Year 2 Learning 2016/17

Geography Local area Study


As part of our local area walk, we went to the middle of the big red bridge to see what the landscape looked like. We were very surprised by how hilly it was!

One thing that really stood out for the children on the local area walk was the volume of traffic on Manchester Road. Hundreds of cars went whizzing past under our feet as we stood on the big red bridge.

DT Weaving

At the Leeds industrial Museum, we learned how to use weaving techniques to create spring lambs

We got to practice the weaving techniques that children would have used when the worked in the mills.

Here are some of our finished woven sheep.

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Year 2 Curriculum Updates

Half Term 2 Science Investigations

Mrs Fulton lighting a sparkler before cooling it down.

Mrs Fulton lighting a sparkler before cooling it down.

Mrs Fulton using a thermometer to measure the temperature of the sparkler after it has gone out.

Mrs Fulton using a thermometer to measure the temperature of the sparkler after it has gone out.

Mrs Fulton holding the indoor sparkler at arm’s length to be safe.

Mrs Fulton holding the indoor sparkler at arm’s length to be safe.

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Half Term 2 History

Daisy from Real History Alive took all of the children on a roller-coaster-ride back in time to 1666.

Daisy from Real History Alive took all of the children on a roller-coaster-ride back in time to 1666.

The children worked with Samuel Pepys to make a fire chain to help put out the Great Fire of London.

The children worked with Samuel Pepys to make a fire chain to help put out the Great Fire of London.

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13/05/2016

Half Term 4 was probably our best one yet!

We got off to a mighty bang, or should I say SPLASH, with our performance of ‘The Mermaids Purse’. We worked with real life actors Sian and Simon to put on a play in a day. Our show was set under the water where a Mermaid, who had lost her most prized possession, had to search the seas in order to be reunited with her magical purse.

The children worked exceptionally hard on the show and it was a pleasure to perform it for lots of the parents. After the event, the children set about turning the play into a story. We produced some fantastic writing that really captured the under-water setting and the weird and wonderful sea-creatures the Mermaid came across on her journey.

Here are some photos of the performance and some examples of the wonderful writing the children produced.

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Things are heating up in Year 2

It’s the start of a new half term and that means a new topic for year 2. For the next six weeks, the Great Fire of London will be at the centre of all sorts of exciting activities for Year 2. This really exciting topic has grabbed the children’s attention from the very beginning and we can’t wait to see where our learning takes us.

In order to understand the Great Fire of London we decided to first look at what London was like in the 17th Century. We have found out lots about the buildings of London and how filthy it could be in the capital city before 1666. We used our sketching skills to make some observations about the buildings including their tall narrow shape and the way wooden beams created  patterns on their fronts.

Here are some of the sketches we have done in 2B and 2G

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But that’s not all! We have been finding out about some of the people who lived through the Great Fire. Samuel Pepys is a very important character as he managed to keep a record of the whole horrid event and recorded it his diary! We were lucky enough to meet Samuel Pepys in person!  He paid us a visit from 1666 to tell us all about the fire and how it affected London and the people that lived there!

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Meeting Mr Pepys has really sparked our interest and now we can’t wait to find out even more about the the Great Fire of London! Stay tuned to find out how we get on and make sure you check back to see some of our diaries later on this half term.


Little Monsters!

It has been a great start to the year in 2 Green and 2 Blue. It was fantastic to see everyone at the start of term so full of energy and ready to begin a new challenge. It is a big jump from Year 1 to Year 2 but the children have risen to it and have been a fantastic group to teach.

Our first job when we came back to school was to think about the type of class that we wanted to be. We did this by first reading the book “The Very Ugly Monster”. From the book we learned all about a monster that just wanted to have friends but couldn’t find any because of how he looked. We talked a lot about whether this was fair or not and decided that, really, it’s what is inside a person that counts and not what they look like.  This helped us to think about what makes a good friend. Listening to each other and making sure we look out for and help one another was a good place to start! But our learning didn’t stop there.

The book had some fantastic descriptions of the Very Ugly Monster so we decided we would make some monsters of our own and then use our literacy skills to describe them. And didn’t we do well! We tried to use a range of adjectives to describe the monsters and tried to use words like and, because and so to improve our sentences. The adults and children are really proud of the results and think that the writing looks almost as good as the monsters themselves!

Have a look at these pictures which show some of the work we have been up to!

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