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Welcome back everyone! I hope you had a lovely Easter.  We have a truly inspirational, fun and hands-on topic this term named…

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In Art and D&T the children are going to design and build their own go carts kits with the end goal of competing against other classes in a race around a track.  I am really looking forward to putting the children’s ideas into practise as we have so many creative minds in our class.

 

This half term our History topic in Year 2 is ‘The Ancient Greeks’. We will be finding out about Greek life, beliefs and traditions. We will be looking at Greek Artwork and sculpture and creating our own versions. We will explore famous Greek myths and legends like that of ’Perseus and Medusa.’

 

Your children are all progressing really well in their Read Write Inc literacy and maths groups and are all looking like really grown up year 2’s ready for the challenge of KS2 in September.

 

In Science we will be focusing on our investigation skills. We will experiment and test aspects of forces and motion and record our findings in a variety of ways. We are hoping to visit Magna Science Museum.

 

We need to keep working on our targets in Maths, Reading and Writing and try our best with all homework tasks. Don't forget you can use your Mathletics password at home to work on your Maths skills:

www.mathletics.co.uk. If you have lost your password details then come and see me and I will get you a new one.

 

We all need to be following our school rules at all times. We need to be working hard to gain our house points in order to win some super prizes. So far the behaviour has been superb, so well done to all!

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Reminders:

Please could you remind your child to have their PE kit in school every Monday and Wednesday. Please ensure that your child’s reading book and book bag are in school every day. Homework is issued every Friday, so please may I have their book in by Wednesday .As always, please feel free to discuss any questions or queries with me, either at 8:50 or 3:15.

 

Many thanks for your continued support.  Mr Mavin and  Mrs Laws

Spring 2 Newsletter: Class Y2Y2

I hope that you all had a terrific half term break. Your children have settled back into their school work so well this week and are ready for another exciting learning journey with our new topic ‘The World’s Kitchen.’ There are so many wonderful learning experiences lined up for them related to local and international food types with a focus on China. We are hoping to visit a Chinese restaurant and learn about the ingredients used and food preparation used to prepare Chinese dishes. We will also be planning to produce our own Chinese menu working alongside the school kitchen, so that everyone can enjoy our dishes. Furthermore, we have the exciting prospect of designing an App to related to China and its food. And that’s not all! The best APP created will be made by the one and only O2! For those who are unsure as to what an APP is, here we go.

 

 An App is short for application - this can be any type of computer program.  Applications have been around for as long as computers, but the term 'app' is associated with the software that runs on a smartphone or tablet device.  Apps are usually accessed by clicking or tapping on an icon on the home screen of your smartphone or tablet.  This means you don't need to search for a program or key in the address of a website. Many companies make their software available in app form - making it easier for customers to find and use their services. Apps cover a whole range of different type of activities. The most popular are games, news, weather and social networks.

 

 As a class we will also be designing our own original products with a focus on China, exploring the different ways of packaging and marketing our products.  To aid us with this, we will look at traditional recipes, products and instructional texts to help.

 

 In art we will be learning how to replicate the work of the famous artist Giuseppe Arcimboldo who used fruit to inspire his work. We will experiment by using printing and collage to create our own art. To top it all off, we will be growing our own vegetables and this will link with our Science work on plants. Please check our planters outside of our classrooms in year 2 for progress.

 

Reminders:

Please could you remind your child to have their PE kit in school every Monday and  Wednesday. Please ensure that your child’s reading book and book bag are in school every day. Homework is issued every Friday, so please may I have their book in by Wednesday .As always, please feel free to discuss any questions or queries with me, either at 8:50 or 3:15.

 

Many thanks for your support.  I look forward to seeing you all on the 26th of March at parents evening. Mr Mavin and  Mrs Laws

Y2Y2 Spring 1 Newsletter

I hope that you all had a wonderful festive break with your children and a very happy new year to you. It is so nice to see your children with smiley faces and rosy cheeks, back at school, refreshed and ready to learn this new term.

 

There are so many wonderful learning experiences lined up for them with our new topic, ‘The Aztecs’.

The Aztecs wandered around Mexico for about 200 years before they settled down in the Valley of Mexico. Other tribes were living in the area. Rather than start a war for a place to live, the Aztecs settled down in the swampy land around Lake Texcoco.

 

They were clever people. They adapted to their environment. They built canoes to fish and hunt. They filled the marshes with a combination of reeds and stones and dirt to create more farmland. They built dams and dikes to free even more land. Their engineers successfully built a bustling city, with wide plazas and many shops, on a swamp.

 

After they had settled in, the Aztecs began conquering neighbouring tribes. Soon, the entire Valley of Mexico was under their control. Other tribes had to pay tribute to them in the form of food, clothing, goods, and captives to feed the hungry Aztecs gods. The Aztecs believed in human sacrifice. That was one of the many reasons the other tribes hated and feared the Aztecs. But the Aztecs seemed unstoppable. Interesting stuff eh?

 

We will be exploring the history and culture of the Aztecs, comparing their lives to our own, experiencing some ancient traditions held by them along the way, with the focus of Gods and sacrifices. Our design and technology will be closely linked to their breath-taking architecture (buildings). We have the exciting prospect of recreating a famous Leeds building as a real Aztec style model. In addition, we will be experiencing traditional Aztec food recipes using only their staple food sources. Chocolate was first made by the Aztecs, so the children said they did not mind researching, trying and testing authentic cocoa bean chocolate.

 

In Science we will be investigating materials and their properties, and looking at how materials can be changed. Some of this work will be linked to the materials Aztecs used for their vast structures and everyday objects with a comparison of those used today.

As a class we are aiming to use a variety of exciting materials in order to create Aztec patterns and designs for various artistic purposes. There will be clay, mosaic tiles and lego models galore to emphasise such wonderful aspects of a truly dramatic period in history.

 

Reminders:

Please could you remind your child to have their PE kit in school on a Wednesday and Friday.

Please ensure that your child’s reading book and book bag are in school every day.

Homework is issued every Friday, so please may I have their book in by Wednesday.

As always, please feel free to discuss any questions or queries with any member of staff in 2Y2, either at 8:50 or 3:15.

 

Many thanks

 

Mr Mavin and Mrs Laws


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