This week in 2HL

What a busy week we have had!

We started the week practicing our jumping skills in P.E and had a go at putting these to use when jumping over hurdles. We found crouching low can give us height in a jump and moving your arms and body forward and back can give us distance. Look how high we can jump!



In ICT we have been learning how to leave blog comments on the school website. Can you find any?

As part of our Frog Belly Rat Bone topic we have linked our learning from this to Science by observing the effect light and water has on plants. We took 4 observations under 4 different conditions over the week and recorded our results. The conditions were light and water, no light and water, no water and light and no light and no water. What do you think we found?

We also done some FANTASTIC paintings of Frog Belly Rat Bone in Art using different media.

We will save the reveal of these for our class assembly!

Surprisingly, in between all this learning Year 2 also finished their SAT’s so we celebrated this with an ice cream and a play on the field to end the busy week.

Well done Year 2 you have worked incredibly hard. Have a lovely half term holiday.



The scorching hot Kalahari desert

In topic we have been learning all about the Kalahari desert so in Art we decided to draw our very own.

We began by using pastels to draw a sunset as the background. We thought about the colours to use and blended them together to give an effect.

Next we thought about the plants and animals found in the desert and practiced sketching them into our books before going over them with black paint.


After our practice we were then ready to add our painting to our sunset backgrounds.


What lovely pieces of art they are!

Spot the difference

We are very lucky in Year 2 to have a front row view of the building work that is happening through our classroom windows. Therefore, we decided to do a before and after spot the difference of the work that had been happening over the 2 week holidays. We looked for similarities, differences and as a next step we thought about the changes we think will happen next! Some ideas included adding more brick walls, adding windows and doors, adding another roof and filling it with furniture. I wonder who will be right?


What differences can you spot? Leave your answer in the comments below.




Happy Easter!

This week we have been learning all about Holy Week and the Easter story. We began by acting out the Easter story and freeze framing the different parts including, Jesus arriving at Jerusalem on a donkey, having his last supper with his 12 disciples, praying in the garden of Gethsemane, being crucified on the cross and resurrecting from the tomb.

We then sequenced the story in order in our books before retelling the Easter story. Take a look at Adam, Dhillon, Kujejah, Tilly and Shi Ying’s work below.

We ended the week with our Easter service led by Reverend Sharon which was introduced by Ayaan and Taliah. What a fantastic job they did!

Hope you all have a lovely Easter weekend!



A Christian baby’s baptism

In R.E we have been looking at new life and how this is celebrated. This week we looked at how Christian’s welcome new babies through baptism. We learnt all about who attends this special occasion, what is said and what is done. We also discussed why this is important to Christians and what it means to them.

Then we acted out a Christian baby’s baptism in the classroom. We all practiced saying “I baptise you in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit”. We then took it in turns to be the Vicar, parents, god parents and even the pillar of water!

We look forward to learning about how Muslims welcome new babies next week. I wonder how this differs and if there are any similarities to a Christian baptism?

Science Week

This week 2HL have enjoyed celebrating Science week through lots of different science activities and learning. We started the week by planning and writing an investigation to see what nocturnal animals come into school at night. We set out a trap and our results showed marks at each end with a smaller piece of bread than what we had laid out. This told us that possibly a larger animal tried to get into the trap but couldn’t go through. Therefore, we came  to the conclusion that a bigger trap will need to be left out with the bread in the middle so that the animal has to walk further through the trap to collect accurate footprints.

Interestingly, we weighed different bird eggs and recorded these to find what bird the egg could belong to. We done this by using information about a quail, hen, duck and ostrich. We found that an ostrich is the biggest bird in the world and its egg weighed the heaviest.

Lastly, we investigated different animal footprints and used descriptions to match them to the correct animal. What an exciting week of science we have had! Take a look at Dhillon’s, Harry’s, Tilly’s, Sahra’s, Ezra’s and Shi Ying’s learning in their books below.

World Book Day Night

On Thursday the 7th March it was World Book Day and Year 2 were invited back to school for a World Book Day Night! The children thoroughly enjoyed taking part in lots of book related activities including den building where they got to read their favourite story inside, creating their own book characters, finding book characters around school in a scavenger hunt and even a book quiz!

We ended the evening with a cup of hot chocolate and a biscuit whilst listening to a story.

What an exciting evening we had!


Testing Habitats in Science

In Science we tested which habitat worms preferred by giving them a choice between dark or light, damp or dry, bright or dull and sandy or not sandy. We put 5 worms in our choice chamber and gave them 5 minutes to decide.

We wrote up the method, prediction and results for our test in our books. Take a look at Dhillon’s, Matilda’s and Harry’s below.