Y2 Instructions (and eating cakes!)

Year 2 are currently reading the book ‘Instructions’ by Neil Gaiman. The book is a series of instructions that guides the reader through a fantasy land. The children will be creating their own instructions, using imperative ‘bossy’ verbs, to get through a Fairy Tale land.

The children have looked at how recipes give us instructions and use ‘bossy’ verbs. The homework this week was to bake cakes using instructions (or recipe) ready to sell on Cake day on Thursday. We were amazed by the skills we have (as well as parents)in cake making!


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Year 2 Self Portraits

In Year 2, we have been looking at portraits by famous artists such as Leonardo Da Vinci, Henri Matisse and Gustav Klimt. We looked at similarities and differences between the portraits. We then discussed how to create a portrait, starting with self portraits. After looking at how to create an oval shape for the face, we drew lines across the middle to guide where our features go.

We hope you like some of our self portraits. We will be creating portraits of our friends next week.

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Year 2 Data Collecting

Year 2 have this week started a maths unit on data collecting. After learning about how to use tally charts, the children spent a session ‘tallying’ information about their friends favourite fruit. The children learned to ‘close the gate’ when reaching 5, which makes it easier to count up the tally at the end. The children then converted their results into bar graphs and analysed the information.

Following this, we will be using tally charts to create our own animal bar charts based on habitat, eating habits and other criteria.

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Paper Recycling!

Thank you to Darcey for bringing in a project she has been making at home with her Grandad. Her Grandparents went to Thailand and brought in paper made from elephant droppings!!! Darcey told the class about how it is made and even had a piece of recycled paper for each class member. Thank you Darcey!



Reading Buddies

Years 2 and 5 have been meeting on a weekly basis to share their books. Year 2 read to Year 5, with Year 5 asking questions linked to the Year 2 reading focus of that week. The children in Year 2 then answer on a post it which goes on our Reading Focus wall. The session ends with Year 5 reading to their buddy for 5 minutes. The children love it and think it is one of the best times of the week!

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In my box I will put…

In Year 2, we have been reading a poem called The Magic Box by Kit Wright.

I will put in the box

the swish of a silk sari on a summer night,
fire from the nostrils of a Chinese dragon,
the tip of a tongue touching a tooth.

I will put in the box

a snowman with a rumbling belly
a sip of the bluest water from Lake Lucerne,
a leaping spark from an electric fish.

I will put into the box

three violet wishes spoken in Gujarati,
the last joke of an ancient uncle,
and the first smile of a baby.

I will put into the box

a fifth season and a black sun,
a cowboy on a broomstick
and a witch on a white horse.

My box is fashioned from ice and gold and steel,
with stars on the lid and secrets in the corners.
Its hinges are the toe joints of dinosaurs.

I shall surf in my box
on the great high-rolling breakers of the wild Atlantic,
then wash ashore on a yellow beach
the colour of the sun.

For our homework, we had to think about what we would put into a magic box. It could be absolutely anything, but the children needed to bring it in in one form or another!

The responses were amazing! We had…

…”the smell of my Dad’ socks”…”the stink of witches blood”…”the taste of a sausage sandwich with tomato sauce”…”a bottle of my dreams”…”the roar of a t-rex”…”my smile on my Mam and Dad’s Wedding Day”

We are going to make these into Powerpoint presentations which we will upload for you all to see.

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Year 2 Adjectives

Children in Year 2 worked in groups to write as many adjectives to describe themselves. They then moved groups to the next table, ticked words that described themselves and then continued writing. This way, the children were opened to more adjectives and discussed the meaning of them.

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Visits and Visitors!

Children in Year 2 have enjoyed a busy week of learning.

On Wednesday, we visited South Shields Museum, where we looked at the new exhibition all about the Jarrow Crusade. We found out lots of interesting things. Did you know that Paddy the dog wore an official Jarrow Marchers badge? We met Dr Matt Perry, who is a University lecturer and knows EVERYTHING about the Jarrow Crusade. We also acted out photographs of the Crusade.


On Thursday, Tom Kelly visited school and told us all about life in Jarrow in the 1930’s. We were shocked to find that children had to share their bed with their brothers and sisters and that all the walls had bugs in them. Tom was very funny and Charlie enjoyed learning how to make a pot of soup!

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