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Year 2

History - Why should we remember Florence Nightingale and Mary Seacole?

In our History lessons we have been investigating 'Why should we remember Florence Nightingale and Mary Seacole?

Today we learned more information about Mary Seacole. We became 'History detectives' as we looked around the classroom at sources of evidence. Our job was to match the correct source to the statements on our sheets. We all did a great job!

 

Art - Georgia O'Keeffe

Over the last few weeks we have been learning about the artist 'Georgia O'Keeffe.'

Georgia paints up close pictures of flowers. Today we had a go at drawing and colouring our own flower. The children worked really hard and produced some lovely work.

Music - Recorders

We are really enjoying learning the recorder with Mr Parkin on a Monday. We have been working hard to hold our recorders correctly and blow 'gently' to create each note.

Stormbreak

Today we took part in our weekly Stormbreak.  This week's theme was Hope and Optimism.  We were given words and we had to show through movement how we would show that word.  Some of the words were excited, small, big, scared and relaxed.  We know that during the day we might have different feelings and this is okay.   We really enjoy Stormbreak!

Music lesson

On Monday we enjoyed our first Music lesson with Mr Parkin. Mr Parkin is a music specialist and he will be teaching our music lessons this half term. In our first lesson we learned about pitch (high or low), tempo (fast or slow) and beat. We practised being able to keep to a steady beat. Some children were chosen to try out these musical techniques on the keyboard. Next week, we will be starting to learn the recorder!

DT - Making a Moving Monster Toy

This term in DT we have been working on 'Making a moving monster.' We have learned how mechanisms, pivats and linkages work. Our design criteria for our toy was that it had to be:

  • Suitable for a child
  • Have moving parts
  • Be colourful and interactive

 

After designing our toy, we have spend the last two lessons making it. As you can see, we have done a fantastic job. Great work, Year 2!

Reindeer and Santa Visit!

Our children have had a wonderful, Christmas-filled afternoon thanks to our PTA.

We visited a reindeer and had a talk about this wonderful animal. The children then did a question and answer session on 'all things reindeer.' Afterwards, we all met Santa and received a selection box. Children also received a stocking to decorate at home. We will also be making reindeer food in school, which we will bring home later this week.

 

What are the characteristics of the countries in the UK?

In Geography today, we learned about the characteristics of the four countries in the UK. We looked at each countries flag, flower symbols for each country and traditional foods that are eaten there. We then worked as a group to present our findings to the rest of the class.

Maths - Addition

We have been focusing on addition in Maths this week. On Monday, we added two 2-digit numbers. We worked practically using base 10 resources. We made each number using base 10. We then added the tens, then we added the ones and finally we combined the tens and ones together to find a total. Well done, Year 2!

Dance

Today we took part in our very first dance lesson.  We listened very carefully to instructions and worked as a group to compose our very own dance.

Geography - What is the UK?

Today we started our new Geography topic. Throughout the unit we will we exploring the enquiry question 'What is the UK?' Today we used atlases to find the four countries and the surrounding seas that make up the UK. We all did a fantastic job!

Food Chains

Today we have been learning about food chains.  We have found out that animals depend on other animals for their food.  This is very important as it gives the animals energy so they are able to live.  We looked at different food chains and described them to our partners.  We then made our own food chains.  We linked the paper together as a chain so we knew which animal would eat the other animal.

Food Chains

Performing Poetry

The Year 2 Literacy group worked well today to perform a part of a poem. We have been working on the poem 'Chocolate Cake' by Michael Rosen. The children thought carefully about their expressions and actions whilst performing. 

 

We love the poem! If you'd like to see Michael Rosen reading it, have a look:

 

Michael Rosen's "Chocolate Cake" - YouTube

Mini-Beasts and their habitats