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Our Journey through Autumn 2

We started this half term with a focus on our values, Kindness and Forgiveness.  We have investigated our multiplication bond and looked at what comes in 10’s. We have explored multiplication and division, looking at the relationship between them and used arrays to support our understanding.  We have also looked at the properties of 2-d and 3-d shapes.  In English we have looked at the features of non chronological reports, researched facts about the United Kingdom and planned a leaflet to persuade people to visit the different countries of the UK. In Science, we have continued to learn about materials and planned a fair test to investigate the stretchiest material and investigated the structure of bridges. Please look at the pictures below to follow our jouney.

New Menu Tasting

We had the opportunity to try the new menu.  We thoroughly enjoyed the samples and are looking forward to our full size portions next half term. 

Earhart Go Orienteering!

On Wednesday 19th October, Earhart class joined other Year 2 classes from Thetford at Redcastle School for a morning of orienteering! The children enjoyed working in their teams, following a map to hunt for clues to complete the task.  One of teams won the challenge! 

Problem Solving

On Tuesday 4th October we spent the whole day completing problem solving tasks.  We took part in a workshop, led by the Problem Solving Company, which required us to work cooperatively to complete a pentominoes task, a number bonds task and a shape task.  During this, we listened to each other’s ideas, critiqued our finished tasks and made improvements.

In class, we completed additional tasks which required us to think logically, work systematically and most importantly have fun! We realised that 1 task can sometimes take a long time to complete because, as said by a child, ‘the possibilities are endless’.

Look below to see at how busy we were:

Time and Tide Museum Visit!


On Thursday 29th September, Year 2 visited the Time and Tide museum in Great Yarmouth. We went on an epic adventure around the world joining many different Explores! We looked at artefacts, travelled through a jungle, climbed a mountain and put on our ski's to travel through the snow.  We learnt that an explorer needs to be brave, curious, respectful, observant and resilient. 

Our journey through the Autumn Term

This term our Theme is Explore! We have been using manipulatives in Maths and exploring our multiplication bond 5.  In English, we have been looking closely at illustrations and making predictions.  We received a message in a bottle and started developing Explorer skills when looking at an atlas. In Science we have been starting our work on materials, which even included a material hunt! Forest Schools has now moved to Fredericks Woods.  We compared our new Forest School site with last years site. Listening carefully to the sounds and exploring our new surroundings. Look at the photos below to see our journey.


In Music, we have started to investigate pulse and rhythm.  We identified the difference between pulse and rhythm, clapped the pulse and played the rhythm on instruments. 

Marking the beat

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Responding to music with movement.

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Pulse and Rhythm

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Pulse and Rhythm

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Transition Week

This week, Merian and Rashford have become Earhart and Tabei! The children have been getting to know their new classes and find out about the Year 2 routines.

During the week, they have talked about their worries, created worry monsters, explored our learning powers and school values and created their own superhero characters.  The have shared their aspirations and made an aspiration catcher.  Have a look at the pictures below to see the fun which they have been having.