Year 2 Blog
Welcome to the blog for our Year 2 classes. The year group blogs are a great communication tool. Teachers will be posting news, photographs, details of homework, examples of work, and anything they wish to share with their pupils and parents. Please speak to your class teacher if you have any question, feedback or concerns.
Silver Class Teacher
Gold Class Teacher
The oldest children in our school are in year 2 and continue to develop their skills in all areas of the curriculum from their achievements in year 1. The learning is still taken from the National Curriculum Key Stage One Programmes of Study although staff are skilled in recognising where extra challenge is needed for high attaining pupils. Many of our children regularly achieve results beyond that expected of 7 year olds, particularly in reading, writing, maths and science. Children in year 2 enjoy greater responsibility for the wider school environment and help to organise the library, dining room, hall and music for the daily Meeting. Our Eco-Schools Ambassadors are also chosen from year 2 and support us all in striving to become a more sustainable school.
This week the blog is written by: Laila, Ridhi, Rawdah, Nabil, Mukarram, Jake.
In maths we have done partitioning, greater than / less than and solving mathematical puzzles. The puzzles were fun and challenged us to use different types of maths.
In literacy and language we have been learning about the features of poetry. In our classes today we all wrote a poem about travelling across an island to find the missing treasure. We went through slurpy, squelchy, slimy mud, we went over a cold, high, snow capped mountain and used lots of verbs to say how we were travelling.
In science we planted seeds because we are learning about plants and we want to prove that plants need: water, air, soil, light and warmth to grow healthily.
Silver class went swimming and some had to swim like chickens! This is to help us practise correct breathing and arm movements.
Gold class enjoyed their RE with Mrs Lyal when they talked and recorded information learnt from Indri’s visit last week.
We have practised our street dance and are looking forward to showing it to you at the May Fair.
We are very proud of our May King and Queens: Wouter, Heather, Daisy and Nathan. They all looked handsome and pretty. We sang 4 songs to them and showed them our dance.
Hope you have a lovely week.
If you have any unwanted 2 wheeled pedal bikes, would you please donate them to Red and Blue Class?
The sun has been shining gloriously all day, perfect for our traditional May Day celebrations. The May Kings and Queens looked truly beautiful and radiant and all the children waited beautifully in the hall, for the arrival of the auspicious guests. Everyone sang our well-loved and traditional songs – your older children may remember them: “Cowboy Spring”, “Why does it happen each spring?”, “I love the flowers” and “Cuckoo”. The cuckoo song was the starting point for an interesting conversation with Green Class about cuckoos and their unusual habits.
This was a wonderful start to spring proper; and we all hope that this glorious weather continues.
Whole School Meeting – 28th April 2016
Visit by Indiyri and Krishna Das from Avesha Presentations.
We were delighted to welcome two Hindu visitors to our whole school meeting. The children and staff were fascinated by the artefacts, statues, dolls and (toy) animals that Indiyri used to illustrate the Hindu story about how the mountain was raised up to protect the villagers from the rains. We learnt about aspects of Hindu belief, Hindu symbols and the Hindu gods: Ganesh, Krishna and Vishnu. We also learnt about the Hindu belief of God being ‘in heaven, all around and in our hearts.’
The story was linked to our school Value for this half term, chosen by Blue Class, which is Truthfulness. It really helped us understand a little more about what being truthful is all about. Children can earn themselves a pink leaf to add to our Values Tree when they show ways in which they, or their friends are being truthful.
As part of the Computing curriculum, the children need to experience blogging. Each week 6 different children from Year 2 will be helping us to write this blog.
In maths we have been learning about place value using a 100 square. We have looked for patterns when adding and subtracting 1 and 10. We remembered using the hungry crocodile for comparing numbers and saying whether they were greater than or less than each other. We use the equals sign when the numbers are the same.
We have started to learn about poetry and it’s great fun. We worked in teams to do a class poem. We had to work together to make a list poem of ten things you might find in a shipwrecked pirate’s pocket.
We have starting to learn about pirates, what they used to wear and their equipment. We gave our selves pirate names.
In science we have been leaning about parts a plant and the life cycle of a plant.
We had an exciting time when a brass band came to play for us. We leant about their instruments: tuba, French horn, trumpet, trombone and a piccolo. Mr Bainbridge has been teaching us to play a hose pipe! We had to blow in a special way in a mouth piece to make a sound. It was quite hard for some of us.
We have been practising our dance ready for the May fair. Please come and see us.
Have a lovely weekend and remember there is no school on Monday!
Theo. Wouter. Mahisha. Sara. Aoife. Verity.
Along with other schools across the country, we will be taking part in a Rocket Seed Experiment!
We have been sent 2 packs of seeds, one pack are coded blue and the other pack coded red. One of the packets of seeds was sent to the International Space Station with Tim Peake while the other packet remained on Earth. Now we have to try and see if we can figure out which seeds are which and whether space has had an effect on the growth!
On Monday, we filled 200 trays with soil and then every child in the school planted either a red or a blue seed.
We will be watering the plants regularly and checking to see if they grow.
We have had some predictions about what may happen to the seeds from space:
- they may not grow because there is no gravity in space
- the seeds may be dark because space is dark
- no difference to the other seeds
- they might not grow because they had no water in space
We will keep you updated with how the seeds are progressing!
If any of your children have come home expressing a desire to start playing the trumpet, the French horn or even the tuba, you know to thank The Young Persons’ Concert Foundation Orchestra for that. We were all fortunate enough to be treated to a workshop by this brass quartet at this morning’s 10 o’clock Meeting – before they went to the Junior School. There were 4 musicians who between them had about 8 brass instruments and musical ability in abundance. The children were fascinated, entertained and challenged by the music played and the questions asked of them. The players demonstrated, by means of long hosepipe, how the longer the piping, the lower the sound is (a technique also favoured by Mr Bainbridge). This was an event organised by County to enrich the children’s learning and stimulate their zest to understand and find out more; and was extremely successful and enjoyable for everyone present. Photos will follow on Wednesday.
Everyone at school – including teachers – had a great day with a visit from one of “Dan the Skipping Man”‘s team, who showed each class basic and complicated skipping techniques. We all followed instructions, concentrated hard and often had to try, try and try again to attempt the more complicated moves. It was a great opportunity to improve co-ordination and confidence and to understand that practice always leads to improvement and success, regardless of the starting point. It was also a great way for children to learn about a fun way to stay fit – on a lifelong basis!
At the end of the day there was a skipping show where some children, from all the years, demonstrated what they had learnt during the day. We all enjoyed watching the achievements of our children – it takes courage to skip in front of the whole school! The skipping man was extremely impressed by the skills and persevering, cheerful attitude of all the children; and so were the adults at school.
School Open to everyone.
Weather Permitting this event will go ahead on the afternoon of the 22nd June, all parents and family are welcome.