Year 2 (2016-17)
Have a look at what Year 2 got up to in 2016-17!
Summer Term 2017
We have been reading and learning all about the book ‘The Monster Machine’. We have really enjoyed making monsters out of all the recycling that we bought in from home. We then decorated our monsters with paint and lots of different resources. We all had lots of fun making our monsters!
We have enjoyed learning all about Africa! We had a treasure hunt around the school where we found some really interesting artefacts from Africa. We have enjoyed looking at the different artefacts and learning their names and what they are.
In RE we learnt about Pentecost. We made doves and learnt about the fruits of the Holy Spirit.
We enjoyed our class trip to Pershore College this week. We saw lots of different animals and plants and learnt lots of interesting facts. Liam, our guide, allowed us to hold hermit crabs, stick insects, giant African land snails and even touch a snake. The stick insects even crawled up our arms and onto our heads!
In RE we have been learning about Easter. We made Easter wreaths to show what happened to Jesus in Holy Week. We also learnt about the Paschal candle and what each part of it symbolises. We made our own version of the Paschal candle.
Thursday 27th April 2017
We celebrated South Africa’s Freedom today by learning about South Africa, Apartheid and Nelson Mandela, and learning some traditional forms of entertainment such as Gumboot dancing. We sang traditional South African songs in music with Mr Lister. We wore the colours of the flag and learnt about what each of the colours represent. We even made some flags of our own!
We started our Spring term with the book, Dougal’s Deep Sea Diary. In science we looked at what makes boats and ships float.
Inspired by the story, we created underwater art work with a background made with Marbling Inks and a silhouette of a creature.
We then studied the artist JMW Turner and completed these wonderful pieces of work inspired by him.
We planted vegetables as part of a science investigation to learn which environments are best for plants to grow.
Year 2 enjoyed taking part in a local gymnastics tournament. They were brilliantly behaved and enjoyed learning new skills.
For our Winter topic, we imagined what it would be like to live inside a snow globe.
Autumn Term 2016
We have really enjoyed our ‘Fire, Fire’ topic this term. We have been learning about the Great Fire of London, Guy Fawkes and dragons.
The children created wonderful Great Fire of London projects too! Pop into the classroom to see their wonderful work!
We found some dragon’s eggs and a cave in our classroom. We have been using this exciting experience and ‘Tell Me a Dragon’ By Jackie Morris as a driver for our writing this term.
To support our literacy work on developing settings, we went on an Autumn walk and used our senses to describe the environment.
Summer Term 2016
We love science at Holy Redeemer! Last term in Year 2 we were learning about living things, plants and animals.
We enjoyed pond dipping to find out about the life cycle of a frog, growing our own broad beans and finding out about the conditions needed for seeds to germinate, making our own ‘pulse-metres’ to investigate how exercise impacts upon heart rate, and also a trip to Pershore College. Thank you to everyone at Pershore College for making the day so exciting and memorable for the children!
Monsters, Magic and Make Believe!
During the first part of the Summer term in Year 2 our topic was ‘Monsters, Magic and Make Believe’.
From making moving monsters using basic pneumatic systems, to making and writing instructions for making monster potions, much fun has been had by all.
Please enjoy looking at some of the wonderful work pictured below.
Spring Term 2016
‘Take One Picture’
We have been learning about A Roman Triumph by Peter Paul Rubens.
Read some of the wonderful sound poems we wrote after being inspired by the painting.
Trees wooshing calmly
Water trickling down a river under a bridge
Lions roaring, snapping teeth
People chattering loudly
Cow bells jingle-jangle
Elephants’ feet stomping loudly
People chatting and singing happily
Fierce lions roaring as loud as can be
The thump of hyenas jumping up and down laughing
Trumpets booming like elephants walking
Cows mooing anxiously
People chatting excitedly
Hyenas laughing loudly
Cow bells jingling
Lions roaring fiercely
Sharp teeth snapping loudly
Elephants feet stomping firmly
The loud wind howling
Lion roaring as if it was attacking
What a lot of noise!
Here are some of the musical instruments we made to represent the music within the painting.
We focussed on the elephant in the painting more closely, and read ‘The Slightly Annoying Elephant’ by David Walliams. Read some of our writing below-
Selfishly, the ginormous gruesome elephant barged into the small house like a giant rhino! Then he charged up the stairs like lightning, knocking down the old, pretty paintings. After that, he demanded to go to the boiling hot bathroom without asking politely.
The selfish, bossy, annoying elephant banged at the big, brown door as noisily as a plane taking off! It was so loud Sam nearly fell over! Rudely, the huge elephant barged in through the door as if he was going to kidnap Sam. Sam was so scared and shocked that he trembled.
The greedy, selfish elephant clumsily barged past Sam meanly. The lazy, rude elephant lay down in the hot bath whilst poor Sam picked up the pictures. Greedily, the elephant stole all the warm towels.
The rude, selfish elephant marched up the stairs as slow as a slug as he knocked all the pictures off the wall. Selfishly, the clumsy, greedy elephant barged past Sam. Because his trunk was like a ginormous swinging snake, it brushed Sam’s head painfully. Gruesomely, the annoying elephant barged past Sam, and because he was as big as a house, it was like a heard of bulls were in there,
Look at our wonderful elephant projects…
We read the story ‘Handa’s Surprise’ and tasted the different fruits she took to Akeyo. After tasting the fruits we made fruit-kebabs and wrote instructions for how to do this.We voted for our favourite fruit in class and created block graphs and pictograms to represent the data. We also re-wrote the story using British animals and fruits and produce some superb stories!
We love maths in Year 2, but it would be impossible to show you all the fantastic things we do! Here are a few photographs from our Numeracy lesson on 3D shapes.
This term in Year 2 we have been learning about the Great Fire of London. The children have been wonderfully engaged, writing imaginative stories, creating beautiful art work and even baking their own bread!
The children have created a large 3D model of London in 1666 and used drama and singing to re-enact the events of the Great Fire.
To further ignite the children’s interest in the topic, a homework project was set, in which the children were challenged to express their learning in a way which enthused them. The response was fantastic!
The ‘FAB FINALE!’ for our topic took place on the 12th October, when ‘History Off The Page’ visited. Visitors, members of staff and children that walked through the hall could have been forgiven for thinking they had travelled back in time to 1666, as all the children (and adults) looked fantastic in their costumes.
In the morning, the children took on the role of apprentices and learned some of the skills required to make a living in 1666. They became: Weavers, Tanners, Barber Surgeons, Bakers, Apothecary workers, Plague Doctors and even Rat Catchers!
After lunch, the children became archaeologists and had to dig carefully to find evidence of what had existed before the fire. Using maps and other historical sources, the children were encouraged to piece together clues as to who lived where and what happened to them.
They day brought the fire to life in an enjoyable and exciting way and all the children participated with enthusiasm, taking on their roles whole-heartedly. At the end of the day, Mistress Amanda commented on how brilliant the children had been to work with!
Thank you to all the parents/carers who helped make the day possible, and for providing such wonderful costumes.
Look at the yummy bread we made in class…
We hope you enjoy looking at the pieces of art work we have created in class…
Find out more information about this exciting topic:
Click here to learn about Samuel Pepys
Play the Great Fire of London game here
Click here for the Museum of London