Welcome to Year 2 - Hedgehogs Class! Mr MorGan is your Teacher and Mrs Margrie is your Teaching Assistant. Please take a look at some of the learning that has been taking place.
This term we are looking at Habitats in Science. Here is an activity we looked at in class today...feel free to have a go...
Letters to Santa and returning Harvey Slumfenburger's Christmas Present...
Year 2 went on a walk to try and find Santa's stopping point along the Spetisbury Trailway to deliver our Christmas letters and return a present that Santa had accidently left in our classroom for Harvey Slumfenburger, a poor boy, who only gets one present every year. We had a successful trip... our letters are posted, Harvey's present is on the way back to the North Pole so that Santa can redeliver it in time for Christmas, and we all had a great time looking for Christmas clues on the way. Mrs. Margrie's glowing hat certainly helped us to know that something magic was in the air!
Hedgehogs Class had a real mystery to solve when they came into class this morning.... there were snowy footprints on the classroom floor. They went from the fireplace by the Christmas tree all the way over to our reflection area and then back again. We quickly got our magnifying glasses out to examine the footprints. They weren't Mr. MorGan's, Mrs. Margrie's or Mr. Brown's footprints. Then we found a Christmas present, but it wasn't for us! It was supposed to go to someone called Harvey Slumfenburger. The only remaining question was: how did our mysterious visitor get in? Was it down the chimney? Through the window? Or by using secret Santa powers?
Hedgehogs Class visit Blandford Library!
Year 2 went to visit Blandford Library today. We travelled on the top deck of the X8 bus and saw lots of interesting things out of the window on the way. At Blandford Library we met Pat who told us about how the library worked. Then we went on a book hunt; listened to an Inuit story; found our own books to read; and enjoyed asking questions of the library staff. Mrs. Margrie even chose some books for us to take back to school! It was the best day ever!
Learning with playdough...
Our topic this half term has been 'Pole to Pole'. We have been learning about the seven continents of the world; life in the Arctic and life in Antarctica; animals that exist in the freezing cold conditions - like polar bears, penguins and reindeer; the plight of Scott and his men to reach Antarctica; and much more.
Our competitive playdough skills were put to the test however when we had to try and make the patterns or designs shown to us in just a few minutes before rolling up the playdough again and making the next one...
Making Jam Tarts was really fun! We washed our hands, put on our aprons, rolled out the pastry and used pastry cutters to make the tart. Then we added the jam (not too much, not too little!) and off they went to the oven. Eating them, of course, was the best part! Mr. MorGan has told us that we are going to be writing a set of instructions on how to make jam tarts in our Literacy books tomorrow. I hope we remember how to make them.
In R.E. lessons this week we have been looking at the work of St George's Crypt in Leeds in helping homeless people. We have used empty drinks cans to make little characters to remind us of the homeless. Each can has been decorated with old material and had a little blanket wrapped around it. Just as empty cans are often just left out on the street, so we remember that homeless people should not be treated in the same way.
As part of our new unit on 'Pole to Pole', the children have started learning about the harshness of winter weather. With this in mind, we couldn't resist but make some replica snow using two very special ingredients. Mrs. Margrie told us however that we mustn't put it in our mouths. We look forward to playing with the 'snow' in our free time.
Drumming Patterns with our friends in Owls...
Harvest Preparation and Assembly
3rd October 2018
Hedgehogs Class decided to make some Vegetable People (following the stimulus of VeggieTales) to celebrate harvest. Every child chose their own vegetable, created their own name and personality for their vegetable person, and presented this to parents this morning; and grandparents this afternoon.
Technology - Making Christopher Columbus money bags
As part of our topic on Christopher Columbus, we have been thinking about life on board ship. The sailors would have had little money bags to keep their few coins in. We made our own using some felt and some string. It was fun and we achieved the work very quickly!
27th September - Today, we were investigating materials that keep things warm. To do this, we carried out a Science experiment to see whether we could keep hot water at a steady temperature for a long time by wrapping water bottles with different materials - including bubble wrap, socks, paper and foil.
Dead, Alive and Never Alive
Our Science work has been tying in with our topic on Adventurers and Explorers, in particular, Christopher Columbus. In this lesson, we were learning that all things are either dead, alive or once were alive. We went out into our school grounds to see what we could find before classifying them back in the classroom. Our biggest surprise was to realise that a lot of our school uniform was once alive!
We have started our Maths unit this year by looking at place value. We quickly made some 'crocodile mouths' to help us work out which numbers are bigger than others. Now we know the rule that the crocodile always eats the bigger number!
Year 2 High Frequency Words and Common Exception Words