Autumn Term 1 2019-20
Year 2 Parent Newsletter AT1 2019
Year 1&2 AT1 (B) Topic Web_How has London changed 2019_20
The National Space Centre
Year 2 (and Year 1) had a wonderful time on our trip to the National Space Centre last week. We enjoyed exploring the exhibits and the highlights for the children included: seeing real rockets and capsules; seeing the spacesuit that Tim Peake wore; trying out the interactive rocket launches and sitting in a Mercury capsule. We also really enjoyed the planetarium show that certainly made it feel like we were in space! Thanks so much to all of our helpers that came along – we couldn’t have done it without you all.
Year 2 have been learning to play the glockenspiel this term. We have learnt about three new tunes using the notes C, D, E and F. It has been fun getting to learn how to read simple notes on a stave. We are hoping to perform to another class soon.
Year 1 and 2 had a fantastic Australian Wow Day last week. We came dressed as Australian animals or famous people. We spent the morning painting, cooking and creating Australian stories on the iPad. We particularly enjoyed making and eating Lamingtons. In the afternoon, we made Aboriginal rainsticks and decorated them, followed by some Australian stories.
Summer Term 1 2018_19
Year 1 & 2 Summer T1 (A) Topic Web – When I’m asleep, who’s awake
During Science Week, Year 2 enjoyed learning about the impact that plastic is having on our environment. We learnt the term ‘single-use’ and then created more uses for plastic that we had brought in. We also focused on the plight of the sea turtles. They often eat plastic bags in the ocean because they look a lot like jellyfish. We used plastic bags and bottle lids to make a giant piece of art for our school hall. We hope it will raise awareness for the rest of our school community to stop throwing away plastic bags.
During our Computing lessons this term, we are learning about flick book animations. We started off by actually trying to make them. The key to success is to keep them simple! Now we are going to start using a program called 2Animate to help us make them digitally.
World Book Day
The class had a great time dressing up as their favourite book characters. Because I was dressed as Harry Potter, we also had a wonderful wizard-themed day. We wrote special courage potions, worked out fractions of potion ingredients and then in the afternoon…. we actually made some special potions!
On Thursday 14th March, the whole school had a great time celebrating Pi Day. Year 2 learnt about the number Pi, along with the key words related to a circle. We made a circle in the hall with Year 1 and found out about circumference, radius and diameter.
We also worked with our Year 4 learning partners to make a Pi Day bracelet which then went home. Great fun was had by all!
We came back to school after half-term to an exciting discovery in the infant playground – what looked like a dinosaur footprint had been found by a palaeontologist called Dino Dan. He wrote us a letter and asked us to find out more. Since then, Year 2 has been busy learning as much as possible about dinosaurs and their fossils. We’ve had fossils being brought in and dinosaur books too. We can’t wait to write back to him and let him know what we’ve discovered. Watch this space!
Elephants in Leamington Spa!
We are having a wonderful time learning about the local history of Royal Leamington Spa! Last week, we spent the day walking around the town and enjoying all of the historic sights such as: the town hall, Jephson Gardens, the Pump Rooms, Victoria Bridge and the All Saints’ Parish Church. The children also got to enjoy a workshop in the Pump Rooms creating clay elephants. The children were exhausted and happy when we got back!
This week, Year 2 visited the library in the village. We learnt about more of our topic by doing a treasure hunt through the library, looking for clues. Then, we got to hear a story about an elephant called Elmer. Thank you very much Sue for teaching us!
We have been learning the new skill of division recently, using concrete apparatus to support us. When we divide by 2, we know we are sharing with 2 people, or putting into groups of 2. This means we can also divide by 5 and 10 really easily.
Recently, we have been learning the new skill of using directional language to program a robot on the computer. We have had to work through all of the steps using a program called 2Go. It’s a bit like using floor robots (BlueBots) but harder. It forces us to think a few steps ahead and use correct directions.
We have been working our way towards using the large apparatus in the hall this term. Finally, we got there! We have been experimenting with travelling safely up high and finding new ways to go through, up, along and over the equipment.
We have worked hard over the last few weeks to learn a new skill – sewing! We have been designing, sewing and decorating a mitten. First, we evaluated what made a mitten successful and then created our own success criteria. Then, we learnt a simple running stitch. We had to learn to cut felt carefully using fabric scissors. With support, we sewed the two pieces together and then decorated with fur and extra felt. The end results are amazing! All of Year 2 feels very proud of their mittens.
What a fantastic time we had performing our Christmas production of Hey Ewe for all the parents! Year 2 worked so hard, along with Year 1 and Reception. The lines were learnt, the songs were sung and stage directions rehearsed. It was a packed hall on Tuesday afternoon and evening, and many parents and school staff felt extremely proud as they watched. Well done everybody for all of their hard work!
An exciting delivery was made on Wednesday afternoon. A letter from Father Christmas! He had heard about our learning this term and wondered if we could help him with keeping his hot chocolate warm on Christmas Eve! We set off to find out the best material to keep hot chocolate warm, and the children worked in small groups. We used thermometers to measure the temperature throughout the afternoon and discovered that, apart from an insulated jug, the best material to keep it warm was jumper fabric! So, we wrote back to Father Christmas and we shall wait and see if it helps him out (we did want to send him an insulated jug for Christmas!).
As part of Anti-Bullying Week, Year 2 came in with their odd socks on Monday. We talked about making sure everyone has someone to play with and what we can do to be a good friend. We celebrate our uniqueness in Year 2!
On Wednesday 21st November, Year 2 watched a live screening of Romeo and Juliet from the Royal Shakespeare Company. It was a brilliant morning that the children loved. Even though the language was tricky, the children coped really well with the storyline and loved finding out about the two families that didn’t get on. Here is a fab quote from Eve which sums it all up:
“If the two families weren’t fighting, then it wouldn’t have been a tragedy”
The weather has been getting colder lately and as part of our geography learning, we went on a ‘winter walk’ this week. The children noticed signs of the season changing from autumn into winter. We spotted bare branches, cold air, low sun, not many plants growing and a need for a coat!