Julia Donaldson Class (Year 2)

What a great start we’ve had to our final term in Year 2! We have been enjoying learning under an overarching theme of spring. In English we have been learning about different poetic features such as alliteration and simile and using these in our own spring poems.
In maths we spent the first week back focusing on fractions where we found fractions of shapes and amounts. We also solved some problems involving fractions. Since then, we have been looking at a different area of maths each day in order to revisit some things that we haven’t practised for a while.
In science we have been learning about plants. We named the parts of a tree and flower and we identified them in the school grounds. We also measured leaves, branches and around tree trunks. Last week we planted sunflowers and spring bulbs and this week we measured how much they had grown.
In topic we have been learning about The Great Fire of London. We have discovered what  happened,  why the fire spread so quickly and have compared fire fighting equipment from 1666 and today. We have also written diary entries, pretending we were there when the fire happened. These were based on the one written by Samuel Pepys in 1666.
In ICT we have been using the ipads to take photographs of plants in our school garden. We then edited the photographs we took using the app ‘Snapseed’ to create a display in our classroom.
In art we have painted some pictures of blossom on trees and then looked at the art of Georgia O’Keeffe. We created our own close ups of flowers inspired by her art using pastels, chalks and paints. We practised mixing paints to make our own colours and different shades.  We are very much looking forward to all the lovely things happening in the last half term.