Year 2 Information
Year 2 are carrying on with their topic of ‘All Around the World’ where we will focus on two famous brothers who, due to inventing the aeroplane, made it possible for us to travel the globe, the Wright brothers. In English our units will be looking at in detail ‘Meerkat Mail’ by Emily Gravett and writing our own story from another culture (we’re hoping to do lots of storytelling around our new fire pit on the field.) In Design and Technology we will have a day where we will investigate the best structure for a paper aeroplane, making them in an assembly line and finally seeing which team created the furthest flying plane by having a flying competition. To link with this, we will then write an explanation text on how our own fantasy flying machine works. In Science we are carrying on with habitats, carrying out a 3 week investigation into the most suitable material for the habitat of a mini beast. Plus we are lucky enough to have Neil the coach teach us rounders every other week too. What a busy last half term we’ll have in Year 2!
We are keen for parents to support the children’s learning at home as much as possible. To help with this we produce Topic Overviews for each term outlining our main topics.
Please download our Information Booklet to find out more about the routines and expectations in Year 2. You may also wish to take a look at the Y2 Curriculum Map, which shows you the topics we will be covering in different subjects over the course of the year. Please talk to us if you would like more information.
2.1 Penguin Class
2.2 Polar Bear Class
KS1 Phase Leader
KS1 Phase Leader
We were so excited to see the fire brigade coming to help up fill up our pond! Some of us even got to wear the fire fighter’s helmet and jacket! A great big thank you to the Cambridge fire service.
Event, Year 1, Year 2, Year 3, Year 4, Year 5, Year 6
On Tuesday 2nd July, Queen Emma enjoyed an Arts Festival where all classes enjoyed a mix of art, English and musical activities. We had a great day (as you can see by the pictures below).
Nursery enjoyed a musical sessions with Rat-a-Tat and lots of outdoors activities. Reception and KS1 listened to local group Shake, Rattle and Roll who brought a range of exciting musical instruments in. Year 1 also had an amazing morning working together to paint outside. Year 2 created some weird and wonderful magical potions and investigated ‘The Air we Breathe.’
KS2 enjoyed a musical performance from members of St John’s Choir. Year 3 also loved a recorder workshop and made beautiful natural clay faces. Year 4 decorated tiles with stunning Islamic patterns and Year 5 made origami to hang in school. Year 6 enjoyed a performance from The King’s Men at Queen Edith before making dreamcatchers.
Special thanks must go to volunteers from the community who came in to run some of the activities. It was greatly appreciated and the whole day was thoroughly enjoyed by all.
Year 1, Year 2
KS1 Well-being Morning
As part of Well-being Wednesday in KS1, we have had a fantastic morning taking part in a variety of different sporting activities in order to look after our physical well-being. There were 6 different activities:
Balancing a ball on a racquet
Right on target! Throwing bean bags to a target
Well done KS1 on a fantastic morning. You worked really well as a team
Thank you to the Year 6 Sports Leaders and the staff who helped make the morning run smoothly.
Penguin class got very messy exploring seeds during their science lesson. We learnt that all plants that have seeds are a fruit. Some fruits have internal seeds and others like strawberries have their seeds externally. We then planted some of these seeds. I wonder if any of them will grow in our country?
Multiplication and Division
We have been learning about groups to help us to understand multiplication and division. First we made groups using objects like pasta and lollypop sticks, then we went to make the groups using house point counters in rows and columns to create arrays.
For example, 3 groups of 2 are 6. 2 groups of 3 are 6.
10 divided by 2, how many groups of 2 in 10?
The year 2’s were busy mixing colours to create different values; lighter colours were tints and darker ones were hues. We then shared our work and discussed it using our new art vocabulary! Fabulous work year 2’s!
Year 2 have spent a chilly lesson exploring ice. Things that we discovered and wanted answering were;
- Ice can melt and turns slippery when handled. The warmth from our hands make the ice melt which turns the ice into water. This is a reversible change.
- Ice shrinks when it melts.
- Some of the ice was opaque and other pieces were transparent. Why is this?
- Salt speeds up the melting process if put onto ice.
- Some ice is bumpy and rough but it can also be smooth.
Penguin class have been busy creating a dance based upon fire. We came up with a variety of movements that represented a burning ember, to a roaring fire and then slowly the fire dying out. We have also listened to the classical piece of music titled ‘Ritual Fire Dance’by Manuel da Falla basing our movements upon the dynamics of the music. Finally we used paper flames to help us with our movements. We can’t wait to perform it to another class!
Year 1, Year 2, Year 3, Year 4, Year 5, Year 6
The children of Queen Emma remember
To honour all who lost their lives in WW1, every child in Queen Emma made a poppy to create a whole school art installation. Come to the top of the Atrium stairs and take a look.
Fairy Tale Maps
Penguin class have been exploring maps and will eventually make their own fairy tale map, relating to their topic of ‘Traditional Tales.’ The children looked at a variety of maps and discussed their similarities and differences. They also went on an epic journey on google maps, travelling all over the world and exploring far flung cities.
Story Telling Afternoon
Year 2 invited parents and carers to come in for a story telling afternoon. There were lots of fun activities enjoyed.
This week Penguin class went back in time to the Victorian Era to learn a little more about the significant nurse, Florence Nightingale. They learnt that Florence had to persuade her mother and sister about her desire to help people, rather than get married and go to lavish parties. So the children worked in groups of 3’s, taking on each character and role playing what Florence may have said to her mother and sister. The children took their roles very seriously and there were some fantastic performances at the end.