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Valley Road Academy

Autumn Term 1 2021 - Gallery and Work

In Year 2, we have been busy exploring our new topic of ‘Dinosaurs’. We began our topic with a virtual ‘Dinosaur Day,’ which zoomed into our classroom from The Great North Museum in Newcastle. We toured the museum, examining dinosaur skeletons, fossils and models then completed a quiz, listened to a story and joined in with dinosaur songs. We learned how fossils are made and had a go at making our own using salt dough. We followed instructions to create our own flying Pteranodon finger puppet using cutting and folding skills.

In Literacy, we read dinosaur stories and explored information books about dinosaurs. We identified the different structures of fiction and non-fiction stories and posed our own questions about dinosaurs. We have used what we have learned to create our own non-fiction books about dinosaurs.

In Maths, we have used resources such as bead strings, Base 10, number lines, part whole models and place value grids to develop our understanding of number and place value up to 100. We are challenging ourselves to explain our thinking using mathematical language.

Harvest celebrations

This year, we have linked our harvest celebrations with our work in Science. We have been learning all about food and where it comes from. We took part in the National Farmers Union live lesson and found out how the food we eat gets from farms to our plates. We classified foods as coming from a plant or an animal and sorted healthy and unhealthy foods. We talked about the food that dinosaurs ate and we used a Venn diagram to sort them into carnivores, herbivores and omnivores. We made our own ‘rainbow salad’ using fruits and vegetables in all the colours of the rainbow! We learned that it is important to have at least 5 portions of fruits and vegetables a day. Did you know that by eating lots of different coloured fruits and vegetables, our bodies are getting lots of different vitamins and minerals? We have also been learning and practising some new songs - our favourite is ‘The Big, Red Combine Harvester’.