Juniper 2

Welcome to Juniper 2!
2022 - 2023
Mrs Bayliss/Mrs Hill - Class Teachers
Miss Richardson/Mr Smith - Teaching Assistants
Spring 1
Muck, Mess and Mixtures
Year 2 have been reading The Selfish Giant by Oscar Wilde and have done lots of work building up to writing a persuasive letter to the giant to let them back into his garden. We have practised exclamation sentences, using conjunctions and we also got into role as the children in the story to understand how they might feel. Here are some of our final pieces.
Today, we did a class conscience alley to help decide what we might say to the Giant to persuade him to open up his garden.

The birds will come back and their singing will charm you,’ George.

‘Open your garden and open the Spring,’ Theo.

‘What a wonderful garden you had until you built the wall!’ Lainey.

We then role played having a conversation with the Giant and tried to extend our sentences using conjunctions.


When we arrived back in school, we were tasked to solve riddles to help Paddington identify who the characters were that he had met on his travels. We used our knowledge of stories to identify that they were all from fairy tales/ traditional tales. We then had a discussion about which fairy tales we know, thought about what features we might find in a fairy tale and discussed why they are also called ‘traditional’ tales.
Autumn 2
Significant People
We’ve had such an exciting couple of weeks counting down to Christmas. We had a really successful nativity performance on Friday and opened our winter books gifted by Friends of Birchwood PTA and chosen by our teaching staff. 
In Science, Year 2 children were improving their comparative testing enquiry skills by testing materials to see how absorbent, waterproof, opaque and transparent they were.
The children of Juniper class loved the author, James Campbell’s, visit today.

'The umbrella story was so funny,' Chloe.

'He read his stories with prosody,' Erin.

'He makes me want to write more,' Edward.
Year 2 enjoyed a visit from the Peel Society to find out all about Robert Peel, a significant individual, who lived in Tamworth. We learnt that he was responsible for starting the metropolitan police force and what it was like to be in the police in the past. We also compared uniforms today to uniforms in the past. 
The second visitors were Staffordshire Police who taught us about modern policing and how they help us.
'In the past the hats weren’t as hard as they are now,' Oliver.
Year 2 were able to link their learning in Science to their PE today. In Science, pupils were making changes to materials (plasticine) to show the different forces we can apply to change the shape. We noticed it was hard to do that unless you warmed the plasticine up first. We then linked this to our PE learning all about warming up our muscles.
'If we don’t warm up our muscles like the plasticine, we won’t be flexible for our gymnastics.' Mya.
Juniper 2 had a brilliant first Forest Schools session. We built dens in the wooded area and then completed a trust exercise around our trim trail area.
Year 2 have returned to a half term of finding out all about different significant people. We have discussed what the term significant means, used the Dawson's model to help determine if someone is significant, and found out all about Guy Fawkes and his significance to Bonfire night. We have completed a now press play to help understand Guy Fawkes and the Gunpowder plot, as well as talk about bonfire night safety! It has been a busy day!!
 Autumn 1
Bright Lights, Big City

‘God Save the King!’

What a wonderful end to the first half term of the year. We re-enacted a Royal Tea Party to honour the new King as guests of Paddington, who travelled here in style. We ate our bread rolls (with marmalade of course), learned to curtesy and bow and danced the end of Autumn 1 out in style.  

No fires here! Year 2 have been measuring, mixing, kneading and baking bread rolls then shaping them so they’re fit for a Royal Tea Party. Thankfully we managed this task safely and the children made sure the oven was off before leaving the room!


Juniper had a visit from poet Ash Dickinson. Together we wrote a poem about modern London using our senses. This inspired us to write our own senses poem about London during the Great Fire of 1666.


Year 2 had a fantastic day at Selly Manor to support their history learning on the Great Fire of London.  We visited the original Tudor manor to see how houses of the period were made and how this contributed to the spread of the fire. We toured the home with our excellent guide and looked at how the different significant people (King Charles II, Samuel Pepys and Thomas Farriner) from our learning would have dined, slept and dressed. Later we played Stuart games and dressed up in typical clothing of the period. The children amazed us with how much they had remembered from their History lessons but not only that, they could name many materials around the manor due to their Science learning and they were all involved with naming geographical physical and human features on our journey through Birmingham city.

After the wonderful Jubilee celebrations in Year 1, we will continue to build upon our learning about our capital city today and what life is like in a modern big city as well as the human and physical characteristics of the UK. 

Fire! Fire! London’s burning! We will then travel back in time to the 17th Century to solve the mystery of how The Great Fire of London started using evidence from Samuel Pepys’ diary to discover more about London at this time.


Welcome to Hazel 1!
2021 - 2022
Mrs Stockton - Class Teacher
Mrs Mills - Teaching Assistant
Summer 2
The Enchanted Woodland
Today, Hazel class made Woodland crowns as part of our new theme 'Enchanted Woodland'.
'I loved going on a woodland walk to collect natural objects,' Edward.
'It was magical,' Mya. 
Summer 1
Rio de Vida
You all did a fantastic job in our sponsored run today and you still had the energy to cheer the rest of our classes on!! Well done Hazel you showed tremendous sportsmanship.  
It is wonderful to see all the effort that goes into our home learning in Hazel Class ... It really makes Mrs Stockton and Mrs Mills happy to see you taking your learning home and producing and taking part in such amazing activities.  Here are just a few examples ... Well done Hazel!
Obrigado amigos!! What a wonderful first, class assembly Hazel Class!! You danced, played the samba beat, sang beautifully and acted our the story of "The sock thief" brilliantly ... You all should be incredibly proud of yourselves.
What an amazing day we have had to begin out learning about the Rio Carnival!! We coloured the Brazilian Flag, we made carnival hats, played the samba beat, danced to Brazilian music, and finally had our very own carnival!
Spring 2
Hazel Class really enjoyed their day at Tamworth castle.  We learnt lots of new facts when we helped the Lady of the castle to dress the table for their evening feast and we learnt how a squire or knight dressed in their armour.  We had so much fun!
Spring 1
No Place Like Home
What an animal fantastic day we have had today in year one!! As part of our science learning about animals we were able to observe and handle animals brought in by our visitor.  The animals included a snake, a cockroach, an owl, a honey bear and a gecko! 
Year one we were helping Goldilocks solve a maths problem ... she could only fit 10 berries in her basket, so we had to tell her how many berries she needed to eat to ‘make 10’! The children all worked hard to complete their number equations.
We came into school on our first day back from our Christmas break to find a crime scene!!  We used our inference skills and discovered that Goldilocks had eaten all of baby bear's porridge.  She found it so delicious that she asked year 1 to write a set of instructions of how to make more!  This half term, year 1 will be joining the Jolly Postman on an adventure and visiting lots of other traditional tale characters including one that lives at the top of a beanstalk, one that wears a red clock, one that plants a seed which grows into an enormous turnip and two children that discover a house made of sweets!
Autumn 2
School Days
A huge thank you  to “TBPS”, our Parent Teacher and Friends Association, ☺️ Year One were very happy and excited to receive their Christmas gift books today.
For our road safety activity we created our own roads then used small world characters and cars to demonstrate road safety.  The children drew crossing for the people and traffic lights for the cars.  We even had no parking markings outside of a school!
Autumn 1
Moon Zoom
For art day, year one painted their own interpretation of Vincent Van Gogh's 'Starry Night'.
We looked carefully at the technique used by Van Gogh and replicated this using small brush strokes.
We were so please with all our little Van Gogh's that we decided to photograph all our paintings together in a collage. 
In our science lesson we learned about materials and the properties of materials.  We discovered that some materials have more than one property.
Buckle up and come with us on our journey as we blast off into space to learn about the 'space race' and Neil Armstrong's moon landing.  We discover what it takes to become an astronaut and develop our scientific skills as we explore the mysteries of the solar system.  We identify space nouns and use adjectives to describe space objects and aliens.
Welcome to Chestnut!
2020 - 2021
Miss Lowe - Class Teacher
Mrs Tweed - Teaching Assistant
Summer 2
Why do Zebras have stripes?
Summer 1
Why Do Ladybirds Have Spots?
Spring 2
Are All Dinosaurs The Same Size?
To complete our learning this half term, we have been given the opportunity to look after and observe the changes of some frogspawn. We are watching them very carefully in the hope that we may see some tadpoles before the Easter holidays. 
In PE, children have been enjoying their gymnastics learning by exploring different jumps. We started by learning how to safely get out and put away the mats and benches. We then learnt the difference between a pencil jump and a tuck jump. Children were able to safely have a go at the jumps, remembering to bend their knees and land on two feet.
This half term we have taken part in Census Day learning what this means and why it is so important. "It is all about counting". We chose to complete our own Census to explore our favourite colours. Children were very good at recording the results and interpreting the data. 
In maths, we have been exploring subtraction and understand that this means to take away. We began our learning by using concrete resources like cubes and numicon before moving onto the pictorial method of taking away. The children listened very carefully and were able to show their understanding independently. 
Chestnut class looked forward to celebrating books by taking part in World Book Day. We looked amazing dressed up as our favourite book characters and enjoyed some time exploring books with our friends and developing our love of reading. 
Chestnut Class began their Spring 2 learning by completing our topic all about dinosaurs. After working together to construct, build and decorate a dinoscape, the volcano erupted and we were amazed with the outcome. "This is amazing. It is like red fire." "Wow! It's like a real volcano!" 

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
Why Do Squirrels Hide Their Nuts?

Chestnut started the half term by going on an Autumn Walk around our school to see what seasonal changes we could observe. On our walk, we also collected a range of Autumn ingredients for our Autumn potions. The children thought it smelt "nice and fresh!" 

We have completed lots of learning within our areas focusing on all things Autumn. This included transient art, role playing in the pumpkin farm, using our senses to explore pumpkins and other Autumn vegetables, understanding how animals prepare for Winter, planting in our quad area and discussing harvest as part of our Talk for Writing story, The Little Red Hen. 

To complete our learning around Autumn, we made some Autumn smoothies. The first one included carrots, oranges and oats. This one did not go down well with the children who said "it tasted like rotten pumpkins" and "I only like carrots on my Sunday dinner". The second smoothie included apples, raspberrys and natural yoghurt. This smoothie had a much better reaction, the children said "that was yummy", "I like apples, they are my favourite fruit". 

We have then gone on to learn all about the Hindu celebration 'Diwali'. The children have thoroughly enjoyed learning all about the festival of light and carrying out some of the traditional diwali preparations and celebrations. This included: dressing up in traditional Hindu clothing, making Diva lamps out of clay, making and tasting Burfi sweets, creating colourful Rangoli patterns, cleaning and tidying the role-play home to prepare and learning a variety of Diwali songs. 

We have loved our learning this half term and can't wait to see what next half term's topics are! 

Autumn 1
 Do you want to be friends?
Chestnut class have had an AMAZING start to Birchwood. We have enjoyed getting to know all of the children and hearing all about their summer holidays. They have learned all about the routines and rules at school as well as all the Learning Areas they can explore. 
As part of our hook into our topic, we went on a special tour of the school, meeting some adults that help us and seeing where they do their jobs. 
We can't wait to have lots more fun at school.