Year 2

Welcome to Year 2!
Teaching Team:
  • Classroom Teacher: Miss Bachewich
  • Teaching Assistants: Mrs Harrison, Mrs Smith, Mrs Crawford, Miss Marshall and Miss Sullivan
  • PPA Cover: Mr Grey
Topic: Seaside
Seaside Visit
To finish our topic of the Seaside we went on a trip to Hunstanton! The weather was perfect and we had a fun day by the beach. We even got to visit the lifeboat station and learned about water safety.
Summer Term 2 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 Tuesday July 20th. Please feel free to use any of your own ideas as well!
1. Make a seaside in a jar. This could be a favourite place you have visited, a made-up seaside resort or even a resort in a book you have read. 
2. Make a boat that floats. Can you make a pirate ship to sail the Seven Seas? Can you make more than one design and test which one is fastest? Can you design a boat that will hold treasure without sinking? 
3. Message in a bottle. Write a message in a bottle from someone who is stranded on an island. What might they say?
4. Seaside poster. Have you ever been to the seaside? Make a poster with some of your seaside photos to share with the class. Can you write some sentences about your time at the seaside?
5. Fishing game. Can you create a fishing game to help with addition and subtraction to 100? The fish could have questions underneath like 35-9 or there could be 100 fish that you need to catch (take away) or throw back in the sea (add)!
6. Research a marine animals. What can you find out about different marine animals? Can you make a fact book to share with the class? Can you draw a picture of the animal in your book?
7. Marine Shape Animals. Can you make marine animals using different shapes? Do you know what the shapes are called? How many sides do they have? Are they straight or curved? How many vertices do they have? Can you challenge yourself to use 3D shapes?
8. Do a seaside clean up. Do a day trip to the seaside with your family and collect any rubbish that you see. Take photos of your visit as well!
Topic: Chocolate
Ascension Day Picnic
We were very lucky this year to be able to have our Ascension Day picnic. We had lots of fun playing games with the parachute, eating lunch together and even sharing some ice lollies. 
Willy Wonka Day
To finish our topic of chocolate not only did we make our chocolate bars we also had Willy Wonka Day. We all dressed up and everything we did throughout the day was chocolate themed. See some of the photos from our exciting day!
Our Final Chocolate Bars
In design and technology we created our own chocolate bars and wrappers. We started our design and technology process by examining existing chocolate bars and wrappers. Then we came up with our own new chocolate bar flavours and surveyed the class to find out which one we should create. Then we designed a chocolate bar wrapper and made our chocolate bar. Here are some of the finished products. 
This half term we have been taking our math learning outdoors. For one of our activities we created mazes for our partner and had to use positional language to help direct them through the maze. This included using the words: right, left, anticlockwise, clockwise, quarter turn, half turn and full turn. 
New Blocks
On Friday, the children were so excited to try out the new blocks that the PTA purchased for the Church Garden. We had a lot of fun playing with them. See some of our creations below. Thank you again to the PTA for their generous contribution that allowed the school to purchase these blocks!
This week we have been learning all about trees, seeds and bulbs. We went on a walk around the school to identify as many trees as we could. We couldn't believe how many different types of trees there were around the school! We also planted some bulbs and seeds and will observe them as they grow. We have even planted some vegetables and looking forward to enjoying them once they grow! 
This half term our focus for PE is on bat and ball skills. We started our unit by discussing how to hold a tennis racket and practiced balancing, bouncing and hitting the ball. 
Cadbury Chocolate
We learned about John Cadbury and the history of the Cadbury company and Bournville. Afterwards we tried some of Cadbury's chocolates, voted for our favourites and completed a tally mark chart to record our results. 
Chocolate, Chocolate, Chocolate!
We started our topic by learning about the origins of chocolate way back to the time of the Mayans. We learned that chocolate comes from cacao beans that are grown on a tree. The first traces of chocolate were found in Mesoamerica. However, we learned that chocolate didn't come in the same form that we know it as today. The cacao beans were first used to create a drink called 'xocoatl' which translates to bitter water. We tried three different types of chocolate drink and compared them. Needless to say we weren't too keen on the Mayan inspired xocoatl recipe which is evident in the photos below!
Summer 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 Thursday, May 27th. Please feel free to use any of your own ideas as well!
1. Design a new cover for Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.
2. Create a poster advertising a chocolate bar. 
3. Create a 3D model of Mr Willy Wonka's Chocolate Factory. 
4. Make a 3D model of a chocolate bar. You could even use 2Design and Make on Purple Mash to help you. 
5. Bake something that has chocolate in it and write down the recipe.
6. Create a brand new recipe that includes chocolate. Be sure to write out the recipe. 
7. Create a new character for Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Draw or paint them and write 3 sentences describing them. 
8. Create a quiz about chocolate and test your family and friends. 
9. Film a chocolate advert for your favourite chocolate bar. 
10. Investigate what happens when chocolate melts. What temperature does chocolate melt at? Why does chocolate melt?
11. Design a new outfit for Mr Willy Wonka. 
12. Make a chocolate wrapper collage. 
Topic: Fairy tales
Design and Technology
For Design and Technology we created our own moving fairy tales. We began by examining existing books which had different moving parts. We then learned how to created sliders, levers and wheels. We then created a design to make our own moving fairy tale for The Three Billy Goats Gruff. Using what we had learned we created a finished product which was shown to Year 1 (our target audience). 
Forest School
The weather was perfect for our first forest school session since home learning. We enjoyed our time in the Wildlife Garden and even found some special creatures as well!
Fairy Tale Day
We had lots of fun for our fairy tale themed day in Year 2! We read fairy tales to one another, planted our own magical beans and created our own contraptions to prevent Humpty Dumpty from cracking when he fell. You can see some of the fun in the photos below!
Topic: Superheroes
Autumn Term 2 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. Superhero Den. Paint, draw or make a superhero den or hideout. The den might be hidden beneath a volcano or hidden beneath the sea. Be creative! 
2. Superhero Vehicle. Make a vehicle for a superhero. Remember to give it special features. You could use your learning from last half term and add wheels and axles. 
3. Superhero Costume. Design and make a superhero costume for a new superhero of your choice. 
4. Research. Research traditional superheroes. Which one is your favourite? Have superheroes changed over the years? 
5. Geography. If you were a superhero where would you choose to live? Somewhere like Antarctica or maybe somewhere hot like Africa? Use a globe or a map and find a place for your superhero to live. Research the place and then write about it or make a poster to share with the class. 
6. Your Hero. Write about someone who is a hero to you. This can be someone in your family or someone who helps you. Bring a photo to share with the class. 
7. Comics. Write your own superhero comic or story about your own superhero. What are their strengths and weaknesses? Do they have a sidekick? Who is the villain? 
8. Theme Song. Make up your own rhyme or song about a real superhero or one that you have made. Listen to other superhero theme songs to get inspiration. 
Topic: The Great Fire of London
The Big Burn
To conclude our topic on The Great Fire of London we made Tudor houses and recreated The Great Fire of London. Afterwards we discussed how people might have felt if their house had of burned down in The Great Fire of London. 
Design and Technology
For our design and technology project we created our own fire engines. We began by looking at modern day fire engines and their features. Then we looked at wheels, axles and chassis and we learned how to put all of the pieces together. Next examined different materials and made sketches of our fire engines. Finally, we used different materials to create our fire engines and evaluated our finished product. 
We have had a lot of fun learning about the Great Fire of London. We created Tudor houses using cereal boxes, put out fires in the church garden (pretend ones of course), became town criers to warn people about the Great Fire and had a special visit from Samuel Pepys. Take a look at some of the photos below!
Forest School
We have been having a lot of fun during forest school with Mrs Clarke as we learn about fire. We have learned about different types of trees, created our own self portraits (which are in the hall), learned about fire safety and even got to roast our own marshmallows. This past week we got some sticks ready so that we can bake some dough over the fire this week. 
The Great Fire of London Dance
In Year 2 we have been very busy in our PE lessons doing circuits and dance. Our dance is all about our topic. We began our unit by using our bodies to represent the start of flames and have begun to create a motif inspired by a Great Fire of London poem. See some of the photos from our sessions. 
Autumn 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. 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!
5. 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. 
Y2 Maths Summary:
Approximate summaries of maths coverage throughout Y2.