Monthly Archives: November 2018

Maths workshop

Today Toucans had a wonderful Maths workshop! Parents were invited in to see how their child had learnt about multiplication and division.

The children were very confident at explaining the Maths they had learnt and the parents were very quick learners!

Parental feedback was very positive and we truly thank you for your comments. Here is some feedback from the evaluations parents completed:

Thank you to all the parents who attended – the children really enjoyed it.

Maps, globes and atlases

This week we are starting a unit of Geography work. We started by looking at all the different maps, globes and atlases we have in our classroom. We explored different atlases in pairs and found out new facts for ourselves.

We then shared what we already knew about the UK. We practised using maps to locate and label countries and seas of the United Kingdom. Tomorrow we are going to focus on the continents and seas/oceans of the world.

Growth Mindset

This half term we are focusing on the behaviour for learning of perseverance. In our lessons we have learnt all about what a growth mindset is and how we can apply it to our learning. We have also been working with different partners and learning from each other. Scientists have proven that if you think you can do something you are more likely to be able to do it. This positive talk is an important part of having a growth mindset.

This week made ourselves some positive vocabulary cards. We then had some challenges to try and meet to practise using our growth mindset vocabulary. Look at our photos and see if you can work out what we were doing! The challenges really were very challenging! Some challenges we met and some we never, but the most important thing was we never gave up trying and thinking positively. Some of us even want to try them again tomorrow in Golden Time!

Choose Respect

We have had a special circle time every day this week to share our thoughts on anti-bullying week. Earlier in the week we discussed what respect is. Today we shared our ideas about why some people choose not to show respect:

We decided it was a bit sad when people don’t show respect. We also thought it was good to follow the golden rule for respect – treat others as you would like to be treated.

City Kitchen trip – Group 1

What a wonderful trip! We went to City Kitchen today to learn about food and cook our own meals. When we arrived, we learnt some facts about how much sugar was in different cereals. Some of us were shocked to find out some breakfast cereals have more sugar in than a child should eat in their whole day!

After using all that brain power to learn we decided we better feed our brains so we started making our lunch. Chrissy showed us how to make a dough from flour and water. We chose our own toppings and added plenty of cheese before putting them in the oven to bake.

Sooner we could smell something delicious so we got ready to eat our pizzas. We all went and sat on a big table together and had some wedges and salad with our pizza. Everyone thought they were scrumptious! Charlie said it was ‘the best pizza in the world!’

We then went back into the kitchen and learnt some facts about how much sugar is in different sorts of drinks. We learnt that even drinks you think are going to be healthy, like flavoured water and fruit juice, have up to 8 teaspoons of sugar in!

Next we made our own puddings. We had a whisking competition (which Jessica won) and had some frozen mango yoghurt, banana, berries, grapes, our whisked cream and some strawberry or chocolate sauce. It was called a Wednesday! Yum yum.

Anti-Bullying week

Today year 2 wore odd socks to launch anti-bullying week. In our check-in we shared the theme of this year’s anti-bullying week which is ‘Choose respect’. This is what we thought it meant:

We decided together that respect means treating other people the way you want to be treated.

We watched a short film from Pixar called For the Birds. You can watch it below. It was full of good lessons about being different and the importance of respecting these differences.

We then wrote our own Tweets ready for the Twitter Takeover later in the week. Keep an eye on the website and you may see some of them!


In Maths at the moment we are learning about multiplication. We started by looking at how multiplication makes things easier to count by putting things in groups.

Today we used objects to look at real-life examples of arrays. We wrote 2 repeated addition and 2 multiplication calculations for each array. Why don’t you check our work?

Bullying – what it means!

Next week is Anti-Bullying week. Today we learnt more about the word bullying and what it means. We shared thoughts, ideas and new facts about bullying. We thought about what it means to be a bully. We also learnt that watching someone be bullied is almost as bad as being a bully. If you see it – speak up! We learnt how to say ‘Stop – I don’t like that’ and speak up for ourselves. We also focused on ‘trusted adults’ and who they are in school and outside school. We are now fully informed and ready for anti-bullying week next week!

Exploring materials

In today’s Science lesson we started exploring materials. We had a collection of kitchen equipment to explore. We sorted the equipment into groups according to the material they were made from. We found some objects (such as rolling pins, spoons and forks) were made from different materials. Tomorrow we will explore the properties of materials further to discover why this is.

Our new song “Ho, Ho, Ho”

In Music today we listened to our new song for this term – Ho, Ho, Ho. It made us feel all Christmassy already! We played some games to practise finding the beat of the music and then warmed our bodies and faces up by doing some fun exercises.

We are really looking forward to learning this song as it contains singing, rapping and instrumentals.