Welcome to Year 2 (2021/2022)

Welcome to the Year 2 area!

Here, you will find plenty of information about Year 2, including our curriculum; details of trips and visits, assemblies and performances; write-ups following visitors to our classes; examples of children's learning and lots of photographs and other useful and interesting links!

We are really looking forward to the year ahead, and know your child is going to have experiences in Year 2!

Mr McCarthy and Mrs Brockman and Mrs Stockman (Year 2 Team).

 

People Who Help Us

Keeping children safe in school is the most important role we play. If you have any serious concerns about any child, please speak to Mrs Walpole or Mrs Stoddern.

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This week we have started our new English unit by becoming leaf spotters. We explored and identified the different trees around the school.
Then we went back to the classroom and described each leaf using adjectives. We also ensured that we used a capital letter for the name of the tree.

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Aside from making us all proud with their incredible effort and resilience in sats this week, Year 2 have also been exploring their creative side! Continuing our Aboriginal art learning by experimenting with clay and also crafting flowers ready to celebrate next week’s Jubilee.

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This week we have been using our senses to describe a fire as part of our learning in English.
We came up with some really descriptive phrases:
Red, yellow and orange flames
Thick black smoke
Licking flames
Red hot embers

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Year 2 had a wonderful time this week learning all about Aboriginal art. We practised creating both regular and irregular patterns in a variety of mediums before designing and decorating stones with out own Aboriginal designs.

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In year 2 we have been dissecting flowers and using scientific vocabulary to label the different parts. We can’t wait to start growing our own plants next week.

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We had a lovely afternoon in 2UB expanding our observational skills in our Spring art topic on daffodils. The children explored using the medium of oil pastels and chalk, which they applied with care and skill. 

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In Year 2, we’ve been busy baking and made a beautiful caterpillar cake. Look at our creation! It was delicious.

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This week in Year 2 we had a very exciting addition to our classrooms. We have tadpoles! The children are super excited to observe the changes over the next few weeks. In Science we will be completing a weekly diary to record what we observe.

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This week in Year 2 we have started learning about fractions. We began by exploring equal parts and then we developed our knowledge further by learning how to recognise and find a half and a quarter of both shapes and numbers.


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This week in Year 2 we have been practicing our sewing skills in Design and Technology ready to create some puppets towards the end of the term. To practice we used paper, a needle and some wool.

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Science
This week we have been looking at the habitat boxes and writing conclusions from our findings. Unbelievably, all the minibeasts chose the mud.  Why do you think that?

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This week we have been busy being minibeast experts.  We created three different habitats and made prediction about which minibeast would go there.  We will be checking the habitats next week and checking our predictions.

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In the last couple of weeks, Year 2 have been researching wolves by using non-fiction books. In English this week, we used this knowledge and information to create our own non-fiction books about wolves.

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In PSHE we have been learning about how to keep safe and how to help during an emergency.  We have discussed situations when we can help and when we might need an adult.  In addition to this, we have also learnt the amazing and life saving skill of CPR- never too early to be a superhero! We checked if the person could hear us, check there was nothing in their mouth and how to perform CPR.  It was a real work out!

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Year 2M have been on a mission since returning to school. Unbelievably, we bumped into Percy Pig who needed our help as he is petrified of wolves.  We went to the library to find lots of non-fiction books and we have been researching all about wolves.  We have learnt so much! We will be writing a report for Percy and hopefully it will put his mind as ease.

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This week we have been making pizzas. We selected the ingredients, created a recipe and instructions before making them. We ensured that they were healthy by containing vegetables and not too much cheese. We really enjoyed eating them while we watched a Christmas show. We think we gave some well know pizza companies a run for their money.

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In Year 2, we have been writing Jim and the Beanstalk, a sequel to Jack and the Beanstalk. We have concentrated on the use of adverbs and connectives. We have really enjoyed writing about the different things the giant wanted and how he tricked Jim. He was very sly!

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This week in Year 2, we have been learning about all the different food groups in Design and Technology. Using our knowledge we completed an ‘Eat Well Food Plate’ and discussed the need to have a balanced diet that provides our bodies with all the vitamins and nutrients we need to stay healthy.

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This week we have really enjoyed learning to keep to a beat in music. After this brilliant warm, we started to learn our song that includs a small section of rap! We are SUPER COOL!

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In Year 2, we have been really enjoying our DT learning.  We are learning about the importance of hygiene when cooking.  We covered our hands in glitter to represent bacteria and discussed how careful we had to be to make sure it was all washed off.  It was great fun!  We can’t wait to make our pizzas!

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This week in English, Year 2 have been ordering pictures for the traditional tale Goldilocks and the Three Bears. We have then used this to create some fantastic noun phrases as well as practising our use of conjunctions to extend our sentences. 

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This week we have innovated our own poems based on Edward Lear’s ‘The Owl and The Pussy Cat’. We made sure that it rhymed and followed the rhythm of the original. After a final edit, we performed the poems to our friends using expression.

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n Year 2, we have had a great time being artists this week. We discussed different techniques to make our paint lighter and darker and used this to create a beautiful sunrise. Once this was dry, we drew on a silhouette of St Michaels Mount. The finished pictures are stunning!

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This week we have been playing a glockenspiel to a piece of music. We had to play a range of notes in time with the music. We really enjoyed listening to each other play and giving feedback.

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In Year 2, in Science we have been exploring the life cycles of tadpoles and butterflies. We have been lucky enough to observe some caterpillars develop through their life cycle and we now have some beautiful butterflies ready to release. We have used this learning experience to support us in writing some fantastic sentences in English using subordinating conjunctions.


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Splat! Drip! Splat!
In Year 2, we have been creating pieces of art work inspired by Jackson Pollock. It was creative, messy and FUN!
We really enjoyed the session and we were impressed by the outcome.

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To launch our exciting new writing unit, we explored a classroom pond. We discovered lots of animals, shells and plants. Unbelievably, there were some promises on the bottom of the lily pads. We sorted the promises into groups and discussed who made the promises and why.
Finally, we made some of our own promises on lily pads.