14/06/2019 at 1:23 PM
This week the children have been very creative, enjoying lots of art and design activities. They have designed and made their own bog babies in clay and decorated them with natural materials. We think you’ll agree that they are amazing!
In English lessons, we have been writing a non-chronological report about our own bog babies. The children have yet again wowed us with their imaginative ideas and their application of writing skills.
In maths, the children have started thinking about the measurement of mass. They have used balance scales to compare objects using the words heavier and lighter than. We will continue to learn about mass next week.
Next week we are hoping for better weather so we can get on with our geography topic which we have put on hold this week!
Don’t forget S- factor auditions are next week. Please bring in your experiments on Monday!
Have a lovely weekend!
07/06/2019 at 1:28 PM
We have had a very busy start to the half term and are all excited about our new topic. We have made the most of the good weather and have been enjoying the outdoors and exploring our grounds.
Through the story Bog Baby by Jeanne Willis, we have introduced the idea of habitats. The story is about two children who find a magical creature in the woods and take it home as a pet. Even though they thought they were taking good care of him, he actually became very ill. When they finally returned him to his natural habitat, he was able to thrive.
We have written some lovely descriptions of the bog baby’s habitat and have written a letter to a professor, explaining how to look after a bog baby. This morning we went on a bog baby hunt in our own magical woods, the Conservation Area. We were extremely lucky to find some very strange creatures! We will continue to use this idea in our English work next week.
In our geography lessons we have been on a scavenger hunt and have started to look at maps. We used the compass directions to navigate around a set of cones.
In Maths this week, we have been using mathematical vocabulary for position and direction. We have learned how to direct an object on a grid using forwards, backwards, left and right and have introduced turns using clock wise and anti- clockwise.
Can you give some directions to collect the treasure?
If you would like to take part in this year’s ‘S Factor’ auditions, the dates are:
2LO Monday 17th June
2LA Tuesday 18th June
Please have your equipment in school for Monday 17th June. We are very much looking forward to seeing the children’s experiments!
24/05/2019 at 12:56 PM
There has been much excitement in Year 2 this week when on Wednesday the children received a letter from Willy Wonka which contained the actual secret recipe for his famous Fizzy Lifting Drink. The children were told that the recipe was top secret and that they had to look after it. In return for Willy Wonka’s authentic recipe, the children had to invent their own recipes. The children worked so hard and the recipes were very imaginative. Here are some for you to try at home (although it may be tricky getting your hands on some of the ingredients):
However, when we arrived at school on Thursday we discovered that the secret recipe had been stolen! Who would do such a thing? Where could it possibly be? The children found a series of clues which eventually led us to Claire – our marvellous cook. It turns out that Claire had wanted to surprise the children with a fizzy lifting drink at lunchtime and had borrowed the recipe. Once the mystery of the missing secret recipe had been solved, the children then wrote recounts describing what had happened. They used time connectives to sequence events, conjunctions to explain their ideas and lots of right choice words to make their writing interesting.
This week in maths we have been continuing our work on time. Most children can now tell the time to quarter to and quarter past the hour, and some children are able to tell the time to five minutes. We have also been looking at how to solve worded problems involving time and time intervals.
In PE we continued learning how to play cricket. The children’s hand-eye co-ordination has improved well over the past few weeks and we have some budding cricketers!
We wish you a very happy half term and look forward to seeing the children all refreshed in June.
The Year 2 Team
17/05/2019 at 12:56 PM
We began the week with our chocolate factory. The children enjoyed tasting ingredients, designing and making chocolates. They wrote menu cards to describe the chocolates they made and then designed and made a box for the chocolates to go in. We hope you enjoyed them at home!
2Lo’s Chocolate Factory
2La’s Chocolate Factory
Thank you so much to our brilliant volunteers!
Today we enjoyed another skipping workshop with Jodi from skipping school. The children have made so much progress since their first session back in February. Well done!
In English this week, we have been looking at the features of instructions. The children have had a go at improving a set of instructions using time words, bossy verbs, adjectives, adverbs and conjunctions. Next week we will build on this by writing our own sets of instructions.
Please can you make sure that children have a full PE kit in school. This must include suitable footwear. Thank you.
Have a lovely weekend,
The Year 2 team.
10/05/2019 at 1:54 PM
The children have worked incredibly hard this week. We have started our ‘special booklets’ and the children have all worked their hardest on answering the questions as well as they can.
In maths this week we have been practising adding and subtracting 2 digit numbers and answering one and two step problems. The children are able to draw tens and ones to help them find the answers.
Here are some problems to try at home:
In English this week, we have been reading, performing and writing poems about chocolate. The children have used right choice adjectives and verbs to describe chocolate using their senses. They also used similes and alliteration. Some children even used rhyme! Here are 2Lo performing some poems:
As it was raining on Wednesday, our cricket lesson was indoors. The children worked on their aim and started to learn how to control the bat. It has been great to see the improvements they have made in such a short space of time. Next week on Friday, we have our second skipping workshop with Jodi from Skipping School. Children that have mastered the basic speed bounce and double bounce will move onto some trickier skipping skills. Maybe you could practise some skipping this weekend to prepare?
Here are 2La with their super aim!
In topic this week, we learned how chocolate is made. Did you know that cacao pods look like rugby balls and that the cacao beans taste like sour apples and are white? The children sequenced the different stages needed to change these beans into the chocolate that we know and love!
Requests for help!
We are looking for some parent volunteers to help in our chocolate factory next week. You must be good at melting chocolate and washing up! 2La need some volunteers on Monday morning and 2Lo on Tuesday morning. Please email staff if you are able to help. Thank you.
We are also looking to improve the garden area outside 2Lo. Earlier in the year we planted bulbs which we enjoyed in the spring. Now we want to get the garden ready for summer. Do you have any seeds, plants or planters etc that we could use? Thank you.
Have a great weekend,
the Year 2 Team
03/05/2019 at 12:35 PM
This week we were inspired by the ‘fizzy lifting drink’ chapter of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.
In English we have planned and written our own stories about flying. We used drama to develop vocabulary and story structure. Our final stories are superb!
In maths, as well as further work on time, we started learning about capacity. We estimated and measured the capacity of different containers, learning how to read a scale and measure in millilitres and litres.
We then decided to create our own fizzy lifting drinks! We carefully measured out different amounts of fruit flavoured cordial and fizzy water. It was delicious!
Can you practise measuring out different amounts of liquids in ml at home?
On Wednesday we had great fun learning new cricket skills.
This game was called ‘tidy the room!’
Thank you for the fantastic learning log work on Fairtrade. The children enjoyed learning more about what this means. They acted out working on farms and then being paid for their work. Some of them were paid a fair price and others weren’t. Next week we will find out more about how chocolate is made!
Enjoy the bank holiday weekend!
The Year 2 Team