Year 2 - Badgers
Mrs Braid, Mrs Murray

 
Friday 18th June 2021
It’s the end of another busy week in Badgers. 
 
In maths this week, we began our topic of time.  The children have enjoyed using the mini clocks to tell the time.  Today they made paper watches and practised their time telling skills by going to ask each other the time, using the clock to display it and write it also.  If you have any analogue clocks at home, it would be great to practise at home – they can also show you how much they have already learnt!
 
This week, in English we wrote commands sentences in instructions.  Last week, we carried out an investigation in science to colour flowers and observe how plants carry water up their stems.  We then wrote out step by step instructions for the investigations using bossy verbs.  The children did so well writing these.
 
In science this week, the children completed a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Maths) challenge building towers out of newspaper.  The conversations about what makes a strong structure and what went well were brilliant to listen to.  What they discovered this week will go on to help them in another STEM challenge before the end of term. 
 
During our PE sessions this week and last, the children practised their sending and receiving skills, using both overarm and underarm throws.  We also did some target practice stations in a circuit which they really enjoyed.
 
I hope the sunshine returns soon.
Have a lovely weekend!

Mrs Braid smiley

Friday 21st May 2021
We have had a busy few weeks!  

We have been learning about fractions in maths and enjoying learning about halves, quarters and thirds.  We have explored unit fractions and non-unit fractions.  

This week and last week we were looking at alternative versions of traditional tales, in particular The Three Little Pigs and Little Red Riding Hood.  We read the True Story of the Three Little Pigs and even held a trial to determine whether we though the wolf was guilty or not.  The children played the parts really well and took on their roles with flair; it was amazing to see!  We then wrote our own version of Little Red Riding Hood where the wolf gave excuse for why he behaved the way he did.  

In science we have continued to learn about Living Things and their Habitats and have looked at microhabitats in the field.  We also linked our science to our computing learning and the children have created PowerPoint presentations about a food chain.  It was great to see their enthusiasm for this and some of them challenged themselves to add animations.  

Badgers have been enjoying dance with Mr Rae and have one week left.  Swimming has also started and the children have been sharing aspects of their learning that they have been proud of.  

I hope you all have a lovely weekend! 
Mrs Braid
We have had a busy few weeks!  

We have been learning about fractions in maths and enjoying learning about halves, quarters and thirds.  We have explored unit fractions and non-unit fractions.  

This week and last week we were looking at alternative versions of traditional tales, in particular The Three Little Pigs and Little Red Riding Hood.  We read the True Story of the Three Little Pigs and even held a trial to determine whether we though the wolf was guilty or not.  The children played the parts really well and took on their roles with flair; it was amazing to see!  We then wrote our own version of Little Red Riding Hood where the wolf gave excuse for why he behaved the way he did.  

In science we have continued to learn about Living Things and their Habitats and have looked at microhabitats in the field.  We also linked our science to our computing learning and the children have created PowerPoint presentations about a food chain.  It was great to see their enthusiasm for this and some of them challenged themselves to add animations.  

Badgers have been enjoying dance with Mr Rae and have one week left.  Swimming has also started and the children have been sharing aspects of their learning that they have been proud of.  

I hope you all have a lovely weekend! 
​​​​​​​Mrs Braid
 

Friday 26th March 2021
Well, Badgers, another busy week!

We watched our beans, sunflower seeds and bulbs grow this week.  It has been great talking about their grwoth and comparing them.

In maths, we had a recap on place value and I loved seeing how confident the childre were with this.  

For English this week, we wrote stories based on a picture.  The children seemed to enjoy this and I have loved reading them - their creativity is amazing! 

Badgers have earnt themselves the treat that they've been working so hard for - a movie and popcorn.  I am very proud of them and they certainly deserve a treat!

It was parent-teacher consultations this week, so thank you for your time.  It was great to have the opportunity to catch up about how the children have settled back in to life in Badgers.  

Are there really only four more days left of this term - time really does zoom by! 


Mrs Braid smiley

Friday 12th March 2021
Dear Badgers, 

Thank you for a fantastic week!  I have loved having you all back here, I hope you have enjoyed it too. 

This week is British Science Week so we have done lots of exciting activities.  We learnt about farming in the UK and thought specifically about crops and planting to fit in with our science topic.  The children worked in groups to create a collage of a plant life cycle for our learning wall and I was very impressed how well they worked together.  Normally we would visit Wisley this term, but as this could not happen, we had a virtual experience with them.  We learnt about the work they do at the RHS gardens, some exotic plants and even one that smelled like lemon sherbet!  The children wrote and asked some fantastic questions too;
  • What is the rarest plant at Wisely?
  • What is the tallest tree as Wisely?
Some of the children even asked to save seeds from their lunch so they can plant them at home – it was lovely to see how inspired they were.  Badgers also planted a sunflower seed and a runner bean – watch this space!
 
In maths we began the topic of measuring height and length.  We did a lot of practical work using rulers and meters sticks as well as comparing lengths.  It was a lot of fun.
 
On Friday, we became history detectives and looked around the school for clues to its age.  I loved hearing all the knowledge the children already knew from their learning about the Victorians – so we will build on this.  We all marvelled listening to the old school bell – the rope for which is in our classroom! 
 
I hope you all have a lovely weekend and I look forward to seeing you all next week!
 
Mrs Braid
smiley

Friday 5th February
Dear Badgers and families, 

We're nearly at half term; the weeks seem to zoom by but at the same time I know these lockdown days feel long.  

I hope you've all had a good few weeks of home learning.  I really love seeing the work you've been doing and I am very impressed with what I have seen.  Please keep sending it in!  If you ever have any photos of other activities you've been up to, feel free to share those too.  

Keep reading and enjoying the outdoors and I can't wait to see you all on our Zooms this week! 

Mrs Braid smiley

Friday 15th January
Hello Badgers!

I hope you've all had a good week.  I have really loved looking at all of your work, well done! 

It was also so brilliant to see so many of you on the live story and spelling sessions.  

I have found some fun websites for reading, some with videos of books being read aloud and some with activities you can do too.  

This website has books read aloud and activities.
https://www.booktrust.org.uk/ 


This one has books sorted by ages with a pdf for each age category.  The pdf has a QR code for each book which takes you to a YouTube video where it is read by the author. 
https://www.booksfortopics.com/storytime-online


This website has loads of videos by authors that set a 10-minute challenge.  There is lots on this website but some are more suitable for older children so look at this with your child.  
https://authorfy.com/10minutechallenges/ 

This is Oak Academy's virtual library which will be growing. 
https://library.thenational.academy/

I look forward to seeing you all again this week for the live sessions!

Mrs Braid  smiley

Friday 8th January 2021
Hello Badgers!  

I hope you are enjoying the home learning. 

I love seeing the work that you send in - keep up the good work! 


I will be doing two story sessions this week; I am looking forward to sharing some of the new books we got for Christmas with you.  It will also be a lovely way to keep in touch.  


Sending you all virtual hugs!  

Mrs Braid smiley

Friday 11th December
It's beginning to look alot like Christmas! 

So this week we have been learning times tables and the children have done really well.  We have tackled the 2-times table and the 5-times table so far.  

In English we explored the traditional Christmas poem by Clement C Moore - The Night Before Christmas.  We have then written our own poems about what Christmas is to us, using our senses to help us.  Some of the poems I have read already gave me goosebumps the writing was so beautiful! 

We became particles in science this week to learn about how solids change into a liquid.  Then we investigated this change by melting old wax crayons and creating new shapes.  

We have been practising our nativity this week - most of the children have learnt their lines off by heart - Mrs Ball and myself have been so pleased with them.

Our resident elf Jack has been causing mischief this week, hiding and hanging out, watching, even leaving jokes for us!

Have a lovely weekend and stay safe. 
 

Friday, 4th December
Well, we have had a busy couple of weeks.
 
Last week we finished our topic on money and enjoyed playing shops in their pairs ‘buying’ items and some making change too.  This week we began our learning about multiplication, making sure our understanding of equal groups is secure.  The children have done really well tackling this new topic. 
 
In English, we spent two weeks learning about Roald Dahl and some of his fantastic books.  The children wrote some fabulous character descriptions for their own little Twit. 
 
This week has been DT week and the children have made some fantastic creations.  Some of them are decorating the hall now.  They look amazing!  Hop over to the photo album – I’ve added a couple of pics of the ones hanging in the hall. 
 
The children learnt about different movements in DT last week in preparation for designing and making moving pictures this week.  We still have some bits to finish off but I have been so impressed with their creativity and perseverance with this project. 
 
We created an advent calendar for the classroom.  Each child decorated a bauble and wrote an act of kindness on the back.  Every day we are turning over that bauble and trying to carry out that kindness.  I love hearing the ideas the children have come up with. 
 
There is another piece of big news in Badgers – we had an elf arrive in our classroom!!  Jack Sparklenose arrived on Tuesday this week with a letter straight from the big man himself!  I wonder what Jack will get up to over the weekend? 
 
We hope you have a lovely weekend and I cannot believe we only have two weeks left to go! 
 

Friday, 20th November 2020
A wonderful week in Badgers!

To begin our Kindness Week we wore odd socks on Monday, we continued to focus on ways to be kind all week. 

We focussed on character descriptions in English and thought up characters who were baddies but really wanted to change their ways and become good.  The children came up with some fantastic descriptive language. 

We also linked our PSHE learning this week to Kindness Week and thought about emotions and
feelings. 

The class made crowns this week following our learning about Queen Elizabeth I and Queen Elizabeth II.  The children worked well in their pairs and stuck closely to their plans, producing some beautiful creations. 

In maths we continued to work on money and were finding equal amounts and comparing amounts of money.

For geography this week we talked about physical and human geography and then focussed on physical features of the UK. 

We have begun our Race to Rudolph this week also – Badgers clocked up over 150 laps this week! 
 
Have a lovely, restful weekend.
Mrs Braid
 

Friday, 13th November 2020
Another busy week in Badgers.
 
We have had a wonderful week learning about money in maths and enjoying some practical work using our other resources to understand the value of different coins.  We then moved on to working out totals of coins and notes.  
 
In English we continued to link our learning to history and Queen Elizabeth I as well as looking at our current queen, Elizabeth II, comparing their lives finding out what was different and what was similar. 

Last week we planned a science investigation and this week were able to carry it out.  We wanted to find out which paper would be best for mopping up a spillage.  The children were great scientists, observing, recording and sharing their results and using scientific language. 
 
In PE the children built on their ball skills from previous learning and in dance we were working on following the leader doing a dragon dance.  I was very impressed with their beautiful movements. 
 
In music we explored instruments looking at the Armada portrait.  The children then composed some music in groups, telling the story of the painting while one of the group narrated – they were brilliant at thinking about how to use the instruments to illustrate what happened and I loved hearing how knowledgeable they have become on Queen Elizabeth I. 

We have also started to read the Christmasaurus by Tom Fletcher – it does feel early to start a Christmas book but I wanted to have enough time to finish it before the holidays!

It was lovely to have some chats with you this week during our parent-teacher consultations, I look forward to more of them next week. 

Have a lovely weekend! 
Mrs Braid