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Year 2 become artists!

Black History Month

Year 2 began Black History Month by becoming artists to create African sunsets.

We started the day by going over the primary and secondary colours and created a colour wheel.

We then thought about “warm colours” and created an African sunset backwash on A3 paper.

Next, we explored the different trees and animals that can be found in Africa. We had a go at drawing them, focusing in on size.

After, we drew the trees and animals onto black sugar paper to create our silhouettes.

Finally, we decided on the position of the animals and trees to finish our art.

What do you think of our work?

Stay tuned to see our upcoming work on Mary Seacole!

A Banquet fit for a Queen!

On Thursday 28th September Australia and New Zealand classes were welcomed to a Royal Banquet hosted by the Royal Family (well, some cardboard cut outs of the Royal Family! Unfortunately their royal commitments meant they couldn’t join us…)

It was a grand occasion! The Year 2 children dressed to impress, and our surroundings were almost as impressive as the State Banqueting rooms which we visited last week at Buckingham Palace.

Food and drink a-plenty, the children had a wonderful time celebrating their learning about the Royal Family this term.

Year 2 visit Buckingham Palace

This half-term Year 2 are learning about the Royal Family.

We had a fantastic trip to Buckingham Palace on Wednesday 20th September (Australia class) and Thursday 21st September (New Zealand class) and had lots of fun!

We had the chance to explore the British monarchy from long ago, in particular Queen Victoria and Prince Albert.

We also had the opportunity to look at the role of Queen Elizabeth II and compared portraits of her from long ago to present day.

Another exciting part of our trip involved exploring artefacts from the Palace itself. We learned that many of the items in the Palace are covered in golden leaf to make them look like they are made out of gold.

Finally, we had the chance to become Kings and Queens ourselves!

Year 2 visiting our Business Partners

Year 2 had a fantastic trip to 20 Fenchurch Street, otherwise known as the Sky Garden.

As part of our work with the Business Partners from Markel International this year, we were lucky enough to be able to visit their offices this week. We were able to see what life is like working for the company and loved having a tour of the 3 floors they use as their office! Our favourite thing was getting to sit at desks and pretend that we were sending important e-mails! It inspired us to think about our future career and how we can prepare for that by being the best that we can be at school.

After a yummy lunch we took a trip to the top of the building and were amazed by the incredible view from the Sky Garden. We spotted some famous London landmarks, such as The London Eye, The Shard and Tower of London. We also spotted St Pauls Cathedral and remembered our work on The Great Fire of London!

Take a look at the pictures below to see some of the exciting activities that we did during the day.

    

 

 

       

KS1 at the Teddy Bears Hospital

As part of our PSHE development, year 1 and 2 were lucky enough to take a trip to the Teddy Bears Hospital. We learned all about living a healthy, balanced lifestyle and even got to use some of the Doctor’s equipment to do a check up on our teddy bears. Our favourite part was getting to explore inside an ambulance and a fire engine, especially when we got to switch on the siren!

Take a look at some of our pictures below.

     

Year 2 are Zoologists

During the Spring term year 2 have been looking at classifying animals in both science and computing. We’ve learnt lots about life cycles, food chains, habitats and adaptation.

As part of our ‘we are zoologists’ unit in computing, we visited the farm and took pictures of the animals. We used these animal pictures to create our own flow diagrams using the app Popplet.

Have a look at some examples of our work and some pictures of us enjoying the farm! If you haven’t already, come down to Key Stage 1 to see our amazing Popplet inspired display!

 

             

Interfaith week with year 2

Last week year 2 were learning all about religious celebrations. We spoke about the celebrations which are important to us, such as Eid-ul-Fitr, Christmas and our birthdays! We then focused in on Christianity and Islam and looked at important events such as Easter and Ramadan. When looking at these, we spotted some similarities between different religious celebrations and we loved learning about why these festivals are important. Take a look at some of our work below!

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The ‘Great Fire’ of Thomas Buxton!

In year 2 we have been learning all about ‘The Great Fire of London’. To give us some inspiration to write our diary entries we decided to have a Great Fire of Thomas Buxton!

We made our very own Tudor houses, decorated with half timbered walls and even a working door! We spoke about how the Great Fire started and why it spread so quickly and then recreated the fire with our houses. Take a look at the pictures to see our fire!

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We’ve  found out some fascinating facts during our first few weeks learning about the fire. Did you know that the fire started in Thomas Farriner’s bakery on Pudding Lane?

Come down to year 2 if you want to find out more information! We would love to tell you all of the interesting things that we’ve learnt!

Year 2’s royal trip to Buckingham Palace

As part of our topic ‘The Royal Family’, year 2 had a fantastic trip to Buckingham Palace last week.

We have been learning all about the Queen and her family and so were extremely excited to go and visit the palace ourselves! We got to see inside the State Rooms and especially enjoyed seeing the exhibition of the Queen’s dresses and the guards. However we were upset to find out that we wouldn’t be able to meet the Queen herself!

Now we can’t wait to learn more about the Royal Family and produce some more amazing work based on our trip. Here are some of the photos that we took, we hope you enjoy!

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Year 2 Balloon Release

 

As part of our D.T. project last half term, Year 2 designed a method to send a message to an unknown recipient.  This resulted in releasing some colourful balloons with our Rights Respecting messages attached.

Watch as we countdown and launch the balloons:

To our surprise, we received a message back from someone who lived all the way in Barnet! That means our balloons traveled approximately 10 miles!

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Well done to all the children in Year 2 for their thoughtful messages!