Year Two Buddy Olympics!
As part of their transition to Amherst the Year Two children joined their Buddies for a sporting Olympics afternoon and also visited their new classrooms and met their new teachers.
Year Two Visit to Drusillas
The children took part in a wonderful visit to the Drusillas Animal Park to consolidate their learning in geography and science. They explored the zoo and attended a workshop where they learnt more about the animal habitats and adaptations.
Revisiting the Past in Year Two!
The Year Two children revisited the past in Term Six. They brought their baby photos into school and discussed how their bodies have changed in the last seven years. This was connected to the KS1 PSHE topic and will help to prepare them to cope with change and transitions into their new schools. We organise lots of transitions between ourselves and Amherst and the children's Year Five Buddies visited us to share the booklets they had created with their Year Two friends.
We also welcomed some of the children's grandparents to school for a tea party. They prepared questions to ask them about their own school experiences and how the curriculum and activities have changed since they were young.
Sevenoaks Wildlife Reserve
The children visited Sevenoaks Wildlife Reserve to study the landscape, maps, animals and environment which supported this term’s Environment topic. All three visits were full of learning with pond dipping, bird watching and bug hunting, as well as fun and laughter. They wrote an account of their visits when they returned to their classrooms.
Healthy Eating Poster
The children used the Comic Life app to create their own posters about healthy food. They took their own photographs and imported them onto their poster and used their editing skills to write about them.
Extraordinary Environments - Local and Global
During their design and technology lessons, the children designed, created and evaluated a moving model of a mini beast as part of their “Extraordinary Environments – Local and Global” topic, incorporating pneumatics to make them move.
In Term Five the children researched the journey of the Titanic as part of their migration topic. They learnt where the ship was built and who by. They compared the three different classes of passengers and found out what life was like on board depending on the class people belonged to.
Migrating in Year Two
The children learnt about the migration of emperor penguins as part of their term's topic. They wrote a narrative account of their journey moving deeper south over the frozen wasteland in -70 degree conditions with winds 100 mph!
They also read the story "Lost and Found", a heartwarming story of friendship between a boy and a penguin. The children thought about the characters' emotions and retold the story in their own words thinking about their sentence rules.
In science the children learnt about ways that animals, including humans, grow healthily, with a focus on nutrition and balanced diets. They tasted "shop bought" smoothies and learnt the bridge cutting technique to prepare fruit and vegetables. They enjoyed experimenting putting together different combinations to make a class recipe. The best flavour by far was strawberry and mango!
The Year Two children ended their Super Hero topic with their very own Super Hero Day! We had some amazing homemade costumes such as "Colour Girl", "Super Paws" and Super Jess as well as the popular comic heroes, Batman, Wonder Woman and Spiderman. Some of our children also dressed up in historic characters such as Emmeline Pankhurst and Florence Nightingale, as well as their sporting Superheros such as Ronaldo!
During the day the children took part in various activities including cape making and Superhero keep fit sessions, bringing this exciting subject to life.
Science and Geography in Year Two
In science the children learnt about the human life cycle and what humans can do independently and with support at the different stages. They looked at other animal life cycles, thinking about which animals go through metamorphosis.
In Geography they read the book "George Saves the World by Lunchtime" by Jo Readman. They looked at the impact and benefits of plastic and carried out a survey outside the school to find out how busy our roads are and subsequently how important it is to walk to school.
As the children missed their turn in Year One, the teachers decided they must put the event Starlit Celebration event his year for the children!
Everyone really enjoyed the evening, visiting each station to take part in a different activity. We had starlight storytelling; paper lantern and party crown making; starlit celebrations; delicious hot dogs and very loud campfire singing! Thank you to everyone who volunteered to make the night such a wonderful occasion.
As part of their "Celebration" topic the children made their own celebration plates. Celebration plates are used in different customs to present delicious treats for special occasions. They made their plates with clay using techniques such as rolling, cutting, moulding and finishing. After researching three different art genres, Clarice Cliff, Iznik and Orla Keley, they decided which style they wanted to use and decorated their plates.
Year Two Diwali Workshop
The children really enjoyed their Diwali workshop which was organised as part of their "Celebrations" topic. They learnt about the Hindu faith and how families celebrate this wonderful Festival of Light; had the opportunity to dress in traditional Hindu costumes; handled artefacts; designed and drew their own Mendi patterns on their hands; and learnt a Diva light dance.
They have also read the story of Rama and Sita which they used in their English lessons as a basis to write their own versions and expressive poems.
They also learnt about Judaism, looking at special objects and symbols, for this religion. Everyone brought in their own special object to talk to their peers about, explaining what it was and why it is so valued.
Amazing Africa Topic
As part of the children's enterprise learning, Year Two raise funds for the Umoyo Project in Malawi. They have been learning about Malawi and the continent of Africa and started to design their chitenge adding their print to material.
They also took part in the Iroko Theatre Company workshop. The event was based around a traditional African fable which was brought to life by drumming, dance, songs and chants. Throughout the day the children took part in each of these amazing activities. Everyone had a wonderful day.
There has been a lot of drumming in Year Two this term! We have been working in association with the Sevenoaks School music resource hub and the children have been learning about the Djembe drums in their music lessons. They have learnt call and response drumming, the history of the drums and how they are made, and will be arranging their own compositions using poly rhythms.
They also researched Nelson Mandella and learnt about his fight for anti-apartheid in South Africa, how he was imprisoned for 27 years and how he became the country's first black head of state, writing about his experiences in their English lessons.
They used their weaving skills to make paper Kente cloth designs. The cloth originates from Ghana and some of the Iroko ladies wore it on their visit.
Year Two R.E. Topic
The children studied Islam in Year Two. They learnt about mosques and the important parts of the buildings including the dome and the minaret. They found out how Muslims prepare for prayer and when and where to pray. They wore "Ask me about... stickers" home so that their parents could ask them about their lesson.
They also learnt about Ramadam and Eid and played Eid bingo to remember the significant traditions and artefacts.
Year Two Research Plants
The children learnt about the properties about plants. They discovered that a plant needs, water, soil, nutrition and the correct temperature to grow and survive. In science they set up an experiment to discover which condition is the most important.
Year Two Art
In their art lessons, the Year Two children researched the landscape artist Bridget Riley who was famous for Opt-Art style. They focused on her colour work and the landscapes she drew from her time in Cornwall.