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Welcome to Year 2 Honey Bears

Our Class Teacher is Mrs Simmons

Our TAs are Mrs Roberts (Monday to Wednesday) and Mrs Eaton (Thursday and Friday)

Here is this week's exciting Music project powerpoint from Mr Hughes.  During the week, I would like you to read through the powerpoint presentation, complete the project and then ask an adult to e-mail pictures of your learning to school (schooloffice@townfield.wirral.sch.uk) so it can be uploaded to this page.  Happy learning Honey Bears!

We have decided to put on a weekly set of educational activities for home learning that doesn't require as much screen time but you will need to get an adult to print off some of the activities for you. 

You can choose whether to carry on doing your home learning on Purple Mash, where I can check your understanding of activities and leave you comments or you can complete the learning in the document below and ask an adult at home to check it for you (or, of course, you may also choose to do both, it's entirely up to you). wink

A huge shoutout goes to Jeevan, Austin, Aurora, Jack, Matthew and Colton who have completed the most home learning tasks on Purple Mash this week.  They were closely followed by Josh, Lyla and Ted.  Well done to you all and well done to all the Honey Bears who have been completing their Purple Mash home learning this week. 

Colton and his sister Bobbi have been keeping fit and healthy by playing football and going on daily bike rides.  Have a look at the videos below. They have also enjoyed spending some time with their grandparents.

Colton Football.MOVColton New Brighton.MP4

RE Projects

Have a look at Rosie and Ava's brilliant PE projects

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ava recorded herself giving instructions on how to play golf.  You can watch it below.

 


Have a look at some of the brilliant DT projects created by children in Honey Bears

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Colton and his sister Bobbi baked a cake and sent this super video for you to watch (click link below)

/wirral/primary/townfield/arenas/websitecontent/web/coltondtproject(1).mp4

 

Rosie and Colton created some brilliant VE day/World War 2 projects.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Take a look at some of the home learning Honey Bears have been doing over the last week

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here are some of the Art projects created by Honey Bear children:-

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Here are some of the super Geography Projects that were created by Honey Bear children: -

 

 

 

 

 

As well as using Purple Mash for his home learning, Tomas has also been doing lots of extra learning activities.  Well done Tomas!

Take a look at Austin's thaumatrope that he's completed for his Computing Project this week!

Have a look at some of the wonderful Bird Projects that have been produced at home by some of the Honey Bears!

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

**Click on the link below to visit our online learning platform, Purple Mash.  As well as completing exciting online learning tasks set by Mrs Simmons, you can also visit Honey Bears' Class Blog where you can upload pictures of home learning and activities that you've completed and let your friends know what you've been doing while school has been closed. You will need to login to Purple Mash and then click onto the 'SHARING' icon at the top of the page.  To create your own blog, you need to click on the home button, then the tools button, you will see a '2blog' icon on the right hand side of the screen, you click on this and follow the instruction on the 'How to' video. 

Happy blogging Honey Bears!

                                                                                *FREE ebooks for you to read.  Just click on the link below!*

 

 

 

 

Every day at 11am, children can listen to David Walliams reading one of his books.  Click on the link below to listen!

 

Click on the book cover to start listening to the first                             White Rose Maths have kindly prepared a series of 5 

two chapters of 'The Enchanted Wood' by Enid Blyton.                  maths lessons a week for each year group for the next 

The story is narrated so all you have to do is sit                                     few weeks. Each lesson comes with a short video to show

back, listen and imagine yourself as one of the                                      you how to help your child to successfully complete the 

lucky chraracters.                                                                                           activity.  Click below to go to the Year 2 lessons.

              

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SCHOOL CLOSURE DUE TO COVID-19

Please log on to Purple Mash as tasks will be set on there for your child to complete each week. Your child should have come home with their Purple Mash and Times Tables Rock Stars login details. For those children of families who were self-isolating during the last week, the login details should be enclosed with their school report. 
Please also try to build some other home learning opportunities into your daily routines; involve your children in practical activities around the house when possible, for example reading scales and comparing quantities when preparing food, telling the time, counting and recognising money etc. Help them to build life skills like tying shoe laces, tying their school tie, fastening their shirt buttons etc.
There are also some fun educational links provided below and a word document (below 'Important Information' as I couldn't work out how to move it further up as it wouldn't drag  indecision) with educational ideas for keeping your child occupied.  This document also contains a link to games and activities on BBC Bitesize that your child will enjoy. 


Important Information:

  • P.E is Monday (indoor) and Wednesday (outdoor). From October half term to Easter, please also ensure you child has an outdoor kit (burgundy joggers and burgundy jumper).
  • Homework will go out to some children on a Monday and is due in by Friday.  Homework will be set on a needs basis for that particular week.
  • Spellings go out on a Monday and are tested on a Friday.
  • Reading books are changed daily. Please read every night with your child.
  • Golden Tie Assembly for KS1 is now every Thursday at 9am in the School hall.  Mrs Loftus will present a golden tie to a child from each class who has displayed the 3 TPS traits of respect, responsibility and resilience during the preceding school days.
  • Year 2 Achievement Assembly is every Friday at 3pm.  If your child has any medals and/or certificates that they've earned that week, please encourage them to bring them in to showcase to all the children in Year 2.

How to help at home:

  • Please practise 2,5 and 10 times tables in the first instance and then move onto 3 and 4 times tables.  Playing times tables CDs in the car is a good way of helping your child to learn their times tables.
  • Please help your child to practise spelling the Year 1/2 common exception words below.  These were handed out in September but if you would like another copy please ask Mrs Simmons.

  • Please challenge your child to complete Times Table Rock Stars on a device at home as often as possible.  Children should have their login details for TTRS in their reading record books.  Please see Mrs Simmons if you are unable to find it.

Helpful websites:

http://mathszone.co.uk

https://www.topmarks.co.uk

https://www.phonicsplay.co.uk

 

Benefits of encouraging your child to read at home:

  • Reading promotes progression and achievement across the entire curriculum, not just English.
  • Reading improves vocabulary and language skills.  Children learn new words as they read. Subconsciously, they absorb information on how to structure sentences and how to use words and other langauge features effectively in their writing and speaking.
  • Reading regularly helps to improve spelling ability.
  • Reading helps to develop a child's imagination which in turn promotes creativity.
  • Reading helps a child develop empathy with characters.
  • Reading helps to increase general knowledge as children read about the world around them.
  • Reading exercises the brain and helps to build new connections in a child's brain far more than watching TV or playing on a games console.
  • Reading is fun and is a great way for you to spend quality time with your child.

Learning:

English

Now the children have completed their return narratives, we will be moving on to looking at non-chronological reports based on the animals that Syd and Grandad encountered on the island.  Tallulah the Toucan delivered a letter to us  from Grandad asking us to research all the different animals on his island and then write our own non-chronological report about one of the animals including a description of their appearance, their habitat, their diet and some other fascinating facts about the animal we chose to research. 
We brainstormed ideas for animals that live in tropical rainforests - orangutans, jaguars, leopards, poisonous dart frogs, boa constrictors, macaws, toucans, gorillas, sloths and many more. We then chose an animal that we could research. 

Maths

This week we will be looking at fractions again .  We know that a fraction is part of a whole.

We are starting starting the week with finding fractions of shapes then moving on to fractions of arrays and fractions of numbers.

Topic: Fighting Fit

Since we returned to school after Christmas, Year 2 have been learning all about Florence Nightingale, why she is a significant person, the role she played in changing nursing practices and how she helped soldiers during the Crimean War.  Before February half term, our Topic lessons had a History and Geography focus where we learned about Florence Nightingale's life and her role in the Crimean War.  We also learned the names of the 7 continents and 5 oceans as well as looking at the route Florence Nightingale took to her hospital in Scutari, Turkey and how Scutari (now called Uskudar) compares to the Wirral. 

This half term, our Topic lessons are going to have an Art and DT focus.  As Florence Nightingale was known as 'The Lady of the Lamp', over the next few weeks we will be working collaboratively to create our own lanterns using withies and wet strength tissue paper. 

This involved looking at different designs for lanterns from around the world and practising constructing 3D shapes using straws and blu-tac. 

We have begun to construct the body of our lanterns using withies and masking tape.

Today (10.3.20), we finished constructing the body of our lanterns.  Here is an example of what one of them looks like...

Next week, we will then be covering and decorating our lanterns with prints using stamps that we have already designed ourselves.

Today (10.3.20), we were really lucky as we had a visit from a real life nurse, Sister Garrity.  She came into our class and talked to Year 2 about her role as a Sister in the hospital.  We looked at her stethoscope, her eye torch and her fob watch. Some of us listened to our heartbeats through her stethoscope.  We discovered that nursing now is very different from when Florence Nightingale was alive.

We have covered our lanterns with wet-strength tissue paper.

Today we printed onto our lanterns using the stampers we made.

Science

Science Week was from 9th March until 13th March.  We took part in an exciting experiments and/or investigations each afternoon.  We also be continued with our new topic 'Materials' during our usual weekly Science lesson. 

On Monday afternoon (9.3.20), we investigated vaseline as an insulator.  We covered just one hand in vaseline and wrapped each hand up individually in a plastic bag.  We then dipped our hands into ice water and timed how long we were able to keep our hands in the water.  We discovered that the hand covered in vaseline didn't feel as cold as the hand without vaseline as vaseline acts as an insulator to keep warmth in and cold out much like animals who hibernate develop a layer of fat to keep them warm during the winter months.

On Tuesday afternoon (10.3.20) our science experiment was looking at how rain is formed using water, shaving foam (cloud) and blue food colouring (rain).  It was very messy but a lot of fun!

‚ÄčOn Wednesday, we designed bug hotels on paper and then went outside into the forest to find materials to begin constructing them.

On Friday (13.03.2020), we looked at vortexes and constructed our own vortex machine using a Pringles tube and a balloon. We understood that a vortex is like a ball of air that is propelled forward.  Even though we couldn't see the air, we knew it was there because it extinguished the candle.

We also went outside in the rain to check on our Bug Hotels to see if we had any new residents.  We found wood lice, spiders and ants.

PSHE

In PSHE we are learning about money, where it comes from, why it is important and how we can keep it safe.  We have discussed the best ways to keep money safe and worked collaboratively to decide which is the safest place and the least safe place to keep money.

PE

In outdoor PE this term, we will be focussing on athletics.  Every second Thursday, we will also have tag rugby with a Rugby Coach from Birkenhead Park RUFC.

Music

Honey Bears love their music lessons on a Friday afternoon with Mrs Maher.  They are currently learning about beat and rhythmn through a variety of rhymes and musical poems.

Special events:

BARNSTONDALE

POSTPONED UNTIL OCTOBER 2020

On Wednesday 1st April 2020, some of the children in Year 2 will be taking part in the annual Year 2 one night residential trip to Barnstondale Activity Centre to end our 'Fighting Fit' topic.  This is an excellent trip that children in previous years have loved and have treasured memories of.

If you would like your child to take part in this trip, please contact the School Office as soon as possible.

Children who have chosen not to take part are to come to school as normal.

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On Thursday 5th March, it was World Book Day.  The children came to school dressed as their favourite book character and enjoyed some book related activities during the day.  They were also able to showcase their outfits in a KS1 assembly.  

It was a thoroughly enjoyable day for the whole school.

Don't Honey Bears look amazing in their costumes?

During World Book Day, we had lots of fun completing a book review of our favourite book, designing our own bookmarks and doing lots of other interesting activities.

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On Thursday 19th March, it was World Poetry Day. Every class chose a poem and recited it by heart to Mrs Loftus and Mrs Kinnear (it was supposed to be recited during assembly but all assemblies were cancelled).  
Our poem was called 'Springtime'.

The wind told the grass,

and the grass told the trees,

the trees told the flowers,

and the flowers told the bees,

the bees told the robin,

and the robin sang with cheer,

"Wake up now it's Springtime!"

"Wake up now, Spring is here!"

Golden Tie:

Well done to this week's golden tie winner

 

They were awarded the golden tie for: 

Making the right choices and working hard in all lessons smiley

Class Dojo Star:

Well done to this week's Honey Bears' Class Dojo Star

 

They were awarded the Dojo Star for: 

consistently displaying the 3 TPS traits of respect, responsibility and resilience smiley

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