Year 2

Spring Term 1 2018/2019

Under the Sea Art

In Year Two we created our own sea creature for the Art Exhibition. First we looked carefully at pictures of sea creatures. Then we practised drawing our sea creature in pencil. To create our final sea creature for the Art Exhibition we used pencils, paint, pastels, ink and collage. For the background we tried different painting techniques e.g. paint wash, collage, marbling and printing. Finally we mounted our sea creature on to our background and added sea weed.

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Into the Woods

This half term the children have been investigating plants and what they need to grow. The children carried out an experiment using bean seeds to investigate this. In groups the children planted four bean seeds. One seed was planted on cotton wool to see if it would grow without soil, one seed was deprived of light, whilst another seed was deprived of water. We also set up a control where a seed was planted in soil and had light and water. The children discovered that the control plant grew strong and healthy, whilst the seed without water did not grow, the seed without light was yellow and spindly and the seed without soil was weak. The children also discovered that seeds need warmth to germinate.

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Into the Woods Fantastic Finale

For our Fantastic Finale this half term the children in Year 2 learnt a song about what plants need to grow. The children then planted their own sunflower seed with their parent/carer to take home. The children then shared with their parents what they have learnt about plants this half term and labelled and coloured a diagram of a sunflower.

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Passover

In RE this half term Year 2 have been finding out about Judaism. The children have learnt about the special relationship Jewish people have with their God and the promises they make to each other. They have also discovered the different ways that Jewish people show their commitment to God, including the celebration of Passover and keeping Kashrut (food laws). As part of this learning Mrs Talisman told the children the Passover story and the meaning behind the Sedar plate and the special food that is eaten at this celebration.

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Autumn Term 2 2018/2019

At the beginning of term, Year Two travelled back in time to 1666 and learnt about the The Great Fire of London!  The children found out interesting facts about this historic event through investigating different sources.  They had great fun learning about and creating their own Tudor style house.

We also had a great drama day where the children came into school dressed in clothes worn in 1666 and we acted out the key parts of the Great Fire of London.  We ended our drama day by eating the bread that we had made earlier in the week, which the children said was the best they had ever tasted!

Having immersed ourselves in 1666 the children were able to write fantastic newspaper reports of this historic event.  We also researched Samuel Pepys and his famous diary, before having a go at writing our own diary for the Great Fire of London.

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As part of our Great Fire of London topic we had a visit from Dorset and Wiltshire Fire and Rescue service.  We had a fun day finding out about how fires start, how to stay safe and what to do if there is a fire.

The children enjoyed the fireman action dance, the storytelling drama as well as finding out all about fire engines and how they work.  The children agreed that the best part of the day was getting to go in the fire engine!

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Autumn Term 1 2018/2019

Modern Artists

This half term Year 2 have been studying modern artists.  The children found out that Andy Warhol was a ‘pop artist’ who liked to use bright colours and repeated images in his work.  The children created their own version of his ‘cans of soup’ picture.  They looked at the work of David Hockney, who sometimes uses an app on his phone to create pictures.  The children also created their own Mickey Mouse pictures in the style of Damien Hurst and shadow pictures in the style of Banksy, a mystery street artist.

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Traditional Tales

The children in Year 2 had the opportunity to immerse themselves in learning about Traditional Tales.  They read a number of traditional tales and discussed the similarities between the texts.  They discussed the features of traditional tales e.g. similar story openings, magical kingdoms and creatures, good and evil characters, repeated phrases etc.  They also created their own characters.  On Friday the children dressed up as their favourite Traditional Tale’s character and spent the afternoon retelling and acting out traditional tales.  For our Traditional Tales Fantastic Finale the children used Mighty Writer to retell the story of Hansel and Gretel.  The children and their parents/carers then created their own Gingerbread house collage.

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