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It's a Nice Day For a Royal Wedding Party!

 

This afternoon (18.05), Year 2 celebrated the upcoming Royal Wedding between Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.  We learnt: that the wedding takes place tomorrow on Saturday 19th May, they are getting married at Windsor Castle and about the members of the royal family that are attending. We had a fabulous time!

 

Check out our photographs below.

Year 2's Royal Wedding Party

Congratulations Harry and Meghan!

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Tropical World

 

Today (09.05.18), Year 2 went to Tropical World in Leeds. We saw amazing animals and their environments, which helped us with our curriculum topic 'It's a Bugs Life'.  We even brought a meerkat home with us, we've called him Marvin The Meerkat and he's enjoying his new habitat in Year 2!

 

Check out our photographs and videos below!

Fish

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Stingray

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A Mob of Meerkats

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Simples...

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Wonderful Waterfall

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Brilliant Bats

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Snake-necked Turtle

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World Book Day in Hughes

 

Yay - It's finally World Book Day! After all the disruption of the snow, we are finally having a chance to celebrate Word Book Day. This year our theme is 'It's good to be different!' so everyone in school dressed up in something silly to show that diversity should be celebrated. In Hughes class, we looked at a book by Kathryn Cave called Friends. We read the book and made inferences about the pictures to explain why the characters in the book made good friends. Next, we thought about how we could be better friends to our class mates.

World Book Day in Browne

In Browne class we looked at a book called Tyrannosaurus Drip by the author Julia Donaldson. We discussed how Drip was very different to his family but being different is not always a bad thing. We then went on to create our own dinosaurs using art straws. It was great fun!

Have a look at us busy at work below.

World Maths Day in Browne Class

In Browne class we tried to solve some really tricky puzzles using number cards.

We had to persevere in order to solve them.

See if you can solve them!

World Maths Day in Hughes

 

In Hughes class, we have been investigating shapes. We collaborated to construct 2D and 3D shapes by using marshmallows and spaghetti. We found out that on a 2D shape the marshmallows were the corners and the spaghetti were the sides, whereas on a 3D shape the marshmallows were the vertices and the spaghetti were the edges.

 

Look at our fantastic shapes below.

Year 2 Cooking Club

 

Miss Noreen has been running a baking club for learners in Year 2. Every Monday a different group of pupils follow a recipe to make some yummy chocolate chip cookies. Then on a Tuesday, up to the end of the year, they sell them for 30p in the KS1 playground.

 

Watch us in action below!

Journey to Antarctica

 

Today (19/04/18), Year 2 used their imagination muscle to travel to Antarctica like Jonathan and Angela Scott, the authors of our class text Antarctica - Land of the Penguins. We had to think about: what we were packing, how we get there, how to keep warm and what we would do when we got there. Year 2 had some fantastic ideas and would make brilliant Antarctic photographers. 

 

How do you think we did?

Our Authors - Jonathan and Angela Scott

What is the most common mini-beast in The Den?

 

On Monday (16/04/18), Year 2 started our new topic called Bug's Life. We began our topic with a science investigation on mini-beasts. During the lesson we: thought of suitable question and how to investigate it, about what the best way to record our results was, made a prediction and thought about how to make it a fair test - we were busy! The next day (17/04/18), Colin took us to The Den to carry out our investigation. We looked in lots of locations in The Den to find mini-beasts. Year 2 found loads, but some of them looked rather funny and we didn't know the name of them so we used a paper database, that had lots of questions, to find out the name of the creatures. Guest what? We even wrote an information text about our mini-beast. In the second session, Colin gave us some clay to sculpt our very own mini-beats, but he explained that it must have lots of detail to make it look real. After that, Mr Green explained to use about food chains and we make a real-life food chain with our clay creatures. We had a great time!

 

Check out the picture below to see our time in The Den.

 

What do you think will be the most common mini-beast in The Den?

Easter Activities 

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Happy Mother's Day

 

Year 2 spent the afternoon (06.03.18), thinking about what makes their mum special and how much their mum's do for them. We then created extra special cards to show them how much we loved them. On the inside, we had extra treat... we used some computer art software (paint) to draw some beautiful pictures. Drawing on the computer was very tricky, but we persevered and created some wonderful pictures.

 

Look below to see our Mother's Day cards

Spanish in Year 2

 

Hola amigos! In Year 2 we are becoming Spanish experts. We can now say hello and goodbye in Spanish, as well as knowing the names of family members. Wow! This half term, we are learning the names of colours. I can't wait to see how well we do.

 

Watch the videos below and singalong! 

Hola Hola Adios

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Mi Familia

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Spanish Colours

Los Colores

Spanish Color Rhyme Song

Becoming a Storyteller!

 

Today (22.02.18), Year 2 became storytellers. We watched Michael Rosen perform Chocolate cake (see below), we listened carefully to find out what made him a fantastic storyteller. Year 2 noticed that he used facial expressions, tone of voice , actions and sound effects to bring the story to life. After that, Year 2 mimicked him when reading extracts from Diary of a Fly.

 

How do you think we did?

Chocolate Cake Michael Rosen

Fatima & Kasim

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Eliza

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Amirah

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Class Performance

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Letter to Tim Peake

 

To end our Space topic, Year 2 wrote a letter to Tim Peake. At the beginning of Spring 1, Tim Peak -British Astronaut- asked us the question 'Could food grow on the moon?'. We set straight to out to investigate. Year 2 tried to grow bean in three different mediums soil (Earth), sand (Mars) and stones (moon). Our results were very interesting.

 

Listen to the results in the letters below!

Dear Tim - Amelia

Dear Tim - Areesa

Dear Tim - Ziyaad

New Literacy Topic

 

This week Year 2 have begun learning about diaries. To help us understand what they are we are reading the books Diary of a Fly, Diary of a Spider and Diary of a Worm.

 

Listen to the books below and talk about how the character's are feeling in each diary entry.

Diary of a Fly by Doreen Cronin

Diary of a Worm by Doreen Cronin

Diary of a Spider

Space Animations

 

Year 2 worked hard at the end of Spring 1 to create an animation using Zu3D. They designed their own planet (thinking about the physical features), rocket, alien and story. Once they had decided on these things, they set off to make them. Everyone was very impressed with the imagination they showed.

 

We think they did a fantastic job! 

 

How do you think they did?

Ruqayya, Roqia & Ilona

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Zahra K & Wania

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Qasim, Maahin & Faizan

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Talha, Hassan & Amelia

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Homework WC:19.02.19

 

At the beginning of this half term, we will be learning about the shapes and properties of 2D and 3D shapes.

 

Watch the videos below and sing along. 

Two Dimensional Shapes Song

3D Shapes I Know

Complaint Letters - I Quit!

 

During Spring 1, Year 2 have been looking at the text The Day the Crayons Quit. Over 4 weeks, they wrote a diary and three letters. Listen to them below and see what you think.

Dear Diary - Zara A

Dear Diary - Ruqayyah

Letter to Duncan - Fatimah Z

Letter to Duncan - Sami

Would food grow on the moon?

Yesterday (29.01.18) we planted some beans in sand (Mars), soil (Earth) and rocks (Moon). We will be keeping a diary to see their progress and to see in which environment plants grow best.

 

Look at the photographs and videos below to see how well we did with the planting process.

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Dear Duncan - I Quit!

 

Today (24.01.18), Year 2 stepped into the shoes of the crayons from the book The Day the Crayons Quit. They used their imagination muscle to think about the crayons' feelings about their role in the crayon box. The learners quickly got into their role and used their tone of voice and actions to show their real feelings. It was very entertaining watching indeed!

 

Watch the videos below to see how they got on...

 

Do you think the crayons are happy with Duncan? 

I Quit!

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I Quit Too!

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The Day the Crayons Quit

 

Yesterday (18.01.18), we has some very strange visitors, Beige and Green Crayon. We looked at them very carefully and noticed that Beige Crayon looked rather upset, whereas Green Crayon looked happy. We then made a prediction that Green Crayon must have made fun of the Beige Crayon to make him upset. We thought he'd said, "Ha ha, I have many more things to colour than you!"

 

Today (19.01.18) in Year 2 we received a huge envelope addressed to us. It was very exciting! Inside the huge envelope were individual letters addressed to each of us. We opened them up and it was a letter from Beige and Green Crayon explaining their thoughts and problems.

 

Look below to see the visitors and our letters.

The Day The Crayons Quit

Guided Reading

 

This week (WC:15.01.18), Year 2 have been looking at the text Water in Britain. The text looked at how much water each person uses and practical ways that we can save water.

 

Look at all the interesting things we did to learn about the text.

 

Homework WC: 08.01.18

 

In maths, we are practising counting with money. We are trying our hardest to notice the difference between pence and pounds, but we are still getting confused. 

 

Whereas in literacy, we have been learning about the four types of sentences: statement, question, exclamation and command. 

 

Use the games below to help your child learn them.

 

Sorry but some of the games may only work on a computer rather than a tablet. 

Music in Year 2

 

During this half term, Year 2 have been learning to use their voices in different ways, for example pitch and tone. We have been learning the song Ho Ho Ho.

 

How do you think they did?

Ho Ho Ho

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Budding Artists

 

Throughout the Autumn 2 half term, Year 2 have been making their own artwork based on fireworks. They have used many mediums to create different effects. Our favourite is the Scratch Art (black background) because we thought it was the most vivid and was the most fun to make! smiley

 

Which piece of artwork is your favourite?

 

Year 2 Homework WC:04.12.17

 

In Year 2, we are still practising counting in 2's, 5's and 10's. Knowing these times tables is helping us to multiply and divide in maths, so it very important we know them off my heart.

 

Use the games below to help your child learn them.

 

Sorry but some of the games may only work on a computer rather than a tablet. 

 

Fireworks! I like to boogie!

 

This half term during P.E sessions year 2 have been working very hard at learning a dance routine to Katy Perry Firework Song. They had to sequence a dance routine and had to ensure they moved in time to the beat. 

 

Have a look below to see what an excellent job they did. 

Hughes Class

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Browne class

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Innovation of Rapunzel - Jack Punzel

Alisha as the wizard and Subhaan as Jack Punzel

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Abdiaziz as the wizard and Aryaan as Jack Punzel

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Aryaan as Jack Punzel

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Aryaan as Jack Punzel and Faiza as the princess

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Who are the special people in my life?

 

This afternoon (27.11.17), Year 2 have been discussing the different groups they belong to and the special people in their lives and their community. These people included: parents, siblings, teachers, friends, doctors, fire-fighters, dentists etc. We went on to reason why they are special to us and how we can contact these people if we ever need their help. 

 

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Counting in 2's, 5's and 10's

 

In Year 2, we have been learning how to count in multiples of 2, 5 and 10. However, we still can get muddled up with these (it's tricky), so watch the videos below and sing along. Do this as often as possible at home to help your child in their maths work.

 

Thank you

Miss Deciacco & Miss Noreen frown

The Counting by Twos Song ♫♪♫ | Scratch Garden

Count by 2 | Dancing 2's

The Counting by Fives Song ♫♪♫ | Scratch Garden

Count by 5's | Exercise and Count By 5

The Counting by Tens Song ♫♪♫ | Scratch Garden

Count by 10's and Exercise

The Gunpowder Plot Debate

 

Using the information we gain yesterday from the videos of Guy Fawkes and King James I (see below), Year 2 consider whose point of view they agreed with most of all. It was a very split decision with around 40% agreeing with King James I and 60% agreeing with Guy Fawkes.  After they had chosen their stance, the two opposing side developed an argument, using reasons and evidence, to support their opinion. It became a very heated debate.

 

How do you think Year 2 did?

 

Who do you agree with?

Debate

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The Gunpowder Plot... Do you know the full story? 

 

This afternoon (20.11.17), Year 2 have been looking at how one story can have two sides because of peoples opinions. We then analysed the story of the Gunpowder Plot by listening to Guy Fawkes and King James I. They had very different points of view! But it raised the question... Was Guy Fawkes really the villain?

 

Watch the the videos below. Who do you agree with? 

Guy Fawkes

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King James I

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Year 2 Homework WC:13.11.17

 

This week in phonics, Year 2 have been practising the alternate spellings of the sound /ue/.

 

In maths, they have been learning about how to subtract numbers by using base 10 equipment and a number line.

 

To help your child at home, click on the links below and practise together.

 

Spelling Workshop

 

On Monday (13.11.17), Year 2 invited parents into school to see new and interesting ways to teach spelling at home. A huge thank you to all the parents who came and shared their morning with us. 

 

If you didn't manage to come along, click on the link below for some ideas for you to try out at home.

 

Thank you 

 

Miss Deciacco & Miss Noreen

 

Ways to Learn Spellings

Busy Spelling Bees

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Busy Spelling Bees 2
Busy Spelling Bees 3
Busy Spelling Bees 4

Year 2 Homework

 

Help your child with their work in literacy by playing this game on nouns and verbs. Help them find the nouns and verbs in the sentence.

 

Remember a noun is the name of something and the verb is the action.

 

Click on the link below to play the game.

 

 

Thank you 

 

Miss Deciacco & Miss Noreen smiley

Hola Amigos!

 

This morning (07.11.17), Year 2 were learning the names of body parts in Spanish then applying their learning to the familiar song Head, shoulders, knees and toes or in Spanish... Cabeza, hombros, rodillas y dos pies. Luckily, we have a native Spanish speaker in our class to help us with our pronunciation.

 

Why don't you sing along with us?

 

Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes

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Cabeza, hombros, rodillas y dos pies

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BOOM, BANG, POP!

Year 2 went to the Reception and Nursery playground this morning (03.11.17) to look at the fireworks to help give us some inspiration for our firework poems.

Have a look at the colourful and noisy fireworks in the videos below.

Fireworks!

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Pop Pop Pop!

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Sizzle!

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Nazim

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Zara

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Fizzle, Pop!

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5 4 3 2 1 Blast off!

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Crackle! Spit!

 

Today (03.11.17), Year 2 have been performing the poem Crackle! Spit! which describes a fire and a rocket. They used their voice and actions to paint a mental image of Bonfire Night.

 

How do you think they did?

 

Year 2's Poetry Performance

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Drama in Year 2

 

On Wednesday (01.11.17), Year 2 used their imagination muscle to act out onomatopoeic sound words and used physical theatre to act a firework display.

 

Watch the clip below to see Year 2 pop, bang and crackle like fireworks.

Shooting Stars

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Vanessa, Wania and Fatima's Firework display

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Count to 100 by 10!

 

In Year 2, we have been practising counting to 100 in 10's. We have become fantastic at counting in multiples of 10 so we thought we'd share it with you.

 

What do you think?

 

100 in 10's

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Remember, Remember the 5th of November!

 

Today (31.10.17), Year 2 went down to the Den to learn about the gunpowder plot. We took part in various activities like leaf rubbing to make a bonfire collage; we learnt how to make a fire using a striker like Guy Fawkes would have done and we made small Guy Fawkes figurines to throw into the bonfire. We hope you enjoy looking at the pictures and videos below.

Throwing our Guy Fawkes figurines into the Bonfire.

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Making a fire using a striker.

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Miriam Lord's Cooking Channel 

 

On Wednesday afternoon (18.10.17), some of the Year 2 children created their very own cooking show.

 

Listen to their instructions and see if you can also make the Chocolate Orange Ice-cream! cheeky

Mmmm... ice-cream!

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Na na na na na na na na Batman!

 

This week (WC:16.10.17), Year 2 have been working on ways to improve the strength of a Batmobile. They looked at each others as well as their own and made appropriate improvements. Now Batman will be speeding through Manningham Town with his brand new, deluxe car. 

 

Watch our learners at work.

Making a Batmobile

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Literacy in Year 2

 

Year 2 innovated the story 'The Joker Returns' by changing the baddie. Some children then recorded their version in the school's radio station. We hope you enjoy listening to them.

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THe Tiger Returns-Adam A Y2-12.10.17.mp3

 

Batmobile Prototype

 

This afternoon (11.10.17), Year 2 have been following instructions to build a prototype car for Batman to protect Manningham. We reasoned about what was successful and how we could improve our car next time. After that, we had a race!  How do you think Year 2 did? 

Testing one... two... three

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On your marks... get set... GO!

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On your marks... get set... GO!

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Local Area Walk

 

This week (09.10.17), Year 2 went on a walk around our local area to help us make a map for Batman. We took some photographs of places that are near our school.  We then made a map of Manningham by placing the photographs in the correct place.

 

Following Instructions

 

As a part of our literacy unit on instructions, some of the Year 2 children went out this morning (10.10.17) to make a smoothie. However, they had to follow the instructions carefully or else disaster could have struck! They looked at the verbs in the instructions and followed them step by step.  Look at the pictures below to see how they got on!

 

Maths in Year 2

 

In Year 2, we have being lots of equipment (numicon, base ten, counters and number lines) to help us understand how to add. 

Adding

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Adding 2
Adding 3
Adding 4
Adding 5
Adding 6
Adding 7
Adding 8
Adding 9
Adding 10
Adding 11

 

ICT in Year 2

 

Year 2 looked at 'tweets' and sorted them into two different groups. They did this according to if they were nice or nasty messages. After that, they thought about what they could do if they saw or experienced any of these nasty messages online. This led onto talk about how teasing and bullying can impact people not on the outside, but on the inside. 

Staying Safe Online

 

The Joker Returns!

 

During the first week of Year 2, something very strange happened... the house cup went missing! The police came and cornered off The Lab, but they didn't have time to investigate the crime. So they asked Year 2 to help them to solve the mystery. Year 2 did a fantastic job by: measuring footprint, identifying hand prints, matching hair strands and noticing hidden messages. They came to the conclusion that the criminal was THE JOKER! We passed this information on to the police and we now have the house cup back at Miriam Lord. Thank you Year 2 for all your help!

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