Year 2 investigate how we change materials

In the first half of Autumn term, we started exploring the different materials around us:

In the second half of Autumn term we developed this learning further by investigating how we can change materials. We investigated what happens when we squash, bend, twist and stretch different materials.

We also considered ways that we can change materials (e.g. heating bread so that it turns to toast), and discussed what makes materials suitable for some uses and not others.

For example, do you think that chocolate would be a suitable material to make a teapot from? Why/ Why not? Leave us a comment below!

We also learned about John Dunlop, a famous scientist for whom the properties of different materials was very important. Can you remember what he is famous for? Leave us a comment to explain.

In addition, we made cross curricular links to our learning about materials. For example in Literacy we wrote our own ‘traditional tale with a twist’ based on Eco-Wolf and the Three Bad Pigs, a retelling of The Three Little Pigs. Instead of houses made of straw, wood and bricks we had houses made of materials such as glass, diamonds, plastic and sweets!

In our cooking sessions we also observed how we can change materials by mixing them together and applying heat. We made delicious scones, imagining they were for Charles II after his baker’s shop burned down in the Great Fire of London. We also made and decorated gingerbread biscuits in the lead up to Christmas. The recipes are below if you want to make these at home!

How to bake mouth-watering scones

Have you ever wanted to impress a VIP guest? This recipe will show you how to bake the most delicious scones – fit for a King!

What you need: Ingredients: self-raising flour (225g), a pinch of salt, butter (50g), milk (120ml), caster sugar (30g) and mixed berries (50g).

Utensils: mixing bowl, wooden spoon to mix, measuring jugs, rolling pin, baking tray and biscuit cutters.

What you do:

  1. First, carefully measure out the flour, salt and butter and put into a round mixing bowl.
  2. Then, rub together with your fingertips until it looks like crumbly breadcrumbs. Now stir in the fine caster sugar and mixed berries.
  3. After that, pour in the fresh milk and slowly mix together.
  4. Next, knead the mixture with your clean hands.
  5. Now, gently roll out the soft dough and cut out shapes.
  6. Then, put the scones on a baking tray, brush them with milk and cook them until golden brown.
  7. Finally, take the scones out of the oven and leave them to cool.

Tip: Be careful, make sure you switch the oven off afterwards!

Gingerbread recipe:

Let us know if you make either of these recipes at home!

Anning’s bonfire party!

As a result of their amazing hard work and perseverance this term, Anning class earned 60 marbles and decided to treat themselves to a bonfire party in the secret garden. We enjoyed watching the flames but our favourite part was toasting marshmallows on the open fire and eating s’mores! Even though we ended up very sticky!

We finished our party by singing some campfire songs.

A big thank you to Mrs Flanagan who helped us learnt all about bonfires and how to stay safe.

Year 2 investigate materials!

This term year 2 have been investigating all the different materials around us. We went on a material hunt around the class room and managed to find items made of:

  • Wood
  • Plastic
  • Glass
  • Metal

We started to notice that they had different properties so we discussed this as a class whilst we sorted them based on their properties.

“I can see through glass so it is transparent.”

“I noticed that metal is firm and shiny”

We have loved working scientifically through careful observations so we challenge you to do the same!

Can you identify an object and name the material it is made of? How do you know it is made of this?

Leave a comment!


Year 2 become e-safety experts!

This half-term Year 2 have been learning about the benefits of using technology.

We identified the different technologies that we use at home and in school and created posters using the iPads to describe how technology helps us.

We then explored what the Internet is, if the Internet is just for children and thought of reasons why we would use the Internet at home and at school. We first of all jotted down our research from the Internet onto paper and then created posters using the iPads.

Finally, we looked at how to stay safe using the Internet and thought about how to stay SMART.

What have you enjoyed the most about our computing topic this half-term? Let us know by leaving a comment below.

Y2 become bakers – watch out Paul Hollywood…

This week for our Design and Technology learning, Year 2 designed and made a bread product for their chosen target market.

We started out by tasting a few different kinds of bread. The naan bread was popular, but the rye bread not so much!

We learned about the process of making bread – from growing wheat to making the dough. We even watched a few clips from the Great British Bake Off to inspire us.

Next, we designed a bread product to appeal to our chosen target market; these included children aged 7 who like animals, hungry teachers and family members at a celebration event. We came up with lots of ambitious designs to create out of bread!

We worked in groups to make our dough:

The dough was very sticky, and it was difficult to work with at first. Some children liked the squidgy texture of the dough, but some were less keen!

Next we had to use our muscles to knead the dough and activate the yeast, the magic ingredient to make our dough rise by creating air bubbles inside the dough.

After kneading, we had to leave the dough to ‘prove’ over lunch. When we came back the dough had got much bigger!

Our next step was to shape the dough to appeal to our target market.

Sometimes it was hard to follow our original design, especially if we had to add lots of detail. However, we persevered and adapted our designs where needed. The end results looked pretty impressive – and tasted delicious too!

After we’d eaten our bread we evaluated the design process. From Australia and New Zealand classes, 43 children (from a total of 56) said that they liked the bread and would make it again. When we talked about what the children found difficult some of the main points were:

  • It was difficult to knead the bread
  • I found it hard to add detail
  • Shaping my bread and following my design was tricky
  • I didn’t like it when the dough got all over my hands!

29 children said that they would like to take part in the Great British Bake Off in the future – so get practising!

If you’d like to make the bread at home, here’s the recipe:

250g plain flour
250g strong white flour
1 ½ level teaspoons fine sea salt
1 teaspoon easy-blend yeast
325ml warm water
1 tablespoon rapeseed or olive oil, plus a bit extra for oiling

1. Put the flour into a large bowl with the salt and yeast.
2. Add the oil and water.
3. Mix to a rough dough.
4. Flour/ oil your hands a little.
5. Tip out the dough on to a work surface and knead for 5 – 10 minutes, until smooth.
6. Try not to add too much extra flour if you can help it!
7. Trickle a little oil into a clean bowl, add the kneaded dough and turn it in the oil so it is covered.
8. Cover with a tea towel and leave it in a warm place to rise until doubled in size – at least an hour, probably two.
9. When the dough is risen and puffy, take it out and ‘knock it back’ – poke with your fingers.
10. Shape the dough as you want.
11. Bake at 220C/ gas mark 7 for 15 mins or until risen and golden.
12. Leave to cool and enjoy!

Year 2: algorithms and debugging!

This week in computing Year 2 have been learning about computer programming.

We learnt key vocabulary such as algorithm (a set of instructions), debugging (solving a problem with an algorithm), hardware (the physical parts of a computer such as a screen or keyboard) and software (apps and programmes to run on hardware).

We started by programming  beebots with an algorithm to create simple shapes. We used arrow cards to plan the steps of our algorithm, and recorded the steps we took. We encountered a few problems with our algorithms that we had to debug!

Next we used what we had learnt with the beebots to draw simple shapes using the Logo software on laptops. We started off on level 1, using the buttons on screen to draw the shapes.

Next, we moved onto level 2 – using programming language to write the algorithm and draw the shapes:

We had to be careful to enter the steps of the algorithm very carefully, otherwise the software didn’t understand what we wanted it to do!

You can draw all sorts of amazing shapes with the Logo software. Why don’t you try using it at home and see what you can create?

Tell us in the comments what you manage to create at home, or tell us what your favourite thing about our computing learning this week was.

Year 2 become aviators!

On Wednesday 11th April we visited the Royal Air Force museum in Colindale, London to start our new theme, Up, up and away!

Our tour guides showed us some amazing planes dating back to 100 years old.

The first plane we explored was the bi-plane. It was made out of fabric and wood but painted silver to make it look like metal.

We could all fit under one wing of the Vulcan plane! It has four engines and can move through the sky very quickly!

We had the chance to make our own plane and used learned how to use the words “thrust,” “gravity” and “lift.”

Lunchtime was fun because we got to play on air gliders!

Throughout the day we explored the images and symbols on the planes called “roundels.”


We had such an amazing day!

What was your favourite part of the day? Leave us a comment below.

Y2 SATs information for parents

Thank you to all the parents who came along to the information morning about the Key Stage one SATs at the end of last term.

If you weren’t able to come along, or would like a reminder of the details of the different papers that children in Year 2 will be taking, you can watch a short video explaining the different papers here:

Please remember that these written papers are only PART of the assessment process. We use them alongside the work the children do throughout the year to assess the progress each child is making.

We always tell the children that the most important thing to remember is ‘try your best and don’t worry!’. It would be great if you could reinforce this at home!

Please do ask Mr Marseglia, Miss Turnbull or Miss Bibi if you have any questions about the Key Stage 1 tests.

A Day In The Life of Year 2

This week Australia and New Zealand class have been working with a school in Harare, Zimbabwe.

We started the week by writing letters to our new pen pals at Helenic Primary School in Harare, Zimbabwe.

We then planned our own video about Thomas Buxton Primary School and London in groups of three.

We thought back to our work in Geography to describe to our pen pals the physical and human features of geography.

Finally we created our video and sent it to our pen friends in Zimbabwe.

What do you think of our video? Leave a comment below!

Year 2 become database experts!

This week in Year 2 we have been combining our science, maths and computing topics.

This week in maths we have been learning how to create a block graph and a tally chart. (Zayn, Maya and Maria).

This week in science we have been learning about living things and their habitats. (Mahdi, Mahlia and Nour).

We sorted animals into the groups “Living” and “Never alive.” (Adam).

Then we went to the Secret Garden because we wanted to find mini beasts. (Naila and Madhia).

When we got back into the classroom we made a tally chart and then a pictogram. (Fazzilet and Sulaiman)

In computing we sorted animals into different criteria using picture cards. (Naira)

We then made the same work using an iPad. (Iqra)

Finally, we made a branching database about the animals we have been learning about (Halima and Saihaan).

We had lots of fun!

Written by Australia class