Woodthorpe Primary School

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Year Two

Welcome to Year Two!

Check out what we have been up to so far this year. We can also look back over your time at Woodthorpe Primary, from when you started in Nursery.

Year 2 - Robin and Finch - Church Visit

This week Year 2 have visited the church to learn about the Christmas story. Some of us got to act out the nativity story. We had a lovely time and a great start to our Christmas celebrations. 
'I thought it was good because we learnt about the baby Jesus.' Heather 
' I liked it because it was learning about something a long time ago and why we celebrate Christmas.' Scarlett 

Year 2 -Robin and Finch - Christmas Sports Day

Our Christmas sports day was so fun! We had lots of different activities to do all with a Christmas twist! 
' I thought it was really good, I love doing all the sporty stuff!' Olivia 
' I really liked the pin bowling where I got to knock over the snowmen' Caelen 
'My favourite was the snowy rooftops!' David 

Year 2 - Robin - Visit from some notcurnal animals

This week we have had some very special visitors! We got chance to look at an owl, a cockroach, giant snails, a rat and a slow worm. All these creatures are nocturnal and we have been learning lots about them! We were especially impressed with the owl moving her head! 
'They are amazing, I loved the owl.'  Tiff 
Today (16.11.17) we visited Tesco Farm to Fork. When we arrived we got to make our own muesli and add lots of ingredients that some of use had never even tried!
We had a fantastic time, we learnt all about sugar and went on a sugar hunt in the store looking at the amount of sugar in different cereals. We found out that Cocopops have 10 cubes of sugar per 100grams!! The children we an absolute credit to the school and Miss Thompson and Miss Stuart were very proud!

Year 2 - Robin - Remembrance Day

Year 2 - Finch - Diwali Day

For Diwali Day, we celebrated by making some beautiful Rangoli patterns from scratch! We looked at the intricate designs and then started to use pencil to design our own before we used bright colours to make them look really authentic!

Year 2 - Finch and Robin - York Hindu Society Visit

We were lucky enough to have a visit from the York Hindu Society who delivered an assembly for us in the morning and explained why Hindus celebrate Diwali and also talked about the story of Ramu and Sita. They then spent time with EYFS and the KS1 classes to talk to the children in more detail and spend time helping us take part in some Diwali activities. We learnt a great deal from their visit and we had a brilliant day learning about the beautiful celebration of Diwali.

Year 2 - Finch - Building the Three Little Pig's Houses

We went out into the forest to collect materials in order to build the Three Little Pig's house. We used sticks, leaves, stones and other materials to try and build a house like structure. We tried to think about the materials and their properties and how to make a house that was as fit for purpose as possible! This lead us to produce some excellent instructions writing on how we made our houses!

Year 2 - Robin - Building houses for the Three Little Pigs in the forest.

This week we are writing instructions for the The Three Little Pigs on how to build houses. We went to the forest and used what we could find and collect to build house number 2 from the tale! We hope Mr Wolf doesn't come ad blow it down! 
To celebrate Diwali we had a whole day of making things and learning about the story of Rama and Sita and how Hindus celebrate on the Diwali. We had a visit from the Hindu Society at York University to start our day and then we went on to make Diwali cards and design our own rangoli patterns. 
This afternoon we have been discussing all of our different feelings that we have. We used our faces and bodies to show different emotions. Can you guess what we are trying to show? 
We had some fantastic discussions and showed off our brilliant facial expressions and got some brilliant photos!
 'When we feel something sometimes we can't help our faces' Isabelle 
Key Stage One and Early Years had a visit from the library bus today. We listened to a story and then got to choose a book from the bus to read ourselves. We loved reading outside and really enjoyed the visit. 
'Look at all these books! That's amazing!' Adam Scurr 
'I love this book' Isabelle Hunt 

Year 2 - Finch - Visit from the story bus

Today, Dean from the library came to visit us with his amazing story bus! We got to spend half an hour choosing our own books to read and swapping them between us...Dean even read us a story! It was great to be able to read together with our friends and talk about the books we enjoy. We hope the story bus comes back again soon!
On entering the bus, Alfie: "WOW!"

Year 2 - Finch - Leaders

Some of the Year 6 children came down to visit us for our RE lesson. They answered all of our questions about what it's like being a leader and how they keep the school a safe place, ensuring everybody is cared for and following the school rules. We linked our learning to leaders in religion and also leaders in their different job roles. Finch class came out with some amazing questions to ask! Joe, 'What's your favourite thing you have done being a leader?' Arthur, 'What do you do when you're helping somebody?'

Year 2 - Finch - Ugly Duckling Making

We were so inspired after our trip to the theatre to watch the performance of the 'Ugly Duckling' that we made our own 'Uglys' to help us write an acrostic poem about a duckling. They looked fantastic! In fact, this fun practical activity helped us more than we realised because some of the lines of our poem were amazing! Ruby, 'D - Delightful as sweet, pretty angels.' Charlie, 'U - Ugly is as tiny as a mouse.' Callum, 'C - Can swim as fast a light, blue dolphin.'  Sophie, 'K - Kind and beautiful as my mummy.' Amelia, 'L - Likes to play at the beautiful, shiny park.' Mattys, 'I - Incredible at caring for other animals'. Charlotte, 'N - New friends every day, new adventures every day'. Callum, 'G - Great role model.'

Year 2- Finch - Ugly Duckling Theatre Royal Workshop

Julian from the Theatre Royal came into school for the whole morning, to do a drama workshop with us on the Ugly Duckling. We loved learning new drama techniques and taking part in lots of amazing activities! It definitely prepared us for our theatre trip to watch the performance of the 'Ugly Duckling' as we understood the story so well!
We had such a brilliant time making a disgusting potion, based on 'George's Marvellous Medicine.' Look at our faces filled with awe and wonder, especially when Miss Brookes poured the frog slime into our finished mixtures! The best part was obviously eating what we had created! The slithering worms and squashed flies definitely added to the texture! After this, we wrote our own set of instructions of how to make our medicine, as George had heard all about it and wanted to make the recipe for himself!
Partitioning our tens and ones in Maths.
We have been using so much practical equipment in Maths since we started in year 2! Understanding tens and ones has been a new concept to us, but we understood completely when we were using the dienes! Look at some of our amazing partitioning! We were all so proud of ourselves and the progress we made!
As part of our Traditional Tales topic, Key Stage One are visiting the theatre to see the Ugly Duckling. As part of this trip we have had Julian from the theatre come in and deliver some workshops. We had an amazing time and we really learnt a lot about the story. We learnt some interesting drama techniques and had a great afternoon preparing us for watching the production. 
" I loved when we were pretending there was a park in the hall, especially the helter skelter! " Heather, Year 2 

Year 2 - Robin - National Fitness Day - Tennis Lesson

As part of National Fitness Day, Year 2 Robin had a tennis lesson with some coaches from York Tennis Academy. It was brilliant, and we even learnt some tricks that Andy Murray does when he plays! 
" I want to play tennis at the weekend now!"  Lots of Year 2 
In our literacy this week we have been learning all about instructions. We followed a recipe to help George make a Marvellous Medicine for granny. We used flies, worms, teeth, lips, spiders eggs and yellow slime, YUCK!
Welcome to Year 2
Our new topic is traditional tales and we have been doing lots of exciting things such as making gingerbread men and houses, drawing and painting forests and making a map for Little Red Riding Hood. We are looking forward to all the different tales we will be reading.
Roald Dahl Day
To celebrate Roald Dahl’s birthday we came to school dressed as our favourite character from his books. We had some amazing characters in Year 2. Miss Thompson and Miss Brookes were so impressed with everybody!
To celebrate we did a character description of Mr Twit, we thought of all sorts of horrible words to describe him!
We then made a collage of Mr Twit using items we found from the forest such as leaves, twigs and grass.
To finish off our day we made some beautiful dream jars. We thought of our favourite dreams and added them to our jars.

1KW - Learning about Australia

As part of our culture week, we looked at the country Australia. Frist we received a message from some relations of Miss Wheelers who live in Australia and had to write them a post card. We then looked at Aboriginal Art and used paint and ear buds to make our very own art. Finally, we explored and researched about The Great Barrier Reef. We made our very own under the sea puppets along with making a musical storm in the forest.

1KW celebrated Pirate Day by painting pirate portraits, a Pirate fashion show and making parrots. We also went on a treasure hunt around school and had to solve the various clues. We then went to woods and had to achieve a challenge of building our very own Pirate ships. Finally we went in the hall to look through all of our amazing photos of our day. 

1KW Butterflies!

Class 1KW celebrating the end of the mini beast topic by releasing their butterflies!
Year 1 had an absolutely amazing time at Flamingo land Zoo. We saw lots of fantastic animals from giraffes
and baboons to a baby wallaby! We learnt all about the animals different habitats and how they survive. Miss Newson and Miss Wheeler were incredibly proud of all the children's behaviour

1KW Went to Flamingo Land!

1KW went to Flamingo Land. We had a workshop and looked at the life cycles of many different animals including a frog, snake, and stick insect. We then went on a tour around the Zoo and looked at various animals including a Rhino, Giraffe, Penguins and a Kangaroo. Finally we visited the bird show and got the opportunity to meet a Mascow parrot up close.

Check out our Spring Topic Homework!

We designed our own mini beast houses.  We then went into the forest to use the natural materials to build them.
We have been learning all about mini beasts in our topic lessons this week. At the start of the week, we designed our very own 'Bug Hotels'. We thought carefully about the different types of things the mini beasts might enjoy such as leaves to eat and a plank to help them get into the hotel. We drew some beautiful designs and added fantastic labels and key words. In our next topic lesson, we went into the woods to start building the hotels! We gathered different sized twigs, leaves and grass to start making the hotels. Our bug hotels looked amazing and we are sure the mini beasts will love them!

Mini Beast Hunt!

In 1KW we went on a minibeast hunt as an introduction to our topic. We had to use the magnifying glasses and sheet to help us find the various mini beasts. 

Culture Week

This week has been culture week and in Year 1, we have been learning all about Africa! We have focused on the book 'Handa's Suprise' in which a little girl called Handa makes a journey to see her friend with lots of exotic fruits. We designed our own fruit baskets and added labels. We then looked at the different ways in which African children live, discussing their homes, schools and the things they eat and drink. We wanted to experience what it would be like for these children so in our PE lesson, we had a challenge! One of our challenges was to balance a beanbag on our head, pretending it was a huge bucket of water, we all did extremely well. We have also been making lots of African art including some beautiful sunset pictures using paint and material. 

RE Day

Today we celebrated a whole day of RE, focusing on the Easter Story. We began the day by looking at the Easter story in the Bible, discussing how Jesus would have felt at different times in the story. We then made our very own Easter Sunday scene using different coloured card. After break time we discussed the different ways in which people celebrate Easter before making our very own Easter cards. In the afternoon, we were very lucky to have a talk from a Minister. He discussed the Easter story with us all before sharing ways we could be helpful to our friends and family. We had such a lovely RE day.

Church Visit

Fun on the Field!

As a Woodthorpe Value, sport is something we really enjoy! We regularly take part in a range of competitive and team sports, developing our skills and improving our fitness.

1KW Celebrating Shrove Tuesday

Reptile Day

The children loved seeing and holding a range of different reptiles! We learnt all about the different things reptiles need to survive and how to best look after them. 

Visit from Farmer Carl!

Farm Visit - We had a visit from a local farmer called Carl! He brought along Henrietta the Hen and Spotty the Lamb. We learnt all about the different animals on the farm and how Carl looks after them. We got to carefully stroke Henrietta and feed Spotty his bottle. We had such a lovely time.

World Book Day

World Book Day - The children all looked fantastic in their World Book Day costumes! We spent the day looking at George's marvellous medicine by Roald Dahl. We first designed a brand new recipe for Grandma before going outside to test it! We also enjoyed lots of lovely stories throughout the day, with a visit from the library and we even read stories to each other! 

Reception Nativity (2015/2016)