Friday 6th November was a cosy kind of day in Year 2…what fun it was to wear our Pyjamas and slippers to school!
We started the day with story reading, accompanied by some furry friends and gentle music. It set us up well for a busy day of learning through stories.
Every lesson on Friday started with a story-time. Everyone had a turn to snuggle up on the carpet with blankets, cushions and teddies as they listened to and enjoyed our books. I don’t think anyone fell asleep but a few looked very relaxed!
Each of our stories helped with our lessons too. For our spelling lesson, our new spellings all related to a fox story. Our words were: floor, door, paw, yawn, launch, autumn, more, explore, born, thorn. The words worked cleverly together to make a story!
In maths, we read a book called ‘100 Shoes’. We learnt that centipedes actually have 42 legs an so he had 58 shoes too many. We explored number problems involving shoes, the children all worked very hard!
The afternoon was spent creating our own stories. We learnt how to brainstorm ideas and then chose our favourite ideas to put into a story. The children loved reading out parts of their stories and sharing ideas. We are still illustrating our books and look forward to when we can have opportunity to read each others books.
We love reading in Year 2 and our Pyjamas and Story Day was a fabulous celebration of that fact!
What an incredible day of fun learning we had on Thursday! There was a buzz of excitement from the moment the children entered the classroom right up until the end of the day.
We commenced our day reminding ourselves of the different types of bridges that have been constructed over time and looked at the role of woman in civil engineering. We looked at the Tacoma Bridge incident to illustrate why design and testing materials is essential before construction. We then began our mini investigations. How can we make single piece of paper stronger? How can we make a paper straw stronger? Which shapes can withstand the greatest force? How can we join materials together? These were just some of the questions we explored as we began our training to be an engineer.
Having this knowledge enabled us to explore with different construction kits as we endeavoured to build different types of bridges in our teams. Can you spot the different types below?
After lunch, we began the Battle of the Bridges. Each team thought of a team name and were allocated a £100 budget to use on materials to construct a bridge that met specific design criteria. Working on designs as individuals initially, the children then met in their “team meetings ” to pitch their ideas. Together they selected the best design to take further. It was wonderful to see children negotiating roles and responsibilities, discussing how they could incorporate aspects of each individual design within a team design and use of budget. No team went over their budget but for some it was tight! Compromise and leadership can be challenging for some children, but in year 4 we are working hard to develop these essential skills.
Teams set to work and at the end of the day presented their bridges for final testing over the surprise “very wet river”. This was the highlight of the day and whoops of joy and shrieks of panic could be heard as some bridges successfully held our “traffic” or began to buckle under the pressure.
Well done to all the teams: The Marvellous Musketeers, Engineer Experts, The Golden Team, The Designers, Bridge Pros, HLJM Bridges (very professional sounding), and The Tightropes. You are all fabulous bridge engineers!
What a lovely class our new Reception children make! They have had a very successful and happy transition to school and managed the daunting necessity to enter class without support of their parents amazingly well. Well done parents and our accomplished Reception staff. We are looking forward to welcoming the children all day from Monday. Please note the following arrangements.
9.00am Drop Off at meadow gate as usual. (Those with KS1 siblings may drop at 8.45am)
3.00pm Collection from car park double wooden gates. Staff will bring your child (and KS1 siblings) to you.
Please enter through car park and leave swiftly by the footpath adjacent to the meadow
Zippy Wallets – These will come home on Thursdays with 2 reading books and your child’s sharing book. Please only bring back to school on Tuesdays
Water – All children should have a named water bottle in class. If your child brings their own packed lunch this will need to contain another drink.
My question for you today is ¿Qué tiempo hace hoy? What is the weather like today? This is new to those of you in year 3. We have been lucky with the weather during lockdown and I have really enjoyed spending time outdoors. I hope you have been managing to play outside or do some exercise every day.
Have a look at my photos and choose an activity.
You could make a poster. Draw or print pictures from the internet of different weather symbols and write the weather expressions in Spanish. Tell someone you live with what the weather is like each day for the next week.
2. Write sentences to describe what the weather is like in different months. En enero hace frío. (In January it is cold.)
3. Or have a look at my last photo and describe what the weather is like in Spain.
En el norte … – In the north …
En el sur … – In the south …
En el centro … – In the centre …
El en este … – In the east …
En el oeste …- In the west …
Help with pronunciation:
Hace – pronounced ‘athay’
Nieva – pronounced ‘ne-eva’
Llueve – pronounced ‘u-eh-vay’
Hay – pronounced ‘ay’ / ‘I’
I really enjoyed seeing some of you from year 4 & 6 on Zoom last week. Hope to see you again soon!
Hello everyone, it’s the end of the first week of term 6! I have to say, it has been rather a novel week for me, I have been in Reception class where I have played outside, done phonics and learnt about spiders! I feel rather privileged to know what two year groups are up to. Wherever you have been doing your learning this week, I hope that you have enjoyed getting back in the swing after a week off.
Even though I have been physically with our younger pupils, my wonderful year 2 have never been far from my mind. I always enjoy receiving your emails and photos and it is reassuring to hear about activities that have been successful and enjoyable.
This week we had a fruity theme and one task which many of you completed exceptionally well was to write an alliterative, fruit poem. have a look at these excellent pieces of work:
Finished alliterative poem by Seb!
Such a perfect poem, Violet.
Cash’s fabulous fruity poem.
Sam’s poem is full of alliteration.
Hannah’s finished masterpiece!
Another mouthwatering task was to make a fruity animal, these are simply brilliant:
Sssssssweet sssssnake sssssnack!
Next week we are thinking about what it is like to be a child living in Kenya and to learn a few words of Swahili too.
So in the words of Timon and Pumbaa…
I believe it means ‘no worries’ which is a sentiment that we are all working towards at the moment with our learning. Whether you are working hard at home or in school, you can only do your best and that is most certainly good enough.
By now, especially if you are a keen scientist, you may have had a go at many of the activities suggested on the original 66 STEM ideas sheet sent at the beginning of Lockdown. You might even be running out of ideas. But fear not! There are plenty on this blog for you to try.
If you scroll down through the blog, you will find several STEM Starter sheets. Reading them, you may been be inspired to try someone else’s idea or you might see a picture in the science club news section and decide you might like a go at one of those activities. There are loads of great ideas to explore. Keep watching this space as I add more weekly.
If you get a chance, don’t forget to email me some photos or comment below and let me know what you have discovered.