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  • Jarrow Cross C of E Primary School
‘Living and Learning’
Value in Everyone

Year 2

In September, Year Two were introduced to our autumn topic 'All About Africa' by using their self-made passports to take a flight with Jarrow Cross Airlines to fly to Africa. We went to Flamingo Land to see all of the African animals up close and watched the sea-lions perform tricks.  We read Handa's Surprise and produced lots of descriptive writing and tasted all of the exotic, African fruits that were in the story. 
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In October, we read Meerkat Mail and learnt how to use commas in a list.  We then focused on the features of non-fiction texts, such as sub-heading, glossary, captions etc, then produced own fact files about an African Animal.  We also had Judo and Tennis coaches come in to school to teach us about the sports.  
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In November, we became poop detectives and examined some African animals' poo!  The children had to identify whether the poo belonged to a herbivore, carnivore or omnivore by using clues.  As part of anti-bullying week, we visited the cinema to watch Ferdinand.  It was a great film with a lovely message about being kind to others and being proud to be unique.    
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In December, we carried out work around Nelson Mandela. We researched how he changed history, we sang 'Free Nelson Mandela' and took part in discussions based on his most powerful quotes. Collectively, they created a fantastic piece of art! The children took a lot from this topic and were in awe of just how inspirational Nelson Mandela was! In literacy, we thought about what we would do if we were trapped in a snow globe and wrote stories.
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In January, our topic in maths was money. We learnt about coins and notes, receiving/giving out change and different ways to make the same amount of money. We also launched our topic 'Glorious Garden' and have carried out a range of experiments linking with growth and change/development of plants. We have created some beautiful artwork: using water colours, paint and oil pastels. Every Monday we have received first aid training from Tumbles and Grumbles; we have learnt how to help ourselves and others in an emergency but fingers crossed we won't ever need to!
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