A big welcome to our page from Miss Oxley our class teacher, Mrs Stewart our Teaching Assistant and all the boys and girls in Year 2!
We hope you enjoy finding out what we have been up to.
Bye for now!
Tiptoe through the tulips as your senses discover the blooming foliage and enchanting fragrances of flowers and herbs. Round and round the mulberry bush we go, planting bulbs and seeds, and then watch them grow beneath sunshine and showers.
Explore the astounding world of the scented garden, but be careful, there are some wild and dangerous plants out there that do astonishing things- just don’t touch!
Use the marvellous properties of plants, flowers and herbs to make an exceptional gift for somebody special.
Everything is coming up roses! Why not grow your own?
Year 2 have been getting really Chocolaty, Messy and Mucky within our topic on 'Muck, Mess and Mixtures.' Part of this involved a series of days linking our topic work with science investigating the melting of chocolate. The children started by discovering what made chocolate melt and the melting rate of different chocolates. They planned their own fair test to see whether dark, milk or white chocolate melted the quickest, making predictions based on their own experiences. The white chocolate melted the quickest. As a result of their detailed investions Willy Wonka fictionally wrote to the class to ask them to investigate which type of chocolate he should use in summer. The children again planned their own investigation testing the melting of fudge, crunchy, dairy milk, twirl and a flake ensuring it was a fair test. They then wrote a letter back to Willy Wonka explaining their findings. The children really enjoyed investigating the chocolate and they didn't even eat any!
Today, 20th March, was a very exciting day for Year 2 when we all witnessed the Solar Eclipse. We began watching the BBC programme about the eclipse and the countdown and then amazingly due to the amount of cloud over Cleveleys we were able to all see the actual eclipse in the sky! This was an amazing experience and one the children will remember for a very long time!
Here is a photograph taken of the eclipse over Cleveleys.
We have sorted a range of foods in different ways showing where they have come from, explaining how and why foods have been sorted in a specific way. We then have been tasting a range of food and drink from around the world and described their flavours. We expressed our opinions on the different foods, recording key words to describe each one. We discussed ways of ensuring the taste test was hygienic, such as washing hands, clearing utensils, washing dishes, cleaning surfaces and disposing of leftover food properly.
As part of World Book Week on Wednesday 4th March parents and relatives from children in Year 2 came into class to help support our work. We used the book 'I went to the Zoopermarket' and linked this with our numeracy and literacy work. We identified the nets for different 3D shapes and came up with our own alliterative phrases linking to the animals and possible foods they might buy from the Zoopermarket. We had a great morning and can't wait till our parents and families can come in again to work with us.
Let’s get messy! Muck and mess is good! In fact, it’s mega-marvellous! Dive in and get your hands all sticky and covered in paint. Play with liquids, squish some dough and check out the slushiest and mushiest foods. Pour, mix, stir and splat! How does it feel to get your hands covered in glue? Make a wobbly jelly and draw with wibbly day. Write recipes, instructions, riddles and poems- there are lots of scrummy words to describe messy mixtures! Work with pain and other squelchy stuff to create a new gallery space. What will you make? How will you arrange it? How will the gallery make you and your visitors feel? Don’t worry about the mess… it will always wash!
This half term Year 2 are looking at the topic of 'Land A'hoy!'
“Yo-ho-ho and a bottle or rum! Arrr… me hearties- it’s a sailor’s life for me!
Get your sea legs on, it’s time to sail the salty seas. Navigate, investigate and explore the world- just like Captain Hook.“
As part of this we had a pirate fancy dress day on 21st January before writing our own character descriptions thinking about what our pirates are like, what they look like and why they are like they are. We had a great day and even Mr Burham, Miss Ingham, Mrs Stewart and Miss Oxley joined in!
Yo-ho-ho and a bottle or rum! Arrr… me hearties- it’s a sailor’s life for me!
Get your sea legs on, it’s time to sail the salty seas. Navigate, investigate and explore the world- just like Captain Hook.
Make a boat, sink a ship, fly a pirate’s flag! Speak like a pirate, write like a poet, then weigh and measure a pirates booty!
How do rescues happen at sea? Find out about brave volunteers and young Miss Darling, rowing her boat across stormy seas.
Sing a sea shanty whilst cleaning the poop deck then search the school grounds for Captain Longbeard’s hidden treasure.
That’s land ahead, me buckos! Let’s get t’ship t’port.
To link with our Castles in our 'Towers, Turrets and Tunnels 'topic we have been thinking about the story of Rapunzel and with Mr Burnham, our Y2 student teacher, drafting and editing a newspaper report about Rapunzel being stolen as a baby. Here are some of our newspaper reports. Have you seen Rapunzel?
Year 2 as part of the Key Stage 1 and Reception 2014 Christmas production were fantastic singers, dancers and narrators. Their hard work shone on the stage in 3 performances to nearly full houses for all performances with outstanding success.
"I am really proud of all the children for their hard work and each and every one of them was true St. Teresa's stars!" Miss Oxley.
Due to copyright we cannot upload a video of the performance but here is a summary:
News, news, read all about it! There is great excitement in heaven when ‘The Angel Express’ newspaper announces that Jesus, the Son of God, is about to be born. The angels decide to learn a song for the big event to welcome the very special baby into the world, but there’s not much time and there’s a lot of practising to do! Between rehearsals the newspaper gives updates of Mary and Joseph, the kings, the shepherds and the great big star and everyone knows that Jesus will be born very soon, but will the angel choir be ready in time?
Here are some of the photographs which were able to be purchased at the performances and some of the dress rehearsal.
To finish off for Christmas we measured and designed our own Christmas trees measuring to the nearest cm using a ruler and some of us to the nearest ½ cm. Would you measure a real forest Christmas fern tree using a ruler? Is cm the best unit of measure for a tall forest tree?
Wait a minute! It’s our food theme again… come on year 2 we do do more than think of food. So we were learning about take-away… we mean subtraction. We began by deciding this by doing an Elklan multiple meaning tree to understand and clarify our thinking of the mathematical term take-away rather than thinking of a tasty Chinese.
We thought of the various vocabulary with subtraction.
Then using the calculation methods we have been working on we calculated the two digit number subtractions.
We have then been looking at the ‘inverse operation’ to doubling… halving.
Halving is when you share something into exactly two equal pieces- you wouldn’t want an un-half half now would you? Well… maybe if it was the bigger piece.. but hey this is maths not cake!
We began by looking at fractions of a shape and knowing exactly what a half written as ½ is before we started to calculate halves of numbers.
We halved using counters pretending it was pepperoni on a pizza “Yum, yum” and decorations on a cake. We also halved with pennies to ensure we both get the same amount of money.
When we could do this we halved with jottings. We did pizza pepperoni again, chocolate chips on the cookie and cherries on the trifle. Can you tell that we were doing maths just before lunch?
Some of us went on to use the halving machine… yes the same as the doubling machine from our previous topic but this time as the partitioned number passed it made it half… machine maths magic you see. Well we had to calculate by halving the units and multiples of ten and we use the Base 10 resources to help us to do this until we could instant recall.
This week in maths we are learning all about doubles!
What does doubling mean?
Have you seen our doubling machine?
Come on and let's try
Keep on doubling to reach the sky!
Keep looking to see what we do...
In science we are learning about how to keep healthy and on Monday 17th November we had a special visitor called Jean come and tell us all about keeping our teeth clean and healthy.
Did you know that children have 20 teeth?
Did you know that you should clean your teeth twice a day for at least 2 minutes? Jean suggested we play a favourite song so that time passes quicker when we are cleaning our teeth and also this makes sure we do it for just the right amount of time.
On Monday 10th November, Miss Oxley, Mrs Stewart, Mr Burnham, Mrs Orrell and Mrs Ward kindly took us to Lancaster castle along with Mr Oxley driving the mini-bus. We had a great day and learnt lots to implement into our writing. We weren't allowed to take photographs inside the castle as it is a working court... and in fact if Miss Oxley did she could face being sent to prison! Miss Oxley didn't fancy this so the photographs are just of the outside.
To coincide with our trip to Lancaster Castle we also visited Lancaster Cathedral. We learnt all about St Peter's Cathedral and went on a hunt for how many 'St. Peter's keys' we could find. We learnt lots about the features of the Cathedral and Mrs Ward helped us to compare this with our church of St. Teresa's.
Thank you for showing us round!
We have been learning how to add two two-digit numbers using numicon, base 10 apparatus, 100 squares and the blank numberline.
On Friday 7th November a member of staff from Sainsbury's Cleveleys came to talk and show Key Stage 1 and Reception Class how to make smoothies. They kindly brought a variety of fruit for us to make into smoothies and we got to taste them and even make up our own combinations.
What is your favourite smoothie?
To begin us thinking about Castles in our Towers, Turrets and Tunnels topic we mad our own life size giants compared to a small, hand-held lego man! We worked in groups and we drew round someone. We then added additional features to make it look 'giantlike' and then painted it.
Which do you think is the scariest giant?
See the castle ahead? Get ready to invade its mighty wall! Shoot a projectile with an archers aim! Head across the drawbridge, over the moat and up to the top of the tower…
Meet Rapunzel who lives in a tall, tall tower. Let’s build a brand new one… Whose is the tallest? Can you measure it?
Finally… meet the three little pigs who need you help to build a strong fortress. Inside its strong walls they’ll be safe from the big, bad wolf!
No huffing and puffing will blow your fortress down!
Over half term holidays the Year 2's made some fantastic castles! The castles produced are simply amazing and well beyond Mrs Stewart and my expectations!
Big thanks to all the parents and guardians for their help making such amazing castles over half term with the children.
We have had lots of fun using our positional language and directions to programme the Roamer and BeeBops to go certain routes around the maps.
On the final week of term Year 2 went on a night time trip through the Blackpool Illuminations to complete our topic of Street Detectives bringing together our work on Blackpool and also on electricity.
Big thanks to Mrs Ankers and Mr Oxley for driving the school mini-buses and Miss Oxley, Mrs Stewart and Bethany for taking us and looking after us.
We really enjoy reading in Year 2 and in particular reading for pleasure. We enjoy all kinds of books: both fiction and non fiction. We are trying this half term to read some books by Roald Dahl but we are also finding out what sort of books we particularly like and our recommendations to others.
Cllr Galley came into school to talk to us about the re-developments at Anchorsholme Park and the big plans and activities taking place in Anchorsholme.
Big thanks to Cllr Paul Galley for taking the time in his busy schedule to come into school and talk to us. We are proud to be part of Blackpool and can't wait to see what will be happening in Anchorsholme and the future of the parks.
In PE we have been doing a variety of activities with the staff from Blackpool Football Club Foundation. These activities include: special awareness, hand-eye co-ordination, agility, speed, stamina, balance and team activities.
We have been thinking about the value of numbers and how we can make two digit numbers. We have also investigated whether these numbers are odd or even.
On Wednesday 3rd September, yes on only our second day in Year 2, we went on a school trip on the old Blackpool Trams and to Blackpool Tower. This was to start our Cornerstones topic of 'Street Detectives'.
Big thanks to Miss Oxley, Mrs Stewart, Mrs Ward, Mrs Morgan and Kira's Mummy Mrs Goldsmith for taking us and looking after us.