Year 2 Blog

Welcome to the Year 2 blog. Find out what our classes have been up to lately!

Time

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In Year 2 this week we have been looking at time.

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We worked with a partner and used clocks to help us solve different time problems.

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You can solve time problems yourselves by [clicking here].

Football Skills

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In PE this half term Year 2 have been developing their football skills.

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We have thought about which parts of the foot should be used to kick the ball.

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We enjoyed dribbling the ball to a partner, making sure we kept the ball under control.

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We also developed our passing skills.

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We have all enjoyed taking part!

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Music

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This week we have great fun exploring different musical instruments!

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We thought about the different sounds that they make and how we can change the sound by changing how we play the instrument.

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We talked about how loud or quiet the sounds were as well as the pitch, whether they were high or low.

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We enjoyed finding out about the different instruments. A guiro, also sometimes called a “fish” is an instrument from Latin America that makes noise when a stick or a rasp is pulled over a series of ridges. Originally, guiros were made from natural objects such as bones or dried gourds that had ridges carved into them with knives. Later they were made from wood and metal as well.

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The triangle is made from a small round steel tube, and is played by striking it with a steel beater. It's bright shimmering sound is untuned and resembles that of a bell.

Numicon

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This week in Maths we used Numicon to help us solve word problems from SATs papers. First we read the problem, then we found the key information. Next we had to think about which operation we needed to use.

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Finally we solved the problem using Numicon. We counted out the tens and then the units.

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If you would like to look at some past Maths SATs questions please [click here].

Space Superstars!

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Year 2 are thoroughly enjoying their topic work this half term! We have been learning about the planets in the Solar System. In Literacy, we have started to look at ‘explanation texts’. Explanation texts explain how or why something happens. We worked together, in groups, to give a presentation explaining something to do with Space. If you would like to look at some of the activities we worked on please [click here].

Julia Donaldson

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In Literacy this week we have looked at the children's author Julia Donaldson. She wrote 'The Guffalo'. We looked at lots of different books that she had written and worked with a partner to find similarities and differences.

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For for information about Julia Donaldson you can [click here].

Planetarium Visit

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Today we had a visit from the Think Tank Planetarium as part of our 'Night' topic.

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This is what we did:

  • Understand that night time is when the sun has set and we can see other stars
  • Observe how stars are grouped together into pictures called constellations
  • Know there are eight planets and one dwarf planet.
  • Observe that the sun is our closest star
  • Comprehend that objects don’t disappear at night time we just can’t see them
  • Identify what the moon is made of

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It was really dark inside!

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Ozzy the Owl wanted to find out about the night sky.

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For more information about the planetarium you can [click here].

Design Technology

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Last week, as part of our Mexico topic, we designed and made a Mexican Fruit Salad! We thoroughly enjoyed it. First, we learnt about which fruits are popular in Mexico.

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We then designed our own Fruit salad and thought about which fruits we would like to use. I think everybody's favourite part was the making and eating!

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We talked about how to use a knife safely and the importance of having clean hands and working in a clean area.

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Then we all made our own fruit salad by carefully cutting the different fruits and mixing them with either apple or orange juice.

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Finally we tasted them and they were delicious!

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Year 2 INSPIRE Workshop

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This morning Year 2 had their INSPIRE workshop. Many thanks to all the adults that attended, all the children really enjoyed it.

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We hope that you enjoyed working with your children and seeing the different activities that they do.

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We looked at different strategies that we use in Mathematics, to help us with addition and subtraction.

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We showed our parents how we solve different problems.

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We also completed different reading activities to help to develop our creativity.

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Information from the morning has been sent home for any parents that were unable to attend.

PSHE Sign Language

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Our PSHE topic this half term is 'Our Community'. We have thought about the different people that live in our community. Some people that live near us may have special needs or disabilities.

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Sign language is used by deaf people to talk.

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We found out how to sign our names!

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If you would like to find out more about sign language please [click here].

Hola México

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This week we have thoroughly enjoyed tasting different Mexican food!

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We tried toasted tortillas with guacamole and nachos with a tomato salsa.

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Tortillas are a type of thin flatbread made from finely ground wheat flour. Flatbread tortillas have been eaten for thousands of years in Mexico. They are round and vary in size from about 6 cm to over 30 cm.

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Guacamole is an avocado-based sauce that originated with the Aztecs in Mexico.

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Nachos are made from tortillas, which are cut into wedges and then fried.

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Some of us thought that the salsa was a bit spicy, but very tasty!

Mexico!

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We have started our exciting new topic on 'Mexico' and the children have started to learn all about the village of Tocuaro through looking at photos and pictures. In 2HB there is a Travel Agents so you can book a holiday to  Mexico. 2MW have a Mexican Cantina where you can cook up a Mexican feast. We have found out about the Horta family and have thought about similarities and differences between us and them. The Horta's live in a house originally built by Gustavo's father, Jesus Horta (who is now 79 years old). Jesus and his wife Guadalupe (aged 78) still live there, but the house has been extended to give space for the rest of the family. If you would like to find out more about Tocuaro and the Horta family please [click here].

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Next week we are looking forward to tasting some Mexican food!

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