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Our Lady of Lourdes  Catholic Primary School & Nursery

Our Lady Of Lourdes Catholic Primary School & Nursery

Growing together in faith, hope and courage, we inspire each other, learning to continue Christ’s Mission.

St. Paul- Year 2

Welcome to the Summer Term 

 

Welcome everyone to the last term of Year 2! This term will be all about solidifying our hard earned Year 2 knowledge and getting ourselves ready for Year 3! We have lots of fun and exciting things in the works and Year 2 should be proud of all the things they have achieved so far this year. Please remember that help will always be given to those who ask for it, do not hesitate in contacting the school if there is anything you need. 

 

Looking forward to an amazing term!

 

Miss Dennis

Young Gardeners

 

This week Year 2 set up their gardening experiment. We will be tracking the growth of the plants over the next few weeks and comparing how the plants growth is affected by the amount of sunlight it gets. 

Sports Day

 

Year 2 had a smashing time at this years sports day! Overcoming the wind in the egg and spoon race and a very questionable sack race, Year 2 put their athleticism to the test. Thank you to all the parents who came along to watch and support the whole class!

Time for the Australian Open?

 

This week Year 2 proved to be future tennis pros as they worked on building their tennis skills in a workshop at the Pavilion. They even got to learn from an Olympic gold medal tennis player! The clinic have informed us that they run classes for pupils on Wednesday and Friday afternoons after school as well as Saturday mornings and would love to see some Year 2s persist in developing their skills!

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A Jam-Packed Week

 

This week saw a wave of activity hit Year 2. While smashing out assessments, they became invested in the different careers of our many speakers, from doctors to construction workers to MPs, Year 2 learnt some amazing facts about who they could be when they grow up. Year 2 also put their materials knowledge to the test as they worked to withstand the dreaded marble (pea). A massive thank you to all the families that donated their recyclables and made the project possible. To finish off the week, Year 2 were able to come in dressed up as what they want to be in the future. A massive well-done to the hard work that was completed this week. 

Florence Nightingale Museum

 

Year 2 had a brilliant time at the Florence Nightingale Museum where they discovered some amazing facts, saw some incredible artifacts and looked at the legacy that Florence Nightingale left through her incredible work. A MASSIVE thank you to the parents that came along to help us on our journey!

The Conversion of Saul

This week, Year 2 have been looking at the story of St Paul. Before he was a Saint, Paul was named Saul and was not kind to the followers of Jesus. Year 2 used drama to retell the story of his conversion to being a follower of Jesus.

The Three Little Pigs

 

Things got intense this week as we attempted our hardest science experiment yet! Year 2 had to create houses out of paper, straw, sticks and bricks to withstand the Big Bad Wolf (Miss Dennis)! There was so much hard work and so many pupils pushing themselves to the limit of their problem solving abilities! Amazing team work seen through the class as well. 

Materials Around the School

 

This week Year 2 dived into science by identifying the different materials items around the school were made from. We took lots of pictures of the materials we found! Afterwards we had to use our photos and our knowledge of the properties of different materials to prove that the materials we identified were correct. 

Art Fun in Week 1

 

This week, we have started our work in art by learning clay molding techniques with plasticine. Year 2 got a real work out trying to soften the plasticine to the point that they could begin to roll it out and mould it into different shapes.

Welcome to Spring Term

 

Welcome to our Year 2 Spring term!

 

This term we have a so many fun things ahead, building on our fantastic Autumn term, we will continue our learning adventure.

 

Expectations of school work, homework and behaviour will be raised as Year 2 progresses through this year as they continue to be the role models for our younger peers. 

 

As previously stated, help will always be given to those who ask for it, please do not hesitate to contact the school with any concerns, questions or queries that you may have. 

 

Wishing you all the best in this New Year,

Miss Dennis

An Egg-cellent Hunt

 

Year 2 had an absolute blast finding all of the Easter eggs that were hidden in the hall! Such an exciting way to finish out the term.

A Midsummer Night's Dream

 

Year 2 had a smashing success in their workshop as they formed part of the play of 'A Midsummer Night's Dream'. 

 

"All the world's a stage, and all the men and women merely players"- As You Like It, William Shakespeare

Micro-Habitats

 

This week, Year 2 went exploring all around the school searching for micro-habitats. They were so excited turning over rocks and bark to see what creatures could live in these little places!

Maths

 

Year 2 ventured outside this week to put their length and height skills to the test. It was great to see the different ways that areas of the playground could be measured- either with the trundle wheels or through amazing team work with the metre rulers.

Emotions and Our Trusted Adults

 

Things got a little emotional in Year 2 this week as they had to act out different feelings. Who knew they had such range in their acting abilities? We also discussed who we can go to when we have these big feelings. It was great to hear about all the different people Year 2 have in their life that keep them safe and they know they can turn to when they need help.

VR Maths Workshop

 

This week, Year 2 were able to complete a VR workshop all about maths!

They were able to visit a bank, sort presents for Santa and create different shapes using the line of symmetry. Year 2 learnt lots and had an amazing time!

Fire, Fire at the Tower of London

 

What a busy day Year 2 had at the Tower of London! Exploring the White Tower, visiting the Crown Jewels and the ravens of the Tower. We were also led through the events of the Great Fire of London where we got to play along and become part of the story. A great day all round! Thank you so much to the parents who were able to join us!

Squash, Bend, Twist and Stretch 

 

This week Year 2 have turned into proper scientists, bending over backwards to form their hypothesis for their experiment. They squashed as much learning as they could into their afternoon and stretched their capabilities to the max to identify the equipment and method they would need to make their cone fly. We will spend the next science lesson twisting our results into a discussion about the forces we used in this amazing experiment.

Spelling Progress

 

Every week Year 2 continues to improve with their spelling! I am so very impressed with the effort the whole class puts into learning the different spelling rules we are focusing on. Continue to work hard and aim for one more correct word every week!

Maths Week 

 

Year 2 celebrated maths week with a high energy scavenger hunt full of maths problems. In groups they raced around trying to first find, then answer the questions. Well done to our winning team who worked together so well!

A Musical Beginning

 

Year 2 kicked off the new term with a new song in music. We also got to appreciate some old tunes as we ventured into the world of old school rock and roll bands. 

Welcome to Year 2

 

Welcome to the 2023-2024 school year to all our Year 2 pupils and their families. 

 

This year will be filled with lots of learning, growth and adventures as the Year 2 pupils move through their last year in Key Stage 1. 

Year 2 is the year for really showing all that we have learnt through our time in Key Stage 1 and we are all incredibly excited to show off all our knowledge, hard work and persistence.

 

Remember, help will always be given for those who ask for it. Please reach out to the school with any concerns, questions or queries.

 

Kind regards,

Miss Dennis

Food for Thought

 

Year 2 put their knowledge of food groups to the test as they attempted to make a balanced meal that could be served for a school lunch. All the different food groups were on offer as they made their wraps and enjoyed a post lunch snack. It was so exciting to use the new kitchen in the school. I hope that during the Christmas break Year 2 treat their families to a perfectly balanced lunch. 

KS1 Nativity

 

An incredibly successful Nativity performance by Year 1 and Year 2. So much hard work by our students payed off in an electric performance that ended with the message of the true meaning of Christmas. An amazing job done by all! Thank you to all the parents who were in the audience!

The Travelling Crib at Lambeth Palace

 

Year 2 had a fantastic adventure to Lambeth Palace where they experienced the Nativity through the eyes of different key figures. We spoke with a Wise Man who had followed the star and had bought some gifts for Jesus, a woman who was travelling to Bethlehem with her donkeys and had come across a couple also travelling in the same direction. We met Elizabeth, Mary's cousin, who spoke of her son John and how he would proclaim the Good News. We also met a shepherd who had seen the star and heard the angels announcing that a baby had been born. Lastly, we met Mary who spoke of how the angel Gabriel came and visited her. A fantastic experience that Year 2 had and learned lots about this special time of year. A very special thank you to the parents that came along, I really appreciated you joining us and hope that you had just as much fun as we did. 

Maths Fun

 

Some amazing maths going on in Year 2 as we solidified our knowledge of the Friends of 10. We also kept working at the skill of bridging to 10, where we break apart numbers to make 10, and then add the left overs to find the solution! Lots of hard thinking this week!

The Meaning Behind the Christmas Candles

 

This week Year 2 began investigating the 4 candles that are lit each Sunday in Advent. We discussed how Hope, Faith, Joy and Peace are all the emotions felt today during Advent. Year 2 created their own wreaths in their books and also started to create a class wreath using the 4 candles, with the white Christmas candle at the centre. 

Continents and Oceans Theme Day

 

You could hardly recognise Year 2 as they came in dressed as explorers and in clothes that represented their culture. They had an absolute blast today making their world maps and learning where the different continents and oceans went. They also had a great time playing different geography games!

Remembrance Day Assembly

 

Year 2 led an amazing assembly about Remembrance Day, informing the whole school about the brave soldiers that we will honour this weekend. The completed poppies, representing those in Flanders Field, is work that Year 2 should be very proud of. A very big thank you to all the parents that joined us. 

Remembrance Day Poppies

 

In order to prepare for Remembrance Day, Year 2 have started to create poppy art. They have been using crayons and permanent markers to create a stained glass window effect to show scenes from the poem 'In Flanders Fields'.

Black History Month- African Drumming 

 

Year 2 had an amazing time this week in their African drumming workshop. While the drumming was a little difficult at first, Year 2 quickly found the beat and were able to make some amazing sounds together as a class.

Black History Month

 

This week Year 2 have been looking at 3 different women for Black History Month. They have had to read about the women and have answered questions about these amazing women and the impact they had on the people around them. 

Stay and Read & Spanish Day

 

How lucky were Year 2 to have some of our amazing parents come in and read with them first thing this morning? No better way to start the day than with a good book. Year 2 also looked very festive in their red and yellow outfits and were able to flex their multi-lingual muscles as we worked in as many Spanish words as we could through the day. 

World Wellbeing Day

 

In order to help celebrate World Wellbeing Day, Year 2 participated in a wellbeing workshop where they discussed all the big emotions that they feel and some strategies that can help them when those feeling get too big. When we returned to class, Year 2 learnt about Alec and how he can help us be great friends by asking "Are you ok?", listening to our friend's answer, encouraging our friends to go to a teacher or a trusted adult at home and to check in on our friends the next day. 

World Poetry Day and the Beginning of Black History Month

 

Last week, Year 2 were able to celebrate World Poetry Day and the beginning of Black History Month at the same time by looking at a poem written by Valerie Bloom who was born in Jamaica before moving to England in 1979. Year 2 helped decorate her poem 'Time' with images of what they thought of as they read the poem.

Year 2 Fire Safety Talk

 

Year 2 were incredibly lucky this week to have a fire safety talk presented to us by a real firefighter! Year 2 learned all about how they can keep themselves and their family safe by regularly checking their fire alarms in their homes. Year 2 were also amazing at identifying all the different hazards they could see and how they could avoid them. 

The Science of Being Healthy

This week, Year 2 put their bodies to the test in science as they ran through different experiments. We learned how to find and describe our pulse before and after running. We also completed different exercises such as squats, push ups and sit ups to focus on the different muscle areas they train. Year 2 were great scientists this week as well as great athletes!

History Re-enactments 

In History, Year 2 have been beginning to learn about Guy Fawkes and the Gunpowder Plot. This week Year 2 had to get into the minds of the people under King James I rule and act out different scenarios. There was lots of energy in the room as Year 2 tried to imagine what life would be like back in the 1600's.

Spanish Lessons

This week Year 2 got started on their Spanish lessons. We spent time practising greeting each other formally and informally. We also learnt the names of the characters that are going to help us with all our learning this term. Keep up the amazing work!

Library Visit

Is there a better way to finish the week off than by a visit to the school library? Our Year 2 pupils are going to have brilliant adventures as they make their way through the books they borrowed.