In Year 2, our 'Not on Our Watch!' focus is litter. On Thursday we went litter picking around the school grounds and were shocked with all the litter that we found! On Friday, we thought about the different ways we could separate the rubbish and then sorted it according to what material it was made from. Finally, we used the data we had gathered to produce tables and bar charts on the ipads. We will be sharing these results with you at our T@3 celebration service on Friday 27th September.
What a busy first day we had. We started the day by sharing news about our summer holidays and finding our way around the Year 2 classroom. We played some team games, pass the clap, don't sit down, heads down thumbs up and even learnt a hand rhyme to remember the 5 vowels of the alphabet. Encourage the children to talk to you about their daily learning and share some of their great experiences.
In Year 2 we have PE every Monday and Wednesday. Please ensure that your child has a full PE kit in school so that they can take part.
Children will have many opportunities to change their reading books throughout the week. Please aim to hear your child read at least 5 times a week and sign the reading diary so that books can be changed.
We look forward to a fun filled year!
Thank you to everyone
It's hard to believe we are at the end of another school year. Your continued support has been greatly appreciated. Everyone has worked incredibly hard and deserves a relaxing summer break! If you have a moment over the holiday, can we recommend spending some time reviewing our class page on the school website with your child - it is a lovely memory of all the things they have done.
The Class 2 Team
The final Class 2 photo!
In Art, we have been designing and creating Australian animal hand puppets. These ranged from koalas and crocodiles to a spectacled flying fox. We cut all the parts of our designs from felt then sewed everything together. Once complete, in groups, we were tasked to devise a short play with our characters. After talking together and planning our plays, we made some props and a title banner, had a quick practise and then performed to the rest of the class. Well done to all our groups for some original and entertaining ideas.
Testing our geographical knowledge, we had fun with a playground challenge answering questions about our world.
Last Friday, Mr Cooper visited the class to talk to us all about Australia: its landscape, animals, weather and what it's like to live there. The children had a lot of questions which Mr Cooper kindly answered as homework! After his visit, we carried on with an Australian theme exploring aboriginal art by designing a boomerang and recreating the story of Tiddalick.
This afternoon class 2 have been creating a musical composition, using only sound effects and movement, for the story of Tiddalick.
Last reading book change
Unbelievably, we have almost reached the end of the year. Our last reading book change for Year 2 will be Friday 12th July.
All reading books must be returned on Monday 15th Julyso that our reading boxes can be replenished for our new class!
Taking advantage of the warm sunshine on Monday, Class 2 enjoyed an orienteering style 'Playground Challenge'. Working with a partner, each pair had to be detectives and find objects in the playground from a photograph. They then had to tell an adult what the object was and where it was found. It was quite tricky as some of the objects had changed slightly since the photos were taken!
Last Friday we had a fun, if warm, morning baking Australian Damper bread (a kind of scone) at Lower Stock Farm.
In Maths, we played 'push penny' to practise adding three numbers together.
On Friday morning, Class 2 took part in a Scooter Safety Training session with For2Feet. As well as having fun with their scooters, children learnt how to use their scooter correctly, safely and considerately whilst out 'on the road'.
Prior to our lovely picnic and exciting Sports day afternoon, our talented Year 6 laid on a morning of fun activities to get us all warmed up. In our house teams, we jumped, skipped, raced, threw, caught and weaved to gain points. The overall winner for the morning was Lyncombe!
On Wednesday afternoon we enjoyed an afternoon of singing and some musical instrument playing when we joined Sandford, Wrington and Banwell at Winscombe school for our 'Summer Sing: Bonjour mes amis'. For the event, we dressed up in the colours of flags of countries featured in our songs - didn't we look colourful?
In maths we have taken our learning outside into the lovely spring sunshine where we have been practising turns and mapping.
Practising 1/4, 1/2 and whole turns of a shape in a clockwise or anti-clockwise direction.
Creating 'Funny Faces' using our mapping skills.
Some of Year R joined us for Art on Monday afternoon when we created some bold symmetrical pictures.
In maths, we have started to explore 3D shapes. We found quite a few around the classroom!
We created some colourful hyacinths from paper when the real ones had wilted!
In Art, we have been dipping into our maths learning. Using our knowledge of symmetry we created symmetrical faces and patterns.
This afternoon, we gave our Grassheads a hair cut! We were amazed how tall the grass had become!
In Science, we are continuing to explore plants and seeds. In rotation we have been observing and recording the growth of our seeds that we planted last week, sequencing the growth of a fruit plant, identifying parts of a flower and using our beautiful spring flowers for inspiration; doing some mindful colouring.
This morning, Class 2 had a surprise visit from one of our chicks from Year 1. How big she has grown!
In Science, we are looking at seeds and growth. This afternoon, we planted our own 'Grass Heads'.
This morning, we travelled back in time to 1666 and re-enacted The Great Fire of London guided by Jethro Knuckleskull!
We took full advantage of the early spring sunshine to..... run a mile or enjoy a book.
We also took our shape learning outside for a final shape activity carousel.
As part of this term's topic: The Great Fire of London, Class 2 have been creating their own period houses.
Class 2 were joined by some special visitors for our Open morning to help with our 2D shape activities.
PE Kit reminder
Our PE lessons are on a Monday and Tuesday.
Some of our children do not have a full PE kit in school. Please ensure your child has shorts, t-shirt, spare socks & daps. Trainers can be worn for PE outside.
Well done Class 2. Your performance was amazing!
We're all very excited for our Dance Their Socks Off performance tonight.
Important information for tomorrow
A letter will be coming home tonight, but please see below the timings for Dance Their Socks Off tomorrow.
Registration as usual.
9.30 am: Coach departs from Churchill Primary.
Your child will need a coat (for walking from the coach to the Playhouse) a snack, a packed lunch and sealed drink to have whilst at the Playhouse.
12.50 pm: Coach departs from the Playhouse to return to Churchill Primary.
3.30 pm: Pick up time as normal from Class 2’s door.
5.45 pm: Children need to be back at the Playhouse, in their costumes and handed over only to a member of the Churchill staff team via the backdoor where they will be signed in. Also, please bring a colourful pair of socks for the finale.
6.30-7.30 pm: Performance!
7.35 pm: (ish!) Pick up from the back door. We will release the children when we see you.
World Book Day 2019. What fabulous costumes we have!
In Art, we created a picture using the rubbings we made outdoors last week.
Our trip to Lower Stock Farm
Yesterday Class 2 visited Lower Stock Farm to learn about seeds and growth. After a bumpy tractor ride to the farm, we gathered on a circle of logs in the woods to listen to the story 'The Tiny Seed'. We then played a game which involved identifying all the elements a seed needed to grow and planted onion sets in Farmer Nicks garden. After a picnic lunch and a lovely run around in the sunshine, we learned all about trees, leaves and their seeds. Please enjoy a few of our photos.
In Science, Class 2 have been investigating and observing flowering plants.
In Art, we have been finding different textures outside and making rubbings of them.
Our final ports of call on our journey around the worlds continents were to Asia and Europe. The class coloured Indian mandalas, completed a wordsearch about China, put together jigsaw maps of Europe, used an atlas to identify Asian countries and identified European flags.
Moving swiftly around the world on our continental journey, this afternoon, we have been exploring the American continent. The class have been making Lego models of North American landmarks, drawing pictures of South American landmarks, finding out where animals live in the rainforest, using an atlas to identify countries in South America and creating South American animal food chains.
In Art this week, we made pull toys with a flying theme. More photos to follow!
A huge thank you to Captain Ebrey, a pilot for Easyjet, who came to visit the class as part of our Up, Up and Away topic. She talked to the class about flying and explained what being a pilot involved. We watched some exciting videos of take off and landing as seen from the cockpit and learned about how Captain Ebrey became a commercial airline pilot. The children were engaged and inspired!
In our journey to recognise, name and learn about the continents of the world, class 2 have explored the continent of Africa. The class made Lego safari animals, completed a Kenyan safari wordsearch, played African animal top trumps, used an atlas to identify African countries and used a jigsaw and globe to find interesting facts. We will continue our journey next week.......
This afternoon, we have been exploring the continent of Antarctica. Where will we go tomorrow?
Today we made an exciting expedition into the Science Explorer Dome. We learned all about different regions of the earth.
In Art, we have continued to explore block printing. This week, we made a block relief using matchsticks. Using primary paint colours we then made prints using our new blocks and the cardboard blocks made last week.
Making block prints using matchsticks.
Printing using both our matchstick and cardboard blocks.
Some of our finished prints.
In maths, we are learning about multiplication. Today, we have been finding and recording different arrays.
In Topic, we have been learning, sharing and recording facts about the american aviator Amelia Earhart.
We have been having fun with Miss Green practising our DTSO dance. Our dance sequence is finished: we now need to perfect it!
In Maths, we have been working on time. We have recapped o'clock and half past and are learning quarter past and quarter to the hour.
This afternoon, we have been making bird feeders using lard, seeds, nuts and cereal.
Dance Their Socks Off 11
A letter will be coming home shortly but we wanted to let you know that Class 2 will be appearing in the annual Dance Their Socks Off show at the Playhouse in Weston on Tuesday 12th March. Tickets are now on sale (£9 per adult, £7 per child) and can be purchased via www.parkwoodtheatres.co.uk/playhouse-theatre or by calling 01934 645544. From previous year's experience, it is advisable to obtain tickets as early as possible.
In Art, we are exploring printing techniques. This week we created relief blocks using card
then used them to create a repeating pattern.
As part of this term's topic 'Up, up and away' we have started to explore flying objects by making our own paper aeroplanes. We had great fun testing the aerodynamics of our planes in the playground. Everyone's flight distances were recorded and Oscar's plane flew the furthest!
We wish you all a merry Christmas and wonderful new year!
Thank you for all the support you have given us this term. We really appreciate your contributions at home and in school.
We hope you all have a restful and enjoyable Christmas break and we look forward to seeing you all in the New Year.
The Year 2 Team.
Class 2 have been enjoying some end of term Christmas activities.
As part of this term's project, the Class have designed and created their own Lighthouse Keeper's lunch dioramas. So that our dioramas were 3D and mobile, we learned about axles, levers, winders and winding mechanisms plus different ways of attaching objects to our shoe boxes. We hope you enjoy a few photos from our design journey.
Didn't Class 2 look great in their Christmas jumpers?
In Art, we have been looking at Pop Art and the technique used by Andy Warhol. Here we are creating our own Pop Art pictures.
On Friday, we had a visit from the Mad Science Workshop. As chemists, the children explored chemical reactions.
In Art this week, we have been looking at the work of Amber Locke. Amber is a 'vegan artitst' who creates geometric designs from fruit, vegetables, leaves, flowers and herbs. We created out own designs using pieces of fruit and vegetables.
Yesterday, class 2 had Money Mania Day! To finish off last term's learning all about money, the children took part in a range of practical and creative money related activities. We started off with a money based orienteering challenge, followed by filling large chalk sea shapes with money, to creating their own money pictures. The children later sorted and counted the money and we made a grand total of £33.70! The money will go towards supporting their maths learning in class in a way of their choosing. Thank you all for your support in making the day so successful.
Maths money challenge.
Filling sea shapes with coins.
Some of our finished shapes.
Finally... counting our coins.
In Science, we have been thinking about healthy eating. We took part in activities to recognise and sort healthy food.
To finish off this terms topic, class 2 had a creative ocean themed afternoon. The children had the choice of making paper fishing rods, creating a sea scene with chalk in the playground, researching sea creatures using books or ipads, painting their own ocean scene or building lego submarines. We are looking forward to our new topic this term: The Lighthouse Keeper's Lunch.
In Maths, we have been revisiting number bonds to 10 and using our knowledge to make number bonds to 20.
As part of this terms topic: Commotion in the ocean, we have been thinking about the affect of pollution on our seas. Armed with plastic bags and rubber gloves, we went on a litter pick around the school and used the rubbish collected to create a dirty version of Hoskusai's wave. Here are a few photos from our work in progress...
In Art, we have been creating a wave of poppies for Remembrance Day.
In Science, we have been investigating the waterproof properties of different materials.
We visited Class 1 to look at the squashes and gourds we planted last year.
In Art, we have been recreating 'The Great Wave' by Katsushika Hokusai
In Science, we have been investigating different types of materials and where they come from.
In Art, we painted our 'Under the sea' scenes using the pointillism style.
As part of our topic, we created an ocean scene of our sea creatures in the playground.
Taking a break to stretch and revitalise our brains!
We have been practising representing numbers using different manipulatives.
In maths, we have been partitioning numbers into tens and ones.
In Term 1, homework is sent home on a Tuesday to be returned the following Monday.
Children have the opportunity to change their reading books, if they have finished their previous one, on a Monday, Wednesday and Friday.
If you have any queries, please pop in and speak to one of the team.
This week, in Maths, we have been using money to practise counting...
In SPaG, we practised reading and writing common exception words...
Tips and ideas for helping your child learn spelling.
In Art, we looked at the style of pointillism, particularly the work of George Seurat who developed the technique in 1886.
We practised pointillism by decorating our names. Next week, we will be create our own pointillism picture.
Using the technique of pointillism to decorate our names.
Some of our finished work.
As part of our topic: Commotion in the Ocean, Class 2 have been sharing the book 'Only One You' by Linda Kranz. We created our own colourful shoal of fish by painting our designs onto pebbles.
We also decorated our doorstop!
This afternoon, we ran a mile around the playground.
Watching the Tour of Britain bike race.
Getting to know you....
Passing the clap.
Passing the clap.
Beat the Ball.
Pass the beanbag.
Passing a hoop round the circle holding hands.
What a busy first day we have had. We started by playing some 'getting to know you games', found our way around our new classroom, had an exciting PE lesson with Future stars and.... watched the Tour of Britain bicycle race.
In Year 2, we will have PE on Monday & Tuesday: please ensure your child has a full PE kit in school so that they can take part.
This term homework will be set on a Tuesday and be due in the following Monday. If you have any queries at all about your child's homework, please pop in and have a chat.
Finally, children will have the opportunity to change their own reading books on Monday, Wednesday & Friday.
We look forward to a fun filled year!
See below for more information on the 2017 - 2018 School Year
Thank you to everyone
What a busy year we've had! It's hard to believe we are at the end of another school year. A huge thank you to you all for your continued support, best wishes and gifts. If you have a moment over the holiday, can we recommend spending some time reviewing our class page on the school website with your child - it is a lovely memory of all the things they have done. We wish you all a very happy, enjoyable and relaxing summer holiday.
The Class 2 Team
Our final PE session with Future Stars today.
Australian hand puppets
Using the story of Tiddalick as our inspiration, we have designed and created our own hand puppets. We used felt and practised our cutting and sewing to make our puppets.
Once complete, in groups, the children made up stories using their puppets and performed their story to the rest of the class.
Please enjoy some photos of our learning journey.
Developing our stories.
Making our props.
Performing our stories.
Our finished puppets.
Monday 9th July
Unbelievably, we have almost reached the end of the year! Our last reading book change for Year 2 will be Thursday 12th July.
All reading books will be collected in on Monday 16th July.
This term we have been reading 'Handa's surprise'. As part of our work around the story, we have been tasting fruit that was in Handa's basket. Before tasting, we used our senses to look at, feel and smell. We tried orange, banana, pineapple, mango, passion fruit and avocado. Whilst mango proved to be the most popular, all the children tried a piece of each fruit with some discovering new tastes.
Taking advantage of the continued sunshine on Friday, Class 2 enjoyed an orienteering style 'Playground Challenge'. Working with a partner, each pair had to be detectives and find objects in the playground from a photograph. They then had to tell an adult what the object was and where it was found. There were 22 items in total to search for.
Hansel & Gretel
Today we had fun and games with a group of year 12 students from Churchill Academy. As part of their dance and drama final piece they are running a series of workshops exploring the senses. They are using the story of Hansel and Gretel as a theme. Today we were 'Looking' focusing on colour and shape. This was the first of what promises to be four enjoyable sessions.
Yesterday morning, we had fun with Year 6 who had prepared a range of activities to warm us up for Sports Day!
Practising passing skills for football with Future Stars today.
Our theme for this term's Home Teams is African Masks. Here we are creating our team designs....
We were very lucky enough today to have a PE lesson with Dave from Future Stars. We played Chaos Tag and practised ball handling skills. These sessions will continue every Tuesday afternoon until the end of term, so please ensure that your child has a full PE kit with daps in school so that they can participate and benefit from Futures Stars' input.
Enjoying the afternoon sun after a busy morning.
In Maths, we have been looking at and reading scales.
In Art, we are busy sewing 'Australian' hand puppets.
Sorting containers by capacity: equal to, greater than & less than one litre.
We have also been planting up our flower tub outside the school entrance...
In Science, Class 2 have been investigating the question 'What do seeds need to grow?'
Class 2 have been enjoying the sunshine today completing a maths 'Time Challenge'.
In Art, based around our initials, we have been using aboriginal symbols and colours to create our own aboriginal painting.
Please meet our new Home Teams for Term 5.
Creating our Aboriginal art for our Home Team mascot.
In ICT, we used Education City to practise what we have learned about homophones and compound words.
In Maths, we have been practising telling the time by o'clock, half past, quarter to and quarter past by using different points around the classroom. We are now learning to tell the time in 5 minute intervals.
On Friday, we travelled back in time to 1666 and re-enacted The Great Fire of London aided by Jethro Knuckleskull!
On Thursday we dressed up as our favourite book character to celebrate World Book Day.
On Wednesday we added our flowers to our Easter cross.
Visit to Lower Stock Farm
Yesterday, we spent a lovely, sunny day at Lower Stock farm. After a tractor & trailer ride to the farm, we spent the day spotting and learning about different habitats. We searched in the cow barn, the pond area (where we were lucky enough to see a small vole), the woodland and in the nearby fields. Using what they had learned, the class ended their visit by building their own habitat for a teddy in the woodland. Please enjoy a small selection of the many photos taken and don't forget to ask the children all about it; they are always inspired by Farmer Nick's and Liz's stories and knowledge.
Learning about Habitats at Lower Stock Farm
What an exciting morning we have had at the Playhouse this morning! Here is a sneak preview...
Week commencing Monday 12th March
As we have quite a busy week next week, we thought it would be useful to post a reminder of the relevant events:
Monday 12th March: Dance Their Socks Off rehearsal at Weston Playhouse.
Please ensure your child has their costume and a packed lunch for the day.
Performance in the evening. Please arrive at the Playhouse no earlier than 5.45pm. There will be no adult supervision prior to this time.
Tuesday 13th March: Trip to Lower Stock Farm. Again, please ensure your child has a packed lunch and is dressed appropriately as outlined in the letter.
Thursday 15th March: Dress up as your favourite book character for World Book day.
Friday 16th March:Dress up as a person from 1666 for our historical visitor.
Copies of all letters can be found online.
If you have any questions, please speak to one of the team.
As part of our Great Fire of London topic, we have started the process of building our Stuart houses.......
In Art this afternoon, Class 2 have made their own 'pull toy' using just card, string and straws. The children made a rubbing of their owl tile to decorate their toy before creating the mechanism to make it move. Please enjoy a few photos from our activity.
Making pull toys.
In Maths, we have been sequencing units of time and matching activities to time.
Captain Ebrey's visit
As part of our Up, Up and Away topic, on the final day of last term we had a very special visitor. Captain Ebrey, a pilot for Easyjet, came to talk to the class about flying. She talked to the class about all the aspects of being a pilot and showed us some exciting videos of take off and landing as seen from the cockpit. It was also very interesting learning about how Captain Ebrey became a commercial airline pilot. As you can see from the photo, the children were very inpsired!
To use what we have learned about fractions, we had a 'Fractions Party'! We made sandwiches and fruit kebabs and found fractions of sausages, strawberry laces, smarties and cups of squash. We investigated halves, thirds, quarters and three quarters. At the end of the day we were able to eat what we had made. Our fraction food was very yummy.
Our Fractions Party.
In Art, we made card relief blocks in the image of an owl then used them to print a repeating pattern.
In ICT, we have been learning about staying safe online. In pairs, the children shared the first three episodes of Hector's World which were about keeping personal details safe online. We then shared our learning together. If you would like to share these stories with your child at home, they can be accessed via: www.thinkuknow.co.uk/5_7/hectorsworld or type 'Hector's World' into the search bar.
Sharing stories from Hector's World.
In Science, we have been investigating food chains.
We created some interesting images using negative and positive stencils.
In PE, we have started to practise our Dance Their Socks Off dance. Our theme is the 'Wild West'.
In Art, we painted our Kandinsky pictures using only the colours red, blue & yellow.
We put our knowledge of algorithms to the test creating routes for Bee-Bots.
Our Home teams for Term 3 are....
Thank you all for the beautiful cards and gifts you have kindly given us. We are really touched.
Thank you also for all your support this term; the children have been ‘awesome’!
We wish you all a very Happy Christmas and we look forward to seeing you all in the New Year.
The Year 2 Team.
Christmas Jumper Day
We have been practising hard for our Christmas play; Baubles!
In ICT, we have been writing and testing algorithms for Bee-Bots
In Science, using our knowledge of fish, we have been designing our own fish with some amazing results!
In Maths we have been partitioning and adding multiples of 10.
In ICT we have been creating algorithms to move Bee-Bots, which some of us found tricky!
Please meet the new Home Teams for Term 2
What a busy and exciting day we had in Class 2 on Monday. For Enterprise Day, Class 2 spent the morning making gifts and sweet treats to sell to parents later in the afternoon. We made a huge variety of sea related items, linking in with our current topic. We also completed our 'Coin challenge' with all the small change bought in by children.
Class 2 proved to be a very enterprising group and after counting up today, we have made over £50! The children will decide themselves what they would like to spend their money on.
A huge thank you must go to all our parents without whose support this day would not have been possible.
Preparing our 'goodies'.
Filling our sea creature scene with coins.
Super sales teams ready and waiting!
Finally.... counting up.
In Art, this afternoon, we have been card wrapping in preparation for Enterprise Day.
Farmlink Harvest Tour
Yesterday Class 2 enjoyed a day in the company of Farmer Nick and Liz at Lower Stock Farm learning about harvest. As well finding foods to harvest, we also discovered different ways of storing our harvest for later use. We explored the grain store, looking at the different types of grain and what they are used for. We ventured into the fields to have a snack where we met some young heifers and a very large bull! As a surprise, a journalist from Radio 4's Farming programme came to listen in and record what we were learning. After lunch, we had some time to build dens in the woodland before we explored Farmer Nicks vegetable patch and poly tunnel. Bethany discovered a runner bean 'bean' was the same colour as her jacket & we also tasted some of Farmer Nicks delicious tomatoes! We all had an interesting and informative day.
Lower Stock Farm Harvest Tour
In Art, we put the finishing touches to our paintings of Hokusai's wave.
In ICT, now that we are experts in Revelation Natural Art, we have been learning to save our work.
A visitor from The Dog's Trust came to talk to us and we learned how to say hello correctly to a dog.
In Writing, we listened to 'Sam's Sandwich' and spotted the adjectives used to describe the ingredients.
In Maths we have been partitioning whole numbers using a range of equipment including people!
In Art, we are recreating Hokusai's wave. Here are some examples of our first draft....
Homework Term 1
Homework will be set on a Friday and due in the following Thursday.
Spellings are tested on Monday.
School reading books are changed on Monday and Thursday.
(The Reading part of homework can be on any book of your child's choice. It does not have to be taken from their school reading book)
If you have any questions, please pop in and have a chat.
In Science, we have been identifying and sorting living and non-living objects into groups.
In Maths, we have been ordering numbers from smallest to largest.
In Writing, we have been producing and reading aloud our own poems based on 'Please Mrs Butler...'
In Class 2 this week, we have been...playing 'Beat the Ball' in PE