Year 2 Blog

Our Year 2 Classes are Lifeboats and Coastguards.

These are our curriculum newsletters:

Reading Booster Club

Our Year 2 Booster Clubs are now up and running. Our first session with our groups was fantastic! Everyone who attended worked hard, listened to their teacher’s advice, helped each other and, most importantly, had fun.

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Before we started, we all got the chance to go to the library and pick a book for home. We all enjoyed learning about Neil Armstrong’s life as well as finding out how to answer a range of different question types.

Don’t worry if you missed out, you can find the text and questions we looked at below. Give them a go at home with an adult and send them in to your teacher and we’ll give you bonus team points for you effort.

Reading Booster – Neil Armstrong

Welcome Back – Spring Term

Everyone in the year group has came back to school settled and with a fantastic attitude this week and what a busy week it has been!

In literacy, we started a new class story book ‘Man on the Moon (a day in the life of Bob)’. It is brilliant story about a fascinating, if not very observant man, whose job it is to look after the moon. We looked at images and watched video clips to help fuel our imagination when role playing as visitors to the moon. We used this play to then draft, edit and re-write a postcard to our loved ones from the moon. The best examples are on the wall as part of our Space display.

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In numeracy, we have been learning about the properties of 2d shapes. We learned a variety of new terms to help us to describe each shape and we found out that any shape that is made up of straight sides is called a polygon. During one lesson this week, we got to label and sort a range of regular (all sides and angles are equal) and irregular (sides and angles are not equal) polygons in pairs. By the end of the week we were cutting out and folding shapes to help us to find lines of symmetry.

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This week, we also started our new topic: Space. So far, we have learned the names of, and how to order, the planets in our Solar System. We then found out that the planets are categorised into Terrestrial (rocky) planets, Gas Giants and Ice Giants and we learned what characteristics make these planets unique and special.

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Year 2 Multi-Skills Competition

On Thursday, half of the year group, who didn’t go in year one, got the chance to go to Blyth Sports Centre to take part in a Multi-Skills event. We had an incredible time and throughout the afternoon adults from the Blyth and Bedlington School Sports Partnership commented on our excellent behaviour. The focus of the session was to improve our ABC (Agility, Balance and Coordination) and we took part in a carousel of activities to help us with this. Over the course of an hour and a half, we pushed ourselves and were constantly moving during obstacle courses, parachute games, balance games, relay races, sprints and so much more! We ended the session absolutely exhausted but having had an amazing afternoon. What made the experience even more special was the fact we got to ride in the party bus on the way there and back which was a real treat. Mr Gregory and Mrs Bolton were so proud of us!

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Den Building

What a fantastic day we had on Tuesday with Chris the den building man! He brought lots of special equipment with him and we listened carefully to his instructions so that we could work safely as part of a team.

We thought carefully about what our den structure was going to look like before we started building and then came up with some very creative ideas. After the structure had been checked to see if it was sturdy, we used different materials to cover our dens to make them sheltered. We even had flags to fly.

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Key Stage One Trip to Beamish

This week, on Wednesday, we were lucky enough to be able to visit Beamish Museum in County Durham as part of our houses and homes history topic. Our day was littered with memorable experiences and learning opportunities which really brought the past to life. When we first arrived, some of us waited patiently at the tram stop while the rest of the year group went to Old Pockerly Hall. When the tram finally arrived, we all went to the top to find that it was an ‘open-top’ tram. We hand fantastic views of the site and enjoyed waving at members of the public as we drove past.

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When we arrived at the old town, there was so much for us to see and explore we had to split up into groups of ten so that we could cover as much as we could. We looked in the old garage and found out about the repairs that were made to bicycles, carriages, horses and carts and on very rare occasions, motor cars. In the Co-op, we found out about the daily life of the people in the town and how money was transported between the front of house and the office at the back. As well as this, we went to stationers, tailors and clothes merchants, the bank, the olde sweet shop and much more. The staff at Beamish were incredibly knowledgeable and were able to answer any questions we had during our time there. Most importantly of all, however, was the time we were able to spend inside houses and homes from over 100 years ago. All of the artefacts we had discussed over the last few weeks were made real when we saw them in a real life context.

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Our experience at Old Pockerly Hall was amazing. We were greeted by Emma and Dan, who worked for the Master of Old Pockerly Hall, and told us that were were going to be applying for jobs as servants to help lighten their work load. Throughout our time there, we took part in a variety of household tasks such as: making ginger biscuits, learning how to make candles, making lavender bags, cleaning the master’s bedroom as well as cleaning and dusting some other rooms. Each of these tasks, really made it clear to us how hard life must have been in the 1800s. Before we left, the master came and judged whether he thought we would make it as servants before yelling at us to get out of his house. He was really mean!

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Throughout the day, lots of members of the public came up to our teachers to say just how well behaved, polite and respectful we were. All of our Key Stage One staff were really proud of us.