Y2 Peacock Class
Welcome To Peacock Class.
We are Peacock Class, a group of 30 children ready to make
ourselves and those around us proud.
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This half term we have a number of amazing books to read during our English and Guided reading lessons; Traction Man and The day the Crayons quit.
In History we will explore toys from the past and compare them to the toys we have now.
We are also looking forward to an exciting trip to the Harley Gallery where we will expire their Lego exhibition.
For the first half of our Spring Term, our topic will be 'Scrumdiddlyuptious'. In our English lessons, we will be using 'The Disgusting Sandwich' and 'Charlie and the Chocolate Factory' to inspire our writing. Throughout our topic lessons, we will be exploring different types of food and where it comes from. We will also design, make and evaluate a range of food from various countries. Keep visiting this page to find out about our weekly learning!
Charlie and the chocolate factory.
We have created a story map and added actions to help us begin to think about how we would write a diary entry for Charlie.
Today we continued with our narrative work and began to plan our own stories using the disgusting sandwich as our inspiration.
We used pictures to create our story and then shared them with each other.
Our class book is The disgusting sandwich.
We will use this fantastic book to create our own fictional story.
First, we are practising our story telling skills by using pictures on a story map and reading to our friends.
In design and technology this half term we are going to design and make a new packed lunch box for the Badger in our class book to keep his packed lunch in.
This week we evaluated existing products and discussed design features that we will use in our products.
Autumn 2: Marvellous Machines.
This half term we will explore the world around us as we find out about Marvellous Machines.
We will discover famous inventors, experiment with different materials and find out how transport and everyday items have changed over time.
We have some exciting new books to discover too, including: The story machine, The everything machine.and invention hunters.
On Wednesday 13th November we visited the little machines exhibition at the Harley Gallery.
We were incredibly lucky that the artist and creator was also there and was able to talk to us about the marvellous machines he had created.
Whilst at the gallery we had the opportunity to explore the little machines to find out how they worked - and art exhibition that we could touch!
We ended our morning working in the classroom with Martin Smith, who showed us how to create one of his little machines. We used different metals and tools to make our creations.
Autumn Term: Journey Through Time.
Autumn 1 Week 5
In English this week, we examined non-fiction texts. Throughout the week, we found out about the life of Florence Nightingale and her work to improve the hygiene of hospitals. We then compared her work to the work of Mary Seacole and Pauline Cafferkey.
In maths this week, we started our new maths topic of 'Addition and Subtraction'. This week, we examined how to use fact families to help solve different additions and began to discuss how to use the inverse operations to check answers.
Horrible History Day
This week we took part in our Horrible History Day. Our first activity was to find out about all the costumes that the children had come to school in. We then found out about how the Vikings used to write using Runes. The children then wrote their names in Runes.
Finally, we discussed Egyptian Pharaohs and made our own Egyptian mask.
On Thursday afternoon, the children took part in our Year 1 and 2 Harvest Festival. The children worked exceptionally hard throughout the week to learn our harvest song and dance and did very well when performing in the festival.
Autumn 1 Week 4
In English this week, we continued to use our experiences from our Perlethorpe trip. Throughout the week, we discussed the features of a diary entry such as using past tense, time connectives and chronological order. After we had done this, we then planned and created a diary entry to recount what we did during our Victorian School experience whilst at Perlethorpe.
In maths, we continued to work on our place value topic. This week, we examined how to compare groups of objects and numbers by stating which is 'greater' or 'less'. At the end of the week, we began to discuss how to count in 2's 5's and 10's.
This week in art, we continued our topic of portraits. This week, we examined Picasso's work on Cubism and discussed how to create an abstract portrait. We then were given a set of facial features to colour and cut out. Once we had cut out features out, we then stuck them onto a piece of paper to create an abstract portrait.
In science this week, we continued our topic of 'Scientists and Inventors'. This week, we examined the importance of washing our hands to prevent the spread of germs. To show how germs spread, we conducted an experiment using glitter to demonstrate how touching surfaces or other people can spread germs.
Times Tables Rocks
In English this week, we used our experiences from our Perlethorpe trip to create a recount text. Throughout the week, we discussed the features of a recount such as using past tense, time connectives and chronological order. We then used this to create a recount text of our Perlethorpe Viking Experience as part of our History lessons.
In maths, we continued to work on our place value topic. This week, we examined how to add tens and ones. We also began to examine how to use place value charts to work out how many tens and ones are in a 2-digit number.
This week in art, we continued our topic of portraits. This week, we attempted to create a portrait of ourselves dressed in our viking costumes whilst at Perlethorpe.
On Monday, Year 2 went on our first school trip to Perlethorpe. Whilst on our trip, we found out about the lives of Vikings and the school lifes of Victorian children.
In English this week, we continued to help the stranded Time Traveller 'Mr Time'. As a result of our hard work in Week 1, Mr Time was able to travel back in time to the time of the dinosaurs. To help him, Year 2 researched information baout dinosaurs to help Mr Time stay safe. After this, we used our five senses to create a description.
In maths, we began our first topic of Place Value. This week, we examined how 2-digit numbers are made using groups of tens and ones. To do this, we used a range of physical resources such as bead strings, base tens and digit fans to create and compare 2-digit numbers.
This week in art, we continued our topic of portraits. This week, we discussed how we could use colour to show how people are feeling. We then created portraits by using bright colours such as yellow, orange and red to show happiness and blues to show sadness.
Our topic in science this half term is 'Scientists and Inventors'. This week, we asked the question whether doctors are scientists. To answer this, we discussed what doctors have to do in their daily jobs. We then explored how we can stay healthy.
In computing this week, we examined how to use the internet to find child-friendly information. We discussed how to use the internet to research a given subject. We then added the term 'for kids' to our searches to ensure that our search results were suitable for children.
In English this week, Year 2 received a strange message from a time traveller called Mr Time. Throughout the week, we wrote messages to Mr Time to ask him questions about where he had come from. We also write him a letter telling him who we were and that we would help him.
In maths this week, we revised some of the areas of maths that we did in Year 1. In our sessions, we took part in four different activities based on either place value, addition and subtraction, multiplication and shape.
In art this week, we compared different portraits by famous artists such as Leonardo Da Vinci. We then examined how to draw a self portrait. After this, we used a photograph of ourselves to help us draw our very own self portraits.
Our topic in science this half term is 'Scientists and Inventors'. To start our topic, we examined the work of Jane Colden and found out about what botanists do. We then went into the playground to find different parts of plants for us to observe and sketch.
In history this week, we discussed who we were. To do this, we answered questions about what we enjoyed and what we want to get better at and achieve whilst in Year 2.
This week in RE, we discussed why it is important to have rules and routines. To do this, we first talked about why we have rules and what could happen if we don't follow them. We then compared these rules to our routines. Finally, we discussed our daily school routines.
Our computing focus this half term is e-safety. In our first lesson, we discussed what a browser is and who to use these to find information online. We then used 'Safari' to find information about Woodpeckers. We also began to discuss how we can stay safe when we are using technology.