2021 - 2022
Jaguars Year 2
Welcome to Jaguars Class. On this page we will share the exciting things we learn about, the places we go and the events we take part in. Key information about the curriculum can also be found on the Curriculum Overview page.
Teacher: Mrs Brown
Teaching Assistants: Mrs Testa and Mrs Giga
School opens at 8.45am and ends at 3pm.
Please use the Main Entrance.
P.E Days - Monday and Thursday (plain black shorts or joggers, plain white T shirt, school jumper or cardigan, sensible trainers)
Welcome to Year Two.
We are the genius JAGUARS!
Our class teacher is Mrs Brown and we also have Mrs Testa who helps us with our learning every day and Mrs Giga who helps us every morning. We take great pride in our learning and we work extremely hard every day to achieve our very best. We have an exciting, action-packed curriculum which enables us to improve our Maths, English and Reading but also to become geographers, historians, artists, designers, musicians and scientists. Our school motto is “Happiness and High Standards” and we look forward to working in partnership with parents to ensure that every one of our children leaves us as a happy, well rounded, hardworking individual who strives to do their best in everything they do. We thank you for the invaluable support we know you will provide with this.
Our projects this year: Movers and Shakers, Muck Mess and Mixtures, Towers Tunnels and Turrets, Coastline and Wriggle and Crawl.
Previous Learning in Year 2
We had a fantastic afternoon for sports day. The sun was shining and all of the Nile Class athletes performed well. In our prides we competed over 6 events; javelin, football, sprinting, long distance running, egg and spoon racing and of course the obstacle race. Everyone joined in well and much fun was had. Panthers were the winning pride on the day, but all of children should feel proud of what they achieved. We finished the afternoon by cooling off with a well deserved ice pop and a drink!
We Wish You A Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year
Today we celebrated the end of a very unusual year. Our bubble have enjoyed a day of festive fun. We have managed to safely: eat; drink; dance and be merry!
We are looking forward to seeing you all in 2021.
Today we enjoyed a lovely Christmas dinner together. We ate our meal, wore party hats and listened to festive tunes!
We are Artists!
Today we were visited by a real life artist called Hugh Templeton. Huge Templeton is a watercolour artist and teacher, he taught us new skills and helped us to create our own 'Trees of Green' masterpieces .
As you look through the gallery below you can see the concentration on our faces and how our artwork developed throughout the session.
We are becoming experts by learning from experts.
Our project is "Movers and Shakers"
This project teaches children about historically significant people who have had a major impact on the world. They will learn to use timelines, stories and historical sources to find out about the people featured and use historical models to explore their significance.
- In English we will be reading and writing newspaper reports, biographies, posters and speeches about the significant people we are studying. For each of these genres the children will study the layout, language structures, vocabulary and organisation before attempting to write their own version. This will require a lot of in depth knowledge of the subject matter as well as knowledge of the genre.
- In Mathematics we will learn what each digit in the number represents. We will learn to add and subtract using new school methods and we will compare numbers and number sentences using the "greater than" and "less than" symbols. We will learn about money and begin our work on multiplication and division.
- In Science we will be learning about germs and how they spread. We will look at the work of Joseph Lister and why his invention of antiseptic was so significant and how it has impacted the world today.
- In History we will learn about a locally significant person -Sir Robert Peel. We will discover what Sir Robert Peel did in his lifetime and why he is historically significant as well as discover things about him locally - Peel Tower and the monument of him in Bury. We will study historically significant people such as Mary Anning, Christopher Columbus, Vincent Van Gogh, Rosa Parks, Emmeline Pankhurst, Paul Cezanne, Joseph Lister, Neil Armstrong and Henry VIII. When studying these people we will explore their significance, sort and group them, rank their significance, create timelines and then investigate them further. Along with this we will link their work with the world today and learn about current significant people such as The Queen, Malala Yousafzai and Marcus Rashford.
- In Computing we will be understand what it means to be online/offline. We will use technology purposefully to create, organise, store, manipulate and retrieve digital content.
- In Geography we will learn that a significant place is a location that is important to a community or society. Places can also be significant because of religious or historic events that may have happened in the past near the location. Significant places can also include monuments, such as the Eiffel Tower, or natural landscapes, such as the Great Barrier Reef. We will use maps to identify places.
- In Art we will be learning drawing techniques and doing pencil drawings of local landmarks and buildings in the style of the artists Stephen Wiltshire and LS Lowry.
To launch our 'Movers and Shakers' project we hunted for clues around the school grounds. We found all of the clues and discovered that Sir Robert Peel would be the local historically significant person we would be learning about.
School Council Elections
We had lots of applications from children in Nile class who wanted to become our school council class representative.
On voting day we turned back time to 1917. Only the boys were allowed to share their election speeches...
As you can imagine, this didn't go down well with the girls. Look at their faces...
Luckily we had been learning about Emmeline Pankhurst and The Suffragettes so we knew just what to do. We became activists, we nominated our very own 'Emmeline', created placards and marched around the school. The children campaigned and made sure their voices were heard...
After much campaigning their voices were heard and people's opinions changed. We fast forwarded to 1918 and gave women the vote...
Following an emotional afternoon, with lots of hard work, we finally placed our votes and elected two class representatives for the school council.
Through this process we learnt so much about what life must have been like and the impact of inequality. It made us all realise how fortunate we are that people in the past, such as Emmeline Pankhurst, fought for equal rights.
Odd Sock Day
As part of Anti-Bullying Week we enjoyed Odd Socks Day. It was an opportunity to encourage people to express themselves and celebrate their individuality and what makes us all unique!
The Great Fire of London
Having learnt so much about London as it is today we have now travelled back in time to 1666. We have found out about The Great Fire of London and discovered that on Sunday 2nd September 1666 the fire started in Thomas Farriner's Bakery on Pudding Lane. The fire lasted for 5 days and although a third of London was destroyed only 6 people died. We have discovered that this fire lead to many changes that we can still see today. We now are lucky to have a fire brigade service and houses are no longer made of wood and straw or built so closely together.
We enjoyed re-enacting The Great Fire of London with the Freshwater Theatre Group.
We made houses in the style of the homes from 1666. The teachers used these to re-create The Great Fire Of London. It was amazing to see how quickly the fire spread and imagine what it must have been like during the fire in 1666.
We have being comparing numbers using CHOCOLATE! We used 'Smarties' and 'Buttons' as our quantities and used chocolate fingers to make the symbols for 'greater than', 'less than' and 'equal to'. We had lots of fun, learnt new maths and enjoyed a tasty treat, yummy!
We used iPads to search for images of London landmarks. We saved the images on to the iPads then used them to make a collage. We even added text and changed the background and layout. Look how fantastic they are....
We have been learning all about London.
This week we watched a video clip about life in our busy capital city. We noticed all the different types of transport used and decided to draw these in our sketchbooks and on the iPads! Today we made our pictures come to life by printing our images and creating a ‘London’ background for our 2D moving pictures.
We are so proud of them!
A Royal Tea Party
Africa class received a special royal invitation delivered to our classroom. We were invited to afternoon tea with our monarch, Her Majesty the Queen! That afternoon we went into a royal spakce, complete with posh tablecloths, cups and saucers and dainty treats. Everyone made flags and designed crowns to wear for the occasion. Everyone remembered to bow or curtsey as they met the Queen. Have a look at the pictures to see how much fun we had.
Welcome to Africa!
At the start of the year we spent some time learning about our class continent...Africa.
We enjoyed learnt about where Africa is in world, what it is like in Africa, the names of African countries, famous people from Africa, African landmarks and African animals.
These pictures show us making African necklaces and using oil pastels to create African animal prints and patterns, please take a look....
European Day of Languages
We celebrated European Languages Day by going into different classes and learning about France. In Mexico we learnt a french song about an elephant balancing on a spider's web, in Australia we made made and looked at French landmarks and in Kenya we tasted different French foods. Have a look at us tasting brioche and crepes.
Animals 'R' Us
Ranger Rob came in to school to help us with our animals topic. He brought lots of different and exciting animals for us to learn about and hold. We were very brave and many of us overcame huge phobias! Have a look at our photographs to see the animals that we met.
We are always so excited when Freshwater Theatre Company come to visit us. This time we travelled back in time to learn about Florence Nightingale. We pretended to be nurses and wounded soldiers and tried very hard to imagine what life would have been life in the Crimean War. We also learnt how Florence Nightingale helped to improve hospitals. Thank you Florence Nightingale!
A Visit from a Real Artist...
Today we were lucky enough to have a visit from a real watercolour artist! His name is Hugh Templeton and he came to Fairfield School to help us with our paintings about plants and growing. Have a look at the slideshow to see the wonderful work that we created with Hugh's help.
Toys - past and present
We have been learning all about toys in the past. We found out how the teddy bear got its name (ask your child) and we invented new toys for the future.
R.E - BAPTISM
As part of our R.E work about baptism, we were lucky enough to go up to our local church, St John the Baptist, Bircle. Reverend Joyce helped us to learn more about baptism by showing us how it actually happens (with a doll!). Thank you Reverend Joyce, we enjoyed our visit and learnt lots more about baptism.
Freshwater Theatre Company - The Great Fire of London
What a fabulous start we had to our new topic! On Friday, Alison came to visit our school to teach us all about the Great Fire of London. We took part in some amazing workshops and we learnt all about how the fire started, what happened to London, how the fire was put out and all about the famous Samuel Pepys. We had a fantastic session and are ready to use our new learning in our lessons.
Last week we had a whole school assembly to present the work we have been doing about online safety. Antarctica class have learnt about keeping ourselves safe online and not sharing our personal information. This includes pictures of ourselves, our names, ages and addresses.
We learnt how to write an email and we wrote an email to a pretend friend to warn her of the dangers of sharing personal information online.
Click on the links below to see some examples of our emails.
Freshwater Theatre Company
Antarctica class have been around the world today! We "visited" Africa, Asia, Antarctica and the North Pole and we learned all about the weather in different parts of the world. First we had to pack our explorers bag. We remembered to include sun cream, water, a camera, insect repellent, a hat and scarf, a compass and a pair of binoculars. We had great fun bumping into different animals from the different continents and getting on and off the aeroplane. Thank you Freshwater Theatre Company!
Chick, chick, chick, chick, chicken...
Look at us enjoying the chickens in our classroom and even conquering some of our fears...
A Day on the Farm
We had a brilliant day at the farm! The weather stayed dry and we we pretended we were farmers for the day. Have a look at our photos to find out more.
Antarctica class made snow buggies to link to our 'Explorers' topic. We gathered materials and designed our snow buggies for use in Antarctica. We had to think about how they could be made waterproof and how they might get across the snow and ice. Here are some pictures of us being creative.
A "Wheelie" Good Day!
The children of Antarctica learnt vital basic safety skills and had great fun when they enjoyed a day of basic bicycle training run by the National Cycling Association. The children learned how to use breaks and how to balance without stabilisers before the playground was turned into a pretend highway. They learned skills they will use once they are riding larger bikes on real roads.
"FIGHTING FIT" TOPIC
Antarctica enjoyed making healthy fruit kebabs as part of our "Fighting Fit" topic. Ask your child to tell you about other ways of keeping fit and healthy. After we had enjoyed our fruit kebabs, we wrote instructions so cookery club could make them too.
Manchester Police Museum
What a fabulous trip we had to the Manchester Police Museum! We tried on costumes, visited an old police station and even went into a real old-fashioned cell. The children had a great afternoon learning about police now and in the past.
Rama and Sita
As a part of our R.E work, we re-told the story of Rama and Sita using puppets.