Year Two

Powderham Castle

Yesterday, Year 2 had an exciting visit to Powderham Castle to learn about life as Victorian servants. The children really enjoyed working hard doing the chores and I'm sure they will be asking to do them at home now too!

Emails from China

We have been emailing the Beijing New Oriental International School in China. We have created an exciting link to help us learn more about China and the Chinese culture.

We have sent and received many emails already and have even started exchanging some photographs and videos. 

Here are some videos that they have shared with us.

Message from Zander McComb

Mr Moore's rockstar cousin, Zander McComb, skyped Year 2 today from his apartment in New York. He is the current champion of Times Tables Rockstars and has set them a challenge. Can they beat the mighty Zander McComb?


Christmas Tree Festival

Year 2 went down to the church to look at their decorations at the Christmas Tree Festival. They really enjoyed seeing all the different trees and singing some of the Nativity songs.

Building Pudding Lane

This week Year 2 have been making their very own Pudding Lane ready to have a Great Fire of London after Christmas.


Christmas Decorations

Today, the children made Christmas decorations to put on the Christmas tree for the Christmas Tree Festival. This activity was linked to our English learning about instruction writing.

Rainbow Day

Today was Rainbow Day, the children celebrated our school Rainbow values through different activities linked to Anti Bullying Week. The children made superhero masks, bookmarks, friendship recipes and took part in role play with puppets.

Year 2 Fire Safety

Today the Year 2 children took part in a fire safety session, they learnt about keeping themselves safe when dealing with fire. All the children were excited and asked lots of questions. Thank you to the Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service for coming into Exminster School.

The Great Fire of London

Year 2 kicked off their new topic 'The Great Fire of London' with a fantastic day of art and history. The children made Great Fire of London silhouettes and mobiles, whilst learning about the timeline of events and creating group posters showing this. Below are some pictures of their final pieces.

Shoebox Aquariums

Year Two have been busy making their Shoebox Aquariums. They will be having a grand opening of the Year 2 aquarium on Wednesday 18th October at 3:00pm. Below are some pictures of the children in action.

Year 2 at Plymouth Aquarium

Year 2 have had a fantastic day at Plymouth Aquarium. They spent the morning on a guided tour learning lots of new facts and the afternoon exploring their favourite tanks. They even had time for some sketching.
Here are a few pictures from the day.

Dear Dillon...

Last week, Year Two were sent a letter from Dillon, a deep sea diver, asking them to investigate the things inside a treasure chest he had found. Year Two spent the rest of the week exploring the chest when it was there turn in our under the sea role play area.
This week they wrote back to Dillon about what they had found. Below is the letter Dillon sent, the objects found and the children working hard writing back to him.

Call pest control quick!

Oh no! Year 2 is infested with Bog Babies! They're everywhere! We even found one hiding in Luke's tray!

Oh we do love to be beside the seaside!

Year 2 have had a fantastic, if a little soggy, day in Exmouth. We travelled on the coach to Topsham and then caught the train like the Victorians to Exmouth. We walked to Manor Gardens for our surprise- a fantastic Punch and Judy show put on by Gary. After we were able to ask questions, here are a few:

Joshua- How do they keep coming back to life?
Gary- Because they're puppets. They just bounce back up.

Ollie- Can you show us the baby to check he's alright?
Gary- He's the world’s first stunt baby.

Josh E- What does the swazzle look like?
Gary- I can't show you, I'd be kicked out of the Punch andJudy group.

Charlotte- How do you hold both of them?
Gary- One in each hand.

Mae and Verity-  How does the neck pop out?
Gary- It's a special trick the Victorians use. It's a long stick, you push the stick up then pop the flowers out.

Louis- how old is the baby?
Gary- I'm not sure, not from the beginning, maybe from the time of the pantomimes.

James- Do you make them?
Gary- Yes I taught myself to make them I even taught myself to use the sewing machine to make the costume.

After, we had lunch in the park. Then we walked to the beach and made sand sculptures and had an ice cream. We compared pictures of Victorian Exmouth to Exmouth today.

Joe said it was the best school trip ever.

Louis said I was having so much fun I forgot it was a school day.

Letters from Birqa Jato School

Year 2 received an exciting parcel this week and we waited patiently to open it and find out what was inside. It was our letters from Birqa Jato school in Ethiopia. We wrote letters to the children in the Autumn term and the children have written replies and drawn lovely pictures. We really enjoyed reading them and finding out about the children but we found their names quite hard to read!

Who won?

Year 2 loved our sports day!

It was so much fun! - Amelia
We were brave because there were lots of people watching us. Florence
We tried our best. Verity
On Sports Day we went around doing different activities. Claudia
Sports Day was fun and we did lots of activities that we enjoyed. CC
We got very hot! Maria
We used our Community rainbow value to work together. Josh E
We were strong and we were bright. Harry
We were so hot but we had lots of fun. Lexie
It was more fun than last time. Isaac

Multi-Sport Festival

Year 2 have had a fantastic morning at South Dartmoor College taking part in the multi-sports festival. We were joined by lots of other Year 2 children from different schools and enjoyed activities such as javelin, Dartmoor T-ball, parachute and many more. We're sure you'll see the enjoyment on our faces in the pictures below.

Mind the Gap and Robbers Method

Firstly, apologies for the delay in posting this blog, I have experienced a few technical issues!

In Maths this week we have been practising our subtraction methods, as you can see on the posters below.

Both methods begin with circling the two numbers on a number line to find out if they are close together or far apart.

If they're close together, we use mind the gap and count on to find the answer.

If they're far apart, it must be a robber question and we steal or take away to find the answer.

For a really clear explanation with examples, see the children's posters below.

Cloud Cuckoo Land

Year 2 have had a fantastic morning with author Andy Watts aka Wavey n Snots. He inspired us to create collages out of bits and bobs using the power of our imaginations! We finished off the morning with a song, take a look at the photos below.

Read more: Cloud Cuckoo Land

Science Day!

We have had a fantastic Science day! This afternoon we made slime, it was truly sticky and gross.

Year 2 Home Learning Exhibition

This afternoon, Year 3 came to view our exhibition of home learning projects about natural disasters. We loved sharing our projects with our audience and we even had some explosions! Don't worry, they were planned. Thank you to all the Year 2 children (and their adults') for your hard work!!!

World Book Day

We have really enjoyed World Book Day in Year 2. We created posters about authors with Year 1, shared stories with Year 5 and made our own book character puppets. Millie, Alfie L, Olivia P and Ben shared their learning in our afternoon assembly.

An exciting letter...

Today Year 2 received an exciting letter. We felt the envelope and whatever was inside felt thicker than just a letter. We opened it and found that Tony Mitton, the poet we have been learning about who wrote These Old Shoes, had sent us a book of his poems. He had even written a message to all of us inside the front cover.

Miss Bevan had emailed him over the holidays to explain our writing project and Tony said he was really excited to receive our poems when we have finished writing them.