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Year 2 Cranes

Cranes are opportunistic birds that change their diet according to the season. Cranes class demonstrate this when they adapt their learning skills to different topics. Cranes are kind and helpful to others and bring teamwork into all aspects of our school day. However, they can be solitary at times, using independence and resilience when faced with certain challenges.

This term we are focusing on the wider world around us and what it means to be a hero. We will be creating our own heroes and discussing what makes each and everyone one of us a hero. We will also be looking at the News and at the amazing people making a change across the globe. Finally we will be learning about space and the first astronauts to go to the moon.

WELCOME TO Y2 Cranes Class

 

The class teacher for this year is Miss Mariana Clohessy and the LSAs who work in this class are; Mrs Jones and Mrs Burgess.

 

PE days:

Our PE days in Cranes are Tuesday and Wednesday, please make sure children's PE kit are available at all times. We will ensure they are sent home at the end of every half term.  

 

Home Learning:

Handed out on a Friday and in on a Wednesday. This will give you the opportunity to explore your child's learning if you wish.

 

Team Leader:

Year 1 and 2 Teaching and Learning Lead: Alison Dowdeswell

Key Stage 1 Lead - Sarah Jarrett

 

 

If there are any issues or concerns, please feel free to come in and see the teacher (Miss Mariana Clohessy) or contact mclohessy@white-rock-primary.torbay.sch.uk .  Alternatively please contact a team leader:

adowdeswell@white-rock-primary.torbay.sch.uk

sjarrett@white-rock-primary.torbay.sch.uk

 

 

 

Upcoming Events

 

Year 2's Christmas Production - Tuesday 12th December at 2:15pm and 6pm

Academic Year 2017-2018

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Repeated Pattern - Make your own Christmas Card - Tuesday 5th November

 

This week Cranes have been looking at repeated patterns and finding the missing Mathematical shapes in a sequence. We have used different 2D shapes to create pictures. Today we made a Christmas card and used a repeated pattern around the boarder. Have a look below at our fab designs. 

Year 2 Visit Dartmoor - Thursday 30th November 2017
Today we put on our hats and gloves and visited Dartmoor with the Reach Outdoor team! We got to investigate the moors and climb through the rocks. We squeezed through tight spaces and climbed up the rocks. We even saw some snow! Have a look below at our amazing adventure.

3D Shape Investigation! - Tuesday 28th November 2017

 

Today Cranes have been investigating the properties of 3D shapes, mainly looking at cubes and cuboids. We found these shapes have the same properties, however, they looked different! We discovered that this is due to their different faces. A cube has 6 squares faces whereas a cuboid has 2 square faces and 4 oblong ones. We then made our own 3D shapes below. 

Hot Seating People from the Christmas Story! Wednesday 22nd November 2017

 

Today we have been hot seating the people named in the Bible! The children pretended to be Mary, Joseph, The Wise Men and even the donkey! We discussed how they might have felt during this time and found out loads of new information about each person! Have a look below at our acting in action!

Ice Cube Experiment - Wednesday 15th November 2017

 

This week Year 2 have been investigating different materials and their properties. We decided to explore which material would keep an ice cube cool. We did this by wrapping an ice cube in different materials and observed to see which ice cube was the largest. We then discussed whether or not this was a fair test. Have a look below at our exciting experiment.

Cranes' Trip to Primley Woods - Wednesday 8th November

 

Today Cranes went to Primley woods to explore the woodlands! We identified trees and leaves and discussed why lots of leaves were on the floor. We then got to design our own woodland animals linking our knowledge of natural materials. Have a look below at how we got up to!

Star Gazers - Friday 3rd November 2017

 

Today Cranes have been amazing astronomers! We have been learning all about stars! Did you know that it would take 70,000 years to travel to our nearest star, the sun? We also learnt that stars live for about 10 billion years and that shooting stars are actually bits of rock that enter our atmosphere! We were blown away to learn that for every grain of sand on Earth there are 10 stars in the Universe! We used the sand we collected from our Goodrington trip to get an idea of how many stars this is. Have a look below and be prepared to have your mind blown!

Reach Outdoors Goodrington Beach trip - Thursday 2nd November 2017

 

We had a fantastic afternoon learning about the different types of animals and plants that live in the rock pools at our local beach. We were amazing creature finders and used our 'key mat' to name the animals we found. We also designed and made our very own animals houses using sand and shells!

Evil Pumpkin Making - Wednesday 1st November 2017

 

To follow on from our Halloween Theme, Cranes have been creating their own evil pumpkins! We discussed the story of 'Freaky Freddie' the pumpkin that likes to snack on children! We created our own evil pumpkin before writing about what he would be a=like if he were alive! Read, if you're brave enough...

Wednesday 18th October 2017 - Fire Brigade Talk

We were lucky enough to have a visit from a local hero today... a fire officer! We learnt lots about staying safe in our homes and how to react in an emergency. Mrs Foulkes even had a chance to try the uniform that the officers have to wear - "It's very hot in here!"

Tuesday 17th October 2017 - Dance

In Dance in Year 2, we have been creating a dance around going into space. We created rockets in groups that took off and landed on our own planet. When arriving on the planet, we turned into aliens and then had to use our bodies to hide.

Part, Part, Whole - Monday 16th October 2017

 

This week in Cranes we have been using the 'Part, part, whole' method to help us add and subtract two-digit numbers. We have learnt that when we add we always start with the 'parts' to find the 'whole'. However, when we subtract, we start with the whole and only one of the parts! Have a look at our fab investigating skills below. 

Fact or Opinion - Wednesday 11th October 2017

 

Today we found out lots of facts about dinosaurs. We then came across a sentence that said 'Dinosaurs are scary.' This led to a great discussion on whether a sentence is a fact or an opinion. We then had the challenge of writing our own dinosaurs facts and opinions. 

Counting Money - Monday 9th October 2017

 

Today in Cranes e have been using money to make amounts of money! We have been using our MacMillian Bake Sale to put our learning into a context! We have learnt that there are 100 pennies in a pound and that bronze coins are worth less than silver ones! Have a look below at the Cranes Bank!

Eat Cake for MacMillian - Friday 6th October 2017

 

This term we have been learning about what it means to be a hero. We chose MacMillian as our 'hero' charity as they provide lots of support for people around the country. Year 2 have been busy making cakes, bunting and creating games all in aid of our MacMillian heros! Have a look below at our delicious cakes! A huge thank you to all the parents and carers who came to support our cause!

 

Gathering and recording data over time! Wednesday 4th October 2017

 

We have been thinking about change and how we change over time. We were investigating different ways of testing how our height changes and how we can record this. Today was a great day of experimenting and measuring! Let's see what results we get each half term!

Coffee and Cake Preparation -  Wb Monday 2nd October 2017

Diagrams - Scientific drawings with labels - Friday 29th September 2017

 

This week Cranes have been focusing on the features of a non-fiction text. We have written our own captions and even put a non-fiction page back together. Today we have been looking a diagrams with a non-fiction text and even drew our own. Have a look below at our exciting labeling. 

Tally for Cancer! - Thursday 28th September 2017

 

Today in Cranes we wanted to find out the most popular cake to make for our upcoming 'Macmillian Coffee and Cake' event. We learnt the meaning of the word 'data' and tallied up our favourite cake in class. Have a look below to see what we found out!

Animals and their habitats! Wednesday 13th September 2017

 

Today Cranes have continued looking at animals and their habitats. We have discussed many different habitats such as polar, aquatic, woodland and the desert. We grouped animals into their habitats and talked about why each habitat suited that animal. Have a look below at our great Science learning!

Habitat Hunters - Tuesday 12th September 2017

 

This week in Cranes we have been discovering our local habitats! We went onto our field to see what animals we could find! We discovered spiders, beetles, worms and slugs! Have a look at our exciting learning below.

Lean in 15 - The Body Coach Fitness Week - Wb Monday 11th September 2017

 

This week Year 2 will be participating in The Body Coaches 'Fitness Week'. We will be completing a HIIT (High intensity, interval training) throughout the week. We will be discussing why it is important to keep our bodies and mind healthy so we can become our own ultimate heroes. Have a look below at our squats, high knees and burpees! 

Representing a number - Friday 8th September

 

This week in Maths, Cranes have been looking at the value of two-digit numbers. We have been learning to use the language 'tens' and 'ones' when describing a number. We have been using lots of different resources to represent our numbers. Have a look at us in action below!

Story Planning - Thursday 7th September

 

This week in our writing sessions we have been planning a story based on one we have read. We have chopped the story up into sessions and changed parts of the story to make it our own. Be sure to look out for our finished stories next week!

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