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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

How do you make people sympathetic?

How do you make people sympathetic? 

This is the question New Zealand class came up with during our discussion about our whole school text ‘Mufaro’s Beautiful Daughters’.

We  thought about the relationship between Nyasha and Manyara, some of the key words we came up with to help form our question were:

angry     sympathetic     envious      furious     jealous 

What do you think – how do you make people sympathetic? Leave your ideas in the comments section!

Year two visit the farm!

As part of our Science learning about ‘Animals including Humans’ this term, Year two visited Spitalfields City farm next door.

We got to see animals including pigs, sheep, goats, chickens, geese, guinea pigs and donkeys.

The goats have a playground to entertain them just like we do at school!

Two of the goats were having a disagreement during our visit. What do you think they might have been arguing about?

Don’t forget that the farm is free to visit – why not take your family along and explain what you have been learning about what animals need to survive? They have some free activities over half term for families too – check out their website for more info:

Would it be a good thing if we could answer all the mysteries of the world?

Would it be a good thing if we could answer all the mysteries of the world?

We have been looking at the different countries of the world in our theme, Around The World.

We have also been looking at having a “growth mindset” and how to have a positive attitude when working, even if we do not know the answer to a question.

This led us to think about our answering questions.

Our question this week is…. would it be a good thing if we could answer all the mysteries of the world?

We would love to hear from you!