In science this week we are looking at what makes an animal a mini-beast. Follow the link below to learn about the different characteristics that make animals mini-beasts and test what you've learned with the activity and quiz below.
If the weather is fine, why not go on a mini-beast hunt in the garden or further afield. How many of these can you find?
This week and over the holidays please try to make sure that you are confident with the following maths. Knowing these things will give you a really firm basis for learning at the Juniors in September!
Times tables – 2, 3, 5, 10
Pairs of numbers that add up to 20 eg 0 + 20, 1 + 19 etc
Pairs of tens numbers that add up to 100 eg 10 + 90, 20 + 80
How to tell the time using a clock face.
The names and properties of all 2d and 3d shapes.
There are lots of games online for you to practise all of these. Topmarks and Snappy maths are 2 of the best.
Keep reading-anything and everything! Go the library if you can, to choose some great new books.
Using some lined paper, practise your handwriting so that it is neat and tidy.
Make sure you are confident with as many of these spellings as possible:
Remember you can make yourself a Zapper for a few words at a time so that you can practise!
In school, we are learning about what we need to stay healthy and looking at diet. Learn the basics of food and nutrition with this lesson which includes: two video clips demonstrating the food groups and tips for healthy eating and two activities for you to try at home. Follow the link below to take part:
Use this food pyramid to help you sort some foods into a chart like this:
In science, we are looking at what is a habitat?
A habitat is where animals and plants live. The plants and animals in each habitat need each other to survive. Most animals and plants live in habitats which they are suited for. Each habitat provides for the basic needs of different animals and plants which live there.
Explore the different habitats round the world and what lives there, by watching the clips below and then have a go at the activities linked to them.
Have a go at creating a habitat fact file.
Well done to all the children who have practised their calculation skills over the past few weeks! If any parents feel they are finding it hard to support their children with any calculations, don’t hesitate to email us for the parents guide. This will walk you through the strategies we use.
This week we are moving on to Data Handling.
Take a look at this link to start you off.
Feel free to use this resource to help you to understand how to make a bar chart.
Can you remember all the first names of the children in Kangaroos Class? Make a list and then sort the names into their number of letters.
3 letters 4 letters
Ava Zac Milo Noah
Seth Tina Liam
Try to make a chart to record the information on. It could look like this:
Number of letters
Now try to make a bar chart to record all the information from the table.
Can you collect data from home?
Make a table and bar chart to show the following information:
Number of doors, number of windows, number of beds, number of people, number of televisions, number of phones.
In English we will be reading and talking about another of Anthony Browne’s amazing books. This is a book called ‘The Tunnel.’ Unfortunately it isn’t a story that you can watch on Youtube so here are the pictures from the story instead. I would like you to retell the story using the pictures to help you. Perhaps you could have a go at telling an adult your version of the story out loud!
This week we are going to look at what animals, including humans, need to survive. Watch this short clip to find out and then scroll down the page to take the quiz.Now think of a pet you have or would like to have. Do a little bit of research if needed, and then create an information page about how to take care of your pet, like the one below:
We are also continuing our work on Africa by looking at the jewellery the Maasai warriors make and wear. The Maasai tribe of Africa is well known for its traditional handmade bead jewellery. It has lots of bright colours. Here are some examples:
Why not get creative and use a paper plate and some pasta to have a go and making a necklace yourself?
If you would like to find out a little more about the Maasai and how they live, watch this clip:
In maths this week we area reviewing dividing- this is sharing things fairly between a number of people.
20 ÷ 4 = 5 20 sweets shared between 4 people is 5 each.
Remember to share out the things fairly! Check out this website for lots of practice!
Here are a few questions to try:
16 ÷ 2 =
20 ÷ 5 =
12 ÷ 3 =
15 ÷ 3 =
18 ÷ 2 =
Ask an adult to set you some more to practise!
Many of our children are now reading lot texts and books. Often the children lose their page which is quite frustrating. This week we are going to write the instructions to tell somebody how to make a bookmark (and then, hopefully, make a book mark!).
Use these words to help you:
First, next, then, after that, a little while later, carefully, finally.
Here is an example of a set of instructions to make a birthday card. Can you adapt them to instructions for making a bookmark?
How to make a birthday card
If you would like to make a fabulous birthday card for someone special then follow these simple instructions.
You will need:
Some white card, a sharp pencil, some scissors and some felt tip pens.
First fold your piece of card in half so that it opens like a book.
Next decide what sort of picture you would like to draw. Try to make it something that the person receiving the card will like. What sort of picture would you like to receive?
After that, carefully draw the picture. You could copy one from another picture if that’s easier.
A little while later, neatly colour in the picture and add any extra details.
Carefully write a personal message inside because this will make the card seem much better.
Finally, write your name at the bottom of the inside page and add a few kisses if you want to.
This week in school, we are working on our geography skills, starting with learning the names of the 7 continents and something about them and then moving onto the names of the 5 oceans. We have also looked at where they are on a world map. Follow the links below for a couple of songs that will help you remember them:
We are also starting our learning about the continent of Africa. These clips will give you some starter information:
Our art work is linked to the patterns relating to African fabric patterns.
Why not investigate some of the patterns, colours and shapes of the fabric design and have a go at designing one yourself?
This week’s maths focus is on multiplication. It includes using the times tables that you already know. Practise your tables speed here before you start any multiplication questions-it will save you lots of time in the end! https://www.timestables.co.uk/rally.html
Remember you should be able to work out 1, 2, 3, 5 and 10 times tables!
Look carefully at each question you do!
When you multiply you can swap round the numbers to help you.
10 X 7 is exactly the same as 7 X 10-we don’t know our 7 times tables yet but we do know 10s!
When you can’t use tables to help you, you must draw out groups like this:
4 x 6 = 4 groups of 6
Count up the ones and you will have the total number.
Here are some questions to get you started
3 x 2 =
5 x 3 =
4 x 10 =
Ask an adult to give you lots more questions! Green and blue groups think about how you might work out these questions: 10 x 15=
5 x 12 = 20 x 14 =
This week we are going to look at another book by Anthony Browne. It is called Little Beauty and it also about a gorilla. The story is based on a true story about a captive gorilla called Kiko. Kiko was part of a project that taught primates to communicate with people through sign language.
Here is the story: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SDNr-AKZ4x0
Can you see any similarities with last week’s book? There also similarities with the story ‘Beauty and the beast’. See whether you can make a list of the things each book has in common.
Spend some time researching about Kiko online and let us know your thoughts!
This week we are going to have a go at exploring tints and shades by studying a spectacular artist called Wassily Kandinsky. He was a Russian artist known for using lots of colours and shapes in his artwork. Here are some examples:
You will be recreating our own Kandinsky-inspired artwork. You will need some paints or colouring pencils for this activity. Follow the link below to take part in this lesson:
In science, we are learning about what different kinds of animals eat and then putting them into groups: carnivores (meat eaters), herbivores (plant eaters) and omnivores (meat and plant eaters). Watch this YouTube clip to hear an explanation about it.
Now use these pets below and put them into the three groups (if you’re not sure what they eat, use Google to help). You could organise them into columns or maybe a Venn diagram like this:
Can you think of anymore animals that you could add to each group?
This week in maths we are practising our subtraction skills.
Can you remember our little phrase and set out your subtraction to match it?
The easy way to take away is tally.
Small number, big number,
Small number in your head!
This is how it should look:
Questions to start you off:
Subtraction from 20
Subtraction from any tens number
Subtraction from any 2 digit number
EnglishThis week we will be looking at the book Gorilla, written by Anthony Browne.
Watch the story a few times until you are familiar with it and then have a go at re-writing the story. Include lots of time sequencing words to show how the story flows. The sentence starters below may help you.
First, then, next, after a while, some time later, the next morning, after a few moments, weeks passed.
Remember we would love to see your stories in school.
This term we would have been finding out about Africa in our ‘A Taste of Africa’ learning theme, so this week’s home learning is centred around a book called ‘The Ugly Five’ by Julia Donaldson, which is set in Africa.
You don’t need to have to the book; if you search for it on YouTube you will find a read aloud version to use. Below are some suggested activities you can do based on the book:
As always we love to see what you have been getting up to at home, so please send in photos of any work you have been doing!
Hi everyone, we hope you’re all well and happy.
As we are all being encouraged to go outside and because the weather has been nice, you could have a go at making insects using natural materials like these:
In this lesson, you will be making insects using natural materials you can find in your garden or on your walk, run or cycle! You will need things like small twigs, leaves, petals and stones. Follow the link below to watch the lesson first, then complete the activity!
Another great activity to do is to make musical instruments from things you can find around your home, like jam jars. Follow the link below for an online lesson and watch the video to see how the children create a jar xylophone using glass jars, food colouring, a wooden spoon and water.
Following the video, there 3 activity suggestions that you might like to do:
Activity 1:Make your own jam xylophone! Follow the steps to make your own jam jar xylophone. You just need some jars or glasses and some water. There are also some activity sheets you could download.
Activity 2: Play along with Play It! Choose a song from the Play It game and sing or clap along. You could also try playing along with your jam jar xylophone. Play It! contains songs such as I am a Robot, Hands in the Air, Take You Home, Be in the Band, Bring the Noise and Spooky World.
Activity 3: Your home is full of objects that can be turned into instruments. You can make your own and play along with your favourite tunes. You could even make a whole family orchestra.
Have fun being creative and remember to show us what you have been up to!
Over the next few weeks we will be reviewing our calculations methods. This means lots of practice with addition, subtraction, multiplication and division.
This week we will focus on our addition strategies. As always our children are individual learners and some children will be able to move more quickly than others so please ask your children which colour group they are in before having a go at the questions.
If anyone needs support with the strategies please look back at ‘money addition’ from 3 weeks ago or email for support.
The questions below give you ideas of the level of question to practise.
36 + 53 =
44 + 38 =
59 + 27 =
38 + 28 + 16 =
24 + 32 =
45 + 23 =
23 + 12 + 24 =
13 + 24 + 10 =
6 + 8 =
12 + 10 =
13 + 14 =
7 + 3 + 5 =
In English we would like you to look at the story ‘Going on a Bear Hunt.’ This is available on YouTube.
When you are familiar with the story and all the obstacles the family encounter, try to write your own version using different obstacles.
Can you follow the same language pattern?
Do share your learning with us!
Take care and stay safe.
Mrs F and Mrs S. xx
With the sun shining (hopefully), we are going to be learning about shadows and how they are formed.
You will need a pencil, a piece of paper, and some objects from around your home. These will be explained in the video that you can watch by following the link below:
Now you have learned a little bit about shadows, you are going to create some shadow art, with shadows being your source of inspiration for your work.
In this lesson, you will be learning all about light and how to create shadows and discussing different types of materials which help shadows to form. For this lesson you will need: pens/pencils, paper, toys to draw and light (torch, sunlight, lamp, etc). Follow the link below to take part in the lesson.
If you can’t watch the lesson online, use the picture above to give you the idea about what you need to do.
We are continuing our learning theme of money this week. We are moving on to finding change from £1.00
You may remember Mavis-she is a camel that helps us to find change. Sing the little song to yourself and it should remind you what to do! If not-follow these handy hints to help you with this week’s learning tasks.
Here are some questions for you to try:
You have £1 in your hand. You spend 25p. How much change do you get?
You have £1 in your hand. You spend 48p. How much change do you get?
You have £1 in your hand. You spend 72p. How much change do you get?
You have £1 in your hand. You spend 16p. How much change do you get?
You have 50p in your hand. You spend 25p. How much change do you get?
If you find these easy ask for a challenge!
Spend some time this week looking at the stories about Frog and Toad by Arnold Lobel. There are lots of different short adventure stories about them. Choose one of the stories and use the format below to write a review.
Describe the characters
Retell the story briefly
Say who you would recommend the book to
What ages is the story suitable for?
Give the story a star rating out of 5.
Draw an illustration from the story
As always, please share your work with us! We really look forward to seeing what you are getting up to!
Hi Kangaroos, how did you all get on with home learning last week? Don’t forget to send it to us at school to cheer us all up!
This week in maths we are continuing with our learning about money. Last week you all made certain you knew which coins we use in England and how to find coins to make different amounts of money. This website will help you to look at that again if you need to.
This week you are going to be practising adding money to find a total amount.
Please remember that adding money is just like ordinary adding with a bank but you will need to put p after each answer.
37p + 28 p = 65p £. t o
10 1 1 10 1 1 5 0
10 1 1 10 1 1 1 0
10 1 1 1 1 5
1 1 1 6 5
Use the items and prices in The Beach
Shop to find the total cost of 2 items.
You should practise at least 6 different questions to make sure that you are confident with adding money. Choose your own things to buy from the shop and then work out the total cost.
This week we would like you to choose a story from the following list and write down 10 questions for your family, friends or me and Mrs Siddall to answer. Remember all questions must end with a question mark ?
Online books you could use:
Meerkat Mail by Emily Gravett
Amazing Grace by Mary Hoffmann
Pumpkin Soup by Helen Cooper
Watch the story all the way through first and then watch again and pause when you think of a great question. Write your question down and then ask a parent to find the answer by watching the story too.
Earlier this year, we learned about materials and their properties, so we are going to return to this learning and look at which materials are reflective. Follow the link below to take part in a lesson where you will be learning about reflective and non-reflective materials. You will investigate which objects are made from reflective materials and which objects are made from non-reflective materials
As part of our learning about Africa, we would have been learning about the lots of different animals all over the world. Each animal has been classified by scientists so it belongs to a group. Discover some facts about each group by watching the clips below.
Learn about how animals are classified (sorted) into different groups.
Once you have watched the short videos, why not have a go at the two activities suggested.
We hope you’re all well and trying hard to focus on some learning while you’re at home. We’ve had some fabulous home learning shared with us but we would love to see lots more! Just email
and we will get back to you as soon as we can. Even if you just want to say ‘hello’, it would be great to know that you’re doing well.
This week we would have been reviewing our money topic.
You need to recognise all the British coins and know how to make different amounts of money using different coins.
Here is a link to help you practise:
Type ‘Year 2 money’ into the search tool to find lots of worksheets to download. If you don’t have a printer, please contact school and we will arrange to print some for you.
This week’s text is Cinder the Bubble Blowing Dragon
You can listen to this on Youtube and then try to rewrite the story in your own words. Put in lots of pictures as you go along to add interest.
Remember to put in lots of ‘good writing features’. These are different for each child so please ask if you aren’t sure what to focus on.
Sentence starters are very important to create a story that flows and sounds interesting to the reader. Here are some suggestions:
Long ago, Then, After some time, Next, A little while later, Days passed, Suddenly, At last, Finally
Continuing with our art theme for home learning, why not try to make a self-portrait using natural or recycled materials? Follow the link below to get involved in an online lesson.
In this lesson, you will learn all about the artist Jane Perkins, who is a British artist who uses recycled materials to make portraits. Here is an example of her work.
In science, we had been learning about some everyday materials and their basic properties. By following this link you can consolidate your learning:
This lesson includes: a video showing materials being used for certain objects and two activities to reinforce learning.
After this went down really well with the children still attending school, we thought the rest of you might like to have a go at it… making a bubble wand!
What you need:
plastic cups/ plastic soft drink bottles/ pipe cleaners/ plastic funnel/ drinking straws, scissors
Bubble Mixture: 50ml washing-up liquid (one part) and 300ml water (six parts)
You can use just about anything to make a bubble wand, but start with these ideas and experiment later.
Plastic cup: Punch a hole in the bottom to blow through. Dip the large open end into the solution and blow.
Plastic soft drink bottles: Cut the bottom off the bottle and dip. Use the lid end of the bottle to blow you bubbles.
Pipe cleaners: You can create just about any shape you like form a pipe cleaner, just make sure you keep a small section as a handle. Try with circles, stars or even triangles.
Plastic funnel: This already has a natural shape for a bubble wand. Using the large end to dip and the small end to blow, this is a sure winner!
Drinking straws: These should be small, but fast flowing bubbles. Why not bunch some together and see how many you can get. Dip and try!
REMEMBER-send in any of your home learning for us to celebrate or just let us know what you’ve been up to!
Hello to all our wonderful Kangaroos. We hope that you are all staying safe and well.
We are missing you all!
Here are a few ideas for this week’s home learning but remember you can still access the website learning that we told you about last week.
In maths we should be reviewing place value. Hundreds, tens and ones. If you Google ‘Place value Year 2’ you will find some excellent websites to practise your learning.
Look at the Powerpoint first to remind you about this topic and then choose some activities, games or worksheets to do.
Times tables are still very important to learn by heart-we’re expecting some great outcomes for 2,3,5 and 10 times tables when we see you next!
In English we would like you to try writing a riddle about an African animal.
Choose an animal but don’t tell anyone what it is.
Research lots of facts about it-size, colour, eating habits, home, special features.
Write a riddle with at least 5 clues, starting with the vague clues. As you write your clues, don’t give the game away right until the end. Try to use a different sentence starter for each clue.
Suggestions-sometimes, often, usually, when, if, I, you, never, always.
Here is an example:
I live in the deep, dark jungle of Africa and sometimes I walk across the open plains.
You will probably never see me in real life although there are some of my kind in some zoos.
Mostly I eat fresh, green plants and spiky twigs from trees but sometimes I also eat grass because I’m a herbivore. (That means I only eat plants).
Usually I live in a large family group so that I stay safe from predators.
Never come close to me because I could kill you very easily when I feel threatened.
When the numbers of my species are counted you will see that I’m an endangered animal because the numbers are so low.
Often, I’m protected from greedy poachers by kind rangers who want me to be safe.
Sometimes my beautiful, long tusks are stolen by evil hunters because they are valuable.
My long, flexible trunk and my enormous, flapping ears are two of my finest features.
What am I?
Let us know if you’ve guessed!! Answers next week!!
Last week lesson ideas about Africa were suggested; this week we are concentrating on Home learning focus learning about the four countries of the UK and their capital cities. Follow this link to take part in the lesson:
This lesson includes: a video to help you understand a map of the UK and its four countries; descriptions of the seasons and basic geographical terms and two practice activities.
Once you have taken part in the lesson, you could create a UK fact file with the information you have found out. You could use Google to help find out more information to add to your fact file.
After seeing some fantastic art work from last week, this week’s creative activity is to go on a texture treasure hunt! Follow the link below to take part:
In this lesson, you will be learning about an artist called Max Ernst. He created a technique in art called frottage. This is when you use your pencil to make rubbings of textured objects which you find around your home. You will need a pencil and paper.
Examples of last week’s work:
Thank you for sharing your work with us - we love to see what you are doing!
With what should have been the start of the summer term this week, Kangaroo Class should have been starting the new learning theme of ‘A Taste of Africa’. In order to kick start the topic, why not use Google Earth to explore where Africa is in the world; where Africa is in comparison to the UK and what countries make up the continent of Africa.
The following clips will help the children find out a little more about Africa and what it is like to live there. Africa is a huge continent and life in cities and in rural areas is very different as these clips show.
Some of the animals that live in Africa are mentioned in the clips. Choose an African animal and find out some more about it- What does it look like? Where does it live in Africa? What does it eat and what eats it? How does it get its food? Use what you have found out and create a fact file. Draw a picture of your animal to go with your writing.
As school closed for most of you, we were starting to explore colour and colour mixing in art. Use this online learning platform and take part in the lesson about colour in nature.
Get your parents to take a photo of your finished work and email it into school for us to see.
English and maths
There are now TWO fantastic online learning resources for English and maths.
The BBC Bitesize link is below:
Most children will be able to access the Year 2 learning but feel free to use Year 1 or Year 3 resources if you feel they match your child’s interests and abilities better.
The Oak National Academy has been set up by educational experts to give parents and children daily, progressive learning. Again, feel free to use this to suit your child’s needs.
Remember to send in any home learning that you would like to share with us!
Stay safe, Kangaroos, we’re missing you all!
Hi to all our Kangaroos and families. We hope you are staying safe and well. We are really missing you all!
Here are some of the things you could be doing next week. Remember reading is an absolute must and also times tables (2,3,5,10).
In maths we would have been revisiting fractions this week in school so have a look at these resources and see whether you still understand.
If you can’t access these then do let us know at school.
Maybe this week you could cut your sandwiches into different fractions-
Thursday- thirds (remember they must be equal!)
Watch the story of Mrs Armitage on Wheels on Youtube.
Make a neat list of all the things she adds to improve her bike.
See whether you can remember them all in order. Practise until you’ve got it and then ask an adult to test you.
Design your own bike with added features. Draw it neatly using a ruler for the labels like this:
When you’re happy with your design, write some sentences about each feature.
I’ve given my bike an extra comfy, red and yellow, spotty cushion because I want my bike to be more luxurious.
Purple Mash has 2 2Dos set: Using 2PaintAPicture, try creating a rainbow picture or an Easter scene. Also, using 2Code, can you create some code to make the fish move? Mrs Siddall will be able to see your work once you have done it. (A reminder of logins were sent home in the learning packs)
Why not exercise and relax using Cosmic yoga? They have short sessions and longer sessions all themed and exciting. Just type cosmic yoga into YouTube and take your pick.
In art, we had started to look at the work of artist, Van Gogh. Get creative and recreate his famous ‘Sunflowers’ painting yourself using a variety of media.
Draw with an illustrator— Amazing authors and illustrators Rob Biddulph , Steven Lenton and Lydia Monks have created some fantastic draw along videos on their twitter, and Instagram accounts for children to follow.
If the weather is kind, you could turn your hand to shadow drawing. On those lovely sunny days grab some paper, and any toys or objects from the house to create awesome shadow drawings.
We really miss seeing you all in school each day. We hope you are all keeping safe and well.
Here are some suggestions for you to try at home and how adults can help.
Our daily class structure looks like this:
Silent reading and reading to an adult - questions from parents about what has happened and what might happen next.
Explain any new words that the children don’t understand or get the children to Google search.
Physical movement-lots of online suitable activities
This is our phonics, spelling and grammar session
During the current situation there are many free resources on the website below
Please make sure that anything you use is suitable for your child-if it seems too easy, try the next year up. If it seems too hard try moving down a year.
The expected age group for our children is Year 2/ age 6-7
Please use the above Twinkl parents website if you can access it
We should be working on times tables (2,3,5,10)
Telling the time
English including reading and writing
Google David MacKee (Youtube) Elmer and the wind
Children can watch the video, rewrite the story and then draw their own patterned elephant.
If they are interested they could make up their own story with their new elephant as the main character.
Children read a text, suitable to their ability and answer questions about it.
Looking at unknown vocabulary and finding out/explaining what it means; using new words in sentences.
Before/during reading ask questions- What do you think will happen? (Prediction) Why did the character do …? How is the character feeling? How do you know? (Inference) Looking at the events in a story and sequencing them. (Sequencing) Tell me in a few sentences what happened in the story (Summarising) Asking them to find information from the story (retrieval).
Topic based activities including science, art, design and technology, history, geography, PE, Music and RE.
Some useful websites:
Twinkl (mentioned above)
Sharing a story is a lovely way to finish the day.
I saw a wonderful idea where children from schools had put a rainbow in their windows. When families went on local walks during isolation they could go on a rainbow hunt to see how many rainbows they could spot. Create a rainbow any way you like and place in in your window. Make someone smile.
Well it has been quite a week in Kangaroo Class as you can well imagine! Despite all that is happening, the children have still been working hard and making the most of the events in school.
On Tuesday, we had a cross fit workshop. The session started with a warm up of ‘flip the hoop’. We had to throw a beanbag into a hoop and if we managed it we flipped the hoop over so it was further away. The first group to get the hoop over a cone at the other side of the hall were the winners.
Next we had some relay games involving crab-walking, burpees and explosive star jumps. It was a fun session and got our hearts racing!
On Thursday, we had a visit from Chesterfield based company Wheely Fun Wheels who provided ‘Cycling Skills’ training at our school. The children were taken by two instructors, who quickly assessed their cycling skills and provided them with appropriately level tuition. The children were great - they listened well, took part with enthusiasm and were great ambassadors for our school. All of them made great progress, with many becoming confident riders by the end of the day. The instructors were full of praise for them and the children had a fantastic time. Well done Kangaroos - you should be proud of yourselves because the staff are proud of you!
Lastly, the Kangaroos staff would like to say stay safe and well over the coming few weeks and we hope to see the children back in school soon.
Kangaroos have been extremely busy again this week. They have been learning how to write a recount using exciting words and fantastic grammar.
Here is an excellent example of what Year 2 writing should look like. We think it’s amazing!
Do remember though that all children develop their writing skills at different rates and in different ways. All children are supported and encouraged to do their own personal best!
In maths the children are continuing to review everything they have learnt so far this year. This helps them to remember how to use lots of different maths skills. Ask them what they’ve learnt in maths this year - we thought of 20 different things together on the carpet!
In the afternoons the children are learning to recognise symbols on a map. They have put these symbols onto a map of Eckington and shared their learning in pairs. Do you recognise any of these symbols?
The teachers in Kangaroos Class are looking forward to catching up with you all next week at Parents’ Evening. Please arrive a short time before your appointment so that you can look through your child’s books and celebrate their learning with us.
What another busy and varied week and the children have been working hard as usual!
In geography, we have been learning about compass directions and finding our way around a grid using north, south, east and west. We learned a couple of rhymes to help us remember the order - ‘Naughty Elephants Squirt Water’ or ‘Never Eat Shredded Wheat’! We also looked at where the UK is on a world map and a globe and the children were introduced to some challenging words like equator and hemisphere! Well done to those children who can remember them and what they mean!
Thursday was a fun-packed and full day. Not only did we mark ‘World Book Day’ by either dressing up as a character from a book or by coming in pyjamas, but we also had a fashion parade during assembly so children could show off their outfits; a nursery rhyme competition (guessing well-known nursery rhymes by looking at clues) and a special school story session to round the day off. Here we are all looking amazing! Thank you for your help in making it a special day.
Thursday also saw a visit from the school nurse, who showed us how to wash our hands properly (which is even more important with today’s current issues). The children were shown how to wash their hands by the nurses. After putting a gel on their hands that showed up fluorescent under a special light, the children put their hand washing to the test and then came back to check how good they were by using the light again. Here are the results:
It was a very informative session and got the message across in a fun way. Ask the children to show you what they learned.
These are the clocks we use in school and the children are becoming familiar with how to set different times on them.
In the afternoons the children have been learning about eco-friendly ways to travel. They have designed their own eco-friendly transport, trying to ensure that the impact on the environment isn’t negative. There are some excellent designs!
On Monday and Thursday afternoons the children follow our PE curriculum and enjoy learning skills appropriate to their age and stage of development.
Please remember to make sure your child’s PE kit is in school on those days and that all earrings have been removed for safety. Thank you.
We have made it to the half term holidays and this break marks the half way point in the school year for our Kangaroos. As always, we have been working full out in all our lessons and this week has had a few extra things thrown in too!
On Tuesday, we had a Zumba workshop where the children combined dance with aerobic exercise. They were busy moving for 45 minutes and it got their hearts pumping!
In design and technology, we have been creating our designs for a vehicle for ‘Traction Man’ (a character from a story we have read). The children decided what the design criteria should be: moving wheels, an axle that turns, a car body for Traction Man to sit in, as well as some safety features that he should have - a seat belt was an essential (glad to see our Kangaroos are so safety conscious!) After making them using cardboard boxes, wooden wheels and dowel, we finally decorated them fit for any self-respecting superhero and tested them using our very own Traction Man!
On Wednesday after school, we had our end of term disco and here we are all togged up and ready to throw some shapes and dance the evening away to such classics as: Baby Shark, Superman, Let’s all do the conga and YMCA. The children had a lovely time and were particularly impressed with the chocolate bar they received as they left!
The Kangaroos staff wish you and the children a happy and safe holiday and look forward to seeing you after the break.
On Monday we will be collecting in all of the children’s reading records as part of our ongoing drive to raise standards in reading. Our survey will look at ‘reading success’ and ‘frequency of supported reading at home’. We are certain there is a link! Please keep reading at home!
Also, please try to ensure that your child’s record and reading book are in school every day so that we can support reading in school on a daily basis.
Almost half-term, Kangaroos! One more week of great learning and then a little rest for everyone!
Another busy week for Kangaroo Class!
Firstly, the children have taken to our new arrival arrangements well and have enjoyed coming in and starting the day with a reading activity - well done Roos for being so adaptable!
In science, we have been learning about ‘materials and their properties’. We started our learning by identifying different everyday materials (paper, cardboard, glass, plastic, wood, metal, brick and rock) and then sorting objects into these groups. Next we looked at the properties of the materials and why we use them for the jobs we do - for example, why do we use glass for windows and not for making jumpers out of! Next, we explored the properties of materials- could they be squashed, stretched, twisted or bent?
Sometimes during the morning and afternoon, we take brain breaks to get our bodies moving. Here we are practising our 3 times tables to ‘Supermovers’ and thinking about how we should work as a team.
The children really enjoy dancing and singing along for a few minutes and it gives them the break they need to restart their learning with new vigour!
Can anyone believe that we are already half-way through another term at school? How quickly the time is flying! It must be because Kangaroo Class is always so busy.
The children really did themselves proud this week with their faultless performances in our class assembly.
Massive well done to everyone! Such confident performers now.
Thank you to all the family members who were able to come along and support the children. It meant so much to us all.
In lessons the children have been learning how to find change from £1.00 or £10.00.
We use an interesting mnemonic to help the children to remember how to calculate change.
Ask your child about Mavis and see what they can tell you. Perhaps they can sing you the Mavis song!
In English the children have made super dull, dark and bright, light bookmarks to help them to save their page now that they are reading much longer books. This reflects the learning from a fabulous book called ‘The Flower’. They wrote the instructions first and then used their creative talents to make them. Look out for them when you read at home!
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.
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.
Did you know that Lego comes from the Danish 'leg godt' meaning ‘play well’?
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 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NIpEl4co-wY
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:
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!
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!
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!)
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.
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!
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!