End of Year-Time to Celebrate!

Wow, what a year it has been!

Even though everyone hasn’t been together as normal over the past few months, it has been lovely to see how much everyone has been working so hard at home during these difficult times!

You have all truly been amazing! A massive well done!

I hope everyone has a lovely summer holiday spending quality time with your family and friends.

I can’t wait to see you all in September!

Miss Bimson x

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Magical Memories of Year 2

In this final week of the 2019-2020 academic year, I have been reflecting on some of the special moments and magical memories from this year. What a year it has been!

Here are a just a few of my favourites…

Smiley Reward
Fun Food Chef
Road Safety Day
Making Fruit Kebabs
Drumming Performance
Sports Afternoon
Glee Club

What are your favourite memories of our time together in Year 2?

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Are you SMART?

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!

If you feel like you need a recap, log onto https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/ for more information.

Are you being SMART? What are you doing to stay safe? Blog and let me know!

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Children’s Art Week

29th June – 19th July 2020

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.

For more information on what activities are available, go to https://engage.org/happenings/childrens-art-week/

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.

Remember – you could win a £50 ARGOS voucher!

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National Sports Week

This week is National Sports Week at Home!

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?

To register and receive information on lots of fabulous activities that you can take part in, go to https://www.youthsporttrust.org/national-school-sport-week-home

Don’t forget to blog about what you get up to in National Sports week. You could win a £50 ARGOS voucher in our blogging competition!

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Reports!

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! 

Enjoy commenting,

Miss Campbell.

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Water Safety!

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Supporting Drowning Prevention Week starts this Friday! Learning to be safe near water is an important part of every child’s education. The Canal & River Trust have a variety of activities available for you to download and learn about water safety. https://canalrivertrust.org.uk/explorers/learning-from-home/water-safety

Can you tell me the risks around water and what you can do to stay safe? CLUE: what does SAFE stand for?

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Eid Mubarak!

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?

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w.c.18th May: National Thank a Teacher Day

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.

https://thankateacher.co.uk/thank-a-teacher-day/

Why not take a photo of yourself with your ‘Thank You’ and post it on the blog?

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Take on an active challenge!

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…

https://www.youthsporttrust.org/60-second-physical-activity-challenges

Why not arrange a competition with your parents, siblings or your classmates via the blog? Let me know how you get on then I will try to beat you!

Which challenge will you try first?

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w.c. 4th May: National Share a Story Month 2020

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!

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w.c. 27th April: Walk the Talk Week

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.

https://www.who.int/news-room/events/detail/2020/05/17/default-calendar/walk-the-talk-the-health-for-all-challenge

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!

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Beautiful Butterflies!

Last week, the first caterpillar had finished changing and was ready to emerge from the chrysalis as an adult butterfly..

After a few days, all of the adult butterflies were ready to come out too.

Yesterday, they were ready to fly away because they had learnt how to fly..

We hope you have enjoyed observing and learning about these beautiful butterflies.

What colours can you see in the butterfly’s wings?

What will you remember the most about the life cycle of a butterfly?

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w.c. 20th April: Be kind to your mind!

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!)

  1. Get plenty of sleep!
  2. Go for a walk or a bike ride to get some exercise and fresh air
  3. Chill out in the garden and listen to some music
  4. Read a book or magazine
  5. Draw, paint, colour or craft – What amazing things can you make?
  6. Watch a cartoon or film that makes you laugh
  7. Connect with your friends and family – call or message people you miss
  8. 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

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The Caterpillars new home..

Last Friday, the caterpillars moved from the pot to the butterfly net, ready for when they begin the last stage of their life cycle and become a butterfly. 

These pictures were taken yesterday, they are still at stage 3 – the pupa stage. This is when the caterpillar has formed itself into a chrysalis. 

Can you use adjectives to predict what they might look like as a butterfly?

Can you comment the 4 stages of the life cycle below?

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w.c. 6th April: Celebrating Easter

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…

  1. Making Easter cards
  2. Decorating hard boiled eggs
  3. Hunting for the Easter Bunny on your daily walk
  4. Going on an Easter egg hunt in the garden
  5. Making Easter baskets
  6. Making or decorating Easter bonnets
  7. Eating hot cross buns
  8. Eating Easter eggs – but not too many!

What plans do you have for the Easter holiday?

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The Hungry Caterpillars!

Caterpillar update..

Our friends have made their way to the top and are beginning to build their chrysalises.

What is the name of this stage of the life cycle? I’ll give you a clue it begins with a P…

Using adjectives, can you guess how the chrysalis will start to look as it changes?

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w.c. 30th March: Kindness Matters!

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

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Our new friends… the caterpillars!

On Friday, the caterpillars arrived at school and we observed and described them as part of our Science lessons.

Whilst you are spending some time at home, Miss Campbell, Miss Harrison and Mrs Clarke will keep you updated weekly on how they are getting on…

The caterpillars are currently going through stage 1. Can you remember how long this process can take?

What changes have you noticed in the caterpillars since Friday?

Challenge question: What happens to the caterpillars during stage 2? 🙂

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w.c. 23rd March: Thanking Our Key Workers!

Whilst most people are being asked to stay at home in order to prevent the spread of Coronavirus, our key workers are working extra hard to keep the country running and to keep us safe.

Do you have any key workers in your family? What is their job? Why is it important?

It is really important for us to show our appreciation to these special people for the dedication they are showing to their work and their service to our communities.

How could you say ‘Thank You’ to our key workers?

Here are some ideas…

  • Join in and clap for carers at 8pm on Thursdays
  • Put a picture of a rainbow or a message of thanks in your window
  • Make a card, draw or colour a picture for a key worker
  • Leave a note of thanks on your front door

Don’t forget to blog and share what you are doing to say ‘Thank you’!

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Have you ever met a dragon?

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?

 

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Ah Ha Ha Ha Staying Alive!

This morning was our spring term class assembly!

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.

What did you learn from our assembly?

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A Polished Performance!

Year 2C performed a superb djembe drum and dance performance this afternoon for a packed hall of proud parents and siblings.

 

  

 

Working hard in rehearsals alongside Mr Bamford and Miss Vicky, the children showed patience and determination to learn the routine.

Everyone was incredibly proud of the end result. What an amazingly talented class!

Did you watch the performance? What did you think?

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Proud of our School!

Our art topic this term is ‘Proud of our school’ and we will be learning how to sketch and paint a picture of Oxford Grove with a respected local artist Hugh Templeton.

In order to choose the best view to paint, we took advantage of the sunshine and explored the exterior of the school. We managed to capture a range of interesting perspectives using our ipads.

Here is just a small sample of the images!

 

Which one is your favourite?

 

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What a Baby Human Needs

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?

 

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Safe or Unsafe?

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?

 

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Passionate about PE!

The children in Year 2C absolutely love their PE lessons. At the moment we are developing our hand-eye co-ordination by practising our throwing and catching skills.

We are keeping active and having lots of fun too!

What do you need to remember when you throw/catch a ball?

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Fun Food Chef

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?

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Coughs and Sneezes Spread Diseases!

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?

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Crazy about Computing

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.

What do you enjoy doing on the laptops? ipads?

 

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