PE will usually take place on Monday and Tuesday. However, please ensure your child has a full PE kit in school everyday in case there are addition sessions taking place throughout the week. Please ensure your child's earrings are removed specifically for PE days or ensure that your child can remove them independently. Earrings worn, which can not be to be removed by the child, will result in a missed PE session.
Reading books will be changed on a Tuesday each week. The children will receive two books per week to share with you at home. When reading with your child, it is important to ask your child questions about what they have read to further develop their understanding of the text.
Please see Class Dojo page for our weekly objectives.
Today we introduced our very first topic in Year 2...The Great Fire of London.
The children came up with lots of different questions which they would like to research this half term...
Where did the fire start?
How did the fire start?
Why was it called ‘great’?
How many people were killed?
What were the houses made out of?
And many more...
We are looking forward to a ‘great’ first term in Year 2, watch this space for lots of brilliant work!
Check out the fantastic 17th Century houses which Year 2 children created at home. They are just fantastic and have brought our classroom to life this term.
What a wonderful time we had! A brilliant, hands on experience for the children.
In Year 2, we really enjoy our weekly show and tell sessions. It is a great opportunity for the children to share their interests with their peers as well as practise the skill of speaking publicly.
Year 2 really enjoyed learning all about Poland and Lithuania as part of our European Languages day this year. The children particulary enjoyed making Rosol- a traditional Polish Chicken Soup. It’s usually served on Sundays and for special occasions (like weddings, christenings, etc). It’s also a traditional remedy for anyone who feels under the weather, as it’s believed to have ‘healing power.’
Class photos and shared learning
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.