Outdoor Learning Day
We all had an amazing day today, despite the horrendous weather! It was so lovely to see the children having great fun running and splashing in the rain, but also thinking about habitats animals might live in. This was linked to our Science topic of materials and we tested different materials as to how waterproof they were. We also went on a 5 senses Treasure Hunt, looking and feeling for different properties such as smooth, rough, hard, soft, flexible and whether or not they would be appropriate building materials. This afternoon, we searched for signs of animals within our school grounds and we were thrilled to see the den hidden deep in the trees.
We rounded off our day by creating prayer spinners, thanking God for all the wonderful things He has created for us, especially the rain to help the plants and flowers grow. We are looking forward to our next outdoor adventure.
As part of our upcoming theme of 'Once Upon A Time' we have planned a visit to Warwick Castle on the 2nd April. Please look on our Trip page of the website for the consent form and return it to school as soon as possible. Thank you.
Outdoor Learning Day Year 2
We had an amazing day last week on our Outdoor Day. Even though it was a cold, frosty start to the day, we all dashed outside in our warm clothes to do some rubbings. We got some amazing patterns off the trees, rocks, ground, walls and manhole covers.
After break, we had a Money Treasure Hunt. Our teachers called out an amount and we had to go looking for the correct coins to add together. It was made more difficult because we weren't allowed to have more coins than necessary and we were working in large teams...we had to show good team work!
We spent dinnertime inside to warm up and finished watching George's Marvellous Medicine.
In the afternoon, we did a senses walk through the forest area and wrote our ideas onto whiteboards as to what we could see, hear and smell. (We didn't taste things for obvious reasons)We then used these ideas to write prayers about nature for our end of the day prayer circle.
We all agreed that we can't wait for our next Outdoor Day, especially as we didn't get to make our Mudpies as the ground was too hard.
George's Marvellous Medicine
This term we are studying George's Marvellous Medicine by Roald Dahl. It will allow us to focus on developing our sentence construction by including expanded noun phrases, greater use of punctuation such as commas for lists, exclamation marks and question marks and also writing in role as a character. Our art work and homework projects are reflecting the wonderful colours that can be used to replicate the disgusting medicine that George created.
Our Outdoor Learning day will continue the theme of George's disgusting concoctions where we will create our own mixtures and also develop our teamwork skills to build structures in the forest school. We will also be using the inspiration of God's wonderful world and the school grounds to create our own prayers for our collective worship time. Please ensure we have suitable clothing and footwear for the day as we will be outside all day. (Thursday 31st January)
Spring Term 2019
We've had a wonderful start back to life in Class 2B this term and are ready to learn! We have focused our work around The Day The Crayons Quit and The Day The Crayons Came Back by Drew Daywalt. Duncan (the little boy in the stories) struggles with the crayons in his box as they all want to explore the world and are cross with him. The children have written postcards and stories as if they were a disgruntled crayon, describing the adventures they go on around the world. This has also helped us with our Geography skills as one of the crayons thought that Newcastle had pyramids! We had to prove him wrong!
In Maths, we have continued to develop our addition and subtraction skills, and have recently moved onto money. Please help us to improve our knowledge of coins by letting us help with the shopping, paying for items and trying to work out how much change we should get.
In Religious Education we have been learning about the difficult journeys Mary, Joseph, the shepherds and the kings had to see the new born king. God tested them all in their own way, but their faith and devotion shone through and we have been able to see how our own journeys in life my have obstacles to overcome, but it is worth the hard work.
Our Gymnastic skills have progressed really well and we have enjoyed creating sequences of movements, both individually and in pairs. We look like true gymnasts now and are able to provide ideas as to how we can improve our own work and that of our friends.
Science and D&T in Class 2B
As part of our topic The Great Fire of London this term, we have been looking at the properties of different materials and their suitability for rebuilding London Bridge. Today we focused on which structural design would be the strongest and why. Each structure was tested for rigidity, amount of weight it could hold and length of span from one table to the next. We were all budding engineers, taking our roles very seriously, but we were only allowed to use paper and sellotape for our designs.
We have had a fantastic response from the children this term with their homework projects based upon the Great Fire of London. Thank you so much for all of your effort. It has been wonderful listening to the enthusiasm shown by the children and the factual information they have remembered. We are looking forward to their topic and wonder what interesting ideas they can come up with.
Pizza Express in Moseley
Class 2B had a fantastic visit to Pizza Express in Moseley to learn all about making pizzas and the history behind the colours. Did you know that the Margarita Pizza is coloured red, white and green because Queen Margarita insisted that those colours were used? We also learnt about the safety of hot ovens, much better than Thomas Farynor did at the start of the Great Fire of London in Pudding Lane! We had as much fun eating our own pizzas as we did making them. A BIG thank you to the wonderful staff who helped us to have such a fun, but informative, time.
Welcome to Class 2B. We are a class of 28 children working with Mrs Bettam and Mrs Connaughton and we have settled in extremely well already. We have quickly learnt new class routines and are working hard together as a team to be the best we can!
As the children are now Year 2 we are encrouraging them to try and be a bit more independent and to think about what they can do themselves to prepare for the school day. Please could you help us by checking that we always have our correct uniform, drink bottle and reading bag, fillled with our reading book, diary and LSCWC spelling list every day?
We have been working extremely hard on our topic of Katie in London, helping us to learn all about the main landmarks in London and powerful verbs. Already, there have been some amazing pieces of writing re-telling the story in their own way! This topic then leads us into The Great Fire of Lodon, a topic we're all very excited about starting. Please look at our Curriculum Overview Sheet on the website so you can have as much information as possible about upcoming topics...perhaps you might like to have a trip to the library for some research in preparation? Birmingham Central Library is fantastic and is one of the landmarks wer have studied in comparison to those in London.
Other news we have is that our class Saint is Saint Anthony of Padua. We have been learning all about his life and why he is such a special Saint for us. Our Prayer Leaders have been very grown up already, helping us to think about what our daily intentions are and demonstrating a good understanding of our Gospel Values, "Compassionate and Loving."
We would like to extend a warm invitation to any parents, or family members, who could perhaps volunteer some time to help us in class. This would be very appreciated in terms of hearing our children read, walking us up to church when we have Mass, or to come on trips with us. Perhaps you love craft/art or have another skill that would be us full to our learning? If so, please do not hesitate to contact Mrs Bettam. A huge thank you to those parents who are already volunteering!
We look forward to sharing our special Year 2 journey with you.