Year 2 Information
Year 2 are going to travel back into the past with our new topic “Fire and Ice.” We will begin by looking at the Great Fire of London through the eyes of the character Charlie who is the hero of our new English text. The children will be using Talk for Writing to help them write a diary, as if they were eyewitnesses in 1666. Our Art will focus on using contrast and warm and cool colours to create a scene from 1666. We will also be creating a ‘Fire of London’ dance in PE, which we hope to perform to a willing audience. What a busy half term this will be!
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
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.