Larch 2

 
Welcome to Larch 2!
 
 
2019 - 2020
 
Mrs Clarke - Class Teacher
Mrs Short - Teaching Assistant
 
Hi everyone!
 
We hope that you are all well and that you are enjoying spending a little extra time with your families. 
To help keep you busy, we have put together some learning activities for reading, VGPS, maths, English and other areas of the curriculum too.

We have loved seeing some of the learning you have completed so far!

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

Keep smiling!
 We will see you all soon, 
Mrs Clarke, Mrs Short, Mrs Brelsford & Mrs Whitlock

 

 
Remember it is important to stay active while you are at home! Join Emma from Embody Dance every weekday morning (9:00am) for 10 minutes, where she will be doing FREE morning 'Wake Up and Dance' Classes to keep you all moving!
 

Year 2: Week beginning 30.3.20

 Monday 

Reading

Complete pages 46 and 47 in your red Guided Reading Revision Guide.

Maths

This week in maths you will be looking at different measures. We would like you to start with length. Complete pages 36 and 37 in your blue Maths Revision Guide.

VGPS

Complete the English activities set for you on Skoolbo.

English

This week you will be writing a story about a dragon.

You might want to base your story on the Now, Press, Play story we did about a brother and sister walking through the forest when suddenly the girl was snatched by a dragon! Or maybe your story will be about the dragon you wrote your report about last week? If you have your own idea for a dragon story then you can use that.

Start today by creating a story map for your story. Draw and write about the important events that will happen. Remember your story needs a problem and a solution.

 Design and Technology

Your project this week is to make a toy dragon using whatever materials you have at home. You could make it out of card, fabric, Lego or even junk.

You could even give yourself an extra challenge by seeing if you can make your dragon move! You could do this with a simple mechanism like a lever or by adding wheels.

Today you need to investigate what materials you have that you could use and then plan your design by drawing a labelled diagram.

  

Tuesday

Reading

Complete pages 48 and 49 in your red Guided Reading Revision Guide. 

VGPS

Complete pages 41 and 42 (suffixes 1) in your yellow Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling Guide.

English

Think about the setting for your dragon story.

Write down what you could see, hear, smell and feel in that setting to help you when you write your story. You could include similes to make your descriptions sound really powerful.

‘Emerald trees as tall as towers stretched up all around them.’

 Maths

Today you will look at mass. Complete pages 38 and 39 in your blue Maths Revision Guide.

 PE

Select a cosmic yoga routine to try out.

https://www.cosmickids.com/

 

Wednesday

Reading

Complete pages 50 and 51 in your red Reading Revision Guide.

 Maths

Today you will look at capacity. Complete pages 40 and 42 in your blue Maths Revision Guide.

Get different size containers and fill them with water. Can you order the containers by how much water they hold? Can you compare the different containers, for example, the jug can hold more water than the cup. (This activity could be done at bath time!)

VGPS

Complete pages 43 and 44 (suffixes 2) in your yellow Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling Guide. 

 English

Write the opening to your dragon story.

Remember to introduce your characters and then describe your setting.

Use your story map and vocabulary ideas to help you.

Design and Technology

Using your plan, make your toy dragon. Depending on what you have chosen to make it from you may need to continue this over the week. Think about how you will join materials together and then how you will finish it off. You might even be able to decorate it. Will you be able to make your dragon move? If you want to you could take photographs to show the different stages of your project. 

 

Thursday

Reading

Complete pages 52 and 53 in your red Guided Reading Revision Guide.

Maths

Today you will look at temperature. Complete pages 42 and 43 in you blue Maths Revision Guide.

 VGPS

Play this suffix ending game on Spelling Play.

https://www.spellingplay.co.uk/y2_member/connies_consonant_suffixes.html

 English

Read through your story so far. Today write the problem in your story. What is going to go wrong? Remember to use your story map to help you.

PE

Watch ‘Kids Beginners Workout’ by The Body Coach or join in with the live lessons daily at 9am.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mhHY8mOQ5eo

 

Friday

Reading

Listen to the story of The Egg by M. P. Robertson. What do you predict will hatch out of the egg?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aEyD_JX5x84

Does the story remind you of any other stories that you have read? How are the stories similar and different? 

Maths

Use what you have learnt in maths this week to doing some baking (you could bake a cake) or to help a grown up do some cooking.   

VGPS

Make a list of words with these suffix endings   -ness     -ment

How many can you think of in 5 minutes? You could challenge someone to play with you.

English

Read your story so far. Today write the ending to your story.

Read it all back to check capital letters, full stops and spellings.

Did you include exciting vocabulary choices?

Can edit your story to make it even better?

Design and Technology

Evaluate your dragon toy.

- What are you pleased with?

- What was tricky?

- What would you do differently if you were going to make it again?

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Year 2: Week beginning 23.3.20

Monday

Reading

Log onto Purple Mash and Read ‘Little Red’ Chapter 1. Then complete the quiz.

Maths

Complete lesson 1 on the White Rose home learning site. You can either print off the worksheets after watching the lesson or just write down your answers on paper.

https://whiterosemaths.com/homelearning/year-2/

VGPS

Complete page 8 and 9 ‘Naming words’ from your yellow Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling book.

English

This week you will be writing a non-chronological report about a dragon. Read this non-chronological about the Rainbow Dragon. Then make a list of the features of a non-chronological report.

https://primarysite-prod-sorted.s3.amazonaws.com/stensonfieldsprimary/UploadedDocument/3d936afd218a44ba9251dac3a95c8796/the-rainbow-dragon-model-text.pdf

Art

Watch the how to draw a dragon video that we have used in school. This time adapt your drawing to make your very own dragon. Add details using the techniques we have practised like cross hatching.  You will use your dragon drawing to help you to describe your dragon in your non-chronological report this week.

https://www.google.com/search?q=how+to+draw+a+dragon&rlz=1C1GCEA_enGB849GB849&oq=how+to+draw+a+dragon&aqs=chrome..69i57.9133j0j4&sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8

 

Tuesday

Reading

Log onto Purple Mash and Read ‘Little Red’ Chapter 2. Then complete the missing words challenge.

Maths

Complete pages 32 and 33 ‘fractions of shapes’ in your blue Mathematics books.

VGPS

Complete pages 10 and 11 ‘Describing words’ in your yellow Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling book.

English

Use your dragon drawing (Art yesterday) and label the features of your dragon. Can you describe the dragon’s claws, horns, wings, scales, eyes etc. with powerful adjectives to create noun phrases? For example – shimmering, golden scales.

PE

Have a go at Cracker the dragon from Cosmic Yoga

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7NWzS2xziI4

 

Wednesday

Reading

Log onto Purple Mash and Read ‘Little Red’ Chapter 3. Then complete the quiz.

Maths

Complete lessons 2 and 3 on the White Rose home learning site. You can either print off the worksheets after watching the lesson or just write down your answers on paper.

https://whiterosemaths.com/homelearning/year-2/

VGPS

 Select 5 words from the Year 2 Common Exception Words List that you find difficult to spell. Write the words and use a different colour for the tricky parts. Ask someone to test you on the words.

English

Decide on a name for your dragon. Then the sub-headings you will use for your non-chronological dragon report.

For example: 'What a …. Dragon looks like', 'What a … Dragon eats' and 'Where a … Dragon lives'.

Then write your introduction describing what type of dragon your dragon is. Remember to use your imagination!

Science

Watch this video about what plants need to grow. https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/zpxnyrd

Then log onto Purple Mash and explain what happens when a plant grows.

 

Thursday

Reading

Log onto Purple Mash and Read ‘Little Red’ Chapter 4. Then complete the joining words challenge.

Maths

Complete pages 34 and 35 ‘fractions of numbers’ in your blue Mathematics books.

VGPS

Play the Small Town Superheros game on BBC Bitesize. Focus on the punctuation challenges. 

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/zd63xyc/articles/zncgvk7

English

Complete the sections of your dragon report. Remember to make it interesting by using your imagination and noun phrases.

PE

Watch 'Kids Beginners Workout' by The Body Coach or join in with the live lessons daily at 9am.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mhHY8mOQ5eo

 

 Friday

Reading

Log onto Purple Mash and Read ‘Little Red’ Chapter 5. Then complete the ordering pictures activity.

Maths

Play 'Hit the Button' on Top Marks to practise your 10 times tables. Start with 'Hit the Answer', then move onto 'Hit the Question' when you are more confident. Then complete the maths activities set on Skoolbo.

https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/hit-the-button

VGPS

Test yourself on the 5 Common Exception words you practised on Wednesday. This time write 5 sentences containing at least one of the words to see if you can still spell them correctly.

English

Proof read your dragon report to check for capital letters, full stops and spellings.

- Did you include a question for the reader or an exclamation sentence?

- Did you include exciting vocabulary choices?

- Can you edit it to make it even better?

PSHE

Talk to your family about your week of Home Learning.

- How do you feel about it?

- What have you enjoyed?

- What have you found tricky?

- What might you do differently next week?

 
 Spring 2
 
Fiery Flames
 
 
Spring 1
 
Ahoy, Me Hearties!
 
 
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.
 
 
'We have to help Captain Redblood,' Jenson.
 
 
'Captain Coleman is the captain of the Birchwood's ship. That is why we found the Captain's hat outside his office,' Ryan.
 
 
'Are pirates still alive today?' Isabelle.
 
 
'I would hate to eat Hard Tack!' Chloe.
 
 
'There was a note in Juniper class from Captain Redblood,' Elsie.
 
 
'Captain Redblood asked us to find his treasure.  We knew it was covered in ice because one of the clues told us,' Arianne.
 
 
'Some of us made suggestions about where to find the treasure.  It took us about half an hour to find it.  It was in the cooking room in the freezer,' Abbey.
 
 
'My group tried to melt the ice with salt.  Other group's tried smashing it, pouring hot water on it, covering it with sand and holding a candle next to the ice,' name withheld.
 
 
'Smashing the ice worked best!' Teddy.
 
 
Autumn 2
 
A Twist in the Tale
 
 
Year 2 have loved the theme ‘A Twist in the Tale’ during Autumn 2.
 
They arrived after half term to a recorded message and a copy of ‘The Wolf’s Story’. The Wolf desperately needed Year 2’s help. Little Red had been telling lies about him so he had been banished to Fairy Tale Jail. It was our job to investigate and help find out whether the Wolf was guilty or innocent.
 
Along the way we have read other ‘twists’ to familiar fairy tales and ‘Inside the Villains’ to see whether the Wolf was misunderstood and to see if the Fairy Tales reveal the whole truth.  
 
 

'I think the wolf is innocent because Little Red Riding Hood was telling lies. I hope we can convince the judge to set him free,' Max.

 

'I enjoyed making the Wolf’s vegetarian cuisine because I got to try new vegetables and it tasted really nice. We also learned about cutting them safely with a knife,' Ayla.

 

'I was curious to find out more about the character of Jub,' Gracie.

 

'I enjoyed helping Jub to make the wish catchers because we got to decorate them with beads and feathers,' Frankie.

 

The Year 2 Infant Agility Team took part in North Warwickshire Finals alongside Warton, Shustoke and St Edwards. Birchwood were fantastic! They won the Final and all received a gold medal. Birchwood have now progressed through to the next stage of the competition competing against schools from Nuneaton and Bedworth. Year 2 cannot wait for the next competition.

 

 
We were able to take 30 Year 2 children to the NWPSSA Infant Agility Competition. All the children were brilliant and a credit to Birchwood. They used their agility, balance and co-ordination skills as well as showing they can work well as a team, encouraging and supporting each other. Birchwood won the Heat and have secured a place in the Finals towards the end of the month! We cannot wait to compete in the Finals and look forward to letting you know how we get on!
 
 
So you think you know the story of the Big Bad Wolf but what if you have got it wrong? Have you ever heard the wolf’s version of events or taken the time to hear how he feels about what happened? Perhaps Little Red Riding Hood wasn’t so innocent after all. What about the other Fairytale villains, has anyone asked them for their side of the story? Is there a twist to be found in the traditional tales?
 
 
Autumn 1
 
Under the Canopy
 
 
Juniper 2 have loved learning about tropical rainforests in their theme 'Under the Canopy'. We finished the theme by making our own rainforest animal masks to raise awareness of the endangered animals that live there. We can't wait to find out what our theme is next half term!
 
 
Year 2 had a brilliant time yesterday at Twycross Zoo. We learnt lots about food chains and habitats and enjoyed meeting the creatures and animals from the rainforest.
 
 
As part of our science Year 2 have been investigating micro habitats around school. We found all kinds of mini beasts in the woodland area, playground & orchard. We were also surprised to find a small frog had made a home in one of the sinks in the kitchen garden!
 
 
An orangutan and her babies have travelled all the way from a rainforest because they need our help as their home is being destroyed! In order to help them we need to investigate tropical rainforests. We will discover where they are found, what the climate is like there and learn all about the animals and plants that live there.
 
 
Welcome to Elm 1!
 
 
2018 - 2019
 
Miss Lowe - Class Teacher
Mrs Tucker - Teaching Assistant
 
 
Summer 2
 
Wild Things!
 
 
Summer 1
 
A Passage to India
 
and
 
Take One Author - Julia Donaldson
 
 
Spring 2
 
There's No Place Like Home
 
 
Spring 1
 
Turrets and Tiaras
 
 
In PE we have been learning a Tudor Dance. We watched a video of Tudors dancing in the great hall and have worked hard to create our own version by using some of their dance moves and creating some of our own. It was very tricky to make sure we were all going in the same direction and at the same speed. 
 
 
The children were amazed at how big Tamworth Castle is. They got to help the servant set the table ready for the Lady, dress a knight in his armour, complete some bill hook drill and explore the castle grounds. One child said they were scared in the dungeon because it was dark and cold. Another child said there favourite part was when they got to go to the top of the tower. 
 
 
Year 1 were very excited to receive a very official looking letter as we arrived back to school after the Christmas holidays.
 

After reading the letter, we decided to get our thinking caps on and start researching castles in preparation for our visit to Tamworth Castle.

 

 
To prepare for our new topic ‘Turrets and Tiaras’, we were set some homework all to do with castles.
 

We had to research what a castle looks like and then create a poster or build a castle, showing the different parts.

The results were amazing!

 

 
One of the texts we have used this half term was 'The Queens Knickers'. We thoroughly enjoyed reading this funny story about the missing trunk containing the queens knickers. After exploring and re-writing the story, we used it as a stimulus to write our very own rhyming poems. 
 
 
Autumn 2
 
The Magic Toybox
 
 
Autumn 1
 
Here Come the Aliens
  
 
Maths learning in Year 1 has been really fun. We have been concentrating on numbers to to 10. To help us with recognising Numicon, we had a go at completing the Numicon City by filling the towers with the right piece of Numicon. As an extra challenge we then had to try counting how many of each piece we used. Ayla said that maths is fun because we can use lots of different things to show our numbers to 10. 
 
 
When we started year 1, we made an interesting discovery in our outside area. An alien had crash landed. We worked hard to investigate what we could see and make predictions about who it might be and what they are doing here. This was a fantastic hook into our Here Come the Aliens topic. Alex said that it was amazing and couldn't believe an alien had crashed in our school. Jack thought that the alien might have turned invisible and be hiding in the school. 
 
To help our learning about space, year 1 have been busy making lots of Space arts and crafts, we enjoyed making space wreaths displaying planets and stars and we also had a go at making a rocket like they one that crashed. 
 
 
Welcome to Acorn and Chestnut!
 
 
2017-2018
 
Class Teachers - Mrs Willis and Miss Aston
 
 
Summer 2
 
Wonderful World
 
 
Summer 1
 
  
Eggciting news!
 
When we returned to school after our Easter break we discovered that some eggs had been delivered by our old friend Dino the dinosaur. He asked us to find out which animals lay eggs. He also wanted us to think about what might be inside the eggs in our classroom. We came up with lots of ideas such as spiders, snakes, chicks, turtles and ducks. After only two days the eggs had started to hatch open and we were very excited to discover that there were little chicks inside. They are now in the brooder box in our classroom.
 
"Everyone was excited.  Nobody knew what was in the eggs," Hanna.
 
"I thought they were all different eggs.  One was a chick and one was a crocodile," Oscar.
 
 
Spring 2 
 
This half term we will be covering our Dinosaur theme and our Take One Author, Ian Why.
 
 
In foundation stage we found a huge egg in our new outdoor classroom. We bought it inside to keep it warm. We noticed each morning when we came to school that it was cracking open a little more each day and there appeared to be a small dinosaur inside. Last Wednesday, we found the egg in two parts and empty! Mr Oak sent us some photos taken from CCTV footage of our missing dinosaur travelling around our school. We used the photos, like a map, to follow the dinosaurs trail but have yet to find him. We have made lots of posters to let everyone know about our missing dinosaur in the hope that someone finds him soon.
 
 
Autumn
 
We have had lots of fun during our first few weeks at school learning all the routines, exploring all the areas within our classrooms and making lots of new friends.