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Beech - Year 2

2017-2018 Academic Year


Beech class showed off their amazing dance skills in the style of Gerald (from the book 'Giraffes Can't Dance'). We had lots of fun building dance sequences to African music too!

How lovely it is to settle down with a good book...

How lovely it is to settle down with a good book... 1


During the month of November, Beech class have been really excited about the Readathon. We had written such fantastic stories in English, so what better idea could we have had than to share them with Oak class! 

Inspiration for Writing


In English we have been looking at Traditional Tales. One story that we focused on was 'Rapunzel'. To help us think about how Rapunzel felt when she escaped from the tower into the forest, we went to explore the wildlife area, where we wrote down lots of beautiful descriptive phrases. 

Paper Aeroplane Testing


In history, we have been learning all about the Wright brothers and the first aeroplane flight. To find out just how difficult it must have been for the Wright brothers, we decided to plan, make and test our very own paper aeroplanes!


We were invited to Wodson Park for a Sports Festival along with other schools in Hertford and Ware. This was a fantastic opportunity for the children to develop their gross motor skills and they thoroughly enjoyed themselves too!

Art - Observation Drawing

2016-2017 Academic Year

Show and Tell appears to be the most anticipated day of each half term!  It is so interesting to listen to the children tell each other about their items - most of them speaking passionately about their chosen 'show' and responding to all questions respectfully, thoughtfully and with a real knowledge of their subject.  It is great for us to find out more about the children in our class and we always come away smiling .... and I, for one, always come away having learned a thing or two from them :) 
Thank you to Nurse Forbes for teaching us about Nurturing Nurses and all the interesting, different roles and departments which work together to make an A&E Department.  By the end of the day, our very caring children had measured each other's height and weight, discussed their ailments or injuries, assessed each other by taking their pulse and listening to their heart beats before treating each other!  It is always an absolute delight watching the children immerse themselves into their roles and they will always surprise us with their thoughtful insights about their knowledge and learning.  Another fabulous day in Beech Class. 

Wednesday 1st February 2017

Before we left school the children were asked what they were looking forward to on our visit to Mill Green.  The Museum had a few votes, making bread caused a stir, but the prospect of a packed lunch got the most votes !   Once back, they were very excited and said it had been the best day EVER !! 


The class were split into three groups who rotated around learning about the Mill, spending time in the Museum and finally making bread.  It really was a great visit and they were engrossed in the process of how bread is made from, "The bunch of flowers which weren't flowers because it was wheat!"   

Week beginning 23rd January 2017

This week has been all about money !  We have been counting in 2s, 5s and 10s to help us make up amounts needed and on Friday we used all our learning in a carousel of activities.  The language and problem solving skills used were fantastic on each table.  

What a Wonderful World


In our topic work we are learning about the continents and oceans which make up our world.  We started by plotting our families on a world map - what a wonderfully diverse bunch we are!

We have learned how to read maps and have created our own spaces. We have also been learning about Kenya.  We have compared our day at school with a child in rural Kenya.  The children came up with some very thoughtful responses when noting the similarities and differences in their days. 

We will finish the topic with some art work around the Big 5!  Ask your child if they can name them all, and if any are endangered species? 

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The Lost Son


In RE we are exploring 'Who Is God?' 

We listened to the parable about the Lost Son today and discussed how each person felt in the story.  Year 2 acted the story out in small groups - I think we have a few Oscar potentials!  They acted the story with emotion and thought.  

We decided God is like the Father in the story.  He forgives us when we say we are sorry. 

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A & E at Beech Hospital


On Wednesday 25th May Beech Class turned into an A&E department to celebrate the end of our Survival topic.  Children's illnesses and injuries were dealt with in the appropriate departments - the waiting room, triage, investigations and consultations, with an x-ray booth helping decisions!  A HUGE thank you to our Nurse, Ms Forbes, who taught the children about the process, as well as how to feel for and find each other's pulse and how to use a stethoscope!  It was a fantastic day. The children all deserved Oscars for their performances and I was pleased to see them the next morning without their face-painted injuries, which looked very realistic.

Pentecost at St Mary's Church


On Wednesday afternoon we walked to the church for a 'Pentecost Experience'.  The children were met with a drink and a biscuit before learning about Pentecost through interesting and thoughtful activities.  This class are amazing and embraced this tricky concept with their usual enthusiasm, questioning, opinions and delight!  Thank you to everyone who organised & presented the different stations. 

Wodson Park - 16th May


On Monday afternoon we went to Wodson Park for the Multiskills Festival.  We had great fun trying out new activities and our competitiveness shone through!  We finished with a lap of the 400m track and went home hot and happy.

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The Easter Story 


Friday 18th March 2016

Today Mrs Lumsden and I were delighted to spend the day teaching the children the Easter story. 

We began the day talking about Easter and looked at Christian and non-Christian symbols of the Easter celebration. We then mixed, kneaded and baked bread and hot cross buns.

After break we learned a song and looked in more detail at the Easter story. The story inspired our water colour painting as we all had a section of the story to illustrate.

The bread was ready for our discussions of the Last Supper – we studied the Leonardo de Vinci painting of the Last Supper. We sat as the disciples did and shared bread and wine (blackcurrant) together, discussing how Jesus and his disciples would have felt.

Your children heard Bible verses for each stage of the story and we finished the day by writing our own prayers, which they displayed on our cross.


We hope your children are able to tell you about their day and that you will read the Easter Story with them - and let them amaze you with their thoughts and knowledge about Easter.




Welcome to Beech - Year 2!


We have had a busy, fun, learning filled half term working on our topic, 'The World is a Big Place'.  What imaginations your children have!  We are currently in Zimbabwe, comparing their lives and country to ours here, in the UK.  One of the fun things we have done is painted african animals, using watercolour paints in the 'Tingatinga' style (not strictly Zimbabwean, but ....) 

Our 'Tingatinga' watercolours

Our visit to St Josephs in the Park 


We had such a fun morning!  The children were enthralled by the author, Rob Biddulph, who showed them how to draw the characters in his story before reading, 'GRRRRR' and 'Blown Away'.  He answered questions posed by the children and was just lovely with them, spending time talking to them whilst signing their books.  They loved the visit. Unsurprisingly, their 'GRRRRRRRR' trumpets registered over 10 on the 'Growl-o-meter'!!

Listening to Rob Biddulph