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.

Mrs Fernandes

Silver Class Teacher

Miss Spencer

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 in Year 2.

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.

 

 

Rocket Seeds

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!

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Music to inspire

DSC00557 DSC00574  DSC00580 DSC00584 DSC00585 DSC00586 DSC00594If 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.

Skipping Day

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.

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Felt tiles on Clare Beaton’s website

Clare Beaton was so delighted with the children’s creativity, she has put a selection of their felt tiles on her website.  If you’d like to see them, the website is http://www.clarebeaton.com/. They are on the blog. They look stunning!

Year 2 Trip to Whipsnade – 24th March

Year 2 will be visiting Whipsnade Zoo on Thursday 24th March 2016.  The children will leave school by coach at 9 am and return at approximately 3.00 pm.  The children will need to wear school t-shirts and sweatshirts and their own trousers/leggings, sensible shoes and a warm/Waterproof coat.

Spring Concert

Spring Concert on Wednesday 30th March at 2.15 pm. This will be an opportunity for the children to showcase the songs they have been learning this term.  We will also have a performance from the current Ukulele Group and from the current Recorder group.  If you would like to attend the concert please let the School Office know.

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