We have had a very busy week this week in Toucans class! We have continued with our research about the North Pole and are ready to write back to Professor Pole now. We have used atlases to find different countries in the North Pole and found out more about the temperate and landscape.
In English we have been reading lots of books by Hans de Beer. He has written a series of books about a character called Lars who is a little polar bear. We have enjoyed them all and made book reviews.
In Maths we have been learning about 2D and 3D shapes. We have learnt some new vocabulary including vertices and quadrilateral. We have learnt to name and describe shapes and even had a go at making shapes from nets.
During RE, Year 2 were learning how Eid helps Muslims to be a community. Many children remembered The 5 Pillars of Islam and how sharing with others is a major part of Islam. We looked at pictures showing the different images of Eid to help with group discussion.
This afternoon, Year 2 have been looking at the Story of the Good Samaritan. They tried to predict what would happen as the people found the injured man on the side of the road. They were very surprised at how they reacted and thought it was wrong and very sad.
After the story, they discussed how they could be Good Samaritans themselves.
In our Circle Time today we focused on the value word of appreciation. We asked each other ‘2, 4, 6, 8, who you do appreciate?’ These are the people we appreciate and why:
We then focused on how we show that appreciation for others. We decided the main thing was saying two small words that have a big meaning… THANK YOU! We also said being kinder to people, saying nice words (praise or compliments) and being interested in what someone has to say were all ways of showing we appreciate someone. This week Miss Williams has challenged us to show appreciation to three different people.
We started our new year with a very exciting discovery because outside our classroom this morning there was a tent! We had no idea why or what it was doing there so we decided the only way to find out was to explore it for ourselves. We went outside and inside the tent Havana found a letter, Jessica found a backpack and a Millie found a bag.
Everyone was very excited to read the letter. It said:
We were then super-excited to try and find out who PP was and what film he was talking about. It was very chilly outside (Esmay told us it was minus two degrees!) so we took our findings inside to explore them further. We looked through the bag together and the more things we found the more we were convinced PP was definitely an explorer of some sort. He had some warm gloves, a hat, a woolly scarf, a compass, a clock, a torch, some snacks and lots of other things that suggested he explored in cold places. We then found a memory stick which had the film he spoke about in his letter. We watched it and discovered that PP was actually Professor Pole who is a nature explorer. He said it was minus 28 degrees in the North Pole today – BRR!
He told us he explores all over the North Pole and is particularly interested in polar bears. He asked for our help with 3 things which we are interested to find out more about:
1: What animals live in the North Pole?
2. What are the landscape and climate like?
3. How do people survive in the North Pole?
He has left his things with us while he explores further and left us a lovely bag of fiction and non-fiction books too. We have put them in our role-play area so we can practice being explorers too! We will keep you informed about how we get on with our research.
We had such a wonderful party this afternoon! There was singing, dancing, games, food and most of all lots of laughing. Well done for working so hard this term Toucans. Have a WONDERFUL holiday and come back safe and ready to learn in January.
On Friday Year 2 celebrated the end of their Being Healthy topic by opening and running the first ever Bells Farm Healthy restaurant. We spent all day cooking and preparing for the big event!
The children worked super-hard all day. They made their own pizza dough, chopped all the vegetables for the toppings and salad and even set up the restaurant themselves.
They loved welcoming their parents and visitors and serving the food they had made themselves. Everyone had such a wonderful time! They must have been very good waiters and waitresses because we got £33 in tips! The money is being put towards a workshop in the Spring term so thank you for your generosity.
Thank you to everyone who came to support this event. The children thoroughly enjoyed it and we hope you did too.
This week we have been very busy preparing for our Healthy Restaurant tomorrow. In our Art lessons we have been learning about printing and we put this new skill to use by making printing tiles to print our own tablecloths. We think they look fabulous!
Year 2 Toucans have been learning about the dangers of medicines and household substances such as washing up liquid and bleach.
They know that they shouldn’t eat or drink any of these things. They discussed in pairs what they would do if they found tablets in the playground or if they felt ill, who was allowed to give them medication.
The children were very sensible and knew not to eat or drink household cleaners that may be under the sink. As a class, they looked at different products with symbols to show how dangerous they were.
Oliver – Don’t drink bleach it will make you ill or die. Kenzie – Don’t touch things in case they are poisonous. The skull and crossbones symbol meant Toxic. Paige – If you have little brothers and sisters make sure they don’t swallow anything. If they do, tell an adult.