Welcome to Year 2!
We are off on an adventure to Africa!
Our learning challenge this term is to find out what life is like in Kenya.
Year 2 Notices
- We usually have PE on Wednesday and Friday, however PE kit should be in school every day
- The weekly spelling test will take place on Wednesday.
(After May half term, we will have PE on a Tuesday and Friday as Year 2 will start 'Off the Wall' squash sessions).
We are working hard to learn our high frequency words. Please encourage your child to come and tell an adult when they are ready to be tested so they can work towards their next certificate. High frequency words are found in the front of the planner.
To encourage the children to become more independent, we would like them to initiate changing their own reading books. They will be reminded to change their books at some point on each day and it will be their responsibility to change it appropriately. If you feel your child needs to move up in their reading colour, please make a note in their planner.
When reading with your child, it is important to ask your child questions about what they have read to further develop their understanding of that text.
Congratulations to our 'Stars of the Week!'
Star of the week: Herbie
Dojos of the week: Emma, Abi, Poppy and Edward
Writer of the week: Eliza
Mathematician of the week: Grant
Reader of the week: Herbie
What are Year 2 up to this week?
This week we are learning to:
Wk beginning: 7th January 2019
We will be completing a pre unit assessment on place value.
We will be completing a pre unit assessment on an African myth.
The class of Year 2 2018-19
We have had an AMAZING start to Year 2!
Look out for what we get up to.
Welcome to Kenya!
We have been busy working hard to get out classroom ready for Africa. Have a look at our pictures.
The Great Fire of London
We had a visit from Essex fire service to talk to us about the Great Fire of London. We looked at pictures to see how equipment has changed and even went outside to pass leather buckets of water.
In DT we designed our own Penguin finger puppets. First, we looked at examples of finger puppets, analysing how they were made. Then, we looked at the available fabrics and designed our own multi-coloured penguins. We cut the felt into two identical pieces and then cut out our penguin features. We stapled them together and glued our parts on. Lots of us were unsure of if we could do it, but we never gave up even though we found it challenging.
'I can't believe I did it, I am so proud of myself!' (Annabel)
We were lucky enough to have a visit from Adrian Hall. He has visited many places in the Arctic Circle and showed us pictures of his experiences.
We were lucky enough to be able to visit Colchester Zoo to meet real penguins! We met with Santa's and his elves who talked to us about where penguins live and what they need to survive. We were then greeted by three hungry penguins.
'This has been the best day ever!' (Annabel)
We have spent the week talking about the importance of respect. We had a workshop where we learnt the importance of valuing others and what bullying actually means and what we can do about it if it happened to us or someone else.
In art/DT, we researched 'Inukshuks'. We found out that these ancient statues were used by the Inuits as navigational tools. We designed our own and then made them using clay.
We celebrated our first half term in Y2 with our sharing morning. We presented our PowerPoints all about Polar animals and then shared some of our Polar fun day activities with our families.
Polar Fun Day!
We explored aspects of the Polar Regions by experimenting with blubber, made Bannock bread, making igloos, designing masks, sketching the Northern light, exploring Inuit language as well as making fact pages. We have had an amazing day!
"Books are like an open door, taking you on a new journey"
We were lucky enough to have a visit from author, Nick Butterworth. He talked to us about how he writes a story and the inspiration behind his ideas. He showed us original scripts for 'One Snowy Night' and original sketches. He read us his most recent story called 'The Whisper'. We had an AMAZING workshop!
European Language Day
To celebrate European Language Day, we learnt about Greece. We used iPads to find facts about the country. We then designed our own Greek vases using watercolour pencils.
Did you know?
" Greeks invented the yo-yo which is considered the world's second oldest toy" (Herbie)
" Greece is one of the most mountainous countries in Europe" (Mia)
" The official name of Greece is 'Hellenic Republic'" (Lily)
Year 2 visit Manningtree library
We walked to Manningtree to explore how to use the library. We looked at lots of different books and learnt how to find books in different sections of the library.
In maths we have measuring in cm and m. We measured items around the classroom.
We have begun exploring information texts. We looked at a variety of non-fiction books and found features such as topic headings, captions and pictures.
In RE we have been learning about Islam. We read the story of 'The Great Flood' from the Qur'an and compared it to the story of 'Noah's Ark from the Bible.
"The stories are nearly the same apart from Allah and God". (Herbie)
"I wonder why Allah and God made sure that all the animals were safe..." (Rafi)
We have been exploring living things and their habitats. We looked at food chains and the position of each animal: producer, consumer, prey and predator.
We have been using ball skills in preparation for basketball. We made top tips to through and catch a ball with accuracy.
We have already had some AMAZING pieces of homework this term.