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Saturn – Year 2

Miss Taylor and Mrs Fox (Class Teachers)

Mrs Talley, Mrs Hill and Mrs Castellani (Support Staff)

Autumn 2019

It has been a wonderful term filled with many amazing learning experiences for Saturn Class to enjoy.

In History, we have been delving into the lives and times of some famous Queens of England and enjoyed a fantastic trip to Chiltern Open Air Museum. The children explored the museum’s collection of homes and buildings; they made their own candle and experienced a 1940s wash day. The children gained a real insight into what life was life was like during this time and returned to school fully inspired to create their own washday recount.

In English, we have been focusing on traditional tales, and used Rapunzel in Beth Woolvin’s version of the tale to inspire our writing on characters and settings.

The children generated plenty of amazing adjectives to create their own character descriptions and they used conjunctions to build detailed and interesting work.

To help us generate vocabulary we took part in drama activities which all the children thoroughly enjoyed. Finally, we watched a video clip of when Rapunzel escaped from the tower and went into the forest. Throughout the week we collected vocabulary to describe how the girl was feeling, noun phrases to describe what she could see and used our senses to think about what was around her. We then wrote diary entries as if we were Rapunzel. The diary entries were so interesting, and all the children used great language throughout.

In Maths, we have been learning some efficient calculation strategies. The skill of regrouping numbers to support calculation of one and two numbers has been practised, and we enjoyed using manipulatives and working collaboratively to model our calculations. We have also been using our favourite number “10” to regroup numbers when adding and subtracting. Recently, we have been using bar models to identify missing numbers and think about whether to use + or – to find our missing numbers.

In our art lessons, the children used royal portraits as the inspiration for their learning. Using lines of different thicknesses, they created observational sketches of Queen Elizabeth II. Then inspired by the work of Andy Warhol, we all went Pop Art crazy! Using contrasting colours and repeated images the children created their our own self portraits. The creations were absolutely outstanding.

In science, the children have been busy learning about materials and took part in a ‘hands on’ workshop. They sorted materials and used material properties to compare their suitability for different uses. The children explored how waterproof different materials are and delighted in using their own water squirter to test the materials. They then used their knowledge to apply a waterproof layer to their name and test it.

Many thanks to all the parents and carers who volunteered to help on our enrichment days throughout the term.