Year 2 Blog

Our Year 2 Classes are Lifeboats and Coastguards.

These are our curriculum newsletters:

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.

The Dark

This week we started a new class novel called ‘The Dark’ by Lemony Snicket. The children have loved predicting what the story might be about and have produced some amazing art work, dances and poems based on their interpretations of the dark as it is described at the start of the book. We were really pleased with the brilliant vocabulary that they were using to make their poems more vivid.

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In Maths, he children have been continuing to work hard on addition and subtraction this week, learning to add and take away multiples of ten in different ways. Next week we will be moving on to using practical and written methods of adding and subtracting two 2 digit numbers. We will be using our knowledge of place value to achieve this so if you haven’t already, make sure the children have a good practise at the place value games on Mathletics this week.

In topic we have been learning about the features of homes from the past and homes now, creating a timeline of homes from Celtic times through to the present day. We have also begun studying some household artifacts from the past, considering their use and how the objects we use today have changed. We will continue with our work on homes in the past next week.

Things to Remember:

Next week will be our Harvest Assembly- Please bring in any food donations before Wednesday 10th October.

Please name all jumpers and cardigans. It makes them so much easier to find when the children have misplaced them.

A Busy Second Week Back!

It has been a busy week in Year 2 and the children are settling well.

In Maths we have been looking at place value and our understanding of tens and ones. The children have been making and representing two digit numbers in a range of ways and partitioning them (splitting them up). This is a vital skill that will help them to add and subtract larger numbers as we progress through the year.  Next week, we will be continuing to look at place value and will be ordering numbers up to 100, as well as locating them on a number line and comparing them using the vocabulary greater than, more than, less than and equal to.

In English, we have been reading ‘Traction Man is Here’ written by Mini Grey, which is all about a action figure toy that undertakes household adventures. The children have really enjoyed the book and are currently working on creating their own mini Traction Man adventures, which we are going to turn into our own book next week. The children will continue on the theme of toys in next week’s learning,  and we would like them to bring in one of their favourite toys to describe, which will consolidate their learning on adjectives and how to use them effectively.

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In our topic sessions, the children have relentlessly covered many areas. At the start of the week we looked at the different types of home people live in, naming them and describing their features. Then we continued to learn our Friendship Song in music. In science, we learned about how humans change and grow and how this compares to the life-cycle of other animals. Next week, we will look at the changes that happen to humans as they grow in more detail and we will talk about the biological differences between men and women. There was a letter sent on Thursday 13th September to provide more details on this.

This week,Lifeboats also learned to play the Friendship Song on glockenspiel whilst Coastguards completed a Mondrian inspired piece of computer art. The classes will swap over next week to undertake the other activity.

 

Reading books will be sent home as soon as our phonics assessment period is completed in line with our new system. The library is open to take books home still in the interim period.

Homework will be sent out today, to be returned for next Thursday. There will be a spelling test based on the spellings sent home today on Thursday morning.