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Mrs Turner & Mrs Potter Year 2 - Kingfishers

Welcome to Kingfisher Class

 

Our class teachers are Mrs Turner and Mrs Potter. Our class class teaching assistant is Mrs Rowe. Mrs Hooker and Mrs Fisher also work with us.

Term 3 - Extreme Habitats

Off on our travels around the world we go again! This time we will be visiting the extreme climates of the world, flying to the North and South Poles and along the Equator to compare and contrast the hot and cold environments. There we will discover the animals who call these extreme locations home. We will look at how they have adapted to their habitats and how they manage to survive in these harsh climates. We will look at famous explorers, Captain Scott and the local explorer Matthew Flinders, who have travelled to these continents.

Our English will focus the story of Climate Change by Catherine Barr and the books Lost and Found and Tin Forest. We will be writing narratives linked to extreme habitats and climates as well as writing poems with similes.

In maths we will begin the term by looking at shape and its properties before moving onto solving multiplication and division calculations and recalling the 2s, 5s and 10 times tables. They will also be recognising coins of different denominations and adding and subtracting amounts of money.

Term 3 Week 4

Baptist Church Visit

This week we ended our RE unit with a visit to the Baptist Church to learn all about what baptism looks like if you are part of the Baptist Church family. We saw the baptistry (which is the large pool in which people are submerged in water in) and heard from Debbie and the minister about how people might feel after they have been baptised. We also learnt about the work of the Baptist Church family in our local community. Christians feel that it is important to help others (even those that they do not know personally). 

Term 3 Week 4

We have been exploring modelling materials in Art this week. We watched some stop motion videos to see how these models are used and then had a go at using wire to create shapes and practice joins. Then we made a penguin shape as we have been learning all about their habitats in our topic this term. Some of us even made an explorer to visit these extreme habitats. 

Term 3 Week 3

This week in Science we have been learning about what all animals (including humans) need to survive. We learnt that the three basic needs of animals are: food, water and fresh air. We designed posters to share our learning with others. Take a look.

Term 3 Week 2

This week we have been learning all about shape. We explored the difference between 2D and 3D shapes, counted sides and even had a go at drawing lots of shapes. We then looked at symmetry, learning the difference between vertical and horizontal. We discussed how to sort shapes into groups and enjoyed lots of practical activities. 

Term 3 Week 1

Week one saw the start of our outdoor learning! We began by acting out a story as a class and then made a picture of the monster from our story using only natural resources that we could find. We also made a cave for our monster to live in. Then, working in groups of four, we began constructing a fort. It was a little bit cold but we all had a great time, getting very muddy in the process. Looking forward to our morning sessions next week! 

Term 2 - World on a plate

What’s on your dinner plate? Do you know where your food has come from? This term we will be flying around the world, over the seven continents and 5 oceans to find out where our food comes from. We will stopping off in Kenya to compare this African country to England: looking at food grown on the land, climate and clothing.

English – We will read the stories of Lila and the Secret of Rain, The Enchanted Wood and a variety of traditional tales. We will write instructions and look at the poetry of a local poet – John Clare.

Maths – We will add and subtract numbers using objects and pictures and will solve missing number problems using inverse. We will also explore the properties of 2D and 3D shapes by classifying them in different ways and creating patterns.

Term 2 Week 5

This week in RE we have been learning about how Christians celebrate Advent (the build up to Christmas). We learnt about the advent wreaths that you may see in a church and had a go at making our own. There are 4 candles on an advent wreath which are lit each Sunday during advent. these represent hope, joy, love and peace. There is also a candle in the middle that is lit on Christmas day to celebrate the birth of Jesus. Look at our wonderful wreaths:

Term 2 Week 4

Sam came into school to do some pedestrian training with the children. She took half the children at a time and the children learnt how to cross the road safely. She told them that the bobbly pavements show the safest place to cross the road. When crossing the road, the children looked left and right and also were told to look in front and behind them if they were crossing at a junction.

Term 2 - Week 4

This week we have had great fun taste testing lots of different combinations to see which ingredients we would like to put in our wraps that we will be making as part of DT later this term. We had to choose foods from different food groups to ensure we make a balanced meal. For proteins we could choose from ham, tuna or hummus. For vegetables we could choose from grated carrot, yellow peppers or cucumber. Finally from dairy products we could choose from cheddar cheese or cream cheese. It was great fun trying different combinations and some of us even tried new foods too! Watch this space to see our finished wraps.

Term 2 Week 2

We had great fun on Science Day. First we used balloons to build up static electricity and we stuck them to the classroom ceiling. We rubbed them on our partner's head and watched their hair rise up with the balloon!

Then we made paper helicopters and used stopwatches to time their descent. We then predicted if a larger paper helicopter would hit the floor first or last.

Term 2 - Week 1

This week we have begun to learn and perform the poem 'Pleasant Sounds' by John Claire (a local poet). We have had great fun coming up with the actions to go alongside our performance.

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Term 1 – Raise The Drawbridge

See the castle ahead? Get ready to invade its mighty walls! Shoot a projectile with an archer’s aim! Head across the drawbridge, over the moat and up to the top of the tower… Then meet the lord and lady in the Great Hall of the keep! And finally…meet knights and unconventional princesses who rescue princes and fight dragons! Maps and photographs will help us learn about our local area and also show us where we could still find a castle in our home county of Lincolnshire. This topic will develop the children’s understanding of castles through the ages, different features of medieval castles and the people who lived and worked in the castles. Would you have wanted to be a gong farmer?

English – We’ll learn the stories of The Egg, The Paper Bag Princess and The Boy Who Grew Dragons. We will write poetry about dragons, recounts of our visit to Lincoln Castle and write alternative endings to well-known stories.

Maths – Children will start the term by reading, writing and ordering numbers and partitioning 2 digit numbers. They will be developing their addition and subtraction skills and understanding the difference between the 2 operations, as well as learning about inverse operations. The children will be practising their times tables, counting in 2s, 5s and 10s.

Term 1 - Week 6

This week in Maths we have been practising our number bonds to ten using a tens frame. Look at our brilliant work!

Term 1 Week 5

This week, we used our art and sketching skills to draw Bodiam Castle. We looked carefully at a photograph of the castle and drew our own version. We thought our drawings were amazing!

Term 1 - Week 4

This week Year 2 made a really eggs-citing discovery in the nature area under some trees! Mr Pritchard (the school caretaker) found a mysterious object and knew that Year 2 would be just the children to solve the mystery. On closer inspection, the children identified the object as a giant, golden egg, which some thought could possibly even be a dragons egg. After further discussion, the children decided it may have even been laid by Lucy the Dragon who we had seen two weeks earlier at Lincoln Castle. Year 2 made sure that the police were called to investigate, and on Friday we heard back from them. The eggs-pert it had been taken to explained that it was a very rare egg that belonged to a friendly species of dragon known as a red-back dragon who is usually only found in the mountains of China. It is now being taken back to its mother so it is loved and cared for by its family. What an eggs-citing adventure we had!

Term 1 Week 2

We had a great day at Lincoln Castle. The photos really say it all!

Term 1 - Week 2

This week in remembrance of Queen Elizabeth II we created portraits of the Queen using a dotting technique (known as pointillism). We also used the poetry skills we have been learning to write a 'Who am I?' poem about the Queen. Did you know that Queen Elizabeth had a corgi called Susan?

Term 1 Week 1

We had great fun making motte and bailey castles out of clay.

We made sure our motte (hill) was quite steep and a keep was on top of the motte. We then made a fence all the way round the bailey to protect the people inside.

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