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

Julia Donaldson

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In Literacy this week we have looked at the children's author Julia Donaldson. She wrote 'The Guffalo'. We looked at lots of different books that she had written and worked with a partner to find similarities and differences.

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For for information about Julia Donaldson you can [click here].

Planetarium Visit

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Today we had a visit from the Think Tank Planetarium as part of our 'Night' topic.

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This is what we did:

  • Understand that night time is when the sun has set and we can see other stars
  • Observe how stars are grouped together into pictures called constellations
  • Know there are eight planets and one dwarf planet.
  • Observe that the sun is our closest star
  • Comprehend that objects don’t disappear at night time we just can’t see them
  • Identify what the moon is made of

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It was really dark inside!

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Ozzy the Owl wanted to find out about the night sky.

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For more information about the planetarium you can [click here].

Design Technology

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Last week, as part of our Mexico topic, we designed and made a Mexican Fruit Salad! We thoroughly enjoyed it. First, we learnt about which fruits are popular in Mexico.

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We then designed our own Fruit salad and thought about which fruits we would like to use. I think everybody's favourite part was the making and eating!

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We talked about how to use a knife safely and the importance of having clean hands and working in a clean area.

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Then we all made our own fruit salad by carefully cutting the different fruits and mixing them with either apple or orange juice.

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Finally we tasted them and they were delicious!

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Year 2 INSPIRE Workshop

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This morning Year 2 had their INSPIRE workshop. Many thanks to all the adults that attended, all the children really enjoyed it.

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We hope that you enjoyed working with your children and seeing the different activities that they do.

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We looked at different strategies that we use in Mathematics, to help us with addition and subtraction.

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We showed our parents how we solve different problems.

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We also completed different reading activities to help to develop our creativity.

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Information from the morning has been sent home for any parents that were unable to attend.

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.

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