Miss Allen, Mrs Varley and Miss Strong 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.
Miss Allen. Class Teacher
Mrs Stansfield. Teaching Assistant
Mrs Garnham. Teaching Assistant
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We have received another note from the egg robber! Unfortunately the egg has hatched and now there is a dinosaur on the loose. The note gave a hint of how to lure in the dinosaurs by using a stomping rhythm. The children decided that we could write a song or poetry to read out loud to attract the dinosaur.
Over the last couple of weeks we have been looking at fractions of shapes and amounts! We have welcomed the challenge and even learnt what the word ‘equivalent’ means! All this talk of splitting pizzas into equal parts has made us all really hungry!
How fossils are made in our own words!
World Book Day
The only time we are allowed to dab in the classroom...
Phase 6 Phonics- homophones
After lunch we came in to find a trail of dinosaur poo on our tables! We learnt that if we dissected the poo we could find clues to work out which dinosaur could have left it there. If there were bones we know it would be a carnivore, if it was full of leaves and other vegetation we know it must have been a herbivor, and if it was a mixture of both we know it must have been an omnivore. After searching hard some of us were convinced it was an omnivore and some were not so convinced by the bones and decided it must have been a spaghetti loving herbivore! We then did some research to find out which dinosaurs were omnivores and which were herbivores.
We were sent some ‘cctv’ by Mr Bush that showed us something very suspicious!
We came in this morning and realised our dinosaur egg had been stolen! A cryptic note had been left along with lots of other clues. We deciphered the note and went on the hunt for some more clues. We found some suspect tools that could have been used to take the egg and a set of muddy footprints.
Using bracelet shading and cross hatching
Describing the dinosaur
A brilliant beginning to our Jurassic Journey topic
In one day we have found out so much about our topic. Our topic board is filling up with the things we have spoken about.
We learnt about the different features of dinosaurs and when they lived. We made a huge timeline on the playground and sorted the dinosaurs into the correct periods. Did you know that flying dinosaurs didn’t evolve until the Jurassic period and that the biggest dinosaurs lived in the Cretaceous period?
We learnt about the Mesozoic Era (this is when the dinosaurs lived). It is split into three different periods: Triassic, Jurassic and Cretaceous.
Measuring an Argentinosaurus
We measured out 41 metres. This is how long a Argentinosaurus can be from the tip of its tail to the end of its nose. We wanted to find out how much bigger it was than us. We all laid down and meausured; it was 28 children and 3 adults long!
We decided to measure the footprints using cubes, tape measures and our own ideas. One was 19 feathers long!
We set out immediately to see what we could find. We discovered a huge egg and a set of giant footprints.
The urgent letter
An urgent letter
We had a normal start to the day until Mrs Broughton from the office delivered us this letter from the Natural History Museum. It seemed very urgent.
What a fantastic finish to our Polar Regions topic!
We shared what we had learnt over this topic about the Artic and Antarctica. We then demolished these very yummy igloos!
We were so mesmerised by the video of the Northern lights that we had to create our own!
2D and 3D shapes
We have been looking at the features of 2D and 3D shapes. Did you know that 2D shapes have sides and vertices but 3D shapes do not have sides? They have faces! 3D shapes also have edges and vertices. We also learnt that a mathematical word for corners is vertices (more than one) and vertex (one).
Keeping warm in the Polar regions
We all had a try at running stitch. Together we created a patchwork blanket to keep us warm in artic conditions. If you look closely you can see that it is decorated with different objects associated to the polar regions.
The children were given the task of rescuing the artic animals from icebergs. They found that under a warm tap was the quickest way to melt the ice and the iceberg left on the side was the slowest to melt.
In computing we created artwork inspired by Mondrian.
In science we did an experiment and predicted whether a group of penguins would be warmer for longer than a penguin on its own.
In maths we have been very busy learning how to tell the time, how to divide equally by sharing and grouping, and also how to read tally charts and block graphs.
Frozen Planet ‘Brilliant Beginning’
When we came into the classroom it was covered in snow! It was freezing so we left our coats on. We found items that an explorer left behind, including snowy footprints. We dressed up as an explorer and spoke about what we would need to survive somewhere cold. We decided we needed to create igloos for the animals to keep them warm. We looked at which animals live in the Artic and Antartic. We then worked out which animal’s footprints were in the snow!
Thank you everyone for bringing in your bakes over this half term!
Stop the fire spreading!
Fortunately the fire hasn’t got our houses yet but it’s coming our way! In 1666, one way they stopped the fire spreading was to pull down some of the houses. We had no choice but to demolish our houses before the fire spread!
The children created their own houses in the style of those during the Great Fire of London.
Three Wise Men on their camels following the star!
Today we spoke about why Christmas trees are important to the Christian faith. Then we made some out of pine cones.
In science we have been looking at materials and their properties. Today we tested different materials to see which would be best to make a bucket out of (to help fight the Great Fire of London). We tested materials for qualities a bucket needs, such as being waterproof and strong. The answer was in front of our eyes the whole time!
The Importance of Singing!
Research shows that singing has many benefits to our physical health and well-being. Therefore we start everyday with a sing along. Here is one of our favourites.
Christmas Jumper Day for Save the Children
The X symbol
In maths we have been looking at the X symbol and what it represents. We have been using language such as ‘groups of’, ‘multiplied by’, ‘times’ and ‘lots of’. We started off with repeated addition and then looked at groups of items. Here are some of the children using resources to help them.
Putting out the fire
We learnt that in 1666 there were no fire engines; the only thing people had were buckets which they filled using water from the river and carried to the fire. We raced against each other to see whether a fire engine hose or a bucket would put the fire out first. I’m not sure we’d be much use during The Great Fire of 1666!
Putting out the fire
Great Fire of London Newsreports
Here are some videos of the children reporting about the Great Fire of London! Some of us chose to read our newspaper reports and some of us did some improvising!
Great Fire of London Newsreports
Great Fire of London Newsreports
Great Fire of London Newsreports
“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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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’!
Can you guess what our next topic is...
Sharing our Fur, Feet and Feathers Homework
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)!
Catching the Wild Things
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
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!
Miss Allen's Golden Ticket!
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!
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 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.
In Literacy, we have been looking at character descriptions and focusing on adjectives.
Counting In Groups
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
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
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!