What a full and busy week we have had!
Monday was Remembrance day and in preparation we had made our own poppies out of recycled cups and lolly sticks. We made a display of these in the courtyard outside the classroom. At 11am on the 11th November, we held a minute’s silence together on the yard and thought about all the servicemen and women who had died serving our country.
This week also saw the start of some history learning about old Eckington. We started by looking at lots of photos of Eckington from the past and what the places looked like now and they matched them into pairs. They were particularly fascinated by a photograph of the church from 1913 which didn’t have big trees and the war memorial in front!
We then compared two pictures in more detail: one of Eckington in the past and one of Eckington now.
The children were very animated in their discussions about what they could see in each photograph and marvelled at how the street had changed. They asked lots of questions, such as: Why are the people standing in the road? What are those things coming out from above the windows? Where is the tarmac?
We wrote our observations on pieces of paper and put them inside a ‘Then’ hoop and a ‘Now’ hoop. Next we looked at what was the same in each of the hoop and changed our hoops so we had an overlap. The things that were the same we put in the middle.
Why not ask the children about what they have learned!
And finally a plea! If anyone who knows about Eckington from the past would be willing to come and talk to the children, we would greatly appreciate it. Hearing it from a visitor brings their learning to life!
It was lovely to see so many of our Kangaroos back this week after the half-term break, looking refreshed and raring to go with learning.
This week we moved on to dividing in maths which means that the children can now use all 4 maths operations.
Ask them to show you how!
The children will continue to refine their skills every week in a mixed maths session.
Please come and ask if you would like any help.
Well we have finally made it to the end of our first term in Kangaroos Class and what a full, busy and productive term it has been!
The highlight of this week has been dance related. On Tuesday, we had a Dance Daze workshop with Megan. We learned moves such as top rock and the wiggly worm, and then put the moves together into a sequence. Everyone tried really hard and the end result was really impressive - well done kangaroos!
On Wednesday after school, we had the disco. Lots of the children stayed and danced along to songs old and new! Songs like Baby Shark, the Conga and good old YMCA had the children on the dance floor getting hot and sweaty!
Over this term, the children have worked very hard, made good progress, had fun and produced some fabulous work! Now it is time for them to enjoy a week’s break - and we know how much they are looking forward to it!
Our visit to explore Eckington Church took place straight after the assembly. What a busy day it was! Luckily the sun shone for most of our walk and Reverend Andy told us lots about the church. Did you know that it’s over 900 years old?
Just a reminder for parents, please:
All children should be bringing coats, water bottles and reading books every day.
Many thanks - this really helps with increasing the children’s independence.
Kangaroos Class are working hard at all aspects of their work and approach everything with an enthusiasm that is great to see.
In computing, we have been using a program called ‘2paint a picture’ on Purple Mash to create impressionism style art work. The children took very quickly to how to use the program and had a fun time creating, editing and saving their work. Here you can see some lily-pads in water with the sun shining down.
Individual Purple Mash logins will be given out at parents’ evenings so that your child can access the learning platform at home and take part in any ‘2 do’ challenges if they wish.
In English this week, the children have been writing instructions about ‘How to make a jam sandwich’ with the added bonus of actually making one to see if their instructions worked! A thoroughly fantastic, if not jammy, session was enjoyed by all!
We have also been looking at ‘The Slightly Annoying Elephant’ by David Walliams. A funny book, with the surprise twist of the elephant the boy adopted at the zoo, actually turning up to live with him! The children have been working on their prediction skills and learning some new vocabulary such as: adopted, rummage, chuckled, hurtled and protested. Why not quiz your child to see if they can remember what they mean or ask them to put them in a sentence?
It’s hard to believe that we are already over half way through our first term as Kangaroos but when we look at how much learning we’ve done so far, every member of our class can feel very proud of themselves!
In maths we have been learning to subtract using ‘the easy way to take away.'
If you’re not sure what this is then come along to our Parents’ maths morning on 15th October and find out how to support your child.
Please also encourage your child, this term, to learn the 2 times table by heart. We are all very good at doing the 10 times table now but it is a national requirement that all year 2 children can recite and use the 2,3,5 and 10 times tables. A great game to help with this is: https://www.timestables.co.uk/rally.html
Click on Practice Mode 2 times tables - a fun and simple way to learn!
All of our children are learning about the local Eckington environment this term so please encourage them to look at buildings and geographical features when you are out and about. So many of our local buildings have history attached that your children won’t know about. Anyone remember these buildings? There is a definite theme to them!
Well the term is flying by and the children are settling in and tackling their new learning with enthusiasm.
The week started with a visit to the church for a Harvest Service. The children were impeccably behaved and a credit to the school. We have also talked about why we have a harvest festival and thought about what we are thankful for.
In the afternoons, we have started looking at our town, ‘Amazing Eckington’! The children have been using atlases to find the UK and England and some of them, with keen eyes, managed to spot Sheffield and Chesterfield on the map.
They were very knowledgeable about the countries that made up the UK too. Why not spend a bit of time exploring our local area using Google Earth - the children find it fascinating!
On Wednesday we had a brilliant boccia workshop. We all really enjoyed it and participated with enthusiasm.
As we are Kangaroos Class, we have voted for, and chosen, our Kangaroos class song! The children clearly love to sing it (ask them to give you a few bars!) and hopefully you were able to hear them perform it in the ‘World’s Biggest Coffee Morning’ assembly. Here is the star of the song:
Week 3 of the new term has seen most of Kangaroo Class settled and adapting well to the Year 2 learning environment.
In maths the children have been learning about Number Families and how they work. Here is an example to show you what we’ve been up to. Ask your child whether he/she can show you - this will further embed the learning.
When practising maths skills at home there are some excellent games on Topmarks.
In science the children have been learning about the growing needs of seeds and plants. They have investigated what a seed needs in order to grow well. Some seeds were put in a dark place, some had no water and others were put in the fridge. One group of seeds was given water, light and warmth. Can you tell which group grew successfully?
Many thanks to all the parents who were able to come to the Key Stage 1 meeting on Tuesday. We hope you found it useful. For parents who were unable to come, the information has been put on the Birk Hill website. If you have any questions at all about your child’s time at Birk Hill, please come and ask.
All things have been Roald Dahl related this week because on Friday 13thtSeptember it is ‘Roald Dahl Day’!
In English the children started off the week looking at ‘The Enormous Crocodile’ story. We watched the DVD and used our inference and prediction skills. This was followed by retelling the story. Later in the week, we looked at ‘The Twits’- using it to predict what would happen and to write a description of one of the characters. Ask the children what Mr and Mrs Twit are like and you will find out that they live up to their names!
We also used some of Roald Dahl’s stories as the basis of our maths problem solving work. One of the questions involved adding up all the revolting things that could be found in Mr Twit’s beard - yuk!
Our work about plants has continued in science this week. We have looked at what conditions seeds need to start growing and predicting which ones would grow best.
Here we are checking what was happening to some of the seeds; we have already been surprised by the results.
Welcome back to our new year 2s and welcome to Kangaroo Class. The children have settled in really well, are getting to know their new adults and routines and are looking forward to the responsibilities that being the oldest children in the school brings.
Even though it is only the first week back, we have already started lots of different learning activities and topics. This term our learning theme in the afternoons is ‘Amazing Eckington’. The children know lots about our town already and are very keen to find out more. In science, our topic is plants. We will be finding out what the different parts of plants do, what they need to grow and which parts of the plants we eat! Maybe you could talk to your children about whether they are eating the root, stem, leaves, flower or seeds of plants when you are having a meal?
In English, we have started looking at a story called ‘The Lion Inside’ about a lion and a mouse. The children have amazed the adults with their memory skills and remembering some tricky vocabulary we have met - ask your child if they can tell you what ‘craggy’, ‘meekest’, ‘ignored’ and ‘tough’ mean!