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Class Blog 17th January 2020

We’ve had a fun-filled and action packed week this week in Kangaroos Class.

On Tuesday, we had a super skipping workshop with Dan. The session started with some bouncy jumping practise. After this we learned how to hold the rope in the ‘penguin’ style and how to windmill it (twisting it in a forward motion). We then added jumping while we spun the rope windmill style. Next we put the things together and started to move the rope and jump over it. It was tricky to co-ordinate it all at first, but we soon improved with practice! Finally, there was a skipping showcase assembly, where Zac and Tina were Kangaroo’s Class skipping experts! They demonstrated their skipping skills on their own.

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In history, we carried on our learning about the history of toys by finding out who invented Lego and how they came to invent it.

We heard the story of Ole Kirk Christiansen, who was a Danish toy maker in 1935. Christiansen started off by making wooden toys for children, but moved on to making and selling his first plastic Lego sets by the 1940s. Ole Christiansen wanted children to use their imagination and be creative when they played so he came up with a system of plastic bricks that allowed them to make lots of different things. We had a go at using the Lego to be creative and made lots of different things.

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Did you know that Lego comes from the Danish 'leg godt' meaning ‘play well’?

Class Blog 10th January 2020

Welcome back to our kangaroos after the Christmas break, all fresh and raring to learn! We hope you all had an enjoyable break.

In English, this week we have been looking at the beautiful story of ‘The Flower’ by John Light. The children were entranced as they listened to the story and studied the stunning illustrations. They then went on to retell the story orally with a partner and sequence it, before retelling the story themselves. Here is the link if you want to share it again with your child

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Our learning theme for this term is ‘Let’s get moving’ and includes lots of exciting learning. We have started off by looking at how toys have changed over the years - the kinds of toys; what they are made from; where they are made; how they work and why toys have changed. The children have looked at some old toys we have in school, been sorting old and new toys and putting them on a time line. Please spend some time talking about the toys you or their grandparents had as children to help them with their learning. Here are some of the toys we have looked at:

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Class Blog 20th December 2019

It’s hard to believe that we are finishing our last week of the Autumn term already. The time has flown by and the children have learnt so much! Kangaroos made a list together of all the things they had learnt in maths. The list covered the whole whiteboard and what was more impressive was that they could tell us exactly what they had learnt with each topic. Well done Kangaroos!

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Measuring, mixed maths, adding, taking away, number families, dividing, fractions, 2d shape, 3d shape, multiplying, times tables, number songs, days of the week, months, weighing, missing numbers, empty boxes                               

Congratulations to all the children who received their maths challenge certificate for having a go at some of our tricky challenges. It really is all about trying.

On Tuesday the children all had a taster session of boxercise. They really enjoyed this fast-paced exercise opportunity and were very tired afterwards!

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We hope that you all have a wonderful Christmas break with lots of excitement and a little relaxation! We look forward to welcoming everyone safely back in January.

Class Blog 13th December 2019

Well things are really getting into the Christmas spirit in Kangaroos Class now! This week has seen our fabulous children taking part in this Christmas’ production ‘Wriggly Nativity’. What talented children they are - from Mary, Joseph and the angel to inn keepers, shepherds and kings - they have wowed us all with their fantastic performances and beautiful singing. A well-deserved congratulations for making us so proud.

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We have also spent this week looking at different versions of the story around Christmas. Following on from our day in Russia, we compared the story of Babushka with our tradition Christmas story and discussed what things were the same and what things were different. The children were very observant and commented on things that even the adults hadn’t picked up on!

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We also used our drama and reading skills when we looked at instructions for building a snowman. We talked about what was needed and the order in which things needed to be done to make the perfect snowman. All we need now is some of the white stuff and we can put our instructions in to action!

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Class Blog 6th December 2019
How independent our Year 2 learners are becoming! On Thursday the children experienced one of our school culture days and ‘travelled’ to Russia for the day. They researched lots of information by themselves using reference books and iPads and were able to share their findings confidently with the class.

They also spent some time looking at Russian buildings and used coloured shapes to recreate what they could see. This tied in beautifully with the maths shape work they have been doing over the past two weeks. The children produced some incredible artwork! A massive amount of concentration went into creating these fantastic pictures.

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There are only two weeks left of this term before we break for the winter holiday. It seems to have come around so quickly! Please try to ensure that all children have handed in their maths challenges for this term. Certificates will be awarded next week to children who have tried really hard with these.

We are looking forward to welcoming many of you to the school Christmas concerts next week. We really hope that you will enjoy this traditional celebration and share in the great pride the staff team feel when we see our confident Kangaroos performing on stage!

Class Blog 29th November 2019

The main focus of our afternoon learning has been studying the work of an artist called Steven Wiltshire. Steven is autistic and draws cityscapes of places around the world. The children were fascinated by the detail he puts into each drawing- especially when we found out he draws them from memory, and most of the time he only has to see a view once before he can recreate it in amazing detail. Below is an example of one of his drawings.

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We used his work as inspiration for our own drawing. Here we chose a building in Eckington and used a range of sketching pencils to first draw the outline and then add detail with the help of shading. The finished art work is stunning. I’m sure you will recognise the building we drew.

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Having just finished ‘George’s marvellous medicine’ as our class reader, we have spent some time writing a description of George’s grizzly old grunion of a Grandma- what a truly horrible old lady she is (not like all our lovely Birk Hill grannies!). We also created our own ‘marvellous medicines’ recipes with such ingredients as ‘Golden Gloss’ shampoo, brown shoe polish, flea powder for dogs and horse pills! So be careful if you are offered a spoonful of brown mixture… it may make you grow very tall; just make your legs grow; or make you shrink away to nothing (which is how George’s grandma met her demise!)

Class Blog 22nd November 2019

This week has been another exciting week of learning and activities for the children in Kangaroos Class.

In maths the children have been learning about the importance of weighing things and how to do this in grams and kilograms. Do encourage them to use words like ‘heavy, heavier, heaviest,’  at home.

On Thursday the children had a taster session in fencing. All using safe equipment, of course!

The children started off in pairs. One person held the bean bag in the air and counted down from 3 before dropping it. Their partner had to try and catch it. This was to try and improve our reaction skills.

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Next we tried to score points by hitting our partner’s chest or tummy. One person lunged forward and tried to strike, while their partner had to parry the shot.

We would like to thank all our very supportive parents for coming to share their children’s learning at parents’ evenings over the last 2 weeks.

What  a fabulous group of children they are!

Class Blog 15th November 2019

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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

Class Blog 8th November 2019

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.

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In History the children are learning about what it was like to be a child in Eckington during the war. They are finding this fascinating and if you have any family memorabilia, do please share it with us to bring the learning to life. We promise to take very good care of anything you can share. Things like medals and ration books are particularly interesting, especially if they have family history attached.
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Class Blog 25th October 2019

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!

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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!

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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!

Class Blog 18th October 2019
What a privilege it is to work with such confident and motivated children! Kangaroos really shone again this week with their super assembly for parents and family. All the children took part and were excited to show off their many talents.
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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?

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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.

Class Blog 11th October 2019

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.

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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!

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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?

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Class Blog 4th October 2019

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.

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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:

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!

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Class Blog 27th September 2019

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.

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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.

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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:

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Class Blog 20th September 2019

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.

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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?

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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.

Class Blog 13th September 2019

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!

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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.

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Here we are checking what was happening to some of the seeds; we have already been surprised by the results.

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We will look at them again next week to see if our predictions were correct.
Class Blog 6th September 2019

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?

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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!

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