Juniper 2

 
Welcome to Juniper 2!
 
 
2020 - 2021
 
Mrs Brelsford - Class Teacher
Mrs Whitlock - Teaching Assistant
 
 

Home Learning Projects – Summer

To view the home learning choice activities for the summer term, please click the link below.

 Remember to send your home learning through the messages section on eSchools, or bring your learning in to school to share with your class on the stop-off dates, which are: 

3rd May

24th May

14th June

5th July

 
Summer 2
 
Coastline
 

Grab your bucket and spade and let’s head to the coast! On the beach we will learn about the physical and human features that can be found and explore how life in a coastal town compares to life here in the Midlands. As an island we are surrounded by the sea so we will take a closer look at which seas specifically surround the United Kingdom and the wildlife that inhabits them. We will also explore how to stay safe when we are near water.

 

 
Summer 1
 
Land Ahoy!
 
 
On Wednesday Year 2 spent a swashbuckling day in the life of a pirate. We were joined by Richard from 'The History Squad' who taught us lots of information about pirates.
 
To start with he taught us special pirate vocabulary such as 'stern', 'bow', 'port' and 'starboard'. When given orders by the Captain, we had to run to the correct place on the ship. Richard then showed us some artefacts. We were able to hold pieces of eight, canon balls, a cutlass and even had a go a firing real pistol (don't worry it wasn't loaded!) Can you believe we played games that pirates would have played on their ships? It was a very fun day and we learnt lots.
 
Year 2 would like to say a big thank you to 'The History Squad'.
 

Summer 1 Remote Home Learning – Year 2

English and Maths

-If you are absent from school, please follow the link below to complete your daily lessons.

https://classroom.thenational.academy/schedule-by-year/year-2

-Always begin the daily lessons from ‘Monday’, no matter which day your first day of absence falls on. This will ensure the lessons are taught in sequence and you understand what is being taught.

Additional Lessons to Support Year 2 Learning:

Phonics

- Practise your Phonics on https://www.phonicsplay.co.uk/resources/phase/5

Our school login details are:

Username: admin2619

Password: angel

Science

- What is a material? https://classroom.thenational.academy/lessons/what-is-a-material-74u30t

- What are objects made from? https://classroom.thenational.academy/lessons/what-are-objects-made-from-61gp8d

- How can I describe an object? https://classroom.thenational.academy/lessons/how-can-i-describe-an-object-c9h38c

- Which materials float and sink? https://classroom.thenational.academy/lessons/which-materials-float-and-sink-cdj66c

- Which materials are absorbent? https://classroom.thenational.academy/lessons/which-materials-are-absorbent-6tk3er

- Which material is best for different objects? https://classroom.thenational.academy/lessons/which-material-is-best-for-different-objects-60vkar

Geography

- What is an ocean? https://classroom.thenational.academy/lessons/what-is-an-ocean-crrp6e

-  Where are the world’s oceans? https://classroom.thenational.academy/lessons/where-are-the-worlds-oceans-chk3jc

- What are maps? https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/zqj3n9q/articles/zjd66v4

History

- Who was Christopher Columbus? https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/zhpchbk/articles/znchkmn

Design Technology

- To explore a range of sliders and levers. https://classroom.thenational.academy/lessons/to-explore-a-range-of-sliders-and-levers-69jkgc

- To explore and evaluate products with moving parts. https://classroom.thenational.academy/lessons/to-explore-and-evaluate-products-with-moving-parts-70tkjc

- To investigate properties of everyday materials. https://classroom.thenational.academy/lessons/to-investigate-the-properties-of-everyday-materials-74wpct

- To explore a range of materials to help make design decisions. https://classroom.thenational.academy/lessons/to-explore-a-range-of-materials-to-help-make-design-decisions-64v30d

- To explore a range of users and purposes. https://classroom.thenational.academy/lessons/to-explore-a-range-of-users-and-purposes-cgu3gr

- To investigate and evaluate cards that include a variety of mechanisms and moving parts. https://classroom.thenational.academy/lessons/to-investigate-and-evaluate-cards-that-include-a-variety-of-mechanisms-and-moving-parts-c9hk2d

- To generate design ideas of congratulations card. https://classroom.thenational.academy/lessons/to-generate-design-ideas-for-a-congratulations-card-crvker

- To use skills from art and design to decorate your congratulations card. https://classroom.thenational.academy/lessons/to-use-skills-from-art-and-design-to-decorate-your-congratulations-card-65k38c

-  Apply a choose mechanism to your celebration card. https://classroom.thenational.academy/lessons/to-apply-a-chosen-mechanism-to-a-celebration-card-65jkjt

- To evaluate your congratulations card. https://classroom.thenational.academy/lessons/to-evaluate-your-congratulations-card-cctkad

Art

-  An introduction to drawing. https://classroom.thenational.academy/lessons/an-introduction-to-drawing-6nk64c

- Why is colour important in art? https://classroom.thenational.academy/lessons/why-is-colour-important-in-art-c9j66c

- Exploring shadows and tone. https://classroom.thenational.academy/lessons/exploring-shadows-and-tone-6hjk0t

- How can we bring our drawings to life? https://classroom.thenational.academy/lessons/how-can-we-bring-our-drawings-to-life-64vkee

- Observational drawing. https://classroom.thenational.academy/lessons/observational-drawing-6th3ac

Computing

- What is an algorithm? https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/z3tbwmn/articles/z3whpv4

- What is a code? https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/z3tbwmn/articles/zykx6sg

- What are computer bugs? https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/z3tbwmn/articles/ztgjq6f

- How do you program a robot? https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/z3tbwmn/articles/zqnc4wx

- How do computer games work? https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/z3tbwmn/articles/zchc4wx

 
Spring 2
 
Bright Lights, Big City
 
 
We celebrated the end of our theme by going to a Royal Tea   Party with Paddington Bear. Paddington was able to travel in style on a red bus made during our DT moving vehicles project. We wore our finest outfits and enjoyed cake along with Paddington’s marmalade on toast. We were also honoured to welcome a special visitor, Sergeant Harrison, who explained what life was life as a soldier guarding the Queen at Buckingham Palace and the crown jewels at the Tower of London!
 

Silly old Paddington Bear…he packed his bags for his tea party invitation and spilt marmalade all over his invite…we had to help him using our inference skills by working out where he was going and who he was visiting.

 

 
In Year 2 we have been busy ‘visiting’ landmarks in London. We used a green screen app and chose our favourite landmarks to add our photographs.
 

Winter Wish Lists - Reading for Pleasure

At Birchwood, we have been working extremely hard to promote the power and enjoyment of reading for our children, as we know that being a successful reader is one of the key indicators to future success in life.

We pride ourselves on nurturing skilful and enthusiastic readers within school, providing children with memorable experiences such as exciting activities. Although we work diligently to promote reading within school, we value your support greatly in creating a positive reading culture at home; it is vital that children are encouraged to read high quality texts.

At the moment, we know that many of us are spending more time indoors than we normally would, providing our children with even more opportunities to read for pleasure in the comfort of their own home. For this reason, we have compiled a list of inspiring, excellent books for both you and your child to enjoy – both independently and as a shared reading book. On this list you will find some children’s classics, as well as some new bestselling books, and some award winning texts which have been celebrated widely within the reading community. We have selected these books to cater for a variety of reading tastes, and we have included books ranging from wild adventure stories, spooky ghost tales, books which celebrate diversity and difference, and those which promote kindness and emotional wellbeing.

Please click below to view your child's Winter Wish List. 

 
Autumn 2
 
Movers and Shakers
 
and 
 
Take One Author: Oliver Jeffers
 
 
Take One Author : Oliver Jeffers
 
'Stuck has been my favourite book because it is so funny,'Theo.
 
'My brain gets filled with words and I get to write them down,' Poppy.
 
'You can be whoever you want to be when writing,' Vinny.
 
'Oliver Jeffers makes your imagination grow,' Thea.
 
 

Movers and Shakers

'Rosa Parks was so brave! She is amazing!' Jensen.

'Votes for Women! Women should be treated equally!' Karinna.

'I have been to Robert Peel Hospital. Now I know it is named after the man who invented the police,' Rosie.

'I can’t believe women weren’t allowed in the police!' Ava.

'I have loved using the Ipads to do our work on Emmeline Pankhurs,' Jacob.

 
Autumn 1
 
 Wiggle and Crawl
 
 
Year 2 arrived back at school to find a surprising letter from Paddington Bear asking them to help his rainforest friends. 
 
Year 2 are now on a learning journey with Paddington to find out all about the rainforest, what is going on and how we can help.
 
 

Alfie:  I felt sad when I heard that people are destroying the rainforest.  

Rosie: I want to help Paddington save the orangu-tans home.  

Karinna: I want to change what is happening and help spread the orangu-tan’s story far and wide.  

Jessie: I was so surprised when we found the letter from Paddington Bear.  

Theo: I want to help Paddington save his home in the rainforest because I feel sorry for him and all the other animals that live there.  

Ella: I loved doing the rainforest dance with Mrs Bright.  

Taylor: My favourite part of learning about the rainforest so far is the parrots were have drawn in Art.  

Georgia: I love learning about the rainforest.  

 

 
Welcome to Elm 1!
 
 
2019 - 2020
 
Miss Aston - Class Teacher
Miss Richardson - Teaching Assistant
 
 
Hello Elm Class!
 
We hope that you have all had another good week with your families. 
 
Its has been lovely to see you enjoying the activities that we set for you last week. Well done!
Underneath this post you will see the final timetable for this academic year with a new set of activities.
 

Remember to keep sending photographs of you completing your tasks to williams.y@welearn365.com which may then go on the 'Staying Connected' page on the website.  

Below are some web site links to help you stay active...

In lieu of any opportunities for competition, or skill development, School Games have teamed up with Topya! to provide a platform for schools parents and teachers to recommend and even track activity levels. 

Children practise the challenges, then submit their best video using a mobile device to receive personal coaching feedback from the TopYa! team of experienced virtual coaches. Points are earned for each video submitted, leading to climbing leaderboards and winning prizes!

 To access the app follow the following instructions.

  • Download the TopYa! Active app from the App Store or Google Play
  • Create your Parent account
  • When prompted to enter an Invite Code enter 23880 and then choose Primary or Secondary School League based on which type of school your child attends
  • Then create your kid(s) account(s)
  • Let them work on the activities on their own device or film and upload videos from your device on their behalf!
  • Local area page: https://www.yourschoolgames.com/sgo/queen-elizabeth/ Twitter @schoolgames_nw

PE with Joe every morning at  9am

   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K6r99N3kXME

Remember to STAY SAFE online too.  Visit https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/ 

With now>press>play At Home, your children can access 21 Audio Adventures, complete with follow on resources. Whether it’s the Arctic, Ancient Egypt or a Mission to Mars, our Audio Adventures will transport your children to another world.

www.nowpressplay.co.uk/learn-at-home/  Password: nowpressplay

The DfE have set up a YouTube channel to provide daily Letters and Sounds lessons for children to continue to practise their phonics knowledge.(Year 1 lessons are at 10.30)

 https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCP_FbjYUP_UtldV2K_-niWw/featured?disable_polymer=1 

We have enjoyed having you all in our class this year, even though it was cut a little short,  and wish you the very best of luck for next year when you move to year 2. Have a lovely summer break. Stay safe and keep smiling!
 
 Miss Aston and Miss Richardson.
 
 
Spring 2
 
There’s no place like home
 
 
Elm 1 have had a brilliant time this afternoon with @WestEndinSchool where they explored the story ‘Where The Wild Things Are’ through dance in preparation for #WorldBookDay.
 
 
Year 1 were amazed by the crime scene that they found in their classroom on Tuesday morning. After looking at and measuring clues, viewing CCTV footage, creating Wanted posters and helping Sergeant F. Tale with his questioning they established that the suspect was Goldilocks!
 
 
Spring 1
 
Turrets and Tiaras
 
 
Elm 1 have been learning about the importance of staying safe while using the internet as part of #SaferinternetDay2020. Using Now Press Play, we had to escape from inside a computer by making the right choices whilst online.
 
 
What a wonderful afternoon we had at the Royal Banquet with feasting, dancing and games.
 
 
After reading the story ‘The Princess and the Pea’ we made our very own pea and mint soup. We used lots of skills such as weighing, chopping and blending.
 
 
Autumn 2
 
The Magic Toybox
 
 
Autumn 1
 
Here Come the Aliens!
 
 
We enjoyed cooking pear crumble using pears that had been picked from our very own Birchwood orchard. We also practised our weighing, cutting and mixing skills and the results were delicious.
 
 
Today we enjoyed exploring the legends of the festival of Diwali and other ancient Hindu stories. We then explored the traditions of each day of the festival.
 
 
We had a wonderful morning painting in the style of Vincent Van Gogh to create our own starry night paintings. 
 
'I’m a real artist!,  Ellie-Grace.
 
 
As part of Democracy Day we learned about what goes on in Parliament. We then held our own vote on which story should be read at the end of the day.
 
 
When returning to school after the summer holidays we made an interesting discovery in our outside area. Something had crash landed leaving a terrible mess. The following week we arrived at school to find that the crash scene had been cleared. A postcard and dropped passport revealed that it had actually been a spaceship that had crash landed. It belonged to an alien called Beegu who had managed to finally fix her space craft and had returned to Planet Zoop!