Year 2

Year 2

 

Teacher: Miss Tharme

Teaching Assistant: Mrs Hougham 

 

Click to download the Year 2 Curriculum overview: Year 2 Curriculum Letter – Autumn 2018

Useful websites for Year 2

 Have a look below to see what we have been up to!

 

 2018

 

 

Geography in Year 2

 

Geography Year 2

In our topics this year we have learnt about different parts of the world. Earlier this year we learnt about the Aboriginal People in Australia, and learnt about their flag and they way that they create artwork. We even created some of our own! More recently, we have been learning about our local area, and all about the seaside. This week, we have been designing and creating our own beach huts! We have had lots of fun and even the Year One children came to have a look! 

 

Music in Year 2

 

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This term in music we have been learning about ostinato – that is a repeating pattern in a piece of music. We have realised that lots of songs which are suitable for children – like ‘It’s raining, it’s pouring’ – have ostinato in them as it makes them easy to learn and remember. We have also listened to Vivaldi’s ‘Four Seasons’ which has ostinato in. We could name lots of the instruments that the orchestra used and we thought about where the music took our imagination when we closed our eyes and listened carefully. Each season made us feel a different mood! We thought of ice- skaters zooming in the winter, ice creams in the summer, a stream in the autumn with leaves falling into it, and baby animals in the spring.

 

Year 2 created their own powerpoints

 

Year 2 have been learning how to produce their very own powerpoints. We now know how to create new slides, how to change the background colour of each slide and how to insert pictures and shapes. We can even add text and change the size, colour and font of our writing.

Well done Year 2. You are now powerpoint experts!!!

 

PSHE in Year 2

 

Recently in Year Two we have been talking about rumours. A rumour is some news that you hear about somebody. The thing is, you often hear a rumour from someone other than that person, which means that it may or may not be accurate. Some rumours may be harmless, but often rumours can cause people to get upset. We played a game of ‘Chinese Whispers.’ Mrs Nicolet said ‘I’m going paddle boarding at the beach this weekend’, but by the time it had been passed around the whole circle, the last person thought that the rumour was, ‘Paddling at the end of the world!’ Some of the details were correct, but the first message was lost. This is why we have to be careful not to say things about other people that we are not completely sure are true – it can cause all sorts of trouble!

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Maths in Year 2

 

Sadly,  Friday 29th June marks Mrs Fakorede’s last day with us before she finishes her teacher training. We think Mrs Fakorede is amazing and we have been so lucky to have her! Today she prepared an amazing lesson for us, all about data handling. We looked at some pictograms and answered really tricky questions about them, and then Mrs Fakorede took us outside… to create a human bar chart! We were asked to pick our favourite things, such as animals, colours, and ice cream flavours, and then we worked out where we had to sit. You can see from the photos that some categories were more popular than others!

Thank you, Mrs Fakorede, for all of your hard work. We’ll never forget you!

 

Special Treats in Year 2

 

A couple of really lovely things have happened this week which we would like to share! Yesterday, M and M productions visited our school to perform ‘Alice in Wonderland’. It was amazing! We really enjoyed it and we laughed our heads off! There was music, dancing, and the costumes were fabulous. Thank you to the parents who contributed a donation for us to be able to enjoy the play.

The fun continued for a lucky few of us this morning, who went with Mrs Hougham to Christchurch Infant’s School for an art morning. We all produced our own amazing canvases and even made a beautiful piece of artwork as a team, created from natural materials. You will be able to find it hanging in Miss Buxton’s office!

 

Year Two’s Wow Week

 

WOW! What an amazing week we have had. It all started with an amazing visit from Mr G, who wowed us with his science skills – they were just like magic! We stuck with the science theme for the rest of the week by making our own helicopter spinners based upon the seeds, after examining lots of different seeds with a magnifying glass and seeing if we could work out how they would distributed. We have learnt that seeds can travel by wind, animals, explosion, or water. We thought very carefully about all of the WOW things that we have achieved so far in our lives, and we wrote our very own autobiographies. On Thursday, we learnt all about world records, and tried to set some of our own! We tried to blow a pea along a table for the longest distance, to stack a card tower as high as we can, to hula hoop for as long as possible, to make a stack of coins as high as possible, and to match as many emoji cards as we can, in just two minutes! The whole school even danced the Macarena at once! We really enjoyed the week, as we got to try many new skills, and we really enjoyed building a scrap book to help us remember all of these wonderful memories. Thank you to the teachers who organised the week!

 

Year 2 Sports Day

 

Year 2 had an amazing morning on Tuesday 19th June. We started the day with house races and then we went off to one of the activities. We did welly throwing, penalty shoot out, skipping races, long jump, the javelin, the bucket race and star jumps in 30 seconds. The weather stayed fine too!

Finally, we finished with our house team relay races. The parents and staff cheered us on. It was fantastic. Thank you to everyone who came. We had the most wonderful morning.

 

God Matters

 

Since the Easter Holidays, we have been learning about the events surrounding the Easter story. Last week, we thought carefully about how Mary Magdalene must have felt when she found the tomb empty, and Jesus’ grave clothes folded. We think she probably felt very sad and worried at first, but after the angel spoke to her, she probably felt much happier, and very excited to see Jesus again! We thought about questions that we could ask Mary, and Jesus’ disciple Peter, if we were to meet them.

 

Literacy in Year 2

 

This week, we have been learning about possessive apostrophes! It is very tricky, but we know we have to put an apostrophe after somebody’s name when we are talking about something which belongs to them. For example:

This bike belongs to Arthur

becomes,

This is Arthur’s bike.

We practised this new skill by writing a recipe for a perfect year 2 class – have a look at our amazing ideas below!

recipe for a year 2 class.

 

 

Superhero Week in Year 2

 

Year 2 had a fantastic superhero week. We dressed up as our favourite superhero characters.

A super villain had taken Mrs Dayantis’ dog so we wrote our own very special missing posters.

The children worked hard on designing their posters. Please take a look at their work:

Year 2 Superhero Week Posters

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Year 2 Superhero Poster-2

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We then made our very own superhero puppets and superhero bookmarks.

We had an amazing week and best of all Percy was returned to Mrs Dayantis by the superheroes.

 

 

Year 2 Class Assembly

 

 

On Friday the 9th March, we had our whole school assembly. It was so much fun; we have been so busy in year two, so we were excited to tell the other children at school and all of the parents what we have been up to!

Our topic this half term has been space, and we have learnt all about Tim Peake and Neil Armstrong. We listed some facts that we have learnt. For example, we know that Neil Armstrong began to pilot a plane before he learnt how to drive a car, and Tim Peake had to live underwater for 12 days before he was deemed ready to go to the International Space Station. We also spoke about how we have learned to write instructions, and how we made Tim Peake some yummy jelly to take to the ISS with him.

We were proud to show off the amazing rockets that we made in DT. Next week we are going to write an evaluation to see what we did really well and what we would do differently next time. Our streetwise trip was also covered, with lots of photos to show what we had got up to!

Music in year two has been so fun this half term; we have been thinking about travel. We’ve learned how to sing an action song in Swahili, as well as another song about different forms of transport, both of which we performed to the whole school. Miss Buxton liked that bit so much, she got us to do it again at the end!

In God Matters, we have been looking at Revelation and the stories that Jesus told us to help us live our lives in the way that God would want us to. We acted out the story; Eduardo made a very good shepherd and Isabella was a very sneaky fox!

Everybody read beautifully and worked hard in the week to learn their lines and memorise the songs that we sang. We had so much fun! Mrs Nicolet was so proud of us all, and Miss Buxton told us that we were an excellent example to the rest of the school. Thank you to all of the parents who came to see us, and we hope that you enjoyed our assembly!

 

 

Year 2 Trip to Safewise

 

Well, what a marvellous day we had! On 8th February, Year Two visited Safewise in Bournemouth and learnt so much about keeping safe, both whilst at home, and out and about. The children were guided by Safewise volunteers, who took us around a home, to a park, to the beach and to a roadside so that we were able to spot dangers and suggest how to keep safe.

The kitchen had lots of dangers which we spotted; somebody had left a fork in the toaster, and a bottle of oil on the hob! We were very surprised when smoke started to spread into the room, and we quickly left the house in order to make a ‘999 call’ to ask for the fire brigade.

In the park, we looked at the sort of things that we might see if people have not looked after the area properly. We know never to touch dog mess and to stay away from any broken bits of equipment, or any cans or bottles that we may find laying around. Whilst we were in the park, a ‘stranger’ came up to us and asked if we could help him find his dog! Luckily we remembered about stranger danger and we knew to find a responsible adult. Mrs Nicolet was very proud of Maddison, who was able to tell her whole group to be careful and remember the rules!

We also had a go at crossing the road safely using a puffin crossing; we know that we should always look right and left, and to keep looking even as we cross. We spoke about car seats and boosters too – we checked to see what sort of car seat we should have in our parents’ cars! At the beach, we learned about how to spot a lifeguard (yellow on top and red on bottom) and how to protect ourselves from the sun. We even tried on a real safety vest!

We were all very well behaved and made Mrs Nicolet and Mrs Hougham proud. Thank you to our parent helpers for their time, and thank you to Safewise for an excellent morning!

 

 

Science in Year 2

 

  • Year 2 Science

In our science lessons this half term we will be learning all about different materials and their properties. Today we took advantage of the fair weather and all headed outside to see which materials are absorbent and which are non-absorbent. We found out that stone did not absorb any water, and neither did the tarmac, but the ground on our field does. The most absorbent thing that we found was a tea towel; it soaked up the water straight away!

 

 

Year 2 make jelly for Tim Peake

 

Year 2 have been learning all about Tim Peake and in Literacy we have been learning all about instructions and different recipes. We have really enjoyed this topic and thought that we would make some strawberry jelly for Tim Peake.

Year 2 make jelly for Tim Peake

Year 2 then wrote their own instructions on how to make jelly.  Here are some of their instructions.

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Well done Year 2.  Fantastic instructions!

 

Autumn Term 2017

 

On November 24th, we were lucky enough to have a visit from Ranger AJ from The Creepy Crawly Show! He brought in lots of amazing creatures from all over the world, and we were even brave enough to hold some. We loved the barn owl and the giant African snails – they were very slimy! Thank you to the PTA and to Mrs Whyte for organising a very special event, which tied in so well with our learning.

We look forward now to thinking about Advent and Christmas, and cannot wait to be part of the Christmas performance next week!

 

Year Two have had a very busy half term! We have continued to look at animals in their habitats and have also learnt all about Guy Fawkes and his Gunpowder Plot. We enjoyed our first KS1 Mass of the year with Father John and loved to have the opportunity to share that special time with lots of parents and younger siblings who were able to come to school and join us.

We have been focusing on Saints, Prayers and Feasts in God Matters, and last week we had the opportunity to make our own, very special, Rosary beads. We talked all about the special prayers that we say, and we took some time to pray in class using our beads.

Year 2 Rosary Beads

Year 2 go to Marwell Zoo

 

  • Marwell Zoo Year 2

Year 2 had the most wonderful day at Marwell Zoo. The weather was warm and dry and all the animals were out enjoying the sunshine. We saw the red lemurs, the gazelles, the tigers, the Humboldt penguins and our two favourites, the Meerkats and the giraffes.

We also visited the Education centre for a workshop about the different animals and their natural habitats around the world.  Whilst we were there, we were able to take a very close look at a stick insect and stroke its back. After lunch, we went to Tropical world where it was very warm. We saw some of the amazing animals from the rainforest such as the colourful poisonous frogs and the hardworking ants. It was very exciting.

We all had an amazing day and a very memorable school trip.