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Year Two 

 

...Together we will reach for the stars...

Spring Term Two…                                                    Value: Justice 

 

‘Learn to do right; seek justice for what is fair, rescue the oppressed,

speak up for the orphans and widows.’

Isaiah 1:17

On behalf of the staff and children of Year Two, I would like to extend a very warm welcome to our class page.

 

It has been wonderful to welcome everyone back to school and reunite as a class community again. Our sincere thanks for all of your hard work and efforts during a period of home learning. We were very impressed with the work and commitment shown. I am looking forward to seeing everyone flourish further as we settle back in. 

 

I am incredibly excited about the learning journey ahead and can’t wait for you to join me on our adventure.  

 

This section of our website will be used to provide a summary of Year Two's learning journey. It will also be used to share information and post regular updates. Scroll down to view our adventures! 

 

As always, the door to our classroom is always open…’alone we can do so little; together we can do so much!’

Diary Dates 

19th March - Dress up for Downs 

21st March - World Down Syndrome Day 

1st April - Last day of term 

 

Weekly Check List 

Monday - PE - Reading sack returned. Winter PE kit to be worn to school - Outdoor PE. 

Tuesday (PM) - Mrs Bullock

Wednesday - Reading/Library books and Homework due 

Friday - PE - Winter PE kit to be worn to school - Outdoor PE

...Our Learning Journey...

This section of our class page will be used to provide you with an insight into our classroom and learning adventures. 

Our Spring Term Adventures...

Dress up for Downs...

We loved being positive about Downs Syndrome, raising awareness and developing our own understanding. Together, we thought about some of the difficulties that might be faced but most importantly how our differences make us stronger and that everyone has something special to offer. We opened our own bakery, thinking about different toppings – doesn’t matter our toppings we are all just as yummy. We also thought about how we communicate and used Makaton to aid our interactions. It was an action packed day!

 

However, most importantly, we recognised and celebrated how our differences make us stronger!!

World Book Day...

Despite being at home, we loved sharing World Book Day together. We dressed up as various characters, celebrated books and sharing stories together. Your costumes were incredible! We had great fun being creative and entering our whole school competition using Ernest Hemmingway as inspiration, who, as the legend goes wrote "For sale: baby shoes, never worn." when challenged to write a story in just six words. Our six-word stories focused around the theme of The Environment. Congratulations Willow, who was one of our competition winners.  

Values...

We delved into our school values and thought carefully about what COURAGE means. We thought about times when we have had to show courage and how courage can help us in our everyday lives. As always, we were blown away by the insightful discussions that Year Two engaged in.

Honourable Home Learning...

Unfortunately, we were faced with another lock down at the start of Spring Term but that didn’t stop us keeping in touch as a community through our fun and interactive live sessions. We were so impressed with how everyone adapted; your commitment to learning and your undeniable positivity. All of the staff in Year Two were also incredibly touched by the wonderful video that you prepared – You’ve got a friend in me! Again, such brilliant use of

Makaton to support communication.                                                                                    

Our Autumn Term Adventures...

Virtual Nativity...

Who knew that Year Two was made up of incredible actors and actresses!! We loved putting together a virtual Nativity, refining our acting skills, projecting our voice and singing our hearts out. We even used Makaton to accompany our musical accompaniments. I am so PROUD of everyone for pouring their heart and soul into this Nativity – we hope you enjoyed watching it as much as we did preforming it!

What shocking Pirate behaviour!

We were shocked to discover that a small part of our playground had been dug up. The ground was scattered with old coins, precious jewels and items which we believe belonged to Pirates. Is our school built upon a chest of treasure?

 

The children really enjoyed exploring this hook, introducing:

Our new core text ‘The Pirates Next Door’ by Jonny Duddle and our topic work on becoming map makers.

 

 

As part of our whole school Harvest celebrations, we wrote a class prayer and acrostic poems, thinking about what we are most thankful for. 

Our Class Prayer:

Dear Lord,

Thank you for our lovely meals prepared by caring hands.

Thank you for beautiful vegetables that you help us grow.

     Thank you for the juicy, sweet fruits that help                       to keep us healthy.

                              Amen.

We also showed our support to World Mental Health Day by wearing an item of yellow clothing.

 

 

Beegu by Alexis Deacon

 

On a crisp Monday morning, we were startled when we stumbled across a spaceship wreckage on our school field. Coming out of the crash scene were tiny yellow foot prints. These mysterious foot prints kept appearing around our school until eventually Beegu made an appearance. We loved exploring our core text, Beegu, and we generated some superb writing!

 

Check out our amazing work on display! We are very PROUD!

 

 

Thornbury Water

As part of local, historical study, we imagined what it would be like having to collect daily water from a well or pump. This helped us to understand what life was like in the past but also how a simple task of washing your hands could become so complex.

 

We were also really careful to conserve the water – it was harder than we imagined.

 

After this, we stepped inside a picture from the past, explored artefacts and wrote in role. 

Sensory play to support descriptive writing

 

We love practical hands on learning. To support our descriptive writing and use of adjectives we submerged ourselves in raw material, using our senses to support our description and vocabulary choice.

PE 

Term one's PE lessons were awesome. We put together some 

incredible dance routines with Coach Harley and shocked Mr Francis with our spectacular performances. During our fitness sessions, we have looked at different types of movements and moving with increasing control and accuracy. These movements were equally as spectacular. 

 

 

Claude Puppets...

To help us understand more about our Author of the Year, we immersed ourselves within his work for a morning. As part of this, we created mini hand puppets of the main character, Claude. It was wonderful fun creating mini adventures for our puppets.

 

Claude leads an adventurous life and our replicas now lead adventurous lives too.

 

We love hearing about their new adventures and creating new stories in the style of Alex T. Smith.

What a BRILLIANT first day! 

 

It has been wonderful welcoming everyone back today - they've been stars! I have thoroughly enjoyed watching their imaginations unfold and I'm already looking forward to next week's adventures. 

 

Here are some highlight pictures from today. Hopefully these will act as conversation starters. I know that after a long and tiring day it is often hard to reflect on what has been achieved. I hope everyone enjoys sharing their first day memories.

  Remarkable Reading 

In Year Two, we love reading and enjoy getting stuck into a book. As well as reading for pleasure, we also love exploring our Author of the Year.

Author of the Year - Alex T. Smith!

Alex T. Smith is author and illustrator of children’s books. In each book his inspiring characters embark on various wacky but relatable adventures. His Claude range, which will be our primary focus, introduce children to early chapter books in a friendly and non-threatening way. Alex’s use of vocabulary is highly effective and repetitive – allowing early readers to be challenged, broadening their bank of vocabulary.  As an author and illustrator, Alex’s illustrations bring his stories to life, allowing readers to make predictions and actively engage within the text.

 

We love his short stories and find them highly entertaining – we hope you do too! Read one of his books here. 

Helpful Home Learning 

Home learning is provided every Friday (expect school holidays) to support or consolidate learning in class. All home learning tasks will be shared on Seesaw and also uploaded here. For further information, please read the attached home learning expectations. 

Home Learning Explanation

Our Curriculum Adventures

Below you will find overviews relating to our curriculum and termly coverage. However, if you do have any questions, please do not hesitate to get in touch – we are happy to help in any way we can. Together we are stronger!

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