Year 2 - Swift
Your Swift team are:
Rachel Blackie (Teaching Assistant)
Activities in Swift class 2022/23
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What we got up to in 2021/22
DT- Making moving vehicles!
In DT we have made vehicles. We used recycling to create our vehicles, we then measured our axel and sawed it so that it was the right length. Then we attached our wheels and decorated them! We had a lot of fun!
Commonwealth Games Stamps
To commemorate the Commonwealth Games we designed our own stamps! We looked at the different countries which are part of the commonwealth and their flags. We then used collage to create the different flags.
Mead Open Farm!
We had a great trip to Mead Open Farm. We went on a tractor ride, fed goats and sheep, stroked rabbits and groomed a pony. We also saw cows, alpacas, pigs and chickens. We even had time for a round of crazy golf and playtime on the Topsy Turvy adventure playground!
On Tuesday 28th and Wednesday 29th June we had two days of sports to celebrate the 2022 Commonwealth Games which are to be held in Birmingham this year. We had the opportunity to try out lots of different sport...
- An obstacle course- this was run by one of our parents and involved running up hills, skipping, javelin and crawling under cargo nets!
- Wheelchair Basketball- we learnt how to move in the wheelchairs and had the chance to play some matches!
- Cricket- We started off with a warm up to practise our bowling, then we played a game of Quick Cricket.
- Goalball- This game involved being blindfolded whilst trying to roll a ball through a goal, the other team tried to defend their goal. We had to listen carefully to the bell in the ball as we could not see it!
- Yoga- Our Wednesday started off with some calming yoga. We learnt different stretches which we could use throughout the day.
- Bowls- We had some lovely volunteers come in to teach us about lawn bowls!
- Boxing- We took it in turns to use boxing gloves and pads whilst also spending time on our fitness.
- Netball- This started off with a warm up circuit, we were then split into small groups and had the chance to play some games!
- Orienteering- Our day finished with orienteering in the woods! We created a map which we then swapped with another group. We had to follow it to find the hidden treasure!
We had a fantastic couple of days and loved trying out new sports and activities. A big thank you to all of the volunteers!
On Thursday 23rd June we had our Sports Day! It was so lovely to have parents join us this year and we all had a brilliant time!
In science we have been learning about living things and their habitats. We learnt about microhabitats and then went outside to look for different minibeasts. We were surprised with how many different minibeasts we could find in a variety of microhabitats. We found butterflies, bumble bees, worms, spiders, ladybirds, snails and even a centipede!
Following on from our Queen portraits we have made postage stamps. We carefully cut around a silhouette which we used as a stencil. We then used white paint and a sponge to dab within the stencil, leaving us with the Queen's silhouette on our stamp!
Portraits of the Queen
To celebrate the Queen's Jubilee we drew and painted her portrait. We love how they all look so different and show our personalities. We hope they make you smile!
Friday 20th May- Outdoor Learning!
In the morning Swift class made dream catchers. It is thought that dream catchers allow the good dreams to pass through whilst bad dreams get tangled in the dream catcher and vanish with the first light of the new day. We gathered sticks in the wood, made triangles and then wove different coloured threads around the outside and through the middle to catch the bad dreams. In the afternoon we took our picnic rugs outside and shared non fiction books that we had brought from home. The books were about plants and animals and linked with our current science learning - living things and their habitats.. Despite the weather we had a lovely day!
Feel Good Week!
For Feel Good Week we had a wellbeing session with Charlotte from the Happy Human Project. We started off by playing a game. Then we gave each other a massage to help us feel calm and relaxed! After this we thought about how to speak positively about ourselves. Finally we had some quiet time on our mats. We had a great time and left feeling very calm!
Science Wow Day!
We enjoyed the Year 2 Science WOW day with Aimee from Mad Science. We participated in two workshops.
The first workshop was about materials and we carried out three investigations. We began with an investigation about floating and sinking. We made a solution of three different liquids and then tested various materials to see if they would sink or float. We found that metal sank and wood floated. Next we made boats out of tin foil to demonstrate that metal can also float! We tested our boats by seeing how many metal nuts they would hold before they sank. We were surprised at the number of nuts our boats could hold! Finally we made bouncy balls by mixing rubber powder and water. We mixed two different mixtures and put them into a mould, once they had dried, we took them out and tested them. They were very bouncy!
Our afternoon workshop was about animals. We enjoyed looking at animal skeletons. Some were tricky to identify like a baboon, a camel and an owl. We sorted model animals into vertebrates and invertebrates. After that we sorted them into reptiles, amphibians, mammals, birds and fish. We thought about how we classify animals into the groups e.g. mammals give birth to live young and birds have feathers and lay eggs. We looked at animal foot print shapes and made some Plaster of Paris foot print molds.
Finally, we did some drawing. We had photos of different insects, but we were only shown half. We had to look carefully at the colours, shapes and patterns, and draw the other half, trying to make it as symmetrical as possible!
We had a really great day!
Cultural Diversity Week
For Cultural Diversity Week we have been learning about South Africa.
- We have learnt about animals in South Africa. We then created a piece of art work, mixing colours for our sunset and drawing the silhouette of South African animals.
- We have also learnt about the Ndebele people of South Africa. The Ndebele people are famous for their colourful homes, clothes and jewellery. They use lots of shapes, patterns and lines of symmetry. We created our own art work inspired by the Ndebele people.
- We also took part in a South African dance workshop!
In English we are looking at the story 'Rapunzel'. We went into the forest to imagine ourselves as Rapunzel escaping from the tower for the first time. We thought about what we could see, hear and feel. We used this to write some excellent descriptions!
We had a fantastic time at our Christmas Party. There were lots of fun activities including bauble decorating and face painting. We also danced to Christmas music and played some fun party games!
A big thank you to all of the parents who helped to organise this!
Outdoor Learning Day
On Thursday 4th November we celebrated Outdoor Learning Day.
We started our morning by doing some maths outside. We made different shapes using sticks, made repeated patterns, and had a go at measuring and ordering different natural objects.
After this we learnt about Rangoli, colourful designs and patterns which are typically made on the floor. We learnt that during Diwali, rangoli patterns are created at the entrance to people's homes to welcome Goddess Lakshmi. Then we had a go at making our own Rangoli designs.
We finished our morning by learning about Andy Goldsworthy, a British artist who makes art using natural materials. We went outside and gathered leaves so that we could make our own natural art, inspired by Goldsworthy.
On Tuesday 12th October we had our Christopher Columbus Wow Day!
In the morning we took part in a drama workshop where we learnt about life in the 1400s and Columbus' treatment of the indigenous people.
In the afternoon we baked some 'ship biscuits', inspired by the biscuits Columbus and his crew ate whilst on their voyage. We also did some spice painting, inspired by the spice trade.
We had a super day!
Year 6 have been busy writing their own stories. We were lucky enough to have Year 6 visit us and read us their stories. We loved listening to them, we thought they were brilliant!
We have been learning about plants in science and what plants need to grow. We have also learnt about how seeds are dispersed. We went on a 'seed hunt' to see how many different types of seeds we could find on t he school field, and where we could find them!
In science we have been learning about plants and what they need to grow. As a class, we have carried out an experiment. We want to see whether the amount of water effects how much a plant grows. We panted bean seeds in three different pots. One pot had no water, one pot had 50ml of water and one pot had 100ml of water.
We made sure that each pot had the same amount of soil, will receive the same amount of sunlight and will have the same amount of time so that it is a fair test.
In art we have been learning about Pablo Picasso. We learnt that he used a style called 'cubism' in his art work. We then had a go at creating our own self-portraits in this style. They have made our corridor look so bright and colourful!