Welcome to Year Two
Class Teacher: Mr Duckmanton
This page will contain class newsletters, photos of interesting activities and useful links.
It will be updated every week of the school year to let you know what is happening in school.
We travelled into Leeds to visit two theatres. Firstly we found out about Leeds Grand Theatre in the past and looked at many different objects that were once used. We also got to act out parts played by famous people who once performed on stage. Then we went to the City Varieties for a tour, performed on stage and got to see that parts that nobody else ever sees!
Pancake Day saw us investigate who was best at flipping pancakes. After deciding how to test, we created our own table to show the results.
We had a special party to say goodbye to Millie who is moving to a school in Bradford. We had a great cake and party food. We also had a chance to say thank you and goodbye to Mrs Spokes who has provided so much support to all the children and staff.
We had a very special visitor in our class- Ronnie the Rhino. We all took part in the find raising day organised by some of the Year Five pupils. We managed to raise a lot of money to help research MND and had a lot of fun as well.
A visit from Samuel Pepys (obviously an actor) helped us to recall and understand the work we carried out in Year One about The Great Fire of London. We had songs, acting and storytelling. There were a lot of great Year Two answers from work a year ago.
As soon as we had returned from the Christmas break, we had very exciting news! A mysterious object had been found near the school fence. After a quick search we found what could be an egg! Who knows what could be inside ...
It's a dragon. It hatched and we even learned how to give it a bath!
Autumn Term Newsletter and Topic Map
We had a very special visitor today. Nabilah Karim visited Year 2 to talk about her life as a Muslim. We had lots of fun looking at the amazing resources that she brought in to share.
A huge well done to all KS1 pupils for the great performance of Babushka. Also, thank you to all parents and friends who attended.
Our Christmas craft workshops were great fun. Lots of our family members were able to attend and make wreaths and decorations. The mince pies also went down well!
As we approach December, we are beginning to practice for our performance of Babushka. We have a busy couple of weeks with our class assembly on Tuesday 2nd December at 10AM. Hopefully many parents and friends can join us.
We were very lucky to have a visit from Simon and Stacey, two nurses that work in Bradford. They told us all about their jobs and the importance of being clean. We looked at the equipment they used and tested some of them.
Stethoscopes are used to listen to our heart beat.
Gloves and aprons have to be worn and then thrown away. This stops germs being spread to another patient.
Bandages are used only once. They are then thrown away instead of being used on another patient.
We've had a lot of fun looking at characters from different stories. We wrote letters to Humpty Dumpty to offer advice and help stop him cracking. We also made our own Humpty Dumpty characters. Some came to a sticky end before they were made, some didn't survive the fall from the wall and only 6 remained intact at the end of the lesson. We realised that some materials were fantastic at providing protection.
Abbie and Natalia's Florence Nightingale Humpty Dumpty
We really enjoyed the workshop provided by the staff from Thakray Medical Museum. First we experienced lots of things that Florence Nightingale would have encountered. Favourites were the bed pans and the smells of urine and sweaty feet.
Later we all took the role of a person at Scutari hospital. The boys were porters and the girls nurses. We traveled to the hospital, cleaned it the looked after an injured solider. We did a great job looking after Harvey. Later we all slept as Florence Nightingale came around with her lamp to check on him.
Our Science work led us to prove whether brick houses were stronger than stick and straw houses. We were all amazed that many of us proved this wrong. It wasn't just the materials but how the house was built. Natalia built a brick house that was easily blown over with a hair dryer.
Our Harvest Festival was a great success. Many thanks for all of the donations. We had five boxes full of food that will be a very welcome support for others. The performance was also wonderful to see. We were all delighted with the strong, clear voices from children with spoken lines and the enthusiastic singing and dancing from all.
This week we have been really challenging ourselves with active learning. In PE we have been learning how to gallop, side step and hop scotch. Some of us tried completing hop scotch by swapping legs and got in a real muddle! We played lots of Maths games outside when it was not raining, creating two digit numbers by grouping with friends. Mrs Spokes continued to learn harvest songs, ready for our performance.
A huge well done to all of Year Two. There has been a tremendous effort with homework and attendance. We've been working on writing a version of Jim and the Beanstalk, learning how to use conjunctions. Place value work in maths has led to us adding and taking away tens and ones. Friday saw us have our colour day. We experimented with colours to represent mood of pieces of music and created our own patterns with natural colours from berries and leaves. The day ended with the Colour Run. We completed an obstacle course and got really messy with lots of colours of paint.
This week we have been busy learning to retell the story of Jim and the Beanstalk. All of the children have used a text map to help remember and act out the story. We are going to use this to write the story next week. In Maths we have been splitting numbers into tens and ones. On Thursday, we had a visit from the company D:Side. Dave taught us about friendships, being special and how our body works.
Year two have had a really positive first week back at school. Their behaviours have been really impressive, being keen to work and having lots of enthusiasm. We have been looking at the traditional tale of Jack and the Beanstalk- with a slight change! Please ask your children how much of the story they can remember. Our topic work about Florence Nightingale focussed in asking question about a picture of her.
If you haven't looked at it yet, please go through the newsletter and topic map above to find out the other plans for this term.
The children really enjoy the Supermover learning videos after break times, so here is the link to try at home!
Money Toy Shop Game
The children really enjoyed playing this game on the board this week! Could you let them have a go at home on a tablet or Ipad?
You could explore some of these online games with your child to practise their Phonics!
Mr Thorne Does Phonics
A range of videos to support the learning of phonics. Scroll down the Mr Thorne Network page to see the range of videos available - especially the Gerdaline the Giraffe videos!