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Welcome to Year 2!

Miss Stead would like to welcome you to our fabulous               Year 2 class and introduce you to our wonderful team!

Welcome to our class webpage where you can find out about our amazing learning journey. You will find information about our activities, examples of our work and comments from us! Please visit often to see our learning journey develop.

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Art Day in Year 2!
To follow on from World Book Day, the whole school took part in an Art Day. Our topic was ‘settings’. Each class created a piece of artwork around the setting in their class novel. In Year 2 we have been focusing on descrptive writing and looking at stills from the film ‘Into The Woods’. Therefore we focused on a forest setting and we used clay to create our artwork. The children were brilliant and worked really hard to create different textures using the clay tools. We can’t wait to paint them next week!
World Book Day!
Here are some of our amazing World Book Day characters! Thank you to all the parents who were able to support us. 
Fun in the Snow!
During break time we had so much fun in the snow. Everyone worked together to build a fabulous snowman!
Reading Champions 
On ‘wacky hair’ day we enjoyed milkshakes and cookies because we won the KS1 reading competition. Hopefully we will win again next term! Let’s keep up the good work and make sure we are reading every night. 
PE in Year 2
Year 2 enjoyed a full day of PE with our guest sports specialists. They learnt about a new sport called Korf Ball and all about Nutrition. The children were put into groups and played for points. They worked really well together and were full of support and encouragement for their team. Well done to the Blueberries who won the most points!
Performing tests in Science

In Science the children were helping Discovery God find the bounciest ball for Naughty Nora. First we made predictions and created a class tally chart. Then we tested four balls out, by dropping them from the same height and cutting paper to show how high it bounced. We used a giant graph to compare everyone’s data. Some of our findings were different and we thought that the types of flooring that we performed our tests on may have affected some groups results. The children then thought about counting the amount of times the balls bounced to see if the same ball came out on top. We created a giant graph to present our results and we made sure our axes were labelled correctly. One piece of folded card represented one bounce. We found that the rubber ball was the bounciest ball in both of our tests. Well done Year 2 for working so hard and making sure our tests were fair. 

Multiplication in Year 2
We have been learning about Multiplication in Year 2 and linking it to repeated addition. The children know that the special number (number we are adding in) always comes first in a multiplication number sentence and the second number tells us how many lots we need. So 2 x 5 = is the same as 2 + 2 + 2 + 2 + 2 =. Next we will be learning about arrays and using our knowledge of Multiplication in context questions. 
DT in Year 2!
In Year 2 we have linked our Science topic on ‘Materials’ and our story ‘The Lighthouse Keeper’s Lunch’ so the children have designed their own lighthouses using a range of materials. Once they had finished their designs, they were able to make them using the materials they had chosen. We will be looking at our lighthouses and writing evaluations on their designs and the materials they picked. 
Our Amazing Nativity!
Year 1 and 2 were amazing in their nativity ‘Jesus’s Christmas Party!’ They sang beautifully and all our actors worked so hard on their lines, which paid off! Thank you to all the parents who came to support us!
Professional Photographers!
Year 2 were fortunate to work with professional photographers to create Christmas scenes and take their own pictures, for Christmas cards. They worked in pairs to get the best angles, pick the props and create amazing photographs. 
Our Estimation Station!

In class we have an “Estimation Station” which consists of three jars. The 1st jar has one item in it, the 2nd has 10 items in it and the 3rd has an unknown amount in it - and every child is asked to estimate the amount in that jar. Each week the children have to make an estimation.  At the end of the week we order the children’s estimations from smallest to largest and we count out the unknown amount, often using our 2’s, 5’s or 10’s to help us count accurately. We can then work  out our estimators of the week.

This week it was Michael and Matthew! Well done boys!

Children In Need - 16th November 2017
Two of our children supporting our ‘spotty day’ fund raising for Children In Need. 
The Lighthouse Keeper’s Lunch!

The final part...

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This is the final part of our retell of ‘The Lighthouse Keeper’s Lunch’ using actions and pictures to help us.

The second part...

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This is the second part of our retell of ‘The Lighthouse Keeper’s Lunch’
Our Autumn Art
To further explore the topic of Autumn in Science, we looked into the artist Andy Goldsworthy and using Autumn items to create artwork. We used his pictures as inspiration and looked into the shapes he created. The children had a great time working in groups to create their own pieces of artwork. 
Our Seaside Trip!
As part of out geography topic, ‘The Place Where We Live’, Year 2 went into Southport town centre to explore. We started on Lord Street and looked at all the interesting buildings. The children loved looking at the war memorials and seeing the giant poppy on the side of the Town Hall. Then we walked to Neville Street to see Queen Victoria’s statue. After that, we walked all the way down the pier and the children were able to see Blackpool. They had a fabulous time and were brilliantly behaved. Well done Year 2!

Year 2 won the KS1 reading competition last half term. This meant that Mrs Clarke came into our classroom with milkshakes and biscuits, and read from our class novel ‘The Christmassaurus’ by Tom Fletcher. Thank you to all the parents who read with their children every night and helped us win. Let’s see if we can win next half term too!

The Lighthouse Keepers Lunch!

In Year 2 we are reading ‘The Lighthouse Keeper’s Lunch’ by Ronda Armitage. To help us with our retell, we are learning the story through pictures and actions. Here is the first part of the story...

The First Part...

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French in Year 2!
In Year 2 we have been learning a French greeting song. We are sending the song to our exchange school, George de la Tour in Seichamps. The children are looking forward to hearing back from them.

Our Greeting Song

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Comprehension in Year 2
We have been looking at ‘Little Polly Riding Hood’ by Catherine Storr during our comprehension lessons. We decided to pick our favourite part of the story and explore how the characters would act by looking at the text. They used expressions and actions to help convey how the characters would be feeling. 

Comprehension Video

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Bike it!
The children were brilliant during our Bike It session. Our aim was to try and get every child to feel more comfortable riding on a bike without stabilisers. All of Year 2 tried their best and were brilliant at following instructions. We had lots of success and most of our class can now ride on their bikes safely without stabilisers. Well done Year 2!
Year 2 ‘The Door’ Poems
The children have worked hard to write their own ‘The Door’ poems. First, we focused on places we could have gone to if we had our own door to anywhere. This helped the children to structure and explore their ideas for each line. Well done Year 2 for working so hard! Here are some examples of our brilliant poems:
Our Year 2 Artwork!
As part of our whole school project on ‘The Door’ by Miroslav Holub, we created artwork to go with our poems. We used polystyrene to create stamps of our doors. Once we had carved in our designs, we used paint in only the primary colours to roll onto the back. Quickly, we pressed the stamps onto white paper to create these stunning pieces of artwork.
Roles and Responsibilities in Year 2
Recently, we have been thinking about our rights and responsibilities as a class in Year 2. We realised whilst we have rights as children, we also have responsibilities for example: caring for our environment inside and out; being respectful; staying safe and looking after each other. 
Poetry in Year 2!
Year 2 have been learning the poem 'The Door' by Miroslav Holub. We have used actions and pictures to help us remember it off by heart. Year 2 have also been thinking about the importance of performing the poem with loud, clear voices to keep the audience interested. Well done Year 2! You've done a fabulous job!

'The Door' by Miroslav Holub

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Our Year 2 Council Members!
Our children had a chance to vote for their School Council Members, Eco Council Members and our class Ethos Council Members. After we counted the votes, they had chosen Tamzyn and Corey as our School Council Members, Angel and Ryan as our Eco Council Members and Scarlett J and Adam as our Ethos Council Members. I'm sure our new council members will make our class proud!