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Year 2 - Holly

WORKING AT HOME

Dear all,

Thank you for your patience and understanding in this unusual time. As stated in the working from home letter, each day children are expected to complete 1 piece on English work/comprehension from their booklet, 1 piece of Maths work from their booklet, 1 piece of additional work and some reading.

 

The additional work could be practising your keyword spellings, MyMaths, TTRS, physical exercise (see links below) or writing a descriptive piece of writing about a Pobble picture (see link below). On Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays I will post 3 additional topic based tasks to be completed in the green exercise books provided.

 

I have also put some links below to some other websites that are offering free games/activities or something fun to do for a break... I particularly like the webcams at Edinburgh Zoo!

 

If you have any problems, please email me on holly@balliolschool.co.uk – I will get back to you as soon as I can and I will do everything I can to help!

 

Miss Inskip

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Monday 23rd March: Geography/Computing

Find out about different plants and flowers that grow in a rainforest. Organise your information using bullet points in your exercise book.

How does the climate affect how and where plants grow?

What is your favourite plant? Why?

 

Here are some websites to get you started…

https://www.activewild.com/tropical-rainforest-plants-list/

https://wwf.panda.org/knowledge_hub/where_we_work/amazon/about_the_amazon/wildlife_amazon/plants/

https://www.delfinamazoncruises.com/amazon-flora/what-plants-are-in-the-amazon-rainforest/

https://www.rainforestcruises.com/jungle-blog/coolest-plants-in-the-amazon

 

Wednesday 25th March: Art and Design

Create a collage of a flower using different paper and fabrics. I have put a few examples below to get you thinking.

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Think about the colours and different textures you could use. How could you show all the detail of the parts of the flower?

 

I would love to see a photo of the art you create or just to hear from you… email me! holly@balliolschool.co.uk

 

Stay safe! 😊

 

Friday 27th March: RE

We have been learning about lots of different special times that different religions celebrate including Diwali, Christmas and Chinese New Year. We have discussed other special times that we may celebrate including birthdays, christenings, weddings or the birth of a family member. Choose a special time that you celebrate and draw a picture and write a few sentences to describe how and why you celebrate it. This could be religious but it does not have to be.


I hope you have all had a good week and are enjoying the sunshine! ☀ Enjoy your weekend.

CHALLENGE

Below is a video showing the British Sign Language for the song 'This Is Me' from the film 'The Greatest Showman.' This song is about everyone being unique and special in their own ways, but appreciated for who they are. I wanted to remind you all that you are extremely special and I am proud to have you in our Holly class team.

 

Therefore, if you learn the signs for the chorus (or the whole song if you're feeling up for a super challenge!) and you perform it when we are back at school, I will give you 100 house points and a fantastic news! This is a lot trickier than 'You've Got A Friend In Me' but I genuinely believe you can all do it if you persevere. I am going to be having a go too... good luck!

Monday 30th March: Science

Our new topic after flowers, is minibeasts. If you can, go outside on a minibeast hunt! Explore different habitats to search for ants, spiders, ladybirds and other minibeasts. In your exercise book, draw a picture of the ones you found or stick in photographs and write about them answering the questions below…

What is it called?

Where did you find it?

Why do you think you found them where you did?

 

🌻 PS I thought I would give you an update on the sunflowers that we planted... have a look at the photos below! Mrs Ganson took them home to look after them whilst we are not at school. She has informed me that Immy’s one is currently the tallest but they are all doing very well! 🌻

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Wednesday 1st April: Science

Go on the scavenger hunt below and record what you find in your exercise book in full sentences. Enjoy!

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Friday 3rd April: Music

Aardvarks! See the aardvarks!

They are drinking cans of coke!

Aardvarks! See the aardvarks!

They are drinking cans of coke!

Big baboons in party hats

Big baboons in party hats

Aardvarks! See the aardvarks!

They are drinking cans of coke!

 

Holly verse

Tigers, see the tigers!

They are walking on the moon!

Tigers, see the tigers!

They are walking on the moon!

Unicorns are dabbing well

Unicorns are dabbing well

Tigers, see the tigers!

They are walking on the moon!

 

Lilac verse

Lions, see the lions!

They are licking lollipops!

Lions, see the lions!

They are licking lollipops!

Moo moo cows are eating crisps

Moo moo cows are eating crisps

Lions, see the lions!

They are licking lollipops!

 

Create another verse to our ‘Zootime’ song. Can you think of a silly thing an animal could do? Remember to think about how many syllables the line has in it to make it fit with the rhythm. Create some actions to help you remember the words to your new verse. Sing your song to someone in your family; can you use some items from around your house to play whilst you sing? If not, try using your body to create a sound (clapping, clicking, stomping etc). I would love to hear your songs!

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Easter Holidays

Hi Holly class! I hope you have had a lovely 2 weeks. It has been odd not being at school and seeing you all… I have missed you! I have really enjoyed reading emails from you, so thank you if you have sent some. I have been busy writing reports and getting ahead on some planning but it is my turn to go into school from the 6th of April. I thought I would put a few ideas on here for over Easter if you fancy it or have any spare time.

 

I hope you have a lovely Easter break, enjoying chocolate, and I hope to see you soon.

 

From, Miss Inskip 🐰🥚🍫🐇💐

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A Special Treat

Hi Holly class, I thought I would record myself reading one of our favourite books for you to enjoy at home. Hope you are all keeping well!

No-bot The Robot With No Bottom Story

Still image for this video

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Dear Holly Class,

Thank you for visiting our class page! You will find updates about what we have been getting up to and also links to help support your learning at home. If you think of anything that you would like to have on our page then please let me know.

 

Love from Miss Inskip frown

 

PS Remember your e-safety rules before clicking on any of the internet links on this page. For more information on how to stay safe, visit the e-safety page.

Parents Section

General Class Information

  • Class Teacher – Miss Inskip
  • PPA Cover Teacher (Tuesday pm) – Mrs K
  • Other adults in Holly class: Mrs Ganson, Miss Wharton, Miss French and Mr Pope

 

PE is outside on a Wednesday afternoon and inside on a Friday morning. Please ensure that your child has appropriate PE kit in school for all PE sessions.

 

Homework

  • Reading
    • Please try to write in your child’s reading diary when you hear them read at home
  • Maths
    • Weekly tasks are set on MyMaths
    • Children are working towards their Bronze times tables award (2s, 5s and 10s) and can use TTRockstars to help them
  • Spellings
    • A new set is sent home at the end of every week to practise

As well as your weekly spellings, please practise the spellings below as you should know all of these by the end of Year 2!

 

Autumn 1 Topic - Amazing lives

 

Here are some useful websites to visit:

Autumn 2 Topic - Colour

 

Here are some useful websites to visit:

Spring 1 Topic – Road to Rio

 

Here are some useful websites to visit:

What have we been up to?

 

Friday 6th September

The past few days, we have been reading ‘Silly Billy’ by Anthony Browne and looking closely at the worry dolls. We discussed our worries and who we can talk to if we feel worried. Then, we designed and created our own worry dolls who live in our trays at school! When we are worried about something, we can put our doll on Miss Inskip’s desk and she will speak to us in the day about our worry to help us feel better.

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Friday 20th September

We had a visit from the local fire station to teach us how to stay safe. They showed us the clothes they have to wear to protect themselves and taught us some reminders.

 

If your clothes are on fire – STOP, DROP, ROLL! If there is a fire in your house – GET OUT, STAY OUT, CALL THE FIRE BRIGADE OUT! If there is smoke – STAY LOW!

 

Then, we went outside and saw the fire engine but unfortunately, they got called on a job, we hope everyone is okay!

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Monday 30th October

We have been thinking about how to care for each other in RE and today we had a visit from a nurse to talk to us about how they care. We had lots of questions and were able to link in our understanding of Florence Nightingale.

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Friday 4th October

This afternoon, some of us had a go at gardening! We have a little area outside our classroom, which we look after, and we were lucky enough to have some of the Year 3’s come and help us. A big thank you to Mrs Ganson who bought in some plants for us to set.

Wednesday 9th October

This morning, Mr Burraway found a hedgehog in our outside area near our classroom. We gave him a cardboard box to put the hedgehog in and he said we could look after it for the day. We named her ‘Holly’ and gave her a soft jumper to sit on, some food and water. We spoke about hedgehogs hibernating, their spikes and what nocturnal means. Having Holly hedgehog was a good start to our English lesson, where we read ‘Piggybook’ by Anthony Browne, as Mrs Ganson taught us the similarities between hedgehogs and pigs. A big thank you to Miss Litchfield who very kindly took Holly hedgehog afterschool to someone who could help her get better! 🦔

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Wednesday 30th November

We have been using Andy Goldsworthy’s art as inspiration to create our own using natural materials (feathers, conkers, flowers, leaves, twigs etc). We have enjoyed going outside to arrange natural materials, cutting and sticking pebble-shaped paper and we are looking forward to using clay to recreate some of his work.

Monday 4th November

We are rehearsing for our class assembly, which is on Thursday the 14th of November. Please could you learn your lines at home and rehearse our GoNoodle dance to ‘Best Time Ever.’

Thursday 14th November

This morning we performed our class assembly to KS1 and our parents, displaying everything we have been doing so far in Year 2. We showed some artwork, our singing, our dancing and read our lines clearly. Miss Inskip and the adults in Holly class are very proud of us all!

 

We have also been exploring the book Traction Man and thinking about the story settings that he visited. We created our own setting and used our imagination to think about how some items could be other things. For example, the scissors became terrifying sharks!

🎄 REMINDER 🎄

Christmas performance tickets are on sale at the office.

Wednesday 4th December 2pm

Thursday 5th December 6pm

Tuesday 2nd December

We are exploring colour in Art and have been looking at the artist Kandinsky and their work. Have a look at some of our representations below which we created on the computer!

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Friday 6th December

We have earned 100 stars on our class 100 square, which meant we got a treat today! This afternoon we watched ‘Toy Story 4’ and had some yummy snacks. We enjoyed signing along to ‘You’ve Got A Friend In Me.’

Monday 6th January 2020

We are enjoying learning a sign (British Sign Language) of the day and have already learnt over 30! If you would like to join in at home, there is a link below to a website, which updates their BSL sign, daily.

Friday 10th January

In English this week, we have been reading and creating a range of winter poems, including acrostic and shape poems. We have enjoyed learning about the different features of poetry including rhyming words, alliteration and similes.

 

Here are some links to some of the poems we have read.

Wednesday 15th January

Today we went on a walk around Kempston to look for the human and physical features to support the work we are doing in Geography. We followed a map and stopped regularly to talk about what we could see. We enjoyed pointing out some of our houses and some of the human features that we have been in, e.g. The Co-Op. We discussed zebra crossings, the war memorial and general road safety. Some of us worked out how you can identify the different types of houses and which type we lived in. The main physical feature we identified was The Spinney but it was flooded with all the rain we have had recently! Thank you to all the adults who came and helped. Have a look at some of our photos below…

Thursday 13th February

As part of our RE lessons this half term, we had a visit from Hayley who represented The Salvation Army. She spoke to the children about the impact of their work on homelessness in conjunction with the food bank. The children were very inquisitive and asked many questions. At the end of the session, we presented her with a range of items including warm clothing and food, which was kindly donated by a local church.

Tuesday 25th February

We have started our new maths cycle… shape! This morning, we enjoyed going on a shape hunt around school, searching for 2D and 3D shapes. Have a look at some that we found below, can you name them?

Thursday 5th March

Today was World Book Day! We enjoyed reading 4 different books across Year 2 and Year 3, along with participating in fun activities! Lots of us dressed up as a book character and the theme for the books we read was ‘recycling.’ The book we read in Holly class was Somebody Swallowed Stanley by Sarah Roberts. It was about a plastic bag called Stanley who was floating about in the sea, unfortunately being swallowed by different sea creatures. It created lots of discussions about the impact of plastic in the ocean. How could you help to recycle at home?

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Wednesday 11th March

This afternoon we explored our senses and the impact of smelling something without being able to see it! We worked hard on listening to other people’s views and expressing our opinion in a respectful way. Our task was to guess the smell from inside a cup and explain why we liked or did not like it. The smells were; perfume, cheese, orange peel, coffee, burnt toast, lavender, mint and even manure! Lots of us liked perfume, orange peel and mint but most of us did not like the cheese or manure!

Thursday 12th March

Our seeds have grown! We are looking forward to seeing what happens over the next few weeks and replanting them outside.

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