Welcome to Athelstan Community Primary School

Welcome to Miss Pugh's Year 2 Class Page

   

We do PE on: Tuesday and Wednesday

Please ensure the children have indoor PE kits in school on these days - white t-shirt, blue or black shorts.

We test spellings on: Friday

We practise our times tables: Daily

Our daily homework is to read to an adult at home and practise our times tables and spellings in order to ensure they make the best possible progress during their time in Year 2.

Additional homework will be set occasionally throughout the year. This will usually be linked to our topic.

This term our topic is 'Castles and Dragons!'. Click pdfhere to find out about the exciting things we have planned.

 

 

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During Science Week we learnt all about bees and about the types of habitat they like to live in. This week has been our orchard week. We took the chance to do some gardening - we worked hard to dig up lots of weeds, also removing large stones, to prepare the ground so that we could plant wildflower seeds. When the ground was clear of plants and raked well, we then scattered the seeds and watered them. We are looking forward to watching them germinate and grow to provide bees with plenty of pollen.

 

In class we have been reading the story Jack and the Beanstalk. As part of our work we made puppets of the characters from the story and used them to act out a retelling of the tale. We worked with a partner and then performed our puppet shows to the rest of the class.

What a fantastic day it was! The four classes worked in mixed groups with the four different teachers. Each teacher led a different activity with a different maths focus. We worked on measuring, fractions, money, shapes and patterns and applied our knoweldge to real life scenarios. At the end of the day we all came back together to share what we had done and learnt...and to eact the pizzas we had made! 

To launch this term's topic, Castles and Dragons, Milestone 1 had a Medieval Day. Everyone dressed up in medieval costumes - we all had put in a lot of effort and looked fantastic! In class we completed lots of different activities. We designed shields using our house emblems, made crowns and designed a place mat for our place sitting during the banquet. We also learnt old English and learnt a medieval dance. We then made a vegetable soup, similar to that that they made have eaten during medieval times. In the afternoon, all four classes came together to perform the dance and have a banquet. The soup we made was delicious! It was a very fun and interesting day!

This year our theme for Science Week was bees and pollinators. We had a really interesting week learning about bees. To begin with, we carried out research using the iPads and created mindmaps to show what we had learnt. We used the information we had found out about the types of habitats bees like to live in to find areas around school that might be good for us to encourage bees and pollinators to, for example by planting wild flowers and placing bee homes there.

In PE we learnt the waggle dance and about how bees collect pollen. The waggle dance is a dance the honeybees do when they return to the hive. They use it to explain to the other bees where they can find pollen and nectar. The dance tells the other bees which direction they need to fly and how far. We thought this was fascinating and really enjoyed our PE lesson!

In Art we learnt about the body parts of a bee. We used this knowledge to make bees using 3D resources and drew 2D pencil pictures of bees. We ensured we included the three body segments, and added the detail of all the body parts on each segment, including antennae, eyes, wings, legs and stinger.

To complete our week we had a visit from a beekeeper, Andy Gowdy. Andy told us all about honeybees, the three different roles thay have, how a bee becomes the queen bee, how bees collect pollen and the dangers bees face that mean their numbers are reducing. We then saw an observation hive that contained about 10,000 bees and he showed us a real hive that was empty and explained how the bees used it. We had a chance to try honey and try on beekeeper suits. We really enjoyed the workshop and learnt even more about bees.

As part of World Book Week we dressed up as our favourite book character explorer. In class, we read the story 'Sir Charlie Stinky Socks and the really big adventure' and we found a letter hidden inside the book... The letter was from Sir Charlie asking us to make a book about how to prepare for an adventure and what to take. In groups, we made books containing maps, instructions on how to make sandwiches, a song to scare away beasties and lots more. Each class swapped their teacher for half an hour to listen to an exciting story! Mr Ivel read us one of his favourite stories. We were also very lucky to have a visit from an author: Antony Wootten. He read a story to us and answered lots of questions.

The Junior Road Safety Officers came to visit our class this week to talk to us about road safety. They had prepared a special presentation with video clips and photographs. The children discussed how we can stay safe on the roads and what we should look out for when in the car. The video warned us what could happen if we don't wear seatbelts and that it is dangerous to distract the driver.

As part of Sport Relief, we took part in a fantastic Sport to the Beat workshop run by Sergeant Sadie and Coach Clayton. Music played throughout the whole of the session and we had to keep moving! Coach Clayton led us to complete six different activities-ladder runs, boxing, golf, jumping, tennis and football. It was lots of fun! We also completed the Golden Mile, running, jogging and walking a mile around the school grounds.

Children took part in a Money Matters workshop which was run by Santander. They learned lots of useful information involving how to save money and make interest on what they have saved. They also learned about what a bank is, how it works and how to keep money safe in a bank account.

Last week we had a special visitor called Adam who took the children down to the orchard to take part in a woodland workshop. The morning involved lots of exciting activties that the children absolutely loved. They made their own clay animals using natural resources found in the orchard and then they made habitats so their animal would have shelter. Adam talked to the children about what living things need in order to surive which links with our science topic 'animals and their habitats'. The children decided that we also needed to give the animals food and water. Adam showed the children how to make a sock filter and the children made their own so they would have clean water for their animal.

Afterwards, the children made dens in groups big enough to provide shelter for themselves. Once they were finished the children went inside their den and Adam tested how waterproof they were...the children loved that part! Afer all that hard work we needed some food and a drink. We sat around a camp fire and had hot chocolate, marshmallows and popcorn. What a lovely end to a fantastic afternoon!

Today was Safer Internet Day. To raise our awareness of keeping safe when we use the internet we took part in a discussion with Mr Smith in class about rules we should remember when completing activities and playing games online. We then talked about different scenarios that could happen with the internet, such as friend's saying things about us, or strangers asking us for information about ourselves, and how these would make us feel.

In science we have been using our scientific enquiry skills by exploring and observing mini icebergs. We changed different factors that the icebergs were exposed to and observed any changes to the ice. We explored what happened when salt, washing up liquid and warm water were put on the icebergs. Our favourite experiment was adding food colouring to the iceberg - we loved seeing it drip through the small cracks and the patterns it made.

We really enjoyed sharing our previous work with the rest of school and parents and carers during our class assembly. We spoke about work we had completed on dinosaurs, we showed our art work and shared work we have completed on our new topic 'Let's Explore!'. We also sang a short rhyme in French that we had learnt for greeting people. In class and at home we are working hard on learning our timetables and enjoy singing Percy Parker songs. We sang the 2 timetable song. Please click pdfhere to view our PowerPoint of the photographs we showed during our assembly.

In art we have been developing our skills in using clay. We learnt how to make a pinch pot and how to join clay. We experimented with creating different textures and patterns and used this to create fossils. We then took our skills further and made dinosaur pots.

 

We had a visit from Lauren who is a dental nurse at Finkle Hill surgery. She talked to us about healthy eating and which types of food and drink are good for your teeth. In groups, we sorted pictures under a good tooth and a bad tooth. We discovered that tomato sauce is actually bad for you in large quantities because it contains a lot of sugar! We then chewed purple disclosure tablets that highlight plaque on the teeth and Lauren showed us how to brush our teeth to make sure the fluoride worked effectively. We had lots of purple tongues!

We took part in Parliament Week. We learnt about the role of Parliament and how to debate an issue. We also learnt about the role of The Speaker in the House of Commons. Mr Tucker arranged for a Skype video chat with Mr Speaker so that the children at Athelstan could ask questions about his role. We found out lots of interesting information about his job and what his opinion is about current political issues. When he was younger he wanted to be a tennis player... In class we then took part in a debate about whether or not we should have school uniform.

Thank you to all the parents and carers who came to join us for our open class afternoon. We had lots of fun making maths games that we then took home to help us practice our timetables and number bonds.

Thank you so much to everyone who attended the Year 2 SATs meeting this week. We hope you found it useful. 

Click pdfhere to download the PPT used in the meeting.

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Today we had a visit from a flamenco dance teacher. This was to celebrate the European day of languages. We were taught a range of new moves linked to a story about a matador. We needed to clap our hands and stamp our feet a lot! At the end of the day we performed our dance to the rest of the school.

 

 

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