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Week Ending Friday 7th July 2023

What a great week we have had in year Two! Sport's Day was amazing AND it stayed dry for us! We had a lot of fun participating in races and undertaking lots of different activities in our colour teams. There were some hidden talents discovered at the pro shoot, cricket stumps and javelin throwing!

In our maths this week, we continued learning about time. Investigating and learning how to tell the time to quarter past and quarter to the hour and then how to tell the time to the nearest five minutes. This was very tricky - especially telling the time minutes to the hour! Why don't you have a go at home? 

In English we started to read a new book called Rosie Revere Engineer. 
We had to guess what the character was doing and what she was like before we read the story! 

In our Design Technology  this week we had a go at learning how to sew a running stitch. That proved to be quite tricky but we all gave it our best shot and with practise got better and better! in R.E. we designed our own stained glass windows to show the Ascension of Jesus up to Heaven and discussed what we had learned about this event.

In geography this week, we have started to learn about a certain country. We flew on a plane! Can you use our clues to guess which country it is? 

Week Ending Friday 30th June 2023

What a lovely way to end our week with an trust wide ethos day.

We took part in zoom worships and workshops and wrote our own prayers.

We got to decorate the hands we wrote them on as well. We had a lovely day! 

This week in our maths we have been learning about capacity and measuring in millilitres and litres.

We then moved on to temperature and thermometers before finishing with a new unit on time!

have a look in your kitchen. Have you got a measuring jug?

Can your child fill it to different amounts or tell you how much you have put in?

 

 

In our English this week, we, the people of the town, received a letter from the King who was telling us why banning the dark would be a good thing!

We read it and analysed it for different features.

In our P.E. we finished our orienteering successfully and had a whole lot of fun! 
In our computing this we we are exploring digital music and made our own tunes using an app that turned our drawings into music! 

Week Ending Friday 23rd June 2023

This week in our maths we have been continuing our learning around measuring and learned about mass. We had some fun with the balancing scales and comparing the mass of different objects.  

In our English we have been reading our story The King Who Banned the Dark and considering how we would react if we were residents of the kingdom. We wrote some super diaries describing the ban and the things the king made us do!

In science we asked the question: What would we be able to do if we had no skeletons? We had some hands without bones to try and find out! It turns out that without our skeletons there is not a lot we would be able to do!

We started to think about how we could produce some pieces of Aboriginal art in our  Art and Design learning this week and used a 'wash' to prepare our backgrounds. We looked at how we have changed and grown in our PSHE and also thought about our Christian value of Thankfulness in our RE as well as looking at different places of worship such as churches, mosques and synagogues. All very special places for lots of different people.

Week Ending Friday 16th June 2023

What a lovely way to end the week! Celebrating Father's day with drinks, biscuits and donuts!

Thanks to all our dads, stepdads, grandads and uncles! We are very lucky to have you in our lives!

In maths this week, we have continued to learn about measuring using centimetres and metres. We have been comparing and ordering different lengths and heights. Can you find things to measure in metres? Can you find things to measure in centimetres? What would you use to measure across a room? What would you use to measure the height of a cup? Which would be best? I wonder if you can find three things to measure and then put them in order from the longest to shortest? 

In English we have started to explore a new story! The King Who Banned the Dark by Emily Haworth-Booth.

This is a boy who is afraid of the dark. He grew up to be the King and decided to ban it! We had great fun predicting the story and wondering how he would manage to ban the dark! What would happen if we did that?

Due to the heat this week we kept our P.E. lessons very calm and inside! We had a go with different equipment including golf! Some of us were very accurate!

In history we have started to learn about The Tudors! We have learned lots of very interesting facts about them!

Week Ending Friday 26th May 2023

A very busy end to the half term this week! In maths we have started to learn about measurements and using rulers accurately to measure and compare lengths. We have enjoyed the start to this unit very much and are getting really good at using our rulers and reading measurements.

In English, we have been busy writing reports. We wrote two different reports! One was a chronological report about our fabulous afternoon with Zoo2U and the animals we saw. The other was a non-chronological report about the animals we had chosen to find out about. Can your child tell you the difference between a chronological and non-chronological report?

We have been busy in PE this week learning about orienteering! we went out and about in our school grounds to see what we could see! We finished our Art and design with an exhibition of our flower collages! Just look how amazing they are. In our geography, we finished our learning about climates by writing about the climate we would most like to live in and why!

We wish you all a very happy half term!

Week Ending Friday 19th May 2023

We started the week with our Eurovision celebration - coming into school dressed as rock stars. What a great concert we had in the afternoon!

In our maths this week we have returned to money. We have been making amounts using notes and coins and solving problems. We also completed our Year Two maths 'special work' and I am so proud of the children. They have worked so hard and showed exactly how much they have learned this year!

In our English this week, we have been looking at non-chronological reports and how they are set out and what they include. We have chosen a jungle animal to write our own reports on and planned them out ready for next week. Can your child tell what a non-chronological report is and how it is different to a chronological one?

We have also been reading a fabulous book based on a real life gardening project in Brooklyn. It is called The Bear's Garden and is written by Marcie Colleen and illustrated by Alison Oliver.

in our Art and design this week we have been working on our finished plant collages. I am sure you will agree - they are going to be amazing when they are completed! In our science we have learned what the different parts of a plant do.

Week Ending Friday 12th May 2023

This week in our maths we have been continuing to look at fractions and looking at equivalence and counting in fractions. We are definitely getting to grips with numerators and denominators, unit and non-unit fractions!

Well done Year Two. Can you help your parents with the questions below?

In our English this week we have been writing our very own return stories based on our text, Grandad's Island.

Some of the descriptive phrases you have written have been amazing!

In our science this week - we investigated the microhabitats on our field and collected data on the creatures we found living in them. We sorted our data into pictograms using a program on our i-pads.

In art and design  we have been busy preparing and planning for our final collage pieces. I think these are going to be amazing Year Two!

In geography we have been learning about the climate in the UK and thinking about the difference between climate and weather. I am sure we are going to have another great week next week! I can't wait to see all your rock star appearances on Monday for our Eurovision Day!

Week Ending Friday 5th May 2023

We had a fabulous time celebrating the coronation of King Charles on Friday. We made collages, learned about our new monarch and had a lovely coronation picnic. We designed our own crowns and had our own parade as well as a disco! God Save the King! 

In maths this week, we continued to learn about fractions. We know about unit fractions so we investigated non- unit fractions as well. This is where there is more than one equal part used, for example three quarters. We learned a new word - ‘equivalent’ which means equal to or the same as and explored the equivalence of one half and two quarters. 

In our English we planned and started to write our own ‘Return Stories’ - to be continued next week! 
 

We have explored different ways of using paper for a collage in our Art lesson and learned about habitats and micro habitats in our science. I think an investigation into micro habitats on our field is looking very likely! 

Week Ending Friday 28th April 2023

This week in our maths we have continued to investigate and learn about fractions. We have found out about thirds and what a unit fraction is. We have been working out and finding fractions of shapes and amounts as well as using fractions to find the whole.

In English this week we have been analysing the example story text from Grandad's Island and looking for the different features the writer uses to engage the reader. We found: noun phrases, conjunctions, adverbs, time adverbials, commands, questions and prepositions! We also wrote our own letters from Grandad to tell Sid all about his life on the island.

In our reading and comprehension lessons we have been reading There's a Tiger in the Garden by Lizzy Stewart and using our reading vipers to retrieve information, identify vocabulary, sequence and summarise. We are getting very fluent in our reading and great at comprehension!

In P.E. we have been playing team games involving placing cones in or out of hoops and balls on and off the cones to help with our co-ordination and speed! It got very competitive and was lots of fun.

In PSHE we thought about touch and how different kinds of touch can be kind or unkind.

In Geography we have been learning about different climates. So far in this unit we have learned about polar regions, rainforests and deserts. Next it is the climate in the UK.

Week Ending Friday 21st April 2023

This week in our maths we have been investigating fractions and finding halves and quarters of objects and amounts. We have learned some new words: numerator, denominator and learned the importance of equal parts when we are using any fractions. We have also been busy practising our two times table to start our times table challenge. 

In English we have been busy reading our new text Grandad's Island and learning about possessive apostrophes and writing setting descriptions. Year Two - I was VERY impressed by your noun phrases and super descriptive phrases!

In Geography this week we have used atlases to find remind ourselves of where The Equator, North Pole, South Pole and the Northern and Southern Hemispheres.

In P.E. we have been practising our throwing and catching skills and starting our tennis learning!

Red Team had a great day celebrating ready for St. George’s Day.

Week Ending Friday 31st March 2023

A very Happy Easter to you all from all of us in Year Two!

We have had a super finish to the term with a fabulous Easter bonnet parade and a visit from the Easter Bunny! We were all super excited to go on his egg hunt! 

Well done to the winner of the poster award for the OCA science competition! 

We led the Thursday Worship by telling everybody the Easter Story and all about the symbols of Easter. You were amazing Year Two, learning all your lines and delivering them so confidently in front of the whole school and relatives. Thank you to everyone who came to watch us! 

In our maths this week we have been investigating and using facts from the five and ten times tables. We are getting good with these but keep practising Year Two! 

We finished our DT this week by making and testing our roly polys. What a lot of fun we had! 

Roly Poly Testing

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Week Ending Friday 23rd March 2023

More fabulous science experiences this week with Mrs Dvininov who came and delivered some super demonstrations! Year Two are certainly shaping up to be super scientists of the future! 

In maths this week we have investigated odd and even numbers, doubling, halving and multiplying and dividing by ten. We are getting to grips with our times tables in Year Two! 

In English this week we finished off our reading of The Bog Baby by writing instructions on building a habitat for our own imaginary creatures. Lots of instructional language, bossy verbs and adverbs.

In DT this week we were busy designing our final role polys using what we had learned in out previous research and exploration lessons. 

In history we finished off our unit on Victorian houses by comparing them to our own and started to get ready for Easter by learning the Easter Story and the events of Holy Week. 

Week Ending Friday 17th March 2023

Happy Mother's day to all the wonderful women in our lives who help us every day. We had a fabulous coffee morning with our favourite ladies. 

Science Week this week to coincide with British Science Week and what a week we have had!

We started with some fabulous science with students from Cronton College, extracting banana DNA and lighting a bulb with a lemon. Then had a great time doing some forensic science with Dr Laura Randle - taking finger prints and identifying our patterns.

We had a visit from Tess who is a biochemist at Alder Hey to tell us all about bacteria and blood cells. We learned why soap is so important. Watch our experiment! What happens to all the bacteria (pepper) when we put soap into the water!

We undertook a stem activity where had to make a moving vehicle powered only by elastic bands and sorted out animals into carnivores, herbivores and omnivores in our class science unit.

We finished the week with OCA who helped us identify salt and other things under microscopes, quadrat sampling, more finger printing and exploring colours using wet blotting paper and felt tips. 

It has been a GREAT week. All our visitors were SUPER impressed by our science knowledge and we were the best class at finger printing and had the least amount of finger print dust scattered about! 

Why do we need to use soap?

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STEM Activity Rubber Band Powered Cars

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In maths this week we have been exploring division, using the division sign and looking at the 2 times table.

Any practice at home with times tables - especially 2, 3, 5 and 10 up to 12 x will be great as we need to know these off by heart by the end of the year.

In DT this week we made out test roll polys and some test faces for them as well! 

Week Ending Friday 10th March 2023

This week we have been busy doing lots of independent work in maths, reading, grammar and spelling.

We have worked very hard indeed.

In our Science this week we have continued to learn about living things and looked at the different body parts of different types of animals: mammals, fish, amphibians and reptiles. 

Can your child name all the body parts of these animals?

In our history this week we learned about a Victorian wash day! It looked like a lot of very hard work for the poor laundry maids and we learned that if they were lucky they had a pump and a copper in the kitchens to help! If you were not so lucky, you had to go and fetch your own water and heat it over the fire!

Can you name these pieces of very important equipment and the order they were used in?

How does the washing get done in your house?