Teachers: Mrs Felstead (Monday - Wednesday) Miss Horrill (Wednesday - Friday)
Teaching assistant - Mrs Smith, Miss Coulthurst
Swimming will not be starting at the beginning of term due to COVID19, we will update you when we know more.
PE will be on Wednesday mornings with our sports coach Mr Stevens. Please make sure your child has a named PE kit for indoor and outdoor lessons. TRAINERS are essential.
Happy New Year! We hope you had an enjoyable Christmas and ready for the new term ahead. We still all need to follow the guidance on social distancing, washing hands and wearing face masks when dropping off and collecting children. We have a fun term planned with one of our favourite topics 'Muck, mess and mixtures.' As the title suggests we might get a little mucky with this topic and there will be lots of fun science experiments.
Merry Christmas everyone!!
We hope you had a good half term and ready for the long stretch to Christmas! This term our topic is called 'Bounce' which will inspire us to become healthier and active!
Covid didn't stop Santa making an online visit! We got to ask Santa lots of questions and he showed us his magic key!!
Children should be physically active for 60 minutes every day. Try using some of the change4life activities below.
We put germs (glitter) on some of our hands to see how and where the germs would spread. The results were quite surprising! We found out that germs on our hands can spread very easily and quickly.
Following on from the spread of germs we talked about how to wash our hands which we are actually quite good at now!! But why do we use soap? We had some germs (pepper) in the water and dipped our finger in without any soap on. The germs stuck to our finger. We then put soap on our finger and dipped it into the germs. The germs moved away from our finger because they don't like the slippery soap. So wash your hands with soap.
The new normal!!
A member of our team is having to stay at home due to the new lockdown rules but she is still working with her group via Microsoft Teams!!
The first day of our new topic was a lot of bouncing fun! We also learnt how our heart and lungs work by taking our pulse before and after bouncing.
We used the bouncers and timed ourselves to see how many bounces we could do in 1 minute. We also measured out 2m, 4m and 6m and counted how many bounces it took to travel these distances.
We hope you have all had a lovely summer break and ready to get back to work. It was great seeing so many of you in the last half term coming to school. It gave us a great understanding on everyone's abilities and how much work you had all done during home schooling. Our topic this term is 'Street Detective' which is full of fun activities. We will be concentrating on English and maths a lot to ensure all the gaps are covered due to the lockdown. Please make sure you hear your child read at least 3 times a week (everyday would be great but we understand the pressures of family life!). Reading is so important for their phonic development in reading and writing.
The classrooms and school are looking different to what we are used to but many of you got to experience this before the summer holidays. We are really looking forward to seeing you all and getting back to some kind of normality!
We have been using the lap tops to learn how to type in sentences using different functions on the key board. We can also change the size, colour and text style of our work. We have also learnt how to insert pictures.
The Great Fire of London
We had a great afternoon with Tom from Partake acting out the events in the Great Fire of London. We all know so many facts about the events that happened.
Science - Investigative work
We have been looking at the suitability of materials for different jobs. In this investigation we were finding out which materials were waterproof.
In this investigation we were finding out the suitability of materials to make a bridge.
Whole class reading
Every week we have a vipers reading session to develop our reading and comprehension skills.
We are using the book, The deep dark wood. What do you think the story is about? Who do you think lives in this wood?
We have been exploring 3D shapes. We tried to make 3D shapes and used 3D shapes to make models. We could name the 3D shapes we made and used. Can you identify a cone, sphere, cylinder, cube, cuboid, triangular prism and pyramid?
Science - sorting and grouping work
We have been talking about things that are living, not living any more and never lived. We went outside to find examples of these ideas. Can you identify things that are not living anymore?
As part of our street detective topic we worked with our partners to give them directions to move around a map. We then used a program on the laptops to put directions/instructions in to move something around a maze. Some of us got muddled with left and right!
Maths - 2D shapes
We used 2D shapes to make pictures. We had to name the shapes that we used. Did you know a hexagon has six sides?
We started our Street detective topic with a walk around the local area. We looked at different types of houses, physical features and human features.
Hopefully you have received your login details for the online learning platform, Weduc, we are using during this time of school closures. We will be uploading lessons and work for the children to carry out at home. We have suggested a timetable for you to use at home below. Below the timetable are some links to the websites we recommend. Twinkl is site we use a lot in school to support our teaching and during this time it is free to use at the home.
This term is a busy tem with our two trips to the farm and to Tamworth Castle. Both of these trips will support our topic work and inspire our writing.
Trip to Tamworth Castle
We had a great time visiting Tamworth Castle. We learnt all about being a squire and how to dress ourselves in a suit of armour. We also learnt about the different weapons in the armoury. We had training in becoming a castle servant! We had a good look around all the different rooms in the castle. We got a bit scared when we went up the haunted stairs! Can you guess who are wearing the knights helmets?
Create your own dragon
We had some wonderful descriptions about the different dragons created in class. Alfie's dragon was an electric dragon who eats electric wires and will electrocute you! Sarim's dragon was an ice dragon who lives in a snowy cave.
Science - Where do worms like to live?
To start our investigation we had to collect worms. We learnt that adult worms have a saddle and worms have tiny hairs on their bodies to help them move along.
Where do worms like to live continued....
We chose different materials for our worms to live in; soil, sand, bark, stones, grass and twigs. We put the worms in the middle of the materials and left them overnight to chose where they would like to live. The next day we carefully looked to see which material the worms were living in. The worms mainly chose soil and sand.
English - Story writing
We tried really hard to apply all the Year 2 skills into our writing. We are not afraid to make mistakes because we can improve our work when we do.
Maths and ICT
We have been looking at weight in maths and learning how to read scales. We used a game on the computer to find out the weight of different objects.
In science we are looking at the different ways to group animals. Can you name an animal that belongs in the reptile group? Did you know that mammals have flapping ears?
A dragon's egg!!
A dragon's egg arrived at school for us to look after so we had to do some research and write down some instructions.
We used 'bossy' verbs to start our instructions and had to write them in the present tense.
Jack and the Beanstalk
Miss Horrill read the story of Jack and the Beanstalk and then we had to write about it making sure we got things in order. We tried to use some interesting vocabulary and extend our sentences.
Happy New Year! We hope you all had a relaxing Christmas break and ready for the term ahead. Our topic this term is 'Muck, mess and mixture!' which was quite a hit with the Year 2 class last year. Prepare to get mucky as we will be having a messy day on the first Wednesday back! Later in the term we will be having a science day where we will be making mixtures of different sorts. We will be using the Roald Dahl book George's Marvellous Medicine to inspire our English work.
We had a brilliant day doing science experiments. Mrs Felstead made an erupting volcano, minty geyser and flying film cannister. We made rainbow rain, fizzing potions, skittles pattern and a twirly swirly show. We learnt how mixing certain ingredients causes a chemical reaction. If you mix an acid (vinegar or lemon juice)with an alkaline (bicarbonate of soda) carbon dioxide gas is formed. Our favourite was the minty geyser because Mrs Felstead nearly got covered in coke!
Internet safety day
The police visited us to talk about how to stay safe on the internet. They were very impressed with how much we knew from our e-safety lessons earlier in the year.
Hot and cold science
We made jelly using hot and cold water. We even mixed the colours/flavours! Mrs Smith carried out an investigation to see what would happen to different foods when they were heated up. Mrs Felstead had prepared some ice cube paints which were great fun to paint with. We observed changes from a solid to a liquid, liquid to a gas, liquid to a solid and gas to a liquid.
The jelly was delicious!
We are using 2Logo to practise our position and direction.
We are trying hard to read through our work and check it for any mistakes. We don't want our teachers to use green pen (green for growth)to highlight any mistakes. We want pink pen (tickled pink) to highlight great work.
Is it waterproof?
In science we tested lots of different materials to see if they absorbed water. We had to measure 5ml of water into a syringe and squirt it onto wood, plastic, rock, cotton wool, tin foil, cardboard and fabric. We observed and recorded what happened.
George's Marvellous Medicine
George's Marvellous medicine has inspired our writing and poetry work. We have come up with some great command sentences....
"Go and get my medicine!"
We have used some great adverbs.....
Grandma began to grow quickly through the roof.
We have used some expanded noun phrases....
George mixed the brown gloopy medicine.
We have used commas in list sentences....
He put in shampoo, lipstick and toothpaste.
We have used some exclamation sentences....
How quickly Grandma grew through the roof!
We are learning the skills of Badminton in our PE lessons with Carole from the Hermitage Leisure Centre.
We are using the VIPERS approach to help with our reading comprehension.
Which material is a good insulator? We tested different containers to see which one would keep the water warmest for longest. We carefully read the scale on the side of the thermometer and recorded our findings.
We have been using BBC supermovers site to get us ready for our learning by waking our bodies up with some dances.
What is mud?
In science we carefully measured out different amounts of water and added it to our soil samples. We had to explore the mud to see what properties it had.
"I can stretch this sample."
"I can roll it into a ball."
"This is too runny!"
"It feels smooth."
When we looked through the soil samples we had to record what we found using science knowledge from the Autumn term:
Living, Never lived or Dead
"I found a worm!"
"This plastic lid has never lived."
"These leaves are dead."
To start our new topic we had a very messy but fun day exploring muck, mess and mixtures. Thank you to our cleaners at the end of the day!
We hope you have all had a good half term and recharged your batteries ready for the 9 week term till Christmas! Our topic this term is called Street Detective where we will be looking at the local area and going back in time to the Great Fire of London. We will be going on a trip to Coalville library, take part in a visiting workshop on the Great Fire of London and taking part in some road safety training. We will also squeeze in rehearsing for the KS1 Christmas play!
We brought our 5 week science investigation to an end. 5 weeks ago we placed different materials into salty water (the sea) to see if they would degrade over time. Every week we have been making observations and every day we shook our bottles 20 times to simulate the waves. We emptied our materials onto paper towels and used magnifying glasses to make our final observations and conclusions.
"The metal paper clip has started to go to rusty."
"The paper straw has started to degrade."
"The plastic bag has not degraded at all."
Parent Christmas craft morning
Thank you to all our parents and grandparents who came in to help us make calendars and advent wreaths.
We performed our class assembly about what we have learnt on the Great Fire of London. Our parents and grandparents came to watch. We retold the events and sang a song.
We pretended to be Thomas Fariner the baker who started the Great Fire of London in his bakery on Pudding Lane. We made jam turnovers using the jam we made earlier in the term. Luckily we didn't start a fire in school!
As part of out maths learning on collecting data we carried out a traffic survey.
We have been looking at question marks and their uses. We played the headband game where we had to ask questions to work out what type of transport was on our bands.
"Does it have wheels?"
"Can it fly?"
"Where does it travel?"
"How many wheels has it got?"
The theme to this year's anti-bullying week was 'Change starts with us.' We came up with lots of ideas to make our school even better.
Science investigation - Will it degrade?
We have been finding out about living and not living materials. We also talked about the pollution in the Worlds oceans and the type of materials that are dumped in them. In our investigation we put different materials into salty water to represent the sea. We will shake our bottles 20 times every day for the waves. After 6 weeks of observing we will see if living or non living materials will degrade.
Mr Stevens was helping us to achieve our climbing targets. We had to use our core and upper body strength!
We are trying to be more active in our lessons as this helps our brains focus more. We have been doing the alphabet dance using super movers on BBC Teach.
PE - Personal targets
We had a bouncing time in PE as part of our Topic work. We had 4 work stations: bench bunny bounce, skipping, bounce a ball and hurdle bounce. Mrs Felstead timed us for 1 minute to see how many bounces we could do then we had a second attempt to see if we could beat our score. We worked with a partner to help count for each other!
Teaching Year 1!
In our PE lessons we have been working in a group making our own games then we taught the Year 1s how to play them. It was harder than we thought and some of us are having second thoughts about becoming a teacher!
We are working very hard at our comprehension reading skills in readiness for our SATs in May.
In science we have been talking about how to look after ourselves. We have discussed a healthy diet, exercise and hygiene. We talked about how to look after our teeth so we had a good look at them. Mrs Felstead gave us a biscuit and then we looked to see where it got stuck around our teeth!! Then we had to give our teeth a good brush for 2 minutes.