When we were guessing where different seeds come from last week, most of us had never heard of cress so we planted some cress seeds of our own. Now they are at home so keep the soil damp and watch them grow. (Don’t drown them!)
Planting tomato seeds
We went in the poly tunnel to plant tomato seeds with Duncan the gardener. Our seeds need to be kept warm for a while in a propagator and then planted in beds in the poly tunnel. We are looking forward to seeing them grow.
We also looked at the cherry tree which is beginning to show buds.
An afternoon of opera!
At The Lowry Theatre we saw a special performance of an opera for children. It was ‘Green Eggs & Ham,’ based on the Dr. Seuss book. We also learned about all the instruments in the orchestra.
World Book Day
We all look fabulous, dressed up for World Book Day. Can you guess our book characters?
Ecobrick winners treat!
We have been planting seed potatoes in the polytunnel with Duncan the gardener. We planted three potatoes in compost. We added some fertiliser and then watered them. In three months they will be moved outside and a month later they will be ready to harvest. We will keep an eye on how they are growing. We also saw a lovely cherry tree. We look forward to seeing this grow too.
We all dressed up in our numbers for Number Day. As well as raising money for the NSPCC we had lots of fun doing number activities.
Times Tables Winner
This half-term we won the local catholic schools cluster times tables challenge! Well done Year 2!
P.E. : Gymnastics
Year 2 have made fantastic progress in gymnastics lessons this half-term. They have grown in skill and confidence and performed some brilliant patterns on the apparatus.
Science: Looking for micro-habitats around school
In Science we are studying living things and their habitats. We are looking particularly at animal habitats. We walked around school to look for micro-habitats. We found creatures living in the prayer garden, on trees, under tyres and in the soil.
D.T. Food from around the world: Anzac Biscuits ( Australia)
Food from around the world: Sweet potato cookies (South Africa)
Food from around the world: Tacos (South America)
Food from around the world: Asian fruit salad
Food from around the world: Ratatouille (Europe)
To link in with our Geography topic of Oceans & Continents, in D.T. we are learning about food from around the world and how to make some healthy snacks and meals. Our first recipe was for ratatouille from France. Next we made Asian fruit salad. Looking at South America we chose tacos and used healthy fillings. Using a South African recipe we then made sweet potato cookies. Finally we made Anzac biscuits which originate from Australia. They were delicious!
We are learning about the continents of the world.
We are doing so well with learning to play the recorder!
Children in Need/ Crazy Hair Day
Look at our crazy hair!
Science: How Animals (including humans) Grow
Our investigation was 'Do the tallest children have the biggest feet?' We were all measured for our height. We drew around one of our shoes and cut it out and measured it. Then we arranged ourselves in order of height from the tallest to the shortest. Our investigation showed that not all the tallest children have the biggest feet. Some of the shorter children have bigger feet than children who are taller than them!
In R.E. we are learning about the 'signs and symbols' of Baptism, such as the water, the chrism (oil), the white garment. We acted out a part of the Baptism service.
Anti-bullying Week: Odd Socks Day
This week in school has been Anti-bullying week. We have talked about the true meaning of ‘bullying’ and how important it is to tell someone if it is happening to us. On Tuesday we took part in ‘Odd Socks Day.’ We are all unique and special.
Welcome cards for Nursery children
As part of our R.E. Caritas unit, Family & Community, we all made a card for each of our new children in Nursery, to welcome them to our school community. Those with siblings in Nursery really wanted to make a card for them. The children thought it was very funny that some of the Nursery children had the same first names as them!
In our Art lessons we looked at the kinds of houses that people lived in at the time of The Great Fire of London. They used a lot of wood to build the houses, which is one of the reasons why the fire spread so quickly. We drew a house design and then traced it onto a tile of clay. We scooped out some pieces of clay and used them to add detail. These are the finished results. We will bring them home when we change the display.
Staircase House Trip
What a great day out we had at Staircase House in Stockport! The house is just like a house from the time of the fire in 1666. In the morning we dressed up and acted out the events of The Great Fire of London. There was Samuel Pepys and his maid, Jane; King Charles, the link boy, the soldiers and the maids. Samuel Pepys was woken up by his maid to find London on fire. We made a chain to collect the water in leather buckets, from the River Thames, to try and put out the fire but it was spreading too quickly. We had great fun! In the afternoon we did two activities. One was finding out about the first fire brigades and the insurance companies. We made our own 'fire mark.' In the other activity we learned about the plague that happened just before the fire. We had some scary plague doctors and then we made our own medicine potions.
Our assembly was all about ‘October the month of the Holy Rosary.’
We carried out an investigation to find out which material was the best to make an umbrella for Teddy.
Learning to play the recorder
Year 2 had their first recorder lesson today and we played our first piece of music. Well done Year 2 ! Don't forget to practice and bring your recorder into school every Friday.
We really enjoyed dressing up for 'Languages Day.' Poland, Scotland, England, Wales, Holland, India, China and Africa were among the countries we were representing.
Science Topic: Materials
We started our Science topic on Materials by looking around the classroom to find out what materials had been used to make things.
Meet out two new eco-warriors! Amongst other things they will be turning off lights to save electricity and ensuring we are using the paper recycling bins.
Year 2 School Council Members
Congratulations to our new school council members. We are so proud of you both and know you will serve the school well.
R.E (Caritas in Action)
Year 2 talked about how we are all brothers and sisters in God's family. We placed a globe with our photos on at the centre of our class circle and each took a piece of ribbon. We discussed how we are connected to our brothers and sisters all over the world just like the ribbons. We also made friendship bracelets in bright colours to take home; decorated with all the things that make us happy.