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D&T - Making Moving Animals

In our D&T topic we have been looking at linkages, levers and mechanisms with the end goal to create and design our own moving animals. On Friday we spent the morning creating these, we made our linkages to attach to our moving animal. We designed our animal and carefully cut out each section. This was quite tricky to cut the detailing out! We used split pins as the pivot to attach the parts together. Then we needed to put our linkage system onto the animal to make it move using the levers. Our completed animals look fantastic!

Enterprise - Topple The Teachers!

Year 2 have been busy sorting our stall for the Summer Fair this Saturday. We have taken some silly photos of teachers and have an amazing 'knock 'em down' game. Come along and use some beanbags to smash the Stonebroom staff! A prize every time! 

P.E- Tennis

On Friday in our Tennis lesson, we were looking at how to play a back-and-forth round with our partner. We started off throwing to our partner using an over arm technique and pointing at the person we were throwing too. This helped us with our aim when we used the tennis rackets. Next, we tried a tennis racket flick to aim the ball down and catch it, this was quite tricky! We did this again but aiming towards our partner for them to catch it. There were some super catchers! We then had a go at serving and hitting the ball to our partner without it touching the ground more than once. Hopefully, we will see some students at Wimbledon in the future!

Yorkshire Wildlife Park Trip! 

On Wednesday we visited Yorkshire Wildlife Park as part of our Big Question learning. We had a great day and saw lots of interesting animals. It was hard to choose our favourite! Pupils were very well behaved and a credit to their family and school - you can take them anywhere! See what we got up to...

Our meerkat mob met another family of meerkats and thought they were very cute. 

We got up close to the lemurs in their wood and Dylan was a lollipop man as they crossed the path! 

We went through Wallaby Walk and could barely move for wallabies! We even saw a joey in his Mum's pouch. 

We saw lots of polar bears swimming, walking, lazing about and eating. 

If I had a pound for every pupil who asked when were having lunch, I'd have 28 quid! We had time to play afterwards too. 

After lunch, we managed to see tigers, giraffes and loads of other creatures. We walked all over the park! 

The sea lions were pleased to see us and seemed to like our impressions of them. The rangers were hoping to get them to play football but they weren't interested, unlike most of our mob! 

The dinosaurs weren't alive but they did move and one even squirted water! Many of our meerkats know lots about dinosaurs! 

We saw so many animals we couldn't list them all. What a great day out! Thank you to parents for funding our trip. 

Pre -Learning Task: Animal Habitats!

Our pre-learning task for our Big Question 'How does the Wildlife Park help animals?' was to create an animal habitat. Well done to pupils and grown-ups for making such brilliant examples of environments where animals live. We have had a variety of amazing habitats and animals from penguins, hippos, turtles, ducks, gorillas, fish, giraffes, a real life pond, a farmyard and, the best animal of all, meerkats! Your projects were made with great care and detail, some used real leaves, stones and sand! We learnt lots of fantastic facts about animals. All were amazing!

Thank you to parents for supporting pupils once again and it is a great start to our new Big Question. We are enjoying learning about animals and where they live. Check out our amazing animal homes!

Map Printing!

To complete our ‘Map It Out’ art unit, we chose 3 areas from our sketchbook maps and made polystyrene printing blocks using the map detail. We then printed these onto coloured paper and arranged them onto black paper or as a hanging piece of art. Our finished artwork looks amazing!

Reading Buddy Treat!

We had a Katie Morag Cooking Club to reward us for the super reading comprehension homework we completed this term. We were all star bakers when we made some treats just like the islanders on Struay in The Baking Day Secret. We worked as a baking team to make porridgies (flapjacks) and a chocolate traybake. Once baked, we enjoyed our tasty snacks whilst watching some Katie Morag episodes we have have written about in English recently. The chocolate cake slices were huge!

Yum! Yum! 

Map It Out - Stained Glass!

As part of our art mapping unit, we used our sketchbook maps as inspiration for a piece of abstract work. We looked at some abstract art and discovered that it doesn't represent images and everyday life. We used cellophane and tissue paper and thought about shape and colour to create an abstract map. Our laminated results look great on our class window! 

3D Relief Maps!

We have been looking at maps in different forms in our art lessons this term. We made maps inspired by our journey to school in our sketchbooks and then used these as a starting point for 3D relief maps. We used different materials to create our relief artworks. 

Super Sunflower Seeds!

A few weeks ago we planted sunflower seeds for our new science topic - plants. Many have germinated and are growing into healthy plants, although some have broken, unfortunately. Hopefully we will have plenty of beautiful sunflowers taller than us this Summer! We have been keeping a plant diary to observe their progress. We have also set up an investigation to find out what seeds need to germinate. We will be making our own sunflower seed packets to share our findings! 

Array Hunt!

This week Meerkats Class have been exercising their multiplication skills and completing lots of great maths. We went on an array hunt around school and, once we started looking for arrays of neat rows and columns, we saw them everywhere! See if you can find arrays at home too. 

Our Baking Day Secret!

One of the texts we have been exploring for our new Big Question is the Katie Morag story 'Baking Day Secret'. Our pre-learning task was to bake a treat better than Katie Morag's Mum (not very difficult!). Lots of our Marvellous Meerkats are star bakers and cooked some wonderful treats. Prepare to feel very hungry when you look at them! Our mob made cakes, cookies, brownie and Easter nests. What a bunch of clever bakers! Thank you to our helpful adults who helped us kick off our new Big Question in yummy style! 

Marvellous Meerkat Chocolate Factory! 

This week we have been learning about Grace Darling souvenirs and were particularly interested in the box of chocolates. We have already investigated healthy wraps and food groups in our D&T sessions so we turned our attention to unhealthy snacks we might have as a treat and designed our own Grace Darling chocolate bar. Because you can never have too much chocolate at Easter! 

We gave our bar a Grace Darling themed name and made a box for it using a cuboid net. Pupils were very keen to try their marvellous creations and hopefully they shared them too! 

Easter Egg Hunt!

As part of our Easter celebrations in school we had an Easter egg hunt in the playground on Wednesday. It did not take us long to find all of the chocolate! Thank you to Mrs Horner and School Council for organising this treat. 

Islam Workshop

Mrs Beresford organised an Islam workshop from Derby Open Centre to complete our learning about Muslims. We investigated the similarities and dfifferences between our celebrations and those on the Muslim lunar calendar. We then made Eid Mubarak bunting, sampled some treats to celebrate Eid and tried on some Eid party clothes. Sana Khan was impressed with our behaviour and how much we already knew about Islam. We asked some thoughful questions and had a super time learning how Muslims celebrate at special times of the year.   

Grace Darling Souvenirs!

One of our sticky words for our Grace Darling Big Question is 'souvenir'. We know this means 'something you keep to remind you of a place or event'. We had a look at the different Grace Darling souvenirs that were available to the Victorians who were very interested in her brave rescue. We then made our own souvenirs to commemorate the event. 

It's a wrap!

This week our Design and Technology learning has involved planning, designing, making and evaulating healthy wraps. We have been investigating food groups and healthy eating to design a lunchtime wrap and put our learning and planning to the test by making and tasting our final designs. We chopped, snipped and grated our ingredients representing protein, dairy and fruit & vegetables. After trying our own creation, we then sampled others from our group and put our heads together to come up with a final perfect wrap recipe.  We have some budding chefs in Meerkat Class and lots of the wraps scored 5/5 for taste. Some pupils even tried ingredients they don't usually like and discovered they do actually enjoy them! Much nicer than a disgusting sandwich!

We are film stars! 

At the beginning of this half-term Mr Pepper spent a day with Year 2 teaching us about life boats and Grace Darling. As part of this day, we made a film telling the Grace Darling story and explaining what we had learnt. We had great fun acting in front of the green screen and saw the completed epic this week. We are all stars!

Watch our movie below: 

Pre-Learning Task: Floating STEM task.

For our new Big Question about Grace Darling, pupils were asked to use their engineering skills and make something that floats.  We had a fleet of boats and floating craft, including a lifeboat! We borrowed the water container form Sheep class today and checked if they could float. They all passed the floating test! Well done to all pupils and parents who completed the task. It was a super start to our History question! 

Eeeeeeeww! Disgusting Sandwiches! 

We have been exploring the book The Disgusting Sandwich by Gareth Edwards in our English lessons and last week we made our own yukky snacks with Miss O'Reilly. The pupils did a great job of making some truly revolting looking sandwiches and were relieved when they were told they didn't actually have to eat them! We are now going to write some great instructions about making disgusting sandwiches. Don't take a look if you are feeling a bit queasy - they might make you sick!

World Book Day 2024!

Our meerkat mob looked fantastic today in their World Book Day costumes. Thank you to parents for making such a fantastic effort. It was super hard to choose a costume winner in Year 2!

Throughout the morning, pupils moved round in mixed age groups completing book based activities. It was great to see the Year 2 Meerkats working with and helping the Elephants and Sheep. Not only did the Year 2 pupils look great today but they behaved brilliantly too. You should be very proud of your book-loving children! 


We have been investigating how to write a set of instructions in our English lessons this week. We followed a simple instructions text to make milkshakes and will use our knowledge of instructions features to write up the recipe. Next week we will be making disgusting sandwiches (eeewww!) - we much prefer milkshakes! 

Grace Darling Day with Mr Pepper

This week we had a whole day of learning through film with Mr Pepper. We looked at clips of different lifeboats and discovered all of the clever things they have on board to help save lives. We then learnt the Grace Darling story and discovered what a brave rescue she did! In the afternoon, we saw a real-life lifeboat rescue and then made our own film in front of the green screen. Some of our meerkats did some super acting and all spoke clearly for our lifeboat film. We can't wait to see how it looks with a bit of movie magic! Coming soon to our webpage... 

Reading Buddy Treat!

Pupils worked hard on their reading buddy homework this half-term, completing Year 2 reading comprehensions. Their reading skills are getting better and better! As a treat for their progress in reading, our meerkat mob watched 'Kubo & The 2 Strings', an  animated film set in ancient Japan that included some magic origami! We had popcorn, sweets and treats. It was a fun end to our wonderful Big Question work on Japan. Well done meerkats! 

Japan Collage!

We have been learning about the artform of collage this half-term and investigated the work of some famous collage artists. We then used our assembling skills to cut and stick lots of things Japanese to make these wonderful Big Question collages. There were lots of happy accidents as we cut, ripped, painted and stuck things down. We could open our own collage gallery! 

David Nieper Enterprise Morning

Our meerkat mob had a fantastic morning when they visited David Nieper Academy for enterprise activities. We played Top Trumps, designed our own monsters, worked as a team to make a Monster Top Trump card, fashioned a monster from salt dough and created a monster fact file. It was a busy morning! Pupils showed great teamwork in working together to achieve their goals and we almost won the final Top Trumps game against other schools. Behaviour was excellent and the meerkat mob made us very proud! 

Thank you to David Nieper for organising the morning and, once again, thank you to Year 2 for being a credit to the school and yourselves. 

Japanese Numbers

We have been learning to count to 10 in Japanese. We gave each number an action and, once we knew our Japanese numbers, played BINGO Japan style! Check out the video clips of our super counting: 

Japan Day!

Konnichiwa! Last Wednesday Year 2 enjoyed a whole day of Japan activities as part of our Big Question this half-term. Pupils came into school in some great Japanese themed dress-up. They were raring to learn more about Japan as soon as they entered the class. A big thank you to parents for their super efforts in making the day a success. The Japanese Meerkats looked amazing!

The first aspect of Japanese life we looked at was the ancient sport of sumo wrestling. We learnt about the rules and discovered the serious ceremony around each bout that usually lasts only a minute! We went into the hall and had our own sumo tournament. We also had another fun competition based on crazy Japanese game shows.

Miss O'Reilly taught the pupils to make an origami dog. We have some super paper folders in our meerkat mob! 

When we investigated Japanese life in a bit more detail, we found out that they love all things kawaii (cute). In fact, they even make the lunch in their Bento lunchboxes look super cute. We decorated some kawaii cookies as cute bunnies, kittens and bears. See our yummy kawaii skills below!

We know that many Japanese people eat a healthy diet of fish, rice and vegetables. Some of the meerkats made some sushi using these ingredients for the class to sample. The rice was very sticky and it was trickier than we thought to make it look good! 

Since Japan is comprised of over 6000 islands it was not a surprise to discover that they eat a lot of fish. In fact, they have a super healthy diet which enables many Japanese people to live past 100! We tried our sushi, rice cakes, chicken ramen noodles, mochi cakes and Hello Panda biscuits. We enjoyed our Japanese feast - well, most of it!  

We had a great day learning more about a very different country. We are looking forward to the rest of our Big Question lessons this term. It is a shame we cannot go on a school trip to Japan! Sayonara!

Texture Painting

In our art lesson we recreated the textures we found on our forest hunt using paint and a selection of different tools to apply it. Pupils are getting very good at mixing colours and hues from the 3 primary colours. We experimented with different tools to create our textures and there were some very creative additions to our sketch books. We have some very arty meerkats this year! 

Forest School Texture Hunt!

Today we went over to Forest School for our art lesson and hunted for different textures. We discussed what 'texture' means and brainstormed different vocabulary. Our eagle eyed meerkats found lots of great texture examples. We even had time to play 'pooh sticks' and enjoy a yummy hot chocolate!. We will use the textures we found in class later this week when we mix colours and use different tools to recreate them. Thank you to Miss Thompson for joining us for a spot of forest art! 

Design & Technology: Christmas Stockings!

Our D & T project this half-term was to sew and make a pouch. We designed and made Christmas stockings. We showed some super sewing skills and decorated our stockings with cut felt shapes and Christmas fabric cuttings. Our projects look amazing and are a wonderful Christmassy decoration. We hope Santa puts a present inside! 

Continents Mobiles

We completed our Big Question 'Which continent would make the best home for Sunny the meerkat?' by making our continents mobiles. We researched facts about 3 different continents and wrote them neatly onto fact cards. We then made our paper plate map of the world which took some careful cutting! Our finished mobiles look amazing! Test us on our continents knowledge - we have learnt lots this term! 

Christmas Party Day! 

We had our KS1 Christmas party today and pupils had a super time! We began by watching Joey the magician with Monkeys, Sheep and Elephants classes - he had lots of funny tricks to show us! We then had a KS1 mix-up and enjoyed bingo, tattoos, face painting and lots of Christmas play. After lunch, we played party games and had some yummy snacks and treats in the hall. We finished the afternoon with an epic pass the parcel and a visit from Santa himself! We each received a gift for being so good in school and Santa couldn't believe how well-behaved we are! 

We had a great Christmas party day! Thank you to parents, school staff and Friends of Stonebroom for our Christmas treat! 

Merry Grinchmas! - Reading Buddy Treat

Well done to all of our meerkat mob for completing their reading buddy homework this term. It really has helped all of our reading! As a treat, we had a Merry Grinchmas afternoon in class on Friday. We played Grinch bingo, made plate decorations, decorated cookies, made popcorn cones and watched 'The Grinch' with our tasty snacks. It was a Grinch-tastic time! 

Giant Map Work! 

As part of our current Big Question about continents and oceans, we went into the hall and unrolled the huge world map. First, we identified the continents and oceans and then we tried to place different animals where we thought they would live. Lots of our meerkat mob were very good at recognising whether an animal would live in a cold or warm place. We also placed ourselves where we would like to visit and next to an animal we would love to see in the wild. We have some budding travellers and zoologists in Year 2! 

Snowball Update! 

Check out the pictures to see what our class elf, Snowball, has been up to this week! 

A Christmas Visitor!

We have had a visitor in class since December 1st - our class elf 'Snowball'! He has been having lots of cheeky fun in Meerkats class. 

Diversity Artwork!

One of our sticky words this half-term is 'diverse' and we know that this means 'difference between things'. We have been learning that embracing differences and including people from all walks of life is a great thing. People and places from all continents are really interesting and we have a lot of differences to share. 

We created some diversity artwork to celebrate our differences by colouring in a flag and then making a collage of different faces. 

Science: Re-using and Recycling!

Our recent science homework was to reuse something we were going to throw away and make it into something useful or fun. Lots of pupils had a go at this task and made some super things. We made bird feeders, Baby Yoda, unicorn puppets, a meerkat, rockets and some great pencil pots! We have shown what great 'Garbage Gurus' we are with our work on materials this year. Check out our fantastic re-using below... 

Spotty Maths!

Our meerkat mob looked fantastic dressed in their Pudsey gear on Friday and we did some spotty maths for Children In Need. We used smarties and straws for base ten and practiced adding and subtracting tens and ones. There were some tricky arithmetic questions but the incentive of eating smarties at the end of the lesson worked wonders and we got lots of answers correct!  

Reading Buddy Treat! 

We had our first treat for completing our Reading Buddy homework. Every meerkat has been practicing their reading comprehension this term - well done! We had a Halloween party which was frighteningly fun! Lots of us dressed up in spooky costumes - thank you to parents for making this possible!

We played Halloween Bingo, played games, did some crafts and even had a mummy making competition! We also had some spooky snacks - Yum! Yum!  

Well done meerkats. You are becoming amazing readers!