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Datchet St Mary's CofE Primary Academy

Friendship, Love, Compassion, Honesty, Forgiveness, Resilience and Equality

Year 2

Welcome to Year 2.

The class teacher is Mrs Gilchrist .

Mrs Clark is the class Teaching Assistant.

This term in Computing we learnt all about instructions and algorithms. We designed and debugged our own algorithms before adding in obstacles to make them more challenging.

I’m science we have been learning all about electricity and electrical circuits. After designing and testing our own circuits we added different materials to test conductors and insulators.

In Art we have been learning all about self portraits. We mixed colours to make accurate skin tone, eye and hair colour before learning all about cubism.

The Day the Chairs Quit!!! Today the children came back to school after Christmas to discover that their chairs had quit. The chairs wrote a letter to the children explaining that they had had enough!! It was up to the children to write their chair a persuasive letter trying to persuade them to come back.

In computing this term, we learnt all about Digital Photography. We learnt about landscape and portrait modes, distance, lighting and focus. In our last lesson we had some fun editing our photos.

Today Year 2 enjoyed recalling The Christmas Story at the Christmas Exhibition.

To support our history topic on The Romans, year 2 explored what it was like to be a Roman. During our school trip we got to spin wool into thread, build fences and start fires. We then learnt how to be a Roman soldier and how to stand in different formations. At the end of the day we got to explore and investigate different Roman artefacts.

In DT, we have been learning about the different food groups and what it means to have a healthy, balanced diet. Using this knowledge the children will be designing and making a healthy wrap for a school lunch box. Today we did taste test combinations. The children chose items from the different food groups to see if they liked them when tasted together. They had to rate their combinations out of 5 and think about how they could describe it.

Today in Year 2 we started our new text in English called The Dragon Machine. We learnt that Dragons can hide in plain sight and the more you look, the more you see. We decided to go Dragon spotting around school to see if this was true.

To help give us a purpose to our writing, year 2 wrote Horrid Henry stories for Reception Class. Once they had edited their stories against their target sheets, year 2 went down to Early years to read their stories.

In English we have been learning all about imperative verbs (bossy verbs) After reading the story Horrid Henry and Moody Margaret we made our own Glop. We then used our imperative verbs to write our own Horrid Henry Glop recipe. .

In Science, we have been learning all about the Human Body. This week we spoke and hygiene and what it means to be hygienic. We discussed microorganisms such as germs and how we can help to stop the spread of germs. We made predictions about what would clean our hands the best and after making sure it was a fair test, used glue and glitter to represent the germs before washing our hands in a variety of ways. We concluded that we must wash our hands with soap and warm water for longer than 5 seconds!

In Art we studied Turners work focussing on seascapes and how Turner used bold brushstrokes to show rough and stormy seas. The children then created their own seascapes over a series of lessons.