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St Paul Year 2

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 Summer Term 2019

Year Two

 

Welcome to Year Two!  I am Mrs Kent and I am teaching Year Two this year, working with Mrs Sumney and Miss Duncan.  

Ruislip Lido

Year One and Two enjoyed a great trip to Ruislip Lido as part of our topic "Let's Go on Holiday!"  We were very lucky with the weather and the children had a lovely time.  Thank you to the parents who joined us.  We hope you all enjoy the photographs!

 

Let's Go on Holiday!

Year One and Two marked the start of their new IPC topic with a day of holiday themed activities.  The children came to school in their holiday clothes and boarded their OLOL Airways flight!  After landing, they headed towards Passport Control before reaching their hotel, where they played outside and enjoyed some Maths games.  It was a lovely day.  Thank you to the parents who helped the children to make their passports for this week's homework task.  It was wonderful to see so many lovely pictures.

Maths Week - Treasure Hunt

The children in Year One and Two joined together to complete a Maths treasure hunt in the two classrooms.  Congratulations to the winners!

Maths Week - Paper Challenge

Can you step through a hole in a piece of A4 paper?  Wedensday's challenge was to cut a hole in a piece of paper and step all the way through.  It took a few attempts but we learnt a clever trick!  We also challenged Year Five to complete the same task.

Maths Week - Shape Workshop

The children had a great start to Maths Week.  They attended a workshop where they had to solve puzzles involving shapes and colours.

 

Islam Week

This week is Other Faiths Week in Religious Education and we are learning about Islam.  We learnt the different actions which Muslims perform when they pray and thought about what they symbolise.

Well done, Year Two!

The children have all worked very hard this half term and we are very proud of them.  As a treat, we celebrated with a special party.  We played party games in the classroom and enjoyed a drink and a snack.  Then we went outside to play some traditional games.  It was great fun and the children's behaviour was excellent!

 

The Day the Crayons Quit!

We have started to read a new book in Literacy this week.  "The Day the Crayons Quit" is by Drew Daywalt" and it is the story of some very angry crayons who write to their owner to complain!  We started the week by role playing the crayons.

Easter Gardens

Well done to everyone who completed the homework task to create an Easter Garden and a big "thank you" to the adults at home who helped.  The gardens look amazing and the Year Two classroom smells beautiful! 

RE - The Resurrection

This week, we have been learning about the Resurrection in our RE lessons.  We acted out a role play of the women visiting the tomb of Jesus on Easter Sunday and then designed posters.  We have also written prayers for Pentecost.

Significant People

Our IPC topic is "Significant People," and we are learning about famous people in History.  We started this topic with a treasure hunt.  Children had to match the pictures of famous people to clues about them.  It was a fun way to start learning about people who have achieved great things in different walks of life.

Growing Plants

Our Science topic for the first half of this term is "Growing Plants."  In our first lesson this week, we explored plants around the school and planted our own bulbs.  We then wrote predictions about how each bulb will grow in different conditions.

 

British History Week - Grace Darling

We have been learning about Grace Darling during British History Week.  We acted out the story of how she saved nine sailors who were thrown into the sea during a storm.

Easter Maths

We have been learning about data handling in Maths.  We conducted a survey to find out the most popular Easter eggs and then put the results into a bar chart during our computer lesson.

Easter Egg Painting

We've been painting decorations for next week's Easter celebrations.

Science Week

We had a great Science Week!  In Literacy, we have been reading the book "The Man on the Moon." We continued to investigate materials and their properties and Mrs Peeran helped us to investigate which materials are absorbent.  On Thursday, we used this knowledge to design a nappy for a journey into space.  We also enjoyed the assembly and workshop with Major Tom from the European Space Agency.  

Stations of the Cross

We have been learning about the Stations of the Cross in RE and we acted out the key events.

World Book Day

Take a look at our wonderful costumes for World Book Day.  We enjoyed a book treasure hunt and Year Five came to read with us.

 

Book Week, Day Two - Bookman!

The whole school were delighted to have a visit from Bookman today and Year Two loved their workshop.  Can you guess some of the books we talked about and made sculptures for?

Book Week, Day One - A Visit from the Wild Things!

We came back into the classroom after break to find that someone had made a terrible mess and stolen the cress we are growing for Science!  We opened a letter which had been left in the room and this told us to read the book "Where the Wild Things Are."  At the end of the book, there was another letter from the monsters who told us what they had done.  We spent the rest of the lesson writing letters asking the beasts to return our cress.  We hope the letters work!

A Letter from Kensington Palace!

In October, we wrote letters to Meghan, Duchess of Sussex.  We told her that Grace, the main character in the book "Amazing Grace," reminded us of her.   Grace was teased because of the colour of her skin and Meghan used to be teased because she had freckles.  We were very excited that after four months of waiting, we finally received a reply!

A New Half Term

We have had a very busy week back after the half term break.  In Literacy, we have been reading the book "Mr Wolf's Pancakes" and we acted out key scenes.  In Maths, we have been learning to partition numbers and add them together.  Our Science topic this half term is Materials and we have started this unit of work by looking at a selection of different materials and exploring their properties.

 

London Zoo

We had a wonderful day at London Zoo.  The children thoroughly enjoyed seeing all of the animals and their behaviour was excellent.  We hope you enjoy the photographs!

Sumdog Competition

The school has membership to a great Maths web-site called Sumdog.  Sumdog is running a national Maths competition between 8th - 14th February and the children used the i-Pads to start earning some points for our class. They can also play at home.  At the end of the morning, we were in 15th place out of more than 300 classes, but we would like to be even higher on the leader board!

 

Time

We have been learning to tell the time.  We can read the time for o'clock, half past, quarter past and quarter two.  We worked in groups and completed a challenge to match pictures of clocks to the correct time.

Let's Celebrate!  Burns Night

We are continuing to learn about celebrations around the world for our IPC topic.  25th January is Burns Night in Scotland and we learnt all about this special day.  We tried on Scottish clothes, tasted some delicious shortbread, learnt a Scottish dance and designed our own decorations based on poems by Robert Burns.

 

Religious Education - Being a Sacramental People

Our RE topic this term is "Being a Sacramental People."  We are thinking about how we show that God is with us through our actions.  We used role play to show some examples of how we can do this in our own lives.

 

Making Shapes

We have been making our own three dimensional shapes in Maths.  It was quite tricky but we kept trying!

Growing Flowers

We have been growing two plants from bulbs which were given to us by the Gardening Gang.  We will keep measuring them and observing the changes.

 

Let's Celebrate!

Happy New Year!  Our IPC topic this term is "Let's Celebrate!"  In Literacy, we have been reading the book "Meerkat Mail."  We planned a party for Sunny, who left his family but finally decided to return home because it was the perfect place to be.  We designed party clothes, a party menu and decorations.

Christmas Party

We all enjoyed our lovely Christmas party.  We played games, danced, completed a treasure hunt and enjoyed the food and drink which our families had provided.

The Nativity

Here are some photographs from our wonderful performance.  Well done, Year Two!  You were AMAZING!!

Christmas Hats

We all made beautiful Christmas hats to wear at our Christmas lunch.

 

Christmas Decorations

We have been making decorations for the Christmas Fayre.  We can't wait to see them in Santa's Grotto!

 

We Love Reading!

We love reading in our Book Corner and Library.  Thank you to all of the parents and family members who continue to read with the children at home and sign their reading records.  It makes such a difference to the children's progress.  Mrs Bickerstaff awarded a special Head Teacher's award to a member of our class who has worked hard to improve her reading and who makes sure that her reading record is in school and signed every day.

 

Fire Safety Talk

We received a visit from the London Fire Brigade, who told us lots of ways to stay safe.  We learnt some very important lessons.

 

Attendance Award

Well done, Year Two!  You received the special silver cup because you all came to school last week and you had 100% attendance!  This is an excellent achievement.  Let's keep up the good work.

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Victorian Toys

We had a lovely afternoon making Victorian toys and exploring Victorian art.  It was a great end to our British History topic.

Preparing for Advent

We have been thinking about how we prepare for this special time of year.  We began by thinking about all of the gifts we have been given by God.  We also wrote promises to show that we will try our best to be Advent People.  We enjoyed welcoming Brother Julian back into our classroom and loved singing along with his beautiful guitar playing.  

Trip to the Library - Exploring

Years One and Two enjoyed a fabulous trip to Willesden Green Library.  We had some time to enjoy exploring and reading some new books before taking part in a drama workshop called "Travels Across Africa."  This was a lovely end to our recent project and we learnt so many  new facts.  The children's behaviour was excellent and we were very grateful for the support from parents. 

Trip to the Library - Drama Workshop

 

Judaism Week

This week, we have been learning about Judaism and we tasted some food which has special meaning for Jewish people.  We drank grape juice and learnt about challah bread, which is eaten on the Jewish sabbath.  We also tried some matzo crackers.

Investigating Shapes

We have been learning about 2d shapes and finding lines of symmetry.  As you can see, there was lots of concentration during the lesson!  Can you find any more lines of symmetry in the shapes in our pictures?

Writing to the Duchess of Sussex

Before half term, we wrote letters to Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, because she reminded us of the characters in the books we have been reading.  During half term, Mrs Kent went to the post office and sent the letters to Clarence House.  Now we are waiting to see if we receive a reply!

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Letter Writing - Imani's Moon

We have loved reading the book "Imani's Moon," by Jaynay Wood-Brown.  We enjoyed the book so much, that the children worked together to compose an e-mail to her in California.  Mrs Kent sent it from her computer later that day.  A week later, we were delighted to receive a very interesting reply from her.  She told us a bit more about the book and also answered our question.  You can read our e-mail and her reply here.

Praying the Rosary

We have been very busy in RE this week.  Brother Julian taught us all about using the Rosary to pray.  Read on to find what else we have been doing . . .

Moses

We have been learning the story of Moses.  The children remembered lots of details from Year One and we created figures of different characters so that we could act out the story using Godly Play.

Prayers 

The children wrote some lovely prayers for homework last week.  We have also been learning the Glory Be in our RE lessons.  

Story Time

The children enjoyed a lovely story with Miss Lewis, who read one of her favourite books - "The Jolly Postman."

Emotions - How Do You Feel?

As part of our IPC topic, we played a game about the different emotions we feel.  We imagined how we might feel at different times and took some pictures.  Can you guess how we are feeling?

Year Two Parliament Members

Mrs O'Neill presented our two Member of Parliament with their new badges.  We know they will do an excellent job of representing the class.

Well done, St Paul's Class!

We had a very successful Celebration Assembly this morning.  Mrs Kent was very proud to read out the "Writer of the Week," work from a member of Year Two.  Punch has joined us in class to celebrate our winning punctuality.  Well done to everyone for coming to school on time every day.  We also won Mrs Ellement's learning award for the second week running!  Mrs Kent, Miss Duncan and Miss John are very proud of you all.  Keep up the good work!

Beautiful Babies!

Our IPC topic this half term is "All About Me."  The children brought in photographs of themselves as babies and we had a competition to see if we could guess who was who.  A big "thank you" to all of the families who supported this activity and shared their photographs with us.  It was a lovely afternoon and the children really enjoyed it.

Pond Habitats

We continued to learn about micro habitats in Science by visiting our school pond and making sketches of animals and plants we observed.  We were delighted that Brother Julian was able to join us on his first visit to our class.

Literacy Learning

In Literacy, we have been reading two wonderful books.  "Amazing Grace" and "Imani's Moon" both tell stories of children who work hard to achieve something when other people have told them that it is impossible.  We have drawn story maps, collected powerful vocabulary and acted out our favourite scenes.

Maths Fun!

We have been enjoying learning about place value in our Maths lessons.  This week we have been ordering numbers.  We have also been learning our two times tables by singing and dancing along to a clip by Bridget the Lioness.  

Habitats - What do we need to survive?

This half term, our Science topic is "Habitats."  Today we learnt what animals need to survive; water, air, food and shelter.  We worked together as a class to create actions to help us remember this.  Can you guess which action is which?

We Are Year Two!

We have already started to have fun learning.  Take a look at some pictures of our first few days in Year Two.

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