Welcome to Year 2 Class Pages: 2020 - 2021
It isn't quite the start that we were hoping for but we are rested, ready, and raring to go with home learning. We are looking forward to continuing to provide fantastic learning opportunities for every one of our children, whether they are children of Key Workers in school, or accessing home learning in the comfort of their own homes.
Each day will begin with a Zoom (for the children at home) with the class teacher to say, 'Good morning' and to introduce the day. The children will then be expected to log in to their Purple Mash accounts and check their alert bells on the home page. Most activities for the day will be set as 2Dos. After each activity is completed, it must be saved and the 'hand in' icon must be selected so that the teacher knows the work is ready for marking. If the tasks are to be completed on paper, photographs can be taken and then uploaded into the child's work folder in Purple Mash. That way, all their work can be showcased in one place! We are already excited to receive work each day, to celebrate achievements and to guide the children so that they can continue to develop their skills and progress further in their learning. The children of Key Workers will be completing their work in the classroom with TA and teacher collaboration.
Working closely with our school team and our parents and maintaining regular contact via our class email we are sure that this period of home learning will be successful and we will continue to have happy, smiling, hard-working children. Children, if we all do our best to follow the Government's guidelines, one day soon you will all be able to come skipping through the school gates again. We will very much look forward to it!
Stay home. Stay safe.
Mrs Hathaway and Mrs McGarry
Reminders: PE is currently on Wednesdays - children need to bring in their PE kits each week.
Outdoor PE Activities are on a Friday and children need to bring appropriate clothing and footwear for working outdoors
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Year 2 Overview of Themes 2020-2021
Here we are, all ready for Year 2!
Have you ever wished you could be a fly on the wall to see what goes on in class once we've been dropped off at school? Here's your opportunity to take a glimpse into what we get up to!
January 5th – March 5th
Little did we know when we returned to school on January 4th that this would be our first day and our last day together for a short while. The next day, all schools were shut to keep us safe from the Coronavirus. But this didn’t stop Y2H! Whether working from home with the support of our parents and grandparents, or in school as children of key workers, we have worked our little socks off. Take a look!
Wellbeing Wednesdays gave us opportunities to step away from our screens, learn new skills, lend a helping hand around our homes, get plenty of fresh air and have lots of fun!
March 8th - April 1st
Hurray! We're back in our own classroom and learning together! What a wonderful time for us to be back - Spring is in the air, it's Lent and we have been busy preparing for Easter.
We've made individual holding crosses. They remind us that Jesus died on the cross for us.
We've worked together for days and days making enough green and purple paper 'twirls' to fill our wooden cross frames for our window display.
STATIONS OF THE CROSS
The whole school worked together to make the Stations of the Cross. Y2H chose to represent the second station, Jesus Takes up His Cross. At first, we didn’t know that Jesus had chosen to carry His own cross to Golgotha, where He was to die. We thought of words to describe this journey and wrote them on little footsteps climbing the hill to the cross. As difficult as the journey was for Jesus, He was comforted in knowing that God was with Him every step of the way. We then thought of the challenges that we face in our lives and realised that just as God was with Jesus on His difficult journey, God is also with us – every step of the way!
We had fun learning about the properties of 3-D shapes by making models using straws and blutak. We used straws to make the edges and blutak to make the vertices. We had to cut some of the straws to make shorter edges for some of our shapes. Can you spot the shapes we made?
We found out how the shapes of solid objects made from some materials can be changed by squashing, bending, twisting and stretching. As you can see, you can change the shape of a sock in many different ways!
We also identified and compared the suitability of a variety of everyday materials for particular uses. Here we are testing materials for making a bridge for toy cars. We discovered that cardboard is definitely not a good choice!
Throughout the term we have been developing our printing skills using a range of media. Towards the end of the term we used our newly acquired skills to make a print of Saint Gerard's church.
We have used atlases, globes and songs to learn about the continents and oceans that make up our wonderful world.
One of the highlights of the Autumn Term was learning about Guy Fawkes and the Gunpowder Plot – we LOVED it! Because these events happened hundreds of years ago we had to use a range of sources to find information.
We produced some excellent pieces of writing as a result of our hard work.
DESIGN & TECHNOLOGY
As Christmas approached, we were very excited to be designing and making puppets. Before starting on the work, we thought it might be a good idea to look at some existing puppets – what fun! Then, realising that we’d eventually have to join materials we decided to investigate which would be the best and the strongest way. We also had to acquire new skills such as threading a needle, keeping an even running stich and even making a double stitch. Next day, we designed our puppets on paper and gathered all the necessary resources. Then it was time to make our puppets – what a busy day!
Take a look at these photos – they show the story of how we made our puppets. Can you recognise who we made?
Nadolig Llawen! / Merry Christmas!
We learnt a very familiar Christmas carol for our school’s virtual Nativity, but can you spot a difference? Listen carefully - we learnt it in Welsh! Mrs Hathaway is ever so proud of us and thinks we have done an amazing job learning the words. On the day of recording three of us were absent so, as a class, we decided to re-record it on their return to school. The sound system wasn’t working on the day so we sang it a cappella!
We hope you enjoy our amazing performance and we wish you all a very happy Christmas.