Welcome to 2RS!
Mrs Ruffle teaches in 2RS on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday and Mrs Smith teaches on Thursday and Friday. We also have Mrs Glackin and Mrs Samber each day to support out learning. We're really looking forward to working together and learning lots.
We hope you enjoy sharing in our Year Two journey through our class web page and we look forward to a busy and exciting year.
We hope you enjoy watching Year 2 show off their moves in our sponsored dance. Thank you for your generosity in supporting the Shine Together Appeal and thank you to Miss Sidwick for choreographing the dance.
In DT we are working hard with a partner to create a model Antarctica.
Before we started making the models, we watched clips of the landscape in Antarctica to look at the shapes we needed to make. Then we used scrunched , folded and twisted newspaper and secured it with masking tape.
Step 2 can be seen in the photos as we used the papier maché technique to create a smooth surface. This was lots of fun but quite messy!
After half term we will be painting our models and adding some little penguin friends. We will share photos of our finished models on the website.
Have a look at the different shapes we are making with our bodies in gymnastics. You can see us showing a long sit and a straddle position. Our partners are showing us how to improve our body shapes by sitting with a straight back, lifting our heads up and pointing our toes. We have also learned how to do the front and back support. Thank you to Mr Richardson who has a new app for the ipads so we can see real gymnasts demonstrating these on videos.
We were so fortunate during our 'Around the World' topic to learn about some of the countries and continents connected to 2RS. The parents who visited really made the countries come to life as we learned about life in different parts of the world. This included; tasting Nigerian buns and Portuguese doughnuts, learning to say some Spanish words, discovering which animals are found in the Colombian rainforests, finding out what French people enjoy eating and learning how St. Patrick's day is celebrated in Ireland. A big thank you to all the parents who came in to help us.
The children really enjoyed developing their geography skills using atlases and non -fiction books about the continents. We linked our Literacy work to the topic by writing persuasively about why you should visit them and writing fact files about them.
What an amazing day we have had today as London came to life before our eyes!
The children arrived looking fantastic in their outfits and we were introduced to Samuel Pepys and Jane his maid. They recreated scenes from 1666, with one or two mistakes, which we had to spot. It really made us jump when Samuel Pepys caught Jane looking at his diary. See if you can spot that photo on the slide show.
Then it was our turn! In groups we had to act out different characters carrying out their jobs. We were bakers, bankers, shoe- makers, priests, doctors and inn keepers. Luckily, we had some props to help us. Sadly, the fire then took hold and we had to work in our teams to try to put the fire out. When we could see this wasn't working, we jumped into boats and rowed across the River Thames to safety. Can you find the photo of everyone looking sadly across the river at the burning buildings?
Finally, we helped think of ways to stop the fire and rebuild London and we presented our ideas to King Charles and Christopher Wren. See if you can spot these characters as well.
Thank you to the parents for making the children look so fantastic- it really helped us get into the spirit of the day. Thank you to 2RS as well - our visitors thought you were brilliant!
HOME LEARNING: homework is sent out on a Friday to be returned the following Wednesday.
READING BOOKS: We send reading books home every Tuesday and Friday (one reading scheme book for your child to read to you, and one book from the in class library, chosen by your child for you to read to them and enjoy together).
SPELLINGS: Spellings will be given out with the Homework each Friday and we will have a short spelling test every Wednesday.
PE: We have inside PE lessons every Tuesday and outside Games on Wednesday. Please ensure that your child's PE kit is named clearly and kept at school. We will send them home every half-term so that they can be washed.
What an exciting day!
7th July 2017
When we arrived at school this morning three of our beautiful butterflies had emerged from their chrysalises! Our Prayer Buddies came to work with us, too and then the ice cream van arrived! It was so lovely to sit in the sunshine enjoying a delicious ice-cream altogether in the playground.
The Very Hungry Caterpillars
Last week we received a parcel - it contained 5 very small and very hungry caterpillars. One week on and they have grown a lot. One of them has already made his way to the lid ready to become a pupa. Watch this space!
Avon Heath Country Park
Monday 12th June
What a wonderful way to kick off our Mini beast topic! We've had a fanstastic day hunting for and learning about so many different mini beasts. We also got to feed sand lizards and hold a smooth snake! A big thank you to all the parents and grandparents who gave up their time to come along and help us. We hope you enjoy looking at all our photos.
We had a fantastic trip to the Iford Golf Course this morning. We went on a double-decker with our friends from Year 6. When we got there we were given our golf clubs and golf balls and off we went. Some of managed to get a hole in one, but quite a lot of the golf balls ended up in the water! What a good job there were fishing nets there to help us get them out. The model dinosaurs were
absolutely amazing. We had great fun - a big thank you to Mr Richardson for organising it!
7th June 2017
We had such fun this morning at Sports Day. We walked down to the field and then started all the fun activities. We started with a warm-up - wake n' shake with Miss Sidwick. Then we did parachute games and circuit training. We really had to work as a team for the Tug-of-War, and then we did a mini assault course where we crawled under nets and under hoops. We all ran in different races after that - relay races, running races, egg and spoon and sack races. It was fun cheering our friends on. And while we were having our lunch, the teachers had a Tug-of-War, too.... The KS2 teachers won!
A very big thank you to Zac's, Sidney's and Yuki's mums for helping to walk us to and from the field.
Sparkly Intergalactic Jelly!
Week beginning 15th May
As part of our science investigations, we have made Space jelly this week. We predicted whether the cubed jelly or the powdered jelly would disolve first, and we talked about the difference between things melting and dissolving. Our predictions were right - the powdered jelly dissolved much more quickly, in fact we had to put the cubed jelly in the microwave as the water got too cold and it stopped dissolving!
week beginning 15th May 2017
To help us learn about quarters and halves we made some space sandwiches and cut them up into quarters. Every time we ate 1/4 we talked about how much we had left. It really helped us use the correct mathematical language (and we got very sticky fingers, too!)
INTERHOUSE SPORTS COMPETITION
Today we had a visit from some students at Bournemouth University who organised some sports activities for us, including Dodgeball and football in a fantastic inflatable football pitch! We were exhausted at the end , but it was great fun and we really enjoyed it. Saint Bernadette's House won overall, so well done to them. And of course, a huge thank you to all the Bournemouth students!
We have started our Space topic with great enthusiasm this week. In Maths we have been learning about following directions on a grid, so we went into the playground to practise moving forwards, backwards, left and right. We 'travelled' off to space and then worked out the directions to get back to Earth. We got there eventually!
SPRING TREAT DAY
Thank you to the lovely mums and dads of the PSA who organised some super treats for us today. We were blessed with beautiful Spring sunshine and were able to go outside to take part in lots of fun activities, including bowling, basketball, an egg and spoon race, a speedy relay race and an Easter Egg Hunt, not forgetting , of course, the bouncy castle! The Easter Bunny popped in, too, and gave us all a little treat. Charlie couldn't resist a hug! We also had a lovely time with our Prayer Buddies this afternoon, painting a special egg, which reminded us of the real meaning of Easter..... We hope you all have a wonderful, peaceful Easter!
Sow the Seed Challenge
We used our £30 to buy materials and decorations to make our lovely Easter boxes. We also bought the ingredients to make our Easter biscuits - we even found some chick and rabbit cookie cutters. We worked really hard to make our baskets to sell at the Sow the Seed Big Sale today! Our lovely Prayer Buddies from 4M took us round all the other fantastic stalls and helped us with our money. We were amazed at how quickly our boxes sold out! All the money we make will go to The Round Table Children's Wish charity which makes 'handcrafted wishes for children with life-threatening illnesses' : why not visit their website? http://www.rtcw.org/
We had a lovely visit to Charminster Library this morning. Kathy the Librarian read us some funny stories about knights and dragons. We had time to explore all the different types of books and had fun reading to each other. Thank you to Gina and Kathy at the library, and a big thank you to Marianne's dad, Zac's mum, Sidney's mum and Henry's mum for helping us walk there.
We were blessed with the most beautiful Spring sunshine on our trip to Corfe Castle today! We had fun looking around the castle and finding all the answers to our Castle Quiz. We had lunch where the bailey used to be, and some of us had a go in the stocks. When we went to the Model Village we saw the castle as it was before it was destoyed... and had another go in the stocks! The Model village was fantastic - we felt like giants walking around the tiny houses. A big, big thank you to all our parent helpers who gave up their day to come and help us!
We were very lucky on Monday to receive a visit from a theatre group who told us the story of a tea grower from India. We learnt how important it is to pay a fair price for things like tea and chocolate so that the farmers can live better lives. Look out for the Fairtrade logo in the shops.
WORLD BOOK DAY
It was fun to see everyone dressed up as their favourite book character today, even the teachers! And we heard lots of stories, too. Our Prayer Buddies came to share books with us and we drew each other in our costumes. In assembly we heard about the teachers' favourite books and we thought about how important books are to us and how lucky we ran to have the opportunity to learn to read...... Happy reading!
KUNG HEI FAT CHOI!
We watched a magnificent Chinese dragon procession this afternoon to celebrate Chinese New Year. We learnt that there are 12 animals in the Chinese zodiac. Most of us in 1S are tigers or rabbits. The procession was really colourful - children from Year 6 carried the dragon and the lion. It was funny when the lion fluttered its eyelids!
We had great fun with Year 3 today - they had worked hard on their zumba moves to teach us. It was really good fun, but very tiring! Thank you Miss Wood and 3W!
Welcome to Knight School!
We had such fun learning to be knights and princesses.... 1S turned into Knight School and 1PM was the Princess School. The knights learnt how to bow, joust, throw javelins, kiss the hand of a princess (this one wasn't very popular!), ride a horse and even recite poetry! The princesses learnt how to plait hair, sew, recite poetry, paint, curtsey and swoon (they showed particular skill at this!). They also decorated cakes for their handsome knights - we enjoyed eating them together!
Beauty and the Beast
Thank you to the PSA for giving us a treat! We really enjoyed the pantomime - it was Beauty and the Beast and really got the message across that what you're like on the inside is much more important that what you look like.
Friday 16th December
A HUGE thank you for all your kind gifts and lovely wishes, we feel truly spoilt! We wish you a very merry and peaceful Christmas and look forward to seeing you all in the New Year! Have fun!
Mrs Salazar, Mrs Mortimer and Mrs Morilla
Wednesday 14th December
Thank you, Santa!
Look who came to see us today.... Thank you for our presents.
(Elvira the Elf looks remarkably like Mrs Salazar!)
We hope you managed to come and see our Year 1 Christmas Production, Angel Express. The children worked really hard to learn all their lines and to practise all the songs. We think they did a fantastic job and we're really proud of them! Well done Year 1!
We had a lovely time with our prayer buddies from 4M this aftenoon. Some of us went to Miss McNab's class and some of Year 4 came to visit us in our classroom. We're learning about simple algorithms and we gave our prayer buddies simple instructions to draw a picture, it was good fun! We hope they come and visit us again soon!
Many thanks for coming to our Dinosaur Museum yesterday, we do hope you enjoyed looking at everything we've been learning about. It's been a great topic and it has been really lovely to see the children's enthusiasm in all aspects of their learning. And a huge thank you for all the wonderful dinosaur models, we hope you had fun making them!
Friday 7th October
Thank you, Dr Grey!
Dr.Grey is our class governor and he very kindly brought his beautiful dog, Tenisa, to meet us this afternoon. We wanted to know how a dog is different to a dinosaur. They both have sharp teeth as they are carnivores and need to eat meat, but Tenisa's claws weren't very sharp (she has them cut at the vet's). Tenisa walks on all four of her legs, but a T-Rex walked on its two back legs. We tried to measure Tenisa - Sam reckoned she was 3 rulers tall (about 45cm), whereas a dinosaur like a stegosaurus was 9m tall (exactly as tall as our classroom actually!). We enjoyed meeting Tenisa - thank you, Dr.Grey!
A real Paleontologist!
A big thank you to Mrs Brady (Megan's mum) who cam to talk to us about what a paleontologist does. It was really interesting and great fun to look at all the amazing fossils and ammonites she brought to show us. Thank you again!
We're learning lots about dinosaurs - we've been thinking about big they really were. We found out that a stegasaurus was 4m tall and 9m long.... we discovered that our classroom was exactly 4m high by measuring it out with string and tying a balloon to it. We also measured out 9m and discovered that when we line up together we measure 9m! So it would be a bit of a squash to get a stegasuarus in our classroom! We also discovered that a Brachiosaurus was 17m tall. We had to go out into the playground to let the balloon up high to measure that one! We then used a trundle wheel to measure it out on the playground and drew our gigantic dinosaurs! Have a look at the slides below to see what we got up to...