Welcome to Year 2!
We are the Red Squirrels and we are amazing! We have lots of exciting Learning challenges planned this year and our aim is to make it as creative and hands on as possible!
Year 2 is a SAT year and so it is really important that children practise skills at home as well as at school. Reading is key to lots of progress. As a school, we aim for children to read 4 times a week which we are doing really well at....we still have some work to do to get to the top place on the reading score board! We have started practising our times tables and are using Times table rock stars (TTRS). We use a paper version of this in school, but all children in year 2 have a TTRS login in their reading diary.
This term, our PE is dance with Mrs Bathgate and it is on a Wednesday. Please make sure that you have your PE kit. This will take place in the hall, so no trainers are needed.
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Learning Challenges in year 2
Where would you prefer to live - England or Africa?
We all thoroughly enjoyed this Learning Challenge! We discovered that Africa is a lot like England in some countries, but also can be very different in remote parts of Africa. We researched and wrote non-chronological reports on the animals living in Africa and the different landscapes that make it. We painted sunset pictures with silhouette which looked really effective! We also made African mud huts using clay.
Can we turn trash into treasure?
So far this term, we have been thinking about how we can help to save the planet by reducing, reusing and recycling. We were inspired by Isatou Ceesay and have reused plastic bags, cut into small strips and have weaved them into small purses. We are collecting bottles, cardboard boxes and plastic lids to design and make musical instruments!
We had a great half term making things by reusing materials! In Science we investigated the best materials needed to make the best boat (and then made them!) We made paper beads/jewellery out of newspaper and other off-cuts that would normally go in the recycling bin! We finished the term off by making our musical instruments. The children used lots of techniques, imagination and determination whilst making them! It just goes to show that you can make so many things from every day objects!
How can we look after our local environment?
This half term we are looking at our local environment. We will be investigating what is in the local area, reading maps and creating our own too! We will look at ways we can support the local area by conducting a traffic survey and encouraging people to walk more or share cars. In addition to this, we will be taking part in a litter pick - something the children are eager to do! A big part of looking after the local environment is about supporting and protecting the wildlife. The children will be making bird feeders to encourage birds into our woodland areas as part of our Outdoor learning!
Which Victorian's were excellent?
In Spring 2, we will be looking at the Victorian period, in particular Queen Victoria. We will look at how she changed Britain for the better, including how she improved the education of all children. We will travel back in time and visit a school during the Victorian period. I wonder whether we will prefer schooling today or that back in the Victorian period?
Why were Christopher Columbus and Neil Armstrong brave?
Was Samuel Pees truly honest?