Brunel Class Archive 2018/19
Welcome to Brunel Class (Year 2)
My name is Miss Priestman and I am the class teacher. Miss Ridler, a Higher Level Teaching Assistant, works alongside me and together we make up the Brunel class team.
I will be using this page on our school website to document the children's learning journey in Year 2. Enjoy looking through our class page!
Well, there we have it! We have reached the last half-term of this academic year already. The children have worked extremely hard but have had lots of fun along the way. This will continue in the final term with many practical, outdoor learning opportunities to look forward to as well as our class assembly, the summer BBQ and more!
All information regarding life in Brunel class can be found on the class newsletters below.
Our Summer newsletter is here.
We also have Curriculum Overviews which map out the learning objectives for each half term and the topics that the children will be exploring. The overview for this half term can be found below.
Summer B - Excellent Explorers.
Learning in Brunel Class
To celebrate a fantastic academic year and the end of Year 2, the children had a circus workshop, where they were able to learn lots of new skills. They had an amazing time and they were very good at using the circus equipment.
In the second half of the Summer term, the children studied the art-work of Claude Monet. They re-created his artwork using techniques, such as finger painting, and then in true Monet style, they chose something in the school grounds to observe and sketch.
On Thursday 27th June, we had our class assembly which we shared with the rest of the school, as well as many parents and family members that came to support the children. We showcased our learning about the famous astronauts, Neil Armstrong and Tim Peake. This coincided brilliantly with the upcoming 50th anniversary celebrations of the first man on the moon. The children created a class poem called 'If I were an astronaut...' as well as singing a great space song.
Strawberry and Banana Smoothies
As part of our Science work on healthy eating, the children researched healthy snacks and decided they would like to make fruit smoothies. On Friday 14th June, we made Strawberry and banana smoothies. We had to cut our strawberries into quarters, chop our bananas into 12 equal pieces and measure 300ml of milk using a measuring jug. Most of us enjoyed our lovely fruit smoothies!
Astronaut Training Day
On Tuesday 11th June 2019, the children arrived at school to an Astronaut Training Centre! Throughout the day, they participated in some interesting activities to help them train to be an astronaut. These included doing a lung capacity test, a space race and creating some space artwork.
On Thursday 23rd May, we participated in the school Sports Morning. The children thoroughly enjoyed the morning and were excellent team mates. They competed in a range of physical activities including javelin throwing, hurdle jumping and a relay race.
In English, we have been exploring rhyme and have worked in groups to create our own rhyming raps. We then performed them to each-other and discussed what we liked about each of our raps.
This half-term in Science, we are learning about materials and their uses. This links in with our topic on the Titanic as we are exploring which materials would be most suitable for making a model boat. As part of this, we investigated which materials are waterproof and which materials sink or float by undertaking a simple experiment.
Our topic for the first half of the Summer term is based on the tragedy of the Titanic. We learnt that one of the reasons this event was so disastrous was due to the lack of life boats on board. We were lucky enough to have a visit from Fred who volunteers with the RNLI. We learnt how to keep safe near water and what to do in the case of an emergency.
Our topic during the second half of the Spring term was Animal Kingdom. This topic focused on looking at animals and their habitats. As part of our scientific learning, we investigated the habitats that we could find on our school grounds, particularly micro-habitats. We observed the habitats very carefully to identify what they are like and what animals live there. We recorded our findings on a grid and were amazed at what we found!
Multi-sports at Haygrove School
On Monday 18th March, we enjoyed a very active morning at Haygrove School where the children participated in a Multi-Sports session. The children thoroughly enjoyed this event and it was a great opportunity for them to gain independence and confidence in their physical abilities as well as socialise and interact with children from other local primary schools.
Mad Hatter's Tea Party
We ended our Victorian topic with a Mad Hatter's Tea Party inspired by the book Alice in Wonderland which we had studied in English. We shared a song with our parents that we had learnt, showed our favourite pieces of work and enjoyed eating our Victoria sponge cakes.
To celebrate our learning about Queen Victoria, we baked Victoria sponge cakes to eat at our Mad Hatter's Tea Party. We enjoyed measuring out the ingredients and mixing it all together. We were very proud of our creations and the cakes tasted delicious!
Rural Life Museum
As part of our learning about The Victorians in the first half of the Spring term, we visited the Rural Life Museum in Glastonbury to participate in a Victorian Houses and Homes workshop. We had the opportunity to handle Victorian artefacts, dress up as Victorian children, cook like the Victorians would have and make our own 'rag-rugs' using Victorian techniques. In the afternoon, we enjoyed exploring the rest of the museum and looking at and handling the other fascinating artefacts. We all had an amazing day and thoroughly enjoyed our experience.