Welcome to Year 2, 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.
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.
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.
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
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!