Juniper

 
Welcome to Juniper 2!
 
 
2018 - 2019
 
Miss Noctor - Class Teacher
Mrs Whitlock - Teaching Assistant
 
 

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Summer 2
 
Oh The Places You'll Go
 
 
Summer 1
 
Street Detectives
 
and
 
Take One Author - Roald Dahl 
 
 
Spring 2
 
Fiery Flames
 
 
On Tuesday Year 2 travelled back to 1666 when they visited Blakesley Hall to learn about Samuel Pepys and the Great Fire of London. All of Year 2 had a brilliant time exploring the house, dressing up as people from Tudor times, including King Charles II, Samuel Pepys and Jane (Samuel Pepys' servant) and learning all about how the Great Fire of London started. The children also had the opportunity to write using a quill and ink, look at artefacts, build a house and complete brass rubbings. During lunch the children were able to play with toys of the time, they thoroughly enjoyed racing on their horse. A great day was had by all and all the children were at their Birchwood' best.
 
 
Fire! Fire! London's burning! Juniper 2 are travelling back in time to solve the mystery about how The Great Fire of London started using evidence from Samuel Pepys' diary to discover more about London at this time. Have you ever considered roaring, ferocious fire breathing dragons may know more than we think? Was it all their fault?

  

'I can't believe a dragon has landed on our playground,' Tyler.

  

'I'm going to tell my mum and dad we have to get to school extra early in the morning to see if we can see the dangerous dragon,' Alfie.

  

'I loved tasting the different types of bread they might have baked in the bakery,' Millie.

 

 
Spring 1
 
On the Ocean Wave
 
 
Year 2 had a Skype conversation with the authors, Jan Burchett and Sara Vogler, of the book they are reading "Sam Silver Undercover Pirate Skeleton Island". The authors got the children to guess what was in the pirate sack by giving them clues, the children were able to ask the authors questions and finally Year 2 were lucky enough to have an extract from one of their books read to them by the authors themselves! Year 2 loved it and now can't wait to write more stories using all the tips they have learnt!
 
 
Ahoy There! It’s time to set sail with Captain Redblood himself and join his pirate crew. Do you have what it takes to become one of his shipmates? Join Sam Silver to travel back in time to explore what life as a pirate on the open sea was really like and discover more about these famous pirate’s and their Caribbean home.

 

'I can't believe pirates still exist today!' Troy.

 

'A cutlass is a pirates favourite weapon because the pistols don't work when they get wet!' Riley.

 

'I would hate to be a pirate! I wouldn't like to eat Sauerkaut, Bone Soup or Hard Tack!   Romee-Lea.

 

'It was our job to melt the ice and save Captain Redblood's treasure,' Kye.

 

'It was very exciting when we found Redblood's chest,' Amy.

 

 
Autumn 2
 
The Enchanted Forest
 
 
Our mysterious book character, Jub, is proud of her unusual job, to collect Happy Endings from the enchanted woodland ready for children’s bedtime stories.  We join her in her woodland habitat learning about the creatures we meet, the changes to the seasons and the effects on the wildlife living there.  We will capture images and collect artefacts to make our own texts and to help Jub find her own Happy Ending.
  
'Jub had six fingers!' Millie.
 
 'Nocturnal animals sleep in night and are awake in the day,' Ollie.
 
 'We met Fidget the fox. He is a nocturnal animal,' Georgina.
 
 
Autumn 1
 
Into the Lion's Den
 
 
Welcome to Hazel 1!
 
 
2017-2018
 
Mrs Webb - Class Teacher
Mrs Dow - Teaching Assistant
 
 
Summer 2
 
Where The Wild Things Are
 
As apart of their new theme, 'Where The Wild Things Are', year one had a visit from the Wild Encounters team.  We learned about lots of different wild animals such as giant millipedes, fat tailed gerbils, tarantulas, meerkats and many more.  During the session the children had an opportunity to handle the creatures and ask questions.  Everyone agreed it was one of their favourite experiences so far.
 
'My favourite was the scorpion because they are deadly.' Kye
 
'I liked it when the meerkat sniffed up my nose and it tickled.' Millie
 
 
Summer 1
 
 
Year 1 visited Stafford castle on Friday.  We dressed up as knights and ladies from the castle, made lavender bags to make ourselves smell sweeter, minted our own coins, charged the Keep, defended the castle and learned a lot about the historical evidence and clues that made knowing these facts possible.
 
 
Year 1 will be covering our Take One Author, Julia Donaldson, and also castles.
 
"On Monday we read lots and lots of Julia Donaldson books with our friends.  They were amazing.  We are going to write to her and she is going to help us write stories," Troy.
 
"We all brought in our castles on Monday and looked at each others.  We are finding out about castles because the Lord and Lady of Stafford have invited us to their castle," Tyler.
 
 
Spring 2 
 
This half term we will be covering our theme No Place Like Home.
 
 
In RE this half term we explored the origins of the Purim festival.  It is a Jewish celebration which is based on the story of Esther.  We retold the story and made grapers (a shaker) to develop our understanding.
 

In science, we investigated the question; What can our hands do?  We discovered that they can identify different sizes, textures, temperatures and weights.

In Literacy, we used the 'Now Press Play' resources to follow a fairy tale mystery story.  We were the main character and had to help put back all the full stops and capital letters to help save our favourite fairy tales.

 

 
Autumn
 
Here Comes the Aliens
 

 

When the children returned to school from the summer holidays, they discovered a very strange scene in the hall.  There were tubes, control panels, screws, wires, sparkly rocks and other unusual objects strewn about.  It appeared as though an alien craft had crashed in our school.  This half term the children will be investigating materials, light, building space vehicles and reading the books 'Here come the Aliens' by Colin McNaughton, 'Whatever Next' by Jill Murphy and 'Beegu' by Alexis Deacon to support their investigations and help them compose a message to the aliens that crashed.