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Great Totham Primary School

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Headteacher: Miss S Vass

Welcome to Year 2 2017-2018

Phase Leader Miss Paul 
 Year 2 Teachers Teaching assistants  

Miss Herron (2EH)

Mrs Haley (2CH)


Mrs McTaggart

Mrs Galbraith

Mrs Deighton



Curriculum information
Curriculum Jigsaw (whole year overview)  Useful resources or information
Autumn term curriculum
overview (Autumn 2017)

Spring term curriculum overview (Spring 2018)

 Summer term curriculum overview (Summer 2018)






 

Outdoor Learning

'Crazy Creatures'

On Thursday 26th April Year 2 had our outdoor learning day.  The theme of the day was ‘Crazy Creatures’. The children participated in numerous activities led by two ladies called Sarah and Paula. These included:

  • Learning all about habitats and holding dishes with fidgety, beige moths. 
  • Holding damaged, dead bats.
  • Finding North, East, South and West on a compass.
  • A mini beast hunt.
  • Making crazy creature shapes in small groups.
  • Walking around in crazy creature shapes to the sounds of different instruments.
  • Looking at pond animals.
  • Making crazy creature or bat hats. 

What a fantastic day it was!

Testing, testing 1,2, 3

In our computing lessons this half term we have been learning about how we can record and use videos and sounds using different pieces of technology. Last week the children used 'Easi-Speak' microphones to record themselves reading parts of 'Stone Soup'( a story we have been learning in English). They really enjoyed testing out the equipment and playing back their recordings.

Measuring Mayhem

In Maths we have started to look at measurement. In particular we have been learning how to measure the length and height of items in centimetres and metres. Have a look at the pictures below to see the children using rulers and measuring tapes to measure items around the classroom.

Cooking

 On Friday 2nd February Year 2 made some tasty banana loaves. They all had a go at stirring the ingredients and mashing the bananas. They then tried the loaf when it was fresh out of the oven, before carrying out an evaluation. As the smell of the banana loaves baking spread around the KS1 block, the teachers and teaching assistants became just a little bit envious of us! Well done Year 2!

Our EGGcellent Science Experiment

In Science this half term, we have been looking at the different ways we can keep healthy. In one lesson we looked at how we can keep our teeth healthy. We discussed the importance of brushing our teeth twice a day, going to the dentist regularly and how different food and drink affects our teeth.

We also set up an experiment in our classrooms to see how three different drinks would affect our teeth (water, orange juice and Coca-Cola). We used boiled eggs as the shell is similar to the enamel on our teeth. We have been carefully observing the eggs each day for the past 2 weeks and have been shocked at the results! Here are some pictures of what the eggs looked like after the 2 weeks in the different drinks.

Santa's Setbacks

As you will know, last week was the KS1 Christmas production of 'Santa's Setbacks'. The children worked so hard to prepare for the performances and I'm sure you will agree that they did themselves proud. There was amazing singing, fantastic acting, great comedic timing and lots of loud speaking voices! Here are some photos of the brilliant cast.

It's that time of year again!

Since the start of this half term, Year 2 have been very busy preparing for this year's KS1 Christmas production, Santa's Setbacks. They have learnt lots of songs and made up their own actions to go with them. They have also been helping Year 1 and Reception learn the words and actions to the songs.

As well as this, they have been working hard on stage, knowing where to stand and remembering their lines. Year 2 children are also are in charge of the music, the lights and the props for the production, so they have been practising making these elements as seamless as possible!

With just a week to go until the performances, the children are getting really excited about showing you what we have been working on. We hope you will thoroughly enjoy it!

Hedingham Castle

On Thursday 28th September we visited Hedingham Castle to learn all about what life in a castle would have been like. The children took part in a variety of activities throughout the day, including: a jousting competition, exploring medieval medicine, meeting the Lady of the castle, learning about weapons and armour and they even got to see Sam the archer using his bow and arrows.

The children and adults had a fantastic day, and as always the children were a credit to the school. Well done Year 2!

Sculpture Investigation

On Friday afternoon, both classes investigated the properties of four different materials. They tested the suitability of clay, plasticine, salt dough and play dough for making their gargoyle sculptures, before recording their findings and choosing their favourite. They had a brilliant time and managed not to get too messy!

Welcome back!

The children have had a great start to the new school year and have settled in well to Year 2. As an introduction to our topic of 'Dungeons and Dragons', both classes have been working hard to create an impressive dragon display for their classrooms. We have also been reading 'Shrek' and the children have enjoyed acting out some of the scenes.

Here are some photos of the children colouring the dragons and making the scales.