Year 2 Deer & Owls
Below is our most recent blog from Year 2. This includes a summary of the two weeks including any important information for the coming weeks (reminders etc). These will be updated every other Friday.
Click here for the topic flow chart for the summer term.
Click here for the recent SATs meeting presentation.
Friday 20 July
Year 2 have enjoyed thinking about how much they have grown over the year, not just physically but academically and socially too. The children have become much more resilient and independent. This was really evident on our outdoor learning day at Thames Young Mariners. The teamwork and collaborations they discovered in orienteering, the challenge course and archery have continued back at school.
This term they have learnt so much about Judaism, particularly through their visit to the synagogue; reflecting on the similarities and differences with Christianity. Many of the facts about Judaism in the class assembly were lines written by the children themselves. This was also true of the other areas of their learning, demonstrating just how much they have learnt across the curriculum this term.
The Stanley Picker Gallery visit for each class was inspiring as it enabled them to explore different media in art and respond to the artists’ exhibits. Both classes are looking forward to moving up to Year 3 next year and becoming part of the juniors. They are certainly ready for the challenge and opportunities that being in Key Stage Two will bring.
Friday 13 July
Year 2 children performed a fantastic assembly to celebrate their learning and experiences together this year. Their maturity and confidence shone through the performance. From the start, the children took ownership of the assembly, decided what topics to include and wrote their own lines.
Last week in Science, the children were fascinated by a plant experiment to observe how plants absorb water. Using food colouring in water, the children observed whether this changed the colour of white carnations. Where the stem was split and put in two test tubes of coloured water, the children were very excited to discover the flower head was divided into two colours.
During Maths lessons, the children became 'right angle police' hunting and identifying right angles in the classroom They particularly liked checking all the capital letters of the alphabet to see if they include a right angle.
Friday 29 June
Over the last two weeks, both Year 2 classes have visited a local synagogue in Walton-upon-Thames. With great excitement the children recognised many items from the Jewish faith that they have been learning about. They were delighted to see the Star of David, the mezuzah, the Ten Commandments, Ner Tamid, tallits and kippahs.
It was fascinating for the children to see their learning come to life and understand the Jewish place of worship. The ‘wow’ moment came when the ark was opened to reveal the elaborately decorated sacred Torah scrolls inside. The guide was extremely impressed with the children’s knowledge of the faith at such a young age.
In art, the children have been creating their self-portraits in oil pastels. Each of them looked closely at their facial features and reflected on what makes them unique. Their attention to details was striking. These will be a great record for the children to carry with them up to Key Stage Two.
Both classes have been reflecting on our wonderful year together and enjoying preparing for our final assembly. We look forward to seeing you there on Thursday 5th July at 9.00am.
Friday 15 June
What a wonderful start to the week! On Monday, the whole of Year two visited Thames Young Mariners in Ham for a day full of exciting, outdoor adventure. The sun was beaming in the sky as the children were separated into mixed class groups, ready to start their activities.
Throughout the day, the classes were looking to improve their teamwork and resilience while also having a heap load of fun. As the instructors were explaining the activities, the children listened attentively and the sense of excitement was tangible.
Each group took part in three activities; archery, orienteering and the challenge course. As the day unfolded, the children were praised for their growing teamwork skills and every child participated fully in the day’s events. Many children spoke positively about conquering their fears or trying out an activity that they had not experienced before. All in all, a super day was had by everyone.
Friday 25 May
As part of our RE topic this term, the children are continuing to learn about Judaism. They have studied the symbols, holy days and food that are important to the Jewish faith.
On Monday, Year 2 had a very productive day making challah bread from scratch. In true ‘Bake Off’ style, the excited children assembled in the hall awaiting instructions to make this special bread. Working in small groups, the children used their ingredients to create dough and shape it into the traditional plaited loaf. Soon the delicious scent of baked bread filled the whole school!
In total, sixty loaves were kneaded, plaited and baked, and every child had one to take home for their family. It was a super day and so many of the children said how much they had enjoyed baking and suggested that they could repeat the recipe at home. The bread making also informed our learning for the rest of the week. The children doubled and halved the recipe in maths and wrote comprehensive instructions in our English lessons.
Friday 11 May
Our new history topic about Mary Anning has really inspired the children this half term. Their homework impressed us with its detail and research. The children were able to use this to inform their biography writing in English. At the moment, the children are looking for fossils everywhere including the playground and local parks. Many have told us that they are planning trips to Lyme Regis at half term with their families.
As part of the RE topic this term, a visit has been planned to a local Synagogue in Surrey ... more details to follow in due course. The children have been looking at Jewish artefacts and symbols; these have generated lots of interesting questions and class discussions. They have also made their own model Mezuzahs which are small boxes which are fixed on the doorframes of Jewish homes with meaningful verses from the Torah inside them.
Friday 27 April
Year 2 have come back with renewed enthusiasm for learning. Understanding the importance of handwashing, the children learned about microbes and bacteria and how to prevent them spreading.
Our new topic in Science is Plants and Growth. The children’s prior knowledge and observation skills in the school garden is impressive. The children are looking forward to planting and investigating growth.
The children have enjoyed the start of their swimming sessions and our tennis skills are developing in our outdoor P.E. lessons for the summer term.
In R.E the children are finding out about Judaism by looking at important objects and respecting different beliefs and practices.
During our Maths lessons, the children have been identifying the properties of 3D shapes. They have recognised 2D shapes on the faces of 3D shapes and compared them. The children are noticing 3D shapes all around them.
Our History lessons have started with learning about Mary Anning and why she is famous. Please support your child in finding out more about Mary Anning for homework to help with some writing the children will be doing next week.