Marshmallow fire pit party!
To celebrate the end of a fantastic year and also for helping the homeless elves, Mr Deakin helped us to throw a marshmallow fire pit party. He went to the woodland to set it up and Year 3/4 helped us to whittle our sticks for toasting.
We all sat in a circle and took it in turns to toast our marshmallows - they were delicious! It made us reflect on what a wonderful time we had this year and how lucky we are to have such an amazing woodland for our forest school adventures.
Thanks Mr Deakin!!
When the sun was beaming down, Year 2 went outside for a fishing fun challenge. They used the fishing rods to reel in as many fish as they could. They then found out that each fish was worth points. Using an identification sheet, they identified each fish they caught and added up their points. Rare fish such as a baby octopus and a lobster were worth more points.
End of year challenge!
A HUGE thank you for all of the end of year challenge homework - we had a wonderful time sharing our memories from this year and looking at the hard work and creativity of everybody.
Always happy to help!
When we were sweeping up leaves on Monday morning, Alfie noticed a small scroll of paper...
The letter was from a family of Woodland elves who lost their home in recent floods and stormy weather... They wondered if we could help to build them a new home. So that's what we did!
We had to work together as a team to move logs, build fences, weave roofs, fill swimming pools (yes, swimming pools!) and dig holes. At this point, we were really hoping the elves would appreciate all of our hard work....
'For sale but only for Woody, Twiggy (the children) and Mr and Mrs Elf'
Check out our finished houses (and swimming pools) below!
Aren't they amazing?
We think so!
Following our tree age lesson, we decided we wanted to know more about some incredible trees.
Not only do they give us oxygen to breathe, they are a home for animals and they make the world look even more beautiful!
CHECK OUT OUR AMAZING TREE FACT POWER POINTS BELOW!!
Fun in the.... sun?
It's only week 2 of Summer Term and already we have been so busy! Take a look at our slideshow gallery below...
When the sun was shining, we got outside to do some athletics. We practised throwing, shotput, relay races and standing long jump. This was great preparation for the Quad Kids team who took part in 4 athletics events at Vale of York Academy.
In our plants topic, we used Dendochronology to calculate the age of different trees.
There are two methods: chop down the trunk of the tree and count the rings.
Measure the circumference of the tree and divide by 2.5.
Obviously the method that involves NOT cutting down the tree is best for the environment!
Also, last week we had a Pyjamarama story-time day for charity. Wearing our pyjamas, we had stories with different teachers and also got to share stories with children in Key Stage 2. It was great fun and made us realise how much we love being read to - whilst also raising money for a charity that helps every child have story books to enjoy.
In our PSHE lesson, we were visited by a dentist. She showed us how to brush our teeth and what foods to eat to help keep our teeth healthy. Did you know you are meant to brush your teeth for 2 minutes? There is an app for your phone that helps time you to make sure you do it properly!
There is so much more to come this half term - stay tuned for the final installment of
Year 2 2018/2019.
Our Rosa Parks books are finished!
Take a look at our colourful front covers - they are our finished Rosa Parks books! Our books are all about why people are famous and how some people are famous for changing the world. Every book has a special chapter dedicated to Rosa Parks and her extraordinary life.
Below is a sneaky peek inside the books...
(You can see larger versions of the front covers below)
To kick start our new plant topic for the Summer Term, we explored our school grounds on mission to find plants! We looked for trees, plants and flowers that we could find and used a Woodland Trust identification tool to identify what they were.
Some groups found and correctly identified over 20 different plant species! Great biology work, Year 2!
Easter Homework... sort of!
Mrs Pape has set the whole school a maths challenge to find maths out and about at Easter. Seeing as Year 2 have made pizzas, they could carry on their cooking/baking development. Bring any photos, recipes, writing or drawing about your baking adventures at Easter and any maths you have used. We will share some the first week back after the holidays.
Have a wonderful break ready for the sunshine and fun of summer term!
Reading lists - recommended books for KS1.
If you're looking for ideas for books to read, buy, borrow or find then there are many lists on the link below to help inspire you. Another tip is to search for a book you have already read and enjoyed into Amazon and it will recommend other books you might like.
Are pizzas healthy?
Next week, we are making PIZZAS! With a kind offer of help from Jen Fenton from the PTA, we will get the chance to make our own pizza that we have designed ourselves.
The process of designing, chopping and assembling our own pizzas from scratch will allow us to see exactly what has gone into our pizza and mean we can make healthy choices about what to put on top.
In preparation for making pizzas, we collected data to find out which toppings everybody would like so that Jen could get them from the supermarket for us.
We presented our results as bar charts which we could then send to her in an email.
Stay tuned for the finished results!
Telling the time!
Learning to tell the time can be a tricky business. So we learnt about time bit by bit, to make it easier to understand.
First, we learnt that hours go from 1 - 12. When it has been 12, it goes back to 1 again. We looked at the numbers in a straight line and could see they went in order, just like a number line.
Then we moved the numbers 1 - 12 round into a circle, with 12 at the top and 1, 2, 3, round clockwise. This made it easier when we got to 12, to go to 1 next. It just keeps going round and round and round!
Then we just used the hour hand/arrow to show o'clock times. This is when the hour hand points directly at the hour number.
We learnt that we can roughly tell the time by using ONLY the hour hand. The hour hand moves between the hour numbers slowly, showing if it is o'clock, half past or somewhere in between.
For accuracy, we added the minute hand in. The hour hand shows us that it is half way past 10, and the minute hand tells us it has been half an hour since 10 o'clock because it is pointing halfway round the clock, to 6.
Once we understood half past and o'clock, we moved onto quarter past and quarter to. We used paper plates to colour and show the quarters of the clock and made different times with them. It was tricky to understand why we say quarter past until half past and quarter to after half past but it started to make sense the more we practised.
Next, we will be learning to tell the time to the nearest 5 minutes and hopefully we can use our paper plate clocks to help us with this.
Ask somebody at home to challenge you to tell the time on different clocks at home or out and about.
Hickory Dickory Dock is a time reading game you can play on the computer. Can you save the mouse?
History and English (and creativity!)
What happened on the bus and why is it still remembered today?
We are reading 'I am Rosa Parks' in Year 2 and learning about how she helped to change the world. Working in groups, we were set the task of retelling the story of what happened to her on the day she refused to give up her seat to a white person.
This Lego model shows the bus stop, the bus full of people and finally Rosa as she was arrested and removed from the bus.
Our creativity was used with...
...which we made into models and people and then photographed.
The final step was to use our props to act out the scenes from the story and then use these photographs to tell the story through digital media.
Our finished narrated photobooks (Powerpoints!) will be uploaded below.
In the plasticine group, we see what happened through the windows of the bus - a different perspective to the other groups.
Here you can see the policeman has boarded the bus to remove and arrest Rosa.
A lot of hard work, creativity and collaborative learning was involved in this project. The children loved putting it together and are very proud of their finished digital stories.
Here is the photo from the last slide from the puppet group. They made protest posters to send messages to help set Rosa free from prison.
British Science Week!
This year, the theme was 'Journeys'. Year 2 explored the different journeys of paper aeroplanes including a helicopter, which spins as it falls; a standard paper plane, which flies in a straight lane; and a glider, which is supposed to fly through the air for longer.
We applied our maths and practical skills to construct the planes, following the instructions carefully. Ensuring the halves were equal was essential: if they weren't equal, the plane would not fly straight.
When testing the distance, we applied our maths measuring skills using metre rulers and recording in both metres and centimetres.
Our results were unexpected but fascinating. We discovered that adding a paperclip to the front of a plane or glider, made it fly further (up to 4 metres further!). We also found that adding more paperclips to the helicopter made it spin less, with 8 or more paperclip causing it to drop almost without spinning at all.
Overall, we learnt that maths and science have a strong relationship. We measure using maths skills and if our measurements and dimensions are not exactly right, this affects our results.
We even did demonstrations of our planes in Celebration assembly for the school and parents.
Helping your child at home
At parents evening, we discussed ways that parents can support the work we do in school. The following information and websites offer advice and ideas for how to help at home.
There is a booklet called 'Helping your child with maths' on the shelf by the office. This was put together by Mrs Pape and all the teachers to show the methods we use to teach different concepts in maths sessions from Reception up to Year 6.
Another key part of fluency in maths, is being able to quickly recall simple facts. These used to be called KIRFs - Key Instant Recall Facts. I have attached 4 half termly KIRFs sheets - they show the facts children should know, from easy to tricky on the colour-coded band (Red - easy to Green - tricky) and also suggest games and activities to help practise them.
Finally, if you ever have any questions or wonder 'How can I help them with...?' or 'What should I help them with...?' then please write your question in your child's reading record. I spend time each Friday checking messages and offering advice and updates. If you would like to come and talk through a method or want more ideas on ways to help your child, then please do arrange to come and see me.
Thank you for your continued support this year,
World Book Day!
The Lost Words....
This year, our World Book Day activities were inspired by a very special book given to us by Dr Amy-Jane Beer.
The story of the book is that words were taken out of the dictionary a number of years ago to make room for new words such as 'selfie' and 'glamping'. Unbelievably, the words that were taken out were often words from nature.
Our mission was to get OUT into NATURE and bring the words back to life through reading, writing and creativity!
In Year 2, we learnt about five special animals that live within our school grounds. We went outside to sketch pictures of them, we wrote poems about them and finally painted pictures of them. Whenever we read our poems, we bring the animals to life through our words.
This half term holiday, your mission is to GET OUTSIDE into nature! I would like you to document your exploration of nature in whatever way you like:
You could take a photo/video.
You could draw or paint a picture.
You could draw a map.
You could collect some natural objects.
You could make something.
You could write about it.
There are some fantastic ideas on this page from the National Trust: Children and nature
Whatever you choose to do, either email it to firstname.lastname@example.org or bring it into school the first week back.
Next half term, we will be getting outside and into nature...
In Year 2, we had 2 days of learning all about explorers. We started by looking at a world map and tracing the routes that Christopher Columbus travelled from Spain to the Americas.
Then, we put our Science hats on and discovered new and unusual species of animals. Using our knowledge of classifying animals, we thought about which family they belong to.
Using our art skills, we drew an ancient ship. It really helped to watch a step by step tutorial on Youtube. On Day 2, we researched famous explorers and made Powerpoint presentations to share our information with the class. You can view our Powerpoints below.
We learnt how to make powerpoints in ICT this half term - this involved LOTS of new skills, including saving, opening, copy and pasting photos, changing colour, changing size of font, adding animations and writing a quiz. The Year 2s made these explorer powerpoints completely independently.
Arrays, cubes, pom poms, egg boxes and ice cream tubs!
Things have been very practical in Year 2 Maths as we have been learning about multiplication and division.
Year 2 have used the objects to make groups, arrays and share objects into equal groups. They have investigated which numbers will share into equal groups and which will not and used this to draw conclusions about patterns and multiples. In another session, we had to test if statements were true or false by working out the answer and use reasoning to explain how we knew.
Here are some snapshots of our practical work in action!
A busy week in Year 2...
In the story of Traction Man, he faces many adventures. In one frightful experience, he is almost suffocated by a poisonous dishcloth. Thankfully, he is saved by a courageous little scrubbing brush... who ended up becoming his pet!
So we decided to write about how to look after a scrubbing brush if we had one as a pet.
One of our WOW words this week was RESPONSIBILITY. We can read AND write it! Impressive.
Our homework last week was to make times tables games to help us to learn our 2x, 5x and 10x table facts. The creativity and designs were incredible and we spent a session playing each others games. Since then, we have had them in our classroom to play whenever we finished our work.
Our fluency with times tables has MASSIVELY improved. Currently the fastest score for the times tables peg challenge is 10x facts in less than 30 seconds. That's only 3 seconds per fact!
In RE, we built models of Mosques out of Lego. Here was the winning model with lots of fantastic features, including a very tall prayer tower.
Next week, we will be learning about the story of Bilal and the message he spread to the world.
Protect the biscuit!
Our new Science and English topic is all about a character called
Our focus question is 'What materials would Traction Man use to build our school?' In Science, we have been exploring materials and learning about how things are made.
We watched an incredible video about how pencil crayons are made!
In Science, we carried out an experiment to find the best material for protecting a biscuit from a falling object. Our tests included bubble wrap, packing paper, cotton wool and a special type of paper with lots of cuts in (we thought it looked like dragon skin!).
We were surprised to find that the paper, if folded, did actually protect the biscuit. The cotton wool was bouncy so it did a good job of protecting the biscuit too. In the end, we got to eat the unbroken biscuits as a treat!
Year 2 are SO good at writing instructions, that I thought we would put their instruction following skills to the test... Inspired by Mia, who helped her mum to construct some office furniture!
Follow the link below to see the step by step instructions for how to make a 3D snowflake. When it is completed, bring it in and we will display them in our classroom/corridor!
Toy Shop Maths
In maths, we have been learning all about money! Our topic is all about toys and games from the past, so we set up a toy shop in our classroom.
This has helped us with finding amounts of money, making amounts in different ways and giving change.
We have also been using a computer program called 'Toy Shop' which has different levels of difficulty. There is a link to this game on below so that you can play at home.
If you go down to the woods today, you might come across an ogre's toe!
Year 2 went on a journey of discovery into the woodland to find ingredients for a magic potion! They filled jars with all sorts of strange and gruesome objects including: an ogre's toe, a witch's eyeball, a gem of doom and the Grinch's hair finger! (Which looked strangely similar to a carrot, a tomato, a rock and a feather...?)
They filled their jars with ingredients and returned to the classroom to work out how to mix their special brew! Jamie Oliver provided some inspiration with a selection of recipes and ideas for how to write our potion recipes to chef standard.
Forest School Maths!
Down in the forest, Year 2 have been measuring sticks! We ordered them, used tape measures to find the lengths and also found the difference in length between them.
These two sticks had a difference of 10cm! Challenge completed!
Our final challenge was to find 2 sticks with a specific difference - 10cm, 5cm, and 2cm. The task involved teamwork, measuring, cm and m, reasoning and even some fractions!
Our half term diaries were a HUGE success! The children all commented on how they loved writing about what they had done and really enjoyed sharing it with each other. It was also a great way to involve every member of the family, as many children stay with grandparents or other family members and it was lovely to capture those memories too.
It was also clear that they had been supported in completing them. If you would like more ideas on how to support your child with writing at home, please come and see Miss Wilde or ask me a question via the home reading record.
Half Term Diary!
This half term break, I would like Year 2 to keep a diary of what they get up to at half term. Studies have shown that children that write for 10 minutes a day about real experiences are more likely to become more confident writers.
I have given them a little orange booklet to write in (but feel free to use a different one if you wish!).
I would recommend about 10 - 15 minutes a day of writing (and drawing/or a photo) of what they have done.
We will then share these with each other and find out what everybody got up to. I will also be filling one in - sadly, I won't be going to Disneyland or anywhere tropical so be prepared to hear about what I have eaten and if I go on any walks in the countryside.
Thank you for your continued support!
Writing about our WILD adventures!
Last week, we went out into the woodland to go and be WILD and the wild animals from the story we have been reading. Our imaginations ran wild as we climbed over bridges and piranha-infested waters, caught fish for dinner and roasted it over a fire and even sailed a boat down a rapid waterfall.
This gave us SO many amazing ideas for our adventure stories and you can see us collaborating and sharing our ideas here:
We loved writing our stories about Wild and having the opportunity to go out into a REAL woodland was fantastic for our learning (even if one of the bears did get stung by a wasp!). Many thanks to Seb the squirrel for making sure I kept the ice-pack on my knee!
In maths this week, we did some reasoning using our number bonds and adding 3 single digit numbers.
We followed the rules of this puzzle to try and make the total in the middle. All of us managed to work out 9 and 10 (which took a bit longer) but 11 or 12 were quite tricky. Perhaps we can have it in our maths area as a challenge next week?
What would you ask Wild?
We decided to interview the main character from our class story to find out a bit more about her. So we came up with questions to ask and interviewed her. As if by magic, when we were in the hotseat, our hair turned long and green just like Wild's! Check out the photos below...
'We're not going to use any art materials in our lesson today.'
'Not even crayons?'
'Not even felt tips?'
'Not even PENCILS?'
'No! We're going to make our portraits out of
So we went out of the door and into the wild to find some things we could use. We looked closely at colours, textures and shape to create our own unique portraits of the character from our story, WILD.
No moles were harmed in the making of this game.
We once found a mole on the school field and named him Gerald.
Dancing shapes and tag rugby!
This week, our PE has really pushed us to our limits. We worked in groups to choreograph dance routines with shapes.
The England rugby squad won't be short of players after our incredible rugby skills session with Mr Davies - some amazing passing and catching. Some people even managed to throw and catch whilst on the move!
I even had a go... with mixed success!
Triangles, circles, and squares! We even flossed to make shapes too! Won't our dentists be pleased...!
Action shot! Catch that ball Alfie!
Year 2 have been testing out some new maths games - they are from Maths of the Day and involve getting ACTIVE!
Check out our photos and videos below.
Year 2 have been learning more about dinosaurs this week and have learnt about SURVIVAL! Bear Grylls would be proud of our lists of things we might need if we went to the jungle -
A fly swat
A pen knife
A sleeping bag
A kindle (and a charger)
All of these items have a clear purpose but are they all essential? WILD, the character in our story, has survived without these things. She learnt to communicate with the animals and play, hunt and eat with them.
In maths this week, we have been learning about numbers to 100 and all the different ways we can represent them using objects. We have used straws, numicon, base ten and bead strings to show different tens and ones numbers. We have also been reasoning and explaining how we know if a number is right or wrong using the word 'because' and our maths vocabulary.
In PE, we did our own dinosaur dances in pairs. We told a story of 2 eggs hatching and growing into dinosaurs. Each pair used great movements to get across their story and portray their dinosaur accurately.
The classroom is well and truly ready for action - the rainforest reading area is twinkling, the pencils have been sharpened and the books are all ready for writing in.
Our first topic is DINOSAURS! Would dinosaurs make a good pet? We will explore what makes wild animals WILD (an appropriate first topic) and learn about their habitats.