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Kingfishers - Year 2

Welcome to Kingfishers! We hope you enjoy looking at our learning on this page!


Please remember our home learning is always due in on a Thursday and will be sent back out the next day. We also collect reading records in once a week on a Friday. 


The children change their books on a daily basis. Please ensure they bring a water bottle into school for fruit and drinks time after play time. Our PE day is a Thursday - please ensure your child comes in PE clothes and a school jumper.  


Thank you! 


 We had a great time reading 'The Gruffalo's Child', 'Where the Wild Things Are' and 'Monsters Love Underpants'. In Science, we learnt about different materials and tested their properties. We wrote character descriptions, retellings and our own story book. 
In Term 1, we read Spider Sandwiches and enjoyed making sandwiches! We tried lots of different flavours and then choose our favourites to combine together. We drew great designs and then evaluated our sandwiches. We thought about health and safety when making sandwiches and how to use equipment carefully. 
Also in Term 1, we completed poetry work linked to Dartford in preparation for our work on Katie Morag. We started off by writing poems about our playground. As a part of this work, we went outside to gather ideas from first hand experiences. We thought about what we could hear, see, smell and feel outside. 

Home Learning in Term 1

An Island Home
In Term 2 we really enjoyed learning about Katie Morag and her island home. This topic gave

us the opportunity to explore many different subjects!

We enjoyed using the Beebots to practise giving instructions around her island home. We explored the Castle McColl, the lighthouse and even got to visit the ship wreck! We then moved onto debugging the Beebots, programming them to trace the outline of numbers and created mazes on the carpet using a range of construction equipment! We had a great time trying each other's mazes out. 

In Term 2, we took part in our whole school 'Celebrating Differences' week. We read the story Elmer and wrote excellent diary entries imagining we were him. We discussed that he tried to hide something that was different about him to fit in but found out that the thing that made him different was the most special thing of all. 

As a part of this week, we all had a jar and then different members of the class wrote nice comments on circles and filled our jars. We then discussed how this made us feel when we read the comments and the power of the words we use. 

Look at the photos below to see us reading all the lovely comments!

We worked hard to investigate floating and sinking linked to Katie Morag. We made predictions about which materials would float and which would sink. We then tested our predictions. We discussed the patterns which we noticed. 
While learning about Island Homes, we worked hard to develop our weaving skills. Our task was to design and make Katie Morag a new skirt to wear to Grannie's wedding. 
We also enjoyed working in groups to compare Dartford and the Isle of Struay, where Katie Morag lives. We noticed many differences, such as: the pier, the sea and the lighthouse but we did also spot some similarities. 
At Christmas time, we enjoyed making models of snowmen and then writing instructions for how to build a snow man. When writing our instructions we tried hard to include commas in a list, expanded noun phrases and a range of sentence openers. 

London Through Time

The Great Fire of London


This half term, Kingfishers have been working hard on this topic from home. We began this topic by looking at 'Homes through Time' and created timelines. We then focussed in on the Great Fire of London. We learnt about the main events of the fire e.g. where it started, how long it lasted and significant people. We also wrote excellent setting descriptions using our senses describing London in 1666. 


We also had a virtual visit from the Fresh Water Theatre Show and loved acting out the different parts of the fire. We also got to look at a range of artefacts and met a range of eye witnesses!


As a part of this topic, one of our topic lessons was to research the fire and then present our understanding using either art (a model or picture), a poster, a fact sheet or a PowerPoint. Look at our great work below:

As a part of our Great Fire of London project, we designed and made our own vehicles. We looked carefully at existing vehicles and labelled key parts of them using key vocabulary. We then designed our own, thinking about the resources we would use and what features our vehicles should have. Look at our great vehicles we made at home below:

Term 4 - Through the Key Hole


This half term, we will completing a range of writing:

  • non-fiction writing linked to the Victorians
  • story writing linked to The Green Ship linked to World Book Day. 
  • setting description linked to The Bear and The Piano
  • imitating the story of The Bear and the Piano 
  • Spring poetry writing

Building on our work on The Great Fire of London, we will be looking at what London was like in the Victorian times. Over the term, we will be looking at Victorian homes, daily life and food.


For our first week of home learning we looked at what they ate, Victorian toys and Victorian houses in our local area. Have a look at the photos below to see what we got up to: