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  • Design and Technology – Puppet Making

    This term in Design and Technology we have been making hand puppets. We started by exploring a range of puppets and discussing their features and what materials they are made from. In our second lesson we explored ways of joining material. Using the template provided, we worked with fabric to create, make and decorate a finger puppet. We then moved on to learn different sewing techniques that we could use when making our final piece. We learnt to do a running stitch, over stitch and sew on a button. In our final lessons we designed our own hand puppet using the skills we had learnt and then carefully followed our design to create our hand puppet.

  • Internet Safety Day

    On the 7th February 2023 we celebrated Internet Safety Day. This year’s theme was ‘Want to Talk About It?’. We started by interviewing our friends within the class to find out about their favourite things to do online. This kickstarted our conversations about how amazing technology and the internet are and all the things we can do online. We then read the story of ‘Hanni and the Magic Window’ and discussed how the internet isn’t perfect and sometimes people use it in ways that are unkind or unsafe. We thought about adults both inside and outside of school who we trust that we could talk to if something doesn’t quite feel right online.

    Simphiwe – “I enjoyed the story about Hanni and the Magic Window. We can get better if we talk about it”.

    Anna – “I know that if I see something upsetting online, I must tell an adult because they can make it go away.”

  • Parent Activity – Science

    Our parent activity this term was linked to our learning in science on the suitability of materials. We started with a story “Poor Uncle Astro! He wants to make a nice cup of tea but he’s run out of tea bags. The shop is only selling packets of loose tea leaves. Uncle Astro doesn’t like tea leaves floating around in his drink and likes his tea a lovely light brown colour. Can you make him some tea bags?” In class we started by sharing our predictions on what material we thought would work best.

    Isabel – “I think felt because it is thin and will let out the colour.”

    Gabriel – “I think the fabric because it won’t break in the water.”

    We then thought about how we could make sure it is a fair test. During the experiment, we would make sure to use the same amount of tea leaves, the same size of material and the same amount of dunking time. We completed the experiment with our grown-ups and recorded our findings. Back in class we shared our results:

    Maddie – “Tissue paper looked like a real tea bag!”

    Aubree – “Tin foil did not work because it was too thick.”

    James – “I learnt that felt was the best because it made the right colour tea with no bits.”

  • Science at The Ryde School 2021 – 2022

    Alive, dead, never been alive



    We placed a hula hoop on an area of the field and used magnifying glasses to help us find things that are alive, dead or never been alive. We thought carefully about grass and had a discussion about whether it is alive or never been alive. Some of us thought it was never alive because it doesn’t have a heart.







    We created shoebox habitats. We used our previous learning from our school trip and lessons in school to help us think carefully about what animals need in their habitat to help them survive.





    Suitability of materials



    We tested different materials to discover which would be best to make a pair of wellies. We considered how to make it a fair test and identified that it needed to be waterproof and strong.






  • Year 2 trip to Barnet Environment Centre

    Year 2 visited the Barnet Environment Centre and had a great time.  They took part in several activities but the favourite ones were the pond dipping and identifying all the different creatures that they caught in their nets.

  • Structures

    In D&T we have been learning about structures. We began by looking at different structures such as the Eiffel Tower, Golden Gate Bridge, the CN Tower and Big Ben and explored different materials to see what would be best to make our own structure. We thought about stability and how we can make a structure stable. We learnt that it needs to have a wide, flat base. We then started to think about bridges, particularly drawbridges. We watched videos to show us how drawbridges work and then, working in pairs, created our own pulley leaver using cups and string. Our final activity required us to use everything that we had learnt and work in teams to create our own drawbridges that were able to open and close, hold a car and stand on their own.

  • Pirate Day

    This term we have been learning about Pirates. We have created our own pirate menu and pirate rules, using adjectives and adverbs to add description. We learnt about famous pirates, such as Blackbeard, Calico Jack, Anne Bonny and Mary Read and created a wanted poster using what we learnt to explain the crime they might have committed and the reward for finding them. We learnt about directional language (north, south, east, west) and used this to move around a map. We were also very lucky to have a pirate come to the Ryde School to visit us. We got to make eye patches, hard tack biscuits, treasure maps, dice and more. We learnt to scrub the deck, steer the ship and went on a treasure hunt around the school.

  • Science

    In Science this term, Class 2 have been learning about animals. We had some very special visitors come to see us to help us identify the groups.  We can sort animals by their differences. Mrs Tiplady brought in her dog, Teddy and Miss Spurr brought in her tortoise, Buzz. We also looked at a fish (although this one was very slimy!) we found it very interesting as we could see close up the fishes’ gills and fins. We learnt that tortoises, dogs and fish cannot all be in the same group as they all have different needs. Tortoises/reptiles are cold-blooded and are often found in warm countries whereas dogs/mammals are warm blooded. Fish only live in the water, whereas some mammals and reptiles can live either in land or

    water. We then went on to think about baby animals. We looked at photos of ourselves as babies and compared this to what we look like now. We matched animals to their young and learnt that baby animals often have a different name to the adult e.g. foal – horse, cub – lion, tadpole – frog and calf – cow.

  • Year 2 Forest School

    This term we have enjoyed exploring the outdoors again in Forest School. After collecting different natural objects, we enjoyed painting and decorating these using lots of different colours and patterns. We have loved using the hammer and nails and clay to make models. We have also chosen a flower bed and been busy tidying this up and planting new things like potatoes and flowers. We found lots of bugs and used books to identify what we had found.


  • Learning to tell the time

    This term in maths, we have been learning to tell the time. We began by thinking about what the hands on a clock mean and working out how many seconds in a minute, how many minutes in an hour and how many hours in a day. We realised that we can split the clock into quarters to help us. We then looked at how to read o’clock, quarter past, half past and quarter to times. I have been so impressed with how keen the children are to learn more and take on a challenge.  Well done Year 2!