Welcome to Van Gogh Class!
We hope you enjoy seeing our fantastic learning in year 2!
Class Teacher: Miss Raw
Take One Book Week
Using the book 'The Day the Crayons Quit' the children created some fantastic letters and poems showing how the crayons felt.
International Women's Day Thursday 8th March
Today we celebrated International Women's Day.
We began by thinking about the women in our lives who inspire us.
Here are just a few of Year 2's super responses:
Maddox - "Florence Nightingale inspires me because she made the hospitals clean".
Noah - "My mum inspires me because she helps me and looks after me when I'm ill".
Summer - "My sister inspires me because she helps me with my homework".
Ayda - "My dance teacher inspires me because she teaches me to be flexible".
I then asked the children to imagine that their was a special event coming up and that everyone else in the school could have a vote, except Year 2!
These were some of their reactions:
Laila - "I feel disappointed because we have ideas".
Wojtek - "I feel sad because we have something to say".
We used this activity as a starting point to learn about Emmeline Pankhurst and her campaign 'Votes for Women'.
Finally, the children wrote messages of thanks for her achievements.
World Book Day!
We celebrated World Book Day by completing a book review of our favourite books and then presenting these to the rest of the class.
What am I?
To extend their learning of materials and their properties, Year 2 wrote some clues for different toys.
Can you guess the toy from the clue?
Toys in the past
To support Year 1 and 2 in their learning about how toys have changed, Mrs. Stark, Mrs. Caruana and Mr. Penrose spoke to the children about their favourite childhood toys. We learnt that Mr. Penrose made his own kites, Mrs. Stark built a model of her grandma's house out of LEGO and that Mrs. Caruana had a toy mouse that featured in all of her imaginary games! The children also asked some super questions.
Rebalancing to solve additions
Year 2 have been applying their number bonds and place value knowledge to solve additions. They have 'rebalanced' a number to a multiple of 10 to make the amounts easier to add together.
Christmas in Italy!
Today Year 1 and 2 learnt about how Christmas is celebrated in Italy. They completed a quiz, coloured pictures of the Christmas witch 'La Befana' and then tried some traditional panettone! Buon Natale!
Anti-bullying Week 13th - 17th November 2017
We have made anti-bullying promises to make sure that everyone in our school feels welcome, safe and respected.
To prepare for our sponsored 1 mile walk we created water droplet friendship bracelets and flags.
We have been learning all about the contribution of Florence Nightingale in the Crimean War. In science we tested materials to find the most effective for making the shade for her lantern, called a fanoos. As you can see, they work really well!
On Friday 19th October we applied our understanding of different food groups and why humans need them to design and make our own delicious sandwiches. Each sandwich needed to have a fruit or vegetable as they contain vitamins and minerals to keep us healthy. We could then choose to add cheese (for strong bones and teeth) or chicken (protein to help us grow and fight diseases).
As you can see, they were very tasty!
World Food Day
On Monday 16th October Year 1 and 2 joined together to celebrate World Food Day, using the theme 'My Breakfast, Your Breakfast'. We began our day by looking at breakfasts eaten by four children around the world, and comparing them to our own.
Next, we created food waste posters to help us think more carefully about how we can reduce the amount of food that goes in the bin at lunchtime.
In the afternoon we thought about our GLP big issue "How can we make others feel welcome?" Caroline in Uganda didn't have any breakfast or lunch at school and Mouna in Mali had to pound the millet before she could eat it. Laila thought that if these girls came to our school we could give them some food, so we made some delicious breakfast rainbow fruit pots and cheese and fruit bagels that we would share with them. We ended our day with a thankfulness prayer and breakfast picnic.
Brilliant Bee-bot maps!
In computing we have been learning about programming Bee-bots. We are now designing our own local area maps so that we can create an algorithm to program the Bee-bot to travel from the Co-op shop to our school!
Marvellous Maths Morning!
Thank you to all the mums and dads who came in on Friday 29th September to celebrate a morning of maths investigations. We all worked hard to find numbers to make 20, equivalence using pan balances, count dots, make numbers using different resources and see what happens when we add different combinations of odd and even numbers.
'Maths Investigation Week' (25th - 29th September)
We have started our investigative learning this week by looking at different ways to make 20. We used our knowledge of number bonds to 10 to help us and the Cuisenaire rods to present our findings.
Describing a setting
We are reading different versions of the fairy tale 'Rapunzel' at the moment, in particular the verison by Bethan Woolvin. Today we focused on what Rapunzel would see when she climbed down her incredibly long hair into the forest. We went for a senses walk in the nature area to help us, and then we wrote descriptive sentences using adjectives.
Here are some super examples:
I saw a muddy hole - Stanley
I swung on a tall tree - Maddox
I saw a sweet cat - Laila
I heard a quiet bird - Wojtek
I felt the windy, rainy weather - Coby
I saw a tall, prickly tree - Summer
I saw some colourful, soft grass - Ellis
I crawled through a peaceful, prickly tunnel - Harrison
I climbed a high tree - Isaac
I stroked a fluffy bird - Alfie
I saw the strong wind - Lennon
I saw a strong tree - Noah
I stroked a fluffy bunny - Abigail
'Take One Picture Week'
Year 2 began their learning this year by exploring Van Gogh's painting 'The Starry Night'.
They used chromatograms to explore the different coloured dyes in felt-tip pens and used this knowledge to design their own beautiful stars for the class picture.
Next they created larger stars using tissue paper and paper plates.
The children also looked carefully at how Van Gogh mixed and applied colours to create their own version of the painting and practised their cutting skills to make some sugar paper houses with illuminated windows.
In computing we are learning to create branching databases using the '2Question' program.
Congratualtions to Aimee, Harvey and Oskar who have all written short adventure stories and had them published in the Young Writers 'My First Story 2017' book.
In maths we have been practising doubling numbers. We carried out an investigation to answer the questions 'When you double an even number, is the answer odd or even?' and 'When you double an odd number, is the answer odd or even?' We discovered that the answers are even!
Do bigger fruits have bigger seeds?
We carried out a pattern seeking enquiry to answer the question 'Does the biggest fruit have the biggest seeds?' We ordered the 4 fruits (papaya, apple, cherry and plum) and found the papaya was the biggest fruit. However, when Mrs. Caruana cut the fruits open, we discovered that the papaya had lots of little seeds. The biggest seed (or stone) was in the plum!
The role of a religious leader
Reverend Alan visited Year 2 to talk about his role as a religious leader and what he does in a typical week. He showed us the box of artefacts used for communion, along with a special cube to explain baptism. He talked to us about how oil is used to anoint people who are unwell. Then he shared the special clothing he wears for different services, including weddings and funerals. We were able to try the special bread, put the oil on our foreheads or dress up in the stoles and chasuble for Sunday services.
Painting flowers in the style of Van Gogh
We have been sketching flowers with Mrs. Hodges ready to paint them in the style of Van Gogh.
In Science we are exploring microhabitats and the minibeasts that live in them. We made predictions about what we would find in some leaf litter and the soil of a flower pot. We used paintbrushes to look for minibeasts. We were surprised to find some little flies, spiders and green beetles! We decided that the beetles were green so that they could camouflage with the leaves.
'Investigate One Book'
For Science Week (13th - 17th March) Year 2 carried out investigations linked to 'Traction Man meets Turbodog' by Mini Grey.
We began by exploring the strongest material for Traction Man to use as a rope to climb the compost heap. We tried to see if any of the materials would break, but they didn't! However, we did discover that the elastic stretched.
Next we investigated the best wheels for Turbodog to cross the sand pit. Year 2 tested cotton reels, plastic wheels and Play-Doh and decided that the most effective wheels were those that could turn easily. These were certainly not made from the Play Doh!
Finally, Year 2 designed and made a boat or submarine so that Tubodog could join Traction Man swimming in the bath tub. Testing our boats allowed us to make careful obsertvations and explain why some floated and others sunk.
As you can see from the pictures, Year 2 really enjoyed their science week!
Visit to Hertford St Andrew Church
On Thursday 2nd February we visited Hertford St Andrew Church. We have been learning about why churches are special places for Christians and looked at some of their features. When we arrived at the church we were greeted by Reverend Alan who invited us inside. We sat quietly for a little while before Reverend Alan told us about some of the church's features. We learnt it was built in the shape of a cross and that the roof looked like Noah's ark. He showed us the font and Lacey told us that it was used for baptising babies. We all enjoyed listening to the bell being rung! After Reverend Alan left we took it in turns carrying out different activites. Sam and Aimee were super at spotting the different features from our treasure hunt clues, while Lijana and Oskar made some detailed sketches of different objects with Miss H. As you can see from the photograph, all enjoyed making stained glass windows with Miss Melville!
We have been exploring famous people in history. We learnt about Christopher Columbus and role-played different situations he faced as he discovered America.
In RE we have been thinking about the role of the Wise Men in the Nativity story. We thought about the presents we would like to get and then 'invisible' gifts we would like to give to our family and world, such as love, kindness, friendship and forgiveness.
Finally we used Play-Doh to make models of these gifts.
14th - 18th November 2016
For Anti-Bullying Week we have been thinking about how to use our 'power for good'. We designed anti-bullying superheroes after listening to the story 'The Bully and the Shrimp'.
Maths Investigation Week
During Maths Investigation Week Year 2 focused on fractions. We used 'pizza toppings' to find a half and quarter of numbers and explored halving odd numbers using Play-Doh. On Friday the children invited their parents into class to share what they had learnt.
On Monday 10th October Year 2 took part in the KS1 Infant Agility Festival at Wodson Park.
We had a brilliant time skipping, throwing, balancing, jumping and running!
Year 2's fantastic art inspired by Van Gogh's 'The Sunflowers' for 'Take One Picture' week.