YEAR 2 BLOG
HELP FOR OUR HEDGEHOGS
We are proud to be an ECO school, understanding the importance of caring for the environment. The children are upset and outraged that poorly hedgehogs were found on our playing field. They have decided to play their part in hedgehog preservation. They would like to say thank you to the hedgehog sanctuary that came to help and rescued these native creatures by fundraising.
Mrs Taylor baked sweet iced buns in the shape of the loveable creatures and Mrs Vickers dressed up as Mrs Tiggy-Winkle, a favourite character from the famous Beatrix Potter's books, to raise awareness of this event. We raised £103.44 for the Hitchin Hedgehog Sanctuary who treat injured or sick hedgehogs as well as educate people on hedgehog preservation. The children have been researching, making posters explaining how to help wild life in the garden and posted them in our neighbour’s letter boxes.
WORLD BOOK DAY
We ended last week by celebrating World Book Day and the importance of reading. Well done to the children and staff for taking part in Book Swap and for all the wonderful World Book Day costumes! There were some amazingly creative costumes on show!
It is 150 years since the birth of Beatrix Potter, one of the world’s best-loved children’s authors, who has captured our imagination for over 100 years with her beautifully illustrated Tales.
Our theme this year was ‘The World of Beatrix Potter’
With our exciting new building project underway we are all waiting with anticipation to see what the finished building is going to look like. Mrs Dhorajiwala said she wanted our building to ‘stand out, be colourful and match our vibrant school’ and set us a challenge.
We have, as a whole school, been looking at and studying the artist Piet Mondrian and have been discovering different ways to emulate his work. In Year 2 we have been thinking about the different Ways Mondrian uses colour. We then looked at placing colourful card , after taking votes on how we wanted to explore his work, in different variations to create different moods and effects.
We hung these up in our classroom, come and have a look!, and then had a go at colouring jars in the same style. This means we can leave then in places where the light shines and see the different colours in our classroom.
Traction Man is Here!
We began this term with a ZAP! POW! And BANG! In year 2 we have been learning about stories with recurring language. We focused on the book ‘Traction Man is Here’ for our book making project. We started by looking at the story and discussing the characters using similes, adjectives and other descriptive language. We created our own protagonist characters based on toys we owned or could imagine and came up with their costumes for different situations. Next we created our antagonists characters, one for each situation, and secondary characters for our heroes to rescue.
Then we made an interactive story plan with language for our settings and focused on recurring language on the other side. We used repeating phrases like ‘Traction Man is Here’ and ‘she is ready for anything’. When we had finished we added speech and thought bubbles to our plans to show dialogue and finally we were ready.
We finished off the project by writing our books using all the things we had practised so far making sure we included a blurb, front cover and colour illustrations. Finally we did mini book reviews after reading each other’s books and put post it’s on them with our thoughts. We even got to show them all in our assembly and they are now displayed in our classroom for all to read and enjoy.