racism the Red Card’. Together we can help make the change we want to see in the world and pledge to actively eradicate prejudice and discrimination within our society. Moreover, each class will be taking part in an anti-racism lesson with their class teacher.

In-school competitions

Next week, within our usual PE lessons, we will be holding in-school football competitions where the children will compete in their house groups. The winning house will receive a trophy that will be placed in the Office entrance; a ribbon in the colour of the winning house will be attached. In addition, each member of the winning house will receive a celebration certificate. Best of luck St Peter’s, let the best house win!

Have a lovely weekend,

Miss Murphy

 

This week in Year 2...

8th October 2021

We have had a wonderful week in Year 2. Today visited Holland Park Ecology Centre. In science, we have been learning all about animals and their habitats and at Holland Park we had the chance to explore two contrasting habitats. We met our guide for the workshop and looked at the different creatures that we can find around the ecology centre. We discussed how they survive in their habitat and their special features. We then put on our coats and went to a special part of the park. We went on a minibeast hunt, and used an animal identification sheet to recognise what minibeasts that we had seen. We even found a toad sleeping under a damp log! It was very difficult to spot because of its camouflage. We then had the chance to go pond dipping. We used long nets to swirl a figure of 8 in the water and emptied the net into a tub filled with water. We then looked at what pond creature we could find. It was a super trip and we really enjoyed identifying new creatures.

08.10.21 Holland Park

 On Wednesday, we celebrated ‘National Poetry Day’ and took part in a fum workshop with Kat. We learnt some new poems and rhymes and had a go at illustrating out own animals from poems. This week, as part of our celebration of black poets for BHM, I have asked you to learn a poem. Please practise it over the weekend and we will recite it in class next week.

In maths this week, we have been naming 2D shapes and looking at their properties including number of edges, faces and vertices. We also looked at regular and irregular shapes and sorted them by their properties. Next week, we will learn about 3D and their properties.

In English, we continued to write our stories about a new gigantic vegetable. We planned our story and write a new story with a beginning, middle and an end. We also thought about how we can use commas in lists and interesting adjectives. Your homework this week is to learn a poem by Valeria Bloom called ‘Lucky Me’, which we will recite next week.

Thank you so much to the trip helpers today.

Have a lovely weekend,

Miss Murphy

 

This week in Year 2...

1st October 2021

We have had a very busy week in year 2! In English we created our own version of ‘The Gigantic ‘ story. We had to think of new characters and a new enormous vegetable. We also practised using commas to list items and using an adjective to create an expanded noun phrase. Miss Murphy was very impressed with our stories! Next week, we will continue our stories and share them with our partner. We will also look at how we can improve key spellings and check that the punctuation is as accurate.

In Maths we have been learning our number bonds to 20 and how to add tens to 2-digit numbers. We have also been developing strategies to add a one-digit number to a two digit number. We also looked at how addition can be done in any order but subtraction can’t. At home, please continue to practise adding two number using written methods and encouraging children to add on in their head. Next week, we will start a new unit of work about shapes and patterns.

Next week we have a fun trip planned to Holland Park Ecology centre. Please make sure that you have given permission on parent mail for your child to attend and I will be in touch about helpers for the trip on Monday.

This month, we will also be celebrating Black History month. If you have any books at home that would would like to share, please do bring them in.

Have a lovely weekend,

Miss Murphy

 

This week in Year 2...

24th September 2021

We have had a lovely week in year 2! Yesterday it was national fitness day. We took part in a mile running challenge, running, walking, skipping and hopping around the playground. It was very fun!

24.09.21 Year 2

On Monday, it was ‘Talk like a pirate’ day and we all came to school kitted out in our finest pirate costumes, complete with hats, hooks and eye-patches ready for a day of art, drawing and stories. We had lots of fun playing pirate games with the children in reception and year 1.

In Maths we have been practising how to add onto a number, including ones and tens. We also revised our number bonds to 20. Next week we will look at how we can subtract using number beads and a hundreds square. At home, please practise adding on ones to a number in your head.

In English, we have been writing a new adventure story about Alfie the tortoise. We focused on using capital letters and the correct punctuation at the end of the sentence. Today, we listened to our new story called ‘The Gigantic Turnip’. For your homework, I would like you to use adjectives to retell the story. Next week, we will be learning about how to use commas in lists and creating our own versions of the story.

The story can be found here if you would like to listen to it at home:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OkOL7U6eAog

 

Have a lovely weekend,

Miss Murphy and Year 2.

 

This week in Year 2...

17th September 2021

Well done to everyone in Year 2 for another wonderful week!

We’ve have had a wonderful week in Year 2! The children have all worked ever so hard in our activities and produced many pieces of work to be proud of.

In English, we have been learning how to use an expanded noun phrase to describe the characters and setting. We also planned a new story with a new character and setting. Next week, we will be using our plans to write a story, using the new characters, settings and animal.

In maths, we have been counting on in 2s, 5s and 10s. We also continued number sequences and wrote the rule for each one. Keep practising your times tables at home! We also looked at how we can order numbers by looking at how many tens and ones it has. Next week, we will begin to look at the different methods that we can use for addition and subtraction.

Thank you so much to everyone who came to the virtual open classroom on Tuesday. I hope you found it useful and that you have all received the email with the class information.

Next week promises to be another fun-packed week as on Monday it’s ‘Talk like a pirate day!’ Don’t forget to come dressed as a pirate if possible (a plain t-shirt and trousers will be fine if not), and be ready for some swashbuckling activities!

Thank you,

Miss Murphy

 

A fun first week!

10th September 2021

We have been in year 2 for a week and have enjoyed every minute of it! There children have been working very hard and I am very proud of them all!

In maths, we have been practising finding the place value of numbers and counting on and back to 100. Next week, we will practise counting on and back in 2s, 5s, 10s and 3s and begin to recognise multiples of a number.

We have immersed in the imaginative world of Roald Dahl in English. We read Esio Trot this week and were inspired to write amazing character descriptions and write letters from Mr Hoppy inviting Mrs Silver (and Alfie the tortoise, of course!) over for tea and biscuits! Next week, we will be planning a new story based on the story of Esio Trot. We will also celebrate Roald Dahl Day with a quiz and creating illustrations like Quinten Blake.

In RE, we have been learning about parables. We know that they are stories that Jesus told and that they can be found in the new testament of the Bible.

I have sent PE kits home today to be washed. Please bring them back to school on Monday. I have also sent spelling books home so that you can see the test score. Please keep them in the reading folder and we will collect them in on Monday.

Have a great weekend,

Miss Murphy.

 

A warm welcome to Year 2

3rd September 2021

Welcome to Year 2! We have been in year 2 for two days and have enjoyed every minute of it! We have all settled in very well into the new school year. It has been wonderful getting to know our new teacher Miss Murphy and our teaching assistant Miss Grundy.

This week, we have been getting stuck into lots of fun activities, including drawing self-portraits, writing postcards and we even started our new unit of work about number and place value.

Next week we will immerse into the imaginative world of Roald Dahl. Our focus test will be ‘Esio Trot’, and during the week, we will be writing character descriptions and invitations for tea. We will be focusing on using capital letters, finger spaces and the correct punctuation.

Next week in maths, we have been practising finding the place value of numbers and counting on and back to 100. We will use a range of equipment to represent numbers and partition numbers into tens and ones.

 

A few notices:

PE lessons will be on Wednesday and Thursday. After PE on Wednesday, the children will go home in their PE kits and they are to come to school in their PE kits for Thursday's PE lesson. Can I please request that the front of the PE bag is clearly labelled on the outside so that we can quickly identify the children’s PE bags.

Reading books will be changed every Tuesday and Friday. Please make sure that you read with your child each night and sign the reading diary. Please also write when the book is finished, so that we know to change the reading book. Thank you.

Our ‘Virtual Open Evening’ will be on Tuesday 14th September from 5:20 – 5:40pm. In the session, we will share key information about Year 2 and what we will be doing throughout the year.

 

Have a lovely weekend.

Miss Murphy and Year 2.A