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Welcome to Year 2, Spring 2020 

The spirit of adventure prevails once again in Year 2 this term! Our cross curricular topic is ‘To the Edge of the World’ as detailed on the curriculum poster below. Whilst it has a strong historical focus, it is also a perfect springboard to examine human courage and resilience in the face of adversity. We will be celebrating Mayflower 400 and learning about the voyage of the Mayflower, as well as comparing the lives of Christopher Columbus and Neil Armstrong - two well-known explorers who lived in very different times.

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15.01.20: Guess where we’ve been today? There was lots of excitement as we spotted plaques, memorial stones, flags and monuments that all gave us valuable clues about the voyage of the Mayflower in 1620.

15.01.20: Guess where we’ve been today? There was lots of excitement as we spotted plaques, memorial stones, flags and monuments that all gave us valuable clues about the voyage of the Mayflower in 1620. 1
15.01.20: Guess where we’ve been today? There was lots of excitement as we spotted plaques, memorial stones, flags and monuments that all gave us valuable clues about the voyage of the Mayflower in 1620. 2
15.01.20: Guess where we’ve been today? There was lots of excitement as we spotted plaques, memorial stones, flags and monuments that all gave us valuable clues about the voyage of the Mayflower in 1620. 3
15.01.20: Guess where we’ve been today? There was lots of excitement as we spotted plaques, memorial stones, flags and monuments that all gave us valuable clues about the voyage of the Mayflower in 1620. 4
15.01.20: Guess where we’ve been today? There was lots of excitement as we spotted plaques, memorial stones, flags and monuments that all gave us valuable clues about the voyage of the Mayflower in 1620. 5
15.01.20: Guess where we’ve been today? There was lots of excitement as we spotted plaques, memorial stones, flags and monuments that all gave us valuable clues about the voyage of the Mayflower in 1620. 6
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08.01.20: ‘Piecing together the past’ - to introduce our new topic the children worked in groups to piece together 3 mystery pictures. This stimulated lots of amazing discussion - will we be learning about Sir Francis Drake? Is the ship travelling to Africa?

08.01.20: ‘Piecing together the past’ - to introduce our new topic the children worked in groups to piece together 3 mystery pictures. This stimulated lots of amazing discussion - will we be learning about Sir Francis Drake? Is the ship travelling to Africa? 1
08.01.20: ‘Piecing together the past’ - to introduce our new topic the children worked in groups to piece together 3 mystery pictures. This stimulated lots of amazing discussion - will we be learning about Sir Francis Drake? Is the ship travelling to Africa? 2
08.01.20: ‘Piecing together the past’ - to introduce our new topic the children worked in groups to piece together 3 mystery pictures. This stimulated lots of amazing discussion - will we be learning about Sir Francis Drake? Is the ship travelling to Africa? 3

One or two very knowledgeable children helped us out, and we soon learned that the pictures all linked to the journey of the Mayflower. There was lots more we wanted to find out. Here are some of the children's historical questions;

 

                                                                

 

What was his name?

(Freddie) 

Why is he famous?   

(Nathan)

Where was he born? When was he born?

(Leela)

What job did he have?

(Tabitha)

 

Was the ship fast?

(Christopher)

Does the Mayflower still exist?

(Yohan)

Where did the ship travel to?

(Rehaan)

How many people were on board?

(Catherine)

Did the Mayflower return? 

(Leela)

                Who are these people? Why are they here?

(Hugo)

Where are they?

(Luke)

Why do they have guns? 

(Esmee)

Why did they go there?

(Florence)

What are some of the people's names?

(Tabitha)

 

      

Welcome to Year 2 - Autumn 2019  

There are many adventures to come this term, as Year 2 embark 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, finding out about famous landmarks and people, sampling local foods, learning new languages 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!

Happy Christmas from everyone in Year 2!

Happy Christmas from everyone in Year 2! 1

18.12.19: If you’re ever looking for party caterers, then come to Year 2. Just look at the delicious food we prepared for our Great British Christmas Party!

18.12.19: If you’re ever looking for party caterers, then come to Year 2. Just look at the delicious food we prepared for our Great British Christmas Party! 1 Scottish smoked salmon sandwiches
18.12.19: If you’re ever looking for party caterers, then come to Year 2. Just look at the delicious food we prepared for our Great British Christmas Party! 2 Union Jack biscuits
18.12.19: If you’re ever looking for party caterers, then come to Year 2. Just look at the delicious food we prepared for our Great British Christmas Party! 3 Cornish pasties
18.12.19: If you’re ever looking for party caterers, then come to Year 2. Just look at the delicious food we prepared for our Great British Christmas Party! 4 Scones with clotted cream
18.12.19: If you’re ever looking for party caterers, then come to Year 2. Just look at the delicious food we prepared for our Great British Christmas Party! 5 Cucumber sandwiches fit for the Queen!
18.12.19: If you’re ever looking for party caterers, then come to Year 2. Just look at the delicious food we prepared for our Great British Christmas Party! 6 Rice crispy cakes

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We even wrapped our own ‘pass the parcel’ gift and wrote fun facts from our journey around Britain to put in each layer (with a chocolate coin!).

We even wrapped our own ‘pass the parcel’ gift and wrote fun facts from our journey around Britain to put in each layer (with a chocolate coin!). 1
We even wrapped our own ‘pass the parcel’ gift and wrote fun facts from our journey around Britain to put in each layer (with a chocolate coin!). 2
We even wrapped our own ‘pass the parcel’ gift and wrote fun facts from our journey around Britain to put in each layer (with a chocolate coin!). 3

They were fun to open and the food was scrumptious! Great job Year 2.

They were fun to open and the food was scrumptious! Great job Year 2. 1
They were fun to open and the food was scrumptious! Great job Year 2. 2
They were fun to open and the food was scrumptious! Great job Year 2. 3
They were fun to open and the food was scrumptious! Great job Year 2. 4
They were fun to open and the food was scrumptious! Great job Year 2. 5
They were fun to open and the food was scrumptious! Great job Year 2. 6

Webby Wolf has had a transformation this week. He’s been staying with Florence to help her learn about staying safe when using technology, but it seems he’s also been learning about fashion! Looking good Webby!

 

02.12.19: In R.E we have started to consider what Christmas means to Christians. Today we sorted a pile of old Christmas cards into two groups; those that reflect the Christmas Story, and those that don’t. Look what we discovered ...

02.12.19: In R.E we have started to consider what Christmas means to Christians. Today we sorted a pile of old Christmas cards into two groups; those that reflect the Christmas Story, and those that don’t. Look what we discovered ... 1 We had lots to talk about when we saw the results!

Inspired by the castles of Wales, Year 2 have designed and made their own castles, including defensive features and even a moving flag. They have developed cutting, scoring and folding skills and experimented with ways to join card. Most children used split pins to move their flags and string to raise the drawbridge. Some even built a sliding portcullis!

A HUGE thank you to Amber’s mummy who made these beautiful cushions for our Talking Tree woodland area. It is looking rather magical and is a calm and peaceful place to relax and reflect.

A HUGE thank you to Amber’s mummy who made these beautiful cushions for our Talking Tree woodland area. It is looking rather magical and is a calm and peaceful place to relax and reflect. 1
A HUGE thank you to Amber’s mummy who made these beautiful cushions for our Talking Tree woodland area. It is looking rather magical and is a calm and peaceful place to relax and reflect. 2

This term we have been developing our basketball skills in P.E, helped by Ben from Stoke Damerel Community College.

This term we have been developing our basketball skills in P.E, helped by Ben from Stoke Damerel Community College. 1 Preparing to catch the ball.
This term we have been developing our basketball skills in P.E, helped by Ben from Stoke Damerel Community College. 2 A chest pass at a target.
This term we have been developing our basketball skills in P.E, helped by Ben from Stoke Damerel Community College. 3 Creating a ‘w’ shape to catch/pass the ball.
This term we have been developing our basketball skills in P.E, helped by Ben from Stoke Damerel Community College. 4 Using our skills in a simple game.
This term we have been developing our basketball skills in P.E, helped by Ben from Stoke Damerel Community College. 5 Attack and defence
This term we have been developing our basketball skills in P.E, helped by Ben from Stoke Damerel Community College. 6 We needed to be alert!

Audrey shows how well she can dribble the ball using her fingertips.

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Yohan shows how to ‘push’ the basketball with control and not ‘slap’ it.

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06.11.19: The Elves and the Shoemaker may be heading to Plymouth’s Theatre Royal in December, but today they made an early appearance in Year 2! We were so lucky to have a puppet making workshop with Holly from the Theatre Royal, and thoroughly enjoyed creating our own elves. We learned lots of new skills and had fun bringing our puppets to life.

06.11.19: The Elves and the Shoemaker may be heading to Plymouth’s Theatre Royal in December, but today they made an early appearance in Year 2! We were so lucky to have a puppet making workshop with Holly from the Theatre Royal, and thoroughly enjoyed creating our own elves. We learned lots of new skills and had fun bringing our puppets to life. 1 Drawing around the mouth plate template.
06.11.19: The Elves and the Shoemaker may be heading to Plymouth’s Theatre Royal in December, but today they made an early appearance in Year 2! We were so lucky to have a puppet making workshop with Holly from the Theatre Royal, and thoroughly enjoyed creating our own elves. We learned lots of new skills and had fun bringing our puppets to life. 2 Carefully cutting each part.
06.11.19: The Elves and the Shoemaker may be heading to Plymouth’s Theatre Royal in December, but today they made an early appearance in Year 2! We were so lucky to have a puppet making workshop with Holly from the Theatre Royal, and thoroughly enjoyed creating our own elves. We learned lots of new skills and had fun bringing our puppets to life. 3 Designing ears and hands.
06.11.19: The Elves and the Shoemaker may be heading to Plymouth’s Theatre Royal in December, but today they made an early appearance in Year 2! We were so lucky to have a puppet making workshop with Holly from the Theatre Royal, and thoroughly enjoyed creating our own elves. We learned lots of new skills and had fun bringing our puppets to life. 4 Now it’s time to glue the pieces together.
06.11.19: The Elves and the Shoemaker may be heading to Plymouth’s Theatre Royal in December, but today they made an early appearance in Year 2! We were so lucky to have a puppet making workshop with Holly from the Theatre Royal, and thoroughly enjoyed creating our own elves. We learned lots of new skills and had fun bringing our puppets to life. 5 We helped each other out.
06.11.19: The Elves and the Shoemaker may be heading to Plymouth’s Theatre Royal in December, but today they made an early appearance in Year 2! We were so lucky to have a puppet making workshop with Holly from the Theatre Royal, and thoroughly enjoyed creating our own elves. We learned lots of new skills and had fun bringing our puppets to life. 6 Meet our finished elves!
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18.10.19: Look at the focus on our young scientists’ faces as they test the absorbency of different materials. We were impressed to hear them using scientific vocabulary such as fair test, pipette, absorb or results. Leela even drew a diagram to show what she had done.

18.10.19: Look at the focus on our young scientists’ faces as they test the absorbency of different materials. We were impressed to hear them using scientific vocabulary such as fair test, pipette, absorb or results. Leela even drew a diagram to show what she had done.  1
18.10.19: Look at the focus on our young scientists’ faces as they test the absorbency of different materials. We were impressed to hear them using scientific vocabulary such as fair test, pipette, absorb or results. Leela even drew a diagram to show what she had done.  2
18.10.19: Look at the focus on our young scientists’ faces as they test the absorbency of different materials. We were impressed to hear them using scientific vocabulary such as fair test, pipette, absorb or results. Leela even drew a diagram to show what she had done.  3
18.10.19: Look at the focus on our young scientists’ faces as they test the absorbency of different materials. We were impressed to hear them using scientific vocabulary such as fair test, pipette, absorb or results. Leela even drew a diagram to show what she had done.  4
18.10.19: Look at the focus on our young scientists’ faces as they test the absorbency of different materials. We were impressed to hear them using scientific vocabulary such as fair test, pipette, absorb or results. Leela even drew a diagram to show what she had done.  5
18.10.19: Look at the focus on our young scientists’ faces as they test the absorbency of different materials. We were impressed to hear them using scientific vocabulary such as fair test, pipette, absorb or results. Leela even drew a diagram to show what she had done.  6

11.10.19: For those of you who missed our performance in the Harvest service this morning, here is our class poem, based on a famous poem by Christina Rossetti. The children looked closely at beautiful autumnal photographs, then worked in pairs to create descriptive couplets which we combined to make a class poem. 

 

  What Colour is Harvest? By Year 2   

What is brown? A conker is brown

Popping out of its spiky shell.

What is black? A blackberry is black

Hiding in the prickly thorns.

What is ginger? A squirrel is ginger

Scampering up a bumpy oak tree.

What is gold? A leaf is gold

Dancing in the chilly breeze.

What is scarlet? Berries are scarlet

Being nibbled by hungry birds.

What is purple? A cabbage is purple

Tucked into its vegetable bed.

What is orange? A carrot is orange

Growing in the squishy soil.

What is beige? A hedgehog is beige

Hiding under the crunchy leaves.

What is chestnut? Why, a chestnut

Just a chestnut!

 

07.10.19: How lovely to see members of Year 2 so inspired by the poems we’ve been reading. Amber brought an acorn to school last week, so I read the children ‘Acorn Bill’ by Ruth Ainsworth. Lo and behold, a little family of Acorn Bills has appeared ... wonderful!

07.10.19: How lovely to see members of Year 2 so inspired by the poems we’ve been reading. Amber brought an acorn to school last week, so I read the children ‘Acorn Bill’ by Ruth Ainsworth. Lo and behold, a little family of Acorn Bills has appeared ... wonderful! 1
07.10.19: How lovely to see members of Year 2 so inspired by the poems we’ve been reading. Amber brought an acorn to school last week, so I read the children ‘Acorn Bill’ by Ruth Ainsworth. Lo and behold, a little family of Acorn Bills has appeared ... wonderful! 2

03.10.19: Tabitha was inspired to create her own stop-frame animation after watching an episode of Bagpuss. Its creators; Oliver Postgate and Peter Firmin would have been most impressed Tabitha - we are!

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25.09.19: Our St Andrew’s Safer Technology Day. What amazing costumes Year 2! Make sure you tell your mums and dads everything you’ve learned about staying safe when using technology.

25.09.19: Our St Andrew’s Safer Technology Day. What amazing costumes Year 2! Make sure you tell your mums and dads everything you’ve learned about staying safe when using technology. 1
25.09.19: Our St Andrew’s Safer Technology Day. What amazing costumes Year 2! Make sure you tell your mums and dads everything you’ve learned about staying safe when using technology. 2
25.09.19: Our St Andrew’s Safer Technology Day. What amazing costumes Year 2! Make sure you tell your mums and dads everything you’ve learned about staying safe when using technology. 3
25.09.19: Our St Andrew’s Safer Technology Day. What amazing costumes Year 2! Make sure you tell your mums and dads everything you’ve learned about staying safe when using technology. 4
25.09.19: Our St Andrew’s Safer Technology Day. What amazing costumes Year 2! Make sure you tell your mums and dads everything you’ve learned about staying safe when using technology. 5
25.09.19: Our St Andrew’s Safer Technology Day. What amazing costumes Year 2! Make sure you tell your mums and dads everything you’ve learned about staying safe when using technology. 6

23.09.19: Year 2 have spent the last two weeks immersed in poetry, exploring the poems of two great British poets; A.A. Milne and Michael Rosen. We’ve had lots of fun reading poems aloud and have explored rhyme, rhythm and repeating patterns. We’ve used two of their well known poems as models for our own writing. Here’s a flavour of our amazing work...

 

Now I am Six   By Leela

When I was one,

I ate a chocolate bun.

When I was two,

I went to the loo.

When I was three,

I jumped in the sea.

When I was four,

I went on a tour.

When I was five,

I jiggled and jived.

But now I am six,

I’m as perfect as perfect,

So I think I’ll be six now

For ever and ever!

I’m Just Going To The Library    By Yohan

I’m just going to the library.

Why?

Because I love to read.

Why?

Because I love words.

Why?

Because the library is shutting this year.

Why?

Because it needs to be repaired.

Why?

Why don’t you stop saying why?

Why?

Library time why. High time you stopped saying why time!

What?

I’m Just Going to Sleep    By Josephine

I’m just going to sleep.

Why?

Because I’m tired.

Why?

Because it’s the weekend.

Why?

Because we need to rest.

Why?

Because we need to get ready for school.

Why?

Why don’t you stop saying why?

Why?

Sleepy time why. High time you stop saying why time!

What?

Meet our Year 2 School Council representatives! Tabitha and Yohan showed great confidence when they spoke to the class, explaining why they should be voted as this year’s representatives. We then held a secret ballot to vote for our favourite candidate and Tabitha and Yohan had the most votes. Well done to both of them and to all the other children who put themselves forward. I’m sure they’ll do a fantastic job!

Meet our Year 2 School Council representatives! Tabitha and Yohan showed great confidence when they spoke to the class, explaining why they should be voted as this year’s representatives. We then held a secret ballot to vote for our favourite candidate and Tabitha and Yohan had the most votes. Well done to both of them and to all the other children who put themselves forward. I’m sure they’ll do a fantastic job!  1

11.09.19: This afternoon Year 2 were lucky enough to have a STEM workshop with an engineer called Tina. We worked in teams on lots of tricky challenges; balancing 14 nails on one upright nail; building a tower from spaghetti and marshmallows; and making a strong boat from tin foil. We needed to try things out and not give up because engineers find solutions to problems.

11.09.19: This afternoon Year 2 were lucky enough to have a STEM workshop with an engineer called Tina. We worked in teams on lots of tricky challenges; balancing 14 nails on one upright nail; building a tower from spaghetti and marshmallows; and making a strong boat from tin foil. We needed to try things out and not give up because engineers find solutions to problems. 1
11.09.19: This afternoon Year 2 were lucky enough to have a STEM workshop with an engineer called Tina. We worked in teams on lots of tricky challenges; balancing 14 nails on one upright nail; building a tower from spaghetti and marshmallows; and making a strong boat from tin foil. We needed to try things out and not give up because engineers find solutions to problems. 2
11.09.19: This afternoon Year 2 were lucky enough to have a STEM workshop with an engineer called Tina. We worked in teams on lots of tricky challenges; balancing 14 nails on one upright nail; building a tower from spaghetti and marshmallows; and making a strong boat from tin foil. We needed to try things out and not give up because engineers find solutions to problems. 3
11.09.19: This afternoon Year 2 were lucky enough to have a STEM workshop with an engineer called Tina. We worked in teams on lots of tricky challenges; balancing 14 nails on one upright nail; building a tower from spaghetti and marshmallows; and making a strong boat from tin foil. We needed to try things out and not give up because engineers find solutions to problems. 4
11.09.19: This afternoon Year 2 were lucky enough to have a STEM workshop with an engineer called Tina. We worked in teams on lots of tricky challenges; balancing 14 nails on one upright nail; building a tower from spaghetti and marshmallows; and making a strong boat from tin foil. We needed to try things out and not give up because engineers find solutions to problems. 5
11.09.19: This afternoon Year 2 were lucky enough to have a STEM workshop with an engineer called Tina. We worked in teams on lots of tricky challenges; balancing 14 nails on one upright nail; building a tower from spaghetti and marshmallows; and making a strong boat from tin foil. We needed to try things out and not give up because engineers find solutions to problems. 6
11.09.19: This afternoon Year 2 were lucky enough to have a STEM workshop with an engineer called Tina. We worked in teams on lots of tricky challenges; balancing 14 nails on one upright nail; building a tower from spaghetti and marshmallows; and making a strong boat from tin foil. We needed to try things out and not give up because engineers find solutions to problems. 7
11.09.19: This afternoon Year 2 were lucky enough to have a STEM workshop with an engineer called Tina. We worked in teams on lots of tricky challenges; balancing 14 nails on one upright nail; building a tower from spaghetti and marshmallows; and making a strong boat from tin foil. We needed to try things out and not give up because engineers find solutions to problems. 8
11.09.19: This afternoon Year 2 were lucky enough to have a STEM workshop with an engineer called Tina. We worked in teams on lots of tricky challenges; balancing 14 nails on one upright nail; building a tower from spaghetti and marshmallows; and making a strong boat from tin foil. We needed to try things out and not give up because engineers find solutions to problems. 9
11.09.19: This afternoon Year 2 were lucky enough to have a STEM workshop with an engineer called Tina. We worked in teams on lots of tricky challenges; balancing 14 nails on one upright nail; building a tower from spaghetti and marshmallows; and making a strong boat from tin foil. We needed to try things out and not give up because engineers find solutions to problems. 10
11.09.19: This afternoon Year 2 were lucky enough to have a STEM workshop with an engineer called Tina. We worked in teams on lots of tricky challenges; balancing 14 nails on one upright nail; building a tower from spaghetti and marshmallows; and making a strong boat from tin foil. We needed to try things out and not give up because engineers find solutions to problems. 11
11.09.19: This afternoon Year 2 were lucky enough to have a STEM workshop with an engineer called Tina. We worked in teams on lots of tricky challenges; balancing 14 nails on one upright nail; building a tower from spaghetti and marshmallows; and making a strong boat from tin foil. We needed to try things out and not give up because engineers find solutions to problems. 12

We've worked our socks off in maths this week, exploring place value, partitioning numbers in different ways, reasoning and solving problems. Here's a sample of our work...

We've worked our socks off in maths this week, exploring place value, partitioning numbers in different ways, reasoning and solving problems. Here's a sample of our work... 1
We've worked our socks off in maths this week, exploring place value, partitioning numbers in different ways, reasoning and solving problems. Here's a sample of our work... 2
We've worked our socks off in maths this week, exploring place value, partitioning numbers in different ways, reasoning and solving problems. Here's a sample of our work... 3
We've worked our socks off in maths this week, exploring place value, partitioning numbers in different ways, reasoning and solving problems. Here's a sample of our work... 4
We've worked our socks off in maths this week, exploring place value, partitioning numbers in different ways, reasoning and solving problems. Here's a sample of our work... 5
We've worked our socks off in maths this week, exploring place value, partitioning numbers in different ways, reasoning and solving problems. Here's a sample of our work... 6

05.09.19: This morning we’ve been thinking about our behaviour and how we can make our class a happy and productive place where everyone can thrive.

05.09.19: This morning we’ve been thinking about our behaviour and how we can make our class a happy and productive place where everyone can thrive.  1
05.09.19: This morning we’ve been thinking about our behaviour and how we can make our class a happy and productive place where everyone can thrive.  2
05.09.19: This morning we’ve been thinking about our behaviour and how we can make our class a happy and productive place where everyone can thrive.  3

Here is our finished agreement.

 

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