Spotlight on: Year 2
Mrs Kerry Owens shares stories from Year 2
The last time I wrote about Year 2 was in October 2016, when the girls were just settling in to their year and learning the new routines and expectations. I can’t believe how time has flown and they are now known as ‘Form 2 ½’. I like to mention this from time to time to keep them on target for moving into Year 3! The girls love to look back in their books to the first piece of writing they completed in Year 2 and marvel at the progress they have made.
The girls have been reading an abridged version of Oliver Twist to learn more about street children – so it might be a good idea to make sure nothing goes missing from your pockets! Using different sources to find clues about the past brings the subject to life and is an excellent skill for future History students to learn. It was reassuring to see how much society has progressed in health and medical knowledge, compared with the stories we heard of pioneers such as Florence Nightingale. After learning about Alexander Fleming’s happy ‘accident’ with mould and his discovery of penicillin the girls investigated mould growth in the classroom (in controlled scientific conditions I hasten to add).
Next term Year 2 will be learning about different habitats and the effects on the animals and plants that live there. We will also be looking at seeds and plant growth. Our topic on Island Life will take us back in time to look at holidays in the past and around the world, to compare two very different islands. You’ll be relieved that we’ll be visiting the Cambridge University Botanic Garden for our outing, rather than booking a trip to a tropical island!