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Year 2

Summer 1

We are exploring the big question...

 

Would you rather live in the town or the countryside?

We are exploring different habitats and the plants and animals that live there. We are comparing towns like Sutton-in-Ashfield to the countryside. To help us do this, we are going to visit Perlethorpe and carry out some fieldwork and science investigations. We need to know which animals and plants live in the woodland, grassland and wetlands and how this is different to the plants and animals in our local area. We hope to see some really interesting creatures there!

To help us find out more about these contrasting localities and what it is like to live in them, we are reading about Six Dinner Sid and Jock the cat. We are reading The Town Mouse and the Country Mouse as well. We are describing different settings and using these settings to write our own stories.

We are exploring the work of the artists who draw and paint landscapes and townscapes such as Monet, Van Gogh, Turner and Metzinger. We are depicting the towns and countryside we have observed in the style of these famous artists.

 

In Maths, we have been comparing the weights of animals in grams using greater, smaller and equals signs showing our super number knowledge to 100. We have also been collecting, sorting and representing data to show our favourite Whitepost Roadshow pet.

In Maths, we have been comparing the weights of animals in grams using greater, smaller and equals signs showing our super number knowledge to 100. We have also been collecting, sorting and representing data to show our favourite Whitepost Roadshow pet. 1
In Maths, we have been comparing the weights of animals in grams using greater, smaller and equals signs showing our super number knowledge to 100. We have also been collecting, sorting and representing data to show our favourite Whitepost Roadshow pet. 2

We ran a mile for Sport Relief! In fact, most of us ran much further than a mile. Some of us even skipped our mile. Phew! Money raised for charity? Tick! Exercise to help us keep fit? Tick! Lots of fun? TICK!

We ran a mile for Sport Relief! In fact, most of us ran much further than a mile. Some of us even skipped our mile. Phew! Money raised for charity? Tick! Exercise to help us keep fit? Tick! Lots of fun? TICK! 1
We ran a mile for Sport Relief! In fact, most of us ran much further than a mile. Some of us even skipped our mile. Phew! Money raised for charity? Tick! Exercise to help us keep fit? Tick! Lots of fun? TICK! 2
We ran a mile for Sport Relief! In fact, most of us ran much further than a mile. Some of us even skipped our mile. Phew! Money raised for charity? Tick! Exercise to help us keep fit? Tick! Lots of fun? TICK! 3
We ran a mile for Sport Relief! In fact, most of us ran much further than a mile. Some of us even skipped our mile. Phew! Money raised for charity? Tick! Exercise to help us keep fit? Tick! Lots of fun? TICK! 4

We have been learning, reciting and adding actions to our chosen class poem 'The Terrible Ten' by James Carter. We were very creative with our actions to bring our performance to life! We also chose our own poem around the theme of animals and performed it to the class, offering our opinions on why we liked it best. We had lots of fun!

We have been learning, reciting and adding actions to our chosen class poem 'The Terrible Ten' by James Carter. We were very creative with our actions to bring our performance to life! We also chose our own poem around the theme of animals and performed it to the class, offering our opinions on why we liked it best. We had lots of fun! 1
We have been learning, reciting and adding actions to our chosen class poem 'The Terrible Ten' by James Carter. We were very creative with our actions to bring our performance to life! We also chose our own poem around the theme of animals and performed it to the class, offering our opinions on why we liked it best. We had lots of fun! 2
We have been learning, reciting and adding actions to our chosen class poem 'The Terrible Ten' by James Carter. We were very creative with our actions to bring our performance to life! We also chose our own poem around the theme of animals and performed it to the class, offering our opinions on why we liked it best. We had lots of fun! 3
We have been learning, reciting and adding actions to our chosen class poem 'The Terrible Ten' by James Carter. We were very creative with our actions to bring our performance to life! We also chose our own poem around the theme of animals and performed it to the class, offering our opinions on why we liked it best. We had lots of fun! 4
We have been learning, reciting and adding actions to our chosen class poem 'The Terrible Ten' by James Carter. We were very creative with our actions to bring our performance to life! We also chose our own poem around the theme of animals and performed it to the class, offering our opinions on why we liked it best. We had lots of fun! 5
We have been learning, reciting and adding actions to our chosen class poem 'The Terrible Ten' by James Carter. We were very creative with our actions to bring our performance to life! We also chose our own poem around the theme of animals and performed it to the class, offering our opinions on why we liked it best. We had lots of fun! 6
We have been learning, reciting and adding actions to our chosen class poem 'The Terrible Ten' by James Carter. We were very creative with our actions to bring our performance to life! We also chose our own poem around the theme of animals and performed it to the class, offering our opinions on why we liked it best. We had lots of fun! 7

We have been enjoying using our role-play areas this term. We have been reading to make ourselves experts on the role of a vet and solving multiplication word problems in the context of the pet shop.

We have been enjoying using our role-play areas this term. We have been reading to make ourselves experts on the role of a vet and solving multiplication word problems in the context of the pet shop. 1
We have been enjoying using our role-play areas this term. We have been reading to make ourselves experts on the role of a vet and solving multiplication word problems in the context of the pet shop. 2
We have been enjoying using our role-play areas this term. We have been reading to make ourselves experts on the role of a vet and solving multiplication word problems in the context of the pet shop. 3

The Day the Pets Visited Year Two!

 

White Post Farm came to our class this term! We met some furry and not so furry pets. We found out how to care for the animals responsibly. We met a Pygmy Hedgehog which had been donated to White Post Farm so it could be cared for properly. We learned about the importance of feeding and housing pets - even the exotic pets. We had the chance to hold and stroke some of the pets. We met a python, a bearded dragon, a rabbit, a gecko,  hissing cockroaches, chickens, gerbils, mice and snails. We had a fantastic day. Thank you White Post Farm!

A world full of rats on World Book Day!

A world full of rats on World Book Day! 1
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A world full of rats on World Book Day! 3
A world full of rats on World Book Day! 4
A world full of rats on World Book Day! 5
A world full of rats on World Book Day! 6
A world full of rats on World Book Day! 7

We really enjoyed being Ratty the rat to celebrate World Book Day. We used drama to explore Ratty's thoughts and feelings when he was looking for a new owner. Poor Ratty! We wrote adverts to try to find him (and some of the other strange and unusual pets) a home. 

Spring term 2 2018

We are exploring the big question...

 

Would you rather have a lion or a hamster as a pet?

 

We are delving into the animal kingdom this half term to help us find out why some animals are more suitable as pets than others. We are meeting some  interesting creatures when the Whitepost Farm Pet Roadshow comes to school. Which one will we decide that we might like as a pet?!

We are exploring how to care for animals and our own pets by researching and then producing our own non-fiction texts to find out more. We aim to be animal experts soon!

In Science, we are learning about the life cycles of different animals and how food chains work in the wild.

We are reading about some very clever animals like Ratty, Jock and  Six Dinner Sid in our English learning. Would they make a good pet? Let's find out!!

 

We are enjoying taking part in the February bingo reading challenge at home and at school. We have been finding some very interesting places to read in!

We are enjoying taking part in the February bingo reading challenge at home and at school. We have been finding some very interesting places to read in! 1

Spring term 1 2018

We are exploring the question...

Are witches, wolves and princesses good or bad in stories?

We are reading lots of stories which feature witches, wolves and princesses. We are focusing on the work of Korky Paul and Valerie Thomas to help us find out a little more about witches. We are comparing Winnie the witch to Baba Yaga and other witches in more traditional stories to see if there is a difference. In music we are composing a soundscape for Winnie in Winter which we will perform to our friends in key stage one.

In our science and design technology learning we are helping Winnie design and make a new broomstick. We are exploring which materials would be the most suitable for her to make a replacement flying machine! We hope Winnie will like our ideas and our model broomsticks!

 

To learn more about princesses and wolves in stories we are reading lots of books like Cinderella and Little Evie in the Wild Wood. We are reading different versions of the same story and reading traditional stories with a twist. We are using drama and role play to deepen our understanding of characters. We are re-enacting the ball scene in Cinderella (with classical music to dance to) to find out how Cinderella, the Princes and the Ugly Sisters felt. We hope that there is a happy ending!

In computing, we had a great time as we planned a route using commands to help Cinderella get to the Royal Ball. We even did some de-bugging when our commands didn't go right the first time!

In computing, we had a great time as we planned a route using commands to help Cinderella get to the Royal Ball. We even did some de-bugging when our commands didn't go right the first time! 1
In computing, we had a great time as we planned a route using commands to help Cinderella get to the Royal Ball. We even did some de-bugging when our commands didn't go right the first time! 2

We love our roleplay areas this term. We have been doing lots of fantastic story telling!

We love our roleplay areas this term. We have been doing lots of fantastic story telling! 1

In computing we are learning how to take photographs. Look out for some of our fantastic images!

In computing we are learning how to take photographs. Look out for some of our fantastic images! 1

Making a soundscape for Winnie in Winter

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In Design and Technology we explored different ways of joining, fixing and strengthening materials to make a prototype broomstick for Winnie.

In Design and Technology we explored different ways of joining, fixing and strengthening materials to make a prototype broomstick for Winnie. 1
In Design and Technology we explored different ways of joining, fixing and strengthening materials to make a prototype broomstick for Winnie. 2
In Design and Technology we explored different ways of joining, fixing and strengthening materials to make a prototype broomstick for Winnie. 3
In Design and Technology we explored different ways of joining, fixing and strengthening materials to make a prototype broomstick for Winnie. 4
In Design and Technology we explored different ways of joining, fixing and strengthening materials to make a prototype broomstick for Winnie. 5

Our materials investigations to help Winnie make a new broomstick

We worked in the style of the illustrator Korky Paul.

We worked in the style of the illustrator Korky Paul. 1
We worked in the style of the illustrator Korky Paul. 2

Keeping Safe Online

 

We have thought about how we stay safe online. We have made our own rules to follow when we are using technology.

 

  • We always make sure an adult knows what we are doing when we use technology.
  • We think before we click.
  • We keep our passwords safe.
  • We talk about the messages we receive with our grown up.
  • We are friends with people we know.

 

02 have teamed up with the NSPCC to give parents a series of emails to support online safety at home. Find the link on the Parents' section of the website.

 

 

Autumn Term 2017

Autumn 2 2017 Why is London on the map?

We have been finding out about our capital city and its features. We have been researching what it is like. We have been reading the books that Steve Antony has written about the Queen. She gets up to all sorts of exciting adventures that we never would have thought of! 

 

We delved a little deeper into the history of London. We researched the Great Fire of London that left London in ruins in 1666. We found out about Samuel Peyps' diary, why the fire spread so quickly and how the fire stopped. We used lines and shapes to draw St Paul's Cathedral, designed by Sir Christopher Wren.

We celebrated National Children's Book Week by exploring and voting for our favourite author. We had a fantastic afternoon of reading and talking abut the books we enjoyed reading and why. We read together, on our own, as a group in all sorts of  interesting places. We could say which author we liked and why. Colin McNaughton was voted our favourite author but the competition was fierce! Mini Grey, Simon Bartram, Jill Murphy and Emily Gravett were very popular too! 

We love reading on our own, to each other and all together!

We love reading and have a story every day in class. We encourage all our children to read every day in school. Here is some information about reading together at home. See our 'Parents' section of the website for more support and information.

It's Christmas!

 

We spent a cold day at Brackenhurst  Education Centre to learn about the story of The First Christmas. We made Christmas decorations and acted out The Nativity. We answered questions about the story as we walked around the farm. We found out about the cows that work on the farm. We were surprised to see their really long tongues!

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Christmas Dinner Day!

Time to party!

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Autumn One 2017

 

We have had a great start to our life in Year Two! Through our learning challenge curriculum we have been exploring Earth and the places beyond...

 

Where would you rather live...Earth or space?

 

We began our cosmic learning adventure by exploring the moon with Baby Bear in his Whatever Next! story. We explored space and the solar system. We found out more about the moon by reading about Bob, the man on the moon. We learnt about Neil Armstrong and the first moon landing and were really excited to have a visit from the mobile planetarium. It was amazing! We tried to float like an astronaut but learnt that we couldn't because of the force of gravity. We decided to build rockets to take us to the moon as it seemed such an exciting place to go.

As we explored space and the solar system, we wanted to know why we have day and night. We investigated how the Earth orbits the sun and how this affects us. We then researched why some animals like the dark and helped Plop, the barn owl, learn to love being nocturnal. We persuaded him that he was really suited to being a night time hunter!

 

We used all our research to help us decide if we would rather live in Earth or space! Then something very strange happened...an alien crashed his spaceship in our school garden. He was only a baby and he was far away from home so we decided to help him get back to Planet Zoid. We made rockets and wrote him a story to cheer him up. He is home now, back with his family. What an exciting week we had! It's not every day that you meet an alien!

 

 

 

We explored the work of the artist Wassily Kandinsky whilst listening to 'The Planet Suite' by Gustav Holst. We painted out new planets and decided what it would be like to live there.

We explored the work of the artist Wassily Kandinsky whilst listening to 'The Planet Suite' by Gustav Holst.  We painted out new planets and decided what it would be like to live there. 1

What an exciting discovery we made!

What an exciting discovery we made! 1
We celebrated National Poetry Day. We learnt the poem 'Freedom!' and performed it in a poetry slam for our friends. We took the poem home to perform to our families too!

After learning all about Neil Armstrong, we designed and made rockets. We read and followed instructions and then we wrote our own for other people to make our fantastic masterpieces. What fun we had!

After learning all about Neil Armstrong, we designed and made rockets. We read and followed instructions and then we wrote our own for other people to make our fantastic masterpieces. What fun we had! 1
After learning all about Neil Armstrong, we designed and made rockets. We read and followed instructions and then we wrote our own for other people to make our fantastic masterpieces. What fun we had! 2
After learning all about Neil Armstrong, we designed and made rockets. We read and followed instructions and then we wrote our own for other people to make our fantastic masterpieces. What fun we had! 3
After learning all about Neil Armstrong, we designed and made rockets. We read and followed instructions and then we wrote our own for other people to make our fantastic masterpieces. What fun we had! 4
After learning all about Neil Armstrong, we designed and made rockets. We read and followed instructions and then we wrote our own for other people to make our fantastic masterpieces. What fun we had! 5
After learning all about Neil Armstrong, we designed and made rockets. We read and followed instructions and then we wrote our own for other people to make our fantastic masterpieces. What fun we had! 6
After learning all about Neil Armstrong, we designed and made rockets. We read and followed instructions and then we wrote our own for other people to make our fantastic masterpieces. What fun we had! 7
After learning all about Neil Armstrong, we designed and made rockets. We read and followed instructions and then we wrote our own for other people to make our fantastic masterpieces. What fun we had! 8
After learning all about Neil Armstrong, we designed and made rockets. We read and followed instructions and then we wrote our own for other people to make our fantastic masterpieces. What fun we had! 9

We practised pastel techniques to create firework pictures.

We practised pastel techniques to create firework pictures. 1
We practised pastel techniques to create firework pictures. 2
We practised pastel techniques to create firework pictures. 3

We have explored light and dark in our science learning.

Why can't I float like an astronaut? Exploring the force of gravity on Earth!

Discovering space in our very own planetarium!

Discovering space in our very own planetarium! 1
Discovering space in our very own planetarium! 2
Discovering space in our very own planetarium! 3
Discovering space in our very own planetarium! 4
Discovering space in our very own planetarium! 5

Art Gallery in school

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Our beautiful artwork

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