Crown making in Year 2 – 08.01.21
In Year 2, as part of our learning journey, we spent the afternoon researching facts about crowns and why members of the royal family wear them. Then, we made our own crowns, using card, jewels, cotton wool and lots of other colourful things!
Today, in Apple class we had a visitor from Coram Education, the charity responsible for our PSHE resource SCARF. We had an exciting afternoon talking about friendships and our bodies. We even met a new friend – Harold the Giraffe! Harold and his friends were having a party and we helped them solve some problems. We had a wonderful time and are now more aware of other people’s feelings.
This week in Apple class, we have been learning about many significant people from the past. We have been learning about Rosa Parks especially and her stand against racism. We were very surprised to learn that in the past, racial inequality existed and stopped certain individuals from living as they do now. We have acted out a scene of Rosa Parks’ protest on a bus and discussed why this was an important part of History! ;
Today the children of Apple class had the chance to plant their own seeds. The children planted broad beans and cress and placed then on the window sill to see what they will turn into. The children used soil or saturated paper towel to help their seeds grow.
Watch this space for updates on how the seeds are doing!
Today, Apple class got the opportunity to take part in some archery. They had a go at firing the arrows at the target trying to get a score of 10.
The second game the children had a go at was making a pizza. In their teams they had to score one of each point.
The children really enjoyed it and were proud of their efforts.
Year 2s current learning journey has seen us leaning all about bugs and minibeats. Most recently we have been learning about the lifecycle of a butterfly. Today Apple Class were lucky enough to watch some butterflies, that had been cared for by a member of our class, be released into the wild.
We would like to say a big thank you to all those involved.
Year 2 have enjoyed using their pebbles today to make their very own minibeasts. We now have an amazing selection of ladybirds, bumble bees, big, scary spiders and beautiful butterflies.
Well done Year 2 for being soooo creative!
We had a great morning in literacy today being interviewers and characters from our stories. We asked questions about how we feel and what we want more than anything else in the world and our characters answered really well.
We had an evil king who wanted a castle to live in, a princess who was lost in the woods and a fairy who was lonely.
What other characters do you think should be in a fairytale?
Year 2 were incredibly excited for their school trip to Coombe Valley Nature Reserve to do a litter pick. They trundled down the hill with smiles on their faces not knowing how much rubbish they would find. Straight away they noticed a bin that had tipped over and emptied its contents on the road and pavement, but further on down they saw the bin men collecting it all and recycling it.
Upon arriving at the nature reserve, we were split into two teams, one was to go food hunting for squirrels and dormice whilst the others did a litter pick. Everyone had a great time.
This afternoon Year 2 have had a great time completing a range of activities linked to our topic of Trash Bash.
They were sorting different materials and explaining why things went where they did, they recycled old bottles and created shakers, made predictions for science and created some circle art. All were engaged and loved the different activities.
We are however needing some more small drinks bottles, so please bring any in for us if you have any!
This morning, ‘Mrs Jones’ a Teignmouth resident, came in to answer questions the children had about the local area and how they could help keep Teignmouth tidy. They came up with some excellent questions and learnt a lot about how the litter really can damage the environment and animals. They became really aware of the impact of litter upon so many different things and has enthused them to want to encourage people to tidy up.
This morning Key Stage One were visited by Lizzie and Chrissie from Teignbridge Recycling team. They taught us about what happens to all the rubbish in Teignbridge and how much is collected every year. We were surprised to find out that all our glass bottles were collected and taken to Yorkshire to be recycled, but more shocked to find out that all cardboard was sent to China!
They then ran workshops for each of the classes that were fun and interactive and gave each child a present also.
All showed excellent manners as always and sat and listened and learnt so much!
Wow! How lucky are we?
Today we were visited by Lizzie and Chrissie from the Teignbridge Recycling team to talk to us about what is recycled and how we can each better at it. We then got to do an activity which was to guess what objects were made of. Apple Class did brilliantly and made excellent predictions and got every one correct!
Did you know a fleece is made out of plastic bottles?
They were so kind and gave each child a colouring book and pencil because of how well behaved they were.
This morning, Apple Class became feature detectives and searched for our new topic words within our letter example. They worked incredibly hard and collaborated with one another to be successful.
It was noticed that the words that were frequently present within the letter were: “tidy” and “litter”. The children decided they would be the words they must include in their own writing.
Do you know what all our vocabulary words mean?
Can you come up with a definition for each of them?
How lucky were we to have wind today to fly our amazing kites that we made!
We were very excited and proud that they worked! What do you think of our creations?
The new Apple Class have had fun this afternoon making their own kites to fly in the wind! They used teamwork and collaboration skills as the cutting and sticking was tricky.
Keep a look out for our post tomorrow of our finished kites flying!!
We have had a great afternoon creating some marvellous artwork of ourselves using sand! We got sticky and messy, but we had a great time.
We also had a go at some pencil art work, using pastels and choosing our own resource to create a picture of ourself.
We even used some of our learning values when tidying up!
Can you guess which ones?
Apple Class headed outside today to hunt for questions, commas in lists and apostrophes in a piece of text. It’s the start of their new literacy topic on the life cycle of a plant.
As Mr Quint would say “The sun is out the sky is blue.” Apple Class thought that it was too nice to spend the day inside so we took to the playground and field with our books today.
Apple Class had a great time at their sleepover.
Many adults remarked on how polite, grown up and caring they all were. What a wonderful bunch of children they are!
Time for some sporting activities.
Fun in foundation.
We’re ready to take on Year Six learning now.
Singing happy birthday and learning new songs.
The next morning, after a … ummmmm… great night’s sleep.
Grubs up at the sleepover. Lots of smiling faces and full belllies.
This morning, we looked at our poetry that we did last week and responded to the comments made by our teachers.
We helped each other to pick out the good language features we had used such as the rhyming couplets, prepositions and questions, as well as making corrections.
Thank you to everyone who provided cakes for our cake sale and to all those who came along to buy from our stall.
We have yet to decide how the money should be spent although we do have plenty of great ideas.
We are hoping to use it in some of our maths lessons next week so we will let you know the total amount raised shortly.
I’d also like to take this opportunity to thank all the parents who managed to make it in on Friday morning for our maths activities.
Illuminating the streets of Teignmouth, Year 1 and Year 2 children and their families led the way for the lantern procession!
With our magnificent lanterns held high, Hazeldown pupils led the Teignmouth crowds through the winding streets until reaching centre stage in the Triangle, before joining in with a few festive Christmas songs.
What a spectacular sight! It certainly put us all in the Christmas mood to be part of such a lovely community event.
Thank you for wrapping up warm and joining us all with your luminous lanterns. You were all a credit to our school and once again showed your Hazeldown ‘iCan’ spirit and attitudes!
What has made your writing successful?
In pairs, the children took the time to look at the great features of writing that they had included in their big writes and the things that they could be improved upon.
We found conjunctions, adverbs of time, capital letters for proper nouns and exclamation sentences.
What fantastic writers we are!
Today we made the frames for our Christmas lanterns. The children (and adults) had great fun collaborating, sawing, measuring and snipping.
Have a look at some of the great shapes we made ready to be covered on Thursday.
Thank you to everyone who came to help.
In Apple Class we like to keep active and healthy, keeping our muscles working and heart pumping.
Today we were boogying on down with the trolls.
Year Two have been looking at different kinds of fruit. They needed to pay particular attention to the shape and texture as the moulded their clay to look as realistic as possible. What worked really well for you? What could you improve? Could you try at home with some play dough or salt dough?
Well, success! Only yesterday I posted the challenge of making a Tin Man in Ten minutes using the video on our school Blog. Today, in walked Jessica Newton with her tinfoil ballerina made at home last night. Jessica stated quite proudly that she had spent some lovely time working on the figure with her Mum, having watched the video on a Smartphone in the lounge.
A huge well done and here is the tin foil figure.
A huge well done to you all for being such super stars in our first rehearsal in the hall!
Well done for remembering all the songs and dance moves and knowing when it was your turn to come on or go off the stage.
Are you sure you are all ONLY 6 or 7 years old???
With only a few more weeks to go until the big show, keep up this terrific effort and commitment!
Thank you once again for all the brilliant costumes that have been sent in so far. Don’t forget to come and see us if you need any further help.
Year 2 are working their socks off right now as they rehearse for their iCan performances!
Lots of us are learning new skills we never knew we could do. We are certainly all finding the champions within ourselves and each other.
We are incredibly proud of you all for such amazing effort and hard work!
Do you want to be a champion?
Do you want to be a champion of something at home?
Do you want to be a champion of something at school?
We were incredibly lucky today to take part in the amazing NED assembly. We learned some very valuable life lessons to help us encourage each other and ourselves.
Tell someone at home the message NED gave us all today…
Never give up.
Do your best.
Remember, YOU are awesome! YOU are amazing! YOU can do anything and be a champion of whatever you want to be!
A huge thank you to those who have already started bringing your costumes in for our iCan performance.
Here’s a sneaky peak at one of our Taste of India costumes (all provided by school) and our Walk the Dinosaur costumes, for those of you who are being a palaeontologist.
Remember, we are having a dress rehearsal this Friday and it would be great to see as many of you in costume as possible!
Palm Class and Apple Class got their dancing shoes on again today, to rehearse some of their iCan performances.
What a talented bunch we all are!
Watch this space for more sneaky peaks…
Year 2: iCan is coming!
Our Year 2 iCan performances are as follows…
A taste of India: dancing, music and much more!
It’s all about the TAKE: Singing, dancing and taking away!
Everybody walk the DINOSAUR: Music, singing and dancing and fossils!
More details regarding costumes and which acts your child will be performing in to follow soon!
Don’t forget to get your tickets!
This will be a night not to be missed!
Thank you to all of the families who attended our Year 2 SATs information meeting on Friday. It was lovely to see you all.
As mentioned in the meeting, here is the short video clip we showed you to help you gain more of an understanding of what SATs is all about and the increased attainment expectations.
A popular website for looking at past SATs test papers is www.satspapers.org.uk. It allows you to download and print the test papers for you to help your child become even more familiar with the style of questions and the raised expectations.
As always, thank you for your continued support and remember you can speak to any member of the Year 2 team if you have any further questions or concerns.
As highlighted in the meeting, when watching the video below it is important to remember that all children will now be taking both reading papers.
Apple Class started off their new learning journey by heading outside to explore their school grounds to find creepy crawlies. We found lots of creatures lurking in dark damp places. We also created tally charts to show all the different animals we found. Later we drew some real life images of them. Surprisingly, most of them seemed to have smiling faces.
What is your favourite minibeast? What can you tell me about it?
Here is another video we have been using, to show the children a range of subtraction strategies. We have explored lots of different methods to subtract and discovered our personal favourite.
Some of us prefer to jump back along a number line, in tens and ones. For others, we prefer to partition the two digit number and take away the tens first and then take away the ones, in number sentences.
Which method will you use? Why do you prefer that strategy? How could you explain it in a different way?
This video explains the different strategies for Year 2 addition. We recently used a few clips from this video to help demonstrate the different strategies to Palm Class and Apple Class, before applying them into our own addition learning.
It is always extremely useful for the children to see that there can be different methods which can be used in addition. They need to feel secure with their own calculation and will often be challenged to attempt to explain it in a different way, or to prove how they know they have really reached the final total.
The only difference to point out is when we partition a two digit number we are splitting the number into ‘tens’ and ‘ones’ and not ‘units’.
Which addition methods do you like to use the best and why?
Who are these crazy characters and what are they doing?
These Gangsta Grannies and Billionare Boys have been teaching Mr Stink a thing or two about letter writing. They have been using actions to learn the structure, sentence starters and vocabulary.
Can you teach your adults at home?
61 children take subtraction outside! Yes, Palm Class and Apple Class took their subtraction skills outside today. We collaborated together to create blank number lines, to help us subtract two digit numbers from two digit numbers.
First, we wrote the biggest two digit number in our number sentence at the end of our blank number line. After that, we partitioned the other two digit number into tens and ones.
We jumped back in tens to start with and then ones. We recorded our landing numbers each time. Some of us noticed quicker methods to jump back, by jumping 1 big jump instead of smaller jumps. Finally, we counted all our jumps back, to calculate the answer.
96 – 39 = ?
73 – 58 = ?
51 – 27 = ?
How many jumps would you need to make to calculate these subtractions on a blank number line? Which numbers would you land on for each jump? What are the fewest jumps required?
Apple Class have been working hard to earn enough points for their class reward. They had previously chosen to use the sports equipment so they all ventured outside to create obstacle courses, bat and ball games and to use the parachute.
Some of the children have been asking to take more work home. They want to challenge their brothers and sisters. They have also asked for extra spellings in SOLE because they love to write them in the sand and glitter.
Who have you challenged today?