Jewish Studies – 22nd January : 9th Shevat
It dawned on me during a Year 2 JS lesson this week that the last time I saw this gorgeous class for real was on the first day of Chanukah! That really is SUCH a long ago, especially as I am already starting to plan Purim events for school. That said, your children still continue to amaze me each day with their warmth, humour and genuine desire to learn. They really are a special class!
This week we have learnt the script letter ‘final fey’ – not an easy one to write, but I hope my little video helped them to learn how to correctly form the letter. We looked at the gematria rule for the numbers 15 and 16 – which means the children will now understand why Tu B’Shevat is so called (it means 15th Shevat).
We have continued our topic of Tikkun Olam, looking this week at the concept of Bal Tashchit – not destroying or wasting. The children are sweet and so keen to do the right thing to help save our environment. This led seamlessly into the theme of Tu B’Shevat which we will learn more about – and celebrate – next week.
Have a lovely weekend and a beautiful Shabbat.
PS You can see our JS Year Two Gallery here
Jewish Studies 15th January – 2nd Shevat
After two weeks of remote teaching, I guess it is starting to feel more normal teaching through a screen, though I do so miss seeing all your gorgeous kiddies for real each day. Please God we will be able to return to school again in the not-too-distant future.
These past couple of weeks we have continued to practise our general knowledge (months, books of the Torah, aleph bet, etc) and have now learnt to write in script up to the letter pey/fey. The children are doing exceptionally well with learning these letters.
We have been practising our gematria (numerical values) and the children have made really good progress with understanding the concept of letters equalling numbers.
Our current topic is Tikkun Olam and we have looked at this from a general perspective – not wasting, recycling, etc as well as focussing more on small acts that make a big difference. The smiles that the children made were so sweet!
I have made an online gallery to share some of their creative work – you can view this here.
I wish you all Shabbat Shalom and a restful, relaxing weekend.
Jewish Studies – 25th Kislev - 11th December
It was lovely to see the children having fun at the online Chanukah party last night – it really made for a happy, warm and family-feel start to Chanukah.
This week the children have made a mini-book of Chanukah facts where they really impressed me with their Chanukah knowledge and their writing skills. We learnt the difference between a Chanukiah and a Menorah and looked at the different features necessary to make a Chanukiah ‘kosher’ for use on Chanukah (candle holders all at the same height and in a straight line). We also learnt two new script letters this week – samech and ayin. We only have 7 more letters left to learn!
The children have all worked so hard this term and have been an absolute delight to teach. I’m looking forward to seeing them all back in school next term. Please try to fit in some Hebrew reading regularly over the holidays so that their reading doesn’t slip backwards after having made such great progress since September.
Have a wonderful Chanukah, a peaceful Shabbat and a happy, safe and healthy winter break!
Friday 11th December
Year 2 had an amazing week. They were filled with excitement to film their Chanukah Show for you all. We hope you enjoyed it.
This week in Maths, the children continued to learn about multiplication and division and focussed on dividing by 5. They have all made such great progress. We also looked at the language used for multiplying and dividing.
In English, the children worked on comprehension. Some focussed on reading and interpreting the question and some focussed on inferencing. This is something we will continue to work on after the break. We also looked at sentence structure, grammar and punctuation.
In creative writing this week, the children enjoyed a special drama lesson where they had to perform as a puppet and a robot. The children did a fantastic job working in pairs, using their voice and movement.
They performed their skit in front of their peers and it was so lovely to see their confidence and enthusiasm.
Forest School was a highlight this term and all the children thoroughly enjoyed the activities. Yesterday, the children attempted and some succeeded to make a fire and they all worked together to create a safe environment. They had a great time and enjoyed roasting marshmallows.
The children have have worked so hard this term and reached 30 marbles! They were rewarded with a small marble party. We are so proud of all the hard work and progress that they each have made.
We are happy to announce that the winners of the flying creatures competition are Ofri & Ashton. Well done!
We are absolutely thrilled for Mrs Harooni and this exciting time for her. We are so sad to see her leave us early. She has been such an inspirational figure in the classroom and the children have adored working with her. We will miss her morning smiles and her weekly story time. We wish her all the luck with the rest of her pregnancy and we look forward to hearing the good news in the next few months. Thank you so much Mrs Harooni for all your hard work and effort you put into Year 2. Please keep in touch with us!
We wish everyone a happy and healthy Chanukah break and we look forward to seeing everyone in the New Year.
Shabbat Shalom & Chag Samauch,
The Year 2 Team.
Jewish Studies 4th December - 18th Kislev
Year Two have worked so hard again this week in Jewish Studies and continue to impress me with their knowledge and skills. This week we have learnt the new script letters nun and final nun, and the children were so excited to realise that they could write the whole word 'Chanukah' in script!
We have learnt the story of Chanukah as well as the story of this week's Parashah - and the children made me a beautiful book of Chanukah Stories as a surprise - it really made my day!!
Shabbat shalom to you all,
Friday 4th December
Year 2 having been working very hard this week! In Maths, they continued to look at multiplication/division and odd and even numbers. We will continue with this concept next week.
In Literacy, the children had a very full week! They reviewed vowels and consonants and looked at the ai ay patterns and spelling of words. They will review and practise this for homework this week. They also looked at The Emperor Penguin, wrote a fact file and then transferred their research into a writing piece that has now made a lovely display for our board! They all learnt some very interesting facts so please do ask the children about this.
In Topic, Buddy Bee went to China! The children learnt that they speak Chinese, use Yuen for currency and eat specific foods. They also discovered the Great Wall of China and The Terracotta Army are famous and big tourists attractions.
In Science this week, we looked at bug hotels and children designed their own version of a bug hotel. We had some great ideas!
Forest School was wet, but we all still managed to have a great time. The children listened to the story of How To Catch a Star by Oliver Jeffers and then had a chance to make their own stars. They all put on a brave face in the rain and made dens and bows and arrows. It was a great morning and the children are looking forward to next week at Forest School when we will be making fire.
Wishing you all a Shabbat Shalom,
The Year 2 Team.
Jewish Studies 11th Kislev - 27th November
It was lovely to speak to so many of you this week, albeit through a screen - pG we should be able to return to more normal ways of speaking and meeting really soon.
This week the children have been working hard to ensure they know all their food brachot. We looked at how pineapples and melons grow so that the children understood why they have the brachah of Borei Peri Haadamah, unlike most other fruits which are Borei Peri HaEtz. We played lots of card games and games on JiTap to reinforce our learning.
We also practised our Hebrew reading and learnt two new script letters - mem and final mem. We're now halfway through the script alphabet!
Today we learnt the story of this week's Parashah and will try to learn the names of all twelve of Yaakov's sons (see the Parashah sheet in the children's bags).
Next week, we will start to learn about Chanukah :)
Wishing you all Shabbat Shalom and a relaxing weekend.
Friday 27th November
We have had a great week in Year 2! In Literacy, the children listened to the story of Stellaluna and compared and contrasted bats and birds. They also created their own flying creature and wrote a procedural report on how they configured it. They turned out amazingly and the children are very excited to test them out and see which creature could fly the furthest.
This week’s high frequency words are:
animals, another, around, away and any
In Maths, the children continued to looks at multiplication and division. They are working hard learning how to share out into equal groups.
This week in Science, we looked at food chains. The children amazed me with how quickly they understood how animals energy shifts from plants->small animals->larger animals->top predators. Children were all able to create and record their own examples of food chains.
The children have started working on their Chanukah show and are very excited to share it with you all.
This week in Forest School the children were very busy working together as a team and making a tent as a shelter. They learnt how to tie the rope with two different knots around the trees. They had a fantastic morning and each group was successful in putting up their tents. It was really nice to see the children working and problem solving together.
It has been lovely seeing all of you this week for parent teacher conferences. We really are so proud of all the children and their hard work.
Wishing you all a Shabbat Shalom,
The Year 2 Team.
Friday 20th November
This week the children took part in Anti-Bullying week where they made puzzle pieces and painted kindness rocks. They were involved in discussions and watched video clips. Together, they are learning and working towards being more inclusive and empathetic towards each other. This is something that we will continue to strive on. The children are really committed to acting responsibly and respectfully towards their peers.
In English, we looked at contents tables and index pages in a book. We looked at subheadings and we are beginning to learn how to locate facts and gather research from a book. We will continue looking at non fiction texts and examine different types of books.
Year 2 are also starting a handwriting/ high frequency word list weekly. We will be taking six high frequency words a week and ensuring that they are able to spell them correctly and write them in their beautiful joined up writing. Our first lesson went very well and the children are really excited about it! Our first six words were across, again, after, air, along and am. Please take some time to go over these words with your child and ensure they know the correct spelling.
In Creative Writing, the children wrote stories about being locked in the school with no teachers! They all enjoyed this and wrote some lovely stories.
In Maths, the children started to learn about multiplication and looked at repeated addition and arrays. We will continue to work on our 2’s 5’s and 10 times table.
In Geography, the children followed Buddy Bee from the United Kingdom all the way to France! They looked at a map and coloured in the United Kingdom and located France. They also looked at some famous landmarks such as the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre and The Arc de Triomphe. They learnt that they speak French and eat customary foods such as croissants and baguettes. They also learnt that France is famous for their Camembert cheese! The children learnt that they use a different currency of money such as the Euro.
It was a great adventure and they enjoyed learning about France. Next week Buddy Bee will be travelling to another country. Can you guess where?
In Science this week, we looked at large habitats and children were able to match animals to their habitats.
Forest School was still a success even though we all got rained on! The children still managed to listen to the rainbow story under a tent and make bows and arrows using a special knot they had learnt. Some children chose to make dens for animals in the woods. It was a fun filled day!
Wishing you all a Shabbat Shalom,
The Year 2 Team.
Jewish Studies 26th Cheshvan – 13th November
The children have continued to work really hard this week to improve their Hebrew script writing. We learnt two new letters – yud and kaf – which we also practised in our lesson about the morning brachot. In this lesson, we learnt that in the second brachah, we thank HaShem for making us Jewish so that we can keep all the beautiful Mitzvot of the Torah. The children all shared their favourite Mitzvah with the class – these ranged from lighting Chanukah candles to being kind and helpful to our friends.
We also practised our Hebrew reading, revised the brachot that we say before eating many different foods, learnt all about this week’s Parashah of Chayey Sarah and read the story of the Mitzva Giraffe’s Long Neck. We had such a busy week that I’m sure all the children are ready for a good rest over Shabbat!
Please note, Mrs Shannon was absent this week so unfortunately we did not manage to hear all the children read. My apologies if your child was one of those that wasn't heard - pG normal service will resume next week!
Friday the 13th November
Year 2 has had a wonderful week! The children have presented their houses and did a great job at explaining the materials they used and how they decided to design and build their house. All the houses passed the test of Mr. Wolf. Well done Year 2!
In English, the children have started to look at the differences between fiction and non fiction texts. They are learning how to read and locate the contents page and index pages of non fiction books. We also discussed how subtitles help us gather information and allow us to read these types of books out of order, whereas fiction books need to be read in order.
The children will be starting to learn how to gather and record research.
In Maths, we have continued to work with money, adding and finding change. We have also started to look at problem solving questions and the language that is used. This is something we will continue to work on. We will be starting multiplication and division next week.
In Science, we discussed minibeasts and looked at various examples. We looked at how different creatures need to live in their own microhabitat and that there may be many of these within a habitat. Children were able to match minibeasts to their microhabitats successfully.
This week in Forest School, the children made glow worms and crowns. Some continued working on the spider nets and other children enjoyed digging for mud and clay. It was a lovely day!
Congratulations to our newly appointed councillors:
Rosie + Yonat
Joey + Sophia
Thank you for supporting our charity Ajex, the kids all looked great in red!
Next week, the children are participating in a whole school Anti Bullying week.
Wishing you all Shabbat Shalom,
The Year 2 Team.
Jewish Studies 19th Cheshvan – 6th November
Year 2 have had another busy week in Jewish Studies. We learnt how to write the script letters ‘chet’ - ח and 'tet' - ט and practised all the other letters that we have already learnt.
In our Jewish Life lessons, we are learning about the 14 Morning Brachot. This week we learnt that every Bracha begins by us blessing HaShem, and that in the first of the 14 brachot we thank HaShem for giving us (and the rooster) the intelligence to tell the difference between day and night. We used a great JiTap Kerem game to help us learn all about it.
We practised our Hebrew reading and played some fun reading card games to help us learn, too. Please continue to read regularly (just 5 minutes a day) with your child – it makes such a huge difference to their fluency and confidence when they have daily practice at home.
Wishing you all a safe and healthy weekend and Shabbat Shalom
Friday 6th November
The children have had a great week in Year 2! The houses that have come in look fabulous and we are so excited to start testing them next week!
The children were very excited to watch Year 6 present their videos for the Kerem Cares Councils. We wish all the children in Year 2 who are running good luck! We will announce the winners soon. They all worked very hard on writing their speeches.
In Maths this week we continued to look at money and explored different ways of finding the same amount. Some children found this tricky so it is something that we will look at again. We are going to be moving forward with adding money and calculating change next week.
In Topic, we are concluding our topic on the Great Fire of London by planning and writing a newspaper report of the events. We will be moving on to Geography and looking at the world and exploring different countries and cities.
In Science, we started our new topic- Habitats. We discussed what habitats are and how different animals are adapted for various habitats. We then explored the playground and looked at things that were alive, not alive or were once alive. We managed to find so many variations of leaf colours that we could see the stages of change.
We had our first day at Forest School and the children had a great time exploring the woods searching for spiders and digging up the worms! Please remember waterproof trousers and boots because we do get very dirty and muddy!
Lastly, next Friday we are inviting all the children to wear red and bring £1 in order to support Ajex - the Association of Jewish Ex-Service men and women - this is in preparation for Remembrance Day on the Sunday.
Wishing you all a Shabbat Shalom,
The Year 2 Team.
Jewish Studies - 23rd October – 5th Cheshvan 5781
This week has flown by! Year Two have been working so hard in Jewish Studies whilst also having lots of fun. We loved making our Noah’s Ark videos – we hope you all enjoy watching them too (see below)!
We learned how to write the letter zayin –ז - in script and practised all our other script letters too. We made beautiful cards for Morah Neta to help cheer her up (she was really touched by all the children’s beautiful messages!). We also practised our Hebrew reading and played Aleph Champ dominoes and Snakes and Ladders to help us improve our reading further, and of course we learnt about this week’s Parashah of Noach.
The children all have a Parashah sheet in their bags. Please do read through this with your child, it will reinforce what we have learnt in class this week. There are questions for discussion included on the sheet. Please also take just 5 minutes a day to hear your child read Hebrew. We have one or two children who are now finishing the Aleph Champ scheme and we are incredibly proud of them for all their hard work!
I wish you all a relaxing, enjoyable and safe half term week and I look forward to seeing your wonderful children back again after the holidays!
Friday 23rd October
This week in Maths Year 2 have started to work with money. They have looked at the different coins and notes and have had added up different amounts. We will be continuing on with This topic after Half Term. The children know that 100p is equal to £1 and some children have started to add up amounts over £1. We will eventually be working on subtracting with money and calculating change. Please take some time to go over this with your child during the holiday. They can start calculating change from 20p or £1.
In English, the children wrote their own cartoon story where speech bubbles were introduced. They worked on conversational dialogue between a monster and a bull! The children enjoyed this and we will be moving on to introducing speech marks soon.
Forest School- Year 2 will be starting Forest School after Half term on Thursdays. Please can you ensure they have waterproofs and boots that are labelled clearly. We will be participating rain or shine!
There will be no homework set today as we do not expect children to work over the break. If however children would like a Maths challenge, Mrs Collins has set up a battle on Times Tables Rock Stars between Y2 and Y3 over next week. Let’s give Year 3 a run for their money!
Wishing you a restful week and Shabbat Shalom,
The Year 2 Team.
Jewish Studies 16th October – 28th Tishrei 5781
This week in Jewish Studies Year Two have been focussing on the Creation of the World. They have produced beautiful Creation artwork which is now hanging up proudly on the corridor wall. You can test them over Shabbat on what was created on each day of Creation. We also learnt a new script letter this week, being letter Vav. The children are making excellent progress with their script writing, and love learning and practicing their new letter each week.
Please do keep up regular Hebrew reading with your child – they should be reading for 5 minutes per day to help them build both fluency and accuracy.
Have a lovely weekend and wishing you all Shabbat Shalom and Chodesh Tov.
Here are our beautiful pictures of Creation
Friday 16th October
It has been a very busy and fun week in Year 2! The children have worked so hard across all areas of the curriculum. In Maths, the children worked on adding two digit numbers with carrying over to the tens column. We worked with manipulatives at first to explain why and how it works. This is something we will continue to explore. We have also started double digit subtraction and this too will be something we will continue to work on. Our next topic in Maths is Money, please take some time with your child to go over the coins and notes this weekend and ensure your child is familiar with them.
In Science, we completed our first investigation. We looked at what happens to our heart rate when we exercise. Some children were surprised to learn that our heart rate increases with exercise.
In English, we continued to explore Fairy Tales and looked at Cinderella and described the beginning, middle and end of the story. As our Fairy Tale Unit is coming to an end, it is time for the children to make their Three Little Pig House. Attached below is the outline for their take home project. They will need to build their house around a plant pot which is also pictured below. The children can choose to use any materials of their choice to build their house. Some examples from the past have been, Lego, candy, 3D printer, wood, sticks, clay etc. The children will then present their house to the class and explain what materials they used, how they built their house and what possible changes they could have made. We will then take a blow dryer ( the Big Bad Wolf) and see if it can be blown down. The object is to build a sturdy, solid house so that it beats the blow dryer! This is a fun project that the kids will really enjoy doing. Please can all houses be in school by 5th November. I have also attached some pictures of the houses made last year to give you all an idea of what was done in the past.
Wishing you all Shabbat Shalom and a lovely weekend,
The Year 2 Team.
Jewish Studies 21st Tishrei 5781 – 9th October 2020
Chag Same’ah! It’s been an unusual week for Year 2 this week with self-isolation. However, we still managed to learn lots about Sukkot with our live remote lessons and our mini-videos on Google Classroom. Many of the children produced really beautiful work and it certainly helped to cheer up my time in isolation by seeing their excellent and creative work – thank you, parents for all your support!
I really hope the children all enjoyed Pizza Night – and that it went some way to compensate for the lack of Sukkah crawls, whole-school Tefillah, musical Hallel and all other activities that we would usually undertake at school during the Chag. Here’s hoping that by next Sukkot, we will be able to share our Sukkah tables once again with friends and family!
Friday 9th October
We have had a short week in school but we are absolutely thrilled to be back! Children have impressed us with the quality of work they have put up this week. All children have settled back like they were never away. We will continue our Maths unit going back to basic skills, adding and subtracting. Next week we will look at adding over the 10s barrier. We all enjoyed reading the beautiful fire poems and will continue this theme into History. Looking forward to a full packed week.
Wishing you all Shabbat Shalom & Chag Samauch!
The Year 2 Team.
Friday 2nd October - 14th Tishrei 5781
What a difference a day makes! I am so impressed with how seamlessly your wonderful children switched back to remote learning! Whilst still in school, we learnt to write a new script letter, being letter hey - ה. The children are really enjoying learning script and are making such good progress too.
We began learning about Sukkot - we added two special Sukkot Brachot to our Brachah Book, being the one for shaking the Arbah Minim and the one for being in a Sukkah. We revised the names of each of the Arbah Minim and learnt which part of the body each one represents, playing a couple of action games on Google Meet to help us remember what we'd learnt.
I look forward to being back in class with all your sweet little children next Thursday, but until then I wish you all Shabbat Shalom, Chag Same'ah and stay healthy and safe!
Friday 2nd October
We have only had a short week in school but children have worked hard and have impressed us with their resilience and ability to adapt swiftly. In Maths we continue to work on number bonds to 100. Keep testing children on their bonds to 10, this will help. Children have enjoyed listening and discussing the story of Peter Rabbit. All children were able to draft a recount of the second part of the story and they were great! We hope children enjoy the other topics and work sent home. Due to Chag and the current situation, there will be no additional homework. I will not be giving new spelling this week so please revise last week’s work for a test next Friday.
Wishing you all Shabbat Shalom & Chag Samauch!
The Year 2 Team.
Jewish Studies – 7th Tishrei – 25th September
What a busy week we’ve had in Jewish Studies! The children loved learning the story of Yonah and the Big Fish and enjoyed making their own big fish with Yonah in its belly. They know that Yom Kippur is a serious day when grown-ups don’t eat or drink and that we should all be on our very best behaviour. We learnt how to write the script lettersג - gimmel and ד- dalet and played Hebrew reading bingo. Today we learnt about this week’s Parashah and we have brought home a Parashah sheet to read with our families over Shabbat. It also includes some questions for discussion.
I wish you all an easy and meaningful fast and a beautiful, relaxing Shabbat!
Friday 25th September
The children have been working very hard in Literacy. Have you seen Mr. Wolf? The children created wonderful posters in search for him. They have also described Little Red Riding Hood and other characters from the story.
In Numeracy, the children have been working hard on learning and applying Fact Families, these are bonds to 10 and 20. Children were able to use their knowledge to work in pairs to solve problems with these.
In Science we used our imaginations to pretend we were stranded on a desert island. We discussed what things we actually need to survive. By the end of the lesson we all agreed that we need air, water, food and shelter and things like TV, iPads and sushi were not essential for survival! Well done Chloe who initiated an interesting discussion on the need for air vs oxygen!
We look forward to another productive week next week.
Wishing all our families, Shabbat Shalom and Gamar ve Chatima Tova! Well over the fast,
The Year 2 Team.
Friday 18th September
Shana Tova to you and your families!
We have been very busy in Year 2 working on our place value of a number, comparing objects and counting in 2’s, 5’s and 10’s. The children will be moving onto addition and subtraction next week.
In Literacy, the children enjoyed listening to The True Story of The Three Little Pigs and completed a Venn diagram comparing and contrasting it to the original story.
In Topic, the children continued to learn about The Great Fire of London and explored how London has evolved in transport, housing and people.
In Art, they started to make their very own 'London's Burning' picture using different materials like card and tissue paper.
In Science this week we looked at various animals and their young. The children were able to match adults to their babies. We discussed how mammals look like their parents and grow bigger, but some animals or insects look different from their parents and go through metamorphosis.
Wishing you all Shabbat Shalom & Chag Sameach! 🍎🍯🍏
Friday 11th September
What a wonderful week in Year 2!
In Numeracy, the children have looked at place value of a number and how to represent a number using tens and ones. We have also started to partition two digit numbers and draw part whole models to match. In Literacy, the children have listened and examined the story of the Three Little Pigs. They have sequenced the story using pictures and have begun to write sentences using connectives like first, then, next and after.
In Topic, we have started to learn about the Great Fire of London and how it was a significant event in history and we will move forward next week looking at how London has changed from past to present. In Art, the children sketched their first picture of apples in a bowl. They focused on how to shade and spot the details in pictures. In Science we started our new topic on animals and ourselves. We looked at and discussed the life cycle of various animals and plants and children created their own life cycle for a chicken.
We look forward to another exciting week, wishing you all a Shabbat Shalom!
Jewish Studies - 11th September 2020 - 22nd Elul 5780
After just one week back, it feels like we have never been away. It's good to have lockdown behind us, and here's praying that this school year and new Jewish year are meaningful, positive and filled with 'togetherness' and good health.
In Year Two this week we have been learning all about Rosh HaShanah. We have learnt lots about the Shofar - that there are 4 sound and 100 blasts, the Brachah that we say when hearing it and that it usually comes from a ram. We looked at lots of animals that have horns (even a rhino, though his horn can't be used as a Shofar) and 'went shopping' for lots of different items that we need for Rosh HaShanah - including the head of a fish.
Mrs Shannon heard all the children read this week and we hope to give them all an Aleph Champ Hebrew reading book within the next week. In keeping with Covid restrictions, please could reading books come in to school on Tuesdays and we will send them home on Fridays. If you still have a book at home from before lockdown, please could you send it back to school with your child asap as we are still missing a large number of them.
Your child will bring home their Parashah folder today (and every Friday). Please do try to read through it with your child and discuss the questions which are on the sheet.
Wishing you all a Shabbat Shalom and enjoy the sunshine over the weekend!
Wishing you all a Shabbat Shalom and a lovely weekend - enjoy the sunshine .