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Sir John Heron Primary School

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Year 2

Welcome to the Yellow and Purple class page!

2023-24

PSHCE - w/b 08.07.24

 

This week Year 2 pupils have been learning about saying sorry and forgiveness. They have carried out a discussion during an oracy lesson where they voiced their opinions and world views about whether it is acceptable to lie. Pupils also placed reasons for saying sorry and forgiveness on a dart board organising it in order of importance to themselves. Then pupils identified what different religions say about saying sorry and forgiveness. Lastly, pupils created an artistic piece which expressed a different form of apology for someone of their choice. E.g. creating a card, apology note, poem, poster or a drawing.

Computing - w/b 01.07.24

 

In our Computing lesson this week, we found out that people can be described using attributes. We practised using attributes to describe images of people and our friends in our class. We collected the data needed to organise people using attributes, and created a pictogram to show this pictorially. We used J2Data to represent this information. Finally, we drew conclusions from their pictograms and shared the findings.

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History W/B 24.06.2024

This week during History, Year 2 pupils have participated in an immersive lesson where they had the opportunity to design and dress up in swimming costumes from the past. We had our very own cart that resembled one from the past where people would change and then be wheeled into the sea so no one could see them. Pupils enjoyed building sandcastles and also sea bathed their feet under the hot, shining sun. As they would in the past, pupils also enjoyed taking part in holiday beach activities from the past and watched a ‘Punch and Judy’ show whilst eating delicious ice lollies.

Mathematics - w/b 17.06.24

 

In our recent mathematics lessons, our focus has been on mastering the skill of telling time. To start, we revisited the basics of telling time to the nearest hour and half-hour. Building on this foundation, we progressed to understanding how to read quarter past, quarter to, and minutes past the hour.

A crucial concept highlighted during our lessons was the positioning of the minute hand on the clock face. It was emphasised that when the minute hand points to the right-hand side of the clock, it indicates that we are looking at the minutes past the hour. Conversely, when the minute hand points to the left-hand side of the clock, it signifies that we are nearing the next hour, indicating minutes to the hour.

By mastering these nuances and practising regularly, we have developed a solid understanding of how to read time accurately on an analogue clock. This foundational skill is essential for our mathematical and real-world applications.

 

English - w/b 10.06.24

 

This week in English, the pupils in Year 2 have been reading the book ‘The Magic Finger’ by Roald Dahl. They discovered that the Gregg family used guns to hunt animals. Using chrome books pupils researched about the pros and cons of hunting. This research helped them to form their own opinions on hunting for animals. Following this, Pupils carried out an oracy debate portraying their arguments for and against hunting whilst providing justifications for their opinions. Later, pupils drafted a letter to the Greggs to persuade them to stop hunting animals.

RE - w/b 03.06.24

 

For RE, we have been learning about ‘fasting’ and ‘lent’. We began by exploring what fasting meant and how people from different religions practise this. We watched a video about Ramadan and fasting and discussed why Muslims fast during Ramadan and why it is important to them. We found out that Muslims give away 2.5% of their savings to charity and they eat special food during Ramadan. Dates are one particular food which is eaten by most Muslims around the world. We then created our own Ramadan food plate by sticking and drawing pictures of food we would like to eat if we were fasting. We also explored how Christians fast but for them it is called ‘Lent’. Christians fast for 40 days by giving something up to show they love God. They might give up chocolate or video games, they do this to remember Jesus’ sacrifice when he was in the desert and to test their own self-discipline: to see if they can say no to temptation just as Jesus did. Lent is also a time for getting ready to remember and celebrate the Easter story.

PE - w/b 20.05.24

 

For PE this half term we have been working on Team Building skills. We understand the importance of including everyone when working as a team and how it feels to be left out. We started off by warming up by playing ‘Pair Bears’ where we moved in different ways safely in a space, avoiding bumping into others. When we were commanded ‘Pair Bears’ we organized ourselves into pairs. This was repeated with different numbers. The purpose of this was to ensure everyone was included and considering the feelings of others if they were being left out. We then moved on to playing ‘Magic Hoops’, this is when hoops are laid out across the space and we had to move in different ways avoiding the hoops and others. On the command ‘Magic Hoop’ we had to organize ourselves into the teams of the number called out inside a hoop. This was a great game to ensure everybody participated and were included.

Oracy - w/b 13.05.24

 

This week year 2 have worked on their physical and cognitive oracy skills during our debate session. We discussed the advantages and disadvantages of using cars and the impact it has on people and our world. 

Firstly, we discussed the benefits of the use of cars as they help people travel from one place to another and transport heavy goods.

On the other hand, we explored the harm that burning fuels are creating. There has been a rise in greenhouse gases which is increasing air pollution. As a result, this is making the air we breathe become more and more dangerous.  

In our debate, we ensured to provide justifications for our opinions and ensured to use facial expressions and adapted our tone of voice to make our viewpoints stand out.

 

PSHCE - w/b 06.05.24

 

This week for PSHCE, we discussed and sorted foods into the correct food groups and learned which foods our bodies need every day to keep us healthy. We began by discussing different ways we stay healthy. Some of these are: exercising regularly, eating healthily and having a happy attitude. Doing regular exercise will help us all feel great and keep our bodies strong! Our hearts need to be kept active and pumping. We should aim to eat at least 5 portions of fruit and vegetables a day. We found out that it is perfectly fine to eat a little bit of unhealthy food but eating too much unhealthy food could make us overweight and not feel great. We then moved on to explore the different food groups and explained which foods belong to a food group. There are five main food groups: Fruit and vegetables, Carbohydrates, Proteins, Dairy Fats and oils. Each of the five food groups serve a different purpose in helping our bodies with the functions it needs to keep working.

Geography - w/b 29.04.24

 

This week in geography, pupils enjoyed taking part in an immersive experience where they trialled food from Bangladesh as well as exploring traditional clothing and how it is suited for the hot and humid climate of Bangladesh. Pupils also gained a sensory experience of using and listening to different Bangladeshi instruments. In addition, pupils explored the agriculture and fishing popularity of Bangladesh, which is a country known for their rivers and wetland. We also explored the Bengali alphabet and challenged ourselves to write our own names in the Bengali script.

Earth Day - w/b 22.04.24

 

Today, the children in year 2 embraced their creativity in celebration of Earth Day. Children immersed themselves in our printing activity where they painted their hands to print a tree. They used the palm of their hands and fingers to print the trunk and branches and used their fingertips to print leaves. Throughout the activity, children gained an understanding of our world and enhanced development in learning the importance of saving trees as much as possible. This is so humans and animals can breathe in more clean air rather than toxic air that is being produced by air pollution. Happy Earth Day!

Computing - w/b 22.04.24

 

This week for Earth Day, we sorted items into the groups on our word wall, where we were challenged against people around the world and placed on a leaderboard. We had great fun sorting items carefully into three groups- ‘Reduce, Reuse and Recycle’. It is important for us to reduce the amount of energy we use, for example, turning off the lights when we are not using them or walking to school to reduce air pollution. We can reuse items by using them again instead of throwing them away. We can also do this by giving it to someone who needs or wants it. For example we can give our old clothes or toys to our younger siblings. We can recycle by putting rubbish in the recycle bin instead of the general waste as it can be taken away and turned into something new.

English - w/b 15.04.24

 

This week, the children in year 2 have been looking at the book, “10 Things I can do to help my world” by “Melanie Walsh”. This book explores the three R’s, reduce, reuse and recycle. Children have thought deeply about why it is important to protect the world and what they can do to help. Pupils used their inferencing skills to predict what the book is about based on the front cover. They then enjoyed sorting out different objects into piles for reduce, reuse or recycle.

Art - w/b 25.03.24

 

This week in art, we used Howard Hodgkin’s technique of layering to paint our own masterpieces. We developed skills in knowing that a coarse, thicker brush can create texture, dry painting can be used as mark making.  We used colour mixing to produce a greater number of secondary colours, specifically tones and shades. We also identified the difference between tints and shades. After painting our masterpieces, we began to explore how moods can be reflected through colour i.e. dark colours may reflect sadness.

Mathematics - w/b 18.03.24

 

This week in mathematics, the children in year 2 have been measuring length and height using standard units of measurement in centimetres and metres. Initially, children made an estimation of the length/height that they thought various items around the classroom would be. Following this, children enjoyed using a ruler or a metre stick to accurately measure the items to check whether their estimation was close. Children also learnt how to round to the nearest cm.

Vising a Farm - w/b 11.03.24

 

This week we visited Foxburrows Farm. As we entered the farm we started drawing the key features of the farm. The farm has a huge car park, a farm entrance and lots of animals to see. There was a pig sty, sheep barn, hen house, stables for dwarf ponies, duck ponds for the ducks and a ferret’s pen. We labeled our maps with a key so we could show other classes the map of this farm. We also looked out for animals and their offspring. We found lambs, rabbits and chickens. We were able to group these animals in the type of animal group they belong to.

PE - w/b 04.03.24

 

This week during PE, the children in year 2 have been focussing on ball skills using their hands. They used their bodies to help aim, positioning their fingers and feet accurately. They also learnt to throw a ball using control towards a target. They played fun warm up games which included throwing and catching a ball in a zig zag format. In addition, they played a game of ‘Beat the Ball: Racing Rounders’ which consisted of throwing a ball under arm around a circle of 5 attempting to beat the beanbag that was also going around.

Reading - w/b 26.02.24

 

This week for reading, we visited our school library as well as Manor Park Library. We explored a wide range of books including fiction and non-fiction. We found books based on topics we have been learning about in History (The Great Fire of London) and Guided Reading. We spent time reading books on our own, with our friends and some of us read to our parents. We also borrowed some interesting books and returned books we have already read.

RE - w/b 19.02.24

 

Year 2 learnt about the creation story during RE day. We explored the similarities and differences between the beliefs of Christian, Muslim, Jewish and Hindu creation stories. During the lessons children sequenced the events of the creation stories which are evident in the Bible, Qur’an and the Torah. Additionally, children were involved in oracy lessons where they created a freeze frame based on each day of creation from the Bible. Children were also given the opportunity to explore artefacts from different religions and were cautious to be respectful.

PHSCE - w/b 05.02.24

 

This week for Children’s Mental Health week, we have been encouraged to voice our thoughts to create a positive change to our mental health. Every morning, we came in and jotted down what we wanted our teacher to know about us. We had discussions about different topics like ‘How and why do things change?’ and ‘Do we need rules?’ On Friday we will be making worry monsters so we can write our worries down and leave them there as this will really help worries to not bubble up into a huge problem.

Mathematics - w/b 29.01.24

 

This week in Mathematics the children in year 2 have been learning about money. Children have learnt to identify notes and coins as well as the value they hold. Additionally children have explored the significance of the symbols ‘£’ and ‘p’ when dealing with money. Throughout this topic, the children learnt how to count, compare and calculate money as well as learning how to find change and completing two-step problems that involve real life situations.

History - w/b 22.01.24

 

This term for History, we have been learning about the Great Fire of London. The Great Fire of London started on 2nd September 1666. It started in Thomas Farriner’s Bakery on Pudding Lane and it lasted for 5 days. The fire spread so quickly because the houses were made from wood and straw. Also the wind blew westwards causing the flames to spread even more. St Paul’s Cathedral was destroyed. There was no Fire Service at the time. People used leather buckets and water squirts to put the fire out but this didn’t work. Luckily the fire was put out after the King ordered the houses to be pulled down or exploded. Furthermore, we had a hot seating session and wrote diary entries as Samuel Pepys, who recorded the events in detail.

To bring History to life we designed and made our own Tudor houses. We used recyclable materials like cereal boxes and tissue boxes. We then painted and used coloured paper to decorate the houses in Tudor style. At the end of the week, we will be burning the houses to experience what people went through in 1666. We can’t wait!

 

Reading - w/b 15.01.24

 

This week in Year 2, we have been reading the book ‘Man on the Moon’ by Simon Bartram’ as part of our English power of reading book. We have used our inferencing skills to predict what the story might be about and also created questions to find out more. We incorporated the story into our PE lessons too where we used dance movements to create a sequence of the character Bob getting ready in his amazing space suit before he blasts off into space as he works on the magnificent, rocky moon.

English - w/b 08.01.24

 

This week in English we used our inference skills to predict what our new book was about. We looked for clues from the illustration. We knew the main character was interested in space because he had lots of ornaments and pictures of the moon in his living room. After we made our own predictions we composed questions we could ask the character. Bob the main character then sent us a letter along with the book ‘The Man on the Moon’ to provide us with more information. We were not surprised to find out he was an astronaut as most of us predicted this. However, we were amazed by the job he had to do on the Moon like cleaning up the moon, doing somersaults and cartwheels. We are learning more about Bob and cannot wait to share what we have learned throughout the course of this term.

Christmas - w/b 11.12.23

 

The pupils in Year 2 have been working very hard to rehearse for the nativity performance. They will have the opportunity to perform in front of the whole school and to their families soon! Therefore, we have been working on developing our oracy skills including projecting our voices and ensuring not to have our backs to the audience when performing. In addition, we have been thinking carefully on selecting the right actions for our beautiful Christmas songs.

Science - w/b 04.12.23

 

For Science this term, our topic is ’All living things and their habitats’. We have been learning about things that are living, dead and never been alive. We also explored habitats and microhabitats. This week we went on a mission following the Now Press Play experience to discover a suitable habitat for planet Doom as it is getting closer to extinction. As we travelled in our spaceship we found a green and blue planet named Earth. We spotted the land and ocean. We dived underwater, however we were struggling to breathe. We found out that fish use gills which are on the side of their mouth to help them breathe underwater and they use fins to travel through the water.  

We also travelled through the jungle and rainforest where we acted as monkeys who use their long arms to climb up to the top of the trees. We went through a very dry sandy desert where we acted out as camels who store water in their humps to get them through their days. It was an amazing experience because we found out how animals adapt to their habitats, unfortunately we were not able to accomplish our mission due to the fact that humans are destroying the planet by cutting down trees, capturing a range of fish with nets and putting the ocean with plastic.

 

Exploring the News - w/b 27.11.23

 

Pupils in Year 2 have been exploring the news articles from our virtual newspaper, ‘First News’. Children have read different articles to find out about what has been happening in the world around them. They used this platform to develop their knowledge in different subject areas. This was  a great opportunity to learn about exciting new scientific developments in space as well as gain insights about children’s rights around the world!

Geography - w/b 20.11.23

 

Classifying geographical features was one of the skills we learned in our geography topic, "Where do I live?". We discovered that whereas physical features are created by nature, human features are traits derived from human thoughts and deeds. We examined and made a list of every physical and human characteristic while walking around the school grounds. We provided evidence for how these characteristics are physical or human.

Oracy - w/b 13.11.23

 

This week during our Oracy lesson, Year 2 have practised their linguistic Oracy skills by carefully selecting their choice of vocabulary when describing a setting. Children were encouraged to talk in full sentences and had the opportunity to listen to and help develop their peer’s ideas. Children also demonstrated the physical strand of Oracy by projecting their voices and focussing on their clarity and pronunciation of words when discussing whether they would rather for it to rain popcorn or slime. Alongside this, children developed their cognitive Oracy skills by providing justifications for their opinions.

PHSCE - w/b 06.11.23

 

For PHSCE, we discussed what anger is, how people show anger and scenarios of what could make someone feel angry. We learnt that there are good and bad types of anger. The good type does not hurt anyone. The bad type leads to damaging people or things.  We explored strategies we can use to manage this emotion. These are some of the strategies: do some exercise, take some time to think, count backwards from 20, take a deep breath etc.

RE - w/b 30.10.23

 

In RE, year 2 pupils have learnt about different parables from the Bible and how important they are for Christians. Children explored the parables: ‘The Lost Sheep’, ‘The Good Samaritan’ and ‘The Wise and Foolish Builder’. We uncovered the key meanings behind the different stories and had also created role plays based on them. Through these short stories we discovered that we should never lose hope, we should forgive others and that we should always follow rules in order to be successful.

PHSCE - w/b 16.10.23

 

In PHSCE, we have been learning to explore steps to achieve our goals. We began this topic by discussing our dreams and goals. We explored steps we need to take to achieve these. We developed our understanding of perseverance and how we could overcome this by trying very hard. We then discovered what it means to work as a team. We worked in small groups to create an imaginary dream bird that might live in the garden of dreams and goals. We worked cooperatively and used key skills when working together, such as using our listening and sharing skills. It was important to be helpful and kind if we didn’t agree with something.

Art - w/b 09.10.23

 

The pupils in Year 2 have been creating works of art inspired by Dale Chihuly and Henry Moore. They have been working with different mediums such as graphite sticks, wax crayons and ink pens to create their own representation of famous artwork focusing on curved and spherical patterns.

Science - w/b 02.10.23

 

For science we have been exploring the suitability of everyday materials for a boat. We began by thinking of an investigation question and then predicted what we think is the most suitable based on the properties of each material. We were then given the task to create a boat that would be waterproof, aerodynamic and hold cargo. We worked in small groups and used a variety of everyday materials to create a boat. We used 1p coins as cargo to test which boat could carry the most pennies before it sank. We observed to see what happened during this experiment. We can conclude that cotton wool and fabric are the least suitable materials because they both absorbed a lot of water and sank to the bottom. We also found that wood, metal and plastic are better materials to be used for boats as they are waterproof and strong.

Reading - w/b 25.09.23

 

The pupils in Year 2 have been using their inferencing skills to predict what might happen in the story ‘Snail and the Whale’. Children used their Oracy skills to articulate their thoughts and give reasons for their ideas. Pupils also acted in roles of the characters to suggest what they might be saying to each other in the book.

Mathematics - w/b 18.09.23

 

The pupils in Year 2 have been learning about partitioning numbers. They have been identifying the tens and ones in 2-digit numbers and then exploring ways to partition it in different ways. For example, the number 36 can be partitioned into 30 and 6, 20 and 16 and 10 and 26.

English - w/b 11.09.23

 

This week, pupils in Year 2 have been learning about poems from the anthology ‘A Caribbean Dozen’ by John Agard and Grace Nichols. We have been exploring what rhymes and similes are and had the opportunity to engage in oracy based lessons where we used our physical and social skills to perform poetry to each other.

Welcome Back! w/b 04.09.23

 

This week, Year 2 settled into their new classes and demonstrated a very positive attitude towards their learning. They have become familiar with the learning values and have participated in a number of group activities. Children are really looking forward to developing and building upon their skills and knowledge. What a great start to the year!

Welcome to the Yellow and Purple class page!

2022-23

 

13/07/2023- PSHCE

For PHSCE, we created a self-portrait of ourselves and described what we like so we could give this to our new teacher in Year 3. We focused on using our artistic skills and followed a step by step guide to help us.

6/07/2023- Art

For Art, we have been exploring the work of Anselm Kiefer. He is a German painter and sculptor. His works incorporate materials such as straw, ash, clay, lead, and shellac.  The works are interlaced with books, wedges and other materials, and stacked and balanced on layers of lead. Using his work as an inspiration we arranged and stuck blocks for our own tottering tower. We used a range of mediums to print free flow patterns around our tower blocks. We incorporated different patterns on our tower to resemble the work of Anselm Kiefer. We also tore a variety of coloured tissue paper to represent the flames on our collage to show that the tower is burning down.

 

27/06/2023- The Art Work of Faith Ringgold

For art, we have been exploring the work of Faith Ringgold. Faith Ringgold is well-known for her artwork, writing and her role in the civil rights movement. She is also a popular mixed media sculptor and performance artist. She is best known for her narrative quilts. Ringgold started working on narrative quilts, also known as story quilts, in 1980, which she is famed for. She painted the quilts with original stories and narrative images set in the context of African American history. Using her work as an inspiration, we created our own piece using a wide range of mediums such as painting, oil pastels and collage.

 

21/06/2023- Mathematics

This week in Mathematics, the children have been learning how to draw and interpret pictograms. They have been exploring how they can use the key to represent different data. They have looked at using keys of 2, 5 and 10, and explained why it is important to have a key that represents different amounts. The children also discussed why it is important to use the same shapes/pictures to represent their data.

15/06/2023- RE Day

For RE, we have been learning about what it means to say sorry. We discussed ways of showing we are sorry and the importance of forgiveness. We learnt that ‘actions speak louder than words’. There are many ways we can show how sorry we are. We created our own artwork to represent forgiveness/saying sorry.

 

08/06/2023- Reading

This term, Year 2 will be reading ‘The Magic Finger’ by Roald Dahl. This week, the children have been exploring the front cover of the text and making inferences of what they can see. They thought that the Girl on the front cover was worried, as her face was red and she had sparks coming out of her finger. The children wrote a prediction about what they think might happen in this story. What do you think will happen? 

 

24/05/2023- Design & Technology

This week for DT, we used our pizza designs to make our own healthy pizzas. We got all the ingredients that we will use for our pizza and used the claw and bridge method to cut the fruits and vegetables. We then assembled our pizza according to our design. Our pizza was then placed in the oven to cook. Once it was ready we ate our delicious and scrumptious pizza!  

 

17/05/2023- PSHCE 

During our PSHCE lesson, we discussed what medicine is and what it is used for.  We know that medicine can come in many forms such as tablets, liquids, creams or inhalers. We also discussed how to be safe with medicine; it should always be given by a trusted adult, as they know how much to give and what time to give the medicine. The children explored and sorted different items that they would need adult supervision for and items that they could/could not put inside their bodies. 

 

11/05/2023- Coronation Party!

For the King’s Coronation, we found out key facts about King Charles III, we made our own crowns by decorating templates of jewels and putting all of these together to form a beautiful crown. We all made Union Jack flags to wave while we had our very own tea party in our classes. We enjoyed the delicious cheese sandwiches, scrumptious cakes, and a range of healthy fruits.

04.05.2023- Our Learning During Climate Week

Last week, Year 2 took part in Climate Change Week. During the week, the children looked at the importance of recycling, reducing and reusing materials. They devised a leaflet on how plastics are dangerous for the environment and how plastics affect animals in the sea. In Science, the children carried out a comparative test looking at what makes ice melt quicker, as heat is affecting our planet. Finally, they created artwork of sea creatures, using recycled materials. 

 

26.4.2023- RE Day

Last week, Year 2 were learning about Islam and Christianity during RE day. During this lesson, the children watched a video about Ramadan and fasting. They then discussed why Muslims fast during Ramadan and why these reasons are important to them. They found out that Muslims eat special food during Ramadan. Dates are one particular food, which is eaten by most Muslims around the world. The children created their own Ramadan plate of food by sticking and drawing pictures of foods they would like to eat if we were fasting.

 

19/04/2023- English

This week for English we have been exploring our new book called ’10 things I can do to help my world’. We have been discussing the importance of throwing rubbish in the bin and talked about making good choices about what we can do with our rubbish. We discussed how we can all do our part in helping the environment every single day! We explored what the Three R’s represent. Reduce - To use less of something.  Reuse- To use something again instead of throwing it away. Recycle- To save materials and make them into something else. We looked at various objects and sorted them into groups. We also justified why we placed objects in these groups developing our cognitive oracy skills. 

 

29/03/2023- Art

This half-term, Year 2 has been looking at the abstract artwork of Howard Hodgkin. They have been exploring how to make different secondary colours, as well as making different brush strokes.The children created a background wash and then represented a part of our school building in the style of Howard Hodgkin. They were being Responsibility Avengers, by taking pride in their work.

22/03/2023- Mathematics

In Mathematics, the children have been understanding the relationship between multiplication and repeated addition. During this lesson, children worked in groups to create arrays for the 2 times tables. They used counters to show how many counters were in a group and how many times that had a group of 2. They also discussed what patterns and connections that they can make between the multiplication calculations and the repeated addition calculations. 

 

16/03/2023- Science

For science, we have been learning about ‘animals including humans’. We classified animals into groups in different ways. We talked about how some animal offspring’s look similar to their adult. For example, a lamb looks like a sheep, however some animals look different from their adult, for example a tadpole looks different to its adult frog. We had the opportunity to meet some farm animals. We identified the types of animals they were.

10/03/2023- PE

In Gymnastics this term, Year 2  has been learning 4 different rolls, these are log roll, egg roll, teddy bear roll and side roll. They have been learning how to safely jump from a height and land using bent knees. Yellow and Purple Class have safely learnt to do a forward roll. The children have been building a floor sequence and using a bench to assist in jumping to the floor.

2/03/2023- RE

For RE, we have been learning about Easter. Easter is the most important Christian festival as it marks the belief in the death and resurrection of Jesus and takes place in March or April. Christians start to get ready for Easter through observing ‘lent’. This is a period of 40 days leading up to Easter which traditionally sees some Christians give up something to mark the period when Jesus was in the wilderness. Using our knowledge of the Easter story we re-created the events of Palm Sunday using freeze frame and a variety of emotive facial expressions to show how people at that time would have felt seeing Jesus’ ride into Jerusalem. This activity developed our linguistic, physical, social and emotional skills as we work on voice projection, building our confidence in speaking and using our body language in different ways.

22.02.2023- English

This week, during our English lesson we looked at a picture of a scene from the book ‘The Lonely Beast’. We talked about what we could see and predicted what we thought might happen. We used adjectives to describe what the Beast looks like and talked about how the different characters are feeling. We also performed a freeze frame in groups to show the Beast entering the city. We focused on our facial expressions to show how frightened the citizens were. 

 

09/02/2023- What is Bullying?

This week, we revisited what bullying means and how we can identify it. We understand that bullying is consistent and on purpose. This definition allowed us to discuss and use role-play to show how we can stand-up for ourselves if our friends or even if we feel like we are being bullied. We also spoke about being courageous and who we can talk to if we ever felt unhappy or upset. 

 

31/01/2023- Science

This week during our Science lesson we recapped the different parts of a plant and what they do. We explained how a plant changes as it grows. Pupils also put the stages of a plant’s life cycle in order. They observed plants and trees in the Forest School and drew some plants and trees that we observed, discussing what stage of growth it currently is in. We also learnt about what seed dispersal is and discussed the importance of this.

 

26/01/2023- English

This week in English, we created our own alien plans and used these to construct our aliens. We used card, googly eyes, foam stickers, pipe cleaners and felt. We described our aliens using adjectives and noun phrases. We discussed the different parts we were making to our partners. We also talked about the different personalities our aliens have. We made some comparisons with each other. 

 

20/01/2023- Mathematics

This week for Mathematics, we have been exploring a variety of 3D shapes. We identified and named the 3D shapes correctly, we counted the number of faces on each shape. Faces are the flat or the curved surfaces of a 3D shape. We looked at the 2D shapes that are on each 3D shape. This helped us to identify the name of the shape quickly. We also looked out for whether the shapes have flat or curved faces. We found out that a cube and a cuboid both have the same number of faces.

12/01/2023- Man on the Moon

This week, we read the book ‘Man on the Moon’. The children discussed what happened in the story as a class and then they discussed the parts that they liked the most. They worked in small groups to act out some of their favourite parts of the story. The children also had to justify why they liked that part of the story.

When acting out the parts that they liked, the children  also had to ensure that they projected their voice and made eye contact with the audience.

 

8/12/2022- PSHCE 

This week, Year 2 have been discussing what makes them feel anxious. As a class, they discussed situations that make people anxious and shared times that they have felt anxious. They have also discussed what happens to our body when we’re feeling anxious. Finally, they came up with different strategies that they could use when they feel anxious.

 

29.11.2022 Purple Class Visit Manor Park Library

Purple class visited Manor Park Library this week and were given a short introduction about the Library and what it offers. We got the opportunity to explore a range of picture and storybooks. We found out that all books were put in a specific order so people can find the book they are looking for when they visit the library. We made sure we put all the books back where we found them and in the correct way. We listened to a story ‘Five little aliens in a flying saucer’ . It was like a song book so we all joined in!

24/11/2022-  Library visit 

This week, Yellow Class visited Manor Park Library to develop their love for reading. The children were told about the different types of books that they can read at the library, including: picture books, board books and non-fiction books. 

The children spent some time reading and enjoying different types of books. They also had an interactive story session, whereby they read ‘We’re going on a Lion hunt’, which all the children thoroughly enjoyed.  

 

 

16/11/2022- Oracy

This week in English, we recalled some parts of the story ‘Anna Hibiscus’ in chronological order. We focused on developing our linguistic and physical skills by using a range of vocabulary from the story book, using different tones of voice, using gestures and making good eye contact. We tried our best to project our voice so our audience can hear us. This helped our audience understand this part of the story even better! We enjoyed acting out as different characters from the story.

 

9/11/2022-PE

This week in PE year 2 have continued to explore and develop their dodging skills. They have also started to use their dodging skills to explore attacking and defending in teams and what they can do to be successful at both. Shortly, they will progress to using tag rugby belts to start to play a basic game of tag rugby. 

2/11/2022-PSHCE

During PSHCE, the children in Year 2 were learning about ways to cope with anger. The children discussed what happens to the body when we are angry and reasons why we may get angry. 

Later the children discussed ways to cope with anger such as: taking some time to think, counting backwards from 20, taking deep breaths, doing some exercise and walking away from a situation. 

 

20/10/2022- Black History Week

This week for Black History Month we have been learning about Mo Farah. Sir Mohamed Farah is a runner for Great Britain.  Mo was born in the African country of Somalia in 1983. He moved to London at nine years old. He loved football. Mo was very good at running. He started running 5,000m and 10,000m races. Mo won many races. He was World and European champion. He won four Olympic gold medals.

Using Mo Farah as an inspiration we have been exploring the Newham Migration story and exploring where our families come from. We spoke about our heritage and how some of our families migrated to the UK for different purposes. We worked on developing our cognitive oracy skills by thinking about the content of what we share.

 

12/10/2011- RE Day!

 

Year 2 had the most amazing time during RE Day! They started the day by exploring some artefacts, which immersed them into their learning. Their RE topic was about - Why Jesus told stories. The children learned about 3 parables: The Lost Sheep, The Good Samaritan and The Wise and Foolish Builders. 

 

The children sequenced the story of The Lost Sheep and acted out the story of The Good Samaritan. They also discussed the meaning behind each parable and why those stories are important to Christians today. The children had a lot of fun and worked extremely well with each other.