St Joseph's Catholic Primary School

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Our Ethos Question this week 23rd April: How do I deal with comfortable and uncomfortable feelings?

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Welcome to back toYear 2!

We hope you have had a fantastic Easter break and are all ready to return for lots of learning!

 

                   Mrs Curry - Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday
              Mrs Bedford - Thursday and Friday 

Mrs Michaels and Mrs Connolly are our Teaching Assistants

Our Topic this half term is Year 2—Eastertide

“It is the Holy Spirit who forms and guides God’s people to know God and enter into communion with God through Jesus Christ.”                                 

Religious Education Curriculum Directory

Year 2 will learn that Jesus rose from the dead and still lives with us. They will learn that Jesus told his disciples that he would go back to Heaven but promised that the Holy Spirit would come.  They will learn that Jesus ascended into Heaven and promised to return again and that this gives us hope. They will also know the story of the coming of the Holy Spirit on the apostles at Pentecost and know that the Holy Spirit is promised to us.

At Home

You could help your children by: 

  • talking about how the Holy Spirit helps us
  • having a close look at the Paschal (Easter) Candle when at Mass

 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.

 Prior learning

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 Summer term is .....

We will be reading the story of George's Marvellous Medicine and using this in our writing and English lessons.

Y2 had a great day at Conisbrough Castle.

We found out lots of facts about medieval castles. We had two workshops, one about Lord Hamelin and Lady Isabel de Warenne who lived in the castle 850 years ago.Some of the children dressed up as people who would have lived in the castle then and looked after Lord  Hamelin and Lady Isabel - the steward, the cook, the lady's maid, the farmer, a knight and King Henry 8th.

Y2 had great fun exploring the grounds outside and especially the hills and know why castles were built on hills!!

We explored the rooms of the castle - the kitchen - the great hall and the prison! We discovered how the people in medieval times would have lived. The children were intrigued by the toilet facilities!

We explored the Keep of the castle. We saw where Lord Hamelin and Lady Isabel would have lived and slept. Finally we went to the very top of the Keep where we could look round at all the areas of Conisbrough and could see why Conisbrough Castle was built in that position on top of a hill! The views were magnificent!

We looked at various historical artefacts from the castle and medieval times. We had a really great time and discovered lots of interesting facts and knowledge about medieval castles and life in medieval times!

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.

Y2 had a fabulous Medieval Dressing up Day.

After finding out all about Robin Hood and his life we had an archery competition and a sword fighting competition. It was thoroughly  enjoyed by all.

We then designed our own coat of arms. 

Y2 held an archery and sword fighting competition.

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.

Building castles in our DT lesson.

We 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.

 P.E is on a THURSDAY!

 Please ensure your correct P.E. kit is in school.

Homework will be given out every week to be completed by the following week.

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Spellings will be given out every week for a test the following Monday.

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