Year 2 Curriculum News and Parent Information Meetings

Our Year 2 Classes are Lifeboats and Coastguards.

These are our curriculum newsletters:

Year 2 Historians visit Beamish!

To help reinforce what we have been learning in history this half term, the year 2 history team were able to research what life was like in the past by visiting Beamish. At the start of our history lessons, we have been discussing the key history skills that we will need in order to be an historian. Check them out below:

skills progress history

Throughout the day, we were able to recognise, observe and identify objects from the past in context. We were encouraged to describe what we were seeing to our friends. We were asked questions by members of staff at Beamish which allowed us to recall what we had learned in school. Most importantly though, throughout the day we were able to compare and contrast life over 100 years ago to our lives now. Take a look at all of the exciting things we got up to below:

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The Dark

In English lessons over the past few weeks, we have been studying the book the Dark by Lemony Snickett.

The book was gradually revealed to us after we studied the front cover and watched book trailers. Check out our reaction to the book trailers below!

the dark 1 and 2 (13)

We asked questions about the story before finding out more about the main character of Laszlo. Then we were able to ‘get into role’ and act of significant moments in the story. Using freeze frames, our partners were able to tap us on the shoulder and we then had to share what we thought Laszlo would be feeling at that exact moment.

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Artwork we created which was inspired by The Dark, was used to help us to develop interesting vocabulary that could have varying degrees of impact on our audience. We used thesauruses to research more powerful synonyms (words that mean the same) as dark, scared and excited and then applied these new words meanings to poetry examples about the dark.

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Conscience alley was used to help Laszlo make vitally important decisions such as whether he should follow the dark into the basement or go back to bed. We whispered into Laszlo’s ear what our thoughts were but they had to be backed up by a valid reason.

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To find out more about what we learned about The Dark, ask Mrs Ross or Mr Gregory to show you our Story Book Reading Journal.

Lifeboats finally Meet Conker…

This week, while we were being biologists in science and looking for signs of Autumn in the woodland walk, we finally came across Conker. He was hiding in a tree. After bringing him back into our classroom, we thought of kind and positive statements that would make Conker feel comfortable and welcome in our classroom environment. He explained in more detail what had happened to his previous home which had been destroyed as a result of people littering and leaving rubbish around. All of us in Lifeboats, promised we would take care of our school environment and wider school area especially in the woodland walk because this is Conker’s home and this is where all of the children in KS1 experience Forest Schools!

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Welcome Back Year Two!

We have reached the end of a busy first week back in Year 2. Mrs Ross, Mr Gregory and the rest of the Year 2 team could not have been any prouder of how well we have all settled back into life at Newsham Primary.

This week, we have:

  • Created class rules
  • Applied for, and been given, class jobs
  • Got to know our new teachers and classrooms
  • Learned our new routines and timetables
  • Took part in our initial phonics assessments to help us to choose the correct book level
  • Read and studied the book ‘The Robot and the Bluebird’
  • Had our first maths lessons which were all about place value
  • Enjoyed our first art, PE, computing and geography lessons

As you can see, we have already done so much in a short amount of time but we can’t wait to carry on learning and having fun in our new classes!

 

Coasting Sports Day!

Coastguards had a fantastic time competing in the sports day fun and it is clear we have some talented budding athletes in our midst. Everyone tried really hard. Well done Coastguards! Thank you to all the parents and carers who came along to support the children too.

 

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Here are some photographs of the events but more can be found in the gallery section of the website.