KS1 past SATs papersPlease note, we will not be doing the optional Grammar, punctuation and spelling test.
We know that taking regular brain breaks is really important whilst we're learning. As well as going on the track for Track Time, we also enjoy dancing!
Year 2 Easter Egg Hunt!
Celebrating World Book Day in Year 2. The children looked fantastic!
A date with a duck: we have absolutely loved watching the ducklings hatch from their eggs. It has been such an exciting fortnight! We have learned all about the life cycle of a duck as well as finding out what they need to survive.
In Art, we created decorative place mats. First we weaved different strips of paper together and then we decorated them with an underwater theme.
Pancake Fractions! Celebrating Pancake Day whilst finding 1/4, 1/2, 3/4, 1/3 and 2/3 of an amount.
To help us learn how to tell the time, we created our own clocks.
During Cooking and Nutrition Day, we created our own red and green band lunches using a variety of materials. We carried out some research about the ingredients in certain lunch choices and found out how we need to have balanced lunches containing carbohydrates, protein and vegetables.
Paper weaving with our parents during Stay and Learn.
Our trip to the Sportspace Sports Festival.
Today we led a PSHE assembly to the rest of the school about Dreams and Goals. We shared our goals with confidence and pride.
Our new Geography topic is called Commotion in the Ocean. Using the story by Giles Andreae to inspire us, we created shape poems about some of the different creatures that we met in the book.
In History, we learnt about some nurses from the past called Florence Nightingale, Mary Seacole and Edith Cavell. We compared their lives and explored how they changed nursing. In these photos, we are acting out parts of Edith Cavell's life.
Make it happen! In PSHE, we have been thinking about our dreams and goals. We have each chosen a goal that we would like to achieve by the end of half term. Once we've achieved it, we will then think of our next goal and write it on a post it note for this class display.
Yesterday we attended the Mayor's party to celebrate Alfie winning the Dacorum Christmas Card competition. The children really enjoyed the day, especially when they met Mr Mayor and tried on the robes. They were also given some delicious snacks whilst taking part in some colouring in and puzzles.
Times Table Rock Stars has really helped us learn our times tables this term.
Year 2 performed 'Penguin Pete' with such confidence and enthusiasm this week. We are so proud of their fantastic acting and singing. Thank you to all of the parents for providing such wonderful costumes.
In History, we wrote some questions about The Great Fire of London. We remembered to use question marks at the end of the sentences.
During Maths, we made symmetrical Christmas decorations. We could chose to make a Santa hat, reindeer or Christmas tree. When we decorated them, we made sure that both sides of the decoration were exactly the same.
We went to Laureate Academy and took part in the Year 2 Target Games.
During Take One County, we learnt all about India. We created trinket dishes decorated with a Rangoli pattern. We also wrote fact files and leaflets all about the country.
Today we took part in a skipping workshop and learnt how to skip. We had to be very perseverant because it was very tricky.
Some of us could skip really quickly!
Some of us managed to skip backwards!
The children thoroughly enjoyed creating pictures of fire by blending two colours together using oil pastels. They have also made some silhouette houses ready for our Great Fire of London display. Watch this space!
Thank you for all your help creating our fireworks paintings and poppies. We hope you enjoyed it as much as we did!
Congratulations to our Wonka Bar winners this half term. We're so proud of your dedication and love of Reading. Well done for being the top scoring class for the most Golden Tickets every week this half term!
Pirate Day in Year 2! Look at our fantastic costumes!
In DT we helped Pirate Paddy design and make a new lunch box to carry the pirates' lunch from one pirate ship to another. We had to try and make them strong and waterproof to help protect the lunch. We are very proud of our products!
During our Pirate Day, we designed and made fruit skewers. We then packed them into our lunch box and enjoyed our pirate snack!
Our school cook visited us to talk about our school lunches as part of our learning in Science. She explained how we need a balanced diet including carbohydrates, proteins, good fats and fruit and vegetables.
Here is some of our wonderful writing! We rewrote the story of 'The Pirates Next Door' by Jonny Duddle.
Today we led an Art assembly all about primary and secondary colours. We shared our 'All About Me' rainbows and explained how we mixed certain colours to create new ones.
We had a wonderful time learning all about healthy foods at Tesco this week. We found out about lots of different types of fruit and vegetables, and even made our own fruit pots to take home. Whilst we were there, we went to see the huge fridge and freezer rooms where food is stored. It was so cold inside!
Growth Mindset Day: We created posters to put up around our classroom. Our Dojo monsters will help us to remember that mistakes are part of learning and that we shouldn't give up if something is challenging.
We created Maths Monsters! First we chose a number and wrote it down. Next we drew the number using Base 10. After that we explained how many tens and ones the number had. Finally we expanded the number showing its value in a number sentence.
We are so proud of our all about me rainbows! We learned how to mix paint whilst decorating them and then wrote some adjectives to describe ourselves.
We have been planting some flowers in our Year 2 garden whilst learning about stems, leaves, roots and petals.
Our learning journey from last year...
We had a great time creating our own boats and racing them in the river at Gadebridge Park.
Sprinkle Pop, Sprinkle Pop...come and get your Sprinkle Pop! Only 50p for our delicious biscuit lollipops covered in chocolate and sprinkles. Come and find us after school on Friday!
Summer Open Evening 2019
Look at our Dojo cress heads! We watered our cress every day and monitored its growth. We're so proud of them!
We had so much fun during Sports Week!
Animal Ark: We met a variety of different animals and found out lots about them.
We had a fantastic day at Rye Meads nature reserve. In the morning, we went pond dipping and identified lots of different animals that live in the water. Later in the afternoon, we became plant detectives and found out all about parts of plants and what they need to survive.
Science Outdoor Day: we went on a leaf hunt to see if we could identify different types of leaves in the school grounds. Some were tiny, some were huge, some had been nibbled by insects and some were smooth. After hunting for leaves, we did some observational drawings of plants and flowers.
In English we have been learning about Creation Stories and we rewrote the story of Tiddalik the frog.
Happy Easter from all of us in Year 2!
We wrote our own under the sea themed shape poems. We tried to use adjectives, similes and alliteration.
Our trip to Paradise Wildlife Park!
In PE today we learnt how to dance around a maypole!
We had to work as a team and remember to travel in the same direction to create the pattern at the top of the maypole.
As part of our topic 'Under the Sea', we researched different sea creatures on the internet and then typed up a fact file about them. We practised our typing skills as well as checked our use of capital letters, spaces and full stops in our work.
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!