Y2 are loving playing the recorder in their music lessons. Children have learnt to play B note, A note and G note on their recorders and are beginning to be able to transition between notes. We are also learning to read music and can recognise/play crotchets (lasting 1 beat) and quavers (lasting half a beat.) While it is quite tricky to teach 31 children an instrument simultaneously, I have been very impressed with the children’s patience, listening skills and resilience. Well done Y2!
Year 2 have loved reading books by our author of Autumn term Jill Tomlinson, including The Owl who was Afraid of the Dark. We used this book as a starting point for writing our own reports about owls. First, we found out lots of information about owls including what they look like, what they eat and what they do. Children were very adept at using scientific language in their reports and they included lots of interesting facts. To accompany our writing, we sketched our own owls based on the images from the story. We used skills learnt in our art lessons and our “pencil dictionaries” to add different patterns to our owls. The children worked extremely hard on their final pieces and I am sure you will agree that the end result is amazing!
Our lovely Sinai House leaders Annie and Preston visited our EYFS and Key Stage 1 classes this afternoon to read the children a bible story. The house leaders did an excellent job using their “story teller” voices to engage the children. All children listened attentively to the stories and answered questions well. Children in Year 2 were able to read along using their own bibles. Well done Sinai leaders!
Year 2 have started learning about the 7 continents of the world. We practiced locating these on our very own balloon “globes.” To help us do this, we first added the equator around the middle of the balloons to use as a reference point. We also located the North and South Poles, placing Antarctica at the bottom of our “globes”. Some children decided to colour in the different continents with the flag of one of the countries within that continent! The children had fun learning about the 7 continents and their locations in a hands on, practical way.
This half-term in Design and Technology, Year 2 have designed, made and evaluated a Christmas card for their parents using either a slider or a lever.
First, we investigated existing products that have sliders and levers. Next, we created a product specification detailing what our Christmas needed to be successful.
We decided that our Christmas cards needed to:
- have a mechanism
- be bright and coloured neatly
- be Christmas themed.
Then, we did a practical task where we had a go at making our own sliders and levers. After looking at lots of other Christmas cards/images, we designed our own products using either a slider or a lever. We then made our Christmas cards being careful to colour very neatly! Finally, we evaluated our products discussing what we like/dislike and what we would change if we had the chance to do the task again. Well done Year 2!
Fieldwork is where you go outside the classroom to find things out for yourself. Year 2 have been doing lots of fieldwork this month linked to our enquiry question- “How do children at St.Alban’s travel to school?”
To answer this question, we conducted a transport survey where we went to the other classes in school and asked the children how they came to school that day. Children recorded their findings using a tally.
When back in class, we combined our results for the 6 classes into one table showing how many children at St.Alban’s come to school in a car and how many children either walked, cycled, scootered or caught a bus to school. 110 children came to school in a car but only 70 children walked, cycled, scootered or caught a bus to school. The children presented these results in a pictogram using a key where each symbol represented 10 children.
We discussed the negative impact that cars have on the environment. Year 2 think that, as a school, we could improve our environmental impact by walking if possible! They shared this conclusion with the whole-school during our fieldwork assembly.
Children have also been working hard on DigiMaps. Y2 created a digital map measuring the distance between their house and school. We discussed that the distance they walk/drive may be further as they cannot travel in a straight line through houses and other obstacles. Well done Year 2!
October was “Geography fieldwork month” in St.Alban’s. Fieldwork is where you go outside the classroom and find things out for yourself. Over the last month, our students have had the opportunity to explore the local area and learn in a more practical, hands-on way in geography.
Each class was given a different enquiry question that they had to try and answer using a variety of progressive fieldwork skills. Children across school completed maps, surveys, time sampling, tallys, pictograms and digital mapping linked to their enquiry question. Children then used the information that they had gathered to draw their own conclusions.
Today, each class had the opportunity to present their findings to the rest of the school. Children were very adept at explaining what they did and what they found out. Well done St.Alban’s- we are all geographers!
Today, Year 2 visited the cenotaph in Wickersley to pay our respects to the local soldiers who died in WW1. This concludes some work that we have been doing in history lessons over the last few weeks on Remembrance day and WW1.
Each child was given the name of one of the individuals remembered on the cenotaph with some extra information about them. We found it very sad that some of the soldiers who died were only teenagers while many others had their own children waiting for them at home. Children had to find the name of the soldier they were given on the cenotaph.
At 11:00am, we had a two minutes silence as a sign of respect.
As part of our English lessons, Year 2 have been reading and writing about the text Troll Swap. We have also read other stories with troll characters like Trolls Go Home and The Finger Eater to further inspire our independent writing. For our final piece, we invented our own troll character and our own child character before writing a story in which the two swapped places, emulating the work of the authors that we had studied. I am so impressed with the standard of writing produced by all of Year 2. They have been working extremely hard on their handwriting, remembering punctuation and using conjunctions to extend their ideas. Well done Year 2!
Today Y2 had their first Relationship and Sex Education lesson. This largely focused on considering similarities and differences between girls and boys and challenging gender stereotypes.
Children had to place the objects into the hoop they thought the item was for: boys, girls or everyone. I picked random children to place the items and the first picture shows the children’s initial perception. I then asked if any child disagreed with where any of the objects were placed and to explain their reasoning as to why they disagreed. Isla definitely disagreed with football being for “boys” and argued her case brilliantly. As a class, children debated where they thought the items belonged and the final picture shows what the majority of children agreed upon.
After this, we discussed biological differences between males and females using the correct scientific language. I was really impressed by the children’s maturity, as they were very sensible during the lesson.