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.
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!
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
We have been working hard in Year 2 to use our counting strategies to solve problems. When we first came across these word problems and used our counting in 2s, a lot of us found it tricky. We had some more practice later in the week and now we are experts and have created our own posters to help others learn how to count in 2s to solve problems.
This afternoon in GOAL we investigated Emily, Charlotte, CC, George and Jack's question: What are the buildings like in Ethiopia compared to buildings in Exeter? We learned about human and physical features and explored these in Exeter and Ethiopia. We asked the children how they wanted to present their learning and they decided to either build Lego models of Ethiopian buildings or sketch the buildings and label with facts they had learned. We were really impressed with the quality of work they produced.
Our science topic this term is all to do with plants and growing. Yesterday we planted begonia bulbs and sunflower seeds and we are excited to see what happens next.
We have been busy making arrays in Maths to show repeated addition sentences and multiplication sentences. Tomorrow we will be able to use these to help with division. Can you make arrays at home using toys or objects to show multiplication number sentences?
We have worked hard in Year 2 using our sewing skills to produce our own fabric square. We drew our design onto paper, then used this as a template to cut our fabric. It was quite tricky to sew the fabric onto the binca but we persevered and helped each other and as a class we think we've reached our potential, what do you think?