Welcome to Dolphin Class!
Our Class Teacher is Luke Varney and our Learning Support Assistants are Blanche Gilmartin and Ciara Kryillou.
Year 2 and The Jolly Postman
Here in Year 2, we have recently begun our new English unit based on the story ‘The Jolly Postman’. As part of our work in class we thought about different ways we might communicate with each other, both old and new. We then used one of the letters in the story as inspiration to write our own. We planned and wrote letters to someone at school, telling them all about what we got up to in our Welly Well-being Week. Today, we went to post our letters in the local postbox and and looking forward to them being sent back to us!
As part of our nurture and art work in Year 2, the children had the opportunity to express themselves on a larger scale. Children headed outside and used a big canvas (the playground) to complete their art work. Children supported each other to draw around themselves and then used chalk to colour themselves, using colours that they thought expressed themselves. Here is us engaged in our art work …
Year 2’s Welly Well-being Week
This week has seen our whole school taking part in a ‘Welly Well-being Week’ whereby our pupils have had the opportunity to complete a range of activities with a focus on being outdoors to help support and promote a healthy mind and body. There was a buzz throughout the school all week and very little time was spent in the indoor classroom as our children usually experience. A huge range of activities were completed by each class and the children developed skills such as team work, communication, resilience and kindness.
Year 2 had a really fun week and took part in the following activities:
- creating outdoor clay faces
- fire building
- making bug hotels
- making fruit salads
- team building games
- making bird feeders
- creating kindness key-rings
Below you can see some of the things we got up to this week …
Dolphins’ Dive Into their Lockdown Learning!
This half term, pupils in Year 2 (both at school as part of a bubble or those working at home) have dived into their lockdown learning. They have worked with determination and enthusiasm over the past 6 weeks and have produced some incredible work based on our learning focuses.
In English this half term, we have been focusing on the story ‘Man on the Moon’ by Simon Bartram. Year 2 explored the story Bob and his job on the moon. The children developed their reading, writing and speaking and listening skills, working towards retelling the story. Year 2 really enjoyed this book and we found the mischievous aliens funny!
In Maths this half term, we have developed our skills, both in being able to tell the time and with adding and subtracting. Year 2 began the half term with learning to tell the time using an analogue clock, including reading the time to o’clock, half past, quarter past, quarter to and to 5 minute intervals. We then moved onto developing our addition and subtraction skills, exploring number bonds to 10 and 20 and adding and subtracting numbers within 20. We also were learning to use facts that we know to derive related ones.
In our topic work, we were learning about the significant person – Neil Armstrong. We explored his life and the famous moon landing he was apart of. We linked our learning to our English text and researched the moon. We also linked our DT work on vehicles and learned about the different parts of a vehicle, including the axles, chassis, washers and body, resulting in us designing and making our own space buggies.
In our science this half term, we were continuing to learn about animals including humans. We learned about what animals and humans needed to survive and how they change as they grow. We also explored how an animals environment can support their survival.
Year 2 Yoga!
To help us prepare our minds and bodies for a day of learning, each morning now Year 2 complete 15 minutes of yoga. Our yoga session includes daily stretches, exercises and activities that will help us calm our bodies and minds before going back into the classroom. We are really enjoying our yoga adventures! Here you can see one of our yoga positions …
World Science Day
To celebrate World Science Day, Year2 completed a fun and scientific filled morning in class. We had the opportunity to speak to a STEM representative (Anthony – a landscape architect) about his work in the STEM industry. We learnt a lot about what a landscape architect does and what it might mean for our society.
We then completed an exciting experiment, whereby we explored what would happen to milk and food colouring when a small amount of washing up liquid is added. We were amazed at the results!
Lots of children in class told us that they now love science and what to be scientists when they are older.
Y2 Art Week
This week our school have been completing one of our annual art weeks across the school. This year we have focused on the impressive collections of art created by famous black artists. Year 2 chose to complete work inspired by the artist Reggie Laurent. We explore how Reggie would often start his work on a plain black canvas and use fluorescent colours and abstract shapes to design art on all sorts of objects. Here you can see us imitating the work of Reggie using our collaging skills…..
What an amazing start to year 2 we have had! Dolphin class have been working on our place value in Maths. During this, we have been using different resources to represent our numbers, as well as to help us to solve problems.
Welcome to Year 2
In order for parents and carers to better understand the expectations and learning taking place in Year 2 this year, we have put together a short presentation. Please watch the following video and feel free to contact your child’s class teacher should you have any further questions.