Category Archives: PSHE

Gender

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. 

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!

 

Special Events

Today in PSHE we were learning about why we celebrate special events with different foods. As a class we created a list of different special events where we might eat food. We came up with Christmas, Easter, Birthdays and Eid.

We made a mind map together about different foods we eat to celebrate these special events. We discussed why these foods are only eaten at certain times and the children said ‘Well, if you had an Easter egg all the time it wouldn’t be special when you get one at Easter!’ This is exactly right, if we eat all the foods we celebrate special events with then they won’t be as special anymore and we won’t appreciate them. We need to enjoy them when the time to celebrate our special event comes.

Think of a World Without Any Flowers

In RE today we listened to the song Think of a World Without Any Flowers. Miss Hookes asked the children what would the world be like without any flowers? Lots of us said it would be boring and not very colourful. We read some of the lyrics aloud too: think of a world without any animals, think of an ocean without any fish, think of a sky without any breeze. We said how boring our world would be without any of these things and how it is really important for us to look after the things in our world so we don’t experience this.

We read the book The Journey Home in our lesson too. In this story the polar bear, panda, orangutan and the elephant didn’t have a home. This was down to our planet being destroyed – the polar bear hasn’t got any snow, the panda hasn’t got any bamboo and the elephant is being hunted for its tusks. This led to a conversation about their habitats being destroyed- just like rainforests are for the trees and wood.

The children imagined how they would feel if this happened to them. They shared words such as sad, upset and worried because they wouldn’t have shelter or be warm. We decided as a class we are going to make more of an effort to look after our planet and the habitats of others around us!

What a Wonderful World

March is the month of spring and this week to mark the start of a new season we looked at all the things that make our world wonderful. 
 
First of all we listened to the classic What a Wonderful World by Louis Armstrong, which Toucans surprisingly knew very well! 
 
This gave us lots of ideas of what things in our world are wonderful, these included trees, flowers, plants, birds, clouds and rainbows.
 
We then used these ideas to choose our own wonderful thing about our world and draw a small picture of them, we then put all of our pictures together to create a class collage of all the wonderful things in our world!

Discussing Money

Toucans discussed with each other what is meant by  the words: afford, cheap and expensive. The children were told to pretend they had £1 and were asked what sort of items they would be able to afford to buy. Year 2 worked very well with their discussion partners, listening and expressing their opinions.
 
Finally, Toucans completed their own shopping list. They were asked to tick the items they thought they may be able to afford. They then ordered their items from most expensive to least expensive.

Money, Money, Money!

In our PSHE lesson this week we started to think about money and what it is for. This linked nicely to our maths lessons where we have also been learning about money; recognising coins and counting and making amounts of money. 

We decided money is very important because you need it to buy lots of different things. We had a class discussion and these were our ideas:

  • You can get money by having a job.
  • You might get money by doing chores at home.
  • You might get some pocket money from your parents.
  • Sometimes you get money as a present.

The children discussed what they spent their money on. Most of them said when they have money they spend it on toys, sweets, new things and games.

We then discussed what adults spend their wages on:

  • Houses
  • Furniture
  • Licences
  • Cars
  • Gas and electricity
  • Phones and internet
  • Food

 

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.
 

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