Florence Nightingale

In History Year 2 have been learning about Florence Nightingale. We have been learning all about her early life and her career. Today, we have been looking at photos of Florence and comparing her to modern day nurses. We noticed that nurses have changed drastically over the years and we think Florence Nightingale would love to work in a newer hospital.

We were able to draw portraits of Florence so that we could really look at how nurses would dress during the Crimean War.

Unique Emotions

In PSHE we have been learning about our emotions and what makes us unique. We were able to speak about the things that make us happy, sad and angry and how we can manage our emotions properly. We also spoke about things that make us unique, we all compared our hair, eyes and skin colours and had a look at our fingerprints!


In RE we have been looking at the 5 Pillars of Islam and how they support Muslims in following their religion. The children all had a go at practicing the Seven Movements of Prayer and were very respectful throughout.
One of the 5 Pillars of Islam is “Zakah” which promotes giving to charity. Lots of children were speaking about how they have given money and food to people in need which was really lovely to hear!

Exploring Technology

In Year 2, we have been looking at different types of Information Technology. We have been discussing the different features of computers and their similarities and differences. We have also been able to identify which items are classed as computers and which items are not. We looked at a variety of different photos and had to determine whether they were classed as technology or not.

Making Cushions

Year 2 have been working incredibly hard in DT designing and making their own cushions. They were asked to design a decorative cushion with a shape and sequins or buttons. Once they had cut the fabric into the correct shapes they then used a running stich to sew the cushion together. 
These cushions will be coming with us to Year 3 to use in the book corner in our classroom.

Marvellous Maths

This week in Maths, Toucans are focusing on developing a rapid recall of their times table facts.

Today they were practising the 10 times table and everyone was an expert by the end of the lesson – all the way up to 12 x 10!

Managing Information

Today Toucans learned about how we can manage online information. We watched a video from the National Online Safety website and then had a class discussion. 

Here are our ideas:

What can we use laptops for?

  • Sending emails
  • Keeping in touch with friends and family
  • Finding answers to questions
  • Finding new facts
  • Using Swiggle to search for information

We then thought about possible dangers and what the solutions might be:

Potential danger: Evelyn – Using FaceTime or Zoom you could be bullied by an unexpected person.

Solution: Ryan – You can block them and make sure an adult is with you

Potential danger: Thomas S – Viruses

Solution: Edey – You could delete the game.  Salaf – You could tell a parent.

Potential danger: Using Roblox

Solution: Olivia – You can switch off the chat or always make sure an adult is with you.

We then discussed how our safest option for searching the internet is Swiggle. This search engine has even more protection for children. We discussed some places we had been to and how we could use Swiggle to find out more about these places.

Salaf – New York

Brooke – Wales

Eason – Japan and I was born in Hong Kong

Juwayriya – New York

Evelyn – Greece

Edey – Columbia

We decided next week to use what we had learned about managing information to research these places using Swiggle.


In PSHE, Toucans have been discussing gender and the similarities and differences between girls and boys. 
Everyone was given a card and asked to discuss a stereotype about girls or boys and whether it was right to believe these or wrong.