Year 2: Blog items

Spring 1 Week 2

Date: 19th Jan 2018 @ 7:04pm

                                           

Another wonderful week in Year 2!

This week, we explored how Jesus shows us how to be a good friend. We looked at the Bible stories: "The Ten Lepers" and "Blind Bartimaues" and discussed what these stories tell us about the character of Jesus. Year 2 connected these characteristics with our SHINE values and how we can think WWJD when faced with a choice in our friendships. Year 2 watched a video clip about a group of birds who were being unkind to another bird because he looked different. They used the teachings of Jesus to help these birds and created ideas for what they could have said. They then used the teachings of Jesus and applied these to their daily lives and friendships, creating rules to help them be a good friend. 

Year 2 continued to explore algorithms in Computing. They designed an obstacle course and worked hard to programme bee-bots to make its way around the course. The children were able to find bugs in their commands and change them to ensure the bee-bot successfully returned back to the starting point. 

In Science, Year 2 continued to learn about materials. We tested the properties of different materials and used this knowledge to design items that would be unfit for purpose (a chocolate teapot, a paper umbrella). The children were able to explain why the material they chose would be unsuitable. 

Have a wonderful weekend everyone! 

Spring 1 Week 1

Date: 12th Jan 2018 @ 12:12pm

                                   

We have had such a wonderful return back to Year 2! It was lovely to see such smiley faces returning back to school raring to go!

This week, we continued our Science unit on materials. Year 2 looked at the properties of different materials and discussed what they could be used for. They were tasked with designing an animal out of play-doh and finding out what material would be the best to make a raincoat out of. After they had created their design, they tested the protection that plastic, foil, paper, cardboard and cotton wool could give. They used these results to test whether their prediction was accurate and were able to explain why some materials kept more water out than others. 

This week, we also began our new Theme: "Where do animals live?". We learnt about the different continents and explored the home of the Emporer Penguin: Antarctica. Year 2 learnt about the climate there and the different features the penguin has to survive there all year round. We did lots of research and learnt lots of interesting facts! 

Have a lovely weekend everyone. 

Autumn 2 Week 8

Date: 20th Dec 2017 @ 1:55pm

What a wonderful term in Year 2, jam-packed with highlights! We have learnt so much, had lots of fun and worked incredibly hard! 

We have had so many wonderful experiences, such as our trip to the Gillmoss Recycling Discovery Centre where we expanded our understanding of materials and our visit from Guy Fawkes who came to share his side of the story with us. We were able to Skype with Mike Otter from the Bible Society, welcome Reverend Anne and Nathan into our classroom and design and begin creating our own tote bags! We have explored the different areas in the world, such as the Rainforest and the Coast, discussed and debated whether Guy Fawkes was a hero or a villain and to top it all off, performed in our very own amazing Nativity!

We have also participated in many fundraising activities including Bring Your Bear to School Day for our Kindness Week and the creation of the TSP Kindness Video: Fame! We have taken part in Children in Need and also were visited by Willy Wonka on Roald Dahl Day!

We truly have had the most wonderful term, full of smiles, enjoyment and hard work. Myself and Mrs Crebbin are incredibly proud of what the children have achieved and we are looking forward to seeing what the Spring Term brings!

We would also like to give a big thank you to all the parents who have been so incredibly generous. It really is much appreciated. 

We hope you have a fabulour Christmas and a brilliant New Year!

Autumn 2 Week 7

Date: 15th Dec 2017 @ 2:48pm

                                     

What another wonderful week. We are truly on the countdown to Christmas!

We started our week with a bang as we went on a school trip to the Gillmoss Recycling Discovery Centre as part of our Science unit on materials. It was a fascinating experience as we learnt all about the importance of recycling and how we can work to make our world a happier and healthier place! We used a dance to remember the six key materials that are recycled in that factory. We were able to look at how the machinery worked and the children even saw an elf helping out! We had a fabulous time and the chldren really enjoyed themselves and learnt a lot! 

This week, we have continued to learn about the Nativity Story and looked at how there are different versions of this. We decided to create our own story using the Curious Sheep as inspiration! We looked at the different characters in the story and used our wonderful vocabulary to compose superb stories. They show a real understanding of the importance of the Nativity Story and the joy that the birth of Jesus brings. 

We have also started our DT project this week. Our task is to design and create our own bags for Christmas! Year 2 looked at different materials that bags can be made out of and evaluated them. They were tasked with designing bags for specific purposess, thinking about handles, comfort, practicalities and looks. They then used their knowledge to design their own bag for Christmas to hold small trinkets and gifts. Year 2 have begun to make them and we can't wait to test and evaluate their success next week. 

Have a wonderful weekend everyone!

 

 

Autumn 2 Week 6

Date: 8th Dec 2017 @ 2:56pm

                                  

Another festive week in Year 2! 

This week, we were able to showcase our amazing Nativity performance, "Hey Ewe". What a wonderful way to continue our advent countdown and it truly made us feel very Christmassy! Year 2 performed alongside their buddies twice to a large audience! They sang beautifully and performed their lines with such expression; true actors and actresses! It was clear how much we all enjoyed putting on this performance and this was contagious; everyone left with a huge smile, well and truly in the Christmas Spirit. 

This week, we continued to learn about the story of the birth of Jesus. Year 2 thought about how Mary would have felt when she was visited by the Angel Gabriel, and also the emotions that Angel Gabriel might have had. It was lovely listening to the children showing a great understanding of the feelings of others and thinking about how they themselves might have reacted. They used their knowledge of the story to discuss different questions that they would have asked Mary and Angel Gabriel. 

Have a wonderful weekend everyone! 

Autumn 2 Week 5

Date: 1st Dec 2017 @ 4:27pm

                                         

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas in Year 2!

This week, we felt incredibly festive as the start of advent began, signalled by the arrival of our Christmas decorations (and a rather mischievous elf)! Year 2 have had a wonderful time this week, exploring the excitement of Christmas time! We thought about why we get excited, and what Christmas really means. Year 2 used their excellent knowledge of the Nativity Story to think about how the birth of Jesus was good news, and how that news spread. We thought about how the birth of Jesus has affected others in the world and the impact that it has had on us. Year 2 showed their amazing creative and critical thinking when discussing this.

This week, we also continued to think about Bonfire Night and Guy Fawkes. Year 2 used their wide and wonderful vocabulary to create their own "WANTED" posters for Guy Fawkes. They described him brilliantly and even offered rewards for those who may have spotted him!

Year 2 have also been hard at work with their Year 1 buddies putting the finishing touches to their own nativity story: Hey Ewe. We were able to put on our first performance to the school on Friday which has made us even more excited for our final performances next week! 

Have a lovely weekend everyone! 

Autumn 2 Week 4

Date: 24th Nov 2017 @ 4:41pm

                            

What a creative week we have had!

This week, we learnt about the importance of Angel Gabriel in relation to the Nativity Story. We talked about how the Angel Gabriel acts as a messenger of God, spreading God's word and news. Year 2 looked at how angels are depicted in different ways and thought of ways that we could represent them ourselves. We also talked about how many people have angels on their Christmas tree, as a way to remember the work of Angel Gabriel. We created our own christmas decorations, using salt dough and moulded them into the shape of an angel. We then thought about the colours we could use to paint them and decorated the angels carefully. 

We have also been hard at work practising our own performance of the Nativity Story. There has been a lot of singing, acting and dancing this week and we can't wait to share it with everyone that attends our performance! Year 2 have been working incredibly hard and are thoroughly enjoying themselves whilst retelling the story of the birth of Jesus. 

We have also created recipes for kindness, using our knowledge of the possessive apostrophe to identify ingredients, such as "Miss McGuire's love" and "a fairy's sparkle". What brilliant recipes, with superb imagination shown!

Have a wonderful weekend everyone. 

Autumn 2 Week 3

Date: 17th Nov 2017 @ 4:14pm

                                                                           

We have had the most amazing time in Year 2 this week, celebrating kindness and raising money for Children in Need! 

This week, Year 2 raised money for Children in Need and brought their teddies in to share in our learning. We created still-life drawings of our teddies, designed character profiles and backgrounds for them, had a division maths party sharing sweets between certain numbers of teddies and much more! We then went on to create dot art using our school colours for Children in Need. We also talked about how important kindness is, and how we can use it to remove any negativities we feel. We looked at worries and anxieties and wrote these down on a small slip of paper that was put into a balloon. At the end of the week, we were able to release these balloons as a whole school and watch them as they took our worries away!

In Collective Worship, we thought about Justice, and how we can help those through Children in Need to have the same opportunities as we have. We thought about how lucky we are and also the different ways in which we can help others. Some children even created a raffle that they took round KS1 and Foundation Stage to raise money for Children in Need. 

It really has been a lovely week full of smiles, exciting activities and kindness! 

Have a wonderful weekend everyone. 

Autumn 2 Week 2

Date: 10th Nov 2017 @ 2:44pm

                                                                     

What an amazing week we have had!

This week, we were fortunate enough to be visited by "Guy Fawkes" who came into our class to discuss the Gunpowder Plot with us. We listened to Guy sharing his plan with us and then we were able to act out the plot taking on key roles with our Year 1 buddies. Then, we took part in a workshop led by Guy Fawkes where we learnt about how secret messages were passed between those involved in the Gunpowder Plot. We used lemon juice to create hidden messages and used a cipher to create a secret letter. Year 2 learnt about priest holes and how Catholics and priests were often hidden and searched for. We also had the amazing opportunity to look at the different objects that would have been used in 1603, when the Gunpowder Plot took place. 

This week, we also had the amazing opportunity to star in our own music video for the song "Fame" to kick off the start of our Kindness Week. This gave us the chance to discuss the importance of kindness and talk about the different ways that we could be kind to others. Watch our video at this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SdKEk61gR1g

Have a lovely weekend everyone!

Autumn 2 Week 1

Date: 3rd Nov 2017 @ 4:10pm

                                                                                                           

We have had a wonderful return to Year 2! 

This week, we learnt how to Speed Stack in PE. We learnt about the correct technique to use when Speed Stacking and then practised building up pyramids and taking them down in the correct and quickest way. Year 2 did extremely well in the times and were very supportive of each other. They showed a real Growth Mindset approaching this unknown activity. 

This week, we also began our new theme "Why should we remember the fifth of November?" The children learnt about the Gunpowder Plot and how Guy Fawkes was stopped before he was able to blow up the Houses of Parliament. Year 2 looked at how we celebrate Bonfire Night and used this information to design their own "Guy" for the bonfire and create a collage of a bonfire. We thought about the things we see, hear and taste during Bonfire Night, preparing a helpful word bank for our firework poetry next week. 

This week, we also thought about kindness and being fair to others, in line with our monthly value "Justice". We read the story, "Giraffes Can't Dance" and thought about how the animals in the story didn't show kindness to Gerald the Giraffe and didn't give him a fair chance to dance! Year 2 thought about what the animals could have said instead to support Gerald; there were lots of lovely ideas. We linked this to our British Values, understanding that we should treat others with respect even when they have different talents and beliefs than us. 

Have a wonderful weekend everyone and enjoy a safe and exciting Bonfire Night!

Autumn 1 Week 7

Date: 20th Oct 2017 @ 4:24pm

                                                                   

We have had an amazing week, ending our equally fantastic first half term in Year 2 in style! 

This week, we were fortunate to be visited by Amanda from Sustrans who helped the children learn how to ride confidently and safely on their bikes. They participated in different cycling activities, learnt how to stop and start safely and also the best position to be in when riding a bike. We all had a brilliant time and felt very confident after our session!

In RE, we have been visited by three experts when it comes to all things about the Bible. Firstly, Year 2 welcomed Reverend Anne and Nathan from St Peter's into our classroom. Here, they discussed why the Bible is so important to them and spoke of the different occassions when it has helped them in their life. The children were also able to ask questions about the importance of the Bible to Christians; what a great experience! Then, Year 2 were fortunate enough to Skype with Mike Otter from the Bible Society who was full of facts about the history of the Bible. He shared the amazing work that the Bible Society do to ensure that everyone has easy access to a Bible of their own. 

We were also lucky enough to visit St Peter's Church Hall and create our own shoeboxes for those less fortunate  than us in the Shoe Box Appeal. Thank you to all the volunteers and families that donated, making this opportunity possible. 

In Theme, we also explored the Amazon Rainforest and different deserts around the world, creating artwork using pastels and chalks! We certainly unleashed our creative side and used the pastels and colours carefully to represent the extreme heat in the Libyan Desert. 

What a wonderful end to an amazing half-term!

Have a brilliant half-term everyone. 

Learn To Ride

Date: 20th Oct 2017 @ 4:24pm

Ditch those stabilisers

October 27 and 29

The October half-term sees the return of the popular 'Ditch Those Stabilisers' cycling events. Children aged four and above can learn to ride a bike unaided at sessions in Litherland and Ainsdale.

The events have a very high success rate and staff from Sefton Council's Travel Awareness and Safety Team offer a range of practical advice to children and their parents. Sessions are free but pre-booking is essential.

The sessions will be held on Tuesday, October 27, 2pm-4pm at Litherland Sports Park, Boundary Lane (L21 7LA) and Thursday, October 29, 10am-12pm, Shoreside Primary School, Westminster Drive, Ainsdale PR8 2QZ.

Autumn 1 Week 5

Date: 13th Oct 2017 @ 4:24pm

What a fantastic week we have had in Year 2!

In RE, Year 2 learnt about Mary Jones, a young girl who lived a long time ago. Her family did not have a Bible as they were very rare and expensive. Mary listened to readings from the Bible in Church and made the decision that she would do anything she could to have her own copy. She saved for 6 years and when she finally had enough money she walked 25 miles to buy one. We thought about her reasons for doing this, and how we are very lucky in that we have easy access to lots of different Bibles. Year 2 discussed how this story highlights the importance of the Bible to Christians and how it can make different people feel. 

In Science, we continued to learn about how to keep our bodies healthy and happy. This week, we looked at the impact of exercise on the body and the mind. Year 2 took part in a work-out routine that incorporated different areas of the body. After the exercises, they discussed which parts of their body were being used and the impact that the exercises had on their body. Then were then tasked with designing their own exercise routine that would affect each part of the body and tested them out! Excellent ideas Year 2.  

Have a lovely weekend everyone!

Autumn 1 Week 5

Date: 6th Oct 2017 @ 5:17pm

Another wonderful week in the Year 2 class!

In RE, Year 2 continued learning about the Bible by looking at Bible stories from both the New Testament and the Old Testament. Year 2 thought about their favourite Bible story and were asked to represent this story using a picture. They then thought about why it is their favourite and the impact that it has had on their lives and behaviour. In a lot of the stories, the children realised that they could identify one or more of our SHINE values and we discussed how we should follow these values and the morals in the stories to continue to shine like the stars in the universe. 

This week, Year 2 also learnt all about London, and the differences between rural and urban landscapes. The children watched "Town Mouse and City Mouse" and thought about how life can be different depending on where you live. We used hot-seating to get into the character of Town Mouse, and then wrote Country Mouse a post-card explaining all about life in the city. We spoke about all of the tourist spots and landmarks of London and what a usual city day was like! 

Have a lovely weekend everyone. 

 

 

Autumn 1 Week 4

Date: 29th Sep 2017 @ 3:59pm

                                                                                  

What a busy week this week! 

In RE, we carried on learning about the importance of the Bible. We discussed how the Bible is almost like a library as it is made up of lots of different books. Year 2 learnt about the differences between the Old Testament and the New Testament, connecting where in the Bible the stories that represent our SHINE values would come from. They then looked at different Bible stories and used their imagination to create their own front covers for the New Testament and the Old Testament, using their knowledge of their differences. What wonderful, bright creations Year 2. 

We also celebrated European Day of Languages, where the children learnt how to say hello in several different languages from across the world! We looked at flags and learnt about traditions in other countries in Europe. 

This week, we also learnt about keeping safe online. After watching the CEOPs video and learning all about how Sid the Superhero keeps children safe online, we thought about our own rules for how we could remain safe. The class discussed how it is important to only play online games with people that you know and that you should never give out personal information. We also began to think of our own class mascot, like Sid, that would always remind us of our rules to help us stay safe online! 

We also learnt about how we can keep our body healthy. Whilst this does include exercise and healthy food, it is also about keeping our mind healthy. Year 2 thought about the different things that we can do that keep our mind happy and free from worry. It was lovely listening to all the things that the children do to keep their minds healthy, like practicing mindfulness, activities and simply sleeping! 

Have a wonderful week everyone. 

Autumn 1 Week 3

Date: 22nd Sep 2017 @ 5:36pm

Yet another wonderful week in Year 2!

This week, we began to explore the Bible. After learning about the holy book of Muslims, the Quran, it was wonderful to learn about the similarities and differences in how the Bible is treated by Christians around the world. Year 2 learnt about the different stories in the Bible and how they can help others. They looked at their favourite story and used role play to act it out.

This week, we began to look at our new Theme: “What will we see on our journey around the world?” Alongside our buddies in Year 1, Year 2 got on our very own TSP airline for the plane ride around the world and landed in places with very different climates. We buckled ourselves in, had some airline food and off we went! When we came across a flip-flop we decided that we must be in a very hot country otherwise our feet would be cold! When we came across some sand in a bucket, we realised we must be in a country with a beach which could be both hot and cold! We thought carefully about the different places on earth that show these different climates. We are looking forward to learning more about our beach after some wonderful discussions about what you can do at the seaside.

Have a wonderful weekend everyone.

Autumn 1 Week 2

Date: 15th Sep 2017 @ 5:01pm

                                                                    

Another wonderful week in Year 2! 

In RE, we learnt about the Mosque, a place of worship in Islam. The children took a virtual tour through a Mosque and were able to watch how prayers are held! We learnt about the different features of a Mosque and how they are similar/different to the features of a Church. Mosques are often decorated in beautiful Islamic patterns and in order to replicate this we learnt about primary and secondary colours. We then used these to design and decorate our own patterns, suitable for the great halls of a Mosque! 

On Wednesday, Year 2 celebrated Roald Dahl Day, and what a day we had! The children were suprised before lunch with a delivery for each one of them! Inside an envelope with their names on was a golden ticket! After lunch, Year 2 recieved a phone-call from someone who was also celebrating Roald Dahl Day - Willy Wonka! He set us an important task! He had heard about TSP and our SHINE values and wanted us to use of imagination to design his next big chocolate creation. What amazing inventors there are in this class - imaginations flowed freely and the designs were superb! To reward the children for their hard work and effort, another delivery from Mr Wonka arrived - this time it was chocolate! 

Have a wonderful week everyone! 

Autumn 1 Week 1

Date: 8th Sep 2017 @ 5:04pm

                                                                             

It has been such a pleasure to welcome back so many smiling faces into Year 2! What a wonderful start to our year it has been!

This week, we heard the amazing news that Cinderella had been signed for a local football team! We read all about her story and realised that she had achieved her dream even though her sisters didn't believe in her. We created freeze frames of the story and realised how she demonstrated many of our school values and how they had helped her to achieve her dream! Year 2 thought about their own hopes and dreams and how they might achieve them. We thought about our school motto, which is to "be kind" and how her sisters weren't kind to Cinderella. Thinking of our monthly value of "Respect", Year 2 thought about the advice that they would give to the sisters if they could and created their own kind words that should have been used. It was a wonderful experience listening to the children debate whether Cinderella should play football because she is a girl, and whether boys and girls should play together. Year 2 showed great kindness to others when discussing these questions, conveying their opinions in a kind way. At the end, we took a class vote and it was decided that we should treat everyone equally and with the same kindness. 

A brilliant start to our Year, and I am looking forward to seeing Monday! 

Have a wonderful weekend everyone!

Welcome to Year 2!

Date: 8th Sep 2017 @ 4:43pm

Miss McGuire and Mrs Crebbin would like to wish you a warm welcome to Year 2!

Homeworks for English, Maths and Spellings will go home each Friday. They are to be returned by the following Wednesday.

During the Autumn term, PE lessons will take place on Monday and Wednesday afternoons. Children must have both their indoor and outdoor school PE kits with them on these days.

Children are encouraged to bring a snack each day to be eaten at break time. Please remember to provide your child with only a healthy snack - e.g. fruit, vegetables.

Bottles of water with a sports cap lid are also encouraged so the children can have a drink of water as and when they need it throughout the day.