2NF 2019 - 2020
Welcome to Year 2!
Hello. My name is Mrs Forrester and I am one of the Year 2 teachers at Offley. I started working at Offley in 2005. I've taught throughout the school but I have a passion for teaching infants so I am delighted to be teaching Year 2. I am also Key Stage 1 phase leader at the school and now English Leader for KS1 too. I have three young children of my own, one at high school, one which attends Offley and one at Nursery! This means you will often see me taking them to various activities around Sandbach. Please do say hello if you see me!
Our theme is Dragons and China!
This term our topic is China. We will learn about the location and culture of China, as well as singing, dancing and making chinese crafts.
Our main text this half term is Dragon Machine by Helen Ward. Our English lessons will be based around this text.
Our author of the term is Josh Lacey and in storytime we are reading one of his books from his Dragonsitter series. If you have any books written by Josh Lacey at home please bring them in to share with us.
We have continued to read our class text ‘The Dragon Machine’ by Helen Ward. George finds an encyclopaedia about Dragons and finds a page that says Here be the Dragons… This led to use our imaginations and think of a place where the Dragons might live. We worked in pairs to describe a setting, focusing on using expanded noun phrases before writing a more detailed description of the place.
As we read further on in the story, we see George begin to make his own dragon machine. We thought about what our machines could be and again focused on using expanded noun phrases to describe it.
This week we have read the story 'Dragons in the City'. We then retrieved information from the text to answer questions about what we had read and used the text to find out about how Chinese New Year is celebrated.
On Friday, we started reading buddies with 4KW. We enjoyed reading our free Friday reading books to them. Next week, they will share their free reading books with us.
In Maths this week we have been learning to tell the time. We are learning how to do this an an analogue clock and have become more confident at reading times to the nearest 15 minutes using o’clock, half past, quarter past and quarter to. We then used our skills to plan our trip to Chester Zoo, we looked at the feeding times and put them into order on a timeline.
On Friday we began to read times to the nearest 5-minute interval (up to 30 minutes past). STEM: Count in 5’s around the clock to work out how many minutes past.
In Science this week our work was done during our trip to Chester Zoo. We saw lots of animals firsthand that we don’t get to see in every day life. We talked about which animals were mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians or fish. The easiest way to tell is how they produce their offspring.
In Geography we learnt how to use an Atlas. We used the contents page to find the United Kingdom and locate its capital city, London. We then repeated this process to find China and locate it’s capital city, Beijing. We were surprised to see how little our country is compared to China. We then used the atlases to find out the names of countries that neighbour China.
On Monday we used our learning last week to create our own detailed dragon sketches. In our sketch books we carefully drew a dragon an added detail before using pastels to colour our dragon in with either hot or cold colours.
In PBL this week have begun to think about our final create piece. We have chosen our favourite animal form the Chinese New Year story and thought about how we could create a model of this animal out of clay and put it into a Chinese New Year pot. We looked at examples from last year’s class and then planned our own. Next week we will practice making them with playdoh to check our plans before evaluating and finally making them with clay.
In RE we carried on learning about Buddhism. We looked at the three symbols of Buddhism: the Lotus Flower, the Buddha and the Wheel of Life. We then thought about what is important to us and created our own symbols based on the Buddhism symbols.
In Music, we are travelling in a hot air balloon around the world to listen to different sonds/music from different countries. So far we have looked at England and learnt Bobby Shaftoe, then we explored Chinese music and described what we could hear. We introduced the word timbre and how we would move to the music. This week, we have been to France and learnt Freres Jacques and attempted to sing it in four rounds!
Dance: We added travelling sections to our Chinese dances this week. We looked at the animal actions that we had in our dances and turned the actions into travel. We tried hard to include different levels and a change in pathways whilst keeping to our 8 beat count for each animal.
Real P.E. We continued to work on dynamic balances in P.E. We really challenged ourselves to balance whilst walking at different heights.
Chester Zoo Trip
We had a lovely day at Chester Zoo. Thank you to all the parents who came to help! Lots of walking was involved but we enjoyed seeing the animals. I think the bat house was a firm favourite amongst lots of the children (not the adults). Here are a few photos of the day.
Once again we will be hosting Science week in school. This event allows our pupils to get involved with hands on experiments and listen to science and engineering professionals. We want to engage pupils in jobs for the future and this is a great insight for them, so please come and share your skills and passion for science and engineering. Examples of previous helpers:
• Structural engineers doing a hands on experiment teaching how to make structures out of spaghetti and paper
• Nurse – teaching children first aid
• Forensic team - setting up a crime scene and getting the children to solve the crime
These are just a few of the ideas that we have had in previous years, so if you know anyone who could spare half a day or even an hour, then we would love to hear from you. Please call the school office on 01270 685355 to express your interest or email email@example.com or see Miss Allan or Mrs Till.
Science week is Monday 9th March – Friday 13th March 2020
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