Watchlytes Primary

Creativity, Inspiration and Achievement

Welcome to Year 2 Birch!

Here you'll be able to find everything you need for Year 2. You will be able to keep up to date with everything going on in Birch class, as well as finding useful information that can be used at home. Please check in every week to see more updates of what we are learning about.

Curriculum Overview:

Curriculum Overview 2020 - 2021

Curriculum Maps:

Curriculum Map - Autumn 2020

 

Useful Documents:

Information for Parents about Key Stage 1 SATs

The Year 2 Learner - Maths

The Year 2 Learner - English

Letter Join Home User's Guide

 

And here's what we've been up to...

Week Beginning: 30th November 2020

This week we have been preparing our letter to Father Christmas. We hope to write them up in our best handwriting next week. We have also used papier-mache to make our own Christmas baubles. Again, we will be decorating these next week. We have also had 4 winners of our advent calendar so far. Congratulations to Maisie, Adam, Jessica and Isabelle.

Next week we will be focusing on:

Maths - Volume and capacity

English - The Jolly Christmas Postman

Science - The Food Chain

 

Week Beginning: 23rd November 2020

This week the children have loved hearing all about The Jolly Postman and how our postal service works. We are very close to finishing our fire engines which will hopefully be making their way home next week.

Next week we will be focusing on:

Maths - Money

English - The Jolly Postman

PE - Throwing and Catching

 

Week Beginning: 16th November 2020

Year 2 are currently working extremely hard across the curriculum. They are showing our school value of determination and resilience when it comes to learning new things. Keep it up!

Next week we will be focusing on: 

Maths - Missing Number Problems

English - Our own alternative fairy tale

History - Writing a Newspaper Report on The Great Fire of London

 

Week Beginning: 9th November 2020

I would first of all like to thank you all for your kind generosity in supporting the British Legion and buying poppy related items.

We have been looking at alternative fairy tales in English and the children thoroughly enjoyed 'The Stinky Cheese Man'.

Next week we will be focusing on:

Maths - Addition - Up to and over 100.

English - Diary Entries

Art/DT - Designing a Fire Engine

 

Week Beginning: 19th October 2020

We have had an amazing week! I am very impressed with how well the class has settled back into our school routines. I have loved watching the children talk about their own land at the top of The Magic Faraway Tree. The children have also really enjoyed their first session on Times Tables Rock Stars. Please practise at home as much as you can using the login details on the inside of your planner.

Next week we will be focusing on:

Maths - Mental Addition and Subtraction

English - Writing Instructions

History - Writing a Diary Entry as Samuel Pepys

 

Week Beginning: 12th October 2020

We were all extremely proud of all of Key Stage 1 for completing their mini marathon on Friday for such an important cause. If you do have any more donations then please bring them in to school as soon as you can. 

Next week we will be focusing on:

Maths - Ordering Numbers

English - The Magic Faraway Tree

Science - Recycling Materials

 

A New Year - A New Start

It has been an excellent start to Year 2 from everyone in Birch Class. I was very impressed that every single child remembered to bring their home work this week. Long may that continue!

Next week we will be focusing on:

Maths - Finding 10 more and 10 less

English - Autumn Poetry

History - Samuel Pepys' diary

 

Home Learning - Week 13

It has been great to see your hard work at home from this week's home learning. Your creativity, determination and positive attitude never fails to amaze me. The TT Rockstars table is getting tighter every week!

1. Zac - 52,478

2. Antara - 51,427

3. Kai - 24.431

4. Luca - 22,113

5. Rehna - 13,885

6. Kayla - 11,020

7. Mr Longland - 9,926

8. Khushi - 9,154

9. Franek - 8,915

10. Frankie - 8,330

11. Freya - 6,850

12. Daniel - 6,213

13. Maisy - 5,880

14. Lillie-Mai - 510

15. Mason - 170

16. Talal - 160

17. Ava - 13

 

Home Learning - Week 12

It has been a very mixed week weather wise so very difficult to plan any activities out and about. This weekend sees another set of lockdown measures being eased. Please make sure you take care, stay safe and carry on washing your hands regularly. I am flabbergasted at the amount of coins you are earning on TT Rockstars! The table now looks like this:

1. Zac - 41,118

2. Antara - 29,457

3. Kai - 24,341

4. Luca - 19,123

5. Rehna, 13,622

6. Kayla - 10,170

7. Mr Longland - 9,926

8. Khushi - 9,154

9. Frankie - 8,330

10. Franek - 8,275

11. Daniel - 6,213

12. Maisy - 5,880

13. Freya - 5,170

14. Lillie-Mai - 510

15. Mason - 170

16. Talal - 160

17. Ava - 13

 

Home Learning - Week 11

It has been very hot this week. I hope you have all been keeping cool and hydrated. I have really enjoyed looking at your Geography work from last week, I'm glad so many of you enjoyed it. TT Rockstars table now looks like this:

1. Zac - 38,808

2. Antara - 24,809

3. Kai - 24,341

4. Luca - 14,623

5. Rehna - 12,433

6. Mr Longland - 9,466

7. Kayla - 7,983

8. Khushi - 7,896

9. Frankie - 7,650

10. Franek - 6,985

11. Daniel - 6,213

12. Maisy - 5,880

13. Lillie-Mai - 510

14. Freya - 440

15. Mason - 170

16. Talal - 160

17. Ava - 13

 

 

Home Learning - Week 10

There has been lots of hard work at home during a dark and wet week. Fingers crossed for a hot week next week. I am still so impressed with so many of you putting in so much effort into your learning during this tricky time. There has been a change at the top of the leaderboard this week on Times Tables Rockstars.

1. Zac - 25,958

2. Kai - 24,271

3. Antara - 16,203

4. Rehna - 11,993

5. Luca - 10,866

6. Mr Longland - 9,026

7. Khushi - 7,896

8. Daniel - 6,213

9. Frankie - 6,180

10. Maisy - 5,880

11. Kayla - 5,543

12. Franek - 5,158

13. Lillie-Mai - 510

14. Freya - 440

15. Mason - 170

16. Talal - 160

17. Ava - 13

 

Home Learning: Week 9

It has been great to see so many of you baking at home this week. Ava has even made her own jam! Yummy! I can't wait to taste all of these recipes when we can finally go back to school. The Times Tables Rockstars table is changing all the time. At the end of this week the table looks like this:

1. Kai - 23,765

2. Zac - 16,358

3. Antara - 13,040

4. Mr Longland - 8,613

5. Luca - 7,462

6. Rehna - 6,413

7. Frankie - 5,300

8. Khushi - 5,076

9. Maisy - 4,990

10. Daniel - 4,395

11. Franek - 3,818

12. Kayla - 3,403

13. Lillie-Mai - 510

14. Freya - 440

15. Mason - 170

16. Talal - 160

17. Ava - 13

 

 

Home Learning: Week 8 

Hello everyone! Mrs Perry and I are missing you all very much. I have loved watching your chain reaction videos. I am working on a way to put them all together for you to see. You have blown me away with how many coins you have earned this week on Times Tables Rockstar! 50,980 COINS THIS WEEK!

The Birch Class table now looks like this:

1. Kai - 22,312

2. Zac - 9,416

3. Mr Longland - 6,753

4. Khushi - 5,076

5. Rehna - 4,953

6. Luca - 4,491

7. Antara - 4,130

8. Maisy - 3,740

9. Daniel - 3,305

10. Kayla - 3,303

11. Franek - 2,688

12. Frankie - 2,230

13. Lillie-Mai - 510

14. Freya - 440

15. Mason - 170

16. Talal - 160

17. Ava - 13 

 

 

Times Tables Rockstars Update!

It looks like we have had a busy half-term with 11 children all recording scores. A special well done to Franek who has registered a new rock status of 'Gigger'. The scores are as follows:

1. Khushi - 5076

2. Daniel - 3305

3. Rehna - 2320

4. Franek - 1834

5. Luca - 1020

6. Kayla - 1012

7. Zac - 680

8. Antara - 230

9. Mason - 170

10. Talal - 160

11. Freya - 150

 

Don't forget you can improve your rock status by completing 10 studio sessions.

 

Week 7: Home Learning

Half-term is here! I am very proud of all the hard work you have put in this term. It has been a very challenging time but I am glad you have all stepped up to the plate to produce some excellent learning at home. Well done to the following pupils for their fantastic scores on Times Tables Rockstars:

1. Khushi - 5070

2. Rehna - 1100

3. Kayla - 1012

4. Zac - 680

5. Antara - 230

6. Mason - 170

7. Talal - 160

8. Freya - 150

Don't forget that you can challenge me too! Only if you are feeling brave.

 

Week 6: Home Learning

After another week in lockdown, your creativeness continues to surprise me. The good weather is due to return this weekend so please make sure you enjoy it safely. There will be no specific home learning 'Activity Sheet' next week as it is half-term, however please use the Home Learning section of the school website which is full of activities you could complete. Take care and stay safe everyone!

 

Week 5: Home Learning

It has been great to see that most of you are enjoying the home learning activities. I am very proud of the work you have shown me via email. Please remember that if you have any questions then please email birchclass@watchlytes.herts.sch.uk

 

Week 4: Home Learning

I have been very impressed with your monsters that you have designed this week and last. There are some very scary ones! Unfortunately, I have been unable to upload a video of me reading the story to you. I have managed to upload the pages to a photo gallery which you'll be able to find above this message. Stay home, stay safe and we will hopefully see you all soon. Mr Longland.

 

Week 3: Home Learning

I hope you all had a great Easter break, Mrs Perry and I are both missing you lots. It has been great to see what you've been up to at home this week. I'm glad some of you enjoyed making your monsters. Stay safe everyone!

 

Week 2: Home Learning

We have reached the end of our second week at home. I have thoroughly enjoyed reading emails and looking at pictures of what you have been up to this week. I hope you all have a safe Easter break! Keep in touch via birchclass@watchlytes.herts.sch.uk with any pictures or messages about what you have been up to.

 

Week 1: Home Learning

It has been great to see some of the activities you have been up to this week. I hope you have enjoyed some of the ideas on our Home Learning sheet. Please don't forget to email birchclass@watchlytes.herts.sch.uk with any updates. 

 

The Benefactor: 26th February

This week was an exciting week. We had the opportunity to take part in a Mathematics challenge. We had to solve our part of the challenge and then combine our answers with the other classes around school. It was really fun to learn about budgets and money.

 

We are Photographers: 30th January

We have started a new computing topic: We are Photographers. So far we have been editing photos from the internet and changing how they look. Now we are taking our own photos and we will be editing them next week.

 

 Christmas Jumper Day: 13th December

Merry Christmas from everyone in Year 2 Birch class!  We had great fun in our Christmas jumpers on Friday. Although Mr Longland has worn something Christmassy every day of December so far.

 

The Great Fire of London: 4th December

Today we had a visit from a special guest. He told us all about The Great Fire of London. We were able to take part in a variety of activities and role-play scenarios. Here is a picture of our 'bucket chain'.

 

Measuring: 27th November

Today we have been comparing the mass of various objects in our classroom. We then had to order them from lightest to heaviest.

 

Children in Need 2019: 15th November

This morning we took part in 'The Big Morning Move with Joe Wicks'. We really enjoyed his 5 minute workout.

Children in Need 2019

 

Great Fire of London Dance: 11th November

We have been learning a routine that links to our topic of The Great Fire of London. In this picture you can see us creating a fire effect using our bodies.

The Great Fire of London - Dance

 

Diwali Dance: 24th October 2019

We had the opportunity to take part in a Diwali dance workshop. We had a great time learning the routine and performing it as a class.

"It was amazing to take part, it was really fun!" - Freya.

 

 

Fire Service Vist: 4th October 2019

We had a visit from the Hertfordshire Fire Service. We had a fantastic time and learnt lots. We were able to sit in the fire engine, try on the clothing and squirt the hose.