Year 2 Learning Updates

Term 6: Do all minibeasts have 6 legs?

Welcome to Term 6! We can't believe that we have just one term left before moving on to Key Stage 2. What an exciting start we have had; we had a bit of a shock when we returned to school to see that the Year 2 classrooms had minibeast infestations in our book corners. We thought it was important to let Miss Gobell and Miss Baker about them so immediately wrote to them asking for help.

To add to our minibeast excitement, we had a visit from Zoo Lab and we were introduced to Gary the African land snail, Batman the hissing cockroach, Twiggy the stick insect, Tank the scorpion and Marmalade the snake. The children (and adults) were very brave and held or stroked all of the animals (except for Tank who we admired at a distance!). 

We can't wait to see what other exciting experiences Term 6 brings.

Term 5: The Platinum Jubilee

Wow! What a lucky women Queen Elizabeth II is for having so many children create such wonderful work for her! This week we celebrated the Jubilee by painting water-colour portraits, completing Queen quizzes and organising events in the Queen's life into chronological order on a timeline. 

In addition, Year 2 were assigned the 1990s as our focus decade and we enjoyed listening to lots of music from that era from Spice Girls to 2Unlimited - there were 'no limits' to the music learning we did! We also studied the Battle of Britpop and decided whether we were Team Blur or Team Oasis (Oasis won by a very large margin!). Following this, we recreated some of their very coolest album covers. 

In English, we imagined that we were children growing up all those years ago and learnt about the toys that were launched. From Furbies to Game Boys to Moon Shoes; we wrote some very persuasive adverts to entice children to buy our toys. 

We celebrated our learning at our whole-school assembly and topped off the celebrations with a school picnic and concert on the field.

Happy Platinum Jubilee Queen Elizabeth! 

Term 5 Book Club Tea Party

After a very busy week, we all enjoyed a very civilised afternoon with a book club tea party. The children brought in their favourite book and enjoyed sharing it with their friends over some delicious delicacies. 

Here are some snippets of conversation:

Olivia brought 'The Way Back Home' by Oliver Jeffers.

"I like the end of it and how they help each other."

 Summer brought 'Judy Moody predicts the future.'

"I like all the Judy Moody books and I like this one because I learnt more things about her."

Holly Brought a book about guinea pigs.

"I love guinea pigs. This book helps me learn about my guinea pig, Ginger."

 

Term 5: Design and Technology

The Year 2 teachers learnt today that we are teaching a year group of very talented chefs! In Design and Technology, we designed a delicious and healthy wrap and then the children practised their peeling and grating skills. The evaluations of the products were overwhelmingly positive and the children felt very proud of themselves! 

Term 5: The Lady with the Lamp 

This term, our question for discovery is 'What makes a hero?'. We have been learning about Florence Nightingale who was a hero to many soldiers, doctors and nurses. In the 1800s, she worked to improve the hygiene and food in hospitals and raised the profile of nurses as valued members of hospital staff. We think that she is such a heroic person that we invited her into school!

During our workshops, Florence Nightingale taught us about the dreadful state of hospitals when she became a nurse. She took us on a journey to a warzone in Crimea where she helped thousands of injured soldiers and we learnt how to roll and apply bandages. 

Watch this space for another visit from our hero, Edith Cavell!

Term 5: Forest School

What a wonderful week back after a long Easter break! Edison and Attenborough classes celebrated our return with a forest school session. During the session, the children looked for signs of spring as well as displaying incredible teamwork skills to build dens and bridges. As always, much fun was had in the mud pit!

 

Term 4: British Science Week

Wow! What an exciting week of exploring and growing we have had. At The Discovery School, we have been celebrating British Science Week and learning all about the topic of growth. We launched our learning with a visit from Professor Lucy Bubbleworks who taught us all about how clouds and bubbles grow. Take a look at our exciting pictures below. If you want to join in with our British Science Week learning, make sure you visit the 'Science Zone' on the website!

 

Term 4: Wow Week!

What an exciting week in school! We started with our year 2 explorer day to launch our new topic, 'Why are places different'. As well as dressing as explorers, we became botanists for the day and explored our school grounds discovering the different plants which live here.

This week we also enjoyed a pantomime all about pants! It was very silly and very funny! Our cheeks ached from smiling and laughing so much and we loved joining in with dancing and actions. 

Finally this week we celebrated World Book Day by dressing as a character from a story that we love. We had a wonderful day exploring the book, 'Quest' which is the second part of the 'Journey' trilogy by Aaron Becker. We loved learning about 'Journey' so much, we are sure that we are going to love 'Quest' just as much!

Term 3: Our Science Eggsperiment 

During children's mental health week, we thought about how we can express ourselves. On Friday, we came to school wearing an outfit which expressed who we are or who we want to be in future. To add to the excitement, we also carried out an investigation into the best packaging to protect eggs. First we made predictions about which material we thought would be most effective. Then we made our packaging and tested the materials, using a plastic egg. Finally, we used real eggs to test the most effective packaging. We realised that some of our predictions were incorrect, but that's ok! We found that cardboard was the most protective material and paper was the least. We decided that next time, we would carry out the experiment on a harder floor as the carpet cushioned the fall. 

 

Term 3: A trip to Kent Life

We celebrated the end of our Great Fire of London topic with a trip to Kent Life. We all had a brilliant day meeting Thomas Farriner and Samuel Pepys. We were lucky enough to meet lots of farmyard animals and we even had the adventure playground all to ourselves! If you want to find out more, read Caroline's amazing recount of our day below. 

Term 3: A curious visitor

We have had an exciting start to our new topic, 'Who was Samuel Pepys?' We came in from play and the classroom smelled very smoky, then we found an unusual bag with a letter in it. The letter had (apparently) been delivered from London in 1666 and the writer asked us to look after his most treasured possessions; can you guess what they were? A bottle of wine and some stinky cheese!

The letter was from a man called Samuel Pepys who lived over 350 years ago and lived through the Great Fire of London. We are determined to find out as much as we can about The Great Fire of London and about Samuel Pepys, and we are sure that we will have great fun while we learn! 

Term 2: Festive Fun 2021!

In the lead up to Christmas, we have been enjoying some Design and Technology. We evaluated a range of stockings before designing and sewing our own (using running stitch). The children then evaluated their own stockings, and as you can see lots of them scored 5/5 stars! 

A Christmas tradition that we all look forward to is the Christingle service. The children made their Christingles very carefully and they looked beautiful when we lit them in class for our Christingle service. 

Term 2: Forest School

'Fun!' 'Excellent!' 'Great!' 'Amazing!' 'Fantastic!' 'The best!' 'Magical!' 'Exciting!'

This is how the children have described their Forest School experiences this term.

The children have learnt about resilience, perseverance, risk taking and problem solving in these valuable sessions. It has been a pleasure to observe the children learn from each other and enjoy being outside whatever the weather!

Term 2: Computing

We had a wonderful week of exploration using Blue bots to create algorithms (a set of instructions). We sent the Blue bots around the house to turn off the lights in order to save electricity. Then we had to debug our programme as some irresponsible people had left rubbish in some of the rooms!

Term 2: Stop Dropping Litter! An Assembly by The 3 Engineers

After half term, all of the children in Year 2 were lucky enough to join more than 150 other schools and take part in an interactive assembly by 'The 3Engineers'. We learned that engineers play a very important and exciting role in our world. Engineers invent, design, analyse, build and test machines and products that we use every day. Engineers are working hard to make a sustainable future for us all by inventing and building wind turbines, electric cars, solar panels and many other environmentally friendly technologies.

The 3Engineers want to motivate children to play a positive role in protecting our natural world so they have written a series of stories to teach children about how we can care for our planet. We are very excited that their first book will be released before Christmas and is called 'Stop Dropping Litter!'. It follows a little girl called Scout on her journey to spread the word about how we can all contribute to caring for our planet.

The children drew pictures of their favourite characters from the story which we have sent to The 3Engineers.

Term 1 : Maths in Year 2

We have had a wonderful few weeks getting to know each other and settling into Year 2. The children have impressed us with their collaborative learning and fantastic attitudes towards challenges. 

Here are some photos of us enjoying exploring place value with a partner. 

Term 1: Computing Week 

We had a wonderful week in Year 2 exploring the computing curriculum. The children practised their typing skills and realised how challenging it is to use both hands and every finger to touch type! The children also created a picture inspired by Journey and typed a sentence to accompany it. Then they learned the importance of saving their precious work and printing it out.