Willow - Year 2
Welcome to our class page. It is intended to give you an insight in to all the fantastic things that we will doing in Willow this term, as well as to give you some more specific information about our class.
In Willow you will find teachers, Mrs Hamilton (Monday to Thursday) and Mrs Chandler (Friday). We are supported by our LSA, Miss Watson.
Our topic for the term is 'Wish we were here!'. Please look at the knowledge organiser below to find out what the children will be learning, exploring and discovering.
Homework will be linked to either English or Quest or will be practising an area of the maths curriculum linked to our learning in class. It will be set on a Thursday and will be due in on the following Monday. It will be set on google classroom which your children will be able to access at home. It can also be handed in here to minimise what is coming into school.
We use Spelling Shed to practise our spellings. A spelling list will be put on Spelling Shed each Monday and there will be a copy of the weekly spellings in the children's spelling folders and on google classroom. Spellings will be tested at school the following Monday.
Reading books will come home daily, with the expectation that the children will read to an adult each night.
We have PE on a Wednesday and Thursday. Please could the children come to school in their PE kit on these days. I would suggest an extra layer might be advisable, as we will be outside as much as possible. Children also need to bring a coat to school with them each day, as we will aim to be outside for break come rain or shine.
If you need to contact me this term, please use my class e-mail,
email@example.com and I will be happy to answer any questions or queries.
What have we been up to in Willow Class this term?
We had to listen to instructions to turn our piece of numicon in different directions. We then gave each other instructions to follow, using words such as left, right, clockwise, anti-clockwise, quarter turn, half turn and three-quarter turn.
We had fun with Sean, a cricket coach from ‘Chance to Shine’ this afternoon. We practised our throwing and catching and then we all had a turn at batting.
In Science today we drew maps of the school playground. We were looking for things that were living, dead and had never been alive.
We practise our spellings in lots of different ways, but the dice challenge is one of our favourites.
We had some amazing visitors in our class today. They were brought in to school by Ollie and Kim from Longleat, who told us lots of fascinating facts about them. We were able to stroke the animals and some of us were brave enough to hold Hocus Pocus and Nigini the pythons!
We looked for different types of earthworms in science today. We compared their size, colour and habitats.
Do taller people have bigger feet?
This is the question we investigated in science this week. We worked in groups to plan our own investigations to find an answer.
We dressed up as characters from our favourite books for World Book Day. Can you guess who we are?
We started the term with a focus morning on our Christian value love. We studied the story of Ruth and Naomi from the Old Testament in the Bible and thought about how the different characters in the story showed love for each other. We then had fun creating puppets in groups to retell the story.
Our half term challenge was to create a Medieval castle with a moving drawbridge. Look at these amazing castles that we built.
We enjoyed a yoga circuit during Children’s Mental Health and Wellbeing Week.
In Science today we evaluated the packaging of different smoothies. We then tasted the smoothies to see which tasted the best.
In Art, we used sketching pencils to complete our portraits.
We created rhythms using different coloured counters today. It was noisy but great fun!
Making rhythms on the computer was fun too!
We used thesauruses in English to find synonyms for the word sad. Our favourites were, downhearted and blue.
We are focusing on Fairy Tales in English this half term. Today we brainstormed the Fairy Tales that we know. We thought about their settings, characters and features.
Guess who came to visit us this afternoon ………… Father Christmas 😁
We had the most delicious Christmas lunch at school today. We enjoyed wearing our party hats again.
We had so much fun at our Christmas party.
Do you like our party hats?
These children are superstars. They performed fantastically in our production of ‘Born in a Barn’ and made us all extremely proud.
We had fun making natural wreaths in Forest School today. We are proud of our creations.
In Art we are studying the artist, Wassily Kandinsky. We have started our own interpretations of his famous piece, ‘Squares with Concentric Circles’. We are using pastels for our pictures.
We used our number bonds to 10 to help us to subtract a 1-digit number from a 2-digit number.
In Science we made play dough and then changed its shape by twisting, bending, stretching and squashing it.
We had fun counting in 3s today.
Harry and Lola spotted the pattern is odd number, even number, odd number, even number, when counting in 3s.
We did a scavenger hunt in Forest School and we had to find objects with different properties.
In drama we acted out the fire spreading through London. We took turns to be the flames and the buildings.
In our Quest lesson we had to find information from different sources. We were trying to find out, When The Fire of London started? Where it started? and How it started?
In Science, we found different ways to sort a mixed collection of objects.
We had fun creating self - portraits out of nature in Forest School.