Year 2 Blog

 

 

Art In Nature Day

Year Two had a fantastic time on Wednesday 1st May doing lots of art activities connected to nature.  We made some excellent clay relief tiles using natural materials.  The children also enjoyed doing some watercolour leaf silhouettes.  We are sure you will be thrilled to see some of this art work coming home soon!

 

 

 

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Wild School Award Blog

Year 2 have been busy going wild this year. We have been helping wildlife in our school and local environment.

During Forest Friends we caught bugs and brought them back to our bug hotel so they had somewhere safe to live during the winter.

We have made bird feeders to put up in school and at home to provide the birds with a food supply during the winter months. Lucy thought it was “messy and gooey but lots of fun!”

The Voice of the Crew planted trees on the school site. Sienna explained why it was important to plant trees “it is important to plant trees to put oxygen in our environment so we can breathe clean air.”

Tadpoles have been put in the Explorer Zone to help them grow into frogs. New plants and trees have also been planted in the Explorer Zone. We are hoping once they have grown to full size, birds will be encouraged to build nests.

Brightly coloured flowers have also been planted in the Explorer Zone this Spring hoping to attract bees to provide them with pollen to help them make honey.

Year 2 also went on a walk to the Junior School to undertake a bug hunt in their outdoor area and the allotment they own. We saw woodlice, spiders, beetles and ladybirds.

History Comes to Life at Sarisbury Infant School!

 

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Year 2 have been learning all about the events that caused the Great Fire of London. We are becoming experts in the events that led to the fire and the historical figures involved . Much excitement was caused recently when our very own Great Fire of London museum arrived and we had the opportunity to immerse ourselves in history. We were able to handle items from the period and try on clothes belonging to the key figures. We didn’t always get it right when guessing what the items were used for but this led to interesting discussions about their actual use.

 

 

Year 2 Art Work

In year 2, we have been learning about a Brazilian artist called Beatriz Milhaze. She is famous for her beautiful art work and painted a gorgeous picture with an alternative take on the Olympic Rings. The vibrant colours and iconic rings make this art work stand out from the crowd. If you are intrigued and want to look at her other art work here is the link http://thechromologist.com/beatriz-milhazes-alternative-olympic-rings/

 

Year 2 have been making their own versions of the famous picture, ensuring that they were all unique. Their first important job was to choose a pale colour for their backgrounds. This allowed for the circles to pop with pattern and colour.

They then had to cut, very carefully, circles of their choice. They had plain or patterned paper to choose from. They could cut big or small circles mirroring Milhazes extraordinary art. They could stick them in whatever way they wanted to.

Their final job was to stick tissue paper on the foreground, which allowed the finished piece to be unique and stunning. Year 2 have really enjoyed spending time on their art work and on many occasions have had to be like resilient Rosa especially with the cutting.

I’m sure you will all agree, the finished articles are just perfect and Milhaze would be very proud!

 

 

Welcome back to 2019

 

Year 2 are going Up! It has been a busy time for everyone in Year 2 since 2019 started as we start our new topic. Everyone has been enthusiastic about learning the oral story from the film. The children have contributed lots of great ideas for actions to help them remember the main events and characters. During the week we explored what the characteristics of a ‘good’ and ‘bad’ character were using a range of challenging adjectives. The children then used this understanding to innovate a new character to include in the Up story instead of Russell. They used adjectives, nouns and adverbs during their character planning and designed their character using some great creative skills.

 

This half term we have started to become ‘Word Aware’ and we are sharing with children and parents the range of vocabulary used as part of the topic. All of the words are contained within the oral story and we are considering how effective word choices are. The children have been resilient like Rosa when asked to replace words e.g adventure instead of trip.

 

During the topic we are relating the setting of the story to Brazil including the Amazon and the rainforest environment. The children have used their prior knowledge about continents to help them locate it in South America and consider its distance from the UK. They will be looking at the physical and human features of a coastal area and comparing it to the local area. During the topic they will be developing their mapping skills trying to create a weather map of the area.

 

It’s all about ‘time’ in maths…. We have been relating our previous work on fractions of a circle to start telling the time on an analogue clock using half and quarter past and to the hour. In addition to learning how to tell the time the children are being asked to recall the number of hours in a day and minutes in an hour; this knowledge will be important once we start telling the time to the nearest 5 minutes!

 

What an exciting week for Year 2!      

               

chick an crack  It has been a very exciting time in year 2 this week.  Not   only have we met a wide variety of pets in school but we have also hatched our small brood of chicks!

 

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Three weeks ago we took charge of a variety of different sized eggs. Would they hatch? Would the chicks all be the same colour? Would they all be the same size? Our Wondering Walters wrote down their questions and we waited……….for 21 days.

 

 The children proved themselves to be very Caring Carla’s during this time, as they kept watch over the incubator and made “Do not touch!” signs to place around it. To our surprise, 2 days earlier than expected, the first of our tiny yellow chicks began pecking a small hole in its shell. Year 2 – children and staff (who, if truth be told, were probably more excited than the children!) watched and waited, willing the tiny chick on. It took almost 24 hours for the chick to break free from his shell and within quick succession 4 more arrived, with some of our children lucky enough to witness the hatching. Once their feathers were dry, they were transferred to the brooder where they had plenty of room to run about but with the warmth of a heat source to keep them comfortable.

We will be keeping the chicks in school until the last week of term when they will be returned to their mummies at the farm.

 

Going Wild at Sarisbury

For our ‘Pets’ topic we are learning about how to care for a variety pets and have been lucky enough to have our children’s pets visit us in school. This caused much excitement, but the children showed their skills by listening carefully and asking relevant questions.

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Year 2 children have continued to develop their adventure stories based around “Krypto, the superdog” with Krypto saving the day in a variety of very imaginative ways! This has given the children the opportunity to show their creativity and work towards producing their own Krypto story book with a front cover and a blurb.

 

 

 

Visit from the RSPB

As part of out going wild topic Year 2 were luckily enough to have a visit from Martin who works at the RSPB. Martin told us a story about a snail and we learnt how they look for food. We then went outside and pretended we were snails looking for food. We were enthusiastic Eddies whilst hunting. It was lots of fun. We hunted through the leaves and under logs. Once we found a mini beast we put them in our cups to show the rest of the class. We managed to find lots of worms, some real snails and spiders. Thank you Martin for coming to visit.

 

Year 2 are very Egg-cited!

 

Our Going Wild animal has begun and we have received our eggs and incubator for 6 weeks which the Parent Crew has kindly paid for. The children have been Wondering Walters asking lots of wondering questions about the eggs. They have noticed that we have 3 different sized & coloured eggs so they have wondered if the chicks are going to be different sizes or colours. Nearly everyone is wondering if any will actually have a chick hatch out; so fingers crossed. The children are observing the eggs (including seeing them through a light to watch the developing chicks) and are recording their ideas in an egg journey diary. This recording is part of the important science skill of ‘observing changes over time’ along with asking and answering questions about what they notice. The eggs are also going to help us with our thinking about life cycles and different stages of development.

Krypto has got all of the children enthusiastic like Eddie about their writing. They have been looking at the characteristics of a Superhero and described Krpto’s physical appearance and his personality. During this work they have needed to use a variety of skills including applying their current knowledge about Krypto and some inference skills e.g i know he's white and I think if he’s a hero he is probably kind. They also got very creative some ideas about what he might not like! Over the coming weeks they will be planning and writing their own adventure story with Krypto as the main character.

 

Pirate Day!

Year 2 have had a wonderful Pirate Day to end their ‘Ahoy There’ topic. We managed to convince Mrs Weavers to let us have a pirate party as Jim Lad was released from Blackbeard. The children came dressed up in wonderful sea themed costumes. We had mermaids, pirates, crabs, starfish, sailors and sharks. In the morning we prepared for the party by making jam sandwiches following instructions. In the afternoon we had our party. DJ Weavers provided the music and entertainment. We had lots of fun dancing the afternoon away. Then we had our jam sandwiches to fill up our hungry stomachs. It has been such a fun topic and we are very impressed with how hard the children have settled into year 2. We cannot wait for next half term.

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A Special Visit from the RNLI

On Thursday 4th October, Year 2 were very excited to receive a visit from the RNLI. Brian from the RNLI was very impressed with the children’s knowledge of water safety and he showed them how they could make sure they didn’t get into trouble near the water. He went on to explain what each of the coloured flags at the beach meant and the children were all actively involved in creating a beach scene, which really helped them to remember the new information. They learnt that they can find a lifeguard by looking for the red and yellow uniform and that there are two numbers to call if you get into trouble (999 or 112).  

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In our next English lesson, we used this visit to write a very successful recount; thinking about writing in the past tense by using ‘ed’ at the end of a word. It was a very enjoyable visit which I’m sure the children have already shared with you!

 

 

 

Sailing Through the Pirates Next Door....

 

The children have enjoyed the introduction to our Ahoy There topic by using the story the Pirates Next Door by J Duddle. During guided reading sessions (Harbour Time) the children have been developing their speaking and listening skills asking and answering questions about the book-just like Wondering Walter. They have shown their understanding of the text by drawing pictures using a tiny amount of the text. They also had a go at being better than Johnny Duddle by renaming the book based on the front cover.

We have been ‘all at sea’ using different techniques during art lessons to create different sea scapes. The children have enjoyed experimenting with different types of paint with varying amounts of water and white to create shades of blue. In contrast they used shades of blue paper along with their fine motor skills to rip paper and create ripples using a different medium to paint.

The Pirates Next Door has also provided the children with some inspiration for their literacy and geography work. They were Enthusiastic Eddies when using adjectives to create the start of expanded noun phases; exploding volcanos, spooky cave and chatty parrots were all on their maps. Thankfully they were all able to create a route through a treasure map to help rescue Matilda and get her back to her parents. The directions were put on maps and compass points marked on to show North, South, East and West.

 

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Starting the year with books...

The children have had a very busy first week in school. They have followed our full timetable including their independent Crew Challenges. Well done to everyone for being resilient like Rosa and adapting to their new year group so well.

This week we have focussed on books. The children have been really challenging everyone’s thinking skills sharing their book boxes. It was great to see the level of effort and attention to detail that children had put in to their boxes. It is always nice to update our own knowledge of the books the children in the year group enjoy.

We used the week to complete our first RE unit on Special Books. The children brought in a very diverse range of books and used some excellent reasoning skills when explaining what made their book special.

Throughout the week the children were considering what it means to be a Caring Carla and they developed their own class charter to help everyone look after themselves and their class. The idea of following some rules continued within our RE work as the children considered how the Bible and Torah contain ideas that people of different religions might follow.

The whole year group have been very physically active with 2 weekly sessions of PE plus their outside Crew-a-Cise time.

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