Welcome to Year 2 2020-2021!
Meet the team!
Colour theme weeks
We have really enjoyed returning to school for our colour theme weeks. We have based all of learning on the book 'The Colour Monster' by Anna Llenas.
We have talked lots about our feelings, especially about coming back to school. In our writing we have written posters for Clix and Clive who went missing and we also wrote the story of The Colour Monster in our own words.
In our art lessons we designed our own monsters, used water colours to paint monsters and also created personality clouds which look very colourful in our classrooms.
We are really looking forward to starting our new topic with our WOW topic launch day on Monday 21st September.
Reading at home - Our new 'Rainbow Reading' reward scheme
Please watch this video to find out more about our new 'Reading Rainbow' reward scheme:
Useful reading information for parents
Below you can download a copy of the reading letter which explains the expectations for your child's reading at home this year. Also you can download your own copy of the key words that your child should be able to fluently read and spell by the end of year 2. These are stuck in the front of your child's reading diary and they are a great alternative home reading activity. Please ask your class teacher if you have any questions about the documents below or our new 'rainbow reading' scheme.
WELCOME BACK YEAR 2!
The year 2 team are so excited to welcome you back to school!
When you come back in September, the whole school is starting off with a very exciting colour theme. We have lots of lovely and creative activities for you to look forward to.
You might be able to guess what our first topic is from the clues below.
If you were in a picture from the story, this might be what you would see.
Please come to school in your PE uniform on these days...
Class 5 -
Monday and Thursday
Class 6 -
Tuesday and Thursday
Our Memories to treasure from
We have really enjoyed seeing photos of the fun and learning that year 2 have been doing whilst you are at home. Don't forget to email your pictures to us using the address that we sent you on marvellous me :)
To take a look at the rest of the pictures we've been sent, go to our year 2 home learning page.
Mrs Priddy, Mrs Black and Mrs Thomas
Things to remember...
Indoor PE - Wednesday
Outdoor PE - Thursday
Take a look at our plans for the year 2019-2020 below
On safari wow day!
For our 'on safari' wow day, we started the day by making our own passports ready to take off with Old Basford Airways! Air hostess Mrs Thomas was ready to welcome us onto flight 12345 to Nairobi, Kenya. We really enjoyed following the safety video, taking off and we fortunately had a smooth landing! We then looked at some traditional Imigongo patterns and recreated these using the tiling option on the Textease software in the Computing suite. We also learned some drumming patterns with Mrs Thomas. We especially liked singing the call and repeat song 'Che Che Koolay'!
Shakespeare Week - 24.2.20 - 28.2.20
We have had great fun learning about the Merchant of Venice this week. We have completed lots of drama activities and games, acted out different scenes from the play, written our own riddles, made our own caskets and learnt lots about Venice and Shakespeare himself. We have also thoroughly enjoyed creating our own masterpieces using water colour paints inspired by Claude Monet's painting - 'San Giorgio Maggiore at Dusk'.
Our On Safari Knowledge Organiser
We are very much looking forward to all the exciting things that we have planned for Spring 2, starting with our Shakespeare Enrichment Week, learning about the Merchant of Venice. We will then begin our new topic with our WOW DAY. Our new topic is a surprise at the minute but here are some clues to get you guessing...
We have had a great morning outside completing team building games during our Outdoor Learning Week.
Year 2 Parent Reading Workshop
Thank you to all of the adults who joined us for our Parent Reading Workshop, there was a great turnout and we know that all of the children and adults enjoyed learning together as part of our shared reading lesson.
This half term our topic is all about marvellous medicine. On our wow day we made our own marvellous medicines by mixing bicarbonate of soda and vinegar with a dash of food colouring too. We were so impressed as the children were using words like 'solid' and 'liquid' when describing the reaction they saw. We also used words like 'fizzed' and 'bubbled up' when we explained what happened. The children also practised their shading skills to create some onomatopoeia bubbles for our classroom displays. The next day we really enjoyed making our own paper lanterns to represent the lanterns used by Florence Nightingale in the hospitals. We have been incredibly busy already as you can tell!
Our Spring 1 Topic
Our new topic is a surprise, but here are some pictures that might give you a clue!
Here is our knowledge organiser for the marvellous medicine topic
Our D.T project this half term was to create moon buggies which use wheels and axles to move. We had great fun designing, making and evaluating them.
Key Stage 1 Christmas Play
Thank you to everyone who came to watch our Christmas play, we hope you enjoyed it as much as we did! The children worked extremely hard to learn lines, songs and dances and we were very proud of them all.
Mission to the Moon Creative Homework
The children in Year 2 created some super topic homework this half term. Have a look at some of our photos below.
Children in Need
For Children in Need this year we joining Joe Wicks for his 'Big morning move'. Everyone in year 2 kept up with his incredibly fast work out and tried their best. It wasn't easy and there were a lot of red faces by the end! We also raised money by coming to school in our sporty clothes which the children really enjoyed.
Mission to the moon
For our topic launch 'wow day' we watched the 1969 moon landings and then created our own rockets. Year 2 were brilliant at following careful instructions to make their colourful rockets and everyone was very proud of their finished creations.
Mission to the Moon!
Our new topic is called Mission to the Moon! We are looking forward to finding out about what a human needs to survive on the moon, learning about famous astronauts and designing and making our own space buggies during Design and Technology lessons. We will be having a space buggy gallery once we have made them so that we can share them with our parents, carers and siblings.
Mission to the Moon Knowledge Organiser
We were blown away by the brilliant homework projects that year 2 made for our lighthouse keeper topic. As we wanted all of the children to see the projects we set up an exhibition for year 2 in the hall. Mrs Shaw came along too so she could see the incredible projects and she was so impressed! Here are some photos below.
As part of our topic work, we have been learning about how to keep ourselves healthy, including finding out about the importance of exercise, hygiene and eating the right amounts of different food. In science we tested different foods from Mr Grinling's lunch to see if they would show as having fat. Have a look at our pictures below.
Maths Parent Workshop
On Tuesday 8th October we had our Year 2 Maths Parents Workshop. Lots of adults joined us to spend the morning learning alongside their children. We learnt about place value and how to use pictorial representations to help us complete addition sums. We had a great morning and hope all the adults enjoyed it as much as the children and staff did.
Flying high at 50
To celebrate Old Basford turning 50 we made kites for our 'flying high at 50' theme.
The children designed, built and tested their own kites and we were really impressed with their problem solving skills, especially if something needed a repair!
Take a look at our photos below.
We had lots of fun decorating our own biscuits for Mr Grinling's lunchbox and the best bit was eating them at the end of the lesson! We have written step by step instructions to explain how we did it.
On Friday 6th September we had our first Wow Day and what a brilliant day it was! The children had to piece together lots of clues to help them predict what our first topic was and had lots of fun making seagulls and a collaborative collage for our topic displays.
The Lighthouse Keeper's Lunch Knowledge Organiser
First week in school
Wow! What a brilliant first week we have had in year 2. We have really enjoyed getting to know everyone and we have been so impressed by the children's fantastic behaviour and attitude to learning.
In our lessons we have created 'about me' rainbow clouds that you can see up on display in the classrooms. We have also enjoyed playing some games, making art work and decorating our class rules as well as acting out our PROUD rules in freeze frames.