Welcome to Year 2's Learning Page.
Here you will find out what fun things we have been up to each term!
Term 5 - Nocturnal Animals
In this term’s learning, the children will build on their previous learning on bird habitats. Children will carry out a focused study on nocturnal animals living in local woodlands, part of this will be children will set up a webcam in our wooded area to find out what comes out at night! They will compare this through their geography study of nocturnal animals living in Kenya. While in English, they will start the term reading "Fantastic Mr. Fox" by Roald Dahl along with acting out the classic poem "The Owl and the Pussycat". To excite the children further and to learn more interesting facts, we will be having a nocturnal animal workshop. Watch this space for photos!
End of Term 4
Arrrgghhh scallywags! What a fantastic term we have had in Year 2. The children have loved learning about Pirates and amazing engineers. The trip was a huge success and the children really enjoyed exploring the SS Great Britain. We started off exploring the dockyard museum and imagined what life was like on the boat while dressing up as a Victorian and steering the ship. On deck, the Year 2's saw animals that would of been aboard while the SS Great Britain was sailing. Below deck, we explored the passenger quarters where children found out gruesome facts and got to experience life as a first class Victorian passenger. At the end of the day, Year 2 loved going to the 'Being Brunel' museum and got an opportunity to see inside the mind of the great engineer.
Our topic will be 'Sailing the Seas and Amazing Engineers' this term and we are all SO excited! As well as learning lots of fascinating pirate facts, we will also be finding out about amazing achievements in engineering. Year 2 children get to add to their amazing knowledge by visiting the SS Great Britain. Do not forget this term will be World Book Day where we will have many activties related to reading and the chance to dress up as your favourite book character. Who will you dress up as?
Please keep an eye on this webpage for more photos of us having fun while learning in Year 2.
Have a look at these websites with your child for some extra learning about our topic:
http://www.andreabeaty.com/ - This is our author for the term and you'll find lots of activites and videos here!
https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/zd4dy9q/articles/znj32sg - This links to our SS Great Britain trip.
You could even make your own model pirate ship or go for a stroll to visit the Clifton Suspension Bridge.
End of Term 3
We have reached the end of Term 3 and the children have been fully immersed in fun space facts and are experts at designing and building moon buggies. Have a look at the pictures below!
For our Design Technology day children had to design and make moon buggies for Bob to transport tourists around the rocky and dusty moon. Children had to work in small groups and really think about the exterior and interior of the moon buggies. We had lots of discussion around having strong large wheels to get in and out of craters and extremely comfortable seats for tourists to relax and enjoy the rocky ride! Using these ideas, children then designed and made their own moon buggies using recycled materials. Later in the day, children then had to test their moon buggies by rolling them down the tunnel in the playground. Nearly all of the buggies survived and most tourists stayed in their seats! The Year 2 children are so proud of their moon buggies and are so happy that Reception will be using them to kick-start their Space topic next term.
The children also had their first experience of the Space Odyssey dome. They were mesmerised with the wonder of space and really enjoyed learning facts about the universe. They could recognise that the sun is a star, find out why the sun moves across the sky, look for different phases of the moon and discover how to spot the pictures and stories in the stars.
This term our topic is A Journey into Space! The children will do a deep dive into the history of space flight looking at the space race and key contributors such as Neil Armstrong and Katherine Johnson with an exciting visit from the Explorer Dome to really immerse children in the topic. In English, the children will be inventing their own space stories after reading the wonderful story of Beegu and writing exciting non-fiction persuading readers to visit the moon! In maths, we will be covering place value and looking at multiplication and division.
Check back at the end of the term to find out more and see photos of what we've been up to!
'Great Fire of London' Day
Year 2 had a fantastic day learning about when and why the Great fire of London started. We had many interesting discussions talking about why the fire spread so quickly and talked about what good came from the Great Fire of London. We wrote diaries in the voice of Samuel Pepys with sounds effects of crackling fire and visual walkthroughs of the pre-fire London streets to inspire them and in the afternoon, we recreated our own (mini) fire of London. We made houses of the Stuart period and then watched how easily a fire spreads when houses are made of flammable materials and are close together. Luckily, the firefighter (Mr Lee) came to the rescue to put the fire out!
Superhero Day was a success and the children enjoyed the DT lessons which involved researching, designing and making their own eco-friendly badges. Sit back and enjoy the photos below!
This term our topic is Superheroes! We will be having a 'Superhero Day' (date TBC) where children can come in dressed as a superhero! On this day, children will have the chance to design and make their own superhero badges. For English, we will be reading many superhero books to inspire us with our writing. Some of the books include Traction Man and Nat Fantastic. For Math, there will be a huge focus on addition and subtraction as well as securing our numbefacts to help us with our mental strategies. For History, we will be learning about the Great Fire of London as well as reminding ourselves of the fire safety rules. Amongst all this fun, we will be practicing for our Nativity and enjoying lots of Christmas events.
Check back at the end of term to find out more and see photos of what we've been up to!
This term our topic is Our Wider World! The children will learn about the different continents, the seven oceans and how our actions impact our planet. In English, the children will be learning about Arctic animals, writing information texts and learning about Mary Seacole as part of our Black History Month. In maths, we will be covering place value and securing our number facts.
Check back at the end of the term to find out more and see photos of what we've been up to!
This term has been very exciting and so much fun!
Our WOW world day was a super day for everyone! We all chose a country and dressed in a way that represented it – we had koalas, pandas, children in traditional dress and children wearing all colours of the rainbow to represent the flags of their countries. We researched our chosen country, finding out where it is in the world, what animals live there and their traditional food. Because we have been finding out about ways to help our world, we made new things using recycled junk.
In English we have been researching endangered polar creatures and learnt so many facts about blue whales and polar bears and wrote amazing information texts all about them! Did you know a blue whale’s heart can be as big as a car? We also imagined that we had explored the Arctic and discovered a mythical polar creature that we wrote wonderful reports about.
We have also been finding out about the amazing life of Mary Seacole, as part of Black History Month, and imagined what a day in her life during the Crimean War would be like so that we could write a diary entry from her point of view. What an incredible lady!
We also welcomed Richard, a volunteer from Greenpeace. He spoke to the children about endangered animals and the children learned how we can help to protect the world's Orangutan population by only using products with sustainably produced palm oil.
In maths, we have been revisiting place value and number facts and have been using a range of practical resources to secure our understanding of the place value of 2-digit numbers. We’ve also been discovering how to use our knowledge of small number facts to help us know the number facts of much bigger numbers. For instance, if I know that 4 + 6 = 10 then I also know that 14+6 = 20 and 40 +60 = 100! We also did some outdoor measuring and used metre ruler sticks to find objects bigger and smaller than a metre.
We have been learning all about the continents of the world in geography and finding out about the 7 wonders of the world. We have mapped the continents, the oceans and the equator and learnt where to find cold, temperate, warm and tropical climates and what sort of animals live there. In addition, we have been learning about compass directions and used them to direct our partners on a trip around the world!
We conducted an experiment in science to find out what plants really need to grow and made some very interesting discoveries! Did you know that a seed can germinate and grow without soil? We have grown our own sunflowers and French beans from seeds, found out about how plants spread their seeds and why leaves are green! We have been practising the scientific skills of observing, making predictions and thinking about ways to ensure a fair test.