Welcome to Year 2!
Thank you for visiting the Year 2 website. The Year 2 Team are very excited about the year ahead, working closely alongside you as parents to support your child grow, develop and not just learn, but flourish this year. We will update the website regularly with photos and information to show you what we are learning. Also, we will include tips and ideas of how you can have fun supporting your children at home. Please speak to any member of the team whenever you have any questions.
Homework books will be sent out each FRIDAY and need to be returned to school by the following WEDNESDAY. Please ask if you are ever unsure of a homework task and how to support your child.
This morning we visited St Barnabas Church to experience quietness in a place of worship as part of our R.E curriculum. Reverend Freida kindly explained all of the important features of the church such a the alter, font and the organ. We were amazed by the pictures on the huge stained glass window, Freida showed us that the pictures told a story. There were also some words etched onto the window which disappeared in certain light, it was facinating! After we looked around the church we all sat down with a biscuit and a drink and listened to a story. We had a lovely morning and everyone was extremely respectful.
What words were etched onto the stained glass window?
What is the font used for and what is it made out of?
Why are there candles?
Why do people go to a place of worship?
What other places of worship are there?
During Summer 1 we have been learning how to play a game of quick cricket! At first we had lots of questions because some of us didn't know what cricket was! We had a look at some pictures and talked about famous cricket teams and grounds and then began our first lesson practicing throwing/bowling skills. Over the next couple of weeks we focused on other skills like batting and catching and working as a team and then we were finally ready to play a match, we were extremely excited to put all of our new learning together.
It took a couple of matches to learn how to think about all of the different skills at the same time and some of us found it tricky to remember to stay in our positions but after that we got really good and had lots of fun. We can't wait to play cricket with our families over the summer.
PE: Irish Dancing Final Assessment
We have had great fun this half term learning Irish dancing. At the beginning of the unit we didn't know anything about this style of dance, but have learnt so much. We have learnt the starting position, routines, the tricky skip and how to work in a team. In our last session each group practised, refined and then performed their routine to the class, who then peer assessed them with 2 stars and a wish. I have been really impressed with the children's effort and teamwork.
This half term we have been learning the Irish jig! We have become increasingly confident and now know the basic steps and a simple sequence of movements. We have been outside in the sunshine today practicing in our groups. Don't forget to point your toes!
This week we have been lucky enough to have a really exciting science day. The day begun with a wonderful assembly from Atomic Abi, where there were bangs and explosions! We then went back to our classes to take part in lots of great activities. In Year 2 we had two questions to investigate:
1. What material would be suitable for Traction Man's new waterproof jacket?
2. Which material would be the best suited to build a bridge?
Wow, what a great few days we had at Condover Hall! Despite some cold and rainy weather the children had a wonderful time, here are some of the brilliant activities we did:
Run around quiz
For our final performance of our weather dances we continued practicing in our groups of three, reflecting on, evaluating and refining our previous patterns of movement. We could all confidently perform a sequence of movements, exploring different levels, making various shapes with our bodies and moving carefully in response to the music. We even practiced so much that we could all do the same movements at the same time. How professional!
On Friday we had some very special visitors, the local firemen! We were lucky enough to find out all about their job and responsibilities such as; responding to alarms, attending car accidents, fires and floods. They showed us around the fire engine, explaining the equipment and how it is used and we even had a go at using the hose, it was powerful!
The children had chance to ask the firemen lots of questions and came away buzzing with excitement and aspiring to be just like them.
Back in the classroom we acted out scenarios of emergencies when we might need to stay calm and ring the emergency services.
What information do you need to give when you ring the emergency services?
What number do you call in an emergency?
When should you call 999?
Art- Landscapes in the style of Claude Monet
Year 2 have been very creative this week, creating wonderful landscapes of Birmingham, in the style of French impressionist Claude Monet. Using their fingers and acrylic paint, the children created bold and bright paintings.
Now that we have had a couple of weeks to learn different skills and movements in dance we would like to share our progress so far.
We have been using the weather as a stimuli for our movements. Last week we were working in partners moving like the thunder and rain, this we week focused on the snow and wind. We came up with some key movement words like sway, whirl, fall and bounce. After listening to the music we discussed our thoughts and feelings and created a sequence of movements in groups of three. We shoed respect, co-operation and excellence during our P.E lesson today, please enjoy our photo's.
Today we went on a walking trip of our local area of Erdingtom. We left school and walked up to the Library, discussing the different types of houses on the way. At the library we met Michael who explained how the library works. He then showed us old maps of Erdington and some books about Birmingham. After that we wandered to the high street, where we carried out a traffic survey and explored the types of shops that were there. On the way home we walked past our local church, St Barnabus.
How long has the library been there?
What different types of shops did you see?
Tell me one fact you learnt from the Birmingham books.
PE: Indoor Athletics- Core Task assessment
In our first indoor athletics lesson of the half term, the children had the opportunity to show us what they already know and can do. We set up 5 different 'stations, including; speed bounce, sprint running, javelin throwing, standing jump and hurdles.
We found out that we need to build up our speed and stamina, we also need to learn the skills of over arm throwing and how to use our arms and legs to help a standing jump.
This half term we will be developing our dance and movement skills. For the core assessment we had to listen to different types of music (classical, house, reggae and Irish) and create movement from the thoughts, feelings and movements that each piece gave us.
Some of us found it difficult to relax at first and were a little self-conscious. Others couldn’t wait to show us what they could already do, twirling and moving gracefully around the hall.
However, over the next few weeks we will gain lots of experience with different music becoming more confident with ways of moving and expressing our feelings through dance.
Well done to the Peer Mediators for there dedication and hard work in the playground helping their peers to solve minor problems. Today they received their bronze certificates. They were all very excited with the hard work they have done!
PE- Gymnastics final assessment
Today we completed our final assessment in PE for gymnastics with apparatus. We got all of the equipment we have been using out and after discussing the names of the equipment and safety reminders we demonstrated what we have learnt this half term.
We were focusing on creating a sequence of balances, with different style of turns, using the equipment. The teachers were impressed with what we have learnt this half term and how far we've come with our gymnastics skills.
Today we were learning how to use search engines to research information. In our partners we chose a festival to find out more about. We opened safari and then typed in the search engine. We found out about what www meant. We talked about checking the information was for children and reading it carefully before taking notes in our own words.
RE- Christmas Carol Service
This week begun beautifully with the Key Stage One carol service at St Barnabus church in Erdington. Year 2 performed a wonderful Christmas acrostic poem that they wrote and then some children read the first Christmas story. The children sung their songs perfectly and everyone felt very festive.
A big thank you to all the parents who came, we hope you enjoyed it as much as we did!
We have now completed our first 4 week block of cooking club. Everyone has had a fantastic time chopping, grating, mixing and rolling. We tried lots of new, healthy foods as well as a not quite so healthy gingerbread treat this week! Here are a few photos from week 2.
Computing- Mind Maps
In computing today we were learning how to use Word to create mind maps. We began by talking about what a mind map is and why they might be useful, we then watched a demonstration of how to create one.
Working in partners we used Word to create a mind map of all the celebrations we knew. As a super challenge we had to explore how to add further branches to the map, change the font, colour and sizing.
Visiting Father Christmas
Earlier on this week we wrote a special letter to Father Christmas, telling him about what we have done to be good this year and kindly asking for a gift. We even included some questions like 'What are you eating on Christmas Day?' and 'How is your wife?'.
Today we got to go and visit the man himself! We sang him a special song and then each asked him for what we would like.
The teachers were really impressed with our beautiful manners!
Today was the Winter Fair at school, so exciting. The children took their money down to the hall and excitedly looked around! What to spend their money on...
There were brilliant games that were run by Year 2 children, a tombola, glitter tattoos, a cake stall and Christmas music.
Everyone had a great time!
PE- Gymnastics with apparatus
Today in PE we used the large equipment. We thought about the safety of using the apparatus and talked about the names of the different parts and what the mats meant. Next we thought about movement on the equipment and how to stop and balance between different types of travel.
This week we have been learning about the importance of energy. We thought about what we use energy for... there were so many things! Then we watched a video about how we can save energy and the difference between non renewable and renewable energy sources.
Some of us research a type of renewable energy on the internet, others created posters. One group went on an energy hunt around school, carrying out a survey about which classes were the most energy conscious.
PSHE- Healthy Eating
In PSHE this week we have been learning about what it means to be healthy. We thought about how to keep healthy:
Gamal: Brush your teeth.
Fabrice: Exercise lots.
Mustafa: Wash to keep your body clean.
Tianna: Eat lots of fruit.
Aimee: Drink water to stay hydrated.
We then sorted healthy food and food that we should only eat a bit of. We also talked about the 5 food groups and what we get from each group.
Can you name the 5 food groups?
Why is milk good for you?
What foods should you only eat a bit of?
What does 5 a day mean?
Music- instruments and sounds
This week in music we were thinking about different sounds and how they are made. We listened carefully to a sound and then thought about what made the sound. We then matched different instruments to their name and thought about how the sound was made, for example strumming, plucking or blowing.
Later in the lesson we explored different instruments and worked in a group to make a short performance. The rest of the class watched our performances and gave us two stars and a wish.
Science and Sustainability- RSPB visit
Today Year 2 were lucky enough to have a visit from Lucy from the RSPB. We learnt all about the charity, with a focus on animal habitats.
Lucy was very impressed with our knowledge, she said that Dominic was the only person to have EVER recognised a dormouse picture and that even some KS2 classes didn't know that acorns grew on oak trees.
After talking about what animals need and which habitats they might live in we went outside! We worked in small groups to identify and label different habitats we have around school. We used coloured and shaped stickers to work as a key, labelling our school map.
How many habitats can you name?
What are the three main things animals need?
What is a hedge?
Anti- Bullying week
This week at Birches Green Infants it is Anti Bullying week. To begin this week's focus, we started thinking about what bullying is and different types of bullying.
We then watched a short video about how it can feel if your are bullied and how it effects people. Next we talked about what to do if you see someone being bullied or if you feel you are being bullied and who you could tell.
We then chose an activity to do with Anti- Bullying:
* Making Anti-Bullying wristbands,
* Role playing what to do
* Creating an Anti-Bullying comic strip
What are the TWO meanings of STOP?
Who would you talk to if you feel you are being bullied?
What is the difference between emotional and physical bullying?
How can you help someone who is being bullied?
In Outdoor Learning this week we have been learning lots! We found conkers, acorns and pine cones and learnt about which trees they came from . Next we talked about the 'Grow it, Cook it, Eat it' cycle as we are getting fab at knowing how to plant garlic and onion bulbs.
We then went to rake up lots of Autumn leaves. Logan suggested that these could be used for a habitat for an animal. We put the leaves in a black bag and predicted what would happen to the leaves over time, some children thought they would go crunchy, others thought they will go mouldy.
Computing- Internet Safety
In our computing lesson this week we were thinking about how to stay safe on the internet.
We began by talking about what we do on the internet and what it is:
Dylan- we search on Google
Aaron- you need to connect to the internet
Glory- it helps you find things out
Mustafa- you watch videos on it
Katitlyn- it tells you information
Princess- you use it to find images.
We then read a story about Little Penguin and learnt some rules to stay safe on the internet. The story even taught us a song about staying safe.
Some of us choose to use the computer to write our internet rules, some of us made a poster, others completed a safe internet use word search and some use safe internet discussion cards to role. play.
What do you do if someone you don't know sends you a message?
What do you do if a warning/ message appears that you don't understand?
Which websites should you go on?
Do you believe everything you see on the internet?
Bonfire Night Safety and The History of Guy Fawkes
Today we have been learning how to stay safe whilst watching fireworks this weekend. Some of the children already knew some very important tips on how to stay safe around a bonfire but, we watched Fireman Sam's fire safety tip video to check that we had remembered everything. You can watch it again at home with your family by following the link below.
We then decided to make our own fire safety tip videos to show to the rest of our class and school. We had to decide on 6 of the most important fire safety tips and organise who was going to say which tip...it was hard work!
We also thought about historical aspects of the celebration and reasons why we remember this day. We looked at historical pictures and information from the time of Guy Fawkes and role played what happened in the Houses of Parliament.
Back in the classroom, the rest of us either completed a firework safety quiz on the computer, took part in a reading comprehension activity where we found the information in the text to help us answer questions, or created an information booklet.
Here are some photographs of us learning how to take responsibility for our own safety.
Our rules for staying safe this weekend Bonfire Night...
1. Find a safe area to set you fireworks off or start your bonfire (away from houses, sheds, trees and animals).
2. Always have water close by.
3. Stay a safe distance away from the bonfire or fireworks and always be supervised by an adult.
4. Be extremely sensible with sparklers and wear protective clothing.
5. NEVER return to fireworks.
6. Enjoy your celebration!
This half term we are using the equipment in PE. In our initial core task we showed our teacher what we knew already about the equipment and how we use it. We thought about travel and balance. Over the half term we need to work on our confidence, our starting and ending positions and using a variety of balances and types of travel to create a routine.
P.E - Gymnastics
In gymnastics today we recapped on the skills we have learnt over the last half-term including; new ways of travelling, making shapes, rolling, jumping and balancing.
The children created and practised their own sequence of movements in pairs and were challenged to think about; being safe, holding each movement for 5 seconds and making the movements flow.
Some of us were confident enough to perform our sequences to the class and could even remember the technical names of the movements!
This week in Science we have been learning all about habitats (where an animal lives). We began by seeing what we already knew, naming different habitats and any animals we knew would live there, this part we found tricky.
Here are the habitats we named at the start of the lesson:
Dylan- North and South Pole.
We then looked at a globe to find out about habitats around the World. We also watched a video to find out more about what each habitat was like.
In groups we sorted animals into the correct habitat, made a woodland habitat collage, created habitat dioramas and used a table on the computer to sort animals.
Here are the habitats we could name at the end of the lesson:
Ollie- Ocean and rock pools
Choose 2 habitats, can you compare how they are different?
How many animals can you name that live in an ocean habitat?
What is the imaginary line that goes around the centre of the Earth called?
What climate would there be in a rainforest habitat?
Where would a camel live? How is a camel suited to this habitat?
Look at some of the amazing Halloween themed homework that Year 2 children have been busy doing! The task was to design, make and describe a monster, haven't they done well?!
Kingfishers' Black History Month Assembly
We would like to thank all of the parents that came to support our assembly about Barack Obama, it was lovely to see the hall full with proud adults and children. We have really enjoyed learning all about his life, we hope you did too!
This week Year 2 have held two brilliant workshops about story planning. A huge thank you to all the parents who came! It was so lovely to see so many parents, who were all engaged with their child's learning. The Year 2 Team are really excited to see the outcomes of your homework projects, we can't wait to read your stories! The hand in date is Monday 7th November, there will be an exciting prize for one boy and girl from each class who put in their best effort.
Today we were electing our class representatives for the School Council. Children who wanted to stand for running in the elections gave reasons why they would be a great member of the council. Other children in the class listened carefully and then used a cube to vote for their choice. We discussed why we vote and how to make it fair.
Topic - Locations of Castles in the UK
In topic this week we explored a map of the United Kingdom, discussed Capital Cities and discovered where some castles are located. At the start of the lesson we thought the map was showing countries such as "China" and "Africa" and our ideas about the Capital City of England were things like "New York" and "our School" so we had lots to find out about!
By the end of the lesson we could all identify England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales on the map and can recognise their flags. We placed pictures of castles on our maps in the correct country, it was tricky but we learnt lots and had fun and maybe we will get to visit some of these castles one day.
Science- Food chains
In Science this week we have been exploring food chains. To begin with we didn't know what a food chain was, thinking it was food hanging from a tree or a long line of food... we learnt lots this lesson!
We found out that a food chain shows you how energy is passed between animals when they are eaten. Amazingly, plants make their own food, so we call them producers and they start off the food chain.
* Put these animals and plant in a food chain: fox, berries, bird, slug.
* What is the last part of a food chain called?
* What is it called when plants make food for themselves?
* Can you create your own ocean food chain?
In Year 2 we are busily learning an Autumn themed poem for our Harvest Assembly next week. It would be great if you could practise the poem at home, thank you!
Thank you for the harvest
When fruit and berries grow.
Thank you for the ripening corn
Planted long ago.
Thank you for the autumn
And a warm and sunny day.
Thank you for the harvest
And crops to store away.
Thank you for the sugar beet
And fields of new mown hay
To feed the cows and horses
When winter comes to stay.
This week in SPAG we have been learning about a new type of word...nouns. We found out that nouns are naming words for places, people and things.
How many nouns can you think of?
Write a noun in a sentence, now underline your noun.
Proper nouns need a capital letter (Birmingham, Toby, March) can you think of any other examples?
Sustainability- Preserving water
In our first sustainability lesson this year, we thought carefully about water. We began by thinking of all the different things we use water for, there were lots! Then we closed our eyes and imagined what it would be like to not have access to clean and safe water. We listened to a story of a child who had to walk miles each day to collect water, that would sometimes make them sick. Next we watched a video about how we can look after the water that we have.
Have a look at the posters and information sheets that we created to tell others in school how we can help.
What is a well?
How many different uses of water have you used so far today?
How would you feel if you found it hard to get safe, clean water?
How can you help save water in your house?
Computing- Editing a picture
In computing today we were editing a picture. We began by thinking about what it means to edit a picture, how and why you can do it. We then learnt how we can use the Eraser app to edit pictures we found on the internet and Book Creator app to import a different background.
We found using the screen shot buttons difficult, as well as remembering the steps to import a picture with a transparent background.
What does edit mean?
Why would you edit a picture?
Where are the screen shot buttons?
In PE today we focused on shapes. After warming up our bodies, we talked about different shapes we could make. We then practised different shapes, thinking carefully about how to stretch and balance to improve our shape.
Eid Celebration Morning
This morning we held a special celebration for Eid. Parents and friends came in to enjoy yummy food cooked kindly by our families. Our visited were also treated to wonderful music and dancing. Year 2 beautifully and confidently sang Crescent Moon to our guests.
Well done Year 2!
Who celebrates Eid?
How is Eid celebrated?
What would you say to wish someone a happy Eid?
Music- Body Percussion
In music today we were thinking about the sounds that we can make with our body, we came up with lots of great ideas! We played Follow the Sound with Miss Arthur, then we had a go to lead the body percussion sounds.
Next we learnt a song called Scary Hairy Castle and thought about how we could use our body to add sound effects. We worked in groups to practice our performance. As a super challenge, some of us had to think of symbols to match our actions and write down parts of our music.
Outdoor Learning- Seasonal Changes and Harvesting
Today Year 2 have been busy with Miss Patel in our outdoor areas and allotment. The children were learning about the changes that happen in nature during the season of Autumn. They were harvesting crops like onions and beetroot, talking about the different parts of a plant and how plants use seeds to create new plants.
How many parts of a plant can you name?
What does harvesting mean?
How would you describe the appearance of a beetroot?
What are farmers busy doing at this time of year? Why?
History- Incredible Castle Homework
The Year 2 Team have been blown away by the effort that children and their families have put into our first homework! We have seen so many wonderful GOLD challenges... incredible castle models!
What materials and equipment did you use to make your model?
How many parts of your castle can you name?
If you made your model again, what would you do to make it even better?
PE- Multi Skills Core Task
In our first PE lesson of the year, we were focusing on multi skills; throwing, catching, speed and agility. We were impressed with the skills that the children already have; knowing about different types of throwing, thinking about how to move quickly and working as a team.
To progress this half term we are going to be focusing on strong and accurate chest passes, quick and agile jumping, using the side of your foot to kick accurately and endurance.
History- Castle Workshop
Today we had an amazing castle workshop, we learnt about what it was like to live in a castle in medieval times. We got to work in a medieval kitchen, try on a knight's armour and to wear medieval clothes!
How did they make butter?
What materials were their clothes made from?
How long ago were medieval times?
Can you name the different parts of a castle?
RE- Rules and Responsibilities
To begin our school year we spent some time thinking about the rules that we need in our class to have a happy learning environment. Every week, the child from each class who impresses us the most with their behaviour will win Betty the Bee for the weekend!
We all agreed that we need these rules to make the most of our year...
Art- Paul Klee
Our first art lesson of the year was a real success! We were finding out about the life and work of the German artist Paul Klee, who used geometric shapes to create abstract art of buildings. The children used black card and oil pastels to create their wonderful castle art, all the teachers were so impressed!