Using Scratch Junior in Computing

This term, year 2 have been using the program ‘Scratch Junior’ to give a character instructions to follow and learn about repetition on a program. They were able to give their character instructions, such as, which direction to turn in, which direction to move in and how to move…

They also were able to change the design of the setting of where their character was. We have also been learning about the importance of team work and lending a helping hand, even to your teacher, if anyone is stuck or is having trouble working something out.

The Infant Singing Festival Summer 2021

I was one proud teacher on Monday afternoon when we recorded out two song entries for the annual infant singing festival, hosted by Walsall Music Hub.

Year 2 children sung ‘This Is Me’ from The Greatest Showman and an original song written especially for the singing festival called ‘Lockdown Life’.

The children thoroughly enjoyed themselves. It is so lovely to hear them sing and perform!

Below are some photographs and a video clip from their performance. It has been sent off to Walsall Music Hub and then it will be put into a large movie, which will be aired on their YouTube channel on Thursday 1st July. More information about how to access this will be given out soon.

Little Red Riding Hood

This week, Year 2 were introduced to the story of Little Red Riding Hood. The big bad wolf left us a letter and some clues in the outdoor retreat for us to find and work out what traditional tale he came from. We read the story of Little Red Riding Hood in the retreat and discussed the meaning behind the characters’ actions. Some of the children also made a prediction about what might happen next…

Our learning this half term

Below are a collection of photos from the past four weeks since the children returned to school on March 8th.

They have all worked incredibly hard and we look forward to seeing how they progress further in the summer term.

Making Easter cards using water colours in Art
World Book Day in school
Designing and making a microhabitat in Science and D+T

Map drawing

As part of Geography home learning this week, Year 2 were learning all about maps – how to follow a map, what they are used for, what the different symbols on maps mean and what the different compass points are.

I set them a challenge to draw a map of their garden or an outdoor area near their house.

Thank you key workers!

Before half term, Year 2 were learning about significant nurses in History.

The end of this unit of work focused on looking at how nurses and key workers on the front line during the Covid-19 pandemic have been just as important as nurses from the past.

I asked them to make a thank you poster for all of the key workers who have kept society going whilst there have been lockdowns and restrictions across the UK.

They had the last week of the half term and over the half term holiday to complete their posters.

Elliott H
Elliott L
Rebeca
Thomas

Litter picking

Over February half term, Madeline and her younger sister Edith went litter picking in their local park.

They saw someone with one and asked if they could have one.

Madeline said she wanted to keep the planet clean and was sad how much rubbish people leave on the ground amd they should put it in a bin or take it home.

Edith said it is naughty and they need to put it in a bin.

Well done to both of you! This was such a good opportunity to highlight this terms value of responsibility.

Letters to Goldilocks’ mum

Some of Year 2 were asked to write a short letter to Goldilocks’ mum to explain where she had been and what happened to her red shoes.

I was so impressed with the detail in each of their letters. They all showed a clear understanding of the story and I was very pleased to hear from parents at home that they had worked hard on their own to write their letters and include all of the correct information.

As well as full stops, Year 2 were challenged to use some commas in their letters too. I am very proud of the children for remembering how to use commas in a list correctly from our literacy lessons last term.

I hope you enjoy reading them!