Welcome to Year 2!
Mrs Curry - Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday
Mrs Bedford - Thursday and Friday
Mrs Michaels and Mrs Tolan are our nTeaching Assistants
RE Newsletter 3 Spring Term 2018
Be the light to those around you!
Dear Parents and Carers'
We begin this term full of the joy of the Christmas season which ends for us at the celebration of the Baptism of Jesus on 8th January. On the 2nd February we celebrate the feast of the Presentation of the Lord (Candlemas) when Jesus is recognised as ‘the light of the world’. We must also remember that each one of us is called to be a ‘light’, an inspiration to those around us.
Year 2 – The Good News
“Jesus is sent to preach good news to the poor. Jesus identifies himself with the poor of every kind and makes active love toward them the condition for entering his kingdom.”
Catechism of the Catholic Church
The children will learn that Jesus brought the good news of God’s love and that this changed people’s lives. They will learn that Jesus used his power to help others and reflect on the importance of these events.
They will reflect on how they can bring good news to their family and friends.
They will find out about the miracles of Jesus - Jairus daughter, The Ten Lepers and the Feeding of the 5000.
You could help your children by:
- highlighting opportunities when they can give thanks to God
- read stories about Jesus helping people, e.g. The feeding of the 5000
- visit www.tere.org/interactive_site/KS1link.htm and complete activities.
Our R.E. topic for this first half term is "The Chosen People"
About this topic.
This topic is designed to help the children appreciate that they are chosen and gifted by God to do him some definite service: to help others. It also develops the children’s knowledge of Abraham, Moses and Daniel and gives some understanding of their faith and trust in God.
Children have learned that God created them and gave them gifts to use for the benefit of the world. They will know what it feels like to be chosen and have some experience of trusting someone else.
The children will learn that we are chosen by God and learn that God chose certain people to lead and guide his people. They will learn that God called Abraham and that God chose Moses to be a great leader. They will also learn about how Samuel responded to God’s call and find out about the story of Daniel in the lions’ den.
They will have an opportunity to reflect on Abraham’s trust in God and learn that we should always trust God.
Find out here about Abraham being chosen by God.
How was Moses rescued by God?
What happened to Daniel in the lion's den?
Our topic for this Spring half term is .....
We will be finding out about castles:-
Why were they built?
How were they built?
Who lived in them?
What was life in a castle like?
We will have a medieval dressing up day.
We will be having an out of school visit to Conisbrough Castle to help us find answers to the above.
We will make and design tunnels and castles.
Conisbrough Castle Doncaster
The Year 2 project Beat Band Boogie! focuses on music, instruments and all sorts of sounds.
We will be making music, making instruments and investigating sound.
We will also listen to the Story of Peter and the Wolf!
Listen to The Brighouse and Rastrick Band play the Floral Dance!
Our Topic this first half term is ...........
As historians we will be looking at changes within living memory, and significant people, places and events in the Brighouse and the locality.
As geographers we will look at and make maps. We will also look at aerial images.
As scientists we will also Identify plants in the local area.
As artists we will investigate famous local artists: We will draw, paint or collage views from the local area.
As designers we will design and bake bread, cakes and biscuits after a visit to our local supermarket - Tescos.
As musicians we will continue to work on rhythm and pulse listening to the Brighouse and Rastrick Band with The Floral Dance.
As "Street Detectives" we went on a walk around Hove Edge looking at the different houses, road signs places of interest and spotting changes from the past to the present day.
We saw where the local football team plays and where you can go for a game of golf. We also found horses grazing!
Thursday November 9t went on an out of school visit to Tescos for their Farm to Fork trail. Look at the photos and get the children to tell you all out what they did! The children had a great time and enjoyed investigating where their food comes from and tasting cheeses. They even went in the deep freeze and it was freezing!!
If you go on google and type in Tesco Farm to Fork there are games to play and activities to complete.
December 2017 - Y2 have been working on the 'Charanga' programme in music.
Listen to us as we perform the song and then play glockenspiels to accompany the song.
Y2 have made some fabulous instruments at home.
We were all amazed by the many different types of instruments that were made and the creative ideas. Brilliant! We used them to play rhythms and accompany songs and music.
Christmas is coming and Y2 are busy making their Christmas cakes for their parents. We even added a secret ingredient! They were very excited!
The first half term we had a visit from Travelling by Tuba.
This all new show featured wind and brass instruments from the four corners of the world and, impossible as this may sound, the opera Carmen in four-and-a-half minutes!
We imagined the gladiatorial Roman horn, with its immense sound, playing a fanfare and march two thousand years ago as the Roman Army marched toward its enemies. We then compared this with the Swiss alpine horn— the original, one thousand year old mobile phone— which was carried by shepherds up into the mountains and which could be heard more than fifteen miles away.
We admired the craftsmanship of the beautiful Chinese dragon-headed trumpet and a pair of eight-foot-high Tibetan dungs used by the Buddhist monks. These were contrasted with the mellow sounding gems horn and the trickiness of the ocarina. We heard the blaring Turkish schnib and the Zulu warrior kudu horns. We marvelled at the cimbasso, Verdi’s tuba with a forward-facing bell— such an amazing variety of sights and sounds!
Listen to the tuba.
In our P.E. sessions this half term we have been looking at and developing ball skills and team games.
Homework will be given out every week to be completed by the following week.
Spellings will be given out every week for a test the following Monday.