Year 2 Information
Year 2 are going to travel back into the past with our new topic “The Great Art Gallery.” In History, we will learn about the Great Fire of London. The children will be using Talk for Writing to help them write a diary, as if they were eyewitnesses during that time. Our Art will focus on using contrast, including warm and cool colours to create a scene from 1666. We will also be creating a ‘Fire of London’ dance in PE. Both Penguin Class and Polar Bear Class will also have their Class Assembly.
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.
No Nonsense Facts
2.1 Penguin Class
2.2 Polar Bear Class
KS1 Phase Leader
KS1 Phase Leader
Polar Bears have started off the New Year by going shopping! We have practised adding coins and notes to make a certain amount and also found different combinations to make the amount. We also synergized to solve reasoning questions about Money. We used Habit 3 and put First things First when sketching in Art. We first explored how to use the sketching pencils, before deciding which type to use to sketch the fire.
Year 2, Year 6
A Christmouse Tale
On Wednesday, Year 2 and Year 6 were treated to a performance of A Christmouse Tale by Pendle Productions to support their work in their fairytale topics. Children enjoyed the cheery Christmas musical following the adventures of a lonely white mouse as he escapes the pet shop and tries to find his own way to the house where he was meant to have been a special gift.
Year 2 had a great morning making healthy sandwiches, which linked into our English instruction writing unit and ‘Ready, Steady, Be Healthy’ topic. First we made our delicious, healthy sandwich, using our design to help us. They tasted delicious! Then we looked at different sandwich packaging and evaluated them. We designed our own packaging for our sandwich and made it from a 3D net. Finally we evaluated our product, thinking about what went well and what could’ve been even better.
In English Penguin class are learning all about journey stories and specifically ‘The Way Back Home’ by Oliver Jeffers. To help the children with writing their own journey story they hot seated both the boy and the alien characters understanding what it may feel like to be stuck on the moon.
The 7 Habits
Penguin Class have been learning how to use the 7 Habits in their daily life and learning at school. In Habit 3 ‘Put First Things First’ the class learnt about how you have your ‘big rocks’ in life (reading at home, doing homework, brushing your teeth) and then once they are completed you will have time for all the activities in life that you may want to do like playing on your iPad or going to a friend’s birthday party. To remind the children of Habit 3 they painted rocks to take home.
Year 1, Year 2, Year 3, Year 4, Year 5, Year 6
Leader in Me
For the first 8 days of the Autumn term we have been introducing all the children to the 7 habits and our new whole school project: The Leader in Me.
Please see the link to our daily newsletters which introduced parents to each habit and our celebration day on Friday.
We are seeking to teach children that they are the leader of themselves and with the 7 habits they can become leaders of others.
Nursery, Reception, Year 1, Year 2, Year 3, Year 4, Year 5, Year 6
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!
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.