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Friday 16th July

 

I can’t believe the school year is over! This has been such a fantastic year and teaching your children has been such a pleasure for us. They have learnt and grown so much. 
This week the children continued to play Scoot maths  where they looked at perimeter and added up the sides of different shapes. They also looked at addition and subtraction. 


In English, the children reflected on their time in Year 2 and wrote about things they couldn’t do at the beginning of the year and things they can do now. It was so nice to hear the children talk about how they are stronger readers, can join their letters and work out tricky maths problems. 
They are so proud of their achievements and we are too! 


The children also presented their projects. Some chose to do a poster while others did a video presentation and the class learnt so much about the different countries. Well done to everyone!
Please remember it is important to continue reading throughout the summer holiday and keep a journal so the children are writing. We will be sending out the Year 3/4 common exception words to allow the children to become familiar with these words. 


Although England lost in the European Championship, our class having Italy on our list, won the ice cream party. It was definitely a highlight of the week. 


We were missing some children this week and our class wasn’t the same.  We wish everyone a healthy, happy and safe summer holiday. 
 

We will miss you all!

 

The Year 2 Team x

Maths- Scoot

Friday 9th July 

 

This has been a fantastic last full week of school. The children have had Sports Day, a dance class, a funfair and a visit from Uncle Doovy’s Ice cream truck. What a wonderful way to end the year. Thanks to our wonderful PTA members who helped put on the most special day for the children. They truly had the best day and were smiling ear to ear. 

 

We also had time for Maths, English, Topic and Art.  

This week in Maths, the children played scoot, which is a problem solving game of 30 questions. The week was split up into different topics such as addition and subtraction, fractions and multiplication and division questions. The children did a lovely job working as a team and working out the problems. 

In English, the children looked at writing sentences and focussed on common exception words. It was a good listening exercise as they had to write down the sentence that they heard and highlight the spelling word all while remembering capital letters and full stops. 


In topic, the children enjoyed Geography week where they went on a walk in our community to the local park and then discussed ways in which to improve it. The children came up with some great ideas. They will map out their walk next week. 

In art, the children took part in a whole school activity where they repeated a landscape from last year. We are working on a bi- annual art progression. They will complete the same landscape twice a year. The children enjoyed this and so far their work is turning out beautifully. 

 

We had yet another exciting week in science, where children made bouncy balls from glue! Sorry for all the colourful hands that came home. The children thoroughly enjoyed measuring out the lab ingredients and watching the chemical reactions take place.


We were so lucky to have Y6 children, Zak and Sadie (who joined us remotely) teaching us this morning. Zak ran the class himself and hugely impressed us with the lessons he had planned and his interaction with the children. There are definitely some great teaching skills there! The children enjoyed performing drama scenes, playing place value games, doing addition sums and working out multiplication questions. Y2 loved their art and JS sessions too. Well done Y6 teachers, truly fantastic!

 

Wishing you all a Shabbat Shalom,

 

The Year 2 Team.

 

Yom Talmid

Friday 2 July 

What an amazing week in Year 2! The children had their Chagigat Chumash and we were so proud of them and their performance on stage. They worked very hard and did a wonderful job. It was so lovely being able to see them sing and perform. 
In Maths, the children reviewed multiplication and division and looked at the language used in problem solving questions. They looked at picture representations and completed the matching number sentences involving multiplication and division. We started off the week practising our times tables with Mathsopoly. Children were very engaged and impressed us with their knowledge of tables, mental strategies or manipulatives.  
In English, the children listened to another Katie Morag Story and then wrote a book review on their favourite story. We have continued to learn about The Isle Of Coll and the children have enjoyed charting the weather in different places of the world. 
In topic, the children looked at British beaches, as well as some in Bora Bora and Hawaii. They discussed the physical and human features. We will continue to look at this next week for Geography week as well as the four countries that our class was assigned. The children did a great job on their posters. We have some hanging up in our classroom and some have been put up around the school. 
For homework this week, as the assignment is similar but in greater depth, the children have a choice as to how they wish to display their work. They can choose to do another poster or present their work in a different format. Please read the assignment on google classroom as it outlines the project more clearly. 

This week was STEM week and we kicked off with a fun assembly watching acid/alkaline reactions and watching all the different colours change. Next we watched a bag of water pierced with pencils, no water came out! After children watched tea bags become rockets and we finished with explosive elephant toothpaste. Year 2 have worked hard designing lots of fun things from newspaper and the winners are being announced on Monday. Please ask your children about the winners. They thoroughly enjoyed the CSI forensic workshop. They all had a great time looking for clues and figuring out which dog was stolen. What a fun week of science!

Next week we will be doing Geography/Sports week. Please check your emails for details.

 

Wishing you all a Shabbat Shalom,

 

The Year 2 Team.

Mathsopoly

Newspaper STEM challenge

Friday 25th June 2021

 

This week in Maths the children worked on reading the temperature on thermometers and looked at various temperatures around the world. They connected their maths with English as we were looking at the Isle of Coll in Scotland from the Katie Morag stories. The children also looked at the temperature in London and followed the weather patterns this week. They will continue to follow the weather and chart their findings in their own weather booklet. Next week, the children will review multiplication and division and some fraction work. 


In English/ Topic, as well as following the temperature on The Isle of Coll, the children did some research on the on the island and looked at the history, the population, the area and the wildlife. They were fascinated to learn that some of the rarest bees can be found there during the summertime. They also listened to Katie Morag and the Big Boy Cousins and Katie Morag and the Tiresome Ted. Next week the children will write a book report on their favourite Katie Morag Story. 

This week we had Annabelle and Natalya presented their 'Teach and Tell'. Annabelle did a wonderful and informative presentation on Lemurs. This ended with the children colouring and making their very own lemurs. Natalya's presentation was about giraffes. She did a great job discussing their habitat and interesting facts. Did you know that our very own London Zoo has Okapi’s? Hopefully, we can all take a class trip there one day soon. 

 

Everyone has done such a wonderful job presenting their Teach and Tell. We hope they have all enjoyed the experience. 
 

In Science, we continued our material theme by doing a wax resist. We know how to make paper waterproof, so what happens when we make a picture or secret message with wax? Children discovered that if we use watercolours over wax, the picture shows through. We had lots of fun experimenting.

 

Next week is STEM week and we have some exciting activities and challenges planned including a CSI themed Forensic day and Whole School STEM newspaper challenge.

 

We wish you all a Shabbat Shalom,

 

The Year 2 Team.

 

Maths

Friday 18th June

 

Year 2 has had a very busy week! 
The  children have worked so hard this week across all areas of the curriculum. In Maths, they looked at capacity and volume. They read scales in ml and l. They also looked at how a liquid will take the shape of its container and fill the volume up completely. They couldn’t believe that a tall thin beaker of 1000 ml took the shape of a fat shorter beaker. Next week, we will be looking at temperature and continuing on with problem solving. 
 

In English, the children read Katie Morag and the Two Grandmothers. They compared and contrasted the two grandmothers and wrote about their similarities and differences. They also did some lovely creative writing about what they would include in their magic time capsule. 
 

We have had some wonderful Teach and Tell presentations this week. Yonat taught us all about the Mona Lisa and Leonardo DaVinci. The children were fascinated to learn that it was once stolen out of the Louvre and hidden under someone’s bed! 
Sophia told us all about the Isadora Moon series of books and got us all excited about reading this series. She brought in lovely scratch cards of fairies and monsters for the kids to make. They all enjoyed it and she did a great job on presenting! We are looking forward to next week's presenters. 

In topic, the children looked at a map of Great Britain and the countries that are included. They also looked at the surrounding seas and oceans. They also discovered The English Channel is a narrow bit of the Atlantic Ocean that separates Britain from France.

 

We had another exciting experiment in Science this week as children investigated the strength of paper. Groups used various weights which they increased incrementally, to see how much different papers could hold. Card was the strongest material holding over 2kg! 

 

Wishing you all a Shabbat Shalom,

 

The Year 2 Team.

 

Jewish Studies 1st Tammuz - 11th June

 

Rehearsals are well under way for our upcoming Chagigat HaChumash! I'm so impressed with how well the children are learning their lines and the names of the Parshiot.  They really are such little superstars.  

 

In Parashah today we discussed the story of Korach and the various lessons we can learn from it - the children came up with so many suggestions, including not to be jealous and not to make arguments.  I have challenged them to avoid getting into arguments with their siblings over Shabbat!

 

I wish you all Shabbat Shalom and Chodesh Tov

 

Mrs Hill

 

Friday 11th June

 

Year 2 has had a great week!

 

In Maths we started to look at units of measurement and compared grams and kilograms. The children felt real life objects such as sugar and flour, to get an idea of how heavy 500 g and 1.5 kg feel. They weighed different objects in class to see which was equal, heavier or lighter in weight. 
Please take some time over the weekend to look at different liquids in your fridges such as apple juice, salad dressings, yogurt containers and bottled water. Let the children feel what 1L and other measurements feel like. We will be looking at volume and capacity next week. 


In English, we read the story Katie Delivers the Mail by Mairi Hederwick.  We discussed the ‘Island’ vs 'Mainland' and looked at similarities and differences. The children then wrote a letter to Katie inviting her over to London. The children practised outlining a proper letter with an opening, body and a closing.

Next week we will read other stories about Katie Morag. 
 

In topic, for world religion, we discussed Sikhism and learnt about their customs and beliefs. The children made a poster that will be hanging up in the school. 

 

We will also be studying the UK coasts and seasides. 
 

In Science this week we did a whole class experiment, looking at adding heat to various materials. We discussed if we let these cool again, whether each of these were reversible or not. Y2 had so much fun making observations and predictions.

 

Wishing you all a Shabbat Shalom,

 

The Year 2 Team.
 

 

Science

Friday 27th May 

 

Year 2 have had a wonderful week! In Maths, they continued working on telling the time. They all have worked so hard and have done a great job working independently and within their groups. After half term we will be starting our unit on measurement, capacity and volume. It would be helpful to introduce l,ml,g and kg as units of measurements. Have children look at different liquids in the fridge as well as the mass of items such sugar or flour.

 

In English, the children enjoyed writing fun sentences titled ‘Would you rather’ the children came up with some really funny situations and they enjoyed reading them aloud to the class. They also continued working on Reading Lab where they read independently and worked on their comprehension skills.

 

This week we had Ollie, Lyla and Joshie present their Teach and Tell. Each presentation was interesting and very exciting. Ollie told us all about Cristiano Ronaldo and his role as a footballer. Lyla took us back to the history of Slushy Machines and discussed how to make them and the different flavours. The class was very interested and maybe just slightly disappointed she didn’t make one all for the kids! Joshie told us all about Magic and got the class involved in a quiz. It was a lot of fun and ended off with a magic trick that still has us all guessing! 
 

After half term, we will starting a new book series, we will reading Katie Morag stories and discussing the British seas and coasts. This will tie in nicely with our new topic unit which will be Seas and Coasts. The children will look at physical and human features of our seas and coasts. They will look at oceans and continents and they will also learn about jobs and resources linked to the sea. In addition they will be comparing the similarities and differences between seas and coast from the past and present. 

 

In Science, we had a really fun lesson. After looking at various properties of paper, the children had to design a bridge made of paper that could support the weight of a toy car. We got so many interesting designs and some very successful ones, well done Y2!

 

It was our last Forest School of the year and the children had the best time. They played a fun game of hunter mouse and took turns in pairs trying to spark a fire. The children were extremely respectful of their surroundings and handled the situation with great safety. They ended their day roasting marshmallows over a fire pit. All the children enjoyed and they are already looking forward to their next session in Year 3.

 

Wishing you all a restful break and Shabbat Shalom,

 

The Year 2 Team.

Friday 21st May 2021
 

It has been a short but busy week. Year 2 jumped right back into telling the time in Maths. They also looked at the duration of time and how to calculate the minutes from one time to the next. It is a tricky concept and they will continue to look at some problem solving questions next week. Please take some time over the weekend to work out some time problems together.  It might be calculating how long an activity is or how long dinner will be in the oven. Ask the children to help with some challenging questions! 
 

In English, the children looked at some of the Year 2 Common Exception words focussing on a select few to learn how to spell. We also started Reading Lab which is where the children each read a short story and then answer different types of follow up questions independently. The children will continue to do this once a week as it allows them to read and interpret different types of questions. 

 

There were no Teach and Tell presentations this week, but the class is very much looking forward to those presenting next week! 


Forest School was a good time had by all. The children were paired up together and made musical patterns from nature. Some decided to make dens and others were busy making a secret hideout tying ropes across numerous trees. The children displayed some lovely teamwork. 

 

Wishing you all a peaceful Shabbat,

 

The Year 2 Team.
 

 

Friday 14 May

 

The children have had a wonderful week in Year 2.

 

In Maths, they are learning how tell the time, looking at half past, quarter to and quarter past. Some children have even moved on to telling the time to the nearest five minutes. We have made our own clocks in school and have divided the clock up in quarters. Please can you remind the children that the clock is split up into quarters and each quarter is 15 minutes. This is something we will continue to look at next week as well as elapsed time. 


In English, the children have written some beautiful poems using big ideas and personal memories. They have also written a story titled Lost. 
 

In topic this week the children learnt who Neil Armstrong was. They were fascinated to learn about how technology has changed and the similarities and differences between the past and present. Next week, the children will look at his journey to the moon! 


This week Ashton and Layla presented some wonderful Teach and Tell presentations. We learnt about Harry Potter and were transported to the world of wizards and magic.  It was an excellent introduction to the book series and got us all excited. 
Layla taught the class how to make Pom poms and even had a few children give it a go.  It was a lot of fun and everyone was excited to learn how to make them.  
 

Children had a busy and exciting week at Forest School. This week some made dragon eyes, pulleys, journey sticks. Some children practised whittling sticks and a few children even dug for worms. 

 

Y2 had another exciting week in science, this week we looked at how we could waterproof a material. Children conducted their own experiments, taking various materials and treating them with wax. We were able to waterproof all the materials. We checked by observing the material stretched over a beaker to see if any water came through. Once again, the children really impressed us by writing up their findings like real scientists.

 

We wish you all Chag Samaech & Shabbat Shalom,

 

The Year 2 Team.
 

Friday 7th May 

 

The children have had a great week in Year 2. 
In Maths, they continued to look at position and movement and had some fun making their own quilt (on paper of course). Please continue to use the vocabulary at home (clockwise, anti-clockwise, forward ,backwards, quarter turns and half turns).


Next week, we will begin looking at telling the time. Please take some time over the weekend to go over some basics like 60 seconds are in 1 minute and 60 minutes are in 1 hour. The children should also be familiar with 24 hours in one day and 7 days in one week. 

 

In English, the children focussed on poetry, writing poems using line breaks and prose. They had a chance to write  different style poems some based on everyday objects and some on animals and insects. They pretended to put on poet glasses and tried to see the beauty of everyday objects in a different light. They have done a wonderful job on their poems and enjoyed reading them aloud in class. 


This week for Teach and Tell we had Joey, Chloe and Ofri presenting wonderful topics. The class learnt about the digestive system, The 13 Storey Tree House series and Israel. Each presentation was informative and enjoyed by all. We are all looking forward to next weeks presenters.

In topic, the children completed learning about Christopher Columbus and will look at another famous explorer Neil Armstrong next week. 
 

Forest School was a lot of fun this week despite the rain! The children listened to a story, made glow worms and crowns. Some children continued to work on building their swing and others were happy to dig for insects and explore what lives beneath.   

 

Wishing you all a Shabbat Shalom,

 

The Year 2 Team.
 

Jewish Studies 18th Iyar – 30th April

We’ve had another busy week in Jewish Studies, learning about Rabbi Akiva and Lag BaOmer.  We made our light-up bonfires and enjoyed delicious ice-lollies to mark the day.

 

We learnt what a Chumash is as well as a passuk (a verse/sentence) and were surprised to hear that the Parashah which we learn about each week is the same one read in Shul on Shabbat across the whole world!

Wishing you all Shabbat Shalom and enjoy the long weekend.

 

Mrs Hill

Friday 30th April 

 

The children have been very busy in Year 2. This week in maths we started a new topic on position and movement. They looked at turns and we introduced vocabulary like clockwise and anti-clockwise. The children also looked at direction and grids and used language like above, beneath, below, forwards and backwards. We will continue to look at this next week. 

 

In English, the children wrote Shape Poems where they used alliteration and adjectives to describe summer shapes such as flowers, the sun, insects, sand castles and ice lollies. They worked so hard and some presented theirs to the class. They all did a great job! 

We had our first week of Teach and Tell and the children learned about ballet, tortoises and the earth. Thank you to Ariel, Rosie and Roy for presenting interesting and informative presentations. The class thoroughly enjoyed each one. We are all looking forward to next weeks presentations. 


In art, the children continued to look at Monet and his famous landscapes. This week the children used a multi medium of pastels, felt tips and crayons to produce their very own landscape. They looked at colour, perspective and illusion. 

Forest School was a lot of fun this week. The children listened to a story, made swings, tie dye and walked a tight rope balancing carefully using all of their core muscles. The children explored different trees and even partnered up doing a trust exercise where they led their partner blind through the forest. They had a lot of fun and are looking forward to returning next week. 
 

Y2 have worked hard on their social skills and being kind to each other in the playground and have been awarded special time with Pepsi. Y2 adore her and we couldn’t resist getting her a little present. Pepsi was very happy!

 

For PSHE we pretended to sit around a campfire for Lag B'omer and discussed things we can do to feel connected to each other.

 

Wishing you all a Shabbat Shalom,

 

The Year 2 Team.

 

Jewish Studies Friday 23rd April - 11th Iyar

It was lovely to speak with so many of you on Wednesday evening and to share your child's progress with you.

 

This week we have learnt about counting the omer and discussed that we should make every day count.  We have reviewed some of our script letters and played lots of Hebrew reading games together.  In Parashah we learnt about the famous verse, vehavta lereicha kamocha - ואבהת לרעך כמוך and discussed what it means to love other people as we love ourselves.  We looked at the idea of not doing to other people something which we would not like to have done to us.

 

Next week we will be learning about Lag BaOmer and starting our Chumash readiness programme - all very exciting!

 

Shabbat Shalom and have a lovely weekend.

Friday 23rd April

 

This week the children were very busy across all areas of the curriculum. 

 

In maths, they continued to explore length, they compared, ordered different lengths and worked out problem solving equations with the four operations. This is something we will continue to look at as it allows the children to think about the language used in  problem solving questions and what operation (+,-,x,) is needed.

 

In English, the children wrote an acrostic poem for Earth Day. We discussed how we can help our planet and what we do as a school to contribute. The children were very enthusiastic about how they could help and were all very involved in sharing ideas for their poem. They enjoyed reading them out loud to their friends.

 

For science, we started our new exciting topic materials. The children conducted their own experiments to test how absorbent different papers were. We stretched materials over beakers and measured how many spoons of water it took until the water came through. The children wrote up their own investigations and recorded their experiments like real scientists. 


In topic, we continued to look at Christopher Columbus and the children were fascinated to learn that he never made it to East Asia but landed in the Bahamas instead! 

In art, we continued to look at Claude Monet and the children used pastels to colour their interpretation of Monet’s Parliament building. We discussed how Monet often painted the same scene but during different times of the day and seasons. The children learnt about colour and reflection of light. They all turned out beautifully and will be displayed in the classroom.

 

Forest School was a big success. The children had a wonderful morning hunting for insects and putting up dens.  Some enjoyed crafting with acorns. It was a lot of fun and they are all looking forward to returning next week. 

 

Wishing you all a Shabbat Shalom,

 

The Year 2 Team.

 

Science

Jewish Studies 4th Iyar - 16th April

 

This week has flown by - It has been so lovely to see the children's little faces back in class, smiley and ready to learn.  We have been learning about the signs and symbols of Israel and what they all represent.  We learned about the flag, the emblem and the dove with an olive branch.  We celebrated Yom Haatzmaut with gusto!  The children sang and danced throughout the day whilst making lots of lovely creative Israel-themed crafts.  

In Parashah we discussed the topic of Lashon Harah, and about how to use our tongues for good rather than for bad.  The Parashah sheet is on Google Classroom together with some ideas for a Shabbat table Parashah discussion.

Please could the children bring their reading books in to school on Monday.  We will be hearing each child read over the start of the week and issuing them with their reading homework at the same time.

 

Wishing you all Shabbat Shalom and a lovely weekend,

 

Mrs Hill

Friday 16th April 

 

It has been so lovely seeing most of the children back this week! We have had such a wonderful and busy week together. 

 

In maths, we have started measurement and have looked at cm and m as units of measurement. 
The children were grouped together and investigated and measured objects around the classroom and school that were greater than 1 m and smaller than 1 m. It was a fun lesson that got all the children up and moving! 
 

In English, we started writing about our holiday and looked at time connectives such as first, then next and finally. The children all wrote rough drafts in their books and are taking time to proofread and edit their work so they can write a good copy.

 

In topic, we started learning about famous explorers and our first study is of Christopher Columbus. The children were fascinated to know that he was only 14 years old when he first joined a ship. We will continue to learn about his journey and his discovery next week. 
 

In art, we looked at the artist Claude Monet and his wonderful work of landscapes. The children enjoyed painting their own garden and trying to mix and blend colours all while listening to classical Disney music in the background. 
 

Thursday was Yom Ha'atzmaut and the children were very busy all day with different activities. They played Israeli bingo, made mobiles and decorated puzzles with symbols of Israel. They had a class game of dodgeball and enjoyed some Israeli dancing as well. It was a wonderful day and all the children celebrated Israel’s birthday together. 
 

Looking ahead to next week the children start Forest School on Thursday. Please remember to pack waterproofs and wellies. 

 

With school holidays and lockdown, some children did not get the opportunity to wear their own clothes to celebrate their birthdays. If your child had a birthday during this time, they can wear their own clothes on Friday 30th April and their birthdays will be celebrated then.

 

Wishing everyone a Shabbat shalom and a happy weekend. 
 

The Year Two Team 
 

Jewish Studies - 6th Sivan - 19th March

Wow - what a week we have had in JS!  The children worked sooo hard on their Haggadot in order to complete them in time for Pesach - and bless their little hearts, they did it! - Today we finished Nirtzah :)  Please do take the time to read through their Haggadot with them and let them share them at your Sedarim.  They will be bringing them home next week.

 

On Monday we will be making a model Seder plate and on Tuesday we have the Matzah Bakery coming to school - so lots of exciting Pesach activities still to come.

 

Have a lovely weekend and Shabbat Shalom to you all.

 

Mrs Hill

Friday 19th March

 

What a wonderful week in Year 2!

In English, the children have been enjoying George’s Marvellous Medicine and have made some creative predictions of what will happen to Grandma once she takes her medicine. We can’t wait to read what will happen next! In creative writing, the children wrote scenes with each other and then acted them out. They had a great time sharing their ideas and writing together. 


In topic, we looked at how Florence Nightingale became a famous British person and how her ideas and her book changed nursing. The children were fascinated to learn that she opened up her own Nursing School right here in London!

 

In Maths, we reviewed statistics and fractions. Can you find a 1/3 or a 1/4 of a number? The children have really impressed us with their ability to answer questions about data.

 

We have worked hard on PSHE and wellbeing this week. Children were brave in sharing their fears and we discussed positive ways in which we can deal with them. The children particularly enjoyed playing human guess who. 


Looking Ahead:

After the holidays, when we are back in April, we will be starting our Teach and Tell Program. This is where your child will be asked to stand in front of the class and teach the class about something that is of interest to them. It can be about a continent/country, a famous person, the Moon, Space or even Dinosaurs! 
They should choose a topic of their choice that they will feel comfortable discussing in front of the class. 
We ask that they include one type of visual aid, this can be a drawing, painting, PowerPoint presentation or a model of some sort. Their presentation should be no longer than 3-5 minutes. We are flexible with other ideas. 
There is a list below of when your child’s presentation will be. Please do not stress! This is supposed to be a fun activity to promote public speaking and confidence. 
 

Year 2 will also be starting Forest School again after the break. Please can you remember to send in their wellies and outdoor waterproof gear for Thursdays. 

 

Teach and Tell Presentations:

 

20th April- Ofri and Roy

27th April -Ariel and Rosie

4th May- Joey and Chloe

11th May- Ashton and Layla 

25th May- Lyla, Ollie and Joshua

8th June- Benjamin and Jasmine

15th June- Sophia and Yonat

22nd June- Annabelle and Natalya

 

Wishing you all a Chag Pessach Kasher V'samauch!

 

Shabbat Shalom,

 

The Year 2 Team.

 

Jewish Studies 12th March – 28th Adar

 

It’s been so lovely to see all the children face-to-face again this week!  We have been working hard on learning about Pesach and making our scrap book haggadot, which the children are really excited about. We have reviewed chametz and bedikat chametz as well as learning about the Seder Plate and the Order of the Seder.  Next week we will look at the Seder itself.

Have a lovely weekend - Shabbat Shalom and Chodesh Tov!

12 March 2021

 

Welcome back Year 2! We are all so thrilled to be back in the classroom.  It has been such a wonderful week of smiling faces, laughter and learning. 
The children have all settled back in nicely and were able to get right back into the swing of things. 
This week, we focussed a lot on PSHE and discussed our feelings and emotions about being back. The class had daily activities where they bonded together and enjoyed discussions about when they are the happiest and what makes them happy. 


In Maths, we reviewed 3D shapes, symmetry and  focussed on adding and subtracting two digit numbers. Next week, we will review fractions, multiplication and division and statistics.
In English, we started a novel study on Roald Dahl’s George’s Marvellous Medicine. The children are enjoying the story. They have done a character sketch on Grandma and have even developed their own recipe for a ‘Marvellous Medicine’  We will continue reading the story next week. 
In Topic, we are continuing to learn about Florence Nightingale and how she changed the conditions of hospitals. 

In Science we reviewed what was covered in our plants unit. Children really impressed me with their knowledge of how plants grow and the conditions needed for growth. Next week there will be a mini test on this, so keep up the discussions at home. 

 

Wishing you all a peaceful Shabbat,

 

The Year 2 Team.
 

 

Jewish Studies 12th Feb – Rosh Chodesh 1st Adar

 

Chodesh Tov – A good new month to everybody! 

This week, your amazing Year 2 children learnt the last two script letters and are now able to write everything in script – how wonderful are these little people!!  Besides this, we have reviewed our gematria and I have enjoyed hearing many of the children reading their Aleph Champ and beyond. 

 

We also started learning about Purim.  We learnt the story of Megillat Esther (and even took a tour to Esther’s palace in Shushan!).  When we return to school after half term, I will share the plans for our school Purim celebrations – and let’s hope that by the time we start learning about Pesach, we can be safely back at school!

 

Here is the link to our online gallery of the children's JS work for you to enjoy!

 

I wish you all a relaxing and enjoyable half term break and a beautiful, peaceful Shabbat.

 

Shabbat Shalom,

Mrs Hill

Jewish Studies 5th February – 23rd Shevat

 

This week really seems to have flown by, though it’s always a pleasure to know that Shabbat is just around the corner!

 

This week, Year Two have learnt to write the script letters kuf  קand reish  ר , which leaves us with just the last two letters to learn next week.  I’m so impressed with how quickly and easily the children have mastered their script writing – they really are an amazing class!

 

We have continued a little with gematria, though we will practice this again in the coming weeks as I feel a number of the children have not yet fully grasped the concept.  We revised our food Brachot and learnt the Jewish view of lost property – ie that we should go out of our way to try to find the rightful owner, wherever possible.  Next week we will start learning about Purim, which will soon be upon us.  Here’s hoping that we will be back at school in time to learn about Pesach!

 

Have a lovely weekend and I wish you all Shabbat Shalom!

Mrs Hill

Jewish Studies – 29th January – 16th Shevat

 

Year 2 have continued to work hard and keep up their enthusiasm, despite learning taking place online rather than face to face.  They really are a fantastic little class!

 

This week we learnt two more script letters, tsaddi and final tsaddi – we now only have four more letters to learn.

 

With our main focus being Tu B’Shevat, we watched the story of The Giving Tree, a really poignant book with a deep message, given over in a very simplistic way.  The children really grasped the underlying message of the book and were able to explain it in their own sweet way.  We also learnt the basics of Tu B’Shevat and revised our brachot for fruits that grow on the ground as well as on trees. 

 

Thank you all so very much for your continued support and encouragement during this period of lockdown - I am hugely grateful to you all as I know that it is not an easy time for parents either.

Our online gallery of children's JS work can be seen here.

 

I wish you all a Shabbat Shalom and an enjoyable, relaxing weekend.

 

Mrs Hill

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.

 

Shabbat Shalom

Mrs Hill

 

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.

Keep healthy!

Mrs Hill

 

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!

Mrs Hill

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.


 

 

Flying Creatures Competition

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,

Mrs Hill

 

 

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.

Mrs Hill

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!

 

Shabbat Shalom!

Mrs Hill

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:


Tzedakah:
Rosie + Yonat 

Tikkun Olam:
Joey + Sophia 

Kehilla:
Josh+Ollie 

 

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

Mrs Hill

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!

 

Shabbat Shalom,

Mrs Hill

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.

In Jewish Studies, Year 2 have been learning about the Parasha of Noah and discussing what life was like whilst living on the ark. We hope you enjoy our two videos below!

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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.

 

Mrs Hill

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!

 

Mrs Hill

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!

Shabbat Shalom,

 

Mrs Hill

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!

 

Best wishes,

Mrs Hill

shill@keremschool.co.uk

 

Wishing you all a Shabbat Shalom and a lovely weekend - enjoy the sunshine .

 

Mrs Hill

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