Leopard class - Year 2 - Mrs Last
Leopard Class had an exciting start to the term, by investigating the theft of the KS1 adults’ hats. The children were eager to help solve the mystery and expertly searched the school to locate them – they were fantastic! Shortly after, the children were lucky enough to receive a letter and book from the ‘Queen’. The letter praised the children’s efforts to locate the hats and introduced them to the story, ‘The Queen’s Hat’.
In Literacy, we have been comparing the text, ‘The Queen’s Hat’ with other repetitive stories. Including, ‘The Gingerbread Man,’ ‘We’re Going on a Bear Hunt’ and ‘I Want My Hat Back’. The children have practised recalling the stories, identified the key features and created a success criteria to show what will be included in their own story. Alongside this, the children have been revising Phase 5 Phonics, in preparation for the Phonics Screening Check, and progressing onto the Engaines’ Year Two Spelling Scheme.
This term in Leopard Class, the children have thoroughly enjoyed conducting a Science experiment, to investigate the effects of friction on different surfaces. As well as, discussing forces and identifying how push and pull can change the way an object moves, the shape of an object and the direction of an object. Again, this was linked to the children’s knowledge of ‘The Queen’s Hat’.
Additionally, in connection with our topic, Kings and Queens, Leopard Class have been learning about the monarchy and creating a class timeline to organise their knowledge. The children have participated in drama activities to help them understand the role of the monarchy and to express how they would rule England, if they were King or Queen. As the term progresses, the children will begin to research and compare significant monarchs, including, Queen Elizabeth I, Queen Victoria and Queen Elizabeth II.
The children have also enjoyed their Maths work; they have been consolidating their knowledge of Place Value (within 50) and developing their understanding of Place Value (within 100), as well as, consolidating their arithmetic skills. The children have enjoyed using concrete resources to help them recognise tens and ones.
In PSHE, the children have been discussing friendship. So far, we have explored how to make new friends and how to show friendly behaviour. Additionally, we have been using the Zones of Emotions to discuss our feelings, daily and ensuring that we demonstrate the CHERISH values. The children have thoroughly enjoyed our weekly KS1 assemblies concentrating on each of the CHERISH values. In Leopard Class, the children have also been demonstrating their understanding of different beliefs in R.E; the children have been exploring Special People within a variety of religions.