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Church of England School - 2017
Manor Road, Toddington, Bedfordshire, LU5 6AJ  Tel: 01525 872360
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Welcome to Toucans Class - Year 2 (Key Stage 1)

Class Teachers:  Mrs Collins (Monday to Wednesday) and  Mrs Julians (Thursday and Friday)
SENCO:             Mrs Mallett
Support from:     Miss Herbert
Toucans 2016 - 2017

Toucans teaching and support Staff

Mrs Mallett, Mrs Herbert, Mrs Collins and Mrs Julians

Class Information:

Reading books are changed on Monday, Wednesday and Friday when your child has completed their book. (Please remember to sign their reading record and ask them questions about their book to show that they understand what they have read). Reading books need to be in school every day.

Library books are changed weekly on Friday.

Spellings and Maths homework are given out on Fridays

PE - indoor on Thursday and outdoor on Friday.

Show and tell day is Monday (your child will be informed when it is their turn)
We enjoyed our Christmas party on Thursday 15th December, playing Christmas themed games and undertaking fun Christmas activities. We even had a very special visitor who delivered some presents to our class.

On Wednesday 14th December we enjoyed our Christmas dinner whilst wearing our colourful Christmas jumpers and homemade party hats!
On Wednesday 7th December and Thursday 8th December Year Two performed their Nativity play entitled 'A way in a Manger' to the school and their parents respectively. The children gave a very professional performance and we were very proud of them, singers, narrators, musicians and actors alike.
During the second half of the Autumn term our theme in year Two was 'The time machine: The Victorians' A battered time machine was discovered outside.

We learnt about a lot of famous Victorians. We made comparisons between Queen Victoria and Queen Elizabeth II.
Grace Darling appeared on the time machine and told us all about her life.
We also learnt about Florence Nightingale; comparing hospitals then with hospitals now.

We were inspired by the art work of William Morris, creating decorations and calendars.
Finally we enjoyed the poetry of Edward Lear.

We found out about life for Victorian children enjoying a Victorian school day.  We thought about life for rich Victorian children looking at a range of toys and life for poor Victorian children at work.
During the first half of the Autumn term our theme in Year Two was the 'Frozen Planet'.
Our classrooms were cold and sparkling, just like the frozen parts of the planet.

We learnt about polar explorers and did some drama with a partner where we had to imagine we were Ernest Shackleton being interviewed by a newspaper reporter.

As explorers, we worked in groups to decide what to save from our ship which was surrounded by ice. We had to negotiate and give reasons for our decisions.

Mrs Atkinson visited with her Husky dog.

We learnt about icebergs and created a piece of art work.
In Mathematics we use whiteboards, books and a variety of resources to help us solve problems.
As part of our work in Religious Education we visited St Albans cathedral to undertake the celebrations trail, thinking about baptism and weddings.
Some of the Year Two children represented the school at a sports festival.
Sir Teachalot
On Friday 3rd February we had a visit from Sir Teachalot. We learnt all about Knights and armour; learning how the armour changed over time. We made a castle and destroyed it with a Trebuchet. The exciting day ended with some jousting!
What a busy Spring term.

We have completed a lot of work in Design Technology. We completed two focused practical tasks. One to see the best ways of strengthen a piece of paper. Mrs Collins set us a challenge to make a tower from one piece of A4 paper that would then support the weight of the heaviest book we could find. After we had practised different techniques we tested each tower. We also tried to make a winding mechanism using tubes and different materials. We could try different axels, 'chains' and handles.  We worked in pairs to make a working drawbridge.

Mrs Julians taught us about different mechanisms for making moving pictures. We practised making sliders, levers and dials. Then we designed and made a moving picture related to our 'Turrets and Tiaras' theme. Some of our pictures had more than one moving part with more than one mechanism!

We studied different puppets and then designed, sewed, decorated and evaluated our own puppets- look at our great dragons, princes, princesses and jesters. Thank you to the helpers who came in to help with the sewing!
Our theme ended with a special banquet day. We designed and made heraldic shields and swords. We played themed games and finished the day with a banquet of the delicious food we had made based on out theme.

In Maths we have been busy doing lots of practical activities such as reading scales on measures and sharing out sweets fairly.
As part of our work in Religious Education on inspiring leaders Mr Curtis visited us representing the Anglican Church. We prepared questions to ask him; he told us all about what he does and answered all our questions.
On Friday 31st March we were invited to Toddington Methodist Church to take part in their Easter Experience. There were ten stations related to the story of Easter week and at each one, children had to complete an activity in a booklet. They could taste bread dipped in vinegar, bang a nail into a cross, complete puzzles and stick things in. The children behaved very well and thought carefully about aspects of the story.
On Wednesday 19th April on our return to school we flew to Africa!
We arrived at school with our passports and tickets. We were met by flight attendants who checked our details and issued us with a boarding pass.
We were lucky to have some very special visitors- a real pilot and flight attendant. They talked to us about the plane, safety and the jobs they do.
After our visitors had gone we had a safety video, the plane took off and we started to watch our in-flight entertainment.  We had information about the journey and some refreshments. What a great way to start our theme about our wild and wonderful world and find out more about the continent of Africa.

Summer term 2 planning 2017
Our Wild and Wonderful World Local Study

Our Wild and Wonderful World- African Study

On Wednesday 19th April on our return to school we flew to Africa!
We arrived at school with our passports and tickets. We were met by flight attendants who checked our details and issued us with a boarding pass.

We were lucky to have some very special visitors- a real pilot and flight attendant. They talked to us about the plane, safety and the jobs they do.

After our visitors had gone we had a safety video, the plane took off and we started to watch our in-flight entertainment.  We had information about the journey and some refreshments. What a great way to start our theme about our wild and wonderful world and find out more about the continent of Africa.

We have learnt about the continent of Africa and in particular the country of The Gambia.
We learnt about Gambian food. Together we made and ate a tropical fruit salad.

Next we had a visit from Mamma Mombasa. She told us all about her life and family in The Gambia and how she cooks for her family. She brought some traditional chicken stew and rice, which we tried- delicious!
We designed and created African masks from a range of materials. After we evaluated what we had done and decided if we could make any improvements.

After we had seen some pictures of African jewellery, we created necklaces using a painting technique which prints small dots which look like beads.
This was good practise for painting some real clay African masks. We thought about the significance of the colours we were using and made sure our mask was symmetrical.
We studied the artist Henry Rousseau and worked in pairs using a variety of materials and techniques to create a piece of art work inspired by him.

Our Wild and Wonderful World- Local Study
On Tuesday 11th July we visited Marston Mortaine Forest Centre. We did three activities- pond dipping, a mini-beast safari and a scavenger hunt. We found lots of creatures and were able to discuss the differences between the ones at Marston Mortaine and the ones we found at Toddington. Unluckily it poured with rain and we got very wet!