The Sound Collector

In English this week, Year 2 children have been given the chance to explore poems which use language play. One of these poems was ‘The Sound Collector’. Children read the poem in small groups and then generated ideas for their own Sound Collector poems. Children were encouraged to use onomatopoeia and rhyme in their writing.

Here are a few of the verses I was particularly impressed by!

The Sound Collector

A stranger called this morning

Dressed all in black and grey

Put every sound into a bag

And carried them away

The flushing of the toilet

The ticking of the clock

The snoring of my Grandad

The machine washing my sock! (Maisie Y2)

The gurgle of the drain

The screeching of the chair

The dripping of the raindrops

The creaking of the stair (Annabelle Y2)

The squeaking of toys

The chewing of beef

My snoring old dad

That blowing handkerchief (Ollie Y2)

The crying of a baby

The spreading of a knife

The popping of the toaster

The shouting of the wife! (Luke Y2)

A stranger called this morning

He didn’t leave his name

Left us only silence

Life will never be the same.

By Roger McGough (And the children of Year 2)

Brilliant Boats!

This afternoon, children in Year 2 have been continuing their Science learning. We have been looking at different materials, their properties and their suitability. Today we put what we had learnt to the test by building boats and observing how well they floated in the water tray.

The children were put into pairs and asked to choose materials to make a boat. Children were only given 45 minutes to plan and make their boats. Materials they chose from were, kitchen towel, foil, cling film, baking parchment, card, paper, lolly sticks and straws. They also had the choice of using PVA glue, selotape or brown parcel tape to help with the boat construction.

As part of a class discussion, children realised that their boat would need to be strong, waterproof and light in order to float in the water tray.

All the children loved constructing their boats and the excitement of testing them in the water tray!

Computer Art

We put our computer skills into practise by creating art work using the pointillist technique. We created a picture of the “Big Ben” which is a famous London landmark that we have been learning about. Take a look at our creative computer art.

Something to celebrate!

Today in Year 2, these children had something to celebrate!

These two boys have made lots of progress in their 5-a-day since the start of the year. They have grown in confidence and are now completing their morning maths work completely independently! Well done boys!

We have also been finishing off our adaptations of Goldilocks in our English lessons. These three children have been celebrated today for their fantastic writing. Not only did they have beautiful handwriting but they also managed to include all of our learning from this week, including questions, exclamations and commands in their sentences.

Fantastic work!

‘The Dot’ by Peter Reynolds

This term, Year 2 are basing all of their artwork around the book ‘The Dot’, by Peter Reynolds. The Dot tells the story of a young girl called Vashti who thinks she is no good at drawing. Her teacher shows her that anything can be made into a work of art, even a tiny dot. The story teaches children that anyone can do anything, you just need to try your best!

In our art lessons we have been creating dots using different drawing and painting materials. Children have experimented using pencils, pens, crayons, chalks, pastels and paints. We used pencils to create different sized dots using shading techniques, chalks and pastels to practise with other drawing materials and paints to mix light and dark shades and experiment with different sized brushes.

Here is the end result!


Stretchy Science

In Science, we have been looking at every day materials and their uses. This week, we looked at the properties of different materials. Children matched vocabulary cards to pictures of different materials to show what they have learnt. They then tested different objects see if they could change their shape by twisting, bending, stretching or squashing. We discovered as a class that all of the materials that could change shape had similar properties, as did those that didn’t!

Fairy tale Stories

In writing we have started learning about fairy tale stories. To begin our learning we acted out and retold the fairy tale story “The 3 Little Pigs” in groups of 4. We then discussed and recorded all the features that the fairy tale story had. Take a look at our Writing Wall of all the features we learnt and us in action as the 3 Little Pigs and the big, bad wolf!!!

Fantastic Home Learning!

Take a look at some of our fantastic work that we have created at home. Some of the children have created art work linking to our topic. William has drawn and labelled the counties in the UK and Ollie has drawn a map of the UK labelling the countries, he has also used the pointillist technique that we have been learning about in art to create a picture of The Big Ben, a famous London tourist attraction and landmark. Well done boys!!!

Why is Britain Great?

Our topic this term is “Why is Britain Great?” To begin our topic we recapped some of the year 1 learning we had already been taught last year. The children had remembered lots of key facts about our town, country, continents and seas. We then discussed and shared post cards of some of the places we had visited during the summer holidays and located these places on a map of the UK. We even found some time to share lots of delicious rock!!!

The following lessons have involved us using atlases and the iPads to locate the countries of the UK (England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales) as we as locating some of the counties in England. We looked further into South Yorkshire and some of the fun things we can do in our very own county.