Thank you for making so much effort with your brilliant costumes for World Book Day. You all looked fantastic!
This week has been Book Week and we've been taking part in lots of different activities, including visiting the local library, Buddy Reading with Year 4 and World Book Day. Year 6 also wanted to share their own stories that they had created this week.
Celebrating Pancake Day and practising fractions: We chose 1/4, 1/2 or 3/4 of different toppings and really enjoyed eating our delicious pancakes!
During English we have been finding out about the main features of non-fiction books. It was fun finding examples in books about our topic, 'Under the Sea'!
Finding fractions of amounts: We have been using Play-doh to help us find half and quarter of different amounts.
We loved making our own slime! We described what happened when we squashed, bent, twisted and stretched it.
If you would like to make your own slime at home, here's how to do it! Enjoy!
At school, we didn't add the shaving foam or glitter but you may like to experiment with this at home!
Learning how to tell the time: We created own our clocks to help us learn how to read o'clock, half past, quarter past and quarter to.
As part of our Willy Wonka day we decided to decorate and sell Wonka-inspired treats to the rest of the school. We managed to raise an amazing £110 which we have put towards the costs of an 'Indoor Animal Encounter' visit run by Ark Farm. Thank you for supporting us!
This week we have displayed great confidence whilst creating our own Gingerbread Man story books.
Today we visited the Frogmore Paper Mill. We looked around the mill and found out how to make paper. We also made our own paper, tried paper weaving and made boats to race on the canal. It was such a good day and we learnt so much!
We found out how to make our own paper! This is step 1...
This is step two...
This is step three!
At Frogmore Paper Mill, we created boats made out of paper and raced them down the canal. It was great fun!
This week we have been learning about how water changes to a solid when it is frozen and a gas when it is boiled. We created flow charts and wrote an explanation.
Today we visited St John's Church in Boxmoor to take part in the Christmas Tree Festival. We decorated our tree with doves to represent giving and receiving love at Christmas time. The festival will be open to the public on Friday 14th to Tuesday 18th December. It is well worth a visit!
History off the Page - Great Fire of London day. We travelled back in time to 1666 to find out all about the famous fire.
Here are some of the Christmas decorations that we made for our school Christmas tree. We used lollipop sticks, wobbly eyes, ribbon and a red pom pom to create the reindeer.
Using different coins up to £1, we paid for items from the Pudding Lane bakery!
During our Topic lesson this week, we looked at different sources of information that could be used to find out more about The Great Fire of London. Here is an example of the Challenge 1 activity.
During PE today we worked together as a team whilst using with the parachute.
Remembrance: We discussed why we wear poppies and why we have a 2 minute silence. After, we wrote about who we think of when we are silent and why.
We were so excited to meet lots of different species of owls today! We watched them fly in the hall and found out lots of interesting facts about them. What a fantastic experience it was!
Flying across the hall!
Flying around in circles!
Thank you for joining us this morning as we painted our pebbles for our whole school Remembrance display.
How do our PE skills change from Nursery to Year 2? We chose activities to play with the Nursery children to observe how their PE skills are different to ours. We were more confident because we have learnt more skills as we have got older.
Some of the Year 4 children helped us to become more confident whilst playing Times Table Rockstars.
In Maths, we have been learning how to add and subtract 2-digit numbers and tens, and 2-digit numbers and ones. We drew pictures of Base 10 to help us.
In PE and Science, we have been learning about the importance of exercise. We have noticed how our body feels after we have exercised as well as how our heart rate changes.
Paddington Bear came to visit us this week! He told us all about his old home in Peru and his new home in London.
Today we went to Tescos to take part in the Healthy Eating trail so that we could learn about the different groups of food that are healthy. We visited the fishmonger and baker to see how they prepare food for us to buy. After that, we went to the back of the store to see how food is kept in giant fridge and freezer rooms. At the end of the afternoon, we made our own fruit salads and tried different cheeses and breads.
We shared lots of facts during our 'Healthy Animals' Science Assembly to the rest of the school.
Animal visitors! Terri the tortoise and Sammy the snail came to visit Year 2. We found out how they survive by eating vegetables, drinking water, breathing air and keeping safe in their shells.
We took a trip to the circus with Perform Drama Company.
As part of Science, Luke's baby brother, Saxon, came to visit us. We learned all about how he has changed and what he can and cannot do. Year 2 thoroughly enjoyed meeting Saxon!
Investigating how minibeasts survive in the environment. Did you know that they need food, water, air and somewhere to live?
This week in Maths, we solved challenges involving missing numbers. We were really motivated when working through the different challenges!
Welcome to Year 2! We're really looking forward to helping you learn lots of new things!
Our learning journey from last year...
Sports Week 2018
During Chicken Fortnight we loved meeting these adorable, fluffy chicks! We found out all about their life cycle. It was amazing watching them hatch!
Our fantastic day at Kew Gardens! We thoroughly enjoyed learning about lots of different plants from around the world.
Today we met Gemma from the Dogs Trust and she taught us how to be safe around dogs. We learnt so much and really enjoyed the morning!
As part of our Topic and Science learning we planted different bean seeds. We're looking forward to seeing how they grow!
During our English workshop with Explore Learning, we helped Christopher Columbus on his poetic treasure hunt for nouns! We learnt how to use expanded noun phrases to describe things we could see, hear and smell at sea.
Olympics Festival at Sportspace.
During English we have been exploring different Creation Stories and we rewrote the story of Tiddalik the Frog. We hope you enjoy reading them!
Mini beasts in the wood! We went to see how many different mini beasts we could find living in our woods. During Computing, we then made block graphs to show this information.
Our trip to Whipsnade Zoo!
Using the running stitch and back stitch, we made superb puppets! Here are some of our under the sea creatures:
Everyday materials - we loved making our own slime! We found out what happens when we exert different forces on it. If you want to make more slime, find out how we made it below.
How we made our own slime...
As part of our Science, we were learning how solids can change when we exert forces on them. We really enjoyed it! Maybe you could make your own slime at home!
3D shapes - we've been naming and describing 3D shapes. Here's some photos of us playing a matching game.
Computing - We're learning how to use Powerpoint to create our own presentations about under the sea creatures.
Bubbles! We really enjoyed taking part in the Bubble Workshop today. We explored a variety of things including predicting and testing what happens with different shaped bubble-blowers.
World Book Day! Look at our brilliant costumes! Can you guess which book characters we are?
Our beautiful seascapes inspired by the artist William Turner.
Visiting the Hemel Hempstead library as part of Book Week.
PE - learning how to balance and move safety on equipment at different levels.
Why do Christians go to church? We visited St Albans Church to find out!
We love reading! Here are some of our favourite books. Have you read them before?
We made symmetrical patterns on Christmas trees.
Fire! Fire! We learned all about the Great Fire of London during our History off the Page day.
We took part in lots of different sports activities during the Target Games at Cavendish School.
We really enjoyed making 2D shape monsters!
This week we have been learning about why we celebrate Bonfire Night. We found out about The Gunpowder Plot and enjoyed acting out the events!
Maths Week: Solving Maths problems and learning more about having a Growth Mindset.
Today was Skipping Day! We tried lots of different skipping like the cross-over, flamingo and speed skip.
We really enjoyed reading with Year 5 during Buddy Reading today.
In PSHE we acted out different scenarios to show the affects of our behaviour, for example receiving certificates to celebrate our motivation or helping others when they are stuck.
Bubble trouble! As part of Science Week, we investigated the question 'Which object will create the best bubbles?' We used lots of different objects to explore the question, for example, badminton rackets, cotton reels, hoops and quoits. It was a great afternoon!
We went outside to learn about the place value of 2 and 3-digit numbers using natural resources.
Giraffes can't dance!...or can they? After reading this fantastic story, we wrote about what we can and can't do...yet!
Earlier this week we visited our local Tescos to find out about where different food comes from. We found out lots of facts about fruit, vegetables, fish and cheese. Our favourite part of the trip was when we tried different food and also when we visited the large freezer room at the back of the store!
The BFG came to visit Gade Valley! During Take One Book Week we went to the woods and discovered lots of jars full of dreams! We then used these dream jars to help us draw and write about our own dreams. We also loved creating our own BFG!
We had a great time singing, acting and playing games with Playfeet drama company!