Year 2 Class - 2L - Spring - 2019 - 2020

Arima Madurai Black

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Our class teacher is Miss Little.
Our Teaching Assistant is Miss Walters. 



Arima Madurai Black


  • P.E. is on Thursday and Dance is on Wednesday. P.E kits should remain in school all week.
  • Homework is given out on a Monday and is due in on a Friday. Dojo points are awarded for the return of completed homework.
  • Children will be tested on their spellings and times tables every Friday.
  • Please read with your child every night and bring their book to school every day! Children will receive Dojo points for reading at home!
  • Music is on a Monday.

Please practise reading and spelling the words below with your child.


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Arima Madurai Black
Please read with your child every night.
Class 2L earn points and rewards for their reading efforts at home. Reading records should be signed by an adult to earn these points!
Please bring your reading book to school every day.
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Please use TT Rockstars and Spelling Shed to further consolidate learning!
They are a fun and engaging way for your child to learn their times tables and spellings.
Your children will have their personal login and can access these resources via the internet or an app. Children can practise relevant times tables and spellings, including their homework spellings in a fun, interactive way.
Link to Spelling Shed:  
Link to TT Rockstars:
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The children enjoyed working together to determine which ball is the bounciest. The children selected different ball types and decided to drop them from 1m high and see how high they would bounce. They used their knowledge of measurement which we have been learning in Maths to measure how high the ball bounced. They did well to compare the results on concrete and on the carpet and were challenged to consider why some of the balls bounciness changed depending on the surface it was dropped on. The children determined that they made it a fair test by using the same person to drop the ball to ensure the same force was used and during our test we edited our approach to make it more fair by dropping each ball twice!
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In Science the children have been exploring materials and their properties. The children applied different forces to a number of different materials to observe if and how they could be changed or manipulated. The children enjoyed working in groups to observe these changes and note which materials could be twisted, squashed, pulled and stretched. They enjoyed identifying and comparing the materials and naming their properties to help them understand why some materials can and cannot be manipulated.
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The children in Year 2 had an amazing time designing and making pizzas as part of their DT topic. They really enjoyed using different skills during their cookery session with some of their parents. We had an amazing time cutting, rolling, kneading and designing our pizzas with the school Chefs. Thank you to them and the parents who helped us!
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In DT the children have been learning about how to maintain a balanced and healthy diet. Through researching, designing and making pizzas the children have learned the different food groups and the need for each of these. The children researched different bread products and used different adjectives to describe them to help determine their suitability for a pizza base. They worked collaboratively to predict which would be the best and observe them closely to identify their qualities. Have a look at us exploring them below!
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The children have been learning about Kenya, Africa in Geography. They have researched and discussed the Maasai Tribe and their culture and traditions. The children then used their artistic skills to create their own necklaces because the tribe believe that the more jewellery you wear, the richer you look!
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In Geography the children have been learning about Kenya in Africa. The children used their observational skills to analyse images of rural and urban Kenya and compared how they both live. The children worked in groups to make notes about what they could see before watching a video of a day in the life of two young girls - one from urban and one for rural Kenya. They enjoyed working together to learn about different lifestyles and cultures.
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In Dance the children have been learning different styles of dance, including ballet and tap. This week they focused on tap and explored the different movements needed to make different sounds with tap shoes. They worked on their control and trying to match the rhythm.
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In Geography the children have been learning about Africa. The children have learned about the different animals in Africa, focusing on the big five . These animals are endangered because they are being hunted and killed. These five animals are rhinos, cape buffalo, lions, elephants and leopards. We first used our research skills to create paper fact files about the different animals. We worked on how to use and navigate a search engine and how to retrieve data. We then used this data to create a leaflet about the five animals on our ipads. Have a look at our amazing team work below! 
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The children used their ipads to gather data. They inputted data into a pictogram to show our class's favourite zoo animals. they worked together to create the pictogram before inputting the data. They then discussed their findings and discovered that our favourite animal is elephants! 
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As part of Global Week were we learned about Elephants, the children learnt how to use water colours today to create a sunset effect. The children then used this as a background to create an elephant picture. Have a look at our amazing skills below!
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In Geography we are learning about the continent Africa but have been focusing on the country, Kenya. We have learned about an African tribe called the Maasai Tribe and their amazing jumping dance. We tried it out ourselves!
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In Music the children are listening to and performing African music. The children listened to a performance of their chosen African song in an African language and identified the important features of a performance including, harmonies, volume and presentation. They then began to learn the song including call and response and movements. Have a look at our first rehearsal of the song!
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The children had an amazing time at the zoo. They saw lots of different animals including their focus animal the elephants! They saw a tiger eating its dinner, monkeys swinging and a bear drinking from a bamboo stick. We went in the bat cave and watched the giraffes playing. Thank you to all our helpers!
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In PE the children have been working on their movements and isolating and controlling parts of their body to manipulate resources such as a hula hoop. They enjoyed working with the hula hoop in many ways. Take a look at the videos below!
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The children used influences from other poems and their list of rhyming words collated at the beginning of the week to begin forming rhyming couplets. They worked together in pairs and small groups to finish different rhyming couplet examples before beginning to create their own. They will use these tomorrow to write their own poems! Listen to some of the many amazing examples below!
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During global week in P4C we looked at different statements regarding animals in zoos, including "animals are in cages," "animals are taken care of" and "animals cannot experience their own weather conditions". We worked together to identify whether we believed these statements were good or bad and gave reasons. We were critical thinkers when we recognised that some could be good or bad, for example, OT explained that it is good they are in cages because they are safe and we are safe from them but it is bad because they may feel trapped or do not have enough space. We used these statements and discussions to form and answer the question: "Should animals be kept in zoos?" Have a look at some of our responses below!
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The children worked in groups to read different Jungle poems and poems about animals. They first identified wow words and worked together to clarify them and define them. Following this, they identified the different rhyming couplets and noted them down, adding more examples to their lists. They enjoyed working together to explore different examples of poetry and will use them later in the week as inspiration for their own poems!
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The children from Year 2 visited St Matthew's Church for some quiet reflection time.
The children were greeted by Father Dominic who showed them the lovely Christmas Nativity and Crib and spoke to the children about the three kings and shepherds who visited Jesus after he was born. He talked about the importance of these visitors and the special celebration. It was lovely to see the decorations in our parish and have some time to reflect together.
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As part of our recent RE topic children have been thinking about different types of books and their purpose. We worked in groups to explore different types of books, identifying who they were for, where they could be used and why. We also used our knowledge from Literacy to identify if they were fiction or non-fiction. 
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In PE the children have been practising their throwing skills and doing relay races.
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In Collective worship the children have been talking abut dreams and goals. They have been reflecting on their previous year and have been working together to set goals for this year. They discussed how they could support each other with these goals and how God will also be there to help them. In days following they talked about the importance of reflecting on the past to learn from it and to forgive what has happened to start a new beginning. The children enjoyed sharing their dreams and aspirations including improving their handwriting, concentration, making new friends in the school, joining new teams and being more helpful at home.