Teachers: Miss Burrow, Miss Lee, Mr Randall
Teaching Assistants: Mrs Hocking, Mrs Mulcahy, Mrs Lear, Miss Jones, Mrs Snow
Welcome to the Year 2 pages! We are Rabbits (Miss Burrow) and Owls (Miss Lee and Mr Randall).
We began our topic with a visit from A-Level Drama students who performed an inspiring dramatisation the poem, The Owl and the Pussy Cat by Edward Lear. Over the next two weeks we became experts at reciting the poem. Jo Tasker’s drama workshops really helped us to delve into the meaning of the poem. We decided that we wanted to write our own version of the poem as an adventure story. Instead of the owl and the pussy cat going to the Bong Tree Land, we all created our own exciting lands! Which land would you create for the characters to visit in your adventure story?
We have also been developing our artistic skills through learning how to use 4B art pencils to sketch of our own Lands, and thinking of our use of colour.
“They took some money and plenty of honey, all wrapped up in a £5 note.” From this line in the poem, we have been learning all about bees. We have had a visit from a bee keeper, who showed us all the different levels of a bee hive, how they collect honey from the hive, as well as tasting some of the delicious honey! During the last week before half term, we will be baking honey biscuits using the bee keeper’s own honey. Yum!
Core Learning Skills
Our core learning skill was ‘Improving our own learning and performance’. Every Wednesday afternoon we have visited the woodland area with Mrs Graydon to complete various group challenges. We made our own pea-green boats out of walnut shells, which we had to improve to ensure they could float.
This term the Value we have been focusing on has been ‘Excellence’. We listened to the Bible story of Nehemiah. This demonstrated excellence by being able to overcome great difficulties in extreme circumstances.
During the Summer term we are finding out about other world faiths in RE. We are exploring the Jewish faith and have already answered the question ‘How do we know that God’s promise to Abraham is still important to Jews?’ We thought about the importance of keeping promises and our feelings when they get broken. The Torah tells Jews the promises that were made between God and Abraham. These promises (called The Covenant) are still important today. Many people of the Jewish faith place Mezuzahs that contain the Shema next to their door to remind them of these promises. We then made our own!
Summer Term Topic 1
A visit from Jack’s Zoo was a fantastic way to start our new topic of ‘What makes us like other animals?’ We had a fascinating talk about all different types of animals; learning about what their habitat is like, what special adaptations they had and how to look after them. It was so exciting to see such an unusual range of animals which included a chinchilla, an African white-faced owl, an African pigmy hedgehog, a giant hissing cockroach, a giant millipede and a bearded dragon. We then chose our favourite animal and used this to create an explanatory poster comparing the similarities between ourselves and our chosen animal. Extensive research was undertaken to find out about the animal’s diet, their habitat and anatomy. Which was your favourite animal and why?
Summer Term Topic 2
This half term our wonderful new topic is ‘How Did Families Have Fun at The Seaside in The Past?’ We began with a trip to Exmouth beach. An exciting time was had by all – just look at the smiles on our faces!