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Year 2 – Blackbirds Class

Year 2 – Blackbirds Class

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2019 – 2020

Year 2 were lucky enough to have their PE session led by Adrian from Kent County Cricket. We learnt some skills and played a game of rapid fire cricket.

Blackbird class investigated bubbles! Can you make different shape bubbles? Different colours? Different sizes? We had so much fun making and testing different bubble wands.

Blackbird class have been investigating friction. Who has the shoes with the best grip?

And the results are in… the most popular soup by two votes was souper vegetable soup.

Now for the taste test! Blackbirds showed a great attitude to trying new soup flavours. We had magic orange soup, terrific wintery soup, winter wonderland soup, parsnip and potato soup, tomato and onion soup and souper vegetable soup.


Year 2 have been hard at work creating their own vegetable soup recipes. We thought carefully about the different vegetables we would use, peeled, chopped, fried, stirred and simmered the ingredients. Which soup will be the most popular in the taste test?

Blackbird class have been busy planting their Jersey Royals following our skype chat with William (LEAF Education, Farmer Time).


Blackbird class listening carefully to farmer William @JerseyRoyalCo @LEAF_Education to find out how to plant our #JerseyRoyal potatoes. Who can grow the most potatoes? Will we win the competition?

We really enjoyed choosing books and sharing them with our friends at Shepway library.


Great excitement in Blackbird class! Our seed potatoes have arrived from farmer William.

Blackbirds investigated what it means to have a digital footprint. We thought about why it is important to use technology safely and the importance of keeping personal information private.

Blackbird class investigated the designer Orla Kiely. We looked at her printed designs and used these to inspire our work. We transferred our ideas onto polystyrene printing tiles and used rollers to create our own prints.

Blackbird class love reading. We were very excited to share a book with our friends about our science work about plants and the parts of the plant we eat.

Blackbird class have been investigating which parts of plants we eat. I wonder what they could make with all the different fruits and vegetables?

Super scientists! Can you twist it, bend it, squash it or stretch it? Blackbird class were joined by their parents to investigate a variety of materials.

Blackbird class showed great focus to create their wax resist art during their parent engagement session.

Focused thinking from Blackbird class and great collaboration to investigate the properties of 2D shapes

Blackbirds have been scientists today! We have been observing bulbs and planting them to investigate what they need to grow.

Blackbird class are busy writing their 500 word stories for the BBC Radio 2 competition. We have word mats, writing checklists, green pens to edit and are using our conferencing skills to improve our work.

Blackbird class have been investigating the different sounds instruments can make. We have composed music to accompany a story and performed it to the class.

Blackbird class had a wonderful time at Forest School. Musical instruments were made, rhythms played and sticks collected! We also had opportunities to demonstrate our Learner Profile Attributes. We were inquirers, communicators, risk-takers and were caring.

Blackbird class have been investigating the Hindu festival of Diwali. Here is one example of some excellent writing!

Blackbird class enjoyed a habitat workshop while at Maidstone Museum and exploring the galleries.

What a performance! Christmas with the aliens was a roaring success and enjoyed by all.

Blackbird class are off to Maidstone Museum!

Blackbird class enjoyed sharing a Russian story.

Blackbird class had a busy morning visiting both St Martin’s Church and Shepway Library! Thank you to Esther and Susan at St Martin’s and Jane at the library for making us so welcome.

At St Martin’s church we found out more about how and why Christians celebrate Christmas, helped to retell parts of the story and thought about how Christians prepare.

At Shepway Library Blackbird class had time to enjoy their fantastic selection of children’s books, listen to stories, share books with each other and take books out to share at home or back in school.

Blackbird class were very excited to skype Farmer William @JerseyRoyalCo We were able to meet him, ask questions and have a mini tour of his farm. We found out that he has over 100 tractors @LEAF_Education #Facetimeafarmer

Turn left, go forward, right, backwards! Blackbirds have been writing algorithms (instructions) begun to debug their algorithm if there’s a problem and plan journeys around the UK.

Leaf printing and collage creations in Blackbird class!

Blackbirds thoroughly enjoyed their visit to Shepway Library. We loved looking at all of the books and telling Fiona, the librarian, about our love of the Claude and Toto stories.

Blackbirds practising their spellings in relays.  Conferencing once the word was complete to ensure correct spelling.

Super collaboration between Blackbird class and their parents to follow their plans to make friends for Sir Bobblysock.

Here are some of Blackbird class with Sir Bobblysock’s sock friends!

Blackbird class made different flavour biscuits for Sir Bobblysock and his friends and voted for our favourite.

Here we are conferencing about what we need to do to improve balancing the ball on the racket.

Blackbird class are busy planning, writing and publishing their Claude stories. We can’t wait to share them with an audience. We found wearing the Claude beret really helped…

Some of our reasoning about greater and less than using a stem sentence.

Phase 2 (Sparrows and Blackbirds) watched a video about never giving up and conferencing in their assembly about Growth Mindset and understanding why it’s important to make good decisions at play times.

We have been rehearsing our throwing skills working on technique and accuracy.

We have been finding different ways to represent numbers to 100.

Phase 2 (Y1 and Y2) have started to think about gardening opportunities in and around our school.

Blackbirds showing great concentration, team work and ball skills in their first PE lesson of the school year.