Over the past few weeks in Y2, we have been learning about the festival of Eid and the period that comes before Eid which is called Ramadan.
Ramadan and Eid are very important to Muslims. Ramadan takes place in the ninth month of the Islamic calendar and it is a time where Muslims fast, pray, reflect and spend time together as a community. This year, Ramadan took place between Sunday 5th May and Tuesday 4th June. To help us count down the days to Eid at school, Miss Varley found a countdown calendar which also helped us to learn some Arabic words.
Here are some of the Arabic words that we learnt from the calendar:
- Hope = Amal
- Prayer = Sala
- Peace = Salam
- Mosque = Masjid
- Love = Hubun
- Friend = Sadiq
In class, we wrote some non-chronological reports about Ramadan too. Take a look at some of our writing below.
To help us celebrate Eid in style, we held an Eid parent craft morning to help decorate our classrooms. Everyone had lots of fun and enjoyed getting stuck in with all of the crafts.
In the afternoon, we came together to FS and Y1 to have an Eid Party. There were lots of treats for us to try, decorations and music for us to dance to. Everyone really did have a marvellous time.
Wishing all of of Muslim friends and family a happy and prosperous Eid Mubarak!
Watch out for the Y2 trip letter to the Medina mosque on Wednesday 10th July. If any parent or career that would like to come and help out, you would be more than welcome to come and join us.
- Did you know that not everyone in the world is lucky enough to be able to go to school?
- Did you know that education is a universal human right for everyone?
- Did you know that over 262 million children across the world are not currently 8m school?
- The Global Campaign for Education (GCE) is a global organisation working to ensure quality education for all children with members in over 90 countries.
- Here in the UK, thousands of schools and young people take part in the Send My friend campaign , teaching young people the importance of using their voices with others across the globe to create positive change.
In Y2, we looked at what our rights were as citizens of the UK and we looked how to we could try and ensure that other children across the world had chance to be as lucky as we are.
- We have the right to be educated
- We have the right to play and relax
- We have the right to play with other children
- We have the right to share our views and say what we think
- We have the right to a name
- We have the right to be warm
- We have the right to be safe and healthy, with quality healthcare, nutritious food and clean drinking water
- We have the right to believe what I chose and to practise my religion
Together, we wrote a song and learnt how to sing it to a song we already knew.
Here is a clip of us singing our finished song. We are sorry there are no pictures but please listen to the words we are singing.
As we have had such a busy half term, we forgot to post about our 100% Attendance Superstars for Spring term. These children didn’t miss a single day of school in the Spring term and made every minute count when they were in school to help them with their learning.
Will you get 100% Attendance for the Summer term and get a special invitation to the Summer 100% Attendance Disco?
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.