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Year 2 - Sydney Class

Summer Term Topic - Incredible, Inspiring Individuals!

Welcome to Sydney Class

We have been exploring the artist Wassily Kandinsky who was born in 1866. He lived in Russia. He was not interested in making his pictures look like real things. He was more interested in the shapes and colours in his paintings. He also loved music and was a very spiritual person. We recreated one of Kandinsky's most famous pieces of artwork. It is called Squares With Concentric Circles.
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Our current science topic is Living Things and their Habitats. We have been finding out about various invertebrates and their habitats. During our science lesson, we enjoyed exploring the school grounds for various invertebrates. We looked on trees, flowering plants, within long grass, under stones, in soil and within piles of leaves. It was a very successful investigation and we were able to identify many features including similarities and different between various invertebrates.
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In English we have been reading and performing a variety different fairy-tale poems. We found that some of the poems were really funny and amused us. Then we acted out and performed these poems. After that we wrote our own version of a Little Red Riding Hood poem. This half term we have also explored the well known fairy-tale, Sleeping Beauty. Again we used drama to retell the story. We tried to retell the story in our books using traditional fairy-tale language and adventurous vocabulary. 
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In maths we have been exploring fractions of an amount or a shape. We investigated by dividing and cutting food into equal pieces. Some of the fractions we explored were halves, quarters and thirds. It was difficult to make the pieces exactly equal but that is what we attempted to do.To show that we had understood we answered a variety of questions including showing which was the odd one out. It helped us to explain our reasoning.
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As part of our topic 'Charge!' Year Two were fortunate enough to visit Dover Castle. Although it was a long journey the children were amazed by the view of Dover Castle and the English Channel as we approached. We learnt about many of the key features of a castle for ourselves, plus we were lucky enough to hear about the history of the castle from

Colin who worked for English Heritage. We found out some interesting facts, for example, there had been some kind of protective fort on that site for 3,000 years. The highlights of our day included the spectacular view seen all the way from the battlements, as well as imagining that we worked in a medieval castle's kitchen!

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In English we have been exploring the well known story of Paddington. Before we wrote across a range of different genres, we used drama and role play to understand the different themes within the text. We acted out the scenes involving Paddington being the accidental hero, chasing the thief and finding the stolen wallets. Some of us were asked questions in a hot seating session and had to answer as though we were Paddington.

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In maths we have been investigating multiplication and division. We have recently explored division as the inverse, or opposite of times. This has involved us grouping and sharing with concrete objects, before solving word problems where we need to write our own calculations as well as show dividing on a blank number line. 
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As part of our current topic of Fire,fire, burning bright, we created our own interpretations of how London would be in the intensity of the fire in 1666. We used a range of different materials to create the pictures. We found out many things including how there was no proper fire service at that time and how a man named Samuel Pepys kept a diary of events at that time.

We also sketched our own versions of an artists work by the name of Paperboyo. He produced very detailed black and white sketches of famous landmarks some of which were in London. 

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In our DT lessons we enjoyed planning, creating and evaluating our own circus equipment. We used a range of materials creatively to produce our finished articles. We explored how we could improve our equipment. We really enjoyed using our equipment to develop our circus skills. 

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As part of our Jubilee Christmas festivities we visited Titmuss Baptist Church. We learnt all about the Christmas story and took part in an exciting quiz. At the end of the session, we had the opportunity to ask a range of questions. 

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In our English lessons we have been working on non-fiction writing. We have been using the fiction text 'A Bear Called Paddington' to support our non-fiction writing. We have developed our instructional writing and can identify the features of a good set of instructions. We have worked on verbally giving instructions, following oral/written instructions and writing our own set of instructions. We really enjoyed following instructions to make loaves of bread and then create Paddington's favourite snack - a marmalade sandwich! 

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Year 2 enjoyed a circus workshop during autumn 1. We were able to develop our balance, speed and coordination skills throughout the session. Matt from Splatz demonstrated a range of circus skills. Throughout the session we used feathers, plates, stilts and many more pieces of exciting equipment.

 

 

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Our science topic is ‘Uses of Everyday Materials’. During our science lessons we have been exploring a range of materials and their properties. We enjoyed searching for materials made from wood and described explored their purpose and various properties.

 

 

 

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In our maths lessons we have been focusing on number and place value. We used the base 10 to make a range of numbers to one hundred. We identified how many tens and ones were in the numbers. After we began to compare the numbers.

 

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Welcome to Year Two! We hope you have had a really fantastic holiday and feel ready for your new adventures in year two. Throughout the year, we are going to be learning lots and having so much fun together. We know you will impress us with your outstanding attitudes to learning this year. This is our class page where we will post different pieces of your work/achievements from lots of different subjects. When you feel proud of something, please let me know so that we can post it onto our page. Remember to keep visiting throughout the year to explore some of the hard work that you have completed. On our page, you can also see what we are going to be learning about in our class newsletter. You can access this page at home so if you would like to, you will also be able to share your learning with your grown-ups. 

 

Mrs Tikare and Mrs Watson

 

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