Maths workshop

Today Year 2 had their Maths workshop all about multiplication and division. Miss Williams told our visitors how we are learning in Maths using the mastery approach. Then we came into the hall and did some counting together. We had a booklet of activities to complete together and were really good at explaining our learning to our visitors. We all had a wonderful time!

Thank you to everyone who came and supported the children. We had lots of positive feedback about the workshop too so thank you 🙂

Anti-bullying Week – Questions, banners and posters

In our PSHE and Circle Time today we thought more about anti-bullying week. We focused on three questions:

What should you do if you see someone being bullied?
Nyeema – Support them and be on their side.
Kai – Don’t just watch. Tell the teacher.
Scarlette – Tell a trusted adult.
Lola – Tell the headteacher.
Brooke – Do whatever you can to help them.
Taya – Go to the bullies and explain how upset they are making the person they are bullying.
Frankie-Dee – Be kind to them and tell you will help.
Esmay – Give them a hug to make them feel better.
Dayne – Tell the bullies to stop and be kind.
Mason – Tell any adult or a teacher.
Callum F – Tell the bully to go away. You can prevent it.
Keris – Peacemaker it for them.

What would you say to someone who thinks being different is wrong?
Ryan – No it isn’t!
Dayne – It’s great to be different.
Callum C – If you are different you are just special.
Esmay – Stop saying that… it’s rude!
Taya – We are all equal. You just be who you are.
Brooke – You can be as different as you want.
Scarlett – It’s ok to be different, it doesn’t matter what colour hair or skin or anything. It just doesn’t matter.
Nyeema – Its ok to be different because people all turn out differently.
Kerris – It’s exciting to be different.
Amelia – I am me and I have the choice to be different.
Shona – It doesn’t matter if you are different.

What sensible thoughts Toucans! We then made our own posters and banners ready for our protest on Friday.

Anti-bullying week

This week is anti-bullying week and the theme is ‘All equal, all different’. We spent some time discussing what this meant and then thought of ways in which we are all the same and ways in which we are different. We all had some excellent ideas:

We decided that the theme meant that it doesn’t matter whether you are different, everyone is equal to everyone else. No-one is better than anyone else or worse for any reason.

Check-out

Today in our check-out we had a general think about what we are enjoying. Miss Williams gave us the sentence starter:

I like it when…

Kerris – We learn new things in all our different lessons.
Kai – We do topic. I like all the different topics we have done so far.
Scarlette – We spend time together as a class.
Taya – We do Maths. I really liked learning about times and divide this week.
Frankie-Dee – We go on trips like this week at Tesco.
Esmay – I make my teachers happy and when I get silver and gold cards.
Frankie – Miss Williams teaches us PE.
Dayne – Everyone is happy. That makes me happy too.
Zaynab – We do spellings. I like learning new words.

Keep up the hard work Toucans! We all like hard work!

Good hygiene

Today we started to prepare for our first DT topic in Y2 which we are starting next week. In DT we research, design, make and evaluate a product. Our first DT product is going to be to research, design, make and evaluate a healthy sandwich.

As we will be working with food we focused on good hygiene. We talked about what this meant and then came up with some rules we think should be followed when working with food.

We also talked about the importance of keeping germs away from food which we are making for others. We already know from our Science lessons how quickly germs spread! We decided if we touched our faces we would need to wash our hands again.

We made ourselves a chef hat with the rules on to remind ourselves next week.

A Trip to Tesco

Today Year 2 went on a wonderful trip to Tesco! Half of us went this morning and half of us went this afternoon but we all did similar things while we were there. When we arrived we met Thelma who was our guide for the lesson. She was very clever and quite funny! First she took us to the bakery. We learnt the four main stages of making bread: mixing, dividing, proving and baking. It was very interesting to see all the large machines they use to help them with each stage. We got to look inside a big mixer and feel the heat from the hot ovens. They were 225 degrees Celsius inside! Luckily, we only felt it from a distance. We met some different people who worked in the bakery who showed us how they slice the loaves and how they package them. The most exciting part of being in the bakery was playing with some dough for ourselves. Thelma showed us how to knead the bread and then we shaped it into a roll. Thelma thought she wasn’t very good at making rolls but we told her to persevere. We told her the saying we say to ourselves in school ‘If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again’. She thought we were lovely children and said it bought a tear to her eye! We also persevered and made some very neat looking rolls.

Next we went to meet Tina and Sue on the fish counter. They showed us lots of different sorts of fish, including some we had never seen before. Some of us thought the squid looked disgusting! We also learnt some interesting facts. Did you know a tuna fish can swim at a speed of 45 miles per hour? That it faster than a car on a normal road! We also learnt that prawns change colour when they are cooked so you should never eat one if it is grey only if it is pink.

Then we visited Theresa on the cheese counter. This was another exciting counter because we got to taste three different cheeses. We tried Applewood which was a smoked cheese and not many of us liked it. We tried Wesleydale with cranberries which most of us liked. We tried Five counties which nearly all of us liked. It was nice to try different cheeses even if we didn’t like them all. We also learnt there are four animals you can make cheese from; cows, sheep, goats and buffalo.

After that we went into the warehouse. Some of us had time to look around and go in the fridge which was a chilly 2 degrees Celsius. There were lots of people working in the warehouse doing lots of different jobs.

Finally we went into a small room and tried some of the bread we had seen being baked earlier. It was delicious! We also had some fruit and a drink before returning to school.

It was a lovely day and Miss Williams, Mrs Green and Thelma were very impressed with our brilliant behaviour and manners during the day. We even had compliments from people who were doing their shopping! One lady said how well we listened and how nicely we were behaving and talking to Thelma.

Well done Toucans. We are pleased it was a very successful trip!

Check back on the blog tomorrow as we will be writing our own recounts of the trip for you to read.

Living things

Today in Science we started to learn more about living things. We explored and discussed a set of pictures and sorted them into two piles – things that are alive and things that are not alive. We then used this to make a list of criteria that means that something is alive. We decided that all living things can:

At first we were unsure about plants but once we compered them to the criteria above we realised they were living.

We then started to think about those things that weren’t alive and discuss whether some of them had been alive at one time. For example we looked at a chicken drumstick and decided it isn’t alive now but it had once been part of a chicken which was alive. We looked at cotton and Oliver told us it once it had been on a cotton plant so we classed it as not alive now. Kai told us about sugar – he knew it grows in a plant called sugar cane so it is not alive now. We are working on our own sorting activity so will share some pictures tomorrow when we have finished.

Say no to bullying!

Year 2 have been discussing bullying and what it means. The children knew that bullying was when someone hurts you several timeson purpose. They talked about what types of bullying there are and how it can make people feel when it happens to them. All the children knew who they could talk to if bullying was happening to them.

Programming algorithms

Today we continued our Computing work learning about algorithms. We have already practiced programming Beebots so we put this knowledge to good use with something much harder today Our main activity was to use a program on the internet called Fix the Factory. We had to give the robot instructions by using the arrows and other symbols. The more levels we did, the harder it got! We had to debug some parts of our algorithms when we went a bit wrong. This was very tricky but satisfying when we got it right.

Don’t forget Toucans, you can use this game at home. Just click on this link: https://www.lego.com/en-us/mindstorms/games/fix-the-factory

or Google Fix the Factory.