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Beetle's Blog (Y2)

Welcome to our new blog!  We hope to share all the wonderful things we are learning about in Y2.

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Our Class teacher is Mrs T. Jeffery and Mrs A. Rockey covers every Thursday for PPA.  Our teaching assistant is Mrs C. Smith.

Y2 Curriculum Map 2022-23

 

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  • Friday 2 December 2022 Another brilliant week for the Beetles! Well what a week – the magic has certainly arrived! Our class Kindness Elf arrived on Thursday and the children all sprinkled her with glitter once they had decided on her name – Tilly Tinsel. The children excitedly left their Kindness poems with her to read and Tilly Tinsel was very impressed!!
  • Saturday 26 November 2022 Busy Brilliant Beetles! The brilliant Beetles have certainly been growing their brains this week! All have jumped enthusiastically into our new Maths and Science topics.
  • Friday 18 November 2022 What a wonderful week! Beetle class have been very busy artists this week, first drawing and then painting their self-portraits. They have all worked really hard applying the skills learnt of colour mixing and following the rules for drawing a face, to create amazing self-portraits. Also, the children’s collages which they made at the Holbourne Museum look fabulous on our display too – check out the pictures below to view them.
  • Friday 11 November 2022 Meet the artists! What an amazing day we had on Thursday at The Holborne Museum, Bath. From start to finish the children engaged with the artwork and activities. It was great to see and hear them putting all the pieces of the learning jigsaw into place. We had the opportunity to sit on front of a real Thomas Gainsborough painting (it was much bigger than any of us expected it to be) before the children demonstrated their artistic flair making their own collage portraits. The children also had the opportunity to explore Sydney Gardens and they were all credit to the school with their fantastic behaviour.
  • Friday 4 November 2022 What a fantastic start to the new term Beetle Class. Beetle Class have jumped straight back into their learning this week and have been very busy growing their brains. On Monday we started our new Art Topic, focussing on portraits and self-portraits inspired by the work of Thomas Gainsborough. The children have already demonstrated a good understanding of the features of portraits and put this knowledge to work sketching their initial self-portraits. On Wednesday, the children acted out parts of Thomas Gainsborough life to help them remember facts about who he was and what he did.
  • Thursday 20 October 2022 End of Term 1 - Time flies when we are having fun! Firstly, thank you to all who were able to attend our Parent Event this week - it was lovely to see so many of you and have the opportunity to share our learning with you. An added bonus for us was to have the Lovely Ladybirds join us too. A fantastic gallery of art, inspired by our trip to Westonbirt, was produced.
  • Friday 14 October 2022 Another great week Beetle Class! Another great week for the ‘Brilliant Beetles’. This week, we shared our learning with the whole school during our class assembly. We brought our balloon ‘globes’ into assembly to show our learning about the continents and their location to the equator. We sang the continents song for the whole school to enjoy. I’ve attached the link so you too can enjoy it at home! https://www.youtube.com/watchv=K6DSMZ8b3LE
  • Thursday 6 October 2022 Brilliant Beetles!
  • Thursday 29 September 2022 Another brilliant week Beetle Class have had another brilliant week - so much so, that we had to send for more silver stickers!
  • Friday 23 September 2022 Friday 23rd September What a fabulous week the Beetles have had! They have definitely risen to the new challenges of being Year 2.
  • Thursday 15 September 2022 Brilliant Beetles Beetle Class have had another fantastic week. The children have demonstrated Excellence, Respect, Teamwork and Friendship throughout their learning and at playtimes .
  • Friday 9 September 2022 Friday 9th September 2022 Beetles Class have had a fun and busy first week back to school. We have been settling into our new routines and embarking with great enthusiasm on our new topic of Plants. We took our learning outside of the classroom on Monday with a visit to the sensory garden to look at the plants in our own school environment, followed by a visit from a local gardener on Tuesday. Seeds were sown in class today and we eagerly await the results to see if our predictions are correct!! We have also enjoyed sharing our class book ‘Ravi’s Roar’ every day. There is a link below so you too can share the story at home with your child – watch out for the ROAR!!! Well done Beetle Class on a fantastic first week.
  • Friday 22 July 2022 Goodbye lovely Beetles Today we said goodbye to our lovely children in Beetles. The children had lots of fun this morning collecting messages and signatures in their autograph books and then finished the day attending their graduation ceremony. They performed amazingly; a rendition of London's burning on their ocarinas, singing our school anthem Wish, Bruno Mars' You can count on me and finally High school Musical Together. For some children the occasion was a little overwhelming and they found it difficult to fight back the tears, while others were able to put on a smile and enjoy the occasion. Emotions are all part of who we are and it was lovely to know that the occasion was meaningful to each and everyone of them. We have really enjoyed teaching Beetle class this year and know that they will continue to achieve great things by using resilience, determination and accepting that making mistakes and learning from them are all part and parcel of learning. We had a lovely chat about what the children would li
  • Monday 18 July 2022 Keeping Cool! The Beetles (and Miss Salmon) enjoyed a foot spa to cool them down today. See if you can spot your child's toes! :)
  • Friday 15 July 2022 Adrinka Style African Art - Creating our bags The children have had great fun expressing themselves creatively this week. Using their designs with their meaningful symbols, they created printing blocks from potatoes. They carved their design very carefully using a safety knife.
  • Friday 8 July 2022 Adrinka Style African Art We have been looking at Adrinka style African Art in our topic. This type of art is a way of printing patterns and symbols onto material to make clothes for special occasions.
  • Friday 1 July 2022 Friday 1st July Today we had lots of fun dressing up in our wackiest brightly coloured outfits to run around the trim trail as our sponsored fundraising event. All of the children took part and attempted to run around 10 times ( 1 mile). We used lots of determination and resilience to complete the course and not give up. Some children even did a lap of honor or two!. Well done Beetles. It was lots of fun.
  • Friday 24 June 2022 Friday 24th June 2022 What a great day Beetle class had today at sports day with the other children from Westbury infant school. It is always lovely to be part of a whole school event and great that so many parents were able to come and cheer the children on. The event started with the talented toddler race: followed by speedy sprinters, sassy sack racers and joyous javlin throwers. Others took part showing great determination and team work in the three legged race, had fun in the obstacle race and finally finished with the marathon run which turned out to be a half marathon as the leaders lost focus on the course and cut off a massive chunk but they all kept on running to the very end. Next it was the turn of the parents who showed great determination and sportsmanship in the mums and dads sprints. Lots of fun was had by all and we were really fortunate that the weather stayed dry for the whole event.
  • Friday 17 June 2022 Friday 17th June 2022 What a wonderful day we have had exploring The Wild Place in Bristol today. The weather really made us feel like we were on a safari as we navigated our way through the Savanah to see giraffes and zebras, lemurs and meerkats; pygmy goats and weaver birds. The children were amazing at seeking out the shade, keeping their hats on and applying their sun screen frequently. After munching our tasty lunch in a lovely sheltered area, we meandered our way through the treetop canopy down into the woods to search for wolves and bears. And sure enough we saw both! And they were 2 BIG brown furry bears. The children were super detectives and explorers and had a lovely but hot day. Well done Beetle class. I was very proud of how well you behaved and was super pleased that you all decided to come home rather than stay with the animals. A really big Thank you too, to all the lovely parent helpers who came with us today. We couldn't have managed without you.
  • Friday 10 June 2022 Sporty Beetles This week we have been practicing out athletics skills ready for sports day in a few weeks' time.
  • Friday 27 May 2022 Friday 27th May 2022 The children have really enjoyed their project in DT this week, where they have been learning how to use applique to create a fossil picture. This took ALOT of patience and concentration to try and thread needles, poke holes in felt fabric to join to their binka and to be resilient when their threads got tangled! However their determination and effort really paid off as they have created some lovely fossil pictures using different sewing techniques. Well done Beetles!
  • Wednesday 18 May 2022 Charmouth Trip This week the children enjoyed a trip to Charmouth beach. This linked with our history topic, Mary Anning. The children spotted a road sign for Lyme Regis and commented on how that was where Mary Anning was born!
  • Friday 13 May 2022 Scientists! In Science this week we started our topic by observing living things. The children looked at the school chickens and a hamster. We discussed what we know about living things and what they need to stay alive.
  • Friday 6 May 2022 Friday 6th May 2022 Well done Beetle class! You are rising to the challenge everyday, really striving to improve your learning and setting a great example of how to behave. We are so proud of you all!
  • Friday 29 April 2022 Welcome Back Beetles! It was so lovely to welcome back the Beetles after the Easter break. We have hit the ground running with our learning and have enjoyed an action packed week.
  • Monday 4 April 2022 Modroc This week we painted our Modroc sculptures. We used powder paint to mix the desired colour and worked together to finish our pieces of art.
  • Monday 4 April 2022 Modroc This week we painted our Modroc sculptures. We used powder paint to mix the desired colour and worked together to finish our pieces of art.
  • Friday 1 April 2022 Friday 1st April We have had a lovely time this week learning about Sculptures and looking at the work of the famous Sculptor Barbara Hepworth. We then began to practice the technique of moulding to create a tree. First we needed to scrunch and roll the paper to create the stem and then cover it in tape to make it waterproof. After that we took strips of Mod Roc, dipped it into water and moulded it around our structure. It dries quite quickly. We then repeated the process to make some branches. The following day we then designed our landscape drawing on our previous visit to the white horse for inspiration and created our own version of a hilly landscape. We had lots of fun and whilst we tried to work carefully and wore aprons unfortunately we did get rather messy! Sorry grown ups for our messy uniform. Next week we will add the finishing touches to our designs.
  • Friday 25 March 2022 Westbury White Horse Trip - Battle of Ethandun We had great fun learning outside the classroom the Westbury White Horse on Monday. This trip was linked to our History topic of the Battle of Ethandun. We were inquisitive historians. We asked and answered questions about why the hill would be a good place for a battle camp. We deduced that you can see far away from the top of the hill. This means that if anyone was about to attack, you would see them coming. It is also a good place to be because any attacking armies would have to struggle up the hill to get to you, whereas it it much easier to charge from the top. We also thought about the drawbacks to setting up a battle camp in this environment. We discovered that it is harder to be self sufficient at the hop of a hill, and that armies would have to make lots of tiring journeys up and down for food and water.
  • Friday 18 March 2022 Friday 18th March 2022 This week Beetle class have enjoyed being Historians once again; using our detection skills to find out about the past. This time we have gone a LONG way back in history to the Anglo Saxon times to find out about King Alfred and how he fought and won the battle of Ethandun. We were really fortunate to have a visit by 'King Alfred' where we learnt about how life was very different then to now, and we helped him with his battle using shields and spears to defeat the Danes.
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