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22.05.18 / 23.05.18
Our visit to the synagogue
As part of our diversity week we visited the central synagogue in Birmingham. We found out lots of interesting facts during our visit.
The synagogue is the Jewish place of worship, but is also used as a place to study, and often as a community centre as well. Jewish men and boys always wear hats when they are saying prayers which mention God's name. These hats are called a kippah. Adult men often wear a Tallit or prayer shawl for morning prayer. A Tallit has fringes (called tzitzit) on the edges to remind the wearer to observe God's commandments. We also had an opportunity to open the Ark, which is a cupboard where the Torah Scrolls, which contain the text of the Hebrew Bible, are kept. We were also able to look at the Eternal Light (called Ner Tamid) that hangs above the Ark. This light is always burning, as a symbol of God's presence
22nd and 23rd May: Well, we were truly blessed with some lovely weather for our visit to the Eco-Park this week. What glorious sunshine we had! Over the two mornings all the children in Year 2 had the opportunity for some hands-on science activities. They all spent some time learning about what a plant needs to grow strong and healthy, before planting their own sunflower seeds which they have brought back to school. They also spent some time carefully looking closely at an area of plants and flowers to then produce what they saw in some super observational drawings. In our third activity the children heard a short story about a caterpillar called Cecil who last year ate all the leaves on some of the trees at the Eco-Park. Luckily the leaves have grown back so we could go and search for the trees and learn their names from their different leaves. A fantastic couple of mornings as you can see from our slideshow ...
Friday18th May 2018 - Royal wedding celebrations.
During the past two days we have celebrated the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. We have made wonderful crowns, tasty royal biscuits and have written invitations to our friends inviting them to the royal wedding. On Friday afternoon, we had a grand party outside.
We hope you enjoyed all of the celebrations.
A BIG well done to all of our year two children who have completed their SATS last week. We are very proud of you all.
This week in Maths we are measuring using a ruler (cm) and a metre stick (m). We have measured a range of objects and compared the length and height of objects using < > =
Have a look at some of our challenges.
16.4.18 - English
Over the next three weeks we will be immersed in the beautiful story of 'The Flower' written by John Light. A story based on a world without flowers and one little boy's struggle to bring the beauty of flowers back into the world. By the end of the three weeks, we will have written our own version of the story so please pop in to class and enjoy!
26.3.18 - Easter
Easter art! This week we have been making Easter baskets by decorating balloons with squares of bright, colourful fabric. To make our Easter hats we used cotton wool balls to cover paper bowls and cut out lamb faces and legs. We thoroughly enjoyed seeing the Easter Bunny, who filled our Easter baskets with tasty chocolate eggs.
This week in Maths we are exploring fractions. We began by understanding the meaning of equal groups and then finding 1/2 and 1/4 of a shape and quantity. Have a look at some of our challenges. Can you answer them?
16.3.18 - 3D shapes.
Today we have applied everything we have been learning about 2D and 3D shapes to make 3D shapes using straws and play dough. We discussed the vertices, edges, faces and the 2D shapes that we could see on the surface of the 3D shapes. We have also been challenging our thinking by solving problems related to shape.
Look at our shapes!
AUSTRALIA and Antarctica DAY
As part of our topic 'Around The World' we have been learning about Australia and Antarctica. Today we put on our shorts, t shirts, sunglasses and caps and headed to Australia. We had lots of fun exploring Australia on a map and listening to the national anthem. We took part in a quiz all about Australia, created flags, fact files about Australian animals and thought about what clothes we would need when dressing a person. We then changed into our coats, woolly scarves, hat and gloves and took a trip to Antarctica, where we also took part in a quiz, explored native animals, created flags and listened to the national anthem.
Thank you to the parents who attended our Year Two SATS meeting.
How can you help your child be ready for SATS?
- First and foremost, support and reassure your child that there is nothing to worry about and that they should always just try their best. Praise and encourage!
- Ensure your child has the best possible attendance at school.
- Support your child with any homework tasks.
- Reading, spelling and arithmetic (e.g. times tables) are always good to practise.
- Talk to your child about what they have learnt at school and what book(s) they are reading (the character, the plot, their opinion).
- Make sure your child has a good sleep and healthy breakfast every morning!
How can I help in Maths?
- Play times tables games.
- Play mental maths games including counting in different amounts, forwards and backwards.
- Encourage opportunities for telling the time.
- Encourage opportunities for counting coins and money e.g. finding amounts or calculating change when shopping.
- Look for numbers on street signs, car registrations and anywhere else.
- Look for examples of 2D and 3D shapes around the home.
- Identify, weigh or measure quantities and amounts in the kitchen or in recipes.
- Play games involving numbers or logic, such as dominoes and card games.
How can I help in reading?
Listening to your child read can take many forms:
- First and foremost, focus developing an enjoyment and love of reading.
- Enjoy stories together – reading stories to your child is equally as important as listening to your child read.
- Read a little at a time but often, rather than rarely but for long periods of time!
- Talk about the story before, during and afterwards – discuss the plot, the characters, their feelings and actions, how it makes you feel, predict what will happen and encourage your child to have their own opinions.
- Look up definitions of words together – you could use a dictionary, the Internet or an app on a phone or tablet.
- All reading is valuable – it doesn’t have to be just stories. Reading can involve anything from fiction and non-fiction, poetry, newspapers, magazines, football programmes, TV guides.
- Visit the local library - it’s free!
Here are the links for you to follow to find previous SATS papers.
1.03.18 - A reply to our letter!
After writing letters full of questions about World War II to Mrs Phipps, who experienced what life was like to be an evacuee during World War II, we waited excitedly for a reply.
Today, each year 2 class received a letter from Mrs Phipps answering all of our questions in depth. The letter is thoughtful, heartfelt and helped us to gain a better understanding of what life was like in the war and the struggles that people faced on a day to day basis.
Thank you to Mrs Phipps for taking the time to respond to our letters. We will treasure your letter and will continue to share your experiences for generations to come.
With love from all the children and staff in year 2.
16.02.18 What a wonderful end to our mini topic of WW2 in Small Heath. The children have had a fantastic time learning about the changes in Small Heath during the war and the impact on the local community. In particular the child evacuees who were sent from the city to the countryside.
Today we got to share some of this with our wonderful parents, who sampled some rations. They had a choice of potato scones and honey biscuits. The children then sang 'The White Cliffs of Dover' and shared some of their amazing diary entries as evacuees. The children then finished with 'It's A Long Way To Tipperary', with the parents then being invited back into classes to hear some more fantastic diary entries.
Monday 12th February 2018 - Rations Parent Workshop
Thank you to all of the parents who came to our Rations Workshop today. We hope you enjoyed making potato scones and honey biscuits using limited ingredients. We hope the workshop gave you an insight into the difficulties parents faced when feeding their family during World War 2.
Friday 9th February 2018 - A Day in the Life of an Evacuee...
Our day as evacuees taught us a lot about what it was like to be evacuated to the countryside during World War 2. We came to school dressed up as evacuees and explored photographs of evacuees saying goodbye to their parents at train stations, before leaving for the safety of the countryside. We created charcoal drawings of these images too! We practised our times tables and enjoyed reading a range of diary entries, written by evacuees and other children who have explored what it was like to be an evacuee. We were transfixed by snippets of the film ' Goodnight Mr Tom', which helped us to imagine what it would be like to arrive in a strange , yet safe, place and stay with a new family. We are now looking forward to our parent workshop on Monday where we will be exploring how rations affected the daily lives of people around Europe.
Wednesday 31st January 2018
Thank you to Mrs Bicknell for visiting Mercury and teaching us all about rations and sharing with us your Grandmother's christening gown and your Grandfather's war medals.
Thursday 25th January 2018 - Our trip to Birmingham museum
We had a lovely day at the museum. We found out a lot of information about the history of Birmingham, famous scientists and thinkers who came from Birmingham, what money looked like years ago and how fashions have changed over the years. We continued our exploration of the museum to find out about ancient Egypt, Staffordshire and pottery from Iran.
Monday 15th January 2018
Today, Peter the artist encouraged us to explore unique landscapes by a range of artists. He then taught us art techniques so that we could re-create some of his artwork. Look at the fun we had!
Thursday 21st December 2017
Thank you to all the parents who attended our parent reading session in Mercury. You are super stars!
Wednesday 20th December 2017
We used water colours to create a beautiful flower for our calendars and used quilling to decorate our Christmas cards.
Friday 15th December 2017
Look at all of the fun we had at our Christmas party!
Talk for writing text - Film review
For the next three weeks we will be learning about the features of a persuasive review. So far, we have explored alliteration, emotive and persuasive language. We will apply these features when writing our own review about the story 'Father Christmas' by Raymond Briggs.
Week beginning 4th December.
In Geography we have been learning about the countries that make up the United Kingdom. We created our own maps of the United Kingdom and added the seas that surround it. We used laptops and a range of information books to research the different countries. We then recorded our presentations to show to the rest of the class.
This term in Maths we have been working very hard to become 'masters'. We are gaining lots of confidence in using a wide range of equipment to help us solve some really tricky Maths problems. This term we have explored place value, addition, subtraction, money and multiplication.
Walk of the local area
13th November 2017
As part of our Geography topic we went on a walk of the local area. During our walk we created a map of the local area. We placed local landmarks and added road names to our map. We also recorded our route on an i pad and used the footage to help us create a more detailed map back at school.
Friday 20th October
After researching what local birds might like to eat we all made bird feeders. We used meal worms, peanuts, sunflower seeds and raisins, all in lard, in different feeders and Mrs Pearson took these up to the Eco Park. Today we walked to the Eco Park to see what had been eaten. Our observations informed our conclusions and we had lots of discussion about why some feeders might have been emptier than others, why some feeders had disappeared altogether and what might have taken them.
Year 2 sleepover
Thursday 19th October
45 year 2 children had a wonderful time at the sleepover in the school hall. We enjoyed eating tea, watching a movie and a night time walk with torches.
Mercury's class assembly - Wednesday 8th November
We hope you enjoyed our assembly about recycling. We learnt a lot about materials and where they are recycled and now understand how important recycling is and how it helps to keep our world a greener place.
Wednesday 11th October - Year 2 reading with parents and bake sale.
Thank you to all parents who attended another successful parent reading session and to those of you who bought the flapjacks that we made during our parent workshop. All of the money is going to our year 2 charity Unicef. The charity supports children around the world and provides them with education, clean water, vaccines, protection from violence and relief during natural disasters.
Monday 9th October - Parent Workshop - Make a flapjack
Thank you to all the parents who attended our year 2 workshop. We had a lot of fun following a recipe to make flapjacks.
English - Talk for Writing
For the next three weeks we will be learning to write instructions. Below is the text that we will be learning in class so have a go at home!
25.9.17 - P.E
Today during our P.E. session we experienced what it would be like to live without being able to see. We completed challenges with our eyes closed and became aware of the challenges that some people face.
We loved Roald Dahl Day! Our favourite thing about the day was having the opportunity to dress up as our favourite character.
Roald Dahl Day
Welcome to a brand new year!
Welcome parents! This week we have been settling in to our new class and we thoroughly enjoyed our art day based on the artist Carol Thompson. We are looking forward to starting our 'Aim High' topic, which we will begin by reading the story 'The Unstoppable Maggie McGee'.
Throughout the year we will be adding photographs and information about all of the exciting things that we are doing in Mercury, so please join in the fun by following Mercury on our web page. You will also have fantastic opportunities to work with us during our parent workshops.
You are welcome to learn along with us using our story maps, which will be available on our class page for you to enjoy.