Year 2 Curriculum News and Parent Information Meetings

Our Year 2 Classes are Lifeboats and Coastguards.

These are our curriculum newsletters:

Y2 Hoopstarz

Yesterday, our Y2 pupils enjoyed a Hoopstarz taster session with Tracey from KidzRfit.

Mrs Kearney said “The session was brilliant. It’s all the children have talked about since, they have even taken the hoops outside for more practice!”

Miss Tetley commented, “Coastguards are outside now practising again with some hoops.”

Well done everyone!

Year 2 Historians visit Beamish!

To help reinforce what we have been learning in history this half term, the year 2 history team were able to research what life was like in the past by visiting Beamish. At the start of our history lessons, we have been discussing the key history skills that we will need in order to be an historian. Check them out below:

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Throughout the day, we were able to recognise, observe and identify objects from the past in context. We were encouraged to describe what we were seeing to our friends. We were asked questions by members of staff at Beamish which allowed us to recall what we had learned in school. Most importantly though, throughout the day we were able to compare and contrast life over 100 years ago to our lives now. Take a look at all of the exciting things we got up to below:

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Cross-Phase Reading Afternoon

At the end of each half term, the children at Newsham Primary are very lucky because we get the chance to read with our friends in other year groups. This half term, year 5 came to read with us in Lifeboats. When we were finished, they filled in our reading records so our adults would know where we read up to. They were patient with us and did their very best to share what they had learned about reading. This is just another chance for Lifeboats to show just how much we love reading!


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The Dark

In English lessons over the past few weeks, we have been studying the book the Dark by Lemony Snickett.

The book was gradually revealed to us after we studied the front cover and watched book trailers. Check out our reaction to the book trailers below!

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We asked questions about the story before finding out more about the main character of Laszlo. Then we were able to ‘get into role’ and act of significant moments in the story. Using freeze frames, our partners were able to tap us on the shoulder and we then had to share what we thought Laszlo would be feeling at that exact moment.

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Artwork we created which was inspired by The Dark, was used to help us to develop interesting vocabulary that could have varying degrees of impact on our audience. We used thesauruses to research more powerful synonyms (words that mean the same) as dark, scared and excited and then applied these new words meanings to poetry examples about the dark.

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Conscience alley was used to help Laszlo make vitally important decisions such as whether he should follow the dark into the basement or go back to bed. We whispered into Laszlo’s ear what our thoughts were but they had to be backed up by a valid reason.

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To find out more about what we learned about The Dark, ask Mrs Ross or Mr Gregory to show you our Story Book Reading Journal.