Miss Allen, Mrs Garnham, Mrs Stansfield and Miss Spencer would like to warmly welcome you to the year 2 class page. We hope that you will be regular visitors so we can keep you up to date with what we have been learning, any class news and other key activities or events that may be taking place.
Please look through the site below for our most recent learning, achievements and useful information such as letters and topic overviews.
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Yesterday, when Year Two entered the classroom, there was a terrible surprise. An outline of a lady on the floor, seven sets of small footprints and one large set leaving the scene and a poisoned apple. We need to warn the rest of the school but how will we do this?
For the Brilliant Beginning to our topic we made rock cakes. However, we had to do it in the dark with only candle light to help us, huge rats were running around everywhere and we imagined that we were very dirty and smelly because we couldn’t remember the last time we had a bath! This was what it was like in the bakery on Pudding Lane. I wonder what will happen to our bakery in the night?
The children worked very hard on their homework for this topic. There were some amazing new creatures discovered and some very detailed factfiles. Here are a few.
As the 'Fantastic Finish' to our topic the children handled some exotic animals. We spoke about their habitats and the food that they eat. We also found out a few interesting facts...
Did you know that some female tarantulas live to 30 years old! However, some of the males only live to 5 years old! This is because the females eat the males!
We were all very brave (even if some of us were a bit unsure)!
To end our Religious Education topic of Special Places, we visited St. Mary's church. This place is a special place for Christians and has been for over 800 years! We talked to Reverend Joy about the special parts of the church like the pulpit, the font , the alter and the Lady Chapel.
A special thank you to the children who were incredibly well behaved, to the lovely mums and staff who helped with the visit (it wouldn't have been possible without you) and the ladies at the church who welcomed and educated us.
We have been practising mindfulness in class, using the GoNoodle website. This ensures that both are brains and bodies are ready for learning! It also helps us to focus on our behaviour and gives us ways to control and deal with our feelings. Please use the link above to do this at home.
This week (8.10.10) we have started a marble jar. We earn marbles individually for the amount of effort we put into our work and participation in class discussion. These marbles are used to earn our Golden Time. When we are given an effort marble we put them into a class jar and these are then looked at on Friday afternoon.
If we have reached the first line (approx. 40 marbles) we get 10 minutes of Golden Time.
If we have reached the second line (approx. 50 marbles) we get 15 minutes of Golden Time.
If we have reached the third line (approx. 60 marbles) we get 20 minutes of Golden Time.
If we have reached the fourth line (approx. 70 marbles) we get 25 minutes of Golden Time.
If we fill the whole jar (approx. 80 marbles) we get 30 minutes of Golden Time!
We are now working super hard to fill up our jar. It's only Tuesday and we have 45 marbles!
In art we have been looking at the paintings of Henri Rousseau. We have been discussing his genre of portrait landscape and looking at the colours he uses. We have drawn a still life of some flowers, as these are a frequently used feature of his work. We have also made our own portrait landscape of a friend!
This week we looked at the animals in Rousseau's work, then created animal masks by layering coloured card. Above are some of the masks we made!
Everyday your children enter the classroom on the hunt for The Golden Ticket! The Golden Ticket is hidden under the chair of the child who has shown impeccable behaviour the day before. These behaviours can include motivation to learn, respect, kindness to those around them and thoughtfulness.
If your child has won The Golden Ticket they have many privileges to look forward to throughout the day. These include: working at the picnic bench in the reading corner, sitting on the golden cushion during carpet time, being line leader and register monitor as well as getting the job of classroom assistant!
At break time, when the teachers went to get their morning coffee, something awful happened in our classroom!
After taking off our coats, we walked into the classroom and found a crime scene! We investigated and found that one of the Wild Things had escaped from the book and made a mess in our classroom. They made muddy footprints, threw our chairs around, hid all of our maths resources and even ate the eyes off of Bob the Board!
After that, we noticed that the Wild Thing had put all of our instructions in the wrong order and eaten all of our time conjuctions! However, that was not a problem for us as we have been looking at instructions and could reorder them without any problems!
Don't be worried mums and dads; we aren't scared! We are going to write our own instructions to help catch the Wild Thing and stop it from making such a mess!
We have also been looking at where exotic pets come from. We used fact sheets and clues to help us place animals in their country of origin on a world map.
Here one child brought in some snake skins, from his pet snakes, to show us. We learnt that snakes come from all around the world but they like to be nice and warm!
In Literacy, we have been looking at character descriptions and focusing on adjectives.
In topic, we have been learning about the jobs that animals did for us in the past, such as pulling carts. However, do animals still work for us now?
For our Brilliant Beginning, I invited Annie and her dog Alvin into our class to show the children that we still need animals to help us. We spoke about the important job Alvin is training to do and the ways that Annie is training him. When Alvin grows into a big boy, hopefully he will pass a test to become an assistance dog. If he passes, he will help someone in a wheelchair with their day to day life.
A big thanks to Annie and Alvin for joining us and thank you to the parents who donated bits for the Dogs For Good charity.
Here is our Year Two Reading Garden! This space is perfect for us to get stuck into a good book!
A huge thank you to Dobbies Garden Centre for donating the artificial grass to us through their community support program!