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Welcome to Year 2

Mrs McLean and Mrs Laird warmly welcome you to the year 2 class page. Our classroom is a fun and exciting place to be and we have a busy year planned ahead.  We would love to share our learning and achievements with you, so please keep visiting our page to read our latest news. By scrolling down you can also access useful information such as class letters and homework.  

Picture 1 Mrs Donna McLean - Year 2 Class Teacher/KS1 Leader
Picture 2 Mrs Elle Laird - Teaching Assistant

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Warwick Castle

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Fruit Smoothies

 

Monday of Sports Week was Change for Life day. To start, the children got to try some exotic fruits including Sharon fruit and papaya. There were some unsure faces but everyone showed our value of courage and tried each fruit. We then set the children the challenge of designing and making a fruit smoothie. They started by gathering data to find the most popular fruit within the class and learnt how to make a smoothie, writing instructions to follow later in the week.  On Thursday, the children worked in groups to make their designed smoothies, which were judged by Mrs Broughton. We had some interesting combinations, one group even using mint! But congratulations need to go to the winning team ‘Dancing Mr Smoothie’ with their combination of grape, apple and strawberry.

Paralympic Goalball

 

As part of Sports Week Year 2 got to try their hand at goalball. We watched videos of the sport from the London Olympics and discussed how much courage and determination it would have taken the athletes to first try these sports. The children showed a great deal of compassion during this activity and certainly reflected on our current value of courage.

Which biscuit would make the best drawbridge for a model castle?

 

What a dilemma! I was making a model castle and the only thing I had left to use as a drawbridge was a biscuit, either a bourbon, digestive, biscof, hob nob or chocolate digestive.  So the children set to work to discover which would be the best, basing their investigation on testing for strength.  They set each biscuit on a lego wall and added weights until the biscuit broke.  On a hot day, this led to some very chocolatey weights!!  Despite predicting that the bourbon would be the strongest, most groups discovered that the hob nob would actually be best for the job. Now we all know!!

Minecraft Castles 

 

What great fun the children had making these! They were asked to use the app Minecraft to show their understanding of the different parts of castles. Each creation had to show battlements, a moat, a drawbridge and towers and/or turrets. And what a fanatic job they did! They then took a screenshot of their castle and added it to another app to create the labels. I'm very impressed with the final outcomes. Well done!

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Our local area presentations

 

Year 2 have spent this half term looking at how to create presentations to share information.  They have learnt how to create new slides, change the slide layout, change the background and add text and photos. Some children then independently found out how to add transitions between slides too.  All photos used have been taken and uploaded by the children themselves. I am proud with how these have turned out!

Lamb Visit

 

KS1 had a lovely treat this afternoon when Mrs Westrope bought 2 lambs and a ewe into school for a visit.  Evie and Elliot showed us how to bottle feed the lambs, Mrs Westrope showed how their ears were tagged and we all had chance to feel the lambs for ourselves. Thank you to Mrs Westrope for taking time out of her very busy day to visit, and thank you to Ms Varley for organising it. 

Experiencing life as a Victorian school child

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Royal Wedding Celebrations

SATS celebration

 

To celebrate the end of our Secret Agent Training Service challenges, we had our own top table lunch in the classroom.  The children have worked incredibly hard this year, particularly so in the last few weeks, so were even treated to some music. I hope they all shared their secret agent ID badges and certificates with you too.

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Straw Plaiting

 

As part of our local area topic we have been finding out about the history of the village and how the lives of children were different in Edlesborough in the Victorian times. One of the jobs children were expected to do was straw plaiting, supplying the hat factory in Luton. Volunteers from the Dacorum Heritage Trust visited the class today to talk to the children about the skill of straw plaiting and giving them chance to handle real Victorian artefacts. They all got to see how the straw was shredded into finer parts and even had a go at plaiting themselves. Many were shocked to hear that children as young as three would have been a straw plaiter in the village. The class had an enjoyable morning and learnt a lot about lives of children in the Victorian times. 

Village Walk

 

This week we joined together with year 1 for our village walk. We have been looking at old pictures of the village in class and learning about the history of some of the buildings, including the school, and it was really interesting to go and see these features for ourselves. The children found clues around the church to help them work out how old it was, and found the date that the local Baptist chapel was built. They enjoyed sketching the village sign and spotting lots of differences between Victorian and modern houses.  Everyone behaved incredibly well and so were treated to quick stop in the park at the end! I'm looking forward to seeing and sharing their follow up work in computing this week. 

 

Here are some of the photos the children took during the afternoon!

From tadpole to frog

 

We have been dutifully taking care of a number of tadpoles for a few weeks now and have fully enjoyed watching their transformation to frogs.  The time came to release them into the school pond yesterday and though we'll be sad to lose them from our classroom, we wish them well in their new found freedom! 

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Published Poets!

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In January we entered a poetry competition run by Young Writers where the children each wrote a riddle about a penguin. We have been waiting in anticipation to find out how we did, and finally a large parcel arrived in school with the results. Out of over 150,000 entries, all 22 children in the class have been chosen to have their poems published in a special book! I am beyond proud of you all. Permission letters have been sent home and all children have been given a certificate and a bookmark to say well done. The school will receive a copy of the book and I'm looking forward to seeing some of our entries published for all to see. Well done Year 2!! 

Egg Drop

 

On Wednesday 28th March Key Stage 1 held their Easter Day.  In year 2, the children were set the challenge of helping the Easter Bunny protect her eggs. Given just limited supplies, the children worked together to create some ingenious ideas.  Their creations were then put to the test when we dropped their eggs from a height to see which group's would stay the most intact. Well done to Harvey, Benji, James and Samuel whose egg didn't even have a crack!

World Book Day

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Palaeontologists in training 

 

Last week the children asked 'how do people know about dinosaurs if there were no humans alive during the dinosaur times?'

To help answer their question they became palaeontologists for the afternoon and discovered what a fossil is. They found out just how exciting and nerve wracking it would be to discover a real dinosaur bone!! Here they are in training! 

Jurassic Discovery

 

Year 2 received a letter from the Natural History Museum saying that a dinosaur egg had gone missing from the museum. We searched the school to find some dinosaur footprints on the playground. We measured them to discover that they were for the same size as a t-Rex's foot!! We wondered how many of our feet would fit inside a t-Rex's footprint and Maisy had the great idea to draw round them with chalk to find out. We could fit around 25 of our feet inside the footprint!!! We then used the iPad to find out that a t-Rex was 12-15m long. We measured it out and had a go at drawing a life size one! Later we found out that 9 year 2 children laying end to end is the same length as a small t-Rex!!!

On the way back into school we found more footprints so we followed them to find the missing egg! We also found footage on the cctv camera which showed a t-Rex on our playground!! We have written back to the museum telling them what we've found and asking what we should do? Fingers crossed we get a reply soon!! 

Chinese New Year class assembly 

 

What super stars you all are!! Year 2 put together and presented an amazing class assembly about the Chinese New Year on Friday 2nd February. It featured the story of the Chinese zodiac, facts about how the new year is celebrated and a dragon dance song.  Well done to all of you!

 

 

Hope, perseverance and determination!!!

 

Year 2 had to display a wealth of values this afternoon when for many they experienced their first go at sewing! 'I'm not sure I can do this' and 'I can't sew' was heard by a few children, but after adding YET to the end of those statements, many decided that actually that really quite enjoyed sewing. We certainly seem to have some naturals hidden in our class! The finished squares will be put together to make a class patchwork blanket. I'm looking forward to seeing it finished. 

Penguin Lifecycle

 

In Science this week we learnt about the lifecycle of a penguin. We read the story 'The Emperor's Egg' and discovered that amazingly it is the job of the male penguin to look after the egg.  The children particularly liked the fact about how when the mother returns from hunting she regurgitates into the chick's mouth to feed it some fish!!  We thought about how it would be really hard and boring to look after an egg for 2 months on your feet.  To help the children understand, they were then given a ball, posing as a penguin egg, to look after on their feet. They tried waddling like a penguin without it falling off.  They even had to take care not to 'break it' when the storm came and they huddled together for warmth.  When the 'female penguins' arrived back, the children had to find each other using just their voices.  The children then produced some beautiful work in their Science books, carefully illustrating the penguin lifecycle.  

 

A cold start to the Spring term

 

Happy New Year. I hope you've all had a lovely Christmas! Year 2 have had a very cold start to the new term when they arrived back to find that a Polar explorer had been blown through their classroom and had left an avalanche of snow and ice.  They investigated the clues left behind to discover that the explorer was trying to reach the South Pole, Antarctica. We used world maps to find routes he could have taken and made mini igloos to keep warm- this took a great deal of teamwork and perseverance!!. Later they wrote instructions for making a hot chocolate. Brr! Thank goodness it's starting to warm up again! 

Year 2 recreate the Great Fire of London

 

What a way to finish off our Fire, Fire topic! This was most certainly a wow moment for year 2, adults included!! During the week the children have studied houses typical to 1666 and recreated one using a cereal box. On Friday, the children were intrigued to see that they had a surprise planned for them in the afternoon. Picture their faces when after putting our houses together to model Pudding Lane, I told them that one thing was missing...fire!!! Some children chose to rescue their house before taking them down to the playground where we had arranged for Mr Bishop to help us with our fantastic finale. He even came in his uniform! I have never seen so many excited faces as the flames took hold of Pudding Lane. It was a windy day which was perfect as we could truely understand why the fire spread so quickly. Once the fire was out, Mr Bishop answered our questions about how it would be different with the modern day fire service. We learnt lots of interesting facts, including that their fire dog wears special fire boots! Thank you Mr Bishop for all your help! 

 

 

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Bread making

 

As we have been learning about the great fire of London, this week year 2 have designed and made their own bread rolls. They looked at bread rolls already on the market and studied the different shapes available. They then designed their own and followed a set of instructions to make them. We looked at the skills of weighing and kneading. I hope they taste nice!

Prickly Hay 

 

Wow! What can I say!! Year 2 you were amazing. This years nativity 'Prickly Hay' was a great success. I hope you all enjoyed it as much as we did. Well done Year 2!!

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Town and Country Christmas Display 

 

Look at our fantastic work on display in the windows of Town & Country Estate Agents on the high street. Well done Year 2!

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FIRE BURNS THROUGH LONDON!!

 

Over the last few weeks Year 2 have been learning about newspaper articles and have become journalists to write an article about the Great Fire of London.  They looked at reportive language, witness statements and answering the 5 W's: who, what, when, where, why?  We then turned their articles into news reports and used a green screen to film them reporting their news stories in Pudding Lane, London.  You may need to turn the volume up a bit!

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Humpty Dumpty has a great fall!!!

 

On Wednesday Year 2 were alerted to an incident on the school playground. They were given their journalist clipboards and name badges and went to investigate. The sight they found was devastating! Humpty Dumpty had had a great fall from a very high wall! They worked hard as journalists to uncover what had happened, interviewing the kings men who had witnessed the incident. They then worked in pairs to write an article to report what had happened. Great journalistic skills year 2!! 

Great Fire of London Diary Entries

 

This week we found out how the Great Fire of London started and we discovered that we know so much about the fire thanks to a very famous diary written by Samuel Pepys.  The children then imagined that they had witnessed the fire themselves and wrote their own diary entry.  They are displayed proudly in our classroom.

 

Here are just a few.

 

Dear Diary

Today was a hot and scary day.  Strange noises woke me early! I packed my bag because London was on fire! I packed my brown teddy, joke book and tasty food. Then I rushed to the front door and I saw bright, red flames jumping from house to house and swallowing all of London.  I was so petrified of the fire. I hope my friends will be ok.  The fire is nearly at the water!             Nicholas

 

Dear Diary

Today has been the scariest day of my life.  I looked out of my window and saw London was on fire.  I quickly packed my teddy, book and money in a small, straw bag.  I ran outside onto the dark street.  I saw bright red fire on the houses. People were running and screaming.  I felt sad.  I ran to the boat and I got in to the middle of the water.  I hope my friends will be ok.              Star

 

Dear Diary

Today was a terrifying day. At night time I was sleeping just until I heard babies crying.  It was so loud! I covered my small ears and then went to open my broken window.  I was so shocked when I looked.  I could see red fire.  I smelt grey smoke and I heard screaming.  I was really scared.  I went to pack up my food, my drinks and a picture of my family.  I was scared so much! I went out of the spruce door.  I just noticed that there was way more fire! I ran to an oak boat with my family.  We saw the boat and ran faster.  We rowed and stopped at the middle of the river. Where will we go now?      Toby

 

Dear Diary

Today I was shocked when I woke up.  I heard babies crying.  I went to have a look and London was on fire!  I felt petrified it was so bad.  I rushed downstairs to pack a suitcase.  I packed my teddy, another teddy and money.  I went outside I was so scared I stuck onto mother, sister and daddy.  People were turning everywhere I went.  I smelt hot smoke and I could taste it.  I ran as fast as I ever ran before. Few! I got the last boat. I rowed into the middle where I will be safe but I thought will my friends be ok?                  Elise

 

Dear Diary

Today was a very scary day.  I heard people screaming I went to my blurry winndow and I saw that London was on fire.  Then Mum said I needed to get a black shiny bag and 3 things. I chose a huge piece of chicken, 4 cups of water and £33.  Then I went outside.  What a sight!  I hope my friends will be ok.  I heard fire cracking very loud.  We found a wooden boat. So we jumped in. Then I realised that it was the last one. How lucky! Will my friends be ok? Will my family be ok?          Benji

 

Dear Diary

Today was the scariest day of my life. I was woken up by smoke going up my poor nose.  I went to my cracked window. I saw bright flames and ash burning the ground.  My mum told me to pack 3 of my special things.  When I did it I ran down the steep stairs. I was still worried I ran slow.  When I got outside I saw babies crying. I saw bright flames swirling. I felt petrified.  I could see ash burning to the ground.  I couldn't believe my eyes.  Will my friend be ok?  I could hear flames cracking. I hope my family is ok.  I ran to the river. At least there was a boat. I was incredibly lucky that I got on the last boat.  I hope all the other people are ok.  We rowed in to the middle.  I hope the street will not be on fire tomorrow.          Kardelen

 

 

Anti-bullying week 13th-17th November 

 

This week we have taken part in National Anti-bullying week. The children were shown a box with something very special inside, something unique! When they peered inside they saw their reflections. We discussed how we all saw something different, how there is no one else in the world just like them. We then reflected on this, thinking about why it's good to be different, and why we need to all come together to create a finished picture. The children demonstrated this by creating their own jigsaw pieces using the laptops, showing the things that are unique to them. Later they painted their 'unique' self portraits to add to our fantastic display.

Great Fire of London

 

The children are thoroughly enjoying our new topic 'Fire! Fire!', especially learning about the Great Fire of London. So far we have learnt about how the fire started and have created animations on the laptops using 2animate.  We have looked at the diary written by Samuel Pepys and have started to plan our own.  Some children have enjoyed it so much that they have taken their learning outside at lunch time and recreated the Great Fire using chalk on the school playground!

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Firework Poems

 

We have been looking at the poem 'Crackle! Spit!' by Marie Thorn and have used it as a model to write our own. We used alliteration, positional language and precise verbs.  Listen to a few of our efforts.

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Wild Things Wanted!!

 

On Monday we returned to school after the weekend to find that the Wild Things had escaped from their island.  We thought it was best to learn how to trap one so we rehearsed a set of instructions just in case we should come across one.

The next day, Mr Comer came into our classroom with some strange and mysterious news.  He had been working late and had heard weird noises coming from our classroom.  He investigated and found the Wild Things were causing all sorts of mischief, hanging from the ceiling and dancing on Mrs McLean's chair.  He even took some photos to show us.  Lucky for us we knew how to capture a Wild Thing, so we decided to follow the instructions and make a trap. When we went outside we saw huge footprints making a trail from the school to the field.  There were even some of the story house roof!!   We made our traps and then waited.

On Wednesday morning we went back to the field to check our traps.  They were covered in fur and leaves were everywhere. Mr Bush told us that he'd chased them off the night before.

 

So, the Wild Things are still loose.  We will be watching carefully at school to see if they return, and hopefully we can change our instructions and come up with a new plan that works!

Natural History Museum Tring 

Wednesday 4th October

 

What a milestone!! Year 2 have been on their first ever school trip!!  And what a day it was.  I have never seen a class of such excited children before, and they represented the school beautifully.  

 

We had a very busy day, but rather then me telling you all about it, here is what Nicholas and Elise have written about the trip.

 

 

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We had an amazing day and learnt a lot about the history of the museum, the life of Walter Rothschild and how animals have changed over time.  We were all wowed by the size of the giant sloth and enjoyed being able to handle some specimens like the glis glis.  I hope you enjoyed your day Year 2.

Working with probots

 

Year 2 have settled in incredibly well after their summer holidays.  They are approaching new challenges with open minds and keen to do well.  We have started our 'Fur, feet and feathers' topic and we are all very excited about our upcoming trip to the Natural History Museum.

 

In computing the children were very excited to be able to use the probots for the very first time.  We looked at how they differ from the beebots, and began exploring how to input an 'algorithm'.  We found them to be a little trickier than beebots, but true to form, no one gave up!

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