Great Fire of London collages

In our topic lesson we have been learning all about The Great Fire of London. To link together this and our Art topic of collage, we have spent the afternoon creating post-fire layered collages. The children chose appropriate colours to layer for their background and studied images of the great fire to plan the foreground of their picture.

Here are some that really stood out, well done!

Children in Need

BBC Children in Need exists to change the lives of disadvantaged children and young people across the UK. Their vision is that every child in the UK has a safe, happy and secure childhood and the chance to reach their potential.

BBC Children in Need is currently supporting over 2,800 projects in communities across the UK that are helping children and young people facing a range of disadvantages such as living in poverty, being disabled or ill, or experiencing distress, neglect or trauma. In the last grant year alone, support has helped change the lives of over 589,000 disadvantaged children and young people, right here in the UK.

Today, our children dressed up and brought in a voluntary contribution which will all be set off to Pudsey and his team. We raised a fantastic £202.10 so thank you to everybody that contributed.

Keeping Safe!

This afternoon, children in Year 2 have been learning about how to stay safe in familiar and unfamiliar environments. We had a class discussion about what it means to be ‘safe’ and the sort of hazards or dangers we should watch out for.

In today’s lesson we focused on fire and water as our main hazards. We played a game to spot the fire and water dangers inside and outside our homes. We also watched a short video to help children understand the dangers of fire and water.

Here is the game link if children would like to play at home:

http://www.glosfire.gov.uk/cd_res/site/teacher/ks1/t1_hse_of_fire_hzds_gm.htm

Next week we are going to continue learning about safety by looking at road and cycle hazards.

PE – Athletics

This half term we are focussing on Athletics and Gymnastics in our PE lessons. Today we have been developing our understanding of races and how they should be run. We ran at different speeds, in different directions and worked as a team to tig. We will be moving onto developing the technique of standing long jump and vertical jump, developing our power and techniques when throwing javelins, shot puts and discus and continuing to be competitive in races but showing good sense of sportsmanship.

Meet the 2 new members of our class!

Today we added 2 new members to our class, Mario (right) and Luigi (left) to our sea themed reading area. We wrote down our favourite fish names and voted what we would call our new class pets. The fish belong in our under the sea themed reading area and always remind us to stay focussed on our reading.

Diving into Books

The children in year 2 are full of enthusiasm for reading. They have all been trying hard to read at least 3 times per week at home using our new reading books. They have also been doing lots of reading in our brand new under the sea-themed Reading Area. This is a special part of our classroom where we are able to read for enjoyment in a relaxed, fun atmosphere.

Year 2 Science Day!

To mark World Science Day on Sunday 10th November, Year 2 took part in a science afternoon on Friday. We had a class discussion about what science is, how it affects us and we shared lots of interesting science facts! We then focused on germs and what we knew about them.

All children in the class created their face out of sugar paper. They then placed it on our 3 metre sneeze zone. We simulated three different sneezes using a spray bottle: one with no protection, one with hand protection and one protected by a tissue. Children predicted how far they thought each of the sneezes would reach on the sneeze zone.

Our experiment generated lots of fantastic discussion around germs, how they travel and how we can prevent them from spreading.

Outstanding Homework!

Over the past few weeks, Year 2 have been looking at recycling and important the 3 R’s are: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle.

For homework, children were asked to find a recyclable object and turn it into something new! Here are some of the amazing ideas they came up with:

RE: New life

A community centre  decided they would like to display some art to celebrate new life. The children in Year 2 were tasked with creating that artwork. The art will be seen by people from different religions and by people who do not follow a religion. Take a look at some of our creations!

RE

In RE we have been learning about ‘Beginnings and Endings’. We have focussed on the religions Sikhism and Christianity and have looked at christenings and birth/naming ceremonies and how these are celebrated. This week we learnt about what happens at a baptism and were given the challenge to design a gift for someone and explain why we had chosen this gift.