The Time Institute – Autumn 2

This half term we have been working as time agents.  We had to stop the evil Chronos who is a master criminal who steals famous people from the history timeline.  We have had to work super hard to defeat him and restore Neil Armstrong and Gustav Klimt to the timeline. In English we have written reports about these famous men.  We also wrote our own version of the fairy tale Hansel and Gretel.  We have been using adverbs and adjectives to make our writing more interesting.


We have really improved our skills in written subtraction methods of 2 digit subtract 2 digit numbers.  Our arithmetic scores are improving and we are getting much better at remembering methods of calculation we have been taught.  It has been a super half term where we all enjoyed the Christmas festivities including the pantomime and the Christmas parties.

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The Investigation Bureau

Our first half term is over and the children have had a great time working for the Investigation Bureau.  Professor Crankpot couldn’t remember anything about materials so the children set to work investigating materials and their properties.  They were lucky enough to have a visit from the great scientist himself.  They told him all about different materials such as rubber, glass and concrete and what their uses are.  They sorted man made and natural materials which had him so confused.  He also forgot some of his recent inventions and asked Maple class if they could come up with some new inventions to help him.  We had some wonderful ideas such as robots to wash windows and machines to pick up dog poo! The class enjoyed his visit and were brilliant at explaining their work.  In English the children read The Twits by Roald Dahl.  They enjoyed the story which was a stimulus for postcard writing and character descriptions.  They have begun looking at Grimm fairy tales which we will be continuing into the next half term.  The whole class have worked brilliantly in maths.  They have learnt a written method for TU + TU and have been working on improving their arithmetic test scores. We have been very lucky this half term as it was our turn for yoga which is taught by a specialist teacher, Mrs McAllister.  The first half term has gone quickly and I am sure the whole class are now settled and ready for their next challenge.

Book of Wonder – Nature

This half term in Science we have investigated plants and how they grow.  How does a seed germinate?  What does it need to germinate?  We enjoyed planting and observing the seeds as they began to grow.  We had sunflowers and broad beans in our classroom.  We also had a nature walk around our school gardens and found lots of different plants which we didn’t realise were living in our grounds.  We created some lovely artwork from observing images very closely and trying to recreate what we could see.  In PE we did athletics and we are now fabulous at jumping, running and throwing.

In English we looked at recounts and wrote some super recounts of our library trip.  We have worked very hard in maths and reading as we had our SATs during the last week.  We found that we quite enjoyed them!  To round off our nature topic we had a fantastic visit to Alnwick Gardens.  It was a lovely day out and the children spent time learning about bees, pollination and how to plant seeds.



This half term we have been working for Station Studios.  We have looked at fantasy stories and have retold the story of St. George and the Dragon.  We made a children’s TV program using images of the story and i-Movie

.  When we completed this we then focused on riddles and creating our own riddles about animals.  The children did well to get the clues in the correct order.  In maths we have worked on 2D and 3D shape, looking at the different properties of each shape and recognising the similarities and differences between the shapes.

In art we studied David Hockney and his famous painting ‘Guest House Wall.’  We recreated this using one of our display walls.  Creating a large interpretation of the painting.  All the children painted some part of the art work.  We have worked hard to learn the grammar for Year 2 this half term and we have practised our handwriting where we are beginning to join our letters.  The children have begun to practise SATs style questions for reading and maths and will continue this into next half term.  We have been very lucky this half term as Nik from the Futsal partnership came to teach the children Futsal skills.  They thoroughly enjoyed the sessions and we hope to have Nik back in the future.


This half term we have been working as Time Agents for the Time Institute.  Chrono’s has removed the fabulous Grimm’s fairy tales from the timeline and the children have been working to replace them.  We  looked at lots of different fairy tales and then wrote our own.  To replace famous adventures to the time line such as Neil Armstrong and Sir Francis Drake we wrote reports about their lives and achievements.  The children enjoyed recreating Gustav Klimt’s artwork using paint and tissue paper.

In maths we have calculated using addition, subtraction, division and multiplication.  Time has been focus and we have concentrated on learning how to read the analogue clock to 5 minute intervals.  We have worked out costs for office equipment for the Time Institute.  We were lucky enough this half term to have a cricket coach in school to teach the children skills towards playing a cricket match.  It has been a super half term and we are all looking forward to next half term.

Portal Digital

In Spring 1 Maple class worked for Olive Stein creating work for a new website she was creating.  We became Digi pod 2.  In our Digi pod we wrote stories for Olive’s site which were all about Roald Dahl’s characters The Twits.  The children had a great time thinking about pranks which the horrible pair could play on each other.  The stories were super and some are on the website as Olive loved them so much.

We also looked at a healthy body, diet and mind.  The children made an exercise video which focused on short bursts of exercise over 15 minutes.  They looked at all the factors which make up a healthy body such as exercise, diet, water, good mental health, weight, no smoking or drinking and plenty of sleep.  They designed and made smoothies which would be a healthy alternative sweets.  We discussed having vegetables in smoothies as well as fruit and they class came up with some good suggestions.

We also looked at pets and how to keep them healthy.  We wrote health plans for rabbits and dogs.  Some of these are also published on the website.  The class worked well for Olive and she was really pleased with the work they produced.  They all said they would love to work for Olive again in Year 3.

The Investigation Bureau

This half term we have been working for Commissioner Fox at the Investigation Bureau.  We have found out about all different types of materials.  Including waterproof and non waterproof materials. We also investigated natural and man made materials.

Crankpot had his new inventions stolen!  Maple class created some new inventions for him using different types of materials which they thought would be suitable for the product.  Professor Crankpot was really pleased with our ideas and the fact that we helped him remember!

In maths we have investigated number and place value.  Lots of numbers were stolen from calculations and we had to find the missing numbers in both subtraction and addition questions.  We have used Julia Donaldson stories in English and loved reading and acting out some of her stories.  We wrote our version of Room on the Broom.


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