Welcome to Year 2!
At St Patrick's we follow the document ‘Learning and Growing as the People of God’. This underlines the importance of the task of exploring and handing on Catholic faith within the generations of family and Church life. It is the curriculum strategy for Religious Education in Catholic Primary Schools in the Archdiocese of Birmingham and provides the foundations for improved partnership between school, home and parish, a partnership that lies at the heart of Catholic Education.
Our RE this half term is learning about the life of Mary and Jesus and the call of the disciples. They will also learn about some saints who had responded to the call of Jesus. They will also be introduced to the prayer of silence as an opportunity to spend time with God.
Our topic this half term is:
Muck, Mess and Mixtures
Muck and mixtures can be messy and magical!
This half term, we will get very messy and we will be investigating mixtures, from paint and toothpaste to jelly and shaving foam. We’ll enjoy the story of George’s Marvellous Medicine and write recipes, leaflets, lists and stories of our own. We’ll use our science skills to explore everyday materials, investigate soap products and understand why mixtures freeze and melt. We will taste a wide variety of foods, learn about healthy eating and follow recipes to make some yummy treats including pizza and ice cream! Our artwork will also rely on our mixing skills. We’ll use marbling inks to make unusual patterns, create food landscapes inspired by Carl Warner, paint with ice cubes, model clay into exciting shapes and use a variety of materials to make mixed media collages.
As a class we will be focusing on Roald Dahl's book 'George's Marvellous Medicine'. You will follow in Georges footsteps and make your own marvellous medicine! Are you up for the challenge?
To help immerse the children with our new topic, I have created a potions lab within the book corner.
We had a special guest come to start off our topic from the Fizz,Pop Bang science group.
The children had a fantastic morning becoming scientists whilst taking part in a Crazy Chemists workshop. We explored chemical reactions; from colour changing liquids to making slimy putty. We even watched a cool mini explosion!
We had a whole afternoon where we were conducting our own experiments. We predicted what we thought may happen with each one first. We are starting to become real scientists.
As part of our English lesson we have been writing a revolting recipe. To help us understand the different features of a recipe we followed one ourselves to make cupcakes. We looked firstly at the ingredients and equipment to make sure we had everything ready. We then followed the step by step method. We ended up making delicious cupcakes.
Our topic this half term is:
Towers, Tunnels and Turrets.
Climbing the battlements or tunnelling in the ground, there’s a whole world of adventure and fun to be found!
This term, we will visit a real castle to explore the towers, battlements and maybe a secret tunnel or two! We’ll learn all about the different parts of a castle and describe how they have changed over time. Using a wide range of materials, we’ll build models of castles and test the strength of our structures. We’ll learn the stories of Rapunzel, The Three Little Pigs and The Three Billy Goats Gruff and create models inspired by them. Maps and photographs will help us learn about the tallest buildings and the longest tunnels in the world.
To help immerse the children in the Towers, Tunnels and Turrets topic I have created a castle to form part of our book corner.
Year 2's visit to Warwick Castle.
As part of our topic this term we visited Warwick Castle. The children had a fantastic day exploring the castle and finding out lots of interesting facts. Our day consisted of:
watching an archery show.
watching the Trebuchet
exploring the kingmaker (which was a little bit scary and dark)
we even climbed over 500 steps to the top of the tower (when we got to the top we had 29 very tired children)
A very special and memorable day was had by all. I think we all wish we could go back.
Following on from the trip to Warwick Castle the children wrote some amazing recounts in English. They are all superstars. The children were writing in chronological order and in the past tense.
Well done Year 2, keep up the fantastic work!
As part of of our literacy lessons we have been writing the ending to the story 'The Tunnel' by Anthony Browne. The children used their imaginations to write about where the tunnel in the story leads to. All of the children came up with individual ideas and each and everyone of them were AMAZING! To finish off this style of writing Year 2 invited parents and carers in to listen to their children read. This was a magical morning that all children thoroughly enjoyed. A special thank you to all those that came to join us.
During our topic lesson, on Wednesday afternoon, we were making bridges out of recycled materials. We looked at different types of bridges and explored the shape of them and the materials they are made out of. In partners, the children had the task of firstly designing their bridge and then making it. We had a fantastic time making our bridges and testing how strong they were (we made a right mess of the classroom, there were pompoms, feathers and glue everywhere).
Spellings and Times tables
New spellings will be given out weekly and tested every Thursday. Please ensure spelling books are in school every Thursday. It is
important to practice spellings regularly at home with your child. Children will also be expected to practice their times tables, in Year 2 we will be focusing on the 2, 5 and 10 times tables. Children will be given a times table test weekly.
Please find time to listen to your child read at least three times a week and record it in their diary. We have introduced a new reward system in which children who have read three times a week will get a star sticker on our class reward chart.
Homework is handed out each Thursday and collected back in on the following Wednesday.
Please ensure only one page is done per week in each booklet.
It is important that your child has access to a water bottle every day.
Please ensure all items of clothing are named so that nothing gets muddled or lost!
Many thanks, Miss Sheridan
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