In maths we are learning all about Place Value and are spending time looking at lots of different representations of number, partitioning numbers into different parts, investigating tens and ones and using different apparatus and models.
What a fabulous trip Year 2 had at Eureka this week! We learned all about how to look after our bodies including visiting the dentist and the doctor, what happens to our body when we exercise and how to keep our bodies healthy with the food that we eat. Everyone enjoyed taking part in "The Gross Lab Science Show" where we learned about all the gross but very important jobs our bodies do.
In music we have been looking at the fusion music Afropop. This week we listened to "The click song" by Miriam Makeba a traditional African song and discussed whether we liked it. We also discussed the tempo of the music, the dynamics, the instruments we could hear and the texture of the piece. Lots of children found "The click song" quite funny as it isn't a style of music we are used to hearing!
Take a listen below.:
We have also been learning the song "In my hands, in my feet, in my heart" which echoes some of the typical styles of Afropop such as call and response and a range of voice types. We split our classes into girls and boys and had a go at recreating the song ourselves. Watch this space for us adding some of our own composition to the song through use of the glockenspiel.
As part of our Science curriculum, the children have been thinking about their senses and these are used. We started with a great activity of different items on the tables - raisins (to taste), vinegar, which was disguised so they had no idea (to smell), a Kaleidoscope (to see), a feely bag (to touch) and a talking box (to hear). They had time on each table within their groups to discuss what was on their tables and see what it was. It's safe to say it created a lot of discussion and was great to hear their ideas and thoughts.
The faces of the children smelling the vinegar and tasting the raisins were interesting and they were puzzled with the voice of the talking box!
We then discussed the different things they had seen, done and discussed and made notes of the important words within the discussions. SEE, HEAR, TASTE, TOUCH, SMELL were the main words that came from the discussions which quickly allowed the links to be made as to why their senses were so important to them and which body part they are associated with.
Today we had our first computing lesson within Year 2. We are lucky enough to have class sets of both laptops and IPADS. The children were all eager to have IPADS but today was the turn of the laptops.
Children need the basic skills of being able to turn on a computer, log in, open a word document, type on the document, save the document, retrieve the document and of course shut the computer down. Many of the children told us they hadn't used laptops before or log on to one so the lesson proved invaluable to them.
It took time but by the end of the lesson, all of them had logged on, opened a document, typed a sentence and then saved the document. It was lovely to see them all being so studious and concentrating hard trying to type.
We plan to send them home with a little ICT pack to allow them to practise at home if you have computers and laptops. Them practising logging on, opening and saving a document would be great if possible.
Computing is an important part of the curriculum and we are sure by the end of the Year they will be computer wizards :-).
Just a reminder that our Parent Welcome Meeting is next Thursday 11th September in the school hall at 2.45 p.m. It would be wonderful if you could all make it to allow us to give you an insight in Year 2, what your child will learn, important dates and information.
If there are any problems please do let us know :-).
Year 2 Blog
This year working in Year 2 we have: Mrs Ottewell, Miss Taylor, Mrs Branigan. Miss Wilson, Miss Cooper, Miss Lockwood and Miss Wordsworth.