Welcome to Swallow Class! Spring Term 2018
The children have made a great start to the new school year! We have been getting used to the new routines in Year 2 and working very hard! Keep an eye out here for updates about what we have been learning in class.
For Swallow class, PE is on a Friday afternoon.
Reading books will be changed regularly; please listen to your children read every night, if possible. Please initial that your child has read and make a comment in their reading records.
If you have any questions and aren't able to see me in person, please feel free to use my email to get in touch.
SPRING TERM 2018
Our new English learning journey has begun!
This week we have started our new learning journey for English, which is based around the story 'Into the Forest'. At first, we observed some artefacts (pictures below) and tried to predict which story they were from! Many predictions were Little Red Riding Hood but there were a few surprises which swayed our opinions! Since then we have been reading small parts of the story at a time to gradually build up our own ideas and predictions. We're excited to see what happens next!
A Tremendous Term 3!
Wow - another term has flown by and what a fantastic time we've had!
In English this week, the children have been writing wonderful poems filled with adjectives, alliteration and similes. I am so impressed with everyone's wonderful writing!
For maths, the children worked super hard to solve some multiplication problems and have shown that they are maths-magicians!
All the children have tried their best and I am so proud of each and every one of them. I hope you all have a lovely half-term filled with lots of fun, family-time and sleep!
Yet another busy week has flown by!
In Maths we have been working on multiplication and division, by learning how to use repeated addition. We have also had a great time celebrating the NSPCC Number day by learning number songs, playing games and solving problems. It has been lovely to see the children dressed up in different numbers and patterns; thank you for your donations.
For English we have been writing questions to use for our own interviews! We considered types of questions we could ask, linked to our topic of 'Food Glorious Food' and decided to focus on school dinners. After writing some interesting questions, we interviewed others across the school and collected their answers which was super fun!
For topic we are learning about the artist, Giuseppe Arcimboldo, who makes 'fruit faces'. We have drawn our own fruit face designs and hope to make our creations with real fruit next week. Any fruit donations would be much appreciated!
What an exciting week in Swallow class!
In Maths we have been working on multiplication and division by recognising and making equal groups.
For English we wrote recipes for healthy sandwich recipes which we went on to make! Afterwards we carefully wrote instructions on how to make them, using terrific time connectives, amazing adjectives and awesome adverbs.
In Science we had a very special visitor! Miss McPhail's cat, Haribo, came to our class. We looked at him closely, stroked him softly and had a big discussion all about his life, body and his basic needs as a pet. Haribo was (mostly) well behaved and we loved getting to meet him!
What another busy week in Swallow class!
In Maths we have been working with money, making the same amount using different coins.
In English the children have written their own stories about a wild animal coming to tea, using amazing adjectives, different connectives and interesting sentence starters.
In Science the children have looked at the different stages in the human timeline and have set up a test to answer the question,
'Do children get faster as they grow older?
Using stop watches the children collected evidence and interpreted the results.
Welcome back to another terrific term in Year 2.
We have kick started our learning with our new topic
'Food Glorious Food'.
In English this week we have been reading the story 'The Tiger Who Came To Tea', we were visited first by a very angry zoo keeper who was not happy that her tiger was poorly. The children created some invitations to invite the tiger back for a healthy tea.
Later in the week the tiger turned up! He was very rude and didn't know how to behave properly. The children demonstrated how to use manners and as well as suggesting how to have a balanced diet. The tiger was very sorry for his appalling behaviour and wanted to write a thank you letter to the children, but didn't know how to write so the children helped him.
The children produced some wonderful letters that we are sure the tiger will appreciate.
A Tremendous Term 2: Have a Very, Merry Christmas!
Wow! What a tremendous term it has been! From visiting Warwick Castle to performing our production of 'A King is Born', it has been fun-filled and very busy! I am so proud of each and every child in the class; they have worked extremely hard and the progress they are making is wonderful. Wishing you all a wonderful Christmas and a Happy New Year. See you in 2018 for more fun-filled learning adventures!
Term 2 Weeks 3 and 4: Making Medieval Castles
For the past two weeks we have been making our own medieval castles, some in the style of a Motte and Bailey castle and others in the style of Keep and Bailey castles. We worked in partners and thought carefully about which materials would be good to use, along with discussing how we could change the shapes of materials by cutting, sticking, painting and adding different materials together. The final outcomes are magnificently medieval!
A Terrific Term 1
What a terrific first term we have had in Swallow class! I have thoroughly enjoyed working with each child and seeing the progress they have made so far. The children have worked super hard and we have had an enjoyable time learning all about 'Under the Sea'. It has been lovely to hear and see the children's enthusiasm towards our learning, by the care they have been taking in their work, along with the extra effort they have been making at home. I look forward to more exciting experiences with Swallow class after a well-deserved half term.
Term 1 Week 5: Super Science!
This week, Swallow class enjoyed some super science learning! Miss McPhail was very sad to miss out but the children took part in an exciting experiment, which involved discovering which objects float and which objects sink in water. Swallow class learned some new scientific language which they applied to their experiment, by creating a table and adding objects under two sections: 'less dense' and 'more dense'. After putting a variety of objects into water, Swallow class identified which were less dense and therefore floated, along with which objects were more dense, resulting in them sinking. The children also discussed the 'force' of the water on objects. One discovery was that conkers and wood were less dense than plasticine and shells!
Rainbow Fish to the Rescue! Role play for writing.
This week we have been looking at the story: Rainbow Fish to the Rescue! which relates to our 'Under the Sea' learning topic. We started by focusing on the characters and thinking of amazing adjectives to describe their appearances and personalities. Then we thought about the story plot and how we could change it to make our own adventure. We explored ways of doing this through role play; the children created some interesting new adventures! Our next step is to turn our role play adventures into written stories.
Goodbye and Good Luck!
It has been a fabulous year, Miss McPhail is so proud of all you have achieved. Have a wonderful summer and good luck in your new schools!
Drawing from Nature
Swallow class took great care to produce observational drawings of nature objects for Art. We started with a discussion on how to observe objects closely and focus on the shapes, lines, patterns and colour shades. Afterwards, the children chose from a variety of nature objects to draw and their outcomes were beautiful!
Welcome back to the Summer term!
We have lots of exciting lessons planned and look forward to our final term in Year 2.
Fabulous Term 5
Swallow have completed another term of brilliant work involving growing plants, exploring the outdoors and completing their SATs. Miss McPhail is incredibly proud of each and every child for becoming the best that they can be.
Wishing everyone and their families a magnificent May half term!
This week the children have reflected on each of our values and how we can continue to show them in our daily lives. Swallow class thought of some lovely ways to show tolerance to others. The class discussed how this links to respect and acceptance of everyone's differences, along with why these differences should in fact be celebrated. All of Year 2 watched a clip inspired by the quote 'A weed is but an unloved flower', by Ella Wheeler Wilcox. The children thought about the link to the value of tolerance and how we should let this 'blossom'.
Wonderful Writing in The Great Outdoors
This week, Swallow class have been doing lots of lovely writing about The Great Outdoors. The children have described in super detail where they would go on an ideal school trip, as well as using their imaginations to create and describe their own creature. Swallow class were inspired to do this after reading The Gruffalo and by going on a walk through the playground, to imagine bumping into their own creatures. To bring the children's writing to life, Swallow class completed their writing in the story area outside. Miss McPhail has been very impressed with their ideas!
Making Maps of the World
Swallow class have enjoyed starting to learn about our new topic this week, 'The Great Outdoors'. For our first Geography lesson, we were looking at a map of the world and identifying the seven continents, five oceans, the equator and other features. The children tried super hard to work together, in order to make their own maps of the world, using these features.
Have an Eggscellent Easter!
Year 2 have worked eggstremely hard this term; Miss McPhail and Mrs Lindsay are so proud of them. We hope everyone has a well deserved break including lots of relaxation, chocolate-eating, fun and some reading! We look forward to seeing you again for a super summer term.
British Science Week
Year 2 had a super time acting as Scientists by conducting a variety of experiments! These included making rainbow colours, blowing up balloons with lemonade and popping candy, making slime and mixing different ingredients to discover what happens next! The children had a fantastic time and also enjoyed a visit from an Oceanographer.
Since then, Year 2 have also been on a minibeast hunt to discover which creatures live within our school grounds. Can you find any minibeasts in your garden or local area? We would love to hear about your discoveries!
The children had a wonderful time experiencing Indian activities, which included:
A big thank you to Susmita for bringing our topic to light.
This week for our topic lesson we have made collage elephants. Swallow class painted their elephants grey and decorated them using a variety of materials and their imagination. They look amazing!
World Book Day 2017
What a wonderful World Book Day in Swallow class!
The children made a great effort with their costumes and bringing in their favourite books to share.
We had a fun filled day, which included a story from another teacher, DEAR (Drop Everything And Read), as well as lots of book-related discussion.
Year 2 had a visitor from Engage Esafety this week, to talk about how to stay safe when using the internet. We watched videos, listened to stories and took part in discussions. We then designed posters to remind us of how we can stay safe online.
In maths we have been learning all about 2D and 3D shapes. We have been on shape hunts all around the school to discover which shapes and objects we can find. The children have solved problems in relation to shape, such as seeing which shapes they can make with their bodies and if it is possible to make 3D shapes with straws.
We talked about the properties of these shapes using key maths vocabulary:
Halfway through Year 2!
Another busy term in Swallow class. From exploring Indian folktales, to finding out about the vast country that is India and comparing it to life in Wallingford.
The children have worked extremely hard and we are very proud of them.
Following on from Money in Maths, over half term, encourage your child to use some money to buy items from a shop. Can they work out the change they will receive? We would be very interested to hear of your shopping experiences!
Have a wonderful half term.
Brilliant Bollywood dancing!
WOW! Swallow class have been brilliant at choreographing their own Bollywood moves! Mrs Sparrey has taught us some particular techniques for this style of dancing, as well as giving us the freedom to create our own. Our finished pieces are spectacular! All the teachers have been extremely impressed with each child's effort and super teamwork overall.
I have videos of the class performing their brilliant dances; please ask me if you would like to watch them!
Drama in English
This week we have been reading a folk tale from Bengal 'Jamil's Clever Cat'. We focused on the characters in the story and used lots of amazing adjectives to describe how they look and what their personalities are like. The princess in the story had a decision to make so we took part in a drama activity called 'Decision Alley' where we had to think about what the princess might do and justify our thoughts.
We videoed the activity, unfortunately it's too big to post onto the class page but if you want to watch it please come and see me and I'll be happy to share it with you.
Money, Money, Money!
In Maths lessons this week we have been working with money, recognising all the different coins and working out which coins we can use to make various amounts.
Year 2 have been using the 'St Nicholas Shop' to buy items, by working out the total cost and finding the correct coins to pay with!
Explore money at home by setting up a shop and working out which coins you need to pay for the items or explore the website below for some fun interactive games.
Making Physical Maps of India
In Topic, we looked at the physical geographical features of India and discovered that this vast country has three very different climates from the cold Himalayas in the north, to the hot Thar desert in the centre, moving down to the south where it is hot and humid.
The children used a range of materials including tissue paper, sand, tea leaves and wool to create a physical map showing all the features and completed the maps with a key to identify the different areas.
Swallow class have turned into 'maths-magicians' this term already! We have been learning about multiplication and division, using new methods and resources to solve problems. For division, we have been sharing numbers equally into groups. To help with this tricky task, we have been using pasta, multilink, interactive resources and even some Smarties!
Can you find any useful objects at home to share equally into groups?
Role Play for The Raja's Big Ears
This week in English, we have been reading a story from another culture, called 'The Raja's Big Ears'. The story is set in India which links in with our new topic. We have been focusing on the characters, the setting and the story sequence. To bring these parts together, we created our own role play scenarios of the story, by thinking about character's perspectives and 'what happens next'. We had great fun making 'freeze frames' in groups to show the character's reactions!
Changing Everyday Materials in Science
We have been exploring 'everyday' materials, which has involved learning of ways to manipulate these objects. We thought back to last term and used our fine motor skills to bend, squash, stretch and twist a variety of objects. Through this, we discovered that some materials can be completely changed, others can be partially changed but a few materials cannot be changed at all!
Can you find any objects at home to try to bend, squash, stretch or twist? Did it work? We would love to hear all about your experiments!
A Tremendous Term 2
What a wonderful term it has been for Swallow class! From a trip to Warwick Castle, exploring the school grounds, writing Autumn poems using our senses, to performing a Nativity production.
We have thoroughly enjoyed our learning this term. A huge thank you to all the children for working so hard and for being the best that they can be.
We wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year, enjoy spending time together over the festive period!
Super Smartie Maths
For the past two weeks, we have been focusing on statistic in maths, by interpreting and constructing a variety of pictograms, tally charts, block diagrams and simple tables. From this, we have been able to ask and answer questions about the data by counting, sorting and comparing objects.
This week, we have used Smarties to collect and present our data. This involved working in pairs to sort the Smarties into different colours, creating a tally chart, making a block diagram and answering questions about the most and least frequent Smartie colours in our packs.
We have had a fantastic time learning - it was even suggested that this particular lesson was our 'best one ever' (we did get to eat the Smarties at the end!).
Travelling back in time for a Medieval Banquet
Year 2 children enjoyed travelling back in time for a medieval banquet. It was lovely to see lots of knights, lords, ladies, jesters, kings and princesses attend. Our fabulous feast and medieval dancing was spectacular!
A huge big thank you to all the parents and grandparents who attended, it was a memorable occasion and we appreciate your support.
English: an Autumn walk for poetry.
In English this week we have been looking at poetry. We have been learning about acrostic poems and decided to write our own, based on Autumn. To develop our ideas, Year 2 went on an Autumn walk around the playground with a particular focus on the human senses of see, hear, touch and smell. We made notes as we went along, to help with our planning. The next lesson, we used our ideas along with lots of class discussion, to create our own Autumn acrostic poems. They are fantastic!
Topic: watercolour paintings of castles.
In Topic this week we have been painting pictures of castles in the style of a Scottish painter called James Paterson. Firstly, we sketched light pencil outlines, then we painted using watercolours. We combined colours together to try to make different shades and tones.
This week in Maths, we have been looking at 'Measurement'. We have been measuring the length and weight of different objects. We have been estimating and measuring length and mass in cm, m, g and kg. To discover how accurate our estimates were, we used rulers, measuring tapes and metre sticks. As well as this, we have been predicting if particular objects were lighter or heavier than 1kg, before using a variety of scales to find out.
Why don't you do some measuring at home, which book is the longest, who has the longest feet in your family?
Can you make a cake and weigh out all the ingredients?
In English, we are learning to write for different purposes. This week, we have been writing recounts about our trip to Warwick Castle, using interesting time connectives and super adjectives. We have also been very honoured to have Tiarose in our class, who has been our special reporter. Tiarose has been interviewing some of us about our trip in order to make a newspaper report!
We had a fantastic visit to Warwick Castle. Behaviour was impeccable and the children loved exploring and discovering what a castle is really like! They especially enjoyed climbing up the ramparts into the tower; we went right to the top! A huge thank you to all helpers whose assistance was invaluable and to all parents for agreeing to the trip, it was an unforgettable experience.
We managed to take a lovely class photo, including a peacock who wanted to join in at the last minute!
Find our slideshow of more pictures below.