Welcome to our Year 2 page
What is my child learning?
Please see our Curriculum Map: Year 2 Curriculum Map
Throughout the year, we will be sharing our learning journey, so please continue to visit our page.
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We can't wait to share our journey with you!
Following our session last week designing cars, today Year 2 built there own vehicles based on their earlier designs. We experimented with different ways to create working axles and wheels, amending our designs where necessary. The task also required us to demonstrate our team working skills, making compromises when needed.
As part of our 'Transport Through the Ages' topic, Year 2 visited the Transport Museum in Covent Garden. We attended a special 'build a bus' workshop, where we found out about the evolution of the iconic London Bus. We then had time to explore the museum - particular highlights were visiting an early London Underground carriage and seeing the omnibus!
This week as part of our new science topic, Animals including Humans, we visited Hackney City Farm. We had lots of fun looking at the different farm animals, and luckily we were just in time for the animal's breakfast!
To start our new history topic, ’Transport Through the Ages’, we examined different types of transport, noting how they had changed over time. We then discussed the importance of the wheel in the evolution of transport. Year 2 were then given the challenge of re-inventing the wheel! You can see some of our hard work below!
Science Museum trip
We visited the Science Museum this week as part of our Science topic 'Materials'. It was a fun-filled day with plenty of learning opportunities for the children. We were amazed by the countless layers of 'the Materials House' (a piece of art created using 213 different materials), explored how the uses of materials have changed over the centuries and finally had the chance to experiment to our heart's content in the museum's incredible 'Wonderlab'. Have a look at some of the photos below!
Holly class Pizza Express trip!
We had so much fun being chefs for the morning. We made margarita pizzas! It was even more fun eating the pizzas when they were cooked. Yummy!
After examining and discussing the various properties of different materials, Year 2 embarked on an investigation to decide which materials would be best to build a water-tight boat! We worked in small teams of 4, first discussing ideas, possible plans and roles for each team member, before constructing our vessels and ultimately testing them in some wild waters (a tray full of water)!
To introduce our new maths topic of addition and subtraction, Year 2 investigated how they could use known number facts, such as 2 + 4 = 6, to derive further number facts, such as 12 + 4 = 16. Our focus on Tuesday was addition and on Friday we looked at subtraction.
As part of our Great fire of London topic, we made wooden houses similar to the houses in the 1660s. The houses in Pudding Lane in the 1660s were made from wood and were built close together, that’s why the fire was able to spread so quickly.
A warm welcome back to the school year. The class names for year 2 this year are HOLLY and HAZEL. We have had a fantastic first half term back in class.Our topic this half term has been The Great Fire of London.
Year 2 Reading Championship
Each week we will be announcing our Year 2 reading champion. This young reader will have read their book every night and will win the chance to have their name placed into a reading hat everyday. The name of the lucky winner will be drawn from the hat and will be announced at the end of each week.
This week's reading champion is Awad Shah.
To conclude our Plants topic, Year 2 visited West Hackney Recreation Ground to explore pollination. Groups had a chance to go on a minibeast hunt (setting us up nicely for our next topic of habitats), create seed balls, sketch plants and examine insects and plants closely with a magnifying glass.
To introduce our new science topic, Year 2 spent the afternoon learning about habitats and had the chance to create a habitat of their own! We planted a range of vegetables and wild flowers in order to attract minibeasts to our playground. We will be able to monitor these microhabitats on a daily basis and observe the variety of creatures who make it a home.
As part of our Plants topic in science, Year 2 visited the Horniman Museum in Lewisham to take part in their People and Plants workshop. The children got to examine a range of edible and non-edible plants and discover a wide range of uses for everyday plants—some of which were very surprising! To finish the day, we explored the museum’s natural history gallery, where we were even lucky enough to see a mysterious merman!
Year 2 donned their story writing hats this week as they wrote their own versions of the story 'Chatterbox Ben'. Would the Jelly Legs Jimmy be able to stay still during the mannequin challenge, raising hundreds of pounds for Red Nose Day? Children explored this idea through drama and talk for writing, before creating their own outstanding narratives!
As part of our history topic on the Tudors, Year 2 visited Sutton House. Did you know it is the oldest house in Hackney? We took part in a special time travel workshop, finding out what it was like to live in the house at various points throughout history. Can you guess which times are shown in these photos?
World Book Week
Year 2 started March with a bang! It was World Book Week so the whole school spent a week celebrating our favourite reads. Highlights included a pyjama reading party with milk and cookies and of course fancy dress on World Book Day.
Literacy - The Magic Finger
To explore our text for the week, Year 2 engaged in a range of drama activities, including hot seating and freeze framing. We also decided on a range of questions we would like to ask characters at key points in the story. We then used these ideas and inspirations to write and finally publish our own versions of Roald Dahl's story the Magic Finger!
Science - Animals, including humans
To introduce our new science topic, Year 2 looked at the life cycle of a human, paying particular focus to how we change over our lifetimes. We identified things that we did as babies and toddlers and compared these to things that we have learned to do as we have grown older. We then discussed the hypothesis that 'taller people have bigger shoes' and conducted an investigation to find out whether this was true or not. You can see some photos of Year 2 exploring this below!