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Welcome to Year 2

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.

 

We are looking forward to getting to know everyone over the next few weeks and are thrilled to be sharing your child's learning journey with you. 

 

If you have any questions or queries that you'd like to discuss, please don't hesitate to contact us via the school office.

Who's Who.

Who's Who. 1 Miss Allen. Class Teacher
Who's Who. 2 Mrs Stansfield. Teaching Assistant
Who's Who. 3 Mrs Garnham. Teaching Assistant

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Homework

Curriculum Overviews

Year Group Letters 

Useful Links

A guide to The Reading Garden incentive

Fire Jars!

Newspaper Articles

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“If you are proud of your work please bring it to the carpet to share!” We have all tried really hard and created some lovely newspaper articles about the Great Fire of London.

Fire Jars

In Art we are creating jars that show a Great Fire of London scene. It was difficult as all the paper stuck to our fingers!

Features of a newspaper

After interviewing our witnesses and learning how to show speech in text, we needed to know how to present our information. We picked apart newspaper articles to see which bits would be effective for our own newspapers. 

Interviewing witnesses!

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Interviewing witnesses!

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NEWSFLASH! YEAR TWO DISCOVER A CRIME SCENE

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?

To improve our handwriting we have been doing Funky Fingers activities. These help us improve our fine motor skills. 

Writing with feathers

Due to Christmas play rehearsals we have been very busy lately! However, we have been fitting in work for our topic at every moment possible. Here are some pictures of us drawing with feathers and ink, just like Samuel Peypes would have done!

Remembrance Week

As we continue with Remembrance Week, we begin to look at the animals that helped us. Sergeant Stubby was a dog who smelt gas attacks and warned soldiers to put on their gas masks.  He won medals for his bravery. Soldiers got these too. We made our own and linked these to the values of kindness, helpfulness and bravery. 

Remembrance Week

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This week we take a break from the Year 2 Curriculum to commemorate those who died in WW1 and to celebrate 100 years since WW1 ended. We have started by creating clay poppies and painting them to use as a rememberance memorial. We have also been working on our inference skills when looking at photos that have a connection to WW1. 

Kindness Tree

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In class we have started a kindness tree. As a class we are trying to focus on being kinder to those around us. When a child has done something kind they tell an adult, who then allows them to write their name on a kindness leaf. This then gets hung on the tree. Whoever gets the most kindness leaves by the end of the half term gets a prize!

Firework Animation

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For our first lesson of computing, in Autumn term 2, we have been looking at animations. Animations are a series of pictures that are played together quickly. This tricks our brains into thinking it is a moving object. Here are some firework animations we created.

Firework Animation

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Firework Animation

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The ‘Brilliant Beginning’ To Our Fire! Fire! Topic

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?

 

We’ve got that Halloween feeling already with these ‘ghost pumpkins’!

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Can you guess what our next topic is...

Can you guess what our next topic is... 1

Sharing our Fur, Feet and Feathers Homework

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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.

The 'Fantastic Finish' to our Fur, Feet and Feathers topic

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)!

 

 

After we had made and created our own instructions to catch a Wild Thing, we went outside to create our traps!

Henri Rousseau Watercolour

In art, we created our own water coloured versions of Henri Rousseau's work.

Religious Education Trip to St. Mary's

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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.

Mindfulness

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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. 

Marble Jar

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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!

Mask Making

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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!

Miss Allen's Golden Ticket!

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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! 

 

 

 

 

 

Where The Wild Things Are!

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!

 

Exotic Animals

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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!

Pitch Perfect!

In music we have been looking at the idea of pitch. We listened to a xylophone and grew taller as the pitch got higher. We then investigated how the length of the xylophone's bars affected the pitch of the note.

Character Descriptions

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In Literacy, we have been looking at character descriptions and focusing on adjectives.

Counting In Groups

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For our first week of maths we have been looking at counting in groups. We came up with lots of methods to group our objects. Some of us grouped by colour, some of us grouped by type, others grouped in 2s, 3s and 5s.

The 'Brilliant Beginning' to our Fur, Feet and Feathers Topic

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. 

Being Positive In Our Learning: Growth Mindset

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If we ever get stuck in our work we remind ourselves to look at the Learning Pit. This shows us how to be positive and helps us overcome the challenges of learning.

The Reading Garden

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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!

 

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