Year 2 Term 3
The Fireflies have been thoroughly engaged with this terms topic ‘The Great Fire of London’. Our topic began investigating what London is like today. We researched some of the famous Landmarks. In geography we have looked at aerial photographs and tried to identify the landmarks. In history as we learnt about the key events from September 1666 we also looked at different sources of information. We had fun looking at artefacts and predicting what they were and their uses before learning what they actually were.
In maths we have started looking at multiplication and division. We have identified arrays in our environment and have been able to write multiplication and division sentences to correspond to the arrays.
We have enjoyed Welly walks during science this term as we have looked at habitats around the world and in our school grounds.
We all enjoyed ‘National story telling week’. A big thank you to Mr McAleavey who came in and read ‘Finn McCool” to us. We enjoyed the story and acting it out after. Lucie from the Bees Class joined us to tell us a story in French. We were able to guess from some of the words and her expression that she was telling us the story of ‘Goldilocks and the three bears’. We ended ‘National story telling week’ with a live zoom call about story telling while we enjoyed our hot chocolate treat which we had won for our reading achievements last term.
The fireflies enjoyed story telling and acting out the story as part of story telling week.
During maths we have been learning multiplication and division.
During ICT we have been finding out about algorithms.
Christmas fun in the Fireflies class. We wish all the children and families a very happy Christmas.
It has been yet another busy term in the Fireflies. The beginning of this term our model text 'The Minpins' took our imagination to a world of miniature people as we innovated parts of the story. The second part of term 'The water protectors' has led us to think about how we can become protectors of our environment around school and places we enjoy visiting locally with our families.
During maths our topic of addition and subtraction has seen us using lots of manipulatives as we have identified when we need to exchange 10 ones for 1 ten to help us solve our number sentences.
In science we have been learning about materials and their properties this has seen us developing our scientific skills through classification, observation and enquiry.
During R.E our topic 'Mysteries' has seen us thinking about what heaven is like and understanding the holy trinity. As we have approached advent we thoroughly enjoyed making our Christingles for the Christingle mass at the church and performing our nativity play to you all.
We have had a very enjoyable and busy start to year 2 in the Fireflies. Our first model text saw us creating leaflets to inform Father Alfred all about St Teresa’s church as we welcomed him to our parish. We visited the church and enjoyed a tour by Mr Gizzi. Did you know that the stain glass windows were moved carefully from the original church and are now in our new church? Our second model text saw us looking and finding our more about endangered species. We wrote our own stories about four endangered animals and the journey they would go on as it wasn’t safe for them to stay at home.
In science we have been classifying animals and identifying features of groups of animals. This has seen us making bird feeders to help birds with their basic needs of survival as the weather gets cooler. We investigated the parts of a fish, looking closely to identify its features. The Fireflies thoroughly enjoyed a visit from baby Beatrice as we looked at the similarities and differences between the needs of a baby and an adult.
In our topic about St Teresa’s school we have mapped its many locations and looked at the reasons the school changed location. We have been excited to invite past pupils into our class to ask questions about their school experiences and learn how schooling has changed over time.
During ICT we have began to learn about the parts of a computer and have designed our own robots with inputs and outputs. Some of our robots worked by sensors, touch screens and buttons.
In design and technology we have looked at how it is important to maintain a healthy diet. This has led us to creating a health wrap. We enjoyed tasting these at home.
For October’s black history month the Fireflies have learnt about the work and life of Mary Seacole. We enjoyed grinding ginger, squeezing lemons, and chopping okra and lemon grass to imitate the making of some of Mary’s herbal remedies to help cure the soldiers she cared for.