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Year 2 Class News

The Boat Museum

The infants have thoroughly enjoyed their trip to the Boat Museum today, they explored the exhibitions in the historic dock complex before taking part in a craft workshop with lots of creative activities using art to teach the crafts, customs and social history of the boat people.

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WE CAN! WE WILL! WATCH US...

Year 2 have certainly enjoyed the tasks set for 'Puzzle Day' and 'Challenge Day' this week! 

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Mental Health Awareness Week

During Mental Health Week, with a focus on 'Loneliness', 

Year 2 discussed this theme as a class and shared their ideas on what they could do if they were feeling lonely and what they could do if they were to see someone else looking lonely. For their own wellbeing, the children have enjoyed being outdoors through taking part in running the 'Daily Mile' and venturing off to the beach for their beach school session. The children also lay down and gazed up to the sky to enjoy some peaceful cloud spotting! 

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Drama Workshop 

Year 2 enjoyed their drama workshop this morning. First, they warmed up their bodies and voices through stretching and making different sounds. They then performed some fantastic acting whilst taking a journey through the history of Liverpool - from being the Liverpool Metropolitan cathedral, football stadiums to the Liver birds and The Beatles.  We certainly have some budding actors among us!

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Indoor Beach School Session

This week for their beach school session, the weather was a little unkind for year 2 to make the trip out, instead Mrs Gardener brought a beach experience to their classroom! Continuing with knot tying, the children recapped the clove hitch (fish on a dish) they then had a go at making a lashing and reef knot, using these knots, the children practiced making a small tripod of their own in preparation for making a larger one with canes and rope to create a shelter. The children then split into two teams to create two different types of shelter, one team using the tripod, the other team using equipment found around the room: Great teamwork! Once the shelters were made the children went cloud-gazing and used their cloud spotter to work out which cloud they could see. Mrs Gardener also taught the children about keeping safe on wet sand, they discovered that keeping still and using the 'starfish' pose was the safest way. Finally, to end their session, year 2 enjoyed quietly listening to the sound of the waves crashing onto the shore on the interactive board, another fantastic beach school session.

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Beach School Session

What a glorious morning for a trip to the beach for Year 2! When the children arrived the tide was in and Mrs Gardener explained all about low and hide tides and why the sea level rises. The children then had a fun journey wading through the wet sand and over some rocks until they reached a dry spot, here, Mrs Gardener demonstrated a ‘fish on a dish’ type of knot, which the children all enthusiastically then had a go at making themselves. As part of their topic work, Year 2 have been studying John Loudon McAdam, a civil engineer and road builder. The children were set a task for their next activity, they all collected large stones, flat stones and small stones to construct a sturdy road of their own. The children enjoyed testing out their construction. What a fabulous beach session, Even a wild rabbit making an appearance! The children were really enthralled from start to finish, with exceptional behaviour as always. They are already looking forward to their next visit.

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World Museum Trip

The infants had an exciting coach journey through the tunnel to visit the Liverpool World Museum today. Lots of enthusiasm and interest as they wandered the floors, exploring the Aquarium, the Dinosaurs, Ancient Egypt and the Bug floor. The children demonstrated impeccable behaviour as always and were super sensible around the museum, their teachers were extremely proud!   

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British Science Week

This week during British Science Week, Professor Fogg visited Avalon to deliver a very exciting assembly. The children eagerly watched as he changed clear water into lots of different colours, they saw chemical reactions and even heard a ‘squeeky pop’, the children were very much in awe and wonder of the experiments.

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Joseph and his Technicolour Dreamcoat

Today we joined the rest of the school to watch the juniors dress rehearsal production of ‘Joseph’, and what a performance it was! All the children involved sang, acted and danced brilliantly, you’re in for a treat!

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Red Nose Day 2022

A great start to Red Nose Day! Today in their PE lesson, Year 2 performed yoga poses inspired by the Red Nose Animals, focusing on moving, stretching and breathing. From lying down on their tummy and stretching like Rocco the Alligator to balancing as tall as Flo the Flamingo, all whilst wearing their Red Noses! Super fun!

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PSCHEE

As part of our PSCHEE work on a theme of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion, we have been discussing and recording our ideas on the differences between boys and girls. Here are just 2 examples which I’m sure you will find informative and enjoyable. Have a great weekend, enjoy the arrival of Spring!

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Learning about Capacity 

This week in Mathematics, the children were introduced to capacity, they thoroughly enjoyed a hands-on activity outside, they first estimated how many cups of water it would take to fill a 1 litre bottle and how many to fill a 2 litre bottle, next they worked as a team to fill up the cups and kept a tally chart of how many it took. They found out it took 13 cups of water for the 2 litre bottle and 6 and a half cups for the 1 litre bottle. Returning to class, the children recorded their findings. Great teamwork Year 2!

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Avalon Cinema 

With the forecast unfortunately postponing our trip to the cinema, we didn't let the weather 'dampen' our excitement... Avalon brought us our very own cinema experience! The children thoroughly enjoyed watching 'Sing' with snacks and hot chocolate. 

Measuring Weights 

This week we have been measuring and using grams and kilograms. A fun optional homework in addition to the worksheet, to employ some practical measuring reading divisions of scale – perhaps weighing ingredients for a recipe. Please take photos if you do, enjoy!

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Gymnastic Movements 

An impressive gymnastics session in PE this morning, the children are learning lots of gymnastic movements and how to approach them safely - a forward roll, straddle roll, cartwheel, bridge, splits side and box, front support and back support. The children are demonstrating great skill in learning these new movements with control and accuracy!

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Counting Money in Maths

Year 2 visited the shop during their Maths lesson this week, they were given either 50p or £1 to spend to buy one item. Once they had bought an item, they recorded what had been spent and worked out how much change they would receive.

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Creating Rockets 

Year 2 have certainly been busy at home creating fantastic rockets, aliens, robots, and other space themed models using ‘upcycled’ materials. Well done Year 2! 

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Whatever Next!

We have been doing some cross curricular work in Year 2. Our Literacy focus is ‘Whatever Next!’ By Jill Murphy. We have written predictions, made a story sequence and studied word contractions. To enhance this we imagined that Baby Bear met an alien on the moon. In our Art lesson we made a model alien which we will use to write a description. The children were very proud of their models and Literacy work. Looking forward to seeing the fruits of junk modelling this weekend.

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Understanding the Water Cycle

As part of our new humanities topic on Water, Year 2 consolidated their understanding of the Water Cycle by performing a role play, taking parts to be sun, rain, clouds, stream, river and ocean. They thoroughly enjoyed the activity which aided with a cross curricula follow up in sequencing and recording sentences to describe the Water Cycle.

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Christmas Lunch

Christmas dinner with all the trimmings, yum yum! Year 2 would like to wish you all a very merry Christmas and a restful break!

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Christmas Party

Year 2 had a marvellous time with Freddie Fantastic and his magic tricks! After a dance and a snack, the children thought they heard bells on the roof...to their surprise Santa had arrived to school with a little gift for everybody! What a lovely Christmas party!

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Twas The Night Before Christmas

We had some great detectives in Year 2 who solved the book from the clues, did you guess correctly?…Our shared story for Literacy is ‘Twas The Night Before Christmas’.

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Using Skills in Literacy

The children in Year 2 have been using their deductive and inferential skills in Literacy lessons to predict what our next text is going to be. Suggestions please if you have any spare time to study the photo!

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Chester Zoo

Year 2 had a wonderful day at Chester Zoo this week. The children were very excited and very inquisitive. The workshop was particularly interesting learning about life processes. We visited many different areas to learn about a variety of species. Year 2 were impeccably behaved and a credit to the school.

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Diwali Celebration 

Year 2 enjoyed a visit from Mrs Khangura today to find out more about Diwali, they learnt about Sikhi, listened to a story, looked at the clothes worn during this special celebration and to finish they all had lots of fun learning some new dance moves to music.

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Remembrance Day

We are all extremely proud of Year 2 for presenting a very special Remembrance Day assembly for the whole school. With the children learning about why Remembrance Day is an important date, they also took a trip in the afternoon to visit the War Memorial on Grange Hill. The children observed and sketched the monument and were all enthused and interested in the history and what the figures represented. Impeccable behaviour as always from the Year 2 children, well done!

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Diwali, The Festival of Lights

During RE this week, Year 2 have been learning all about Diwali, the festival of lights.  The children discovered why it is an important festival and what happens during this celebration, they found out that people decorate their homes with lots of lights and have fireworks, they exchange gifts and they also looked at Rangoli patterns. During Art, the children enjoyed colouring and making bright, sparkly pictures.

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Using our Writing Skills in the Kitchen 

Continuing with our Literacy lessons and writing instructions using imperative verbs, there was great excitement on Wednesday when Year 2 were invited to the kitchen, Mrs Probert gave a practical demonstration using instructions to make a cheese omelette. Cross curricular work can be fun, and the omelette was delicious!

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Exploring Nature 

As part of Mental Health Week and ‘Thankful Thursday’ Year 2 took a trip to Caldy Woods to enjoy being outdoors and to explore nature in their local surroundings. The children have also been studying Artist and designer William Morris who was particularly inspired by nature, so during their visit they carefully observed and sketched a variety of natural objects - trees, leaves, bark, hawthorn berries, sycamore tree seed pods, pine cones and more. The children were very interested in the findings of lichen and where/how it grows, they also discovered that the fallen leaves had broken down on the ground to make compost. Year 2 demonstrated impeccable behaviour to and from school and were extremely sensible in the woods and caring for their environment, Mrs Roberts and Miss Bennett we’re very proud of them all - a credit to Avalon School! 

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Measuring in Maths

A busy week for Year 2, to help their learning they have taken part in lots of practical activities. Measuring length in Maths, the children used their ruler to measure a variety of objects around the classroom in centimetres.

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Messy Breakfast in English 

For English the children  have been sharing the story ‘Five Minutes Peace’, they discovered a ‘messy’ breakfast scene and had a discussion on how Mrs Large might have felt and what advice they would give to her on what they would do differently.  

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Following Instructions

The children have been thinking about instructions and how to write some for ‘How to make a sandwich’, first they watched Mrs Roberts and Miss Bennett prepare the sandwich, the children thought about the equipment needed, the ingredients used and the order of how to make it. The children completed their instructions thinking carefully about imperative verbs.

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European Languages Day

What fun Year 2 have had today celebrating European Languages Day. Their mission was to find out about Germany. During assembly, they shared some fascinating facts that they had researched at home, they wore traditional clothes and they showed some interesting artefacts. At lunchtime they also had the opportunity to taste a variety of European foods, from the Spanish sweet dough churros to a feta Greek salad.

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Exploring Fruit and Vegetables 

Following on from their Harvest festival live lesson, Year 2 used their senses to further explore a variety of fruit and vegetables. They certainly enjoyed printing with them and creating more rainbows and pictures.

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Harvest Rainbows

This morning Key Stage 1 joined hundreds of schools across the UK to take part in the NFU’s Harvest Live Lesson.

We learned about how our food is produced. We saw how different vegetables and fruits are grown and how they are harvested. The farmers gave us lots of information about their crops and answered lots of questions.

After our live lesson we created a Harvest Rainbow thinking about different ingredients for each of the seven colours of the rainbow.

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Healthy Eating and Living

Year 2 have been thinking about ‘Healthy eating and living’ during their PSHCEE sessions. During a group discussion they made lots of good suggestions about how to stay healthy, from eating vegetables, drinking water to going for a walk. They then thought about and sorted a variety of foods from each food group which they considered to be a good choice to stay healthy. The children also had lots of fun outside demonstrating a variety of exercises on how to keep our bodies active! 

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Exploring Money in Maths

This week in Maths, Year 2 have been exploring money, they recognised and used symbols for pounds and pence, they added different coins together to find the total. The children also had fun visiting the ‘toy shop’ for a practical hands on experience, at the shop, they first found the correct coins needed to buy their chosen item, they were then asked to find the change from a particular coin when adding some items together, well done Year 2, great work using money! 

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Great Start Year 2

A great start returning to school for year 2, they have approached all aspects of school life with great excitement and enthusiasm! In English they were introduced to ‘Adri’ a character from the story ‘Only One You’, this beautiful, bright, colourful fish demonstrates that there is only one you in this great big world. The children made some great character descriptions and had fun designing and painting their own interpretations of Adri during Art.

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