Year 2, Slimy Science, 11.10.21
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:
Year 2 have been having some fun on zoom today as it is World book Day. They listened to Miss Franks’ favourite story and they all shared their thoughts about their favourite story. Some dressed up and others re-designed book covers of their favourite books or even created their own.
They also had fun completing word-searches about Harry Potter and Roald Dahl as well as writing book reviews.
Well Done Year 2!!!
Around the School in 13 Bubbles!
I was lucky enough to take a socially distanced journey around the school to take some photos of the children dressed up for World Book Day. There were some fantastic costumes from all year groups. Thank you to everyone who joined in both at school and at home. Photos of the children who are currently home learning will be added to the blog at a later date.
Year 2 have been investigating how the level of water in a glass bottle or jar affects the sound made when either tapping the glass with a pencil, blowing across the top of the bottle or running a wet finger around the rim.
They have been making predictions about how they think the water will effect the sound and finding out how full the bottle or jar must be to make a high-pitched sound or a low-pitched sound.
Here are some photographs of some of their experiments as well as their findings.
Here comes the Year 2 and the marching band. Left, right, left, right. Step in time to the beat: 1, 2, 3, 4; let’s make sounds, high and low. That sound is loud. That one’s quiet. What can you hear? There are sounds all around. What’s making each one? These are all questions that Year 2 have been finding out this week as part of their beat, band, boogie learning journey.
Here are a collection of photos showing the kitchen bands they have created and different sounds they have been able to create whilst out and about!
As part of our ‘Beat Band Boogie’ topic, today we enjoyed making drums and listening to all the sounds we could make! We used yoghurt pots, balloons, masking tape and coloured pens. The balloons were challenging to put over the top of the yoghurt pots but we were very resilient and worked collaboratively to help each other succeed. After we made them, we carefully decorated them to make them our own.
We all had a brilliant online Pilates session this afternoon with an instructor from the Dartmoor Schools Sport Partnership. The session had a focus on keeping physically active and on the children’s mental well-being.
Year 2 enjoyed a very creative afternoon with making monarch models! They chose an English monarch and then were asked to make a model/picture of him/her. They were allowed to use anything in the classroom!!!!!
For Wellbeing Wednesday, we all enjoyed a variety of activities. Half of Year 2 found their inner peace during a yoga session in the hall. The other half completed mandala patterns as a calming activity. We had a great afternoon and look forward to our activities for next week! Read more
This week as part of their SOLE activities Year 2 had to pick their favourite Monarch that they have been learning about this half term and create a model of them. Their brief was to have a look and see what they had around the house and be creative. Here are some of the Magnificent Monarchs that have been made:
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.