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Year group:Year 2  Teacher:Mrs.Cleary

Welcome from our new Rabbits class - September 2020

Science Week - In the last few days of term we did lots of science experiments.

 . We looked at how shadows are made.

. We made huge bubbles using hoops.

 . We made paper aeroplanes and looked at which one flew the furthest.

 . We made bridges to carry a small car.

 . Long runs with dominoes.

 . Colourful rainbows on absorbent paper using felt tip pens and water.

It was great fun and we finished the week with a zoom call from Jonathon's Jungle Roadshow. 

In Forest School we were building nests using twigs, leaves, flowers and mud. We also had a look at all the flowers and blossom that has emerged in the last week.
Today we went to the pond to see if we could see any signs of new life. There are lots of daffodils but it's possibly a bit early for frogs. We also looked for insects in the hedgerows.
We enjoyed dressing up and sharing our favourite jokes on Red Nose day.
We are watching the changes in our Horse Chestnut tree every week, this week some leaves have started to appear. We have been planting a variety of seeds in small pots ready to plant out in our flower and vegetable beds. We also built a den using branches which have broken off our Willow trees in the windy weather.
In Forest School we have been concentrating on clearing the raised beds ready for planting. We tried to avoid digging up the crocuses and daffodils that are growing in them.

What can you make from sticks and string? A colourful stick, a sword and a snowflake.

The Squirrels and Rabbits joined with other Blue Kite Schools for the  Virtual Lockdown Games. They were spilt into 4 teams Higher, Longer ,Faster and Stronger and earned points from various sporting challenges. All the points were added together from all the schools. We had a great time and look forward to joining together for more events in the future.

In Forest school today we are continuing to look for signs of new life.This conker is sprouting so we will plant it to see if we can grow a new Horse Chestnut tree.

This mushroom is growing on some dead wood. These should not be eaten as they are poisonous.

 We tried to encourage the worms to come to the surface by stamping on the ground (we were pretending to be a rain shower). Next we built some wormeries using layers of sand, soil, compost and leaves and added our worms.

In Forest school this week we looked at what makes up soil. We found it is formed from stones, sand, clay, leaves and bark.

We mixed sand, compost, clay and water to make our own soil and used it to make mud faces to stick on the fence.

Rabbits and Squirrels enjoyed a warm, sunny Forest school today. We looked for signs of spring around the grounds and found crocus, daffodils and blossom out. This is great news for the bumble bees we spotted flying around.

We also collected a plant called Cleavers or Goose Grass which can be made into a drink with apple juice. You have to wash it thoroughly, crush it in a pestle and mortar and then mix it with the apple juice. It smelt like fresh grass, some people tried it and thought it was delicious.


In maths we have been looking at shapes. How many 2 D shapes can you makes using 15 sticks?
Rabbits and Squirrels enjoyed a really muddy Forest school. We looked at what different plants and animals need to sustain themselves in their environment. We also enjoyed hot chocolate and popcorn around our campfire.
In Year 2 we have been learning about the different countries of the United Kingdom and their capital cities. We had great fun looking at different atlases and finding out lots of information.
The children in Year 2 wrote letters to the staff at Great Western Hospital Emergency Department to thank them for all the work they are doing to help our community at this difficult time. The children were delighted to receive an email from the team, thanking them for their letters. They also sent photos of themselves with the letters and, although they are all wearing masks, it's clear to see they were very happy to receive the letters!
In PHSE the Rabbits and Squirrels have been thinking about dreams and goals. They have been working together designing beautiful birds to live in their garden of dreams.
The Rabbits and Squirrels have been looking at what we need in a healthy diet.
We hope you are all well at home and we thought that you might like to see some of the work we have been doing in school. We are looking forward to seeing you all soon.
We hope you are enjoying Miss D's PE videos, we have been practising our dance moves in school.

Christmas Jumper Day

Today we had a Christmas jumper day, we made party hats and enjoyed a Christmas dinner.


We have been learning how to make pop-poms and have made some into Christmas decorations.


The year 2's made Christingles ready for our Christmas service.

Green sticks and leaves are no use for making fires so what can you use them for? Crowns, bughouses,bracelets,necklaces and magic wands.

We have been learning about fire.You need fuel,air and heat to make a fire. We have also been learning about how to keep safe around a bonfire.

Making mini dens for minibeasts.

As part of Forest School we have been making dens and people out of sticks and leaves.

Making masks and bug hotels

As part of this terms topic the Rabbits class have enjoyed using natural materials to make masks and bug hotels.

We looked for mini beasts this afternoon and were lucky to find two Tussock Moth caterpillars along with the usual worms,snails and woodlice. There are also still some frogs in the pond and in the woodpile.

This afternoon we enjoyed making bracelets and animals with leaves and conkers.We also did some pond dipping and were surprised to find a tadpole with two back legs- we usually only find them in the spring.

In Forest school this week we estimated the age of our Horse Chestnut tree . We used our hands and then multiplied by 5. 22 x 5 =110 years!

The Rabbits class enjoyed their afternoon of Forest school looking at different types of seeds and how they are dispersed.