Welcome to Year 2
Crazy Catapults 11 March
Today we finally read Rosie Revere, Engineer and the children were inspired to become mini-engineers themselves. Rosie sent us an email and asked if we could design and build a ‘Nutchucker’ to help feed the animals at her uncle’s zoo. The children designed their ‘nutchucker’ and we sat together to build it. We used: a spool, a plastic spoon, 1m of ribbon, an elastic band and a jelly bean for launching! On Friday we will introduce a variable and see who’s catapult stands up to the test!
World Book Day 2019
Class Two have thoroughly enjoyed World Book Day, everyone dressed up as their favourite character and could explain why this character was special to them. It is lovely to see so many children enthusiastic about reading!
Maths Challenge 26th February
Linking with our construction afternoon yesterday the children in Year 2 were given a maths challenge:
What 2d shapes can you make with lolipop sticks?
The children worked together brilliantly and made many 2D shapes that could be built from lollipop sticks. They also discovered a couple which couldn’t! By the end of the lesson all of the children could build, name and identify the amount of sides on 2D shapes.
Our Inventions 25th February
We have had a wonderful afternoon! We have kicked off our Pioneers topic by spending an afternoon in the hall designing, building and constructing our very own inventions. These ranged from a catapult that threw objects into Loch Ness in Scotland to a unicorn mask to wear at parties.
The children’s imagination and resilience really shone through today, it was a pleasure to be a part of. Well done KS1!.
Treasure Hunt 7 January
Christmas is here!
This week has been full of lovely Christmas activities. We walked down to the church on Tuesday and decorated the tree, the children made some beautiful decorations. Hopefully you will be able to see it when we have our carol service next week.
As if a trip to the church wasn’t festive enough we then performed our nativity ‘Lights, Camel, Action!’ and it was fantastic. The children did an amazing job and made their teachers (and I am sure - parents) very proud. I think the songs and dance routines will be bouncing around for a while! A great time was had by all.
Jelly Bean Day
We started our day by reading the book ‘How Many Jelly Beans’, the children started asking mathematical questions before we had even finished the book!
We enjoyed being able to choose what we wanted to do with the jelly beans and we came up with some amazing challenges.
- We discussed how many jelly beans we could fit in our hands. The children took this challenge one step further and began an investigation to see if we could fit the same amount of jelly beans in both hands.
- For our second challenge we sorted the jelly beans into flavours and found the totals for different combinations of flavours.
- Our third challenge was so much fun! We decided to measure our heights in jelly beans. The tallest child was 58 jelly beans tall and the shortest was 44. We began to wonder how tall Big Ben and other buildings were.
- The last challenge was to estimate how many jelly beans were in the jar. We had some very close guesses.
Both the children and adults loved jelly bean day!
Stick Man Day
We have had an amazing day! The rain did not stop us having lots of fun. We each did four activities and many of us helped the Year One’s which made Mrs Garner very proud. We watched the Stick Man movie, made a collage of Stick Man, drank hot chocolate and toasted marshmallows over the fire and we created our own Stick Man.
This week we have started our Jedi training. We have learned how to control our movements and build our stamina. We are hoping to be able to use our lightsabers very soon!
We had a wonderful afternoon with Mick and Bogdans from Gist. They have taught us how to keep safe on the roads. When we had completed our road safety learning we were allowed to climb into the cab of the lorry which we thought was amazing! Mick and Bogdans even tried to scare us by sounding the horn when we were stood in front of it but we were too cool – it didn’t work!
Dinosaur Poo! Monday 15th October
Today we learned about omnivores, herbivores and carnivores in true disgusting dinosaur style!
We had to dissect dinosaur poo (don’t worry mum’s and dad’s it was a mixture of playdough and food colouring – but as you can see below – very convincing.) The children loved this activity – we were looking to classify our dinosaur poo at the end of the lesson and all the children could complete this and explain why they had chosen the classification.
Anderby Creek Trip 10th October
Wow! We had such an amazing day at Anderby Creek. Class 2 enjoyed being fossil hunters for the day. When we began sieving the sand we found some living animals too. Some of us even got to hold a crab! The trip really brought the Big Dig topic to life for the children.
We came home with sand in our toes and some lovely memories.
Addition and Subtraction Monday 1st October
This week we have been learning about the commutative law of addition and checking our work by using this. Here are some of the practical maths activities we completed during this week.
The children have been learning about Islam in their RE lessons, we have been discussing similarities and differences between religions. We start our lessons off with one of the Big Questions and work through our answers throughout the lessons. The children are beginning to learn that we can all have different opinions which we respect.
Roald Dahl Day 13th September
The class showed so much enthusiasm for some of the stories we have been reading that our Roald Dahl Day turned into a whizzpopping week in Year 2! The children have had a great week learning about different characters and texts from Roald Dahl. We have written why we like our favourite character, if they were a hero or villain and then we wrote a wonderful character description. The week finished in style with the children dressing up as Roald Dahl characters – they looked amazing as you can see.