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  Welcome to Year 2, Autumn Term 2017  

Happy New (school) Year everyone! I hope you all had a wonderful summer and are feeling well rested and energised. I am enjoying getting to know my new class and am thrilled with their enthusiasm, smart behaviour and hard work. I can already tell that it's going to be a great year!

 

This term, Year 2 will be embarking on a 'Grand Tour' of Great Britain, travelling the length and breadth of the country from Land's End to John O'Groats. We will be exploring the landscape, sampling local foods, learning new languages, finding out about famous landmarks and people and discovering what makes our islands special. The children's KS1 Supersaver travel passes are all ready for their first trip on board the Magical Mystery Tour Bus ... keep checking our class page to join the adventure! 

 

The Queen may well commission Y2 to paint her annual portrait this year!

The Queen may well commission Y2 to paint her annual portrait this year! 1
The Queen may well commission Y2 to paint her annual portrait this year! 2
The Queen may well commission Y2 to paint her annual portrait this year! 3
The Queen may well commission Y2 to paint her annual portrait this year! 4
The Queen may well commission Y2 to paint her annual portrait this year! 5
The Queen may well commission Y2 to paint her annual portrait this year! 6
The Queen may well commission Y2 to paint her annual portrait this year! 7
The Queen may well commission Y2 to paint her annual portrait this year! 8

 

19.09.17: We had our second ukulele lesson today. A quick look at these photos will show you just how proud and excited the children are to have this opportunity.

 

    

Confidence and musical talent - Sofia and Khalia show us how to pick and strum the ukulele.

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18.09.17: The Lost Son, Luke15: 11-32

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The children worked in small groups to interpret and dramatise the parable of the Lost Son. I'm so impressed by their confidence.

We've been reading and enjoying poems by well known British poets in our English lessons over the last few weeks. The children have spotted rhyme, pattern and rhythm in poems by A.A.Milne, Michael Rosen and Christina Rossetti. We've used the poems as a stimulus for our own writing. Here are a few for you to enjoy.

 

Now I am Six by Neveah

When I was one

I was as sweet as a bun.

When I was two

I got my first shoes.

When I was three

I was a queen bee.

When I was four

I played at the moor.

When I was five

I learned to dive.

But now I am six

I'm as clever as clever,

so I think I'll be six now

for ever and ever.

 

I'm Just Going on The Slide by Louie

I'm just going on the slide.

Why?

Because it's fun.

Why?

Because you go really fast.

Why?

Because it's steep?

Why?

Because it was built like that.

Why?

Why don't you stop saying why?

Slide time why.

High time you stopped saying why time.

What?

 

Now I am Seven by George

When I was one

I had lots of fun.

When I was two

I went to the loo.

When I was three

I hurt my knee.

When I was four

I learned to draw.

When I was five

I learned to dive.

When I was six

I learned how to mix.

But now I am seven,

I'm as clever as clever,

so I think I'll be six now 

for ever and ever.

15.09.17: Meet our young scientists!

15.09.17: Meet our young scientists! 1 Testing the strength of a paper bridge.
15.09.17: Meet our young scientists! 2 Sharing our findings with the class.
15.09.17: Meet our young scientists! 3 Wow! How can a paper bridge be so strong?
15.09.17: Meet our young scientists! 4 Aliya decided to fold the paper.
15.09.17: Meet our young scientists! 5 It's definitely stronger now the paper is folded.
15.09.17: Meet our young scientists! 6 Working as a team!

Look back at last year's Class Page

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   Summer Term 2017

This term our cross curricular topic is 'On the Farm'. We have oodles of exciting things planned and the children have already started investigating plants, exploring where our food comes from and writing plant themed poems. We are all looking forward to our trip to Pennywell Farm on 23rd May. Take a look at the curriculum poster and termly newsletter below to find out more.

24.05.17: Our Great St Andrew's 'Salad- Off'

As part of Healthy Week we held an inter-class salad making competition today. In Year 2 we learned about different salad ingredients and preparation techniques, then worked in pairs to design a colourful, imaginative salad. The children had amazing ideas, such as a 'Monster Munch' salad, Star Wars themed salad and even a farm. After that we looked at each other's designs and voted for our favourites - it was a tricky decision, but the winner was Lola and Ghalyah's Smeaton's Tower salad. Well done girls!  Here's how we made it ...

      

 

    

 

 

 

 

23.05.17: Our visit to Pennywell Farm

Today we became farmers for the day! It's been a lot of hard work and a lot of fun; riding on the tractor; collecting eggs from some very friendly chickens; feeding the deer and sheep; milking a goat; brushing the horses and cuddling the pigs, guinea pigs, mice and ducks. We were shown around by a lady called Julia who taught us all about life on the farm. It was a superb day with lots of special moments, take a look at the slideshow below to see the action.

 

                         

Look back at Year 2, Spring Term 2017   

Our cross curricular topic this term is ‘Where We Live’ as detailed on the curriculum poster below. We will be exploring both the geography and history of our local area, and thinking about its location within the South West and United Kingdom. Naturally, we plan to take the children on lots of trips, within the immediate vicinity of the Hoe and Barbican, across to Mount Edgcumbe and hopefully on a river cruise up the Tamar. We will teach the children how to use simple maps and plans and see things from a ‘bird’s eye view’. We also want to develop the children’s sense of community and help them find ways to be good citizens. If you know of anyone who has a job or hobby linked to our topic and might be willing to offer something to our curriculum, then please let us know.

Thanks once again to the Hoegate Street Co-op for running another Easter competition. This year the Year 2 children were asked to decorate an egg box in an unusual and imaginative way. When Sylvia came to judge the entries, she was stunned with the children's creativity and found it really tricky to choose a winner. Take a look at a few of the boxes below - we're sure you'll be impressed.

 

    

 

    

 

    

30.01.17: Today we've been thinking about forgiveness. We read Luke 6:37-38. Jesus taught 'Forgive and you will be forgiven' - we talked about what this might mean in our lives. The children had some insightful ideas. Take a look at some of the follow up work below.

 

                                

 

                            

27.01.16: It looks like the children had an extremely exciting afternoon with Mrs Lane today. They planned an investigation based around The Lighthouse Keeper's Lunch and decided to test whether different types of rope would affect the time it takes the basket to slide down. They found out that the basket travelled fastest down the plastic coated rope. Maybe your child can try and explain why!

27.01.16: It looks like the children had an extremely exciting afternoon with Mrs Lane today. They planned an investigation based around The Lighthouse Keeper's Lunch and decided to test whether different types of rope would affect the time it takes the basket to slide down. They found out that the basket travelled fastest down the plastic coated rope. Maybe your child can try and explain why!  1
27.01.16: It looks like the children had an extremely exciting afternoon with Mrs Lane today. They planned an investigation based around The Lighthouse Keeper's Lunch and decided to test whether different types of rope would affect the time it takes the basket to slide down. They found out that the basket travelled fastest down the plastic coated rope. Maybe your child can try and explain why!  2

Take a peek at some of the Year 2 Science action!

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26.01.17: We've just completed a block of work using the paintings of local artist, Brian Pollard as a stimulus. We investigated colour and the effect that different types of paint produce, as well as drawing technique. On Monday afternoon we visited the Hoe in glorious sunshine and had a great afternoon sketching the views. Finally, we've put all our skills together and here are a few of the finished pieces. Come to year 2 if you'd like to see more!

26.01.17: We've just completed a block of work using the paintings of local artist, Brian Pollard as a stimulus. We investigated colour and the effect that different types of paint produce, as well as drawing technique. On Monday afternoon we visited the Hoe in glorious sunshine and had a great afternoon sketching the views. Finally, we've put all our skills together and here are a few of the finished pieces. Come to year 2 if you'd like to see more! 1 Olly
26.01.17: We've just completed a block of work using the paintings of local artist, Brian Pollard as a stimulus. We investigated colour and the effect that different types of paint produce, as well as drawing technique. On Monday afternoon we visited the Hoe in glorious sunshine and had a great afternoon sketching the views. Finally, we've put all our skills together and here are a few of the finished pieces. Come to year 2 if you'd like to see more! 2 Ayaan
26.01.17: We've just completed a block of work using the paintings of local artist, Brian Pollard as a stimulus. We investigated colour and the effect that different types of paint produce, as well as drawing technique. On Monday afternoon we visited the Hoe in glorious sunshine and had a great afternoon sketching the views. Finally, we've put all our skills together and here are a few of the finished pieces. Come to year 2 if you'd like to see more! 3 Bea
26.01.17: We've just completed a block of work using the paintings of local artist, Brian Pollard as a stimulus. We investigated colour and the effect that different types of paint produce, as well as drawing technique. On Monday afternoon we visited the Hoe in glorious sunshine and had a great afternoon sketching the views. Finally, we've put all our skills together and here are a few of the finished pieces. Come to year 2 if you'd like to see more! 4 George
26.01.17: We've just completed a block of work using the paintings of local artist, Brian Pollard as a stimulus. We investigated colour and the effect that different types of paint produce, as well as drawing technique. On Monday afternoon we visited the Hoe in glorious sunshine and had a great afternoon sketching the views. Finally, we've put all our skills together and here are a few of the finished pieces. Come to year 2 if you'd like to see more! 5
26.01.17: We've just completed a block of work using the paintings of local artist, Brian Pollard as a stimulus. We investigated colour and the effect that different types of paint produce, as well as drawing technique. On Monday afternoon we visited the Hoe in glorious sunshine and had a great afternoon sketching the views. Finally, we've put all our skills together and here are a few of the finished pieces. Come to year 2 if you'd like to see more! 6 Sofia M
26.01.17: We've just completed a block of work using the paintings of local artist, Brian Pollard as a stimulus. We investigated colour and the effect that different types of paint produce, as well as drawing technique. On Monday afternoon we visited the Hoe in glorious sunshine and had a great afternoon sketching the views. Finally, we've put all our skills together and here are a few of the finished pieces. Come to year 2 if you'd like to see more! 7 Arnav
26.01.17: We've just completed a block of work using the paintings of local artist, Brian Pollard as a stimulus. We investigated colour and the effect that different types of paint produce, as well as drawing technique. On Monday afternoon we visited the Hoe in glorious sunshine and had a great afternoon sketching the views. Finally, we've put all our skills together and here are a few of the finished pieces. Come to year 2 if you'd like to see more! 8 Joann

15.01.17: In R.E this week we have studied Matthew 9: 9-13, which tells the story of how Jesus chose Matthew the tax collector to be one of his 12 disciples. We considered what the story means for Christians, and decided that it shows how Jesus can be a good friend with someone who has no friends. As well as some great acting (see one clip below), Year 2 impressed me with their thoughtful ideas about friendship and kindness.

 

Rhonan and his group act out the story of Matthew

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Look back at Autumn Term 2016     

This term our cross curricular topic is 'Toys we Love'. We will explore how toys have changed through time, toys around the world and the different materials toys are made from. We will also be designing and making our own games and puppets, creating sculptures from broken toys and bringing toys to life in our very own film. To find out more and see how you can help, take a look at the curriculum poster below. 

 

My new class have already impressed me with their manners, enthusiasm for learning, positive attitudes and super smart behaviour. I'm certain we'll have a great year ahead.

16.12.16 Merry Christmas everyone!

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Learning how to keep safe with some of Plymouth's brave firefighters.

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19.10.16: It was our Year 2 class assembly AND the second of our toy days today - this time we were exploring modern toys. We had lots of time to play with all the toys, then created mini adverts to try and persuade someone to buy our favourite toys. In the afternoon we became puppet masters, making our partners move in funny ways by pulling their imaginary strings! We also enjoyed lots of toy themed stories. Take a look at some of the fun we had...

19.10.16: It was our Year 2 class assembly AND the second of our toy days today - this time we were exploring modern toys. We had lots of time to play with all the toys, then created mini adverts to try and persuade someone to buy our favourite toys. In the afternoon we became puppet masters, making our partners move in funny ways by pulling their imaginary strings! We also enjoyed lots of toy themed stories. Take a look at some of the fun we had... 1
19.10.16: It was our Year 2 class assembly AND the second of our toy days today - this time we were exploring modern toys. We had lots of time to play with all the toys, then created mini adverts to try and persuade someone to buy our favourite toys. In the afternoon we became puppet masters, making our partners move in funny ways by pulling their imaginary strings! We also enjoyed lots of toy themed stories. Take a look at some of the fun we had... 2
19.10.16: It was our Year 2 class assembly AND the second of our toy days today - this time we were exploring modern toys. We had lots of time to play with all the toys, then created mini adverts to try and persuade someone to buy our favourite toys. In the afternoon we became puppet masters, making our partners move in funny ways by pulling their imaginary strings! We also enjoyed lots of toy themed stories. Take a look at some of the fun we had... 3
19.10.16: It was our Year 2 class assembly AND the second of our toy days today - this time we were exploring modern toys. We had lots of time to play with all the toys, then created mini adverts to try and persuade someone to buy our favourite toys. In the afternoon we became puppet masters, making our partners move in funny ways by pulling their imaginary strings! We also enjoyed lots of toy themed stories. Take a look at some of the fun we had... 4
19.10.16: It was our Year 2 class assembly AND the second of our toy days today - this time we were exploring modern toys. We had lots of time to play with all the toys, then created mini adverts to try and persuade someone to buy our favourite toys. In the afternoon we became puppet masters, making our partners move in funny ways by pulling their imaginary strings! We also enjoyed lots of toy themed stories. Take a look at some of the fun we had... 5
19.10.16: It was our Year 2 class assembly AND the second of our toy days today - this time we were exploring modern toys. We had lots of time to play with all the toys, then created mini adverts to try and persuade someone to buy our favourite toys. In the afternoon we became puppet masters, making our partners move in funny ways by pulling their imaginary strings! We also enjoyed lots of toy themed stories. Take a look at some of the fun we had... 6
19.10.16: It was our Year 2 class assembly AND the second of our toy days today - this time we were exploring modern toys. We had lots of time to play with all the toys, then created mini adverts to try and persuade someone to buy our favourite toys. In the afternoon we became puppet masters, making our partners move in funny ways by pulling their imaginary strings! We also enjoyed lots of toy themed stories. Take a look at some of the fun we had... 7
19.10.16: It was our Year 2 class assembly AND the second of our toy days today - this time we were exploring modern toys. We had lots of time to play with all the toys, then created mini adverts to try and persuade someone to buy our favourite toys. In the afternoon we became puppet masters, making our partners move in funny ways by pulling their imaginary strings! We also enjoyed lots of toy themed stories. Take a look at some of the fun we had... 8
19.10.16: It was our Year 2 class assembly AND the second of our toy days today - this time we were exploring modern toys. We had lots of time to play with all the toys, then created mini adverts to try and persuade someone to buy our favourite toys. In the afternoon we became puppet masters, making our partners move in funny ways by pulling their imaginary strings! We also enjoyed lots of toy themed stories. Take a look at some of the fun we had... 9
19.10.16: It was our Year 2 class assembly AND the second of our toy days today - this time we were exploring modern toys. We had lots of time to play with all the toys, then created mini adverts to try and persuade someone to buy our favourite toys. In the afternoon we became puppet masters, making our partners move in funny ways by pulling their imaginary strings! We also enjoyed lots of toy themed stories. Take a look at some of the fun we had... 10
19.10.16: It was our Year 2 class assembly AND the second of our toy days today - this time we were exploring modern toys. We had lots of time to play with all the toys, then created mini adverts to try and persuade someone to buy our favourite toys. In the afternoon we became puppet masters, making our partners move in funny ways by pulling their imaginary strings! We also enjoyed lots of toy themed stories. Take a look at some of the fun we had... 11
19.10.16: It was our Year 2 class assembly AND the second of our toy days today - this time we were exploring modern toys. We had lots of time to play with all the toys, then created mini adverts to try and persuade someone to buy our favourite toys. In the afternoon we became puppet masters, making our partners move in funny ways by pulling their imaginary strings! We also enjoyed lots of toy themed stories. Take a look at some of the fun we had... 12

Sofia, Besa, Sophia and Kayla try to persuade me to buy a bear.

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Olivia and Joann's confident advert for A 'Spy Girl' doll.

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11.10.16: Today, Year 2 and children in Gardening Club planted hundreds of crocus corms on Plymouth Hoe, to mark the success of Rotary International's campaign to eradicate Polio across the world. The crocuses were planted in a big circle and will bloom in the spring. It was pretty hard work - we planted corms for over an hour and the circle was only half full. Thankfully there were several Rotarians and gardeners on hand to finish the job!

11.10.16: Today, Year 2 and children in Gardening Club planted hundreds of crocus corms on Plymouth Hoe, to mark the success of Rotary International's campaign to eradicate Polio across the world. The crocuses were planted in a big circle and will bloom in the spring. It was pretty hard work - we planted corms for over an hour and the circle was only half full. Thankfully there were several Rotarians and gardeners on hand to finish the job! 1
11.10.16: Today, Year 2 and children in Gardening Club planted hundreds of crocus corms on Plymouth Hoe, to mark the success of Rotary International's campaign to eradicate Polio across the world. The crocuses were planted in a big circle and will bloom in the spring. It was pretty hard work - we planted corms for over an hour and the circle was only half full. Thankfully there were several Rotarians and gardeners on hand to finish the job! 2
11.10.16: Today, Year 2 and children in Gardening Club planted hundreds of crocus corms on Plymouth Hoe, to mark the success of Rotary International's campaign to eradicate Polio across the world. The crocuses were planted in a big circle and will bloom in the spring. It was pretty hard work - we planted corms for over an hour and the circle was only half full. Thankfully there were several Rotarians and gardeners on hand to finish the job! 3
11.10.16: Today, Year 2 and children in Gardening Club planted hundreds of crocus corms on Plymouth Hoe, to mark the success of Rotary International's campaign to eradicate Polio across the world. The crocuses were planted in a big circle and will bloom in the spring. It was pretty hard work - we planted corms for over an hour and the circle was only half full. Thankfully there were several Rotarians and gardeners on hand to finish the job! 4
11.10.16: Today, Year 2 and children in Gardening Club planted hundreds of crocus corms on Plymouth Hoe, to mark the success of Rotary International's campaign to eradicate Polio across the world. The crocuses were planted in a big circle and will bloom in the spring. It was pretty hard work - we planted corms for over an hour and the circle was only half full. Thankfully there were several Rotarians and gardeners on hand to finish the job! 5
11.10.16: Today, Year 2 and children in Gardening Club planted hundreds of crocus corms on Plymouth Hoe, to mark the success of Rotary International's campaign to eradicate Polio across the world. The crocuses were planted in a big circle and will bloom in the spring. It was pretty hard work - we planted corms for over an hour and the circle was only half full. Thankfully there were several Rotarians and gardeners on hand to finish the job! 6

28.09.16: Today we've had fun playing with old toys ALL DAY! We learned how to play marbles, jacks, pick up sticks and tiddlywinks; outside we played hopscotch, skipping and hoops. We even played a game of table skittles that belonged to Miss Lewis when she was a little girl!

28.09.16: Today we've had fun playing with old toys ALL DAY! We learned how to play marbles, jacks, pick up sticks and tiddlywinks; outside we played hopscotch, skipping and hoops. We even played a game of table skittles that belonged to Miss Lewis when she was a little girl! 1
28.09.16: Today we've had fun playing with old toys ALL DAY! We learned how to play marbles, jacks, pick up sticks and tiddlywinks; outside we played hopscotch, skipping and hoops. We even played a game of table skittles that belonged to Miss Lewis when she was a little girl! 2
28.09.16: Today we've had fun playing with old toys ALL DAY! We learned how to play marbles, jacks, pick up sticks and tiddlywinks; outside we played hopscotch, skipping and hoops. We even played a game of table skittles that belonged to Miss Lewis when she was a little girl! 3
28.09.16: Today we've had fun playing with old toys ALL DAY! We learned how to play marbles, jacks, pick up sticks and tiddlywinks; outside we played hopscotch, skipping and hoops. We even played a game of table skittles that belonged to Miss Lewis when she was a little girl! 4
28.09.16: Today we've had fun playing with old toys ALL DAY! We learned how to play marbles, jacks, pick up sticks and tiddlywinks; outside we played hopscotch, skipping and hoops. We even played a game of table skittles that belonged to Miss Lewis when she was a little girl! 5
28.09.16: Today we've had fun playing with old toys ALL DAY! We learned how to play marbles, jacks, pick up sticks and tiddlywinks; outside we played hopscotch, skipping and hoops. We even played a game of table skittles that belonged to Miss Lewis when she was a little girl! 6
28.09.16: Today we've had fun playing with old toys ALL DAY! We learned how to play marbles, jacks, pick up sticks and tiddlywinks; outside we played hopscotch, skipping and hoops. We even played a game of table skittles that belonged to Miss Lewis when she was a little girl! 7
28.09.16: Today we've had fun playing with old toys ALL DAY! We learned how to play marbles, jacks, pick up sticks and tiddlywinks; outside we played hopscotch, skipping and hoops. We even played a game of table skittles that belonged to Miss Lewis when she was a little girl! 8
28.09.16: Today we've had fun playing with old toys ALL DAY! We learned how to play marbles, jacks, pick up sticks and tiddlywinks; outside we played hopscotch, skipping and hoops. We even played a game of table skittles that belonged to Miss Lewis when she was a little girl! 9

23.09.16: We've been exercising our creative brains in Literacy lessons this week and have written some poems based on 'What's in the Box? by Trevor Millum. The children have been trying to use interesting adjectives to describe the toys hidden away in drawers or playrooms and even had a go at re-drafting and improving their first attempts. Here are two examples to enjoy.

 

What's in the Toy Bag? by Sol Dean

 

What's in the toy bag?

What's in the bag?

What's in the bag

with the black and white pictures?

 

There's a soaring frisbee

And a hooting owl,

Some reading books

And a big box of Lego,

A cheeky monkey 

And a glorious princess doll,

A golden car 

And an abandoned, trashed

Jack-in-the-box,

A magical fairy puppet

And a box of army men.

 

That's what's in the toy bag!

That's what's in the bag!

 

What's in the Playroom? by Bea

 

What's in the playroom?

What's in the room?

What's in the room 

with the white walls?

 

There's a one-legged princess Barbie

And a shimmering horse,

Some blue bricks

And a paint brush,

A sparkly Girl's World

And a moving storm trooper,

A fluffy pink bunny

And a furry teddy,

An ancient Jack-in-the-box

And a pretend parrot.

 

That's what's in the play room!

That's what's in the room!

09.09.16: Meet our new Year 2 School Council representatives, Olly and Phoebe. We held an election in class and after some stirring speeches the class all voted for the person they thought would be the smartest, most confident School Council member. It was a secret ballot and was very exciting - democracy in action! 

13.09.16: This morning we had our very first ukulele lesson with Mrs Welsh. We learned how to hold the ukuleles properly, use a pick and even played 'Greedy Caterpillars Eat Alone' with a little strumming! 

   

08.09.16: A VERY exciting morning in an explosive Science show!

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