Year 2 - 2016 - 2017
Welcome to Year 2
Year 2 have had a fantastic start to the new school year and I am really pleased with their learning so far. Thank you to all the parents who attended the curriculum evening it was great to meet you all and I hope you found it useful. If you were unable to make it the currculum letter and presentation is attached below.
Our first topic is ‘Explorers from around the world and beyond!" where we will learn about many historical and modern explorers that have made a significant impact around the world. We have already researched Christopher Columbus, Neil Armsrong, Tim Peake, Amelia Earheart and Bessi Coleman. We will also link this to our Geography lessons and learn how to locate the 7 continents.
This topic will be followed by Ware through the ages, India, Wriggle and Crawl and lastly Fire. We have lots of exciting things ahead!
If you have any questions or concerns then please feel free to come and speak to me after school or make an appointment through the homework diaries. I will also send messages home via Marvellous Me. We will also have a parents consultation before half term.
I am delighted to teach year 2 and know we have a brilliant year ahead.
Rye Mead Trip
Year 2 had a fantastic time on their trip yesterday. Emma the leader was very impressed with their behaviour, their questions and the scientific language they used to answer her questions. We learned so much from using plant identifying sheets, found lots of mini beasts pond dipping , mini beast hunting and tree bashing! We also acted out the life cycle of a dragonfly and created food chains and made our mini-beasts out of natural materials. Phew! What a busy day! Today the children have continued their learning by creating their own map of Rye Mead, writing a poem about a dragonfly using alliteration and made their own mini beast shelter.
Thank you again to all the parent helpers that came on the trip. I hope you enjoyed it too!
Today the children spent the morning making their own Marvellous Mixture. We managed to combine our PSHE, Science, Maths and English learning all into one. The children had to carefully measure out each ingredient and write each instruction. They were writing on big pieces of paper in felt tip so that they could then go back and improve and edit their work without worrying about how messy it was.They tried to use time conjunctions, adventurous verbs and conjunctions to extend their sentences. They were all really engaged with their learning and proud of their final piece of work. Well done year 2.
Please take a look at the Prayer Gardens we made from natural items we found on the school field.
Easter Breakfast and treasure hunt!
Year 2 have really enjoyed linking all our learning to our India topic and so have I. They were very excited to share all their learning with you.They had so much to show but in the end they decided their favourite moments had been our Rainforest Dance, our stories with a moral and our math lessons on Rangoli. They especially enjoyed cooking Indian food and sharing it with you. Thank you to everyone who came and made it a very special afternoon.
Year 2 made their own Rangoli patterns today near the entrance to our classroom, do you like them?
I would like to say a big thank you to all the children in year 2 this week. You all performed our "beautiful creatures" dance wonderfully but most importantly it was lovely to see you all enjoying yourselves, especially those who were out of their comfort zone.
You all came up with the idea of celebrating rainforests from around the world and all contributed ideas towards the performance. Thank you to Mrs Mayers for all her help to.
The children and staff would also like to say thank you to all the parent helpers for helping us on our journey.
We hoped you enjoyed it as much as we did
BLACK HISTORY MONTH
To celebrate Black History Month Year 2 researched the life of Martin Luther King. We read parts of his speech in guided reading, wrote a newspaper article about him and wrote our own I have a dream speeches. I was very impressed with the children's attitude and the language they used to discuss this topic. The homework they produced was also fantastic and I enjoyed reading your parent comments.
Aimee I have a dream that everyone will be friends and stop fighting wars so no one else gets hurt. Then the world will be a peaceful loving place as God wanted it to be.
Clara "I have a dream that everyone who lives on the streets will be given a home so they are safe and protected. I also dream that everyone will stop dropping litter and wrecking Gods world by driving fast and chopping down trees which are Gods creations."
Orin "I have a dream that the world will be peaceful one day so that all the refugees can go home if they want to and be safe."
Victor "I have a dream that all people have a friend so that no one is lonely. That they know God is with them."
Reduce, Reuse, Recycle!
As part of our science topic on materials year 2 have been learning about how to reduce, reuse and recycle the materials we use in our homes.
We had fun sorting materials and seeing how much could be recycled. We were all shocked when only 2 items could not be. We then got into groups and design a toy we could make by reusing the objects we had.
The children were very pleased with their creations.
We finished this unit of work by creating a poster to teach others about the importance of recycling. We also linked this to our RE discussions on why our faith means we should care for the environment and the world around us.
This week we have been learning how to use positional language. We have discovered a handy tip to learn left and right and used the language above, below, next to, in front, behind and between.
The children had great fun hiding objects outside and giving their Learning Partners instructions on how to find them.
We then went on to learn how to give instructions using the language full, half ,quarter and three quarter turns. Back in class we also looked at how to find these fractions in a shape. We also realised that a quarter turn is the same as a right angle !
We then put all this work together! We took it in turns to be robots. We had to use our lessons in English on commands to write a set of instructions for our robots to follow.
We have been learning to identify nouns and adjectives and how to use adjectives in our stories to make them more interesting and exciting for the reader. We have also learned how to identify and write a statement and question. To help us to rememer to use these skills in our writing we acted out and re -told the story of Jack and the beanstalk. Miss Watson put up the photographs on our working wall to help us to remember the story and the language we used as we were writing.
This is the beginning of the story we created together before we started our own writing.
Once upon a time there lived a little adventurous boy. His name was Jack. He lived with his old horrid Mother in a small rickety house. Unfortunately they were very poor and had no food.
One day Jack’s Mother told him “Tomorrow morning you must sell daisy the cow so that we can have food to eat.” The next morning Jack woke at sunrise. He quickly put his clothes on and walked off down the lane when suddenly he saw an old mysterious man. The old man asked “What a beautiful cow. Would you swap her for these magic beans?” Jack agreed and took the magic beans and put them in his pocket.
When he arrived home his placed them on the table. His mother yelled “What are these?” She stomped to the window and threw them with all her might outside on to the hard ground.
During the night the beans shivered and shuddered in the ground. Little green shoots began to grow higher and higher till it reached the top of the clouds.
When Jack woke up he couldn’t believe his eyes. He wondered “What is up the top?” He climbed and climbed, higher and higher untill he just couldn't climb any more. At the top in the distance he could see a scary grey castle.