A Small School with a Big Heart, guiding our children to becoming kind and courageous citizens.
Welcome to Deer Class- Year 2!
We have made a wonderful start to the year! The children have come back to school full of bright 'ideers' and have thrown themselves into learning. We have already grown our brains but also have so much more to look forward to!
Friday 17th May
Today our healthy focus was exercise. We linked this with our maths work, by estimating, measuring and ordering lengths of a jump. After learning how to perform a standing long jump, we made our own metre sticks and then used these to measure how far we could jump. Most of the children could jump much further than they estimated and were very proud of themselves. Finally, we found out about the World record for the standing long jump, which is 3 m 73 cm! We used our metre sticks to measure this distance out and couldn't believe how far it was!
Friday 10th May
In science we have been learning all about keeping healthy.
After learning about how to eat healthily, we made our own healthy snacks and had a great time enjoying them with our friends! Lots of the children said that it was the first time that they had made a plate of food all on their own and they felt very proud of themselves!
We have also learnt about being hygienic so we put what we had learnt into practice by washing our hands thoroughly before we handled the food!
We also made our own 'Eatwell Guide' to display in the classroom. It shows us how much of each food type we should eat during the day.
We finished off our healthy morning with a football session which we all really enjoyed!
Friday 5th April
In science, we have been learning about how it is possible to change the shape of some materials by bending, twisting, stretching and squashing. We discovered that pipe cleaners are great for making models out of as it is easy to change their shape and when you let go, they hold their new shape! We linked this learning with our work on London landmarks to create some fantastic 3D models including The London Eye, Big Ben, The Shard and Tower Bridge out of pipe cleaners, straws and paper. The children worked with such creativity and displayed excellent co-operation skills. They were all very proud of what they created!
Friday 18th January 2019
Today we had a fantastic day of pirate science and investigation! We started our day experimenting with floating and sinking. We made predictions about the objects we were testing and then tried each one on water to discover their buoyancy. We had some really interesting discussions about what we saw. We had a tricky problem to solve with a ball of plasticine- was it possible to change the shape to make it float? Everybody persevered until they had solved the challenge and we all felt very proud of ourselves. We learnt that it is not just an object's weight but also its shape which helps it to float.
After our investigations, we used our learning to design and make a pirate ship that would both float and hold some treasure before it began to sink. We worked really well in our pairs and came up with some excellent ideas. At the end of the day, we tested our ships- every single one floated! We then loaded 'treasure' onto our ships to see how much they could hold before they sank. One ship managed to hold 2 and a half kilograms! What a great day of investigating, learning and applying by all the deer class- well done!
17th December 2018
What a busy few weeks we have had! We really enjoyed our latest topic, 'Delve into the Darkness'. Recently, it has been all about Christmas! We wrote brilliant letters to Father Christmas, using statements, questions, commands and exclamations. We also designed and made our very own baubles to decorate our Christmas trees. We have carried out lots of tricky maths activities - even at this festive time of year it is great to grow our brains! We had SO much fun when the panto came to visit ("Oh yes we did!") and found it especially funny when some of our teachers had to take part in a dance medley!
The Deer class and their teachers would like to wish you all a very 'Merry Christmas'!
Last week, we had lots of fun making apple crumble! We followed the recipe instructions , practising our peeling, cutting, mixing and rubbing skills! This week, we followed up the activity by writing our own set of instructions. THANK YOU to all of the parents who donated the ingredients so that we could do this fun activity.
The children in Deer class have been working very hard this week. In Maths we have learnt how to add 3 digit numbers by exchanging and hiding our extra tens and ones in the cellar until we need them! In English we have been looking at non fiction texts before thinking of questions that we could pose to our friends, and answering theirs. We have really enjoyed finding out more about light and seasons in our topic. Did you know that people in Australia sometimes spend the day on the beach?! We were very surprised to discover that whilst it is Winter here, it is Summer there.
Our focus Common Exception Words next week will be : pass, class, grass, should, people. Please practice these over the weekend to give your child a head start.
Thursday 4th October 2018
Today we were launched into space (virtually)! We had a brilliant time whizzing through the solar system, discovering lots of fascinating new facts on our journey. We have many budding astronauts in Year 2 - maybe one of them will be the first Deer in space??