What an exciting afternoon we have had in year 2 holding Crook Factor auditions. We adored the children's confidence and enthusiasm, as well as the creative ideas and song choices for their acts. What a very, very tricky decision it will be to decide only one finalist! You ALL should be so proud Year 2. Miss Burnip and Miss Adlington were beaming with pride watching you all. Here are our audition contestants:
Thea and Louciena - singing Flowers
Lyssie, Grace and Hallie - dancing to Ghostbusters
Annabelle, Luna and Amelia - tap dancing to Come Fly with Me
Joshua - dancing to Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Ollie and Ahmed - dancing to Waka Waka
Lucas M - capoeira performance
Theo - dancing to The Gummy Bear Song
Oliver and Hollie - singing to Diamonds
Olivia, Kelsey, Winter and Danielle - group called 'Girl Power' cheerleading
Eva and Alfie - singing to Talking to the Moon
Awes - dancing to Get Back Up Again
Amelia-Rose - ballet dancing
Maddie and Caprea - singing to Girl on Fire
Declan - singing to Shotgun
Today we talked about what exercise is and why is it important. We discussed what would happen to our bodies without exercise and what happens to our bodies with exercise; the effect is has on our hearts, muscles, bones and lungs. We gave examples of different exercises and discussed which parts of our bodies have to work hard in order to do them and therefore which part of our bodies get stronger. We spoke about our heart and our pulse and where to find our pulse. After some exercise we analysed what was happening to our pulse and therefore what was going on in our body - what was our heart having to do? We then looked at various exercises (squats, mountain climber, various stretches, star jumps, marching etc) and spoke about how we safely do them and the fact exercise is good for our body if we do it safely. We worked in partners to make our own exercise routine. We then reflected upon our exercise and discussed what happened to our breathing and pulse and said what would happen if we did that everyday? What would happen to our body and breathing? We would get stronger, healthier and fitter!
This week, we were given the opportunity to attend the Methodist Church in Crook to take part in their Christmas Journey!
We took turns in our Y2 classes to visit and we began by learning about the creation story, thinking about all of the amazing gifts from God we can learn about in the bible. Then, we entered the Christmas Journey and were met by Mary making some bread (which we got the chance to try) - she was visited by the angel Gabriel who told her that she was going to have a baby!
We next visited the Shepard who saw the star in the sky and decided to follow. We followed the Shepard to the stable where the baby Jesus laid in the trough. The King came to visit who brought his gifts which we got to explore!
At the end of the journey, we got to enjoy some biscuits and juice as we coloured a Christmas decoration. The ladies at the church were seriously impressed with our children and their superb manners, they really did Crook Primary School proud. Well done Y2!
A huge well done to everyone who has completed lots of maths activities this week. We have had a good few children making it their mission to complete their TT Rockstars games; becoming super speedy at their 2 and 10 timestables. We have had also had some great entries to the daily Facebook competitions and those children have won house points for their team!
Today we showed our BEST emerald power to complete the 'date challenge'. Children had to use various shapes (think old school Tetris game!) to cover a grid, but ensuring they left todays date (16th November). It was very tricky and took lots of trial and error to find the best possible way. We were very impressed at the children's perseverance and determination. Well done Year 2!
We have been incredibly busy in Year 2! We have already moved onto our third story in English lessons and the children are really impressing us with their reading and writing ability. Why not ask them to tell you about Zog, The Queen's Hat and Paddington at the Palace - we're sure they'll blow you away with their understanding. In Maths, we are working on Number & Place Value. We are consolidating number bonds to
3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 and 10. Once children can recall these with automaticity it will help them with the much bigger numbers that they will face further in the year and beyond. We have been doing lots of practical learning using 'base ten' resources. We will send home regular Maths worksheets for them to work through - see if you can set a timer for your child to complete the sheet in 2 or 3 minutes!
We have been learning about the Monarchy in our Connected Curriculum, in particular, Queen Elizabeth II and Queen Victoria. Through our History lessons, we now understand the words 'reign', 'coronation', 'monarch', 'beyond living memory' and 'within living memory'. We are currently studying DT where the children are required to design and make a carriage that is fit for a King! Ask your child about Jim Frecklington and why he is significant. What else can they tell you about carriages? We bet you'll be amazed!
Tuesday 10th October was World Mental Health Day which we celebrated in style wearing yellow (and any other colour that made us feel happy!) All children were invited to draw a small picture to show what they do to feel calm and relaxed. Some children told us they liked to walk the dog, go to the beach, drink hot chocolate or snuggle with mam or dad!
We hope the children have enjoyed telling you about their House Team and had fun doing the first challenge - a cross country run! We were so proud that all Year 2 children (and staff!) took part, earning extra points for their team!
Parents evenings will be held the first week back - week commencing 6.11.23. Please contact the school office to arrange an appointment.
Hello and welcome back to school! The children have had an excellent start to Year 2 and we have loved getting to know their lovely personalities over the last 3 weeks.
We have kicked our new term off with fully throwing ourselves into our connected curriculum; studying Picasso and analysing and creating abstract art, as well as beginning our History topic looking at the life and legacy of Queen Elizabeth II. Not to mention amongst all the children's wonderful learning in the classroom, we have taken part in Muddy Mayhem and we were blown away by the children's emerald power when taking part! Huge well done Year 2!
Just a few reminders of dates for your diary:
PE day: Wednesday
New Big Cat book/Y2 library book: Friday (please can reading folders be in school daily)
27.10.23 - Phase information evening for parents 3.30PM to 4PM
WC 2.10.23 - After school clubs start - invite only to reading, phonics and maths booster
WC 4.11.23 - Parents evenings