Welcome to the new Year Two class of 2017-2018!
We are looking forward to an exciting term, full of lots of different activities whilst we are getting to know each other! Our theme this term is ‘All About Me’ and we have already been finding out lots about our bodies, including some of the internal organs humans have!
We will be thinking about growing up and how to stay healthy, and are especially looking forward to a visit from the Explorer Dome – a huge dome set up in the hall which the children go into – the theme of our session will be about healthy bodies.
After the half term, the children will get to design and make their own fruit salads, in between practising for the Christmas Play!
We will keep you updated as the term goes on with all the brilliant things we do!
Class Two had an absolutely fantastic visit to Copsegrove Farm!! We spent the day in the woods, looking at geographical features and plants, as well as engaging in a whole variety of wonderful, inspiring activities! These included setting and then following treasure trails, cooking marshmallows and wraps by the fire, den building and one of the most favourite activities – making ‘tree trolls’ (faces made out of clay that the children pasted onto tree trunks!).
The children were all brilliant and all got fully and enthusiastically involved in every activity! It was fantastic to see how much they were enjoying their learning in a different, outdoor environment. A big thank you to all our adult helpers too, who also got fully involved in the day, especially with the den building, as well as getting messy making tree trolls!
We have had a busy time during this half term. Aside from learning about our new theme, the children have been busy working very hard to complete their SATs. They have all tried their best and showed a fantastic attitude and great concentration throughout. We are very proud of them all!
Our theme this term is looking at the United Kingdom, the geography of it, as well as its physical and human features. The children have so far enjoyed several outdoor activities, exploring plants around our school with our ‘scientist’ hats on. They have also enjoyed working with Y1 partners to explore the different human and physical features around our school (attached are photos of this session). The Year 2’s have also been on an exciting walk (in the pouring rain!!) around Bussage village to discover the different features we could see around there. Considering the amount of rain we experienced, the children were brilliant and kept up very high spirits throughout!!
Class Two had a brilliant day at Sudeley Castle on Tuesday! We really enjoyed seeing lots of the things we have been learning about, such as arrow slits and battlements, but especially the models of Henry VIII and his six wives. We were lucky to meet Catherine Parr (Henry’s 6th wife) who lived at Sudeley Castle and who is buried there too – her tomb is in the Chapel in the castle grounds. The children also particularly enjoyed exploring the maze and the very large castle adventure playground! Thank you to our adult helpers, too, for giving up their time and who (hopefully!) enjoyed the day as much as we did!
We are very excited to announce our Spring Term theme is ‘Once Upon a Time’! We will be using lots of different skills, especially how to be a good Historian, when researching all about Castles and life in the Medieval and Tudor times. We will also be learning all about Traditional Tales (which often begin ‘Once upon a time….’) as part of our English over the next few weeks.
We started our theme work with a fantastic workshop, run by the Freshwater Theatre Company’, which involved lots of drama, movement and fun! It was based around Castles and some of the different people that lived in Medieval Times. All the children thoroughly enjoyed it and we’re looking forward to lots more fun as the term continues! Please enjoy looking at some of our photographs from the workshop.
I have attached a file which has lots of different spelling activities you could use at home to help your child practise their words and the spelling rules they are bringing home.
The following week, we had our ‘Wheelie Day’ which (after a slight worry with the lunchtime thunderstorm!!) was very successful! The children loved riding their bikes, scooters and roller skates around the playground and our roundabout, finding out whether they had to push or pull to move their vehicle. We also thought about how they could change direction and move faster or slower.
We are looking forward to lots more exciting learning as the term goes on!
We had another great term in Class Two whilst doing our theme ‘Fire! Fire!’. It all started with a brilliant workshop about the Great Fire of London. The children had a brilliant time learning lots of facts and joining in with lots of actions, songs and dancing – check out our photos linked to this blog for a couple of action snapshots!!
The children learnt to be super historians through exploring the events of the Great Fire of London. They used different sources of information to find out how the fire started, why it spread so quickly and how London was rebuilt afterwards. As part of our theme work, the children painted and collaged some very effective fire pictures and used tools and various other skills to make models of houses from 1666. Our photos attached have some great examples of these!
We also had our Class Assembly, along with Year 1, where we told the story of the fire and performed a very effective fire dance to the exciting music from Riverdance. As well as this, the children made their own information booklets about the Great Fire and learnt to sing the round ‘London’s Burning’.
Another thing the children enjoyed during the Spring term was World Book Day, where they dressed as their favourite character from Room on the Broom. We had lots of fun acting out the story and making bookmarks linked to this.
Our theme was ‘All About Me’ and the children enjoyed lots of activities and experiences in relation to this.
One exciting activity was our ‘Explorer Dome’ workshop where the children went inside a huge, inflatable dome to learn all about keeping healthy. The children also made fruit cocktails, which were very yummy and enjoyed by both adults and children alike!!
Just before the October half term, we had a special World Awareness Week, where the children explored cultures from different countries. In Class Two, the theme was France and the children made information booklets, did some counting and even made crepes!
We have included some photographs of some of our experiences for you to enjoy.
We are looking forward to sharing our Spring Term experiences with you very soon!
Here are our transport models the children made in the Autumn term!
The children were learning about different types of transport and all their components so they designed their own models of their favourite vehicles!
They then used a variety of tools (including the closely supervised use of a hacksaw!!), paint and glue to bring their designs to life.
All the children thoroughly enjoyed this project!