Comic Relief 2019

Today we celebrated Comic Relief in school. Everyone came to school either wore the colour red, had a red nose or wore a special Comic Relief tshirt on. Don’t we all look fab!

This year, we didn’t ask for money donations but we asked our parents and carers to donate food to be sent to the local food bank. We’ve had an overwhelming response and we would like to say a big thank you to all of our parents and carers for donating so generously. The local food bank will be really grateful for all of our donations.

If you would like more information about the local food bank, click here to be taken to the website.

Click here if you would like more information about Comic Relief and learn about about the work that they do.

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Fairtrade Fortnight 2019

Over the last two weeks at school, we have been looking at Fairtrade and how it affects others. This links to the 17 Global Goals that we look at throughout the year at school.

Do you know what Fairtrade is? Do you buy any Fairtrade products?

We started off by looking at the symbol in the classroom and tried to remember if we had seen it on any products that we use at home or at school.

Have you seen this symbol before?

Then we looked at what Fairtrade actually means.

FairTrade is…

Trade between companies in developed countries and producers in developing countries in which fair prices are paid to the producers.

We learnt that farmers who produce food in other countries such as Africa for us to eat across the world is given a fair price for the ropes that they grow. Some farmers struggle to feed their families, buy medicine for their families when they are ill or can’t even send their children to school.

This made us feel very sad that everyone doesn’t have the same opportunities as we do and aren’t as lucky as we are.

We wanted to help support the farmers that produce Fairtrade products so we used the iPads to research what products we could buy that were Fairtrade.

These were tea, coffee, cotton, coconuts, fruit like bananas and oranges, sugar and chocolate. Next you go shopping – see if you can spot the Fairtrade symbol on any of the products you buy.

As a special treat, Miss Varley threw us a Fairtrade Tea Party and it was brilliant! We drank Fairtrade tea and ate Fairtrade chocolate biscuits, Fairtrade dried pineapple and dried mango and Fairtrade bananas.

World Book Day 2019

This week we celebrated World Book Day across school. Lots of children, and teachers too, got dressed up as their favourite characters and came to school for a day of reading and fun!

A big thank you to all of our parents and carers for putting in so much effort into everyone’s costumes! Everyone looked amazing!

We had to decorate our classroom door as our favourite book. At the minute, Pearl Class love reading stories by Roald Dahl so we decided to decorate our door with the first Roald Dahl story we read which was the Enormous Crocodile.

Everyone helped out with making our door entry and we had lots of fun creating the crocodile. We have also read other stories by Roald Dahl. They are The Giraffe, The Pelly and Me; The Twits and we are currently reading George’s Marvellous Medicine.

Do you have any recommendations for us about which story to read next?

Drop us a comment at the end of our post if you’d like to help us choose our next class story.

Next we had a walk around school to see everyone else’s doors and see which story they choose to decorate their door with. We were so impressed with everyone’s efforts – Well done everyone!

Which door is your favourite?

Next week, everyone will receive a £1 book token that they can spend on a special World Book Day book or use it towards a book when the Book Fair comes to school soon!

Y2 Athletics @ Ponds Forge

This week, some of Y2 were invited to an athletics event run by some students from SHU at Ponds Forge. We set off on the tram and couldn’t wait to get started. Lots of other local schools had been invited too! Once everyone has arrived, we made a start.

We completed lots of different events to practise our skills. We even had a go at some brand new activities too! Javelin was definitely one of our favourite activities of the morning.

At the end of the morning, we found out who had taken 1st, 2nd and 3rd place.

We were so pleased to hear that Prince Edward had come into 2nd place! We are very proud of ourselves and we can’t wait for the next invitation to join in with more sporting activities.

Great Fire of London TASC Project

This half term, we have been learning all about the Great Fire of London. To finish off our learning about the Great Fire of London, we used TASC to put all of our learning to good use.

In TASC, there are 8 different steps we have to follow.

  • The first step is to think about what we already know. We have learnt that:
    • The fire started in Thomas Farriner’s bakery in Pudding Lane.
    • It started on Sunday 2nd September 1666 and it lasted for 5 days.
    • The fire spread across London quickly because the houses were made of wood, they were very close together and there was a strong wind pushing the fire on.
    • Samuel Pepys write a diary at the time. He was an eyewitness and his diary is very important to us now.
    • Over 13,200 houses and 80 churches including St. Paul’s Cathedral were destroyed in the fire.
    • Only 6 people died in the fire.
    • St. Paul’s Cathedral was rebuilt after the fire and the houses were made from stone rather than wood.

    The second step is to identify at the task:

    Make an artefact that would have been around in 1666.

    The third step is to think about all of the different ideas we could make linked to the task.

    The fourth step is to decide what we wanted to make as our artefact. This gave us the chance to do whatever we wanted to make.

    The fifth step has got to be our favourite step: LET’S MAKE IT! These are some of our finished projects.

    The sixth step is to evaluate the projects we had completed. We worked together to give each other two stars and a wish.

    The seventh step is to communicate and show all of our hard work to someone else. We invited Ruby class into our classroom so that we could showcase our projects. They invited us into their classroom too so we could see what they had been busy making too!

    The eighth and final step is to think about what we have learnt over the week. We have had a lot of fun being able to put our creative skills to good use and it has been fun working with different friends to create our projects. We can’t wait for the next time we complete TASC! Miss Varley has even said that we can burn our houses after half term, just like the real Great Fire of London.

    As everyone had worked so hard, we sat down at the end of the week and ate the delicious bread that had been made – this was definitely our highlight of the entire week! Yum!

    Y2’s Visit to Birley Moor Fire Station

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    We are learning all about Safety at school this week. To help us to kick off this topic, we had a trip to the fire station on Birley Moor Road. We have been learning about firefighters as part of our Great Fire of London topic as well.

    We took the tram from school and it was so exciting. We were thinking about all of the things that we might see at the fire station or the questions we could ask.

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    When we arrived, we met Nic who had been a fire-fighter for 10 years. She asked us if we knew what a fire-fighter did. We found out that a fire-fighter didn’t just put out fires.

    Did you know that firefighters:

    • Put fires out
    • Rescue animals if they are stuck
    • Help if people have been involved in road accidents
    • Put smoke alarms into people’s homes
    • Rescue people if they are drowning or are stuck in water
    • Help out in emergencies

    Nic then showed us some of the equipment that she uses and needs to wear if she gets called out to an emergency.

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    After that, Nic and her team took us on a tour around the fire station. We saw lots of fire engines and all of the tools that fire-fighters might need to use. Jim showed us where the emergency call comes through. Some of the tools that the fire-fighters have to use are really heavy – you need to be strong if you want to be a fire-fighter.

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    Just before it was time to go back to school, we got a special treat. We were allowed to use the fire hose and squirt water, imagining that we were real-life fire-fighters putting out a fire.

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    We had the best fun!

    Thank you to everyone at Birley Moor Fire Station for making your visit amazing! Thank you to all of our parents and helpers who came with us on the trip too! Without your help, we wouldn’t have been able to go.