Year 2@West Wick 2017-18
In our themed learning this week we dissected flowers, sorted them by colours and then used the elements to create our own flowers. Some of us found this fiddly as our picture were intricate but it definitely helps with our fine motor skills.
On Wednesday we extended our art skills by using water colours to paint still life pictures of the flowers. Our observational skills are most certainly improving!
In science we have been investigating what plants like to drink. We used our knowledge about plants in nature to predict the results. We found that the plant drinking water was the healthiest but we were surprised to find out the plants also like We think this is because the coke contains sugar and that acts as a food for them. Great detective work Year 2!
This weeks spellings- copying, crying, replying, marrying, carrying, flying, trying, drying, skiing, taxiing
Our first full week back at school has been a busy one and it is nice to be finishing with lighter spring nights.
In English we have started a new book study, ‘Lila and the secret of rain’, which is all about a little girl’s journey who is search of water for her drought- ridden village. Today we were using adverbs to improve our extended noun phrases. We began the session by role playing the variety of roles whilst using the ‘ly’ keywords. We wrote some of these ideas in our Learning Journals.
On Wednesday afternoon we used a lot of the flowers that you have kindly bought in for sketching. The children used their observational skills to see what details they could see. We were really impressed with their sketches; they had considered shading, proportions and the use of light and dark.
This weeks spellings- copier, copied, happier, happiest, cried, replied, tried, dried, driest, funnier
Welcome back, we hope you all had an enjoyable Christmas and New Year!
We came back to a new Learning Theme today called ‘How does your garden grow?’ The children will spend time the next 2 terms investigating, researching and describing how plants grow. We started today by becoming botanists. We investigated different plants by using magnifying glasses, sketching them and writing down keywords. We discovered that all plants are different and have different features. Some plants are carnivorous which means they eat meat; one of them is called a Venus Fly Trap. Together we discussed how some plants are different and why. If you want to know, just ask us!
This afternoon we pretended to be carnivorous plats by putting honey on our fingers which represented the nectar in the plants and seeing if we could trap rice crispies, the flies to eat. It was very funny but a little bit messy!
After learning about the many different traps of carnivorous plants we designed our own on Friday. We used the information we had gathered on Thursday and invented our own bug trap ideas. We all did four drafts of our design improving each time, thinking about leaf design and colours, before drawing and adding labels to the fifth and final edit. We then created 3D plasticine models following their diagram and photographed them. Ask your children to explain how their plant can catch their food. This will help them when they write an explanation of how their plant works next week.
Wow, what a week! Things certainly aren’t slowing down on the build up to Christmas.
Wednesday was all about the nativity. We are so incredibly proud of the Year 2 and how they performed in the afternoon and again in the evening; they showed everyone how mature, talented and sensible they are. They really shone. Thank you again for learning lines with your children and supplying their gorgeous costumes.
On Thursday we enjoyed a class cooking session. Our Christmas cakes are made and baked and are currently cooling ready for us to decorate next week. The children enjoyed exploring the variety of ingredients that went into them, the smell of the mixed spice went down well with most of them.
We started a new book focus this week, we have been looking at the book The Lonely Beast. We have been writing about the characters in the book using noun phrases, the past tense and question marks. We like The Beast because he is talented, friendly and kind.
In maths we have been learning all about money. We have been adding coins together to see how much money we have. We have added pounds and pence together.
The Christmas nativity is now looking really good and we are nearly ready for you to come and see it. We are still missing a few costumes so if we can have these in we would be very grateful. Thank you
Spellings- find, mind, behind, old, cold, gold, hold, told, every, everybody
We have been busy rehearsing for our Christmas nativity. The children have really impressed us with their behaviour and how well they have learnt their lines and the words to all the songs. Thank you to those who have already dropped their costumes into us, these are steadily coming in.
In English this week we have been writing and publishing our story starters. We were all given a picture and we had to use our imagination to work out what we thought was happening. We tried to use a range of writing skills to make it as interesting as possible. Some of the children used beautiful similes and adjectives to describe.
There are only 2 weeks left of this term and we will be concentrating on Christmas and the traditions we celebrate. We have now had most slips back for the Christmas cakes, could we ask that these are all returned by the end of the week.
On Thursday this week we went on a trip to Weston Museum. We spent the morning in a fossil workshop where we dug for bones like archaeologists, made our own fossils and got a chance to look at real fossils and the different types. In the afternoon we explored the museum where we saw lots of things from Weston in the old days. We really liked the old amusement machines but we thought the old dolls in Clara’s cottage looked a bit strange!
We have had some lovely home learning coming in this week. This is Kayleigh and her letter to Father Christmas; she had used her beautiful cursive hand writing, amazing adjectives and a beautiful wish for somebody else.
It’s the school fayre tonight and hopefully we will see lots of you there… there is even going to be a special guest!
Spellings- cry, fly, dry, try, reply, sly, shy, terrify, sky, multiply
We started the week with a Jewish wedding! We learnt that it is not the same as a Christian wedding because the bride and groom get married under a chuppah and the groom signs a pre-nuptial agreement to look after his bride for the rest of their lives. The similarities we discussed were that rings were still exchanged and the bride was walked down the aisle. The rabbi oversaw the celebration and we congratulated the bride and groom by shouting “Mazel Tov!”
We have been maths superstars this week. We have been learning how to do column addition and subtraction. We know that the tens and ones have to be in line with each other. Today we started to look at borrowing a ten.
Today has been Children in Need. We’ve talked about where our money will be going and who it will help. Thank you for dressing up, making t shirts and donating money, it really does make a difference.
Spellings- I’ve ,I’m, wouldn’t, couldn’t, shouldn’t, can’t, don’t, didn’t, won’t, she’ll, he’ll
We have had a wedding in Year 2 this week! We have learnt about how Christians celebrate a marriage in church. We watched a video clip and then set about organising our own. We had a bride and groom, a vicar to conduct the ceremony, a best man to look after the rings and a father of the bride who hands his daughter to her new husband for him to protect her and keep her safe. We had a lot of fun making the bride a dress, making button holes, which were worn over the heart and rearranging the class room for the congregation. Our bride and groom made vows and promises to each other. It was a lovely celebration.
This weeks spellings- camel, tunnel, squirrel, travel, towel, tinsel, bagel, hazel, vowel, jewel
Welcome back, we hope you had a restful week.
In our writing this week we have been writing about ‘Bob, the man on the moon’. Bob decided to give up his job and we have been busy thinking of new jobs for him. We have come up with gardener, shark hunter, gold hunter, sea explorer, RNLI man, news reporter, pirate and school teacher… he will be busy for some time!
In maths we have been learning how to complete column addition and subtraction. On Wednesday we all found ourselves in the learning pit but on Thursday when we did it again we managed to work hard and climb out of the pit. We used our tens and ones to help us. We are really proud of ourselves.
In out themed learning ‘Who is the greatest explorer?’ we have been learning about a lady called Mary Anning. She was a fossil hunter who was alive long time ago. We wrote questions that we would like to ask her if she was still alive.
Have a lovely weekend celebrating Bonfire Night, please remember to stay safe.
Spellings- table, apple, bottle, little, middle, able, wobble, multiple, dazzle, riddle
Wow, one term down already!
On Thursday afternoon we worked with the Year 1 children to make space mice in science. We made the mice out of paper, stickers and ribbon. We put them on top of empty bottles and launched them by squeezing the bottle. The air rushed out of the bottles and launched the mice high up in the air. We had to investigate which bottle made them go the highest. We found out that the biggest bottles sent the mice the highest because they have the most air in them.
In maths we have been looking at what happens to numbers when we add or takeaway ten. We have learnt tat the ones number always stays the same and the tens digit goes up or down by one. Ask us to show you and we can!
We would like to thank you all for attending the learning reviews which happened on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons. The children have had an amazing first term and have settled into Year 2 brilliantly. Have a lovely week off and enjoy the rest.
Spellings this week- recap on all of term 1
We would like to start by thanking you and all your children for your support, kind words and hard work this week and always! As you are aware OFSTED were at St Anne’s this week and they saw your children shining bright. They saw a variety of lessons, parliament, books and spoke to the children about their learning. We are very proud of the children and hopefully the report will be out in the next couple of weeks and we can share it with you.
We all travelled to space this week when the hall was turned into a space station. We were a little nervous as we stood outside pulling on our space boots and turning our oxygen tanks on. The stars raced by as we looked at space food, astronaut suits and planets. We watched video clips of Tim Peake’s mission to space. We saw the blast of and what it was like to do simple tasks like drink water.
We finished the week quietly doing some art. We finished to sketches of Christopher Columbus’ sailing ships and painted them in black. They look great and the children have put a lot of focus and skill in to them.
This weeks spellings- door, floor, again, wild, children, climb, parents, most, only & both
This week we welcome Miss O’Donaghue and Mr Andrews to Year 2, they are students from Bath Spa and will be with us until January. The children have been showing them how we work at St. Anne’s and making them feel very welcome.
This morning (Monday) we have been having a debate! Using the book Beegu, we have been discussing whether or not the small friendly alien should be allowed to stay on Earth. We split into two groups to discuss our reasons before we debated it together. There were some very interesting ideas! We shared our ideas before writing them in our learning journals.
‘It is fair that Beegu stays on earth because humans are allowed to go to space so we should let aliens come here.’
‘I think Beegu should go home because she doesn’t know how to play properly and she might cause trouble.’
‘Beegu is an explorer. She has travelled to somewhere new and is finding out new things.
As part of our ‘Who is the greatest explorer’ topic we have been learning about one of the greatest space explorers, Neil Armstrong. We started the week by working with a partner and researching him online. We then used the research to write fact files about him, detailing when he born, other careers, his expedition to the moon and when he died. The children have been fascinated by not only Neil Armstrong but the space trip itself. We continued this learning on Thursday morning when we welcomed Space Explorers to school. We learnt about how planets move around the sun, how comets are made and even got to do a workshop where we made our own planets. It was a great morning and it was lovely to see the children so engaged in their learning.
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Spellings for this week- gem, giant, magic, giraffe, energy, jacket, jar, jog, join, adjust
Another busy week in Year 2… we are over half way through out first term!
In maths this week we have continued to explore the partitioning of two digit numbers. We have used the knowledge we gained last week to help us solve word problems. We have introduced the bar method to help us draw out and compare our numbers. It looks like this…
In our English we have started the book Beegu. Today we have discussed how we would feel if we were a friendly space creature who had got lost and found themselves on Earth. We came up with words like tired, anxious,worried, lonely, upset, sleepy, unsure, bored, miserable, scared, nervous, sad and terrified. We will be using this book for the next couple of weeks as we build up to writing our own journey stories.
‘Who is the greatest explorer?’ is keeping us busy as we learn about Christopher Columbus. We had a go at sketching some of his ships this week. Our friends helped to give us some feedback and then we had a go at making them even better. Take a look at some of them below…
Tomorrow (Friday) is our Harvest Worship, we have already received some of your kind donations for this which will be given to the local food bank. If anyone wishes to send in any more donations they would be very much appreciated.
This weeks spellings… race, ice, cell, city, fancy, face, space, bicycle circle and spicy
This week has been busy and we are enjoying being Year 2s, the holidays now feel like a long time ago.
We have been learning to partition 2 digit numbers in maths. We have been using our tens and ones to help us and we think we have got the hang of it now. Today we were confident learners and were able to partition amounts of money and draw the right coins for our amounts.
This week we received an email from Ben Peters, he is the explorer that we met last week, he has asked us where we think he should go on his next adventure. We have written letters back to him and they contain adjectives, conjunctions, exclamation marks and a power of 3. Next week we are writing them up in best to send to him. We hope he enjoys them and writes back to us.
This weeks spellings- race, ice, cell, city, fancy, face, space, bicycle, circle, spicy
“If the world was a book would you only read page 1?”
We were luck enough today to meet another adventurer today, he was called Ben Peters and works for Explorers Escape. He travels around the world visiting lots of different places and animals such as crocodiles, hippos and snakes. He told us that he was in the army for 12 years and is now a medical and rescue worker, as well as this he films documentaries. At Christmas time he is going to be in Africa and he has asked us to email him the adventure stories we will be writing so that they can read them around the campfire with his team. He was truly fascinating.
“He taught us that hippos are more dangerous than sharks because they kill a lot more people” Izzy
“He showed us a video about his next project in Ethiopia” Kloe
“He has worked on TV programmes with Bear Grylls” Mia
This weeks spellings-
write, written, wrote, wrong, wrap, wrist, wreck, wrestle, wriggle, wren
Spellings for this week- knock, know, knee, knitting, knife, gnat, gnaw, gnash, gnome, gnarled
We have had a great first week in Year 2! The children have settled into their new routine well and we have managed to learn everyone’s names!
On Tuesday afternoon we challenged the children to be engineers and build a tower from spaghetti and marshmallows that would balance a plastic egg on the top. The children used skills such as team work, listening and perseverance to build their towers but the most exciting part was being allowed to eat the marshmallows at the end! Take a look at some of the picture of our engineering.
Wednesday morning we got stuck in to our topic ‘Who is the greatest explorer?’ We spent some time thinking about and writing questions we would like to ask an explorer if we were ever lucky enough to meet one. Amazingly after playtime a time travelling explorer stumbled in to our classroom! His name was Pedro and he was a cabin boy on board Christopher Columbus’ ship. He told us what it was like to sail around the world, what he saw on his adventures and described some of the people he met. He told us about sailors, pirates and royalty. We have decided that we would definitely like to be explorers and travel the world!
Here is a video of us learning an old dance. This is the sort of dance they would have done in the times of Christopher Columbus.
Welcome to Year 2
The Year 2 Team would like to welcome you all back to the start of Term 1. We hope you have enjoyed a relaxing, fun and adventurous summer holiday. The Year 2 Team are ready and excited to start the new school year with our WOW explorer day next Wednesday and look forward to seeing lots of little explorers for the day. Our door is always open so please do not hesitate to come and have a chat and introduce yourselves. Enjoy the last few days of the holidays and see you all bright and early on Monday morning.
Year 2 Team