Class 2

Here you can see some of the exciting activities and topics which we are studying and enjoying. 

If you would like to see the archived Class 2 page for 2015/16, please click HERE

Summer 2 2017: Picture This!

 

 

This half term we are continuing our theme 'Picture This'. We are using the lighthouse picture in our classroom to inspire our learning and also using a very interesting robot dog sculpture! These pieces of artwork will inspire and support our work in many areas of the curriculum including English, PE and science!

We are learning about Judaism in RE this half term which is why we recently visited Sinai Synagogue. We are learning about some of the Jewish beliefs, considering what is important to Jewish people and finding out about some of their practices, stories and festivals. We will learn about the festival of Hanukkah and then will design and make our very own candle holder in D&T!

Summer 1 2017: Picture This!


This term our theme throughout the school is ‘Picture This!’. We have a lovely picture of a light house stood in the sea with a border of world flags hanging in our classroom and this will inspire and stimulate our learning. We will be learning how to look closely at pieces of art work, to ask questions and to describe what we see.

The books we are using to help our learning in English link with light houses such as 'The Lighthouse Keeper's Lunch' and 'The Lonely Lighthouse'. In art, we will be having a go at re-creating the lighthouse picture as well as using collage and paint to create our own sea picture. In music, we will be creating our own pirate shanties to sing in groups!

At the Seaside: Art Work

We have worked hard this half term creating different pieces of art work using a variety of techniques including collage, weaving and painting. Have a look at some of our masterpieces below!


We are Coders!

We have been using the i-Pads as part of computing this half term to help use practise our coding skills. We had great fun programming the robots to move to different places and then 'de-bugging' them when there was a problem.

Tour de Yorkshire

We have been decorating sheep in celebration of the Tour de Yorkshire which will be taking place on Saturday 29th April. The sheep will be displayed on grassy areas around Wetherby. Keep a look out for them and let us know if you see them!

Symbols of Easter

In R.E we have been looking at the symbols of Easter. We all decorated an egg with tissue paper to symbolise the stone that covered the tomb. We then cut the egg into four piece and separated them to make a cross, to remind us of Jesus' crucifixion. Have a look at our colourful Easter display below!

 

Telling the time

We are learning to tell the time this half term! Year 1s are learning to tell the time to o'clock and half past the hour and Year 2s are learning to tell the time to 5 minute intervals. You can use the games below to help you practise at home!

http://www.iboard.co.uk/activity/Set-the-Clock-Getting-Started-1432

http://www.topmarks.co.uk/PlayPop.aspx?id=2238

http://www.iboard.co.uk/activity/Activity-Times-403

http://www.iboard.co.uk/activity/Fill-the-Digits-on-the-Clock-746

http://www.iboard.co.uk/activity/Label-the-Clock-745

http://www.topmarks.co.uk/PlayPop.aspx?id=2412

Spring 2 2017: In Somebody Else's Shoes

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This half term we are trying hard to put ourselves in 'somebody else's shoes', particularly other children's 'shoes', from all around the world.

We are listening to and reading a variety of books about children from all around the world, comparing their lives and cultures with our own. We are learning about Mary Seacole and why she is still famous today and we will compare hospitals today with hospitals in 1805, looking at and trying some of the old remedies they used! In Design and Technology, we shall we sampling and evaluating breads from around the world before designing and creating our own naan bread. Stay tuned for pictures, and the recipe!

The question we are going to be trying to answer in RE is 'Christian Festivals: Holy Week, Pentecost, Easter: Why do they matter?' We will be thinking about Easter as a time for new life and will identify some signs of new life. We will become familiar with the Easter story, thinking carefully about the feelings associated with the events in the Easter story and we will investigate how different countries celebrate Easter. Have a look at our spring display below!

 

We have been bread makers this half term! A lady from Warburtons came to visit us and she taught us all about the history of Warburtons and the importance of eating a balanced diet. We then had the opportunity to try lots of different types of bread, even some we hadn't tried before! It was great fun! Then we were each given a piece of dough and were able to sculpt our own bread roll - they turned out brilliantly. What a fantastic day we had!  Look at some of the photos below.

On Wednesday 29th March, we had a visit from Don who works for the Yorkshire Ambulance Service. He told us all about his job which helped us to understand what it is like to be 'in the shoes of' a paramedic.  We also had opportunity to try on some of his uniform and look inside the ambulance. We learned a lot and had a great afternoon! Look at some of the pictures below.

Mary Seacole

In history, we have been learning about the life of Mary Seacole and why she was an important person. You can learn more about her here and play a game on this website -http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/primaryhistory/famouspeople/mary_seacole/

Mary Seacole used different plants to make a variety of herbal remedies to help sick and injured people, including ginger for sore heads and tummies. We tried some different types of ginger beer - some of us liked it and some of us didn't! Can you guess who?

Contraction Caterpillars!

In English, we have been working hard to spell contractions correctly. We created our own contraction caterpillars which we put up in the classroom to remind us to use them in some of our writing.

Spring 1 2017: Lights, Camera, Action II

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Our curriculum theme this half term is 'Lights, Camera, Action II'.  We are using a range of different film clips including many from 'Peter Pan' and 'The Jungle Book' to inspire our writing as well as our learning in music and dance.  You can watch the trailers for both films below.  In computing, we are using laptops and iPads to help us create our own animations and we record our own narration to some short films. 

In RE, we are listening to and watching a variety of Christian parables and learning about and suggesting some of their meanings.  We are re-telling these parables through a selection of different writing and drama opportunities.  We are learning about the importance of good food and drink choices, getting enough sleep and exercise, in science, in order to keep our bodies healthy; towards the end of term we will learn, through an experiment, why washing our hands is so important!

                                                                   

We have been learning about different types of sentences: statements, questions, commands and exclamations. We worked together as a class to write this diary entry for a music video. Listen carefully, how many different sentence types can you hear?

Autumn 2 2016: Enquiring Minds

This half term, our theme throughout the school is ‘Enquiring Minds’ and our work in many curriculum areas will link to this. In RE, we will be talking about some of the puzzling questions we have that we cannot answer and discussing how we can talk to, and about, God. We'll be investigating the uses of different materials in science and this will link to our work in English too as we'll reading Traction Man and Biscuit Bear. In history, we'll be learning more about the Great Fire of London and try to answer the question 'what can we learn about the fire from Samuel Pepys' diaries?'

We'll also be very busy preparing for our school nativity which is called 'Stargazers'.

 

In history, we have been learning all about the Great Fire of London and on Wednesday 30th December we took part in a fantastic workshop run by Leeds Art Forms.

We started the day by looking at photographs of some tudor houses and learnt more about their structure before we drew some of our own. We then worked together to build a model version of London using boxes and paints. The buildings all looked fantastic! In the afternoon, we experienced the sights, sounds and smells of a real fire as we set our replica London city on fire and watched it spread through the city. We had to make sure that we stood at a sensible distance so that we were safe. We had an excellent day! Have a look at some of the photos below!

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As part of our 'Enquiring Minds' topic we have taken part a range of science investigations. We were given some gingerbread men and a selection of different liquids to put them in and were surprised at how the gingerbread men changed over time! Have a look below!

We also worked in small groups to find out which would be the best material to fix a hole in an umbrella. We used pipettes and water to test how waterproof each material was. We all came to the conclusion that the hole should be fixed with plastic.

Autumn 1 2016: Where in the World?

 

This half term, our theme throughout the school is ‘Where in the world?’ and our work in many curriculum areas will link to this. We will be thinking about Christians living all over the world, exploring and comparing churches and worship in England with churches in other countries.

We'll also learn about life in Australia, read a selection of books set in Australia and consider how animals are suited to living in different parts of the world.

 

Welcome to Contraction Surgery!

In Year 2, we have been investigating the use of contractions. We were given a selection of words and had to carefully cut them up  then stick them back together to make a contraction, using a plaster as the apostrophe. We made lots of words!

Where do woodlice like to live?

In science, we have been learning about where animals live and how they are adapted to living in their habitat. We investigated where woodlice like to live. We collected some woodlice, covered half the box in black paper and left the other half. We found that after a couple of minutes all the woodlice moved to the dark side!

Christian Crosses

We looked at different churches from all over the world and compared them with some of the churches we have in England. Have a look at some of the crosses we made below using only our fingers!