Year 2 are taught by Mrs Fox and are supported by Mrs Short.
If you want to know what we are doing, please read our curriculum overview for the current term.
Year 2 Trip to Rainton Meadows
Year 2 visited Rainton Meadows as part of our Habitats and Living Things topic. Activities included a Minibeast Hunt, Pond Dipping and a Nature Walk in the Meadow. We had a fantastic day exploring animals and plants in their natural habitats and we even had time for some energetic play in the outdoor play area!
Maths Investigation Morning
Thank you to all the parents who joined us for our Maths Investigation Morning this week and for helping us build, calculate and problem solve! Our activities included:
Making 3D shapes and describing their properties using the correct mathematical vocabulary – vertices, faces and edges
Adding two, two digit numbers in the shop and giving change from 50p or £1
Making the largest and smallest 3 digit numbers using number cards
We had a very busy morning as you can see!
Year 2 are working with Josie and Will from Durham Cricket Club in their PE lessons learning and developing their throwing and catching skills.
World Book Day
In Year 2 we celebrated World Book Day by reading a range of nonsense poetry and in particular the poems written by Spike Milligan. We performed “On the Ning Nang Nong” in our school assembly and also enjoyed visiting the school library and taking part in a book swap. Other activities, that day, included painting and collaging animals and objects from the poem and writing our own poem in the style of “On the Ning Nang Nong.” Please visit our school library to read a selection of our poems!
Year 2 have been exploring fractions. The children have been busy halving and quartering a collection of foods in maths this week. The children halved the food first and they then had to quarter it by halving it again. Well done Year 2!
Year 2 have been creating a gymnastics sequence in PE. These sequences include balances, jumps, rolls and movements. We have also incorporated apparatus into our sequences.
KS1 SATs Information Evening Presentation (January28th)
Science with Captain Chemistry
Year 2 had an exciting visit from Captain Chemistry this week (Jan 21st). He introduced our topic on Materials and their different uses. We talked about which materials would be the most suitable for making a boat and we made our own using tinfoil. We had the opportunity to test our boats in water, we then loaded our boats with blocks to find out which one was the strongest. Evie, Olivia and Freya’s boat was the strongest as it held the most blocks before sinking. This activity enabled us to work scientifically by testing our ideas, making predictions and carrying out a fair test.
Mr Wilson also gave us a fire demonstration to link in with our topic on “The Great Fire of London.” We had a very enjoyable morning!
Year 2 had lots of fun at their Christmas party this week, we even managed to squeeze in a visit from Santa!
Thank you for your support this term and we wish you all a joyful, peaceful Christmas.
Algorithms – Lego Fix the Factory, A.L.E.X and Kodable
Year 2 loved using the Ipads in computing to input algorithms. This has followed on from our work on using instructions, and direction – making right or left turns. They used the programmes ‘Lego fix the Factory’ ‘A.L.E.X’ and ‘Kodable.’ The children had to think very carefully about the number of spaces to move and the direction of turn, to make the robot move or pick up a target. Some Year 6 children joined us to give a helping hand! Everyone had great fun and really enjoyed themselves.
“This is the best work ever… I like telling the robots what to do.” Elliot
“It’s so much fun and you always get to new robots on A.L.E.X.” Charlie C
“I like it because you have to make up instructions.” Charlie B
“I like telling the robot what to do and it’s just fun.” James M
Mr Donkin brought in “Luna” the family pet as part of our Animals’ topic. He told us what Luna needs to stay healthy, for example, the food she eats, her home and “the lamp” which keeps her warm as she is cold-blooded. We asked Mr Donkin lots of questions and found lots of interesting facts about tortoises. We loved holding Luna and watching her move as she is quite an unusual pet to have.
“When tortoises their shells rise up like a pyramid.” Izzy
“She’s a herbivore and she can only go underwater for a few minutes.” Martynas
“Tortoises have very sharp claws.” Isaac
“Her shells covers her whole body.” Grace
“Luna likes to eat green beans and she sleeps a lot” Leigha
“Tortoises are reptiles … she lays eggs and buries them in the sand.” Leo
Following Instructions – How To Make A Poppy
In English, Year 2, have been learning how to write instructions to make a poppy. We included:
a “what you will need” list
“bossy verbs” for example, “cut,” “glue” etc
Time connectives at the start of each “First,” “Then,” “Next” and “Lastly.”
We then added all the poppies to a Remembrance Wreath and placed it on Chester-le-Street war memorial.
Y2 Internet Safety
In Computing the children have thought carefully about staying safe on the Internet. The children know that the Internet can be used for many things; searching for information, reading stories, listening to music, watching films, searching for images, playing games, shopping, talking to friends.
We talked together about what we thought was important to do to stay safe on the Internet. Here are the things the children came up with;
Always tell a grown up when using the Internet
If we hear/see a picture or a word that we don’t like tell an adult straight away
Never give out any personal information (name, age, telephone number or address)
Treat people like we would like to be treated.
If something happens that we are unsure about tell an adult.
The children then all signed an agreement to show that they will always try to use the Internet safely.
Remembrance Day Assembly
“Lest We Forget”
This morning (9th November) the whole school gathered together to mark Remembrance Day. Year 2 pupils led family and friends in a one minute silence to honour the brave men and women who sacrificed their lives for the peace and freedom we enjoy today. We shared our learning about the purpose of Remembrance Day and the importance of wearing a poppy. We remembered family members who fought in both wars, read poems and displayed art work as part of our special World War I project to commemorate the centenary of Armistice Day. Thank you for your support and we hope you enjoy looking through our photographs.
World War I Workshop
Year 2 worked with Miss Layland from “Durham Archives” to find out about more about our local history. We examined an old photograph to find out about a real soldier from Chester-le-Street called James Miller. We also tried to imagine how he and his family would have felt before he left to fight in World War I. We worked together to write down the evidence collected. After this activity we also looked at cards to commemorate soldiers who died in the war and decorated a card to say “Thank you” to James Miller who died in action.
Outdoor Maths – Properties of Shapes
Year 2 have been exploring the properties of different shapes this week. We went outdoors to see how many symmetrical objects we could find. We also hunted for shapes that have right angles. We made right angle testers and used them to test some corners that might have right angles. We have taken our right angle testers home to see if we can find more. We enjoyed learning in the sunshine. Take a look at what we found!
Parent Information Evening Presentation
What a Wonderful World!
Year 2 have been reading psalms, psalms are prayers or songs which praise God and they can be found in the Old Testament. The psalms we have read praise God for his wonderful creation. We went outside to appreciate the many gifts God has given us and we drew things that we particularly love in our amazing world.
Our Class Archive
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