Take a look at what Year 2 have been doing so far this term.
What a fabulous first week back we have had! The children have settled back in beautifully after the break and we couldn't be prouder of how ready for learning they are, how respectful they have been towards the staff and each other and how safely they move around the school. Such a bunch of superstars!
This week we introduced the children to our Young Readers Programme which is a project from the National Literacy Trust and is all about enjoying books and reading. The children will participate in three fun reading events and at the end of each session, they get to choose a book to take home and keep for free!
On Friday we ran our first event which was themed around the Queen and London. The children completed a range of fun activities; they became architects and built famous landmarks using blocks, they became artists and sketched the London Eye and Buckingham Palace, they coloured the flag of the United Kingdom by using colour appropriate images to create a collage, they learnt facts about the Queen, wrote postcards and shared books with one another. Finally, they got to choose their own book which they are looking forward to sharing with you all at home!
This week in English, Year 2 have been using our model text 'Why dragons are afraid of mice' to begin exploring features of an explanation text. We learnt all about causal conjunctions and wrote some fantastic sentences that had to include the conjunctions 'because', 'when' and 'so'.
Our current topic in maths is time! We are confidently able to tell the time using O'clock, half past, quarter to and and quarter past and are trying our best to understand telling the time to 5 minutes. The 5 past, 10 past, 20 to, 10 to concepts are trying to trick us but we are working incredibly hard and are almost there! Creating a huge clock on the floor really helped us with this difficult concept and we would also benefit from practicing telling the time at home too :-)
Then on Friday we were once again treated to a fantastic story telling experience hosted by the Young Readers Programme. We were lucky enough to be able to watch two incredible story tellers, listen to and join in with their fabulous stories. We watched:
A British-Sierra Leonian Hip Hop Artist and Storyteller. He established Storie Storie to share the traditional Sierra-Leonean folk tales of his childhood in the UK. Through the organisation, he performs and runs workshops through schools, businesses and festivals.
Grethe Mangala Jensen
An actress/puppeteer and founder of Sandal Sticks Theatre, a storytelling company that specialises in presentations of classic fairy tales, myths and legends for all ages.
Another super week!!
This week in Year 1 and 2 we have taken part in the third and final reading day as part of the Young Readers Programme. The final day focused on nature and the world around us. At the end of the session, the children were invited to select their third book for them enjoy and keep.
We created rainbow book marks using natural materials foraged from around the school grounds.
We created collages using a variety of fallen leaves.
We built fairy homes using sticks and leaves.
What a busy week we have had in Year 2! In maths, we have been learning about position and direction using lots of fantastic positional language such as clockwise, anticlockwise, full turn, quarter turn, half turn, three quarter turn, right, left and much more. Last week, we discovered some exciting clues that lead us to believe we had been visited by a mighty dragon! This week we have used our model text of George and the Dragon to create our own super sentences with a focus on repetition for effect. In History we have been loving our topic of The Great Fire of London and are able to discuss what the main causes were. Then in science, we have been making predictions and observing an experiment which helped us to answer the enquiry question 'Is a flame living?'. Ask us what we discovered...
It's been another busy week in Year 2! This week we have been practicing problem solving and efficient methods in maths which we are becoming very confident in. In history, we transformed ourselves into Samuel Pepys and wrote some fantastic diary entries dated Sunday 2nd September 1666. We have also been using our colour mixing skills to create some beautiful artwork using leaves as our stimulus.
Congratulations to all the children in Year 2 who have completed their SATS this week. You have all shown resilience and tried your absolute best! Each and every one of you gave it 100% and Miss Kim and I are so incredibly proud of you all.