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As part of our topic, children had been learning about Captain Cook and where he travelled on his voyages. We learnt that he had visited Antarctica but he didn't arrive prepared. In DT, the children made their own tent using straws that he could have used when he arrived.
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In Art, we have been learning about aboriginal art. We listened to an aboriginal story and drew our favourite part. Then, we created our own dot painting based on our sketch. 
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In science, we have been learning about having a healthy diet. We talked about foods we should eat lots, some and a little of. We then had lots of different food items and put them into the correct category. 
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Year 2 did fantastic at our recent Skipping Festival. We won 5 Bronze, 2 Silver and 4 Gold. The children came second overall! Miss Spowart and Mr Henderson are very proud of all the effort the children put into practising and their medals were well deserved.
Year 2 have enjoyed their taster session in Judo today. We learnt different teamwork skills, enjoyed using new equipment and practised some simple judo techniques.
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Ava

Year 2

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Look at the fun Year Two have had learning all about STEM subjects this week. We been lucky to have engineers visit our classes and we were able to ask them questions about their jobs. How much we had solving our own problems! 
Response to a contemporary piece of music called Angreji Beat.  There were lots of requests to play it week after week and again through the lessons after the first time the classes heard it.  They LOVED it!
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In Music we composed our own repeated rhythms using notation to accompany a piece of traditional Asian Music called Kaherva.
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Year 2 had an amazing time learning some new skipping skills.
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We visited Saltholme Educational Centre to find out more about what our environment is like in Autumn. We travelled through different outdoor areas and learned lots of new things. We investigated pond life and identified different minibeasts using a key. Back at school, we created some amazing setting descriptions using our experiences to help us. Take a look at our brilliant work in our class book.
In P.E, we have been practising our ball skills. This week we have been focusing upon throwing and catching to a partner. We threw the ball in different ways and played a catching game.
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In Year 2, our new DT topic is about fruit and vegetables. We enjoyed tasting a variety of fruit that could be found at an Indian Market. We talked about the taste, texture and smell. However, we didn't like some of the fruit!
Next week, we will be designing and making our own fruit kebabs. 
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Building a Microhabitat:
With our partner, we decided which minibeast we would build a home for. We had to think carefully to make sure it would have suitable shelter, food and drink. We then discussed which minibeasts would not be suited to our microhabitat and explained our ideas with the class.
Comparing Microhabitats
We have been learning about different microhabitats and went on a minibeast hunt around the school. We gathered our information on a tally chart before turning it into a bar chart together. We asked and answered each other’s questions using our science question stems to compare our findings. Take a look at what we found out.
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Today, we looked at the monsoon season in India and talked about the difference between this and the rain in the UK. After that, we listened to 4 different pieces of music including: gentle rain, heavy rain, thunderstorms and monsoons. Using that to help us, we painted what we thought the rain looked like and compared them all using the vocabulary associated with weather. 
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What amazing rain collectors we have created! Today we explored how the monsoon rains help the farmers in India. We then thought about how the rain helps the crops grow in the UK. We created rain catchers to record how much rainfall we have in the UK over Autumn and Winter. Keep an eye out around school for our rain collectors.
In Year 2 we have been learning about algorithms and how computers work. We have found out that a computer needs instructions to work so we carried out some instructions of our own. We agave our partners some instructions they had to follow carefully to reach our goal of creating the perfect jam sandwich. 
Take a look at us in action. 
 
We have created some excellent instructions to help somebody create their jam sandwich in future. Check out our classroom display to see our amazing writing.
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If you require any additional information regarding our curriculum, please do not hesitate to contact your child's class teacher or a member of the Leadership Team.
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