Brunel Class Archive2020/21
Welcome to Brunel Class (Year 2)!
My name is Miss Walford and I am the class teacher. Mrs Popham, a Higher Level Teaching Assistant, works alongside me and together, we make up the Brunel class team.
It has been great to have the children back in school and hear all about what they got up to during the Easter holidays. They have settled back into our school routine really well and I am looking forward to all of the exciting things we have got planned this term. The children are very excited about our Wild Beach sessions!
Please click on the links below for all the information about what the class will be learning about during the Summer Term.
Summer B Curriculum Overview click here
Summer B Knowledge Organiser click here
Summer Newsletter click here
At the beginning of the academic year, I held a curriculum meeting to provide more information about the teaching and learning in Year 2. Please find the presentation from the meeting below. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to ask.
Learning in Brunel Class
During the second half of the Summer Term, we will be learning about inventors and their inventions. In English we will be reading George's Marvellous Medicine by Roald Dahl and in history we will be learning about the history of flight.
During the first half of the Summer Term, we will be learning about pirates and the seaside. We will be finding out about famous pirates, comparing Victorian seaside holidays to seaside holidays today and recognising the human and physical features of the seaside.
Summer A Curriculum Overview click here
Summer A Knowledge Organiser click here
Wild Beach Session Five
For our final Wild Beach Session, we had a pirate themed day. We enjoyed making pirate ships out of driftwood and creating our own treasure hunts. At the end of the day, we traded our golden treasure for hot chocolate and toasted marshmallows. The children have had a wonderful experience and we would like to thank Tilda from the Somerset Wildlife Trust for making this possible.
DT - Moving Pictures
In DT, we have been learning about moving picture books. We learnt how to use a slider, wheel and lever to make simple pictures move. We designed and created our own moving pictures based on an animal. Here are some of our finished pieces.
Wild Beach Session Four
During our fourth Wild Beach Session, the children learnt about the impact of plastic on our coastline. We read the story 'Somebody Swallowed Stanley' by Sarah Roberts and carried out a big beach clean.
Wild Beach Session Three
During our third Wild Beach Session, we had lots of fun paddling in the sea and creating sculptures with the treasures we found on the beach.
NSPCC Number Day
To celebrate NSPCC number day, we dressed up as a number and throughout the day we took part in lots of fun filled maths activities.
We took part in Buddy's number challenge and enjoyed hunting around the classroom for all of the clues.
Then, we had fun taking part in a Times Table Rockstar competition.
Wild Beach Session Two
During our second Wild Beach Session, Tilda taught us about the wildlife we might find along our local coastline. We learnt about the common food chains and enjoyed looking for animals in the rock pools. It was lots of fun!
The Night Pirates
In English, we have been reading the story 'The Night Pirates' by Peter Harris and Deborah Allwright. We worked together in small groups to act out the story. We spoke clearly and tried our best to use expression in our voices.
Wild Beach Session One
The children in Brunel Class really enjoyed their first Wild Beach session with Tilda. They learnt about the strandline and took part in a pirate scavenger hunt.
At the end of the session, the children took part in a litter pick. We were surprised at how much rubbish there was!
During the second half of the Spring Term, we will be learning about animals and their habitats.
Spring B Curriculum Overview click here
Spring B Knowledge Organiser click here
Easter Egg Hunt
The children in Brunel Class enjoyed taking part in a maths themed Easter egg hunt. They had to find the Easter eggs and work out the answer to a maths question to reveal a letter. Once they found all the letters, they had to unscramble the letters to create an Easter themed word. The children had lots of fun and Miss Walford was very impressed with their team work.
Easter Bonnet Parade
The children in Brunel Class have worked very hard at home to create their own Easter bonnets and on Tuesday 30th April we had an Easter bonnet parade. Well done to everyone who took part and congratulations to Jacob and Sophia who were our winners!
RE - The Easter Story
In our RE lessons, we have been learning about the Easter Story. The children worked in groups to act out the main parts of the Easter Story and we had a discussion about whether the Easter Story was happy or sad.
Then, we looked in more detail at Palm Sunday. The children created their own palm cross.
Science - Our Local Habitat
In science, we have been exploring our local habitat. We found out about the seven life processes (MRS GREN) and went outside to look for living things. The children found a wide range of things in our local habitat and were able to confidently sort them into living, dead and never alive.
Red Nose Day
The children in Brunel Class wore red on Friday 19th March to raise money for Comic Relief. The children enjoyed dressing up and a great day was had by all.
World Book Day
Brunel Class enjoyed dressing up as a character from a Julia Donaldson, Eric Carle, Oliver Jeffers, David Walliams or Roald Dahl book to celebrate World Book Day.
We were also lucky enough to have a live zoom call with author Clare Helen Walsh. Clare read us her story 'Poo! Is that You?' and we learnt how to draw a lemur. The children also had the opportunity to ask Clare questions about being an author. Thank you to Sam at The Snug Bookshop for organising a great event.
To celebrate British Science Week, we had a whole school science day on Thursday 11th March. The theme this year was innovating for the NHS and Brunel Class were tasked with creating a bath bomb for Healthcare Assistants.
First we carried out an experiment to find out why soap was so important. We found out that soap repels microbes whereas plain water just moves the microbes around.
Then, we had a go at designing and making our own bath bomb. We had lots of fun!
During the first half of the Spring Term, we will be learning about our wonderful world.
Spring A Curriculum Overview click here
Spring A Knowledge Organiser click here
Autumn Term Newsletter click here
During the second half of the Autumn Term we were learning about traditional tales.
Autumn B Curriculum Overview click here
Autumn B Knowledge Organiser click here
Well done to the children in Brunel class who achieved 100% attendance throughout the autumn term. We are very proud of you all!
Art - Castles
In art we have been studying the artist Paul Klee. We looked at his Castle and Sun painting and had a go at creating our own. First we used oil pastels to create the background and then we carefully cut out shapes from coloured paper to create the foreground.
We were lucky enough to be gifted some trees for our Forest School from the Woodland Trust. Brunel class enjoyed planting the trees with the help of Barry. We also learnt about the importance of trees in many aspects of life, including climate change.
Science - Do bananas make us run faster?
In science we have been learning about how to stay fit and healthy. We carried out an interesting experiment to see if bananas make us run faster. First we ran a lap of the school playground. Our partner used a stopwatch to measure how fast we ran.
Then we went back into the classroom to eat a banana. Some of us only took one bite of the banana as they didn't like the taste!
After we ate our banana, we went back outside to run the same lap of the playground. Our partner used a stopwatch to measure how fast we ran and we compared our results. We found out that eating the banana made 16 of us run faster!
Children in Need
The children in Brunel Class enjoyed raising money for Children in Need. We came to school with Pudsey accessories and we decorated our own Pudsey biscuits. They tasted delicious!
Geography - Compass Directions
In geography we have been learning about the points of a compass. We gave our friend instructions and they had to use their compass to navigate around the school.
During the first half of the Autumn Term we were learning about Superheroes.
Autumn A Curriculum Overview click here
Autumn A Knowledge Organiser click here
Multi-Cultural Creativity Week
During our creativity week, we have been learning all about China. To complete our learning we held our very own Chinese New Year celebration! The children enjoyed tasting authentic Chinese cuisine, making traditional red envelopes and writing their own wishes for the wishing tree.
DT - Making Superhero Masks
Brunel Class have been busy using their sewing skills to make superhero masks.
First we had to cut out our template.
Then we had to use the running stitch to sew on our decorations.
Here are some of our finished masks. We are very proud of them!
World Mental Health Day
On Friday 9th October 2020 Brunel Class wore yellow to raise awareness for World Mental Health Day. We thought about the different things we could do to ensure we have a positive mental health and enjoyed taking part in some Cosmic Kids Yoga.
Computing - Coding
In computing we have been using the Ipads and to learn how to program Lightbot to move forwards and backwards, turn left and right and jump. We put our knowledge to the test and tried to program our friends to do different things! We had lots of fun.
DT - Running Stitch
In DT we are going to be making our own superhero masks. The children are very excited about this!
Before we can make our masks, the children have been learning how to sew a simple running stitch. Some of the children found this very tricky but they kept persevering and by the end of the lesson they had all sewn a simple square.
RE - Making a Mezuzah
In RE we are learning about Judaism. We found out that Jewish people have a mezuzah on their door and some Jewish people touch it as they walk into their home. The mezuzah contains verses of the Torah. We created our own mezuzah and wrote a special message to put inside it.
What the Ladybird Heard
During our first week back at school, we have been learning about the story What the Ladybird Heard by Julia Donaldson. The children have enjoyed using a range of different materials to create the animals from the story.