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Nightingale Academy

Minster Church of England Primary School

Nurturing Foundations, Flourishing With God


Year 2

2021 - 2022

Wriggle and Crawl

So far this term Year 2 have loved their outdoor learning. They have enjoyed going on minibeast hunts, looking for different bugs that they could see and observing their habitat. The children were very excited to go pond dipping to see what they could find between the pond weed. They have also had the chance to sit and do some observational drawings of plants and outdoor environments.

Towers, Turrets and Tunnels

Easter Bonnet Competition

Making our castles

Making 3D shapes


Blue Class have thoroughly enjoyed their first couple of weeks on our topic of Towers, Turrets and Tunnels. It was a fantastic experience to visit Leeds Castle as a hook to our learning and then follow this up in a number of ways in the classroom. We have investigated different balls in science as a projectile to see which will be the most effective at destroying a tower. We have used computers to create designs of castles to include the key features, looked at the history of castles and created a timeline to show the chronology and researched all things castles for our gold book non-fiction write. A fabulous start!

Our trip to Leeds Castle. The children were able to explore and learn about the history of the castle. They also took part in acting out the story of the Swan Princess.

World Book Day

Street Detectives

Blue Class have had a great time this term finding out all about the geography and history of our village - Minster. We went on a field trip to see the different shops and services, following a map and completing a traffic survey. We have compared maps from today to maps from the past and have also created maps of brand-new localities - using a key to show different features. We have  made our own shops and community buildings and created a large-scale aerial map for them to be part of.  

Year 2 enjoyed time spent in the ICT suite today. They designed their own backgrounds and computer 'sprites' to get ready to start programming them next week. 

Land Ahoy!

Pirate Day! Ahoy me hearties. What a fabulous day we have had learning all things pirate. We have learnt to talk, dance and act like a pirate. We have made treasure maps using a key and drawn pirate ships using bamboo sticks and ink. We have listened to pirate stories and jokes. What is a pirate's favourite letter of the alphabet? Arrrrggggghhh.

We have started off our 'Land Ahoy' topic with lots of role play. The children have loved getting into character. We have looked at different explorers over time.

Term 1

Last week, Year 2 read a book called 'The Disgusting Sandwich' and we began thinking of all the disgusting things that could go into a sandwich. We went collecting our disgusting ingredients; mossy twigs, pondweed, crunchy leaves, gloopy mud, plus things from our classroom such as glitter, sand and paint. We decided on our ingredients before making our own sandwich. We then wrote our recipe for our disgusting sandwiches and published them in best into our Gold Books! 

Grandma's potion


Last week as part of an English lesson, Year 2 followed a recipe for a potion for evil Grandma! The ingredients were rather disgusting - troll's dribble and gruesome snot...... there was a rather whizz popping ending when we followed the recipe correctly!

Year 2 have been learning about the artist - Guiseppe Arcimboldo. We were fascinated that he made his portraits from fruits and vegetables. We then wanted a go ourselves and are so pleased with our gallery of finished portraits.

If you're wondering why Year 2 came out a bit paint splattered on Thursday then this is why! We had great fun creating artwork in the style of Jackson Pollock! I am sure you will agree they look amazing!

Muck, Mess and Mixtures

We have really enjoyed our experiments getting messy with our mixtures...

We have enjoyed our first unit of Maths. We have been using lots of manipulatives to help us...

In Year 2 we have been enjoying our music lessons - singing, dancing and playing instruments to a song about Hands, Feet and Heart! It was lots of fun getting out the instruments!

Blue Class have had a great week so far; becoming aspirational artists, independent mathematicians and engaged muck and mess makers!

2020 -2021

Yellow Class had lots of fun in their Maths lesson yesterday. We drew chalk circles to find out the capacity of our containers by pouring the contents out into them.

Year 2 really enjoyed the challenge of making seagull finger puppets yesterday. We followed instructions, used a pattern and tracing paper to transfer the pattern and had to use our best cutting out. They look amazing and the children were thrilled with them.

Blue Class have had a fabulous arty afternoon, learning how to sculpt clay to replicate shells that we have found whilst beachcombing. They have also learnt how to use chalk pastels to blend colours and create line and tone.

Yellow Class children enjoyed learning how to sculpt natural forms found by the coast using clay and clay tools. There were some lovely creatures made and shells too.

We have so enjoyed making our healthy snack for Healthy Bodies Week.  We have designed our own pizza, learnt how to prepare food by chopping and grating and then evaluated our product. We did this by checking through the Healthy Eating Plate and looking for healthy options, and of course by tasting and eating our pizza as well!

 Year 2 were so lucky to get a fantastic cello workshop. We loved it, especially learning how to hold it and work out how to make sounds.

Year 2 loved learning how to develop ideas and techniques in their Art lesson today, all the better for being outside under the trees. We were choosing a selection of our beachcomber finds and thinking about how to arrange them in artistic ways on a background, using ideas about shape, pattern, line and sculpture.

Year 2 have really enjoyed exploring, presenting and creating their own tongue twisters. They loved the opportunity to publish their work using handwriting pens too! In our science and art we have been exploring shells, classifying them and using them to create some super land art.

Yellow Class released 2 of our butterflies today as they emerged this morning! We put the ones still not emerged outside in the garden area in case they emerge over half term.

Year 2 have been enjoying their computing this term - looking at algorithms and debugging. We went to the computing suite to navigate bee bot around different locations, working with a partner who directed our inputs. We have then explored the programmable toy and created instructions to take it to different locations on our mat- all places that a bee would love to visit! It's been bee - rilliant!

Year 2 have worked so hard in their minibeast inspired Dance this term. Here they are greeting each other as their minibeast at the start of the 'Ugly Bug Ball'.  The children have learnt about using different levels, speeds, stillness and gesture to take part in their special dance sequence.

Year 2 have been learning lots in their music lessons. We have learnt to play tuned and untuned percussion, explored rhythm and pitch and investigated sound effects and simple notation.

We have investigated life cycles in our minibeast topic, these help us remember each stage.

In Year 2 we have been using spoken language for performance poetry. We learnt a minibeast poem off by heart, added in some actions and then performed it to our audience. You can see we had quite a lot of fun.

We went outside to do our Maths today. We were describing movement and turns using words like clockwise and anticlockwise. We had to instruct someone to move across a grid to get to the cone.