Tails from the Zoo
Zookeepers at ZSL London and Whipsnade Zoos have swapped their brooms for books to launch a series of virtual bedtime stories – in a bid to keep their beloved animals in touch with their youngest fans during the nationwide lockdown.
The tails from the zoo will be available to watch online on the Zoos’ official Facebook pages each weekend from Saturday 16 January until Sunday 21 February, with a different animal-inspired story told from the two zoos’ most popular exhibits every Saturday and Sunday evening.
Here is also a link to lots of different activities linked to animals in the zoo.
Hope you enjoy
The Year 2 Team
Natural History Museum
Starting this week The Natural History Museum have set up a homework club. Each week they will have different themes.
Why don’t you join the homework club and learn along with them to do each activity in your own time. On Fridays they are running a live quiz to test what you have learnt over their week.
The first theme is Dinosaurs!!
The Year 2 Team
We have enjoyed seeing some of the wonderful work that year 2 have been doing at home. Have a look and see if anyone did the same tasks as you.
See you soon
The Year 2 Team
Hello Year 2,
I hope you are all having a good week at home. I came across this activity yesterday and had so much fun playing with it and creating my own opera music that I thought I would share it with you.
I hope you have as much fun as I did! You can upload your song to Seesaw if you would like to share it with your teachers.
Angels at St James’s Churchyard
The children at Merry Hill have been busy making these wonderful angels which St James’ Church, Bushey have used to decorate their churchyard together with the help from pupils at Little Reddings.
If you do not get the opportunity to visit the churchyard please take a look at their video below:
Our wonderful School Councillors have taken on the responsibility of leading a class assembly each week.
This week we had 2 lovely assemblies to listen to and take part in.
Cecily prepared and shared an assembly linked to the theme of cultures. It was all about the importance of waiting and used Advent calendars as an example of something to wait for with patience.
Theo also prepared an assembly linked to Cultures. His was about Hanukkah.
We were very lucky in Giraffe class as he bought us all a dreidel and taught us how to play with it.
The Great Fire of London
We have been learning about The Great Fire of London by researching a range of sources. One of the ways we have found out more is by using websites and games on the internet. Here we are using Seesaw to navigate a number of links to sites with facts which we recorded onto our whiteboards then shared with the class.
Later in the week we put our knowledge into practice by writing a report on the fire. These are wonderfully informative reports by Lily, Isabel and Krisha.
Great Fire of London
On Wednesday we enjoyed sharing our knowledge about The Great Fire of London with our friends. We looked at houses in 1666 and compared them to our houses. We noticed that they all had wooden beams on and that they were larger at the top than the bottom.
We had great fun making our own Tudor houses. Look how busy we were –
Here are some of the finished houses.
No Pens Day Wednesday
This Wednesday we joined hundreds of schools nationally by putting our pens and pencils away and using our Speaking and Listening skills to learn instead.
What is No Pens Day Wednesday?
Take a look at the assembly below which really got us all thinking:no-pens-day-wednesday-primary-assembly.pdf (12 downloads)
We were startled to discover the importance of a good vocabulary for future success.
Then we spent the day learning through “talk”.
Here we are doing our phonics:
Practising the art of conversation:
Maths outdoors – measuring and recording without pencils:
History and art – learning through instruction and good listening:
Question and answer games and inventing our own animal riddles:
We learned such a lot without using a pencil or a pen.
Children in Need
Thank you to our School Councillors for making excellent workouts for us to exercise to as part of BBC Children in Need.
Here are the workouts for you to try at home and pictures of us all getting very tired out as we took part in them.
This half term Year 2 will be learning about, designing and making vehicles during our Mindful Mondays sessions.
We learned out about Kiichiro Toyoda who founded the Toyota Motor Corporation and spent time identifying the parts on toy vehicles and exploring how they move.
We were particularly interested in exploring the Toyota kids website where we found an interesting video showing production of the cars in action. Take a look here – https://www.toyota.co.jp/en/kids/
The children were interested to find out that vehicles need wheels and axles to move and decided that in order to work effectively wheels and axles should be ‘stable and strong’ and ‘move in a straight line’. They loved using a variety of equipment to test out different ways to make wheels and axles and used Seesaw to record their work by videoing them in action and then speaking over the top to evaluate them against the design criteria.
Look at all the different materials they used. Which one do you think fits the design criteria best?
Bushey RemembersLast week at Merry Hill the children learnt about the importance of remembrance day and why we hold a 2 minute silence on this day.We enjoyed making poppies using a variety of media. We gave some of our pictures and poppy rocks to St James’s Church, Bushey and they can be seen around the church and surrounding area. Have a look at the clip below to see them. Lots of our pictures can be seen around school particularly in the courtyard area too.
Last half term we shared lots of “Mindful Monday” updates with you whilst learning about Mondrian.
At the end of half term our hard work was celebrated in the form of beautiful class displays and we thought you would like to see them.
Can you spot yours?
What a lot of budding artists we have in our midst.
This week in English we have been learning about the poet Benjamin Zephaniah.
We listened to his telling his poem ‘Talking Turkeys’ and then we had a go at writing our own versions.
Here is Benjamin Reading ‘Talking Turkeys’.
Here are some of our poems about the things that matter to us in the style of ‘Talking Turkeys’.
This week in Geography we have been learning about the 7 continents of the world.
We started by using Google Earth to view the earth and slowly zoomed further and further in until we found Merry Hill School. We had lots of answers to the question – Where are we? Ideas included England, on earth, Bushey, Hertfordshire, at school, in the United Kingdom and on the carpet.
The teachers told us that we also live on something called a continent. We learnt that a continent is a large solid area of land. They didn’t tell us what the 7 continents were called though – that was our job to investigate! We used atlases to find out and then used the iPads to label them on a map of the world.
Some of us also decided to spell out the names of the continents using the toys in our classrooms. Can you work out which continent they spell?