Welcome to the Year 2 Swans Class Blog! The Year 2 team would like to take this opportunity to say what a privilege it is to be involved your child's learning journey at our school. The children have really settled so well into Year 2 and it was fantastic to be able to share with you their achievements from this term so far, at our recent parent consultation meetings.
Swans class have had an amazing first half-term learning through our 'Dynamic Dinosaurs' topic. This week we have been completing our cross-curricular learning activities, before beginning an exciting new topic next week...more details to follow soon! As part of our Art activities this week we made dinosaur sculptures out of clay. We thoroughly enjoyed getting our hands dirty and making some fantastic models. We are just waiting for them to dry out before painting them and bringing them home to share.
As a class we are already halfway towards a whole class treat for the number of Dojo points we have achieved together. Children have earned well-deserved Dojo points for important values such as 'Aiming High' and being 'Respectful'. The children all received a class Dojo point for both of these values for their contribution and behaviour in church for our school Harvest Festival, just before half-term. We were so proud of all the children who did such a fantastic job reciting their class poem together. Well done!
What a busy week we've had in Swans class! We were very excited to finally be able to paint our dinosaurs and display them in our own class gallery. The staff are hoping that these made it safely home in one piece as we were very proud of all the children's efforts.....They were amazing!
We have been busy with other art projects this week too, including exploring different media to create our firework pictures, including the use of ICT.
The children have written their own dinosaur stories and it was fantastic to see how much their writing skills have progressed since September. They are becoming more confident story writers and enjoying their own success in this.
We have been practising our times tables in our maths lessons and the children really enjoyed playing the 'Tackling Tables' game in pairs, challenging and supporting each other.
It was great for the children to get out into Wild Space this week. We have some fantastic photos for their books to demonstrate their improving skills. Children are now beginning to identify trees more readily from the leaves they have collected and are demonstrating some impressive teamwork skills. Children were learning how to tie effective knots in their den- building and they even made their own pulley system. They are so inventive!
What an exciting morning we had in Swans class today! As part of our school Safety Week we were visited by the Police to remind us how to keep ourselves safe. Swans class listened attentively to the police officers and were then were so excited to find the police van in our school car park! Even better was that everyone had the opportunity to sit in the van, but it seems that one grown-up was 'in trouble' first! We are looking forward to being visited by the Fire Service tomorrow and hearing more important messages that will link to our new topic of 'Ignite' with key fire safety messages for the children.
The Fire Service were kind enough to spend the whole afternoon with us in school yesterday and Swans class had an amazing leaning experience. We heard about all the different equipment that the fire engine has on board and how and where this is stored. The children learned about its use and were fascinated by how it all packed away into a particular place on the fire engine. They demonstrated to our visitors what they have already learned about fire safety and how to keep themselves safe, which was great to hear. We also had a close look at what a firefighter has to wear to keep themselves safe, which was modeled brilliantly by a member of our class!
This week we have had a focus on Drama and Art in the afternoons in Swans class. We explored the history behind the Gunpowder Plot through the eyes of the king, the guards, Guy Fawkes and his fellow plotters. The children really developed their understanding of why some people let off fireworks on 5th November each year.
Linking to our 'Ignite' topic again, we have started to think about which colours are classed as 'warm' colours and we made our own colour wheels to show this. We mixed different shades of orange from red and yellow and the results were very effective.
We look forward to exploring warm colours with another exciting activity in our open lesson after our class assembly next week...please do join us!
What a fantastic end to the week in Swans class! We were all so proud of the children who clearly presented their learning from this term in their class assembly today. The children spoke with confidence, having worked hard to learn their words and were clearly excited to share their knowledge, skills and understanding.
It was also fantastic to see so many parents and grandparents who were able to continue to share in the learning back in the classroom, after the assembly. Children and grown-ups worked so well together to create some amazing warm colour collages...Just look at the results!
It's been a busy couple of weeks in Swans class! Following on from our class assembly we started a new unit in English, based on instructions. Before we could learn how to write instructions, we had to be able to follow them and the children demonstrated this brilliantly when making their Christingles. They followed the steps carefully and were able to convey this in the KS1 Christingle service in church.
We then moved on this week to focus on our performance for the Christmas concert. As our shepherds and sheep will tell you...."We're not washing our socks!"
Welcome to the Spring term in Year 2 Swans class! The children have settled quickly and happily back into school routines and have been very excited to start to our new topic 'Wheels, Wings and Water'. Please take a look at the curriculum information for Year 2 to find out more about the exciting learning journey we have planned for the children this term.
This week in science we have been trying to discover the best material to clear up the frequent water bottle spillages in our classroom. The children planned and carried out a thorough investigation in which we realised we would have to have water EVERYWHERE first to ensure that we all experienced predicting, fair testing and comparison of results! It was great fun but we also agreed on the best material for the job.
The day of the Circus Skills Festival finally arrived and what great fun Swans class had!
We were greeted on arrival at Neale Wade Academy by the Year 9 sports leaders who looked after us and showed us how to try out lots of different skills using a variety of equipment. The sports teacher encouraged us all to try our best and have fun in the process, which we certainly did! Alongside children from Coates and Guyhirn schools the children smiled, laughed and giggled their way through the festival and made us all at Elm very proud.
This week in English we used the beautiful early morning view across the school playing field to inspire us in our creative writing.The children worked together to describe the scene, share ideas and improve their own writing, with some impressive results.
This week the children heard the real life story of the Wright brothers and their first successful plane flight. Inspired by their story, Year 2 made their own planes and tried them out on the playground for speed and distance. We discussed our learning and had great fun in the process!
What a brilliant visit to Welney Wetland Centre we had this week! On a warm February day Swans class went to see the spectacular swan feed and to find out more about these amazing birds and the challenging journey the Bewick swans make to the wetland habitat each year. The class were expert birdwatchers, using the binoculars and observing carefully from the huge observatory. The children were complimented by centre staff and members of the public on their respectful behaviour, interest and enthusiasm.
We were very proud of all our Swans!
As part of our science topic , Swans class planted their own sunflower seeds this week. They will care for their plant as it grows and matures before bringing it home to continue its growing. We are also investigating the best conditions for plant growth and have used our scientific skills to predict what we think may happen.
What a fantastic end to the week we had in Year 2! First we presented some of our learning from this term to our parents in our class assembly about 'Wheels, Wings and Water.' Then we invited parents and grandparents back to the classroom to explore times tables activities, with the aim of supporting the children in developing their speed and fluency. It was a busy, fun experience for all and some children did extra well in their 'Tackling Tables' tests later in the day as a result!
Thank you to all the grown ups who came to support the children on this special day for Swans class.
We bid a fond farewell to our topic 'Wheels, Wings and Water' this week and started to find out about our new theme 'Home Sweet Home'. Please take a look at the curriculum information for Year 2 to find out more about the exciting learning opportunities we have planned for the summer term.
The children are really enjoying their swimming sessions this term. Swans class are all grouped to help them make progress at their own level and we can already see an improvement in both water confidence and skills. Staff have also been able to tell the Year 2 children about the numerous positive comments from members of the public who have commented on their respectful behaviour, whilst waiting for the coach at the pool. Well done children, we are so proud of you!
The children have began their SATs tests this week and we are so proud of their positive attitude and hard work! They have been encouraged to just try their best, as always.
What better way than to focus on something different, than to try stacking cups .....brilliant fun! Mr Lester taught us some good techniques to develop speed and co-ordination. A great end to a busy week!