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Year 2 - Silver Birch Class

Congratulations to our new class prefects - Perry, Abi and Alexa!

To celebrate Harry and Meghan's wedding we made wedding cakes and wore our best clothes!

To celebrate Harry and Meghan's wedding we made wedding cakes and wore our best clothes! 1
To celebrate Harry and Meghan's wedding we made wedding cakes and wore our best clothes! 2

Our fantastic totem poles

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Our fantastic totem poles 4
Our fantastic totem poles 5

In science we've been learning about germination. Here are our growing mustard seeds.

In science we've been learning about germination. Here are our growing mustard seeds. 1
In science we've been learning about germination. Here are our growing mustard seeds. 2
In science we've been learning about germination. Here are our growing mustard seeds. 3
In science we've been learning about germination. Here are our growing mustard seeds. 4

Look at our pivot and wheel mechanisms

Look at our pivot and wheel mechanisms 1
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Look at our pivot and wheel mechanisms 3
Look at our pivot and wheel mechanisms 4
Look at our pivot and wheel mechanisms 5

We had some interesting ideas in RE about how the world was created

We had some interesting ideas in RE about how the world was created  1

We're learning about mechanisms this term in DT. Here are some of our sliding mechanisms.

We're learning about mechanisms this term in DT. Here are some of our sliding mechanisms. 1
We're learning about mechanisms this term in DT. Here are some of our sliding mechanisms. 2
We're learning about mechanisms this term in DT. Here are some of our sliding mechanisms. 3
We're learning about mechanisms this term in DT. Here are some of our sliding mechanisms. 4
We're learning about mechanisms this term in DT. Here are some of our sliding mechanisms. 5

We're learning about Plants this term in Science, we shared our current knowledge and questions we had.

We're learning about Plants this term in Science, we shared our current knowledge and questions we had. 1
We're learning about Plants this term in Science, we shared our current knowledge and questions we had. 2

A Rare Diamond - our class story map

A Rare Diamond - our class story map 1

Look at our tessellating shapes.

Look at our tessellating shapes. 1
Look at our tessellating shapes. 2
Look at our tessellating shapes. 3
We really enjoyed our 2 RE days linked to Salvation, discussing the Easter story, exploring the links between Salvation and the cross, as well as links with the Easter egg. We compared the story of Waterbugs and Dragonflies with the Easter story, picking out key similarities and differences. 
Congratulations to those who attended the basketball competition. We entered 2 groups of 5 to play against other schools from across Devizes. Our Trinity teams came 6th and 8th place. A big well done to all who participated, you did us proud!
This term we have a cricket coach coming in every Tuesday afternoon. We're loving learning all about cricket. So far we've developed our throwing and catching skills  as well as aiming and throwing the ball at the wicket (stump). Next week we'll be using the bats to hit the ball.

We loved the visit from Bristol Zoo! We met lots of Madagascan hissing cockraoches, a stick insect and Kenny the corn snake.

We loved the visit from Bristol Zoo! We met lots of Madagascan hissing cockraoches, a stick insect and Kenny the corn snake. 1
We loved the visit from Bristol Zoo! We met lots of Madagascan hissing cockraoches, a stick insect and Kenny the corn snake. 2
We loved the visit from Bristol Zoo! We met lots of Madagascan hissing cockraoches, a stick insect and Kenny the corn snake. 3
We loved the visit from Bristol Zoo! We met lots of Madagascan hissing cockraoches, a stick insect and Kenny the corn snake. 4
We loved the visit from Bristol Zoo! We met lots of Madagascan hissing cockraoches, a stick insect and Kenny the corn snake. 5
We loved the visit from Bristol Zoo! We met lots of Madagascan hissing cockraoches, a stick insect and Kenny the corn snake. 6
We loved the visit from Bristol Zoo! We met lots of Madagascan hissing cockraoches, a stick insect and Kenny the corn snake. 7
We loved the visit from Bristol Zoo! We met lots of Madagascan hissing cockraoches, a stick insect and Kenny the corn snake. 8
We loved the visit from Bristol Zoo! We met lots of Madagascan hissing cockraoches, a stick insect and Kenny the corn snake. 9
We loved the visit from Bristol Zoo! We met lots of Madagascan hissing cockraoches, a stick insect and Kenny the corn snake. 10
We loved the visit from Bristol Zoo! We met lots of Madagascan hissing cockraoches, a stick insect and Kenny the corn snake. 11
We loved the visit from Bristol Zoo! We met lots of Madagascan hissing cockraoches, a stick insect and Kenny the corn snake. 12
We loved the visit from Bristol Zoo! We met lots of Madagascan hissing cockraoches, a stick insect and Kenny the corn snake. 13
We loved the visit from Bristol Zoo! We met lots of Madagascan hissing cockraoches, a stick insect and Kenny the corn snake. 14
We loved the visit from Bristol Zoo! We met lots of Madagascan hissing cockraoches, a stick insect and Kenny the corn snake. 15
We loved the visit from Bristol Zoo! We met lots of Madagascan hissing cockraoches, a stick insect and Kenny the corn snake. 16
We loved the visit from Bristol Zoo! We met lots of Madagascan hissing cockraoches, a stick insect and Kenny the corn snake. 17

In Science we explored different microhabitats and collected data on the different minibeasts we found in each habitat.

In Science we explored different microhabitats and collected data on the different minibeasts we found in each habitat.  1
In Science we explored different microhabitats and collected data on the different minibeasts we found in each habitat.  2
In Science we explored different microhabitats and collected data on the different minibeasts we found in each habitat.  3
In Science we explored different microhabitats and collected data on the different minibeasts we found in each habitat.  4

In preparation for Internet Safety Day we have discussed who we can go to for help.

In preparation for Internet Safety Day we have discussed who we can go to for help. 1

In PE we're developing our basketball skills. Today we learnt to dribble.

In PE we're developing our basketball skills. Today we learnt to dribble.  1
In PE we're developing our basketball skills. Today we learnt to dribble.  2

We really enjoyed making our Christingles.

We really enjoyed making our Christingles. 1
We really enjoyed making our Christingles. 2
We really enjoyed making our Christingles. 3
We really enjoyed making our Christingles. 4
We really enjoyed making our Christingles. 5
We really enjoyed making our Christingles. 6

Wow look at this fabulous snowman Chloe made with her family! Can you guess how many cups were used?

Wow look at this fabulous snowman Chloe made with her family!  Can you guess how many cups were used? 1

In art we made 3D Christmas trees

In art we made 3D Christmas trees  1

We had a delicious Christmas lunch and lots of fun!

We had a delicious Christmas lunch and lots of fun! 1

Look at our fabulous Advent Wreaths

Look at our fabulous Advent Wreaths 1
Look at our fabulous Advent Wreaths 2

Our theme in RE this week has been incarnation. We have spent time exploring the question 'Why does Christmas matter to Christians?' Whilst exploring this question we discussed Botticelli's 'Mystic Nativity', discussed the difference between Christian and secular Christmas cards (we even designed our own cards). As well as this we spoke about advent and made our own advent wreaths.  

As part of our RE day we have decorated angels.

As part of our RE day we have decorated angels. 1

We understand how easily germs spread. Ask us how we should wash our hands properly.

We understand how easily germs spread. Ask us how we should wash our hands properly.  1

We've been learning the story of Funny bones. Here is our class story map to help us.

We've been learning the story of Funny bones. Here is our class story map to help us. 1

Silver Birch were fortunate to have a visit from Wiltshire and Dorset's Fire and Rescue team.  We learnt all about fire safety, and now know how to stay safe in the event of a fire...Stop, Drop and Roll!

 

** Remember to test your fire alarms at home on a weekly basis.

Fire and Rescue

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We've re-enacted the story of Rama and Sita to discover the importance of Diwali

We've re-enacted the story of Rama and Sita to discover the importance of Diwali 1
We've re-enacted the story of Rama and Sita to discover the importance of Diwali 2

Take a look at some of our Remembrance work

Take a look at some of our Remembrance work 1
What a great start to Term 2!  We've been reciting 'The Ning Nang Nong' by Spike Milligan and have been learning all about alliteration and expanded noun phrases to use in our own poetry. Our new topic in Science is 'Animals' and already we've learnt that animals including humans can have offspring, we have discussed life cycles and had lots of knowledge on "grumpy teenagers".

Grace has made a fantastic Great Fire of London goblet!

Grace has made a fantastic Great Fire of London goblet! 1
Grace has made a fantastic Great Fire of London goblet! 2

Harvest Festival!

Harvest Festival! 1
Harvest Festival! 2
Today we were lucky enough to have Freshwater Theatre join Silver Birch to deliver a workshop on the Great Fire of London. We learnt songs about the fire, played some games and also did a fire dance! We learnt about the conditions in London on the 1st September 1666 and explored how the fire began. 
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We had a great time meeting Mr Pepys!

We had a great time meeting Mr Pepys! 1

Silver Birch have been exploring non-fiction and are becoming quite the experts at identifying features of newspaper reports. Over the next week we will be writing a newspaper report about the Great Fire of London. We've done plenty of research, and we're now ready to take a step back in time to 1666 to interview a key eye witness (Mr Pepys).

Keep your eyes peeled for pictures of our time travelling experience!

We've had a busy couple of weeks writing lots of fiction on The Great Fire of London. We have created story maps, stories and diaries. As well as this we've been working hard to improve our handwriting. Below is an example of some of our work - we copied the poem 'The Little Crocodile' by Lewis Carroll.

In RE we have been exploring how we show care for others, as well as how others show care. We've learnt about the incredible work that Mother Teresa did and we've made links with The Good Samaritan and the Salvation Army.

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What a busy start to the term already! This week Silver Birch visited our local library, whilst we were there we had an introduction into how to find books and how to take books out. We also had the head librarian read us a story. We will be returning to the library on Wednesday 27th September, so don't forget to bring your books back so we can return them and take new ones out.

It was Roahl Dahl day on Wednesday and we had great fun creating our own Roahl Dahl characters, giving them new names and describing them. Take a look at some of our work below.

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Welcome to Silver Birch - Term 1

 

It's been a great start to the term, the transition from Year 1 to Year 2 has been smooth, and everyone is settling in nicely. We've been working hard on our handwriting and we're already seeing a huge improvement.

 

Remember to keep your PE kit in school ready for our lesson on Wednesday. And keep practising your spellings and maths on Spellodrome and Mathletics.

Silver Birch 2016-2017

Remember ... we have a year 2 page that gives more details about the KS1 SATs and how we are helping your child prepare for them (just click on the link below)

Ava's been busy making a brilliant tortoise with recycled items

Ava's been busy making a brilliant tortoise with recycled items 1

We're writing our own autobiographies ready to share with our new teachers in Year 3

We're writing our own autobiographies ready to share with our new teachers in Year 3 1
We're writing our own autobiographies ready to share with our new teachers in Year 3 2

We've been busy problem solving with time

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We've been busy problem solving with time 3

We've been experimenting with texture and patterns.

We've been experimenting with texture and patterns.  1
We've been experimenting with texture and patterns.  2
We've been experimenting with texture and patterns.  3
We've been experimenting with texture and patterns.  4

Our Litterbug Art Project

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We've had a great start to the term. This week we've been writing Haiku and Adverb poetry. Take a look at some of our work...

We've had a great start to the term. This week we've been writing Haiku and Adverb poetry. Take a look at some of our work... 1
We've had a great start to the term. This week we've been writing Haiku and Adverb poetry. Take a look at some of our work... 2
We've had a great start to the term. This week we've been writing Haiku and Adverb poetry. Take a look at some of our work... 3

Ava and Isla have done a fantastic job organising events to raise money for Christian Aid! Here are the girls selling cakes at the bake sale.

Ava and Isla have done a fantastic job organising events to raise money for Christian Aid! Here are the girls selling cakes at the bake sale.  1
Ava and Isla have done a fantastic job organising events to raise money for Christian Aid! Here are the girls selling cakes at the bake sale.  2

As part of our Plants Topic in Science, we have set up an investigation to learn about germination and to see whether plants and seeds need light and water to grow properly when stored in different places.

As part of our Plants Topic in Science, we have set up an investigation to learn about germination and to see whether plants and seeds need light and water to grow properly when stored in different places.  1
As part of our Plants Topic in Science, we have set up an investigation to learn about germination and to see whether plants and seeds need light and water to grow properly when stored in different places.  2
As part of our Plants Topic in Science, we have set up an investigation to learn about germination and to see whether plants and seeds need light and water to grow properly when stored in different places.  3

We indulged in a delicious chocolate cake to celebrate the end of SATS (Thank you Mrs Johnson!)

We indulged in a delicious chocolate cake to celebrate the end of SATS (Thank you Mrs Johnson!) 1

Silver Birch are working exceedingly hard this term. We're looking forward to finishing our SATS in time for a well earned break over the May half term. As well as doing our SATS we're also training hard for Sports Day! Remember children will need to wear a t-shirt the colour of their house.

We've had a fantastic start to Term 5 with all the children returning refreshed and enthused ready to learn. Our topic; Christopher Columbus has already had us taking about whether the earth really is flat or spherical and whether we would have gone exploring with him.

Hats at the ready for the Easter bonnet parade

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We had lots of fun making rice krispy cakes for Easter!

We had lots of fun making rice krispy cakes for Easter! 1
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We had lots of fun making rice krispy cakes for Easter! 3
We had lots of fun making rice krispy cakes for Easter! 4
We had lots of fun making rice krispy cakes for Easter! 5
We had lots of fun making rice krispy cakes for Easter! 6
We had lots of fun making rice krispy cakes for Easter! 7
We had lots of fun making rice krispy cakes for Easter! 8
We had lots of fun making rice krispy cakes for Easter! 9
We had lots of fun making rice krispy cakes for Easter! 10

Keep working on Mathletics. There are certificates to be earned!

Keep working on Mathletics. There are certificates to be earned! 1

Silver Birch joined forces with Oak class to make Mother's Day cards...mum's the word

Silver Birch joined forces with Oak class to make Mother's Day cards...mum's the word 1
Silver Birch joined forces with Oak class to make Mother's Day cards...mum's the word 2
Silver Birch joined forces with Oak class to make Mother's Day cards...mum's the word 3
Silver Birch joined forces with Oak class to make Mother's Day cards...mum's the word 4
Everyone is feeling rather shattered after a busy day. We enjoyed sharing all our learning with everyone during our class assembly (we hope you enjoyed it too!) We also enjoyed learning some new space moves during the Dance Festival at Devizes School. smiley
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We love getting cosy with a book in our 'Under the Sea' book corner!

We love getting cosy with a book in our 'Under the Sea' book corner! 1

PIctures from Space

Music from Mars

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Our new prefects this term are Oliver, Hannah and Ava!

Bristol Zoo's visit to KS1

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We made lava lamps for Florence Nightingale

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Look at our fantastic nurses outfits!

Look at our fantastic nurses outfits! 1

We had a visit from our local fire brigade

We had a visit from our local fire brigade 1
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We’re practising really hard for our nativity performance. We can't wait for you all to see.

We’re practising really hard for our nativity performance. We can't wait for you all to see.  1
We’re practising really hard for our nativity performance. We can't wait for you all to see.  2

We made a lot of mess during our DT day making 17th century buildings.

We made a lot of mess during our DT day making 17th century buildings.  1
We made a lot of mess during our DT day making 17th century buildings.  2
We made a lot of mess during our DT day making 17th century buildings.  3
We made a lot of mess during our DT day making 17th century buildings.  4
We made a lot of mess during our DT day making 17th century buildings.  5
We made a lot of mess during our DT day making 17th century buildings.  6
We made a lot of mess during our DT day making 17th century buildings.  7

What better way to learn about fractions than with Jaffa cakes!

What better way to learn about fractions than with Jaffa cakes! 1
What better way to learn about fractions than with Jaffa cakes! 2

Armistice Day Worship

We had a fabulous time at Pizza Express. Not only did we learn about food hygiene, we also learnt how to make fresh pizza!

Silver Birch have had a great start to the term! All the children have settled in and are working hard. It's a big leap from Year 1 to Year 2 and I've been so impressed with all the children's positive approach to the new year.

 

Our topic focus for Term 1 has been 'Living Things', we've created our own brilliant animal stories and fact files. We have explored the importance of keeping healthy through food, exercise and sleep, and have learnt lots of super songs about food!

 

We had a great trip to Pizza Express on Thursday 20th October. We learnt all about food hygiene and how to make pizza. Take a look at our pictures below.

 

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