Year 2 - Latest News
Forest Schools - 14th / 15th November
The children played on a swing, swung in a hammock, made Christmas decorations out of 'tree cookies' (disc of wood that they had to saw with the help of Sue) and looked for bugs!
Slideshows can be viewed below.
'We had a wonderful time! Our day went as follows - An introductory talk started the day, learning about seeds and what they need to grow. We then had our snack and split into our classes for our activities. We went past the pond, being sure not to get too close to the edge! We then built birds nests, with a twist - we had to use a peg to imitate a beak! Once we had built the nest, we popped a bird on it, to check for comfort! We then walked through the 'dry' garden to the bottom of the hill, where we saw a beautiful silver ammonite statue. At the bottom of the field, we played a game where the children had to collect cards from each adult with a 'need for a seed' on it and try to collect all 5 before being caught by a bird! Then it was Lunchtime where we had a lovely picnic in the shade of the trees and a run around. We then hand fed the ducks by the pond. After that, we collected rose petals from the rose garden and made bookmarks. Afterwards, we learnt about fruit and vegetables from around the world and learnt about what part of the plant we might eat. Finally we went to the learning centre for a range of activities - making a helicopter seed, painting a watercolour flower, planting a seed to look after back at school, doing rubbings of seeds from around the world, looking at casings and animals who had died in their natural environment. We also looked up close at birds nests and beehives!
The staff at Hyde Hall complimented us all on what a wonderful day they had had too, due to our children being the politest group they had ever had and were full of compliments for them!'
(report from Mrs Bolton)
Year 2 have been completing a lot of work on their Dinosaur topic which culminated in a Dinosaur Day held at Plumberow! There was a fossil dig, making a lifesize ichthyosaurus, making fossils and plotting where fossils are found around the world (involving non-fiction research on the i-pads), making posters for a dinosaur museum and dinosaur necklaces! They also made dinosaur shaped sandwiches and biscuits which were shared with families at the end of the day! A VERY busy, fun day!
Paleontologists Investigating Dinosaur Poo!
'The Natural History Museum sent us a new discovery of what they thought was fossilised poo! We had to dress in our scientists clothes to investigate and found bones in some and leaves and plants in others, so came to the realisation that they belonged to carnivores and herbivores! We then had a challenge to read for research and find out the answers to questions asked. ' (report from Mrs Bolton's Class!)
During the Easter break a dinosaur visited Year 2 classes and left an egg for the children to look after!
Year 2 have been busy making their Easter Bonnets! Some of them then showed the Rev. Stephanie Stroebel (from St. Peter's & St.Paul's Church) who had been into school to take the assemblies!
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Singing at The Hockley Day Centre
As a 'warm up' before their performance at The Infant Music Festival, Mrs Bolton's Class entertained at the Hockley Day Centre. Following their great performance, the pupils were treated to squash and biscuits while they chatted with their audience.
Following their performance, Mrs Bolton received this e-mail from the club secretary...
'Thank you so much for bringing your Choir along to the Centre to Entertain us this afternoon. Everyone enjoyed their singing so much and one lady wanted to know if they could come every week. There is nothing like small children singing to bring tears to your eyes and we were all overwhelmed. They certainly did you credit. It must have taken such expertise and patience to get them to this stage. We hope you will visit us again soon and next time I promise we will sort out the CD player beforehand. It was so embarrassing! However, we did get there in the end and had a thoroughly wonderful afternoon’s Entertainment.'
Plumberow were visited by 'The Resilient Reader'!! Following a Parents' Meeting, KS1 pupils attended a fun filled assembly (photos of which can be viewed here)! There were also lots of reading based activities happening in classrooms, lots of book sharing and some absolutely FANTASTIC costumes! Everyone had a great day (including the staff!!) Thank you for your continued support in helping to make Powerful Learners of the pupils at Plumberow!
Once again, a Plumberow Granddad visited Plumberow to share his real life experiences of Antarctica (ably assisted by his Granddaughter!) Year 2 are really enjoying their Antarctica topic!
Mrs Atherton's Class (in Year 2) shared their terms' work with their 'buddies' in Year 5 (Mrs Carr's Class)! They also shared their favourite books!
Pupils in Year 2 joined the pupils from Year 1 for their Christmas Lunch!
A delicious lunch with Mr Buckle once again, swapping his teaching hat
with his DJ hat to get everyone in the party spirit
(whilst trying to raise the roof at the same time!)
It really must be Christmas!
Forest Schools - Session 6!
In their final Forest Schools session, Year 2 made houses from paper, wood and straw to see how quickly they would burn - to understand how they burnt in The Great Fire of London (their topic) - very quickly! They also toasted marshmallows and enjoyed them - yum! They ended their session by reminiscing about their Forest School adventure and shared what their favourite had been.Finally, they gave 'three cheers' for Sue Squirrel and our parent helpers, without whom none of the sessions could have happened! Huge thanks!
Forest Schools - Session 5!
In their 5th session of Forest Schools, Year 2 pupils gathered around the fire circle and enjoyed hot chocolate with marshmallows! Sue had a new 'Kelly Kettle'which boiled the water for their lovely treat! They then made sparks with flint and steel and whittled sticks to make Stick Men or forest school candles. They also made dens, went bug hunting and made pictures on the forest floor with leaves and twigs!
Forest Schools - Session 4!
In the latest Forest Schools session, Year 2 pupils hunted for minibeasts to compare their habitats now that the weather is colder, made dens and used the technique of 'Happadrone' to make flags and bunting - they placed a leaf underneath some material and used a stone to bash the leaf so that the colour was printed on to the fabric, and then made flags!
Bug Day 2017!
Lots of 'Bug' themed activities on the Year 2 'Bug Day' as well as some amazing Bugs (the creepy crawly type and the pupils!)!!
Forest Schools - Session 2!
In their second Forest Schools session, Year 2 made Forest School roses using leaves and sticks collected from the forest floor made bug hotels for the mini beasts to move into, went bug hunting and also used the hand drills for the first time to drill holes in conkers - making necklaces, wands and lots more!!
There was also some songs and games!
Year 2 were the first to enjoy Forest Schools this year! They hunted for minibeasts and found loads! - Slugs, caterpillars, beetles, worms, spiders galore! They predicted where they might find them (linking to their work in science on habitats), caught them in magnification pots to look more closely at them and identified them through an identification key. They also looked at seasonal change, comparing this to their last visit in Year 1 when the bluebells were out, but they have all died off now. The leaves falling from the trees created a beautiful red and gold blanket!
A lovely time of the year to enjoy our woods!