Year 2 have had a fantastic Science week. We have learnt all about eggs with some egg-cellent egg-speriments. The children have looked at different investigations from:
How can we make an egg shell disappear?
How strong is an egg?
Can we make an egg float?
Amongst many others. We have also learnt about many different famous scientists. One of our favourite parts was learning about Leonardo Di Vinci and trying to prove his theories wrong. We also put mentos into coke inside eggs!!
Year 2 had a fabulous day at Leeds Castle!
We started the day with a tour around the inside and outside of the castle. Favourite rooms were the bathroom, with the peculiar round wooden bathtub, and the bedroom with the enormous four poster bed. We enjoyed seeing outside features such as the arrow slits, battlements, moat and where the drawbridge once was. After lunch we had a much needed run around the play park, which was castle themed to allow our own imaginations to run wild! Following this we put on a show of the story 'The Swan Princess' where everyone dressed up and became involved in the re-enactment of the story. A super sunny January day!
Yellow Class - Good choices jar
Congratulations to yellow class who managed to successfully fill up their marble jar by making some good choices. They got to go outside and learn a new game that they could play during break times and lunch times.
The children had great fun today exploring different materials. They discussed what it felt like, what they thought it was, what happened when they touched it and what they could observe. They came up with some fantastic scientific vocabulary.
The children have been learning how to plan their ideas using a story S or a planning template before they write their fantastic gold book entries. They have worked really hard on ensuring that they use key vocabulary at different parts to ensure that they can then use this during their work.
The children have been learning about contractions and how you can shorten two words into just one word by using an apostrophe that takes the place of one of the letters.
Year 2 have been looking at the book The Scarecrows Wedding by Julia Donaldson. The children have used this book to write a character description based on the main character Harry O'Hay. They have learnt lots of different skills in the past two weeks from:
understanding what a question is
discussing and choosing correct nouns, adjectives, verbs
How to use these in noun phrases
Using good vocabulary to describe certain parts of a character
Editing and improving work
The children at first created a draft character description using the ideas built on from our lessons, they then had to use word banks to independently correct their spellings; as well as checking that their sentences made sense. For a new skill the children did very well and created some fantastic work!
The children had a fantastic day this week making scarecrows. At first they had to design the scarecrow that they wanted to create using their knowledge from reading Julia Donaldson's The Scarecrows Wedding.
They had a brilliant time being as creative as they could be ensuring that they could follow their plan. The children were also given the opportunity to use the junior hacksaws to cut their own wood in half for the scarecrow. Once created they evaluated what they felt they really liked about their scarecrow and what they could improve next time.
Our topic for Science this term is plants. The school has such an amazing garden we decided to use our outdoor environment to help us understand about trees and plants. It was such great fun to go outside and sketch the gigantic trees next to the Box Annex.
We have been learning all about Harvest this term. We used our harvest poem to help to stimulate our learning, we decided to create a poem about a harvest mouse using noun phrases to describe it. We shall share these later on in the week.
Year 2 - Maths - Place Value
The children have been learning all about place value in Maths this term. We have been using practical manipulatives to help us solve problems as well as helping us to understand different numbers. Mrs Jezzard was so impressed at our understanding she even asked us to create money bags with place value for our entrance display in school.
We have also been learning about the greater than, less than and equals symbol. We used a human sentence to help us to visualize what it meant by greater than and less than. Now we are able to explain that equals means the same on both sides!
Year 2 Athletics competition
Today the children travelled to Dane Court for a Thanet Passport Athletics competition. We are very pleased to announce that the children were fantastic and won the boys and girls competition!!
All of the children were presented with medals and two trophies which will be kept in school!
The children participated in 4 different events the 400m, a 100m sprint, long jump and vortex throw.
Thank you very much too all the adults who came along to support us on the trip as without you we would not be able to go.
Mrs Howes and Mr Woodward
Year 2 Football festival
On Tuesday 20th June some of the children in Year 2 were selected to play in a football festival at Margate football club. The children showed all of the school values throughout the festival and were an absolute pleasure to take along. Here is a summary of the players that took part
Sonny – super resilience, tracked back to help the defence out and scored a hatful of goals!
Zac – great passing to his team mates, player of the festival for Minster. Scored a screamer from near on his own half!
Charlie K – Superb tackling and was always there to support his team mates when they needed. Great spell in goal as well.
Thomas M – Was always there at the right time when we needed a player to defend. Great tackling and passing.
Thomas S – Played well in goal making some superb saves to stop the opposition. Showed great passing to help set up his team mates
Jack – Always encouraging his friends and showed brilliant sportsmanship towards the opposition. Tackled and passed well throughout the game.
Anastasios – fantastic attacking play was always there to help his team mates. Tackled really well, I don’t think anyone got past him!
Mrs Howes and Mr Woodward would like to thank all of the adults who came along to watch to support the children.
Canterbury Cathedral Trip
The children had a fantastic time on Friday at Canterbury Cathedral. The children learnt lots about how the Cathedral was built, the similarities and differences between St. Mary's church and all about Thomas Beckett.
It was very exciting when the children got to dress up and have a tour of the Cathedral.
We would like to praise the children for their behaviour throughout the trip and we would also like to thank the adults who supported the trip as without you we are unable to do them.
Mrs Howes and Mr Woodward
Year 2 Football Festival
Thanet’s Primary Association for School Sport organized the event at Margate Football Club with a total of 16 different schools attending and over 100 children taking part. The 8 children who represented Minster Primary School keenly participated in a warm up drill as well as playing a number of mini matches. The children played against 4 different teams from around the local area. They were an absolute asset to our school and consistently conveyed our 5 school values! The festival finished with everyone gathering for a final presentation and medals being awarded to those who participated, including a special medal for the player who demonstrated great sportsmanship and resilience. Thank you to everyone who came to support the children, we had a brilliant time and hope to attend more events like this in the future.
Mr Woodward and Mrs McCoy
Year 2 had a fantastic World Book Day 2017. The children had the opportunity to create their very own poem based on the Owl and the Pussycat, some of which were very inventive. They also created their own book character murals which will be displayed in class. The children worked well as a team to create these and had some fantastic ideas and drawings!
The children had a fantastic trip to Leeds Castle on Friday. They were extremely well behaved all day and showed great manners towards staff and other people visiting the castle. They really enjoyed the Swan Princess workshop where everyone had the opportunity to dress up (even the adults!) and learn about a different fairy tale.
Next they were treated to a guided tour of the castle and listened well along with asking lots of interesting questions. Last of all the children had great fun burning off some energy in the play park!
We would like to thank all of the adults who came along to help, as this trip would not have been possible if it was not for you.
This week the children's spelling focus has been the trigraph -dge as well as -ge. The children have enjoyed the weekly challenge of trying to find words with these sounds in their reading books and books from the book corner.
Here are a few we have managed to find!
Thank you to all who have brought in pictures of themselves in different places around the world. The children have really enjoyed looking at the map in class and discussing all the of the different places that they have been to. We will continue to use this throughout our learning journeys this term!
Thanet’s Primary Association for School Sport organised the event at Margate Football Club with a total of 16 different schools attending and over 100 children taking part. The 8 children who represented Minster Primary School keenly participated in a skills coaching session as well as playing a number of mini matches. The children played against 4 different teams from around the local area scoring 18 goals and only conceding the 1 goal! They were an absolute asset to our school and consistently conveyed our 5 school values! The festival finished with everyone gathering for a final presentation and medals being awarded to those who participated, including a special medal for the player who demonstrated great sportsmanship. Thank you to everyone who came to support the children we had a brilliant time and hope to attend more events like this in the future.
The children were amazed on the first day back at school to see the Mona Lisa hanging up by Mr McCarthy's office. After visiting the Mona Lisa and thinking of different adjectives to describe the way that she looks we headed back to class!
They were extremely shocked to then find out that sadly the Mona Lisa had been stolen just before lunch time! A quick assembly and a video chat with 'Jean Pierre' later, we decided to create posters to describe what she looked it so people could find her.
Throughout the week our learning journeys have taken us to learning about measuring different amounts of paint (just like Leonardo Di Vinci), creating repeating pattern shape pictures, designing our own Mona Lisa, finger print lifting and finally we checked everyone's footprints in the class and found out which was the most popular size. We have all wrote a newspaper report describing the events.
We have had a super week of learning this week.
Battle of Hastings 950th Anniversary Day
Today the children learnt all about the Battle of Hastings. We discussed questions that we would like to ask William the Conqueror, as well as looking at where the battle took place.
We also had a go at making our very own Bayeux Tapestry in the afternoon by collaging different coloured pieces of paper. The results were fantastic!
On Thursday 13th October Year 2 visited Thanet Earth. We had a very exciting day and learnt lots about how a variety of vegetables are grown all year round. We learnt how Thanet Earth produces its own electricity and has its own eco system inside the green houses including bumble bees that pollinate the plants. Interestingly we also found out that Thanet Earth use many ‘good bugs’ to stop the ‘bad bugs’ from eating the crops.
We also had the opportunity to taste some of the delicious tomatoes freshly picked. We tried 5 different varieties from baby plum to yellow cherries! The teachers were very proud of the behaviour and enthusiasm in their learning and would like to thank everyone who helped make the trip a wonderful success.
Thanet Earth also kindly donated a box full of punnets of tomatoes which the children have thoroughly enjoyed eating the next day.
The children this morning were set the challenge of looking for as many different 2D shapes that they could find around the school playground. They managed to find circles, squares, rectangles and triangles. Mr Woodward and Mrs Howes then set the children the difficult task of trying to find a hexagon and pentagon. With some careful counting of sides and corners, the children managed to find out that the seating areas and huts in the playground had 6 and 5 sides.
We really enjoyed our maths lesson today!
Science Investigation – Plants
The children are completing an exciting Science Experiment in class. We have planted some cress seeds and will be observing closely what happens to them over a period of time.
We decided to test whether the seeds would grow in different scenarios.
We have placed some seeds in a tray that will get sunlight and water; one tray will have seeds that will only have sunlight. Another will only be watered whilst the last tray will not get any water or sunlight!
Year 2 this term will be looking at photography. We first discussed different equipment we can use to take photographs and the best way to take a photograph.
We can take photos with these things…
Police man have cameras on the top
Eyes – take pictures that stay in your brain/memory
Consoles (Xbox One, PS4 etc)
We think to take a good photograph you must…
Close to the thing you want to take a photograph of
Good distance away
Don’t zoom in too far or it will be blurry
Make sure the lenses is clean or it will be blurry
Keep the camera still or it will go all blurry
Make sure that the camera is straight