Our new topic for this term is: Deep Down Under! The new topic is all about Australia!
Aboriginal art is art made by indigenous Australian people.
Can you find 5 facts about the Australian Indigenous people?
It includes work made in many different ways including painting on leaves, wood carving, rock carving, sculpting, ceremonial clothing and sand painting. Aboriginal art is linked to religious ceremonies. It is an important part of the world's oldest cultural traditions, based on the ‘Dreaming’. All the designs, whether they are painted or have been drawn, have a story behind them.
See if you can find some rocks (with an adult) to make some Australian rock paintings. If you do not have any paint at home, see what you can find to decorate your rocks with.
Miss Sheppard has been busy creating her own rock paintings! Aren’t they great?
Miss Sheppard has challenged you to see if you can make some EVEN better. If you do make your own, send them to the school email address and we can post them on the school website.
WOW, Broly and Hamza! What fantastic rock paintings!
The Aboriginal people shared ‘Dreamtime’ stories by drawing secret symbols in the sand to share with those closest to them. They did not want people from around the world to be able to understand what these stories meant so they wrote these stories using special symbols that only they could understand.
Use these Dreamtime symbol maps to write a secret story of your own!
The Indigenous people told Australian myths (a story that is fictional or not true) which are also known as Dreamtime stories and Songlines. Each of the language groups across Australia has its own stories.
All the myths explain important features and meanings within each Aboriginal group's local landscape. They give meaning to why the Australian physical landscape and animals are the way they are.
Take a listen to these different myths that explain how the kangaroos got their tails and how the birds got their colours.
How the Kangaroos got their Tails
How the Birds got Their Colours - by Mary Albert
7 new YouTube Speed Sounds lessons every day on YouTube from Monday 20th April
From Monday 20th April, RWI are streaming 7 Speed Sounds lessons, including Word Time and Spelling, for children to watch at home every weekday on our YouTube channel.
Each lesson is ten to fifteen minutes long and available for 24 hours.
You child does not need to do all 7 lessons - just the group of sounds that they are working on. There is guidance on the website if you are unsure where to begin.
Set 1 Speed Sounds 9.30 am (BST)
Set 1 Word Time 9.45 am
Set 1 Spelling 10.00 am
Set 2 Speed Sounds and Word Time 10.00 am
Set 2 Spelling 10.15 am
Set 3 Speed Sounds and Word Time 10.30 am
Set 3 Spelling 10.45 am
Once each complete set has been shown, we will replay one sound a day per set.
We have been teaching children essential skills such as: listening, team work & being creative as part of their learning and our link, Skills Builder, has now provided a home learning link so that you can continue with some of the activities at home.
Select the skill that you'd like to practise and then select the step for the year group that your child is in - Year 2 children should access step 2.
Thank you to all of our parents and carers who during this time of uncertainty have been very patient with the information regarding school closures. As you will know our school will be closed from the end of school Friday 20th March until further notice. The Year Two team have prepared a home learning pack suitable for your child that has been sent home with them and there is additional work below with links to websites should you need it. Once again, thank you for your patience at this time.
Miss Rowaiye is the class teacher in Year Two and Miss Sheppard is our teaching assistant. We are looking forward to building a working partnership between parents, carers, staff and pupils in order for the children to reach their full potential.
A BIG thank you to our parents who attended the Phonics workshop on Monday 11th November! We really value your support!
Times Table Rockstars
Our children love using ‘Times Tables Rockstars!’ Please encourage them to use it at home to help to improve and consolidate their times-tables knowledge!
Spring One Theme - 'As Cold as Ice'
Welcome back! We have now begun our new theme for this term 'As Cold as Ice' and we will be learning all about the cold regions of the Arctic and Antarctic. Keep checking back here for updates on our learning!
We started off by watching the film 'Happy Feet' about a penguin who was born without a lovesong!
Using an atlas to locate continents
Locating the equator on the globe.
We found where we live!
In PSHE, we have been thinking about our dreams and goals. We have set a class goal of learning the 'Macarena' by week commencing the 20th January. Have a look at some of us practicing!
Autumn Two Theme - ‘What a Wonderful World’
We have been listening carefully to your children’s wishes and they love to learn about the world and share their experiences of the different countries and areas of the world they all come from. Our new theme after half term is entitled ‘What a Wonderful World’ and we would love it if you could help your child to create something that represents the country or countries they are from to share with the rest of the class.
Thank you to our parents who have helped their child to produce something at home that reflects where you and your child come from. Our display looks amazing!
Year Two General Election
Year Two have had their own election! We have been voting for what we would like to earn when we show that we are meeting the responsibilities we have as a class. We took part in a vote using ballot papers and booths and kept our vote a secret from our friends! Take a look at our pictures below!
We were working in groups using our observation skills today to identify the features of aerial photographs. Aerial photographs are photographs taken from a high place that allows us to see a large area of a place. We talked about the differences in what we would be able to see between an aerial photograph and a forward or side facing photograph.
We have been using natural objects that we collected from the playground as the subject for our artwork. We learnt a new word 'media' which is the object or objects we use to create our artwork. Can you guess what media we are using to create this piece of artwork?
We have been looking at the artist Andy Goldsworthy who makes sculptures with natural materials on sites in the UK and all around the world. We created artwork inspired by Andy Goldsworthy. Can you guess which one was our inspiration?
P.E - Gymnastics
We have been doing some gymnastics in our P.E sessions this half term! Come and look at all the weird and wonderful shapes we have been creating with our bodies!
This week we have been practicing lots of different types of rolls. Can you guess any of the names of the rolls?
Look at how straight and tall we are!
Finishing position to show the end of our actions
Tucking our bodies in tight!
Our Visit to Walsall Art Gallery
We took part in a ‘Landscape Drawing’ workshop on our trip to Walsall Art Gallery. We thought about how artists draw and sometimes paint different landscapes of the world and we combined drawings of animals, buildings and landscapes to draw one final picture. We also took parts in lots of other activities throughout the day, including plasticine modelling, sculpture drawings and discussions around similarities and differences within the artwork displayed. Take a look at some of our photos of the day!
Entering the Art Gallery.
The children loved viewing the artwork displayed.
There were lots of pieces by Jacob Epstein.
Listening to a discussion around sculpture.
Creating our own sculptures using plasticine.
Our finished sculptures!
Drawing some of the sculptures in the gallery.
An artist at work!
Some of our completed sketches.
Autumn One Theme - ‘From a Railway Carriage’
We have already been busy learning lots to do with our theme for this half term 'From a Railway Carriage.' We have already been on two train journeys, both an electric and a steam train journey and written a recount all about our electric train journey. We were very excited and have been able to use our experience to inform our learning. It has been really interesting to compare how life was in the time of the steam train and discuss the differences and similarities between life then and now. Take a look at some of our pictures below.
The Steam Train
The steam train as it departed!
Writing about what we could see at the museum.
Completing the activities in our museum booklet.
The Electric Train
Can you spot the tall church spire?
What can we spot from the windows of the train?
Arriving at Sutton Coldfield Station
What do these signs tell us?
What trains can we spot and where are they going?
Forest Schools in Year Two
Thank you to all our parents who have brought their children’s forest school clothes in so far. After half term it will be time for group one to explore with nature during the forest school sessions on a Wednesday afternoon. Please help us to ensure your child has an enjoyable learning experience by ensuring that they come to school with suitable clothing, particularly as the weather gets chillier!
The children who have been involved in forest school so far have had a fantastic time!
Building a habitat for the insects .
swinging fun .
Today Arron was using his maths knowledge at forest schools . He said if there were 200 squirrels and 400 conkers , each squirrel would have 2 conkers each .
Niamh made a sculpture of an oak tree .
Children gathering mud for mud faces.
Harley enjoying the swinging on tree .
Childrens natural art work .
Our PE days are Monday and Thursday.
Please ensure your child's kit and uniform are labelled with their name so we can return missing items as quickly as possible. If your child wears earrings, please remove them or cover them with tape to avoid any accidents during the lesson. Children are expected to wear black jogging bottoms or shorts and a white polo shirt. Please ensure your child has the correct footwear- black P.E. pumps.