Welcome to Year 2!
Wednesday 24th March 2021
Year 2 have been exploring the work of Henri Rousseau this term. Their focus painting has been ‘Surprised!’ sometimes known as ‘Tiger in a Tropical Storm.’ This week in art we were exploring colour theory and how to mix different tones of green using just blue and yellow. We completed a challenge to make as many different greens as possible and used this knowledge to complete tonal scales in our sketchbooks! We will then apply this to our own works of art after the Easter holidays.
Thursday 18th March 2021
We've been really interested in learning about Hinduism and Mandir temples this week. Today we burnt incense sticks as Hindus often use these inside the temples. Did you know that the aromas of the incense sticks are considered to have healing powers that are naturally soothing and calming?
Friday 11th December 2020
Over the last few weeks we've been investigating germs in Science and the importance of washing our hands regularly. We couldn't believe how much bacteria grew on the bread with dirty hands!
Thursday 10th December 2020
We've all really enjoyed learning about the Great Fire of London this term and were really excited to burn down the houses that we made. We used wooden lolly sticks to show that the houses were made of wood and placed the houses really close together as this is how the streets were in 1666.
We watched the fire spread across the houses really quickly, especially when the wind blew!
Tuesday 1st December 2020
And the results are in!
Most of our predications from last were correct. The egg in vinegar went brown and the shell become rubbery and the egg in coke also turned brown and started cracking. Imagine what damage it can do to our teeth if we don't look after them properly! The eggs in water and milk stayed the same. We are going to make sure that we brush our teeth twice a day, making circular motions with our toothbrush.
Thursday 26th November 2020
This week, we've been using our sense of smell, touch and sight to describe a grapefruit. We hope to taste a grapefruit at home so we can use adjectives to describes how it tastes!
Thursday 19th November 2020
Did you know that the outer layer of your tooth is called the enamel? We've been learning how to protect our teeth in Science and what foods and drink could cause tooth decay.
Today we did a Science investigation using hard boiled eggs (to represent teeth) to investigate what liquids will do the most damage to our teeth. Most of us predicted that coke and vinegar would rot our teeth more than milk and water. We can't wait to explore the results next week!
Monday 9th November 2020
We have been exploring what it means to have a Growth Mindset in Year 2 and have been developing our skill of persevering. We had a go using chopsticks to pick up grapes. It was very tricky but we didn't give up and had a lot of fun in the process.
Friday 6th November 2020
Our theme in Science this term is 'Healthy Living' and today we've been getting creative by planning a healthy lunch box. We made sure to include foods from all of the food groups and learnt why our bodies need different types of foods. We hope we get the chance to make a healthy meal at home!
Thursday 22nd October 2020
In Year 2 this week, we have been getting creative by drawing and painting the fruit and vegetables we brought in. It's getting us excited about starting our Healthy Living topic in Science next half-term.
Thursday 15th October 2020
Year 2 have been busy saving lives on their Florence Nightingale theme day! With hundreds of rats scurrying around the dirty hospitals in Scutari during the Crimean War, the children made their own rat collage using scrunched up tissue paper. Having a Zoom call from a budding pharmacist, Mrs Seely’s daughter, was a particular highlight where she answered lots of questions about health and medicine.
They all had so much fun making a lamp out of card. They don’t call Florence ‘the Lady of the Lamp’ for nothing! The afternoon was rather messy painting battle scenes from the Crimean War and our fabulous doctors and nurses were fabulous at bandaging up our wounded soldiers! They also loved acting our Florence’s story in our interactive Now>Press>Play experience.
Thursday 8th October 2020
We are continuing our learning about tortoises in Year 2 following reading the Roald Dahl classic, Esio Trot. To inspire our non-fiction writing this week, we got to meet real-life tortoises, Betty and Bert. It was great to watch them roam around and we learnt some interesting and hilarious facts about them.
Thursday 17th September 2020
Year 2 have been learning about Little Red Riding Hood this week and they were excited to discover paw prints left by the Big Bad Wolf. They went on to write excellent character descriptions about the wolf to warn their neighbours.
Wednesday 16th September 2020
Year 2 have been on a scavenger hunt, looking for clues as to what they might be learning about in History this year.
They found a Victorian nurses outfit, a soldier's outfit and walking stick, healthy fruit, a picture of a dirty hospital, a photo of rats, a first aid kit, bandages, a mop and some soap. Who could all of these items relate to...?
We can't wait to learn about her and how she changed the health of people in hospitals.
Tuesday 17th March 2020
We are trying our best to wash our hands as much as possible to kill any germs. In today's Science lesson, we explored the effects of using soap when washing our hands. We were amazed when we saw all of the 'germs' (pepper) disperse away from the soap. We will definitely be singing the the Happy Birthday song for twenty seconds whilst washing our hands!
Monday 16th March 2020
Year 2 have been exploring the properties of 3D shapes this week by making 3D shape skeletons from straws and plasticine. Check out our creations.
Friday 13th March 2020
This term, Year 2 have been learning about Islam in RE. We made colourful prayer mats by creating a collage out of tissue paper. Miss Khan showed us her own prayer mats which really inspired us!
Thursday 5th March 2020
We loved celebrating World Book Day. Here are some photos from our 'Wild Reading' session. Can you tell which characters we're dressed up as?
Thursday 13th February 2020
We had loads of fun during our DT days and absolutely loved getting creative and messy for it. First we used masking tape and recycled materials to build the basic structure of our vehicle. Next we used papier- maché to strengthen the vehicle and hold it in place. Once it had dried we then painted and decorated our vehicles before adding the wheels. We had some really inspiring creations including police vans, burger vans, a rubbish truck, tanks, monster trucks and buses.
Friday 24th January 2020
This week we have learnt about the dangers of plastic pollution. Did you know that there's a huge area of plastic in the North Pacific Ocean that is three times the size of France? We have been having fun designing and making machines that can collect waste plastic out of recycled materials.
Tuesday 21st January 2019
To kick-start our Save The Planet Week, we have been developing our love of nature to stimulate our passion for wanting to protect it. We have been minibeast hunting in the secret garden (even though lots were sleeping, we still managed to find a newt!), made dens and did bark rubbings in the woods and created art out of the materials we collected on our trip. Check out our photos!
Tuesday 15th January 2020
In Year 2 we have started learning about our new Theme, which is Vehicles. We have been looking at old and new cars and discussing the features of cars. Mr Joyce kindly showed us round his car so we could explore the features in real life. We were particularly interested to find out just how fast the car could go... Mr Joyce wouldn't let us have a test drive sadly.
Thursday 5th December 2019
As part of our Great Fire of London theme, we recreated Pudding Lane by making wooden houses and placing them close together in the ‘street’. Although it wasn’t a hot summer day like 1666, we watched the flames rise in the breeze and spread across the entire street. All of the houses in its path burnt down! We enjoyed singing ‘London’s Burning’ and discussed the feelings of the people of London at the time.
Friday 29th November 2019
This week, we have been collecting our results from our egg investigation. As you can see from the photos, it was pretty disgusting and shocking! We found out that coke and vinegar really damage our teeth but milk and water didn't do any harm.
Friday 22nd November 2019
We have been having lots of fun exploring measurement this week! We learnt about different units of measurement, then ordered and compared them. We can't wait to measure different items in our homes!
Tuesday 12th November 2019
This week in Science, we've been learning about the importance of washing our hands. Over the next two weeks, we are going to be investigating the effect of not washing our hands and how germs spread.
We all touched a slice of bread with dirty hands and then washed our hands thoroughly, practising our new techniques. After that, we touched a different slice of bread with our clean hands. We can't wait to see the results and to see whether our predictions were correct!
This week in Year 2, we are learning about Guy Fawkes and the Gunpowder Plot as part of our English lessons. We have enjoyed getting familiar with the story through our drama performances where we acted the parts of Guy Fawkes and the Plotters, King James, the Guards and the Narrator.
Tuesday 5th November 2019
Year 2 have been describing the appearance, texture, smell, and taste of grapefruits in this morning's English lesson. They thought of some very interesting 'WOW words' (adjectives) to describe the fruit. It was clear from their faces that not everyone was so keen on the taste!
Monday 4th November 2019
Year 2 have been learning about performance poetry in English which links in with our 'Being Healthy' topic in Science. The children recited a poem called 'Eat The Rainbow' with facial expressions, actions and used lovely loud, clear voices. Their confidence and enthusiasm to perform was excellent!
Thursday 10th October 2019
Earlier this week, Year 2 dressed up as nurses, doctors and soldiers as part of their exciting Florence Nightingale Theme Day. They made rat collages, gave first aid to their teddy bears, created lamps, designed hospitals from recycled materials, retold the story of Florence Nightingale using Now>Press>Play and enjoyed getting into character in our role-play area. The Victorian lemonade went down a treat!
Thursday 26th September 2019
Year 2's learning about the Roald Dahl classic Esio Trot was brought to life by a surprise visit from the main character, Alfie. The children enjoyed watching Alfie roam around them and wrote some incredible descriptive sentences about him. They even cast some magic to make him bigger. They are looking forward to writing non-chronological reports about tortoises in our Extended Writing next week. Here are some photos from their encounter.