Year 2 Blog
Welcome to the blog for our Alban, Morpurgo, and Ryder class children.
Shiver me timbers what a day we had on Wednesday22nd March! Pirate Ron anchored his ship at Bernards Heath for a day of fun and learning opportunities. 90 pirates raided our classrooms at 8:50AM as we opened our doors. There were stripes, cutlasses, parrots, and eye patches galore. Pirate Ron taught us about pirate life, battles, and historical characters. The children enjoyed an upbeat puppet show, and took an active part in finding the lost treasure. After a hearty lunch the children got stuck in making fantastic puppets. There were sharks, octopuses, mermaids, parrots, and cats. We then disembarked to the playground and recreated epic battles.
“This is the best day ever!” James Y.
“I liked the part when he caught the shark” Connor.
“Pirate Ron was so funny, I liked it when he made the ‘oh’ sound” Olivia.
Thanks to Pirate Ron for visiting us and thank you to all the children and grown ups for going to so much effort with their costumes and props.
On Thursday 2nd March 2017 we welcomed a host of book characters to school. From Tintin to Mildred Hubble, Gangster Granny to Horrid Henry, it was such a sight to see! Children paraded their costumes, immersed themselves in reading and enjoyed illustrations in books. At playtime children acted out scenes from their favourite stories and had lots of fun and laughs.
A big thank-you to grown-ups and carers at home for helping the children get ready for this big day!
A very BIG congratulations to our Year 2 Maths Quiz Champions – The Ryder Stars!
It was a tense afternoon as the Ryder Stars, the Alban Mathematicians and the Morpurgo Marauders made their way into the hall. With the lights down low our teams sat under the spotlight. The audience held their breath as the teams worked their way through the challenges… question by question they solved problems, debated and experienced both joy and disappointment.
The Ryder Stars stole the crown with a massive 12 points and were pleased to hear some very loud cheers from their supporters!
We were very proud of all of our teams as they tried something new, took on a challenge, worked together and didn’t give up. We’re already looking forward to our next year group quiz.
This week has seen the introduction of our first ever Y2 Maths Quiz.
Each class was split into teams and worked their way through 11 questions – working together, whispering so as not to give their answer away, solving problems and being very quick on their buzzers!
Led by their Team Leader each team decided on which Learning Hero would be their mascot and why – “We’ve chosen Bear because Bear’s good at listening and being encouraging and that’s what we need to do.”
By Friday the winning team from each class will go head-to-head to find the overall Year 2 Maths Quiz Champions – we can’t wait!
Maths and Learning Heroes Week has officially begun!
This morning every child spent time working with children from a different year group. The children were learning how to be like our Learning Heroes – working together on tricky tasks, listening and sharing ideas and remembering to keep on going.
Take a look…
Y1 and FS2 working together to build 2D shapes using pasta and marshmallows.
FS2 and Year 2 working together to build a strong, stable bridge.
FS2 and Year 2 giving directions – “Forwards 3 steps, turn around…”
At Bernards Heath we value talking about feelings and listen to what children say. Children are invited to write about their feelings and post them into the ‘Feelings Box’ (kept in the hall) this is regularly monitored by an adult so we can have a conversation with a child if, for instance, something is making them feel worried or sad. We also enjoy celebrating positive feelings. At school we acknowledge all feelings, no matter how they make us feel and understand that all feelings are valid and part of being a human. Our PSHE and wider school ethos teaches children what to do when they feel certain things so they can grow into happy and successful members of our community.
Some of the things we have found in the Feelings Box include the following:
‘I am happy because I made a new friend’
‘I am feeling proud because I am good at running now’
I am happy because I ate a strawberry and I am sad because my sister feels poorly’
‘I like doing maths because I like counting’
‘I like playing with my friends’
‘My tummy was hurting but Mrs Banahan’s food made it better’
‘Today I am feeling tired’
‘I am feeling excited because it is nearly my birthday’
‘I feel happy because I like school and I love the lunches’
‘I love my school because my teacher is very imaginational‘
Dragons, knights, princesses, princes, king and queens descended into school on Year 2 Castle Dressing up Day! All classes started their day by having a fun filled costume parade explaining who they were and showing off their incredible outfits. Children learnt about the meaning of a Coat of Arms and created their own, remembering blue colors for truth, green for joy and red for being regal. The children demonstrated huge enthusiasm when creating their finger puppets from felt. We had some truly magnificent creations. Children engaged happily in role play, getting into character and acting out stories.
At playtime Molly in Morpurgo Class said ‘Everyone is playing together in one group!’
Taylor in Ryder Class said ‘It’s been the best day ever!’
Thank you to all the children for making it such a successful day and to the adults at home for all their efforts.
Back in the summer term each class planted a sunflower seed and nurtured it in their classrooms before planting it out in our new Wild Garden. I have just been down to the garden and was surprised by what I saw…
Heartwood Class Sunflower
Alban Class Sunflower
There is quite a big difference in size. I wonder if the sunflowers will keep growing over the last couple of weeks of the holidays, will the Heartwood sunflower grow any petals? We will have to wait and see.
What a blast from the past! Everyone impressed us during our 110th birthday week with their fantastic costumes; we saw flat caps, aprons, long skirts, frills and waistcoats. Children got a real taste for what the school might have been like 11o years ago, learning about what the classroom looked like, the activities children might have engaged in and the different toys and resources they would have played with. During the morning Mrs Rimmer visited each class and carried out a hand inspection and being quite strict! Teachers stayed in character all day, giving the children a real taste of Edwardian school life. A big thank you to everyone for organising the costumes, it was a great way to help us in our 110th birthday celebrations.
Healthy Living Week – 27 June to 1 July 2016
Wow, what a fantastic range of activities we had the opportunity to engage in! We learnt how to stay safe and to keep healthy, helped by a wide range of visitors. Year 2 children learned safe scooter skills – how to stop safely and how to negotiate obstacles. Year 1 and Foundation Stage practised their road safety skills. Mr Desborough donned his School Crossing Patrol uniform to help us, and one class discussed how to improve the safety of the roads and paths on the approach to school. Year 1 inspected the safety features of a car on the playground and learnt how to be safe around dogs. Foundation Stage 2 welcomed a visit from a Guide Dog Arthur and puppy in training Earl. A parent kindly offered her time to teach us meditation skills. Children rounded off the week by making their own healthy snack.
Sports Day 2016
Foundation Stage children took turns to cheer each other on and run their races. The sun was shining, the bunting was flapping and we had lots of enthusiastic spectators. All children tried really hard, we were very proud of their efforts and the way they supported each other.
We were very excited about trying out the new KS1 sports day format for 2016. Following feedback from our Pupil Voice questionnaire, we included a blindfolded obstacle course. This enabled the children to demonstrate the key skills of collaboration, cooperation, trust, safe practice and communication. Tennis on the playground with Mr Denyer was great fun, with the children showing real concentration and determination. Finally, in our races on the field the children demonstrated great teamwork in their relay races. We would like to thank parents for their very supportive feedback on this new format.
Festival of Sport
The Festival of Sport showcased a wide variety of sports, including dance, football, cricket and athletics, with reference to the Olympics in Rio. We managed to dodge the rain and the children all loved showing their skills to an audience. They went on and off stage through a balloon tunnel and were very well supported by an excellent audience.