Welcome to Summer 1! We hope that you have had restful Easter break and are recharged ready for our last term of Year 2!
This half term, our topic is Transport – changes over time and we are going to be exploring the history of lifeboats, bikes and funiculars.
Our trip to Scarborough!
We had so much fun on our trip to Scarborough, we were immensely proud of the children and their behaviour. Two members of the public and one of the volunteers in the lifeboat station said how well behaved and polite they were! The children could have stayed on the beach all day, as they were playing so well with each other – taking turns, working collaboratively and enjoying themselves! We had a lovely picnic and then explored the Central Tramway (funicular) including a ride from the bottom to the top! This linked to our learning about Victorians from earlier in the year and also our transport topic this half term. We also had a great tour around the RNLI and got very close to the lifeboats. The childre
n were amazed but showed a lot of interest in how important the RNLI are for saving lives. This linked to the children’s learning about Grace Darling in year one. We also had a water safety talk from one of the volunteers and learned about the different coloured flags.
Thursday 26th May 2022
Today we learned about the Holy day of Ascension and reflected on our faith and how we can follow Jesus’ teachings in our lives.
Our RE this half-term is all about the Easter story. Our learning objective today was to answer the question ‘why does Easter matter so much?’
We recalled our learning from assemblies before Easter, to sequence the story and assess the most important parts. The children were encouraged to use vocabulary from the Bible, including ‘ascended’, ‘risen’ and ‘tomb’.
Children then worked in groups and read different reasons why Easter is important. They were encouraged to read loud enough for their peers to hear them and then discuss what they thought of each reason. We used the diamond activity to decide the most important things about Easter, creating a pyramid to show importance. It was a great opportunity for the children to develop their opinions and share them with one another.
To help us reflect on our learning about the Easter story, we revised key terms. We used a Burn2Learn treasure-hunt activity to find key terms and their definitions. We then worked in groups to match the key terms to their meanings, applying our reading skills. When we returned to the classroom, we had a go creating our own glossaries of key Easter terms. We then used this to support our class discussion about what the Easter story teaches us.
Our key text this half term is The Hundred Decker Bus, by Mike Smith, which links with our transport topic. We will be having a big focus on non-fiction writing, such as recounts, glossaries and non-chronological reports. Last half term the children loved listening to Roald Dahl stories for our focus author and this half term we will have Jill Murphy as our focus author. We will begin by reading The Worst Witch.
We spent our first lesson exploring non-fiction texts and identifying all their features! Our learning focused on glossaries so together we used glossaries to find the meaning of unfamiliar words, and then wrote our own glossaries based on vocabulary from the 100 Decker Bus.
One focus this half term is making sure the children write, independently at length. We have had a focus on Earth Day and, linking with our Live Simply learning and 8 to be Great pledge, we have written about what Earth Day is, and how we can protect our God’s World and our precious planet. All of our writing was excellent, here is some of it.
As part of writing recounts, we have been focusing on the past tense of verbs. We had an active Burn to Learn session, where we read a verb and then worked out the past tense. Most of them had an -ed suffix but some of them did not, we learned these are known as irregular past tense verbs and in the English language, we just have to remember these! We then moved in the different ways across the field – we hopped, skipped, jumped, walked, crept, ran and many more!
Our SPAG learning has also focused on contractions of words such as had not – hadn’t, did not – didn’t. We all enjoyed going to the woods to find the hidden words and match them to their contracted form. We then challenged ourselves to write the contracted form, after hearing the two words spoken out loud. We thought hard about where to put the apostrophe.
This half term in Maths, we will have a focus on measuring and comparing the length and height of objects, in centimetres and metres, telling the time to o’clock, half past, quarter past, quarter to and at five minute intervals, and also comparing and making patterns with 2D and 3D shapes, using mathematical language.
We have been working hard on word problems – reading the question really carefully, working out what is it asking us, writing the calculation and answering it.
We started today by exploring different instruments of measure, having a play and seeing if we could recall what units of measurement they all used!
We have moved on to measuring in centimetres and metres We had an active, practical lesson in which we predicted the length or height of objects in the classroom in metres and then worked together in teams to measure the height of doors and bookcases and the length of tables. We had to do some problem solving and use our knowledge of centimetres to accurately record some of the objects. Our challenge was then to measure the length of the classroom! It required a lot team work!
We have been practising reading analogue clocks and telling the time to o clock, half past, quarter past, quarter to and to five minute intervals.
We have shown a lot of resilience, as telling the time is a tricky skill to learn! We have had an active Burn to Learn session to match written times to clocks and we also played What Time is It Mr Wolf! We have also been working in teams to play various telling the time games, applying our knowledge across different contexts. We have shown great team work skills, helping each other out and encouraging each other with our learning.
Year 2 are working on their resilience in maths and building their confidence when working on arithmetic word problems. We worked together in pairs to read word problems, work out what the number sentence should be and then decide which method to use.
Our topic in Science this half term is Plants. We are going to be doing a lot of practical learning with planting and observing outside to ensure that we work scientifically and are able to perform comparative tests and ask and answer questions based on our own observations.
We have had lots of fun this week, beginning our comparative test. We discussed what seeds need to grow, then we planted some broad beans and we are keeping them in different conditions – one is getting water and light, one just water, one just light and one is getting no water and no light – it’s stored in a dark cupboard! We have predicted what we think will happen and, linking with our maths learning, we will measure the plants growth each week in centimetres. This was a very active lesson, with the children helping to plant the beans, investigating them and making decisions about where we should keep the plant pots in the classroom.
We have been working scientifically and observing changes over time with our bean plants. It has been very exciting to watch our broad bean seeds grow! We have been able to observe the seed, the shoot, the roots, the leaves, the stem and watch them getting stronger each day – particularly the seed that has been given water and light. We were very surprised to find that the bean seed that was in the cupboard (with no light and no water) had actually grown, however it was much shorter and a very pale yellowy-white colour than the plants that were out in the sunlight. This provoked some interesting discussions and questions from year 2. We have linked our science to our measuring learning in maths and have also been comparing the height of the plants, measuring in centimetres.
We have been learning about the lifecycle of a plant and acting it out through music and dance! We compared it to other lifecycles that we have learned about previously, such as butterflies.
We explored our battery-operated devices, focusing on remote controlled cars and other modes of transport to link to our History topic, Transport Changes Over Time.
Children talked through their toys, identifying the location and number of batteries. We talked about problems we had had with our toys and together created a list of battery problems and solutions! We had lots of fun exploring and playing with different battery-operated devices.
We created a mini-garage to check all the cars over, and identified a dead battery and a car with missing batteries! We used screwdrivers to carefully examine the battery holders and learnt to identify positive and negative ends.
After exploring how toy cars are made, it was time to design our own!
We used sketches to design our toy cars on software. Children recalled their Art learning about different qualities of line, and used different types of pens/pencils to create their models.
They also learnt to change colours and add detail to their cars. Some children were even able to apply their maths skills and create a repeating pattern!
As we start every new unit in ICT, we deepened our understanding of staying safe online. Today’s learning objective was for children to understand that some sites/apps have age restrictions. I was impressed with the children’s understanding of why age restrictions are important but lots were surprised about how old you need to be to use apps like TikTok and Whatsapp! We used think-pair-share to reflect on the reasons why some sites/apps are restricted and talked about our own experiences using sites/apps.
Finally, we explored ‘Squiggle’ a child-safe search engine. We talked about the role adults play in keeping children safe online by having search blocks but that using child search engines is still a good idea!
LO: to create a title page on keynote
We have been exploring non-fiction texts in English and today linked this to our ICT learning. We explored the App Keynote and created title pages, similar to titles in our writing! We had lots of fun looking through different themes and exploring different layouts, making links to our paragraphs in non-chronological reports!
LO: to copy and paste pictures
We used our research skills to find pictures of our favourite transport from the past. We practiced copying and pasting them into our presentations.
LO: to find and add key information.
Together, we discussed what kind of information people want to learn from our presentations. We made a list of ideas and practiced our research skills to find out information about our transport.
Geography and History
Our history focus this half term will be Transport – changes over time. We will be learning about the history of transport over time, delving deeper into the history of lifeboats and bikes. We will also be looking at the history of funiculars, which will tie in with our trip to Scarborough.
We have been researching in books, on the internet and on fact sheets to find out all we can about lifeboats, bikes and funiculars. The children have been very interested in all the different lifeboats and have been fascinated by watching the videos of them in action on the RNLI website. This fascination was further explored when we saw two of the lifeboats that we had been researching at the RNLI in Scarborough – the D-class inshore lifeboat and the Shannon All Weather Lifeboat (one of the newest ones in the RNLI’s fleet!) The children have been thinking about how and why lifeboats have changed over time and how they are much more efficient now! We all had a wonderful time!
We have also been drawing maps of Scarborough, based on our first hand experience there! This linked back to our learning about human and physical features last half term and the children were able to confidently identify these! We also had a go at using grid references and discussing our maps using compass points and geographical language. Here are some of our maps.
The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee
We have had a lot of fun celebrating the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. We have prepared for our party – decorating biscuits and making a mini Union Flag to go on our cakes! We learned a about our nation’s history and Queen Elizabeth II’s reign and we all thought it was very impressive that she had been the Queen for such a long time! We enjoyed our party – we played party games, had party food and did lots of dancing!
In music this half-term, we are focusing on rhythm. To consolidate our understanding of beat/pulse we played a game of pat, pat, clap! We worked as an ensemble, creating a steady pulse and then used a name game to add different rhythms! This practiced our skills of call and response and children’s sense of timing within music. We then learnt to differentiate between pulse/beat and rhythm, and used videos from Charanga to help us! Finally, we practiced clapping familiar rhythms. We used nursery rhymes and children were encouraged to clap these familiar rhythms for other children to guess!
LO: to create rhythms in group composition.
We recalled our key terms of rhythm and pulse. We practiced finding the pulse in different familiar songs and played ‘passed the rhythm’ where someone creates a copy and we all follow! This also develops our key listening and call and response skills.
We then used Charanga to listen to a backing track ‘Bringing Us Together’, finding the pulse and identifying repeating rhythms. We then used the digital notes to create our own melody over the top. We worked collaboratively in groups to compose our pieces and gave each other 1 star and 1 wish feedback. As a final challenge, children were encouraged to use repeating notes and patterns of notes to help make the melody more memorable. We found repeating a simple melody achieved the best results for singing our melodies back!
In PE, we are working on team work skills, running, jumping, throwing and catching. We have really enjoyed games this week that involve racing to get objects from the middle hoop and taking them back to our team, without being tagged! We have linked this with our maths skills, as different objects were worth different amounts. We had to add the spheres in 10s and the circles in 2s.We all enjoyed using our bodies and brains for this activity!