This half term we are learning about William Shakespeare. We started our new topic by looking at the timeline in the learning zone and finding out when in history he lived. We also looked at artefacts from his life and thought about their possible uses. We are looking forward to expanding our knowledge even further as the term goes on.
We started the Summer term with an exciting art afternoon working on our collage skills with a visiting artist called Emma Caplin. It was very inspiring to work with an artist who is from our local area.
Ricky came in to teach us a dance to perform to our parents and carers. We love getting active with music.
We had breakfast in school and wore our pyjamas to raise money towards SPLAT2.
The inter-house cricket competition was great fun and we enjoyed learning new skills together.
On International Day we ‘flew’ to Japan, India, Sweden and Portugal. Parents and staff taught us lots about the traditions, languages and culture of these locations. We also found out how to find them on the map of the World and where they are in relation to the UK. We learnt a traditional French song called Alouette and performed it in the whole school assembly at the end of the day.
We received medals and certificates for completing, ‘An Introduction to Ju-Jitsu’.
Our DT topic has been moving pictures. We used lots of different skills to create moving underwater scenes. Our scenes included sliders, pulleys, flaps and many other features.
We loved visiting the Sea Life Centre in Birmingham to learn more ocean habitats and the creatures that live in the sea. We especially enjoyed touching a starfish and visiting the 4D cinema! This fantastic trip was super for our Science and Geography knowledge. We also thought about ways to protect the ocean.
As part of our learning in RE we visited St. Mary’s Church to learn more about Christian beliefs. We had a chance to explore the Church and learnt the names of some of the features. Rev. Becky and Hannah told us about their jobs in the Church.
Here is our amazing Year 1 and 2 gymnastics team. They represented us brilliantly and came 3rd in the competition.
In Science we were joined by volunteers from other classes to help us investigate our big question. We made predictions, measured and recording lengths in a table and wrote conclusions. Finally we thought about ways to improve our investigation and what other questions we could ask.
We used a range of texts including iPads to research polar animals. Then we used Purple Mash to type up our research and make a class book.
We love reading in Year 2 and especially enjoyed meeting author Steph Clarkson. We took part in a workshops about twisted traditional tales.
We were persistent learners in our first gymnastics session of the year. We worked on our forward and teddy bear rolls. We are going to be using these skills within a sequence soon.
During the Spring term we will be learning Brazilian Jui Jitsu with Miss Marshall. We had our first session today and learnt the basic positions. We worked collaboratively and played games to develop our skills.
In our literacy lessons we have been reading and writing instructions. Here we are acting out instructions for trapping dragons!
The build up to Christmas was as busy and exciting as ever. Highlights included our super Nativity, a trip to the pantomine, Father Christmas coming to see us and a making Christingles in RE.
Here we all are watching the Castle Small Puppet Show.
Our topic in the Autumn term was movement. We had a great afternoon using bikes and scooters to find out how to use different forces to slow down, speed up and change direction. During this topic we also investigated gravity and friction using toy cars and ramps. It was a great opportunity to work collaboratively and use our measuring skills from Maths.
For Children in Need we dressed up in spots and completed active challenges in the hall.
We launched our new topic by learning about Diwali.
In Year 2 we develop our Maths skills in lots of different ways. We are learning to be independent learners and choose our own methods and equipment to solve problems. We also enjoy using games and technology to practise our skills.
We all enjoyed taking part in the Great Clapham Bake Off. We designed and made colourful scones for the judges. The children would all like to say a big ‘Thank You’ to the parents who came in to help.
Year 2 had a fantastic day out at the Black Country Living Museum. Here they are finding out all about old fashioned sweets!
Reading record and colour-banded reading book in their book bag.
A PE kit should be left in school and can be taken home to be washed at the end of each half term.
A named water bottle containing water only.
A blue sweater for when we go out on trips.
Monday – fortnightly Home Learning Project in for the following Thursday.
Friday – the children have a spelling test every Friday. They must have their yellow books in school on a Friday to receive their new spelling for the following week. We recommend children use the look, say, cover, spell, check method to practise these.
Reading – children are expected to read at least 3 times a week with a parent or carer.
We ask you to support your child by hearing them read their individual levelled reading books at home. We would appreciate it if parents could sign and make a comment in the reading diaries at least three times a week. Helpers may also hear your child read their individual reading book in school, so it is important that this book is brought to school every day. Books are changed in school every week.