Toucans class are really enjoying their ERIC (Enjoying reading in class) lessons. The children have a choice as to whether to read by themselves, share a book with a partner or listen to a story read by Miss Hookes or Mrs Parton-Harris. Year Two get very excited when it’s ERIC time and some Toucan’s have even joined our ERIC after school club! There’s an amazing buzz in the classroom and it’s quite certain the children are getting the reading bug!!
Children have the opportunity to borrow a class library book as well as their reading level book twice a week on a Tuesday and a Thursday which they are taking home to read to and discuss with their parents.

Online Safety

On Friday afternoon in Computing Year 2 were discussing how to stay safe online. We went through a safer online computer agreement as a whole class and discussed the importance of staying safe online. 
The children have all signed an agreement about using the computers and the internet in school. We have agreed to…
  1. Ask a teacher or suitable adult if I want to use a computer.
  2. I will only use activities that a teacher or suitable adult has told or allowed me to use.
  3. I will take care of the computer and other equipment.
  4. I will ask for help or suitable adult if I am not sure what to do or if I think I have done something wrong.
  5. I will tell a teacher or a suitable adult if I see something that upsets me on the screen.
We discussed that if we were to break the rules it would mean we would not be allowed to use the computer, as well as this we spoke about how important it is for us to be nice to one another online as well as in person. In addition to this we spoke about the word ‘communicate’ and what is means. We also talked about how we can communicate with each other via the class blog on the school website.
What do you use the internet for at home? Please leave your comments below and get the conversation flowing!

Oliver’s Vegetables

Year two have started their new book ‘Oliver’s Vegetables’. Toucan’s have been discussing the story and trying to spot patterns in the text. We challenged them to remember all the different types of vegetables that have appeared in the book and that Oliver ate and enjoyed. Year two used their listening skills extremely well and managed to remember all of the vegetables and in the correct order!
On Monday Oliver tried carrots. He enjoyed them!
On Tuesday Oliver tried spinach. He loved it!
On Wednesday Oliver tried rhubarb. It was delicious!
On Thursday Oliver tried cabbage. It was splendid!
On Friday Oliver tried beetroot. It was mouth watering!
On Saturday Oliver tried peas. They were yummy!
On Sunday Oliver found the potatoes and the whole family enjoyed some chips. Now Oliver loved lots of different vegetables.
We will be spending the rest of the week story mapping  (including actions!) and getting to know Oliver a bit more.

Welcome back!

Toucans have settled in very well this week and are getting to grips with their new routine. They’ve caught up with each other’s news from over the summer holidays.

We began this week revising our school rules and motivating each other to be ‘Good to be Green’. The children are very excited to be trying to earn a Gold card and being able to choose a prize!

We’ve enjoyed lots of ERIC (Enjoying Reading in Class) sessions and we’ve been sharing our favourite fiction and non-fiction books.

On Friday Afternoon Toucans enjoyed a well-earned golden time! we’re looking forward to getting into our learning next week and starting our new book: ‘Oliver’s Vegetable’s.


Arts/Music Week

Firebird by Igor Stravinski


Toucans used BBC Ten Pieces website, to watch an orchestra perform a piece of music called Firebird, composed by Igor Stravinski.  Mrs Parry explained there are different sections within an orchestra, such as woodwind, brass and strings and then helped the children to name the instruments.  The children learnt this piece of music actually told a story and is based on a Russian folk tale about a magical glowing bird that Prince Ivan is searching for.  The firebird is imprisoned in a castle with a beautiful princess.  Ivan rescues the bird and the princess but then his own sister poisons them.  The firebird flies to the fountain of youth and with magic water, brings Prince Ivan and his princess back to life. 


Alex Hill – The music makes me feel relaxed  

Declan – I like that the music told a story

Shriya – I like the dynamics (loud/quiet parts)

Jacob – It makes me feel like sleeping

Sam – It makes me feel calm

Ayra – I like the pitch (high/low parts) 

Listen to the piece and see if you like it! 


The class focused on one instrument called the flute.  Mrs Parry showed them a flute in its case, as it comes in three parts, and demonstrated how to put it together.  The children learnt the names of the features of a flute and labelled a diagram.  Mrs Parry explained how air is blown across the embrochure (air hole).  She challenged the class to see if they could try this technique with a bottle at home, after demonstrating how with a glass bottle. 


The children also looked at photos of flutes and made pencil sketches of them.  The children watched a shadow puppet play of the story with the music in the background to help them understand how the music tells the story.  They noticed the dynamics in particular!  Finally, Mrs Parry read them a chapter book with the story in.   There were some beautiful pictures in the book and Toucans are looking forward to producing some Firebird themed art next! 



Composing and Improvising


Toucans have been busy learning a new song called Friendship.   They listened and appraised songs with a similar theme called “Count On Me” by Bruno mars and “We Go Together” from Grease, the musical.   Besides revising notes previously learnt in Year 1 and the Autumn term, Toucans have learnt the A and B note.  This week, Toucans have been composing their own pattern of notes and improvising to the same piece of music.  They created symbols for the notes to record their notation.  



Playing Glockenspiels 

Toucans revised the notes they had previously been taught and learnt new notes A and B today.   The children played notes with the background music to our friendship song.  Small groups of children played together as an ensemble and there were two brave soloist performers, Karly and  Jack.


Measuring volume and capacity

Toucans enjoyed the practical element of their maths lesson this morning! Each child measured an amount of water and read scales, calculating what intervals increased by.  There was lots of discussion about millimetres and metres.  The children also solved some tricky problem solving and reasoning questions too. 



The Dangers of Smoking and Alcohol

Recently, Toucans have been learning about what can happen to people if they drink alcohol or smoke a lot.  They made a. Mind map about what they had found out.  

Corban – You have to be 18 years old to drink or smoke.

Karly – Smoking can make your lungs black. 

Ryan – I wouldn’t want to smoke because your teeth and nails turn yellow.

Shriya – I wouldn’t want to smoke as it damages your liver and digestive system. 

Sam – The danger is lots of smoking might cause cancer