Friday, 18 January 2019

Forest School

Today, some Year 2 children went out and enjoyed an afternoon of fun at their first forest school session.

Below are some pictures of what they got up to:





Weekly News


We have had a busy week in Year 2 and taken part in lots of exciting activities, which we have really enjoyed.
In Maths, this week we have been practising counting in 2’s, 3’s, 5’s and 10’s forwards and backwards. We have also been learning to tell the time on an analogue clock by reading the times on the clock. We have practised o’clock, half past, quarter past, quarter to and some of us have been learning to tell the time to the nearest five minutes. We have also practised drawing the hands on the clock to show the correct time.
In English we have been really enjoying our work on the ‘Power of Reading’ project. We started the week by making a crown for the Princess that was brighter than the sun. The children then wrote some fantastic letters to the King to persuade him that their crown was the best. Children wrote questions to ask the Princess about her journey with the bear and went on to write a diary entry about her day.
In Topic we have been learning about hot and cold countries. We learnt about the location of the Equator and how this affects the climate.  We have carried out a scientific experiment to investigate the properties of ice and changing state. The children really enjoyed this activity and using their investigative skills. We have learnt about Judaism in RE and thought about different important aspects of the religion. In Spanish we have learnt six new colours and played some games using these. We will continue to practise these in class.
We are looking at adding to our reading areas and if any of the children have any magazines and comics that they have finished reading at home we would be very grateful to receive any donations for the classroom.

Friday, 11 January 2019

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It has been an excellent start back to school so far.  The children have written recounts of their Christmas holidays and enjoyed sharing their news.  We had a fabulous trip to the castle where the children were treated to stories, pennant making, rat catching and the opportunity to sort artefacts.  We learnt lots about what life would have been like in Norwich Castle during a joust from how they prepare the castle, what the knights need to wear, how to cheer them on (Hazaa!), the feasts they would have had and how they would have used the toilet!  We also had an opportunity to explore some of the exhibitions where the children were fascinated and all impeccably behaved. 

This week we have written a recount of our trip and thought carefully about using commas, conjunctions and time language within this.  We have also begun to explore our new story for the power of reading in very small pieces – ask your child about this.

In maths this week we have been exploring division and how to draw this out to help ourselves.  We have answered word problems based on division and learnt to use a number line to work out the answers.  We’ve even learnt about remainders within division and how it is important to make sure that the groups are equal when dividing and showing the remainder.

During our topic lessons we have learnt about castles some more by testing materials in science that would successfully knock down a wall.  In history we have learnt about castles thought the ages and ordered pictures of them.  For D&T we made our own castle from a box and thought carefully about the features of a castle e.g. the drawbridge, portcullis, murder hole and gatehouse.

We have had a visit from a Paralympic swimmer this week and had the opportunity to hear how he was able to represent our country.  We completed a workshop with him of exercises he does before getting into the pool and discussed mind-set and how this can affect our ability.

We were very lucky this Friday afternoon to be able to watch a performance of Aladdin from a visiting theatre company.  It was lots of fun and we really enjoyed this treat.

Miss Cobb will be sending home further information about the dance showcase performance once she has received the details of the event from the SSP.

Thursday, 10 January 2019

Norwich Castle


We had a very enjoyable trip to Norwich Castle last Friday to launch our new topic 'Towers, Tunnels and Turrets'. 

When we arrived we met four characters; Maud the maid, Jack the rat catcher, Lady Isabella and Helena the housekeeper.




The children were helping them get ready for a jousting competition which was to be held the next day.


They made flags for the joust, sorted objects for the knights, caught rats for the king and helped create a story to keep the knights entertained.
We had a really lovely time and learnt lots about what it would have been like to live in a castle.



Thursday, 13 December 2018

Weekly News



At the start of the week, we watched the Year 3 and 4 Christmas show ‘Bah Humbug’ that was enjoyed by all.

In English this week, we have been working hard to edit and improve our Storm Animal stories. The children are SO proud of their writing, as are we! They have made their stories into little books and wrapped them in an envelope to give to you as a Christmas gift. We hope you enjoy reading these over the holidays.

In Maths this week, we have been looking at drawing arrays to solve multiplication problems. For example, 4 x 6 means we can draw four crosses, six times. Please reinforce this method with your children at home whenever possible.

In Art this week we looked at the illustrations from our class book ‘The Storm Whale’ and watched a video of the author/illustrator Benji Davies draw one his characters. The children then copied and sketched a page from the book and added watercolour paint to finish.

In Spanish, we have been learning about Christmas in Spain and made Spanish Christmas cards. The children love learning a new language and we are very impressed with their enthusiasm.

Just a reminder that the first Friday back is our trip to the castle and your child will need a packed lunch.

Have a very merry Christmas and Happy New Year
The Year Two Team

Friday, 30 November 2018

Multiskills



Here are some photos of our fun-filled sporty morning at Easton and Otley College where we took part in a multiskills festival with Year 2 children from other schools.


Thursday, 29 November 2018

Weekly News


We had a lovely. Energetic start to our week with our visit to Easton & Ottley College to take part in the Norwich SSP’s Multskills Festival. The students at the college put on lots of exciting activities that allowed children to practise many PE and Sport skills. We took part alongside 4 other schools and had lots of fun. On Tuesday we also enjoyed a Karate workshop which was enjoyed by all.

In English this week the children wrote a story for their pet pebble that they made on Monday afternoon. This was a completely ‘cold’ task which meant there was no teacher input. The only element they had to include was it had to be set on an island. The children had lots of interesting ideas and worked really hard. It was also a very good assessment tool. As a result, we will be working with the children on proof reading their work to check for full stops and capital letters.
Later in the week we continued looking at our book ‘The Storm Whale’. We created a ‘conscience alley’ where the children made an arch and one person was chosen to be ‘Noi’. As Noi walked through the archway the rest of the class were whispering in his ear reasons for and against telling his dad there was a whale in the bath! Everyone then wrote a letter of advice to Noi using a range of conjunctions.

In Maths we have been practising 10 more and 10 less. The children completed a carousel of activities which involved fluency, reasoning and problem solving. They all worked really hard and showed good resilience. Later in the week we completed subtraction word problems and consolidated the ‘chips and peas’ method for taking away.

In RE this week we discussed why different religions have festivals. We linked this to our understanding of Diwali, Christmas, Birthdays and Easter. We then read the story of Elmer and made a range of resources to help the elephants celebrate ‘Elmer’s Day’. The children made cards, flags, designed cakes, banners and wrote songs.

We have also been practising our Christmas Carol for the fayre next week. We look forward to seeing you there. If any parents are able to help out with manning our game ‘Knock Santa down the chimney’ for a 15min slot please let one of the Year 2 team know. Alternatively we will put a sign-up sheet in the cloakroom. It would involve taking money and giving out prizes. Many thanks.