Welcome to Spring 2 2024

Welcome back to Spring 2! This half term much of our learning is focused around our history focused topic and we will be learning all about the life of Captain James Cook.

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Collective Worship

This is a very special time of the year as we enter into the season of Lent. We hope you all enjoyed a delicious Shrove Tuesday! We had a very special Ash Wednesday Liturgy in school together on Monday with Farther Andrew where we observed the beginning of Lent together

The children then linked this back to their own learning and applied this to their faith and all wrote Lenten promises. We were very proud of the children, who thought carefully about how they could give something up for Lent or share something with others. Lots of the Lenten promises were about helping at home and taking time to read or share with their siblings. 

 

 

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This half term we are going to to be finding out more about The Mass. We have started off our learning by trying to order and sequence the parts of Mass. We explored important words that we hear during Mass and the religious objects that we see inside church.

We recalled the church etiquette that we observe each time we attend Mass at church and are looking forward to putting it into practise when we attend Mass at St Josephs Church. Today we looked at some of the readings that we hear during Mass and where they come from in the Bible. We looked closely at a reading from the Gospel of Luke and explored what the reading teaches us about how Jesus wants us to live. We also practised our responses to hearing a reading from the Gospel and why we do this. Year 2’s were quick to share that using our right thumb we show the Word of God is on our minds, on our lips and in our hearts. 

Year 2’s have been learning about the gifts given during the offertory at Mass and what they represent. Some children have been able to build on their own personal experiences of helping during this part of Mass at church and could recall how special it felt to be given the responsibility of presenting the offertory. The children have been able to make connections between what Jesus did and said during The Last Supper and what Father Andrew says and does at Mass. 

We have played several games to put into practise our key vocabulary to check that we could name, recognise and describe some of the other objects that we would see in church and during Mass.

As we prepare for the end of Lent and the celebration of Easter, Year 2’s created Easter cards to share with our families. We were able to apply our recent art skills when selecting a mixture of warm and cool coloured chalks and oil pastels to carefully colour around a cross template.

English

Our focus text this half term is George’s Marvellous Medicine by Roald Dahl, which links with our topic of Mary Seacole and Florence Nightingale.

So far we have really enjoyed listening to and retelling chapters from this story, particularly our hot seating  lessons which helped us to choose appropriate adjectives to describe the main characters, George and George’s grandma!

Year 2 have shown resilience in their work using thesauruses to find the very best adjective to describe both the characters. We have also looked at how Dahl has used similes to add further humorous description to the main characters allowing the reader to visual and imagine what they were like. We used a zone of relevance to sift and sort only the very best adjectives which improved our vocabulary choices when describing George Cranky.

The children are getting much better at using a range of conjunctions in their sentences (when, so, because, but, if)  in order to give reasons why they think grandma and George behave in a particular. way They put their reading skills to good use skimming and searching to find evidence from the text to support their ideas.

 

Reading Eggs 

As part of our continued drive to ensure every child becomes a lifelong reader, we also had visit from Jane from Reading Eggs. The children were inspired to continue to use Reading Eggs at home. The children were shown how to access the virtual book library, make book reviews and collect stickers to create a special reading journal.

 

World Book Day 

We  had a very busy World Book Day and enjoyed dressing up as our favourite book characters, becoming illustrators led by Rob Biddulph, doing a book scavenger hunt, a library quiz, guess the celebrity masked readers and sharing a book with year 5’s in our class. We certainly had a fantastic day! I have also been enjoying the book recommendations from the children when learning more about them as  readers and the types of books that they are enjoying reading.

Maths

In Maths, we have been continuing our maths learning on multiplication and division. We have started off by recalling some of our learning from last term with a quick team game where we had to match together a multiplication calculation, ‘groups of’ picture and array.

We have been working on representing multiplication by building arrays using rows and columns. We looked at representing a calculation eg 3X5 by building an array that would show ‘3 rows of 5’. We worked practically with counters then outside with cones to combine our maths learning in a fun and active way.

 

Today we have been dividing by 2 and sharing into 2 groups to find half of amounts and numbers. The children were quick to make the connection between finding half and dividing by 2 . We continued to consolidate our learning further using practical manipulatives to share equally and fairly in to 2 groups, before moving on to pictorial methods to divide by sharing.

We have continued to look at strategies to use when dividing including grouping and sharing equally into groups. The children have showed great team work and problem solving skills when applying their strategies to be able to solve a range of different problems. We have now begun to see the connection between multiplication and division and how we can build a fact family using the inverse.

Science

In Science, we are continuing our learning  from last half term about living things and their habitats. Today we started off our Science learning journey by exploring what  a habitat is and the different types of habitats that there are in the UK. We played a game to see if we could correctly match the animals and plants to their correct UK habitat. Some were trickier than others to identify and we found that some animals and plants could survive in more than one! We found out that a habitat is a home for both plants and animals but in order for them to survive in their habitat they need 3 things: FOOD, WATER and SHELTER. 

Today we took our Science learning outside to work scientifically and investigate microhabitats. We found that microhabitats are all around us in the environment and could include: gaps between bricks or paving, tree stumps, hedges, patches of grass and leaf litter to name a few! Today we wanted to also apply our maths skills to record the conditions in some microhabitats around our school.  We  counted and recorded any minibeasts or plants that we saw to compare each microhabitat. 

British Science Week 2023 – making connections

Year 2’s were lucky to take part in some exciting events planned to celebrate British Science week in school. We had a STEM Lego workshop. Using this years  theme of Connections, we had to think of different ways that we can connect with people and then make them out of Lego. Year 2’s were great at working collaboratively in teams to make Lego boats, lorries, cars, phones, tablets and planes! We had so much fun during this workshop whilst practising a whole host of teambuilding and practical STEM based skills.

Year 2’s were also lucky to have visited the year 3/4 science fayre and took part in lots of fun and practical experiments. Thank you to Year 3 and 4 for designing such fantastic and hands on investigations and science games for us to try. We enjoyed trying out each and every one of them and also winning some prizes!

Computing

 We started our sessions, like always by recapping our internet safety rules. Year 2’s are now experts in recalling our STOP, BLOCK and TELL message and continue to learn more  about how to keep safe online. 

Year 2’s are learning how to become independent and resilient learners when logging on  to the school computers down in the computing suite. We discussed why some devices need user names and passwords and how these are a part of our personal information and digital footprint. Once logged on,  Year 2’s developed their confidence around using the mouse and explored the programme tools in ‘Paint’.

It was a wonderful opportunity to develop our fine motor control skills especially when  trying to control the curser arrow and when right clicking and dragging using the mouse and not touching the  monitor screen like an IPad!

History

We have begun looking at our historical enquiry question: How did captain Cook change the world?  Year 2’s applied some of their reading skills to read some facts about Captain James Cook to find out who he was, where he was born and the places he went on during his voyages. Year 2’s applied their recent Geographical skills to locate some of the countries and continents that they read about in their reading comprehension work. It was great to see such fast recall of the 7 continents and where they are located in the world. Year 2 were amazed to hear of Cook’s voyages and the different parts of the world he sailed to.

The children have begun their enquiry by finding more about boats. They have used their scientific knowledge of materials to think about how boats from the past would not have been made of the same materials that boats from today do. After some research Year 2’s were able to build a timeline to show how boats have changed and where HMS Endeavour would fit on their timelines.

Today during our History enquiry we made a timeline showing Captain Cook’s life. We had to apply our mathematical knowledge of numbers to help order the dates and decide which events were before or after another. After piecing together his timeline we had a much better understanding of some of his achievements during his voyages.

Music

We started our music learning journey this half term by collecting  the names of different percussion instruments before exploring and describing how they make their sounds. We also thought about where we may have seen, heard or come across these instruments. Year 2’s suggested some great ideas sharing their own personal experiences:

  • Sound effects on TV or films.
  • Songs I have heard.
  • At a show or in the theatre.
  • In an orchestra.

The children then explored practically some different instruments that needed a beater, could be shaken, strummed, banged, scrapped, blown or plucked. The children found that some instruments could make their sounds in several different ways. We have continued our music learning to think more about how to group instruments. Building on our recent exploration of different instruments year 2’s were quick to decide how they could be sorted. and made groups of instruments that you could blow, bang or strum etc.

Today we introduced the terms tuned and untuned. We found out that, tuned percussion can play a range of notes at different pitches, for example the glockenspiel, or xylophone. Untuned percussion mostly only have one pitch or sound, e.g. bongo drums, cymbals, drum kit, guiro, or triangle. The children had a go at sorting images of different instruments. This was tricky at first and we had to listen very carefully to a recording of each before applying their new learning about tuned and untuned instruments to be able to sort and distinguish between them.

PE

Year 2’s started off their PE learning with  a Tag Rugby taster session, delivered by Ian from Leeds Rhinos Rugby.  The children had so much fun whilst learning and practising different skills including: dodging, throwing and passing to score tries!

Skipping Training!

Year 2 were very lucky to have a skipping workshop led by Katie to prepare them for a very exciting skipping competition in the summer term! We learnt lots of different skipping techniques and all the children showed real resilience and perseverance! Katie was so impressed with everyone and said she had never before been able to teach as many skills in one lesson! This was in part due to Year 2’s brilliant listening and respectful behaviour. It was especially lovely to see the children cheering each other on when it was getting tricky! Remember to practice your skipping as much as you can at home so we are ready for the competition in June!

Today in PE we used our coordination and balance with different equipment and whilst trying to complete shuttle runs and races. The children tried many methods including stretching different parts of their bodies out to improve their steadiness.

MFL- French

We have also been revising and extending our learning in French. This half term we have been learning to read and say the French names for some popular toys. We have been practising our best French pronunciation using games and interactive clips.

We moved our French learning on to learn the names in French for some musical instruments. After lots of practise orally to perfect our pronunciation we then looked at being able to recognise and read the names before trying to write them.  We were even able to link our music learning to be able to state if they were tuned or untuned!

Year 2’s have worked very hard with their French learning this half term to learn about toys and instruments in many practical ways. We will continue to practise this new vocabulary to ensure that it can be recalled and has stuck.

PSHE

Year 2’s started off this half term by recapping our British values and have used the acronym Dr Tim to help us to remember them all!

Our focus British value for this half term has been have been Tolerance and Mutual respect. Through our discussion, the children showed an already good understanding of what mutual respect meant to them, in their lives and as part of our school.

Year 2’s could easily recognise and identify that ‘Respect’ is part of our school TRUST school rules and were able to apply their understanding through discussion considering the following questions:

When is it easy to show respect?’

‘When is it harder to show respect?’

‘What do you need to do to show respect?’

‘Do you have to earn respect?

As a class we used the phrases ‘treat others how we’d like to be treated ourselves. and ‘RESPECT others and they will RESPECT you! We then went on to make of own acrostic poems using the acronym RESPECT.

During our RSHE lessons about Boys and girls and  families, Year 2 started to consider  that everybody needs to be cared for but in different ways at different times of their lives. They linked their current science learning to discuss what kind of help people might need at each stage of the human life -cycle. They have also been learning about the differences between Girls and boys and thought how both boys and girls have been created by God to be both similar and different. They shared their similarities and  differences and discussed what makes them special and unique.