Year 2 English Autumn Term 2020

Year Two have been looking at the book ‘Here We Are’ by Oliver Jeffers. As part of one of the lessons based around this lovely book the children thought about what made the world a wonderful place to live in. We listened to David Attenborough narrate the song ‘What a Wonderful World’ by Louis Armstrong with amazing photos of nature to inspire the children’s ideas. The children then worked as a class to develop a poem by writing about their favourite thing on Earth.

The poems are shown below for each class and KT2 recorded their poem to share on the website and the children joined in with the repeating elements of the poem. We hope you enjoy reading them!

CC2 Poem

What A Wonderful World Poem KT2

What A Wonderful World Poem PA2

Year 2 Shabbat – Spring Term 1 2020

As part of our RE learning this half term, Year 2 have been learning about the Jewish celebration of Shabbat. The children were very lucky to have visitors from the Norwich Synagogue come into school and share information about Shabbat and demonstrate what it is like to be part of the celebration. A year 2 classroom was set out for the celebratory meal of Shabbat. The children were able to bring their RE learning to life by recreating what a Jewish family would do on Friday night and how they finish celebrating on Saturday. Ann Reeve, RE KS1 subject leader said, ‘Having visitors to enhance the Religious Education lessons really enables children to be immersed in the cultures and beliefs of others.’

The children were able to retain this information by having direct experience and wrote a recount of this Jewish celebration during their literacy lesson.

Year 1 and 2 children perform the pantomime ‘Aladdin Trouble’

Year 1 and 2 children have worked extremely hard this half term to produce the pantomime of Aladdin Trouble and have performed this to Reception, Year 3 children, parents and members of the community.

All children were given a role to play in the pantomime and made everyone who was part of the production very proud! The children learnt songs and lines as well as being very professional on stage. They all enjoyed being part of the show and worked really well as a team.

The teachers and TAs worked incredibly hard too, to put the show together and make all of the props that brought the tale to life.

The finished show was fantastic and was enjoyed by every audience that came to see it. One member of the community said “I enjoyed watching the performance so much, the children try very hard and it is lovely to see them having so much fun on stage!”

Some of the main characters from the show: Genie, Aladdin, Jasmine, Widow Twankey and Abanazar

In Literacy, the Year 2 children became Theatre Critics and wrote reviews of their pantomime. Here are a couple of examples:

Year 2 Autumn 1 2019 – Harvest Activity Afternoon

Year 2 had a wonderful Harvest Activity Afternoon celebrating all things autumnal and linking to our work the Harvest Festival celebration. Parents and carers were able to attend this event to share activities with their child. A favourite task from the afternoon was to create an autumnal tree painting and we had some lovely designs made using cardboard tubes! The children were also able to draw on their prior knowledge and retrieve information from their RE days to share facts with their grown-ups during the afternoon. Feedback from children and adults was positive and it was good to see every working together to complete tasks such as the Harvest Festival Picture Hunt – even with clues hidden on the ceiling! It was the perfect way to end our first half term!

Year 2 trip to Norwich Cathedral

Year 2 had a very exciting day out to Norwich Cathedral. Lots of the children had never been to the cathedral before so they were very excited!

We were greeted by Mistress Martha that may have lived in the cathedral in Norman times and we all took part in different activities during our visit.

The children experienced what life would have been like in Norman times and what the people would have eaten and what jobs they may have done. The children even got to look at some real herbs that they would have used to flavour their food.

They enjoyed looking at real Mason’s tools and watching how they were used, working as a team to build arches and singing like Monks in the choir seats.

The children behaved well and were a credit to our federation! Visiting the Cathedral brought our topic, Norwich’s Past to life. The children are now really excited for our forthcoming medieval day which will include making pottage soup, medieval dancing and a medieval banquet.