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Year 2

Spring term 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!

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!

 

 

 

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
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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

Come and have a look at what our fantastic Year 2 pupils have done in previous years!

 

 

Dressing up as our favourite characters on World Book Day

Dressing up as our favourite characters on World Book Day 1
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Dressing up as our favourite characters on World Book Day 3
Dressing up as our favourite characters on World Book Day 4
Dressing up as our favourite characters on World Book Day 5
Dressing up as our favourite characters on World Book Day 6

White Post Animal Roadshow

Art Gallery in school

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Art Gallery in school 5
Art Gallery in school 6

A trip to the seaside at Mansfield Museum

A trip to the seaside at Mansfield Museum 1
A trip to the seaside at Mansfield Museum 2
A trip to the seaside at Mansfield Museum 3
A trip to the seaside at Mansfield Museum 4
A trip to the seaside at Mansfield Museum 5
A trip to the seaside at Mansfield Museum 6
A trip to the seaside at Mansfield Museum 7
A trip to the seaside at Mansfield Museum 8
A trip to the seaside at Mansfield Museum 9
A trip to the seaside at Mansfield Museum 10
A trip to the seaside at Mansfield Museum 11
A trip to the seaside at Mansfield Museum 12
A trip to the seaside at Mansfield Museum 13
A trip to the seaside at Mansfield Museum 14

Cinderella's Kitchen

Cinderella's Kitchen 1

Meeting our special visitors

Meeting our special visitors 1
Meeting our special visitors 2
Meeting our special visitors 3
Meeting our special visitors 4

Our beautiful artwork

Our beautiful artwork 1
Our beautiful artwork 2

The Great Fire of London

The Great Fire of London 1
The Great Fire of London 2
The Great Fire of London 3
The Great Fire of London 4
The Great Fire of London 5
The Great Fire of London 6
The Great Fire of London 7
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