Wild Wow Week
This week has seen Year 2 walking on the wild side. We’ve completed lots of different activities linked to our week theme of Animal Kingdom. In ICT, we used paint to create sea creatures, and we learnt about how plastic is affecting the sea animals and endangering many of them. We have been creating a sculpture of an endangered sea turtle, by using recycled items (mainly plastic and paper). We even have had an animal theme in PE, as we played Monkey Ball, which was a huge hit, and we moved with Bridget the Lioness – learning our 2 times tables at the same time! We have been developing our creative writing skills by writing about a phoenix and have used birds as a focus in art, as we improved our sketching skills by drawing a bird’s eye. In PSHE, we discussed how we can make the world a better place for animals, and we even involved animals in our maths! What a busy week!
A huge thank you for the wonderful donations to our class hamper for the Hope Centre – your generosity means so much.
Our mini Great Fire of London
We were visited by some of the crew from The Mounts Fire Station this week, who helped us to recreate the Great Fire of London. The fire was started at Thomas Farriner’s bakery and spread rapidly over 4 days (about 4 minutes) until it was extinguished. Tom, Adam. Leon and Mark then talked to us about fire safety, their uniform and the different jobs they do. As a real treat, we had a guided tour of the fire engine inside and out. To end the visit, we were treated further, by all having a chance of using the hose – we think the adults enjoyed it too! We will be revisiting fire safety on the run up to Bonfire Night.
Teamwork and Mosaics
A great PE lesson on Monday, (which will be our last on a Monday, as from next week PE will be on Tuesdays and Fridays) as we had to use lots of teamwork to be successful. As well as developing our throwing skills, we also used our maths skills by counting up in 10s and 20s to score.
We were very lucky to have a visiting artist help us to make a new school mosaic with our motto: Inspire. Aspire. Achieve. Later in the day, we made mosaics back in class to represent our value of the term: Respect
Thank you for your donations to our Harvest hamper for the Hope Centre.
Although this week has been short, we’ve managed to fit a lot in. In Science we have started to look at the everyday materials we use. We have explored the school to find different materials, described different materials to the class and made suggestions for their uses.
We have been improving our handwriting and fine motor skills by weaving paper and using our new handwriting books.
Mrs Reeve brought in some Roman pottery for the class to look at, which the children all had chance to look at and touch.
To end the week, we made our Tudor/Stuart houses linked to our Great Fire of London theme – look at our amazing creations! We will be having a very special visit from the Fire Service in a couple of weeks, when we will be re-enacting the Great Fire of London.
Science, Safety and Super Movers
Another busy week for Year 2 – we have been learning about Place Value in Maths, by using number lines to help us, and in Literacy we have continued to learn and talk about our story ‘Little Charlie’ – ask the children to tell the story with the actions too!
After Mrs Reeve’s whole school assembly on gaming, we discussed and designed ‘Game Safety’ posters. Year 2 were incredibly sensible when it came to discussing playing online and playing ‘computer’ games, and they were able to identify the dos and don’ts.
Linked to our Maths learning the children had their first go at Super Movers – Maths with Movement! We had great fun learning and dancing to number patterns.
We had three scientists visit us too, and they conducted an experiment with raisins. They children had a super scientific discussion about milk being thicker than water, and that the bubbles in the sparkling water made the raising dance. We even learnt that the gas in the bubbles is Carbon Dioxide. Watch this space for more visits from other scientists…
Look out for our class scarecrow at the weekend’s fete – Where’s Wally?
We had a lovely morning experiencing a yoga taster session with Heather, who is hoping to start a Yoga Club at school. The children loved it, they were very relaxed by the end of it.
The children also voted for who will be representing the class on the School Council this year. All the children who wanted to be voted for, told the class why they wanted to be on the School Council and what they would do for the class and school. They were absolutely amazing; so many thoughtful speeches – they made Mrs Reeve and Mrs Scott incredibly proud. The class all displayed the school value of respect, by listening to each other. A huge well done Year 2!
The day the ‘Great Fire’ came to Cogenhoe.
What a truly fabulous day we had when Patrick from History off the Page came to visit us! We learnt so much about how the fire started and what life was like in 1666 London. The children ,and adults, learnt some incredible facts about the fire, which involved us all participating in different activities and workshops. Later in the day, we were treated to a fascinating story told by Patrick. We do hope the children tell you lots about their day in Stuart London – they may have even seen some rats!
What a great start!
We had our first Book Talk session today, which was absolutely wonderful. The children quickly got used to their groups and new books, with some very detailed answers and responses given. Keep the great work up Year 2!
To introduce the children to their new literacy unit of work, we all went outside and listened to some volunteers, who read out their journey stories, which they had written last week – they were so brave. Mrs Reeve then went on to read them ‘The Lighthouse Keeper’s Lunch’, which the children listened to brilliantly and were able to respond with some super answers about the text.
An exciting day ahead, when History off the Page will be visiting us to help with our ‘Great Fire of London’ Day – photos to follow.
The children will be coming home in the next few days with their Curriculum News and Home Learning Grid. They are on here to help, just in case anyone loses theirs.
Meet the Teacher
It was so lovely to meet so many of you at our Meet the Teacher event. A great opportunity to talk and listen to one another. Thank you so much to those who attended. For those who couldn’t attend and for everyone who would like the evening’s information, I have added them to our class page. I look forward to seeing you all at our Parents’ Evening and our SATs meeting in the future.
Learning-Times-Tables – I strongly recommend ‘Hit the Button’ as it is available on Android and Apple. Children really enjoy it.
Mrs Reeve, Miss Humphries and Mrs Scott welcome you all to Year 2! We will keep you up-to-date with the class’ learning and the different activities and events they are involved in. Here’s to a fabulous year ahead!
We had a wonderful first day back – packed full of different activities, including taster sessions for: dodgeball, dance and netball. The class also discussed our first school value: Respect, with some incredibly mature comments and opinions. Earlier in the day, we discussed expectations and consequences, which the children listened to brilliantly. All the children read to an adult and were given two books to start them off.
Thank you for a great day Year 2.
In Year 2 we try to encourage children to read as much as possible at home. If your child would like to read books from home, alongside ones which are provided by school, they may like to try the texts listed on the link above.