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Year 2

Welcome to our Year 2 page, we hope you enjoy looking at all our wonderful learning!

Parent Information Meeting(23 - 24)

If your child has recently started in Year 2, or if you were unable to attend our Parents Information Meeting earlier in the year, you might find it useful to take a minute to look through our ‘New to Year 2’  power-point. If you have any questions about the information provided or any other query about your child’s time at SFDS Infants, please do speak to your child’s Class Teacher.

The Year 2 Team

Home Learning

This year we will be again providing the majority of our Home Learning via the classroom app 'SEESAW'. This proved a big success last year, with so many wonderful pieces of homework coming in. Sending work in this way allows the children so many different opportunities to present their learning, for example through photographs and videos, allowing them to be as creative as they wish! It also means that the children are able to view their friends work for inspiration or to add compliments. SeeSaw also means that your child's class teacher is able to offer feedback and advice on their work that the children themselves can then respond to.

Each child has now been sent home with their own individual code to access their class SeeSaw site. If you have any problems accessing home learning in this way please do not hesitate to contact your child's class teacher, who will be only too happy to provide assistance. 


Religious Education:Signs and symbols.

We have enjoyed acting out a Baptism. This has helped us to recognise the symbols of a baptism, including the welcome, the holy water, the sign of the cross and the white garment. 

Geography : Continents and oceans. 
This term, we have loved learning about the seven continents and the five oceans. We used songs, atlases, maps and globes to help us explore the locations of these in relation to the equator. 

This term, we have learnt that animals including humans need air, water, food and shelter to survive. We have also sorted foods into the different food groups (carbohydrates, fruit and vegetables, dairy, protein and fats), and we had so much fun being creative and designed our own well balanced meals. 

Art - Love for Landscapes

To start our new Art topic off with a bang, Year 2 were lucky enough to be joined by a local artist this week to explore the work of Katsushika Hokusai. Focussing on his work ‘The Great Wave of Kanazawa’, the children explored the use of pastels and crayons before applying an ink wash in order to recreate this amazing piece of art.

Maths - Time
 Year 2 have spent the last few weeks revisiting the concept of time. Building on their understanding of o’clock, half past, quarter past and quarter to, the children are now learning to tell the time to the nearest 5 minutes.

 Outdoor learning day

Year 2 had a brilliant morning, learning outdoors. We planted flowers and sowed seeds, enjoyed s’mores in the forest school, work brilliantly as teams to build dens and even chilled out watching the clouds. The sun was shining and everyone was happy,

 Science- living things and their habitats

We have loved learning about habitats and micro- habitats. We explored the school grounds for different micro habitats, and looked for different animals and insects that live in the different places.  Look at the close up of the slug.

Formby Woods and Crosby Beach

We have had a wonderful day at Formby Woods and Crosby Beach. We explored the woods looking at different micro habitats and we also used view finders to find as many different types of plants as possible! We had a lovely picnic lunch before we headed to Crosby Beach. We are studying Antony Gormley and the sculptures he has created so we spent some time drawing observational drawings of the Iron Men. We finished the day with a little play on the beach, what fun!

Oak Class loved exploring Formby Pinewoods as Scientists today. The children were equipped with view finders and challenged to try and categorise the different plants and trees they came across during their walk. They also used their knowledge of micro habitats to identify likely areas of interest and then record, via a tally chart, the different animals/insects they found.

After learning all about Anthony Gormley in the classroom, Oak Class enjoyed visiting one of his most famous sculptures ‘Another Place’ at Crosby Beach. The children examined the sculptures, discussing how they were made and how this might impact their own sculpture designs. Finally they were able to sit back and relax (as much as the wind would permit) and complete some observational drawings on these impressive works of art.

 Coronation Celebrations 

We have had a lovely day celebrating the coronation of King Charles III. The children have drawn portraits of King Charles, made their very own colourful crowns and we even had time for a dance party! We enjoyed our lovely party lunch too! 

King Charles Portraits

Oak Class also enjoyed taking part in our royal portrait challenge and we think you’ll agree that his Majesty never looked better!

Coronation Lunch.

A big thank you to our kitchen staff and dinner ladies who prepared a lovely Coronation Lunch so we could celebrate the upcoming Coronation of our new King.

Happy Easter

This week we have been coming together as a school to celebrate the Easter story. As we break up for half term we leave you with some clips of our Easter Sunday assembly.

Amazing Attendees 

Well done to all our Year 2 children with 100% attendance! As well as being entered into the school’s Easter Basket raffle, each child got the chance to make a tasty treat to celebrate. Yummy!

Science Day in Year 2

As part of our celebration of National Science Week, Year 2 spent the morning trying lots of different experiments to inspire our future Scientists. Check out the video below where we explored the CHEMICAL REACTION made by combining Vinegar and Bicarbonate of Soda. We explored how the gas made from the reaction built up inside the bottle until the PRESSURE got too great and our rocket took off!

We also tried to make our own lava lamps using oil, water and salt. Unfortunately we didn’t have much success today but it was still lots of fun mixing the two substances together then watching them separate. If you want to try this at home, I would recommend using a broken up alka seltzer. 

RE - Responses

Year 2 have been working hard to learn some of the responses the Parish Family use during Mass. We are learning these so that we can join in and feel part of this special service that lets us ‘give thanks’ to God and remember Jesus.

World Book Day 2023

Year 2 had lots of fun taking part in World Book Day. We were joined by a plethora of characters, including an assortment of Harry Potter’s to several Spidermen! The children enjoyed taking the time to read some of their favourite books as well as doing some writing to describe their character, challenging themselves to use different vocabulary by using a thesaurus. What a fun day!

Geography- The Seven Continents

Year Two have begun to extend our horizons away from the UK and turn our attention instead to the seven continents of the world. Using Atlases and Globes the children were able to locate each continent as well as its proximity to the Equator. The children were then challenged to map out all 7 continents on their own inflatable globe/balloon

The 5 OceansFollowing on from learning about the 7 continents, the children learnt about the 5 Oceans: They are The Pacific, Atlantic, Indian, Southern and Arctic. The children made their own jigsaw of the world then used atlases to find and label the oceans. 

Geography - Seas and Oceans

Oak class had lots of fun in Geography today. First we tried to create our own giant maps of the UK using skipping ropes, before checking them with Atlases and then labelling each part. Then we were introduced to the different seas and oceans that surround it. We tried using the names of each to help us guess where they might sit around the UK, before using the Atlases to check whether we were right.

Dance - Spring 1

Year 2 have been enjoying our weekly dance lessons and have produced routines worthy of strictly. This week we have been learning to use our bodies to create a collective movement (a giant wave from the ocean) as well as individual movements (the creatures that live in the ocean). 

Computing - Programming Robots

Year 2 have been exploring our new computing topic ‘Programming Robots’. Having been introduced to the new vocabulary ‘Algorithms’, we first explored the importance of giving clear instructions to one another (with some hilarious results

History - Moon Landing

Year 2 have been loving our new history topic, learning all about the Space Race and the Moon landing. We looked at chronology, and where the moon landing fits on our classroom timeline. The we looked at all of the different events that led up to the moon landing. We spoke about how these events were significant and why!

Additional Remote Learning

Please find below additional packs that can be used alongside the remote learning provided via our SeeSaw App. Start by taking a look at the Bronze pack, and when you feel you have mastered this, move through the Silver and Gold. 





Check out the Liverpool Counts Quality Mark (LCQM) page. There are lots of photos and links to Maths websites that will help you and your child at home.