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Year 2

Welcome to Year 2 2019-2020

 

Welcome to Year 2! Working in Year 2 this year is Mrs Vailionis, Mrs Jameson and Miss Blake. 

 

Year 2 is a very busy year and we will be working really hard towards SATs in May.

 

Literacy - We will be looking at journey stories, starting with Little Red Riding Hood. The children will be learning the story using a story map and then adapting it to re tell their own journey story.

Maths - We will be looking at place value and counting in 2s, 5s and 10s.

Geography - In topic we will be focusing on Geography for the first half term. Our unit is called 'At the Farm' we will investigate the different types of farms and we farms are so important. We also have a visit planned to Beeches Farm. 

Art - We will be looking at self portraits.

Science - We will be identifying living things, things that are dead and things that have never been alive. We will then move on to looking at habitats and which habitats suits which animal.

ICT - We will be continuing with our Coding skills. 

 

 

Beeches Farm Visit 

 

To start our Geography unit 'At the Farm' we visited Beeches Farm, suitiated on the outskirts of Carlisle. Beeches Farm is a dairy farm which supplies it's milk to Nestle. Whilst at the Farm the children saw a range of different animals including cows, bulls, hens, calves and a donkey. The children fed the hens and sheep. They also went into the milking parlour and learnt about the process the milk goes on and what milk can be used to make. The children thoroughly enjoyed the visit. 

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P.E

 

In PE we have been focusing on our throwing and catching skills.

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How to find Gold 

 

In literacy we used the book 'How to find Gold' and we acted out different parts of the story. The children worked really hard and their freeze frames were fantastic.

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Arctic Adventures 

 

Our Topic this half term is Arctic Adventures. In history we will be looking at Inuit life, as well as different Arctic explorers. In Art we will be looking at Arctic landscapes. In DT we will be designing, testing and evaluating Inuit boats. In PE we will be looking at Inuit dance and dance sequences. 

We look forward to uploading lots of pictures and keeping you up to date with what we get up to in Year 2.

 

Mrs Vailionis 

WW1 Day

 

We had a brilliant day in Year 2 marking 100 years since the end of the war. The children came dressed up to school as evacuees and soldiers. The children decorated poppies and made persuasive posters to recruit soldiers.

 

 

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Halloween Fun in Year 2

 

Year 2 had lots of fun celebrating Halloween. We played the flour game, where children had to use only their mouths to find the sweets. Then we did apple bobbing and made chocolate apples. The children really enjoyed their day. 

 

 

 The Story of Charlie

 

Year 2 were very lucky to have a visit from Sue Cove in September, who taught the children 'The Story of Charlie' through images and talking. The children have then practised these stories and performed them. We then used this as our model and the children adapted them and wrote their own version of the story. Here is our display showing the children's story maps. 

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Welcome to Year 2 2018 - 2019!

 

We have lots of exciting things going on in Year 2 this year. We are starting with the topic 'Arctic Adventures'. We will be exploring what life is like in the Arctic now compared to life years ago. As a class we will also be exploring Inuits and their way of life. In science we will be exploring animals including humans. As a whole school we will also be looking at WW1 to mark 100 years since the end of the war. 

Earth Art

 

Earth Art has been a huge sucess in year 2. The children have collected lots of resources from home and made a range of products with them in school. The final product was a dreamcatcher. Here they are 

 

Our Target Tree 

 

In year 2 we like to aim high and we have set ourselves some targets for this half term. We are all working really hard towards meeting these targets. 

 

 

The Princess and The White Bear King 

 

Our book we have been focusing on this half term has been 'The Princess and White Bear King'. The children thoroughly enjoyed this book and producded some fantastic pieces of work including, diary entries, character descriptions, imaginative stories and made some super crowns. Here is our display.  

Sea Monsters

 

Our new power of reading book 'How to find Gold' is linked to our new topic 'Castles'. This week the children have been busy making sea monsters, using a range of different materials. Following on from this the children worked collaboratively in pairs to write instructions about how they made their sea monsters. 

 

Snow Day January 2018

 

The children had a fantastic morning playing out in the snow. They built snowmen and had snowball fights. 

 

Science - Living in Habitats

 

We are moving onto our new science topic, living in habitats. We started this unit by exploring what we already know. 

 

Freddie Fit 

 

The year 2 children were lucky to have a visit from 'Freddie Fit'. The children loved the activities and competing against each other. We look forward to bringing some of these activities into our weekly PE lessons. 

 

Our Christmas nativity - Baubles 

 

The year 1 and 2 children took part in the Christmas performance of Baubles. The children worked really hard learning their lines and the songs. The children were fantastic.

 

Beamish 

 

This half term we have been looking at what life was like as a Victorian and comparing it to life now. We have looked at hospitals and the differene in facilities and resources nowadays. Also we have looked at Florence Nightingale and the impact she had. 

We then went on a school trip to Beamish to find out what a Victorian school was like. We also looked at the homes and shops along a Victorian street as well as experiencing a Victorian style fun fair. 

Some children even got to meet Santa and his reindeers.

Here is an overview of all the objectives we will be covering in Year 2. 

 

Football Tournament

 

Some children from Year 2 took part in a football tournament at Netherhall School. The children played exceptionally well and won every match they played. They celebrated each goal scored in their own unique style, sitting on the floor and doing a celebration wave. 

A huge well done to the team. 

 

World Book Day

 

This year we celebrated World Book Day by coming to school dressed as our favourite book characters. We brought in our favourite books and took part in a whole school book swap. 

We took part in various competitons throughout the day. 

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Valentine's Day

 

We enjoyed coming to school dressed in red and pink for Valentine's Day. We made Valentine's cards and buns. 

 

Postcards from Antarctica

 

We have been imagining that we have visitied Antarctica and writing postcards to family and friends about our experiences. We have created a display of our work.

 

Author week - Roald Dahl

 

As part of our author week on Roald Dahl the children became engrossed in Charlie and the Chocolate factory. We did lots of writing, with a focus on language choices to create effect. To finalise our work we invented our own chocolate creations. 

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Spring term

 

Welcome to the Spring term. We hope you have had a lovely Christmas break. 

This term our new topic is Fire and Ice. 

During the first half term we will be focusing on Ice as this fits nicely with the winter season. 

During our literacy work we are going to be focusing on information texts. We will be mainly researching the Emperor penguin whose habitat is on the coldest and windiest continent on Earth, Antarctica! 

During topic work we will be reseaching the Polar regions. We will compare the Polar regions and discuss weather, landscapes, people and animals. We will also be looking at some people who have braved the harshest weather conditions of the Polar regions and their challenging expeditions to reach the poles!

During Science we will learning about animals including humans. 

Our maths this half term will focus on shape, sorting, number and place value and addition. 

As part of our design and technology we will be making hand puppets using sewing techniques. 

Our PE this half term is learning tag rugby skills.

In RE the children will be looking at bible stories and the morales of them. 

 

Beamish - Victorians (DEC 2016)

 

A part of our topic 'A long time ago' we studied the Victorian period. We looked at who Queen Victoria was, what life was like for some Victorian children and the Victorian Christmas. Queen Victoria's husband, Albert brought some Christmas traditions to our Country, in particular, the Christmas tree. 

We then went on a school trip to Beamish to find out what a Victorian school was like. We also looked at the homes and shops along a Victorian street as well as experiencing a Victorian style fun fair. 

Some children even got to meet Santa and his reindeers. 

 

Children in Need 2016

 

To help raise money for Children in Need this year we came to school dressed in this years theme of...Spots! 

We were even lucky enough to win a visit from Pudsey Bear. We sang for him and he judged our competition for the spottiest child in each class. 

We did lots of activities in class throughout the day. We even decorated spotty cakes.

 

Local History Week

 

As part of our local history week we have been to visit St Kentigern's church,which has been around for many years. The original church was built in the 6th or7th century and was awooden structure of Saxon origin. It was later replaced bya Norman church which was then taken down due to the growing population ofAspatria. In the late 1840's the church that sits there today was built.
We then decided to look at the work of artist Sheila Fell (1931-1979) who grew upin Aspatria and even went to Richmond Hill School.She did lots of paintings ofAspatria and worked with quite dark colours. She often painted oil on canvas orcharcoal on paper. We created drawings of the church and came back to schoolto use charcoal to create work in the style of Sheila Fell. The children used lightand dark to create effect. They have produced amazing work that we will bedisplaying in class.

 

Science Week

 

During science week we have been learning all about light and dark, includingidentifying natural and man-made sources of light, learning how shadows arecreated,looking at materials which do/do not allow light to passthrough and categorising these into materials which are opaque, transparent and translucent.

We have investigated the difference between light sources and reflections of light and carried out an experiment to test what kind of light we need to see reflective things more clearly. We found out that reflective materials are seen best in the dark with a light source is shining on them. 

We have also made shadow puppets for well known stories and performed theseto the class.

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