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  • Coding

     

    This term in Computing we are learning about coding.

    We started our learning by finding out what coding is and using symbols to give instructions. Once we were confident with that we moved on to reading and creating our own codes using a range of programs on Purple Mash.

    We have learnt lots of new vocabulary, including command, event, nesting and algorithm.

    Have a look at our computing knowledge organiser to find out what these words mean.

    Coding Knowledge Orgainser

    This week in Computing we have been learning to use events to make commands happen in an airport scene. We worked well in pairs to complete the challenges set and then make our own airports. Some of us also challenged ourselves to explore how to make objects collide and to make noises following on from events.

    How to support at home

    • Look at the knowledge organiser with your child – ask them which bits of it they have learnt so far. Call out the meaning of a word from the vocabulary list – can they tell you which word you are describing.
    • When giving instructions, discuss the need for instructions to be clear e.g. put your socks away/ put your socks in the sock drawer, which one is easier to follow why?
    • Talk about the step by step instructions that someone would need to build the same model that you have made. Challenge someone else in the family to follow the instructions.
    • Visit the Purple Mash website at home and have a go at some of the coding activities on there.
  • Mindful Monday

    This term in Year 2 we have been studying an artist called Edgar Degas. In particular, we have been thinking this term about the human figure and how this artist draws and paints the human figure whilst they are moving. We learnt he was one of the few artists of his time that would photograph his subjects in movement, return to his studio and paint them from observing the photographs.

    So, we put our photographer heads on and thought of ways we could photograph each other in movement. We discussed different methods and decided a ‘freeze frame’ approach would be best! Then, we decided on a particular painting of Edgar Degas’ that we could re-create with our own selves. We thought with summer around the corner that his Beach Scene painting would be most fun!

    So, we paired up as photographer and subject and began capturing each other in movement poses you would find on the beach. Lots of us thought of climbing a palm tree, swimming, digging and even sunbathing! But, we had to think how could we capture it so that we could clearly see all of our body and so we discussed camera angles and how to achieve the best one for your subject.

    Look at some of us below in action!

    Next, we will be practising to sketch our own bodies in their movement pose. Then, we will be putting it altogether on a beach scene just like Edgar Degas did!

    How to help at home:

    • YouTube have some fantastic videos on how to draw the human figure for children – watch with your child and try to follow along!
    • Practise sketching lines and drawing different shapes that we might need when drawing the human figure, for example an oval.
    • Capture your own figure in movement! Can your child be the photographer?
  • Learning Behaviours

    This week in Year 2 we have been thinking about what makes a good learner.

    We decided that a good learner

    • Listens to the adults in school and their friends
    • Shows good concentration and makes sure they don’t distract others
    • Tries their best all the time
    • Asks for help when they need it
    • Works together with others
    • Keeps trying even if something doesn’t work the first time
    • Learns from their mistakes

     

    Here we are showing off some of our good learning in Maths!

     

    How to help at home 

    • Make sure your child has somewhere comfortable to sit when completing written tasks
    • Point out mistakes that you have made and explain how you overcame them
    • Play board games at home, this helps children learn to work together
    • Praise your child for listening to others

     

  • Minibeast Safari

    This term in Year 2 we have been learning about animals and their habitats. For this unit we began learning about habitats by going on a ‘What’s that Pokemon?’ hunt! This involved using the iPads with QR codes to find a Pokémon and rehome it to its correct habitat. This we were very excited to do and hooked us in to learning more about habitats and the suitability of animals to their environments.

    With our Scientist heads on, we then thought ‘What habitats do we have at Merry Hill?’ and so an investigation was decided! We would travel to the Mini Forest to observe and locate the microhabitats we have here at Merry Hill.

    With Mrs Mitzman, we began a Minibeast Safari! First, we were reminded what a microhabitat is and how to locate them. Then, using our observation and data collection skills, we partnered up and began gathering our information. We explored under logs, in the mud, at the roots of trees and many others. We found all sorts of minibeasts such as worms, spiders and ants!

    When we returned to class, we were then able to use what we discovered to present our findings into a bar graph! We learnt about the axes on the graph and how to draw the y axis high to the sky and the x axis along the bottom. Then we began plotting the types of minibeasts we found and the number we found; learning how to plot the bar graph was fun. We had both our Scientist hat and our Mathematician hat on for this!

    Take a look at us working hard below!

    How to help at home:

    • What microhabitats can you find in your garden or in a park? Count them and tally them up!
    • Ask your child to design a bar graph from an observation of the types of minibeasts in the garden/park.
    • Ask your child what a microhabitat is – can they give you examples from their hunt?
  • Purple Up Day

    On Tuesday 3rd May we celebrated Purple Up day. Purple Up day recognises some of the military’s most unsung heroes – their children.

    We thought about who the military children were in our school, and even remembered some children from our classes that had moved on to new homes and schools. We learnt that the Dandelion is the flower of the military child and listened to a poem about why.

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    We also took part in a workshop led by 2 PTI’s from Northwood HQ.

    First we warmed up – we had to listen carefully to the instructions as they kept changing what we needed to do.

    Then we completed 2 activities

    One of the activities was a team game – tug of war.

    The other activity was a trust game. We had to guide a partner around the playground equipment, they had to close their eyes so they couldn’t see where they were going.

    Finally we had the chance to ask the PTI’s some questions.

    We had a great day.

  • Jigsaw – Friends and Conflict

    This week in Jigsaw Year 2 have been learning to identify some of the things that can cause conflict in their relationships and how to use positive problem-solving techniques to resolve these conflicts.

    We began this lesson with a game called Switch, which we all found particularly fun! We sat in a circle and had to switch places if they, e.g. are wearing glasses, like football, like sausages, have a younger brother, etc. The goal was for us all to see that we are all different and that it is okay to like or dislike something that our friend might like or not like.

    Then, we were introduced to the Mending Chart which has become a tool to help us understand the positive ways to mend a conflict between friendships. We came together in groups and thought about the ‘red’ traffic light; of experiences we have had between friends that have caused a conflict and things we might say when these happen. Then, we discussed the ‘get ready’ amber light that focused on listening to each other’s points of view and noted ideas of what to say. Lastly, we were able to ‘mend the friendship’ and wrote things we would say to help move forward together.

    We had a lot to share and say and together we thought of some techniques that will help us in the future.

  • Bears’ trip to Reveley Lodge

    On Wednesday Bears came in to school very excited for their trip to Revely Lodge. They helped each other to put on the high vis jackets and listened carefully to which group they were going to be in and then we were off.

    We walked all the way there holding our partners hand to make sure we kept them safe. Mr Barrell’s group counted the roads we had to cross, there were 11! Finally after all those roads we arrived.

    The adults at Revely Lodge told us a bit about the house and what life would have been like to live there then we got dressed up to look like VIctorians. The girls wore smocks and the boys had waistcoats.

    We learnt how the laundry would have been done before electricity. We were interested to find out they used a dolly tub and dolly stall, and watched how they turned a bar of soap into soap powder, we thought this was very exciting! We saw the mangle they would have used to get the clothes dry enough to hang out on the line and were very pleased to be allowed to have a turn to test out these artefacts.

    We also spent some time in a Victorian classroom. We were shocked to find out that the children had to pay to go to school. Unfortunately some of us had forgotten our coins so had to explain to Mam why. One excuse we came up with was that our grown up’s had had to use the money to buy bread so we could eat. We had a go at writing on a slate board with a slate pen and the inspector came to visit whilst we were there. She looked in the attendance book and the punishment book. Some children had to have the cane! They had been late to class and talking in lessons.

    Finally we had some afternoon tea. The grown up’s taught us how to hold the tea cups correctly and how to put just enough jam on the bread for one mouthful. We also enjoyed the Victoria sponge cake.

    We had a great time at Reveley Lodge and learnt lots.

     

    How to support at home 

    • Visit Reveley Lodge with your family – show them some of the things you now know about
    • Look out for old houses and buildings when walking – what do you think they were like in the past?
    • Talk to grandparents about their lives growing up – what was the same? different?
    • Vsit the library – look in the History section to find out more about life in the past.
    • Next half term we will be learning about seaside holidays in the Victorian times – can you find out any information in preparation for our topic?

     

     

  • Giraffes Reveley Lodge trip

    On Monday, Giraffes were very lucky to have had an adventure into the Victorian era this week! We were very excited to get there and did a fantastic job of walking and keeping ourselves safe along the way.

    When we arrived we were greeted by house maids who instructed the children to dress up like Victorian children in smocks and waistcoats. We were then split into two groups and began a travel back in time!

    We were shown how the house maids would complete the laundry, being reminded that this was before electricity and there was not just an on/off switch to be clicked! Instead, we learnt the long process of washing clothes and other linen.

    We were also told how to children are to be “seen and not heard” as they enter the classroom, which we all found rather shocking. The Victorian classroom was certainly a different setting than Merry Hill and we were surprised to see the School Inspector paying us a visit!

    Lastly, we were shown how to properly use our knives, forks and crockery to eat some lovely Victoria sponge and drink some tasty tea. Overall we had an amazing time at Reveley Lodge and learnt a lot of new things, whilst having great fun. Just ask us all about it at home!

  • Spelling

    Welcome back, we hope you all had a lovely Easter.

    We have enjoyed seeing all the happy, smiley faces in Year 2 this week and have been impressed with all the children’s hard work and kindness towards each other.

    This week during our spelling sessions we have been learning to identify the vowels and consonants in the alphabet. We found out there were 5 vowels and that nearly all the words in our English language contain a vowel in them. We have also been trying really hard to say the words ‘consonants’ which has proved to be something we needed to practise lots!

    Once we knew which letters and sounds were vowels we then started listening to the different sounds they make in words.

    We noticed that some words have a long vowel sound in, such as, freeze, pool and tide.

     Other words hard short vowel in them like buzz, hiss and kick

    Watch this video to find out more about long and short vowel sounds.

    Have a go at playing this game – how many words can you sort in 1 minute?

    https://www.spellingplay.co.uk/planning-and-resources/year-2/learning-new-words-and-revisiting-phonics/long-or-short

    How to support at home 

    • Pick out the vowels in words when reading at home. Do they make a short or long sound?
    • Make a list of words with short and long vowel sounds. Do you notice any patterns?
    • Play ‘long and short vowe;s’ with your child – see link above
    • Help your child to practise this week’s spellings.
  • April, Month of the Military Child

    April is the Month of the Military Child and each year we love taking the time to celebrate our military children here at Merry Hill. Service children can face challenges with parents in the armed forces. Yet these children are also an amazing asset to families, schools and the local community. The Month of the Military Child helps us remember this and helps us celebrate their achievements.

     

    Did you know the official flower of the military child is the dandelion because its seeds are blown far and wide by the wind but it will always plant roots and blossom wherever it lands?

     

    This year we will be celebrating ‘Purple Up Day’ on Tuesday 26th April; purple is a colour used to represent all military services and shows unity with each other. This day is to celebrate the wonderful contributions our military children make to our community, bringing experiences from around the world. We celebrate our military children and thank them for their service.

  • Rainforest Smoothie!

    As lots of you know already, as part of our topic for this term we have learnt lots about the rainforests and in Jigsaw lessons we have been learning about being a Healthy Me! So, as part of our Mindful Mondays we have been studying, planning and evaluating healthy smoothie brands to help us know how to make our very own!

    Most of us have been very excited to start the making process and at last it was our turn to make our smoothies this week! We had our ingredients list ready and began collecting the fruits we needed for our smoothie. We were shown how to use the tools and then we got to work! We used our cutting skills to chop the fruits into the right amount we needed and were careful to follow our recipe list.

    Then,  the quite loud and exciting part started! We put our pieces into the blender and watched and waited for our smoothies to be blended into a liquid!

    When our ingredients were fully blended we were then able to try them out! Some of us really liked our smoothie taste and others evaluated that we would add different kinds of fruits next time to give it a different taste. Take a look below at some of us looking proud and excited with our smoothies.

     

  • Holi

    This week in RE we have been learning about the Hindu festival of Holi.

    We were interested to find out that Holi is a celebration of new life and the beginning of Spring. We learned that it is also called the ‘Festival of Colour’ and ‘Festival of Love’ and that it lasts for one day and one night.

    We enjoyed learning about how Hindu’s celebrate Holi and particularly pleased when we read that it can be celebrated by everyone, not just HIndu’s as it looked like so much fun.

    We had our own Holi party. One way Hindu’s celebrate Holi is by throwing brightly coloured powder and water at each other. We didn’t think our grown up’s would be very pleased if we came home covered in paint, so instead we used pastels to draw pictures of ourselves and then went outside to spray water on to our picutres and throw the powder paint over them.  Here we are having lot’s of fun!