Welcome to Spider Class
Welcome to Spider Class! Spider Class is one of the Year 2 classes at the Isle of Ely Primary School. From this page you will be able to read about our curriculum and learning activities. Children have PE on Friday and will need to arrive in their PE kits on this day. We will also provide a "Weekly Newsflash" to see what we have been learning in the past week.
Our Class Teacher:
Our Teaching Assistants:
Mrs Kiss Mrs Lambert
This half term we will be learning:
In English this half term we will be focusing on character description. We will once again we using the Talk4Writing approach, beginning with our cold write and hook, before moving through the imitation, innovation and independent stages. Our model text this half term is The Cobbler of Krakow and Smok the Dragon which will provide us with a high-quality example. We will learn how to use adjectives split by a comma, similes and alliteration. We will also be focusing on our non-negotiables of full stops and capital letters.
At the Isle of Ely Primary School, we use knowledge organisers as a tool to enhance our students learning and to allow parents and carers to support their child's learning. In our knowledge organisers you will find essential knowledge, key dates, vocabulary and key figures where relevant. These can be used as a fun assessment tool which will ensure that students remember more and learn more in the upcoming unit of work.
Our class text is: Flat Stanley by Jeff Brown.
Weekly Newsflash W/C: 03.05.21
Year 2 have been using their brilliant imaginations this week! They wrote a story about their own monster and focused on their description tools. Their stories were fantastic! In maths, we have continued our work on fractions. We have found quarters of shapes and quantities, using the bar model to help our understanding. We then went on to learning about unit fractions. Please ask us what these are! The children have worked on mixing paint in art this week. They have mixed skin tones using red, brown, white and green paint. We will be painting our self-portraits next week! Great work Year 2!
Weekly Newsflash W/C: 26.04.21
Another great week in Year 2 has come to an end. In writing, the children have been practicing showing not telling in their writing. They have also completed some wonderful independent writing showcasing what we can do. In maths, we have started a new unit of work on fractions; we have worked on identifying wholes and parts and have begun to identify and find half of an amount. This week, we have had a big focus on art and have really enjoyed learning about self-portraits. We have practiced identifying the positioning of our facial features and have used a mirror to accurately draw them. In science, we have been looking at both habitats and microhabitats, considering what living things live in our school. Well done Year 2!
Weekly Newsflash W/C: 19.04.21
Weekly Newsflash W/C: 12.04.21
Weekly Newsflash W/C: 22.03.21
Weekly Newsflash W/C: 15.03.21
We have had another great week in year 2 this week, and it has been great to see full classrooms and lots of smiling faces. In PE, the children have continued their yoga in class and have also enjoyed learning all about invasion games, including how to control a ball. This week in maths, we have started a new topic and have been studying measurement. This has involved a focus on measuring length in both centimetres and meters. In English this week, we have started to innovate our writing, thinking about how we can use our model texts structure and add our own ideas to it. We have continued our learning on seeds in science and have started our experiment to investigate the conditions that plants need to grow. Another superb week, great work year 2. Finally, we enjoyed a wacky Comic Relief day. Here is the class' winning joke for our school competition:
What do you get if you cross a sheep and a kangaroo? A woolly jumper!
Weekly Newsflash W/C: 08.03.21
Weekly Newsflash w/c: 01.03.21
Week two of the half term has been another busy one and alongside all the wonderful learning we have been doing, we have also had World Book Day! Despite not being able to dress up as we normally would, we still took part in a number of book day lessons. All three teachers in year 2 shared one of their favourite books: Miss Lewis shared The Book with no Pictures, Mr Sinfield shared I’m Australian Too and Mrs Daybell shared The Day the Crayons Came Home. In maths, we have started a new unit of work on statistics. Students have been practising using tally charts and pictograms and have learned how to analyse the data collected. Our work on Roman Britain in history has continued with a focus on Roman towns and cities. We have looked at different parts of a Romans city, including the forum, baths and basilicas. In writing, we have been learning our model text How to look after a pet dragon. We have used this text to learn more about adjectives in a list, adverbs and imperative (bossy) verbs.
Weekly Newsflash W/C: 22.02.21
What an excellent week to start the new half term! In maths, we have continued our work on division. The children have been working very hard using bar models to help their understanding of grouping and sharing. We have started a new unit of work in history: we learned about the invasion of Britain by the Romans and the rebellion of Boudicca. The children have really enjoyed starting our new writing unit based on instructions. We are currently learning our model text, 'How to look after a dragon'. Excellent work this week Year 2!
Weekly Newsflash W/C: 01.02.21
Well done to Year 2 for all their brilliant work this week. In maths, we have been learning our 2, 5 and 10 times tables. Keep practising these as we move on to our next unit! In English, we have been writing our innovated stories. The children came up with some excellent and creative ideas. We will be finishing these off next week! We have continued our work on electricity in science this week. The children enjoyed testing which materials are conductors and which are insulators by putting them into an electrical circuit. On Wednesday, we had a music day! The children expressed their feelings about the lockdown by writing amazing song lyrics. Great work this week, Year 2!
Weekly Newsflash W/C: 25.01.21
Another great week has passed in our spring term! The fantastic engagement and participation has continued this week. It is so great to see so many students both at school and at home volunteering answers and completing great work. In history, we have continued to develop our knowledge about Ancient Egypt. Building upon our work on archaeologists last week, we have been learning about hieroglyphics and the Rosetta Stone. We have continued our work on circuits and electricity in science including drawing scientific drawings to represent our circuits. In English, this week we have moved away from imitation and into innovation! We have been looking at our model text and asking what was the purpose of each section of the story. We have then swapped our own ideas in to create our own version. In maths, we have continued our unit of work on multiplication and division. This week has involved looking at arrays as a way of solving multiplication problems.
* This Wednesday (3rd February) we will be taking a day out from our normal timetable to have a music day! Please attend lessons at the same time and we will explain all on Wednesday*
Weekly Newsflash W/C: 18.01.21
Another fantastic week in Year 2! Students at home and at school have shown fantastic participation, enthusiasm and hard work. In history, we have continued to develop our knowledge about Ancient Egypt. Building upon our work on the River Nile last week, we have been learning about archaeologists - in particular, Howard Carter. We have learned about circuits in science and have even built our own virtual circuits. In English, this week we have swapped from reading as a reader to reading as a writer: we have been analysing our model text and have been looking at the tools the author has used so that we could add them to our own writers toolkit. This has included adjectives, verbs, adverbs and similes. Well done for all your hard work this week!
Weekly Newsflash (W/B: 11.01.21)
Well done for another brilliant week! The participation and enthusiasm from the children at home has been particularly amazing. Well done! We have enjoyed learning more about the River Nile in our history unit of Ancient Egypt. We have also covered how to be safe with electrical appliances in science. In English, we have been working on our reading skills, with an emphasis on retrieval. The children have also revised what nouns, adjectives, verbs and adverbs are. Well done for all your hard work this week!
Weekly Newsflash (W/B: 06.01.21)
This week has been amazing! Mr Sinfield and I are so proud of the Year 2 children. Well done to all the children at home and at school who have tried their best to learn at this tricky time. We hope you have enjoyed our live lessons this week. Thank you also to all the parents who have helped and supported the children’s learning at home. This week we have started our first Talk for Writing unit, focussing on setting the scene. The children did their best to write a setting description using a picture prompt. We then started to gather adjectives and descriptive ideas. We then started learning our story of “The Snow Queen”! In Maths, we have continued our work on addition and subtraction. We have worked on taking away a two-digit number from another two digit number and we have practised adding three one-digit numbers. We have also started our history unit covering Ancient Egypt! We hope you had an enjoyable week and we can’t wait to see you (in person or virtually!) next week.
Christmas in Year 2
Nativity Performance 2020
Year 2 Christmas Performance - Jingle Bells
Year 2 Christmas Performance - Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
Year 2 Christmas Performance - Santa Clause is Coming to Town
Year 2 Christmas Performance - We Wish you a Merry Christmas
Reading in Year 2
Over the past month or two we have been sending our speed sound videos home to practise with your child at home. This covers the first 10 to 15 minutes of our daily phonics lessons. However, we wanted to give you a taste of what the next 45 minutes of a reading lesson looks like. Therefore, we have taken some videos of some of our year 2 children practising their reading. In the first video two students are taking it in turns reading a page from a Read, Write Inc story book, helping each other as they go. Following on from this children complete activities to reinforce their decoding, fluency and/or expression. In the second video two students are taking part in a comprehension activity. In the video you can see these children taking it in turns to ask and answer questions, revisiting the story when needed. We hope this gives you an additional insight into what reading looks like in Year 2 at the Isle of Ely Primary School.