Year 2 2S: Gallery
Date: 12th Apr 2021 @ 8:22pm
For our DT topic, we spent two days researching vegetables and designing our own vegetable kebabs. We talked about food hygiene and how we can keep ourselves and others safe whilst preparing food.
With Mrs Evans, we learnt how to chop, peel and dice salad vegetables and arrange them to look appetising as we then ate them for our lunch. We also got to make our own vegetable kebabs and, as a special treat, Mrs Evans had kindly organised for us to make fruit kebabs too! We got to eat those straight away and enjoy them with chocolate sauce and marshmallows!
Date: 13th Dec 2020 @ 6:50pm
Mrs Simmons and all the children in Class 2S would like to wish you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
Date: 10th Dec 2020 @ 7:39pm
This week we started our D.T. project. We are looking at the mechanisms that allow vehicles to move (namely wheels and axles) and how they work. We are going to be designing and making our own small vehicle for a child to play with. Today, we investigated wheels and axles using kinex. In groups we had to build a vehicle with at least 3 wheels that would go in a straight line when pushed.
Date: 7th Dec 2020 @ 9:36pm
This week (7.12.2020) we continued making our Christmas decoations from a log. This meant, with the help of Mrs Hancox, that we had to use a saw to cut a piece of the wood for our decoration. It was quite hard work.
After we had cut out wood, we then went into the woodland classroom to paint our decorations. Mrs Simmons is so excited to see what we have created during our Woodland Learning time.
Date: 7th Dec 2020 @ 8:33pm
As part of our R.E. topic 'Christmas', we learnt all about Advent and Christingle. We wrote about Advent wreaths and why they're important for Christians. We also learnt all about Christingles, what each part of the Christingle orange symbollises and we even made our own Christingle oranges and got to eat the left over sweets afterwards :)
Date: 29th Nov 2020 @ 8:34pm
Today in yoga we began practising poses (child's, triangle, bird, moon). We had to concentrate hard and use our balance for most of them but it was a lot of fun. Some poses were much more difficult than others but we are sure we will get more confident the more lessons we have.
Date: 29th Nov 2020 @ 8:31pm
Today (Friday 27th November) we completed our Rita Greer inspired Great Fireof London artwork. We added tissue flames to our pieces which created a really effective fire.
Date: 24th Nov 2020 @ 10:59pm
We had our third cricket lesson today and we learnt how to bowl like a proper cricketer. Mr Rickman taught us how to stand and to try and keep our arms straight when bowling the ball. We did find this a little tricky but continued to persevere and both Mrs Simmons and Mr Rickman were very impressed with how focussed we were and how much better we got just in one lesson.
We had lots of practise and then played a group game where we had to bowl the ball into a box and try and hit the wicket too. It was a big challenge but lots of us managed to do it.
Date: 21st Nov 2020 @ 6:06pm
We have really been enjoying our art lessons this week. After sketching Tudor houses in charcoal and then recreating them with strips of black paper, we started experimenting with different media (tissue paper, chalk, oil pastels and pencils) to create a fire effect for the background of our finished piece of artwork. We discovered that chalk was very easy to blend and made an excellent fire effect, whilst tissue paper gave the fire a deeper, more intense effect.
We began our final pieces (inspired by Rita Greer's painting) by blending yellow, orange and red chalk over a pre-paint washed piece of A3 cartridge paper and blended those colours as if our lives depended on it. Next week, we will be adding our charcoal and paper Tudor houses and tissue paper fire. We're certain our finished pieces will turn out brilliantly,
Date: 18th Nov 2020 @ 9:11pm
Today we began our block of art lessons. We started by looking at the paintings of English artist Rita Greer and in particular her 2008 painting of the Great Fire of London. Over the next two weeks, we are going to be creating our own pictures of the Great Fire of London using different media to create the background, the houses and the fire.
This afternoon, we did some observational drawings of Tudor houses using charcoal, we even managed not to create a huge mess and Mrs Simmons was very impressed. Have a look at our wonderful drawings (the first is Rita Greer's painting that we will be recreating in our own way).
The next day, we recreated our charcoal Tudor houses with strips of black paper. What do you think...?
Date: 18th Nov 2020 @ 9:01pm
Today we had a skipping lesson from a gentleman that came in to school. It was really good fun and most of us managed to skip successfully though it was quite tricky trying to remember to jump at the right time. Sadly, we missed the last 5 minutes of our lesson because it started to rain heavily. Mrs Simmons tried really hard to get some great action shots but unfortunately, the iPad didn't want to work properly.
Date: 17th Nov 2020 @ 9:22pm
Today (Tuesday 17th November 2020) we had our second cricket lesson with Mr Rickman.
Firstly, we were grouped into threes with one of us as the batter, one as the bowler and one as the fielder. We learnt that we must hold the cricket bat with our dominant hand (usually the hand we write with) at the bottom of the handle as that gives us a lot more control.
After we had practised for a while, we were split into two teams and had a mini game of cricket. What a lot of fun it was! We can't wait for next week...
Date: 17th Nov 2020 @ 9:19pm
Today (Monday 16th November) we came to school in odd socks. This is because from Monday 16th November to Friday 20th November 2020, it is Anti-Bullying Week. Wearing odd socks is a great way to celebrate what makes us all unique.
Date: 11th Nov 2020 @ 9:25pm
Today (11.11.2020), we looked at adverts and the methods they use to try and persuade people to buy their products. We thought about emotive language and they ways advertisers draw us in to being interested in their products. We then worked with our away partners to come up with a short advert to try and sell the most obscure items we could find in our classroom.
The photos show us trying to sell the items to our classmates and Mrs Simmons.
Date: 10th Nov 2020 @ 9:12pm
We were lucky enough to be chosen with Year 3 to have one PE session a week (Tuesday) to learn cricket (this is up until Christmas). A gentleman called Mr Rickman came into school to teach us.
Today (10.11.2020), we started with throwing a catching tennis balls then we progressed onto games where we had to balance a ball on a cricket bat and walk with it and also throwing a ball to try and hit a wicket. It was such fun and we can't wait until PE next Tuesday.
Date: 10th Nov 2020 @ 8:53pm
We have started yoga every Friday in P.E. We had our first session on 6.11.2020 and we all loved it. It was very calming and relaxing. We concentrated on our sitting and meditating poses, balance and stretches.
Date: 8th Nov 2020 @ 4:46pm
Today (6.11.2020) we started to look at and investigate division (dividing 1 and 2 digit numbers by a 1 digit number) by sharing and grouping items. We learnt that division is the inverse of multiplication and that we can use our times tables knowledge to check our answers are correct. We found out that you can't divide some numbers equally and for division, it has to be equal. It was lots of fun to work with our away partner to decide which numbers can be divided easily. We also found out that all even numbers can always be divided by 2 and 24 can be divided 6 different ways!
Date: 5th Nov 2020 @ 9:18pm
Our new Science topic 'Living things and their habitats took us outside the classroom today.
In our first lesson (yesterday) we learnt about things that are alive, dead and those that have never been alive. We looked at the 7 'Life Processes' that all living things do to show that they are alive. We used the mnemonic 'MRS GREN' to remember what the processes are.
Excretion (getting rid of waste)
Nutrition (need for food/water)
In today's lesson, we spent a little while in our woodland area hunting for minibeasts in their microhabitats.. We know that habitats are natural homes/places where animals, plants and other living things live. We learned today that tiny creatures like insects live in 'microhabitats' so we went on a hunt for some.
We lifted up logs, looked in the grass and soil, looked under fallen leaves, rocks and stones and found lots of different minibeasts like slugs, spiders, ants, woodlice and worms. We were very careful to put their habitat back to how we found it after we had seen them.
Date: 1st Nov 2020 @ 1:21pm
Date: 1st Nov 2020 @ 12:38pm
On the last day of the first Autumn half term, we came to school dressed in our scariest and/or most creative Halloween costumes. Mrs Loftus had kindly said that we could as due to COVID, Halloween parties and trick or treating weren't taking place this year.
We had a spooktacular last day of term :)
Date: 20th Oct 2020 @ 9:52pm
We had a super time exploring the woodland area today and playing on the tree swing.
Date: 20th Oct 2020 @ 9:45pm
This week we had a delicious time in our woodland learning session. Mrs Hancox had kindly bought marshmallows and chocolate biscuits and we made s'mores. We all got to toast our marshmallows ourselves over the campfire. The s'mores were delightful; very sweet and a bit sickly. Mrs Simmons was very sad that she didn't get to have one.
After we had eaten, we played on the tree swing and enjoyed ourselves in the woodland area.
Have a look at our photos of us toasting our marshmallows.
Date: 12th Oct 2020 @ 9:59am
This week we have been learning all about the Hindu festival of Diwali. We learnt that it is known as the 'festival of light' because it is a celebration of when Rama defeated the evil Ravana and rescued his wife Sita. when good (light) won over evil (dark). We learnt all about the story of Rama and Sita (Ramayana) and then wrote about it. We also designed our own symmetrical rangoli patterns.
Date: 4th Oct 2020 @ 6:56pm
This week in Woodland Learning we talked about birds and how they survive during the winter time when the ground is frozen. We looked for pine cones and then we made our own bird feeders that will be tied up around our woodland area for all the birds.
Date: 4th Oct 2020 @ 6:47pm
This week, as well as looking at non-chronological reports, we have also done some spelling grammar work on alphabetical order and comparative and superlative adjectives.
We arranged ourselves into alpahbetical order as a whole class based on our first names, it took us a while to work out the order for all the names beginning with 'M' as there are so many in 2S. We then did some vocabulary work using a dictionary to look up the meanings of some of the words in the non-chronological report on Toucans that we are studying.
Using comparative and superlative adjectives, we arranged ourselves in groups according to the adjectives (eg. tall, taller, tallest), then we wrote sentences about animals using some of these adjectives.