What a great way to bring our topic Now and Then to an end with Victorian Day! Thank you very much for all your support and for sending the children to school with amazing costumes.
We had a fabulous day and all the children joined in. From lining up at the door in silence before the day began, boys sitting one side of the classroom and girls the other, to standing up when an adult entered the room and answering to their surnames, the children stepped back in time to experience a day in a Victorian class room. Writing with chalk, the children completed dictation on Charles Dickens and wrote out the alphabet, they performed drill exercises beside their desks and chanted their times tables. In the afternoon, they had to sketch Queen Victoria and learnt to sew. We even had a dunce hat to be worn and a visit from Florence Nightingale. What a wonderful experience for the children.
The children worked hard all week in Maths and Literacy. The children finished writing their own versions of the book we have been studying. Called 'The Bluebird and the Robot', they wrote some lovely stories showing how much they have learned this half term. Well done everybody!
Enjoy the half term holiday and see you back in school on Monday 19th.
Can you believe we are already near the half term holiday? We have almost completed our Topic 'Now and Then'. This week we started making bathing machines. After decorating the outside with colourful stripes, next week we will be adding the wheels, steps and roof. They are going to look amazing when they are finished. The children have thoroughly enjoyed this topic and we will be finishing off with our Victorian Day on Thursday. We have lots planned for the children so that they really feel like they have stepped back in time. Look out for the photos...
Our rehearsals for our Big Sing concert are going well. The children are so enthusiastic to learn all the songs and the dance moves, and lots of soloists have been auditioned. Don't forget to buy your tickets to see the results of all their hard work.
In Literacy, the children have been planning their own versions of the book 'The Robot and the Bluebird'. They have to tell me the story, but from the bluebird's perspective. After all their hard work, I can't wait to read the final versions they will be writing this week.
Well done 2AV! Keep up the hard work.
Another busy week for 2AV. The highlight of this week has to be our school trip to Ipswich Museum. The children walked all the way to the Museum and back and didn't moan once! They had a wonderful time looking around the Museum and were very well behaved. They saw lots of objects that we had been learning about in our Topic lessons. They were very enthusiastic and couldn't wait to show me all the things they had found. They were great ambassadors for Springfield Infant School and I am incredibly proud of every single one of them. I hope you enjoy looking at the pictures of our morning.
What a fabulous week of learning 2AV!
In Literacy, we have been looking at instruction writing, so, linked to our book The Robot and the Bluebird, the children made bird feeders. I hope the birds in your garden are enjoying their tasty snack.
In Maths, we were learning all about 2D and 3D shapes. After learning about the properties, the children went on shape hunts and made 3D shapes out of straws and play-doh.
In Topic, we had a wonderful week of lessons making rooms from the past out of junk modelling. The children could choose to make either a living room, a bedroom, a kitchen or a bathroom. They then had to use what they had learned about rooms from the past last week and work as a team creating their rooms. The children all worked incredibly hard and are rightfully proud of their work. Look closely and you can see mangles, baths, books on shelves, fireplaces, candlesticks and chamber pots. We hope you enjoy looking at our work.
This week we started the 'Big Sing Soul' project in school. Year 2 spent time on Wednesday afternoon learning a song that we are going to perform. The children all worked really hard learning all of the words as well as a dance routine. We are going to be doing this every week this term and we are all very excited to see the end result.
In Maths we continued our work on Fractions and in Literacy we have been studying the book 'The Robot and The Bluebird.' The children have produced some excellent writing so far.
We have continued our work on our Topic 'Now and Then' and have been comparing household objects from today such as washing machines and fridges with the equivalent we had in the past, mangles and pantries. The children have found this really fascinating and are looking forward to making a room from the past next week.
It has been lovely to see items from the past that you have at home. We have seen some old coins and a book this week and Mr Burnett brought in his old teddy! Keep them coming in, the children love to show things to their friends.
Keep up the good work 2AV!
Happy New Year and welcome back to school. I hope you all had a lovely holiday and are ready for another busy term of learning.
This half term our topic is called 'Now and Then' and to introduce our new area of learning, the children visited 'Springfield Museum' in the hall. The children had an opportunity to look at some interesting objects including old telephones, televisions, audio tapes, shoes, books and tennis rackets. We will be having a closer look a some of the objects over the coming weeks, asking lots of questions and being historians by looking at the past.
If you have any interesting old items (not valuable!) you think the children would like to see, please send them into school. We have already had some badges and an old teddy bear which the children loved!
Our PE lesson has moved this term and will now be on a Friday afternoon.
It might almost be Christmas but 2AV are still working hard. In Maths this week, the children have been looking at money and finding different ways of making the same amount. With lots of illness in the class this week, the children who have been absent didn't moan and instead, worked hard at catching up.
In Literacy, we have continued our study of the book The Lonely Beast. The children are writing a newspaper report, trying to find friends for the Beast. It is quite tricky when you are only in Year 2 but again, the children are persevering and I look forward to reading the final versions.
In Topic, we finished our Fact Cards on Dinosaurs and are now adding the dinosaurs to our Mesozoic Era timeline. When we have finished that, our Christmas and Winter activities will begin!
Just a reminder, Wednesday 13th is our last swimming session. And don't forget to buy some raffle tickets if you can! There are lots of fabulous goodies to be won!!
It was lovely to meet so many of you this week at the Parent Consultation evenings. The children are all working hard and it was a pleasure to be able to update you all on their individual progress. Keep up the good work 2AV!
In Maths this week, the children have been learning all about division. What a great bunch of mathematicians they are.
In Literacy, we are now studying 'The Lonely Beast'. It is a wonderful book and we have been using role play, group discussions and story maps to bring the story to life. The children are really enjoying it.
Finally, in Topic, the children continue to learn all about Dinosaurs. As this topic draws to an end, we were learning all about the different theories why dinosaurs became extinct.
Don't forget swimming on Wednesday.
Thank you for your continued support.
The weeks are now flying by this term!
This week the children have been amazing mathematicians working incredibly hard at multiplication. Well done everyone. In Literacy, after a week of planning, the children spent 3 lessons writing their own versions of The Snail and the Whale. What a wonderful set of stories to read - thank you 2AV.
In Topic, the children have sketched and used a wax resist technique to create stunning fossil pictures.
Just a reminder, swimming continues Wednesday 29th November.
I look forward to seeing lots of you at one of the Parents Consultation evenings next week.
What a lot of spots! Thank you for your support and kind donations for Children in Need.
We have had another busy week. In Literacy we have been busy planning our own versions of The Snail and the Whale and will start writing them next week. I can't wait to read the final stories.
In Maths, our focus has been Time. The children are now experts at o'clock, half past, quarter past and quarter to.
In Topic, after making our own fossils last week, the children have been learning about how fossils are made and discovered years later.
The children continue to work hard during their swimming lessons. It is lovely to see their happy faces when they are in the water.
Don't forget, this week you can sign up for an appointment for Parents Evening.
Wow! What a week we have had!
On Wednesday, we got to meet 2 dinosaurs at school. They were called Baby Jack and Milly the T-Rex. The children learnt lots of interesting things about dinosaurs. They also impressed our visitor with their own knowledge too!
Then on Thursday, we were Paleontologists, just like Mary Anning. We found out more about how fossils are formed and then we got to hunt for them. We had to brush the sand off really carefully. Then we had to match the fossils we found to the pictures. We found skeletons, skulls, tails and an egg. What a fabulous experience.
In Numeracy we were learning all about measure and in Literacy we have written postcards from the snail to the whale, produced detailed story maps and used role play to help us with our writing.
Welcome back to school! I hope you all had a lovely half term break.
Well, what an exciting start to the new half term. Mr Marshall, our school caretaker, had been digging during half term in our Forest School area and he made an exciting discovery! There was a huge bone. We went to have a look and tried to work out what on earth it could be. Where did it come from? Who or what did it belong to?
We decided it was a bone from a dinosaur! It was just too big to be anything else. 2AV think it is a leg bone. We are so excited to be learning all about dinosaurs. Maybe by the end of term we will be able to work out what type of dinosaur the bone came from. Was it a T-Rex or a Diplodocus?
The main corridor in school has been transformed for our new topic. There are hanging vines and leaves everywhere. What a fantastic start to 'Jurassic Park'.
Another exciting time this week was when we climbed on the bus to go for our swimming lessons! The children were incredibly excited that it was finally their turn. Every single child did their very best in the pool and I know they can't wait to go again next week.
What an exciting week! 2AV have been incredibly busy in the run up to half term. On Wednesday we had a visit from the Dentist. The children learnt all about looking after their teeth, what foods they should eat and what happens when you go to the dentist. Some of the children were chosen to dress up as a dentist, a dental nurse or a patient and find out all about the jobs. Maybe some will decide this is what they want to do when they grow up...
On Friday, all our hard work as Event Organisers resulted in our very successful Art Exhibition. We had designed and sent invitations to Year 1 and Reception and we put posters up around school. We then had to turn our classroom into a gallery space and practice how we were going to welcome our guests and think about what we might want to talk about. We even created a powerpoint presentation with lots of information we have found out about Claude Monet and Andy Warhol.
I was very proud of all of the children. As they were so proud of their own work and knew lots of facts, our guests told us they had a lovely time. What a great success!
Well done 2AV for all your hardwork. As well as all of this, we even had time to work on subtraction in Maths!
I hope you all have a good half term and come back recharged for another busy 7 weeks. Our next topic is Jurassic Park.
The children have worked so hard this week - I am very proud of them!
Another busy week in 2AV began with a visit from Jimbob, the tortoise. He is just about to go into hibernation and we were very lucky to see him. We heard all about how to look after tortoises, what they like to eat and what will happen when he goes to sleep for the winter. Jimbob is approximately 60 years old!
And if that was not enough excitement, we were then visited by two police officers. They came to see the children as part of our topic 'When I Grow Up...' They talked to the children about what it is like to work for the police. The children had lots of questions to ask! They then got to try on a police helmet and a coat. The children particularly liked it when one of the policemen put their teacher in handcuffs! As a final treat, we went out to see their police car. The children got to look around. Lots of children in 2AV now want to be police officers when they grow up.
On Wednesday, we had another exciting visitor. Mrs Tipping (Grace's mum!) came to see us and talk to us about being an Events Organiser. Year 2 are holding their very own Art Exhibition this week so she gave us lots of ideas and hints and tips on how to organise a successful event. We can't wait to get started now.
In Maths, the children have been learning about addition, particularly adding two 2-digit numbers together.
Finally, I have included more examples of amazing homework. I am so impressed by the effort being put into homework by many of the children this term as it really helps consolidate what the children are learning at school.
Thank you for your ongoing support.
Another busy week has flown by!
As part of our topic work on 'When I Grow Up...' we have continued our work as artists. We finished painting our own versions of the the Waterlily Pond by Claude Monet. We also sketched it and used pastels. The children have produced some amazing work.
The children continue to produce some wonderful homework. Take a look at what they have produced. I am also still receiving some beautiful versions of the Waterlily Pond and now have a gallery on my board. Thank you children.
We have had a busy week in school. In Maths our focus has been on shapes. We have learnt all about sorting shapes depending on their properties, looking for lines of symmetry and finding right angles. All of the children have really enjoyed using mirrors as well as going on a right angle hunt. Well done everyone for working so hard this week.
We are continuing with Read Write Inc in Literacy until half term.
As part of our topic, 'When I Grow Up...' this week we have been artists. Using the artist Claude Monet as our inspiration, we have begun creating our own version of his famous painting 'Water Lily Pond'. We are not using paintbrushes to paint, we are using the tips of our fingers! It is a work in progress so the paintings below are not finished yet! I have been particularly proud of those children who then went home and made their own versions of the painting in their own time. Well done!
Welcome to Year 2 and 2AV! All of the children have settled in well to the new routines and are already working really hard.
It was lovely to see so many of you at the information meeting on Friday afternoon. I hope it was useful in explaining the expectations in Year 2 and the ways in which you can support your child.
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This week I have included some pictures of our classroom. You can see some of the lovely work the children have already produced. I have also included some examples of excellent homework I have already seen.
Thank you for your support, Mrs Veitch
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