Your child’s journey through Year 2
Learning to read is the most important skill children will learn during their early schooling and has far-reaching implications for life-long confidence and well-being. It was lovely to see so many parents at our recent meeting and we hope you went away with information on how you can support your child at home to establish good reading habits for life.
Please see link below which gives information on what was covered at the meeting:-
Museum of London
Year 2 had an wonderful time visiting the Museum of London. We explored artefacts from 1666 and took part in an amazing story telling session.
We know so much more about the fire of London now!
Year 2 have had a wonderful week! The children have done lots of number investigations in Maths and have also started learning about the Great Fire of London. They went back in time to Pudding Lane and baked currant buns as part of our Wow Day, then made fantastic Tudor houses. We learnt about how the materials from 1666 made the fire spread so quickly, and how houses are different today.
Welcome to our first exciting term of Year 2. Our topic this term is ‘Changes'; with a focus on history and science. It explores the theme of changes in a variety of contexts, beginning with changes to London as result of the fire of 1666, then changes brought about by Rosa Parks and Emily Davison and finally looking at changes in the human life cycle and how plants grow and change. Please see our curriculum document here: Year 2 Curriculum Overview – Autumn 2019 which will provide you with an overview of the different skills and knowledge we will be covering up until Christmas.
We have been learning about mass, volume and capacity. Here are some photos of us using our measuring skills to investigate mass. We had to estimate objects which weigh more and less that 100g, work out different ways to make 100g using balancing scales and weigh some mystery presents using weighing scales to work out what they would cost to send in the post. We really enjoyed working as a team as we completed each challenge.
Look at our amazing habitats! We immersed ourselves in understanding animal habitats last week when we each created our own shoebox habitats. As an extension of our current topic, Africa, each was based on an African habitat and provided a chosen animal with water and a food source.
We worked really hard to research different habitats (desert, savannah, river and rainforest) and find out which living things would be found there.
We decorated the outside of our habitats with some of our favourite facts too!
We also created our own version of different habitats which can be found in Africa and included the animals we thought would live there. What do you think of our creations?
Word Processing Skills
Year 2 was ‘like an office for grown-ups’ this week. As part of our ICT curriculum, we practised our word processing skills by typing up our favourite facts about Africa. We can now type, save and print our work ready for display in our classroom.
We’re off to Africa!
As part of our WOW introduction to our new topic ‘Africa, A Continent of Contrasts’ we flew to Nairobi in Kenya and visited a fruit market! We made tickets and passports and had to visit airport security before boarding our plane. We had Kenyan shillings to ‘spend’ on fruit tasting and got to dress up in traditional African fabrics and enjoy playing djembe drums. We also explored masks, figures and other interesting artefacts. We learned lots about animals and houses too but there’s still so much to find out this term.
Healthy sandwich making
As part of our science and DT learning we learned about how eating a varied and balanced diet can help keep our bodies healthy. Using this knowledge we then planned, made and ate healthy sandwiches. Yum!
We enjoyed sharing what we have learned throughout our topic ‘Around the World’ with our families and friends. We presented our research of different continents and then challenged our adults to a quiz to find out what they had learned from us. It was fun!
We explored the Christian festival of Easter in our RE Day this term. We learned about the symbolism of the foods that are eaten and the decorations we find at this time of year. It was really interesting and lovely way to end the spring term.
To enrich our learning about the world’s oceans we visited the Sealife London Aquarium. It was fantastic! We saw sharks, rays, jellyfish, star fish…. and so many more. We found out lots of facts about the sea creatures and also used our visit to inspire a sea adventure story.
We visited St Peter’s Church in Brockley as part of our learning about Christianity. We found out about different features of the church and what they represent to Christians. We enjoyed looking at the stained glass windows and working out what they showed.
Take One Picture
We had lots of fun and found out loads of interesting things about George Bellows’s painting Men of the Docks during Take One Picture week. We explored the painting through drama, weaving, painting, drawing and creating 3D city scapes. We were all really proud of the work we put in the exhibition.
A few weeks ago we were visited by the Defender of Dragons, Pusha Hist, and we became guardians of the last dragon eggs on earth. We wrote fantastic spells to hatch our dragons and when our dragon hatchlings were 2 weeks old, we wrote a spell to give them their magical dragon powers.
We had to use lots of amazing adverbs and imperative verbs to make sure our instructions were clear and precise. Amazingly, our spells worked and our dragons are now able to use their magical powers.
In Science we read the book ‘Egg Drop’ and thought of ways we could help protect the egg in the story. We explored the properties of a range of different materials to decide which materials would be best to protect a falling egg. We chose materials which were soft, flexible, light and cushioned.
We were each given a chocolate egg and had to protect this using our materials before we dropped it from the same height (this made sure it was a fair test.) Luckily, all of our eggs survived the fall because we chose such good materials.
In Science we have been investigating growth and changes in animals and humans. To find out if our bodies grow as we get older, we measured the arm from elbow to finger tip in children from Reception, Year 2 and Year 5. We also measured our teacher. We found out that as people get older, their arm length gets bigger.
Year 2 have loved working with our Art Specialist, Karen. Our artwork has all been themed around the Great Fire of London and has allowed us to develop lots of different skills, including weaving, printing and colour mixing.
Decomposition for subtraction
In Maths, we have been developing our understanding of how to break down tens when subtracting. To help us grasp the concept we used playdough. This allowed us to physically break up a tens ‘stick’ into ones.