We hope you have all enjoyed your Easter holiday! It has been lovely to see your smiles this week and see how much effort you have been putting in at home. You have written some wonderful stories and it has been amazing to read. The maths we have seen shows us that you have remembered what we have been learning about in class and it's amazing to see how you are carrying this on at home.
Keep it up year 2! You are doing so well! Mrs Lock and Mrs Watson are very proud of you all! Keep sending in your pictures as it's lovely to see you all.
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It has been amazing to hear from lots of children over the last few weeks. We really are missing you like crazy and so many grown ups have said how much you are all missing your friends. So here are some of your photos from home. Keep them coming! Send them to firstname.lastname@example.org
We look forward to seeing them! You can even take a snap of your learning book and we will pop your learning on here for all to see.
We love history in year 2 and it was great for the children to see the new installation. The timeline shows different periods in history and the children were able to spit some of the significant people we have been learning about and then we explained about some of the areas they will learn about as they move through school.
Mr Hopper came into class this afternoon (Thursday 12th March) and brought with him everything you would need to go on an adventure. It would be some of the things our explorers might have taken. He showed us all how lots of the equipment has so many different uses. Whoever knew? One of the ground sheets worked as something to sit on, when folded it could make a shelter from the rain and if you were cold it could be wrapped round you to keep you warm. The children thought it was a super demonstration and we would like to thank Mr Hopper for giving up his time. They asked some very thoughtful questions at the end of the session before Mr Hopper set off for home.
This week children have been learning about fractions. We started the week looking at whether the number in a given group was equal or unequal. We have then learnt the new vocabulary numerator and denominator. The numerator is the number at the top of a fraction and it is how many parts we have and the denominator is at the bottom of the fraction and that says how many parts the whole is split into. We know after this week that fractions are equal parts of a whole.
The fractions we have learnt this week include: one half, one quarter and one third.
We we will be moving onto others next week. If you would like to help out at home you could ask what a half, quarter or third of a number is. We like the challenge in year 2.
As we came to the end of last half term we had a whole week of dynamic activities. We read in the magical emporium and enjoyed writing our own stories based on the story Leon and the place between. To run alongside our stories what went to different places, we created potions in spelling and if you haven't seen our art work, you don't know what you're missing! We actually made our own scratch art paper before transferring the images of our magical lands onto it. Mrs Watson and Mrs Lock were super proud of the work we exhibited on the final day and what a treat they had in store.
Mr Meech came in and we watched a magic show in the hall. He captivated the audience and everyone was stunned at the magic tricks. To make things even more magical he then spent time with both classes to teach us some tricks. Beware grown ups...a magician never gives away their tricks! We would like to thank him for giving up his time and for keeping the magic flowing!
What superb performances on Thursday 12th December and Friday 13th December. Such loud voices, amazing acting and beautiful singing. We are all so very proud of the children for learning their lines in such a short time, for performing in front of the whole school at the dress rehearsal and for delivering outstanding performances to the grown ups too. To say they are only in key stage one...we have some budding actors and actresses in the making! Of course we couldn’t do it alone in year 2, thank you to year 1 for their superb singing and all the fabulous actions to the songs, we know you have been working hard too.
We visited Pudsey Parish Church to take part in a workshop. Throughout the session the children took part in 5 activities from crafts to hearing about the Christmas story and the role of the Kings and Shepherds. The children enjoyed the activities and were so respectful while we were there. They walked sensibly on route and we arrived back to school before the blustery wind blew. Thank you to the volunteers who came to walk with us. We couldn’t do it without you!
We have started off our enterprise week and it’s been amazing...children have made salt dough candle holders and they used different tools to make patterns and design their holder. These will be finished for the Christmas Fair so look out for them.
We all enjoyed our trip to see the Grinch at the cinema and back in school we have read the story of the Grinch. It was a fabulous film and from the book we have learnt all about rhyming words. We talked about how rhyming words have the same sound in the word. Children were very good during a guided reading session at spotting the rhyming words and then coming up with their own. They have also designed a WANTED poster for the Grinch. It is such a lovely book to link to the season and has really kick started our festivities.
Pleas check in your child’s reading record for their Mathletics username and password. They have really enjoyed going on each day during maths week. Keep it up year 2 it’s amazing. We will print certificates off for the end of half term. Well done to those children who go on each week...it really shows!
We had some special visitors today (Friday 25th October) and they brought into school so many different scientific demonstrations. The children learnt all about gases and observing the changes in the hour long assembly. There are certainly some young scientists in the making! If the loud bangs were anything to go by...it makes for a fabulous job being a Dr or Professor in Science. Ask the children all about it...they sure were mesmerised.
Another exciting treat as part of our themed week...and this time with a literacy focus. Joe and Andy (well known from the CBeebies show Rhyme Rocket) came to school on Wednesday 23d October and they performed an interactive performance where children and adults laughed out loud. Their aim was to get children rhyming using words like cake, mix, box. The children in year 2 thoroughly enjoyed the performance, how amazing it was!
These are some of the questions we will be thinking about this week.
Why do we need to recycle?
What can be recycled?
How do we recycle things we no longer need?
In year 2 we will be focusing on plastic and after watching and listening to why plastic is a pollutant...we now know what we need to do to help the environment.
After spending so much time learning about the butterfly life cycle and understanding the process of metamorphosis, the children released the butterflies to let them find a natural habitat. We waited until the warmest part of the day just before lunch time as this was the best time for them to find their new home.
It was an emotional release for some and we miss the entertaining, elegant butterflies, however we have learnt so much and our children are all now experts.
The observations over time and life cycle explanations have been outstanding. This just shows how a real life experience can provide endless opportunities of learning and we are thrilled we had the opportunity.
Who would ever imagine a pigeon could steal a musical note? Well...poor Jen was moving home and had to entrust her piano to the removal company...only something went wrong! When she did the bubble wrap rap she didn’t anticipate one of her notes would go missing only to be found by a pigeon. This was no ordinary pigeon...he flew high and low and then where did he go next?
The children enjoyed a musical performance and workshop brought to school by a partnership involved with the Leeds Piano Competition. We watched a captivating performance and children learnt how to make music using their voices and body percussion. They also learnt some of the vocabulary associated with music including: dynamics, pitch and tempo.
Children were engaged throughout and then went on to suggest places where the pigeon might have taken the note. The train station brought about lots of different sounds from people chattering, trains chugging to hydraulic doors opening and shutting.
A super musical experience that we will build on in school.
Our second and third butterflies have arrived today (Thursday 26th September) and the children were thrilled. We decided this morning to try to capture the moment on video and we managed it. We will upload this when it is ready. The process has been truly spectacular to see.
We are eagerly awaiting the other 2 to arrive, we have our fingers crossed this will be soon. In the meantime we have given our butterflies tissues soaked in nectar (a sugar and water solution) and we will be giving them some fruit.
Wednesday 11th September
The furry, chunky caterpillars are now 3cm long and the one on the lid of the pot is very cheeky!
The children are observing the caterpillars over time and have learnt all about describing the caterpillars using interesting adjectives and really thinking about what they can see. We have also learnt that caterpillars don’t create a cocoon as they are not fully encased. They partially encase themselves in a chrysalis before becoming a butterfly. This is something we will all be excited to observe as it will be the next step before our butterflies arrive. It very much depends on the temperature as to how long the process may take, but we will keep you updated.
Wednesday 4th September
The tiny, little caterpillars are only 1cm long but they are very wriggly.
The tiny little caterpillars have arrived in our busy hardworking classroom. There are 5 of them in total and the children have been enjoying observing them and making predictions about what butterfly they will become. This all links to our science topic and learning about animals life cycles. It has been a great start to the academic year and the children were full of excitement when they learned we had real life caterpillars.
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