October 2019 - Black History Month
Throughout October, Year 2 have been studying the amazing work of black musicians from different music styles. As Musicians, they have enjoyed researching the origins of Jazz music in the 1950s and the legendary Louis Armstrong and Ella Fitzgerald. They have particularly enjoyed listening to and appraising these songs:
We have also been studying some more modern music from the 1980s and the 'Queen of Rock and Roll' Tina Turner. Year 2 have enjoyed listening to her music and understanding why we should view her as an inspirational lady! We have created a fabulous scrapbook of our work - look out for it in the Upper School library soon! This was voted our favourite tune and we think you'll agree... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FqDZOekUDzE
We also took part in an African Storytelling session, learning how historical African tales can teach us valuable lessons - our visitor was amazing! !
As Historians, Year 2 visited the fascinating Weald and Download Museum to experience real Tudor houses and to investigate building materials from the past...
We had a great day exploring all the buildings, including the amazing working Flour Mill, Tudor Kitchen, Victorian Classroom and the workshop taught us lots of Scientific information about how houses were designed and which materials they were made from throughout History and why. Despite the pouring rain, we had a fantastic day and the children were a credit to Front Lawn - great work Year 2!
After studying the Great Fire of London, Year 2 have realised just how lucky we are to have public service heroes, such as the Fire and Rescue Service. This week we had a special visitor, Firefighter Karen, who taught us about the work of the Fire Service, reminded us of how to keep ourselves and our houses safe and we also learnt this little rhyme: "Matches and lighters, never touch
They can hurt us very much!"
As Scientists, Year 2 have been investigating the origins of the Electrical Lightbulb.
Year 2 have been busy adding to their class history timelines this week, learning all about Thomas Edison and his scientific invention of the electrical filament light bulb. They created some amazing art work, fact files and portraits of Edison, whilst also working out how to complete a circuit to light a bulb! Come and see our lovely work in our Science Corridor, just outside the Upper School Hall.
A Tudor Investigation - why did the fire spread so violently and quickly in 1666?
Year 2 have been investigating the materials of Tudor houses and made some predictions about why the fire spread so quickly. To put their theories to the test, they made some model Tudor houses and Mr Leavers arranged them close together, just like they were in Tudor London and showed us how the fire spread from house to house. It was very fast and the children were amazed!
Our First Story - Toby and the Great Fire of London
Year 2 have been become amazing story tellers and have enjoyed learning Toby's Journey Story set in 1666, during the scary times of the Great Fire of London. The children are excited to bring their very own copies of this book home to add to their home libraries and to share with you.
Here is the story map we used:
A new school year and the Year 2 Team are very excited to meet everyone!
Miss Ashman & Miss McClintock - Oak Class
Mrs Davis & Mrs Payne - Beech Class
Mrs Lyndon & Mrs Clark - The Olive Tree
For this term's topic, we are thinking about the essential question;
"Who can be a hero?"
We will also be travelling back in time to 1600s London, thinking about the Great Fire of London.
This week we start swimming. Our children can not wait to get in the water and have a go themselves.
Below is a great website detailing how to do it if the children want to know more.
Here is our new story about the adventures of Zainab from Pakistan!
The adventures of Zainab…. Portal story-Suspense focus
Next to a bustling, overwhelming city in Pakistan was a deflated, depressed girl by the name of Zainab. She always dreamed of being the leader of her country. For many years, the elders of her family bombarded her with insults that she would never amount to anything. This left Zainab in a dark, lonely place.
‘Time to go to school Zainab!’ bawled her mother.
Mysteriously, Zainab stumbled across an empty cave. In the distance, she could hear a faint sound. A shiver shot down her spine. Her legs wobbled and she almost dropped her schoolbooks. Very overwhelmed, she tried to turn back. Then, she felt something on her shoulder and her body jumped out of her skin. The cave filled with lights and stood there was a magic carpet. Zainab hopped on with curiosity. The carpet flew out of the cave, shot across the sky and before she knew it, the world around her had changed.
As the carpet stopped on the side of the road, Zainab jumped off and looked at a newspaper… The London Times dated 1923? She almost collapsed. How on Earth had she gone back in time to London? Far away, she could hear cheering and chanting. In the blink of an eye, Zainab walked around the corner and standing there in a huge hat, surrounded by women and placards, was Emmeline Pankhurst.
Emmeline gave a speech to her listeners ordering the government to lower the voting age to 21. Zainab scratched her head and her eyes squinted. After the speech, she approached Emmeline.
‘Excuse me miss, did you say women are allowed to vote?’ She asked inquisitively.
‘Thanks to me they are little girl. I campaigned for many years and now women over 30 can vote. One day I will make sure that is lowered!’ Emmeline said proudly.
Zainab was overwhelmed with emotion. She had never met anyone so inspirational or a woman who was so strong and powerful.
As quick as a leopard, the magic carpet brought Zainab back to the cave. She sat on a rock and pondered for a while. A realisation was happening inside her head. Just because she was a woman didn’t mean she could not be the leader and from then on she persevered and reach her full potential.
Here is one of the stories we learnt recently!
Mary Poppins- Setting
On an Edwardian street in London was a grand, luxurious townhouse. Inside lived two, sad, little children called Jane and Michael. Recently they ran away chasing kites and their nanny was so angry that she quit. Mr. Banks, their horrible father, advertised in the paper for a stern, no-nonsense nanny. Jane and Michael really wished that their new nanny would be lovely and kind.
After a long day of interviewing horrid nannies, Mary Poppins came flying across picturesque parks and tall rooftops to the doorstep of the house. She convinced Mr. Banks to hire her, making it seem like it was his idea. Mary met the children, magically tidied up the nursery through song and then they headed to the park.
At the park, Mary and the children met an artist and out of nowhere, they magically ended up inside the painting. All around them were dancing horses, crazily dressed people and talking animals singing ‘Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious.’ The children were as happy as the winner of a race. When they returned home, Mr. Banks was furious and he fired Mary Poppins.
The children were solemn and depressed. They begged and begged Mr. Banks to bring Mary back. Every day they sang the song Mary had taught them to try to annoy their father until one day he blurted out: ‘Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious!’ It was then that Mary appeared at the door and came back to save the day. The children were ecstatic.
After a while, Mr. Banks realised that he should spend more time at home with his children and be lovely to them. Happily, Mary left the Banks household to help her next family. Jane and Michael would never see her again… Or would they?
Welcome back and we hope you have had a lovely half term. Our topic this term is equality and we have been taking a good look at the Suffragettes! If you want to do any learning at home about our topic take a look here...
Here is our non-fiction text...
Could you try and learn it at home too?
The Blobberhoff- Non-Chronological Report
Blobberhoffs are an essential part of the sea that help the majority of animals on a daily basis.
Blobberhoffs are easy to identify because of their immense size. Adult Blobberhoffs will grow to the size of a mansion. Most Blobberhoffs have a gigantic head and twelve long tentacles. They have miniscule brains and eyes meaning they are usually discombobulated.
They are located at the bottom of the ocean, as they are always getting lost in the darkness.
Surprisingly, Blobberhoffs are renowned for solving the most difficult problems in the ocean. Often they do this by accident, as they are so idiotic.
Conservationists are concerned that Blobberhoffs are nearing extinction. We must do all we can to protect this vital species.
On the 11th of February we will be going to the Titanic museum! This is going to be a great opportunity to learn about the Titanic, what happened, different passengers stories and will be a brilliant trip for our year 2 children.
Stay tuned for pictures.
Here is our first story we have been learning this term.
Samson’s Titanic Journey
Samson was apprehensive. He had lived in the shipyard in Belfast since he was a baby but had decided to start a new life in America. He was going to travel on the new luxury liner – The Titanic! He was fearful of the sea and wasn’t the greatest swimmer but the ship was unsinkable so he pushed his worries away.
As the ship was preparing for its launch, Samson slipped stealthily aboard. Once the Titanic had travelled out to sea, he found a cosy corner beside one of the ship’s boilers and snuggled in his new bed. The next day, they had reached Southampton. There was a huge buzz of excitement as passengers began to board.
A few days later, Samson had drifted off to sleep in a majestic clock with a belly full of sumptuous food. Without warning, he was woken by a deafening crash. He hastily scampered outside. Shattered ice slipped and slid across the deck. Titanic had hit a tremendous iceberg!
All at once, panicking passengers were jumping into lifeboats but there wasn’t enough room for them all. Suddenly there was an earth shattering crack – Titanic had split in two. Samson was plunged into the glacial water. Gasping for breath, he grabbed a piece of driftwood, held on tight and lay shivering with fear.
Two hours later a ship called Carpathia appeared. Samson sighed with relief, climbed into a coil of rope and hid there for days until the ship reached New York. It was too late for some but he was lucky. He had been rescued.
Samson could now begin a new life in America but he would never forget his Titanic adventure.
A quick reminder...
With SATS being at the end of the year and our children working so hard in school, we will not be setting any homework at the moment.
We would love for you to read with your child each night, practice any spelling words from the year 1/2 spellings list (we can provide this if you need it) and practice times tables. (2s, 3s, 5s and 10s)
Thank you for your constant and on-going support!
Lots and lots has been going on since we have been back in year 2.
We had a whale workshop where the children got to see real life whale skulls and dolphin skulls.
We went to the cinema and saw Hotel Transylvania 3!
Samuel Peyps diary arrived and we had to learn the story for him.
We have had parents in seeing our fantastic story telling and reading.
The Front Lawn fireworks were brilliant.
Pictures to follow....
Hello and welcome back to Year 2!
We have already been working hard in our first week making art, writing short pieces of writing and beginning to learn some Spanish. Stay tuned for our hook to our literacy...
Wondering how to support your child at home?
Get them to write out their times tables!
Write some words on a piece of paper and get them to practice writing them without looking!
Reading at home every day would be a great support to them and us!
Download some fun learning game apps!
What a fabulous first few days back!
The children in Year Two were really surprised on Monday to find that Winnie the Witch had crashed in their classroom leaving her suitcase, broomstick, cauldron and some stories behind. We looked for Winnie everywhere to see if she was ok but we couldn't find her anywhere (hopefully we will find her later in the term). We really enjoyed reading the stories she left about her adventures and we began to learn the one where she turns her cat Wilbur all the colours of the rainbow! Look out for some photos of our own Winnie the Witch stories which we will be writing over the next few weeks. We have also been enjoying learning about the history of Halloween and Bonfire Night and the reasons we celebrate them. Ask your child for a fun fact about these special occasions to see which ones they remember!