Mrs Aimee Appleton - Year 2 Teacher
Mrs Julie McNab - Higher Level Teaching Assistant
Welcome to Year Two! I am Mrs Appleton and I am Year Two’s class teacher this year. I am very excited to be teaching in Year 2 and I am looking forward to getting to know your children. This year Mrs McNab will be supporting us in Year Two. We have an exciting and busy year ahead of us!
Please click here to read our latest class Newsletter Year 2 Newsletter - Term 4
On Tuesday Years 1 & 2 had a very close encounter with Dexter the dinosaur from Bristol Zoo. The children heard how the dinosaur lived and hunted and how there are more dinosaurs to meet and learn about at a current exhibition at Bristol Zoo.
On Monday 3rd April, Reception, Year One and Year Two were treated to a Maths based theatre performance called "2,4,6,8" performed by 'Shoofly Theatre'. The main character in the story, Craig, had been invited to a party and had to problem solve wrapping and buying the presents, finding the house number and sorting out the correct number of balloons. The children thoroughly enjoyed taking part and helping Craig to problem solve.
For Mother's Day the children made beautiful bouquets!
In Literacy we have started to look at instructions. The children had to follow a set of instructions to create their own origami rabbit!
In R.E Year Two are studying Judaism. The children have looked at what people wear in the synagogues, made their own Torrah and also designed their own Menorah.
In Maths we have been learning about measurement. This week we have focused on capacity. The children had to estimate the capacity of the containers they were given before finding the actual capacity using measuring jugs.
This term Year Two’s P.E lessons are focusing on multi-skills.
This term in Science we are focusing on plants and what they need to grow. Each child in the class has their own cress to take care of. We have been observing the changes each day. We are also conducting an experiment and have taken away some of the key things cress need to grow e.g. water and sunlight. The children have made predictions as to what they think will happen to the cress.
In Literacy we are reading ‘The Day The Crayons Quit’ by Drew Daywalt. Year Two have written some fantastic letters in role as the crayons.
On Tuesday, Reception and KS1 celebrated Chinese New Year. They took part in a carousel and did three different activities. The activities included a dragon dance, creating a rooster (as it’s the Year of the Rooster) and designing their own Chinese money envelope. The children had a thoroughly enjoyable morning and learnt lots about Chinese New Year.
In Year Two we have been investigating fractions. We have been looking at halves, quarters and thirds.
Year Two are enjoying their new class book - The Princess and the White Bear King. They designed 'WANTED' and 'MISSING' posters for the main characters.
As part of our enquiry work we have started looking at Captain Robert Falcon Scott. Did you know Captain Scott and his team travelled 800 miles in a race to the South Pole? Unfortunately they were beaten by the Norwegians.
In R.E the children retold the story of The Prodigal Son. They acted the story out.
As part of our 'Under the Sea' enquiry, Year Two used egg boxes to create whales, sea-turtles and octopi!
Year Two have a festive craft-filled last week of term! We have been so busy! They made snowman Christmas cards using their finger prints for the snowmen's bodies.
Have a look at our calendars! Year Two used tissue paper to create the trees for each season.
Year two followed instructions to make Rudolph shortbread. It was very yummy!
Year Two also used decopatch to decorate star boxes.
Year Two made penguin hats for our Christmas lunch.
Here are some of this terms Homelearning projects.
In P.E Year Two have been focusing on netball. The children have learnt he four different passes - chest pass, shoulder pass, overhead pass and bounce pass. They have also learnt about footwork and pivoting.
Year Two had lots of fun making moving fish! We watched a video on YouTube and had to watch and listen carefully to the instructions. Their fish look fantastic!
Year Two have been working hard in Maths, looking at methods for both addition and subtraction.
We are reading 'The Storm Whale' in Literacy. The children have written some emotive pieces of writing in role as the main character - Noi.
Year Two have also been acting out key scenes from the book. Here they are in role as Noi and his Dad.
Look at our beautiful seahorses!
Year Two learnt about the story of Joseph and his brothers.
Trip to Bristol Aquarium
On Tuesday 8th November Year 1 and 2 travelled into Bristol and had an informative and highly enjoyable day at Bristol Aquarium. The two classes’ present enquiry is “Who lives under the sea?” and the children not only saw a range of fish but also invertebrates (jellyfish), seaweeds and shellfish.
We attended interesting workshops on sharks and rays, we handled mermaids’ purses and even fed the rays.
On Tuesday, Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 took part in an exciting Diwali carousel day. They found out lots of information about Diwali and took part in creative and interesting activities. These activities included designing their own Rangoli patterns, making the elephant God - Ganesha and drawing their own Mehndi designs.
Year Two painted their Diwali pots, ready for Diwali celebrations.
When we come back after the half term holiday, we will be starting our new enquiry – Under the Sea. Year Two can’t wait to go to Bristol Aquarium in November!
Year Two have been following instructions to create their own Diwali pot. After half term we will be painting them before filling them with treats to share with our loved ones. This is a Diwali tradition.
YEAR 1 & YEAR 2 CAKE SALE
Thanks to the PTFA who helped run our Year 1 & Year 2 cake sale last week. We raised just over £100! This will be used for our school trip to Bristol Aquarium after half term. Thank you to everyone who brought in cakes to sell.
Here are some of the wonderful displays we made for our home learning project.
In Year Two we celebrate our learning on our ‘Work that’s out of this world’ display board.
In our book corner we have displayed some of our most recent book reviews of the Percy the Park Keeper series.
On our Enquiry board you will find our leaf hedgehogs! The children followed a set of instructions to create their leaf hedgehogs. We think they look very life-like!
In R.E we have been learning about Judaism. Last week the children created their own Tower of Babel.
This is our R.E working wall.
We have had a super first week! We have begun our topic ‘All About Me’ and the children have produced some lovely work.
We have started Year Two revisiting place value in Maths. We have been using lots of manipulatives including hundred squares, bead strings, Unifix cubes, Numicon, counters and Base 10 to support the children’s mathematical thinking, reasoning and problem solving. We have done lots of work around two digit numbers, such as partitioning, comparing, ordering and writing numbers in both digits and words.
In Literacy lots of our work has been based around the Percy the Park Keeper series. The children have produced some fantastic writing as well as showcased their super drama skills.
In P.E the children are having lots of fun doing gymnastics. So far this term they have focused on jumps, rolls and travelling.