What will my child be learning this half term?
Friday 24th June 2022: Week 3
What a fantastic sports day we have had! Enjoy having a look at our photographs below:
Friday 17th June 2022: Week 2
In Year 2 this week, our learning about the world's oceans was brought to life by a fantastic visit from Rockpool School. During this event, we met Marine Biologist Nicola Everitt who shared her love of marine life in a fun and informative manner. All children had the chance to handle crabs, starfish, urchin and sea snails, alongside marine objects including coral, seaweed and shells. Nicola answered the many questions that the children had and we all came away with a fountain of new knowledge. What a brilliant day!
Friday 10th June 2022: Week 1
It was an absolute joy to welcome all the children back to school on Monday ready for their last half term in Year 2! We have had a very busy week preparing for our end of year production and the upcoming Country Dancing festival. The children have amazed us with how quickly they have remembered their parts and routines - we can't wait for you to watch them! In class, we have continued learning about oceans and are extremely excited ahead of Rockpool School next week! We have started exploring the text 'The Shark in the Dark' and have spent time generating rich vocabulary about the shark and his home.
The children have loved listening to this story - perhaps you would like to listen to it at home?
If so, please click here.
Friday 27th May 2022: Week 5
Where did that half term go!? After everybody's hard work over the last few weeks, we spent the day celebrating the Queen's Platinum Jubilee with children and adults from across the federation. In the morning, we made scones and cucumber sandwiches which we enjoyed eating in the sunshine. We carried out jubilee crafts and planted our very own fruit bush to remember this special day. In the afternoon, we spent time playing traditional games with our friends. What a brilliant day!
Friday 20th May 2022: Week 4
Another week has drawn to a close and our Year 2 SATs are now complete - we are SO proud of each and every child for their hard work and perseverance. Well done Year 2!
In our assembly time this week, we took part in the NSPCC's Speak Out Stay Safe Programme. We enjoyed listening to the NSPCC's mascot Buddy who taught all the children that they have the right to:
- Speak out and be heard
- Be safe
- Get help when they need it
Friday 13th May 2022: Week 3
During our History lesson this week, we spent time exploring a Victorian seaside artefact box. This box contained a huge variety of items including old clothing, a metal bucket, a wooden spade, a picnic basket, old postcards and old money (to name just a few). We thoroughly enjoyed studying these items to gain a deeper understanding of what a Victorian seaside was like. We couldn't believe how long and heavy the clothing was and we agreed that this was very different to our modern day attire of shorts, t-shirts and flip flops!
Friday 6th May 2022: Week 2
Yesterday, we all went on a woodland walk around the federation and we had a SUPER time! We were set the challenge of spotting little things in nature that we thought were beautiful. This was inspired by our current English text 'Thank You for the Little Things'. When we slowed down and looked closely at the world around us, we were amazed at what we could see. Next week, we will begin writing a recount of our adventure. In the meantime, have a look at some of our photographs below - these were all taken by us!
Friday 29th April 2022: Week 1
Wow! What a busy start to the summer term! This week, we have started exploring Victorian seasides as part of our History learning. At the beginning of the week, we spent time studying pictures of beaches and seasides (like the one below) from over 100 years ago. We discussed what we could see in the pictures and what we noticed, then we identified features of a Victorian seaside such as beach huts, tents, horses, steam trains and piers. We concluded this learning by writing and illustrating a postcard as if we had been to visit one of these seaside destinations, we had great fun describing what we could see!
What will my child be learning this half term?
Friday 8th April 2022: Week 6
This week has flown by and we have now reached the Easter holidays! During English this week, we have been busy writing our own stories about Little Spiral - we have thoroughly enjoyed listening to the children's imaginative ideas! In Maths, we have been exploring 2D and 3D shapes, and in Art we have been painting colourful houses from Rio de Janeiro inspired by the work of Hundertwasser. On Thursday, we also celebrated anti-bullying day by wearing blue and creating our own kindness superheroes. Well done Year 2! We can't wait to see the children on their return to school to celebrate their last term in the Infants!
Friday 1st April 2022: Week 5
And just like that, it is April already! All of the children in Year 2 have been working their socks off this week! We have been learning how to tell the time in Maths, how to use a compass in Geography, and have spent time exploring food chains in Science. In English, we have had great fun exploring a new text called 'Little Spiral' which is about a tiny snail who lives in the Amazon Rainforest. We have also started thinking about Easter this week which will be upon us very soon. In RE, we explored the Easter story and considered which parts of the story were happy and which were sad. We thought carefully about how Christians might feel when celebrating this event.
In class, we really enjoyed watching this video which explains the Easter story in more depth.
Friday 25th March 2022: Week 4
This week has been extremely exciting because all children got to experience Rio de Janeiro using the federation's VR headsets! We spent time looking at Rio from above which helped us to spot a range of human and physical features including buildings, football stadiums and mountains. We stood right next to Christ the Redeemer and spotted lots of tourists wondering around. We also got to explore the golden, sandy beaches of Brazil and experience the sunny weather – we know that this is a result of Brazil’s location in the Southern Hemisphere. What a fantastic afternoon!
Friday 18th March 2022: Week 3
All the children in Year 2 have been working super hard this week! In English, we have been working together to collect facts about Rio de Janeiro from a range of sources. We have also been learning about coordinating and subordinating conjunctions - next week, we will use all of our new knowledge and skills to write a non-chronological report about Rio. We can't wait to see the finished outcomes! In Maths this week, we have begun looking at measures. This week, we have spent time measuring the length and height of different objects using millimetres, centimetres and metres.
Friday 11th March 2022: Week 2
It has been another busy week in Year 2 jam packed full of amazing learning! In English, we have spent time generating rich and adventurous vocabulary (to describe Rio de Janeiro) through painting and other collaborative tasks. At the end of the week, we used everything that we had learnt to write a detailed setting description of Rio - the children's descriptions of the golden, sandy beaches and bright, colourful houses were simply amazing! In Geography, we worked together to study a range of maps and aerial photographs to locate Rio de Janeiro. We now know that Rio is located in Brazil which is in South America in the Southern Hemisphere. During the week, all children also had the opportunity to visit the junior school to celebrate International Women's Day - it was lovely to see all the children looking at the amazing displays with such awe and wonder.
International Women's Day 2022
Please click here to listen to Year 2's song about Florence Nightingale.
Friday 4th March 2022: Week 1
It is safe to say that Year 2 have returned to school after half term with bundles of energy! It has been wonderful to see so many smiling faces with children fully embracing our new learning - well done Year 2! This week, we have started learning about Rio de Janeiro and what life is like in Brazil. We have taken part in lots of fun activities to become fully immersed in this learning journey - these have included generating questions, creating freeze frames, and responding to a short film clip through dance. We ended the week by celebrating World Book Day where we shared our love of reading through a variety of tasks. Scroll down for some fantastic videos and pictures!
World Book Day 2022
Please see below for a small selection of our amazing 'extreme reading' photos!
Friday 18th February 2022: Week 7
In Year 2, we have finished off a fantastic half term learning about the monarchy with a busy day of home learning due to the storm!
Although today was a little unexpected, the children have worked exceptionally hard at home and we are incredibly proud of them! Have a look below at some of the children's amazing DT creations:
Friday 11th February 2022: Week 6
Our Year 2 children have been extremely creative this week! In English, all children got the opportunity to plan, design and make a birthday crown for the Queen. The children thought really carefully about their 'audience' and had an in-depth discussion about what they thought the Queen would like. They all agreed that glitter and corgis would be a huge hit! Next week, the children will be writing a set of instructions to outline how they made their crowns. At the end of the week, the children also got the opportunity to use the federation's Bee-Bots as part of their computing learning. The children worked in small groups to programme the Bee-Bots to journey across their handmade maps. The Bee-Bots had to avoid any dangers that were in the way!
Friday 4th February 2022: Week 5
It is always a delight to watch our wonderful Year 2 children grow in confidence during their Maths lessons and this week has been no exception! We are currently focusing on the 4 'operations' (addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division). As the week has progressed, all children have become more fluent, accurate and independent - they have been able to solve larger and more complex calculations using strategies that make sense to them.
Friday 28th January 2022: Week 4
It has been another busy week in Year 2 jam packed with lots of amazing learning! In English, we have begun exploring a new text called 'The Birthday Crown' which is all about the Queen's 90th birthday celebrations that took place in 2016. At the beginning of the week, the children had to work in teams to complete a challenge - every time they got a correct answer, they were awarded a puzzle piece. Once the children had collected all the puzzle pieces, our new text was uncovered! This was a fantastic way for the children to become engaged and enthused about our new learning journey from day 1 - we can't wait to see what next week will bring!
Friday 21st January 2022: Week 3
In Year 2, the children have been working extremely hard all week to write their own stories inspired by our current text, 'The Queen's Hat'. At the beginning of the week, the children spent time planning their stories using a story mountain - the children had great fun sharing their imaginative ideas! As the week progressed, the children spent time carrying out some focused, independent writing. All children rose to the challenge of including exclamatory sentences, adverbs, apostrophes and conjunctions in their stories and the end results are simply amazing! Have a look below to read a small selection...
Friday 14th January 2022: Week 2
Our learning about the monarchs has got off to a flying start in Year 2! This week, we have written a setting description of Buckingham Palace using adventurous vocabulary. In Guided Reading, we have used a variety of rich texts to help us build a picture of Queen Elizabeth's life. We have created a monarchy timeline in History dating back to the days of King Henry the 8th. In Maths, we have been using our knowledge of counting in 5s to solve different problems - on Monday, we had to work out how many crowns the monarchs had in total and on Thursday, we had to solve different puzzles to work out which monarch was missing! What a fun week!
Friday 7th January 2022: Week 1
The first week of the spring term has flown by in Year 2! The children have returned to school happy, excited, engaged and focused - they have worked so hard this week and their behaviour has been amazing, well done Year 2!
Between now and February half term, we will be learning all about Kings and Queens - the children have already thought of some brilliant questions that they would like to research. In English, we have started exploring 'The Queen's Hat' by Steve Antony - this week we have focused on adverbs, exclamatory sentences and apostrophes. In Maths, we have turned our attention to counting in 5s and in Health and Wellbeing, we have been thinking about 'keeping clean'. Yesterday, the children took part in a fantastic experiment which showed us the importance of using soap!
Friday 17th December 2021: Week 7
We did it! The autumn term is now complete! We would like to say a HUGE well done to all of our fantastic Year 2 children - you have worked so hard this term and we are very proud of you. Have a wonderful Christmas and a restful New Year - we have attached two videos below for you to enjoy over the holidays:
London's Burning - Video 1
London's Burning - Video 2
Friday 10th December 2021: Week 6
We have had a very exciting week this week because we got to use the new VR headsets for the first time! We were able to walk down the streets of London in 1666 and gain a fantastic insight into what life was like - the children's comments below sum up the experience from start to finish!
"I can actually walk on the cobbled streets!"
"Look, there is ash in the sky!"
"This is amazing!"
"I can see a real life fire!"
"Wow - it is so dark!"
"That was amazing!"
"I'm right next to the fire!"
"This fire is terrifying!"
"I am actually walking in 1666!"
Friday 3rd December 2021: Week 5
Another week has flown past! This week, Year 2 have been busy exploring poetry in English, learning about different measurements in maths, and creating online music in computing. In science, we have learnt that plants need 3 things to grow - water, light and warmth. Today, we planted seeds so that we can observe how they grow over the next two weeks. We had to make sure they had everything they needed to become healthy. We can't wait to see what happens!
Friday 26th November 2021: Week 4
In Year 2, the children are continuing to learn all about the Great Fire of London and are loving every minute!
In English, we have started exploring a new poem about the Great Fire of London by Paul Perro. We have spent the week unpicking each verse of the poem to gain a deeper understanding of what happened before, during and after the fire. At the end of the week, we worked as a class to perform the poem to each other:
Click here to watch Merlin performing our Great Fire of London poem.
Click here to watch Nightingale performing our Great Fire of London poem.
Friday 19th November 2021: Week 3
What a busy week! On Monday, all children took part in a brilliant 'art day' where everybody had time to slow down, take in the world around them, and get creative!
We started the day by listening to the story 'Leaf Man' by Lois Ehlert - this inspired us to go outside and explore the autumnal leaves that are around us. We studied the texture and colour of different leaves through leaf rubbings and colour wheels. After this, we learnt about the artist Lorenzo Duran - we considered his work and had a go at leaf cutting ourselves. In the afternoon, we thought about autumnal creatures. We sketched these using photographs and then created some leaf inspired artwork based on one autumnal creature. We had such a brilliant day!
Friday 12th November 2021: Week 2
Year 2 have had another super week!
Today, we all had the opportunity to visit the pond as part of our longitudinal study in Science. We discussed what we could see, took the temperature of the water, sketched the habitat and carried out some pond dipping. We had so much fun! Afterwards, we discussed how the pond might be different when we visit again after Christmas. The children enthusiastically stated that they cannot wait to return!
Friday 5th November 2021: Week 1
Year 2 have had an absolutely amazing start to Autumn 2!
On Tuesday, we took part in an exciting 'hook day' to become fully immersed in our new learning journey about the Great Fire of London. We started the day by exploring aerial photographs of modern day London - we thought back to our learning from Autumn 1 to consider what London is like now. After this, we made time travelling hats which enabled us to whizz back in time to see what London was like in 1666! The journey was very bumpy! We spent time exploring pictures of London in 1666 including images of the Great Fire of London which sparked lots of interesting questions. On Thursday, we were incredibly lucky to have the Open Box Theatre Company visiting us. We explored the events of the Great Fire of London through drama - we had so much fun and are now extremely excited to embark on even more learning about this historical event.
Click here to watch a snippet of Merlin Class during Open Box.
Click here to watch a snippet of Kingfisher Class during Open Box.
Click here to watch a snippet of Nightingale Class during Open Box.
Friday 22nd October 2021: Week 7
And just like that, Autumn 1 is complete! We have been beavering away this week, finishing off all of our lovely learning from the past 7 weeks.
In English, we have written instructions for 'How to get to Trafalgar Square'. We made sure to include everything that we have learnt so far such as expanded noun phrases, questions, and conjunctions. In Maths, we turned our attention to problem solving - we worked in teams to apply different methods and skills. We have also been focusing on special books in RE. We started off the week by sharing our own special books, we read these to each other and discussed why these books were important to us. It was so lovely to see such a variety of books that were unique to us, these included: handmade books, Bibles, photo albums, Polish books, German books, biographies, annuals, personalised books and baby books to name just a few! At the end of the week, we explored the Bible and the Torah. We considered why the Bible was special to Christians and why the Torah was special to Jewish people.
Well done Year 2 - you are all superstars! We hope you all have a lovely half term!
Friday 15th October 2021: Week 6
It has been another busy week in Year 2! During our phonics lessons, we have been focusing on the sound 'ee' - we have explored all of the different ways that 'ee' can be represented such as: ea, ey, e-e, y and ie.
In the afternoons, we have continued to work on our ball skills in PE - we now know how to stop a ball using the sole of our feet, how to kick a ball using the inside of our feet, and how to dribble a ball under control. This week, we have also enjoyed some DT learning. We spent the week learning about the London Eye and how it moves on an axel. We used this information to make our own miniature London Eyes for Paddington to ride. Have a look at our hard work below!
Making sure our London Eyes could spin!
Friday 8th October 2021: Week 5
In Year 2 this week, we have been exploring a new text called 'This is London'. This text inspired us to gather a wealth of information about our capital city. During our Guided Reading lessons, we came across a poem about Trafalgar Square which we loved! We worked as a class to read, illustrate and perform the poem. Take a look at our hard work:
Click here to access Merlin's poetry video.
Click here to access Kingfisher's poetry video.
Click here to access Nightingale's poetry video.
Friday 1st October 2021: Week 4
As week 4 comes to a close, it is clear that our Year 2 children are continuing to thrive, make progress and subsequently produce some amazing learning! The children started off the week feeling very concerned as they got the news that Paddington Bear had gone missing over the weekend. As a result of this, the children worked very hard all week to create missing posters containing lots of information and a detailed description of Paddington. Thankfully, their hard work paid off and yesterday, he returned to us safely alongside Aunt Lucy. The children could not contain their excitement when they found him at their classroom doors! In Science, the children were set the challenge of making Paddington a new coat. They spent the week exploring different materials to work out which one was the most flexible and waterproof which they then transformed into a new coat.
Friday 24th September 2021: Week 3
We have carried out some amazing learning in Year 2 this week, it is hard to believe that we have only been back at school for 3 weeks! In English, we brought our 'Paddington' learning journey to life by making and trying marmalade sandwiches - the children were so excited to be given this opportunity. Jack enthusiastically stated that this "was the best English lesson of his life" which summed up our day! We can't wait to use this experience to inspire some creative writing next week.
In Maths, we have used our new knowledge of partitioning to represent numbers in different ways. The children worked both independently and as part of a team and showed great levels of creativity and focus - well done Year 2!
Friday 17th September 2021: Week 2
Year 2 children have continued to amaze us this week, they are superstars!
On Monday, we had our very first water confidence session in the federation's swimming pool - the children showed great courage and independence... all children got into the water, all children got changed by themselves and all children loved our time in the pool! We can't wait to do this again next week!
In the afternoons, we have been developing our musical skills - have a look at the videos below to see what we have been up to!
Click here to access Kingfisher's music video.
Click here to access Merlin's music video.
Click here to access Nightingale's music video.
'Paddington' by Michael Bond:
Lots of children have asked if they can listen to 'Paddington' at home as they are enjoying our learning so much!
Please click here to listen to the story...
Friday 10th September 2021: Week 1
Wow! What an amazing first week Year 2 have had! In our English learning this week, a mystery suitcase arrived in our classrooms! We had to use the different clues that were in it to work out who the suitcase belonged to - after a while, we all agreed it belonged to Paddington Bear! In the afternoon, we spent time making our own miniature Paddington Bears, all of the children were so creative and the end result was simply amazing! In Maths, we have practiced forming all of our numbers correctly in a variety of different ways (using chalk, cars, construction materials, jigsaw pieces etc.) which will underpin all of our learning this year.
Well done Year 2 - have a lovely weekend!
Friday 3rd September 2021: We can't wait to see you!
Hello Year 2! We just wanted to let you know that your teachers have been very busy getting your classrooms ready for Monday and they look great! We are so excited for you to come back to school! We understand that you might be feeling a little bit nervous (this is completely normal) - try not to worry because we will make sure that we look after you and we know that you will have lots of fun!
Here is a sneak peek of what Year 2 looks like this year...
Transition Morning (Wednesday 21st July 2021):
We were incredibly lucky to be able to have a wonderful transition morning before we broke up for the summer holidays. All of the children got to meet their new class teacher and the lovely LSAs who are going to be supporting us in Year 2. The children talked about where their new classroom was going to be, asked lots of questions, and discussed how they were feeling. We managed to play lots of fun games which helped us to get to know each other. The sun shone down on us and everybody left with huge smiles on their faces which was lovely to see!
Have a look at our transition morning photos below...
Can you see your new class?
Can you see your new teacher?
Can you find yourself!?
Don't forget to click on the sunflower underneath the pictures to find out more about Year 2!
Mrs Baker and Merlin Class...
Mrs Milsom and Nightingale Class...
Mr Mackrill and Kingfisher Class...
Have a look at what the Year 2 children got up to last academic year (2020 - 2021)...
Every Monday in Year 2 we go swimming! Each class takes it in turn to spend an hour in the pool. We are put into little groups (for our safety) and then we have great fun gaining confidence in the water and learning how to swim. It is such a fantastic time, we all love it and wish we could stay all day!
In our Science lessons, we have been learning all about how animals and humans need food to survive. We had learnt that there are different types of animals (carnivores, herbivores and omnivores) and that these animals all eat different types of food. We were all interested to know what food dinosaurs ate many years ago. Mrs Milsom was very keen to show us some dinosaur poo (playdough) that she had discovered. We were able to examine the poo to find out what the dinosaurs had eaten. We found that some had eaten meat (there was remnants of food in these) and some had eaten plants (there were shredded leaves in these). What a great Science lesson!
In Year 2, we are exploring story writing using the theme of pirates! The children have been very creative with their vocabulary and have thought really hard about their word choices. The children have worked incredibly hard and we can't wait to read their finished stories. Here are some examples of our preparation work...
In English this week, we have been focusing on the story 'The Bridge'. In the story, there was a dilemma between a grizzly bear and a grumpy elk! First, we had to sequence the events in the story. Then, we wrote key vocabulary to describe the characters and used conjunctions to connect sentences before finally re-telling the story in our own words.
In English this week, we have been focusing on the story 'The Lion Inside'. We have been making predictions based on the front cover, writing key vocabulary to describe the lion and the mouse, acting out scenes from the story and sympathising with character feelings.