This year we have done a lot of work on how to stay safe online in our computing and PHSE lessons. With so many of you doing your school work at home, I thought it would be a good time to check that you are all remembering to be SMART!
Children’s Art Week is a UK-wide programme run by Engage, the National Association for Gallery Education. In 2020, Children’s Art Week will take place online, at home and in schools across three weeks in June and July.
Each week will focus on a special theme…
Week 1 (from 29 June): The Natural World Week 2 (from 6 July): Connecting across generations Week 3 (from 13 July): Literacy and creative writing
Schools, galleries, museums and community groups will plan arts activities that will give children and young people, together with their teachers, parents and carers, the opportunity to take part in practical art activities with artists, makers and educators.
The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted how essential creativity and the visual arts are for learning, feeling connected and our mental wellbeing. So let’s take this opportunity to get drawing, stencilling, colouring and painting!
Take a picture of your artwork and post it on the blog for us all to enjoy.
The annual National School Sport Week campaign takes place in the last week of June every year to celebrate the important role of Physical Education and school sport to young people’s wellbeing.
This year, the Youth Sport Trust has teamed up with Sky Sports to run a national campaign to celebrate the power of sport to bring people together, even during these unprecedented times with isolation and social distancing.
Are you up for a sporting challenge? Have you thought about connecting with your families, friends and neighbours by taking part in virtual sporting challenges?
Hi 2C, This week your teachers are writing your reports and thinking back on how well you have all done this year. You should be very proud and we cannot wait for you to read them 🙂
We would like you to comment on this post, thinking back about your year in 2C. You can comment about something you have enjoyed doing this year in school (smiley rewards, trips, workshops, a special lesson that you can remember) or something that you are thankful for.
REMEMBER.. the blogging competition is still on. Therefore, if you try hard to make your comment extra special, you could be in with a chance to win a £50 voucher for Argos!
This weekend marks the end of Ramadan and the breaking of the fast festival, Eid al-Fitr. This is one of the most important festivals of the year for Muslims and many children in Year 2C and will be taking part in the celebrations.
Unfortunately, the need for social distancing will prevent some family members from being together this year and the community will be unable to meet for prayer at mosque. Instead, prayers will take place at home, gifts will be shared by post and celebrations held virtually with friends and family.
We would love to hear all about your Eid…
Did you get new clothes? What gifts and cards did you receive? What foods did you enjoy? What else did you do to celebrate?
Wednesday 20th May 2020 is National Thank a Teacher Day!
Teachers work hard all year around to make school a happy, fun and safe place to learn. Even though school is currently closed for most children, your teachers are still working; setting and marking your home learning, preparing for when it is safe to return to school and taking care of key worker children.
National thank a teacher day is a chance for everyone to say thank you to special teachers that have helped them to learn and grow.
Would you like to send a message, card or picture to one or all of teachers? They would love to hear from you! You can either download a template from this website or come up with a design of your own.
Have you been remembering to get outside for a daily walk or other form of exercise like riding your bike? Have you been keeping fit with Joe Wicks or joining in with your clubs and hobbies online?
It’s tempting to sit around all day doing our school work, watching TV and playing games but we all feel happier, healthier and more energetic if we increase our activity level.
I promise that being exercise doesn’t have to be boring or take ages either! Remember that anything that gets your body moving and makes you feel slightly out of breath is really good for your body and mind.
Here is a link to some fun active challenges that only take 1 minute each…
As you know, Mrs Clarke loves to read and it occurred to me the other day, when I saw this quote in school, that it has never been so relevant to our lives.
We might all be at home much more than we are used to but that doesn’t mean that we can’t travel! Armed with our imagination and a good book, we can can go anywhere and meet anyone, at any time in history…How amazing is that!
Have you been reading at home? What is your favourite story?
May is National Share a Story Month, so why not join in the celebrations by sharing a story with someone special? You could read a story to your grandparents on a videocall, to your neighbour over the fence or your siblings at bedtime…Where will a story take you? Blog and let me know!
The World Health Organisation’s third Walk the Talk event will be held 16th -17th May 2020, to promote health and well-being for people all over the world. In light of COVID-19, the WHO are taking their Health for All Challenge online this year meaning that even more people can join in from their homes – including you!
The Virtual Walk the Talk will support ongoing efforts to promote ways for people to be #HealthyAtHome, encouraging all of us to engage in activities that promote good physical and mental health, including healthy diets, hand washing and mental health awareness.
Timings of events, including yoga, exercise classes, meditation and walking that can all be done in the comfort of your front room, can be found on the WHO website using the link below.
However, why wait until 16th May? Take the opportunity, while we are having such beautiful, sunny weather to get out and about for some fresh air and exercise. There are lots of lovely places that you can walk to with your grown ups. Just remember to keep a safe social distance of at least 2m from people who do not live with you.
While you are walking, take the time to notice the world around you. What can you see, hear and smell? Talk about nice things with your grown up and enjoy making memories together. As a bonus you’ll feel refreshed and alert when you get home!
Have you been for a walk every day? Where have you been to? We would love to hear your news!
We have done a lot of work in Year 2 about the importance of living a healthy lifestyle, so that we can live a long and happy life.
Can you remember all the things we need to do to keep our bodies healthy?
Sometimes we forget that it is equally important to take care of our mental health as our physical health, so this week I would like you to take some time out each day to be kind to your mind as well as your body!
Here are a few ideas but do what makes you feel relaxed and happy…(as long as it is safe!)
Get plenty of sleep!
Go for a walk or a bike ride to get some exercise and fresh air
Chill out in the garden and listen to some music
Read a book or magazine
Draw, paint, colour or craft – What amazing things can you make?
Watch a cartoon or film that makes you laugh
Connect with your friends and family – call or message people you miss
Write a list of all the things you are thankful for
Let me know what you do this week to be kind to your mind x
Easter is a very special time of the year; especially for Christians who will be celebrating the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead and giving thanks to God for the gift of new beginnings. Unfortunately, Christians will not be able to gather together for church services this year but there are still many traditional Easter activities that we can all enjoy…
You are probably hearing lots of stories on the TV at the moment about the Coronavirus and it can all seem pretty scary! Please remember that even though most children are not in school at the moment, your teachers are still here to help and support you. If you have any questions or worries just get in touch!
In these strange and uncertain times it is more important than ever that we are kind to each other. It makes us feel better to know that people care and are thinking of us, especially when we are apart. Even tiny moments of kindness can make a massive difference!
This week I would like you to carry out an act of kindness. You could…
Stay home as much as possible to protect the NHS and save lives
Help your grown ups around the house and garden
Check on your neighbours, especially those who live alone, to make sure they are well
Call, text or e-mail friends and family to show them you are thinking of them
Donate to a local foodbank or charity
Say ‘Thank You!’ to people who help you!
Blog and let me know how you have spread a little kindness x
Have you ever met a dragon? We have! Let us tell you all about it…
This afternoon was our third smiley reward and we were all amazed when a massive, fire-breathing dragon called Luna came to visit us in the school hall!
Some of us were a little scared at first but there was no need because Luna was actually really friendly! We got to stroke her, train her to follow instructions and learned the sad story of how she was abandoned as a baby a very long time ago.
We used the green screen to create an ending for Luna’s magical story and then watched the video created that was created by the TeachRex team.
What a fantastic afternoon! What did you enjoy most?
In science we have been learning how to stay alive and keep healthy. We have been so engaged with this topic that we wanted to share our understanding with the rest of KS1 and our families.
With the current concerns around coronavirus, it was also a fantastic opportunity to remind everyone about the importance of coughing and sneezing into a tissue and regular handwashing to prevent the spread of germs.
In science we have been drawing on our prior learning about what a habitat must provide for animals to survive and considering what a baby human needs to survive.
We thought it would be really easy to sort things that a baby does and doesn’t need but it but it really got us thinking…
Does a baby need a cot to survive? or a pram? or clothes?
There are lots of things that a baby has that make life nice and comfortable for baby (and his parents!) but that are not essential for survival.
Human babies have 4 basic survival needs: food, water, shelter and air.
What about clothes? We decided that in the summer a baby could survive without any clothes but in the winter he would need clothes because he doesn’t have thick hair all over his body to keep him warm like other mammals.
What do you need to survive? Is it the same a baby?
In PHSE, we have been putting our sorting and reasoning skills to the test this week.
We have been challenged to think about whether certain situations are safe or not. Some situations were easy to decide but others needed more careful consideration. In fact, sometimes we needed to know more information in order to make a decision!
Look at the situations below. Do you think they are safe or not? Why?
Today we had a very special visitor…the fun food chef!
He taught is how to make a healthy pizza, a fruit smoothie and a fruit pot. We all had a turn chopping, stirring, mixing and kneading and rolling. It was great fun and we learned some valuable life skills too.
Best of all, at the end of the session we got to eat our creations and they were delicious! What do you think?
In our science topic this term we have been learning all about how germs are spread. This week we have been investigating how far a sneeze can travel!
We learned that when you sneeze without covering your face, the sneeze travels a long way…and so do all the germs in the sneeze! We then tested how far a sneeze travelled if we cover our nose with our hand and a tissue. The results of our investigation revealed that the best way to stop a sneeze is to cover your nose with a tissue.
Of course, you must then out the tissue in the bin and wash your hands to kill the germs! Do you always remember to cough and sneeze into a tissue?
Year 2C tries to make full use of the ICT resources available to us in school. We visit our computing suite at least once a week and use ipads in class to engage the children, practise key skills and research topics. The children love it and have so much fun they often don’t realise that they are learning!
We also have some fabulous online learning resources that can be accessed at home via the learning links tab on the school website. Why not take a look?
This term our class has been invited to join Mrs Thomspson in coding club after school where they have been using the Scratch programme to create a game.
The class ipads are also a fabulous teacher tool for capturing the children’s learning across the curriculum.