We hope you all had a lovely break and are ready to get going with our learning this term. To find out more about what we will be learning, take a look at the 'Summer Curriculum Web', which you will find by clicking on the 'Topic' star. For more information about what is happening in 2JD this term, take a look at our Summer Class Letter, which you will find by clicking on the 'Letters' star.
We are looking forward to lots of opportunities to develop our skills and thinking with everybody.
Mrs Jones and Mrs Daniel
3.5.19 Discovering our new topic 'Sensational Safari' using props from a discovery bag
A HUGE thanks you to all the adults who joined Year 2 for a Willy Wonka Challenge. It was lovely to see so many adults about to come and work with their child in a range of different activities!!
09.04.19: Willy Wonka challenge afternoon with parents
We designed our own chocolate bars today just like Willy Wonka did. We had to create packaging and posters, think of a slogan and write our instructions for them. The best bit was the eating of our own chocolate bars!
03.04.19: Science: Growing Seeds
We might not be quite ready for the Chelsea Garden Show but we are still very proud of our beans. Being able to see the roots growing down and the sprouts turning into stems and then growing leaves has been brilliant.
02.04.19: Science Investigation: Water Clocks
Today we did a science investigation to see how the amount of water draining from a cup affects the time it takes. We had to make sure it was a fair test by only changing one thing and keeping everything else the same. We had to make predictions and collect our results. Ask me what I found out!
21.03.19 PE - We have been practising our rolling, bouncing and throwing skills. Today we challenged ourselves to throw and catch a ball on the spot and we added in a jump or a turn and tried throwing with one hand and catching with the other. We enjoyed a 'freezing' and 'melting' exercise to cool down at the end.
Thank you to those of you who met with us this week at Parents' Evening. The ideas sheet for practising number bonds at home is in the Maths star further down this page. We hope you find the ideas useful and it makes learning them together lots of fun.
15.03.19 James and the Giant Peach drama. We explored the characters in depth this afternoon through drawing and drama. The children showed an impressive understanding of the story, recalling some parts in amazing detail!
12.03.19: James and the Giant Peach Animation In out ICT lesson we worked in pairs to create an animation of the peach on its epic journey from the bare tree in the Aunt's garden to the ocean. We had to remember that the smaller the change we made each time the better our animation would be.
James and the Giant Peach
11.03.19 Today some children created the journey of the peach so far out of play dough. Our next challenge is to turn it into a comic!
It's all so quiet.....shhhhhhhhh
This afternoon we have completed our sponsored silence in aid of the NSPCC as part of our Global Virtues Week. The children rose to the challenge and were exceptional. Who knew a school could be so quiet in the school day! There is still time to complete your sponsorship forms and return to school for Friday 15th March
We created cards to spread the joy of spring with people who are in local nursing homes. We wrote up poems in our best handwriting inside of them. We loved looking at photos of baby lambs hopping in the fields and blossom on the trees.
Global Virtues Week:
Next week is Global Virtues week at school and we shall be visiting the Methodist Church on Wednesday 13th March. We will be walking there in the morning and will be back before lunch. Please ensure your child has a red school jumper/cardigan on and is wearing suitable shoes and coat for the walk.
06.03.19 World Book Week Door Competition
Unfortunately we didn't win but we all think our James and the Giant Peach door is the best!
04.03.19: World Book Week
Year 2 had a great time unpacking the special delivery this morning for World Book Week and we were trying to make links between the different items. We hot seated the characters we thought they belonged to and we even gave the house a voice to see what it thought was going on.
1.3.19 Dance Workshop - Telling the story of 'Where the Wild Things Are'. I was privileged to be the audience for 2JD's dance performance. I was terrified of the wild things and amazed at the shapes they could make with their bodies when telling the story!
Please have a look on the Homework star for some fun ideas for practising spellings at home!
15.02.19 Rokeby's Great Fire of London
Scroll down to see photos of the fire and of us making the houses.
15.02.19 Rokeby's very own Great Fire of London!
The children sang 'London's Burning' as the fire began. They noticed how quickly the fire spread from house to house and got bigger. We were very impressed with how sensible they were when we were watching the fire.
14.02.19 Making Pudding Lane houses. Thank you to everyone who came to help. What fantastic creations!
Here is what we made and you can see the coding steps we had to program.
We wrote coding for a short video for the Great Fire of London. We had to choose a suitable background, character and sound effects.
7.2.19 Visit from Samuel Pepys
We had a special visit today from Samuel Pepys, who time-travelled from 1666 especially to see us! He told us lots about The Great Fire of London, including how he was worried the fire might spread to his house and what he saw and heard as the fire spread across London. He answered lots of our questions, such as 'Why did you write a diary?' and 'How big was the fire?' Do ask us what we found out!
Our ICT topic this half term is all about coding. We have been creating coding blocks to make new games. We have also had challenges to fix problems in other games.
04.02.19: Peter Rabbit Mischief and Mayhem
We had a great visit to Rugby Art Gallery and Museum to see the Beatrix Potter exhibition. It was great to revisit our friend Peter Rabbit from the Autumn Term. We saw lots of original pictures and manuscripts which are over 100 years old. There were lots of super role play areas linked to different stories. We had two special workshops about planting our own vegetables and making healthy snacks.
The exhibition is open to the public until the end of April and they have special events happening in February Half Term and the Easter holidays so why not enjoy it again as a family!
25.1.19 This week we learnt about the location of The Great Fire of London. We used Google Earth to find the United Kingdom, London, the River Thames and then Pudding Lane where the fire may have started. (Do explore Google Earth with your children - they were so excited to find Rugby and look for other places they had visited before. Can you find Rokeby School? What about your house?) We then used printed maps to find the key locations.
We also went outside and chalked the route of the fire, exploring how people who lived in different areas may have been feeling. The children are demonstrating such a good understanding of how the fire broke out, spread and then eventually stopped. Don't forget to collect your cereal boxes for making our houses on Thursday 14th February. We hope you can come along and help us!
See some photos below of our lesson...
Thank you to all the parents who attended the SATS meeting. It was great to see so many of you. If you have any further questions please come and talk to us. The presentation and links to past papers are in the letters star below.
18.1.19 In our topic lesson, we learnt about the order of events during The Great Fire of London. Ask us how life was different in 1666! We enjoyed learning the song London's Burning! See the video below...
16.01.19: Science: Hedgehog Visit
A lovely visit from the Warwickshire Hedgehog Rescue today and we got to meet a little hedgehog. We decided to name him Spiky. We learnt lots about how hedgehogs survive and what we can do to help them. Ask me about what I found out.
We have been looking at things which are living, dead and never alive. We had lots of interesting discussions. We learnt the 7 life processes and created actions to go with each process of MRS GREN. Ask me to see if I can remember them.
Year 2 wish you a Happy New Year. What exciting things have you got planned for 2019?
08..1019 We have had a great first day back talking about our holidays and thinking about what New Year Resolutions we could make. Ask me about mine.
Class Newsletters have been given out with lots of information on about this half term. There is a copy in all book bag and also on the 'Letter Star' below.
20/12/18 We have had a great last day of term, beginning with some Maths challenges involving Christmas trees and baubles and ending with our fabulous Christmas party. We enjoyed pass the parcel, musical statues, balloon relay and our favourite game which involved using air from a balloon to quickly knock the cups off the table (see photos below...)! All finished off with some yummy party food. Thank you for your generous contributions of sausages and cheese! Have a wonderful break and we look forward to seeing you all in 2019!
14/12/18 Investigation work in Maths today. The children applied lots of their Maths skills to solving calculations this morning. It was great to see children challenging themselves!
13/12/18 Enjoying some quiet reading after a busy beginning of the week!
11/12/18 - What an exciting day we have had! Another fantastic nativity performance to the school, invited guests and grandparents followed by a wonderful trip to the Belgrade Theatre to see Sleeping Beauty. The children were excellent representatives for the school with their impeccable behaviour. A huge thank you to the parents and carers for bearing with us due to our very late return due to the coach company.
This part was Mrs Jones' favourite part....What was yours?
10.12.18 - Ready for our first Nativity performance