Welcome to Hazel Class!
We are the Year Two Children.
This week we have been enjoying the sunny weather and been exploring habitats in our school garden. We have been mapping habitats and identifying plants and mini-beasts that live there. We even found a frog living in our pond!
We start our new half term continuing with our work on Africa. We will be designing and making our own African jewellery and creating African landscapes in Art. We will also continue to learn about the African country of Kenya and will be comparing this with Underwood. Towards the end of the term we will have a mini-topic based on the fantasy story 'The Land of Neverbelieve' by Norman Messenger. We will be writing our own fantasy stories, creating island maps and growing our very own plants from seed.
We really enjoyed learning about Africa, the children took part in an African drumming workshop, learning about different African instruments. We all had a go at playing the drums and created our own piece of music with accompanying singing and dance!
This half term our new topic is called A Marvellous Medicine! We will be reading George's Marvellous Medicine by Roald Dahl and learning about famous nurses who changed and improved hospitals and medicine for the better.
Today we learnt about how to stay safe online. We learnt about our digital footprint that what we do on the internet can leave a trace and builds up a picture of our likes and dislikes. We created 'footprints' of our favourite online games, websites and ways to access the Internet.
We talked about a situation when a person had made a negative comment online about someone's work, how it had made them feel and who they spoke to. We learnt how to report upsetting comments on webpages and who to speak to if we feel upset or worried. We then designed our own posters to show our favourite things about school and then we gave positive comments to each other. See some of our work below.
We had an exciting start to our half term... finding a crime scene in our classroom on the first day back! We have been working hard as Police detectives to examine the evidence, find clues to help us work out who committed the terrible crime of stealing porridge. This half term our topic work will be based on traditional tales, the stories Burglar Bill and Cops and Robbers by Janet and Allan Ahlberg. We will also be learning about the real reason we celebrate bonfire night.
We have been writing our own crime scene reports and wanted posters. Watch the CCTV evidence below to see the crime being committed.
We begin the year with our first topic 'Pumpkin Soup Cafe' inspired by the Pumpkin Soup stories written by Helen Cooper. As part of our work we will be opening our very own Hazel Class Pumpkin Soup Cafe, designing and making our own soups. We will be writing invitations, menus and recipes. We will be learning about how food is farmed and celebrating harvest with our church festival.
Thank you to all our visitors who came to the opening of our cafe! We really enjoyed serving you our different flavours of pumpkin soup, bread and drinks. See some of our pictures below ...
Before designing and making our own pumpkin soups for our cafe we tasted and evaluated some soups sold in the supermarket...
The children will be given weekly spelling and mathematics homework. Homework will be given out every Friday and will be due in the following Thursday. Finished homework can be left in the homework trays at the front of our classroom at anytime throughout the week.
Spelling homework: these are linked to the spelling patterns we will be learning in our daily grammar and punctuation and phonics sessions. The children will be asked to write one sentence per spelling, using their best handwriting and checking they have spelt the word correctly. The children should make sure they learn their spellings for the test on Thursday.
Mathematics homework: this will be linked to last week's maths lessons to recap and practice the skills we are been learning.
If you have any questions about homework please ask.