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Engaging Debate!

This week, Year 2 have been engaging in a debate to explore the issue, ‘Should all animals be cared for in the same way?’. The children listened to each other’s opinions before respectfully sharing their own views. Lots of the children felt that animals shouldn’t be cared for in the same way as they all … Continue reading »

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Retrieving for research…

Last week, Year 2 have been really busy using and applying the skills they have been developing in their reading retrieval lessons to answer the questions they generated about our topic the ‘Great Fire of London’. The children could explain how they skimmed and scanned for key words on the content page to help them locate … Continue reading »

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Self-assessment super stars…

This week, we have been writing a story about the very annoying elephant Sam adopts from the zoo. We have been trying to vary our sentence types to include both statements and questions. After the lesson, we shared our work with a peer to help us to identify what we had got better at and … Continue reading »

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Getting closer to nature…

Last week, we all visited a nature reserve to find out more about plants and animals that live in British habitats. We discovered lots of different types of plants and trees e.g. lavender and sycamore. Then, during our pond dipping workshop we were able to identify and classify different types of species that live in … Continue reading »

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Would you like to make Ghostbusters slime? 

This week, Year 2 have been busy creating Ghostbusters slime! To do this, the needed to follow a set of instructions. After this, the children have written a set of instructions so that other children or adults at home can make this great creation too. Everyone had tremendous fun! Take a look at a set … Continue reading »

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Daisy and the trouble with zoos…

Recently, Year 2 have been reading their class book ‘Daisy and the trouble with zoos’. They have used ideas from the story to write about the time that Daisy visited the penguin pool on her birthday. The children worked on using a range of subordinating and coordinating conjunctions to extend their sentences. Take a look … Continue reading »

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Working collaboratively…

During their ICT lessons, Year 2 have been busy developing their understanding of algorithms. They have been working collaboratively to understand how they can be implemented on digital devices such as Roamer. Everyone has found it challenging to work out how to make Roamer follow a series of algorithms to reach certain points on the … Continue reading »

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INSPIRE

This week, Year 2 held an INSPIRE morning for parents to show them how we are developing our comprehension skills. The focus on the INSPIRE was on ‘find and copy’ questions. These questions helped the children to broaden their vocabulary, develop an understanding words and their meaning with the long term aim of supporting them … Continue reading »

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Exploring the outdoors…

In science, we have been exploring the wilderness area to help Miss Lodge and Mr Blagg try to find ways to attract more wildlife. Firstly, we used all our senses to explore the area before recording these. Also, we closely observed the area and searched for mini beasts that are already living in this habitat. … Continue reading »

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Comparing with Jaxson…

This week, we have been learning how to order and compare numbers with our classroom friend Jaxson the crocodile! We have been using our knowledge of the value of tens and units to help us. Jaxson did an impressive piece of work where he used his skills of drawing base 10 to work out which … Continue reading »

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