Pearl Class Superstars – Autumn 1 – Week 8

What a busy end to a fabulous half term. There were lots of certificates flying out of the door today for lots of different reasons.

Our mathematician and superstar writer of the week.
Mention certificates, growth mindset and Science superstars this week too!

Book Talk

In Pearl class this half term, we have been trying really hard to develop our Book Talk skills. This is when we share a book together in a group and we talk about what we have been reading about and use sentence starters to help us when we feed back to the rest of the class.

Miss varley is super impressed with how much we have improved over the half term with our reading skills. Well done everyone!

Healthy Living Week

This week, we have been celebrating Healthy Living Week across school. We started the week with a Science lesson learning all about exercise and what effect exercise has on our bodies.

We found out that exercise does have a positive effect on our bodies.

  • During exercise, our bodies will get warmer
  • We start to pant and breathe more heavily to increase the amount of oxygen in our bodies
  • Our hearts will beat faster, increasing blood flow around our bodies
  • After exercise, we might be tired and our bodies need to rest and have a drink of water

Next we looked at a story called No Means No by Jayneen Saunders. Click here to see Jayneen reading the story.

We learnt that everyone is entitled to have personal boundaries about themselves and their bodies and we learnt about consent. Consent is when you have to ask before you touch someone else. E.g. Please can I hold your hand? Can I have a hug please?

Everyone is entitled to say no as some people might be uncomfortable giving each other a hug or holding hands. We practised other ways that you could use if you don’t like to hug or hold hands. E.g. waving, touching elbows, smiling at each other or fist bump.

If someone does something to you that upsets or makes you feel uncomfortable, tell them NO MEANS NO! If it still continues to happen, go and tell a trusted adult who will be able to help you out.

We then watched a video from the NSPCC called Pantosaurus and we learnt a song. Click here to watch the video again. Can you remember what PANTS stands for?

  • P – Privates are private
  • A – Always remember your body belongs to you
  • N – No means no!
  • T – Talk about secrets that upset you
  • S – Speak up, someone can help

Our mental health is also something is that really important so we completed some Cosmic Kids yoga to help our minds be free and to help us to relax. Click here to be taken to the Cosmic Kids YouTube channel to complete some yoga at home.

It is important that we look after our bodies so we need to think about what food or drink we put inside them. We looked at designing a healthy lunchbox to help us to make the right choices, especially for lunchtimes at school.

Click here read up to date guidance on healthy lunchboxes from Learn Sheffield.

Finally we completed the week by looking at hygiene. We keep ourselves clean by washing in the bath or shower, brushing our teeth at least once a day, washing our hands when they are dirty or if we have touched something dirty.

We completed an experiment called Glitter Bugs which helped us to learn the importance of washing our hands thoroughly. Take a look at us below.

We found out that warm water and soap is the best way to clean our hands!

Black History Month

Throughout the month of October, we celebrate the lives of significant and influential black people past and present.

Over lockdown, you may have seen images on the news or heard on the radio something about a movement called Black Lives Matter. This was a protest against police brutality and racially motivated violence against black people.

In Y2, we then started to think about the differences between people all over the world and we started to make a list of attributes we would like everyone in the world to be like.

We wrote them on different colours of paper and linked them together to show our unity with one another. These included: kind, respect, freedom, equal, fairness, loving, courage, bravery and acceptance. We then hung them in the classroom for us to be able to see.

Next we read a story called We March by Shane W. Evans. This book looks at the remarkable event on August 28th, 1963 where over 250,000 people gathered to march in America to protest for the rights for jobs and freedom for all. People such as Martin Luther King were there and it was here that he gave his speech I have a Dream, advocating racial harmony.

In our next session, we looked at the influential person Desmond Tutu. We learnt about what it was like for him to grow up in South Africa at the time of Apartheid and segregation. We couldn’t imagine what that would be like if that were to happen today.

We took part in a P4C session and asked the question: Is it ok to treat people differently?

Finally we finished off our learning about Black History Month by learning about a very important lady called Mary Seacole. Our history topic this half term has been about Florence Nightingale. We learnt that Mary Seacole was too a nurse who went to help in the Crimean War but was treated differently because of the colour of her skin.

Click here to learn more about Mary Seacole and her life.

Lots of people throughout history and even today are treated different because of the way they look, their religions or their beliefs. This is racism. We have to act now to stamp this out. It is not okay to behave like this in 2020.

Growth Mindset

Do you know what a fixed or a growth mindset is?

In Y2, we have been looking at what the difference is between a fixed mindset and a growth mindset.

A fixed mindset is limiting. A fixed mindset is someone who gives up easily and doesn’t want to challenge themselves. A fixed mindset is someone who doesn’t believe in themselves and thinks that they are no good.

A growth mindset is freedom. A growth mindset is someone who is willing to give it a go. A growth mindset is someone who tries their hardest and doesn’t give up. A growth mindset is someone who is able to build their skills and abilities by always trying to better themselves.

We read a story called Giraffes Can’t Dance by Giles Andreas. The story is about a giraffe called Gerald who believes that he cannot dance. His friends laugh at him and make him feel that he is useless but a little cricket comes along and changes Gerald’s mindset from fixed to growth. All Gerald needed to do was to believe in himself and dance to a different song!

Click here to see an animated version of the story Giraffes Can’t Dance.

These two girls then went above and beyond in their learning this week and have really proven to the adults in Pearl Class that they have a growth mindset.

They didn’t give up, even when they found the task hard to complete; they were encouraging their friends to do the best they could do and they put 100% effort into their tasks. Amazing work girls! 🙂

What could you say to your friends if they had a fixed mindset?

Active Literacy

This week, we ventured outside to have an Active Literacy lesson. The weather was a little miserable, but that didn’t stop us from having an awesome time.

Miss Varley has put some of the Y2 Common Exception Words around the MUGA pitch and we had to work together in pairs to read the words and then write them down on our sheet. The first pair to complete their sheet were the winners.

If you’d like to practice reading more of the Y2 Common Exception Words at home or make up your game, have a look at the words below.

African Drumming Workshop

To start our learning about Black History Month, Miss Wright had organised for a special visitor called Paul to come into school to show us how to play an African drum. What a treat we had this week – just look at the fun we had.

We learnt the names of the drums and how to play them. We learnt how to play some African rhythms on the drums and we finished off our session by playing our African rhythms in a three-part round. What an exciting morning we had!

The Little Red Hen

Over the last few weeks, we have been reading the story of The Little Red Hen by Mary Finch and Kate Slater.

This week, we decided that we wanted to look at instructions and we took the lead from the little red hen and baked some bread. We followed a recipe and finished off the week with some delicious doughy treats! Take a look at what we got up to.

If you’d like to try and make some bread at home, click here for a simple bread recipe.

National Poetry Day

Last week, it was National Poetry Day. In Pearl class, we learnt how to recite some fun and exciting poems that link to Autumn and the things that happen in Autumn. Can you remember any of the actions that go with each poem?

Chop, chop

Chop chop choppity chop
Cut off the bottom, and cut off the top
What we have left, we put in the pot
Chop chop choppity chop

A Little Old Lady

A little old lady with a tall pointy hat
Knocked on my door with a rat-a-tat-tat
I peered through the window to see who was there
And off on her broomstick she flew through the air

Five Little Pumpkins

Five little pumpkins sitting on a gate
The first one said ‘Ooh it’s getting late!’
The second one said ‘There are witches in the air!’
The third one said ‘Well I don’t care!’
The fourth one said ‘Let’s run, run, run!’
The fifth one said ‘Ooh, let’s have some fun!’
But whoosh went the wind and out went the light
And five little pumpkins tumbled out of sight

Which one is your favourite?