Year 2 Blog
Welcome to the blog for our Alban, Morpurgo, and Ryder class children.
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.
We did it! With everyone’s support we have so far raised over £2,000 for an incredible charity.
A HUGE thank you for joining us on the walk, donating your money, donating food for our sleep out, collecting cardboard, reading our Y2’s Newsletter and most importantly, for supporting the children to understand how they can make a difference to the lives of others. We are incredibly proud of the children and will continue to work with them to increase their understanding and find other ways to support people just like them.
On your marks, get set…GO!
Today is the day of our walk and sleep out! A huge thank you to all those who have donated so far, and to those supporting the cause; joining us on our walk or delivering food to those preparing for a night on the field!
Help Refugees – Click the link to read the Year 2 Help Refugee Committee’s first published newsletter.
Donate here – Click here to see the fundraising total and to add a donation of your own – so far we have beaten our target of £500! Will we make it to £1,000?
Meet on the playground at 5pm today – Friday 31st March to join us on our 4 mile walk and raise awareness in our local community,
See you there!
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!