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What a lovely end to a superb week. We had our Leavers Assemblies on Tuesday and our Graduation on Wednesday, both very special events. Today was the children's prom which we held outside due to the heat in the hall. They had lots of fun dancing to some music before enjoying an ice lolly.
We have begun to investigate the effects human activity has on our planet, within our topic of 'The Environment'. Today we looked at plastic pollution in our oceans, why it is happening, the effect it has on the environment and what we can do to help. To begin the day each group had a polluted 'ocean' to investigate and ask questions about. Here are some of our super questions; Why is there a lot of rubbish in the ‘ocean’? Why is it all plastic? What is going to happen to the fish? Why is there a picture of a whale, a dolphin and other tropical fish in our ‘ocean’? What is happening to the creatures? Where did all the plastic come from? Why is the ‘ocean’ getting polluted?
Having found out more information we then recorded how we felt before creating a plastic collage to represent our seas and oceans and write captions all about the information we had discovered.
Did you know that plastic objects are moulded from 'nurdels' - small plastic beads that are melted to pour into the moulds?
How about this amazing fact: If all the plastic humans made every year was weighed in elephants you would need 30 million elephants and if lined up they would stretch around our planet more than 5 times!
We had an interesting visit from the animal man today. We learnt a lot about how different species have adapted to their environments to help them to survive. We met Haleema, the stick insect, who can live up to 20 years and comes from Malaysia. We also met a Colombian Boa Constrictor. Boa Constrictors taste with their tongue and prey on birds, bats, rats and mice. We learnt that when arachnids feel scared or threatened, they rub their legs together and flick hairs into the predator's eyes so that they can escape.
We must always think about how to care for our own pets at home and take them to the vets to have their health checks. If we are ever thinking about having a pet, we must always read about them first online or in a information book so that we know exactly how to care for them and what to expect when they grow.
We have been busy learning all about renewable energy over the last few weeks and today we used our own design plans to create model wind turbines (well windmills really). We worked really well to support each other with some of the more tricky parts of our designs; like attaching the blades to each other and to the towers. But we think we did an excellent job and they look fantastic.
This morning we gave it our all for Macmillan Cancer Support, dancing for half an hour in the hall! Thank you to everyone who generously donated £1 for this worthwhile cause.
We all had a fantastic time at the Botanical Gardens today. The weather was very kind to us too! The children had a taught session where they learned about rainforests, the animals and plants that live there and how they are adapted to live in their environment. As you can see from some of the pictures they even had an opportunity to touch or hold some of the animals! After a walk through the glasshouses looking at more plants and their adaptations for their environments, a walk through the gardens was needed to cool down a little. We followed the paths marvelling at all the different colours and shapes of leaves and flowers we could see before adventuring into the butterfly house. Luckily, there was also plenty of time for some adventurous fun in the Treetops Playground, rolling down the grassy banks, hugging some trees and a picnic lunch outside under the shade a beautiful tree. A really lovely day!
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 ...
Thursday 17th and Friday 18th May:
A fantastic couple of days immersing ourselves in everything royal! The children have written invitations to their friends, written replies back to them, baked cookies and created their own crowns. All for our Royal Wedding picnic in the playground. They even designed and created their own bunting to decorate the playground with.
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!
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?
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.
09.03.18 - World Book Day
Well, after the snow cancelled our plans last week what a lovely day we have had dressed as some of our favourite book characters. I wonder if you can guess who we all were in the pictures below? We have listened to stories, tried to name as many traditional characters as we could spot in a video clip, written descriptive sentences and made bookmarks that the children have brought home. A fun-filled day enjoyed by all!
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
12.2.18 Thank you to those wonderful parents who joined us for our rations workshop. We explored the meaning of rations and how it had an impact on the community during the war. We learnt that many people grew their own vegetables during this time, potatoes being one of them! We followed a recipe and created our own potato scones.
26.01.18 - Our Talk4Writing text has been Meerkat Mail. The children have been enjoying learning all about Sunny's journey to visit his extended family whilst looking for somewhere new to live. We are now beginning to think about inventing our own 'journey story' and the children have chosen their new character and setting and are thinking about the problems that their character will need to overcome.
Please spend some time talking about the journey their character is going to take and the problems they will encounter along the way, using the Meerkat Mail story map to help.
Yesterday's visit to Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery was a great success. The children thoroughly enjoyed finding out about different cultures and civilisations around the world, in particular the Ancient Egyptians, so please do ask them lots of questions about what they saw. We also spent time finding out about Birmingham and how it has been changed by events that have happened. We especially looked at the role Birmingham and its people contributed to World War 2, the effect on the children of Birmingham as evacuees and found listening to the experiences of local people at that time fascinating.
15.01.18 - Happy new Year and welcome back to school. Today we were very lucky to have an artist called Peter in school working with Year 2. All the children in Saturn spent the afternoon with him learning lots of new skills and using pastels to create a landscape picture in the style of Claude Monet. We think we did rather well and Peter thought so too!
This week we are enjoying lots of fun Christmas activities. We have been using the technique of quilling to create our Christmas trees on the front of our cards. We then added glitter for extra sparkle! For our calendars we learnt how to blend watercolours in the style of the artist Georgia O' Keeffe, before once again adding glitter! We hope that family and friends enjoy receiving them.
Thank you to all the parents who came to share a book with their child this morning (21st). The children really enjoy this time and love reading our super library books with you.
What a lovely party we had this afternoon! Lots of delicious treats to eat and dancing and singing after a fantastic surprise visit from Father Christmas. Thank you to all the parents who came to join us and for all the party food you brought in.
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.
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.
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.
Friday 17th November - Children in Need
We all looked fantastic in our pyjamas and raised lots of money for the charity too!
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.
03.11.17 Our new text for English is Amazing Grace. A lovely story about a little girl who doesn't let anything stop her aiming high for her dreams. Please have a look at the story maps and help your child to read through and learn this wonderful story.
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.
Wednesday 11th October - Share a book and Flapjack sale.
Thank you to all our parents who came in to share a book with your child and to those of you who bought the flapjacks that we made during Monday's workshop. The children really enjoyed having the the opportunity to read a book with you. We shall be sending all the money raised from the sale of the flapjacks in all three Year 2 classes to UNICEF so that they may use it to help support more vulnerable children.
Monday 9th October - Parent Workshop
Thank you to all the parents who came in on Monday to help us bake flapjacks and create the packaging for them. By selling these on Wednesday we hope to raise lots of money for our Year Group charity, UNICEF; a charity that supports vulnerable children to access the opportunity of an education.
We hope you enjoyed the workshop as much as your children did.
In year 2 we are now learning to write a set of instructions. Our new Talk4Writing maps below tell us how to make flapjacks. Please help your child to learn these instructions (I have again included the text to go with the maps below).
19.09.17 We have been learning the lovely story 'The Unstoppable Maggie McGee' in our English lessons, using the talk4writing maps below to help us.
Please spend some time sharing these with you child and encourage them to use the actions they have learned as they retell the story to you.
I have included a transcript of the text, to help support your child if they happen to forget a little part of it.
I zoom back to Earth after another busy night in space… Before I even open my eyes, I know that today is a good day. We’re finally going outside, into the garden. And if we’re really lucky, we’ll see Sol’s bird.
I open my eyes and it is raining. NO! What about our garden trip? I am going to close my eyes and start today all over again… It is raining on the moon so that’s where we’re heading. Ready for lift off Sol?
Three… two… one… ‘’We’re flying!’’ Cheep, cheep cheeeeep!
Beep, beep, beeeep! I open my eyes. Climbing and flying is hard work. ‘’ Don’t worry, Sol. We’ll go back again later…’’I must have slept for ages because Mom is here and Dad has to go. ‘’ You won’t see Sol’s bird’’ I say sadly.
Then Herb comes and cheers me up. A little while later, Mom calls ‘’The rain has stopped, we can go outside!’’ Outside, Sol’s eyes dance with excitement. Everyone waits. And waits. And then… Sol’s bird perches on his lap.
After Sol’s bird flies off, a magic sound bubbles up from inside Sol. It is the sound of love and family and everything that is good. Soon it is bedtime and I am ready for my next adventure. Three…two…one…
Roald Dahl Day
Wow, what fantastic Roald Dahl character costumes you all wore! I was really sorry to have missed seeing you all dressed up but it was great to hear all about the fun you had deciding what to wear and who to be.
Welcome to a brand new year!
What a lovely start to we made to Year 2 in Saturn classroom. We started this year having an art day, creating kite pictures based on the work of the artist Carol Thompson as a link to our topic 'Aim High.'The children learnt how to use chalk pastels to create their backgrounds; using a colour wheel they chose contrasting colours and then learnt to blend from a strong colour through to pale. To finish their pictures the children created block colour kites to attach to the foreground. We think our kite display is a great illustration of what we can achieve if we all 'Aim High.'