Look at us learning
The King's Coronation.
We had a great day celebrating the King's Coronation! A huge thank you to the Parish Council for our keepsake coins.
In English, we are reading Man on the Moon. This links really well to our history topic of the moon landing. This children will also be learning all about gravity and how astronauts keep themselves fit.
To start with, the children were shown the front cover of the book and pictures from the book. They ordered the pictures and predicted what they thought would happen.
In maths, we are looking at fractions. The children so far have been exploring 1/2 and 1/4. We have been looking at how many halves make and whole; how many thirds make and whole and how many quarters make a whole. Not only this, but we have been counting is 1/2s, 1/3s and 1/4 too.
PE - Yoga
We are very lucky in year 2. We have Katie (from South Ribble) for the next 5 weeks doing some yoga sessions with us. The children were fantastic and loved their first session.
PE - Net and Wall
During PE we have improved our throwing and catching skills we have combined this with movement in preparation for our future tennis lessons.
Tennis at Clayton Brook.
Whole School Football Day
We loved learning new football skills with Andy.
We are looking this half term about how we can keep our bodies healthy. We will be looking at this through the eyes of an astronaut. This children have learnt the difference between gravity and zero gravity. We have looked closely at the impact of zero gravity on astronaut's bodies. This children have create their own work out that astronauts can do in space - with a harness of course. In the next couple of weeks, this children will be completing an experiment to see how their fitness improves overtime.
We are looking this half term all about computer safety. Watch this space for more.
This half term, we will be learning all about Florida. We will be comparing Florida to England and more specifically Clayton Brook. This children already know the state capital, it's nickname and how many states make up the USA from our map lesson. We will be linking this with the moon landing and learning lots about Cape Carnaveral (where the rocket took off from.
In history, we will be learning all about the moon landing. The children will find out lots about Neil Armstrong as well as modern day astronauts. For example, Tim Peake. This will be comparing 1969 to modern day as well as the 1605 when the Gun Powder Plot took place and 1866 when Beatrix Potter was born. This children are able to plot these dates in chronological order and are able to plot when they were born too.
In music, we are learning the song: Hands, Feet, Heart
This afternoon we looked at the nutritional labels on food and started to talk about the importance a balanced diet. We looked more closely at hidden sugars in drinks and the children were shocked to learn how much sugar is in a drink which is classed a as healthy drink. We have decided as a class to look more closely at food so we consider our daily sugar intake. Please watch the link with your child.
We continued to learn about the food groups (carbohydrates, proteins, fruits and vegetables, dairy, oils and spreads) to understand a balanced diet and decide the best food combinations for our healthy wrap.
Facts about Islam.
World Book Day
Today, Year 2 enjoyed their visit to Beatrix Potter World Windermere.
This half term, we are learning all about Beatrix Potter. We have read The Tale of Peter Rabbit and we will soon be writing our own tale. This children have explored the story and they have even met Peter Rabbit himself. They wrote lots of questions and asked them to Peter Rabbit.
Wind in the Willows
We have been reading this in English. We have compared the characters in the story against characters from other stories. We have also talked out Mr Toad and what his conscience might be saying. We complete several conscience alleys to infer Mr Toad's thoughts.
In Maths, we have been learning how to measure. We have measured lots of items using metre stick and using cm centimetres rulers. We have been in the hall and organised equipment based on whether it was less than a metre, about a metre or more than a a metre. We then had the challenge to organise ourselves in height order.
We have been on a walk to create tally charts to create pictograms.
We have been learning all about money. We visited Clayton Brook's own shop in the hall. Some of us became shop keepers and some of us were customers. We bought lots of different things.
Our Library Visit
We have been looking at plants and animals. We have explored how different animals survive and how plants survive. We have conducted experiments to see what plants need to survive. Watch this space for the results.
The results are in. The one without water didn't grow at all. The one with light and water is beginning to grow and looks very healthy. The one with water and no light has grown very quickly as it is searching for light. However, it looks very unhealthy.
We have been exploring static electricity. It was so much fun!
This half term we will be practising ball skills which include bouncing, dribbling, throwing and catching.
Dance - Wind in the Willows
Freeze Frames - Can you guess the character; Mole, Ratty, Badger and Mr Toad.
In computing, we are learning all about emails. Here we are logging in for the very first time.
We are learning to program using Scratch. We started off by programming each other to create dance moves. We have now designed and drawn our own monsters on Scratch and we have programmed them to move.
Air-clay rabbits in the style of Michael Koons.
Brilliant Beginning - Construction Kit Afternoon
Year 2 had the opportunity to play with a range of construction kits to build a chair focusing on the different features.
Using a scientific approach, the children have tested the stability of 3D shapes that they have moulded themselves.
We have started to build Mr McGregor’s chair.
Mr McGregor your chair is nearly ready ….
Watch out Peter Rabbit, Mr McGregor’s chair is in the garden.
We used Google Maps to locate different landmarks in our house parks; Astley Park, Yarrow Valley Country Park, Cuerden Valley Country Park and Worden Park.
Year 2 enjoyed using the compass to work out different locations within our school and surrounding area.
Geography Field trip around school
There are lots of different tools you can use when doing fieldwork.
Each tool is used for different things: for example, a hoop helps to record what you see in a certain area, a rain gauge measures how much rain has fallen, or a compass can check directions.
This term our topic is Island Life. We will be learning all about the UK and events that have happened in the UK overtime.
We have been reading Katie Morag Delivers the Mail. We have asked Katie lots of questions and everyone has shown great inference skills. We can now re tell the story and sequence the main event. We are currently innovating our own story. How exciting!!
We have been writing non-chronological reports all about the Isle of Coll (Scotland) and Clayton Brook. The children have been exploring the features of non-chronological reports and applied these to their own all about our local area. We went out exploring the local area and drew some maps to help us with our writing.
We are starting to read The Owl Who is Afraid of the Dark. Here is a video for the children to watch at home. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rmHSdJ-qA_M
The children have re-told a chapter using Stop Motion.
We have also written lots of instruction. See below what we have been making.
In maths, we have been exploring numbers up to 100. We are able to stay how many tens and ones each number has as well as ordering number from smallest to biggest and vice versa. We are able to find 2 more and 2 less; 10 more and 10 less and 3 more and 3 less.
We have used lots of manipulatives to help us including: numbers line (and a GIANT one in the hall), base ten, Numicon, hundred squares and lots more.
We have also been adding up to 2 digits by 2 digits using concrete, pictorial and abstract. The children have been learning how to do a column method for addition using their resources to help them.
In science, we have been learning about animal and human survival. We have learning what we need to survive and how different animals require different diets. We have learnt about lifecycles, offspring and whether something is dead, alive or never alive.
We have also explored questions like: 'Is a flame alive?' 'Is a deciduous tree dead in the winner?' 'Is a seed alive?@
What a great day we had. Here are the children in action.
Clayton Green Library
We have been very lucky. We have been to the local library, listened to stories and read lots too. We even got to use our library cards and take some books home.
We have learnt lots about our growth mindset and how we can react differently to challenges. We have built different towers, draw butterflies, used the power of yet and listened to stories where characters have a fixed mindset.
Whole School Athletics Day
In PE we are doing orienteering with Mrs Monks and gymnastics with Miss Mellon. We are learning how to work well as a team through different activities including following maps. In Gymnastics, we are learning difference sequences with jumps and rolls.
Whole School Rugby Day
Whole School Dance Day
In Art, we are looking at landscaping and how to build up a picture using lots of different mark making skills.
We have been learning all about the United Kingdom and our local area of Clayton Brook. We have been understanding how and what information maps give us. As well as learning about different types of maps. We have been out lots in the local area: drawing maps and completing some field work.
Our computing unit this half term is iAnimate. Our first lesson was an unplugged lesson where we explored where we have seen animation before. We then made our own flipbooks. We have learnt all about stop motion. We have created our own setting and characters to create our own mini movie.
This week, we have had a visit from the fire brigade. They taught us all about fire safety at home and what to do in the event of a fire. We acted out what we would do to show that we understood how to keep ourselves safe in the event of a fire.
We are exploring textiles in DT. We have been looking at different ways to attached two pieces of material together.
In history we are learning all about the Gun Powder Plot. This children have been learning key facts about the event and they have been plotting the order of events.
Our grown-ups came in and helped us learning all about 'Penny for the Guy' and they helped us make our own.
In PSHE, we have been looking at keeping ourselves safe by learning to tie our shoe laces.
We have also started to learn about the importance of brushing our teeth. We have created posters for us to take home to remind us to brush our teeth twice a day.
We have been learning about Christianity in RE.