Year 2 Blog
Welcome to the blog for our Alban, Morpurgo, and Ryder class children.
The window walling project has begun! Each KS1 class is ‘evicted’ for a day – Alban and Morpurgo have spent the last two days learning outdoors – whilst Nick and his team remove the old windows and external doors and replace them with brand new ones!
Take a look at Morpurgo’s makeover…
From the £1,400 spent by parents at our Book Fair in April we raised just over £800 in rewards to be spent on books for school. Here are the new books we’ve received this week. Due to the extremely tight budget this has been a huge help to us and has enabled us to update and replenish books in the library, in classrooms and to support our 1:1 Readit2 programme.
A huge thank you for your support – we are incredibly lucky!
Year 2 have been enjoying our Art Enrichment days this week.
Over the last two days, the children have been introduced to some old and new drawing vocabulary, sketching techniques and illustrators.
We started by making our own personalised sketch books to collect our artwork in. We learnt some new mark-making techniques, including cross-hatching and stippling (dots). We were fortunate to have two artists visit us, demonstrating their calligraphy and sketching skills.
Our classes looked closely at the illustrations in several of Anthony Browne’s books and recreated these in their sketch books.
We really enjoyed showcasing our sketching during Open Classrooms this morning, thanks to all the parents who came in to share our learning.
Our Learning Hero Duck has been busy! Over the Christmas holidays and on the first day back at school delivered tricky maths challenges to each class!
Challenges involved making patterns, sharing and finding combinations that add to make a number. Year 2 solved magic boxes, Mitchell class went outside to solve the problem of getting from one end of the field to the other without letting their feet touch the floor! Churchill class made an estimation station where one child filled a bowl with dinosaurs and another child had to guess how many there were!
The Happy Puzzle company also came to visit and gave the children lots of puzzles to solve as a team in our school hall!
The children were encouraged to talk about the problems they encountered and find ways of overcoming these together (even when they were really tricky!)
Here are some quotes from the children following two fantastic days of being expert problem solvers just like Duck:
“We had to do teamwork and not give up like duck when solving the puzzles.” – Juliette
“I’m going to do a Duck challenge.” – James N
“It keeps going on and on. You can even put it in a circle and it’s still a pattern” – Anna taking part in a pattern challenge
“It gets harder and harder but I really like hard stuff.” – Maxime
“I like that it’s hard and it’s a challenge.” – Jojo
“I just like that we get to do tricky challenges.” – Sam
“You get to make puzzles.” – Kerr
“This one is the heavy one because there is rocks inside… Or maybe playdough.” – Grace
“Because you get to build a tower and this one is getting trickier and trickier!” – Aaryan
Last week I met twelve very proud and excited children from Year 1 and Year 2. The new School Councillors met me in my office and received their new badge. They introduced themselves to the other members of the group and told everyone something they really like doing.
Alban Class – Ella and William
Morpurgo Class – Lilybelle and Casper
Ryder Class – Caitlin and Freddie
Mitchell Class – Ava and Oula
Churchill Class – Alex and Rosie
Spencer Class – Charlotte and William
The rest of our first meeting was spent choosing new signs for our playground. I was particularly impressed with the reasons they gave for the choices they made:
“We should have this one because it will help us learn” – Number bond flowers
“The little children will like this one” – Seasons
“We should have this one because it will keep us healthy” – Football scoring game
Look out for the new boards which should arrive in school before half term.
No less than three times in one week!
We have been treated to three fabulous performances of the Year 2 play this week. In a change to the traditional Leavers Assembly the whole cohort worked together to tell the story of Eddie, a penguin who goes on a mission to save the world from global warming! The change of plan came about when the children were asked what they wanted to do for their Leavers Assembly they talked about how much they had enjoyed the Christmas production, singing, acting and playing instruments. After checking with teachers and parents it was a done deal and the decision was made.
Audiences were wowed by confident performers who sung, danced and narrated their story to a very high standard. We were so proud of the way the children introduced their characters, played their instruments, worked together and so obviously enjoyed themselves every time they got on the stage.
Feedback from parents was great, they told us how proud they felt of how far the children had come since they first performed with us in their Christmas play back in 2014. They also said: “It was good to go out on a high!” the performance was “Uplifting” and “A good opportunity for the children to show what they can do.” There were lots of comments about how well the children worked together and helped and supported each other.
A big round of applause for our professional performers who did not let a technical hitch with the music or a costume malfunction spoil the show. A big thank you to staff who directed the play, made costumes, sets and programmes, led the dancers and musicians and encouraged our children to do their very best!
Sports Day was a massive success! Thank you to all the staff who worked hard to organise such great events and to parents for making the time to come and watch. The real stars of the day were of course the children…
Clarence and Verulam started the events with an egg and spoon race where Verulam Class’ eggs looked like they may have been glued into place (Mr Wilson and Mrs Randall have assured us they weren’t!) Following that was an impressive obstacle race which involved getting a cup of water from one end of the field to the other, climbing over stepping stones and crawling under tables!
Next up were Heath and Heartwood, they exchanged the baton with skill and gave each other a well rehearsed high five during the hurdles. They too tackled the daring obstacle race with the winning team collecting 900ml of water between them.
All in attendance could not fail to notice the sheer joy on the faces on the children as they did their best in each event. When it came to the skipping race we saw a wide variety of techniques as the smiles turned to looks of pure concentration and determination. The crowd of spectators did a great job of encouraging and applauding our youngest athletes.
The afternoon involved a change of venue as we moved to the Heath. Year 1 and 2 had the opportunity to really gather speed as they sprinted from one cone to the other. Parents cheered whilst some got comfy on chairs and blankets. The expectations were raised for Year 1 and 2 and the afternoon finished with competitive sprints where 1st, 2nd and 3rd badges were awarded. Children were learning to win and lose and we were impressed with the incredible atmosphere of team spirit and good sportsmanship. One of our favourite quotes of the day came from a child in Year 1 who fell mid race, got up and ran for the finish line. It was all a bit overwhelming at the end of the race but when we chatted later she explained that she had thought of the Lion King when she had fallen, and in particular the bit where Simba got bumped on the head by the baboon and was told “Don’t worry about it, it’s in the past!” We were particularly impressed with this positive attitude and how it impacted on others who might have been feeling a bit disappointed about not winning their race.
Sports Day not only gave children the chance to show off what they can do physically, they also got the chance to stretch their personal, social and emotional muscles, building resilience and celebrating their best efforts whatever the outcome. We are all very proud.
We were so Proud to be announced as Primary School Champions in the St Albans Fun Run for the third year in a row. On Sunday 12th June we laced up our trainers, put on our red t-shirts and gathered by the Bernards Heath flags in the runner’s village in the park. At 10.15am we ran, jogged, raced, meandered and piggy backed our way along the 1.5 mile course. It was great to work in a team with our Junior School and to see children from Nursery to Year 6 running together and sharing words of encouragement. It was a hot day and some little legs got very tired; it didn’t stop us though and we remembered our Learning Hero Duck who never ever gives up in the face of tricky challenges!
Thank you to children, parents and staff for supporting this exciting event… see you there next year!
On Thursday 11th May Year 2 visited the RAF Museum in Hendon. It was a chance for the children to get up close to the aeroplanes we have been learning about in our World War II theme this term. The children and volunteers had a wonderful day exploring the museum and learning about the RAF and air raids. Children were receiving a stern talking to from the air raid warden about how to stay safe when suddenly an air raid siren went off and we had to evacuate to the Anderson shelter! Luckily it was just a drill. After that we tried on different RAF uniforms and talked about what it must have been like to be a pilot.
Thank you to all the staff and parent volunteers who made this visit possible.
Mr Fisher and the Year 2 team.