INTRODUCING THE TEAM
|Ms Stella Browning||Class Teacher||Year 2|
|Mrs Katie Spencer||Teacher Assistant||Year 2|
|Miss Lauren Croucher||Teaching Assistant 1:1||Year 2|
|Ms Sam Williams||Teaching Assistant 1:1||Year 2|
What happens in Year 2 at Crondall?
In Year 2, topics are brought to life through an active approach, using practical resources and real life situations where possible. Teamwork and friendship play a big part here as they learn to work collaboratively and compromise when needed.
We spend considerable time supporting the children in being more independent, whether that be related to deciding what games to play on the playground, to remembering to change their own reading book. Independence is also a skill that we foster during learning time as the children learn to check and edit their own writing or decide on which challenge to choose in Maths.
Over the year, we see great strides of progress as the children learn to use and apply all the skills learnt during their time in school so far. In writing, they develop from writing simple sentences to writing at length in a range of styles, using speaking and listening to support them. Maths lessons see the introduction of multiplication and division as well as calculating with numbers up to 100.
Above all, we aim for the children to leave Key Stage one with a love of learning and an enthusiasm to continue this in Key Stage 2.
YEAR 2 2021-2022
Wednesday 20th October 2021
Another busy week in Year 2. We have learnt about Yayoi Kusama, a Japanese artist, then sketched and painted pumpkins in her polka dot style. We have planted bulbs for the Spring (thankyou all for your kind donations) and we have written plenty of poems. Plus we have been introduced to Black History Month. However, team games in PE this week has been one of our highlights as we were able to demonstrate some ball skills, but we also worked hard as a team. And of course we all laughed lots while we tried to do the Penguin Shuffle!
Wednesday 13th October 2021
We have been learning about Harvest Festival in class but Rev. Tara came in and talked about why and how Christians observe it too.
We also learnt about Sukkot, the Jewish Harvest Festival. We discovered that Jews build a Sukkah (a shelter or hut) and decorate it with fruits and flowers and sometimes children hang lanterns and paper chains too. The fruits and flowers remind Jews to be thankful to god for the Harvest.
Then, in groups we decorated a picture of a Sukkah, but best of all, we made and decorated our own Sukkah for our classroom!
Wednesday 29th September 2021
What a few weeks it has been, readjusting to school life, remembering all the classroom expectations and school values! As a class, Year 2 thoroughly enjoyed Democracy Day and taking part in an election. I was extremely proud of all the children who put themselves forward for House Captains and like the children, I am very excited to find out the final result. Year 2 have been learning all about time conjunctions for their recount of the trip on the Watercress Line and they were particularly enthusiastic in acting out various scenarios from the day :).
Friday 10th September 2021
All aboard Crondall Station! Welcome to Platform 2 (aka Year 2) We are all so happy to see your smiling faces again and to hear all about your lovely summer holidays. It has been full steam ahead this week. Not only have we visited the allotment to see the wonderful flowers and delicious vegetables growing but we have talked about our ideal classroom and been introduced to Boomwhackers! Most importantly though, was our Stunning Start – our school trip to the Watercress Line. We were very excited to get a golden ticket for our return trip from Ropley to Alton. We were luckily enough to eat our lunch on the train too! We learnt about the history of the station and looked at some of the engines. We are now right on track and ready for Year 2. Choo Choo!
YEAR 2 2020-2021
Wednesday 7th July
This week, we have been focussing on traditional tales such as Goldilocks and the three bears. We read the Lauren Child version and then compared it to the version by Anthony Browne. We have retold the story, written a recount from Goldilock’s point of view and we even met Goldilocks and helped her to write an apology letter to the bears! In our DT we planned and made a hand puppet in order to perform a puppet show for Year 1. We used a template to cut around the felt, to knot our thread, thread a needle and do a running stitch. We were very pleased with the results. Here are just a few. Can you guess which character they are?
Wednesday 23rd June
Well the sun came out for us today on a wonderful sports day! Although our parents were unable to attend due to government restrictions, we had a lot of fun. Here are some photos of the day.
We also had a final of Crondall’s Got Talent, where one of the runners was a singer from our class! Well done to all that took part – what a talented bunch you are!
Wednesday 9th June
Year 2 have been really busy over the last couple of weeks. First we have been looking after and observing the life cycle of some butterflies as they went from caterpillar, to chrysalis, to fully grown butterfly. Yesterday we set them free to find nectar and pollenate plants.
We have also been measuring our sunflowers to see whos is the tallest. We have one that is a whopping 83cm!
Today we were lucky enough to be joined by the fire service who told us all about what to do in a fire and how to keep safe.
Finally we went down to the woods to have our very own teddy bear’s picnic! This was part of our marvellous middle of our topic. We introduced our teddies, found some mysterious objects left by some bears in the woods, sang songs and of course ate our snack. What a great afternoon!
Wednesday 12th May
Our Wanted posters worked! The girl with green hair returned, and, as it turns out, she actually has a book all about her (it is written by Emily Hughes). Her name is Wild and she was actually born in the woods. We have spent lots of time writing a diary as if we were her and they are spectacular. This week we were particularly excited to begin learning the Boom Whackers. They are a percussion instrument and we had great fun learning ‘Dance Monkey’! Next week we go onto looking at Sunflowers and how they grow. I hope the children’s seeds have germinated and are beginning to grow…
Wednesday 28th April
Well, this term has started with a great stunning start for our new topic – ‘Into the Woods’ and oh my word I have so much to tell you! Some children have in fact said that this has been the best topic so far! We had Sadie from feathers and fur come to talk to us about some woodland birds of prey, such as barn owls. She also showed us some urban birds of prey, like the Peregrine Falcon. Did you know they are the fastest animal on earth? We were lucky enough to hold one!
We also planted sunflowers and are being looked after at home so we can start our sunflower competition. How are you getting on with them?
Last week we had Earth day, so we looked at the importance of trees and what deforestation can do to our world. We wrote some beautiful poems that we cannot wait for you to see!
This week, we have been surprised as we came across a Wild child in the woods. We decided to look after her as we did not know where her parents were. Unfortunately, she caused havoc in the classroom and has now disappeared. We hope to make some Wanted posters tomorrow to help with the search. Will we find her? Only time will tell…
Phew – what a lot has happened in 2 weeks!
Wednesday 10th March
Welcome back! It was so nice to see all the children’s smiling faces walk through the door on Monday after being off for so long. The children have adapted back to school life really well and we are so pleased to have formed our Year 2 team again! As the first week back, we have been practising and sharing all the skills we have learnt since lock down and taking part in lots of PSHE activities like circle time, teamwork art, team games and discussing how to improve our concentration, focus on self belief! We have been enjoying our show and tell too. Next week we will be back to our learning on Amelia Earheart, so watch this space!
Wednesday 17th December
Well, today was our fabulous finish! We used all the information that we had gained about Neil Armstrong and Christopher Columbus to create some persuasive speeches to tell Year 4 all about it! We presented their cases, so that children could make the choice as to who would win the ‘eXplorer Factor’!
The results are now in….. Neil Armstrong was voted as the greatest explorer of all time, because he worked well in a team with Micheal Collins and Buzz Aldrin, he went to space which required lots of training (he had to learn to be a pilot and most astronauts need a degree and to speak Russian before they can become an astronaut) we went into space and would have had to eat freeze dried food (which is an aquired taste!) and he helped America to win the Space Race between them and Russia!
Wednesday 9th December
This week we have worked on our space buggies. They are fantastic and lots of thought has gone into them. Alongside this, we learnt about wheels, axles and chassis and how they are used on vehicles.
Friday 4th December
We have started opening our advent calendars at home, but at school it is all learning as usual! We have been finishing off our learning on Neil Armstrong, which finished with us creating our own stamp design to commemorate the day the first man landed on the moon. During our time learning about this, we have even met and asked questions to Neil Armstrong himself! We even had a go at tasting some real space food, although we are divided in our opinions about whether we liked it!
We have also started our space themed DT project. We are designing our own space buggies and making them, while learning all about wheels and axels. He began this week by learning all about chopping wood with a hacksaw. More about this will come soon!
Wednesday 18th November
Well well well, what a month we have had! We started off the second half term with our democracy day, where we learnt all about voting and voted for our own class house captains, school council members and eco-warriors. I will just say that the high quality of the presentations made it very hard voting.
Then, we have been getting stuck into learning about space exploration. We have just started looking at Neil Armstrong, the first man on the moon. We have also been using our knowledge on capacity to power our rockets with the correct amount of fuel and we created our own rockets in order to investigate whether a longer or a shorter rocket travels further.
We have also taken part in a fantastic sponsored walk and a cracking campfire to raise money for our outside area. It was lots of fun and we hope to enjoy another one soon! Here is a video of our antics: CBIF0750
This week is Anti-Bullying week, and we started off our week with a circle time and by wearing odd socks. We discussed that the odd socks show that everyone is different and we should celebrate this! We have also created some awesome posters and a lovely poem about friendship. Here is our class poem…
If we can work together forever,
If you will not let me down,
If you will share a toy with me,
If you can be my friend forever,
If you can share my pencil,
If you could share a desk,
If you can help me up when I am down,
If you could make sure I never frown,
If you can play with me and also make me smile,
If you can love me forever,
If you are lovely,
If you sit next to me,
If you can have a sleepover with me,
If you are not a beast when I have a midnight feast,
If you can play with me at break time,
If you could hug me when I am sad,
If you could get sweets for a midnight feast,
If you could tell me a ghost story,
If you could party with me!
Then, and only then, you can sit next to me in class my friend.
By Year 2
Wednesday 21st October
We have had such a busy last week of the half term. We have finished our portraits, which look absolutely outstanding in our classroom…
We were also lucky to be visited by Mr James Stein (Charlie’s Dad from Year 1). He is a military instructor so he was teaching us all about how to be prepared for the expeditions! We looked at what he might pack, looked at what kit we might need for diving exploration and practised our compass directions with a game!
Wednesday 30th September
Well well well! Year 2 have been hard at work over the last 2 weeks. We have been looking at our new book, ‘Flat Stanley’ and have been writing letters as we have learnt that Flat Stanley was so flat that he could post himself to California!
We have also been busy learning how to draw our own maps and I have been so impressed at how good we have got at reading aerial photographs.
The highlight of my week has to be our PE lessons. We have been learning dance and have been creating our own dance to ‘Thriller’. We are really good at it and can’t wait to find the time to show everyone!
Wednesday 15th September
This week we have been looking at our art. We have been looking at portraits of people from the past and looking at the hidden meanings behind the objects found in the background. We then had a go at creating our own photo portraits! Do you like them?
We are going on to painting our own portraits looking at proportions on our face. We can’t wait to show these off!
Wednesday 9th September
Welcome back everyone! It is so nice to see all the children back in school and adapting so well to the many hand washes of the day!
On Monday, the children were sent to Explorer school to see if they have what it takes to gain their explorer license! With wellies on, they headed to the field to take part in lessons such as shelter building, bug hunting, digging for gold and map skills. It is safe to say that they are well on the way to becoming wonderful explorers! Watch out world – here comes Year 2!