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Autumn Term Two

 

Does everyone on London live like the Queen?

 

We look back in time to explore the Great Fire of London. We find out about the causes and consequences of the fire and the changes it brought about.

We take on the role of architects to explore how London has changed over time. We also find out how the architecture (and the architects) have changed over time. We find out what it is like to live in a big city today and about the famous people who live there, the most famous of all being the Queen.

During this term we learn about the people who haven't got a home and about the issue of homelessness.  We raise money for charity to help people who haven't got  a place to live.

Autumn Term  One 

 

We have had a great start to our life in Year Two! The children have settled in well and are relishing the challenge of Year 2!

 

Through our exciting curriculum we are exploring Earth and the places beyond and want to find out...

 

Why do we call Planet Earth home?

 

At the start of a new year, we learn about our Earth and whether it is the only (and best) place to live. To encourage aspiration, we learn about famous people who weren’t satisfied with staying where they were.  We explore our world and the world beyond, inspired by the explorers who discovered it, both real and fictional. We learn the characteristics that all these explorers have. We investigate how great explored travelled and see if we could emulate them (with the help of our STEM Ambassadors)

We explore whether we have to live on Earth or whether we could live on the moon, investigating conditions for life. We then learn about our place in the world, developing a wider knowledge of it; and how important it is to look after it responsibly if we can’t live on any other planets.

We focus on the impact of litter in our environment and take photos of it. After reading about how Bob keeps the moon clean, we suggest solutions to the litter in our local area. Here, we learn that we should look after our world and not take it for granted and that we should appreciate what we’ve got and take good care of it.

 

In English, we began our cosmic learning adventure by reading about Bob, the man on the moon.  

 

 

 

 

 

Our core text for Autumn 1 is The Man on the Moon by Simon Bartram. It is one of our Year 2 Recommended Reads too. We are also exploring other books written by Simon Bartram.

Our core text for Autumn 1 is The Man on the Moon by Simon Bartram. It is one of our Year 2 Recommended Reads too. We are also exploring other books written by Simon Bartram. 1

We love reading! How many of our Year 2 Recommended Reads have you read so far?

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Have a look at some of the fantastic things that previous Year 2 pupils have done!

 

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 exploring Kenya in our core text about Lila and what happens when the rain doesn't come. We will find out about places far away like Kenya and why it is so important to conserve these precious habitats.

 

 

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 in stories we are reading lots of books like Cinderella and The Paper Bag Princess. We .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 helping Prince Charming find a Princess and will be exploring character traits such as determination, resourcefulness and independence. We hope that there is a happy ending for everyone!

We have been fascinated with the first moon landing. Our teachers think that the reports we have written are 'out of this world'! Come and have a read at them. We are expert historians! We have really enjoyed using art and drama to further our understanding of the significance of Neil Armstrong's footprint on the moon. We thought about the footprint that we would like to leave on the moon. Our role play areas have been brilliant in helping us to take that 'one giant leap for mankind'!

In History we found out all about the first moon landing and about how Neil Armstrong loved space even when he was little. We read that he loved to make aeroplane and rocket models. This inspired us to make our own paper aeroplanes. we tested them to see if they would fly and they did! We then measured our flights using our centimetre and metre knowledge to compare the distances that our planes flew.

Bob's moon - what a fabulous place it is! Designing moon maps was so much fun! We included some features from our reading of the wonderful Simon Bartram books. We enjoyed being navigators, exploring and using the language for position and direction, as we wrote and followed a series of commands for a route around the moon in Bob's Bee Bot rocket. Our skills in de-bugging have really improved as we figured out where we went wrong in our algorithms.

Bob's moon - what a fabulous place it is! Designing moon maps was so much fun! We included some features from our reading of the wonderful Simon Bartram books. We enjoyed being navigators, exploring and using the language for position and direction, as we wrote and followed a series of commands for a route around the moon in Bob's Bee Bot rocket. Our skills in de-bugging have really improved as we figured out where we went wrong in our algorithms. 1
Bob's moon - what a fabulous place it is! Designing moon maps was so much fun! We included some features from our reading of the wonderful Simon Bartram books. We enjoyed being navigators, exploring and using the language for position and direction, as we wrote and followed a series of commands for a route around the moon in Bob's Bee Bot rocket. Our skills in de-bugging have really improved as we figured out where we went wrong in our algorithms. 2
Bob's moon - what a fabulous place it is! Designing moon maps was so much fun! We included some features from our reading of the wonderful Simon Bartram books. We enjoyed being navigators, exploring and using the language for position and direction, as we wrote and followed a series of commands for a route around the moon in Bob's Bee Bot rocket. Our skills in de-bugging have really improved as we figured out where we went wrong in our algorithms. 3
Bob's moon - what a fabulous place it is! Designing moon maps was so much fun! We included some features from our reading of the wonderful Simon Bartram books. We enjoyed being navigators, exploring and using the language for position and direction, as we wrote and followed a series of commands for a route around the moon in Bob's Bee Bot rocket. Our skills in de-bugging have really improved as we figured out where we went wrong in our algorithms. 4

I wonder... How do we get day and night?

 

We decided to be scientists and investigate!

We explored how the Earth turns on an invisible line called an axis. We used the equipment of torches and balls to show the Earth orbiting the sun. We looked closely to see what happened and talked about our findings. We found that one side of the Earth is in shadow, so that is night. The part that is in light is daytime. It was amazing to find out that when we are awake, the people who live in Japan are asleep!

Please watch our explanation here by our fabulous Year 2 expert!

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We have worked incredibly hard to improve our KIRFs score this half term. We felt very proud as we received our certificates. We have been applying our number bond knowledge in addition problem solving this week!

We have worked incredibly hard to improve our KIRFs score this half term. We felt very proud as we received our certificates. We have been applying our number bond knowledge in addition problem solving this week! 1
We have worked incredibly hard to improve our KIRFs score this half term. We felt very proud as we received our certificates. We have been applying our number bond knowledge in addition problem solving this week! 2

The planetarium has landed... in the school hall!!!!! The children have really enjoyed this fascinating experience this week. We found out all about the planets in the solar system and that three astronauts had actually been to the moon in July 1969! We even got to take part in some star gazing where we found out about the different constellations in the night sky. We really enjoyed visiting the big space dome and were so excited to discuss what we have found out back in class. We can't wait to write our non-fiction reports all about Neil Armstrong and the First Moon Landing!

The planetarium has landed... in the school hall!!!!! The children have really enjoyed this fascinating experience this week. We found out all about the planets in the solar system and that three astronauts had actually been to the moon in July 1969! We even got to take part in some star gazing where we found out about the different constellations in the night sky. We really enjoyed visiting the big space dome and were so excited to discuss what we have found out back in class. We can't wait to write our non-fiction reports all about Neil Armstrong and the First Moon Landing!  1
The planetarium has landed... in the school hall!!!!! The children have really enjoyed this fascinating experience this week. We found out all about the planets in the solar system and that three astronauts had actually been to the moon in July 1969! We even got to take part in some star gazing where we found out about the different constellations in the night sky. We really enjoyed visiting the big space dome and were so excited to discuss what we have found out back in class. We can't wait to write our non-fiction reports all about Neil Armstrong and the First Moon Landing!  2
The planetarium has landed... in the school hall!!!!! The children have really enjoyed this fascinating experience this week. We found out all about the planets in the solar system and that three astronauts had actually been to the moon in July 1969! We even got to take part in some star gazing where we found out about the different constellations in the night sky. We really enjoyed visiting the big space dome and were so excited to discuss what we have found out back in class. We can't wait to write our non-fiction reports all about Neil Armstrong and the First Moon Landing!  3
The planetarium has landed... in the school hall!!!!! The children have really enjoyed this fascinating experience this week. We found out all about the planets in the solar system and that three astronauts had actually been to the moon in July 1969! We even got to take part in some star gazing where we found out about the different constellations in the night sky. We really enjoyed visiting the big space dome and were so excited to discuss what we have found out back in class. We can't wait to write our non-fiction reports all about Neil Armstrong and the First Moon Landing!  4
The planetarium has landed... in the school hall!!!!! The children have really enjoyed this fascinating experience this week. We found out all about the planets in the solar system and that three astronauts had actually been to the moon in July 1969! We even got to take part in some star gazing where we found out about the different constellations in the night sky. We really enjoyed visiting the big space dome and were so excited to discuss what we have found out back in class. We can't wait to write our non-fiction reports all about Neil Armstrong and the First Moon Landing!  5
The planetarium has landed... in the school hall!!!!! The children have really enjoyed this fascinating experience this week. We found out all about the planets in the solar system and that three astronauts had actually been to the moon in July 1969! We even got to take part in some star gazing where we found out about the different constellations in the night sky. We really enjoyed visiting the big space dome and were so excited to discuss what we have found out back in class. We can't wait to write our non-fiction reports all about Neil Armstrong and the First Moon Landing!  6
The planetarium has landed... in the school hall!!!!! The children have really enjoyed this fascinating experience this week. We found out all about the planets in the solar system and that three astronauts had actually been to the moon in July 1969! We even got to take part in some star gazing where we found out about the different constellations in the night sky. We really enjoyed visiting the big space dome and were so excited to discuss what we have found out back in class. We can't wait to write our non-fiction reports all about Neil Armstrong and the First Moon Landing!  7
The planetarium has landed... in the school hall!!!!! The children have really enjoyed this fascinating experience this week. We found out all about the planets in the solar system and that three astronauts had actually been to the moon in July 1969! We even got to take part in some star gazing where we found out about the different constellations in the night sky. We really enjoyed visiting the big space dome and were so excited to discuss what we have found out back in class. We can't wait to write our non-fiction reports all about Neil Armstrong and the First Moon Landing!  8
The planetarium has landed... in the school hall!!!!! The children have really enjoyed this fascinating experience this week. We found out all about the planets in the solar system and that three astronauts had actually been to the moon in July 1969! We even got to take part in some star gazing where we found out about the different constellations in the night sky. We really enjoyed visiting the big space dome and were so excited to discuss what we have found out back in class. We can't wait to write our non-fiction reports all about Neil Armstrong and the First Moon Landing!  9

We had lots of fun learning about 2D shapes in Maths. We went on a shape hunt around school and talked about why everyday objects were a particular shape. We made our own tallies to record what we had found and we enjoyed being shape detectives! Also, this week we applied our 2D shape knowledge to make some repeating patterns. We used our describing and reasoning skills to explain how we continued them using shape, size and colour. 2D shape sorting was lots of fun too, we are now experts in the properties of 2D shapes.

We had lots of fun learning about 2D shapes in Maths. We went on a shape hunt around school and talked about why everyday objects were a particular shape. We made our own tallies to record what we had found and we enjoyed being shape detectives! Also, this week we applied our 2D shape knowledge to make some repeating patterns. We used our describing and reasoning skills to explain how we continued them using shape, size and colour. 2D shape sorting was lots of fun too, we are now experts in the properties of 2D shapes. 1
We had lots of fun learning about 2D shapes in Maths. We went on a shape hunt around school and talked about why everyday objects were a particular shape. We made our own tallies to record what we had found and we enjoyed being shape detectives! Also, this week we applied our 2D shape knowledge to make some repeating patterns. We used our describing and reasoning skills to explain how we continued them using shape, size and colour. 2D shape sorting was lots of fun too, we are now experts in the properties of 2D shapes. 2
We had lots of fun learning about 2D shapes in Maths. We went on a shape hunt around school and talked about why everyday objects were a particular shape. We made our own tallies to record what we had found and we enjoyed being shape detectives! Also, this week we applied our 2D shape knowledge to make some repeating patterns. We used our describing and reasoning skills to explain how we continued them using shape, size and colour. 2D shape sorting was lots of fun too, we are now experts in the properties of 2D shapes. 3
We had lots of fun learning about 2D shapes in Maths. We went on a shape hunt around school and talked about why everyday objects were a particular shape. We made our own tallies to record what we had found and we enjoyed being shape detectives! Also, this week we applied our 2D shape knowledge to make some repeating patterns. We used our describing and reasoning skills to explain how we continued them using shape, size and colour. 2D shape sorting was lots of fun too, we are now experts in the properties of 2D shapes. 4
We had lots of fun learning about 2D shapes in Maths. We went on a shape hunt around school and talked about why everyday objects were a particular shape. We made our own tallies to record what we had found and we enjoyed being shape detectives! Also, this week we applied our 2D shape knowledge to make some repeating patterns. We used our describing and reasoning skills to explain how we continued them using shape, size and colour. 2D shape sorting was lots of fun too, we are now experts in the properties of 2D shapes. 5

We celebrated National Poetry Day by reading and exploring the poem, 'Snow Fox' by Liz Brownlee. We closely read each verse and discussed what was happening. We then went into role to explore how the Arctic fox felt in the harsh Arctic winter. Come and have a look at our emotive writing when we've finalised our fantastic work!

We celebrated National Poetry Day by reading and exploring the poem, 'Snow Fox' by Liz Brownlee. We closely read each verse and discussed what was happening. We then went into role to explore how the Arctic fox felt in the harsh Arctic winter. Come and have a look at our emotive writing when we've finalised our fantastic work!  1
We celebrated National Poetry Day by reading and exploring the poem, 'Snow Fox' by Liz Brownlee. We closely read each verse and discussed what was happening. We then went into role to explore how the Arctic fox felt in the harsh Arctic winter. Come and have a look at our emotive writing when we've finalised our fantastic work!  2
We celebrated National Poetry Day by reading and exploring the poem, 'Snow Fox' by Liz Brownlee. We closely read each verse and discussed what was happening. We then went into role to explore how the Arctic fox felt in the harsh Arctic winter. Come and have a look at our emotive writing when we've finalised our fantastic work!  3

In our Science learning, we investigated why we couldn't float like an astronaut. We tried to float and then we tried to make objects float. We learnt that the force of gravity mean that we couldn't float! We then decided to explore if the size or weight of the balls we were testing made a difference to how quickly they fell to the floor. We really enjoyed our investigating!

In our Science learning, we investigated why we couldn't float like an astronaut. We tried to float and then we tried to make objects float. We learnt that the force of gravity mean that we couldn't float! We then decided to explore if the size or weight of the balls we were testing made a difference to how quickly they fell to the floor. We really enjoyed our investigating! 1
In our Science learning, we investigated why we couldn't float like an astronaut. We tried to float and then we tried to make objects float. We learnt that the force of gravity mean that we couldn't float! We then decided to explore if the size or weight of the balls we were testing made a difference to how quickly they fell to the floor. We really enjoyed our investigating! 2
In our Science learning, we investigated why we couldn't float like an astronaut. We tried to float and then we tried to make objects float. We learnt that the force of gravity mean that we couldn't float! We then decided to explore if the size or weight of the balls we were testing made a difference to how quickly they fell to the floor. We really enjoyed our investigating! 3

We have been learning all about Earth and how it is made up of continents and oceans. We carefully mapped these and then explored the giant world map to see if we could name and label them. We also worked together to do a huge jigsaw of Earth, naming the 7 continents and 5 oceans as we put it together. We then wrote our Planet Earth reports and mixed shades of blue and green to finger print the Earth.

We have been learning all about Earth and how it is made up of continents and oceans. We carefully mapped these and then explored the giant world map to see if we could name and label them. We also worked together to do a huge jigsaw of Earth,  naming the 7 continents and 5 oceans as we put it together. We then wrote our Planet Earth reports and mixed shades of blue and green to finger print the Earth. 1
We have been learning all about Earth and how it is made up of continents and oceans. We carefully mapped these and then explored the giant world map to see if we could name and label them. We also worked together to do a huge jigsaw of Earth,  naming the 7 continents and 5 oceans as we put it together. We then wrote our Planet Earth reports and mixed shades of blue and green to finger print the Earth. 2
We have been learning all about Earth and how it is made up of continents and oceans. We carefully mapped these and then explored the giant world map to see if we could name and label them. We also worked together to do a huge jigsaw of Earth,  naming the 7 continents and 5 oceans as we put it together. We then wrote our Planet Earth reports and mixed shades of blue and green to finger print the Earth. 3
We have been learning all about Earth and how it is made up of continents and oceans. We carefully mapped these and then explored the giant world map to see if we could name and label them. We also worked together to do a huge jigsaw of Earth,  naming the 7 continents and 5 oceans as we put it together. We then wrote our Planet Earth reports and mixed shades of blue and green to finger print the Earth. 4
We have been learning all about Earth and how it is made up of continents and oceans. We carefully mapped these and then explored the giant world map to see if we could name and label them. We also worked together to do a huge jigsaw of Earth,  naming the 7 continents and 5 oceans as we put it together. We then wrote our Planet Earth reports and mixed shades of blue and green to finger print the Earth. 5

We love to develop, explore and consolidate our learning through the continuous provision we have in Year 2. Take a look at some of the ways in which we explore, practise and deepen our learning!

We love to develop, explore and consolidate our learning through the continuous provision we have in Year 2. Take a look at some of the ways in which we explore, practise and deepen our learning!  1
We love to develop, explore and consolidate our learning through the continuous provision we have in Year 2. Take a look at some of the ways in which we explore, practise and deepen our learning!  2
We love to develop, explore and consolidate our learning through the continuous provision we have in Year 2. Take a look at some of the ways in which we explore, practise and deepen our learning!  3
We love to develop, explore and consolidate our learning through the continuous provision we have in Year 2. Take a look at some of the ways in which we explore, practise and deepen our learning!  4

We enjoy reading the great books that we have in school. We love to take them home to share too!

We enjoy reading the great books that we have in school. We love to take them home to share too! 1

Summer 2

We are answering the big question...

Why do we like to be beside the seaside?

We had a trip to the seaside in the past with Partake Theatre Company. We had a ride on a steam train, walked along the promenade and even had a swim in the sea!  We sent postcards to our families to tell them all about our trip. We learnt about how the seaside is different to present day. We also learnt that some things are the same. We still like to have an ice-cream at the seaside, just like people did in the past!

 

As part of our learning in Geography and Science, we have been exploring seaside habitats and comparing these to the countryside and town. We have identified the features of the seaside and talked about whether they are human or physical. We have been finding out where people go on their holidays and have done tallies and bar charts to represent our findings. We mapped the places on a map of the world. We found some very interesting places to visit in the future!

 

We have really enjoyed exploring the stories all about the rather clumsy, but very brave, lighthouse keeper, Mr Grinling. We found out that, in one of his adventures, Mr Grinling had a little problem getting through the lighthouse window so Mrs Grinling put him on a diet! To help him get fit, we designed and made a healthy lunch for Mr G and gave him some advice about being healthy.

 

In another story, we read that the lighthouse was getting old and was in need of repair. We explored the purpose of a lighthouse and then designed and made our own lighthouse, applying our fantastic 3D shape knowledge.

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.

 

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 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

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.

 

 

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

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