Year Two 2017-18
Let the Adventure Begin…. Take a look at our Learning Lighthouse
Learning Lighthouse – Let the Adventure Begin
Wow! We are coming to the end of our first term and what an adventure we have had. We have read ‘Where the Wild Things Are’ and written our own stories. We have helped the Secret Seven find the Pirate with our WANTED posters and we have written persuasive letters to adopt an endangered animal.
In Geography we have looked at maps and symbols.
In science we did an experiment to find the best material to make a shelter.
We made our shelters in our maths lessons by measuring lengths of straws to the correct size.
Welcome to Year Two!
Welcome to Year 2! What an amazing first term we had! The theme ‘Swallows and Amazons.. the adventure begins’ was great as well as Who’s who in Whoville. We went on our own adventures including a trip to the lake district to compare Morecambe with the Grizedale Forest as part of our local focus. At a national level, we will be taking part in 24hrs in the Pudding Lane Mysteries to commemorate 350 years of the Great Fire of London. Globally, we looked at the Awful Egyptians in our Horrible Histories theme. Spring term turned us into fairytale fixers where we had to sort out all of the terrible mix-ups that happened in the land of fairytales, with a number of visits from Big Bad Wolf and a one from a very worried Little Red Riding Hood. Our Horrible Histories theme continued on as we ventured into the years of the Vile Victorians which included learning about the National hero Florence Nightingale as well as a trip to the Judge’s Lodgings.
This term we are very much looking forward to taking a trip into Africa for a deep study in Tinga Tinga artwork as well as looking at the life cycles of plants and animals as part of our ‘Wriggle and Grow’ theme.
International Dance Day
Year 2 had great fun taking part in lots of different workshops as part of our International Dance Day. We street danced to Uptown Funk, used our feet and hands to keep the beat and tell stories in our Indian dance workshop and were part of a dance troupe to be featured in the new Bollywood blockbuster!
New term, new theme – Wigwambam! This Summer term we are studying the Native Americans as an introduction to this theme we have made coil pots out of modelling clay and as you can see the children made some fantastic coiled patterns!
Native American Animal Art!
We have used our computing skills to find some examples of Native American artwork. The children noticed that they were all animal related and using pastels, tried to replicate their designs, we even had a go at making our own inner Native American animals!
We found our inner Alan Titchmarsh this week as we are investigating what plants need to grow healthily and survive. We are testing how a plant will grow if it has no sunlight, water or warmth!
Sandylands World book day!
Wow! What a fantastic day today! Thank you so much to everyone who made an amazing effort for our World book day. See below for a few of the fab outfits!
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We are now fairy tale fixers!
As part of our “Fairytale Fixers” theme we have designed and cut out some of the characters from some of the traditional fairy tales. We have had to concentrate on cutting out especially so that our character’s look like they do in the tales!
An unwanted guest!
Not so much of a treat today as the children of year two were visited by a very angry, sharp clawed beast! He has returned (because of our radio broadcasts) to find out where his son Little Wolf had disappeared to, luckily everybody managed to calm him down and survive the visit!
As part of our plans to help rescue the sweet little wolf from prison, Year 2 have been designing and making getaway vehicles. We have been learning how axles and wheels work as well as how to saw correctly and safely.
A special visitor
Today we had a special visitor, Red Riding Hood braved Storm Doris to get here! She came all the way from fairy tale land to answer the children’s questions about the recent mix up with the wolves.
NEWS FLASH!! Sandylands’ News!
News just in from the Sandylands news desk – reporting suspicious activities around the local area, involving a certain Mr Wolf!
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Celebrating the Chinese New Year in style!
Helping us bring in the Chinese New Year, Phase One were treated to a Chinese puppet extravaganza as well as taking part in a 24 hours in Chinese New Year!
A step back in time…
Year 2 had an amazing day today visiting the Judges’ Lodgings in Lancaster. We all experienced life as a Victorian child from being a chambermaid in the Judges’ Lodgings to playing with Victorian toys. We even had a rather scary hour in a Victorian schoolroom – very different to our school! See the Year 2 page for more pictures!
Blast from the past 24 hours in Florence Nightingale
As part of our time travels we bumped into a very famous nurse. One Florence Nightingale!
Year 2 made a very exciting discovery this week in English. A special delivery from the London Museum of Archaeology! We’ve been reading the Egyptian Cinderella and making comparisons with the fairytale.
We have also found out the gruesome way Egyptians preserved their dead – Watch out for the mummies!
Click below for our latest learning lighthouse for our new theme ‘Who’s who in Whoville’
Lighting up Whoville
After the floods in Whoville, all the lights went out and we were set the challenge to light up Whoville again. In Science, we looked at how to create a simple circuit to replace the lights in Whoville.
We programmed our bee bots to find our way around WhoVille.
Picasso – a deep study!
As part of our Art work this term, we looked at the life and works of the famous artist Picasso. We used a variety of different materials to create our own collages in the style of Picasso.
Who’s who in Whoville – Maps , directions and geographical features!
We have had great fun constructing our own Whoville – we thought about physical and human features as part of our geography and followed directions using our own Whoville maps. We even looked at simple circuits in Science to help the Whoville people light up Whoville after the floods!
Children in Need 2016
We had great fun on Friday dressing up for Children in Need. We managed to raise lots of money for charity throughout the day and there was a super cake sale after school.
Year 2 had a fire safety talk this week as part of their PSHE work. The children worked together to act out their own fire plans and watch a fire safety video.
Look who visited Year 2 this week as part of our Dr Seuss theme. We had lots of questions for him before he got too hot and had to take a dip in the cool of the pool!
2B are trialing Mathletics this week. They had an enjoyable lesson when the whole class used Mathletics and children can now access this at home as well as in school. This is proving really popular, with some children already earning certificates for their hard work.
World Values Day – The look of love…!
Year 2 were looking at the value of love as part of World Values day this week. We talked about what love meant to us and how we know somebody loves us. We made our own ‘post- it- note’ heart with all our ideas.
What an amazing adventure Year 2 had when they visited Grizedale forest as part of their ‘Let the adventure begin..’ theme. During the day, they were building vocabulary word-banks to use in their senses poetry.
Yesterday eight Year 2 children took part in Heysham High’s Multi-Sports competition and they did themselves and Sandylands proud.
They not only enjoyed themselves for 2 hours but they showed true sportsmanship by taking part in activities they had never tried before, a real credit to our school.
We are looking forward to the next competition in Phase One, watch this space for more details.
Over the last few weeks Year 2 have been experimenting with different materials. We wanted to find out which would be the best materials for building boats for our adventures!
Dahltastic time and Twit fun!
We had a great time over the last two days – baking worm pies, measuring the length of Mr Twit and testing materials for Mrs Twit’s new dress (it needed to stretch!!).
Where the Wild Things are…..
Year 2 have started their ‘Swallows and Amazons forever’ Adventure theme with a look at the popular children’s classic novel Where the wild things are. We designed our own Wild things monsters and tried to work out how Max’s things appeared in our classrooms.
Wow! What a full filled year it has been so far, and we are into our final term! We have studied 24 hours in Remembrance day, looking at its national importance. As part of our understanding of local environment, we have been for walks in our locality looking at physical and human features. Our local artist in residence, Shane, has worked with us on sculptures. Globally, we have taken part in 24hrs in Diwali as well as looking at Tinga Tinga artwork from Tanzania. We still have lots to look forward to – we can’t wait!
Year 1 and 2 Sports day
Year 1 and 2 had a great sports day yesterday afternoon. The weather was kind and there are all definitely budding Olympians of the future! Well done!
Year 2 Brockholes trip
What an amazing trip we have had today! We went on a great mini-beast and animal spotting walk around the grounds and woodland of Brockholes. Have a look at the Year 2 page for more photos of the day!
Visit to the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic
Year 2 had an amazing experience yesterday when they visited the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic to watch a music extravaganza.
The Owl and the Pussycat – We have started the summer term by looking at some classic nonsense poetry by Edward Lear. We have tried to recreate some pictures of the Owl and the Pussycat using oil pastels and the workings of Vincent Van Gogh.
Wriggle and Grow Lighthouse – introducing our new theme. Click on the link below to see what we will be up to over the next few weeks!
24hrs in… Queen Elizabeth
Year 2 were joining in with Queen Elizabeth’s 90th Birthday celebrations this week. They looked at her reign and became Kings and Queens for the day passing rules and taking part in their own tea party.
Wriggle and grow!
Year 2 kick started their new ‘Wriggle and Grow’ theme this week by taking part in a Science experiment – testing different growing conditions.
As part of our ‘Wriggle and Grow’ theme we have been improving our art skills using a range of materials to make minibeast mosaics!
This afternoon we went on a hunt for mini beasts around the local area, we searched the school field and orchard. We found lots of different mini beasts as well as a family of frogs!
Quotes of the day
“That was awesome! It’s the first time I’ve held a worm!” – Ellis
“The ant was moving really quickly because I thought it was scared and trying to escape.” – Daniel A
Our latest theme Hakuna MatARTa! Check out our Learning Lighthouse by following the link below!
Look what arrived in school for one day only! Each class had the chance to try on a real-life space suit and Year 2 were rocketed into a 24hrs in Space. We made space buggies and wrote some space poetry. We even pretended to be the different planets!
We have been learning about the Tanzanian Artist Tinga Tinga and have created our own Tinga inspired Art work. We used the other end of a paintbrush to produce the well known dotty effect he creates (just in case you are wondering why we are all holding our paintbrushes upside down!). More photos of the finished paintings in our Gallery over the next few weeks. Watch this space!
24hrs in the Circle of Life…. We have been looking at lifecycles as part of our Science work this week. We talked about animals and their young and learned about how to keep ourselves healthy.
Zoo in school visit!
Black pool zoo came to talk to us the other day all about habitats and camouflage. We even got to hold a blue-tongued lizard. We have used all the information to help us with our Tinga Tinga influenced Art work. Check out the gallery below for more photos!
24hrs in ….. Kung Hei Fat Choi
Chinese New Year was celebrated to the full in Year 2 this year! Dragon dancing, lantern making and food tasting to
name but a few of the things we experienced!
Our theme at the moment!
Florence Nightingale’s friend Elizabeth came and did some nurse training with us – we had to mop mop mop the floors and learn how to bandage up wounded soldiers! We were looking at the life of Florence Nightingale as part of our whole school focus on ‘Inspirational women’.
Our trip to Quarry bank Mill was a great success! We all became apprentices for the day and worked hard in the mill before taking part in a Victorian
school day back at school too!
Year 2 have been out and about in the community this week as part of their local Geography and Art project. Look at the pictures below!