Category Archives: Class Work

Twycross Zoo

On Friday 17th June Y2 went on an amazing trip to the zoo! The weather was beautiful – the sun shone all day long for us. We had a special lesson in the classroom first linked to our topic about rainforests. We made our own rainforest and put in the animals that live there.

Unfortunately, we didn’t get to see the tapirs as their enclosure is being moved. However, we did get to see all the different sorts of monkeys we have been learning about in our rainforest topic.

We also saw meerkats, penguins, tigers, rhinos, giraffes and many more animals!

We had a picnic under a shady tree at lunchtime which we really enjoyed.

In the afternoon we went on a Gruffalo hunt! It was amazing! We heard the story of the Gruffalo and even met some of the animals in it too.

We were very tired out on the coach home. Some of us even managed a sneaky little nap! What a wonderful day we had!

 

Telling the Time

Year 2 seemed very excited to start their introduction to telling the time. To start with, Toucans learnt the units of time: seconds, minutes, hours, days, weeks, months and years. We learnt that there are 60 seconds in 1 minute, 60 minutes in 1 hour, 24 hours in 1 day, 7 days in 1 week and 52 weeks in 1 year.

Toucans then moved on to telling the time to the hour and half hour. They were given practise clocks and it was explained that the ‘long’ hand was the minute hand and the ‘short’ hand was the hour hand. Toucans had lots of practise and, as they were superstars, we progressed to completing worksheets where the children had to fill in the correct time according to the picture.

Eventually the children were given a time to draw onto a blank clock themselves. By the end of the week we hope to have covered quarter past as well!

Reindeer Run

Today was our Reindeer Run… it was a very windy and cold day but we successfully managed to complete our mammoth 6 minute run! We did this run to raise money for St Mary’s Hospice. The children have been working so hard, raising as much as possible, for such a wonderful and caring charity. Everyone loved wearing their reindeer ears and were lucky enough to take them home with them! 
 
We are looking forward to see what our grand total is before the end of term.
 
Well done Year 2, we are super proud of you all for your hard work running and fundraising.
 

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.

 

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.  

 

 

Sunflower Success

Toucans are having a competition to see who can grow the tallest sunflower.  In Science, the class learnt what a seed needs to be able to germinate.  The class created a list:
Sun (for warmth and light)
Water 
Soil
 
Last week, after everyone had planted 2 seeds each, a class experiment was set up using three seeds under the following conditions as only one criteria can be changed to make it a fair test:
Seed 1 – Has water and light but no soil.
Seed 2 – Has water and soil but no light.
Seed 3 – Has soil and light but no water. 
 
The children predicted what they thought would happen with each seed.  Most children predicted none of them would grow. 
 
This week it was time to update our Sunflower diaries to see if the seeds had grown and if so, by how much.  We have been practising hard to measure with our rulers this week in Maths! Everyone was very excited.  Apart from 2, everyone had a little seedling.  It was then time to check the 3 for the experiment….. What a surprise?! For the seed without light, everyone had predicted it would not grow.  It turned out that this was the tallest plant so far, measuring 8cms! The class were amazed but noticed it was not a healthy green colour like the plants that has been growing with light.  It will be interesting to see how this plant progresses over the next few weeks so watch this space!