Tawny Owl - Year 2
We rounded off a busy first half to the Spring term with our visit to Chelmsford's Cathedral and Mosque. The children had an interesting and enjoyable time learning about Christianity and Islam through listening to stories, role-play and dressing up.
All the children were extremely sensible and well behaved through out the visit and were a credit to Barnes Farm Infant School. Well done Tawny Owls.
Wishing you all a super half term break.
Mrs Tully and Mrs Hayward
This week we have been investigating how matter changes when it is heated or cooled. The children have really impressed us with their observational skills and thoughtful predictions and explanations during Science activities. We are continuing to follow the adventures of George and his marvellous medicine and have enjoyed looking at the wonderful potions that the children have been making at home. In mathematics we have been working on division and have enjoyed practical maths activities as well as working hard to record different ways to represent division in our exercise books.
Mrs Tully and Mrs Hayward
Tawny Owls have arrived back in school eager and ready to start learning all about our new topic- George's Marvellous Medicine. We have already begun to read and discuss the story and are looking forward to doing lots of Science and Design and Technology work based around the book.
Don't forget that our Forest Schools sessions resume next week on Tuesday morning.
Our new P.E. days are Tuesdays and Thursdays this term. Please ensure that your child has both shorts and a tee shirt for Dance lessons and tracksuit bottoms and a warm top for outside P.E. Spare socks are useful too especially for girls changing out of tights!
Mrs Tully and Mrs Hayward.
We had an amazing afternoon designing, making and testing our bridges. We learnt a lot about how to improve their structures to carry heavy loads. A fun and exciting time was had by all! We had our first Forest Schools session this week and all enjoyed getting outside even though the weather was quite chilly! In class we have been working hard on learning Christmas songs and carols for our Year 2 performance around the Christmas tree and are looking forward to performing them for our families and friends.
This week we have met Isambard Kingdom Brunel and have begun to learn about some of his amazing engineering achievements. We have created timelines and fact files about Brunel and are looking forward to becoming engineers ourselves next week as we design and test our own bridge constructions.
We had our final visit from Florence Nightingale this week. As a year group we debated whether Florence and her nurses should be allowed to nurse the soldiers at Scutari hospital. The children argued successfully that she should be allowed to start working in the hospital! We have used our drama work this week to help us write persuasive letters to Queen Victoria to make the case for Florence to continue her good work in nursing.
In Mathematics we have begun working on multiplication and have been looking at equal and unequal groups. We have enjoyed working on different ways of representing multiplication number sentences.
Victorian Class Assembly
A big thank you to all the parents and carers who came to see our assembly on Thursday. It was lovely to see such a big audience! The children performed brilliantly and I was very proud of them all.
We were also very excited this week to have a visit from Florence Nightingale. We watched and listened as she wrote a letter to her family just before she began her journey to the Crimea. We were keen to ask her how she and her team of nurses were feeling as they prepared to leave home. We then acted as if we were nurses or injured soldiers at Scutari hospital. We had to debate whether Florence and her team of nurses should be allowed to look after the wounded and sick soldiers. We are looking forward to the next chapter......
Week 1-2 Autumn 2
We have been very busy rehearsing for our Victorian Class assembly. The children performed for the school this morning and did themselves proud. They looked amazing in their costumes and spoke their lines clearly and confidently. Tawny Owls are looking forward to welcoming our families tomorrow to watch our assembly.
We have been learning about school life in Victorian times this week. We have looked at classroom artefacts such as slates and inkwells and have been comparing our classroom with a Victorian one. Our visit to the Braintree museum is fast approaching and we are looking forward to dressing up as Victorian children and experiencing a real life lesson!
This week we have been busy learning an Autumn poem and song as well as composing a class prayer for Harvest festival. All the children took part in our special Harvest Assembly and I was very proud of their performance.
We are learning about what it was like to live in a Victorian house and comparing kitchens, clothes and household objects with the things we use today. Most of us prefer life with electricity!
We continue to enjoy hearing the story of Oliver Twist and have been working in small groups to enact different parts of the story. Tawny Owls certainly have some budding actors and actresses! This has really helped us with our writing as we are learning about different sentence types. This week we are working on addition and subtraction in mathematics. Next week is Harvest Festival and together with the other Year 2 classes we are busy learning songs and poems to perform in our Harvest Assembly.
We have started to read Oliver Twist and are all absolutely gripped by the story and can't wait to find out what happens next! We have been using ideas from the story to help us learn about adjectives and exclamation sentences with great success.
In mathematics we have been practising counting in 2's, 3's, 5's and 10's and revising how to use the < > and = signs.
Our Science this week has involved looking at the structure of bulbs and we hope to be planting some bulbs for next Spring when the weather improves!
What a busy week! We have elected our new School Council members. Congratulations to Nihal and Sofia and thank you to all the children who took part in our election.
We have been learning about Queen Victoria's early life this week and have drawn some super royal portraits. In English we have been reading the story of The elves and the Shoemaker and have enjoyed dramatising the story with our Learning Partners. In mathematics we are continuing to work on partitioning numbers and place value.
Our new Tawny Owls are settling in very well and have quickly got used to new routines and expectations for Year 2. We even had a gold award given out on the first day of term!
The children are already excited to be learning about life in Victorian homes and have been sketching household artefacts and listening to stories set in Victorian times. In mathematics we have been learning about place value, partitioning numbers and using number lines.
Welcome to Year 2 and to our new Tawny Owls! I hope that you and your families have enjoyed the summer holidays and I am looking forward to meeting you all again on Wednesday ready for the start of an exciting term. We are going to be learning about life in Victorian times so get ready to find out what it was like to be a Victorian schoolchild!