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Clowne Infant & Nursery School

‘We take our children on a journey of discovery, giving them aspirations and engaging them in lifelong learning’

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Year 2

                           Welcome to Year 2

                   We are Class 1

We are Class 2

We are Class 3

The teachers in Year 2 are Mr Terry (Class 1), Mrs Handley (Class 2) and Mrs Galley (Class 3).

The TAs in Year 2 are  Mrs Gresty (Class 1), Mrs Clarke (Class 2), Mrs Clixby (Class 3).

 

Class 2 PE days are Wednesday and Friday

Class 3 PE days are Tuesday and Thursday.

Children will need a PE kit in school, stored in the PE draws outside the classroom, containing a white T-shirt, black shorts and PE pumps.

 

Our first topic this year was:

How Do We Keep Ourselves Alive and Kicking?

We will be finding out about the different stages in the human lifecycle and what happens at each of the stages. We will also look at the lifecycle of a butterfly.

 

Find out more about lifecycles here https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/clips/zxcmp39

 

We will be finding out about different food groups, healthy eating and a balanced diet.

 

 

We will be  learning all about an amazing woman called Mary Seacole. She lived nearly 200 years ago and helped soldiers in the Crimean War. She was a brave and determined woman who overcame prejudice to build her own hospital and help many soldiers.

We will be watching video clips about her life and discussing the issues she faced during her life as well the amazing work she carried out.

 

   This is Mary Seacole.

 

Click on the link below to watch the videos of Mary Seacole's life.  

 

https://www.bbc.co.uk/teach/school-radio/history-ks2-mary-seacole-video/zbphxyc

 

Music

This term we will looking at the South African style of music and will be learning a song called Hands, Feet, Heart.

We we learn how to play the  glockenspiel and read some musical notes.

Term 1 Curriculum Plan for parents

We made a friendship potion and wrote some instructions.

Topic 2: How Do We know About The Great Fire of London

In our second topic we will be finding out all about the Great Fire of London. How the fire started, how they tried to stop the fire and how Samuel Pepys and his diary helped us to know all about what happened during the fire.

 

Term 2 curriculum plan for parents

Samuel Pepys was born a very long time ago in 1663. He lived in very interesting times and wrote all about was happening in a diary. As well as The Great Fire of London, he wrote about The Plague and the Coronation of Charles II.

Click on the picture to watch a video about Samuel Pepys.

 

 

Click on the picture above to watch a video song about The Great Fire of London.

Have you ever wondered what it was like in London in 1666 at the time of the fire? Click on the picture below to find out with a virtual tour of London at the time of the fire. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Topic 3: Where is Kenya and what is it like there?

This term we will be looking at lots of maps and globes to find out the names and locations of the seven continents and the 5 oceans. 

We will be finding out all about the physical and human features in Kenya and comparing Kenya with our own country.

 

Term 3 Curriculum plan for parents

Here is PowerPoint with lots of facts about Kenya.

See if you can tell which of these photos show a place in Kenya and which of the photos show a place in the UK.

Are the things you see in the photos a human geographical feature or a physical geographical feature?

This term we also looked at the Christian Religion and some parables told by Jesus. We acted out the story of The Loaves and Fishes and had lots of fun sharing the bread, sequencing the story and learning the bible passage John 6:9 "Here is a boy with five small barley loaves and two small fish, but how far will they go among so many?"

 

During this term we had Internet Safety Day on the 8th February. We found out how to be safe when playing games online. We discussed lots of different situations and thought about what would be safe and unsafe as well as things we need to ask for permission to do when using the internet. After this, we thought about how to be kind and respectful when talking to people online. We practiced kind things to say to our friends when we are playing our online games.

Topic 4: Where Do Different Animals Live?

This term we have been finding out about different habitats. We learnt what a habitat was and how it needs to provide everything an animal needs to survive. We also found out it can be as big as an ocean or as small as a rock.

We looked at how different animals adapt to be able to live in certain habitats.

Click on the pictures above to find out more information about habitats and food chains.

During Science week this term we went out in our local environment to look for animals in their habitats. We found many different plants and animals in different habitats including slugs, centipedes, spiders, bumble bees, ladybirds, baby frogs, robins, magpies, pigeons, moss, trees, hedges, grassy banks and a pond. 

On Friday 3rd March it was World Book day and we had loads of fun at school dressed as different book characters. We also did lots of reading and book activities in the classroom like book quizzes and riddles. The teachers did a masked reader quiz for us to which you can see on this website. 

Topic 5: Whatever happened to the dinosaurs?

This term we have been finding out all about a very important lady called Mary Anning. She lived in Lyme Regis in Devon over 200 years ago and discovered a giant Ichthyosaur fossil. She helped change the way we thought about the world in the past and she is now considered one of the most important palaeontologists of all time. 

Click on the picture above to watch a video about Mary Anning's life

 

We found out that Mary Anning was from a very poor family and she collected fossils to sell for one penny to make money to help her family. She called them curiosities because when she was younger she didn't know that they were fossils.

Click on Mary's picture above to find out how Mary became interested in fossils and palaeontology.

We loved finding out about Mary Anning and her dog Tray. 

Click on Tray the dog to find out even more about the amazing Mary Anning

 

This term we have also planted beans and watched them germinate and start to grow roots and leaves. We used magnifying glasses to look closely at the leaves and roots.

 

In our art lessons we made a clay dinosaur. We learnt how to mould the clay into different shapes and how to blend the parts of the dinosaur that joined together so they didn’t fall off when the clay dried. We were really proud of our finished dinosaurs.

We’ve had a very busy time in this topic. As well as creating a 3D dinosaur sculpture we have also made a dinosaur sock puppet. We practiced using some new joining techniques for this project and even had a go at using a glue gun. We were very careful as the glue got very hot. We found this was a much better way to join the parts of the fabric on the puppet. We also used glue dots for smaller parts. We love our puppets!

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