Class Teacher: Miss Benson
Support Staff: Mrs Hughes
Email: [email protected]
Hello, my name is Miss Benson and I will be teaching in year 2 this year. I am eager and excited to begin a year of learning and fun together! This is my second year teaching at Armley Park as I worked in year 1 last year. I am really enjoying getting to know you all and working as part of the Armley Park team. I grew up in Blackpool but have loved living in Leeds for the last 5 years. A few of the things that I enjoy the most are baking, shopping and cuddling my dogs!
We hope you enjoy looking at our class page. We will update this regularly throughout the year with photographs of what we have been doing and also with key information which you may find useful. If you have any questions, please contact me and I will do my best to help.
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W.C 26th April
In Maths this week, Year 2 have been working on division through 'sharing' and grouping'. We have been focusing on dividing by 2, 5 and 10.
In D.T, we will be designing and making our own 'Moving pictures'. Over the next few lessons, we will be building on and developing our skills of making different mechanisms. Within this weeks lesson, we focused on 'slider' mechanisms. Miss Benson modelled how to create a slider mechanism following simple instructions, before the children had a go independently!
W.C 19th April - First week back after the Easter holidays
We have loved our first week back after Easter. We have started off our new topic 'Plants' with some exciting activities.
In Writing, we worked in groups to follow Miss Benson's instructions on 'How to plant a sunflower seed'. We began verbally using bossy (imperative) verbs and time conjunctions to talk through the instructions, in preparation for writing our own instructions over the next week.
In Science, we went on a 'Plant hunt' in our playground, looking for wild plants as well as searching in our school garden. The children enjoyed recognising, finding and naming many of the plants and working together to tick them off their list!
W.C 22nd March
We have been working very hard doing our assessments this week. The children have been determined and resilient and have made me extremely proud! In the afternoons we decided to have some fun completing our Art lessons. In Art the title of our topic this half term is 'Let's Sculpt'. This week we have looked at sculptures made by artists 'Michelle Reader' and 'Eva Rothschild' and have tried to recreate some of their work using similar materials.
Here we are making structures using spaghetti and marshmallows! We thought about the shapes that we were going to create, how we were going to join the shapes together and the size of our structures.
Here we are making monster structures using recycled rubbish! We thought about the body parts and features of our monsters, the materials we were going to use and how we were going to join them together!
Week 6 - 7th December
We have had an extremely busy week across Year 1 and Year 2! We have had a week full of hands-on learning. We have lots of photo's to share with you all!
In Art, we have been looking at Monet's Cityscapes and worked with pastels to replicate his paintings of the Houses of Parliament. Year 2 were really good at selecting 'warm' and 'cool' colours.
In Maths, we have begun looking at money. We worked throughout this week to recognise and compare the value of coins. We talked about the importance of using money within everyday life as well as some of the reasons why we use money. Year 2 have loved working practically with sets of coins and money fans.
In English, we have been reading and exploring the book 'The Polar Express' by Chris Van Allsburg. On Thursday, the children were lucky enough to go on a very special trip... to the North Pole! The Polar Express arrived at Armley Park to take the children on a journey. Year 1 and 2 loved dressing in their pyjamas, drinking hot chocolate, singing christmas songs and getting a silver bell from Santa Claus!
In D.T, we made our own dips based on our designs from last week. We discussed different food groups, looked at different chopping techniques and talked about food hygiene. The children really impressed me with how well they followed their design and how sensible they were when chopping the vegetables!
And finally... Christmas jumper day selfie!
Week 3 - 16th November
I have been extremely proud of Year 2's resilience and determination in our maths lessons this week! We have been working on column addition and subtraction (crossing 10) using lots of concrete resources to support us. The children blew me away with how eager they were to challenge themselves and gained more and more confidence as the week went on.
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In PSHE this week, Year 1 and Year 2 have been learning about how they can stay safe indoors and outdoors. In Thursday's lesson, we looked at a 'Risk Ladder' and compared six outdoor scenarios. The children worked together to decide where each scenario should go on the risk ladder through lots of discussion. The children were able to share some valuable points to come to an agreement. We then created our own outdoor safety posters!
Week 2 - 9th November
This week has been Science week at Armley Park! We have had lots of fun learning about the human body and our senses. We experimented using each sense. We completed a hearing experiment, taste experiment, touch experiment, smell experiment and sight experiment! The children have loved using their senses to explore different things and have been excellent scientists.
Miss Benson and Mr Kinnes also announced Armley Park's School Council representatives this week. Here we have Year 2's excellent school council members!
We have had a very busy last week before half term!
In Geography, Year 1 and 2 have tried food/drink from each country in the United Kingdom. Soda bread for Ireland, Haggis for Scotland, Leeks for Wales and Tea for England. The children were very curious and excited to try the different foods!
In Art, Year 1 and 2 used what we had previously learnt about Andy Goldsworthy and his natural sculptures to create our own sculptures. The children enjoyed using flour paste and the materials that they had collected to independently create their piece.
In Golden Time, to conclude our topic 'Countries of the UK' we had Afternoon Tea with The Queen! In writing, we wrote shopping lists using adjectives to help Miss Benson know what to buy for our Golden Time treat. We enjoyed scones, cucumber sandwiches (one of the Queens favourites!), tea and cake. We had lots of fun!
This week in Geography, year 1 and year 2 have learnt about compass directions and how a compass can help us. We discussed how a compass is a good piece of equipment to have if we are going on a trip or a journey somewhere as they can direct us if we get lost. We practised using the vocabulary 'North, South, East and West' and worked in groups to use a compass to navigate around the playground.
In Maths this week, Year 2 have been comparing number sentences using the inequality symbols. We discovered that we don't always need to work out the answer to know which number sentence is greater and which one is less. Year 2 really impressed me with their resilience and determination!
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