We have had a really busy first term in year 2 and the children have really enjoyed learning their new roles and responsibilities.
Term 1’s topic was ‘Wriggle and Crawl’ and has provided us with lots of hands on activities, such as going on minibeast hunts and looking at life cycles. Our project for the term was creating an interactive animation of a minibeast’s lifecycle. The children worked really hard on these and can be viewed at home via their purple mash accounts.
Each week we have enjoyed writing a recount about our weekend, which has really helped us to recap and learn how to use capital letters, full stops and conjunctions. We enjoyed focusing on the book ‘One Day on our Blue Planet’ and we learnt lots of facts about lions and other animals, which live in the Savannah. This helped us to write our own information texts about animals and think about what daily life could be like. We explored the use of adjectives and expanded noun phrases as part of our SPaG sessions to enable us to write some brilliant poems too.
During Term 2, Class 2 learnt about towers, tunnels and turrets. The children had lots of fun learning about castles and how they have developed over time. They looked closely at a range of photos of different castles from all around the world and tried to use maps to find their locations. The children were also given the chance to improve their design and technology skills as they used a variety of different materials to build their very own castles and tunnels.
The class also worked extremely hard practising and performing their Christmas production, 'Prickly Hay'. The children really enjoyed learning the songs, dances and lines for the play. They all looked amazing in their costumes and produced a fantastic performance that was enjoyed by all.
In Term 3, our topic has been ‘Muck, Mess and Mixtures’. We started off the topic looking at an experiment using skittles and water. We placed the skittles in a dish of water and watched what happened. The children were amazed! The colour in the shell of the skittles dissolved into the water creating a rainbow effect.
We then had a ‘Mucky Mixtures Afternoon’ where we got to play with and feel lots of different mixtures. This included painting with our hands, playing with soil, jelly, cornflour, porridge oats and icing. Each thing felt different and we found different ways you could pour, bind and even mould some of the mixtures. We got very messy!
We have focused a lot on Art this topic. This has concluded in creating a huge Chinese Dragon in groups in preparation for a Dragon Dance. We used a range of art techniques including painting with both ends of a paintbrush to create different effects, collage and colouring pencils.