Year 2 Coastline Hook Event – 14.6.22.
This afternoon, Year 2 headed outside to celebrate the start of our new learning journey ‘Coastline’. We are extremely lucky to have a sea view from our school and enjoyed looking out to sea and talking about all the things we could see. Some of used watercolour paints to paint the landscape whilst some of us used sand to create sand art. There was even some time for us to build some sandcastles and see the effects coastal erosion over time.
We had a lovely afternoon and cannot wait to learn more about the coast in our topic!
This afternoon, Year 2 thought about what an artist is and the different types of media they use to create their artwork. We learnt a new media called collage and created our own floral collages, thinking about texture, shade and pattern for the different parts of our flowers. We had to be resilient as we found that collages can take some time as they are very detailed. We thoroughly enjoyed it and were keen to share our artwork with our friends and were proud of our hard work!
Palm Class had a fantastic day at Occombe Farm this week. Our trip started with a nature trail, learning about plants and trees on the farm. We then enjoyed learning about how to make pizza and picking our own fresh herbs from the garden. We even planted our own sunflower seeds and have been caring for them in class, making sure they have everything they need to grow. Our favourite part of the day was feeding the goats!
Apple Class enjoyed the glorious weather at Occombe Farm today. We learned all about how to make pizza and the plants used to make it. We even got to pick our own fresh toppings from the garden. While it was cooking, we went to visit the animals. After lunch, we planted some seeds and headed off into the nature trail to learn more about the plants on the farm.
Year 2 have been learning key skills in gymnastics. We have learned how to use the equipment safely; jump whilst making different shapes; make jumps which include a turn and change direction whilst travelling.
Take a look at some of our moves.
To celebrate World Book Day, we dressed up as a word to take part in a vocabulary parade and learn lots of new words! We have also enjoyed listening to lots of stories and learning new vocabulary from our friends around school. Here are just a few of our costumes, can you guess what word they are dressed as?
To celebrate World Book Day, Palm Class spent the afternoon creating Reading themed bunting to hang in our School Library. We were really keen to tell our friends all about our favourite book and the characters we have enjoyed reading about. We made it really colourful and have gone home with many book recommendations that we are excited to read! What is your favourite book? Who is your favourite book character?
We really enjoyed World Book Day today and all the activities we have been doing this week. Yesterday, we learned from illustrator Rob Biddulph about how to draw characters from some of his books (we even found some of his books in our Book Buzz area). Today we put those drawing skills to use when making some reading bunting for the library.
Year Two enjoyed their first day back after half term today. Not only was it the the start of book week but also the start of our new learning journey.
We had great fun dressing as kings a queens. We also got to sculpt kings and queens out of clay.
In the afternoon we manipulated our cardboard boxes to build castles and used them to role play. It was fabulous to see not only the different parts of the outside of castle such as the keep and drawbridge but also there was lots of thinking about the inside too. Where would prisoners go? Where is best to keep valuable? Would the princess need a dressing table? How will we keep safe from our enemies?
Today in Palm Class, we went on a walk around the school to find things that would protect us, if we were to meet a Big Bad Wolf. In Literacy and Guided Reading we have been learning about alternative endings to traditional tales. Demonstrating resourcefulness, we found objects from nature which have a dual purpose! Who knew that wolves hated worms? Or that they are allergic to daisies? We employed lots of reasoning, using our oracy skills, to gather our objects. Our favourite idea was to use bricks so the Wolf would stub his toes and not be able to chase us.
As part of our ongoing learning in RE about Islam, we have been thinking about alternative names for ourselves such as, brother, sister etc. Inspired by The 99 Beautiful Names of Allah. We taken time to design our own geometric patterns inspired by the Mosques of Saudi Arabia. Looking at other people’s religions have allowed us to consider how we form positive relationships with others, sensitive to their beliefs.
In Year 2, we have been immersed into music. We have learned to use our voices expressively by listening to opera, Native American chanting and listening to Inuit throat singing (which was our favourite).
We have been learning all about the pulse of music and dancing and clapping in time to different songs with varying pulses.
Happily, we have also explored how different instruments work so we can apply this to making our own later in the week during our design and technology lessons.
To launch the start of our new Learning Journey, ‘Beat Band Boogie!’, the Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Band came to visit Year 2 today! We got to watch them perform, ask lots of questions and even got to play some of their percussion instruments. We learnt about different types of instruments, rhythm and beats. We are very excited about our new Learning Journey.
Today in Year 2, we were learning about how easily germs can spread through direct and indirect contact. To investigate this, we put glitter on our hands to replicate invisible germs, and then played a game of ‘Stuck in the mud’ to help us observe what happens to germs. We concluded that germs spread very easily and that’s why it is so important that we wash our hands regularly and well.
In Palm Class, we have been enjoying weekly Yoga sessions as part of our PE lessons this term. We have learnt how Yoga can help us relax and help us get back into the green zone. We have also learnt many Yoga positions – our favourite is tree pose!
What is your favourite pose?
This week is anti-bullying week and we have been learning about the ripple effect of kindness.
To represent this, we started with one kind word on a bit of paper and then joined it to another and another until the kindness had caught everyone.
What kind act could you do at home?
Today, Palm Class were learning all about Remembrance Day and why we honour the soldiers. We discussed the importance of remembering the soldiers and the sacrifices they made. We also learned the significance of the poppy and why it is a symbol of Remembrance. To help us honour the soldiers on Remembrance Day, we spent the morning creating a class Remembrance wreath using paint to create a handprint poppy. We hope to display this during our 2 minutes silence.
In Year 2, Palm class have been learning to find the difference by using the calculation ‘minuend – subtrahend = difference’. Today we used a place value chart and dienes to help us subtract a 2 digit number from a 2 digit number. We found ourselves in the learning pit to begin with but we were able to use our growth mindsets and resilience to help us plan effective strategies.
In Palm class, we have been expanding our vocabulary in our Literacy learning journey, all about biographies and significant people. We were surprised to find out that research shows that people who know and use a wider vocabulary are more likely to be successful in their lives! We collaborated to discuss why we thought some adjectives were more powerful than others, making sure to use our high order questioning bubbles to deepen our partner’s reasoning.
To kick start our new learning journey ‘Movers and Shakers’ we discussed our own future aspirations. Then we invited some inspirational people into our classroom to come and meet us.
Today, Apple Class began a science investigation to answer the question ‘Where do snails go?’ We rounded up, measured, identified and marked different snails before putting them all in one spot. Later in the week, will predict what we think the snails will do, before hunting them down again and marking their movements on a map.
In Palm class, we have been story mapping our new class text “Augustus and his smile”. We are doing this to try and help us learn the story, learn all of its features and expand our vocabulary. We have really enjoyed working as a team and making actions to go alongside the words. We are very resilient when practicing our story mapping as we often forget the words or actions and remind ourselves that mistakes are our friends! We think it might be one of our favourite books we have learnt about so far.
This week in P.E, we were lucky enough to have a visitor to help us with practising dribbling a ball. We then applied our skills into some team games.
Today, we also focused on our catching and being able to stop a ball by putting our foot on the top of it.
In Year 2, Palm class spent the afternoon thinking about what it means to be an artist. We explored the different lines, shades and patterns that can all be created with just a pencil! Using our pencil in a variety of ways enabled us to create some excellent observational sketches of minibeasts. We used our growth mindset and resilience to improve our sketches following feedback from a critical friend. We had a lovely afternoon and are excited to use colouring pencils in similar ways soon!
Today, Year Two headed outside to write down the key names of human and physical features in the area they completed their bug hunts. We noted down words such as field, woods, houses and After that, we headed back to class and began to draw our sketch maps. We also included keys on our maps. Can you remember what a key is?
Palm Class have had a wonderful first week back at school! This week we went on a bug hunt around the school and used a variety of scientific equipment to help us explore and investigate. We have also worked hard on using our learning values this week to help us solve metacognitive activities. We have settled in well to Year 2 and are very excited for the year ahead!
What a fantastic start to Year Two Apple Class had.
We spent a large portion of the day hunting for minibeasts high and low. We found them when we shook trees, we found them under logs and we even found them in the pond.
Can you remember the names of any of the creatures you found?
Can you remember the names given to the equipment we were using and how to use it?
In our Learning Journey, Coastline, we have been learning all about the RNLI and why it is an important charity that people should donate money too. Apple class have been busy making lifeboat models out of things they have found in their houses. They have used their creativity and knowledge of lifeboats to help them make their model. Together, we evaluated our models and took on board feedback from our peers as to how we could improve it next time (Just like in Austin’s Butterfly). We have also written a persuasive piece of text to persuade people to donate to the RNLI!
This year we have made a sculpture for the art trail in Teignmouth. The sculpture features a piece of artwork from each class, Forest school, breakfast and after school club, and Little Acorns. Each class had a school value to represent on their piece and we are sure you will agree they did a fantastic job! All the children and staff, joined in by leaving their own mark or fingerprint on the artwork. Please pop down to the seafront and take a look, the sculpture is in the flower bed close to the pier. Please remember to vote for our sculpture once the voting opens. As soon as we get the voting information, we will pass it on to you.
Apple Class are currently remote learning and have been using their persuasive skills to persuade their parents and guardians to do a variety of things. They used the metacognitive cycle to plan, monitor and evaluate their persuasive techniques. Miss Hazell is immensely proud of how they have all showed great resilience and used their Growth Mindsets as for some, it was particularly challenging to persuade their parents and guardians!
In Maths, Apple Class have been learning to add 2 digit numbers together. We are working on increasing our mental arithmetic speed and have been playing the Fruit Splat game to help us. We recognised that we were in the learning pit at first but, with practice of our Math skills, we are now climbing out of it! We have all showed great resilience and collaboration when encouraging each other during our turns.
Year 2 took part in a sack race, baton relay, tennis ball relay and beanbag throwing this morning. They were very resilient in trying their best, despite the rain and were not afraid to take a risk! They used their excellent relationships to encourage each other, regardless of whether someone was in their team. The Year 2 Teaching Team are extremely proud of all of their collaboration and attitude to Sports week.
Year 2 took part in the Sports Day races this morning and all should be very proud of themselves. They demonstrated great collaboration and team work when encouraging each other during the races. They all did a fantastic job and did their very best!
Apple class interviewed Mr Ludford, asking questions about Hazeldown’s history. We learned a lot from Mr Ludford and are excited to begin our learning journey ‘School Days’.
Today in Apple class, we received a very exciting piece of mail from Laura Wall after we sent her our brilliant stories. She ACTUALLY wrote to us and told us how amazing our stories were – we couldn’t believe it! We used the metacognitive cycle to plan, monitor and evaluate our stories and showed great resilience when receiving feedback to improve our work.
In Year 2, we have been learning about narratives and have used our growth mindsets to produce stories for Laura Wall. We based our stories on ‘The Enormous Turnip’ and explored a range of other stories linking with our Learning Journey, ‘The Scented Garden’. We also demonstrated great resilience in using the metacognition cycle to plan, monitor and evaluate our stories, using our purple pen to make progress in our learning. We are very excited for Laura to read our stories!
We talked about Muslim beliefs and the meaning behind them. We also discussed the importance of respecting the beliefs of others. We then spent the afternoon creating posters on the The Five Pillars of Islam and talking about the similarities between Christianity and Islam. The children showed empathy towards others in the class who have different beliefs to theirs.
A member of Apple Class received some exciting post this week from His Royal Highness, The Prince of Wales! Back in January during our learning topic ‘Magnificent Monarchs’, this particular child wrote a letter to the Prince of Wales, offering him some advice after being inspired during the topic. Although quite delayed, Apple Class was delighted to hear the response!
In Apple class, we explored plants and did some observational drawings of them. Firstly, we watched ‘Austin’s Butterfly’ and talked about how we can plan, monitor and evaluate (metacognition) our work and improve it through several attempts. We had to look carefully at the size, shape and texture of the plants and work together to give each other effective feedback. We had lots of fun and enjoyed using colouring pencils, wax crayons and art pencils to complete our drawings!
Palm Class were learning all about the parts of a plant yesterday. What better way to learn than taking apart the plants themselves and investigating what they can see under a microscope. Palm Class were amazed at what plants and flowers looked like under the microscope and how different types of flowers varied. The children were fantastic investigators and showcased some excellent scientific discoveries.
As part of our learning topic “The Scented Garden’, Apple Class brought in lots of flowers, herbs and plants to recreate our very own Hazeldown Garden centre. We talked about the properties of the plants, how they grow and how we can look after them, asking plenty of scientific questions. We enjoyed discovering the enchanting fragrances of flowers and herbs too, using our 5 senses to explore the plants in different ways. Some of us did some observational drawings, smelt the plants, take close up pictures, look through a magnifying glass and dissect some flowers. We found it fascinating and we are excited to continue our learning topic!
Our new learning journey is called ‘The Scented Garden’ and today we went on a walk around the school to discover what flowers we ready have growing in school. We found daffodils, daisies and buttercups but we couldn’t find geraniums or hydrangeas. We had a conversation about why this would be. It was so lovely to be in the sunshine and we now can’t wait to create our very own garden centre later this week.
Palm Class have been working hard this term learning all about different types of music from opera to body percussion. They have been thinking about different instruments and how alternative pieces types of music make them feel.
Today they finished journaling all their work and worked hard to create their own journey through their SOLE book to showcase their learning.
In Apple class, we made Easter baskets using coloured card and glue. We had to follow instructions very carefully and showed great resilience, collaboration and empathy when making our baskets. Some of us even made eggs out of paper to put inside our baskets – it was lots of fun and we cannot wait to use them for an egg hunt in the holidays!
Palm Class took part in a ‘guess the sound quiz’ where they had to write down what they thought each sound they heard was.
They then had to decide whether the sounds were easy or hard to identify. It was a fun SOLE activity and got them to listen very carefully to the things around them.
We found the easiest sounds to identify were the dog barking and the bird tweeting. The hardest sound so to identify was toast popping out of the toaster.
Palm Class have spent all week learning about 3D shapes. They have learnt about cubes, cuboids, cylinders and spheres.
Today we had some fun creating cubes, cuboids and pyramids out of spaghetti and marshmellows. Palm Class made some excellent creations and we were really proud of themselves.
This week is Science week and today we looked at pictures and discussed what we thought was going on in them. In one of the pictures, we thought that a group of people were dancing and we talked about what is different about the dancers, how children might dance compared to adults and how bodies move. We listened to a variety of music types and even had a dance with Mr Quint! It was lots of fun!
For one of our activities in science week Year 2 have been having discussions about the odd ones out!
They had to look at the 3 images and discuss as many similarities and differences as they could. They thought about:
- what they do
- where they might be found
Then, as a class we decided which one is the odd one out and why. The class thought about justifying all of their answers … there was no wrong answer! Palm class then had a go at creating their own.
Here are some great photos from the children who were at home learning on World Book Day.
It looks like you all had a great World Book Day!
For their final home-schooling SOLE project Year 2 had to make a rubber band guitar from recycled packaging and elastic bands. Old cereal boxes, yoghurt pots, plastic ice cream tubs and tin cans all made interesting instruments.
The children had to choose recycled materials independently, considering which they think would make an effective sound when the rubber bands were plucked.
This was their task:
- Choose materials
- Think about how the sounds were made
- Write their predication
- Draw a design of the guitar
- Make the guitar
- Play it and experiment with different sound
- Think about whether their prediction was correct?
- Decorate their guitar (paint, stickers, glitter etc)
- Have some fun with their new instrument.
Here are a few examples of what they came up with: