Year 2 - Team Tiger!

Spring 1

Happy new year! I hope you have all had a lovely Christmas and enjoyed the festive period!

This half term we are going to be learning all about animals including their habitats, diet and how we classify (group) them!

We will:

  • explore and compare the differences between things that are living, dead, and things that have never been alive.
  • Identify that most living things live in habitats to which they are suited and describe how different habitats provide for the basic needs of different kinds of animals.
  • Identify and name a variety of animals in their habitats, including microhabitats.
  • Describe how animals obtain their food from plants and other animals, using the idea of a simple food chain, and identify and name different sources of food.
  • Notice that animals have offspring which grow into adults.
  • Find out about and describe the basic needs of animals for
    survival (water, food and air).

Autumn 2:

This half term is an exciting one! Very busy but fun filled as we learn all about The Gunpowder Plot and how we now celebrate Bonfire Night, we look at Remembrance Day and it's importance, The Great Fire of London and of course Christmas! With Crafternoon, the nativity and lots more exciting things planned, this promises to be an amazing half term full of learning and fun!


We will cover: 

  • Events beyond living memory that are significant nationally (The Gunpowder Plot & The Great Fire of London) 
  • We will look at both of these historic events using a range of media including: timelines, diary entries, iPad apps, drama / roleplay, sequencing, reading / analysing texts, various art forms, dance, design & technology and even science based enquiries. So much cross curricular learning - we can't wait!
  • The lives of significant individuals in the past who have shaped history - we will look specifically at Guy Fawkes, who was he? Why is he iconic? Can we put ourselves into his shoes to write a diary entry leading up to the plot?
  • We will also look closely at Samuel Pepys and how the diary he wrote was a brilliant history source, leading to so many interesting discoveries and information about the Great Fire of London.  

Autumn 1:

We are going to be learning all about... castles!

This will include:

  • a visit to Conisbrough Castle
  • identifying the features of a castle
  • looking at the job roles of different people within a castle
  • identifying famous castles 
  • creating models of castles
  • looking at different materials and their suitability 


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Christmas Crafternoon!

We had a brilliant afternoon making different Christmas crafts and turning the classroom into our very own winter wonderland! 

Thank you so much to all of our fantastic helpers for making our afternoon super special and Christmassy! 

Conisbrough Castle!

Well, the rain certainly didn't spoil our fun! What a super day we had! We started by exploring the bailey and the keep; we asked thoughtful questions and tried to spot the different features that we have been learning about in class. We saw an old well, arrow slits, spiral staircases, battlements on top of the tower and even a toilet! We found out how old the castle was.. can you remember tigers? We also learned about Lord Hamlin and Lady Isabelle who used to live at the castle. 

Then it was lunch time - followed by a fantastic workshop where we learnt about the different roles people did in the castle. We found out about stewards, cooks, farmers, maids, lords, ladies and even kings! It was fantastic to bring the topic to life and see everyone throughly enjoying themselves! Go Team Tigers! 

Class Information 

I am in class all week apart from Monday afternoons when Mrs Gelipter will be covering my planning and assessment time.

Book bags and homework to come into school on a Monday please. 

Outdoor PE is on Tuesdays and Indoor PE is on Thursdays.

Please make sure your child has a white T-shirt, a black sweatshirt and black joggers / shorts, (a spare pair of socks is a good idea if your child wears tights to school). Please make sure all kit is clearly named.

Water bottles will be sent home at the end of the school day to be washed and refilled ready for the next day please.

Any questions please don’t hesitate to ask! 

Thank you so much for your support,

Mrs Barnes


What have we been up to?

Children in Need 15.11.19

Today we dressed in pyjamas to raise money for Children in Need. In the morning the Tigers worked in partners to create some super informative videos all about the charity. They saved their own photographs using the internet, screen shotting and cropping them until they were the right size, they recorded their voice over the photos or typed into text boxes and even added background music - AMAZING!

In the afternoon we split the class in half and teamed up with Y4 to share our bedtime stories along with a yummy cup of hot chocolate! It was so lovely to see the children sharing their stories and reading for pleasure. What a fabulous day! 

13.11.19 - Today we visited the Memorial Garden in Ridgeway to pay our respects to the brave soldiers from WWI. The children were incredibly respectful as we looked at the monument and produced some wonderful wax rubbings. The children also wrote super, descriptive remembrance acrostic poems which were fantastic! Such amazing superstars! Well done everyone!

We made our own poppies using two different pieces of felt! We drew around a stencil and then cut each one out, sticking them together. Then (with a little help from Mrs Evans!) we sewed the black button through the middle and added a safety pin on the back. We wore them with pride to our Remembrance Day assembly on Monday 11th November and all children were very proud of their achievements - well done Tigers!

We had a very special visitor in Y2 - a real life firefighter! Chris talked to us about how to stay safe, particularly on Bonfire Night, we learnt how to check our smoke alarms and what to do if there was a fire at home! The children listened amazingly well and could all perform a STOP, DROP & ROLL by the end of the session! Great job Tigers!

MEDIEVAL DAY! 25.10.19

In D&T we have designed and created shields thinking about the shape, pattern and animals. We discussed why knights used shields and why each was different! Great work Tigers!

In English we have been writing descriptive poems of a tiger thinking carefully about the vocabulary we use. We used expanded noun phrases, similies and even adverbs to describe the tiger's movements! Here is an example of our wonderful work! Well done Tigers; you're grrrrreat!

On Thursday the Tigers visited Graves to take part in a Multi Sports Activity morning! The children were amazing as they worked together as a team throughout the various activities!

We played shooting stars, sticky toffee tig, a hoop and beanbag relay game and even created our own dance! What an amazing time we had! Well done everybody!!

We looked at the famous painting 'Castle and the Sun' by Paul Klee and used this as inspiration to create our own versions, firstly using 2D shapes and then oil pastels. Each looked unique and different and we can't wait to see the final product next week when we complete them using a wash for the background!

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