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Autumn 1 2020 - Gallery and Work


Year 2 Harvest Festival Video


We have continued looking out ourselves and have explored the basic needs of animals. We have described and explained why good hygiene, exercise and a balanced diet are important to keeping healthy. We have posed questions, carried out a survey and recorded our data in a tally chart. We have devised our own exercise routine and identified healthy and unhealthy foods.


In Art, we have been learning about tone by drawing light and dark lines. We practised drawing dinosaur fossils.



In History, we have been looking at events that happened a long time ago. We found out that dinosaurs existed over 66 million years ago and they lived over three periods, The Triassic, Jurassic and Cretaceous period. We used a timeline to place events in the correct order, including Neil Armstrong going to space and Boris Johnson being Prime Minister.

We looked at dinosaur fossils. We found out that fossils are the remains of plants and animals that lived a very long time ago. We asked some very interesting questions.

“How old are fossils?” Umah

“Where are fossils found?” Charlie

We enjoyed looking at them carefully and then we matched the fossils to the correct name.


 In Literacy, we read the story, ‘The Dinosaur that Pooped a Planet’. We enjoyed acting the story out in the small world. We explored the differences between fiction and non-fiction tests. We researched information about dinosaurs, using books and IPads to make notes. We then used our notes to write our own dinosaur non-fiction book.

9th October 2020

New Topic Web - Dinosaurs 


Welcome Back

In PSHE, we have been looking at how to stay safe. We have talked lots about the importance of good hygiene routines and did an experiment to see what we can do to stop germs spreading. We used pepper for the germs and were amazed to find that when we washed our hands, the germs ran away! We always make sure we wash our hands thoroughly throughout the day, especially before lunchtime.


We talked about who is in our family and the people who are important to us. We found out that there are many different types of families!


As part of our ‘All About Me’ topic we have been doing lots of little mini projects. After spending lots of time in the garden, some of us wanted to learn more about snails. Charlie brought in her pet snails and we looked at them carefully using a magnifying glass. We researched information about them and made snail fact books. We looked at the artist, Henti Mattise, and made snail pictures just like his. In D&T, we made snail pinwheels and they were delicious. We presented our findings to the rest of the class.


Lots of us said we liked to build models and we used our local area as inspiration for our construction project. We looked at Hendon and Sunderland on aerial photographs and talked about the buildings we saw and the ones we have visited. We recreated some of the local landmarks using Lego and K’Nex. We also talked about the Nissan Factory and designed and built our own model car. To link our topic to PSHE, we made a ‘friend’ using K’Nex then talked about what qualities are important for a good friend to have and how friends help us feel safe.


We have enjoyed exploring numbers to 100. We have used different practical equipment such as Numicon, Base 10, tens frames, digit cards and bead strings to make and represent numbers in different ways. We have used this to help us understand the place value of numbers and to compare them using appropriate mathematical language.


We have been writing sentences about ourselves and practising using capital letters and full stops in our writing. We wrote a letter to our new teacher to tell her about ourselves and our favourite things.