A visit from a four-legged friend

A very special visitor popped into Year 2 on Tuesday to introduce them to their new Literacy unit, Information texts.

Meet Lucifer the Great!

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As part of the Information Text unit that Year 2 are starting, they will learn all about tortoises and produce their very own information leaflet to share with other classes in school.

Everyone absolutely loved having a real tortoise in class. He was carefully shown around and we even got to touch him! Miss Gangel followed closely behind with the hand sanitiser!

It has given Year 2 a real enthusiasm to get started with this learning. Following on from the Lucifer’s visit Year 2 contributed to the planning of the unit by completing a ‘I see, I think, I wonder’ task.

This task involved sharing ideas with a partner and recording notes using bullet points. ‘I see’ asks you to record what you saw when Lucifer visited. ‘I think’ is making those links to think about using what I saw, what do I think I know? ‘I wonder’ is then generating a question you would like to answer by the end of the unit.

Some great examples from today’s lesson:

I see: Lucifer’s head can go inside his shell.

I think: Tortoises are flexible because their heads can move in and out of their shell.

I wonder: Why do tortoises have a hard shell?

Why don’t you have a try thinking of a question you would like Year 2 to answer all about tortoises? Comment below and we’ll get back to you!

Check back in with Year 2 to see if you can learn any interesting facts about tortoises.

Room on the Broom Celebrations

To celebrate the 15th anniversary of Room on the Broom by Julia Donaldson, Year 2 celebrated in a day of all things magical.

They dressed up as witches and wizards and enjoyed a spellbinding day!

Year Two’s favourite part of the day was making a magical potion. Everyone wrote their ingredients out and each came up with a magical spell to say as bubbling potions were created! I was so impressed with all the children who were really determined and showed great independence to write out their potions.

This was a great session and we all had lots of laughs! We used some common household items to create our bubbling potions:

  1. A few drops of witch’s saliva AKA distilled vinegar
  2. A few drops of poison dart frog eye juice AKA blue food colouring and…
  3. A spoonful of powdered werewolf eyelashes AKA bicarbonate of soda

Say your magic words and with a ‘Hocus Pocus, everybody focus!’ Bang…Your potion is bubbling away!

As you can tell the potions didn’t smell too great!

Year 2 would love a comment from you! What would your magic words be?

Salt dough ammonites

Following on from our trip, we were very interested in ammonites and we decided to create some of our own using salt dough.

As a team we followed a set of instructions to make the dough.

To make the salt dough we used flour, salt and water. We mixed them altogether in a large bowl and gradually added water to the mixture until it was the right consistency. It got really tricky to mix once the water was added so Miss Collins and Miss Nevin had to get their hands in it!

Once the dough was ready we each were given an amount to roll into a cylinder ready to create our ammonite shape. After that, we then had to create fossil markings on the dough. This process was a challenge because you had to make sure the markings were deep enough in the dough without breaking through the bottom of the fossil.

Finally, the ammonites were placed in the oven to bake on a low heat.

They turned out great! What did you think of them when we brought them home?

Our Trip to Great North Museum

As part of our Land of the Dinosaurs topic Key Stage One and the ARC took a trip to the Great North Museum. When we were there we took a fossil workshop and explored the dinosaur discovery bags which were great fun!

We found out all about ammonites and some of us even took park in the role play of how ammonite fossils were discovered. They were very wriggly fossils! We even looked at T-Rex fossil poop!

After the workshop and discovery bags we went on a tour around the museum.

The trip made us all very enthusiastic about our learning and we couldn’t wait to get on with our topic learning back at school.

Thank you once again to our parent helpers who accompanied us on the trip too, we hope you had a great day too.

Magnificent Maths!

In Maths, we have been learning all about ESTIMATING.

Did you know estimating means a sensible guess.

We found out that when you estimate it is always best to estimate a number that can be found in the ten times table. For example saying there are about 20 beads in the jar is a better close estimate than saying an exact number such as 23.

After practising with a partner getting a close estimate a few times we then went on to accurately count.

Accurately means bang on! We even have an action for this. Ask a Year 2 if you see them around school or at home.

Sometimes it can be a real challenge to accurately count a large number of objects. As a class, we worked together and came up with a clever method to help us make sure we were counting accurately when working with a lot of items. It is much easier when you put the objects into groups of 10. Then you can count in tens and add whatever is left over.

We accepted the challenge and solved a problem! What great perseverance we have shown!

Welcome to Year 2!

Welcome back to a brand new start of the year.

In Year 2 we kicked it off with a bang or should I say roar! Our topic this term is Land of the Dinosaurs.

We have had great fun creating dinosaur skeleton art work this week. Using pasta pieces, we explored how to create an outline that represented a dinosaur’s skeleton. It was tricky to manipulate the pieces and glue them in a position that made the art work effective. We all persevered and the outcome looked great!

Take a look and see what you think!

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Not only have we been busy creating these art masterpieces but we have also challenged ourselves in Maths!

Miss Collins set us the 6 bead challenge to help us investigate and show off our skills in place value. You are given 6 beads and challenged to find out all the possible numbers you can make. We showed lots of determination and teamwork skills during this task.