Life in Year 2

The craziness of summer has descended on Year 2.  We finished the SATs knowing that this half term would bring fun and a return to the creative curriculum we enjoy, and we have not been disappointed.

Last week we threw ourselves into Science Week.  We learnt about different mini-beast habitats; Identifying creatures from the pond, some so small that we needed to use a magnifying pot to view them and others, the much-loved and highly sought pond snails, caused much commotion and hilarity as they suctioned themselves onto the side of the pot to perform their bodily functions.  It broke our hearts to release our cherished new friends, complete with names, back to their environment.  We also searched high and low across the field to catalogue the insects and other mini-beasts from this habitat.  Thank you to Mrs Poulton for helping us.

We also planted radish, carrot and tomato seeds with Mrs Wright and have been amazed to see the radishes grow so quickly.  We will need a little more patience for the carrots which are just poking through and the tomatoes, which are still hiding beneath the soil.

This week is Road Safety Week for Year 2.  We are very lucky to be joined by Mrs Lester and Mrs Randall, who are providing invaluable learning opportunities on how to stay safe as a pedestrian.

We hope the children have been talking at home about our topic for this half term, which is all about India.  This is a cross-curricular topic – we have already looked at maps of India, created some maths shape symmetry rangoli artwork and written postcards from India.  We will continue with this next week, looking at the Hindu religion and creating animal art.  Our trip to Bhaktivedanta Manor will help us to learn about the differences and similarities between the Christian and Hindu faiths in an engaging and unforgettable way.  We are looking forward to sharing photos with you on Open Evening.  Please check out the Bhaktivedanta Manor website for more information or talk to us in class.

One request to help with the smooth running of the class … please, please ensure your child has a hat and named water bottle every day. We have many children who own the same blue water bottle and it causes us all great stress to try to reunite owner and bottle.  As the bottles are taken outside during lunchtime, we would be grateful if they contain water only; squashes and fruit juices encourage ants and wasps and are not practical.  Thank you for your support with this.