fun and learning! We love learning and finding out new things. Keep an eye on our page to see what exciting learning we have been doing in Seal Class!
We are lucky enough to have some shared outdoor space that is dedicated to Year 2 outdoor learning which we use for all curriculum areas and enjoy making the most of our surroundings. It also gives us plenty of first hand, hands on experiences.
"I like Seal Class because even though we have tricky learning, we have kind teachers who help us." Alana
"We have lots of lovely books in Seal Class that we love to read together." Lillie Mae
"I really like our role play area. We get to make nests for nocturnal animals and play with torches in the dark cave." Harry
"I like the opportunities we get in Seal Class. We are trusted to do more things and we get to explore." Isla
"Seal Class is very welcoming so when we have visitors or new people, they are always welcome and we like sharing our learning with them." Ruby
"We make lots of new friends." Jacob
Tuesday 23rd April – Start of Summer 1
Friday 3rd May – Year 2 India Day
Monday 6th May - Year 2 SATs Testing week
Monday 13th May – Key Stage 2 (Y6) SATs week
Monday 20st May- Year 2 SATs Testing week
Friday 24th May – End of Summer 1
Monday 3th June – Start of Summer 2
Week Beginning 10th June – Phonic Screening retakes
Tuesday 18th June – Key Stage 1 Sports Day
Thursday 20th June – Key Stage 2 Sports Day
Saturday 22nd June – PTFA Summer Fair
Friday 5th July – Key Stage 1 Reserve Sports Day
Friday 12th July – Annual Reports sent home
Friday 19th July- End of Summer 2 – Finish at 1.30pm
This term part of our English work will be using Disney's The Jungle Book to develop our reading comprehension and spelling, punctuation and grammar (SPaG) skills.
Some of the SPaG skills we will focus on this term are word classes, apostrophes for contractions and to show possession, as well as consolidating what we know about using other punctuation types.
We will also be focusing on reading comprehension skills including inference, sequencing as well as understanding vocabulary. These are important skills that we will spend time practising and using within a variety of texts and genres.
To start our new unit of English, we had a bit of a mystery. To discover the next text we will use, we had to follow the clues that were left for us and make predictions about what these clues might tell us and what the text could be. We had a great time following the clues which included animal tracks in a trail, quotes from the text, close up images of animals and some sounds of the jungle. We finally found the Jungle Book story in our forest area. We made some great predictions based on the clues that we found!
Common Exception words
We are continuing to focus on learning to read and spell all of the Year 1 and 2 common exception words by the end of the school year. We practise these regularly at school, find ways to remember these spellings and practise using them within our reading and writing.
At the end of each half term, we send home the next 10 Year 1 and Year 2 common exception words that each child needs to learn to read and write. These are practised at school but here are some ways you can practise these at home too!
Useful games and websites:
Over this term, the children will be continuing with their addition and subtraction work of two 2-digit numbers. They will then use this number knowledge to estimate answers and solve missing number problems. They will be using their number knowledge to find fractions of amounts including, ¼, ½ and ¾ and also find fractions of shapes. The children will continue to develop their understanding of multiplication and division facts and use this to solve problems. Regular practise of these and number bonds will be part of our early morning work. As the term progresses, they will be working on time and practising telling the time to the to the nearest 15 minutes. This is a great skill to practise at home too!
Spring 2 - watercarts
We used the materials that we had brought in to design and make our own watercarts. The purpose of these were to help carry water from the River Thames to the fire and easily get the water out to help extinguish the fire. We had to think carefully about using materials that were waterproof but some us learnt this the hard way during testing! It was great that we all learnt from this and then discussed and evaluated our designs to think how we would do things differently next time to make them even better.
Spring 1 - The Great Fire Fiasco
We had an unexpected visitor this morning! When we came into the classroom, Samuel Pepys was sitting at his desk, writing in his diary using a quill and ink. After we started our day, Samuel Pepys told us lots about the Great Fire of London, how it started, London at the time of the fire and how Londoners rebuilt London after the fire.
Samuel Pepys bought some activities for us to do. Some of us dressed up as town criers and got to ring a bell. We shouted the news to let Londoners know any updates that they needed to know about the fire. Then we got to write our names in ink using our very own quills! Some of us also got to dig through the sand to find some cheese that was buried, just how Samuel Pepys buried his cheese during the fire.
Samuel Pepys was really impressed with our amazing knowledge of the Great Fire, we even taught him a thing or two!
Autumn 2 - Antics in Antarctica
Something realty exciting happened in Seal Class! We had a visitor called Captain Scott. He told us all about when he went to explore Antarctica. First, he told us about his life. Did you know he was born right here in Plymouth?
After that he told us about the expedition and his team. We learnt lots about Antarctica, the conditions and what they found out when they were there.
Next, Captain Scott played us some sounds. We had to think about what we thought these sounds might be. We discovered that they were all sounds from animals that are found in Antarctica. They included seals, penguins and an albatross.
Captain Scott then told us that we would be going on our own expedition around school to find out more about the equipment that the explorers used when they were in Antarctica. They wore special goggles to protect their eyes from blindness and windproof clothes to keep them warm. For food, they took dried meat which we think sounds gross!
Our trail led us up to find our very own camp! We sat in our tents to protect ourselves from the blizzard outside. Luckily someone had brought a supply of dry biscuits to keep us going!
Autumn 1 - Who's Afraid of the Dark?
We have received a letter! It was from a new animal sanctuary that need our help to set up their new animal sanctuary.
First we need to sort their new stock deliveries into living, non-living and never been alive. This will make sure everything gets to where it needs to be.
Next we will be researching what animals need to survive to make sure the new animal sanctuary have everything they need to keep the animals happy and healthy.
Third, we will be sorting the new animals into zones such as nocturnal, diurnal, herbivore, carnivore and omnivore. This will group the animals together within the sanctuary.
After that, we need to understand more about what different animals need from their habitats, how they have adapted to these habitats and how this habitat provides for their needs. Do all animals that live in the same habitat have similar needs?
We sent everything we find out back to the animal sanctuary to help them. We found out lots along the way!
We focused on the scientific enquiry strands of identifying and classifying throughout this unit and the children also used information texts and the internet to research nocturnal animals and their offspring, life cycles and what animals need to survive.