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Getting Ready for Transition

It's not long now until our Year 2 pupils make the transition to Year 3!  In order to prepare them, Year 2 had a lovely visit from Year 3 this week. The children all had a chance to interact with one another and make new friends!

Fire! Fire!

What excitement we've had from the children this week! Our Great Fire of London topic feels like a lifetime ago and just as the fire brigade turned up in February to set light to our Tudor houses, we were hit by storm Imogen!  What a disaster!  However, we have been so lucky that they rescheduled with us and it turned out even better than we had hoped!  We had a fantastic talk from Andy who then lit the first Tudor house. We stood back safely in anticipation as to whether the fire was going to spread or not, but to our amazement, it blazed in the glorious sunshine!  Andy and his crew reeled the hose onto the playing field and squirted out the fire which turned all our houses to ash.  We even had a go at squirting the hose ourselves. Thank you Camberley Fire Fighters, you were fantastic! 

Design Technology

The children have really enjoyed designing and making their own animals out of papier mâché. An extremely messy but fun task and the results are fantastic!

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 Island Adventure

Over the Easter holidays the children were busy preparing for their new topic 'Island Adventure' by designing their very own island!  By looking at the photos, you can tell that we have some very imaginative minds.  We even had some exploding volcanoes!

 

Great Fire of London Workshop

With the aid of Samuel Pepys' Diary the children were transported back to 1666 to relive the days of the Great Fire of London in this wonderful, engaging workshop. They experienced life in the crowded streets of London, just prior to the fire.  They looked at why the fire spread so quickly and what attempts were made to try and control it. They also saw how the King of England, Charles II, physically tried to stop the fire and how he actively encouraged Londoners to do the same. During the workshop the children portrayed different characters as well as becoming the fire. They actively participated throughout the workshop and even had their say in how London was rebuilt after the fire!

A very enjoyable experience was had by all!

 

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 Hearty Fun

For part of our Science topic this term, we are learning about how to stay fit and healthy. We carried out an exciting investigation by measuring the effect of exercise upon our hearts. We did this by checking our pulse rate at various intervals. We had a blast!

Waterproof Investigation

The children investigated materials to find out which ones were waterproof. They then designed and made a structure using waterproof materials to keep a Lego figure dry. The children then tested their models to see if they were successful.

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It's a Party!

Here are a few photos of the children during the Christmas Nativity - It's a Party!

Well done everyone - you are all superstars!

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 Using Medicines Safely

In PSHE Year 2 have been learning about using medicines safely. We are fortunate enough to have a member of staff who was previously a nurse AKA Nurse McKew! She taught us all about different medicines, their packaging and how to keep safe and healthy using these!

 How to make amazing bubbles!

In Literacy, we have just come to the end of our second and final week of instructions (for now!).

 

As a treat, we followed instructions of how to make rainbow coloured bubbles. We had so much fun blowing them on the playground and watching them float high up into the sky.

Some of us even managed to pop them!

 Lest We Forget

In English we have been learning about the vocabulary used in instructions. To start off this process and coincide it with remembrance day, we read and followed a set of instructions showing how to make a poppy. They turned out beautifully!  

 

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Physical Education

Year 2 have been using the apparatus to see which body parts we can take weight upon. First of all we looked at using just one body part such as our feet or our shoulders. Then we moved onto using two different body parts. It's actually more tricky than you think! Using the apparatus, we have been practising travelling in different ways using various body parts. Enjoy the photos!

Chinese Ribbon Dancing

This amazing one hour workshop encouraged children to delve into the whole creation of their own Chinese Ribbon Dance. Not only did it develop an awareness of the historical and cultural origins of different dances but it also increased confidence and the value of team-work.

The children thoroughly enjoyed it!

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Computing

We have been using search engines to find out facts about different Chinese animals. Did you know that giant pandas are one of the rarest and most  endangered species in the world? And that Chinese alligators have a third clear eyelid which allows them to see clearly under water?

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China Hook Day

What an exciting day the children had experiencing the Chinese culture.  We tried tasty Chinese food and made marvellous moon cakes.  The Chinese lanterns were beautifully crafted and the children are especially proud of their wall hangings.  Watch out because there are also some dragons on the loose!  

A thoroughly enjoyable day!             

Kung Fu Punctuation

The children in Year 2 have been practising Kung Fu Punctuation which is a fun and engaging way to improve literacy skills. It is a memorable and exciting way to remember different punctuation marks. 

Enjoy the video!       

Kung Fu Punctuation

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Tens and Ones

We have been spending the first week looking at the value of two digit numbers.  Here are some photos of a problem solving activity which the children thoroughly enjoyed!

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Chinese Dragons

Over the summer holidays, Year 2 at The Orchard were busy making Chinese Dragons! They are fantastic, the children had a lot of fun and are very proud of their creations.

 

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Oceans and Continents

Year 2 have jumped straight into our new topic which is all about China.  We have already been busy looking at atlases and locating the 7 continents and 5 main oceans.  Some of us even managed to locate China!

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