Welcome to the Squirrel Team
Welcome back to Maun and Year 2. The children have had a fabulous first day and settled into the Year 2 team beautifully. The children have worked together to write a classroom agreement and thought about how they would like their class to be. They thought of good listening, being kind, being respectful, polite, tidy up and work hard! What a great year we will have!
Character Behaviours for Learning.
The children really got behind the idea of dressing up as one of the animal characters for our learning behaviours. They knew which behaviour belonged to which animal and could also give some of their characteristics. Thank you to you, our parents, we obviously have some Creative Chameleons among you, who made some amazing costumes.
We had a visitor called Skippy John who helped us to learn how to skip. We had to make sure that we bounced, not jumped and that we didn’t throw the rope over our shoulders. It was a hot afternoon and we got very warm but really enjoyed learning how to skip and skip well.
Visiting Heatherbrook Primary
Our visit to Heatherbrook was very interesting and the children learned so much about how different our schools are. We found out about how many different languages the children speak and the places that were interesting to visit in Leicester. We did some great activities including tasting Walkers crisps, which was a very popular activity!
The children have been taking part in Dance during their PE lessons. The dance has been linked to their learning about Japan and they have added moves to the dance over the weeks. They finished the dance this week and worked with a prop, which was the fans that they had made. There were some strong, precise moves with great balancing to finish. Excellent dance moves Squirrels.
The Easter Experience
The Squirrel class went to St Paulinus church to find out about Easter from a Christian’s point of view. The children listened to stories from the Bible and took part in activities to learn about what happened to Jesus during Holy Week. We learned lots of new things and enjoyed finding out what Christians believe.
Mother's Day Celebrations
Reading with fire Fighters and a police officer
We read the book The growing Story and decided in science we would set up an investigation about growing cress. The children planted cress seeds and put them in different places with and without water and light. They made a cress diary and watched to see if their predictions were correct.
We looked at the story book The Growing Story. We looked at different pages and found adjectives and interesting vocabulary and phrases. We acted out the story in drama to show how the little boy felt during the story. We also created a story map to help us retell the story.
We looked at the famous artist Claude Monet. We looked at his art work and read fact cards about him. He had an interesting life. We wrote our own reports on Monet and created pop-up books to show our work.
Characters For Learning
We have been using our Go For It Gorilla character to help us be the best learners we can be, with a positive and determined attitude. To help us show that we have a try try again attitude, we wrote spells to help us.
RE - Advent
The children learnt all about the Christian festival Advent. As a team they made a whole class advent wreath. They read fact cards about advent and made their own advent wreath hats.
Year 2 had a very exciting morning when the local fire brigade came to visit us. We were lucky enough to learn about the fire engine and see all the equipment. They even had a kettle to make cups of tea! We all got to sit inside and have a go at using the hose. While they were at our school we learnt about how the fire service has changed over the years and what it is like to be a fire fighter nowadays. When the fire fighters spoke to us, they taught us how to keep our selves safe at home. Also we should stop, drop and roll if our clothes are on fire. Our photos show how great it was!
At school we had an Ambitions Day. All the children thought about the career they might want to have when they grow up and dressed up as that occupation. In the Squirrel team we dressed up as a NASA scientist, teachers, vets, nurses, child minder, firemen, police officers, a professional dancer, a builder, chefs, lorry drivers, paelontologists, hairdresser. We also thought about the jobs ladies and men could do. When we grow up we can be anything we want to be!
In dance we have been thinking about moves linked to fire. We used our bodies to show how sparks fly and sizzle. We thought about how water puts the fire out. We made lots of interesting shapes to the music. Look at our video of our dance.
Drama - Acting the events of The Great Fire of London
Hook for learning!
At the beginning of the second half term the children found a mysterious letter. It looked burnt and torn. It was asking them to keep some precious goods safe, but they didn't know who had left it or where it was. They had to become detectives to find out! It was all very exciting! The children went on their hunt and started digging!
The squirrel team have launched their rocket as they achieved 99% attendance and won attendance of the week. We are now aiming for 100%.
At Maun Infant and Nursery School we have characteristics for learning. These animals help us to take pride in our work and improve. In class we can be Go For it Gorrillas, Concentrating crocodiles, Proud Peacocks, The Slinky Linky Snake, Creative Chameleon. Whenever we are working we try our best to be like one of the animals. Look at the photos below to show how good we are at being concentrating crocodiles, proud peacocks and Go for gorillas!
Characteristics for learning
We always work hard to show our good values. At the beginning of the year we discussed how we wanted our team to behave. We have all sewn symbols linked to our values to show that we want to show respect, listen carefully, be kind to each other, aim for the stars and be ambitious, use kind words and always have good manners. Look at the photos which show our wonderful sewing.
Our topic is The Good, The Bad, The Useful. To start our learning off we had a visit from a local police officer who asked the Year 2s to follow the clues and solve a mystery. We collected the evidence and thought about who might be missing, we came up with lots of ideas.
Hook to start our learing
The Year Two team had a fabulous time at Maxey's Farm. We all visited the pumpkin patch and learnt about how they grow. It was an amazing sight to see all the pumpkins in the field!
Life Education Bus
The children visited the Life Education Bus today. They learnt lots of facts about the body, feelings and emotions. The children learnt about how our body works, why we need sleep and drink lots of water. They met Harold the Giraffe and helped him to solve a problem.
The children are learning to play the DooDs. A DooD is the first step to learning the clarinet. They are tricky to play. In our fist lesson we learnt how to make a sound through blowing, how to make the note 'b'. We are all looking forward to our lessons each week.
Thank you for all your great efforts in the Summer homework challenge, you have all been so creative! Our display looks lovely! There is art work, writing, sewing, a mobile and a puppet! You have all worked so hard!