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Year 2: Kingfishers

Welcome to the Kingfishers class page!

Welcome to our class page. Please enjoy reading and looking at our learning so far this academic year.


Meet Mrs Skoyles - Class teacher                         Mrs Harper - Teaching assistant

Mrs Skoyles class teacher                        


Our summer topic is based on Quentin Blake's collection of Mrs Armitage on  wheels'. We will deepen our curiosity and knowledge investigating how different wheels work on different surfaces. Our sparkling start will be an opportunity to test out different wheels when we bring our own wheels to school to try out. Watch this space!






We were given an opportunity to bring any wheels from home in and experiment all surfaces around the school to find out the best surface for wheels. This possibility was made achievable and we had fun in the process. Our learning this half term has been tailored to what we found out and questions we asked about wheels and transport.

Our sparkling start

Our sparkly start was a trip to Tesco to be part of their 'Farm to Folk' school project. We were given a tour on the shop floor and identified lots of healthy foods available to customers. We then had the opportunity to try different healthy foods and make our own healthy dips and breakfast cereals.

Our trip to Tesco

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After our trip to Tesco we came back to school and researched healthy and non-healthy foods. In preparation to promote healthy eating to year one we tried different healthy fruits and made fruit smoothies. We wrote instructions for year one so they can follow our instructions and make their own fruit smoothies.

We needed lots of skills for this activity including collaborating our ideas and creativity designing a delicious healthy drink from what we tried and tested at the supermarket. We used our maths skills to measure the ingredients out and reading skills to read the instructions how to make the drink.

Smoothie making

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We look forward to sharing more of our learning and the outcomes over the next few weeks. Still to come...

Promoting our 'Teddy bear's picnic' to year one and reception organising the budget in maths, writing our own version of different traditional tales and looking at food links in traditional tales.

Our family café this half term was linked to anti-bullying. With our parents we sorted different scenarios in to bullying and not bullying after a discussion about what bullying is. Designing our 'helping hands' we created hands with reminders of who we could go to if we needed to talk to someone if we felt we were being bullied.

Our family cafe

This half term we have been using thermometers to measure the temperature of weather around the school. With the data we collected we turned these in to bar graphs and interpreted the data. We found the field was cooler than the willow maze and the warmest room in the school was the library.
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Home learning projects this half term included writing a food diary of healthy foods, writing instructions how to make something at home, to write a traditional tale with a twist and junk modelling a castle.

On our last day of half term all the children had the opportunity to use their castles with small world characters and role play their own traditional tale. The children then went on to write their own play script.

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During Sports relief this year we were given the opportunity to try roller skating at the local sports centre. Some of us were rather nervous because we had never been roller skating. All of us gave it a go and we really enjoyed it. In the summer term many of us have signed up to roller skating after school club.

Autumn term 2015

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As part of our topic 'Best of British' we learnt the National Anthem and performed it to our parents and the school during our class assembly. We also sang it during our street party at the start of the topic.
Over the Christmas festivities we prepared ourselves for our annual carol service at St Margaret's Church. Cassie, Maya and Megan from the Kingfishers retold the Nativity Story in front of KS1 and all our family and friends. We sang 'Jingle Bell Rock' and 'Away in a Manger'.
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Last term we were 'Bright Sparks' and learnt all about sources of light. For our sparkling start we welcomed the Star Dome which was a 6 metre mobile planetarium. Inside the planetarium we became star gazers and space was projected all around to find out how we get day and night. 











In maths we have been focusing our skills on number and place value. We have been using dienes to partition two and three digit numbers.






Children in Need

This year for Children in Need we dressed up as wizards and other magical characters for the day to raise money for this worthy cause.

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We watched clips of Harry Potter and created our own information leaflets about coming to the Magical St Margaret's Academy school. We shared lots of creative and magical ideas then planned out our leaflets.
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Our class text this half term has been the series of 'The Lighthouse Keeper'. Mr Grinling. the lighthouse keeper wrote to us explaining mice had chewed through the wires of the electrical circuit and now the light in the lighthouse had stopped working.

We explored how electrical circuits work and investigated conductors and insulators. We wrote a letter back to Mr Grinling explaining what we had found and the best objects to use to connect his electrical circuit again.

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