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Year group: Year 2  Teacher: Miss Jarvis

Welcome to our new Squirrels class -September 2020

In Forest School we looked for things that were alive ,have been alive or have never been alive. We found lots of flowers to press and enjoyed chalking flowers along the fence.

Today we had a visit from a group of doctors and trainee doctors who told us about the NHS. We had a great time trying on scrubs,using stethoscopes, bandaging each other and taking part in a quiz.

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

 . How shadows are made.

 . We made huge bubbles using hoops.

 . We made paper aeroplanes and looked at whose design flew the furthest.

 . We made bridges to carry a small car.

 . Made long runs with dominoes.

 . Drew colourful rainbows using absorbent paper,felt tip pens and water.

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


We are enjoying learning to play the Ukelele with Dan.
We enjoyed dressing up and sharing our favourite jokes on Red Nose day.
The Squirrels and Rabbits joined with other Blue Kite Schools for the Virtual Lockdown Games. They were split into 4 teams, higher, faster, longer and stronger and took part in various sporting challenges. All the scores were added together from all the schools. It was great fun and we look forward to taking part in other activities together.

In Forest school today we continued 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. 

The mushroom is growing on some dead wood. these type can not be eaten as they are poisonous.

 We searched for worms and tried to encourage them to come to the surface by stamping( we were pretending to be a rain shower). Next we built our wormeries using 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 made our own soil. We used it to make mud faces to stick on the fence.

Rabbits and Squirrels enjoyed a sunny, warm Forest school today. We looked for signs of spring around the grounds and found crocus, daffodils and blossom out already. 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 used to make a drink with apple juice. You have to wash it thoroughly, crush the plant in a pestle and mortar to extract the juice 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 with 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 countries of the United Kingdom and their capital cities. We had great fun looking through 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 class have been looking at what makes a healthy diet.
We hope you are all well at home and we thought you might like to see some of the work we are doing in school. We are looking forward to seeing you all soon.

Christmas Jumper Day

Today was our Christmas Jumper Day, we made party hats and enjoyed our Christmas dinner.


As part our topic, 'Make Do and Mend', we have been learning how to make pom-poms. We have turned them into Christmas decorations .


The Year 2 children made Christingles  ready for our Christmas Service.

In Forest School, we enjoyed collecting lots of fallen leaves and used them to make a huge spiral.

In Forest School, we have been identifying mini-beasts. We have also been looking at different leaves and finding out the names of the trees they came from.

We have been having a great time in Forest School. The children have been finding frogs and exploring the pond area. They have also been making bracelets and animals from the conkers and leaves they have found.