Cormorants are medium sized coastal birds who thrive in their environment by working in teams, just like one of our school values, teamwork. Cormorants can often be found diving in to the water simultaneously. Just like the bird, in Cormorants class we can be found diving into our learning together and using our skills in teamwork to thrive successfully together.
This Terms Theme
'Queen Elizabeth II'
This term we will be learning all about Queen Elizabeth II. Initially, we will be focusing on the story of 'The Queen's Handbag' and looking at the journey the Queen takes around the UK. This will involve naming countries and significant places in the United Kingdom. We will also be looking at the role of our Queen and how she leads our country. We will explore the concept of leadership by making our own castles and developing our own laws and rules.
(For more information about this term's theme, scroll down to our curriculum map)
P.E & Dance days
P.E. Days are Tuesday and Wednesday
Please ensure that your child has the correct kit in school all week. We will ensure that they are sent home at the end of every half term
Home Learning days
Home Learning will be handed out on a Friday and collected in on a Wednesday. This will give you the opportunity to explore aspects of your child's learning if you wish.
Friday 1st March - Year 2 trip to Longleat
Tuesday 28th March - Year 2 Learning Celebration at 2.30pm
Meet The Team
If there are any issues or concerns, please feel free to come in and see your teacher (Miss Restorick) or alternatively please contact a team leader (Mrs Dowdeswell or Mrs Jarrett).
WB 11th March - Science Week!
This week has been British Science Week and Year 2 have been tasked with the challenge of designing, creating and testing our own floating gardens. We learned that floating gardens are used to help grow crops in areas partial to flooding. We first had to test the materials bought in to see which would be the most suitable to use. We then designed and made our own floating gardens before testing them at the end of the week. Have a look at what we got up to below!
Thursday 7th March - World Book Day
Today Cormorants dressed up as characters from their favourite books. We spent the day sharing stories with Year 6, completing a quiz around the school and then working in teams to complete a quiz in class. We continued to read The Twits and wrote about our favourite characters. We also watched The Snail and the Whale performed in Makaton. Have a look at our fun learning below!
Friday 1st March - Year 2 visit Longleat!
On Friday Cormorants left bright and early to make the journey to Longleat. We had lots of fun singing on the way and thinking about all the animals we might see. We arrived right on time and went straight to the house, but unfortunately we were a bit too early so went to look at the animals first. Everyone was amazed at the animals especially the meerkats who ran over our feet! We then went on the boat and were extremely lucky to see the hippos out for their morning swim! We even got to see the gorillas who are normally inside watching tv! The seals came up close to the boat hoping for fish. We spent the rest of the morning looking at the animal enclosures before eating lunch downstairs in Longleat House. After lunch we had a look around the house and many of the children said this was their favourite part of the whole day. The staff commented on how well behaved and inquisitive the children were as they asked thoughtful questions throughout. We then got back onto the bus and headed on safari. We saw rhinos, giraffes, lions, tigers, cheetahs, camels and wolves who were very interested in the food below the bus! After a long day of exploring we headed back to Paignton. The children had an amazing day and I was very proud of their enthusiasm throughout the duration of the day. We took about 500 photos and here is a selection of some of our favourites!
Gymnastics Spring 1 Half Term
This half term, we have been building on our Gymnastics learning from last year and been developing our rolls. This included egg rolls, log rolls, rock'n'rolls, teddy bear rolls and learning forward rolls. We learnt to do teddy bear rolls with a partner as well, which was great fun.
Monday 11th February - Blubber glove!
As part of our Science learning we have been looking at living things and their habitats. We wanted to investigate how animals in the Arctic survive the extreme temperatures so we made our own 'blubber glove'. We learned that this layer of fat acts as an insulator to keep the heat in! Have a look at our learning below!
Monday 28th January - shading and stamps!
This afternoon in Art Cormorants were looking at UK stamps. We noticed that they all had the queen on them with a side profile. We also noticed that they were the same colour just different shades. We experimented with shading using crayons. We decided that we should put ourselves on the stamps and used mirrors to get an accurate picture. Have a look at our learning below!
Monday 21st January 2019 - The Queen comes to visit!
We were very lucky today to be visited by the Queen. In proper royal fashion we stood up for her arrival and hummed along to the national anthem. We learned all about her dorgis and the different places she lives. We found out that she does not travel by taxi for important ceremonies - she travels in a carriage! Have a look at our pictures below!
Wednesday 9th January 2019- The Queen's Handbag
As part of our new topic Queen Elizabeth II we introduced our new text 'The Queen's Handbag'. The story takes place in many well known locations across the UK which we have placed on our class map. To help us learn the story we organised pictures and wrote about each one on a crown. Have a look at our learning below!
Tuesday 11th December - All aboard The Polar Express!
Today we started our new festive learning journey where we will be learning about the story of The Polar Express. Today we turned our classroom into a train and with the other passengers retold the story. Have a look at what we got up to below!
Thursday 22nd November - Learning Celebration
On Thursday we invited parents and adults into class to watch our class poem 'We're going on an alien hunt'. The class did so well learning their actions and words. We then shared our learning from the Autumn term so far. Have a look at what we got up to below! If I can condense the video file I will add it to the page!
Monday 19th November - Will it absorb?
In Science this week we have been investigating what happens to water when it is wiped away. We looked at different materials and tested them to see what would happen. We learned that the water is absorbed but different materials can hold different amounts of water. Have a look at our learning below!
Wednesday 7th November - We're going on a goat hunt!
As part of our Writing journey we have been looking at the poem 'We're going on a bear hunt'. Today we put on our coats and went outside to do our own version and go on a 'Goat hunt'. We have been learning about repeated language and the effect this has on the reader. Have a look at our learning below!
Tuesday 31st October - Solid, liquid or gas?
In Science today we have been learning about solids, liquids and gases. We investigated with a variety of materials and found out that play-doh is a solid that can be bent, twisted, stretched and squashed. We then used these techniques to make our own rocket!
Monday 30th October - Subraction with rockets
In Maths we have been looking at subtraction using the part part whole method. We learned that when subtracting we start with the whole and take the part away to find the value of the other part. We also spotted that to check our answer we can add the parts together. Have a look at our learning below!
Thursday 4th October - Space Odyssey comes to White Rock
Today Year 2 were very lucky to be visited by the space dome. We went up to space with Tim Peake and learned all about the planets. We also looked at the stars and constellations! We made rockets using different shapes and straws. Have a look at our great day below!
Wednesday 26th September - Is it waterproof?
This week in Science we have been testing materials to see if they are waterproof. We used plastic cups, a variety of materials, water and pipettes to design our own experiment. Have a look at what we got up to below!
Thursday 20th September - Paper mache planets!
As part of our space theme this term in Year 2 we have begun making the planets of the solar system. We used torn up newspaper, PVA and water balloons to create the spherical shapes. Have a look at our (very messy) learning below!
Thursday 13th September - Maths outside.
In keeping with our space theme Cormorants took their Maths learning outside today to measure the planets. The whole class worked really well as a team and supported each other to find the planets and use the equipment correctly. Then we used our number sense knowledge to order our measurements from smallest to greatest. Have a look at what we got up to below!
Rigid or flexible? - Tuesday 10th September
To start off our Science journey we have been looking at different materials and investigating whether they are rigid or flexible. We looked through our classroom and organised the materials we found. Have a look at our learning below.
Space Food- Wednesday 5th September
This term we will be looking at the life of an astronaut. Where to better to start than looking at what astronauts eat? We learned that food has to be dehydrated so that it weighs less and can be sent up to space. We experimented with how much water would need to be added to make it edible. Have a look at what we got up to below!