Welcome back for our first summer term! I hope you have all had a wonderful Easter break with your families and are ready for all the fun Year 2 will have in this term.
Our topic this term is called How does your Garden Grow?, which focuses on plant growth, germination and life cycles.
In English, we will begin by doing some story writing, focusing on the classic tale of Peter Rabbit, before moving on to look at the short story, The Tin Forest. During this topic, we will have a special Science visitor, who will come to school with a scientific problem that she needs our help to solve! We will be writing recounts of our day with her too.
In Maths, we will be reviewing all the skills taught so far across the year to ensure the children's readiness for SATs in the month of May.
In Art, we will be looking at different artists' interpretations of nature, such as Van Gogh or through the book 'Through my Window' by Jeannie Baker.
Our topic work has a geographical focus, and we will be looking at different maps of our locality and a contrasting place. We will be recognising keys and even start to use grid references.
If your child has something linked to our topic, then they may bring it in for Show and Tell.
(Please remember no toys!)
Keep your eyes peeled for updates on our class page!
We had a fabulous time on Red Nose Day. Our class decided that we wanted to raise money by having a Red Nose Day Cake competition that would be judged by our School Councillors. Everyone tried so hard and thought of some creative designs! Well done to our prize winners, Felicity and Harry. We sold the remaining cakes at the end of the day and fundraiser a grand total of £87.70 as a class. Well done children!
Our wonderful world- today we have been finding different countries across the world using globes and maps. We have been using compass directions to work out which direction places are from the UK.
Happy World Book Day! Today we have been doing all sorts of fun activities. The Reception, Year One and Year 2 children have all learnt performance poetry and have competed in an infant Poetry Slam. Year Two performed ‘On the Ning Nang Nong’ by Spike Milligan which was a bit of a tongue twister! We noticed it also has lots of rhyming words so we had a rhyming word treasure hunt too. We have also shared our favourite stories and will be writing our own ones this afternoon. Thank you parents for all your help with the children’s wonderful costumes.
Quentin Blake art- Today we have been sketching and painting watercolour pictures in the style of Quentin Blake to retell the story of James and the Giant Peach. It has been great fun.
Which is longer- a blue whale or the Empire State Building? Today in Maths, we were learning to measure in metres. We found out that a blue whale measures 30m metres long so we used metre rulers and chalk to draw on the playground how long that would be! We found out that the Empire State Building in New York measures 443 metres tall, which is just under the length of 15 blue whales side by side! We also practised measuring how far we could jump in metres- it was great fun.
We have been looking at Quentin Blake’s artwork for Roald Dahl’s books ahead of our work on Friday with Mrs King. We are going to be doing watercolours on Friday and creating posters of James and the Giant Peach characters.
James and the Giant Peach
Time is flying by- we are already halfway through the school year!
This term, our learning will be based around Roald Dahl's brilliant novel, James and the Giant Peach.
In English, we will of course be writing our own versions of the story as well as character descriptions and newspaper reports.
In Science, we will be investigating different mini beasts and their habitats, before looking at animal food chains.
In Art, we will be having a brilliant Quentin Blake workshop with Mrs King, and then we will be using 'The Beetle Book' by Steve Jenkins to make colourful observational drawings.
In topic, we will be journeying with James across the Atlantic and looking at New York City and how it is different to Cheltenham and Gloucester.
The children will be answering the questions: What makes a city, a city? How is Cheltenham different to New York?
I look forward to another wonderful half term with the children.
If the children have anything do with mini beasts, New York or the story James and the Giant Peach, they are welcome to bring it in for show and tell. Please remember that we do not do 'toy show and tell'!
As always, if you have any questions, please ask.
This morning we have been on a local nature walk to spot different birds as we are participating in the Great School Birdwatch! We saw lots of magpies, seagulls, pigeons, sparrows, blackbirds and even some thrushes! The children loved getting outside and bird watching- some even had binoculars!
In Science we have been thinking about different animal adaptations. We looked at a variety of polar animals to understand how they can live in extreme habitats and then designed our own animals. We used play dough to practise sculpting our animals and then made our own out of plasticine. In the afternoon we made our own habitats. Do you like them?
Gymnastics competition- This week, six year 2 children attended a Move More gymnastics competition that they have been preparing for in their club. Their dedication and hard work paid off, and they received a bronze medal as a team, with one of our members scooping the individual gold medal. We are so proud of them. The children performed their routines to the rest of the class and they were very impressed!
Women's Rights Day pictures
Women's Rights Day
We had a wonderful time celebrating the history of the Suffragette Movement today.
Our day began with the children voting for the book that they wanted to be read to- however, only boys were allowed to vote! Straight away the children could discuss the idea of inequality and how it would have been to have been a woman before the Suffragette movement. The girls had their chance to vote later, after our whole school assembly.
The children loved finding out about Emmeline Pankhurst and the Suffragettes. They made rosettes to show their support for the Suffragette ideas.
They then had the choice to find out about different women who had changed the world, and made some brilliant posters to display the information they found out. What a super day we have had!
In Maths, we have a daily fluency session. On Tuesday we worked in pairs to create as many different 2 digit numbers as we could. We worked out the biggest and smallest numbers we could make, and then spotted the biggest odd and even number. We love number play!
Meeting an explorer- Year 2 were lucky enough to have a visit from Leo’s dad this afternoon, who has visited the Arctic several times and the Sahara desert, amongst lots of other different countries. In English, we wrote different questions and he was kind enough to answer them! We found out that going to the Arctic involves a great deal of preparation and that being a real explorer means you are travelling with a purpose. Leo’s dad told us all about his mission around Britain and showed us some of the things he takes with him on his trips. The children had a wonderful time!
Coding- We have been having fun with SCRATCH on the ipads this week. We worked in small groups to create backgrounds, characters and a code that made our characters do different things. Some of us even worked out how to use our own photographs as part of our design!
Edward Wilson Museum Visit
Today we visited the Edward Wilson museum in Cheltenham. We heard about Edward Wilson's life in Cheltenham and his two trips to Antarctica. We had lots of fun dressing up in different Victorian outfits, and we learned about how he liked to paint different animals and creatures in Leckhampton. We thought about the different things he and Captain Scott packed on their trip to the South Pole, and looked at different artefacts, including the snow shoes he may have worn, his heavy sleeping bag and where he stored his paint sets.
We observed lots of his different paintings and drawings, and practiced his skills in our own pictures. We had a brilliant time!
What is the best way to keep warm in the Arctic? We conducted an experiment to see which material kept our skin the warmest in icy water. We tested skin on its own, a glove, some foil and some fat. Most of us concluded that the glove made our hand feel the coldest and the fat kept us warm because it acted like a layer of blubber- like a polar bear!
In Science we have been looking at different habitats and sorting animals in their habitats. We have talked about adaptations and how polar animals can live in the Arctic and Antarctica.
Our new topic this term in Year 2 is 'An Icy Adventure'.
In History and Geography, we will be looking at Captain Scott's adventure to Antarctica and thinking about how he travelled to the South Pole and what he might have seen on his journey there.
We will be walking to the Edward Wilson museum for a workshop on our local explorer, Edward Wilson. Here we will learn about his life and complete a watercolour painting workshop.
In Science, we will be looking at different polar animals and learning about how they are adapted to live in such extreme climates. We will be designing our own polar animals and making habitats for them too during our Art sessions.
Our class service is on 31st January at 9:15am , which you are all invited to share with the children. We will be presenting our own ideas about our school value, perseverance.
In English, we have been thinking about writing instructions. This morning, we have pretended we are bakers from 1666 and have followed instructions to bake our own bread rolls. We ate them when they were fresh from the oven and they were very tasty!
Today we pretended we were in 1666 and despite battle the wind and rain, we managed to re-enact a (albeit little!) Great Fire of London! We will have another try when the weather improves. Here are some pictures of our first attempt and some of our quill writing, where we wrote diaries in the style of Samuel Pepys.
Do you like our Tudor houses? We are going to re-enact the Great Fire of London with them!
On Wednesday, we visited Skillzone in Gloucester. We visited lots of different scenarios in the village and considered some dangers which we need to be aware of. We took a quiz before and after our tour, and learned so much about how to keep ourselves safe.
On Thursday, we had a visit from Gerald the Giraffe and the Life Bus. We thought about different ways to keep our minds and bodies healthy.
Digimapping- we have been looking at different local maps and trying to spot places we know. We have also compared maps of Christchurch with maps of London to spot the differences. This week, we have found our school and marked on our favourite places.
Here are some videos of our tricks!
We had so much fun meeting Paul Sturgess on our Basketball WOW Day. We practiced dribbling, controlling the ball and some spectacular tricks!
In Science, we have been making material robots and describing what different objects are made from.
Our next topic is:
In History and English, we will be focusing on The Great Fire of London, and the events of the fire through primary sources, such as the diary of Samuel Pepys. Our Role Play area will begin our topic as the Pudding Lane Bakery where the fire began in 1666.
In Science, we will be thinking about different material properties, and we will use apply our learning in Design and Technology by making vehicles to help Londoners escape the Great Fire. We will also recreate the fire by building our own 'London', before setting fire to it!
We will also be going on a trip to Skill Zone in Gloucestershire, where we will think about how to keep ourselves safe through a variety of different scenarios.
Stay posted for pictures of our learning throughout the topic.
Today, our classroom turned into a Potions Shop! We read instructions and followed recipes carefully to make potions that created dinosaurs, superheroes, mermaids, villains and even Harry Kane!
Year 2 had a wonderful time at the Cheltenham Literature Festival today. We met Abie Longstaff and she talked about how she is able to write magicals stories using things from her life. We even wrote out our own magical potion recipes which we will develop further next week in our English lessons. We enjoyed exploring the Beano Trail and left with our own comic each!
In Art, we have designed our own fruit and vegetable sculptures based on the work of Arcimboldo Giuseppe! Do you think they look like us?
We have had a busy couple of weeks! In Topic, we have had a visit from a real doctor and she taught us how to tie bandages properly. We became doctors and nurses too and we learned how to do CPR, which we practised on teddies. We have thought about how Florence Nightingale changed the hospitals in Scutari, and we had an amazing time acting out her life when she visited us this week. Here are some photos of all of our fun.
We had so much fun when the ladies from Paint it Yourself pottery came to see us. We sketched self portraits and then used pens and paints to turn our sketches into paintings. We can't wait to see how they turn out!
Hygiene experiment- In Science this week, we have considered the importance of being hygienic and have been doing experiments with different ways to wash our hands. We used 'glitter germs' to observe the differences of a quick hand wash with water and compared it with using soap and water. Can you tell which picture shows the best hand wash?
In English we have been looking at 'Superbat' by Matt Carr. We have learned the text by heart, and have been using role play to ask Superbat questions.
We are investigating if doing a little more exercise each day helps us get fitter. Here we are doing a workout with Joe Wicks!
Welcome to Year 2!
Welcome to our Year 2 website page.
Adults in class are: Mrs Parker, Mrs Slee, Mrs Jaynes and Miss Freer.
Our first topic this year is: Everyday Heroes.
In English, we will be learning and making links between different Superhero texts, and then we will write our own stories based on Matt Carr's 'Superbat'. We will be thinking about what it means to be healthy, and we will be designing our own workouts to improve our fitness.
In Topic, we will be looking at how Florence Nightingale improved hospitals in Scutari, and then we will compare her with other modern day 'Everyday Heroes'.
Our Role Play area began the year as a Doctor's Surgery, but has already changed to a Superhero City at the children's request!
We have lots of exciting things planned for this term, and are looking forward to our visit from a real doctor, a workshop with Florence Nightingale and a trip to Cheltenham Literature Festival.
Reading and Spellings
Reading records need to be brought into school daily so that we can record your child's reading.
Spellings are set on Monday and they will be tested on a Friday.
Your child will have one copy of spellings to practice at home and one for in school.
Homework is due in on a Monday, where it will be marked and filed.
Please remind your children that reading folders go in the blue box when they need to be changed and homework folders are placed in the yellow box.
Also, please make sure that important letters are handed to an adult or taken to the office, rather than left in book bags.
If you have any questions, please just ask.
Please keep checking the page for pictures and updates.