Welcome to year 2!
MEET THE TEAM!
Things to remember...
Indoor PE - Wednesday
Outdoor PE - Thursday
Tuesday 21st January - Reading Parents Workshop
Take a look at our plans for the year 2019-2020 below
We are looking forward to our Autumn 2 Wow Day and our new topic!
Here are some clues to help you guess what we might be learning about...
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.
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.
To launch our new topic of 'fun outdoors' year 2 will be going to Sherwood Pines on the last day of the half term where we will also celebrate the end of SATs. We are looking forward to exploring our school site in our next topic and we hope the sun shines for our outdoor fun!
On the last day of SATs week the year 2 children went on an outdoor adventure at Sherwood Pines. The children thoroughly enjoyed the different activities in the forest. We became excellent den builders, navigators and observers. Take a look at our photos to see what a fun time we had!
As we are super scientists, all of our cress predictions came true! The cress that had both light and sunlight grew the best. We were surprised by how yellow the cress seeds were when they didn't have any light. Finally neither of the other two conditions grew which we predicted correctly. Well done year 2!
Well done to those children who successfully grew their sunflower seeds at home! We found out that they needed lots of sunlight and a little water every day to grow.
Andy Goldsworthy Art
In year 2 we were incredibly lucky with the weather when it came to our natural art lesson. We looked at different Andy Goldsworthy sculptures and images of his art to inspire our own work. We used all of the natural objects we could find around the trim trail to create our sculptures. We hope you enjoy our pictures below.
In year 2 we are trying to grow cress as part of our science topic on plants. The children have investigated 4 different combinations of having (or not having) water and light. We have carefully predicted what we think will happen and set up our investigation as table teams. After 2 days, some cress is already breaking out of its seed coat (the light and water / water no light cress conditions). The children have been carefully monitoring the cress and we look forward to seeing how they grow. See some photos below including our class sunflower from the sunflower homework investigation.
Year two thoroughly enjoyed our career day one day wonder on Friday 3rd May. We had children come to school in a variety of outfits including vets, explorers and even a paleontologist! The children enjoyed guessing who our visitors were in assembly and they had some very thoughtful questions for our class visitor who worked as a mental health nurse. To add to this incredible day, Chris White even taught an art masterclass with the children in the afternoon which was highly enjoyed by everyone involved. Take a look at our pictures below.
Into the woods
In the summer term, year 2 are going into the great outdoors! Our topic is 'into the woods' and we are look forward to learning lots in our new topic.
We think the children will really grow next term!
Romeo and Juliet week
As a lead associate school for the Royal Shakespeare Company, we have enjoyed celebrating another one of his timeless plays this week. The children have learned lines from the prologue, created dramatic freeze frames and made masks for their own ball. We are sure you'll agree the masks looked fabulous and the children really embraced dancing to classical music with them on!
Mother's Day bath bombs
In year 2 we have been busy making bath bombs for Mother's Day. First the children designed their square based pyramid nets. We then cut them and folded them ready for our bath bombs. The bath bombs were made with baby oil, cream of tartar and bicarbonate of soda. We then added a sprinkle of cosmetic glitter to get a lovely purple colour. We hope our mums enjoyed their fizzing gifts!
Marvellous Medicine Science Experiment
We made predictions as to what would happen when we mixed food colouring, vinegar and bicarbonate of soda together. The children predicted lots of different things but we loved completing the experiment to find out what actually did happen! Have a look at our photos below.
FLORENCE NIGHTINGALE DRAMA
Today in our groups we have created freeze frames to represent different events in Florence Nightingale's life. We had lots of fun and we feel it has helped us remember some of the significant parts of her life.
World Book Day
We had a brilliant World Book Day. We had lots of fun measuring different colour liquids in maths to create lots of marvellous medicines and enjoyed learning and acting out one of Roald Dahl's poems. We also loved dressing up as our favourite book characters and having some children from Year 6 visit us to read us a story at the end of the day.
Clues for spring 2...
Our topic will feature one of Roald Dahl's magical stories
We will be learning about some inspirational historical figures
You might want to think about people who help us to feel better
We look forward to year 2 joining us for our wow day to launch our new topic!
We were amazed by the creative homework projects we received from year 2 to celebrate our Africa topic. It was obvious that lots of time, care and thought had gone into creating them. Thank you so much for your hard work year 2 and your grown ups!
Thank you parents!
We want to say a big thank you to the parents who were able to join us and make our reading workshop in January a big success. The children all really enjoyed the workshop, especially showing the grown ups how good we are at shared reading. It was lovely to hear how much they learned and the positive feedback from the adults who joined us was a pleasure to read. Take a look at some of our photos below.
Welcome to Africa!
Well done to those children who worked it out, our new topic this half term is Africa. We have already celebrated our topic with an exciting launch day. Year 2 enjoyed drum playing, pattern creating, food tasting and mask making, it was a brilliant day which the children really enjoyed!
A midwife crisis!
This half term we have been blown away by how brilliantly the year 2 children have learned their lines, dances and songs to make our show such an amazing performance.
Everyone has made such an effort to make our show the best it can be. We want to say a big well done to year 2 and a huge thank you to the parent's who have helped with lines and songs.
Children in need!
To raise money for children in need year 2 were brilliant at bringing, buying and eating cakes! We also came in fancy dress spotty outfits for a 20p donation on Friday 16th November. Well done year 2, we raised over £30!
Year 2 were absolute stars on remembrance day. They were very thoughtful when we discussed why we wore poppies and they created their own beautiful poppies which they wore with pride. Everyone commented on how brilliant the children looked in assembly! The children were also great at locating countries on a map by their war medals. Well done year 2.
Journey to space
In Autumn 2 we are going to be learning all about different journeys. We will be finding out about the lives of some famous astronauts, what materials would make a good space suit and we will be creating art inspired by the galaxy. We can't wait and we hope the children are excited too!
To celebrate finishing our 'lighthouse keeper's lunch topic' we had our own celebration day just like Mr Grinling. We made lighthouse collages, jam sandwiches and lighthouse iced biscuits. We enjoyed eating the yummy food at our sunny picnic out on the playground. We also learned how to clean our hands properly so we can keep the germs away. Year 2 thought it was the best day ever!
Take a look at our photos below.
On Thursday 5th October we invited our year 2 parents to join us for a maths workshop. In the workshop we looked at addition and subtraction methods in year 2. The children and parents were spotted used excellent maths vocabulary like 'tens and ones' and they were great at using their place value grids to help them. Well done everyone! Thanks to everyone who was able to join us. There are photos and links to the documents that we gave out below.
Sample test papers
Rainbow fruit kebabs
As part of out lighthouse topic we planned and created our very own rainbow fruit kebabs for Mr Grinling's lunch. Everyone in year 2 thought they were delicious and we used adjectives like 'sour' and 'sweet' to describe the different fruits.
Enjoy our photos below!
Our Wow Day
During our 'The Lighthouse Keeper's Lunch' Wow Day, we enjoyed working as a team to make a magnificent lighthouse to stand in the corner of our classrooms. We also made some paper seagulls which have created a beautiful border for our topic display. We thought carefully about what might be seen outside of a lighthouse and created some beautiful oil pastel window art work.
Welcome to year 2!
Autumn 1 - The Lighthouse Keeper's Lunch
This half term our topic is The Lighthouse Keeper's Lunch. We will be reading the book during shared reading and writing recipes for Mr Grinling's Lunch and an adventure about him. In geography, we will be comparing Nottingham to the Isle of Scalpay in Scotland, where Mr Grinling's lighthouse is and going for a walk around our local area. In science we will be learning about healthy lifestyles and in D.T we will be making healthy fruit kebabs.
Here is our yearly overview so you have an idea of what we will be learning about each half term.
INDOOR PE-TUESDAY PM
OUTDOOR PE- THURSDAY PM
HOMEWORK-GIVEN OUT ON TUESDAY
(ALTERNATE WEEKS MATHS AND LITERACY)
HOMEWORK-HANDED IN ON TUESDAY
SPELLINGS-GIVEN OUT WEDNESDAY TO BE TESTED THE FOLLOWING WEDNESDAY
READING AT HOME SHOULD BE AT LEAST 3 TIMES PER WEEK DIARIES TO BE CHECKED ON A FRIDAY
Learning from home...
Teach your monster to read is a recommended app that is compatible with our phonics
programme. It is free to download onto laptops/ PCs and is currently free to download onto
ipads and mobile phones. Click on the link to have a look.
SHERWOOD PINES TRIP
INTO THE WOODS- SUMMER 1
Our topic this half term is called 'Into the Woods' which as you can guess is all about forests, trees and woodland creatures. We will read stories with a woodland setting, such as The Gruffalo, Stick Man, Little Red Riding Hood and Into the Forest, which will inspire us to retell the stories, write our own versions of the stories, write diaries and character profiles. We will learn about woodland habitats and the animals, insects and plants that can be found there. We hope to finish the topic with a trip to Sherwood Pines where we will take part in orienteering activities, map reading and den building.
African Drumming Afternoon!
We were so excited this afternoon to have a fantastic hands on African Drumming workshop! We had great fun learning some drumming patterns, African chants and songs.
It was wonderful to see the children getting into the rhythm and participating with such enthusiasm! You can enjoy some of the photos below.
We felt like we were in the land of a living library!
Our topic this half term is all about Africa. This is a fun and creative topic and one of our favourites to teach! We will be looking at stories and poems about African animals and use them to inspire us with our own writing. The children will compare life in African countries to their own, finding about similarities and differences. We learn African songs and have a drumming workshop, which we can't wait for! There will be lots of opportunities for art work and we will be tie-dying t-shirts that the children can wear on our Africa celebration day (26th March).
Our topic for spring 1 is about transport, journeys and explorers. During this topic we will learn about fictional journeys in literacy that will help us write stories with repeating phrases, character profiles and our own version of a story based on a journey. Then afterwards we will learn about famous explorers which we will write about in information texts. In science we will do investigations into floating and sinking to help us choose the write material for making our own boats and how to keep a drink warm and which would be the best insulator for our drink. Obviously, the topic will bring in some map skills in geography.
We are starting with trains and looking at the very first trains made by George Stephenson. If you would like to learn more about him, click on his image below.
We hope that by the end of the topic the children will be able to answer our focus questions:-
- What are the oceans of the world?
- Can you name any famous explorers?
- Which materials are waterproof?
- Can you name any materials that are good insulators?
- What is to the west of ______ in the picture?
WE HAVE BEEN READING GEORGE'S MARVELLOUS MEDICINE IN CLASS. IN A SCIENCE LESSON WE COMPLETED OUR OWN MARVELLOUS COLOUR EXPERIMENT.
READING WORKSHOP FOR PARENTS
CHILDREN IN NEED 2017
Our topic for Autumn 2 is called 'Marvellous Medicine!' during which we will, of course, read Roald Dahl's 'George's Marvellous Medicine. Lots of our activities in literacy and other curriculum areas will be linked to this fantastic story. We will learn about keeping healthy and how medicines are important for this but also the children will learn how medicine can be dangerous if taken inappropriately. The children will also learn about the lives of two famous historical figures, Florence Nightingale and Mary Seacole, and will compare their roles to the jobs of current day nurses.
FLORENCE NIGHTINGALE MARY SEACOLE
HERE ARE SOME OF OUR AMAZING HOMEWORK PROJECTS BASED ON BLACK HISTORY MONTH.
KATIE MORAG DAY
We have had a very special day, one that the children will enjoy telling you about and hopefully remember for a long time!
Take a look at some of the photo highlights of the day.
HARVEST FESTIVAL ONE DAY WONDER
We had lots of fun during our Harvest festival celebration. We worked in groups to make faces made from rice and pasta shapes based on the art of Archimboldo. Take a look at some of the faces we made.
KATIE MORAG AND THE ISLE OF STRUAY
On the Cbeebies website there are games and activities linked to Katie Morag stories. Click on the image to find out more.