Happy Easter

Hi Year 2,

Happy Easter to you all!

I hope you are all keeping well and safe during these unusual times. It feels very strange not being able to go to school. Me and Miss Calcroft miss seeing all your lovely smiles!

I wonder, what you have been doing to keep yourselves busy? I have been spending time in the garden, playing board games and I have also started planning the work we should be completing in the Summer term – hoping that we are back very soon.

As you are aware Easter celebrations begin this Friday. Usually, in school, we would have celebrated by showing off our Easter bonnets, singing our favourite Easter songs and participating in the Egg Roll competition.

Over the next few weeks, I will be updating our class page with some new home learning tasks, that you may wish to complete with your families. If you have any questions about this please email postbox@rushall.walsall.sch.uk.

I hope to see you all very soon!

Miss Underwood X

World Book Day 2020!

Today, Year 2 have celebrated World Book Day, by coming to school dressed as their favourite book character. They began the morning, discussing with their friends, who had they had come dressed as and why that character is their favourite.

Mrs Cook had kindly organised for Hobgoblin Theatre Company to perform ‘The Greatest Fairy Tale Ever Told’. The story was a twist on a variety of familiar fairy tales, using characters the children all recognised.

The children have learnt all about their friend’s favourite stories and books and sharing these with our buddy class. Year 2 have shared a range of texts, including fiction and non-fiction books.

Changing the Shape of Different Materials?

This term, in Science, Year 2 have been learning all about everyday materials. They started the topic, by recapping and building on their Year 1 knowledge. The children were able to name different materials and give examples of where these are used in our classroom and around school.

The children have learnt that some objects can be changed by squashing, bending, stretching and twisting. See the video below, of Year 2 demonstrating how to squash, bend, stretch and twist.

They then investigated, whether a variety of different objects can be changed. To carry out their investigation, the children used a plastic bottle, pipe cleaner, sock, paper drinking straw, play dough, bath towel, sponge and an elastic band. The children found that all of the objects could be changed in some way, but none of the objects could be changed by being squashed, stretched, twisted and bent.

Collecting Data in Computing

Over the last few weeks, Year 2 have been learning all about collecting and representing data. As a class, they discussed different ways to collect data. Miss Underwood suggested the children could collect data in a Pictogram. Together the children thought about all of the benefits representing data this way.

Today the children carried out their own data collection. Working together, the children had to roll a dice twenty times, recording what number it landed on each time. Once they had each collected their data, the children were able to use Purple Mash to represent it in a pictogram. The children found that when the data was represented in a pictogram, it was much easier to interpret and draw conclusions from.

Sharing stories…

This morning, Year 2 shared their love of reading with their buddy class and ARP 2, during a quality reading session. They each selected their favourite books and stories ready to share with their reading partners. All of Year 2 thoroughly enjoyed sharing their stories, discussing why they enjoyed the book.

Why is exercise good for us?

In Year 2, over the past couple of weeks we have been learning about exercise in Science. We learnt that there are different reasons why exercise is important!

We learnt that exercising is good for our heart, it makes us feel good, it makes our muscles stronger and it makes us more flexible.

We completed a series of exercises to investigate how they made us feel. We discovered that running made our hearts beat very fast, that star jumps worked our muscles and our heart and that yoga made us feel good and could increase our flexibility!

Juicy Fruit

In Year 2, we have been learning about lots of different fruits and vegetables. This is because our Year 2 harvest song this year is Juicy Fruits! It contains a lot of fruits we had never heard of before! We have talked about figs, guavas, gooseberry, prunes and many more fruits! We have looked at whether they grow on a tree or a bush, and what their seeds look like.

We were very lucky that we had some home grown cucumber that we could try! It was interesting to touch as it didn’t have the waxy layer that cucumbers have when bought from a supermarket. It smelt very fresh and was very juicy!

Welcome to Year 2!

We have had such an exciting first week in Year 2! We have created some leaves in Art, using soft pastels and oil pastels.

Firstly, we separated the different autumnal colours we would need. Then we added different colours onto our leaf using the end of the pastels and learnt how to blend them together by smudging them with our fingers. We loved the different autumnal shades that were created by using this method! Finally, we added the finishing details to our leaves using a dark colour of pastel but this time not smudging it. We found this an extremely fun, creative and messy way of using pastels!