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Year 2 - Melbourne Class

Summer Term Topic - ‘Incredible, Inspirational Individuals!’

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Summer 1

To celebrate the Royal Wedding, we enjoyed a delicious afternoon tea party! Before our tea party started, we played some traditional games and listened to some famous music performed by British artists. At our afternoon tea we enjoyed a range of sandwiches and cakes including scones with jam and cream. We sampled some different teas. During our English lessons we researched and created our own fact files about Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. We have also written a letter to the new Duke and Duchess of Sussex thanking them and explaining how we celebrated their big day. We are hoping to hear back from them!
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As part of our science topic, we hunted for invertebrates in our school environment. We discussed similarities and differences between the different invertebrates we found. Some thrived in different habitats. After we considered how to sort the invertebrates. 

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Our current science topic is Living Things and Their Habitats. We have looked at different types of plants and their habitats. As part of our learning, we planted cress seeds, made predictions and considered the various things/conditions that they would need to grow.

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In English, we have been focusing on Significant Authors. Our chosen author is Roald Dahl. We acted out some of the tricks the Twits played on each other and added our own twists. This helped us to plan our writing.

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During our maths lesson we have been exploring shapes. As part of our learning about, we created our own shapes using lolly sticks and pipe cleaners. We also began to explore whether various 2D shapes have a vertical line of symmetry.

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Spring 2

As part of our Easter celebrations, the children were encouraged to create Easter bonnets at home. We had a boy and girl winner from Melbourne Class. I am sure everyone agrees that the bonnets looked absolutely fantastic!

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During spring 2 our topic has been Charge! We have enjoyed learning all about castles. In our DT lessons we have planned, created and evaluated our own castle structures. We used a range of different materials. We tried to incorporate some of the key features including a working drawbridge.

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Year 2 had a fantastic school trip to Dover Castle. It was a little bit windy! During our visit we explored the key features of castles. We found out about the history of Dover Castle. As you can see, we had the opportunity to dress up and enjoy some interesting castle texts.

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This half term, we have been developing our football skills. We have worked hard on dribbling, passing and working together as part of a team. Year 2 are looking forward to using these skills during game situations in the summer term.

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During the spring term, we raised money for NSPCC Number Day. We enjoyed dressing up in our number clothing. Throughout the morning we had lots of fun enjoying number games and activities. The engaging activities allowed us to develop our maths skills. We even took part in our own game show!

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In our maths lessons we have been exploring fractions. In year 2, we have been focusing on the fractions half, one quarter, two quarters and three quarters. We had lots of fun recognising, finding, naming and writing fractions of objects.

During our lessons we have also been exploring fractions of shapes and quantities.

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On 6th February 2018, it was Safer Internet Day. During our computing lessons and other curriculum lessons, we always discuss online safety. In year 2, we recognise the importance of this topic. During our computing lesson, we created posters about Safer Internet Day focusing on how people can keep themselves safe online.

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During our art lessons we have been thinking about London in the past and present day. We created our own sketches of part of London’s skyline in 2018. As inspiration, we explored Stephen Wiltshire’s fantastic artwork of London. We considered what we liked and disliked about his work.

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Church Visit

In RE we have been learning about Christianity. We visited Titmuss Baptist Church where we discovered more about the Christmas story. During the visit we also enjoyed singing Christmas songs and playing games.

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Christingles

We created Christingles during one of our RE lessons and found out why each piece is symbolic. To create our Christingle we used oranges, dried fruit, red ribbon, cocktail sticks and candles.

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Our focus text for English is ‘A Bear Called Paddington’. During the autumn term, we have had lots of fun delving into this text. We enjoyed giving verbal instructions for our own made up games. Another activity that we really enjoyed was making bread for Paddington to enjoy with his marmalade! Across the week, we learnt the features of instructions, how to give verbal instructions and how to write clear, concise instructions.

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Last half term, we enjoyed learning all about the circus. This topic provided us with many fantastic, cross curricular opportunities. As part of our learning we experienced a Circus Workshop. During the workshop, we were able to learn a variety of circus skills. These skills have been demonstrated within our own circus performance. As you can see, this was great fun! We also made our own circus equipment.

 

 

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During our science lessons, we have been exploring Everyday Materials and Their Uses. As part of this area, we have had opportunities to investigate a range of materials practically. We have learnt how to predict, carry out an experiment, record our observations and ask/answer our own questions.

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