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Y2 - Mallard

Welcome to Mallard Class.

 

Mallard Class is taught by Miss Jones with Mrs Denman as a Higher Level Teaching Assistant. Other staff members working with the class include Mr Frisby for Music on a Wednesday and Mr Bourne for PE on a Monday.
 

Updates throughout the year can be found on both this Class Page and on our School Twitter page. Below you will find a gallery of all the exciting learning activities that have taken place in Mallard Class this year.

Guide Dog Visit

A huge thank you Iris who brought Kim and Corey into school today. Kim is a retired guide dog and Corey is a puppy in training. The children learned about their important work and how much they change lives. They even got a chance to pet the lovely dogs at the end of the session. 

Music Day

What a brilliant day it was today! The children absolutely loved exploring a range of different musical activities. They started the day using the boomwhackers and then enjoyed learning to play the recorder with Miss Broadribb. Later on in the day, the children enjoyed a session with Miss Hegarty where lots of dancing and fun was taking place. To finish the day, we were treated to an excellent performance from the Yeovil Ukulele Club.  

Pizza Toppings

Today, the children were very lucky to be able to taste and evaluate a range of different pizza toppings for their own pizza designs. It was safe to say some toppings were more popular than others! 

Warm and Cool Colours

As part of our painting topic this term, Mallard Class were exploring warm and cool colours. The children used the work of Robert and Sonia Delaunay to create their own painting using warm and cool colours on opposite sides of their paintings. Well done, Mallard- your work looked amazing! 

The Importance of Exercise

As part of our ‘Animals including Humans’ topic in Science, we explored the importance of exercise for humans today. The children participated in a range of different physical activities and then took their pulses after. The children were able to recognise the changes that happen to our bodies when we exercise and describe how it makes us feel. 

Outdoor Treasure Hunt

Today, the children were challenged to an outdoor treasure hunt. Using their checklist the children had to try and find as many items around the school site as they could. It’s safe to say the children loved exploring nature and being outside in the great outdoors. Well done, Mallard! 

Tinting

In Art today, the children were exploring the technique of tinting by adding white to their chosen colour for each stroke. The children used Paul Klee’s ‘Separation of the Evening’ to inspire their paintings. 

Road Safety

We were very lucky to have a visit from Somerset Road Safety today. The children were very engaged throughout the session and demonstrated excellent knowledge about the dangers and precautions they should take when out and about. Well done, Mallard! 

Bread Tasting

As part of our ‘Perfect Pizzas’ DT project this term, the children were busy evaluating a range of different bread based products to find the perfect base for our pizzas.

Mindfulness

This term, we have been really lucky to have Hollie in school providing mindfulness and wellbeing workshops every week. The children absolutley loved learning the different techniques that Hollie has been teaching them to help regulate their emotions and take care of their mental health.

Making Fires

Today, the children had a fantastic time learning how to make a fire with a flint. I was so impressed with the perseverance demonstrated by all the children in what was quite a tricky challenge and how brilliantly they followed the safety rules. Well done, Mallard! 

Coram Life Bus Visit

Mallard Class were very lucky this week to have a workshop with Life Bus. They loved seeing Harold the giraffe again and enjoyed learning all about how we can look after our mental health. 

Colour Wheel

In Art today, the children were exploring colour mixing. They mixed primary colours to make secondary colours and secondary colours to make tertiary colours. 

Animal Dens

In outdoor learning today, the children used old Christmas trees and other natural resources found on the school site to create their own animal dens. It was so much fun and the children were very pleased with their results!

Primary Colours

In Art this week, the children were learning about primary colours. We explored the work of Kazimir Malevich and then the class created their own version of his art work using only primary colours. 

Nativity

Over the past few weeks, Mallard Class have been busy practising their nativity. They have all done a fantastic job learning their lines and practising the songs. Well done, Mallard! 

Stickman

Sadly, due to the weather conditions, outdoor learning took place inside today. However, the children had a brilliant time making their own Stickman and then listening to the story read by Mrs Huggins. As a bonus, the children each had a hot chocolate with biscuits! 

Information Text

Today, the children enjoyed using the iPads to research rainforests for their information texts. 

Library Visit

Today, Mallard Class enjoyed visiting the library to explore the features of non-fiction texts. 

Leaf Wreaths 

In outdoor learning today, the children made their own Christmas wreaths made from the leaves they each collected on the school site. 

Sewing Skills

In preparation for our DT project, the children have been busy practising their sewing skills today. 

Mini Beasts

Today in outdoor learning, the children were exploring micro-habitats and the insects that can be found in them. This tied in very nicely with our Science topic on habitats this term. The children absolutely loved using the scientific apparatus to examine the insects found. 

Outdoor Learning

In outdoor learning today, the children were exploring and identifying different types of leaves. 

Eco Day 🌎

As part of Eco day, the children enjoyed a fantastic virtual reality workshop where they explored the impact of climate change on our planet. It was a brilliant experience and the children came away with lots of knowledge about what causes climate change and how we can play a small part in reducing our carbon footprint. The children then applied this knowledge and created a poster giving tips on how we can save our planet.
 

In Science, we explored the impact of climate change on polar habitats. We carried out an investigation using blocks of ice and polar animal figures. We measured the water level before leaving it for an hour and then measuring the water levels again. We discovered that when the ice melted the water levels rose which ultimately resulted in the loss of polar habitats. 

Cleaning Pennies

In science today, the children conducted a test to find out which household item would be the best at cleaning a penny. We discussed the importance of a fair test and keeping everything the same except for the different liquids we were using. Before popping the pennies in the liquids the children made their predictions. We can’t wait to find out the results of our investigation after half term! 

Moving Vehicles

In DT this term, the children designed their own moving vehicles and today the children were able to finish and evaluate their final products. The children demonstrated their knowledge of axles and chassis and showed that they could use a range of different materials and equipment carefully following a design criteria. Well done, Mallards! 

RSPCA Visit

Today, we had a visit from the RSPCA who delivered a fantastic workshop all about helping to look after our pets and wildlife on bonfire night. The children made pledges about what they can do to help and made their own fireworks from conkers. 

Programming

in Computing this term we have been learning how to programme different devices using algorithms. Today, the children put their knowledge to the test and programmed the bee-bots to perform simple moves following the instruction cards. 

Testing Absorbency

In Science today, the children tested a range of different materials for their absorbency. Before carrying out our investigation the children made their predictions. We then got hands on and tested the different materials and recorded the results in a table. We found out that the most absorbent material was the fabric because it soaked up the most water. 

Mental Health Day

Today, the children took part in a range of different activities for Mental Health Day. The children absolutely loved their workshop with Razzmatazz and enjoyed learning about different strategies to help them regulate their emotions with Mrs Streetin. The glitter bottles were an enormous hit with them all! 

Testing Properties

As part of our Science topic on ‘materials’ the children explored a range of different every day objects today and examined their properties. The children had a lot of fun testing whether the objects could bend, stretch, twist and be squashed. 

Partitioning 

Today, the children were learning how to partition 2-digit numbers into tens and ones using dienes. 

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