Summer Term 2021
We welcomed Year 2 back in March after another lockdown, it was wonderful to feel the excitement bubbling in the classroom and how pleased they were to be back together with friends.
The children have been incredible, and we are so proud of them, they have developed their skills of being able to share their feelings and have taken on new learning with enthusiasm.
We have carried out Candy Cane science experiments, and we were so good at not eating the candy canes! We celebrated St David’s Day and World Book Day with the authors: Jonny Duddle, John Kane and Julia Patton via Zoom all curtesy of Booka Bookshop in Oswestry. We enjoyed supporting Red Nose Day, we had an Red Nose spoon race, which was great fun!
We have taken part in National Outdoor Learning Week. We took a walk around the village on a hunt for signs of Overton being in Wales. On returning to school, we mapped our journey and then took part in an activity called ‘A Walk in the Woods’ where we had to follow and give directions. We have planted sunflowers and we measure them each week to see how much they have grown. We hope to grow a sunflower tunnel into the Reading Den.
This half term, we are finding out about bees and learning about the features of non-fiction. At Forest School we have made bee scarecrows so that we can take part in the Overton Village Scarecrow Competition, keep your fingers crossed for us! We have planted a bee garden and created a bee hotel. We have been on the look-out for signs of life in our pond and are so grateful to Wildbanks Conservation for clearing the area.
We introduced Jigsaw, which aims to help children know and value who they really are and how they relate to other people in this ever-changing world. It is designed as a whole school approach, with all year groups working on the same theme (Puzzle) at the same time. This enables each Puzzle to start with an introductory assembly, generating a whole school focus for adults and children alike. Our Jigsaw piece is called Jigsaw Jo. The theme this term is Relationships it has a wide focus, looking at diverse topics such as families, friendships, pets and animals, and love and loss. Children learn how to deal with conflict, their own strengths and self-esteem. They have the chance to explore roles and responsibilities in families and look at stereotypes. All Jigsaw lessons are delivered in an age- and stage-appropriate way so that they meet children’s needs.
The children chose two representatives to be part of Criw Cymraeg, their job is to encourage their classmates to use Welsh and keep their ears open so that they can award a certificate during our Friday celebration assembly.