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As part of the RE curriculum, Year 2 pupils have been considering why Shabbat is an important time of the week for Jewish people. Here are some of their responses.
On Friday, everyone is always busy, getting the shopping done, buying the Challah bread and putting the special bread on the Challah board.
They put the Kiddush cups on the table for the wine to be poured into the Kiddush cup for after the special prayer.
On a Sunday all the Jewish people have a rest day like God did.
Shabbat is a special time. Everyone says special prayers.
Some candlesticks are put on the table for the blessing then everyone takes a piece of bread. There is some left for Saturday and Sunday. Everyone says prayers to God. They sing songs. Shabbat is so peaceful. Everyone enjoys Shabbat.
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This term our topic is called “Marvellous Medicines”. We have been reading “George’s Marvellous Medicine” by Roald Dahl. The first writing task has been to describe Granny from the story. Here are some examples of the children’s writing.
“Granny sounded like a talking bird and she was a horrible Gran. Grandma had to have 4 spoonfuls of medicine a day. George tipped in everything he could find into the pan.”
“Grandma was horrible to George. She never used her manners. She was very unkind to George. She had wrinkly skin. She was bossy to George.”
“Granny was mean to George like she was the boss of the house. Granny even told George what to do. She was a witch.”
“Grandma was mean to George because she was a witch. George decided to make another medicine, a magic medicine to make Grandma better.”
“Grandma is horrific and witchy. She has to take her medicine four times a day. Granny was very croaky so she sounded like a crow. She never stood up and she was never kind to George. She told him to eat cabbage.”
Both Year 2 classes have been enjoying the story of Izzy Gizmo and her inventions that don’t always go to plan (Izzy Gizmo, written by Pip Jones). The story has an important message,
“If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again”. As our topic is based on Science this term, Year 2 have also made a start by learning about Elizabeth Garrett Anderson (1836 – 1917)
- She was the first Englishwoman to qualify as a physician and surgeon in Britain.
- She was the first dean of a British medical school.
- She was the first female doctor of medicine in France.
- She was the first woman in Britain to be elected to a school board.
- She was the first female mayor and magistrate in Britain.
The pupils have been counting and recognising numbers using place value this week. They have been learning about the life of Florence Nightingale in Literacy and Topic work and are busy planning their own books. They have also been getting creative – making models of the Hindu god Ganesh to complement their learning in RE this term.
Term 3 2018
Our Year 2 topic for this term is called Marvellous Medicine. The children are going to find out about an important historical figure – Florence Nightingale, her work and the legacy she left. They will learn about the different ways that information is recorded, through websites, reference books, news articles and the media. This week we have started to explore the usefulness of newspapers by reading articles from the children’s newspaper “First News”.
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This week in Science we tested different materials to find the most suitable material to make penguin some ski goggles ready for his BIG adventure. What else might penguin need for his adventure?
In Numeracy we have been looking at different types of graphs. We collected lots of data from the class to find out all about our likes and dislikes! How many different graphs can you name?
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What happened as a result of The Great Fire of London? Our pupils have been learning about significance of The Monument in London this week and about the rebuilding of Saint Paul’s Cathedral, comparing the styles of architecture.
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The pupils have been learning of the events that contributed to the rapid spread of The Great Fire of London. They have been creating prints and pictures for the topic book as well as participating in class drama activities.
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This week the pupils have been learning about the shapes and sizes of Tudor and Stuart houses, linking to maths and DT work. They have also been researching Samuel Pepys and finding out facts about him and the historical importance of his diaries.
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Our topic this term has a historical emphasis and is based on events leading up to and including The Great Fire of London. This week, the pupils have been learning about London life during Tudor and Stuart times and the contrast in conditions for the rich and poor.
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Our topic for this term is entitled Bee Keepers. Our science work is all about plants this term. We have planted our own beans and are watching their growth cycle.
In Numeracy we will be using different methods to solve a variety of problems in number, shape, statistics, measurement, money and time. In Literacy we are looking at different texts and using them to create lovely pieces of writing focusing on our spelling and grammar we have been learning recently.
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Here are some pictures of the homework projects that will be on show during the last week of term – all of them can be seen in the school hall on 29th March. Aren’t they excellent? Well done to Year 2.
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An illustrated journey of our trip to The Fleet.
We used Digimap and Google maps to study the route.
What features of the landscape can you see?
What habitats are evident?
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The value for March is love.
Here are some thoughts from Year 2.
Love is special because if you say a horrible word it could make someone sad. (Lilly)
Love is important. If you don’t show love you won’t have any friends. (Jake)
Love them, never hurt them. (Brandon)
When I see someone hugging, it reminds me of love. (Thomas)
Love is so important from your heart. (Lauren)
Love is something you feel. Love is when you care about each other. (Honey)
Love is about sharing. (Kelsey)
You have to be kind so people can love and care about you. (Tabetha)
I love Nan and Biscuit. (Kassie)
Caring is part of love. (Mia)
I love my family so much, I will never let them down. I love my dog and my guinea pig. (Goda)
It is when you care for your mum. (Colby)
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Our topic this term goes under the title of Creepy Claws. This term we are learning the differences between animals, plants and the differences between things that are living, dead or have never been alive. We will look at habitats, micro-habitats and study food chains. The termly homework sheet that has been sent out contains some great tasks for getting creative with this theme. Our class reading areas already contain some minibeast themed books, along with cross curricular topic ideas and we are looking forward to adding more display work as the weeks progress.
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In literacy the pupils have had fun reading and making leaflets. Poetry will be the next area to explore – both reading, performing to the class and creating poems. Numeracy will be based on multiplication, division and calculations to solve picture and word problems.
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In literacy the pupils have planned and created their own news reports and adverts for a class newspaper. Our focus will now shift to exploring the layout of creating leaflets. Numeracy will focus on the area of money – converting pence to pounds using the correct notation, using money to support data handling and answering word problems.
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Literacy work this week has consisted of looking at the features of newspapers and considering how a report is put together. Next week this will be extended to writing articles for a class newspaper based upon our topic. Numeracy will focus on using place value to add and subtract using the column method.
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Literacy work this week has consisted of looking at the historical importance of newspapers as a form of social communication. We will be linking this theme to the life and work of Florence Nightingale next week. In Numeracy our focus will be on place value, identifying what each digit represents in a number up to 1000 and counting in steps of 1, 10 and 100, bridging across multiples of 10.
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Our topic this term is Healthy Me. This started in energetic form with a collaborative morning of activities where the pupils at West Minster were joined by their Year 2 students from Rose Street. Fun was had with an exercise workshop, a lesson on healthy foods and a session looking at First Aid.