Year 2 22-23
This week, the whole school have had an entire week dedicated to sporting activities! Here are some of our highlights.
We kicked off on Monday with the Summer Run... and ended up a little bit wet!
Then, on Tuesday, we had our Key Stage 1 Sports Day! We had a relay race, a hurdle sprint, a long jump, and a howler throw, just to name a few. It was a great afternoon and every child put their best effort into the activities.
On Thursday, we had the pleasure of doing Hoopstarz, Skipping, and Dance with Me! It was a super busy day but we came prepared with lots of energy and a positive attitude. We learned a lot of new skills and can't wait to use these on the playground.
Last Friday, Year 2 had the pleasure of sleeping over in school! The day and night were filled with fun, adventurous activities for the children to participate in. Here is a snapshot into our day...
The children were tasked to find a variety of items in the school forest area, including the longest leaf, smallest flower, and widest stick.
We played a variety of team games on the school field - Quidditch, Kick Rounders, and Parachute challenges!
We went to our Forest School area to make crowns and jewellery from natural materials. Everyone was so creative - using leaves, flowers, and sticks to make their special accessories!
We were also lucky enough to have a climbing wall visit our school for the day. Everyone was so brave and had a go - some of us even managed to get to the very top!
After school, we had a bouncy castle for the children to enjoy before their tea. They were also challenged with an orienteering task and they did brilliantly! After a lovely tea, we set up the school hall with our mats and blankets to watch a film.
It was a great night and all of the children thoroughly enjoyed themselves. Well done to everyone who participated in the activities.
Throughout this half term, we have had the pleasure of training for athletics with the School Sports Partnership. We have developed our pace when running and techniques when it comes to racing. Then we worked on our stance and arm movements for the howler throw - everyone saw an improvement in their throw straight away! We had a go at the long jump (which everyone thoroughly enjoyed) and cannot wait to find out what is next in our training schedule!
This month, our whole school is celebrating Pride Month and talking about its importance. In Year 2, we have been getting creative and thinking about why we are proud to be ourselves. Everyone was so thoughtful and put their best efforts into their drawings! We then decided to create some acrostic poems as to what "PRIDE" means to us and why we think it is important. Well done, everyone!
Colour Run 2023
On Tuesday, Year 2 took part in the Colour Run! This involved the children running around a course, through powder paint stations. At each station, a different colour paint was thrown in the air for children to run through. At the end, we took a "colour bomb" photograph of the children throwing a handful of paint into the air for a final time. Every child that took part thoroughly enjoyed it and ended up looking very colourful!
Year 2 had an amazing day at the local Outdoor Adventurous Activity event! They participated in obstacle races, zig zag runs, and many more fun activities. All of the children did the school incredibly proud following our school rules of ready, respectful, and safe. It was a brilliant day!
KS1 SATs Week
This week, Year 2 completed their end of Key Stage 1 SATs. Their determination and perseverance has absolutely blown us away! Every child put their best effort in, worked very hard, and made us incredibly proud. To celebrate, the children were treated to an ice cream or ice lolly on the yard, which they thoroughly enjoyed.
Congratulations to all of our brilliant Year 2 students, who have shown role model behaviour and outstanding success this week.
Geography - Extreme World
This half term, we are learning about our "Extreme World". We have started off by exploring the tallest mountains in each continent! Everyone was so surprised to learn how tall Mount Everest is and how dangerous it can be to climb. We plotted each of the tallest mountains onto a map and created a key to help us find them.
King Charles III's Coronation Celebration!
Year 2 have had great fun celebrating the King's Coronation today! We dressed up in red, white, and blue, then had an afternoon tea style lunch. After learning more about King Charles III and what is involved in a coronation, we designed our own crowns and bunting, as well as completing many other fun activities.
Art - Sculptures
This week, we explored two artists who use different shapes in their sculptures. Our prior learning of 2D and 3D shapes helped us identify squares, triangles, cubes, and pyramids in different artwork. We discussed how these shapes were beneficial to making sculptures strong as well as interesting to look at. Then, we were able to have a go at creating our own shapes and sculptures from spaghetti and marshmallows!
Science - Plants
For our first Science lesson this half term, we recapped what we already knew about plants and explored the plants around school. We enjoyed a nature walk in the school allotment, across the field, and in our forest school area. We identified different parts of plants (leaf, flower, petal, stem) and took photographs.
We have had a very fun and creative week in Year 2! This week, we completed our DT project of making an Easter card which uses either a pivot or a slider. We each chose a different scene from the Easter story to create our card.
We have also made some Easter cards to take home for our family and friends. There were a lot of steps to follow but we were so happy with how they turned out!
PE - Cricket
This half term, Year 2 have the pleasure of being taught cricket skills by Durham County Cricket Club. We have already practised our throwing, catching, and batting! This week it was time to do some bowling and despite the wind, we were able to make some great bowls.
Red Nose Day 2023
Today was Red Nose Day! We wore red to show our support for Comic Relief and completed a variety of fun activities, including designing our own red nose. We also participated in some challenges such as a joke competition and how many star jumps we could do in one minute!
Design & Technology - Moving Mechanisms
Our topic this half term is “Moving Mechanisms”. We are focusing on sliders and pivots, finding out how they move and what they are used for. Today, we explored a range of books which used these mechanisms and discussed what we thought of them. We had a lot of fun predicting what the sliders and pivots would do, and what we would see when we used them!
World Book Day 2023
This week, Year 2 celebrated World Book Day! We dressed up, designed our own bookmarks, and competed in many fun quizzes. Everyone had a great time sharing their favourite books and listening to some new stories.