The Great Fire of London
On Friday 15 March we had a visit from the Museum Service. A lady called Sharon came and taught us lots of things about the Great Fire of London. We practised using fire buckets, wrote with a quill and ink like Samuel Pepys, dressed up in old fashioned clothes and held artefacts including a clothes peg that was in the actual fire!
Throughout science week, we have been learning about recycling, plastic pollution and the impact on the environment. In our English lessons, we have been reading ‘Michael Recycle’ by Ellie Bethel and, in the book, it says that we should “transform our junk into something fantastic”. That is exactly what we have done. We turned the plastic bottles that we had collected into a beautiful class wall hanging. What do you think?
As part of science week the children in Year 2 have been considering the issue of plastic pollution. The children chose to write to our school lunch provider to persuade them to cut down on the amount of plastic used and also to write to Greenpeace to support their campaigns. We have been saving the plastic pots from the children's lunches, and recycled them into butterfly feeders and paint pots. See above.
The children also learnt how easily germs can be spread by investigating how far a sneeze can travel. Using a spray water bottle, the children learnt how far the sneeze could travel without cover, using a hand to cover, and using tissues to cover the nozzle. We have all learnt a lot about how to keep germs at bay!
World Book Day
All of the children in Year 2 had a brilliant day celebrating World Book Day. The children all came dressed as their favourite characters and some children brought in a potato designed as a character from a book.
Year Two Rocket Workshop
Today was a very exciting day! Mark, from Hands On Science, came to work with us to help us to build our own rockets. First we learnt about energy and forces and then we made ‘Rocket Fuel’! Cooper and Abigail made a mixture of lemon juice and bicarbonate of soda in an old film canister. As carbon dioxide was made, pressure built up until the lid popped off, sending the pot across the room! We all had a go at making our own rockets, using drinking straws. After a few adjustments to the straws, our rockets were ready to fly. Jacob’s rocket flew the furthest! We had great fun!
Sorting Foods Into Groups
We know how important it is that humans eat the right amounts of different foods.
We worked in groups to sort a variety of food. To begin with, we could choose how we grouped the foods and how many groups there should be. Once we had explained our choices to each other, we learnt about the ‘eatwell plate’. We could see how foods are put in to 5 main food groups and that the size of the section on the plate showed how much of each food group we should eat. We then had to re-sort our foods in to the 5 groups. See above.
Year 2 Learn How To Care For Animals
In our science lessons we have been learning about animals. Today we talked about what animals need for survival. Mrs Rich brought in her pet dwarf rabbit, Oren, and she talked about all of the things that he needs to stay alive and healthy. We learnt lots about the food that rabbits need, how to provide them with a safe shelter and how to keep a rabbit clean. Oren was very well behaved and even let Lucas and Lilly give him a brush! See above.
Year Two Dance Lessons
We have been learning to perform dances using simple movement patterns. We listened to the music from “The Pirates of the Caribbean” and came up with four movements that could be repeated. We tried hard to listen to the rhythm of the music and move in time. We put our movements together and performed for each other. It was fun to be a pirate! See above.
Reasoning About Multiplication and Division
We carried out an investigation where we had to put 30 counters in to equal groups. For each group we had to write a multiplication sentence to match. We tried to find all of the possible combinations by using the counters and what we know about commutativity. We then thought about how we could use the inverse operations to find the related division number sentences. See above.
We are busily adding the last touches to our nativity play 'One Night On Earth'. Our costumes look fabulous and we are all doing a great job of learning our words. We look forward to showing you all of our hard work and would like to wish you all a very merry Christmas! See below.
As part of our History topic on Remembrance, Year 2 spent the day at the Fleet Air Arm Museum. We had a tour of the museum and saw lots of planes and medals from WW1 and other conflicts. We learned about what it would be like to sit in war planes and heard stories of immense bravery. It certainly gave us a lot to think about. We made paper and felt poppies to be added to the centenary display in the museum. Each of us then made a “sweetheart pin cushion”. We learned that injured soldiers would often make these whilst they were convalescing to give to people who were special to them. All of the children were superbly behaved and were great ambassadors for Preston.
Year Two have been learning about the features of instructions. We have identified imperative verbs, clear sentences, numbered steps, time conjunctions and a list of equipment we will need to follow the instructions properly. To make sure that we really understood, we all had a go at following instructions carefully to make some crispy cakes. We have found chocolate to be a great motivator! See below.
Today (4th October) is National Poetry Day. This year the theme is 'change' and so we looked at a variety of poems about Autumn and the changing of the seasons. We read each poem, chose our favourite poem to learn and then we performed them to each other. Ben, Pippa, Marcy and Ruby-Mae did an amazing job, working together well and performing confidently (see video below).
Somerset Art Week in Cedar Class
As part of our work during Somerset Arts Week, we have been using oil pastels to carry out observational drawings. We tried hard to include lots of detail, blend colours carefully and think about the different shapes that we saw.
Drawings by (from top left to right): Amelie, Evie, Michael, Milan, Noah & Thomas P
European Day of Languages
The 26th September was European Day of Languages. Throughout the day we learnt some simple French phrases. We can now introduce ourselves in French and ask someone else what their name is. We also tried counting in French.
Year 2 Computing
In our computing lessons we have been learning about algorithms. We all followed an algorithm together this week and managed to make some monster corner bookmarks successfully. We have also been using the idea of algorithms by creating and teaching each other different sequences of movements and actions.
What a fabulous start to the new school year we have also had!
Year 2 Literacy
The children have also been enjoying our English lessons, where we are looking at narrative texts with the stories of ‘Dogger’ and ‘The Lighthouse Keeper’s Lunch’. The children have been looking at story structure and how to write their own endings to the stories. Some children were brave enough to try mustard, as is used in the story, and agreed with the seagulls that it was “yuck"!
We had a fun geography lesson learning about the continents and oceans of the world. The children enjoyed locating the continents and drawing accurate representations onto their own ‘globes’, all working well in pairs, and we only managed to pop one!
The children (and Mrs.Rich!) have settled in nicely to Year Two, and have been working really hard on their maths. We have been looking at place value, comparing numbers using ‘greater than’ or ‘less than’ and are now moving on to number bonds to 100. See above.