Welcome to the Year 2 Class Page

Throughout the year we aim to inspire and interest Year 2 pupils with lots of exciting and engaging learning activities. Our Autumn term topic is ‘Do they have the X factor?’ and this explores famous people and events such as Florence Nightingale and The Great Fire of London. In Spring, our topic is ‘What adventures can we have by the sea?’ and this involves studying an island home, Katie Morag stories and the Lighthouse Keeper stories set in seaside locations. During the Summer term our topic is ‘What’s wicked about wildlife?’. Please see the tabs on the Year 2 menu for further information and photos of the fun!. Keep an eye out for class newsletters for more details.

Keeping Healthy

Today has been ‘World Mental Health Awareness Day’. We have been thinking about how we can stay physically healthy and mentally healthy. Exercise, eating healthily, talking to friends and trusted adults, sharing our worries, listening to music, showing people we care, getting a good nights sleep and doing the ‘Daily Mile’ were just some of ideas. Here we are doing the ‘Daily Mile’ in the lovely sunshine.

Thackray Museum

Year 2 are busy being trainee nurses and porters during our Florence Nightingale workshop at Thackray Medical Museum in Leeds. They re-enacted preparing for and travelling to Scutari Hospital to help improve the hospital conditions and tend to wounded soldiers fighting in the Crimean War. The workshop session was very interactive and pupils handled aretfacts and were involved in a timeline activity. They also explored the Lifezone to find out about the human body and keeping healthy.

Vehicle Making!

We have been busy this week making our vehicles which we have designed ourselves. All our vehicles have a working winch. It got a little messy at times!

 

RNLI Visit.

As part of our topic ‘Adventures by the Sea’ we have been learning all about the work of the RNLI. A volunteer from the RNLI came to visit the class and teach us all about the history, the work they do and most importantly how to stay safe in the water!

Music Time!

Year 2 have been reading the story of ‘The Nutcracker’ and  listening to the music from the ballet. We have been learning to play the music to the ‘Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy’ on the glockenspiels. We had lots of fun.

Fire of London Challenge

Mrs Hardman challenged us to put the fire out in Pudding Lane, but by the time we had got water from the River Thames the fire had spread! We had great fun learning why the fire of London spread and how hard it was to stop it getting bigger.

Florence Nightingale

Year 2 are busy being trainee nurses and porters during our Florence Nightingale workshop at Thackray Medical Museum in Leeds. They re-enacted preparing for and travelling to Scutari Hospital to help improve the hospital conditions and tend to wounded soldiers fighting in the Crimean War. The workshop session was very interactive and pupils handed aretfacts and were involved in a timeline activity. They also explored the Lifezone to find out about the human body and keeping healthy.

 

Macmillan Coffee Morning

Year 2 led a class assembly on Friday about kindness, famous people and Macmillan nurses. They also hosted a coffee morning to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support. The raised an amazing £615.00!
Thank you to everyone who supported the event.

Ice Lollies

What fun we had creating layered ice lollies! We made our own healthy layered ice lollies by freezing different fruit juices in layers and adding fruit. This helped us write some fantastic instructions that included features of instructional texts and all 4 sentence types. What a clever bunch we are!

Maths in the Snow

We made patterns in the snow using our feet and counted forwards and backwards in 2’s. We made patterns in the snow using our feet. We imagined each set of footprints had 10 toes in. We counted forwards and backwards in 10’s. We made patterns in the snow- one foot in front of the other. We imagined each footprint had 5 toes in.

We counted forwards and backwards in 5’s. We practiced saying our 2, 5 and 10 times tables. We made multiplication arrays using snowballs. We wrote number sentences about what we had made on whiteboards.

Katie Morag

Year 2 have had an action packed Katie Morag day. Some of the activities included dressing up as favourite characters and being in their shoes for the day. Mrs Hardman was ‘Lady Artist’ and Mrs Thomas was ‘Grannie Island’. A Scottish piper came and played a few tunes on his bagpipes. You should have seen our smiles! Some children were able to try making a sound using them! How entertaining!

He also explained his costume to us, which was fascinating to find out about. During the day we thought about how Scottish traditions and we did problem solving activities in the afternoon. We enjoyed making a kilt each and baking porridgies-delicious! At playtime we tried ‘throwing the caber’ and played ‘shinty’. What a busy, fun time we had!

RNLI

We had a super visit from a volunteer from the RNLI. We had a lovely time and learnt a lot of important things. Year 2 have also been very busy at home producing some fantastic pieces of work all about the RNLI. Well done everybody.

Potions

We have been making our own potions from lots of wierd and wonderful ingredients. We have been casting magic spells and hoping they work! We have then used these to write our own set of instrctions.

Science Investigation

We worked as a team to investigate how the surface of a ramp affected how far a car travelled. We found out that the smoother the surface the further the car went. We thought carefully about how to keep the test fair, measured carefully and chose how to record our results.

Artist in Residence

Today we had a wonderful art morning with our artist in residence. We experimented with various media including watercolour paints, oil pastels, gel pens, colouring pencils, inktense pencils, pens and collage. We worked in teams to create portraits of some famous people. We’re very proud of ourselves!

Getting hooked outside!

What fun we have had outside today. We’re a little muddy but we’ve had a ball! In teams, we used a map of the school grounds to find treasure sacks! We had to remember what we found, collect clue cards and solve puzzles. We worked in teams listening, taking turns, noticing details, ‘sticking at it’, and working together. We’re looking forward to finding out more about ‘Traditional Tales’.