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Chaffinches - Year 2

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KS1 Trip to Wingham Wildlife Park
On Tuesday 26th June Swifts, Swallows and Chaffinches went on an exciting coach trip to Wingham Wildlife Park.  We saw chimpanzees, lemurs, parrots, reindeer, goats, flamingos and even a crocodile!  We even got to see the realistic dinosaurs in the dinosaur park! We had so much fun and the children behaved beautifully.  Well done everyone. frown

Term 6 Home Learning


A huge well done to everyone in Chaffinch class for their fantastic effort with their home learning this week. Look at the brilliant zoos created! Which one would you want to visit?


Sports Week
Science Home Learning
We're going to the Zoo
launch day
We had our final launch day of the year this week. On Wednesday we hopped, prowled, slithered and pounced into school in some fantastic animal costumes. We saw tigers, crocodiles, panthers and even an elephant! We learnt that animals in the zoo don't just eat meat or leaves, but many also enjoy a range of fruit; we had loads of fun making our own fruit kebabs and even more fun eating them. frown
We also made our own paper plate animal art and did some funky animal - themed dances.

Royal Wedding 

Today in Chaffinch class we took part in a range of activities related to the royal wedding. We enjoyed making our own crowns and even designed hats for the guests attending the wedding. In the afternoon, we had a great time eating our picnic on the field. Our favourite part was watching the bride and groom cut the cake. To finish off the day, we enjoyed dancing and decorating some delicious biscuits. We are very excited to watch Prince Harry and Meghan Markle get married on Saturday heart

Andy Warhol Art


We had a brilliant and messy art lesson this week.  We designed our polystyrene printing tiles and then used pencils to score our chosen designs into them.  We then used artists ink and special rollers to make multiple and colourful prints onto card.  We re-created the pop-art style of Andy Warhol.

Water Squirter Investigation


Today in our Science lesson we investigated which type of bottle would create the best water squirter. We began by looking at a range of bottles and made predictions about which bottle we thought would be most successful. We then went outside and tested each bottle. Once we returned back to our classroom we recorded our results in a bar chart. It was great fun! smiley

Term 5 Home Learning

Outdoor Maths Fun! 


We had a fantastic Maths lesson in our outdoor area today. We enjoyed working in pairs answering word problems using a range of mathematical strategies.

Pegasus Gymnastics Trip

Chaffinch class had a fantastic trip to Pegasus gymnastics centre on 20.04.18. We did a warm up and had a go at the floor apparatus, the balance beams and even the vaults! We had so much fun.



We jumped into term 5 with our brilliant 'Toys' launch day.  We had great fun designing and making our own toys using recycled items and even had a funky fashion show at the end of the day.  We had some fantastic costumes and toys shared, what a great day!


We kicked off our new topic in KS1 with a fantastic Jurassic launch day. On the day we saw a whole array of dinosaurs, cave people and palaeontologists; everyone looked awesome! We took part in lots of exciting activities such as: excavation digs, buried dinosaurs, fossil making, dino-dancing and sketching.

Attendance Reward


Last week in Chaffinch class we went on our bowling trip. This was our reward from Miss Robinson for having the best attendance it term one. We had so much fun and we hope that we can win another prize in term 4. 



This week in Chaffinch class we have been learning to measure accurately in centimetres and metres.  We used rulers and metre sticks to​ check the length and height of various items around our classroom. We even measured how tall our teachers were and found that Miss Haxhiu was the tallest person in our class.  ​


Guess who made a visit to KS1 this week?  Our teachers told us they had a surprise for us, and when we went into the hall, two real-life paramedics were there!  Sian and Anna brought along one of their awesome ambulances to show us.  They told us all about their jobs as paramedics, showed us around the ambulance and even immobilised Mrs Bourdillon!  We were also lucky enough to see the emergency lights and hear the sirens.  What an amazing day!


We were very lucky to have a visit from a little alien in our school hall today.  She had come to teach us about some of the planets in the solar system and we followed her on an adventure to find the grumpy baddie and turn him good again.  We had a wonderful time!

Our workshop was given by 'Perform for schools' and they gave out leaflets with information about after school groups which are held in the local area. 



Today in KS1 we enjoyed starting our new topic called 'Zoom!'. We took part in lots of different activities throughout the day. Our favourite activity was painting pictures of different vehicles. We can't wait for our next launch day!


There will be no homework over the Christmas holidays – enjoy the festivities with your families and maybe share some reading books.

We have been absolutely amazed at the fabulous homework in both Year 1 and 2 this term and thank you all for your continued and invaluable support.

A huge thank you to all of our families for their generous gifts and cards, all of our staff really appreciate it.

Merry Christmas to you all, have a safe and restful holiday,

We look forward to seeing you all back at school in the New Year!

Best Wishes,

The Year 1 and 2 Team​

Thank you to all who came to see the children in their Nativity this year.  We thought they did brilliantly!


We would like to take this opportunity to introduce a new member of our class called Elfie. Two weeks ago Santa delivered us a special box and inside the box was Elfie. Over the past two weeks Elfie has been getting up to all sorts of mischief. See if you can spot Elfie below.

Winter walk


This week in Chaffinch class we have been busy looking at poems about winter. We went on a walk around the school grounds and used our senses to look for different signs of winter. We noticed the icy climbing frame and bare trees. Once we were back in our warm classroom we planned and wrote our own poems about winter. We hope you enjoy reading them as much as we enjoyed writing them.

Christmas Fair


Today we have been busy preparing for the Christmas Fair. Chaffinch class will be selling Reindeer Hot Chocolates for £1.00.  We can’t wait for you all to try them! :)​

Science Experiment


This week in KS1 we took part in a Science experiment where we created our own gas. We began by making predictions about which liquid we thought would cause the greatest reaction. In order to do this we were required to place bicarbonate of soda into three different liquids to see which one would inflate the balloon. We had lots of fun :)