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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 Monday to Wednesday is Mrs Wragg and Thursday to Friday is Miss Koza and  Miss Bulstrode is the support staff.

Class Newsletters 2021-2022

We enjoyed learning how to build a fire. We watched a video from woodland classrooms then went out to the forest school area and had a go ourselves! We all had a go at preparing the tinder and adding sticks to the fire. This was all part of our Great Fire of London topic and we will use this new knowledge to help write a set of instructions.

Shared Reading - This week we finished our shared reading book 'The Tear Thief'. We have absolutely loved reading this book and were really sad it came to an end. We have had such good discussions and learnt lots of new vocabulary from this book which we are trying to include in our own writing.

More algorithms. This week in computing we wrote our own algorithms and programmed them into our floor bots. We predicted where we thought they would travel to and marked on our maps where they actually stopped

Telling the time. We made our own clocks and used them to help us tell the time.

Butterfly life cycles. We had so much fun making models of the lifecycle of a butterfly.

In computing this half term, we are learning all about algorithms. To start us off, we took it in turns pretending to be robots, where our partners had to give us very detailed instructions to carry out tasks such as moving around the classroom and drawing pictures. It was great fun, especially as the robots weren't allowed to talk!

Myths and Legends. In music we started off our topic for this half term by watching the story of George and the Dragon, then retelling it by clapping out a rhythm to go with the words.

In maths, we created our own word problems to help us when it comes to answering them. Can you solve any?

The children really enjoyed our Florence Nightingale Day!

Christmas fair!! - We had so much fun. What lovely creations all our talented pupils made to sell!

Christmas exhibition - We had lots of fun learning all about what the bible tells us about Christmas time

Using a dictionary - During our shared reading lessons, we are picking up new vocabulary to go on our magpie wall. Sometimes we don't know what a word means, so we learnt how to look these unfamiliar words up in a dictionary to find out their meaning

Maths - Position and direction. We went out into the playground and created our own grid of squares. We then used our new knowledge of grid references to explain a persons position on the grid. Remember "along the corridor and up the stairs"

Digital photography: In computing this term we are learning about digital photography. We took some pictures with our iPads. We focussed on objects up close, things in the distance, the difference between portrait and landscape and of course a few selfies :) But we also learnt how important is was to ask the person's permission before we take any photos.

Comprehension - We are doing so well with our comprehension skills. We are able to retrieve information from whatever text we're reading by underlining key information.

Researching Habitats - Following on from our work on minibeasts and microhabitats, we have carried out our own research on different habitats from around the world. We used books, media and the internet to carry out our research then recorded our findings.

Music - this term our theme in music is space. This week we imagined we discovered a brand new planet and told the story of this discovery through sound

Music - soundscape to space

Still image for this video

Bug Hotel!! We put all our knowledge about minibeasts and microhabitats into practice by working together to create a bug hotel. We still need to add the finishing touches but we have made a great start and we think it is a fantastic way at gaining real life experiences.

This week in art Year 2 have been thinking about tone and looking at a portrait of Florence Nightingale. There are sections of Florence missing that the children had to try to complete. Everyone did remarkably well. Well done Year 2!

The children enjoyed playing tag rugby in their PE lesson today

Exploring our local habitat - We went on a walk in our local area to find microhabitats and minibeasts. We then came back and recorded our findings

Look at our lovely Art display board!

In art, we loved recreating one of Andy Goldsworthy's nature sculptures!

Harvest Festival - We are so proud of all of year 2. They did an amazing job.

Computing - We became supermarket tills! In groups of 3 we acted out the process a till (information technology) goes through. We became barcodes, scanners and price finders and soon realised how much time IT saves us in the real world.

This week in maths we have been looking at the properties of 2D shapes, including lines of symmetry.

Black History Day - We learnt all about Mary Seacole and Rosa Parks

Here we are having one of our movement breaks to help us refocus :)

Look how much fun we had at the penny run. Congratulations fire!

In science, we looked at growth in humans as part of our 'living things' topic. We did this by measuring and comparing hand spans.

We went on a nature walk for art and enjoyed having a go at leaf rubbing.

We enjoyed learning and performing the poem The Sound Collector by Roger Mcgough.

Look at this amazing green feather Millie found in the playground! What bird do you think it came from?

In maths, we explored how to represent numbers in lots of different ways. We used numerals, part-whole models, number beads, numicon, base ten and number lines.

Science - We had lots of fun exploring our outdoor learning area searching for things that are living, not living anymore and things that have never been alive. Have a go at working out what category each of these fall into

We have had a fun two days in year 2 to get us back into the school routine. We have focused on problem solving to help us work on team building and improve our resilience. Here we are working in our table groups to build a bridge for our 3 little bears to cross the river safely. Well done year 2!

Nature faces - We worked in groups to create faces using things we found in our outdoor learning area. Are there any faces you recognise?

The children loved making nature sculptures out of clay!