Fantastic Foxes – Y2 (2018/19)

Learn and Be Happy!

Class teacher – Mrs S Ahmed

Ms Brown also helps us with our learning

Hello and welcome to our Year 2 page!

In Fantastic Foxes, we always have a busy day of learning, inspiring and motivating,

Our day begins with Cyber Coach, which helps us to feel energised and ready for all of the hard work, which we do throughout the day.

We have daily phonics, Maths and English lessons in the morning. In the afternoon, we learn the wider curriculum including 2 PE and Science sessions a week.

We endeavour to make our homework as interesting as possible; therefore we offer a wide range of activities for the term. The children are given a choice of what they would like to do and when they would like to do it. At the end of the term we have a ‘special homework sharing’ assembly showcasing all of the children’s hard work!

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Spring 2

It has been another busy term for Fantastic Foxes! We have been working so hard and are really enjoying our learning.

History:

This half term, in History. the key skill that we were learning was: recall

In our History work, we have been looking at significant history makers. We have discussed: Guy Fawkes, Margaret Thatcher, Marie Curie, Malala Yousafzai, Hatshepsut and Queen Elizabeth the First. It has been fascinating looking at all these people and how they changed history. We all learnt about the different time periods and the struggles the individuals faced. At the end we reasoned who we thought was the greatest history maker and why. 

Maths:

In Maths, we have been learning about Money, Fractions and problem solving. We have learnt how to make different amounts with coins, make a given total using different coins, give change and answer everyday problems linked with money. In Fractions, we have been using the bar model to help us find fractions of ½, ¼, and ¾! Fantastic Foxes are all very proud of their hard work and have really tried hard to grasp the concept of fractions and the language used.  

English:

In English, we have been looking at ‘Winnie the Witch’ stories. As a class we have really enjoyed listening to the stories and sharing Winnie’s adventures. During the half term, we learnt the different features of the Winnie stories, retold a Winnie story, wrote character profiles for Winnie and Wilbur and for our final piece we wrote our own Winnie the Witch story!   

  

Science:

In Science, we have continued to look at healthy lifestyles. We have been making posters and leaflets to encourage everyone to adopt a healthy lifestyle..

Fantastic Foxes have pledged to change at least one of their habits to a healthy option for next half term We will re visit next half term and see how we all got on!

During our Science week, we had lots of fun. We had the ‘WellyBob’ farm animals come and visit us. We saw a range of small animals like guinea pigs, rabbits, tortoise as well as big animals like horses and goats. Along with this, a super talented scientist called Dr Lea, came to visit us, she showed us some amazing experiments.  

 

D&T

Fantastic Foxes had a super D@T week. We decided to link RE and D@T and make Easter bonnets and hats. There were lots of steps to do before we could actually make our bonnets. We had to choose the design, the materials, discuss the different ways we could join our materials and lastly how we would decorate it. It was a fun way to end our term!

Spring 1

This half term, Fantastic Foxes have been working hard and it is reflected in their work!

Geography:

This half term, in Geography. the key skill that we are learning is: Observe

In our Geography work, we have started to understand how England is different from around the world. In particular, we are focusing on a small village called ‘Kampong Ayre’, which literally translates to ‘Water village’. Kampong Ayre is the capital of Brunei! Next half term we will be hoping to answer the question : How does the location of Kampong Ayre compare to our location?     

 

History:

This half term, in History. the key skill that we are learning is: reason

In our History work, we are learning about the greatest history makers. We have already looked at Guy Fawkes and why he was significant in our history. We have used role play to help us understand why he may have taken such a big step as attempting to commit treason. As a class, we have had some interesting debates regarding who was correct the king or Guy Fawkes!

 

Maths:

In Maths, we have been learning about Multiplication and Division. We have been learning the rules and how to use inverse to check our work. To help us, we have used concrete objects to make arrays and bar models and then have had a go at solving the numer sentences using pictorial methods. We are beginning to make links between the different symbols. We have also been learning avbout‘Money’, and the different values of coins and notes. Fantastic Foxes, can make a given amount using different coins, compare different amounts and add 2 amounts together.   

English:

In English, we have been looking at different features of ‘Information Text’. We have been learning about fiction and non-fiction texts and then we have linked our learning to dinosaurs. Our amazing dinosaur information text is displayed in the corridors! We will continue to write a story about dinosaurs next half term!

This half term, it was also ‘Oral story Telling’ week. In Year 2, we thought about our own favourite stories and orally performed them to each other and the whole class.

Science:

In Science, our topic was healthy lifestyle. We have been investigating what it means to be healthy. During our topic, we have a food tasting session, which the children enjoyed. We have also been looking at differentb germs and how they travel. We did a germ experiment involving glitter to understand the importance of washing our hands thoroughly.

Art

During our art week, Fantastic Foxes teamed up with BFG’s to learn about the artist ‘Vincent Van Gogh’. We learnt about his early life, his passion for painting and his famous paintings. Together, we paired up and tried to re-create ‘The Starry Night’ painting. It was fantastic to work with BFG’s they guided and supported us throughout the week and showed us how responsible and hardworking they are!.    

 

Autumn 2

It has been another busy half term for Fantastic Foxes! We have now settled in to our routine and are approaching our work with discipline and perseverance.

Geography:

This half term, in Geography. the key skill that we are learning is: Describe

In our Geography work, we have continued to look at our local area. However, we have also started to look at the different countries that make up United Kingdom. We have learnt some key information about the countries and compared them to each other. 

History:

This half term, in History. the key skill that we are learning is: Speculate

In our History work, we are learning about ‘Townley Hall’ and why it is significant to our locality. We have imagined what it would have been like to live in Townley Hall and how different it would have been to our lives today. During our History lessons, we have also discussed children that may have worked at Townley Hall and how difficult their lives may have been.

Maths:

In Maths, we have been learning about addition and subtraction. We have been learning the rules and how to use inverse to check our work. Fantastic Fox have also been looking carefully at the ‘=’ symbol and what it represents.    

      

English:

In English, we have been looking at different features of instruction writing. We have written some fantastic instructions for ‘Horrible smoothies’. We have also worked hard at developing our vocabulary and writing interesting adjectives for description. 

    

Science:

In Science, we have continued to look at materials and found out about an inventor called John McAdam.

Our new topic is healthy lifestyle. We will be investigating what it means to be healthy. During our topic, we will be looking at healthy food, healthy mind, exercise and Hygiene.

 

Art & D&T

Fantastic Foxes were very lucky to have the opportunity to work with local artists to make light sculptures to display at the ‘Light up the Night’ parade in Burnley. The children worked really hard and enjoyed working together to create their lanterns.

      

For our Christmas Fair, Fantastic Foxes designed their very ‘Christmas Muffins’. We then sold them to parents and carers, they were a huge success!

  

Autumn 1

Fantastic Foxes have had a super start to the term! We have been learning our classroom rules and routines.

Geography:

This half term, in Geography. the key skill that we are learning is: Observe

In our Geography work, we have been looking at our local area and significant buildings. We have been on a local area walk, made a map of our route and thought about some of the changes we would like to make.

   

History:

This half term, in History. the key skill that we are learning is: Speculate

In our History work, we are learning about ‘Townley Hall’ and why it is significant to our locality. We will be visiting the hall and finding lots of information about the family, who lived there.

    

Maths:

In Maths, we have been using lots of concrete and pictorial methods to help us manipulate numbers and look at different number facts. Fantastic Foxes are working really hard to understand place value, so it can help us with our reasoning skills.   

English:

In English, we have looked at the book ‘The Tiger Who Came to Tea’ and wrote our own version of the story. To help us remember the story, we used story maps and roleplay.  We even made jam sandwiches for the tiger!  

 

    

Poet Day

This half term, we also had a special guest visit our school. He was a local poet called Ian Bland. He taught us all about alliteration in poems and we had a go at writing our own ‘Animal Alliteration poems’

Science:

In Science, we have been learning about ‘Materials’. Fantastic Foxes became scientists to help Mrs Ahmed when she had a problem with her cat spilling water!

We had to decide which material would be the best material to use to mop the water up. Fantastic Foxes used their previous knowledge, speculated and predicted and then decided on how they were going to test the different materials. We all enjoyed our investigation and Mrs Ahmed, is now using the correct material to mop up water every time her cat spills water.    

          


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