Year 2

A very warm welcome back after what we hope was a relaxing Christmas break for everyone. We can’t wait to hear all about what you got up to over Christmas!

Spring Term Topic '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. 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) or book worm badges and some are even already wearing their 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 Friday afternoon and will be run by the class teacher. Bring your child to school in full P.E. kit on Fridays, appropriately dressed for the season as it may still be cold. 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. Please make sure all items are named (especially jumpers, hats/gloves etc) as unnamed items cannot be returned to their rightful owners. We always have a lot of unnamed and thus unclaimed jumpers, especially as the weather improves 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.

Fruit and Milk

Your child will be offered fresh fruit/veg every day at break/snack time. This is free of charge. You also have the option to order a daily carton of milk for your child via the www.coolmilk.com website.

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 and Mrs Begum

Remembrance Day
 
Today we remembered all the people who have died in wars by colouring poppies, watching a video and having a 2 minute silence with KS2 on the playground. Mrs Stancombe and Mrs Begum were very proud of how respectful our Year 2 children behaved during all of the services.

Topic Launch

What an exciting first week we had in Year 2! A dragon came to visit our school and is setting us challenges to complete. We need to earn keys to unlock a king from an evil spell and then he will throw us a royal banquet. So far to earn keys we have: - designed and made a new throne for the king on our DT day, learnt about castles and how they were defended and what a poignant time it was to look in detail at some significant monarchs from history. Mrs Begum and Mrs Stancombe are very proud of how all the children have settled in to Year 2. They really are shining in all that they do!

Monday 10th October
Wednesday 7th September - DT day
Today we got a letter from the King asking us to make a new design for a throne. We tested the stability of different shapes and found the cylinder was the most stable. Then we worked on building up the strength of cylinders using paper. Then we designed, made and evaluated our throne models. They had to hold up the king's teddy bear!