Year 2 common exception words
We need to learn how to spell all these words by the end of Year 2.
February Learning Log.
Over the 1/2 term holidays I would like you to create something to do with Dragons. I want this to be fun for you to do and am leaving it up to you what you create. You may want to do one of the following:
or something totally different!
Your creation is due back on Wednesday 21st February - I cannot wait to see what you have written / drawn or created!
12.01.18 The Deep
Willow class had an amazing trip on Friday when we went to The Deep in Hull. Although the coach journey was quite long, spirits were high and before we knew it, we had arrived. On the way we saw the huge, towering suspension bridge that stretched out over the Humber estuary.
When we arrived at the Deep, first we went into a marine laboratory and were taught several facts about fish and undersea life. There were even some real shrimps for us to observe! Did you know that there are divers that go into the large tank with the fish, and because they have full facemasks they can talk to each other. One of the divers even sings to the fish!
After the research lesson, we had our delicious lunch, which for some, was the high point of the day! Then came the moment we'd all been waiting for, a tour of the exhibits! Starting on a slope through time, we descended into the depths of the Deep, walking past aquatic dinosaurs, starfish and rays to get to the first large pool. This was full of coral, and skates and flatfish swam up to meet us.
We spent the next 2 hours exploring, seeing penguins, sword fish, sting rays, sharks, poisonous tree frogs and even jellyfish! Part of our writing this week will be a recount of the day - look out for them in our reading books or on a display!
Happy New Year!
We hope you had a lovely Christmas and are ready and raring to go with a new term!
The children settled really well back into the school routine and had lots of fun finding out about animals and their babies. Here are some pictures of the children doing a matching activity...
Willow, Cherry and Elm had a fantastic morning exploring the universe when visitors from Leeds University physics department brought in their amazing inflatable planetarium. It was so big it almost filled the hall!
Each class took it in turn to enter the planetarium and watch and listen as images and sounds surrounded us.
Using a special projector, the inside of the dome was used as a screen and planets and stars shot past us. We learned about the Mars rovers, star constellations, our solar system and the search for Exoplanets - planets that could possibly support life - did you know that almost 5,000 have already been identified.
One girl in year 5 was so inspired that she now wants to work in the Astro Physics field of work, and a fantastic quote was overheard when Year 2 were in the dome ... "This is why I love coming to Ashfield!"
Retelling a story through drama.
In our first week in Willow, we have been looking at stories with familiar settings. So far we have looked at Family and Growing Up. On Thursday we looked at Get Lost Laura by Jennifer Northway.
After reading and discussing the story, Willow class split into groups and re-enacted the story using drama. Being able to tell a story using different methods encourages greater story telling and recount. We will be working towards writing our own stories in the next few days.
World Book Day!
Willow class really enjoyed taking part in a storytellers workshop with Eden today! They used drama techniques to bring characters to life. It was made extra fun as we were all dressed up as our favourite book characters! :-)
Willow class really enjoyed Diversity day. We read two fantastic stories, did some excellent art work and wrote poetry all about why were are so fantastically unique! It was great to celebrate the differences we all have! :-)
Willow class really enjoyed a dance workshop this week. We learnt all about Chinese New Year, that red is the luckiest colour, that the dragons have green noses and the colour green represented good health. We had such a fantastic afternoon!
Reverse Advent Calendar
In Willow class we appreciate that this festive season is as much about giving as it is about receiving. We have decided to create a 'reverse advent calendar.' We will put an item of food into a box each day of advent (up until the 16th when we break up!) and then donate it to Otley food bank. You are superstars Willow class! Happy Christmas!
We love reading!
Willow have been working really hard on their reading comprehension this week. We were specifically looking at using a highlighter to find evidence in the text.
In Willow class we have been learning all about Neil Armstrong as part of our History topic. We have learnt all about space and the moon. As part of this we have designed a 'moon habitat' to help us survive on the moon. We then used a range of materials to build our moon habitat. Next we are going to evaluate them.
We love maths!
Some of us in Willow class have been using Numicon to help us with our maths work. We really enjoyed using it to help us with our adding!
We love Science! We really enjoyed searching the playground for lots of different materials. Once we had found lots, we decided whether they were natural or man-made materials.
We love our outdoor space at Ashfield!
Some of our Willow class children have really enjoyed exploring our outside space. They worked together to create this fantastic grass hotel! It took them a few of their own lunch times to get it just right. We think it looks fantastic and shows great creativity and team work!
Following on from health week, we loved the Bondgate Bakery experience sooo much that we were #inspired to bake our own!!
Welcome to Willow!
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Children in pink group had a go at sorting shapes. They then discussed the properties of these shapes. They were looking at the amount of sides and vertices (corners) the shape had in order to help them identify it.
How many sides and vertices does a hexagon have? Can you impress your adult by answering the question?
We have looking at Venn diagrams and using them to sort odd and even numbers. We had to work systematically to get the numbers in the correct places!
We have been looking at traditional stories in English and retelling them to each other. Today we started to look at a Ghanaian traditional story called Anansi and Tiger. In the story Tiger asked Anansi to capture Queen Bee and Snake. The children were set the challenge to think of ways Anansi could do this. They worked in pairs and then presented their ideas to the rest of the class. We will be reading the rest of the book and finding out if our predictions were correct!
Christmas Jumper day and party.
KS1 enjoyed a super party yesterday in the hall.
We played lots of great games such as sleeping lions and musical statues. We all looked fantastic in our Christmas jumpers plus we raised money for charity. Merry Christmas everyone!
We have begun to learn how to write instructions. Before we did any learning the children were asked to write instructions on how to wash their hands. They then tested out their instructions in order to help them see what they might have missed out. This was a great learning opportunity. At the end of the unit the children will re-write their instructions.
We are looking at animals and humans in science this term. We decided to complete an experiment to see if taller people had bigger feet. We had to work out what equipment we would need, think about a method and then decide how to record our information. We haven't finished the experiment yet but as soon as we do we will let everyone know the answer!
Over the Christmas holidays the children made board games that tested their knowledge of 2,5 and 10. Today, we played the games. It was absolutely fantastic!
On the 26th February we were lucky enough to have a STEM festival in school. We were very excited to meet Sue Bowler who came to speak to us about our solar system and even showed us some meteorites!
After all that fun we went off to the hall to have some more!
We were demonstrating fizz inflators (if you want to make one yourself check out https://sciencebob.com/build-a-fizz-inflator/)
We then had a chance to look around the science fair and have a go at the different experiments. Some children even met Tim Peake!