Year 2 – Magic Hats 21/01/21
As part of their Literacy leanring this week Year 2 have been learning how to write a set of instructions. They are only 3 lessons in but they have already mastered how to write, memorise, recall and act a set of instructions. They have stared off with making magic hats. Here are some of their creations.
Jude has also been really busy nurturing his seeds. I have been informed his cress is doing really well.
Palm class had fun with glitter today. We did an experiment using glitter as germs to see how easily and quickly germs spread.
One person in the group had glitter on their hands. Everyone then did activities such as colouring and clapping and then we had a look to see how the glitter had spread.
We found that germs spread quickly spread between all the children, over the floor and onto what we were using. Glitter even ended up on our soap dispenser!
Great fun was had by everyone and the classroom is looking very sparkly!
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.
Palm Class were very lucky today to have an Orienteering session this afternoon on the field. They have to work as a pair to find animals at the points located on their map. They did really well with this and all the adults were really impressed, even if their feet got a bit soggy!
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! ;
As part of out PSHE learning Palm class have been thinking about who the special people in their lives are. We have spoken about why they think these people are special to them and how they influence their lives.
They have created posters about their special people, this was an activity that they really enjoyed!
Palm class have been looking at how to write Biographies. Yesterday they looked at the Biography of the famous author Roald Dahl and today they had a go at writing their own biographies on Walt Disney. Over the next few weeks we will be working hard on learning about all the features found in biographies and about Rosa Parks, the significant person that we will be studying in order to write a biography about her in a few weeks.
Today Palm class had a lovely afternoon painting woodland animals in SOLE for their Enchanted Woodland Learning Journey.
They had to use primary colours, plus black and white, and mix them to create all the colours they needed for their pictures.
We most definitely have some future artists among us!
Palm class have worked super hard to day writing reflections about their leanring journey ‘Wriggle and Crawl’. With the leanring journey coming to an end it was important for them to reflect upon what they have learnt and what learning values they have used during this half term. When they finished they carefully created ‘journeys of mini-beasts’ through their SOLE book.
Palm class have been working hard to edit and up-level their Big Writes – All about bees. The have been checking through their work with their purple pen to make sure that they have remembered capital letters, full stops and question marks. Then, they chose a section of their big write that they felt they could make better. They re-drafted it up-leveling their work as they went. To do this they looked at adding adjectives, conjunctions and working on their presentation.
Today Palm Class started their new learning journey, Wriggle and Crawl. Our first job was to research what a mini beast was and then go on a hunt around the school to see what we could find. Palm Class were excellent detectives and found a variety of mini beasts from wasps to dragonflys and beetles to lady birds.
We love see what you have been up to. It is wonderful to see so many of you completing the Google Forms. Please do keep sharing your learning with us through photos or sharing your documents online.
Here is a science project carried out. They thought carefully about the type of scientific enquiry they might do (observation, research or a test)
Learning about parts of a plant.
Learning about flowers.
Creating a glossary to help with using scientific words in an extended write.
Matching words to their meaning.
Finding features of fiction books.
We have been blown away by the incredible effort our Year Two children have been putting into their learning at home. They are working hard with their maths using the Google Forms, using scientific vocabulary in literacy and carrying out lots of science as part of their SOLE work. Please do keep sending in your wonderful photos.
Lots of children have been working hard at home on our new topic ‘Wiggle and Crawl’. I have really enjoyed seeing the photos of your learning and hearing about the adventures you have been on in search of mini beasts. I’m very proud of the hard work an effort you are putting in. Keep it up.
Year 2 you are incredible.
It is great to see that so many of you have thrown yourselves into our new topic. It’s a shame the weather has turned as it’s a great one for being outdoors.
I love how creative some of your are being at home with your maths and making patterns. Some of you have made pooters ready for all your bug hunting and lots of you are already learning lots of awesome facts.
Have a look below at different word classes some people have been sorting after going on their bug hunts.
What’s the best minibeast you have found so far?
Please keep sharing your learning with us. We love to see what you have been up to.
Hello Palm Class,
I am really enjoying looking at all the photos you have been sending in. Please do share anything you are doing at home with me so I can share some of these wonderful stores with others too.
Some people have been learning about growing and have been busy in the garden.
Others have made their treasure chests, hidden them and made a map to its location.
In literacy, lots of you have been working hard to learn new vocabulary and to arrange it in alphabetical order.
You have also learned about writing in the past tense and been applying this to writing about Captain Cook.
Lots of children have told me they have been learning about the time. Parents have set them time limits for activities, made daily timetables and used timings whilst cooking.
Lots of you have also continued to enjoy learning about pirates. There have been some wonderful drawings in school and lots of role play at home.
Keep safe and having fun whilst learning lots at home.
This week has been amazing on TTRS! I have never seen such high scores. Fir class have smashed it out of the park with a whopping 7, 981 correct answers!!!!! They are most definitely the reigning Hazeldown Champions.
Here are this week’s results:
Next week the battles have been arranged based on where you came in the school overall this week. So Fir scored the most with Bonsai second so they are battling each other next week.
The battles look like this:
Battles begin at 8:50am on Monday and will end on Friday at 3:15pm. Let’s see if anyone can beat Fir!
Reading, measuring and music making are just some of the things that our lovely Year Two children have been up to at home. Others have been practising their art skills (I’ve had some lovely cards too thank you) and role playing using what they know about Captin Cook. Can you see the example below of how someone has been learning about the time? How long is your favourite film? Do you brush your teeth for the right amount of time?
Well done as well to the Palm Class children who took past in this weeks TT rock stars. We won. We are up against another Year 6 class this week so we need to all be working as a team to win again!
Last week’s results:
Come on Palm Class! We can do it!
Thank you for the wonderful stories that you have been sending in or writing in your books. I have another one to share with you here. I hope you enjoy it. I hope to start reading some of these and putting the link in the video file so please keep checking back to see if yours appears or email it in.
Last week’s TTRS results are as follows:
Congratulations to the winning classes: Monkey Puzzle, Ebony, Apple, Palm and Fir.
To organise battles this week, I have ranked the classes based on the points scored last week. So Apple scored the highest amount closely followed by Fir so they are battling each other this week.
This is how the battles look:
WOW! Look at all this fantastic learning that has been happening at home. There has been lots of measuring skills whilst making cakes, measuring bodies and making bird boxes. There has also been lots of learning about pirates and ships as this has been part of our topic.
Keep sending in your photos, we really enjoy seeing everything that you have been up to.
Here are the Battles that have been randomly picked out of the hat by some of the older children in school. Battles end on Friday at 3:15pm!
Here are this week’s results. Well done to Oak for being the top scoring class this week. Congratulations to Cherry Y3 for their victory over Monkey Puzzle. It was a close race between Bonsai Y5 and Ebony Y6 with Ebony finally winning. Apple Y2 did an amazing amount this week! Well done to Redwood Y4 who were victorious over Holly Y6.
Next week’s battles will be drawn at random, so log on on Monday morning to find out who you will be battling.
Here are some of the activities that some of our children have been up to so far this week.
Our maths learning was based around measuring and it’s lovely to see lots of you getting hands on.
In SOLE our science activity looked at sinking ships and making predictions.
I have also enjoyed looking at the Literacy Role play videos and photos. It is lovely to see you enjoying your time with your family whilst also taking an important step with your learning.
Over the course of this week Year Two are putting together their stories which are set at the seaside.
If you are stuck for ideas, see if you can magpie something from these examples. Think about what has made them successful. What exciting vocubulalry have they used?
Story Number 1:
Banana Island by EW
Banana Island is a beautiful hot place in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. It’s covered in tall coconut trees. Its sand is soft and white. Its seas are calm and blue.
On the edge of banana island live very best friends Tom Crab, Tim Lobster, Gary the Sea snail, Whaley Whale and Sharkey shark. They have exploring adventures together.
One day while they were playing, a humongous wave came and washed sharky onto the sand, sharky was very scared because he was drying out from the sun, he tried to wiggle back into the sea with his fins but he couldn’t do it.
Sharky’s friends were thinking what to do for help. Suddenly Whaley said “I know! You 3 dig a trench from sharky to the sea as quickly as you can”. The team dug and dug with their little pinchers and Gary moved the sand with his shell.
Once the trench was dug, Whaley squirted a load of water out his blow hole onto Sharky and the trench, now Sharky used his fins again and started to slide down the trench. Another woosh from Whaley and Sharky slid back into the sea.
Sharky was so happy he swam around in circles and jumped out of the water like a dolphin.
His friends were relieved that he was safe again and excited to have their next adventure together…
The beginning of another story:
Poison the man of war by PG
“I never thought I would see Atlantia again,” said Taylor to Daisy, his dog.
Taylor and Daisy were sailing sadly home.
They had been looking for Taylor’s lost parents.
Their boat was a tiny dot on the calm vast ocean and Atlantia was shining brightly in the sunset.
Suddenly a long green tentacle came reaching out of the water and slowly pulled the top off a skyscraper on Atlantia.
Daisy whined scaredly but Taylor turned on the motor and started rowing bravely to Atlantia.
Taylor sped ashore and ran to the castle with Daisy as a dot behind him.
“A long tentacle?” exclaimed the king. “It must be Poison!”
Taylor thought that Poison was just a fairy tale, but now he knew that Poison must be defeated.
“Yes,” said the king. “And we were hoping you could do it.”
This week’s Battles have finished with he following results:
Holly 1096 v 628 Ebony
Bonsai 762 v 499 Monkey Puzzle
Fir 2305 v 1811 Redwood
Oak 4487 v 512 Cherry
Apple 723 v 354 Palm
Congratulations to the winning classes. Just to change things up a little next week, the KS2 battles will be between a class and their nearest competitor.
Next week’s battles will be between:
Oak (Y3) v Fir (Y4)
Holly (Y6) v Redwood (Y4)
Bonsai (Y5) v Ebony (Y6)
Monkey Puzzle (Y5) v Cherry (Y3)
Apple V Palm
Battles start at 8:50am on Monday!!
Have a look at some of these ideas showing what one of our Year 2 children have been up too.
Some of our home learning has been based around boats. We asked you to have a look at images of boats to find what they are made from and then test some of these material so see why they would be useful to make a boat.
We have enjoyed looking at the activities you have all been up to and the wonderful effort everyone is putting in. There have been its of creative ways of learning being demonstrated.
Here are some of the images and learning that you have sent in for your material investigations.
Ebony are the winners with 1691
Bonsai won with 1182
This was really close! With only 28 more correct answers, Fir were the winners
Oak smashed it with 4554 correct answers!
Apple Class won with 750
All week, classes in each year group have been battling each other on Times Tables Rockstars to win this week’s Battle of the Bands. Children score points for every correct answer they give during the week.
In Yr 2 Apple Class are the champions scoring 222 to Palm Class’s 87
In Yr Oak Class were victorious with 11,504 against Cherry Class with 4,223
In Yr 4 Redwood won with 2,020 to Fir’s 318
In Yr 5 Bonsai are the champions with 7,267 to Monkey Puzzle’s 370
And finally, Yr 6 champions are Ebony with 16,424 to Holly’s 13,173
The competition starts again on Monday morning at 8:50am and will continue until 3:15pm on Friday. Don’t forget to log in to your account and do your bit. Next week’s Battle of the Bands results will be posted on Friday.
Year 2 have been making balloon powered cars. We have learned a lot from all our failed attempts which means our brains have grown heaps. We had to figure out how to attach the wheels; learned how to get them to turn using a mechanism and over come the problem of also blowing up the balloon.
We look forward to seeing you at our race tomorrow.
Year Two have been working on improving a boring sentence using adjectives and adverbs.
How could you improve this sentence?
The frog jumped.
In P.E we have been learning to move like animals and making sure we put weight on our hands to build up the muscles in our arms.
Today we got to travel like an animal along the equipment.
How does your body feel after exercising?
We care about our spellings. Getting them right helps us to communicate. Have a look at some of the ways we can show that we are taking pride in our spellings. What can you do to improve your spellings?
We had great fun today as we bounced around today. We also showed some great risk taking as we tackled the death slide and jumped off a platform on to an air bag.
It was wonderful to see the children supporting and encouraging each other. They had wonderful manners and did Hazeldown proud. iBounce said we were wonderful and asked if we could come back! Of course we want to. It was brilliant.
How did your body change after exercising?
What risks did you take today?
Did you bounce like any animals?
Year Two have started applying what they learned from melting their coloured ice cubes (see previous post) . They have been using view finders to paint a section of a picture. They had to look closely at the shades, shapes and colours. Some children started exploring with water colours to make designs on paper which they can cut out or use to back there work.
Year Two have been enjoying the story George’s Marvellous Medicine. We took inspiration from George’s recipe and created our own concoctions. What would you include in yours?
Year Two have been woking on creating different balances in P.E and today we got to try them out on the equipment. How many 2 point balances can you create?
Today Year Two made predictions about what would happen when ice that was different colour would melted. What do you think will happen?
We will be using what we learn to help us with our up coming art work.
Today we started making potions. Taking inspirations from ‘George’s Marvelous Medicine’, we poured in a teaspoon of frogs spawn, a pinch of snake’s scales, the juice from a lizard’s spine as well as many other gruesome ingredients. What other things might you need a list of ingredients for?
In Year Two, we are getting to grips with what we are going to write in our message in a bottle. We want to include why we became stranded.
Have a look at the description of the storm that cause the unlucky sailor to become washed up on a deserted island.
What a super effort! Which bits can you magpie for your description?
Yesterday Year 2 started using colourful semantics to up level some of their sentences.
Can you spot an adverb of time or an exciting verb?
Year 2 have been looking at measuring objects and comparing their lengths. We had to look at which was bigger 1cm or 1m and why.
We had lots of interesting conversations about the accuracy of our measuring when we measured then ordered ourselves.
Year 2 have been looking at the value of each digit in a number. Today we built on what we already know and we have to compare different numbers and sorted them from smallest to largest.
Which is the largest 3 tens and 1 one, 29, 2 tens and 14 ones or 20+10? Maybe you can build them first to help you fin out?
Today the children in Year Two started making their very own sea creature models. They had researched them, spend time designing them and finally it was time to get hands on. What techniques did you use? Did you have to do any carving or joining?
On Friday the children took part in the annual Year 2 sleepover!
They all had a fantastic time and thoroughly enjoyed their time at school when everyone else had gone home. A highlight was eating the pizzas and then going on a walk around the school in their pyjamas.
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 the children of Year 2 took part in the Football Challenge as part of the SoccerAid challenge in Sports Week. The children had to dribble in and out of cones, go through two gates and then score a penalty into the goal. The children had a great time and even included some very exquisite dance moves!