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Y2 Termly update & photos

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  • Spring 1

    Published 26/01/24, by Nazmin Choudhury
    Topic (History) This term our topic is ‘People who Fought for our Rights’ and we have been learning about some significant people, such as Nelson Mandela, Elizabeth Fry, Rosa Parks and Emmeline Pankhurst. We deepened our understanding
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  • Autumn 2

    Published 01/12/23, by Nazmin Choudhury
    Literacy In Literacy, our focus text has been ‘The Dark’ which allowed us to explore expanded noun phrases and use our innovation skills to describe through drama. We also applied all of our knowledge from The Great Fire London to writ
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  • Autumn 1

    Published 16/10/23, by Holly Croxall

    Literacy

    In Literacy, we used our listening and communication skills to share a range of stories and their morals. In democracy week, we shared a story about voting and spoke about why it is important. We used our sounds, capital letters, finger spaces, question marks and exclamation marks to write about the story. Mr Cameron also came to talk to us about what makes a good leader. We then had the opportunity to vote for our school council leader to represent our class.

    In History, we have been learning about ‘The Great Fire of London’ and the children have been extremely enthusiastic to learn about how the fire started and the impact it had on London. The children have developed their communication skills and reflective skills to think about how the fire had an effect on London.

    Year 2 also enjoyed their first trip of the year, we visited St Paul’s Cathedral for a tour around the cathedral, then off to London bridge, Pudding Lane and finally finished off the day by using our artistic skills to sketch the Monument.

    In Maths, we have been continuing to develop our resilience when developing our mathematical skills through learning about place value and the properties of a number. We have used concrete objects such as the dienes to understand place value. We have also worked hard to develop our mathematical vocabulary of ‘greater than’ and ‘less than’ when working with numbers.

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  • Summer 2

    Published 14/07/23, by Hana Mehmet

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    Our Science topic, we explored animals and their habitats. To support our learning, we visited Colchester Zoo, where we looked at animals from around the world and learnt about their natural habitats. Applying our reading skills, we enjoyed learning lots of facts about the animals. Back at school we linked our learning to the trip- for example, in Science we drew food chains including some of the animals we had seen and what they eat.

    Maths

    We have been preparing for our Geography Day at Chalkwell Beach where we investigated the question ‘How have humans impacted the environment?’ In Maths we created our own tally charts to collect data about transport, litter, amenities and wildlife at Chalkwell. We have been practising our tallying and data analysis skills ready for our trip to the beach. We worked as a team to find out the information and shared this with our peers.

    Literacy

    What a wonderful time we had on our last Big Outcome of Year 2! Our parents and carers were invited in to join us for our Poetry Afternoon where we performed a range of poems. In Literacy we prepared for this by exploring poetry and reading these out loud with expression and actions. Using features of poems we had learnt about, such as similes, rhyme and rhythm, we wrote our own poems about our favourite animals following our trip to the zoo. Having our parents/carers in school was such a lovely way to end the year.

    We have enjoyed all of our fun learning activities this year and we have some wonderful memories of our time together in Year 2. We are looking forward to many more exciting experiences in Year 3!

     

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  • Summer 1

    Published 19/05/23, by Hana Mehmet

    Y2 Summer term

     

     

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    We had a fantastic start to our Summer term with the arrival of our ducklings! This has supported our topic on ‘Animals including humans’ where we had the chance to talk about what they need to survive. We all had a chance to visit the library and observe the ducklings in the paddling pool. We used our communication skills to ask questions and listen to the information. Year 2, continued to develop their reading skills and used a piece of text about ducklings to read and answer some comprehension questions.

    Maths

    In Maths, we had the opportunity to learn about time and used concrete resources such as clocks to support our understanding. We talked about our day and looked at our class visual timetables. We spoke about what we do at certain points in the day. We learnt about how many minutes there are in an hour, how many hours in a day and recapped the days of the weeks and months. We used our resilience to practise telling the time and answering reasoning questions.  

    Literacy

     

    In Literacy, we used ‘colourful stories’ to listen and retell the story of ‘The Boy Who Cried Wolf’. Once we were confident using our communication skills to talk about the different parts of the story, we then drew our own story boards. This helped us write a narrative of the story, getting the events in the correct order. We have been working hard to ensure we use a range of exciting vocabulary, expanded noun phrases and the correct punctuation. Year 2 have also worked extremely hard on their handwriting, ensuring we are forming our letters accurately and some have started to join their writing.

     

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  • Spring 2

    Published 24/03/23, by Hana Mehmet

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    This term in Geography, we have been having discussions and locating the continents and oceans on a world map and globe. We also had the opportunity to sort the physical and human features in Ghana and make comparisons to the UK. We thoroughly enjoyed our African drumming workshop and were able to perform this in front of our parents/carers and listened to traditional Ghanaian music.

     

    Maths

    In Maths, we have continued to develop our teamwork and communication skills through exploring measurements for capacity, mass and reading scales with different increments. We have also been learning about positional and directional language. We worked as a team to give our partners directions to travel from one area to another.

    Literacy

    In Literacy, we have continued to develop our writing skills and most recently wrote a persuasive leaflet on why people should visit Ghana. We worked as a team to read a range of leaflets to use as examples. We ensured we used persuasive language, questions, exclamation marks and commands to persuade our audience to visit Ghana.

     

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  • Spring 1

    Published 27/01/23, by Hana Mehmet

    Topic (History)

    This term our topic is ‘People who Fought for our Rights’ and we have been learning about some significant people such as Nelson Mandela, Florence Nightingale, Rosa Parks, Gandhi, Emmeline Pankhurst and Mary Seacole. We used ‘Now Press Play’ to develop our listening and drama skills to act out being Florence and how hard she worked being a nurse. We ensured we used our ‘Curwen Core skills’ such as teamwork, empathy and communication to discuss our opinions.

    We have developed our history skills including ordering events chronologically on a timeline and using sources of information to find out about the past. We have thoroughly enjoyed learning facts, watching videos and sharing our thoughts.

    Literacy

    In Literacy, we have continued to develop our writing skills through writing a diary entry imagining we were Nelson Mandela. We used role play to imagine how he felt when he was put into prison and used emotive language to describe how he may have felt. We demonstrated resilience and strived for success through ensuring that we used a range of adjectives, conjunctions, exclamations and questions to vary our writing.

     

    Maths

    This term one of the topics we have explored is ‘Money’ we have looked at a range of coins and spoke about the value. We used our imagination and set up a shop where we have some shoppers and shopkeepers. We developed our resilience and chose what coins we would need if we wanted to purchase an item for a certain value. We will continue to explore money in school but also at home with our families!

     

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  • Autumn 2

    Published 04/12/22, by Hana Mehmet
    Topic   This half term we were super excited to share our learning about ‘The Great Fire of London’ in our Big Outcome in class. We presented what we have learnt through Drama, Art and Music and continued to develop our Curwen
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  • Autumn 1

    Published 14/10/22, by Nazmin Choudhury
    Literacy In Literacy, we used our listening and communication skills to share a range of stories and their morals. We have been learning to use nouns and adjectives in our writing and most recently developed our writing skills to write a non- chr
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  • Summer 2

    Published 11/07/22, by Nazmin Choudhury
    Topic Our Science topic culminated with a trip to Colchester Zoo, where we looked at animals from around the world and learnt about their natural habitats. Applying our reading skills, we enjoyed learning lots of facts about the animals. We took p
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  • Summer 1

    Published 17/05/22, by Nazmin Choudhury
    We have had another fantastic half-term in Year 2. Topic One of the highlights of this half-term has been the arrival of the ducklings! This has helped us learn more about our Science topic ‘Animals including humans’- we learnt abou
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  • Spring 2

    Published 18/03/22, by Nazmin Choudhury
    Topic Our Geography topic has been ‘Comparing Accra and London’ (these are the capital cities of Ghana and England). We learnt to locate the 7 continents and 5 oceans on a world map and globe. We have explored Ghanaian culture by parti
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  • Spring 1

    Published 01/02/22, by Nazmin Choudhury
    Topic (History) Our topic this half term has been ‘People who Fought for our Rights’. We have been learning about some significant people such as Nelson Mandela, Rosa Parks, Gandhi, Emmeline Pankhurst and Mary Seacole. We used drama to
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  • Autumn 2

    Published 29/11/21, by Nazmin Choudhury
    This half term we have been busy as usual in Year 2! We have had lots more fun and exciting learning experiences. Topic A highlight of this half-term was sharing our learning about ‘The Great Fire of London’ in our Big Outcome on Zo
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  • Autumn 1

    Published 12/10/21, by Nazmin Choudhury
    Topic We have settled very well back into school life and we are enjoying our topic ‘Who Am I?’ We made some lovely art works showing what is special about us- we collaged images, symbols and photos and we even mixed our own colours to
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