Woodland Walking

Year 2 went to Melbourne Park woodlands to look for different habitats.

Habitats are a place where different creatures live.

We looked in trees, under rocks, in the soil and even in the sky!

We found woodlice, worms, snails and spiders.

Do you know what habitats these creatures like to live in? Ask a year 2 child this half term and we will be able to tell you!

Wriggle & Crawl

Year 2 had a visit from a selection of creepy crawlies on the first day of this half term to mark the beginning of our topic ‘Wriggle and Crawl’.

We learnt lots of new facts about different creatures. If you see a Year 2 child, ask us for a fact about:

Borneo Stick Insect

Zebra Tarantula

Giant Land Snail

Corn Snake

Street Detectives

Year 2 went on a local area walk this week. We were looking for houses, churches, shops and other buildings in our local area. We are now all excited to engage in our topic, which is called Street Detectives.

Landscape Art

This afternoon Year 2 created their own landscapes using a variety of food.

We had great fun selecting different fruit and vegetables to create our own landscape designs.

Can you remember the name of the artist whose style we tried to interpret?

The Waterfall

Mr McGregor’s Garden

Amazing Animators

In Year 2, we have been exploring stop animation. We have enjoyed watching Morph and getting inspiration. We created our own play dough creations and then practised our animation skills, using onion skin technique, taking pictures of our partner.


Here is Taylor James and Freya’s animation of a Mum bunny welcoming a baby bunny home from school.

Wonderful Writing

Year 2’s writer of the week is Freya. She used commas for a list to describe the ingredients she would put into her magic potion. We particularly love Freya’s use of the word ‘transparent’.

What a busy week!

Welcome back after the half term holiday.

It has been a very full week for the children in Birch and Bonsai.

We had a fabulous afternoon at Mini-Olympics when we represented Australia.  The children took part in lots of different sporting activities including balance bikes, throwing, cheerleading and speedstacking.  The children really excelled themselves and showed exemplary behaviour.

Olivia showed outstanding talent in all sporing activities and was awarded bronze position out of approximately 150 girls.

Thursday was our immersion trip to Walton on the Naze, we were incredibly lucky with the weather and enjoyed a warm but windy day on the beach.

The children in both classes had an exciting time looking for ‘treasure’ on the beach with us all finding different types of shells. stones and seaweed.

Some of the children had never visited the beach and were very excited to feel the sand between their toes and the feel of the waves as they lapped over their feet as we paddled.  Whilst paddling we found two messages in glass bottles which had washed up on shore.  Over the coming weeks we will be investigating what messages these bottles contained.

After lunch we all enjoyed a vanilla cornet on the sand before we built sandcastles.  Some of the sand castle designs make me think that we have some architects and engineers in the making.

Although the journey was long I think it was well worth it for the children to experience a traditional English day at the seaside as the rest of the school took part in cultural day.


How Does Your Garden Grow?

A very warm welcome back after the Easter holidays.

It was so lovely this morning to see all of the Year 2 children so happy and excited to be back in school and so ready to learn.

This term our topic is ‘Scented Gardens’ and we will be exploring and investigating lots of exciting things to do with plants and our gardens.

The children were amazed this morning to find that giant bean stalks had grown through both floors and ceilings of the Year 2 classrooms and want to investigate to see if they have reached into key stage 2!

In English this term we are looking at the story of Jack and the Bean Stalk, the children came up with some fantastic vocabulary this morning to describe the giant leaving all of the teachers in awe!

Since a giant bean stalk has erupted into our classrooms we thought that in maths we would use this opportunity to look at measurements and we will be seeing how much we have grown over this term.

During science we have started to grow our plants for the garden.  We have made environmental plant pots today into which we have sown sunflower seeds, over the next few weeks we will be planting cress, runner beans and also making a pizza garden.  We are also keeping a weekly diary on the progress of our sunflowers.  I wonder how tall they will be by the summer?

In art, we are going to be looking at different artists who paint flowers, we will then be painting our own masterpieces in the style of Vincent Van Gogh and painting our very own ‘Sunflowers’.

What an exciting half term we have to look forward too.