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The Great Fire of London

Summer Term 2 

 

Hello everyone and welcome backsmiley

 

We can't believe it is the last half term ! Where has the time gone ? We hope you have all had a lovely half term break and that you are ready for some more fun learning.

 

Our topic this half term is "Fit and Healthy Me" this topic will help us to understand where food comes from and begin to think about making healthy food choices. Be prepared to find out about the basic survival needs of animals, including humans. We will also learn about how animals, including humans, have offspring and grow into adults.

So please have your baby photos ready for one of our lessons.

 

We will learn about the meaning of healthy and unhealthy whilst doing lots of exercise. We hope the weather will be lovely so that we can do lots of outdoor learning and fitness activities.

Hopefully, we will take a walk down to Eastfield Farm and try out some of the local produce. Let's hope the juicy strawberries will be ready to pick.  

 

In English we will be reading the book Mr Wolf's Pancakes by Jan Fearnley. We will also be writing instructions for making pancakes and other delicious food. If you have a good recipe book then please bring it into school to share. 

 

Please free to talk to us about anything regarding your child's welfare at the beginning or end of the school day. 

 

Love From the Year 2 Team 

Miss Chakanetsa, Mrs Towner, Mr Kirtley and Miss Read smiley

 

Remember : 

The weather is getting warmer so please make sure you have a water bottle in school at all times. 

PE is on a Tuesday (please keep your PE kit in school all week)

Homework is given out on Friday and it is due back on Wednesday

Reading books are changed on a Monday and Thursday, please put your book in the basket for changing. 

Summer Term 1 

 

Hello and welcome back, we  hope you have had a lovely break and are ready to start the new term. We also hope you are well prepared for the shortest and busiest half term this year.  

This half term we will be learning about the Great Fire of London. We will be writing diary entries about what happened before, during and after the fire. This is a very interesting topic that will encourage us to look back in history and understand what impact such an event has had on the present. Our trip to the Sheffield Transport Museum on  the 2nd May will enable us to understand how the emergency services have evolved over the decades. 

We will be reading the book "Toby and the Great Fire of London " by Margret Nash and Jane Cope in English and Reading lessons. This book will be used a source of inspiration for our learning and understanding of the Great Fire of London. 

In Art and PSHE  we will be using the book "The Princesses Have a Ball" by Teresa Bateman as a pivot for our ideas. 

 

Forest School with Mr Kirtley will continue to be taught on a rotational timetable between the two groups Ladybirds and Spiders. 

PE will be taught on a Monday and Thursday so please ensure you have your outdoor and indoor PE kit in school at all times. As we may take advantage of the warm weather and have PE outside. 

 

Year 2 SATs tests will be administered throughout May, the administration of these tests will be carried out in a calm, stress free manner with minimum disruption to the children's known routine. 

 

We have so many engaging learning opportunities planned for the half term and we look forward to welcoming  the children back into the classroom. 

 

If you have any queries then please feel free to speak to us at the start or end of the school day. You can also book an appointment to speak to us at a more convenient time.  Thank you for your continued support and communication. 

 

Year 2 Team 

Miss Chakanetsa, Miss Read, Mrs Towner and Mr Kirtley 

 

 

 

 

Making Boats in Design and Technology with Dan

Spring 2 

 

Hello everyone and welcome back. We hope you are all well rested and ready for the new half term.

                            Our topic this term is called "Medical Minds". 

 

This is all about the brave nurses that created history and helped transform our medical services. We will  be studying Mary Seacole, Edith Cavell and Florence Nightingale. In English we will be writing the biography of Mary Seacole and we will also write  some poems about Florence Nightingale. We will be cooking some healthy and delicious soup in DT. We will need to vote for the best/tastiest soup so please start thinking about different recipes. 

 

In Art we will continue to work with Dan the artist. We will be making boats out of different materials and testing their rigidity. 

 

Please  make sure you have your indoor and outdoor PE kit in school at all times. As Mr Kirtley may want to take advantage of the lovely weather and go outdoors. 

Mrs Towner will change reading books on a Monday and Thursday- please put your reading books in the changing basket on these days. 

 

Please do not hesitate to speak to us first thing in the morning or after school if you have any concerns or just need an update on your child's school experience. 

  

Miss Chakanetsa, Mrs Towner, Miss Read and Mr Kirtley  smiley

 

Making music with Gary Hammond

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Year 2 have been making music using percussion instruments 🎶

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Making Music with Gary Hammond from Beautiful South

Arts Award Workshop Drawing Sculptures

Brrr! It's Cold Out There! 

 

Happy New Year and Welcome Back! We hope you have had a restful break.

We are really looking forward to starting our topic Brrr! It's Cold Out There! 

 

This half term we will be learning about Antarctica and the penguins that live there. To start our learning journey we will be visiting Lotherton Hall where we will meet some real penguins. Whilst at Lotherton Hall we will be doing some observational drawings of the penguins ready for our Art lesson in school. In English we will be reading the book  Lost and Found by Oliver Jeffers. We will use this wonderful book as an inspiration for whole class reading, writing non-chronological reports about penguins, story writing and Art.

 

Our topic is Geography based so, we will be locating Antarctica using globes, atlases and google maps. In topic we will be researching Antarctica and studying the penguins that live there. We will use atlases to name and locate the world's seven continents and five oceans. During this topic we also look at geographical similarities and differences of various locations. 

 

We are looking forward to recreating our very own penguin huddle, watching clips of Penguins on the March and the BBC Dynasties episode about Emperor Penguins. In music we will be using Charanga to create our own penguin song so, if you know any penguin songs please share them with us. 

 

Days to Remember: 

PE will be on Monday (indoor) and Thursday (outdoor depending on the weather). Please keep your PE kit in school. 

Reading books will be changed on a Monday and Thursday. Please put your reading book in the changing book basket on these days. 

Reading Records will be checked every Monday. Please try to read at least 3 times a week. 

Reading books should be brought into school everyday. 

Homework will be given out on a Friday and is due in on the following Wednesday

Spellings will be given out on Friday and tested the following Friday. Most of the  words given out for spellings will be linked to our learning or from the Year 2 common exception word list and the National Curriculum English Appendix 1 Spelling for Year 2. 

 

Parents please note that can always catch us at the beginning or end of the school day for a chat about your child's progress or school experience.  smiley

 

Miss Chakanetsa, Mrs Towner and Miss Read smiley

Measuring Length in Maths

Autumn Term 2 

 

Hello and welcome back smiley

 

Hope you have all had a lovely break.

This half term our topic is "Festivals and Celebrations". 

We will be learning about some Christian religious festivals such as Christingle and Christmas. In English we will learn about the Hindu festival of Diwali.

Our story  writing will be based on the story of Rama and Sita. In addition to this, all of Year 2 will be busy preparing and rehearsing for the Nativity performance which promises to be spectacular.

In Maths we will be learning about measuring length using centimetres and metres.  

 

Reading Books- As usual books will be changed on a Monday and Thursday. Please remind your child to put their book in the basket on these days if it needs changing. 

 

PE will be on a Monday and Thursday. Please can children have both their indoor and outdoor PE kits in school, because if the weather is nice we may take advantage of this and go out for PE. 

 

Homework- This will be given out on a Friday  and is due back the following Wednesday. 

 

Spellings- These will be given out on a Friday and will be tested the following Friday. 

 

Please do not hesitate to speak to me in the morning or after school if you have any concerns. 

 

Miss Chakanetsa

Ellie the Elephant's Birthday Party

Hello and Welcome Back!

 

I hope you have all had a lovely summer holiday and that you are ready for the new academic year.

We have lots of exciting learning planned for Year 2 and Mrs Towner, Miss Read, Mrs Crookes and I can’t wait to teach you all.

 

Our first topic this year is called “What’s Alive Outside?” This is an exciting topic because, we will be doing a lot of outdoor learning, searching for creepy crawlies and planting flowers. The focus for this topic will be understanding the importance of habitats for both plants and animals. We will discover the difference between herbivores and carnivores whilst, exploring various living things. During the topic we will explore the terms alive, never been alive or dead and establish the importance of food chains and the need for the right environment for survival.

 

Our class reader is Meerkat Mail by Emily Gravett. This book will be used in English, Art and Guided Reading therefore, acquiring a copy is highly recommended. In English we will be using the book to learn about Sunny’s travels and write some letters of our own similar to Sunny’s.

 

PE will be every Monday and Thursday. Children will need both indoor and outdoor PE kits in school all week as we might take advantage of the lovely weather when it arises.

 

On the 12th September we will be going to Austerfield Study Centre. Please look out for more information about this trip on this page.

 

***Homework will be given out on a Friday and will be due back on the following Wednesday****

The children will also be given a list of spellings on Friday which will be tested the following Friday morning.

 

I will keep this page updated with key dates and events for Year 2.

 

Please do not hesitate to pop in and chat to me in the morning or after school if you want to know about how your child is settling in or have any concerns.

 

Miss Chakanetsa smiley