Year 2

Pirate Day

We finished our Land Ahoy topic with a pirate themed day. We all dressed up, took part in a treasure hunt, played a pirate game outside and then pirate battleships inside. We read pirate stories and made pirates or parrots.

During the last week of term we did lots of Easter Art - these photos show us with our Easter cards and our pirate craft.

Trip to the SS Great Britain 27th March 2019

We were incredibly lucky with the weather on our trip to Brunel's wonderful SS Great Britain and spent a day exploring in glorious sunshine. We learned a huge amount about what it would have been like to travel to Australia in the 1850s and 60s as the ship is set up as it would have been for those voyages. We saw cabins for passengers travelling in different classes, kitchens, bathrooms, the ship's doctor and even the butcher's room. We were able to go underneath the ship to see the huge rudder and propeller. Our day ended with a workshop where we dressed up and explored the ways passengers would have been entertained on the two month voyage to Australia.

British Science Week 11-15th March 2019

We linked our experiments in British Science Week to our topic. 

First we investigated sinking and floating. We learned that whether an object floats or not depends on whether there is a balance between the upward force of the water on the object and the downward force of the object on the water. We used tin foil to make boats to carry pennies. The most successful boat carried 96 pennies. We also learned that a penny sized boat made out of tin foil would sink if it was given a one penny load. The downward force of the penny was greater than the upward force of the water on a boat of the same size.

Later in the week we learned about electric circuits. We wanted to learn how we could light a bulb for a lighthouse model. We learned that the power from a battery would flow around a circuit of metal wires. We joined two batteries together to make our lights brighter. We even managed to put a switch into our circuit so that we could turn our bulbs on and off without dismantling our circuit. We learned that the switch itself was making a break in the circuit to stop the electricity flowing.

Land Ahoy - Grace Darling

We loved learning about the dramatic rescue of passengers from the SS Forfarshire by Grace Darling. A steamship crashed onto rocks in a terrible storm off the Northumberland coast. Grace was keeping watch from the Longshore Lighthouse and spotted debris in the water. As morning dawned, she saw that there were survivors huddled on low rocks about a mile away from the lighthouse.Grace and her father set out in their wooden fishing boat and saved the nine people from the rocks. News of the rescue travelled fast, even reaching Queen Victoria and Grace became very famous.

We created freeze frames of important parts of the story to help us remember it and to imagine the feelings of the people involved. Our pictures are of Grace spotting the shipwreck; Grace and her father rowing out to the rocks; Grace holding the boat steady while her father helped survivors into the boat and then the survivors being welcomed back to the lighthouse by Grace's mother.

Learning about Baptism

In R.E we have been learning about special celebrations in the church year and in the life of individuals. We have learned about baptism as a sacrament of welcome to God's family. We finished our learning by holding a pretend baptism in class.

Bridge Making

One of the areas we need to learn about in science is how materials can be changed by methods such as cutting, twisting, stretching, rolling and folding. Our Towers, Tunnels and Turrets topic also included work on bridges. We looked at lots of different sorts of bridges with different designs and made of various materials. Then we had a go at designing our own bridges made from newspaper. We know that in science it is important to run fair tests and so we carefully measured the distance between the tables so that all groups were designing bridges to span the same gap. We strengthened our bridges by folding and twisting paper and by building supports. Here are some pictures of our bridges. As always, clicking on any image will enlarge it.

Warwick Castle January 29th 

Our visit to Warwick Castle brought our Towers, Tunnels and Turrets topic to life this week. We took part in an Attack and Defence workshop learning about the various methods used to both attack and defend the castle. Most of us wanted to see the view from the ramparts and so we braved the climb up the narrow spiral staircase inside the tower to reach the ramparts. We decided it would have been very hard work for any soldiers fighting in such cramped spaces.

Please have a look at the photos from the day. As usual, clicking on an image will enlarge it.

Making Castles

After all our learning about castle defences, we had fun working in groups to create our own junk model castles.

Times Table Rock Stars - w/b January 21st

This week we have given each child in year 2 a username and login for the Times Table Rock Stars website and app. Learning times tables is crucial to build up fluency in calculations and by the end of year 2 children are expected to know their 2, 5, 10, and preferably 3 and 4 times tables, This website allows your child to practise their times tables in a fun way each day. They earn coins when they play and can use these to customize their rockstar character. 

I've been playing too -  I have got significantly quicker over the week! 

Please encourage your child to practise a few times a week - 10 minutes at a time is sufficient. You'll soon see a difference.

I have stuck a sticker in the inside front cover of each child's reading diary with the website address, username and password.

Building towers 11th January 2019

We looked at famous towers from around the world and noticed that many of them were narrower at the top than at the base.

We had a competition to see which group could build the tallest tower from just one sheet of construction paper. The winning group created a tower 164cm tall!

Here are a selection of photos. Clicking on any image will enlarge it.


Christmas Nativity

The children in years one and two have started learning the songs for our nativity play. We have sent a copy of the words home so that you can practise at home too.

We have now allocated parts to children. As usual, the majority of year 2 children are narrators. The children told me whether they would like a longer or shorter piece to read and the parts have been allocated accordingly. There are a handful of children who would prefer not to have a speaking part and this has also been accommodated. Narrators will wear party clothes. I will send further information about costumes next week.

World War One Experience at Hill End

On November 12th, the whole school went to Hill End as part of our remembrance of the 100 year anniversary of the Armistice at the end of World War One. We were very lucky with the weather - the sun shone all day and the ground was dry in the woods which was amazing after the rain we had the week before. The schools who went last week probably got a more realistic experience of the mud in the trenches!

The woods at Hill End were used for training volunteers to the army during World War One and there are a series of trenches dug into the woods. A hundred years ago, the trees had not been planted and the experience of going 'over the top' would have been more like the experience of the troops in the battlefields of northern Europe. 

Each class took part in a carousel of activities - attacking a defence trench, defending the trench from an advancing army, wearing army shirts and helmets and looking at photographs of the troops taken during World War One, marching drills, and grenade throwing.

I was proud of every single member of year two. They were enthusiastic and engaged learners throughout the day. 

It is incredibly important that we continue to remember the sacrifices made by so many young men and women during the past conflicts. They had a huge influence on safeguarding the free society that we are privileged to live in today. At the same time, we teach our young people to respect everyone and to work for peaceful solutions to disputes. 

Here are a selection of pictures from the day. Clicking on any image will enlarge the photos.

Squid Dissection 18th October 2018

Mrs Gribben kindly bought us a squid and a mackerel from the fishmonger. Everyone in year two came to have a look at the outside and inside of the squid and most people were keen to touch and feel the different textures. Some of our favourite parts were putting a finger through the siphon tube, finding the ink sac, feeling the sharp hard beak in its mouth and discovering its three hearts. 

We found the backbone, gills, teeth and intestines inside the mackerel.


 Sea Life Centre, Birmingham 3rd October 2018

 We had a wonderful day and spotted lots of the creatures we have been learning about. Highlights included the ocean tunnel where sharks swam over our heads and touching starfish in the rock pool experience. Here are just a few photos from the day. Clicking on any image will enlarge it.


Science Day 2nd October 2018

On Monday the whole school took part in a series of worm experiments. In year two we investigated preferred habitats for worms.

We learned that worms prefer a habitat where they are able to tunnel. Our worms preferred soil or sand to sawdust or straw.

Have a look at some of the photos from our investigation. Clicking on any of the images will enlarge them.

Class Assembly 28th September 2018

I was very proud of everyone in year two for presenting an excellent overview of our topic learning so far. We took the opportunity to tell the rest of the school what we have learned about the problems being caused by plastics that we use just once before throwing away. Here are a few photos from the assembly.