Welcome to Year 2!
Mrs Kingston - Sycamore Class Mrs Dalgleish - Hazel Class
Dungeons and Dragons!
Our topic this half term is Turrets, Tunnels and Towers.
We have been enjoying reading traditional tales like Rapunzel and well loved tales like 'The Tunnel'. We read George and the Dragon and from this wrote some super dragon inspired poetry.
We were put into DT teams to design and construct castles using junk modelling materials. We had to work carefully to choose and measure our materials and select appropriate tools to cut and decide how we would connect the materials to build our castle. We wanted to ensure we had a working portcullis/drawbridge to keep any unwanted visitors out! Mrs Kingston was very impressed with our teamwork and our design skills!
Now our castles have been constructed...onto the painting! We mixed colours to get the right shade of grey, brown, green and blue, and set to work!
Have a look at our super castles, ready to protect the lord and lady!
After reading George and the Dragon, we wrote some dragon poems. We tried to include similes to make them descriptive and interesting.
Inspired by our dragon poetry writing, we used clay to make dragon eyes. We used tools to mould and shape the clay and finished each eye with a stunning glass shape. It was such a fun afternoon!
WORLD BOOK DAY!
Thursday 5th March was World Book Day! Children (and teachers!) had great fun dressing up for the occasion to celebrate our love of reading, what better way to immerse ourselves in a story than to become a character!
The day started with a reading session where we invited parents to share a story with us, then we had fun with a scavenger hunt trying to find characters in a range of books. We had an assembly with Mrs Kingston where we did a character parade and we heard Oi Frog, a super rhyming book by Kes Grey.
Take a look at our awesome outfits!
Spring Term 1:
Our topic this half term is called 'Hot and Cold'. We have had lots of fun finding out all about different parts of our wider world and learning about the continents. We focused on Africa and Antarctica in more detail. Check out the song we have been learning to help us remember the names of all seven continents.
Our English work was based around the stories 'Meerkat Mail' by Emily Gravett and 'The Ugly Five' by Julia Donaldson where we learned about different African animals, including their habitats and diets. We researched and wrote our own animal fact files, wrote letters and postcards and even created our own version of Meerkat Mail using a Talk for Writing approach.
We were very excited to visit the Lake District Wildlife Park where we saw lots of African animals, the meerkats were a definitely our favourite! The park keepers worked with us to show us more about how animals are cleverly adapted to living in harsh environments like the desert or polar regions.
Autumn Term 2:
This term we are learning all about Fire! We are being historians and focusing on life in London in 1666. We loved looking at what London used to be like compared to what it is now and using our knowledge of Cumbria to compare both places.
We explored maps and located London on a map of the UK and we found out the names of lots of very famous London landmarks.
We loved learning all about the Great Fire of London and were shocked to learn there was no fire brigade in 1666. During our DT week we designed and made our own fire engines. The brief was they had to have a moving part. Check out our awesome designs!
Autumn Term 1
Welcome back! We have been very busy settling in our new classrooms and enjoying being back at school as Year 2's!
Our topic this half term is 'Made in Cumbria' where we have been finding out all about the Lake District and learning more about the beautiful landscape on our doorstep. We used geographical words like 'human' and 'physical' to describe how Cumbria is made.
We took a trip to Mirehouse where we could experience the Lake District and understand why it brings people from all around the world to visit.
At Mirehouse we explored the grounds and walked to Bassenthwaite Lake where we could see the fells and summit of Dodd Wood above the lake. After lunch we had a little time to journal some of the treasures we found whilst exploring the gardens. There is fantastic obstacle courses at Mirehouse so we really enjoyed working as a team to complete them. Lots of tired legs as the bus came to take us back to school!
Taking learning outdoors!
Look how much learning fun we have in our fantastic gardens!