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This week we start swimming. Our children can not wait to get in the water and have a go themselves. 

 

 

Below is a great website detailing how to do it if the children want to know more. 

 

https://www.dkfindout.com/uk/sports/swimming/

The story map of our story. Get your children to practice at home. You will be amazed at how much they can remember!

The story map of our story. Get your children to practice at home. You will be amazed at how much they can remember!  1

Here is our new story about the adventures of Zainab from Pakistan! 

 

The adventures of Zainab…. Portal story-Suspense focus

Next to a bustling, overwhelming city in Pakistan was a deflated, depressed girl by the name of Zainab. She always dreamed of being the leader of her country. For many years, the elders of her family bombarded her with insults that she would never amount to anything. This left Zainab in a dark, lonely place.

‘Time to go to school Zainab!’ bawled her mother.

 

      Mysteriously, Zainab stumbled across an empty cave. In the distance, she could hear a faint sound. A shiver shot down her spine. Her legs wobbled and she almost dropped her schoolbooks. Very overwhelmed, she tried to turn back. Then, she felt something on her shoulder and her body jumped out of her skin. The cave filled with lights and stood there was a magic carpet. Zainab hopped on with curiosity. The carpet flew out of the cave, shot across the sky and before she knew it, the world around her had changed.

 

     As the carpet stopped on the side of the road, Zainab jumped off and looked at a newspaper… The London Times dated 1923? She almost collapsed. How on Earth had she gone back in time to London? Far away, she could hear cheering and chanting. In the blink of an eye, Zainab walked around the corner and standing there in a huge hat, surrounded by women and placards, was Emmeline Pankhurst.

 

     Emmeline gave a speech to her listeners ordering the government to lower the voting age to 21. Zainab scratched her head and her eyes squinted. After the speech, she approached Emmeline.

‘Excuse me miss, did you say women are allowed to vote?’ She asked inquisitively.

‘Thanks to me they are little girl. I campaigned for many years and now women over 30 can vote. One day I will make sure that is lowered!’ Emmeline said proudly.

Zainab was overwhelmed with emotion. She had never met anyone so inspirational or a woman who was so strong and powerful.

 

     As quick as a leopard, the magic carpet brought Zainab back to the cave. She sat on a rock and pondered for a while. A realisation was happening inside her head. Just because she was a woman didn’t mean she could not be the leader and from then on she persevered and reach her full potential.  

A very random kite appeared in our classrooms with a story from Jane and Michael!

A very random kite appeared in our classrooms with a story from Jane and Michael!  1

Here is one of the stories we learnt recently! 

 

Mary Poppins- Setting

On an Edwardian street in London was a grand, luxurious townhouse. Inside lived two, sad, little children called Jane and Michael.  Recently they ran away chasing kites and their nanny was so angry that she quit. Mr. Banks, their horrible father, advertised in the paper for a stern, no-nonsense nanny. Jane and Michael really wished that their new nanny would be lovely and kind.

 

     After a long day of interviewing horrid nannies, Mary Poppins came flying across picturesque parks and tall rooftops to the doorstep of the house. She convinced Mr. Banks to hire her, making it seem like it was his idea. Mary met the children, magically tidied up the nursery through song and then they headed to the park.

 

     At the park, Mary and the children met an artist and out of nowhere, they magically ended up inside the painting. All around them were dancing horses, crazily dressed people and talking animals singing ‘Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious.’ The children were as happy as the winner of a race. When they returned home, Mr. Banks was furious and he fired Mary Poppins.

 

     The children were solemn and depressed. They begged and begged Mr. Banks to bring Mary back. Every day they sang the song Mary had taught them to try to annoy their father until one day he blurted out: ‘Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious!’ It was then that Mary appeared at the door and came back to save the day. The children were ecstatic.

 

     After a while, Mr. Banks realised that he should spend more time at home with his children and be lovely to them. Happily, Mary left the Banks household to help her next family. Jane and Michael would never see her again… Or would they?

Teaching the children about how the world used to be has been very interesting and the children have loved it! They have been getting into great, meaningful conversations about equality and what it means to be equal.

Teaching the children about how the world used to be has been very interesting and the children have loved it! They have been getting into great, meaningful conversations about equality and what it means to be equal.  1

Welcome back and we hope you have had a lovely half term. Our topic this term is equality and we have been taking a good look at the Suffragettes! If you want to do any learning at home about our topic take a look here... 

 

https://www.natgeokids.com/uk/discover/history/general-history/suffragettes-facts/https://www.natgeokids.com/uk/discover/history/general-history/suffragettes-facts/

 

https://www.theschoolrun.com/homework-help/the-suffragettes

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Here is our non-fiction text...

 

Could you try and learn it at home too?

 

The Blobberhoff- Non-Chronological Report

 

 

Blobberhoffs are an essential part of the sea that help the majority of animals on a daily basis.

 

Blobberhoffs are easy to identify because of their immense size. Adult Blobberhoffs will grow to the size of a mansion. Most Blobberhoffs have a gigantic head and twelve long tentacles. They have miniscule brains and eyes meaning they are usually discombobulated.

 

They are located at the bottom of the ocean, as they are always getting lost in the darkness.

 

Surprisingly, Blobberhoffs are renowned for solving the most difficult problems in the ocean. Often they do this by accident, as they are so idiotic.

 

Conservationists are concerned that Blobberhoffs are nearing extinction. We must do all we can to protect this vital species.

On the 11th of February we will be going to the Titanic museum! This is going to be a great opportunity to learn about the Titanic, what happened, different passengers stories and will be a brilliant trip for our year 2 children. 

 

Stay tuned for pictures. 

Next week on the 4th of February we are taking our Silver and Gold band children to the cinema as a treat for showing us all of the moral compass qualities that making children great! 

Here is our first story we have been learning this term. 

 

 

Samson’s Titanic Journey

Samson was apprehensive. He had lived in the shipyard in Belfast since he was a baby but had decided to start a new life in America.  He was going to travel on the new luxury liner – The Titanic! He was fearful of the sea and wasn’t the greatest swimmer but the ship was unsinkable so he pushed his worries away.

As the ship was preparing for its launch, Samson slipped stealthily aboard. Once the Titanic had travelled out to sea, he found a cosy corner beside one of the ship’s boilers and snuggled in his new bed.  The next day, they had reached Southampton. There was a huge buzz of excitement as passengers began to board.

A few days later, Samson had drifted off to sleep in a majestic clock with a belly full of sumptuous food. Without warning, he was woken by a deafening crash.  He hastily scampered outside. Shattered ice slipped and slid across the deck. Titanic had hit a tremendous iceberg!  

All at once, panicking passengers were jumping into lifeboats but there wasn’t enough room for them all. Suddenly there was an earth shattering crack – Titanic had split in two. Samson was plunged into the glacial water. Gasping for breath, he grabbed a piece of driftwood, held on tight and lay shivering with fear.

Two hours later a ship called Carpathia appeared. Samson sighed with relief, climbed into a coil of rope and hid there for days until the ship reached New York. It was too late for some but he was lucky. He had been rescued.

Samson could now begin a new life in America but he would never forget his Titanic adventure.

This term our topic is Oceans and our first aspect of the topic is studying the Titanic.

This term our topic is Oceans and our first aspect of the topic is studying the Titanic.  1

For our design Technology we have been designing and making pulley systems!

For our design Technology we have been designing and making pulley systems! 1

Warbutons were in this week to teach our children about how to make bread and even let them make a sandwich! They gave every child a loaf of bread too. So kind!

Warbutons were in this week to teach our children about how to make bread and even let them make a sandwich! They gave every child a loaf of bread too. So kind!  1

Our children attempted to build a bridge in Maths week out of paper! Clearly, we have some architects and engineers in our classes.

Our children attempted to build a bridge in Maths week out of paper! Clearly, we have some architects and engineers in our classes.  1

We are learning a lot of Spanish this term! We have been really enjoying learning some conversational Spanish, nouns, adjectives, foods, colours, shapes and counting to 20!

We are learning a lot of Spanish this term! We have been really enjoying learning some conversational Spanish, nouns, adjectives, foods, colours, shapes and counting to 20!  1

We had a whale workshop where a lady from the Whale trust came in and taught us all about whales, dolphins and various other animals that live in the ocean that need protecting. It was great fun! She even brought in whale and dolphin skulls!

We had a whale workshop where a lady from the Whale trust came in and taught us all about whales, dolphins and various other animals that live in the ocean that need protecting. It was great fun! She even brought in whale and dolphin skulls!  1

We did a drama workshop on the Great Fire of London this term, learning the story, learning lines and some acting!

We did a drama workshop on the Great Fire of London this term, learning the story, learning lines and some acting!  1

A quick reminder...

 

 

With SATS being at the end of the year and our children working so hard in school, we will not be setting any homework at the moment.

 

We would love for you to read with your child each night, practice any spelling words from the year 1/2 spellings list (we can provide this if you need it) and practice times tables. (2s, 3s, 5s and 10s) 

 

Thank you for your constant and on-going support! 

 

 

Our story this term is the Twits! Before the half term our story was all about literacy heroes and now we have moved on to villains!

Our story this term is the Twits! Before the half term our story was all about literacy heroes and now we have moved on to villains!  1

Lots and lots has been going on since we have been back in year 2.

 

We had a whale workshop where the children got to see real life whale skulls and dolphin skulls.

 

We went to the cinema and saw Hotel Transylvania 3! 

 

Samuel Peyps diary arrived and we had to learn the story for him.

 

We have had parents in seeing our fantastic story telling and reading. 

 

The Front Lawn fireworks were brilliant. 

 

Pictures to follow.... 

 

:) 

Great Fire of London hook

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This term we are learning about Heroes and Villains. Our essential question is:

What does a hero look like?

As part of this topic we have been investigating what happened during The Great Fire of London and experimented with this for our literacy hook into our story 'London is burning.'

Hello and welcome back to Year 2!

 

We have already been working hard in our first week making art, writing short pieces of writing and beginning to learn some Spanish. Stay tuned for our hook to our literacy...

 

Adios! 

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This term our topic is FREEDOM! We will be looking at the freedom of animals in zoos. Should animals be behind bars?

World Book Day!

As part of our authentic outcome for this term the children decided that the thing the playground needs is more plants, trees, flowers! So we started planting today. Stay tuned to see more of the things we plant including a willow structure and a secret garden!

Here is our latest text: The Great Gran Plan! Could your child story map this story at home? ask them and see if they could! If not, could they perform it to you!?

Well done to all the children who raised so much money in the welly walk! We really appreciate your continued support. The children loved it and did over 20 laps around the field!

Chinese New Year dance class!

Hermelin needed a car made because he is always late to work AND needs a speedy way to get there. The children learnt about how to make a car, wrote instructions then MADE ONE!

The Zoolab company came in and brought with them many different critters and mini beasts including snakes, cockroaches and turtles for our children to see! They learnt about the anatomy of these creatures and some of their behaviors. The children loved it!

Wondering how to support your child at home?

 

Get them to write out their times tables!

 

Write some words on a piece of paper and get them to practice writing them without looking!

 

Reading at home every day would be a great support to them and us!

 

Download some fun learning game apps! 

We went to meet the mayor today for our authentic outcome, selling sweets for Make A Wish foundation

We went to meet the mayor today for our authentic outcome, selling sweets for Make A Wish foundation  1

Our shared area has had a revamp! The theme is 'Aliens Love Underpants!'

Our shared area has had a revamp! The theme is 'Aliens Love Underpants!'  1
Our shared area has had a revamp! The theme is 'Aliens Love Underpants!'  2
Our shared area has had a revamp! The theme is 'Aliens Love Underpants!'  3

Homework books!

Homework books have arrived today in the children's possessions! They have one job to do each week and this weeks job is a fun one! 

 

Design the front cover however they like! Just make sure their names are on there and their class and the rest is up to them!

remembrance day is tomorrow and Year 2 have painted their glass jars ready to put candles in!

remembrance day is tomorrow and Year 2 have painted their glass jars ready to put candles in!   1

Here is our Winnie the Witch story map! Can you work out the sentences based on our pictures?

Here is our Winnie the Witch story map! Can you work out the sentences based on our pictures? 1

Recently we did two whole days on Materials for our Science element to our topic! We investigated different materials and their uses, suitability and even did some cooking to see how materials change!

Recently we did two whole days on Materials for our Science element to our topic! We investigated different materials and their uses, suitability and even did some cooking to see how materials change!  1
Recently we did two whole days on Materials for our Science element to our topic! We investigated different materials and their uses, suitability and even did some cooking to see how materials change!  2
Recently we did two whole days on Materials for our Science element to our topic! We investigated different materials and their uses, suitability and even did some cooking to see how materials change!  3
Recently we did two whole days on Materials for our Science element to our topic! We investigated different materials and their uses, suitability and even did some cooking to see how materials change!  4
Recently we did two whole days on Materials for our Science element to our topic! We investigated different materials and their uses, suitability and even did some cooking to see how materials change!  5
Recently we did two whole days on Materials for our Science element to our topic! We investigated different materials and their uses, suitability and even did some cooking to see how materials change!  6
Recently we did two whole days on Materials for our Science element to our topic! We investigated different materials and their uses, suitability and even did some cooking to see how materials change!  7
Recently we did two whole days on Materials for our Science element to our topic! We investigated different materials and their uses, suitability and even did some cooking to see how materials change!  8

The next three weeks will be spent focusing on multiplication and division! This is because the evil numbertaker has taken oven the Witch kingdom and the only way we can stop him is by solving loads of questions!

The next three weeks will be spent focusing on multiplication and division! This is because the evil numbertaker has taken oven the Witch kingdom and the only way we can stop him is by solving loads of questions!  1
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What a fabulous first few days back!

 

The children in Year Two were really surprised on Monday to find that Winnie the Witch had crashed in their classroom leaving her suitcase, broomstick, cauldron and some stories behind.  We looked for Winnie everywhere to see if she was ok but we couldn't find her anywhere (hopefully we will find her later in the term).  We really enjoyed reading the stories she left about her adventures and we began to learn the one where she turns her cat Wilbur all the colours of the rainbow!  Look out for some photos of our own Winnie the Witch stories which we will be writing over the next few weeks. We have also been enjoying learning about the history of Halloween and Bonfire Night and the reasons we celebrate them.  Ask your child for a fun fact about these special occasions to see which ones they remember! 

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