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Beech Class (Yr 2) - Miss Giddens

Hello Year 2 Beech class!


 Spring 2022! 


Happy New Year and welcome back to Beech Class! Everybody has come back ready to work and the children are excited about our new topic- Nurturing Nurses! This is a primarily History based topic where we will be learning about Florence Nightingale and Mary Seacole and discover why they are such significant figures. We will find out about their lives, why they stood out during their time and think about the changes they implemented to nursing and how they are still in use today. 


As we like to work in a cross curricular way as many of our other topics as possible will be linked to Nurturing Nurses. In our English lessons we will be writing biographies of the nurses, which we will then transfer to a Powerpoint as we learn how to make and animate these in our Computing lessons. We will also write letters from the nurses to their families back home, describing what they are witnessing and doing about it. We will also be looking at Roald Dahl's George's Marvellous Medicine and Allan Ahlberg's Happy Familes series to write instructions and stories. Our Science Topic this term is learning about the human body and how to look after it effectively. We will be looking at healthy eating, hygiene and exercise and also what our bodies contain. We will be writing our own non-fiction books explaining just how amazing our bodies are! 


We will be drawing portraits of the nurses in our Art lessons and will also be doing a lot of DT this term. We will be designing and making ambulances (Thank you again for the shoe boxes!) and also designing and making a healthy fruit and yoghurt parfait. Look out later in the term for some pictures of us in action! 


Our Maths topics this half term are Multiplication and Division and Statistics where the children will be learning how to make tally charts and pictograms- they will be amazed to learn it was Florence Nightingale who invented statistics! Our PE lessons this term will be gymnastics and also cricket (led by Coach Mike). 


In other lessons we will also in our computing lessons be looking at Coding and in our RE lessons we will be looking at the Special Books used by different religions and learning how to care for and look after these respectfully. 


It's going to be a very fun but busy term!! Please keep reminding your children to change their reading books as often as possible- I have seen a real improvement since coming back in the fluency of lots of the children which is fantastic! Spellings will be given out on Friday and tested the following Friday so please keep practising these too- 5 minutes a day really helps to get the spellings into the children's long term memories! 


If you have any questions please don't hesitate to ask or email the office


Thank you! 

Miss Giddens & Mrs Futcher 


Things to note: 

Reading books can be changed as and when children need them to be. 

Library books are now going to be changed on a Monday

PE days are Monday PM and Thursday PM. 


We had an out of this world experience with our space VR workshop!!