What an incredible year this has been for Lions Class! There have been so many proud moments that we couldn’t possibly list them all. We have certainly had a year of ‘learning, laughter and love’.
The final highlight of our year was the ‘Birk Hill’s Got Talent’ show put together by Mrs Siddall and the Year 2 children.
Not only are our children amazing at reading, writing and maths but they are also exceptionally talented and creative.
It has been an absolute joy to share the journey our class has taken through Year 2 and we would like to wish all the children much happiness and great success at the Junior School. Thank you also to all the parents for supporting the children and helping us to make their last year at Birk Hill so fabulous.
Work hard and be brilliant! (But have a rest first!)
Mrs Fairweather, Mrs Siddall, Mrs Evans, Mrs Priestley and Mrs Farnen
On Thursday Year 2 went to Yorkshire Wildlife Park and we had an amazing time in the sunshine! The children (and adults) were impeccably behaved and did the school proud. Well done Year 2 for being such great ambassadors for Birk Hill!
First stop was the lions. Here are Lions class in front of the lion enclosure. Luckily, the lions had already been fed, so we didn’t have any tricky decisions to make about who would be breakfast!
After several minutes of waiting, we finally caught a glimpse of the leopard from Leopard Heights.
Some of us spent snack time learning a little more about the tigers, but we only managed to see one!
We were fascinated by the Okapi - they looked like an assortment of different animals but they are actually related to the giraffe. We read that their tongues are 40cms long and they can lick their own eyes and ears! We tried to do the same but no one quite managed it!
All the children enjoyed the fascinating ‘hands on’ learning session. Here we met African snails, Madagascan hissing cockroaches and Cornflake, the corn snake. All the children were very brave and most stroked or even held the animals. Some of the adults weren’t quite so courageous!
A great day out, enjoyed by all. Year 2 you were absolute superstars!
Another very exciting week in Lions Class this week!
The children all took part in a cheerleading and gymnastics workshop and they were amazing! We have so many talented children who tried exceptionally hard to create balances and rhythm. Well done for excellent teamwork too!
This week in Lions Class we have been learning how to sort things into different labelled groups.
The children explored what should happen if something needed to be in both groups at the same time.
We started our learning journey in the classroom and then went outside to sort ourselves into different groups. Mrs Farnen and Mrs Evans told us their group label and we had to decide where to go and stand.
We enjoyed our practical learning very much!
Well done to all children who took part in Sports Day, what a lovely afternoon everyone had!
Massive congratulations to all the Year 2 children for reading out their lovely thoughts for Fathers’ Day with such clarity and feeling. Have a lovely day with your families on Sunday.
In Lions’ class this week we have started to improve the courtyard area. Some of the children planted some colourful flowers called ’busy lizzies’ with Mrs Birch.
They are responsible for looking after the plants by watering them every day.
Watch this space (or the courtyard!) for the next lot of improvements!
In Lions’ class this week we having been learning about food we eat. We tried fruit and vegetables from different parts of a plant: the flower, the leaves, the stem, the root and the fruit and seeds.
We tasted them to see if we liked them!
We also took home the beans we have grown.
The Year 2 children had an exciting afternoon out at Eckington School on Thursday. They took part in lots of sporting activities and enjoyed meeting children from other schools in the area. Well done Lions, you were a credit to the school with your sportsmanship and super efforts.
A very big thank you to all the parents who came to help us.
Finally the lovely spring weather has arrived and the children have made the most of their playtimes to show their creative skills. The children are not allowed to pick the flowers at school but this was such an amazing display using the weeds that everyone was impressed. All their own idea!
It has been very exciting to see the co-operative play between year groups and classes. We have some truly incredible children in school. What a brilliant den they’ve made together!
We have of course been working very hard in the classroom. Our stories this week have been about an African village and we have learnt how to edit them ourselves. Look out, Roald Dahl! Lions Class are coming!
This week Lions Class have been exploring the properties of 2D and 3D shapes. They have worked in pairs to discover how many sides, vertices and edges the shapes have. There are some excellent games to practise this on Topmarks KS1 shapes.
Symmetry forms part of our shape learning and all the children made symmetrical shapes by folding a piece of paper exactly in half and cutting out the ‘non’ fold side.
In English we have all read and retold the story of The Spider Weaver. This is a traditional African tale that tells us how the African weavers learnt to weave a special type of cloth called Kente cloth.
Why not go online and watch the Youtube video of the story? Just type into Google ‘The Spider Weaver’ and it should appear. (We haven’t been able to watch the video in school due to internet security settings).
This week all the Year 2 children had a visit from Firefighter Chris. He came into school to speak to the children about fire safety and the children asked him some excellent questions. Please take time to talk about fire safety at home. There are some interesting ideas to help you on this website:
We are learning about African drumming poems this week. The children have written some excellent poems that follow a set rhythm. Why not ask them to drum out the beat for this verse of the poem?
Lion on a rock,
Lion on a rock,
Waiting for prey,
Waiting for prey,
Lion on a rock.
The children added lots more verses of their own and we drummed them out in class. What an exciting (and loud) time we had!
What a lot Lions class have learnt in a very short term. Time, measuring, weighing, noun phrases, similes and paragraphs to mention just a few! The children have also had opportunities to develop their creative interests by making baskets out of paper and decorating markers for a treasure hunt.
Have a lovely Easter, Lions! Stay safe and relax ready for a term of summer learning.
Another very busy week in Lions Class this week! We have been learning how to tell the time using clock faces. This is very tricky and there are lots of things to think about when telling the time.
Do you know which hand is which? Can you say which side of the clock is ‘past’ and which side is ‘to’? Can you count round the clock in minutes?
You have all done very well with this area of learning but don’t forget to practise at home.
Why not treat your parents to a game of Fling the Teacher? (Google) We all really enjoyed that one!
Lions Class do Empathy! We all made special ‘empathy glasses’ so that we could try to see other people’s points of view. We have been wearing them in class to help us to think about other people.
The weather has been quite wet this week but some of the children made the most of our indoor playtime to make an amazing computer keyboard out of paper. Fantastic teamwork!
And our week wouldn’t be complete without a day in China!
The children spent Thursday learning about traditions and customs in China through creative activities. Here you can see some of the brilliant things they made.
To finish the day, the children took part in a traditional Chinese dancing activity. Great participation and effort, everyone!
Have a fantastic holiday, Lions, see you all soon!
What an amazing assembly we had this week. Lions Class were absolutely fantastic! They showed incredible bravery when they shared this term’s learning with the school and their families. It’s not easy to stand in front of such a large audience but everyone spoke with confidence and great timing!
Performers of the future!
A special thank you to the children who stepped in at very short notice to cover for absent friends.
Lions Class have had another exciting week learning how to write instructions to make a moving picture. Everybody wrote their instructions and then made a fabulous moving picture. Here are just a few:
In Maths we have learnt about fractions and now we know what a fraction looks like. Some of the children extended their learning by playing a very tricky fractions matching game in a group. This needed great perseverance but Lions Class were up to the challenge!
The children also showed tremendous perseverance when they had to follow a set of instructions using balls and work as part of a team. Great effort Lions!
This week all the children in our school had the opportunity to learn to skip in our Skipping Workshop. Lions Class were brilliant and there were some incredible skippers. At the end of the afternoon all the children shared their skipping talents with each other.
Every child was given a skipping rope to practise at home. Remember, you can bring your skipping rope into school to practise at playtime!
Lions Class have all returned from the Christmas holiday happy, relaxed and ready to learn! A great start to our new term of learning.
At the moment we are learning to recognise and use British coins and also to add up money.
Some Lions children took part in a very tricky maths challenge on Thursday. They had to add up some very large amounts of money. Ask the children to show you how they did this or Google ‘Topmarks, KS1 money’ to practise money skills at home.
Another exciting week for Lions Class!
We have been absolutely amazing in the school Christmas concert. All of our performers looked incredible in their costumes and sang beautifully in front of huge audiences. Very well done, Lions!
We have also visited Renishaw Hall to look round the magnificent house and gardens. We travelled on a coach and had a chance to see how the rich people of Eckington used to live.
In addition to all of this, we have celebrated the achievements of our Year 2 children, who completed most of the Maths Challenges.
Have a very exciting Christmas holiday, Lions Class, and we will look forward to seeing you again in January 2018.
As we approach the end of the Autumn term Lions Class are going out and about to have some fun!
On Wednesday most of the children in our class went on a coach to the theatre at Rotherham to see the pantomime story of Jack and the Beanstalk. There was lots of excitement and the children had a great time shouting at the bad guy and cheering for the good guys.
Thank you to all the parents who came with us.
Next week the children are looking forward to showing the adults just how amazing they are when they take part in the Birk Hill Christmas concert. Don’t forget to buy your tickets, places are filling up fast!
The children are, of course, still taking part in lots of learning activities. This week will be the last Maths Challenge for this term so please make sure that all your challenges are handed in before Thursday 14th December so that you can receive your certificate in Gold Book Assembly.
The Good Old Days! Or were they? The children in Lions Class have been finding out all about wash day in the 1930s. They were able to see first-hand how the whole process of washing and drying clothes in the 1930s happened. It was extremely hard work! Lots of children had an opportunity to ‘have a go’.
Last week Lions Class helped to raise money for Children In Need by holding a toy sale in Class 4. Everyone in school had the chance to bring a toy they no longer wanted and 50p.The 50p was to buy a different toy from the sale.
Well Done Lions, you were amazing!
This week the children in Lions class we have been learning to measure the length of different things. We all worked together in groups to use a metre stick to measure lots of rooms and corridors around school.
We found out that the Nursery has the longest room and Lions class has the shortest.
We are all looking forward to selling the toys at the Children in Need toy sale this afternoon.
In maths Lions Class have been learning how to divide. They have certainly mastered the strategies and some children have even taken their learning outside! Can you see what this number sentence says?
Bonfire poems written this week are amazing! The children have used noun phrases and similes to give a super picture of the things they enjoyed on Bonfire Night. This is the poem we created together.
Silver, sparkly sparkler as bright as a flashlight,
Red, warm bonfire as shiny as a star,
Yummy, sweet chocolate as sweet as sugar,
Flashing, green firework as enormous as a bomb,
Delicious, amazing popcorn as buttery as toast.
This week in our weekly Aspirations Group we decided to learn about dinosaurs. This is a model of a dinosaur made by some of the children. What sort of dinosaur do you think it might be?
In maths we have been learning how to multiply two numbers together. We learn to do this in lots of different ways. First we learn a rhyme that helps us with our times tables, then we learn how to put counters into groups and finally how to draw and interpret arrays. (Arrays are patterns that represent a multiplication number sentence).
What an exciting week this has been for Lions Class!
On Wednesday the whole school flew off to spend a day learning about the culture and customs in India.
When the children got off the plane they had to queue up at Passport Control.
We were very lucky to have a special visit from Adeela who taught us some Bollywood dance steps.
Most children tried a taste of Indian food and we discovered that it was very hot and spicy!
Throughout the day we were very busy making Indian elephants out of paper plates, Indian flags,
sweet Barfi and Rangoli patterns.
A special ‘thank you’ to the parents and carers of children in Lions Class who came to support our assembly.
Well Done, Lions! As always you were amazing!
In English we are learning to read and write instructions. This was a great opportunity to combine learning with fun (and eating!). We made chocolate crispy buns with Mrs Farnen and Mrs Hartburn.
This week Lions Class have been learning how to collect and record information. We went out onto Chesterfield Road to conduct a traffic survey. We saw lots of cars and vans but no buses or bikes. We were very excited to see an ambulance go past!
This week Lions Class have been out and about in Eckington. They visited the local church and learnt lots of things about it. Everyone was brilliantly behaved !A special thank you to all the parents who came with us. Without you it wouldn’t be possible to go!
We have had a busy week in Lions class this week. Did you know that we have been writing our own poems about autumn and the fruits and vegetables that we see? Can you remember your poem?
We have also been reading, “The Day the Crayons Quit” by Drew Daywalt, you can hear this story online at