Welcome to Year 2
To stay up to date with what is keeping our Year 2 children busy, why not take a peek at our Facebook page www.facebook.com/NewtonHallInfants .
Also don’t forget to have a look at our Good Sports page to see how active we have been.
The Selfish Ladybird
Well, this year’s Y2 Leavers’ production hasn’t been a straightforward affair. Not only were we lacking an audience this year but also various characters at one time or another. Grrrrr to covid! In addition, our technology for filming the performance had a few gremlins and the wonderful Mr Robson is trying right at this moment to splice various editions together to capture the full show. Details of where and how to view will be sent out via Dojo.
Meanwhile, here are photos of the characters taken at the last two performances so may include different children.
By the way, the cast were superb…whether doing their own role or additionally covering lines for missing friends. Be very proud of them…we are.
Three legged Children
Year 2 children wondered what was afoot when Mrs Gallon and Mrs Ramsay started tying them together. They should have known we only had good intentions and soon showed their enthusiasm for three-legged racing. This was in preparation for our school sports day… take a look at the pics.
Seaside Fun Run
Well we didn’t go to the seaside but we still managed a seaside fun run organised by our School Sports Partnership coaches. After warming up, we had to jump over the waves (hurdles) and dive into the big blue wave (crawl under a big blue plastic sheet). Then it was onto the donkey rides (space hoppers) followed by some fishing (hook a duck) and jumping for joy at the catch (10 star jumps). We had to keep running round the course while the music played. Phew! it was hot, but thankfully the sea spray (water pistols) helped to keep us cool. At the end, we all got together for a photo on the beach (imagination). Good fun though and no sand between our toes.
Thank you to Pippa for taking these great pics, too.
This week we have practised skipping every day – we love skipping so we didn’t mind doing it every day. On Friday, 8000 children around the country took part in the Schools Skip into Spring Festival. We joined in and achieved some of our best skipping all week. We demonstrated our individual skills then had a big skipping rope challenge between Class 1 and Class 2 to see which class could get the most skips while the adults turned the big rope. It was really, really good. A lot of us got a personal best score which just goes to show practise, practise, practise does work. We have some photos but Mrs Ramsay’s camera finger couldn’t click fast enough to keep up with us – so good luck with those. Here are a few anyway…
Year 2 QuadKids Sports Competition
Class 1 and Class 2 took part in the QuadKids competition organised by the Durham and Chester le Street Schools Sport Partnership. Called QuadKids as it called on 4 sporting skills: speed, endurance, jumping and throwing; revealing to the children that being good at sport doesn’t always have to mean being the fastest – good lesson and a boost to self-esteem.
We know it’s Easter when the bunny appears and we had a visit from two very big Easter bunnies this year to start off the fun. All the school took part in a carousel of outdoor activities followed the next day by the great Easter egg hunt. A big thank you to our PTA for the eggs.
Fun with Maths
Year 2 are revisiting 2D and 3D shapes in their maths lessons. Class 1 have been investigating how they can make 3D shapes from 2D shapes.
World Book Day 2021
We decided to celebrate World Book Day by coming to school in pyjamas! “Why?” you ask. Well, doesn’t everyone enjoy a book at bedtime? It also meant those children home schooling could just get up and they were ready instantly for the day ahead and for zooming with their teacher.
You can see from the pictures how the children enjoyed telling us about their book choice.
It’s a Wrap
Children at home sent in some fabulous photographs of their make-it, wrap-it, eat-it challenge – I just haven’t managed to get them from your class dojo onto the website yet. However, the children in school also had a go at making tasty wraps. As you can see they got creative laying out their fillings but then had to sweep it all to the middle to wrap it up.
Locked Down Again
It’s great to see everyone keeping in touch on the Class Dojo also via Zoom and to see how hard you are all working! Some of you shared your puppets on the last class zoom meeting but for those who couldn’t join here are a few of the homemade puppets you made for your DT topic. The children in school really enjoyed making their puppets, it seems you did too. Just to say we are all impressed with your sewing skills. Maybe you can use this skill to create something else.
Well, we can’t travel to Hamsterley Forest at the moment but that doesn’t mean we can’t learn orienteering skills. Mr Beverage laid out a complicated system of coloured cones to confuse us all. But with a map and some good teamwork we were able to navigate to follow a given pathway. Unfortunately, they weren’t treasure maps, so no gold if we succeeded but we did enjoy our map and team work.
Children in Need
A few pics of Class 1 joining in with the emotional Joe Wicks as he completes his 24 hour challenge for Children in Need. The energy put in to the activity has resulted in some blurred images but you get the idea.
Even though learning from home, some Class 2 children have embraced the day and dressed up in Pudsey outfits. Well done, guys.
One of the things that fascinates us is space. We love finding things out about space, which we did to support our writing in English and our powerpoint creations in IT. In addition to that, we made moon buggies, like the ones in the photographs of the first moon landing, in our DT lessons. Here are some photographs to show the skills we learned and the finished product.
Intra School Sports Competition
Since we can’t go to sporting events organised by the Durham School Sports Partnership, they came to visit us (with precautions of course).
They organised some running and throwing activities in our playground and luckily, the sun was shining too.
Our New School Year
Well things might look a little different in our classrooms (including the teachers!)…
but we still get up to interesting and fun stuff like….
Maths of the Day
So we are not in our seats ALL the time.
We are also learning how to keep our brains healthy with Mrs Hopkins from Team Up. We are learning about the chemicals in our brain and what we need to do to keep the correct balance to help us think well and feel good. This week we learned about serotonin which is the chemical that affects our mood. Exercise helps increase our serotonin – that’s why we were all zippy and smiley after zumba!
We will be bringing new reading books home on Mondays in a special wallet just for reading books to stop them getting spoiled and tatty. We keep them until Friday to read over and over to make us into super fluent readers and to discuss them with our family to think about what words and phrases mean or infer, or who our favourite character is and why for example. There’s lots we can do with a book.
It’s really, really important that our books come back to school on Fridays so they have time to be clean before we need them again the next week.
So far, we enjoy being back at school…at least that’s what we tell the teachers.
The Things Year 2 Get Up To… updated 10.7.20
A few more pictures of your friends and their work.
You have been up to a variety of things over and above the activities the teachers suggest. What a busy lot you are. Here are just a few of your pictures but we have seen athletes, artists, musicians, poets, scientists, computer experts, mathematicians, Lexia superstars but best of all we have seen a thoroughly lovely bunch of
bananas (No! Honestly!)… a thoroughly lovely bunch of children! Keep enjoying yourselves keeping busy.
Year 2 have been learning some local history over the last few weeks; the origin of Durham Castle and also about St Cuthbert.
St Cuthbert’s life was the focus of their recent trip to Durham Cathedral where his story was told as they toured the cathedral and took part in acting out his life. The children will tell you his story started with a sheep and ended with a cow – they can explain.
Year 2 have been learning about celebrations this half term. Among the various autumn festivals discussed, Year 2 took a look at Diwali. Mrs Patel came in to share some of her treasured possessions and talk about the stories associated with Diwali and make Diwali lamps. Also, of course, we will long remember the pungent aroma and the fun of making rangoli patterns with dyed rice.
The children discussed and did activities relating to bonfire night, Remembrance day, harvest festival – so many festivals towards the end of the year – but there is a big celebration looming. Great excitement on 1st December when the Christmas advent calendars appeared. The children learned about advent and the symbol of the Christingle orange. There will be more celebrations to follow at home soon but before then Year 2 children at taking the lead with our Christmas performance, “Born in a Barn”.
Sgt Major Goddard came on Remembrance Day to explain to us why we have two minutes silence. The children (and Mrs Lawson) learned lots of things they hadn’t known before about the Remembrance Day traditions as well as about soldiers in the World Wars. Sgt Major Goddard also spoke about his role in the army and answered many, many questions from interested children. Thank you, Sir, for visiting and do come again.