Welcome to Van Gogh Class!
We hope you enjoy seeing our fantastic learning in year 2!
Class Teacher: Miss Raw
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.