Welcome to Class 2's learning page!
Class Teacher: Mrs Taylor
Class Teaching Assistants: Mrs Chilman
We have been learning to play various tunes with our ocarinas over the last 3 terms.
Here is a little video of us playing and singing Kumbaya!
Art in Nature
This week we started learning about Andy Goldsworthy, we explored examples of his work, discussed what we liked and thought about the questions we would ask him to develop our understanding of his art style.
We were so excited and inspired by his work, we then went outside and had a go at creating our own nature collages. We thought about how to use our chosen location and what material would work well together.
New book alert!
We would like to say a BIG thank you for the wonderful books and book stands that we have been able to purchase because of our wonderful school PTA.
THANK YOU from Year 2!
World Book Day!
We all had such fun dressing up and celebrating World Book Day today. Here are some photos of our costumes!
A special well done to the Saxon house for winning this years Read-a-thon!
Oliver's Fruit Salad
This term we have been exploring the book 'Oliver's Fruit Salad' we were inspired by the combination of fruit in the book and decided to create our own fruit salads!
We then went on to write instructions so the children could make their fruit salad recipes again!
We were very lucky to have an exotic array of fruit kindly donated by Ethical Food Company. Very big thank you from class 2!
This term we started to learn our new instrument, the Ocarina. We have so far learnt how to hold it, produce a sound and how to use our fingers to create different notes. We are currently working on the being able to perform the Scale of D.
It is really tricky to move our fingers to make the different notes!
Today we learnt how to print using a collograph plate. We used special printing ink and roller to transfer the patterns from the plates to our paper.
We're all looking forward to making our own collograph plates next week!
Can you change the shape of every material?
Today we explored how materials can be manipulated to change the shape. We experimented with squashing, bending, twisting and stretching material to see which was the best at changing its shape.
We then thought about the properties of the materials and which ones meant it could change it shape easily.
Year 2 are AMAZING writers!
Over the last few weeks we have been learning how to write recounts, using the journey in 'Where the Wild Things Are' as our inspiration. This week we created our own private boat journeys and created a sequence of events to show where we went, who we saw and what we did. We then wrote recounts as if it really happened.
Have a read of some of our work. It's amazing!
The Great Fire of London Day!
Today we were visited by Master Phillip. He taught us all about the Great Fire of London. We explored different shops that you would have found in 1666 and created our own artifacts including, smelling bags, clay pendants, candles and leather bookmarks. In the afternoon we went on an archeological dig to uncover artifacts from the fire. We used our investigating skills to locate who's shop we had found and what had happened. We all had so much fun!
Thank you to Master Phillip and the parent helpers who made this day possible!
Today we were visited by Fantastic Fred, we learnt all about how we can have good mental health by using 4 key things; Food, Rest, Exercise and Devices. We really enjoyed the show and are better informed to keep ourselves healthy now!
What is it good for?
Today we were testing different types of wood and finding out about the properties of wood. We needed to test the strength, hardness, weight and durability of each type of wood.
We're going to use our understanding to create posters to help others understand what wood is the right type for their job.
Sounds like fire!
This week in music we learnt about pitch and experimented with instruments to explore what kind of pitch they created. We then applied this understanding, along with our knowledge of dynamics to create a piece of music and dance showing the life of a fire. Here is an example:
Properties of Materials
This week in science we have been learning about the properties of materials. We discussed each property as a class and then went outside to check what properties the different materials had. We also discussed how 1 type of material can have different properties based on how it was made!
In Music we have been learning how to use our voices to create atmosphere. We have been learning how to change the dynamics (volume) of our voices and what effect it has on the song.
We have also learnt about 'singing in a round' and had a go at singing 'London's Burning' in a round!
'Do all changes improve lives?'
Our 'Discover' project this term is focusing around the Great Fire of London.
We are going to be looking in depth at the events of the fire, thinking carefully about why it spread so quickly and learning about how this significant event changed the way we build houses and fight fires forever.