Toddington St George Church of England School
Copyright - Toddington St George
Church of England School - 2016
Manor Road, Toddington, Bedfordshire, LU5 6AJ  Tel: 01525 872360
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“TSG - the place to be!”
Welcome to Mrs Soor's Year 2 Hummingbirds page

with support from Mrs Davis,Mrs Doerr, Mrs Tierney and Mrs Hooper
Class Information

Fruity Friday is every Friday, please send your child along with 20p

Reading books are changed on Monday, Wednesday and Friday

PE kits need to be available every day, including tracksuit trousers and sweatshirts for outdoor play.

Maths homework is sent home on Friday and needs to be returned the following Thursday.

Spellings are given out on Friday, use sheet daily and keep at home.  Spelling tests are the following Friday. (Spelling sentence books will be given out on Friday after half term, Instructions are inside the front cover. Please return by Thursday).

Library Day is Friday.

Trim Trail day is Tuesday.

Bookbags with reading books need to be returned daily. (please send child's reading book with reading record every day and please sign reading record).
Hummingbirds 2015 - 2016 - click on the image to enlarge

Hummingbirds Teaching and Support Staff
Mrs Hooper, Mrs Tierney, Mrs Soor,  Mrs Davis and Mrs Doerr

Year Two enjoyed a celebration trail at St Albans Cathedral. They looked at the beautiful stained glass windows telling the story of the Nativity. They learned all about special items used at a christening and even took part in a pretend wedding. They were very lucky to hear organ Music and students rehearsing for a Musical concert.  
Frozen Planet
During the first half of the Autumn term our theme in Year Two was the 'Frozen Planet'.
Our classrooms were cold and sparkling, just like the frozen parts of the planet.
Mr Zaidi came to visit to tell us all about polar explorers.
We did some drama with a partner where we had to imagine we were Ernest Shackleton being interviewed by a newspaper reporter.
As explorers, we worked in groups to decide what to save from our ship which was surrounded by ice. We had to negotiate and give reasons for our decisions.
Mrs Atkinson visited with her Husky dog.
We learnt about icebergs and the Aurora Borealis and used a range of materials and techniques to create a piece of art work.
During the second half of the Autumn term our theme in Year Two is 'The time machine: The Victorians' A battered time machine was discovered out side.
Victorian day

On Monday 30th December we all came to Toddington as normal but Toddington had turned into a Victorian School!

We met our teacher in the playground and were marched into class. We had our hands and nails checked before entering the classroom. We had to stand behind our chairs waiting for permission to sit down. Our teacher was very strict!

We had lessons just like those experienced by Victorian children. We recited out tables, read around the class, sounded words and practised our handwriting; we tried some gruel and even did drill.

We thought about the similarities and differences between school today and school in Victorian times.
On Thursday 10th December the children in Year 2 performed a Nativity play to their grown- ups. The play was called Shine Star Shine.

The big star needs to show the way to the stable where a special baby has been born, but there's one problem- He just can't shine. His friends, the other stars, try all they can to make him believe he can shine and when they lead him to the stable to see the baby he realises that Jesus' love will give him the strength to shine again.
The children gave a stellar show!
On Wednesday 2nd November a  lady arrived on the time machine. She had travelled from Victorian times. She was a reporter and she told us about the story of Grace Darling and  Florence Nightingale. We asked her questions. She was amazed by our school and some of the things we have like electric lights.
Rev Ann came to talk to us about her job as a leader. She told us all about the special clothes she wears when she leads a service.
Logan was lucky enough to model her cassock and and surplus.
William Morris art inspired year 2 to create their Christmas Calendars
Hummingbirds in their Christmas Jumpers
Finding the egg

Something amazing happened when we went into our classroom … the furniture had been overturned and there were big spiky footprints leading outside. We found a massive golden egg. We looked after the egg to see what would happen and a Red Dragon hatched out! We will take it in turns to look after him. We have named our Dragon ‘George’.

We looked at Uccello’s St George and the dragon paintings and followed instructions to sketch our dragons. We tried to include lots of detail.
Hummingbirds ICT Lesson

Today we learned how to program Turtles to move around a grid, we also learned the meaning of algorithm, debug, execute and program which are all terms used when writing a computer program.
Winding  Mechanisms

Having found out about some castle parts, we watched a short clip of a real drawbridge in action.
In pairs we used a selection of materials to make our own winding mechanism.  We could try to find the best axle from a straw a wooden lolly stick or a card lolly stick.  For chains we experimented with shoe laces, string or wool.
We also tried different strengthening techniques and handles.
Sir Teachalot visited Toddington St George and taught us about different types of armour and weapons, jousting and castle building and castle sieges. We really enjoyed our day
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Dragon Art
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All good knights need a trust sword and shield. We used our coat of arms design on our shield and decorated our sword as part of our 'Turrets and Tiara's' banquet.

We also enjoyed the delicious treats everyone had made, such as dragons scales, Camelot cookies and Queens coins!
Turrets and Tiara's Banquet
Puppets and Sliders

In Design Technology we designed, sewed, decorated and evaluated puppets linked with our theme of ‘Turrets and Tiaras’. We think our puppets look great.
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Year 2 visited The Grove Theatre on World Book Day.
We enjoyed a production of 'Jest a story'.
We explored different ways to tell a story and heard a few jokes along the way!
On Monday 21st March Year 2 visited St George's church in Toddington for the Easter Experience. We thought about the symbols of the Easter story and especially the cross.

We came back to school with a Palm Sunday cross and chocolate Easter Egg!
On Tuesday 13th April we had to come to school with our bags packed, our passport and our ticket ready for our 'Flight to Africa'!
We had to go through passport control, baggage check and collect a boarding pass before waiting in the departure lounge.
Once the flight was called we boarded the plane and watched a safety video before take -off. We had some information about our destination and we watched some in-flight entertainment. Luckily we landed safely!
We have been learning to tell the time
African Masks
We made our own African Masks and jewellery.

African Day
On Monday 6th June Geeta visited year 2 and taught us about the Mandika Tribe in Gambia. We learnt a dance. The boys made wrist and ankle bands for dance and the girls made grass skirts.
Fruit Salad

We made a fruit salad and then wrote instructions.
Kick Rounders
As part of our Healthy Hearts and Mind day year 2 enjoyed playing Kick Rounders.
As part of our new science topic we had to find different habitats in the school grounds
On Tuesday 14th June we went to Ashridge.  We learnt that animals need food, air, water and shelter. We looked at different habitats, went hunting in the woods and pond dipping.  We also enjoyed climbing the monument and making a piece of art.
The Fire Service came to visit year 2 on Monday 20th July. They talked to the children about safety showed them the equipment in the fire engine and allow them to squirt water.
As part of our work on Healthy Eating year 2 pastelled a selection of fruits and displayed it in a basket to share in assembly.
Hummingbirds made beautiful models of Minibeasts which included butterflies, beetles, ladybirds and spiders.