Year 2

Our Topic in Summer Term: Amazing Africa: ‘From Gloucester to Ghana’

Our topic this term is ‘Amazing Africa’ where we will be studying what it’s like to live in Accra, the capital city of Ghana. We will also be learning about the true story of Zeraffa Giraffa, a gift from the Pasha of Egypt to the King of France in the 1800s, to inspire our writing. This half term in Music, we will learn about traditional African Call and Response songs. In Art next half term we will be learning about printing to make our own traditional Kente cloth.

Reading in Year 2

As usual your child will be bringing home new reading books once a week which will then be changed weekly. Your child must read at home at least five times a week to earn a reading point. Please record that you have done so in their yellow reading record to evidence this. Many children in Year 2 are close to receiving their first reading award (a book mark and certificate) and some are even wearing their bronze reading badges with pride! Please can you make sure your reading books are brought into school every day so we can add up their reading points.

PE this term

This half term P.E. will take place on a Wednesday afternoon and will be run by Montagu Academy. Bring your child to school in full P.E. kit on Wednesdays, appropriately dressed for the season. The children will wear their kit all day so no need for a change of clothes.

Items to bring in to school

Please ensure your child has a named water bottle in school at all times and a named sun hat. Please make sure all items are named (especially jumpers) as unnamed items cannot be returned to their rightful owners. We always have a lot of unnamed and thus unclaimed jumpers, especially in the warmer months when children take off their jumpers in the playground. Please also ensure that toys and belongings from home are not brought into school as these cause upset to the children if they are lost or broken and can also disrupt their learning.

Thank you for your cooperation and support! If you have any questions please do not hesitate to ask.

Best wishes,

The Year 2 team (Mrs Stancombe, Miss Fitzgibbon, Mrs Gough and Mrs Mustoe)

Experience Easter
This week Year 2 joined EYFS and Year 1 to travel around the stations of the cross. We experienced the last supper to remember Jesus. We walked the road to Jerusalem and talking about our hopes for the future. We created palm leaved and waved them shouting 'Hosanna!' 'Here comes the king!' We made prayer crosses and put them at the foot of the cross. We even drew round our friends feet as a sign of humility, as Jesus washed his disciples feet.
Tuesday 1st March - Jonathan's Jungle Roadshow
 
As part of our 'Monster Mayhem' topic we got to meet some real life monsters of the animal world. 
The children had an amazing time with Jonathan and his Jungle Roadshow on Tuesday. The children all got to hold a speckled king snake and meet a gecko, a praying mantis and two different tarantulas! All the children were extremely brave!
 
In English we are now well underway with writing a persuasive text to encourage other people to book Jonathan's Jungle Roadshow for their school or organisation. Next week we will be writing scientific reports on the animals.
 
Jonathan's website has photos of all the animals that the children met as well as lots of information on each creature. If your child would like to find out more or show you the photos of the specific animals they held then visit https://jonathansjungleroadshow.co.uk/ and click on 'Meet the animals'.
Monster Picnic
 
On our first day back of Spring Term we had a surprise! A monster called the Grouch had sent us a book 'The Grunt and the Grouch' and asked us for his help with cheering up his friend The Grunt. To thank us he sent a monster picnic, complete with cheesy toenails, dried flies, bogeys, wiggly worms, rat droppings and some pond water to wash it down with! We sent some to share with Mrs D'Arcy but she said she was not hungry!

RE topic: Who is Muslim and How do they live?

Today Mrs Janath and Miss Khan came in to help us learn about the second pillar of Islam: Salah. This is the daily prayers Muslims do five times a day. First we washed in a specific way Muslims do to make sure Muslims are clean for prayer. This is called Wudu. Then we found where Mecca was so we could face Mecca to pray.

Miss Khan showed us her prayer mat and showed us how Muslims pray to Allah by putting their feet, knees, hands and forehead on the mat to show they humble themselves before Allah.

Our first day in Year 2

On Monday morning we had a strange burnt parcel delivered to our playground in Year 2!

It was covered in ash and surrounded by dragon footprints! It held a story book and a letter from a medieval king. He is locked in his castle turret with his kingdom put under a wicked spell. He only has his trusted dragon, Spike, to deliver him food and messages. The Year 2s will have to solve problems and earn keys in each topic lesson to unlock King Harold. He says he will throw us a medieval banquet if we unlock the spell before Christmas!

Monday 4th April
First Aid Friends
 
Today Jivan from 'First Aid Friends' taught us how to check for a pulse and for breathing. Then he taught us what we must do when we spot someone who needs First Aid, using the mnemonic: DRS ABC (Danger, Response, Shout, Airway, Breathing, Circulation)
Science - Tuesday 28th January
 
 
Today we went on an adventure to compliment our Science learning on local habitats and 'living', 'dead' and 'never alive'. We went to our 'woodland habitat' and sorted the things we found into 'living', 'dead' and 'never alive'.
Wednesday 29th September
 
Today PCSO Rachel and some of her friends came to visit us to help keep us safe online! The children all listened really well and had some great questions for the Community Support Officers.
School Trip to Berkeley Castle
 
We had a fantastic time at Berkeley Castle! We learnt so much and had fun too!