Whirlow Hall Farm Residential

Just a reminder that Pearl class will be visiting Whirlow Hall Farm on their first residential on Monday 5th June and Tuesday 6th June.

Here is a reminder of what you will need:

  • A small hold-all or rucksack
  • 2 pairs of tracksuit bottoms
  • Waterproof jacket/tracksuit tops
  • 2 -3 t-shirts
  • Sweater/hooded top for if it is cold during the day or night.
  • Suntan cream and sun hat
  • 2/3 pairs of underwear and socks
  • Pyjamas/dressing gown and maybe slippers
  • Indoor footwear (e.g. clean trainers or pumps)
  • Wellies or boots for a muddy farmyard
  • Toiletries: toothbrush, toothpaste, hair brush, shower gel/soap, shampoo
  • Towel & large plastic bag for storing wet & dirty clothes.
  • Teddy bear
  • Spending money £2 max in a clearly labelled purse/wallet/envelope.

Keep your eyes peeled for lots of updates on our class blog to see all the fun and activities that we get up to on the farm, including pony riding, egg collecting, grooming animals and a farm tour to name just a few!

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Thank you to our 480 scheme sponsor – Best Solicitors – for allowing us to take part on our first ever residential!

Click here to visit Whirlow Hall Farm website.

Environment Week 2017

Before the holidays, we were learning about how to look after the environment and in particular, our school environment.

We moved around the different classrooms and this is what we learnt…

In Pearl class, we used the secret garden to investigate if it would be a suitable habitat for birds to make their nests with and found lots of litter that we needed to remove.

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In Ruby class, we used the PlayPod to sort big materials into the correct categories.

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In Jet class, we learnt about recycling and sorted materials into ones that can be reused and those that can’t before decorating our recycling bin.

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In Topaz class, we made bird feeders that we are going to put up in the secret garden to encourage birds to come and visit, maybe even nest!

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How to continue the learning at home:

  • Look at what you throw away at home – can any of it be recycled?
  • Pick up any litter that you see on the ground and put it in the bin.
  • Click here to help Barnaby Bear to sort materials into the right categories.
  • Click here for more help and advice to learn how to recycle.

Florence Nightingale

This half term, we have been learning all about the life and times of Florence Nightingale and to end our topic, we had a very special visitor.

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Can you remember any facts that you have learnt about Florence Nightingale?

When and where was she born?

When did she die?

What was she famous for?

How do we remember her today?

We went back in time to the Crimean War in 1855 in the middle of the Crimean War to learn what it was like to be a nurse or a soldier in Scutari hospital.

Where did the Crimean War take place? Do you know where Scutari is? Use a map to find out. 

The hospitals were dirty and soldiers had to sleep on the floor because there weren’t enough beds. There was no clean water and the food that the soldiers ate was mouldy. Rats carried disease throughout the hospital and many soldiers were dying from the poor conditions rather than their injuries.

Florence took a team of nurses to try and make the conditions better for the soldiers. We imagined what it would have been like to be there as a nurse or a soldier.

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What was it like to dress up? Did you enjoy it? Could you have imagined what it was like to be a soldier or a nurse in the Crimean War?

We had a look at some artefacts and had to handle them carefully because they were fragile and old.

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We also got to complete lots of other activities like playing with old-fashioned toys and games, making lavender bags and pretending to cook for the injured soldiers.

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Thank you Florence for coming to visit, we had an amazing time!

How to continue the learning at home:

  • Click here to play the BBC game about Florence Nightingale.
  • Use Google to research more about the life and times of Florence Nightingale.
  • Draw a picture of Florence Nightingale.
  • Write a diary entry about your experience of Florence coming to visit.

Pride of Prince Edward

Check out the latest winner from Pearl class of the very prestigious award, Pride of Prince Edward…

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Here is why he won…

He is an absolute pleasure to have in class and makes the classroom a brighter place to be. He is kind and considerate to his friends and will always help out a friend in need. He works well with others and can always be found somewhere in the classroom trying to extend his learning independently.

Maths, maths, everywhere!

Just because it is our KS1 SATs week, it doesn’t mean that we can’t make our learning fun. Today we played a maths game that challenged our understanding of maths problems in numerals and words.

All around the classroom were different maths clues that we had to solve with a partner. It was fun working with a partner to solve the clues!

Sometimes we could do the problem mentally or sometimes we had to use a whiteboard to help us to show our working out.

It was a race to see who finished first! Here are our winners! Well done everyone!

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KS1 SATs

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Next week is our KS1 SATs Week.

The children have been working incredibly hard over the last few months. All of the adults in Year 2 would like to acknowledge all of the determination, perseverance and effort that the children have shown.

Thank you to all of the parents and carers that have supported their child with their reading at home, weekly homework and extra work to help each child to reach their potential.

We wish all of the children the very best of luck. Have a lovely weekend and come to school on Monday with a smile on your face!

The Year 2 team xx

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