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In our science lessons we have been learning all about how animals and humans all need food to survive. We had learnt that there are different types of animals (carnivores, herbivores and omnivores) and that these animals all eat different types of food. We were all interested to know what food certain dinosaurs ate all those years ago. Mrs Milsom was very keen to show us some dinosaur poop (playdough) that she had discovered. We were able to examine the poop to find out what the dinosaurs had eaten. We found that some had eaten meat, there was remnants of food, and some had eaten plants, there were shredded leaves. What a great science lesson.
In Year 2 we are exploring story writing using the theme of pirates. The children have been very creative with the vocabulary used. The children have worked incredibly hard and we can't wait to read their finished stories. Here are some examples of our preparation work.

Great writing from Year 2

Fun with Coach Ashley

We have been getting festive with Christmas crafts in preparation for our window displays.

Children in Need

We have had a fun afternoon doing children in need activities and learning more about Pudsey Bear and the charity that helps to improve the lives of disadvantaged children and young people in the UK.
In history we have been learning about primary and secondary sources, we have explored a number of historical sources including diaries, photographs and early newspaper cuttings. We discussed how these sources could be used to understand past events and significant people. We moved on to learn about and identify key events in Florence Nightingale's life. We explored artefacts from Florence Nightingale's past and investigated what each artefact was and what it might be used for. 
In science we have been focusing on habitats and the animals that live within them. We explored the woodland areas around school. We then investigated what things are alive, have never been alive or were alive but now not. 

This week in maths, we have been focusing on different combinations of coins when making a certain value. This culminated with us visiting the year 2 shop and having to have the right money to buy certain items.

In English this week, we have been focusing on the story 'The Bridge'. There was a dilemma between a grizzly bear and a grumpy elk. First we had to sequence the events of the story. Then we wrote key vocabulary to describe the characters, use conjunctions to connect sentences before finally re-telling the story in our own words.

 

In maths this week, we were learning to sort coins into different groups. We were able to group them in a number of ways including by value, shape and quanity.  
In todays geography lesson we looked at and discussed the uses of maps. We went outside and created our own map of Floral Way which included Balksbury infants.

In maths this week, we explored two digit numbers specifically looking at the value of each digit. We went outside and using chalk produced different pictorial representations.

In English this week, we have been focusing on the story 'The Lion Inside'. We have been making predictions based on the front cover, writing key vocabulary to describe the lion and the mouse, acting out scenes from the story and sympathising with character feelings.

 

In maths this week, we have focused on place value. We played a variety of games and used both concrete and pictorial resources to help us. We were put into pairs and faced off against each other to see who could create the biggest numbers. Place Value Bingo was lots of fun!
Click on Woody to see our 'hello' video.

Here's a sunflower update - these are the ones Dolphin class planted for Science! Look how much they have grown in Miss Shehata's garden!

General knowledge quiz with Miss Shehata!

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Quiz answers! (Don't look until you've got all your answers written down!)

Animal quiz with Mrs Milsom!

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Answers to animal quiz

Riddles with Mrs Milsom!

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Riddles - ANSWERS

A message from the staff at Balksbury

Hello everyone, hope you are all keeping happy and well.

We have attached a sheet with lots of links to different sites that offer fun learning. We will keep this up to date each week for you. Enjoy the activities smileysmileysmiley

 

Bubble and Squeak say 'Hi' x

Dear Parents/Carers,
 
Some children may be finding this time at home very confusing, they may be anxious, they may not quite understand why they are unable to go out and play with their friends. Here are some stories that will hopefully help them understand some of the issues that they are having to deal with.
I will also be updating weekly with some ideas of ways to cope with anxiety and ways to encourage the children to have a healthy positive mind.
I understand that some of you may not have access to a printer, therefore I will include activities that can be done without one.
Take care
Mrs Whatley - ELSA
 
Oh my goodness, what a great day! We came to school dressed as pirates and invited our Mums and Dads into school to show them our pirate leaflets. They were so proud of us and thoroughly enjoyed reading the information we had learnt.

Pirate day

Welcome to Year 2

Please come and meet the new additions to the Year 2 family - we are proud to introduce 'Bubble and Squeak'

In English we are learning all about what it would have been like to have been a pirate. We made ourselves a pirate hat and as a year group we all went out side and had pirate battles, made each other walk the plank and stole each other's treasure. We had a great time.

AArrgghhh, you ole Landlubbers!!

We Loveheart PE!

Have a look at our photos of us doing PE. In these pictures you will see us having great fun playing 'hats and bowls' (one of our favourite warm up games). We really have to work together (one of the school's learning values of collaboration), to try and beat the other team.smiley

GEOGRAPHY

 

Our topic in Geography this term, has been to discover if the world has always looked the same? 

We used atlases, Google Earth, books and the internet to try to answer our question. We discovered that IT HAS NOT!

In actual fact we found out that the continents on the world used to be joined together as one super continent called Pangea.

We learnt that after the continents had drifted apart, that very slowly, over millions of years, some of the land masses started to drift back together again. India used to be an island in the Southern ocean and it gradually drifted towards Asia, creating the Himalayas as it moved.

Check out our photos of us being Asia, the Himalayas and India. 

Being The Himalayas

INSTRUCTIONS - make a jam sandwich smiley

We have just started learning to follow and write our own instructions, to make a jam sandwich, yum. We are learning that instructions need to be bossy (Eat your sandwich - yum!). We have learnt that instructions need to be written and followed in the correct order. At the end of next week, we are going to think about harvest produce and make an apple crumble - yum!!heart

 

Jam Sandwiches

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