Year 2 Recent News
Upcoming Dates & Events for Year 2
Welcome back to Year 2
Summer Term 2 2021
This term we will be travelling into the rainforests to find out what they are, where they can be found, and what lives amongst the hot and humid layers.
We will be considering the question:
Why should we act now to save the rainforests?
We will be learning how to use maps and atlases to locate the rainforests, and finding out how the tropical rainforests got their name.
We will begin our topic by exploring what happens during a day in the rainforests, joining a young spider monkey on its daily adventures in ‘One Day on our Blue Planet… in the Rainforest,’ by Ella Bailey. This story will help us to learn about the plants that form the layers of the rainforests, and the animals that live there.
Our focus this term will be on using our oracy skills to clearly present the facts that we have found out. We will be challenged to use new vocabulary and the names of some of the animals and plants that live in the rainforests.
In English we will reading a range of stories and poems with a rainforest theme, and we will write our own exciting rainforest story. After learning about different animals, we will be writing our own riddles based on ‘Monkey Puzzle’, by Julia Donaldson.
I am a brightly coloured bird,
With a big curved beak.
I use my beak to collect fruit and berries to eat.
I can’t fly very well,
Because my bill is so heavy.
What am I?
In DT we will be making bird shaped bread and adding some rainforest flavours!
In Art we will be creating mixed media rainforest animal paintings, focusing on colour mixing and expressing ourselves through our art.
For Mental and Physical Wellbeing we will continue with our TIME to TALK sessions, Daily Mile, and learning the importance of staying safe online.
Challenge: How many times did we use the word ‘rainforest’?
Write calculations using this total.
Please click on the link below to access The Bug Club website.
This is the online reading scheme which allows your child access to hundreds of books at the click of a button. Your child can read them with you or when older & more confident, independently. Each book contains comprehension questions to boost reading skills. Points collected for completing the questions correctly can be used to play games. All of the books can be read to your child by the computer too.
Logins & passwords are held by your child’s teacher and have been sent home in a letter. Please encourage your child to access the website as often as possible.
If you have any problems with access at home, there is a trouble shooting guide held at the school Reception desk.BUG CLUB
Elis, Heidi and Sarah C
Spring Term 2 2021
We will continue our Antarctic Adventure!
How do writers help us to learn about historical events?
Key Questions we will consider in this topic are:
- What makes an exciting Antarctic adventure story?
- How are the geographical features of Antarctica different to the rest of the world?
The intrepid explorers of Year 2 have been immersed in the Southern Ocean. Battling giant waves as they cross from the English Channel to the Weddell Sea! Fending off killer whales and leopard seals, they have been sailing towards the freezing desert of ANTARCTICA! We will learn about a man called Tom Crean, who first sailed to the Antarctic with Scott before joining Shackleton’s crew. Through his adventures and a book called Tom Crean’s Rabbit, we will learn all about life on the ocean waves and what it must have felt like to be at sea in a wooden ship for months on end.
We will write a build-up, problem, resolution and ending to our own ‘Antarctic Adventure’ story and develop the skills of self-assessment, editing and improving our writing.
In DT and Science, we’ll be making our very own Protective Penguin Egg Transporter! We’ll have to test which materials will best insulate and protect it, then design and make our own with certain criteria, such as a lid that fastens. We will focus on our Kilmorie Child Qualities: innovation, independence and collaboration.
Mental and physical wellbeing
We will have TIME to TALK sessions to build skills for sustaining friendships when returning to school, making new friends, managing feelings and behaviours with a focus on Self Confidence and Self Awareness.
Elis, Heidi and Sarah
Sports Challenge: week of 22.2.21
Below is this week’s sports challenge – don’t forget to submit your scores by Friday 26th February via the London Youth Game website !
The Tate Hear My Story Project
In 2018-19 The Tate ran the Yr3 Photography Project with the artist and director Steve McQueen. The children who are now in Yr5 had their photographs taken and displayed in the Duveen Galleries at Tate Britain. This year The Tate have launched the Hear My Story Project and we are delighted to announce that Kilmorie are taking part in this. Kate launched the project in a recent whole school assembly and teachers have shared Part One of the project What Makes You, You? with their classes.
The project encourages students to think of themselves – their lived experiences, cultures, histories, ideas and questions – as the starting point for looking at art and making stories.
Here is a video which explains the first part of the project:
It matters whose stories get told. It matters whose stories we hear.
Part Two of the project is launched on March 15th and in the meantime, The Tate have produced two additional drawing projects. These are Y is for Who Are You? and W is for Who Are We? Further supporting information can be found in the documents below:
Autumn Term 2020
Follow us, follow us Into The Woods…
…where we will be developing our science skills, exploring the world and finding out about woodland animals!
What is in the woods?
We will begin our journey by thinking about what is a ‘wood’. What will you find in there? How did it get there? What can you see? What can’t you see? And can you tell someone, what is a tree?
Have a look at these amazing trees…
If you go down to the woods today, why not…
- see how many indigenous trees you can name and identify by looking at their leaves, bark patterns, seeds or flowers.
- talk about the sorts of animals that make woods and forests their habitats and why they live there.
- look for signs of Autumn and make a collection of natural objects.
There are some great alternative stories out there about wolves – you could read…
Try this link for a story time treat:
Number & Place Value
Addition & Subtraction
Remember you can always have fun with maths at this site:
Check out the Kilmorie website for even more ideas:
Please note Year 2 PE days are as follows and the children will need a PE kit (appropriate for indoor and outdoor PE) from week beginning 14th September:
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