Welcome to Year 2. We are very excited to be continuing our learning this year with Mrs Storer. We are lucky enough to have Mrs Warner working with us in the mornings and Mrs Carpenter in the afternoons. We also have Mrs Drinkwater teaching us on a Tuesday afternoon which we thoroughly enjoy! We hope you enjoy finding out about our learning each term.
Goodness, where did that term go, Year 2? Time is whizzing by and we have so much to do!
We have thoroughly enjoyed learning about Quest stories this term and even went on to write our own. We were learning about obstacles and solutions within Quest stories, and explored lots of different vocabulary to make our writing interesting to the reader. Mrs Storer is very proud of how well our writing is developing since we have been back at school.
In maths we have been learning about fractions and are now able to explain the difference between a unit and a non unit fraction! We enjoyed using our bar models to help us find out 1/4 , 3/4 or 2/3 of a number was and we also discovered that 1/2 is the same as 2/4.
Our RE this term has been about God and we have spent a lot of time thinking about how God is portrayed in the Bible. We enjoyed listening to the story of The Lost Son, and used art work to help us consider how people were feeling in different parts of the story. We decided that God is very powerful, caring and loving. He is also very forgiving. We came up with some questions that we would like to ask God if we could. We thought very carefully about these and considered things such as, Does God have a mummy? What does he like to do most when he is not busy? Who is God’s father? We also drew what we think God might look like. You can see examples here.
We were very busy in Science learning about plants. We grew plants in different conditions to see what a plant needs in order to grow healthily. We discovered that it needs light, water and warmth. We grew runner beans in pots as well as in bags. This meant that we could see what usually happens under the ground. It is very interesting and made us say ‘Wow!’ when we observed them each morning. Look at our wonderful observational drawings here and here. How wonderful!
We now have some duck eggs in the incubator which is extremely exciting. We are hoping they will hatch the second week back after half term. Fingers crossed!
What a fabulous term we have had – It has been so wonderful to be back with all our Hutton friends! The children have settled very well back into class and have enjoyed the term back in school 🙂 We have been thinking not only about increasing our resilience and perseverance, but also working together as a team, which has resulted in many fun sessions of team games in PE!
Our RE focus this term has been Salvation. The children looked in depth at the story of Holy Week and thought carefully about any questions they felt were unanswered. We drew story maps and then wrote the story of Holy Week, with many of us showing what superstar writers we are.
We have been continuing to ‘Pick Your Queen’ in our History work this term, and have enjoyed learning about Queen Victoria and comparing her reign to Queen Elizabeth I. Who would you pick as your Queen?!
Well done, Year 2 – a fantastic start back to school. I am very proud of you all.
Term 3 and 4
Another busy term! We have worked extremely hard over the term and produced some fantastic work.
We continued our topic on Friends Near and Far, and wrote a non-chronological report on our own choice of African animals. We enjoyed finding out about Zebras, Nile Monitors and Giraffes to name but a few!
Our science work involved us thinking about food chains and we made our own chains, relating to the African animal we had chosen!
Our RE this term has been Why does Christmas Matter to Christians? We enjoyed recapping on our learning from last year, when Rev Wilkins spoke to us about the Good News that the birth of Jesus brought to so many people at Christmas. We travelled around the school grounds, visiting significant parts of the Christmas story and enjoyed riding our donkeys and camels! Although we have not been able to celebrate this festive time of year as we usually would, we have still been able to enjoy many different ways to celebrate Christmas. Please take a look at our Christmas display which is shown as part of the video on our websites main page.
Mrs Lewington worked with us to create our African animal masks, which we are very proud of!
We are looking forward to our new topic in term 3 🙂
What a busy term we have had! We have all impressed Mrs Storer by how well we settled into Year 2. It is great to be back with our friends and teachers!
Our topic over Term 1 and 2 is called Friends Near and Far. We are focusing on Africa (we are twinned with Dabaso in Africa) and we have been really interested in finding out from Mrs Drinkwater all about her visit to Dabaso. We have been lucky enough to look at lots of photographs from her visit and she has been able to answer many of our questions. We are looking forward to finding out all about African wild animals next term from Mrs Whiting’s recent trip! We have really enjoyed learning about the 7 Continents and 5 Oceans – ask us to sing you the songs we have been learning to help us remember the names of these continents and oceans!
In English, we have been revisiting Non Chronological reports this term. We have concentrated on writing a report based on wolves this term, which means that next term we are ready to go with writing our own report on an African animal of our own choice. We have been developing our research skills and note taking which means we will be able to use these skills in these next Non Chronological reports.
We were lucky enough to have Ms Rees in from Churchill Academy to teach us an African dance. We have thoroughly enjoyed listening to African music and learning our dance. We plan to work on it more during term 2, and then film our performance so that the rest of the school can also enjoy watching it!
Our RE focus has been the Creation this term. We have listened to the story and taken ‘awe and wonder’ walks around our beautiful school grounds. We looked at Kate Neal’s Picturing Creation art work and then painted our own Creation pictures, which are truly stunning. We have been considering the different ways Christians may say thank you to God, and have written prayers to thank him for creating our amazing world.