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PSHE- Wants or needs and saving money

 

To begin our PSHE lesson we imagined that we landed on an isolated, inhabited island! We worked in groups to think of things that we would need to survive! Then as a class we discussed our ideas, getting rid of several choices as we thought they weren't essential. Then we got into partners to sort all our ideas into the most important, important and least important. We then thought about the difference between wants and needs.

 

In second part of the lesson we were thinking carefully about money... what it means to earn, save and spend, even thinking about what interest means! We then wrote and drew about what we wanted to save for.

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Eid Celebration

 

Today we had a lovely celebration for Eid! It was so lovely to see so many of you there, enjoying the beautiful mehndi  and delicious food. All the children in the school have been learning the song Crescent Moon and a selection of children from each class performed this for our guests today.

We hope you all had a wonderful Eid.

 

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Well done to the peer mediators for their hard work and dedication this year! Today they received their gold certificates.

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Welcome to the Kingfisher Class page!

 

Our teacher is Miss Arthur and our teaching assistant is Mrs Humphries.

We are both really looking forward to the new school year and are eager to work alongside you to help your child grow, develop and not just learn, but flourish this year.

 

Important information:

 

Homework-

Homework is given out every Friday and needs to be returned by the following Wednesday. The homework will comprise of three different and increasingly difficult tasks: bronze, silver and gold challenges. If children put their best effort into their work and return it on time, they will receive a sticker, and a bonus one if they complete the gold challenge. 10 stickers on their chart means that they will get a prize!

 

Spellings-

Spellings will be handed out every Friday, children need to learn these and bring their spellings books back, ready to update with the new spellings at the end of the week.

 

Reading-

Please support your child by reading with them for at least ten minutes every day, this will help their progress in reading and creative writing so much! Please sign their reading records and bring them to school every day in their book bag.

 

Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions, I am available after school every day and am more than happy to help you so that together we can help your child make brilliant progress with their education this year.

Sports Day

 

Today was Sports Day at Birches Green Infants, it was fantastic! The children competed in 6 different events; sack race, egg and spoon, javelin throw, football and basket ball shoot out, multi skills and space hoppers!

 

The children were very excited and put their best effort in, well done!

 

Art- Romero Britto

 

Today we continued our artist studies, finding out about the life and work of Romero Britto, a famous Brazilian pop art artist.

 

We began by looking at some examples of his work, discussing what we noticed, liked and thought about the work.

It looks like a jigsaw puzzle- Simone

I like the patterns- Sakina

It is very artistic as it is so colourful- Lewis

There is one main picture in each piece of art- Lily

I notice they are abstract as they aren't realistic, like the Paul Keith castles we painted- Amani

Some of the patterns repeat- Mason.

 

Miss Arthur modelled they stages to create the art and we gave her ideas for patterns. We used thick white card, pencils, black felt tips, thick colouring pencils and broad marker pens.

 

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Computing- Programing

 

Today we have been finding out more about programing! We first talked about what an algorithm is (an instruction input into a robot) and different language and symbols we could use for algorithms.

 

We then used Scratch on the computers and Daisy Dino on the ipads to complete a series of programing challenges.

 

Questions to ask:

* What types of robots can you think of?

* Why is programing useful?

* Can you draw symbols to show a simple algorithm sequence?

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Music- Picture tunes

 

Today in music we were thinking about mood and feeling. We worked in a group to compose a piece of music that was inspired by a picture of our choice.

We hope you enjoy our creations.

Art- Georgia O'Keeffe

 

In art we have been learning about a new artist, Georgia O'Keeffe. She was famous for drawing and painting beautiful flowers, using bight colours, bold, flowing movements and filling her page.

 

What do you think of our Georgia O'Keeffe style art?

 

Questions to ask:

* Where was she born?

* When did she pass away?

* Which mediums and materials did you use?

* How could you improve you piece of art?

Maths Challenge

 

Miss Arthur set us a little challenge... Can we find all the different pentominoes? A pentomino is a pattern made out of 5 squares.

We worked in partners, having to use trial and error to think of all the different possibilities. We could use real cubes to help us if we needed.

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Well done to the attendance winners!

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English- The Gingerbread Man

 

The Gingerbread Man is our story in our English lessons for the next few weeks. Today we learnt the story. First, Miss Arthur read the story and we joined in the parts we knew, then we added actions and expression.

 

We worked in groups to 'ping pong' the story and then performed different parts of the story to the class.

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Business Enterprise Winners!

 

Wow, what a day! Today was Birches Green Business Enterprise judging day, which we were all very excited. We all worked extremely hard in Kingfisher class, planning, creating, running and evaluating our 'Egg Stars' business back in the Easter term, but today 6 children were chosen to represent the class and present our Business to five important judges!

 

These children were wonderful, speaking confidently and with a business mind, well done! I can proudly say that Kingfisher class won the Business Enterprise this year, WELL DONE!!!

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Art- Sunflowers

 

Today we were learning about an artist called Vincent Van Gogh. We began by looking at different paintings by the artist, thinking about what we could see, what we noticed, what we liked and didn't like.

 

We then learnt a bit more about his life and one of his most famous paintings, sunflowers. To create our own sunflower paintings we used pencils, black crayons and watercolours.

 

Look at our amazing work!

 

Questions to ask:

When did Van Gogh live?

Can you name and describe any of his other paintings?

What did you find challenging about creating your painting?

The Queen's Birthday

 

Today has been a special day in school, as we have been celebrating Queen Elizabeth's 90th birthday! We all wore red, white and blue in honour of her Majesty. Before lunch, we were busily making cucumber sandwiches, using the computers to research about the queen, making creative crowns to wear and using pastels and watercolours to create portraits of the Queen.

 

The afternoon ended with a lovely party, full of singing and delicious food.

 

What a celebration!

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Science- Materials

 

We began our new science topic today, which is all about materials. Firstly, we thought about what we already knew about materials from Year 1:

Metal is a material (Noah)

Wood comes from trees and it is not as hard as bricks (Alex)

Bottles are made from glass or plastic (Alim)

Leather comes from cows (Eloise)

Man made things are made by people, natural is just on Earth already (Fatou)

Wool comes from sheep so it is natural (Jess)

When you make something you need materials (Olivia)

Foam is a material (Jessica)

 

Next we thought about why the same objects could be made from different materials. For example, a spoon can be made out of wood, metal or plastic.

Then we explored materials around us., going for material hunts!

 

Questions to ask:

Why is a plastic spoon good for a baby?

What does man made mean?

Define materials

How many materials can you name?

 

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PE- Cricket

 

We played a game of Quick Cricket in our first PE lesson this half term, it was great fun! We learnt about the special words you use in cricket like wicket and runs, we did some warm up exercises and skills and then we got into 4 teams to play Quick Cricket.

 

We found it hard to throw the ball in an accurate underarm movement and to hit the ball, so we will be practising lots!

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Music- Nursery Rhymes

 

Today in music we were learning about nursery rhymes. Firstly, we thought about what a nursery rhyme is and thought showered all the examples we could think of. After singing some nursery rhymes, we then made up our own version of Baa Baa Black Sheep, it was very funny!

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Science- Sugar contents

 

In Science this week we have been learning about the amounts of sugar in our food and how to reduce our sugar intake. We were all shocked to hear how much sugar is in cereal, yoghurts and coke, way too much! We found out that children our aged shouldn't eat more than 6 cubes worth of sugar a day, but amazingly there are already 3 cubes in a muffin, 5 in some yogurts and 5 in some juice cartons!

 

Questions to ask:

How many grams of sugar can you have a day?

Why can too much sugar be bad for you?

What foods can you swap to reduce how much sugar you eat?

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RE- Trip to the Church

 

Today Kingfisher class went on a trip to St Barnabas Church in Erdington. We met Reverend Freda Evans who took us into the peaceful church. We began by talking about what we knew about the church, then we explored the church and all the different things we could find. Next we went into a quiet part of the church, where we talked about the importance of prayer and silence in the church. We listened to a story from the Bible and said a prayer. At the end of our morning we had a biscuit and a drink, while singing some song together.

 

We all had a really brilliant morning.

 

Questions to ask:

What is the font used for?

What did you learn about Jesus?

Why do we light candles in church?

What was shaped like a boat?

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Our thank you card fro Freda

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Trip to the Juniors

 

On Thursday Kingfisher class spent the morning at the Junior School. The children and their parents got into groups and took part in a variety of different activities; making paper helicopters, testing out the PE equipment and an outside scavenger hunt. It was a brilliant opportunity for the children to familiarise themselves with their new school and to talk to some of their new teachers.

 

Questions to ask:

What was you favourite part of the morning?

What are you most looking forward to at the juniors?

Is there anything else you want to find out about the juniors?

Science- PE based investigation

 

Today in science we were exploring how to carry out an investigation. The children had a selection of PE equipment to explore, which they then had to use to generate a question to investigate: How many hops can you do in one minute? How many speed bounces can you do in one minute? How many throws can you do in one minute?

 

We discussed what a fair test means and how we had to keep the time the same for each investigation. Then we talked about the meaning of these scientific words: equipment, findings, method.

 

Questions to ask:

What did you investigate?

What were your findings?

How would you improve your investigation next time?

How was it a fair test?

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REP performance

 

On Monday morning, Year 2 went on a wonderful trip to the REP Theatre in Birmingham. After al the hard work of planning and writing our scripts and creating puppets and backdrops, some of the children got the opportunity to perform their play in front of hundreds of other children. One lucky group also got to watch professional actors act out their play!

 

All the staff were very proud of the children's performances, where they spoke clearly, with expression and confidence, well done!

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Maths- Time

 

This week in maths we have been learning about time. As a challenge at the end of the lesson, the children worked in pairs to solve some time word problems.

 

Can you solve these ones?

I start watching tv at 3.00. I watch it for 1 hour, what time does it end?

I went swimming at 4.30 for an hour, what time do I finish?

I went to the park at 2.30 for an hour and a half, what time to I get home?

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Photo fun

 

Today we had our leavers photos. It was such fun to all get together as a class and take some photos to treasure, the Birches Green Owl was even in some of the photos!

 

We hope you are excited to see the end results!

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Book Fair

 

Don't forget that the Book Fair is on all week after school, come and have a look at the lovely books that are on sale from as little as £2.00.

 

Let me know which book you bought, maybe you could bring it in for show and tell.

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PE- Golf

 

This week in PE we worked on our accuracy of our golf swings. We had two different activities where we had to roll a ball or put a ball between cones, aiming for the end cones which you could win.

 

The children loved this and I could see big improvements in their aim, power levels and accuracy, well done!

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Owls Get Fit Week

 

This week Owl Class have been preparing for their business enterprise, all about getting fit! We were lucky enough to join in on their get fit video and were even filmed!

 

Don't forget to bring £1 next week to buy the video with you staring in it!

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Drama performance

 

This afternoon we were treated to a wonderful performance by drama club. The short play was all about the local making of Spitfire planes during the war.

 

The children acted, spoke and sang brilliantly, we all loved seeing it!

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PE- Golf

 

Today in PE we did a special lesson with Mrs Terridge, all about golf. To begin with we talked about what we already know about golf, some of us got a bit confused with mini golf. Then, we found about the different parts of a golf course and the equipment you use to play, like a putter.

 

To warm up we had to run between the green, water, tee and sand cones, are hearts were beating very fast.

 

We then watched carefully about how to swing and put properly, we loved having a go at this.

 

To get better we need to work on our aim, power and holding of the club.

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PE Core task- Striking and fielding

 

This half term in PE we are focusing on games, specifically striking and fielding. To begin our new unit we went outside for PE for the first time this year. We worked in small teams, with fielders, a bowler and a batter. Miss Arthur watched carefully to see what we already knew about bowling, using a bat and catching a ball.

 

We found it quite tricky to bowl the ball at the right height, to decide who was going to field the ball and to swing at the right time so that we hit the ball. We will be working on all these things this half term.

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Performing at the Rep Theatre

We have been working with Philip (with one 'l') from the Rep Theatre each Wednesday after school in a drama club. We all took part in bringing ideas together to develop a short play which we then got to perform at the Rep Theatre in Birmingham. We were all very excited and a little nervous on the night but we were fabulous and performed really well. We all thoroughly enjoyed our experience. Here are some of the pictures from behind the scenes and also a little video of part of the rehearsal. 

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Picture 7 The Lion from the Lion, Witch and the Wardrobe.
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Spring Celebration

 

To celebrate Spring and the festival of Easter, the whole school put on a wonderful performance this morning, full of music, singing and poetry.

 

Kingfishers class performed a famous poem called Daffodils by William Wordsworth. Then they sang the 'Spring Chicken' song with Kestrel class, what a lovely celebration.

DT- making the moving vehicles

 

This week we have been constructing our moving vehicles to transport our deadly spiders. We used different cardboard boxes to make the body of the vehicle and masking taped them together. Next we measured doweling and used a saw to cut it to the correct size. Next we glued the wood to the bottom of the vehicle to make the chassis.

 

Later in the week we painted our vehicles and designed and made warning signs to attach.

 

Questions to ask:

Why are warning signs needed?

What colours are often used for a warning sign?

What safety rules did we follow when we used the saw?

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The Egg Stars advert

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great advert scripted and delivered by the advertising team!

Irish dancing!

 

To celebrate St Patrick's Day Year Two performed an amazing Irish dancing routine to a packed playground full of teachers and children.

 

As the classes came out, the audience were cheering and waving flags excitedly. After each class performed their dance, the whole year group sang 'In Dublin's Fair City'.

 

Well done Year 2!

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The assembly presentation team

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Watch Leo and Lilly's great presentation promote our Business Enterprise in assembly tomorrow.

Art- Pointillism

 

Today we learnt about a new artistic technique and an artist!

 

We began by exploring different paintings in groups, thinking about what techniques and materials have been used. Then we found out about an artist called Seurat who used many tiny dots to create a wonderful, artistic effect.

 

We then choose what method and materials we wanted to use, felt tips, paint (with ear buds!) or ICT.

 

Look at our super art!

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RE- The Easter Story

 

In RE we have been learning about the Easter story. We began by thinking about what we already know about the story of Easter and Christianity.

 

We then chose an activity to complete about the Easter story;

* Working as a group to order and retell the story.

* Creating an Easter comic on the ipads

* Using stick puppets re tell the story

* Completing a quiz on the computers

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Kingsbury Indoor Athletics competition

 

Today we took part in a competition run by Kingsbury school, we worked in a team to complete four different indoor athletics tasks; javelin, chest pass, speed jump and standing jump.

 

Everyone worked really well as a team!

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SPAG parent workshop

 

A huge thank you to all the parents who came to our SPAG workshop yesterday, I hope you enjoyed it as much as Kingfisher class did.

 

It was a great opportunity to discuss the expectations of SPAG for the end of year and to explain specific vocabulary that we use in school. It was wonderful to see children and parents enjoying the fun and practical activities together.

 

Please let me know if you want any further support around SPAG.

 

Questions to ask:

How many word types can you name?

What is an adverb?

Say 3 commands.

What is a contraction? How many can you name?

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Our Business Enterprise

 

The Egg Stars

 

Kingfishers are holding an amazing Easter egg hunt. It's healthy because you have to do lots of running. The date is going to be the 21st to 24th March. The location is the playground. The price is 50p. We will come  round next week so you can sign up.The prizes  you will win will be eggtastic, creamy egg!

 

Written by Kai, Vaibhav and Jordan

DT- Moving vehicle

 

On Monday we received a letter from my friend Professor Winslock, who is a scientist at Birmingham University. He was asking for our help as in the next few weeks he needs to move a poisonous spider from his laboratory to a new one and as we are learning about insects, he was wondering if we could design and make a vehicle to transport the dangerous spider in.

 

He gave us a design brief:

* Moveable vehicle

* Strong and secure

* Opening or section to hold the spider

* Clear warning signs

 

We accepted the challenge and began by exploring different moving vehicles to discuss how they were built and how they move. We then talked about the specific parts of a vehicle that allow it to move; a chassis, the wheels and the axels.

 

In teams of 3, we created a design, or as Alex said 'a blueprint' for our vehicle.

 

Thank you to all the parents who have supplied us with boxes to make the vehicles!

 

Questions to ask:

* What is a chassis?

* How do the wheels and axels work?

* How many moving vehicles can you name?

* Describe your vehicle design.

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Yummy homework!

 

In our GOLD challenge of our maths homework this week the children were asked to bake something delicious, weighing out all the ingredients in grams using a scale and then recording their ingredients in their homework books.

 

The staff were treated to some scrummy treats, you were all busy learning about weights and measuring, well done!

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Music- Ugly Bug Ball instrumentals

 

In music today we listened to an old song called 'The Ugly Bug Ball', which is all about a variety of insects going to a party!

 

We explored the sounds of a variety of different instruments and discussed what we could hear, what we liked about them and what we didn't like. Next we thought about how we could add our instruments alongside the song to make it sound even better, the outcome was fantastic!

 

Questions to ask:

* What instrument did you use?

* What was the pitch of your instrument?

* What insects were named in the song?

* Can you sing your song to someone at home?

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Art- Mother's Day card

 

Today we have been getting creative to make beautiful eye catching Mother's Day cards. I showed the children how to use the technique of collaging, using lots of different exciting materials.

 

The children then chose their own picture to draw an outline for and filled it with beads, glitter, tissue paper, cellophane and all sorts of materials.

 

I hope you enjoy your cards.

 

Questions to ask:

What does collage mean?

What is your top tip for making a collage?

Which part did you find tricky?

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World Book Day

 

We have ended our day beautifully! After playtime the children got cosy in their pyjamas, onesies, dressing gowns and slippers to settle down 'in front of the fire' to read one of their favourite bedtime stories.

 

We discussed why the book we brought in was one of our favourites and listened to Miss Arthur read one of her favourite stories, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, while we drunk delicious hot chocolate!

 

I hope you're enjoying lots of lovely bedtime reading at home.

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Maths treasure hunt

 

Today we went on a treasure hunt, but not just any kind of treasure hunt, a maths themed one!

 

In partners, children worked together to find the clues and answer the number sentences , such a double 40, 2 x 9, 68 - 12. Children also had to find secret letters to reveal the hidden message... Pirate ship!

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A week of fun and creativity!

 

When some members of Year 2 went away for several days to Condover Hall, I was lucky enough to teach the children who stayed at school. Spencer cleverly came up with the idea of calling us Class 11, as Class 5 + Class 6 = Class 11!

 

We were so busy doing these few days, have a look at what we got up to...

Papier mache, stage 1!

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PE- Jumping challenges

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Art- portraits of our friends

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Computing- Insect ipad art

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Finishing our balloon insects!

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Insect modelling

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PE- Bench ball

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Incredible art!

 

To begin our new topic, Wiggle and Crawl, the children were set the task of using different sketching skills to create an observational drawing of an insect of their choice.

 

We began by talking about different types of pencils to sketch with, exploring what different HB levels felt like and using charcoal pencils. Then we found out about different sketching techniques; hatching, cross- hatching, stippling and circulism and got to try these techniques out in our art books.

 

Next we choose an insect to draw, we looked at it's shape very carefully to create a realistic image. Then we looked closely to add extra detail. I was so impressed with the children's focus and concentration, I think we have some future artists!

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Card making workshop

 

Our student Mrs Pluta kindly organised an exciting Mother's Day card making workshop for some lucky children in year 2. The children were very excited, but listened well to her instructions. They have made some really beautiful cards, lucky mums!

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Super insect homework!

 

It was so lovely to come back after the half term break to be greeted with so many wonderful insect models. So many of the children had obviously been really busy in the holidays, designing and making their creative models. Our new topic display look so eye catching with all of your super work, well done Kingfishers, keep it up!

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Spring 1 newsletter and topic web

Circle time- Emotions and feelings

 

Today in circle time we discussed what emotions and feelings meant. Simone said "It is if you are happy or sad" and Anas said "It is when you feel something inside".

 

Then we thought of as many emotions and feelings as we could; happy, sad, angry, upset, scared, worried, excited, nervous and amused. We thought about what makes us feel these emotions and how to deal with more negative feelings.

 

Miss Arthur then introduced the concept of mindfulness as a way of relaxing and dealing with negative emotions. We listened carefully to a mindfulness clip, where we were guided in some gentle meditation. Next, Mrs Haynes and Miss Arthur talked about how they use mindful colouring to relax, we loved having a go at this!

This year we are all learning a special Wake-up Shake-up for Sports Relief on Friday 18th March. Learn the song and dance then come and join in with us in the playground before school.

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Cardboard Castle Workshop

 

What a success! On Wednesday Kingfisher class had a wonderful castle building workshop with parents.

 

Earlier in the week the children got into their groups and planned their castles, thinking about what they wanted them to look like, their materials and their equipment that they would need.

 

Have a look at our wonderful castles!

 

Questions to ask:

* What features of a castle did you include?

* What did you find tricky?

* What did you work do to work well as a team?

* What improvements could you make to your castle?

 

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REP project- puppets and toy theatres

 

WOW, that is all I can say! Over the last two days the children have been lucky enough to work with puppet maker Jim to create some truly special work.

 

On Monday the children used cups and paper to make puppets for their play and on Tuesday they worked together to create colourful backdrops for their 3 scenes and to decorate their toy theatre.

 

I am so impressed with how the children worked co-operatively in their teams and am very proud of their wonderful work.

 

Please come and look at the toy theatres, which are displayed where you drop the children off in the mornings.

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Science- Edible plants

 

This week in science we have been learning about edible plants. To start with we were unsure of the meaning of the word edible, but then Cameron described it as 'something you can eat'.

 

Miss Arthur set us a challenge to name more than 15 edible plants, we got 26! Then we thought about the different parts of a plant that we can eat, like the seeds and flowers.

 

As a class we voted on our favourite edible plants and Mrs Haynes helped us to create a tally chart to show our data. We then did some blind edible plant taste testing, where we had to guess the plant we were eating, while describing its taste and texture.

 

Questions to ask:

* How many edible plants can you name?

* What edible plants have you eaten today?

* Name all the different parts of a plant that you can eat.

* Which is your favourite edible plant and why?

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Music- Tempo

 

Today in music we were exploring the word tempo, which means the speed of music. We listened to three different songs and thought about the speed of them:Adagio by Albinoni, Rhapsody in Blue by Gershwin , The Blue Danube Waltz by Strauss and The Arrival of the Queen of Sheba by Handel, some had varying speeds. We decided that a slower tempo generally made the music sad, where a faster tempo made it sound happy.

 

We then explored using different tempo and volumes on drums. Miss Arthur told a story with different emotions and we had to use the drums to show the changing feeling sin the story.

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REP Theatre project updates

 

The children have been working very hard in their weekly lessons with Philip from the REP. Have a look at these creative scripts and artistic setting pictures.

 

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Music-  Beat and pulse

 

Today in music we were investigating about the pulse or beat in music. First we listened to the 'Military Way' song from The Jungle Book and explored how we moved to the music, we all marched. We found it quite easy to clap the beat to this music as it was strong and obvious.

 

Then we listened to the 'Flight of the Bumble Bee' and explored how we moved. We discussed what we thought the music was about and that it was harder to find a clear beat in this song.

 

Lastly we were challenged to repeat the clapping pulse that Miss Arthur was making.

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PE-Irish Dancing

 

This week we had our first Irish dancing lesson! We found out the exciting news that we will be performing a special dance in March to celebrate St Patrick's day.

 

We began the unit by listening to different types of music and exploring how we wanted to move to the music. We discussed how music and different moods are linked.

 

Then we listened to some Irish music and learnt the starting position and the basic skip.

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Maths- Number problem solving

 

Yesterday in maths we had a tricky problem to solve! We had a collection of squares filled with shapes and had to work out what number each shape represented. We talked about trial and error and having to persevere with trying to find the answer.

 

Some of us used number tiles to try different combinations of totals.

A special mention to these children who worked wonderfully together and solved the challenge: Noah, Sakina, Ehan, Charlotte, Mason and Holly. 

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Sustainability- Eco friendly ways of travelling

 

This week we were thinking about eco friendly ways of travelling, that do not harm the environment. We thought that walking, using a bike or scooter or taking the bus were environmentally friendly because they use no or less fuel.

 

Some of us designed exciting and informative posters to tell the rest of the school about the issues we discussed. Another group worked on a quiz on the computers and the last group played an eye spy game to find eco ways of travelling on a poster.

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PE- Indoor athletics core task

 

One of our new PE units this half term is athletics. In our first athletics session we completed the core task, so that Miss Arthur could see what we already knew about athletics and assess our skills.

 

We worked in teams to complete different tasks:

1. High knees skipping (jumping focus)

2. Bean bag run (throwing focus)

3. Hills and holes (accuracy and speed focus)

4. Big jumps (jumping focus)

5. Ball throw (throwing focus)

 

We will be working on the skills of throwing, catching and jumping, as well as increasing our speed and endurance.

 

Check back on the website to see our progress!

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Drama- REP project week 2

 

This week in our workshop with Philip from the REP, we focused on scene 2 from our plays. All of the plays our based in castles and the children are showing great imagination and creativity in their script writing.

 

There are some really exciting plots; a Lego castle disaster, vanishing knights, an evil genie that turns people into tiny peas and giant chicken pies and a princess who can't dance!

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Christmas homework winners

 

Over the Christmas holidays Miss Arthur set a homework challenge to keep a detailed diary of every day!

 

Well done to the winners, they put in a fantastic effort to their writing.

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English- Castle research

 

In English we are learning about non-fiction writing. Miss Arthur set us a challenge to research Edinburgh Castle, to find out facts about the appearance, location and history of the castle.

 

We then worked in partners to record our information in mind maps and using sub headings and bulled points.

 

Questions to ask:

What is a mind map?

How long have kings and queens lived in the castle?

What does the castle look like?

What other sub heading could you use?

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REP Toy Theatre- Week 1

 

In Year 2 we are luck enough to be involved in a link with The REP Theatre in Birmingham. Over the next five weeks we will have weekly visits from Philip who will help the children to create and write their very own castle themed play! At the end of the half term we will choose the best play, which the whole class will watch professional actors perform at the REP!

 

This week we made our own little play as a class and then got in our groups to come up with some additional ideas for our characters, setting and plot.

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Super attendane! We were the best in the whole school!

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Art- castle art

 

Today we have been using different techniques and artistic materials to create castle art.

 

First we explored the properties of water colours, investigating how the strength of the colour changed as you added more water and how colour could be mixed. We then used our knowledge of watercolours to create our own castle scene.

 

Then we learnt about the artist Paul Klee and his use of geometric shapes. We used black paper, pencils, white pens and oil pastels to create geometric shape castles.

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Medieval Castle Workshop

 

The children had a truly brilliant time at the castle workshop! Karen and Wel from Happening History workshop company created a wonderful day for the children, with so many different hands on and very practical learning opportunities.

 

Working in small groups the children were able to visit a medieval castle kitchen! In the kitchen children used a spit to roast a goose, used a quern to ground wheat into flour, make butter out of cream using a churn and create a feast for the king.

 

In the armour room children were able to try on all the different parts of armour that a knight would have worn, holding heavy chainmail, picking up a sword and wearing heavy metal helmets.

 

In the dressing room children learnt all about the clothes that were worn in medieval times and the materials that they came from.

 

Questions to ask:

What was the most amazing or funny fact you learnt?

Would a rich or poor woman's dress do up at the back? Why?

How long would you train to be a knight?

At what age could you start training to be a knight?

What material did rich people wear?

Maths- capacity

 

This week in maths we have been learning about capacity; the amount of liquid that fits into a container. We learnt that capacity is measure in millilitres and litres, using measuring jugs and containers.

 

In the first lesson we explored capacity practically. We used a measuring jug to follow a recipe to create a fruit cocktail, we estimated and then found out the capacity of different containers, we were challenged to add different capacity amounts together and using the computers we explored different ways to make 1000ml.

 

Questions to ask:

When in life do you need to use your capacity knowledge?

How many ml are in half a litre?

How would you writing one and a half litres in millilitres?

What are the symbols for millilitres and litres?

 

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PE Gymnastics assessment

 

To end our PE unit on gymnastics with equipment, the children had the opportunity to show me what they had learnt. To begin with they talked about the importance of warming up and then names of the different pieces of equipment we use.

 

We than recapped all of the things we had been learning in the unit and children worked in groups to show me how their understanding and use of travel and balance had improved.

 

Throughout the unit the equipment was made increasingly difficult, to test us! For example we turned the benches upside down to make a thin balance beam and joined two separate parts of equipment together so that we also had to consider travel.

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Art- free choice

 

On the last afternoon of term, Kingfisher class got arty! The children we able to choose from a large variety of art resources and equipment to create their own artistic masterpieces, we had collage, painting, sewing, gluing, stencilling and sketching!

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Pantomime

 

On the last day of the Autumn term, the children were treated to a wonderful pantomime performance of Dick Whittington. I have never heard so much laughter in my life! The children were enthusiastically joining in with the performance and couldn't keep their huge smiles off their faces, it was a wonderful morning!

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Party time!

 

After all the preparations, it was party time!!!

 

We danced to the music we chose, played brilliant party games, ate the delicious food we made and even got a visit and gift from Father Christmas!

 

Thank you so much parents for all the food you brought in!

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Christmas party preparations!

 

What a busy morning!

 

Kingfisher class began our party day by writing a list of all the things we needed to do to prepare for our party.  The children thought of lots of important things; prepare food, make decorations, create a music playlist, make labels for food and place mats.

 

We worked in little teams so that we could prepare! The sandwich making team talked about the important health and safety rules for preparing food and then we used our maths skills to work out how many halves or quarters of sandwiches we would need to feed the whole year!

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