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Welcome to the Strawberries!

 

This page will help explain some of the awesome learning taking place in our class!

WOW! We are super proud of our tennis team. They competed in the infant school tennis tournament and did the school proud. The rain was never going to stop them! They represented the school with immense pride and vigor. Not only did they behave like true sportsman but they were resilient in any defeats and graceful in their triumphs. Orchard Infant School at it's finest, polite, well behaved and kind children. We couldn't be prouder of them.

We had a visit this week from Jimmy the puppet. He thinks he might be unhealthy because he bought a McDonald's for lunch. He has asked the children to help him find out. We are going to investigate different food groups as part of our Healthy Body Healthy Mind project.

We have become true scientists in the Strawberries Class and today we presented our learning! Here are a few pictures for anyone that was unable to come and see all of our fantastic scientific work.

We had a visit from Raptor Exotics today, it was AMAZING! We met and touched so many different animals and learnt 100s of new scientific facts. Here are some pictures of Plop the owl, Gertrude the scorpian and many more.

Today we visited the New Forest Wildlife Park. We are quickly becoming animal experts. We learnt some great scientific terms! Have you ever heard of the terms: nocturnal, diurnal and crepuscular? We have and we are going to learn more!

Today we received a mystery package and a 'What am I' riddle from a set of animal experts. We used our scientific thinking to solve the clues of the riddle, discovering a badger inside the package! We are all now determined to become animal experts in our new project: The Hidden Creatures of the New Forest.

We have been working scientifically. In teams we posed our own scientific questions around floating and sinking and then planned and carried out our own investigations.

We dived back in time again this week to 1912 to further explore the role Molly Brown had during the sinking of the Titanic. We used our class tables to create lifeboat number 6 and re-enacted her bravery that night. Take a look at our pictures... can you spot the different characters of Molly Brown, Robert Hichens and the lifeboat passengers?

We LOVED getting into character for World Book Day! We read different versions of Little Red Ridinghood and then created new endings for the story.

Iceberg Ahoy! In Year 2 we are becoming historians. We are exploring sea safety and how it has changed through the years. We have started by going back in time to 1912 to explore the sinking of the Titanic. This week we have been learning about some of the notable historic characters aboard the ship and their role during that fateful night!

As a result of our fatberg investigation into what really happens to the things we flush down the toilet, we discovered that you should only ever flush the three Ps: Pee Poo and Paper. BUT... we then started to wonder about all the other things that go down our drains like cooking fats, soaps, shampoo and washing-up liquid. We decided to explore how our water is cleaned. Here are some pictures of us working together to try and filter different soaps and oils out of water.

Have you heard about the fatbergs forming in our sewers? Did you know that wet wipes are a major part of these fatbergs? In Strawberries Class we decided to pose the question: What really happens to the things we flush down the toilet? We looked at the different things we flush away and thought about whether they should or should not be put down the toilet. We discovered some wet wipes have a flushable symbol! We quickly designed an investigation to explore what really happens to different papers, tissues, handtowels and wipes when they get flushed. Here are some pictures of us working scientifically.

It's science week! Today we learnt about a scientist called Alexander Fleming. Did you know he discovered penecillin by accident when his research went mouldy?! We decided to set up our own mould growing investigations. Here are some pictures of us planning and setting up our mould terrariums.

Today was the day! We got to share our books and puppets with the Pippins after sharing them with our families. We made sure to read with expression, using voices for the different characters!

We have finished writing and illustrating our books! We spent some time today rehearsing them with each other to make sure we are ready to read them to the Pippins.

Here are a few more of our fantastic puppets! We have been following our designs carefully and mastering a running stitch.

We are going to be reading our story books to the Pippins when they are finished. To make this even more exciting we have decided to design and make puppets of our main characters. Here are some pictures of the first few that have been finished!

We have decided to create stories featuring ourselves as the main character and our favourite toy. We brought our toys into school and started to create and share story plans! It was really good fun using our story plans to re-tell our adventure stories!

We had such an amazing first week back at school! Miss Sidney has asked us all to create our own adventure story books to read to Year R. We are going to become Awesome Authors!!

Wow!! How amazing was our Christmas production? The whole of year 2 did a superb job!! Everyone is super proud of them! What a fantastic final week of school we are all having. Merry Christmas!

Wow!! How amazing was our Christmas production? The whole of year 2 did a superb job!! Everyone is super proud of them! What a fantastic final week of school we are all having. Merry Christmas! 1

We used our thinking skills to solve the mystery of the stolen Christmas pudding. It had fallen down the well!! We decided to make our own wells with a winding mechanism to pull the bucket up and down. We love learning about engineering and technology!

Last week we discovered a suitcase in our classroom, we quickly realised it must belong to someone about to go on a journey. Together we started to think about the journeys we have been on and how we felt at the begining and at our journeys end. It made us think about Mary and Joseph and the amazing journey they went on.

We have spent all week being historians. We have spent time researching and finding out facts about 6 famous people from our local area. Today we presented our findings to our friends. Here are some photos of our presentations.

When we arrived in class on Monday morning we found 6 pictures on the wall. We have found out that they are all famous people with a connection to our local area, but we do not know much more about them. Mrs Johnn has set us a challenge to find out who's who? We have been researching the famous people and have already found out some interesting facts. We will present all our findings to the rest of year 2 on Friday.....watch this space for some interesting facts!

When we arrived in class on Monday morning we found 6 pictures on the wall. We have found out that they are all famous people with a connection to our local area, but we do not know much more about them. Mrs Johnn has set us a challenge to find out who's who? We have been researching the famous people and have already found out some interesting facts. We will present all our findings to the rest of year 2 on Friday.....watch this space for some interesting facts! 1

We have finished our New Zealand books! Mr Bowie was so excited to read them all. He said we have created some spectacular art work and superb writing about each area of New Zealand. He loved reading all about the different geographical features of each area and is deciding which destination he would like to visit!

Today we have spent time thinking about all of the men and woman who have lost their lives fighting for our safety and freedom. We made poppy wreaths to display in our class, wrote poetry and worked with Orchard Junior School to display crosses in remembrance.

We have been learning about why people wear poppies on Remembrance Day. We worked together with all of the children in Orchard Infant School to create a beautiful poppy display.

In Strawberries Class we have been learning about the human geography of New Zealand. We have been learning about the Maori people. Today we created our own Maori tattoos.

Did you know there are a lot of geographical words that help describe what you might see if you visit New Zealand? Each week, before we start reading about a new place in New Zealand we learn a new set of words. We thought you might like to see some pictures of us matching geographical words to their definitions.

We have been so motivated by volanoes that we decided to create Water Colour paintings of them. We think our paintings are fantastic... take a look!

Did you know that there is an active volcano in New Zealand? We have been using collage to create images of Mount Ruapehu.

Mr Bowie has won a Golden Ticket to New Zealand but doesn't know where to visit or what he might see while he is there. We have all decided to help him by exploring the geographical features of thecountry and by comparing them to our country. Today we started to develop our field work skills during a trip to Lepe Country Park!

We received a letter from our Galactic Guest explaining he had slipped on our school hall floor. He asked us if we could investigate the best material to make him some shoes. We made some predictions then tested lots of materials on a ramp.

Our Galactic Guest mentioned his spaceship brushed against some tall green things before crash landing. We quickly realised that it must have been trees and dashed outside to identify the different trees in our school grounds. Here are some paintings of leaves from the trees we found and named.

After findings so much litter in our school grounds we decided to sort it by material type. We then explored using a range of forces to reduce it in size. By the end of session we were able to fit it all into a tiny box!

We have been very busy recently by trying to find answers to some of our Galactic Guests questions which has taken us outside to explore the trees in our wood along with spotting and collecting litter!

This year has started with a CRASH! BANG! WALLOP! An alien spaceship crashed into the Music and Drama room leaving it in a right mess! We discovered a letter amongst the debris and found out that we have a ‘Galactic Guest’ visiting us in school. Our Galactic Guest seems to know nothing about our planet and has started asking questions for us to answer.

We then spent some time thinking about our GG's flightpath and what continents and oceans he might have flown over.