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Welcome to the Year 2 blog. Find out what our classes have been up to lately!

PSHE Sign Language

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Our PSHE topic this half term is 'Our Community'. We have thought about the different people that live in our community. Some people that live near us may have special needs or disabilities.

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Sign language is used by deaf people to talk.

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We found out how to sign our names!

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If you would like to find out more about sign language please [click here].

Hola México

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This week we have thoroughly enjoyed tasting different Mexican food!

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We tried toasted tortillas with guacamole and nachos with a tomato salsa.

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Tortillas are a type of thin flatbread made from finely ground wheat flour. Flatbread tortillas have been eaten for thousands of years in Mexico. They are round and vary in size from about 6 cm to over 30 cm.

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Guacamole is an avocado-based sauce that originated with the Aztecs in Mexico.

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Nachos are made from tortillas, which are cut into wedges and then fried.

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Some of us thought that the salsa was a bit spicy, but very tasty!

Mexico!

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We have started our exciting new topic on 'Mexico' and the children have started to learn all about the village of Tocuaro through looking at photos and pictures. In 2HB there is a Travel Agents so you can book a holiday to  Mexico. 2MW have a Mexican Cantina where you can cook up a Mexican feast. We have found out about the Horta family and have thought about similarities and differences between us and them. The Horta's live in a house originally built by Gustavo's father, Jesus Horta (who is now 79 years old). Jesus and his wife Guadalupe (aged 78) still live there, but the house has been extended to give space for the rest of the family. If you would like to find out more about Tocuaro and the Horta family please [click here].

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Next week we are looking forward to tasting some Mexican food!

Fixed or Growth Mindset

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We are all learners on a similar journey but we may get there in different ways. Some people may find something easy and another person may find it difficult. This week we have been finding out about Fixed and Growth Mindset as part of our Building Learning Power work.

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Fixed mindset is when you are closed to learning and give up easily. Good learners have a Growth mindset and are open to learning. They enjoy challenges and learn from their mistakes. We talked about how our aim is to have a Growth mindset but sometimes your mindset may be fixed. If you keep trying and persevere you will find thigs easier.

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We completed an activity where we had to sort different statements into either Fixed or Growth.

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We worked together with a partner. Some of the statements we agreed on but sometimes we didn't and then we had to explain our decisions.

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Happy Christmas

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I'm sure you will agree that the Key Stage One performances on Monday and Tuesday were fantastic! Well done to all the children involved we are really proud of you.

This week Year 2 have been lucky enough to watch the Foundation stage production as well as the Year 5 and 6 Carol Concert. They sat beautifully and listened really well. We have also been busy making our Christmas cards and have enjoyed printing in Art.

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As you can see we all really enjoyed Toy Day and played really well will eachother.

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Mr Worth and I would like to thank all the chilsren in Year 2 for their hard work this term. Thanks also to all the adults at home for their support. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Advent

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Each Friday during December we are having 5 mintue reflection time. We light a special Advent candle and think about what Christmas means to us. We have learnt about the Advent wreath, that is found in a Church, and the importance of each of the candles placed in it.

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We are looking forward to our Christmas productions next week and hope to see you there!

Measuring Maths

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This week in Maths, Year 2 have been looking at measuring accurately. We looked at rulers and found out that it is really important to ensure you put the 0 line at the start of whatever you are measuring. 100 cm is the same as 1 metre.

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We measured different things around the classroom. First we made a sensible estimate and then we measured accurately with a ruler or metre stick.

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You can [click here] to play a 'reading length' game.

ICT Work

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This half term we have been 'Creating pictures' as part of our ICT work. We really enjoy going to our ICT Suite each week where we are developing our ICT skills. We have been using different Paint packages to create pictures in the style of different artists. This week we learnt how to retrieve a document and open a weblink. We used lines and the fill tool to create pictures in the style of the artist, Piet Mondrian.

Piet Mondrian was born on 7th March 1872 in Amersfoort, the Netherlands. From a very young age, he was exposed to art. His father was a qualified art instructor and his uncle was an artist. Piet Mondrian became a primary school teacher and he painted in his spare time. His early paintings were mainly landscapes, featuring fields, rivers and windmills and he was influenced by the art of Picasso.

We used a website to help us create Mondrian style pictures. [Click here] to access the website.

Super Science Day!

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Year 2 have had a fantastic Science day today! We spent the morning completing lots of different science based activities. We enjoyed learning about habitats and collected items to make a suitable home for a hedgehog.

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We also investigated air resistance and made our own aeroplanes. We looked at how water can change state into a solid, liquid or gas. We enjoyed learning about colour and made colour spinners. Finally we thought about friction and how friction can affecvt the speed at which a car travells down a ramp.

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Hi All,

Well what a busy week that was!!!! The highlight of the whole week was our class assemblies on Friday and what had happened to the two classes suddenly we had 60 pirates invading our classrooms!!! That's right our assembly was all about Pirates and the work we completed last half term. The children looked amazing, voices were loud and clear, songs sung beautifully, fantastic jokes told and a great deal of fun was had by all. I'm sure you agree the children were brilliant and a credit to you all. Thanks also to our parents/grand parents for the costumes and your attendance on the day. It is really appreciated!

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We have also continued our work in Maths and Literacy. In Maths we have started to look at multiplication and it is clear to see the knowledge of tables in the classes improving all the time. In Literacy we have continued to work on Explanation texts and found out the life cycle of a butterfly. Some super presentations and work was produced.

Our new topic is Ice and we started to learn about Captain Scott and his journey which children found really interesting. We look forward to continuing this topic and learning about Shackleton next week.

Have a great weekend,

The Year 2 Team

Keeping Healthy

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Year 2 are starting to rehearse for their Class Assemblies. Homework this week is to learn your words. We have been enjoying singing this healthy eating song that we learnt as part of our Science topic last half term.

We look forward to seeing parents at the assemblies on Friday 15th November  in the Acorns hall.

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Instructions

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A busy final week for Year 2. In Maths we have continued to focus on subtraction using the number line which children are really starting to understand. In Literacy our topic has been Instructions and we were able to get outside (when the rain relented) to complete a sports course. The children had to complete the course as their partner guided them with the instructions. The next day, the children then produced a written set of instructions.
We hope you all have a good break.
The Year 2 team

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