In our first half term back after Christmas, the children will be wrapping up warm for our visit to Warwick Castle where we will be able to watch archers shoot their bows and arrows, go deep down into the small, dark castle jail and also climb up into the fairy tale Princess tower to have a story-time with a real-life Princess. Another castle we shall be visiting is one a little more local; Caludon Castle. We will go equip with clipboard, pencil and paper to sketch the ruins we see before us, as well as research what it used to be like in all its grandeur. The children will look at the features of various castles around Britain comparing the similarities and differences between them.
We will be reading and innovating 'The Tunnel' by Anthony Browne who is our Year Two focus author. We will also be reading the 'Happy Poem' by James Carter who is our Year Two poet.
The children will be inspired by Paul Klee - our Year Two artist - to create a picture of a castle for their topic book covers. They will look at his very famous 'Castle and the sun' piece and use shapes to build up our own geometric design. They will also get chance to design and build their very own trebuchet!
Our launch day will have Year Two conjuring up all kinds of adjectives as they plunge their hands into covered of containers of various materials! Some gooey, some lumpy, some soft, some cold! From their adjective work we will think of some similes to describe the mixtures we have felt, seen and smelt.
In Science we shall investigate how solid materials can be changed. Can you stretch it? Can you squash it? Can you bend it? Can you twist it? The children will experiment with all kind of materials and explore many different techniques to produce some really original pieces of art. We will try blowing paint through straws, adding paint to salt and using different objects to stamp patterns.
We will read the book 'Pumpkin soup' and learn actions to retell the story. The children will also get chance to hear their teacher reading 'George's Marvellous Medicine' to them, before making their very own medicines! Watch out Grandmas! In English we will then write our very own set of instructions for our personal recipes.
The children will be answering questions about their local community, looking at houses old and new and finding out how our streets have changed since their Mums and Dads were young. Maybe their Grandparents went to Richard Lee or maybe they worked in one of the local shops.
They will make maps and plans of the streets around our school, planning routes. What will they see? What will they find? Can they find where they live on a map? Do they know their address?
They will find out how to write instructions, directions, adverts and learn rhymes all about their community from different times.
In our final half term as Year Two, the children will be looking at the features of castles around Britain comparing the similarities and differences between them. They will be visiting a real life castle, or maybe two! The children will climb the towers of Warwick Castle, walk the ramparts and watch archers shoot their bows and arrows. They will have opportunity to go deep down into the small, dark castle jail and also climb up into the fairy tale Princess tower to have a story-time with a real-life Princess.
Year Two will use the iPads to find out more about tunnels around the world, such as; the Channel Tunnel, the Tunnel of Love and the Laerdal tunnel and see what they're made from. They will be researching animals who tunnel to discover how they tunnel and why!
In English we will be innovating the traditional tale of Rapunzel. We will also be reading 'The Tunnel' by Anthony Browne (the author we focus on in Year Two) and the 'Happy Poem' by James Carter (who is our Year Two poet).
The children will be inspired by Paul Klee - our Year Two artist - to create a picture of a castle for their topic book covers. They will look at his very famous 'Castle and the sun' piece and use shapes to build up our own geometric design. Once again we are collecting junk, this time to build a castle complete will all of its features, for example; the battlements, portcullis and drawbridge.
On the first day of our new topic ‘Scented Garden’ all of the children planted sunflower seeds. We will watch and take care of them over the next few weeks. At the end of the topic the sunflowers will be measured and we will see whose sunflower grows the tallest. We have written step by step instructions about how to plant a seed using time conjunctions and imperative verbs. The children will learn about what plants need to grow and to do this they will take part in a science experiment with cress.
Forget a bear hunt, we’ve been on a plant hunt! We put on our wellies and went for a walk around the school grounds in search of plants. The children documented this by taking photographs on the iPads and created posters using ‘Pic Collage’ and ‘Comic Life’. In English we have written a recount of our adventure, calling upon all of our senses to make them as descriptive as possible.
Over the Easter holidays, a beanstalk grew in the Year Two corridor! We have read the story ‘Jack and the beanstalk’ and acted out parts of the story in groups. We will investigate the characters further and imagine our own version of the story.
During this half term we will also explore a wide variety of scents from flowers and herbs. We will use these plants in our ingredients to make scented salt dough. Once dry, we will make models of all things ‘Scented Garden’. What an exciting time it is!
The children need to grab their coats and pooters for the Imaginative Learning Project! They are going on a mini beast hunt! They will be sweeping their nets in puddles and ponds and lifting up logs to see who's home.
They will set up their very own mini-beast laboratory and observe their every move. They will add notes and labels ready to ask their own research questions - just like real entomologists! The children will be learning all about bees and butterflies. They will make food chains to show who eats who. The children will be carrying out investigations to find out even more like how far a snail travels in a day and how a spider catches it's prey.
Year Two went to Clifford Bridge School on Friday March 24th to take part in the Morning of music. They joined other children form Clifford Bridge, Ravensdale and sacred Heart. The children all looked great dressed in their costumes; aliens and astronauts met characters from Star Trek and Star Wars. The children - and teachers - sang, played instruments and danced the morning away. They all had a great time and were an absolute credit to the school. Well done Year Two!
The whole school took part in Red Nose day on March 24th. The children and staff came dressed in funky, funny and red clothes for the day. We all had a great time telling jokes and raised money for a good cause.
The school celebrated World book Day in March, where the children and staff dressed up as their favourite book characters. Richard Lee was transformed into a world full of Harry Potter, Wally, The Gruffalo and Sleeping Beauty. The children listened to wonderful stories, shared their favourite tales and met new and exciting characters from around the world. Teachers in Year Two also shared 'The Day the Crayons Quit'!
Today Google expeditions came into school to show off their new educational app 'Expeditions'. By using virtual reality technology, pupils were transported to various places around the world including :underwater reefs; the Galapogas Islands and even some volcanoes! All of this through a simple free app from the App Store and the Play Store.
Year two had a fantastic time learning all about life under the sea, looking at ship wrecks, sea creatures and coral reefs.
A member of the RNLI came in to school to talk to Year Two about water safety and the work the RNLI do every day. The children learnt all about life boats, dressed up in water proof clothing and thought about how to stay safe near and in the water. They had a great morning. You can learn even more form the RNLI website.
Yo Ho Ho me hearties! It's a sailor's life for me!
The children will be sailing the salty seas, navigating, exploring and investigating the world - just like Captain Cook.
They will be making boats, sinking ships and flying the pirate's flag. The children might learn to talk like a pirate, write like a poet, then weigh and measure a pirate's booty!
How do rescues happen at sea? The children will find out about brave volunteers and young Miss Darling, rowing her boat across stormy seas.
They will be singing sea shanties, and searching for hidden treasure.
They all need to keep ready to meet pirates on their learning journey!
The whole school took part in a special assembly on Friday. They all came in spotty clothes to raise money for Children in Need.
They also thought about what it means to be a great friend. Each child wrote a special message of friendship on a strip of paper; these were all then joined together to form a whole school paper chain.
Year Two have been mixing colours to create autumnal shades. They used these to paint in the style of Paul Klee.
The whole school will be celebrating the Rio Olympics this week. They will be baking, competing in various Olympic games and sports, completing maths and English themed challenges and celebrating in style with a mini carnival. The week started off with the whole school beginning to learn a salsa dance. The children have already started their sponsored walk to raise money for a climbing wall and netball posts.
Year Two started their new learning project, Towers, Tunnels and Turrets, by visiting Warwick Castle. They watched a trebuchet being fired form across the river. They saw the birds of prey in flight and had a lovely picnic whilst they sat and watched. Then they went in 'The Kingmaker' and looked at scenes showing how people used to live in Medieval times. We all got very lost in the Horrible Histories Maze solving the clues to find our way out. We all got soaked in the rain storms but still enjoyed lunch in the sunshine.
During this learning project, the children will be learning all about plants and habitats.
During this project, the children will be learning about pirates, map reading and famous explorers.
Avast me hearties - it's a sailor's life for me!
During this learning project, the children in Year 2 will be learning about materials and producing art work using a range of media.
During this project the children learn all about the local area and improve their geography skills.
Year 2 Photo Gallery
Learning Experiences 2014 - 2015