Welcome to Year 2!
Year Two Team
Miss Ruth Cousins (Dali)
Mrs Jan Figueiredo (Van Gogh)
Miss Sarah Millard (Hepworth)
Mrs Fran Landau
Our PE days are Monday and Thursday. Please ensure your child has their full PE kit, including jogging bottoms and a jumper, as well as appropriate trainers at school every day.
Week beginning 19th March 2018
Year 2 enjoyed the theme 'Exploration and Discovery' as part of our Science Day this year. One of the investigations we carried out was to explore which material would be the best choice to build a shelter. We made a prediction then worked collaboratively to build a shelter using empty cans, lolly sticks, card, blocks and toilet paper. Surprisingly, we found that the toilet paper created the strongest shelter to survive a windstorm (a hairdryer!)
Week beginning 12th March 2018
We have been making our own 'Flanimals' and describing them using expanded noun phrases. We focussed on using a comma between our adjectives.
Week beginning 5th March 2018
We have been learning to tell the time to 5 minute intervals. We used our clocks to make different times and focussed on accurately positioning the minute hand.
Week beginning 26th February 2018
As part of our Topic, we have been learning about Florence Nightingale and the important changes she made to Nursing. We looked at examples of Paul Klee's artwork and imitated his style to create portraits of Florence Nightingale using a mix of 'Hot' and 'Cold' colours.
Week Beginning 19th of February 2018
In Year 2 we have begun a new writing unit based on the author Jill Murphy. We enjoyed discovering some new characters and stories
written by her. Have you got any Jill Murphy books at home? Which characters do you like?
Wednesday 10th January 2018
In Year 2 we are researching different types of transport in English. We will be writing a non-chronological report using what we have found out. Here is some of the key vocabulary we have found and will use in our writing.
Entry Point From A to B
Friday 5th January 2018
Year 2 started their new topic from A to B today. We designed and made boats in teams to try and take our figures across the river. In the topic we will be learning about travel and transport in the past.
Year 2 had a fantastic afternoon finding out about the Christmas story
with the Bridge Builders Charity.
We met the three kings, the shepherds and even the baby Jesus!
Dali and Van Gogh Classes enjoyed sharing their learning with their families.
They were able to make toys, play with old fashioned toys and look at our Design and Technology learning on pop up books.
Friday 17th November 2017
Sporting Futures Pudsey Afternoon
Year 2 had a fantastic afternoon taking part in a range of sports and games hosted by sporting futures.
Today year 2 had a very special visitor. Mrs Goodwin, who works for GSK, visited year 2 and told the children about how medicine is made, who makes it and what the staff have to wear during production.
Mrs Goodwin brought some items in, that are made at GSK, so the children could get a hands-on look. The children asked some intriguing questions which heightened their enthusiasm throughout the afternoon. Two children were lucky enough to dress up in the overalls that are worn during the production stage and we had a discussion about why medicine needs to be kept clean.
The children were fully engaged and really enjoyed their afternoon.
Wednesday 1st November 2017
LI: To evaluate.
(CC Link to English)
*How it moves
In Year 2 we are beginning a Design and Technology unit where we will be learning all about pop-up and moving books.
We started this week by looking at some moving books from the library, over the next few weeks we will be learning all the
skills we need to make our own pop-up and moving books.
Year 2 were very pleased to win the "Blue Rosette" for their Hansel and Gretel display.
All the children and adults would like to say a very big thank you to our parent helper Mrs Barnsley who used her artistic flair to create our forest scene.
Monday 2nd October 2017
LI: To perform poetry.
(CC link to topic-Who am I?)
*Use a clear voice
*Work with your group
The children have been performing poetry by Micheal Rosen. The children have really engaged with the start of our new learning journey coming up with exciting ideas. The children will now be writing a poem in the style of Micheal Rosen's "I know someone who..."
Wednesday 27th September 2017
LI: To present information (orally).
*Conjunctions- and, so, when, because
The Human Life Cycle
We have been learning about the human life-cycle in Science and English.
We prepared oral presentations and shared them with the rest of the class.
Partitioning to Add
LI: To add
*Put the largest number first
We used dienes to help us make numbers using our tens and units knowledge.
Tuesday 12th September
LI: To take photographs
(CC Link to topic Who am I?)
In computing we are learning how to use technology safely. We practised asking the people if they were happy to have their photograph taken. We also let them know we would be using their photographs on the school website.
Friday 8th September 2017
In Year 2, we will be practising reading and spelling the common exception words for Key Stage 1 accurately. We would appreciate your support with this and have attached a list of these words for you to download.
Friday 14th July 2017
Here are the photographs of Year Two's amazing trip to the Swiss Gardens at the Shuttleworth Estate.
We had an amazing time trying lots of different activities like planting bean seeds, taking texture rubbings, plant spotting and going on a sculpture trail. We even had a chance to ride on a open-top double decker bus which was over 100 years old!
Wednesday 12th July
To comment on a product.
(D and T : CC Link Science)
We designed and made our own fruit salads.
We wrote a method and then used it to help us make our own healthy fruit salad.
Can you see how much we enjoyed eating them?
Monday 3rd July 2017
LI: To recognise good and bad. (CC link - Maths - R.E - PSHE)
Today we learnt about the myth of 'Pandora's Box'. We discussed the good and bad things in the world and what we would put in a good box and a bad box. We came up with some lovely ideas and put our ideas onto 3d nets to make our own 'Pandora's box'! Here are some things we would lock away in the bad box:
- Unkind words
- Natural disasters
And for the good box:
- Family & friends
LI: to tell the time.
Today we used small clocks to help us to tell the time to the nearest 5 minutes, and some of us, to the nearest 1 minute!
We worked in partners to take turns to set the time and read it, and to then say the time and match it!
Please test us on our time telling at home :)
Tuesday 6th June 2017
LI: To read and discuss poetry.
(CC Link – Science)
We started a new learning journey in English all about poetry.
We are reading and performing poems all about our bodies, feelings and plants.
Wednesday 24th May 2017
LI: To edit a story.
Today we used our imagination to come up with our own version of 'Something Fishy'. We added a new character in our story and acted it out using mime! This meant that we had to be completely silent and really use our body to portray what we were doing.
We had two bee keepers come to visit our school. In assembly, they told us all about honey bees and other different bees too.
They showed us how bees made honey and let us know that bees don't want to sting humans. After assembly, we revisited the hives and found the queen bee. We also tried two different types of honey and chose our favourite.
Wednesday 17th May 2017
Parent Open Afternoon
Thank you to all the parents and carers who made it to our open afternoon today.
Everyone enjoyed making origami butterflies, drawings of snail shells, sea shells and corals.
There were also challenges to measure the adults’ bodies against the children’s.
Tuesday 9th May 2017
'Take One Film' Choices
Today we watched 3 'Take One Film' options: 'Zahra', 'Something Fishy' & 'Eye of the Storm'.
We made choices about what we liked and disliked about each film which we noted on post-its.
We then thought about which film would be the best for our learning and chose individually.
Next, we split into groups and mind-mapped ideas about what activities we could do based on the
film. We have now chosen 'Something Fishy'!
Monday 8th May 2017.
LI: To retell stories.
(CC Link to Topic- I’m Alive)
In Year 2 we have been learning about myths, today we acted out the story of "How the Elephant got its Trunk!"
You can view more stories using the Tinga, Tinga Tales online, reading them or Rudyard Kiplings "Just So Stories".
LI: To multiply.
*Write the number sentence using x
Today we multiplied using arrays! We had 12x12 star arrays that we could use or we drew arrays on our whiteboard. We also used the commutativity to check we are calculating accurately. For example 9 x 5= 45 then 5 x 9= 45.
Monday 24th April 2017
Today we were really lucky to have an extra PE session led by an external PE coach. We took part in 4 different activities which required us to be speedy, accurate and work well in our pair!
Wednesday 19th April 2017
Today, Year 2 discussed different types of living things and how we could tell if they are living or not.
We went outside and spotted living things, things that were once alive and things that were never alive.
We also discussed the seven characteristics of living things.
Spring Home Learning Project 2017
LI: To research a famous historical figure of your choice.
You can present this information in a variety of ways.
* Drawing, paint or any other art material.
* A labelled picture of your person
*Poster or model
The theater company came to visit this morning to perform the story of "Charlotte's Webb".
We had a fantastic time watching the show. Afterwards, we wrote our favourite part as this terms All Write.
Here are some photographs of the show too.
To celebrate British Science week we have spent an afternoon carrying out 4 different experiments.
The children visited each class in Key Stage 1 and carried out a different experiment in each room.
Here are some photographs to show us learning about sound, liquids, forces and chemical reactions.
If you would like to recreate any of the experiments at home the links are added below.
World Book Day
Thursday 2nd March 2017
What a fantastic day we had!
We all dressed up as our favourite book character.
Then, Year 5 came to join Year 2 in sharing some of their favourite books.
Finally, in the afternoon we were joined by Adam Jewitt who shared his illustrations with us!
Here are some photographs, we hope you enjoy looking at them.
Friday 24th February 2017
In Year 2 we have been busy trying to learn to read and spell the common exception words. Please find a copy of the words attached so that you can practise them together at home too.
Monday 6th February 2017
Friday 3rd February 2017
Tuesday 24th January 2017
LI: To retell stories.
In Year Two, we have been learning all about the author Martin Wadell.
We ordered the story of The Pig in The Pond using time, place and manner adverbs.
Then as a class we took on the different roles and retold the story.
Thursday 19thtJanuary 2017
LI:To copy and paste images.
Today we used the laptops to search for images of transport. We learnt how to copy and paste them onto a word document.
Thursday 12th January 2017
In Music we have begun to learn the song "Engine, Engine, Number Nine".
Mr Meek taught us this song to link with our new topic on transport, From A to B.
We hope you enjoy listening to our first recital.
From A to B Entry point
Friday 6th January 2017.
We designed and made boats to see if we could make one that got from one
side of the tray to the other. Here are some photographs of our designs and us seeing if we were successful in our challange! Maybe you could try and build a boat at home that can float across the tray.
This is our home learning project for Autumn Term.
To create a magical toy.
You can present this information in a variety of ways.
* Drawing, paint or any other art material.
* A labelled picture of your toy* Making a model of your toy.
Year 2 Parents Afternoon
Monday 12th December 2016.
Year 2 parents joined Dali and Van Gogh for an afternoon of toy making linked to our current topic “The Magic Toy Maker”.
We made Nutcracker Soldiers, Spilt pin models and thaumatropes. We had a fantastic time, and here are some of the adults’ comments:
“Love the open afternoon. I really enjoy spending time doing activities with my son”.
“Great range of activities. I like that it’s linked to the project we are doing at home”.“Fun and creative, great to go in multiple rooms to try different activities
On Friday 2nd December, Year 2 visited the church as part of our RE learning.
We met the 3 Kings, Mary, Joseph and the baby Jesus. We enjoyed it so much!
LI: To make a toy.
*Make a working toy
Today we made an oscillating woodcutter. We used card, a template, elastic band, cellotape and a straw to make our woodcutters!
We had to cut carefully and glue accurately to make sure that it worked in the end!
LI: To experiment.
Wednesday 16th November 2016
SC *Predict *Measure *Conclude
In Year 2 we are learning about forces. We carried out an experiment
using balloon cars to see how far each would travel.
LI: To follow instructions.
(CC Link – D&T)
Tuesday 8thNovember 2016
* Instructions read
* Steps followed
In Year 2 we followed instructions to make rocket fireworks.
Tomorrow we will be writing a recount of our learning.
LI: to compare a Church and a Mosque (art) and to design own version.
Wednesday 2nd November 2016
*Discuss the difference (verbally)
*Use key words (verbally)
*Use art skills to design your own hold place
Today Van Gogh and Dali discussed the difference between a Church and a Mosque. We used our prior learning to say the differences and to name important parts or objects in the place of worship.
Next, we each had a template of a Mosque or a Church and we used paper to design our own version.
Here are some of our designs:
In Year 2 we chose the book Little Red Riding Duck as our Take One Book. We are acting out the story and writing our own versions.
Here are the Year 2 display boards from our topic "Who am I?". They are located outside Year 6.
In Art, as part of our “Who am I?” topic we looked at portraits by the Italian artist Giuseppe Arcimboldo. We use different types of food and plants to make the features of our faces. Which is your favourite? Why?
In Maths we have been practising our number bonds to help us be fluent with numbers.
This was the entry point to our new topic "Who am I?".
We looked at the "Pop Artist" Andy Warhol and used his work as an inspiration for own portraits.
What do you think of them?
We hope you enjoy viewing the pictures and films of all of our super learning!