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Ready, Steady Grow!

Week 1 


What a fantastic week it has been! The children have settled into the routines of year 2 and have already taken part in some exciting learning. We started the week by exploring the four seasons and participating in a `season walk`. The children were asked to collect as many objects linked to Autumn and nature as possible and then create their own pictures using the objects. We had some super pictures including faces, trees and hedgehogs. 





Week 3: 


What a fantastic week! In Science we have been learning all about plants and how different plants and trees grow. The children have all taken part in an experiment which explores hydroponics.We were all curious to investigate whether seeds grow out of soil. All the children added their own seed in a bag full of wet cotton and made predictions. Some children thought that they might not grow because the soil gives the seeds nutrients. We have been keeping a close eye on them and you can even take a look at our window on the key stage 1 playground. 


As well as this, the children have been learning all about evergreen and deciduous trees. We all went on an autumn walk around the outdoor area and looked for different types of leaves. The children noticed that evergreen leaves are wider, thicker and stay green all year round. The children created wax crayon rubbings of the leaves and noticed the veins were clearer on a deciduous leaf. By researching about different leaves we have identified a yew tree and holly bush as evergreen trees. 




Week 4


This week we have been exploring addition in our Maths lessons. The children have been using practical equipment to add two-two digit numbers together. Throughout the week, we then progressed onto using iconic methods to solve problems and used the written column method to add digits mentally. 





In our art lessons, the children have been learning about Andy Warhol and exploring his famous paintings. This week the children have been investigating how to make tertiary colours. In order to create tertiary colours, the children had to identify primary and secondary colours and mix them together. This will then lead on to creating their own art pieces in the style of Andy Warhol.





Week 5


This week the children continued to explore the artist Andy Warhol. We explored the famous image of Marilyn Monroe and discussed how Warhol used an image which he repeated using the printing technique. In order for the children to create their own repeated image, they first created a stencil of a pumpkin by tracing the image onto a polystyrene board. They used a blunt pencil to carve the shape of the vegetable into the foam and added additional markings. After, the children mixed tertiary colours using printing ink and used the paint rollers to cover the boards. Once the children had completed this step, they then placed the boards onto a piece of card to reveal their own printed pumpkins. We were all amazed by how effective the Pop Art pumpkins looked!. Well done year 2. 




Harvest Assembly 


On Thursday 17th October, Year 2 will be performing their Harvest Assembly. Please encourage your child to practice their lines ready for their final performance. The children are looking forward to showcasing their learning about Harvest and especially performing at St Thomas' Church in the afternoon. Can we ask that all costumes are in school by Monday 14th October

We look forward to seeing you all! Thank you for your continued support. 


Week 6


This week in English, 2K have been reading the story Sleeping Beauty. They have all taken part in a range of practical activities such as retelling the story using drama and using hot seating to find out more about the characters. Once the children became more confident with the story, they then retold it using a story mountain. The children understood that the beginning of the story had to be represented at the bottom of the mountain and the middle or the `problem` would be represented at the top. They used pictures and then made notes on their own individual story mountains. Next week the children will continue to make comparisons of settings from the story and begin to retell the story making substitutions of characters and objects throughout.


Week 7


Year 2 were incredible today!  They performed their Harvest Assembly twice!  The children, parents and staff were so impressed with the children's knowledge and performance at School and then we were able to share songs, art work and some Harvest History at St Thomas' Church- our extended School Family.  They made us all very proud!  


Furthermore, the children organised a phenomenal collection for The Boston Food Bank and we would like to say a huge thank you to all those that contributed and supported Year Two!  What a great end to a busy, amazing first term. 







Also this week, the children had a visit from Willoughby Foods Farm. They were given the opportunity to taste a range of fruit and vegetables and create their own smoothies. For this the children prepared the smoothies by cutting and peeling the fruits and then working with an adult to help use the blender. After creating the smoothies, the children discussed how fruit and vegetables grow and the different categories that they fall under. The children enjoyed learning about the different parts of a plant and identifying which vegetables you can eat. 


Autumn Term 2


This term we are continuing with our Ready Steady Grow topic, however we are focusing upon our Big Question: If there is so much food in the world, why do some people still starve?


Children will continue to understand Harvest around the world as well as reflect on how we can support others not just in our community but also globally. This will develop our awareness of ‘Thankfulness’.


We will be busy beginning our Christmas crafts, which we are very excited about!


If you would like to help your child with developing their Reading and Comprehension, below are some books that will help your child make connections:


-Amazing Grace 

-Grace and family

-Polar Express

-Traction man

-The Day the Crayons quit

As well as non-fiction books linked to nocturnal animals.




Week 1: Open Afternoon 


Thank you to all the parents and family members who attended our open afternoon. It was lovely to see so many of you and we hope you enjoyed taking part in our learning. The children worked together to create their own biscuits for the homeless and then wrote their own prayers. It was a time to reflect on our lives and share what we are most thankful for. 






Week 2 


Today the children continued to add detail to their calendars. This year, the children will be creating a tree that represents the different seasons of the year. When painting the trunk, the children used a paint brush to create their own tree. For the branches, they used the end of the paint brush and added additional twigs. Next week, they will add coloured buttons that link to the colours of Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter.  


Week 3


This week the children were very excited to finish their calendars for next year. Everyone has enjoyed using a range of art techniques such as creating colour washes and painting trees free hand using different types of brushes. They then added the finishing touches of arranging coloured buttons to represent the four seasons. For this, the children had to use their knowledge of colour. We think they look fantastic! Well done year 2! 






For our Geography topic this term, the children have been building upon their knowledge of the local area and identified the type of settlement that Boston is. For this, the children had to read a map of Boston and compare the size of the town to other small villages. They identified the main roads that lead into Boston and explored the human and physical features. The children have been discussing the importance of human features and then designed their own town using a balance of human and physical features. The children explained why they had chosen to place certain town elements on their maps and how it would help the people that live there. 




Week 4




On Tuesday, Pudsey paid a visit to the school to thank all the children for the money they had raised for the Children in Need charity. The children enjoyed meeting him. Last week the school raised £615. Thank you to all the children, parents and family members who helped raise money for this cause! It is a great achievement. 


In our learning this week the children have been focusing on the Jewish festival `Sukkot`. For this the children learnt why the festival is celebrated and created their own Sukkahs. The children learnt that Sukkahs are a type of hut that the Jewish people built when they escaped the control of the Egyptian Pharaoh and were living in the desert. The children then created their own huts using wood and lego bricks. They understood that each Sukkah had to have 3 walls, use plants and leaves to create the roof. The people also ensured that the roof was not completely covered so they could see at least 3 stars in the sky. The people of the Jewish faith believed that God would protect them and keep them safe and by celebrating every year would show their appreciation. 






The children made connections to the Harvest festival, which is a time when Christians say thank you to God during the Autumn period. The children wrote their own prayers of thankfulness to show their appreciate for all the wonderful food we have and how grateful we are for our friends and families. 




In Design and Technology this week, the children were given the opportunity to use the hack saws and vices to create their Christmas craft, which will be sold at our Christmas Fair. In order to make the Christmas decoration, the children had to mark the correct measurements on each piece of wood using a ruler. This was to show the children where they were going to cut the wood using the saws. Before the activity took place, the children discussed the importance of following the health and safety rules, the purpose of the different tools and how to use them correctly. The children enjoyed using the tools and are looking forward to finishing their craft next week. 







The children have also been very busy using their textile skills to sew a winter creature ready to decorate the Christmas hoop. All parents will be able to see year 2's hoop during the Christmas fair. Can you guess what the children might have made? 






Week 6: 


This week the children are taking part in the preparations for the Christmas Fair. Year 2 have created their own Christmas Eve hampers which includes their handmade tree decorations and a biscuit for Santa. Today the children baked their biscuits ready for Thursday. 

The Christmas Fair will take place after school on Thursday, please come along and visit the year 2 stall, where there will also be a game for the children to play. 



In Maths this week the children are learning all about 2D and 3D shapes. The children have discussed the different properties of the shapes, sorted them into categories using a Venn diagram and will later progress onto symmetry. On Monday the children practiced drawing their 2D shapes and drew the shapes that fitted the teacher's clues. 




In Science this week, the children are continuing their learning of different types of leaves and trees. The children explored the school environment and compared how the trees and plants were different now the winter months have arrived. They noticed the colours of the leaves, how the ground was soggy and wet due to the weather and the lack of leaves on the trees. When identifying evergreen plants and trees, the children noticed how the leaves were still attached to the trees, but some were starting to change colour. 





In PE this term, the children have been developing their gymnastic skills. This has included working in pairs to create different shapes using their bodies, but also exploring different levels. 






Week 7


Year 2's Christmas Hoops look amazing! The children have worked incredibly hard to create their Christmas tree decoration using their sewing skills. All the hoops have been used to decorate the main hall. 



Week 7





This week the children have continued their learning of pitch and explored sounds using Boomwhakers. These are tuned percussion instruments. Year 2 enjoyed using these and explored how pitch changes. They noticed that the shorter the stick, the higher the note that was created and the longer the stick, the lower the pitch. The children worked in teams to order the sounds based on their pitch and then we tried this as a whole class. After, the children used colour symbols to create their own tune and performed to the class. Everyone had to listen to each others ideas but also ensure that their tune started with a high pitch sound and ended with a low pitch sound. 



The children have finished their Science topic this term. They have enjoyed learning about food chains and have identified the different types of living things that can be found in a food chain. They have used the correct vocabulary such as herbivore, carnivore, predator, producer and prey. This week, the children used the iPads to research facts about hedgehogs. The children learnt that hedgehogs are becoming a dying species and so created a poster, which included information on how to look after them, what they look like, the type of food they eat and the type of habitat they live in.