Year 2

Welcome to Class 2!
Welcome to Class 2's webpage. Here you will be able to keep up to date with all of the exciting things we have been getting up to and find useful links to support learning at home. Please have a look each week to see what's new! Enjoy...
Home Learning for Week Commencing 21st March
Below, you will find links to four maths lessons, which are the final four lessons in our Fractions unit of work. 
There is also a link to the Oak Academy literacy unit on Tigers. By clicking on the link, you will be able to access all of the teaching videos and resources. 
In addition to the Maths and Literacy activities, here is a list of things to do on a daily basis:
  • Go onto 'Hit the Button' to practice adding numbers to 20 and the 2, 5 & 10x tables. 
  • Log onto Phonics Hero for 30 minutes
  • Read your reading book and don't forget that you can do quizzes on Bug Club
  • Log onto Spelling Frame to practice your spellings  - our next test is this Friday
Maths Resources
We have started our learning this year with a 'bang' as we are learning all about the Great Fire of London, which occurred in 1666. We have been finding out about what London was like over 350 years ago and comparing this with modern London. As if this wasn't exciting enough, we also received a chest filled with various items that were being rescued from the fire. There was even a piece of smelly parmesan cheese! In the chest, a letter appeared from someone called 'S. P' and we think it might be Samuel Pepys. We have written back to him to ask for more information. What will happen next???
A visit from the Fire Service
Monday 4th October
Today we had a visit from a REAL fire engine and crew!! Enis, Alan, Sarah and Sam, who are all firefighters from the Thame station came to visit us and brought their fire engine too. They chatted to us about fire safety, showed us their uniform and then let us explore the fire engine out on the playground. Those of us who wanted to got to sit inside the fire engine and try out the hoses and equipment. It was really fun but we also learned a lot about the seriousness of fires and why it is important to stay safe. 
Thank you to the incredible Thame firefighters; you were all amazing! 
Here are some photos from our incredible morning:
H A R V E S T    F E S T I V A L
On Thursday 7th October, Mill Lane held its annual harvest festival. Each class celebrated in their 'bubble' and, as you can see, Class 2 collected a super amount of food. We thought about what we were thankful for and sang songs to celebrate. Across the school we collected a humongous amount of food and this was delivered to the Village Centre who were overwhelmed with the generosity of Mill Lane familes. The food will be distributed to those in need in the community. Thank you for all of your kind donations. 
A Visit to Chinnor Windmill
As we have been learning about the Great Fire of London, which started in a baker's shop, we decided to visit Chinnor Windmill to find out about how flour was produced in times gone by. We had a fascinating visit and discovered how the windmill works. Now, the tall building with sails that sits next to the school isn't quite such a mystery!
Our Great Fire Experience! 
We made Tudor-style houses and set them up like they were in a narrow street (just like London in 1666). Mr Thompson then started a fire in the bakery building and we observed, with great excitement, how quickly the fire spread from house to house. At first, the fire travelled in the direction of the wind but eventually all of the houses were burned to ash. It was very realistic! 
A Visit from Claire Alexander, Author
On Friday 5th November we were visited by Claire Alexander who is an author and illustrator of children's books. She shared her book 'A Little Bit of Courage' with us and we did some of our own drawings, with her help. It was great fun to meet a real author and find out about how she creates the books that we can buy in the shops. 
Mrs. Brown visits!
Monday 15th November was a very exciting day in Years 1 and 2. We received a visit from Mrs Brown, who lives with Paddington Bear. We had a wonderful time hearing her memories of when Paddington arrived in England and were able to ask her lots of questions about Paddington and his adventures with the Brown family. 
Homework in Class 2
We are gradually building up homework tasks as the term progresses to allow the children a chance to get to know each of the online platforms that are being used. Currently, all children should be:
  • Reading on a daily basis and recording this in their reading logs. Everyone has access to Bug Club but also has a banded reading book and a free reading book (chosen from the school library). 
  • Visiting Phonics Hero on a regular basis. The activities work through a series of levels, so the more time spent on the program, the quicker the children can progress to the next level. 
  • Practising their spellings on Spelling Frame. These are set every two weeks and are tested fortnightly on Fridays. There are loads of fun games to play to make learning them more enjoyable.