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Life at KPS – Year 2 July 2019 2019-07-18T09:43:24+01:00

Mrs Sandhu

2 Partridge

Welcome to Life at KPS for Year 2

Mrs Sandhu and Mrs Morgan warmly welcome you to Year 2.

The aim of this page is to highlight some of the fantastic learning that has been happening in Year 2, this page will be updated monthly, with photographs and information about the learning we have completed during the month.

We hope you enjoy looking through these updates and do discuss your child’s learning with them to celebrate their success. We look forward to any suggestions you may have to make your child’s learning a pleasant experience.

Mrs Morgan

2 Sparrow

July 2019

What we have been learning so far:

Arts

As part of our Paddington in Punjab topic we are designing a suitcase to go on our travels.  The children are looking at effective materials to use. They have discussed strength, durability, wet-proof, lightweight and robustness. The designs will reflect these properties and the children have thought about what they could pack for their holiday too.  As a result, they have brought in cardboard boxes to help in the making of their suitcase.

Computing

Pupils have continued with the coding unit this month. They have learnt that programs respond to different sorts of inputs. They have used the keyboard to control objects on the screen by incorporating different key presses within a code to make objects appear and disappear.

Pupils created a code involving a countdown, and then made three cars move on a racetrack by pressing different keys.

In ‘Red Riding Hood’, pupils used a variety of key presses to make the character move around the screen in different directions. They included an appropriate background and used the paint facility of the program to create a scene on completion.

English

We have continued reading the Paddington stories and this time the children have hot seated a character by asking and answering questions. The children had the opportunity to imagine themselves as a character from the story which enabled them to understand the story better. In another lesson they had to use adjectives to describe Paddington Bear. As a starter the children used BOYS sentences. This stands for the conjunctions but, or, yet, so.  These were then used effectively in their descriptive sentence writing.

Geography

In Geography this month the children have enjoyed learning about London and Punjab. They continued to explore some of the physical and human features of London and those of Punjab. We closely looked at those features that are similar and different about the two places. It was fascinating for the children to discuss these as most of the children have visited both London and Punjab.

Maths

In Maths this month the children have been introduced to measuring using litres and millilitres. They have worked on estimating litres and checking by measuring, making comparisons of quantities using litres and millilitres. They have also learnt how to read the scales on a measuring jug. Further to this, children explored with a range of containers looking to see if they can tell their capacity. They worked on telling if a container can use litres or millilitres. It was interesting to hear children apply their learning to their own lives when they compared the volume and capacity of their water  and water bottles during break time.

Music

The children have been linking their music learning to their topic of growing and understanding the parts of plants.

They have learnt to sing the songs ‘I love the flowers’ and have sung it as a round. They have also added an ostinato (repeated pattern) to the melody. The children have followed and written their own graphic score related to their percussion work and have performed their pieces.

They have continued to change dynamics, pitch, tempo, pulse and timbre during musical warm ups.

Physical Education (P.E.)

This month we have been asking children how active they are in and out of school.  At the start of the year a company called Active Movement came in and asked children how much exercise they got during a normal school day and on the weekends.  They did this via a questionnaire which all children filled out. Now this month we had to answer the questionnaire again and send results to Active movement so they can analyse and send us a report.  The report will come with findings and also recommendations that we can consider to increase our levels of physical exercise.

PSHE

In PSHE this month the children have been learning to recognise the physical differences between boys and girls aswell as use the names for the different parts of the body.  We had introduced the focus on bodies by singing the ‘Heads, shoulders, knees and toes’ song aswell as by playing the Simon says game. They had then drawn an outline of the body and were invited to label the body parts. We then talked about the differences between boys and girls.  The children had then talked about growth from being a baby till now.  In order to demonstrate this the children had drawn a picture of themselves under the heading ‘This is me’. They had written what it means to be a boy or a girl.

R.E.

In Islam the children are learning about whether completing Hajj makes a person a better Muslim.  The children have watched videos to learn about what happens at Hajj. They have also been introduced to how important it is to a Muslim person. We introduced the lesson by creating a mystery suitcase which contained materials like a Hajj robe, map of Mecca, Qu’ran, small stones, water, umbrella and a picture of Grand Mosque in Makkah. The children very much enjoyed exploring symbolic items from the religion.

Science

We have continued with our working investigations this month. They have made observations and drawn the changes while comparing them to seedlings when first planted. The children have continued to water the plants noticing the dryness of the soil because of the warm weather of late.  While the children had been watering the plants many had watered the leaves rather than the soil. Based on this, we had decided to conduct another investigation to prove how water travels from the root to the rest of the plant. We used white carnations with coloured water to show this and the children observed how the petals turned the colour of the water.

Sikh Studies

This term we have been learning about Guru Arjan Dev Ji, we presented our knowledge to the school through an assembly. Children from a variety of classes took part in singing shabads about the shaheedi of Guru Arjan Dev Ji. In year 6 we presented Guru Ji’s life as well as the reasons behind why he was tortured. In the assembly we spoke both Panjabi and English to present the history behind the story. After the assembly we all worked as a team to serve Shabeel, as well as discussing the reason behind why we do a Shabeel.   In year 2 we have been learning about Guru Arjan Dev Ji’s life and background involving his family. We started off by mind mapping our knowledge about Guru Ji’s life. The main focus of our learning was the 5 days in which Guru Ji sacrificed himself. We looked at some pictures that depicted each day and constructed some paragraphs for each day.