Year 2: Blog items

Year 2- Exploring Moving Vehicles

Date: 22nd Feb 2024 @ 2:04pm

This week, we have begun our Design Technology unit 'Mechanisms- Moving Vehilces'. We started by exploring a variety of moving vehicles and discussed how they move. We learnt that the wheels are connected by an axle which allows the cars wheels to move freely at the same time. We will use this knowledge to help us when building our own car. 

Year 2- 100th Day in School

Date: 19th Feb 2024 @ 4:50pm

As part of our ‘100th day at School’ celebrations, we completed a problem solving activity based on the book ‘One is a snail, ten is a crab.’ We were given a number and had to find all the different possibilities of making the number. We tried to work systematically starting with the biggest number and changing one part of the calculation each time.  

Year 2- Hindu Dharma

Date: 8th Feb 2024 @ 1:06pm

This half term we have been looking at Hindu Dharma in RE.  We have looked at different Gods and Goddesses and how they are represented as Murtis on s shrine.  The children had the opportunity to look at a shrine which was created in school and learn about home worship.  They had lots of fun finding out information about the religion, especially the different Gods and Goddesses.

Year 2 - Arrays

Date: 7th Feb 2024 @ 12:08pm

Today we started to look at arrays and how they can be used to represent multiplication.  We used counters to make arrays by putting them into equal rows and columns. 

We then wrote multiplication expressions to describe our arrays.  We found that one array can be described in two different ways.  For example, 3 x 5 and 5 x 3.  This is because, like addition, multiplication is commutative.  Which means it can be done in any order and you will reach the same total.

Year 2 - Now Press Play

Date: 2nd Feb 2024 @ 3:57pm

Today, we used our electricity knowledge and participated in a Now Press Play where our town had lost power and we needed to get the power back on to save our cousin on dialysis. We made a torch using our knowledge of circuits using wire, bulbs and batteries so we could make our way around to the power station. We even made the bulb brighter by adding another battery. 

Year 2- Yoga

Date: 1st Feb 2024 @ 8:10am

Over the past few weeks, Year Two have been doing Yoga in PE. It has helped us be more mindful, relaxed and calm as well as improving our balance and strength. We have completed a range of poses including: the warrior, superhero pose, spiderman pose, batman pose and a variety of others. At the end of each session, our cool down is a relaxing exercise where we focus on our breathing and bringing the calmness back into the classroom.

Year 2- Fruit Smoothies

Date: 30th Jan 2024 @ 4:08pm

Today, we used our designs to make healthy fruit smoothies. First, we washed our hands to make sure we were ready to handle food before practicing the bridge method to hold and carefully chop different fruit into smaller pieces. Once the fruit was all chopped up, we put the correct fruits into a blender until they were smooth. Then we got to taste them! Most of us loved our smoothies and thought they were really tasty. 

Year 2 - We're Electric!

Date: 23rd Jan 2024 @ 4:48pm

Today in Science we were investigating how to make a bulb light.  We started off by trying to light up Energy Sticks.  We worked together and found out that in order to light, the sticks needed to be part of a circuit.  We learned that energy travels around a circuit and if there is a break in the circuit, the energy can no longer travel all the way around.  We then applied what we had learned to build a circuit that would make a bulb light.  We also used an interactive program to build a circuit that would make a bulb light.  We experimented with using more than one bulb in a circuit and using more than one power source.

Year 2- Fruit Tasting

Date: 23rd Jan 2024 @ 4:29pm

In Year Two, we have been busy trying lots of fruit to think about what we like and dislike in preparation for making our smoothies. We tried a variety of fruits including: raspberries, strawberries, blueberries, peaches, mango, pineapple, melon and kiwi. We described the texture, the smell and the taste of each fruit and will use it to help us design and make our own smoothie in the coming weeks. 

Year 2- Travelling by Tuba

Date: 18th Jan 2024 @ 1:42pm

Today, we had a special visit from Stuart and Chris from Travelling by Tuba. We started the day with an exciting assembly where we were introduced to lots of different instruments from across the world including: the didgeridoo, a horn, the tuba and other interesting instruments. They also showed us how they are played. Then we participated in a workshop where we created a Brazillian Samba using triangles, tambourines, bells, scrapers, shakers and maracas. We learnt all the different rhythms of each instrument and practiced them on our arms before we split into groups and practiced playing the correct rhythm on the instruments. Finally, we did a performance using our instuments all playing in unison. We had a fantastic morning and loved it! 

Year 2- No Pen Morning

Date: 17th Jan 2024 @ 8:06am

Yesterday, we took part in no pen morning. In Reading into Writing, we were starting to look at present and past tense verbs; we did a loop card game to start before we sorted verbs and sentences into past and present tense. In Maths, we started our new unit of money, we counted pence to find different amounts and matched it to the correct price label. 

Year 2 - Road Safety

Date: 10th Jan 2024 @ 9:31pm

As part of our PSHE learning this week, Year 2 have focused on Road Safety and in particular, staying safe when crossing the road.  Firstly, we looked at different images and spotted safe and unsafe behaviours.  Some of the safe behaviours were holding hands with an adult, stopping and looking both ways and using zebra crossings.  Some of the unsafe behaviours we spotted were playing with balls at the side of the road, playing on mobile phones and crossing between parked cars.  We then worked in small groups to sort images into safe or unsafe road crossing scenarios.

Year 2- Where in the world am I?

Date: 10th Jan 2024 @ 5:06pm

Today, Year Two explored the key question 'Where in the world am I?' for the beginning of our Geography unit Continents and Oceans. We found our School on Google Earth and discussed what we could see before zooming out to discuss the Grange Park area. We continued to zoom out to find the town we are in (Blackpool), the county (Lancashire), country (England, United Kingdom), the continent (Europe) and finally the hemisphere (Northern hemisphere). We had great fun exploring where we are in the world. 

Year 2- Christmas Party

Date: 20th Dec 2023 @ 4:25pm

This afternoon Year 2 enjoyed their party. We did lots of dancing, ate delicious snack, played games including musical bumps, pass the parcel and pin the nose on Rudolph as well as having a special visit from the man himself- Santa!

Year 2- Stick men

Date: 20th Dec 2023 @ 4:23pm

This week, we have been busy using our sculpture skills to transform sticks into stick men. We thought about the pose we wanted our stick to be in and joined different sticks together to create our vision. Once our sticks were secure, we wrapped them in wool to create some clothes for it. 

Year 2 - Taking shape.

Date: 19th Dec 2023 @ 9:22pm

Today we used Geoboards to create different 2-D shapes.  We had to count the vertices and the sides to check that we had made the correct 2-D shape.  We could see that, apart from squares, the same 2-D shapes can look very different but they must have shared properties - For example, all hexagons must have 6 vertices and 6 straight sides but these sides do not have to be an equal length.

Year 2- Elf Olympics

Date: 14th Dec 2023 @ 2:54pm

Today we took part in the Elf Olympics where we played lots of games to try and win points for our house. These will be added to our total house points that we win via dojos for going above and beyond!

Year 2- Christmas Jumper/Christmas Dinner Day

Date: 11th Dec 2023 @ 4:31pm

Today, alongside the whole school we enjoyed our annual Christmas dinner and Christmas jumper day. We all looked fabulous in our Christmas jumpers and enjoyed our festive dinner including Turkey and all the trimmings followed by a dessert of cake. It was delicious and we all enjoyed celebrating Christmas together!

Year 2- Fundamental Skills

Date: 11th Dec 2023 @ 4:25pm

This half term, Year Two have been working hard with their teachers and Mr Perkins practicing their fundamental skills including: throwing, catching and rolling. Over the last 7 weeks, we have learnt to do an underarm throw, thinking about bending the opposite leg, placing our palm towards the target and keeping a straight arm to ensure we throw accurately. We have completed many games where we have had to aim at targets on different levels and today we completed relay races to see who could get the most amount of balls into the baskets at the end as it was thrown down the line. 

Year 2- Describing Settings

Date: 7th Dec 2023 @ 1:29pm

Year Two have further been exploring descriptive writing and today focused on describing settings. We used adjectives and adverbs to describe what we could see, hear, smell and imagine what it might feel like. We worked in groups to create a bank of ambitious vocabulary that can help us when we come to write our Christmas story soon. 

Year 2 - Subtracting two digit numbers

Date: 7th Dec 2023 @ 7:30am

This week we have continued our addition and subtraction unit by looking at subtraction two digit numbers. We begun the week by exploring subtraction when it doesn't cross a ten, remembering the importance of starting with the ones. Throughout the week we have further deepened our understanding to subtracting two digit numbers when it does cross a ten exchanging one ten for 10 ones so we can subtract the ones before subtracting the tens. We explored how our whole is the same, it has just been represented in a different way.  For example, 72 can be shown as 7 tens and 2 ones or 6 tens and 12 ones.  We have enjoyed using a range of concrete resources which has helped us with more abstract calculations. 

Year 2 - Which ship can hold the most weight?

Date: 7th Dec 2023 @ 7:27am

Last week, we conducted an experiment as part of our Everyday Materials unit to test which ship can hold the most weight? We made different sized boats using tin foil and placed counters on the top, counting how many counters it took until the ship sunk. This week, we used our results to use an online program to record our data in a block chart. We thought about the axis and giving the chart a title as well as inputting our own data before we interpreted our results using the chart. We found that the biggest ship could hold the most weight whilst the smallest ship held the least. This is because we can spread the weight.

Year 2- Fire Service Visit

Date: 29th Nov 2023 @ 8:12am

We had a visit from the fire brigade who discussed all the ways they help us. They taught us what to do if there was a fire and how we can keep ourselves safe. They set us a mission to see where our smoke alarms are and to test that they work with the help of an adult to ensure we keep safe. 

Year 2 - Adding two 2-digit numbers

Date: 28th Nov 2023 @ 9:15pm

Today we started adding two 2-digit numbers that do not cross the tens.  We used place value counters and mats to help us see what happens when we add two 2-digit numbers.  We started by making each 2-digit number with PV counters.  We then added the ones before going on to add the tens and then combining them.

Year 2 - A time to reflect

Date: 28th Nov 2023 @ 9:01pm

During our RE sessions this half term, Year Two have been studying Christianity and what Christians mean when they say that Jesus is 'the light of the world'.  We explored a Christingle and what each part represents before making our own Christingles.  We then gathered together in the hall to light our Christingles and have a collective moment of reflection.  We also sang the Christmas carols, 'Silent Night' and 'Do you hear what I hear?' whilst considering the meaning behing their lyrics.

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