Miss Stanley's 2018-19 Year 2 Class

Thank you to all parents who attended the recent SATs evening in preparation for May of this year.  Hopefully you found it informative and has settled any worries that you have regarding the assessments.  The powerpoint used during the evening has been added to this page so that you can take a further look at the comments and notes made during the session.
Welcome to Year 2 2018-19 with Miss Stanley & Mrs Wright.
Check back here regularly to find out what is happening in Year 2 this term.
Autumn Term
So far this term we have become time detectives, learning about changes over time!  

We have explored maps and developed our understanding of navigating using a compass and next we will be using an atlas to find countries, continents and oceans. 

Alongside this, we have been exploring the history of toys and whether we would like to play with toys of the past. We have learnt how toys have changed and have sorted toys according to a criteria. 

We were lucky to have a visit from Denny Abbey who came to show us some old toys from the past. We even got to hold them and play with them but we had to be very careful!
In Science we are continuing our learning about the uses of everyday materials including wood, plastic, metal and paper. We really enjoyed comparing the suitability of materials in our 'Egg Drop Challenge'. We made devices to protect an egg using suitable materials and we dropped them from 1 and a half meters onto the floor. Most of us managed to protect our egg :) 
In English we have looked at Traditional Tales and have focused on Little Red Riding Hood. The wolf emailed us to tell us that the story was wrong and he wanted to tell us the true story! 
We were very sad to hear the wolf's story so we decided to invite him for an interview. We wrote lots of interesting questions to find out more and then he visited us. He was so friendly and he was telling us the truth! We did ask him for a selfie but he had never done one before. You can just see his nose!
I hope you have all had an enjoyable half term. I am very excited about our next half term and am looking forward to seeing you all again. 
This half term we are having Tuesday afternoon as an extended PE session rather than 2 shorter sessions to allow children a greater amount of active time in the lesson. Please remember PE kits on Tuesdays. Thank you!
Thank you to everyone for coming to our class assembly on Friday 23rd. We hope you enjoyed it! 
This week we have started our rehearsals for the KS1 Christmas production of 'Hey Ewe'. We are really enjoying it and are all excited to perform it for all of you next week. 
Spring Term
Welcome back to the Spring term. I hope you all had a magical Christmas and the Year 2 team wish you a happy New Year! 
We had a wonderful lead up to Christmas in school and have had a fabulous start to our new term. 
Our new topic is 'Sensational Safari'. We will be journeying to Africa to discover the geography of Kenya through focusing on the main human and physical features of the country. Then we will learn about the key geographical features of the country including Kenyan wildlife, landscapes and culture. Children will learn about the similarities and differences between Kenya and the UK along with continuing to develop their geographical skills through a variety of fun and interactive activities.
PE will usually take place on a Tuesday and Friday. However, please make sure PE kits are in all week in case of timetable changes.
Please ensure your child has a water bottle at school and that all school clothes are named clearly. 
In Science we are learning about living things including humans and have learnt about animals and their habitats and learnt that if we do not protect them Earth's habitats may be lost. This week we are going on a minibeast survey in our local habitat, we will let you know how it goes! 
In our English lesson so far we have learnt about calligram poems and created a class winter poem using the skills we learnt. We all contributed similes and alliteration in our lines for the poem. We hope you enjoy it!

Frozen Paradise

An owl as white as the snow.

White snow as soft as a bunny’s tail.

Snow as smooth as silky slippers.

Snow as bright as the sun.

Snow as soft as a bunny.

Shining sun as bright as a crystal.

Shimmering snow.

Snow as smooth as a piece of paper.

Snow as white as a penguin.

Snow as soft as a feather.

Shimmering sun as bright as a torch.

Darting deer as fast as chatty cheerful cheetahs.

Crystal covered shiny icicles

Snow as sparkly as crystals.

Ice as bright as the sun

Snow as soft as a polar bear

Snow as crunchy as cereal.

Icicles as long as tree trunks.

Snow as shiny as the sun.

Incredible icicles

Smooth snow.

Snowy trees as tall as a snowman.

Snow as soft as a blanket.

Mountains as tall as the shard.

Snow as soft as a thin leaf.

Trees as tall as mountains

Water as bright as the sun.


By Year 2

We then used our new vocabulary to write our own poem as a calligram. 

We had a fun end to the first part of the spring term. We linked our learning of 3D shapes to make 3D sculptures using marshmallows like the artist Eva Rothschild. 
We learnt about Africa in our Geography this half term and used this to write some cool Kennings (poems) about African animals. Here is our new corridor display. See if you can spot Where's Wally! 
I hope you have all had a restful half term and are ready to start our next half term. I look forward to seeing you all back! 
Today we learnt about symmetry and explored our own pictures and used mirrors to show the lines of symmetry.