We’re so happy to meet you all and we hope you are excited about being in Year 2. We’ve got some exciting topics to learn about this year, including the Great Fire of London, Pirates and Florence Nightingale! Can you think of something you are looking forward to in Year 2?
Our first English topic is Fairy tales and we have just finished reading Snow White. Today, the children started writing a detailed version of the traditional tale, using stretchy nouns and lots of interesting sentence openers.
Can you remember any other fairy tales you know?
Who is your favourite fairy tale character?
The Great Fire of London
The children have been learning all about the Great Fire of London including how it began and where it happened. Last week, we learnt about what a timeline is by placing events in History. This week, we will be creating some London skylines with raging fire in the background by using oil pastels. We are also lucky enough to attend a drama workshop where the children reenacted the events leading up to the Great Fire and the fire itself!
Can you remember how many days the fire raged for?
We are learning all about different materials in Science this term. We have already sorted materials into different categories, like hard and soft, and tested which material is the most absorbent when mopping up some spilt water. This week, we will be using data loggers to measure how much light can get through different materials, testing their transparency.
Can you remember the scientific word for not letting any light through?
We have learnt so much about pirates this half term including recounting our own pirate journeys, learning about the pirate cruncher, and learning about some famous pirates! Here is 2KD performing our class assembly all about pirates.
Trips and performances
In order to prepare us for our pirate play, all of Year 2 went to see Pinocchio at the Albany theatre. Thank you to the parent volunteers who came along to help!
We also had a Road safety workshop to remind us how to use the Green Cross Code. 2KD are experts at singing the tune and remembering how to keep safe on the roads!
We ended the year with our fantastic pirate play. All of Year 2 worked extremely hard to create a brilliant performance. Thank you for all the support we had with costumes and line practising, it made a huge difference!
Our topic for science this half term has been plants. The children have learnt the parts of a plant and observed and categorised different seeds. We have also completed an investigation to find out the best conditions for plants to germinate. We planted a sweet pea seed in 6 different containers and put them under different conditions including one in the freezer!
This term, we have started using a range of methods to solve number and measurement problems. The children have been practising methods we have learnt like addition and subtraction on a blank number line but are now able to self select which method would be appropriate to use. They have also been practising their reasoning skills and can tell me how they have found the answer. They are now experts at proving me wrong!
Our topic this term has been Famous Faces and we have focused on one in particular; Florence Nightingale. We have learnt about where she grew up, how she became interested in nursing, and her influence in Scutari Hospital during the Crimean War. We have been using our enquiry skills in history to understand historical artefacts and photographs and we were lucky enough to have a workshop where we got to look at and touch some objects from the past and guess what they were.
Here are 2KD during their hip hop dance workshop last week. Look at their moves!