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Summer term 2

Working in the Fir class this year is Miss Duff and Mrs Longford. PPA will be covered by Mrs Newsham and Mrs Collins on a Wednesday afternoon. If you need to speak to Miss Duff please feel free to come anytime before or after school.

Homework is sent home every Wednesday and is due on Monday of each week.

This term our value is honesty

Our topic this term is whatever the weather!

Swimming continues every Tuesday.

We will be going to Bournemouth on the 11th of July. If you would like to support on this trip please contact a member of the year 2 team. There will be a charge of £15 for each parent to help cover costs.

Hill End

Mod-rock Madness

As part of this years art project all children were asked to produce a 3d model. Fir class wanted to portray the characters from our innovated awongalema stories. Each child designed, sketched, built and evaluated their projects. Parents are welcome to view the exhibit on June 16th 1;30-3:30.

Our Mod-rock animals

Tolerance week=election week

In year 2 we have been exploring the meaning of the different British Values. As part of tolerance week we took part in a class election. We explored different character traits that would make a good leader then we divided into 5 political parties:

  • Wizzy- leader Taibah Azziz
  • Dezember- leader Daniel Broughton
  • Pak Yung- leader Jack Strahan
  • Chung Yung- leader Ala Sadullah
  • Brooksy- Leader Anwen Holloway

Each political party had to devise policies in health, education, foreign policy, money and defence. Each member of the party became a minister, responsible for one of these things.

 

Polling station

We each had a polling card that registered us to vote. We then made our decision and put our voting slip into the ballot box ready for the winner to be announced. 

 

 

Green fingers!

Fir class have been busy planting. Check out our maintenance of our raised beds and our flourishing marigolds. 

in our P4C we have been looking at the big ideas in the awongalema story. We found that there was a lot of evidence for friendship, perseverence but not enough evidence to support the concept of money or anger.

We thought of big questions and voted for them as democracy. From discussing them we ended up with the question: Is there such a thing as bad people or just bad choices?

Exploring with google

We used the tablets to go on google explore. We travelled to the savannah to see the different animals. We explored some different habitats and innovated the setting of our story. We used the internet to search for our innovated characters in order to generate so,e exciting adjectives 

Awongalema

Awongalema

Once upon a time in the Savannah the rains hadn’t fallen for one year. The plants and trees didn’t grow food so all the animals were very hungry.

There were four animal friends; a monkey, a lion, a buffalo and a tortoise. They remembered there was a magic tree in the forest that could make the fruit grow. The fruit would only grow if the animals knew the magical name. However, when they found the tree none of them could remember the name.

“What are we going to do?” squeaked the monkey.

“I know, we will go to the sacred mountain and ask the mountain spirit. He’ll tell us the name of the magic tree.” Said Lion

“I’ll go first, I’m the fastest.”  Said Monkey and off he ran. When he got there he called out, “Sacred Mountain speak to me, tell me the name of the magic tree.” Then a great voice called out, “Awongalema!”

“Of course!” said the monkey. He went running back as fast as he could but monkey wasn’t looking where he was going. He crashed head first into an enormous anthill. The name fell right out of his head. When he got back and didn’t remember the name and his friends were very disappointed.

I’ll go next I’m the strongest.” said buffalo When he got to the top of the mountain, he called out, “Mountain spirit, speak to me, tell me the name of the magic tree.” The great voice called out, “Awongalema!”

“Of course!” said buffalo and he ran back fast as he could. He crashed head first into the enormous anthill and the name fell right out of his head. Now the animals were very sad.

“I’ll go next, I’m the smartest.” said lion and off he went. When he got to the top of the mountain, he called out, “Mountain spirit, speak to me, tell me the name of the magic tree.” “Awongalema!” said the mountain spirit. “

“Of course!” said lion and he ran back fast as he could. He crashed head first into the enormous anthill and the name fell right out of his head.

Now the animals didn’t know what to do. Who else could get the name? The only one left was little tortoise. They all laughed at the thought but they had to let him try because all the rest had failed.

Off went tortoise slowly, slowly, slowly. When he finally reached the top of the mountain he called out, “Mountain spirit, speak to me, tell me the name of the magic tree,” and the great voice called out, “Awongalema!”

“Awongalema!” said the tortoise to himself. “Of course! Awongalema!” So back to his friends he went. Carefully repeating the name on every slow footstep. “Awongalema, Awongalema, Awongalema!” When he got to the anthill, he carefully walked around it. When he got back to the magic tree, he called out it’s name, “Awongalema!”

Immediately, the trees burst forth with all kinds of wonderful, magical fruit. What a wonderful day it was!

 

Perseverance 

In P4C we have been learning to work collaboratively. In groups we decided if we agreed or disagreed with different statements to do with persevering. We then came up with our own big question:

Is it ever OK to not persevere?

 

FIRE! FIRE!

We loved learning about fire engines and fire safety. Thank you very much to all the firefighters who came to support us on the day.

Chicks

We loved meeting the chicks and learning all about spring time.

We were barmy for bacteria in Fir class. You would be surprised how much can grow behind your ears! Thank you Emily for coming in and teaching us.

Sensational science

As part of our science week theme; changes we looked ar how washing up liquid, milk and food colouring react altogether. Check out our photos!

Super Symmetry

This week we have been learning all about lines of symmetry and how to check them using a mirror.

Sorting out science week

As part of our science week topic change we went on a colour hunt! We found all the different colours on the playground and explored why they might be there.

  • Red leaves because they fell off in Autumn and are making room for the blossom- Maria
  • Yellow bananas from playtime- Raffy
  • Purple plastic because not lots of natural things ar purple- Finley C
  • Grey string because when you drop things they get dirty
  • White feathers because birds are losing their feathers for the summer- Tabi

Rapunzel

Once upon a time there was a couple that longed for a baby. They lived next door to an old, scary and wicked witch. The wife longed to eat the lettuces in the witch’s beautiful garden. One day the husband decided to steal some of the lettuces for his wife. The witch caught him. The witch told the husband that his wife was soon to have a baby. He must give the baby to the witch if he didn’t he would be killed. The man was so scared that he agreed.

When the little girl was born the witch took her away and named her Rapunzel. The witch locked her away in a tower when she grew up. While Rapunzel lived in the tower her golden hair grew longer and longer. The witch would call to Rapunzel to let down her hair when she visited. Then the witch would climb up. One day a handsome prince found the tower in the forest. He watched the witch come to the tower and climb Rapunzel’s hair. “What a beautiful tower that is!” Said the prince to himself. The Prince called up to Rapunzel when the witch had gone. “Rapunzel, Rapunzel let down your hair.” Shouted the prince. Rapunzel ran to the window and she let down her long, golden hair. The prince cut the chains and Rapunzel was free. The prince and Rapunzel lived happily ever after.

 

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Rapunzel

Hello from Warwick Castle

We loved Warwick castle. When we got there we went straight around the castle walls taking in all the amazing sites. After that we completed a sheild making work shop. Next we went to have lunch. Then we went into the house.

We loved every second.

Thankyou to all our parent helpers that supported the trip.

Wallys go wild

Fir class were wild for Wally with our Where's Wally? hide and seek in the sensory garden. We loved spotting all the Wallys!

Key stage one team embraced the Wally theme.

Chef Duff

Celebrating Shrove Tuesday in Fir Class

Fir class really enjoyed making pancakes for Shrove Tuesday. We have each made a lent promise that we will be surprising eachother with acts of kindness. We also researched how different parts of the UK celebrated Shrove Tuesday; did you know in Northern Ireland the oldest, unmarried daughter will flip a pancake and if it lands back in the pan she will be married?

 

Inverted commas for speech

This week we are learning a recount about a rescued princess called Laura. We have learnt that recounts:

-Use adverbs of time

-May contain speech

-Can have different sentence types

-Are in the past tense

We have been learning how to use inverted commas for speech. We acted out the punctuation using our fingers. Tabi and Ania are the punctuation surrounding Ala shouting "AAAAAAAAH"

Our inverted commas

Mother tongue day with Fir and Olive

To celebrate mother tongue day Fir class teamed up with Olive class. We loved learning Serbian, Urdu, Malayam, Arabic and Romanian. It was so exciting to learn new things with our reading buddies!

Exclamations!

We have been learning about a very exciting new kind of sentence. An exclamatory sentence must start with what or how and always ends with a verb. We found a brilliant exclamation in the owl and the pussy cat:

'Oh, lovely pussy. Oh pussy my love. What a beautiful pussy you are!'

We played a game where we made our own exclamtions and we filmed them:

We have been learning the poem of the Owl and the Pussy cat using storytelling actions

You can watch it here:

The Owl and the Pussycat

Dazzling division

This week we have started learning how to divide by grouping using the number line method. Fir class were absolutely amazing at solving the problems!

Marvelous Materials

We made predictions about which materials would be waterproof and which wouldn't. We dipped them in water to see if they absorbed. We found that soft materials seem to absorb and shiny materials are more likely to be waterproof.

Learning to play the tamborine with Charanga music

We have been learning about pitch, rhythm and pulse. We have learnt the song 'Hey, you' and added our own words. Today we practised using percussion alongside the music.

Learning instructions on how to look after a baby dragon.

Fir class have been learning how to give commands (please forgive us if we are especially bossy this week!). We are using storytelling to memorise a set of instructions on how to look after a baby dragon. We learnt new grammar vocabulary:

Imperatives

Imperatives are bossy words that tell you what to do; sit, stand, jump, put.

Adverbs of time

These words tell us in what order things are happening: First, second, after, next.

Challenge your child to tell the whole set of instructions!

 

Fir class using storytelling to learn a set of instructions

Working hard even in golden time!

Check out this amazing model made by the hardworking children of Fir class.

This amazing creation even has it's own speed boat.
This amazing creation even has it's own speed boat.

Fun with fractions in year 2!

Jack was making 3 digit numbers using place value cards
Jack was making 3 digit numbers using place value cards
Finley, Tom, Omair made bundles of 10 to show 2 digit numbers.
Finley, Tom, Omair made bundles of 10 to show 2 digit numbers.
Faith was making 2 digit numbers using dienes blocks.
Faith was making 2 digit numbers using dienes blocks.

We loved reading at the book at bedtime!

Miss Duff and Mrs Longford were thrilled to be joined by so many amazing book at bedtimers!
Miss Duff and Mrs Longford were thrilled to be joined by so many amazing book at bedtimers!
Miss Duff and Ellen had matching tails!
Miss Duff and Ellen had matching tails!
Miss Duff wore her best pyjamas for the book at bedtime!
Miss Duff wore her best pyjamas for the book at bedtime!

How to keep clean hands and stop spreading germs!

Nurse Angharad came to show us how to wash our hands.
Nurse Angharad came to show us how to wash our hands.
We need to wash our hands for the length of happy birthday
We need to wash our hands for the length of happy birthday
We looked at home germs can be transferred
We looked at home germs can be transferred
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