Welcome to Percy Main Primary School

Welcome to Year 2 2015/16

The staff you will meet in Year Two are Mrs Callaghan, Miss Brownrigg and Mrs Whittle, and in the Summer Term, Miss Morris.


In Year 2 we have lots of fun and believe in fostering a love of learning. During each of our topics we provide the children with a broad and diverse range of experiences, both inside and outside the classroom.

Our topics this year wil include:

  • The Wild West

  • Who's Afraid of the Dark?

  • Pole to Pole

  • Down at the Bottom of the Garden

  • Fee Fi Fo Fum!

  • Under the Canopy
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Our current topic is:

Under the Canopy

For our final topic this year we learnt all about rainforests.

We learnt about animals and insects that live in the rainforest and the different layers of vegetation in the rainforests. We also learnt about deforestation and looked at the damage that is being done to these areas of the world.  

ICT was used to conduct research for all elements of this topic, as well as to present ideas and findings. We then used these facts to write a discussion text about the destruction of the rainforests. We learnt about presenting arguments for and against, organising information into paragraphs and using conjunctions and adjectives to make our writing interesting and engaging.

We also had the opportunity to study and explore a range of non-fiction and fiction texts, looking at many aspects of the rainforest. We used the films Tarzan and Fern Gully as stimuli for creative writing and artwork. A lot of our time this half term, was spent outdoors. We created willow bows and arrows, clay stick people in tribal dress, rafts to float down the Amazon, tribal tree guardians, a magic carpet using rainforest resources, tribal head dresses, natural wood art and natural picture frames.
We also used our school grounds to find out what skills we would need to survive in the rainforest!

As well as this we explored shapes in nature for Maths and create wild story boards in Literacy.

In Art and Design Technology, we studied and created a range of 2D and 3D designs reflecting all aspects of the topic. These included oil pastel images of toucans and parrots, pastel images of Tarzan, as well as creating pipe-cleaner chameleons, a raft and traditional rainforest masks! We will also study the artist Henri Rousseau and recreated some of his jungle images.

To further enhance this topic, we visited the Winter Gardens in Sunderland and Safari Zoo in Cumbria.


For more information please click on the links below:

Homework

Please click on the link below to download a copy of the homework tasks for this half term:

Rainforest Discussion Text

We have been writing and creating discussions texts about 'Should we be cutting down trees in the rainforest?'. We had to consider arguments for and arguments against and then had to put forward our own opinions.

Click on the link below to watch the interactive book made by Ollie, Madeline, Maddison, Lily, Matthew and Wayne.

Should rainforest animals be kept in zoos?

In Literacy we are learning how to write a discussion text. As part of this we have been considering points for and against a number of issues. Our latest issue was 'Should rainforest animals be kept in zoos?'.

This questioned created much discussion. Some children explained how they thought wild animals should be in their natural habitats, free to roam and hunt, whilst others recognised the need to use zoos to protect and conserve endangered species of animals.

To help us consider the matter in detail, we used our garden to create a natural environment for the rainforest animals alongside a zoo.

Which side of the discussion are you on?
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Under the Canopy Display Gallery

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Homework Gallery

Below is just a small sample of some of the fantastic 'Under the Canopy' homework from this half term.
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Summer Term 1:

Fee Fi Fo Fum!
This half term, we 'super sized' and learnt about all things giant!

In Literacy we used texts such as 'The BFG' by Roald Dahl, 'Where the Wild Things Are' by Maurice Sendak and different versions of 'Jack and the Beanstalk'.

In Maths we looked at measuring the height, length and width of 'giants', animals and objects around us. We then moved on to look at position and direction and visited Wallsend Park to undertake some orienteering and visit the 'Ginkgo Giants'.

In Art and Design Technology we explored a range of 2D and 3D work, using clay, pastel and paint techniques to create our own fabulous work. We found out about giant pieces of art and sculptures such as the Northumberlandia and the Angel of the North. We also learnt about the artist who created the Angel (Anthony Gormley).

We also found out about the history of giants such as the Yeti and Bigfoot and myths around landmarks such as The Giant's Causeway and Stonehenge.

In PE we very successfully learnt and performed the Haka, traditionally performed by the New Zealand All Blacks Rugby team to scare and intimidate their opposition. We performed this BRILLIANTLY in our end of topic assembly.

In Science we learnt about materials around us and in ICT we learnt about and used algorithms.

To support our learning in this topic we visited Wallsend Park, Northumberlandia, the Angel of the North and Forbidden Corner.

For more information please click on the links below:

Homework

Please click on the link below to download a copy of the homework tasks for this half term:

Wild Thing Rumpus

As part of our 'Fee Fi Fo Fum' topic we jad a fantastic Forest School session to celebrate our work on 'Where the Wild Things Are' by Maurice Sendak. We began the day by making crowns and bracelets from natural materials and then constructed a giant loom between the trees in the KS1 Forest Garden. We then wove natural materials on the loom to create a beautiful huge piece of natural fabric. The loom is still in the garden to be enjoyed and admired.

In the afternoon we painted our faces and wild costumes out of natural materials, including the dead daffodils, grass and twigs, to become 'wild things'.

At last we were all ready! Kenzie beat the drum and the 'Wild Thing Rumpus' began!

We sat beside the campfire and ate wild food (celery, mushrooms, rocket, strawberries) and then as a special treat, we toasted giant marshmallows on the fire.

The day was thoroughly enjoyed by all of the children (and staff!).


Visit our Gallery Page to see more photos!
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Angle Eaters!

As part of our Maths work on position and direction, Miss Morris introduced us to angles.

We then made our own angle eaters and then used then to identify right angles around our clasrrom. We even found some obtuse and acute angles!
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Forbidden Corner

As part of our 'Fee Fi Fum' topic, we visited 'The Forbidden Corner' in North Yorkshire. Despite the weather (very cold and rainy, interspersed with occasional flurries of snow and intermittent sunny spells; yes typical British weather - four seasons in one day!) we still had a great time. As soon as we arrived at the centre we quickly settled down to enjoy our packed lunches and were amazed at the number of birds that we could spot including bullfinches, blue tits, robins, a golden pheasant and a mother duck with her ducklings.

After lunch we started our adventure by entering the Forbidden Corner through a Giants gaping mouth (which kept burping!) Once safely through we found ourselves in a secret fantasy world where we had to find our way through winding mazes and meandering path which had surprises hidden around every corner including magical water features and fountains that squirted jets of water at us!

This visit gave us a wonderful insight into a world of myths, legends and fantasy which  will provide us with an abundance of inspiration to support our current topic 'Fee Fi Fo Fum'.

Please visit our Gallery Page to see more photos.

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Real life 'giants'

As part of our 'Fee Fi Fo Fum' topic, we have been on a mission searching for GIANT!

Our first stop was at the renowned land art in the shape of a giant lady called Northumberlandia which is beside Cramlington. We explored the many different paths that, when viewed from above, create the picture of the giant lady. We went right to the top and marvelled at the spectacular views of the surrounding countryside.

We then had lunch and got back on the coach to travel to the giant sculpture of the Angel of the North at Gateshead. We stood at the Angel’s feet and looked up at this enormous sculpture which is 20 metres (66 ft) tall, with wings measuring 54 metres (177 ft). The wings do not stand straight sideways, but are angled 3.5 degrees forward; Sir Antony Gormley who created the sculpture in 1998 said that he did this to create "a sense of embrace".

We then settled down with their sketch pads to draw the Angel in preparation for our art lesson the next day, when we produced some fantastic pastel pictures.

Please visit our Gallery Page to see our fantastic artwork and more brilliant photos.
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World's Tallest Man comes to visit!

In Maths we have been looking at measuring length and comparing lengths using <, > and =.

To tie in with our topic about 'Giants', we looked at some giant objects, people and buildings in the Guinness World Record Book. And then look who came to visit us!? It was only Robert Wadlow...the world's tallest man ever!

Towering at an impessive 2.72m, we stood next to him and compared our height with his! We all looked tiny!
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Has anyone seen a giant?

We got a shock whislt exploring our Forest Garden today...we found a giant footprint and a giant handprint! They were huge!

Using our new aquired measuring skills, we decided to investigate how big the giant must be. Miss Brownrigg explained that a theory that says your foot is the same length as the distnace from your elbow to your wrist...we tried it out and it was true!

So we measured the gian't footprint and then worked in groups to record the size of his feet and his elbow to wrist using chalk on the ground.

Next Miss Brownrigg explained that shoulder to shoulder is the same distance as fingertip to elbow and that height is the same as the distance from fingertip to fingertip with arms outstretched!

Using all of this information, we were able to draw our full-size giant on the ground. He was enormous!
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Homework Gallery

Below is just a small sample of some of the fantastic 'Fee Fi Fo Fum' homework from this half term.
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Fee Fi Fo Fum! Display Gallery

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Spring 2:

Down at the Bottom of the Garden

This half term, we learnt about the wildlife and plants that can be found down at the bottom of our garden. We used learning outside the classroom opportunities to explore the area around us.

In Literacy we read stories such as 'Frog Belly Rat  Bone' and learnt all about William Shakespeare when we studied 'Gnomeo and Juliet'. This tied in with 'Shakespeare Week'. We then used these stories as a basis for our own narrative writing.

In Maths we used 'The Rabbit Problem' by Emily Gravett to develop our understanding of addition and subtraction, statistics and place value.

In Art and Design Technology we explored a range of 2D and 3D work and used clay, pastel and sewing techniques to create our own fabulous work. These included images of hares, toads, fungi and Gnomeo and Juliet characters.

As part of this topic we also visited Plessey Woods.

For more information please click on the links below:

Homework

Please click on the link below to download a copy of the homework tasks for this half term:

Visit to Plessey Woods

As part of our 'Down at the Bottom of the garden' topic, we had an exciting time  exploring Plessey Woods.

The morning started with a walk through the woods looking for, and identifying, flora and fauna working from some Nature Detective spotter sheets. As it is still early in the growing season the woods were sparse of many flowers but twe did find primroses, daisies and lesser celandine. We looked for evidence of fairy dens in trees as we walked down to the little narrow shallow stream and did a bit of pond dipping.

After all this exploring it was time for lunch then off again to explore another part of the woods. We enjoyed some fantastic den building and ended the day toasting marshmallows over an open fire.


Please visit our Gallery page to see more photos of the day.
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Evicted fairies move in!

Oh no! We were very sad to read a news report about a group of fairies who had been evicted from their homes in Wayford Woods, Somerset. We thought this was terrible news so we wrote to the fairies inviting them to come and live in the beautiful gardens of Percy Main Primary School.

The very next day we received a letter from the fairies thanking us for their offer and explaining how they had moved in! We didn't quite believe it so we went and had a look around the garden! We were amazed at what we saw!

Click on the images below to find out more:
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Animation

We worked with Neil Brown (School Improvenment Advisor for Computing) to create our very own animations! We began by collaborating to create the background and then some charcaters who would feature in our stories. We then used Macbooks and webcams to create stop frame animations.

We had to think carefully about the position and movements of our characters. Small, careful movements made our animations look really professional and we had to make sure that we had moved our hands out of the way before we took each frame.

We had great fun! Thank you to Mr Brown for adding the music and titles to out animations too.

In the afternoon we used the  'Abcya' program to create other animations.

Please click below to see watch our animations:
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Homework Gallery

Below is just a small sample of some of the fantastic 'Down at the Bottom of the Garden' homework from this half term.
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Down at the Bottom... Display Gallery

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Spring Term 1:

Pole to Pole


This half term we learnt all about the Arctic and Antarctic.

We read and explored a number of texts including 'Lost and Found' by Oliver Jeffers, 'Dear Polar' Bear by Barry Ablett, 'Immi' by Karin Littlewood, and 'Missuk's Geese' by Anne Renauldand.

We located the Arctic Circle on maps and find out which countries are part of the Arctic Circle. We also learnt about the weather and climate of these areas and found out about the animals and plants that are indigenous to these areas. We looked at pysical features of countries in the Arctic Cirle and compared the Arctic town of Sisimiut with the UK city of London.

We will also learnt about the Inuit people who inhabit the polar regions, as well as explorers such as Shackleton and Fiennes who have explored these areas.


We looked at 2D and 3D art by a number of artists including Beth Sheffield.


For more information please click on the links below:

Homework

Please click on the link below to download a copy of the homework tasks for this half term:

Edinburgh Zoo Web Page Design

Following a tweet, letter and text message, we designed our own web pages about Polar animals for Edinburgh Zoo. We began by researching polar bears, penguins and walruses to find out all about each of the animals. We then organised our facts under the headings 'Diet', 'Habitat' and 'Interesting Facts'. We made sure that they were bursting with information, eye-catching and colourful. We collaborated with a partner to create these fantastic designs.
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Homework Gallery

Below is just a small sample of some of the fantastic 'Pole to Pole' homework from this half term.
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Pole to Pole Display Gallery

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Autumn Term 2:

Who's Afraid of the Dark?


During this half term we learnt all about nocturnal animals, night and day and light and dark.

We learnt about nocturnal animals including bats, hedgehogs, and owls. We studied their habitats and looked at how these animals hunt and survive at night-time.

ICT was used to conduct research for all elements of this topic, as well as to present ideas and findings.
We then used these facts to write a non-chronological report about nocturnal animals. We learnt how to organise information into a report using sub-headings and paragraphs. We also practised using conjunctions, generalisers and adjectives to make our writing interesting and engaging.

We also had the opportunity to study and explore a range of non-fiction and fiction texts, looking at many aspects of night-time and darkness.

In Art and Design Technology, we studied and created a range of 2D and 3D designs reflecting all aspects of the topic.
These included painted and pastel images of bats and the night sky, pastel and feather images of owls, as well as creating a habitat for a hedgehog and sewing a cute furry bat!

To find out more please click on the links below:

Homework

Please click on the link below to download a copy of the homework tasks for this half term:

Homework Gallery

Below is just a small sample of some of the fantastic 'Who's Afraid of the Dark?' homework from this half term.
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Who's Afraid of the Dark? Display Gallery

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Autumn Term 1:

The Wild West


During the first half term we discovered who the Native American Indians are and found out about how they lived their lives. We learnt about th
e different tribes and what life was like living on the Great Plains.


We investigated how the Native American way of life was disrupted by new settlers and the railroad companies.

We found out who cowboys were and what they did, and learnt about the long drive and what a cowboy's job actually involved.

We explored the landscape and climate of the Great Plains and looked at the plants and creatures that can be found there.

For more detailed information please click on the links below:

Wild West Day

We had great fun recreating the Wild West in our school grounds to round off our fantasic 'Wild West' topic. We were joined by Zoe Fraser (Senior Education Warden at Wallsend Parks) who helped us develop our bush craft skills. We cooked cowboy grub (beans and corn bread) on the camp fire, lassoed 'cattle', made bows from willow, built priory schooners and practised our archery skills. We had a fantastic day!

Please visit our Gallery page to see more photos.

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Panning for Gold

Eureka....we are rich! The children in Year Two have been panning for gold in their very own gold mine! As prospectors, we claimed our land, protected our mine and it's contents and panned for nuggets of gold in our river!

We were very successful and found many nuggets of gold. We had great fun!

Check our gallery page for more photos!
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Homework

Please click on the link below to download a copy of the homework tasks for this half term:

Homework Gallery

Below is just a small sample of some of the fantastic Wild West homework from this half term.
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Wild West Display Gallery

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We work alongside:
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  • Collaboration Smurf

  • Reflective Smurf

  • Thoughtful Smurf

  • Inquisitive Smurf

  • Perseverance Smurf

  • Adventurous Smurf

  • Patient Smurf

  • Creative Smurf

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