Autumn 2 2019 Newsletter

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Welcome back to another busy and fun filled half term.

Below is the link to our Autumn 2 2019 newsletter. Alternatively, you can see this on the homepage by clicking the Newsletters heading.

We have two events happening this half term and letters will be sent home soon. Look out for the letters in your child’s book bag.

Monday 25th November – Y2 Pantomime and Party at City Hall

Friday 29th November – Florence Nightingale workshop in school

Keep your eyes peeled as Christmas dates will be released soon.

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Homework – Autumn 1 2019 – Health and Humans

We have had some amazing pieces of homework handed in this half term linked with our topic of Health and Humans.

A massive thank you to all of our parents and carers for helping their children complete some impressive art work.

Remember to click on the tab on the home page to find links to half termly homework and spellings.

Healthy Living Week 2019

This half term, our focus has been on Healthy Living.

Did you know that there are lots of different ways to live a healthy lifestyle?

  • Be physically active every day
  • Eat a healthy diet
  • Brush your teeth at least once a day
  • Visit a dentist regularly
  • Drink lots of water
  • Get at least 8 hours sleep a night
  • Look after your mental health and well-being

In school, we have been completing lots of different activities to help us to do this.

We kicked off the week Active Mission and Errol and had 3 minutes on each activity. It certainly got our hearts racing by the end!

Dr. Hobbs came into to do an assembly for us on how to live a healthy lifestyle too!

Our activity was with the St. John’s ambulance team and they taught us how to make an emergency phone call.

Mrs Murch taught us about PANTS and we had fun with Pantosaurus.

P – Privates are private

A – Always remember your body belongs to you

N – No means no!

T – Talk about secrets that upset you or make you feel uncomfortable

S – Speak up, someone can help.

If you would like more information about PANTS and the Underwear Rule from the NSPCC, click here.

Click here to see Pantosaurus and his song.

We finished off the week with some yoga to relax and chill out.

Welcome Back!

Welcome back to a brand new academic year! We are super excited for all of our new adventures and learning that is going to take place this year. Keep your eyes peeled to our class blog to find out what we get up to.

The tabs at the top of the page will keep you up to date with our half termly newsletters and homework.

Homework is given out on a Thursday and due back in on a Tuesday.

Reading records also need to be handed in to Miss Varley on a Tuesday. Please feel free to change your reading book as often as you wish.

PE days are FRIDAYS and we are learning how to play tag rugby with RuggerEds. Please bring an outdoor kit to school and you can leave this on your peg.

After school club with RuggerEds is open to Y2 as well on a Friday – see Miss Varley for more details.

Whirlow Hall Farm 2019

The moment we’ve been waiting for since Y2 began, was finally here… time for our holiday to Whirlow Hall Farm!

To say we were excited was an understatement and we couldn’t wait to get started and enjoy ourselves!

When we arrived, it was time to unpack and have some lunch!

After lunch, we were able to go and explore the farm with our tour guides. First up was the pig unit. Inside were lots of piglets of all different shapes and sizes. Some were newborns while others were getting ready to go to market.

Did you know a male pig is called a boar, a female pig is called a sow and a baby piglet is called a piglet?

Female pigs are pregnant for 3 months, 3 weeks and 3 days.

Pink pigs can get sunburnt really easily so they like to have a wallow in the mud for protection.

Next up, it was time to see the hens. The hens at Whirlow can roam wherever they like. We were lucky enough to be able to stroke a hen too!

There were lots of other birds down at Whirlow too. Do you know what these animals are called?

We met Frankie the Shetland pony and gave him a stroke.

Can you remember how many hands high he was? Can you remember what he felt like when you gave him a stroke?

We also met some of the other ponies on the farm.

Once the farm tour was over with, it was time for tea!

After tea, we had a wander around the farm and found lots of different things to do.

Mr Little even brought his dogs out to see us!

Soon it was time for hot chocolate, marshmallows and crumpets before bed! Everyone went to bed, dreaming of all of the lovely things they saw that day.

Everyone was up bright and early the next morning, excited for what the day had in store!

With breakfast finished with, it was time to start with some farm jobs!

First up was feeding the rabbits, guinea pigs and goats! Everyone needed their breakfast and water bottles cleaning. The best bit was pulling out the brushes from the water bottle because the water splashed everywhere and gave us a bit of a shower!

Next up, it was time to groom the rabbits and guinea pigs.

Our final farm job was to go into the hen house to collect some eggs! They are sold on the farm at Whirlow so you can have fresh eggs whenever you like!

Our final job at Whirlow was to ride a pony. The ponies were called Brandy and Ruby and it was so exciting as many of us had never ridden a pony before.

We had to wear a special helmet to keep us safe and a lady called Alison told us how to make the pony turn left or right, stop and start.

To make the pony stop, we had to say ‘Whoa!’

To make the pony start walking again, we had to say ‘Walk on!’

Whirlow Hall Farm was by far the best school trip we have ever been on! We would like to say a massive thank you to all of our teachers for taking us and thank you allowing us to have the best time ever!

TASC: Lifecycle of a Butterfly

In science, we have been busy learning about lifecycles and we enjoyed it so much that Miss Varley set us a task and we used TASC to help us to do this.

Task: Demonstrate knowledge and understanding about the life cycle of a butterfly.

Here is what we did:

We were so proud of each other for the work that we had completed that we invited Onyx class to come and have a look as we know that they have been learning about life cycles as well.

We even displayed our work in the classroom for our adults to see in a morning when they came into the classroom.