Year Two Celebration Topic
Year Two began their "Celebrations" topic by studying the Hindu festival of Diwali. They read the story of Rama and Sita and learnt about the Hindu faith and how families celebrate this wonderful Festival of Light.
They were also inspired by Iznik pottery from Turkey to make celebration plates. They designed their own patterns and used traditional colours to decorate and paint them.
They also learnt about the Jewish celebration of Hanukkah this week. They talked about which objects are precious to Judaism and how they compare to their own precious objects. They tasted potato latkes, made by our lovely kitchen staff, with apple sauce made by Mrs Browning using the apples from our kitchen garden. Latkes are traditional a Jewish food which commemorates the miracle of the oil lasting eight days in the story of Hanukkah. They learnt how to play dreidel which is a traditional game played during Hanukkah. The letters on the dreidel are the first letters in a Hebrew phrase that means “A Great Miracle Happened There” and the game is usually played for money, but we used counters instead!
Year Two News
In their PSHE Jigsaw lessons, the children created "learning charter" posters to show their rights and responsibilities as learners. For their posters they had to think about and include illustrations to show, rewards and consequences linked to different behaviour choices. The posters come at the end of a term where the children have been learning and thinking about "being me in my world". They have also been making posters during their maths lessons as they have been revising 2D and 3D shapes.
Pupils thought about the wider world and in particular Malawi which links to our connection with the Umoyo Project. In English they have been composing noun phrases linked to images of the beautiful Lake Malawi such as, stripy, tropical and blue fish! The children have also been discussing their own heritage. Scarlett in Hazel Class made a wonderful power point all about her Father's family in Africa.
Year Two Anansi Topic
Year Two enjoyed the Anansi text as part of their English learning. Anansi is an Akan folktale character who often takes the shape of a spider. He is a tricky little character and learns different lessons through different stories. One of the stories the children read was "Anansi and Turtle" which teaches us not to be greedy!
Year Two's Term One Learning
As part of their geography subject, Year Two enjoyed learning about continents and oceans of the world. They also consolidated their number bonds to ten and twenty; revisiting their Year One common exception words and preparing them to embed them into their English. This has allowed the teachers to gain a better picture and plan for the week's to come.
The children have found mysterious micro dragons! Using their lanaguage skills they described where they found them; what they looked like and where they were from. They went on extradionary adventures with their dragons, some of whom were magic, and wrote about them as part of their English home learning.
They also embarked on their new adventure of moving to Amherst school! Our Year Two teachers had their transition meetings with the Year Three teachers. Mr Reid invited their parents to a virtual induction and the children had a virtual tour of their classrooms. The children also found out who their Year Five buddies are and wrote to them, introducing themselves and telling them all about their hobbies etc.
We would like to say a big “thank you” to Ms. Thompson and her team of helpers for organising the lovely leaver’s hoodies.
YEAR TWO SMOOTHIE MAKING
As part of their D&T topic, the children designed and made healthy smoothie drinks. They tasted some branded fresh and frozen drinks such as strawberry and banana, and spinach, mango and lime.
YEAR TWO SUPERHEREOS
We had some fantastic costumes for the Year Two Superhero Day, with children coming to school dressed in fictional characters such as Batman and Supergirl and brilliant homemade costumes such as a lifeguard, witch girl and snake boy. As part of their topic they have designed and made their own masks, written instruction for creating their own superhero and investigated materials that would be suitable for super stretchy Elasta Girl!
They all became first aid super heroes by taking part in a workshop recently. Everyone learnt how to call for emergency help, put someone in the recovery position and the part they all loved the most – how to make a sling for a broken arm!
YEAR TWO FLORENCE NIGHTINGALE DAY
Year Two travelled back to the Victorian times to take part in a Florence Nightingale Day workshop and everyone looked wonderful in their outfits. They learnt about the hospital in Scutari and her work during the Crimean War; worked at different stations handling replica artefacts; wrote their postcards home to loved ones; made medals of honour and candle holders. They used their experiences of the day to enhance their learning in class during their English, history and geography lessons.
YEAR TWO SCIENCE
Thank you to all the parents and carers who helped their children produce some fantastic and informative science projects. Each child was asked to research a specific body part and we had some wonderful power points, written work and creative displays.
YEAR TWO "AMAZING AFRICA"
Year Two’s new school year started with “Amazing Africa”. During the term they will be introduced to the continent of Africa, and the country of Malawi in particular, whom we have special links. In writing they have been focussing on information about Malawi and writing non-fiction statements, and creating questions to ask Sarah Mtonga from the Umoyo project. They were also visited by the Iroko Theatre Group and learnt traditional Africa fables which was brought to life using live drumming, dance, songs and chants.