WELCOME TO YEAR 2 CONDORS
Condors are large, graceful and strong birds. They have great hunting skills and travel long distances so they can feed themselves and their families. They have brilliant looking skills and listening skills which we will be using within our own Condors class.
THIS TERMS THEME
'Around the world in 80 days'
Our learning journey will focus on exploring and celebrating our local environment and comparing this to other regions of the UK. We will develop an understanding of the landmarks in the United Kingdom and name and locate capital cities.
The children will explore the communities that make up the UK and will lead their own learning with habitat and sand sculpture design.
P.E AND DANCE DAYS
PE days are Tuesday and Wednesday.
Please ensure that your child has the correct PE kit in school all week. We will ensure that they are sent home at the end of each half term.
HOME LEARNING DAYS
Home Learning will be set on a Friday and due in on a Wednesday.
Monday 4th January 2021 - First day of Spring Term
Friday 12th February 2021 - Break up for half term
Monday 22nd February 2021 - Non-pupil day
Tuesday 23rd February 2021 - First day of Spring 2
Monday 22nd March 2021 - Virtual Learning Celebration - On the Class page
Thursday 1st April 2021 - Last day of Spring Term
MEET THE TEAM
If there are any issues or concerns, please feel free to come in and see your teacher (Mrs Brownen) or alternatively please contact a team leader (Mr Wingrove or Mr O'Sullivan).
We have been celebrating 'Covid Heroes' as part of our Writing journey. We have been lucky enough to be able to remotely meet real Covid heroes and ask them questions about how their job has changed. Lots of our children also have keyworkers in their family and were able to tell us about their jobs. Telling us how people in their family hadhad helped others. Here is a selection of their thank you letters.
Thank you to all the Covid heroes.
From the Condors
Recently, we were lucky enough to video call with two Covid Heroes. We spoke to a residential care worker who told us all about the changes to his job since lockdown started and a care worker who visits vulnerable people in their homes. We then wrote thank you messages to different Covid Heroes to explain why we think they are so fantastic!
It has been fantastic to be back together in school. The children have enjoyed catching up with their friends and enjoyed being able to run about together during playtime. They have also enjoyed being back in the classroom, learning about 2D shapes, contraction words like can’t and phonics. Today in writing the children became ‘Kung Fu Punctuation’ warriors, using actions to help them remember their punctuation.
Look at some of the fantastic work that the Condors have been up to. We have been writing adverts highlighting some of the amazing things to do in Torbay. We have explored texture in art and found out the names of animals in Spanish. Plus lots more!
Great work Condors!
After waiting two days, the Condors were able to see the results of their experiment.
The eggshell in water had not changed and the water was still clear. The eggshell in sugary drink had become stained and the enamel had began to dissolve leaving the sugary drink cloudy.
This enabled the children to see the impact of sugar on teeth.
What a great experiment. Well done Condors!
To discover the impact sugar has on our teeth, the Condors posed their own scientific question, 'What effect does sugar have on my teeth?'. They then designed an experiment to answer it. They decided that some egg shell, which is made of enamel like our teeth, should be put in water and some in a sugary drink to see what happens.
We are looking forward to Monday and finding out the results.
Watch this space!
Condors enjoyed an energetic PE session this week.
We stood in a circle practising our catching, first throwing clockwise and then anti-clockwise before being able to throw to anyone in our circle.
We also honed our spatial awareness by playing a game of 'Fox and Hounds'.
A fantastic session Condors!
As part of their home learning, inspired by the book 'Rocketmole', Year 2 have designed space rockets. There have been some very imaginative designs.
Some of the children opted to make their rockets and they look fantastic.
Great work Condors.
We had great excitement today, as Armstrong the Mole sent us postcards from his travels.
He visited, amongst other places, New York, Paris, Antarctica and Australia. We tracked his trip, seeing if the countries he had visited had a tropical, temperate or polar climate. We also looked at pictures of the fantastic places he had been. What a lucky mole!
Condors enjoyed leaning about traditions of the Sikh faith. We matched pictures of items associated with the Sikh faith with their descriptions. We then compared Sikh traditions to our own. We discovered both faiths have special places of worship, books, symbols and meals.
Great work Condors!
This week the children were addition and subtraction detectives. They had word problems and had to work out if they needed to add or subtract to solve it. Once they had decided which operation they needed they used their number lines to work out the answer and then recorded their calculation.
Great work Condors!
Wednesday 14th October 2020 - Dance
Condors enjoyed dance today. They warmed up with the traffic light game. When Mrs Tyson said green it meant the children walked, amber meant walking on the spot and red meant the children all stopped. The children also played other games including the flight game which had them practicing their spatial awareness and moving at different speeds.
What a great session. Well done Condors.
We have had a great week focusing on addition. We have discussed what the '+' symbol means and represented addition calculations using Maths equipment. We have learned when adding two numbers together you can swap them over in your calculation and still get the same answer.
Fantastic work Condors!
Friday 25th September 2020 – Writing
As part of our Writing we have learned about verbs. The Condors went outside and all thought about an activity they do. They then acted it out for the class to guess. Some of the verbs the children acted out were skipping, reading, dancing, jumping, running and jogging. The class then wrote about their verb.
What a fun start to our writing.
Well done Condors.
As part of our Science journey, the children used observation to answer the question 'Why is it important to wash your hands for 20 seconds?'.
First the children rubbed 'Glitter Bug' lotion onto their hands which highlights any unclean areas under UV light.
They then dipped their hands into cold water and looked at their hands under the UV light. The children were able to see any parts of their hands that were not clean. They were surprised how many areas were highlighted.
The next step was to wash their hands for 20 seconds with soap. When we checked their hands under the light this time there were virtually no highlighted areas.
What a fun and educational Science session.
Great work Condors!
Maths Learning From Our First Week Back - 11.09.20
We have had a great first week learning about number values in numbers from 0-50. We have been remembering how to count forwards and backwards and also learning how to represent numbers using Maths equipment. We have learnt two new words to describe numbers - tens and ones. We can now use this language to identify how big a number is. We even made our own human number line putting numbers in order up to 50.