Year 2

Welcome to Year 2!
Teaching Team:
  • Miss Bachewich
  • Mrs Rose-TA (Monday to Friday mornings)
  • Mrs Cusano-TA (Monday and Tuesday all day)
  • Mrs Hallebro-TA (Wednesday and Friday mornings)
  • Mrs Haigh-TA (Wednesday to Friday afternoons)
  • Mrs Kennedy - TA (Thursday morning) and HLTA (Wednesday afternoon)
Home Learning Week Beginning 06.07.20
Topic: The Great Fire of London
In PE we have been doing a lot of gymnastics and with a lot of practise, small steps in between and with support for one another we progressed to handstands this week. Although a few of us were scared initially we were successful with the help from our groups. Check out some of our pictures!
World Book Day!
We had a lot of fun on World Book Day and the costumes were absolutely fabulous! Check out some of the pictures from the day and our character potatoes that some of us brought from home. 
Spring Term 1 Project Activities for Home
Here are some activities to compliment the topic work that we are doing at school. There will be time to share your projects on the last day of this half term. 
1. Diary Entry. Imagine that you lived in London during the Great Fire. Write a diary entry to describe what happened and how you felt. 
2. Design. The Great Fire has happened and you need to design a new city. How would you design your city to prevent the the spread of another fire. 
3. Get Arty. Create your own silhouette of the city during the fire. 
4. Visit a local fire station. Take photos and share them with the class. Create a poster about fire safety. 
5. Great Fire of London Family Walk. Take a walk in London and look for the different monuments 
and areas. There is a family walk that you can book that can be found here: Take photos and bring them to class!
6. Visit the Museum of London. There is a great exhibition on War, Plague and Fire at the Museum of London. Write a recount of your visit and include pictures. 
Topic: China
This week we made our own spring rolls from scratch. We used a number of different skills along the way such as cutting, grating, peeling and mixing to name a few. We had a lot of fun along the way. Thank you to Mrs Carrothers, Mrs Patterson, Mrs Dootson and Mrs Evans for their help with this! 
Happy Chinese New Year!
We have had a very eventful week in the Year 2 class this week! We started our week by having a delicious lunch made by the kitchen staff of fried rice, sweet and sour chicken and spring rolls. Soon after Ms Wong from the kitchen came to our class and showed us different parts of Chinese culture. She also performed a short new years song for us. See the video for the lovely performance! 
Spirit Faces
This week in forest school we used clay to make tree spirit faces. Take a look at our creativity skills! 
Forest Friday
This week we had our Forest Friday. We took the afternoon to re-explore the wildlife garden! See some of our pictures from the afternoon. 
This week we began our new gymnastics unit on cityscapes and landscapes. The focus of this unit is to use our body to make different shapes and movement related to different physical geography. We will develop our body tension, control, agility and balance. We began this unit by using our bodies to make hills and mountains. We practiced different doing the log roll and the egg roll. 
During the afternoons this week we have been focusing on PSHE. We discussed our different strengths and skills and even came up with some skills that we wanted to develop before moving into Year 3. In addition to this we focused on our interactions with others including: explaining, good listening, turn taking, cooperation, persuading and working within a group. We did a number of fun activities and you can see a few of our favorites in the pictures. One of the activities that we did is we had to pass around a ball with our hands behind our backs and we couldn't bend our knees. The second activity that you will see us doing is we all had to hold hands and pass a hula hoop around the circle without letting our each others hands. Finally, our  favorite activity began with Miss Bachewich and Mrs Cusano putting a colored sticker on our backs without us seeing. We had to arrange ourselves into groups based on our colored sticker without talking or touching one another. 
Spring Term 1 Project Activities for Home
Here are some activities to compliment the topic work that we are doing at school. There will be time to share your projects on the last day of this half term. 
1. Supermarket Sweep. Visit the local grocery store and try to find different foods that are traditional Chinese foods. Write down the name, price and draw a picture of the item. 
2. The Great Wall of China. Create your own 3D model, in detail, of The Great Wall of China. 
3. China Information Poster. Create your own poster with information about China and do some research on the internet. 
4. Postcards from China. Imagine you are on a holiday in China and you have been to visit one of the amazing landmarks. Write a postcard to a friend to tell them all about what you have seen, where you have been and what you think of the landmark. Don't forget to write your friend's address or the school address. You can even design your own stamp. 
5. Chinese Dragon. Create your own Chinese Dragon that you can create a dance with out of cardboard and fabric. There are many different resources for this online!
Topic: The Gunpowder Plot
In Science we have been discussing living things and their habitats. We started our first science lesson by discussing the difference between living, dead or never been alive. We took our science outside to see if we could find things that fit into these three categories. At the end of the lesson since the Year 4 class had made a nice pile of leaves we decided to jump in the leaves which turned into a leaf fight! We had a lot of fun. Last week we discussed different habitats that animals can live in. We went to the meadow to see if we could find some living things in their habitats and recorded this information through a drawing. Look at our pictures to see the fun we have been having!
Pumpkin Soup
In Literacy the past two weeks our class has been using the book Pumpkin Soup by Helen Cooper to inspire our writing and creativity. We have used the book to write letters, discuss how to be good friends, learned how to use adjectives and start writing expanded noun phrases. This past week we worked on retelling stories. We did this through drama and story maps and at the end of the week we wrote our own retelling of the story. Check out some of the pictures when we did our retelling of the story through role play. 
Parent Briefing
Thank you to everyone who attended the Year 2 Parent Briefing. I hope that you found the session useful and you enjoyed the children's performance. I am uploading the parent presentation for those who missed it. Unfortunately, due to copyright rules, I am not able to upload the activity that we did. I can however print out the activity if you would like a copy. Feel free to let me know at the gate or send me an email through the office! 
Autumn Term 2 Project Activities for Home
I invite you to choose one or two of the activities below to compliment your topic work in school. There will be time to share your creations in the last week of term.
  1. Make some Parkin Cake. Parkin Cake is traditionally eaten on Bonfire Night. Try it at home and eat it on Bonfire Night or bring it  to school to share.
  2. Make your own fireworks! There are many different websites and videos for children to make their own fireworks using science. Take a video and bring it to school!
  3. Create a diorama of the Houses of Parliament or even go visit the Houses of Parliament. Take photos of your visit. If you plan to make a diorama show Guy Fawkes in the cellar underneath with barrels of gunpowder. 
  4. Go to a Bonfire Night Celebration. Take some photos and bring them into class to share.