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 WELCOME TORNADOES AND TYPHOONS

YEAR 2- TORNADO AND TYPHOON CLASSES

Welcome to the Tornado and Typhoon classes. It is lovely to see you all back at school and we are really looking forward to our learning together this year.

The Tornado class teacher is Mrs West. Mrs Roberts and Miss Blake will being supporting the Tornados with their learning too!

The Typhoon class teacher is Mrs Grant. 

This term we will be focusing on London Calling and will be exploring all that London has to offer. You may have noticed our key words in our windows! We hope that you will be practising these each morning.

Each week your class teacher will post your homework on Seesaw, with instructions of how to complete it. This will be connected to our current learning, and will normally include Reading, as well as a Maths or English challenge.

PE lessons will be on a Tuesday and Wednesday this week. This may change subject to weather, etc. so please leave your PE kit in school ready for each lesson! 

Typhoons and Tornadoes Visit London

This half term, we visited London to explore the Science Museum and the Florence Nightingale Museum. On our way, we got to pass some important landmarks and observe how London is different to Salisbury. This was fantastic as we managed to see the sights we had studied in the Autumn Term.  

As we have been studying the history of flight, we visited the Science Museum to explore the Flight
Gallery. This is home to a replica of the Wright Brothers’ plane! We also decided to explore the  Space Gallery as we enjoyed learning about Chris Hadfield and Katherine Johnson! Here we had the chance to see real space artefacts and learn more about how astronauts live in space! We did notice other fantastic pieces as we walked through, including iconic cars and old computers! 

As we will be studying Florence Nightingale in the Summer Term, we went to the Florence Nightingale Museum to gain some insight from the lady herself. We learned lots of interesting facts about her life, her family, her pets, her lamp and the Crimea War. Can you believe that before Florence Nightingale, hospitals were often dirty places? It is no surprise that Florence’s family did not actually want her to become a nurse when she first asked! Nursing in Florence’s time was very
different to nursing today!

 Overall, it was a fantastic trip. Mrs Grant and Mrs West were especially proud of how grown up the children were and their keen observations on the day. 

 

March

We are only at the beginning of March and what a wonderful start to the month it has been! We have celebrated World Book Day by dressing up as our favourite characters, enjoying a wonderful array of fiction and non-fiction books and even watching a special World Book Day edition of Matilda! The Typhoons even had a special guest visit us to read us a story! 

Can you guess which stories we are from in the pictures below?

February

We have had a wonderful start to 2022 with much, much more to look forward to! Here is our overview of next half term. We are especially looking forward to our class trip as well as continuing our learning on the History of Flight. 

The Typhoons have been busy completing the Year 2 Old Sarum Challenge this year, learning new skills and finding out new and interesting things. We have researched significant people from history, learned new skills and have even considered what plants need to survive. Here are some pictures to show our accomplishments so far.

 

Remember to keep going with the challenge! It lasts all year long but the skills you gain will last a lifetime!

January

This half term, Year 2 having been learning all about dreams and goals. We have learned how teamwork and perseverance can help us to achieve our dreams. We have also explored how some people in history have faced barriers to achieving their dreams; we found out there were lots of barriers to women being able to go to university or have their dream job! We have enjoyed looking at successful women who have achieved their dreams this week - make sure to ask us who Katherine Johnson is! We were very lucky to show off our new learning in a special equality workshop, where we explained how everyone can achieve their dreams and goals. 
At the end of our topic, we had to work together to make a dream bird. Mrs West and Mrs Grant are very proud of how well we worked together to create beautiful birds and achieved our goal together. 

Year 2 have been especially focused on our phonics this half term, learning lots of different ways to spell the same sound. Here are some pictures of the Tornadoes completing their phonics learning. 

In addition, we have been very lucky to have a virtual visit from the National Archives to recap our learning on the Great Fire of London! We enjoyed learning about how the National Archives came to be (all because of a naughty rat!) and how documents can tell us more about history. 

We have also been enjoying our new topic, the History of Flight. we have created timelines of this and have been particularly interested in the origins of our class names! Did you know that Typhoons had their first flight in 1994? Or that Tornadoes first flew in 1974? Do you know why the Wright brothers were so significant? Make sure to ask us!

December

This term, we have explored London and the Great Fire of London! As a year, we have thoroughly enjoyed this and have worked together to create our very own London city! As we have been investigating materials in Science, we considered the properties of our houses. We thought our cardboard and paper houses might not be fire resistant, just like the Tudor houses of 1666! We put this to the test and created our very own fire of London. 

Keep your eyes peeled as pictures of our wonderful work are to follow. 

November

This SEAL Day, Getting On and Falling Out, the Tornadoes and the Typhoons joined together to learn about how to be a good friend. We decided what we want in a friend and then worked together to practice these skills to create a funky display! This required lots of teamwork, listening and compromise! 

We then performed a song all about friendship - You've Got a Friend in Me by Randy Newman. You may know it from Toy Story! We learned some Makaton to accompany our singing and really enjoyed this. Mrs Grant and Mrs West are very proud of how well we worked on this and would love you to enjoy this below. 

October 

Mrs Grant and Mrs West are so proud of you all, for such a wonderful half term together! We have enjoyed learning all about London, including the adventures of Paddington Bear. 

We have been incredibly proud of all of the beautiful work you have created and how much care you have put into your work. Here are a few pieces of work we would like to share with you all. 

Here is our overview for the Autumn 2 half term. We cannot wait to start learning all about the Great Fire of London, as well as preparing for Christmas.