As we reach the end of another academic year, I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of the children for being so amazing and all of the parents and carers for being so supportive. I have thoroughly enjoyed teaching this class and each and every one of them should be very proud of their achievements. I am proud of you all! Have a super summer and don't forget to come and see me when you are in Year Three.
Love from Mrs Mann xxx
Author Workshop at YTFC
Yesterday we visited Yeovil Town Football Club, where we took part in an exciting author workshop. Cedar participated first in a range of team building activities, in competition with other schools, which required perseverance and resilience. Maple Class created a spy story in small groups with the author, Tamsin Cooke. The children had to think about a character, setting, something to be stolen and a trap to catch the Cat Burglar which they then wrote in their groups and performed to their class. We then swapped activities! We had to be creative, imaginative and work together as a team for both activities. At the end of the afternoon, Tamsin gave us a signed copy of one of her books!
Although we didn't quite get the result that we wanted last night in the Euro 2020 final, two children in Cedar Class weren't too unhappy! Leighton and Noah both picked Italy to win in the class sweepstake and each won a Euro 2020 mini football and a chocolate football kit! Well done to everyone in Cedar Class for being such good sports. Each child is now the proud owner of a football pencil!
Today was our year 2 trip to Ninesprings. We met the rangers who taught how to use nets to catch bugs in the meadow and how to pond dip to find which creatures live in the pond. We also spent some time sketching the birds that live in the pond. The weather wasn’t too bad and we managed to dodge most of the rain showers!
We had a fantastic Geography day on Friday! The children looked amazing in their red, white and blue clothing.
In the morning we learnt all about Japan including how long it would take to get there, what the country is like, (its landscape, weather and culture) practised speaking a few Japanese words and we even wrote our names in Japanese!
We made blossom tree pictures and decided that we all wanted to travel on the famous ‘Bullet Train.’
In the afternoon, we investigated the Cook Islands – did you know it takes two different plane rides and over 20 hours just to get there?
We were amazed to learn that each island is actually the top of an underwater volcano!
We made paper palm leaves, learned a little bit of Cook Island Maori and even tried our hand at traditional Cook Islands dancing!
After evaluating our own cushions last week, we have started to think about how we can join two pieces of fabric together. We notice the stitches used in the cushions that we brought in from home and have been trying our hand at running stitch and back stitch using laces and sturdy sewing shapes. We will soon be ready for needles and thread to make our own mini cushions!
3D Shape Sorting
We have been looking at 3D shapes in our maths lessons. We have remembered the names of the shapes and talked about their properties, including their faces, edges and vertices. We used Venn diagrams to sort the shapes.
Sports Day 2021
It wasn’t quite the same without the parents here but, today was our sports day! We all had great fun taking part in lots of different races, showing great sportsmanship and cheering each other on.
Thinking About Habitats
In our science lessons, we have been learning what a habitat is and what it must provide for all of the living things that live there. Today, we looked at the hedges, field, playground and trees to see what living things we could identify. We used magnifying glasses to look closely at the living things we found.
Today the Year 2 children all took part in a Circus Skills Session with Mrs Chislett and parents of children in Cedar Class. They all had a go at a range of exciting activities such as tightrope walking, juggling, plate spinning and diablo. The children all had a fantastic time but not as good a time as the parents who stated how much they enjoyed the session! Thank you to Mrs Chislett for organising and running the session.
Global Games Day
Year Two were treated to a morning of activity and sports organised by Mr Bourne and the Year 6 children. The older children were fantastic at explaining the rules of each game and helping the younger children to achieve and have fun!
Today we welcomed Hayley from West Hatch RSPCA centre to Cedar Class. She talked to us about the work that the RSPCA do to keep wild animals, farm animals and pets safe, happy and healthy. This links with our science work this term. Hayley showed us what we can do to keep animals healthy and we found out that lots of the things that animals need, like a balanced diet and exercise, are the same things that keep humans happy and healthy!
Writing a recount of the Birds of Prey visit
After a very interesting visit from The North Somerset Birds of Prey Centre yesterday, we all wrote a recount in our English lesson today.
We remembered lots of interesting facts - have a look below at some of them.
A visit from some Birds!
Year 1 and 2 were very lucky this morning to have a visit from The North Somerset Bird of Prey Centre. We met a lovely European Little Owl, a Tawny Owl, A Barn Owl and a Harris Hawk. We learnt all about their hunting behaviour and life habits. We were also lucky enough to hold some feathers from each of the birds and we had an amazing morning learning about such magnificent creatures!
We have begun learning about the meaning of ‘capacity’ and ‘volume.’ In a rotation of activities, we learnt to estimate the capacity of various containers and compare our estimation to the actual measurements. We also completed capacity based word problems and measuring scales in jumps of 2, 5 and 10.
In our English lessons, we are looking at the work of Julia Donaldson. Today we used masks that we made in our art lesson last week to role play The Gruffalo. The children had to come up with questions that they would like to ask the Gruffalo and then act out his responses.
Flying The Flag For Somerset
Before the Easter break, we took part in a competition organised by the Somerset Library Service. We had to think about Somerset and design a flag that represents the county. We are very proud to announce that Emily in Cedar Class came 3rd place in the the Key Stage One category. Well done to Emily!
Rev. Ruth Leads Our Easter Service
Rev. Ruth joined us today to lead our Easter service. After the year 2 children read about Holy Week and said some prayers that they had written in our RE lessons, Ruth talked about chocolate eggs and their symbolism in the Easter story. All of the children looked splendid in their Easter hats. Thank you for joining us today, Ruth!
In preparation for Rev. Ruth’s visit to lead our Easter service, we have created these beautiful Easter hats.
Cedar class looked fantastic this Friday as they dressed up as Superheroes to raise money for Comic Relief.
We had a lovely time creating superhero passports and explaining to others what our super powers were and how we got them.
On Friday 12th March, we had a fantastic time learning all about the Great Fire of London.
The children tried writing with a feather quill and ink - just like Samuel Pepys would have done in his diary.
It was quite tricky, especially as they were writing each letter using the same font as they did in 1666!
The children also learnt about artefacts from the fire and even experienced what it would have been like to try and put the fire out using only a bucket of water!
Friday 12th March
We were very lucky today as 'Jupiter Jess' from Fizz Pop Science visited Cedar class for a special workshop as part of our Science week.
The children learnt all about acids, alkalis and the PH scale.
They even got to make their very own pot of slime!
Everyone had a fantastic time and it was a brilliant way to end our first week back at school.
Spring Term 2021
Due to the current national lockdown and the partial closure of schools, all work, activities and photographs can be found on the Year 2 Home Learning page. Thank you for your continued support.
It turns out that everyone in Cedar Class must be on the nice list this year as Santa came to visit. Unfortunately, we weren’t in school when Santa came but he did leave us some clues to find some gifts that he had hidden around the classroom. Thank you, Santa!
Visit from Reverend Ruth
It was lovely to see Reverend Ruth for a short Christmas Service this morning. Four of our children read passages from the Bible, and it was nice to share the service in our bubble.
Year 2 Virtual Nativity
As you know, we have unfortunately been unable to perform our traditional Year 2 nativity this year due to COVID restrictions on singing and performing for pupils in Year 1 and above.
To say this was a disappointment to us all is an understatement, as this has always been an important part of our school year for both pupils and parents.
However, we have persevered to still bring you a festive performance of sorts, and the children have worked incredibly hard to do so.
We pray we shall be in a position to invite you into school soon. In the meantime, we hope you enjoy the performances we have recorded for you.
Merry Christmas from all of the staff and children in Year 2.
DT: Pop up cards
In DT we are making pop up cards and this week we made the exterior using cupcake and muffin cases to make snowmen! Christmas is on the way!
Sherborne Remembrance Day Competition
As mentioned before, all of the children in Year 2 were asked by Megan's (from Maple class) mum to help her decorate her shop window for Sherborne's window display competition. All of the children made some beautiful poppies and the window's looked fabulous! Here is a picture of Megan with the certificate her mum received in recognition of all of our hard poppy- making work!
It’s Great To Be Back!
How wonderful it was to have Cedar Class back together again! It seems like everyone worked really hard at home last week and we were ready to move onto division this week. The children were sharing counters between pots to complete division number sentences.
A Lovely Catch-up!
It was lovely to see so many of you this morning via our Zoom meeting. I am glad that you are staying safe and happy at home, doing lots of reading, activities and your school work. Keep up all of the hard work and keep being helpful at home. This is a strange time for us all. We look forward to seeing you back in school next week.
Home Learning - Autumn Week 10 (week beginning 16th November 2020)
As we cannot be together at school this week I have put together a timetable of activities that you should attempt at home. These activities match closely what we would have been doing in school this week. If you have any problems at all, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will get back to you as quickly as we can. Remember to keep reading every day at home and we look forward to being back together soon.
In this week’s art lesson, we learnt how to make tones of colour. We used our mixing skills to make winter sunsets. We added paper silhouette trees and white paper snow. We think they look rather effective!
A Visit From Pete The Poet
Today we had a wonderful visit from Pete the Poet. He helped the children travel to magic lands thinking about equality and diversity whilst thinking about rhymes and rhythms. The children had a great time.
This year, sadly like many things, Remembrance Day has not looked the same. With such an important event being a simple affair this year, the people of Sherborne have made an extra effort to decorate their high street and are holding a shop window decorating competition. Megan from Maple Class’ mum works in one of the shops in Sherborne and asked the children in Year 2 if we could help her to decorate her window. The children all made a tissue paper and card poppy and could choose either a red poppy to remember the human effort, or a purple poppy in recognition of the animals that died in the wars. The children did a brilliant job as the display looks wonderful and we hope it wins the competition!
Outdoor Classroom Day
Today has been outdoor classroom day and, luckily, the weather was glorious! We spent the afternoon outside looking at signs of autumn, linked to our RE work about being thankful for God’s creations. We talked about natural materials, linking with our science work and we gathered leaves, twigs and other natural objects to create portraits, linked to our art work. We all had a fun time!
Benjamin Zephaniah Poetry
As part of our work on Black History Month, we have been learning about Benjamin Zephaniah and his poetry. We worked in groups to learn verses of his poem, "Pencil Me In". Some of us added actions and expression to enhance our performance.
Black History Month
In our science lesson this week we have found out lots of facts about Dr Mae Jemison, the first African American woman in space. After doing our research, we created fact sheets about her.
October is Black History Month. Today we have learnt about Rosa Parks and have used the internet to research more about her life, about other famous black people and why Black History Month is important.
Early Start to the Christmas Preparations
I don't want to worry you but Christmas is only a matter of weeks away!! Cedar Class have been using their creative talents to design Christmas cards. What a talented bunch you are! The designs are looking wonderful so far!
Preparing to Remember
November is fast approaching and so is Remembrance Day. Year Two have been asked to make some poppies to add to a shop window display in Sherborne. We talked about the significance of the poppy and we also discussed why some poppies are purple to remember the animals that have lost their life in battle. We look forward to seeing pictures of the finished shop window.
Welcome to Cedar Class
Everyone has settled beautifully back into school life and the children are already working really hard and wowing us with everything that they have remembered. We have been learning about place value and recognising numbers in our maths lessons. We have been representing 2-digit numbers with straws. The bundles are tens and the individual straws are ones.