Year 2

2023 – 24

May

As part of their geography and science learning, Year 2 went to the Thames Barrier Park. Firstly, as part of their science learning, they explored the park and had a look at the different types of plants such as wild flowers, dandelions, buttercups and more.  Next, for Geography, the children walked around Thames Barrier Park and identified the key attractions such as the River Thames, the viewpoint from the riverside (02 Arena), DLR station, playground and grass area, the newly built apartments and more. They then discussed how the surroundings of Thames Barrier are similar and different to Custom House. 

History Flip learning 
 
In History, Year 2 have been learning about  Mary Seacole and Florence Nightingale and here are some of the exciting projects they have created.
 

April

Faith in Schools visited us and told us why Christians fast during Lent. We learnt that Christians fast so that they can follow the example of Jesus, overcome temptation and sin and get closer to God. We then thought about what it would be like to refrain from eating our favourite food and thought of strategies to help us resist temptation.

February

As part of numbers day, we dressed up in number inspired outfits and played different maths games such as snakes and ladders, hit the button and the boom game. We also practiced our times tables to get ready for the 60/60 club and discussed our favourite maths numbers. 

January

As part of Aspirations week, Year 2 were lucky to have members of the MET police office visit them. The officers spoke about the importance of honesty, following the law and classroom rules and what their day-to-day job looks like.  The children were extremely excited and had a range of questions such as ‘How did you become a police officer’, What is the best part about working for the police?’ ‘When do you work as a team?’, etc. 
 

 

 
We had a fire safety workshop and learnt all about fire safety and evacuation procedures such as getting out of the fire safely, staying calm and calling emergency services. We practiced how to stay safe and learnt how our grown-ups prevent fires at home (turning the stove off, placing candles safely etc.) 
 
As part of our T4W hook, the children dressed up as their favourite superheroes, acted out their most memorable scenes, bought in their superhero toys and read super hero books.
 

December

We visited the Soanes Centre at Tower Hamlets Cemetary Park and explored different micro-habitats.  We acted as biologists and looked carefully at each habitat and discussed what animals live there. We also got a chance to go pond dipping and collect a sample of insects. We then made close observations and used our fact sheets to identify which insects they were, and then finally created a report to show our findings. 

November

Year 2 visited Custom House library today and were able to find out about the Winter Reading Challenge. We took part in a read along, discussed our favourite books and were able to take books home in time for our weekend read. 

In history, we are currently learning about the Great Fire of London. On Friday 3rd November, we went on a history walking tour and visited Pudding Lane, the Monument of GFOL, the River Thames and St Pauls Cathedral. We got to see where the fire started and how much of London was under devastation in 1666. It was also interesting to see all the modern changes London went through and see Christopher Wren’s architecture still standing in London today. 
 

As part of Talk for Write hook for our new story Jack and the Beanstalk, we planted our own beans. We will look after our plants and observe how they grow over the next few weeks. We also read the story and acted the story out in groups. 

October

As part of black history month, Scott Wilkie focused on seminal British Black Women that have made valuable contributions to British Black History. In year 2, we focused on Mary Seacole who served as a British Black nurse in the Crimean War. We watched videos about Mary Seacole, investigated her past and created fact files/posters about her. 

2022-23

March 

World Book Day

For world book day, we dressed up as our favourite characters from our favourite books and comics. We had a show and tell, played guess the character, designed our own bookmarks and shared book reviews. We also made a class collage of our favourite book characters. 

February

NSPCC Numbers day

For numbers day, children dressed up in numbers inspired outfits, played number games and discussed what their favourite things about maths were. 

Place of Worship Visit

Year 2 went to visit the Ramgarhia Gurdwara today as part of their Place of Worship visit. They learnt about the golden rules of Sikhism such as how Sikh people remember God constantly through meditation, the importance of earning money honestly and sharing their earnings with everyone. 

January

As part of Aspirations week, Year 2 were lucky to have members of the MET police office visit them. The officers spoke about the importance of honesty, following the law and classroom rules and what their day-to-day job looks like.  The children were extremely excited and had a range of questions such as ‘How did you become a police officer’, What is the best part about working for the police?’ ‘When do you work as a team?’, etc. 

As part of our T4W hook, the children dressed up as their favourite superheroes, acted out their most memorable scenes, bought in their superhero toys and read super hero books.

 

Year 2 have been learning about properties and materials as part of their new science topic. This week, we carried out a scientific investigation to test which materials are waterproof. We tested felt, foil and plastic. The children were able to apply their science learning to Literacy by thinking about which material is most suitable for their superhero, Traction-Man. 

December

Year 2 went to visit the library today and picked out some of their favourite books just in time for the holidays. They also found out about the winter reading challenge and are looking forward to participating in it. 

As part of Year 2’s Science learning, we went to visit Bow Ecology Park where we looked at several different habitats!

2021-22

Spring

Aspirations Week

As part of aspirations week, year 2 looked at different trades. We learnt about Electricians, Plumbers, Carpenters and Painter and decorators. 

We got a chance to to be plumbers ourselves, by creating our own piping system. Carpenters by learning to measure and cut wood. Painters and decorators by designing and decorating and Electricians by working out how to make a light circuit work.

November

Library Visit

Year 2 had the opportunity to visit Custom House Library. They took part in a story read along, were able to choose a new book to take home and even took part in a community survey about what they’d like to be when they grow up. What a fantastic resource in the local community!

As part of their computing learning – Word Processing, Year 2 are learning to type with increasing speed and efficiency.

 

Year 2 visited Paradise Wildlife Park as a ‘Hook in’ to their Science learning this term – Living Things and their Habitats. They enjoyed exploring different animals in their habitats and the similarities and differences.

September

History Off The Page – Great Fire of London

Year 2 learnt all about The Great Fire of London during History off the Page. They got to experience what London was like in 1666.

They were able to take part in activities such as candle making, bread making, making ink and writing with a quill, making medicines and perfume bags. They took part in role play and also found out about important people such as Samuel Pepys and Sir Christopher Wren.