Monthly Archives: March 2015

Databases – sorting data

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In Maths this week we have learnt all about data and today we learnt all about databases in our Computing lesson. Databases are a way of storing lots of different information. We practised using a database about a class of children and then we added data about ourselves to the database. We could sort the data in different ways. We then saved our work so we can access it again. We learnt a lot! We used Purple Mash to practise databases on a program called 2Investigate. Don’t forget Toucans – you can access this at home.

Every child has their own password to log into Purple Mash from home, if you need help logging on, please see Miss WIlliams or Mr Baddhan.

Video: Classic Poetry

This week in Literacy we have been learning all about classic poems. Classic poems are poems that are very famous and they might have been written a very long time ago. We have read lots of different classic poems this week and even tried hard to learn some off by heart. We worked in our Literacy groups to practise and learn our poems. We had to decide together how we would perform them. Some of us said the whole poem together and some of us decided to learn some lines each and put it together as a whole poem.

Some of the poems we learnt were by a very famous classic poet called Christina Rossetti.
Oranges learnt ‘Clouds’
Grapes learnt ‘What is Pink?’
Strawberries learnt ‘What do the Bees do?’
Blueberries learnt ‘The Rainbow’
Bananas learnt ‘The Wind’

We love Christina Rossetti’s poems.

These were our Success Criteria:
* Speak loudly and clearly
* Read with intonation and expression
* Learn your poem off by heart

Have a look at to see how successful you think we were.

Multiskills Festival

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Today we went to the Multiskills Festival at Billesley Tennis Centre. We took part in 10 different events including tennis skills, tag rugby, football shooting, parachute games and throwing and catching games. We worked in groups of 10 with Miss Williams, Mrs Green and Mrs Sargant and travelled around the activities together. We were quite competitive! We enjoyed playing against each other but we were very good at congratulating the winning team each time.

The competition scores were all collected in and we will let you know how we got on when we find out. We enjoyed this event hugely and really improved our skills in all these areas of PE.

Fantastic writing

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It was very difficult to choose which recounts to put on our blog this week as all the children in Year 2 tried extremely hard. Miss Williams chose one from each group to showcase the fantastic writing we are producing. This was a ‘hot task’ which means we had no help at all.

Recounts by Nila, Ciera, Millie, Christopher and Nicholas.

Sikhism

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Year 2 learnt about Sikhism in today’s RE lesson. The children learnt that Sikh’s among other religions, also believe in one God also and that they too had duties and responsibilities.

Can you name the 3 other religions that also believe in one God?

They also learnt about the 5 K’s, which is about the items that they traditionally wear. The children had a go at wearing some of the items and looked at the founder of the religion, Guru Nanak and about his life 500 years ago.

Making our fire engines

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Today we started to make our fire engines. First we turned our boxes inside out because some of them were too shiny to paint on. Next we used rulers and our boxes to measure how long the axle needed to be. After that we painted our boxes in red. We then cut the axles with a saw. We had to hold the wood one side away from the saw. We then held the saw with our thumb on top. This helped us to cut safely without our fingers in the way. We pulled and pushed gently until it cut all the way through.

Magic daffodils!

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This week in our classroom some real magic happened! We think it is because we have been writing magical stories. If you scroll back down our blog you will see we had our photos taken with our daffodils on Monday. When we came into school on Tuesday we were surprised to find they had grown even more. When we arrived on Wednesday we were shocked to see they were even taller. On Thursday we were astonished to find they had bloomed into beautiful daffodils! We had our photos taken again today so you can see how fantastic they look! Maybe it was a bit of Mother’s Day magic that helped…

Design and make a fire engine

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We have started our next DT project – to design and make a fire engine. This links nicely to our work about the Great Fire of London in History and we will use our new knowledge about circuits to try and make lights for them.

We started by exploring different vehicles. We looked closely to try and work out how they moved. We learnt that all moving vehicles which have wheels work by using an axle. The wheels attach to the axle which turns them around. We are going to use this knowledge when we make our own fire engines.

Next we started to think about what we could make our fire engines out of. We had some great ideas!
Romarni – you could make the ladder from straws.
Ciera – you could cover it in tin foil to make them the right colour.
Salma – we could use cuboid boxes because fire engines are roughly cuboid shaped.
Kaicie – we could make a siren out of tissue paper.
Kayleigh – we could use paint to make it the right colours.

We can’t wait to start making them!

Book Week

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Our book week event today was sharing our own books we bought in from home. We had great fun sharing each other’s books and talking about why we like them. Some children even said they would like to buy the book their friend shared with them. It is nice to recommend books to each other so well done Toucans!

Marvellous Music

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We continued to learn about beat and rhythm this week in Music. Have a look at our video to see exactly what these words mean.

We then worked in small groups to give and follow instructions to compose our own piece of music. We worked as a group to think of a rhythm and then one of us became the composer. The composer had to give instructions to the rest of the group about when they should start and stop playing. Each group worked really well together and the music they made was excellent.

World Book Week

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This morning we invited half of Year 1 to come into our classroom, then half of us went into Year 1. We all sat down with our friends out of Year 1 and read them a story then we swapped and they read us. We really enjoyed reading to them and Mrs Green said that we were reading really lovely with them and adding a lot of expression into our voices.

We also enjoyed it when it was year 1’s turn and we sat and listened to them carefully.