Honeybourne Primary Academy
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Polar Bears – Year 2

Welcome to Year 2 and Polar Bear Class!

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This term our topic is'Marvellous Medicine!'

We have loved reading 'George's Marvellous Medicine' by Roald Dahl. 

In class we have written  our own recipes, alternative endings, adverts, letters and diary entries.

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We have been finding out about Florence Nightingale and Mary Seacole and understanding why they are remembered today. 

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We very much enjoyed our Florence Nightingale history day. We made lanterns, medals, herb bags, an ink pen and filled in our own application forms using them. We even had a zoom call with Florence who was able to answer our questions. We really enjoyed this as we had to practise how to bow and curtsy first! 

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As this term progresses, we will be learning more about Mary Seacole and the country of Jamaica!

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We have had caterpillars in class and have very much enjoyed seeing them grow and change! We have recently released them!

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We are enjoying learning more about minibeasts and have begun hunting for minibeasts within our school grounds... 


We have enjoyed researching minibeasts in class and have started writing our own fact files:

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For more information on what we will be covering in the summer term, please look in the folders at the bottom of the page. 

Below you can see some of our work from the Spring Term:

 Our topic for the Spring Term was 'Twisted Tales'. We have enjoyed reading and sharing lots of familiar fairytales and traditional tales such as: Jack and the Beanstalk, Little Red Riding Hood, The Princess and the Pea and The Three Little Pigs (to name a few!) We have compared these to twisted tales such as: Jack and the Baked Beanstalk, The Wolf's Story, The Pea and the Princess, The Princess and the Pizza and The Three Little Wolves and the Big Bad Pig (amongst others!)

One of our favourite stories was 'Masha and the Firebird' by Margaret Bateson Hill. It is a traditional strory from Russia and tells the story of a little girl called Masha who helps the Firebird to protect its eggs (that represent the four elements: earth, air, fire and water) from an evil witch, Baba Yaga!

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We have created our own eggs to represent the four elements and written character descriptions about the Firebird and Baba Yaga. We tried hard to use similes in our writing, for example: 'The old witch was as big as a mountain!'                 

We have also written about where the Firebird could have hidden the eggs from Baba Yaga and thought of an additonal ending to the story, writing about where the Firebird might have gone next. 

In art we worked on our sketching skills. We have followed an online tutorial to draw wolves. We think they are amazing! 

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In Science we planted beans! We set up an experiment to see what they needed to live and grow. We put one in the cupboard where it was dark but would still get water, one by the window so it would still get light but no water and one hung in a bag on the door which had light and water but no soil! What do you think happened to our beans? Do you think they all grew? Do you think one grew better than the others? We  made predictions in class and then recorded our observations.



Bean Update!

Can you believe how tall the beanstalk on the left is? This the bean that we planted in a dark cupboard. It is much taller than the healthy plant on the right which had sunlight and water. Even though it is taller, the leaves are not as big and it is not as strong. 

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We have also enjoyed weaving some baskets for Granny!


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One of our favourite activities for this topic was designing and then making our own finger puppets linked to our favourite traditional/fairytale character. We worked hard on our running stitch and enjoyed decorating them. Can you work out which characters we have made?

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Below you can see some of our work from the Autumn Term:

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At the beginning of the year we had great fun painting polar bears and creating a self portrait to brighten up our cloakroom area.

In class we read different stories by Oliver Jeffers. Some of our favourites have been: Here We Are, Lost and Found, The Heart and the Bottle, How to Catch a Star, Up and Down and The Way Back Home. 

Have you read any stories by Oliver Jeffers? Do you have a favourite?

Lots of our work in class has been based on his books. We were particualarly inspired by the penguin character who appears in two of his stories that we have read. Do you know which ones? 

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Here are some of our penguin fact files. We enjoyed finding out about the different kinds of penguins. The emperor, rock hopper and macaroni penguins were our favourites! Did you know that penguins can live in warm places too? They are usually found in the southern hemisphere. We enjoyed looking at atlases and on the globe to see where penguins can be found. 

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We have enjoyed using the atlases to learn about continents, oceans and countries too. 

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We have been working on our drawing skills to create realistic representations of emperor penguins. We are really proud of our work!

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We have also explored other art techniques and had great fun using recycled paper to create these lovely penguins! 

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One of our favourite activities has been making penguins from clay. We learnt how to use some of the clay tools and how to use our fingers to pinch the shapes that we needed. We left them to dry and then painted them ... 

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We are really pleased with the end result! What a lovely colony of penguins!