yEAR 2 iNFORMATION
Spring term 2018
Monday 12th - Fri 16th March
National Science Week
The children have been really busy this week investigating all sorts of scientific tasks.
Lots of questions were asked and answered........ lots of packets of Mentos bought!
Kingfishers had to design a container to transport tomatoes without damaging them, Puffins made a digestive system, Robins made lava lamps and slime. Here are some photos of some of the activities this week.
Tuesday 13th March - Thackray Museum part 2!
After we had to cancel the trip due to the snow it was great to set off on a nice sunny morning to Leeds with Robins and the other half of the Kingfishers.
The children really got involved in finding out information about living in the past and the awful conditions many people lived in.
As before, the children chose characters and followed their progress. Mrs.Jackson was very impressed with how many children could read words such as tuberculosis and diphtheria!
Eating live snails for whooping cough, powdered toad pills for asthma and a fresh cow pat for an inflammation were all treatments in Victorian times. We looked at how science has made us safe from diseases and how as babies we were vaccinated against some of these illnesses.
We then went into the area dedicated to our senses. We saw how far a pea travels once we've eaten it, how blood pumps around our hearts and tested our sense of smell.
We did a great workshop with Hannah from the museum on teeth and how to keep ourselves healthy. We all got a certificate to allow us free entry to the museum as well. Everyone had an excellent day including the adults. Here are some more photos of the trip.
Friday 9th March - World Book Day
After we had to postpone World Book day last week due to the snow, it was great to see everyone dressed up today. The children did lots of activities including a book swap, shared reading to younger children and a quiz. The children all exchanged their book tokens courtesy of WH Smith. Here are some photos of Year 2.
Tuesday 6th March
Puffins and half of the Kingfisher class went to Leeds to the Thackray Medical Museum as part of their "Vile Victorians" topic.
The first activity was to travel back in time to 1842 and the yards of the dark and smelly Leeds. Each child had to chose a character and read the information about resident and then track this person around the museum.
The yards were dark, dirty and smelly and we saw a butchers shop, the homes of the different characters ,the slaughter house, the communal toilet and the boarding house - none of us fancied a stay in there!
After the gloom of the street we then were presented with the different diseases each character had - smallpox, tuberculosis , diphtheria, cholera and measles to name but a few! The options for a cure were limited and depended on how much money you had, some of the characters had no options at all!!
By the end of this section we found out which of the characters survived and who didn't. They are actually based on real people who lived in Leeds at the time.
The session about teeth was really interesting and to really explain how our teeth work they used a banana sandwich.
When the food was mashed we added saliva and stomach acids - the perfect way to show the children about what happens to our food. The children then did an exercise on sorting healthy and unhealthy food.
In the Learning zone the children also used the interactive exhibits to find out more about the senses. Here are some more photos from the day.
Over the past few weeks the children have been looking at notable Victorian authors. Lewis Carroll's "Jabberwocky" led to some excellent poetry writing and superb made up words. Rudyard Kipling's "Just So Stories" have been the latest focus with lots of creative writing being produced.
As part of the "Vile Victorian" topic, the Robin class looked at how Louis Pasteur discovered the benefits of bacteria. They did an experiment using bread.
29th Jan - 2nd Feb
Another busy week in Year 2.
The maths focus has been on weight/mass. Children have been learning about grams and kilograms and how to read a scale.
The children have been enjoying our revamped library and have looked at the new books. We also use this space for intensive intervention work too. The Kingfisher class have been learning about illnesses common in Victorian times and how the lack of vitamins deformed the bodies of many a child. They tried out some sources of vitamin C - their faces are really funny.
Puffin class led whole school worship on Thursday and it was about this half terms value of "Perseverance"
Here are some photos of the last week.
24th January 2018
The children undertook their scooter training which is provided by East Riding council. The weather could not have been worse but all the children enjoyed learning how to control their scooter and how to stay safe when out and about.
Following the success of the Victorian themed fortnight at the beginning of the term, Year 2 will be exploring the topic of 'Vile Victorians' for the rest of the Spring Term. Below is a copy of our topic web showing some of the areas of learning we intend to cover:
Welcome back to school, we hope you've all had a great Christmas and you have finally managed to rid yourselves of all the Nativity songs we learnt.
This term we are focusing on the Victoria Era, how they lived, the medical breakthroughs, the inventions and also how vile life really could be. We are starting the topic as a whole school event "Our School in the past" .
The children have really opened their eyes to the building itself and all the original features and changes over the time. The Headteacher log books dating back to 1864 have been fascinating and are a great source of information.
The day started with a very somber assembly , followed by exercise drill. The children learnt the different rules and stuck to them rigidly throughout the day. The afternoon the children were once again split into boys and girls with the boys learning whittling and technical drawing and the girls sewing and making a dolly peg.
In March the Y2 children will be visiting the Thackray museum in Leeds and travelling back to the Victorian era again.
The children have enjoyed looking at a few different Traction Man stories and they have had fun writing their own stories too!
This term we are working around the theme of 'Superheroes'. The children will be taking part in a variety of activities linked to the National Curriculum objectives. Below is a copy of our curriculum web showing the areas of the curriculum which we will be focusing on and some brief activity ideas:
We began our topic with a visit from the notorious Dr Reverse who caused mischief around the school by reversing the coats of unsuspecting members of staff. The children watched the CCTV clips at school and have been set the challenge to find out which is the best superhero to help us!
Here is a photograph of Dr Reverse from the CCTV footage:
The Puffins and Robins enjoyed their trip to Elmswell Farm this week. Here are some photographs:
The Year 2 children enjoyed taking part in the multi skills morning at the Junior School: