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Easter Baking Ideas!

Date: 4th Apr 2020 @ 9:04am

Good morning Ravensbury!

I'm just getting my shopping list ready and was looking up some Easter baking receipes I thought my children would enjoy over these next couple of weeks. There are some lovely ideas on the BBC Good Food website, and thought you might like to have a go at some Easter baking too!

https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/collection/easter-kids

Really, I'm hoping to make Hot Cross Buns for the first time - but that all depends on whether I can buy some bread flour, and the flour aisle in the shops has been pretty empty! Perhaps I'll find some today!

Wishing you all a lovely Easter (and happy baking!),

Mrs Hodges x

Easter Activities from Reception Staff

Date: 3rd Apr 2020 @ 1:47pm

Hi Everyone, 

We just wanted to share some activities that you could do during the Easter Holidays. 

Keep Safe!

Love From Mrs Iqbal and Miss Williamssmiley

Wellbeing challenge number 6

Date: 3rd Apr 2020 @ 10:55am

Happy Friday everyone and well done for learning at home for 2 whole weeks! As strange as I've found it not being at school, the time has flown by for me so I hope it feels the same for you.

I'm going to do one final wellbeing challenge for today and then take a break for the next 2 weeks for the Easter holiday. However, check back on Monday morning as over the weekend I am going to set you a little wellbeing project in case anyone wants an Easter challenge.

Since it's the end of the week, today's challenge is to relax and get ready for the weekend so I want everyone to do a guided meditation. This is when you close your eyes and listen to a lovely soothing voice transport you to somewhere new. They are great for helping you to sleep or if you just want to relax at the end of your learning.

 There are plenty available on Youtube, here are a few of my favourites:

Secret treehouse - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DWOHcGF1Tmc

Spaceship to the moon - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mV9BBR1RoGg

Hot air balloon ride - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vlv6Y1tq1sQ

Have a great Easter holiday and don't forget to check back for the challenge next week if you think you'd like to do it. I'll be back with a daily challenge from Monday the 20th of April if we're still at home then.

Past challenges

Thank you to Mrs Ganner for sending me a photo of her daughter completing the baking challenge from earlier in the week, it looks amazing and has made me want to bake something chocolately myself this weekend! I think I might make some brownies as a treat for my husband!

Fancy Dress Friday with Joe

Date: 3rd Apr 2020 @ 9:46am

Good Morning everyone,

What a lovely way to start the day. Here's a few photos of an amazing family who have been working out with Joe Wicks this morning.They've made home learning for one of our Nursery children and that's an amazing thing to do to show you care. 

If you missed Jow Wicks this morning, there's no excuse, just grab something fun to wear, click on the video and then send us your  photos. 

        🌟Outstanding Mum Home Learner 🌟        🌟Outstanding Big Brother Home Learner 🌟

🌟Outstanding Big Sister Home Learner 🌟          ðŸŒŸOutstanding Little Sister Home Learner🌟

 

Wellbeing challenge number 5

Date: 2nd Apr 2020 @ 11:32am

Hi everyone,

I hope you're all still working hard and staying safe. Thanks to both children and staff who've been e-mailing me pictures of their wellbeing challenges, it's really cheering me up! I've included some at the bottom of my post again.

Today's wellbeing challenge is all about yoga. Yoga is a great way to relax and escape for a while and it's good for both your bodies and minds. I like to put on some relaxing music while I do it and am lucky enough to have a lovely bright pink yoga mat too as otherwise I'd be on a hard wooden floor. A carpet, rug or blanket would work just as well though.

There's a great channel on Youtube called Cosmic Kids that does lots of different fun yoga sessions: https://www.youtube.com/user/CosmicKidsYoga (I know that Miss Bryce's class have done some of these sessions and we did some school last week too so some of you are already great at it!)

Any adults reading, or maybe older children who fancy something a bit more difficult could have a go at this one: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sTANio_2E0Q

Here I am below doing the bound ankle pose :-)

Remember to let us know how you get on!

Mrs Glover

Past challenges

Thanks Ferdows in reception who has e-mailed in a picture of his origami rabbit from yesterdays challenge, I love it!

Another thank you to Mrs Iqbal and her son Adam who did the baking challenge from Tuesday and made this delicious looking chocolate cake!

Wellbeing challenge number 4

Date: 1st Apr 2020 @ 10:53am

Happy Wednesday everyone!

I don't know about you but 2 of my favourite things in the world that always make me feel good are animals and travelling. While I can't travel now, I thankfully have my 2 rabbits, Rupert and Angel, to keep me company at home. Here is a picture of them underneath!

So since I can't travel right now, or see any other animals, I am doing these things in a different way: by looking at this website all about wild animals around the world https://gowild.wwf.org.uk/

It has information and activities about lots of different animals from lots of different regions (Year 2, it has a section on Polar animals which would link nicely to your topic right now!) so you can virtually travel round the world. It even has drawing and photography competitions that you can enter and have your work appear on the website!

I particularly like this activity to make Amazon animal hand shadows https://gowild.wwf.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/Amazon-hand-shadows.pdf (although I didn't have much luck trying to take a good photo of mine. Perhaps you can do better than me and send one to your home learning address?)

So your wellbeing challenge for today is to choose your favourite area or animal from the website or even complete one of the activities and send a picture or just a bit of writing about it to your home learning e-mail address if you would like to. Or pehaps enter one of the competitions on there and tell us all about it.

Mrs Glover

Past challenges

A big thanks to Zainab in reception for sending in a picture of her brownies. Well done Zainab, they looked delicious!

And thanks to Miss Iqbal who sent me her picture of what makes her and her family smile that she did wih her son Adam! You can see it below:

 

Wellbeing challenge number 3

Date: 31st Mar 2020 @ 10:49am

Hello everyone!

Today's challenge is something that I often enjoy doing when I'm feeling a little sad or worried about something.

Today I am challenging you to cook or bake something! If you can't do it today then why not plan something to make later in the week or even at the weekend? 

Take a look at this website that has plenty of easy and healthy recipes to look or see if you can invent something that includes the contents of your fridge or cupboard https://www.nhs.uk/change4life/recipes

Yesterday I made these cheese scones for me and my husband to have for lunch this week (they're not very healthy but they're very tasty and it's okay to have a little treat once in a while! cheeky)

Make sure you ask an adult to help you with any cooking or cutting and don't do anything before you check it's okay!

Have fun,

Mrs Glover

A big thanks to Miss Kenwell who sent me a picture of her sunshine yesterday (pictured below), she put my drawing to shame! laugh

Rainbow

Date: 30th Mar 2020 @ 8:52pm

Hello everyone 

Just thought I would share something lovely that happened today. A neighbour that I haven't spoken to before posted this message through my door today. 
 

For those of you that were in class on the last day, we spoke about how rainbows were a sign of hope after something bad had happened and how if we all put our rainbow in our windows it would bring hope to people that saw them. The rainbow in my window did that for my neighbour, which I think is just wonderful. 
 

Although this is a tricky time right now, one day this will all be over and we will look back on it as a distant memory. We will remember how kind everybody was and how we all came together and supported one another, even when we couldn't be together in person. 
 

Remember to stay safe, keep sending me your updates as they make me smile every time I see them :) 

 

Miss Calvert 

 

Wellbeing challenge number 2

Date: 30th Mar 2020 @ 11:44am

Today's challenge is to draw your own sunshine then in the middle of it write or draw all the things that make you happy.

I've done one if you would like to look at it for ideas (although your drawings may be a little better than mine! laugh) and have focused on all the things I can still do or see, even while we're in this strange situation smiley.

Stay safe everyone,

Mrs Glover

Health and wellbeing challenges from Mrs Glover

Date: 27th Mar 2020 @ 2:59pm

Hello, Mrs Glover here! 

I hope everyone is staying safe, having fun and working hard on your learning. I'm going to post a Health and Wellbeing Challenge every day for people to do if they choose to. I'll be doing them all too and posting pictures where I can. Please feel free to e-mail any pictures or comments to your home learning e-mail addresses!

Challenge number 1: Go on a mindfulness walk. Write or draw 5 things that you can see, hear, feel, smell or touch (make sure you have an adult with you if necessary and stay far way from people you may see when you're out, although you can still say a friendly hello!) You could even do this in your garden if you have one!

Here's a picture of my mindfulness walk that I went on at lunch time today!

I saw trees and water, I heard birds and rustling, I could smell different plants and I could feel the sun on my face :-)

2CC superstars!

Date: 27th Mar 2020 @ 2:32pm

Wow year 2 - I have been loving all the emails you're sending me to keep me updated on your home learning! 

I am not surprised at all to see that you have been trying your very best and working hard, even when we're not in school, because you are such a dedicated class who love to challenge themselves! 

Your pictures have made me smile and I'm glad to see that you are having lots of fun at home :)

Faith, Millie, Tiwan and Mubaraq - you are all superstars and all outstanding this week!

 

There’s a penguin in my kitchen!!

Date: 25th Mar 2020 @ 2:38pm

I've just found out about something really cool! 

If you go onto google and type in the name of any animal, then select view in 3D you can make it look as though the animal is in your house! I now have a penguin in my kitchen! 
 

I thought this would be cool for your Connected Curriculum lesson where you have to research an animal and find out facts about it. Have a try for yourself and send me any pics or videos you make! 
 

 

Active learn and Lexia

Date: 25th Mar 2020 @ 2:26pm

Hi everyone 

Hope you're enjoying the sunshine and keeping safe.

A parent has got in touch with me to say that they are struggling to log in to Active Learn and Lexia so I thought I would post the details on here in case anybody else is having a bit of trouble logging in. 

For active learn the website is: https://www.activelearnprimary.co.uk/login?c=0&l=0

You should have your child's username and password included in their pack.

The school code is: PPSK

 

For lexia the website is: https://www.lexiacore5.com/

The teacher email is: lexia@ravensbury.manchester.sch.uk

Your child's username and password is included in their pack. 

 

If you are having any trouble or have lost their username/password, please do not hesitate to get in contact with me via the email: y2homelearning@ravensbury.manchester.sch.uk 

I am more than happy to help :)

Have fun and enjoy

Miss Calvert 

Day 1 home learning

Date: 24th Mar 2020 @ 10:02am

Hello everyone 

Hope you're all working super hard and enjoying your time at home. Don't forget to email in what you've been up to. The email address is: y2homelearning@ravensbury.manchester.sch.uk 

Millie and Faith have been working hard. Millie drew me a beautiful picture as we didn't get a chance to say goodbye before she had to stay at home. Her and her brother have been working very hard and it was his birthday! Happy birthday Oliver! 

Faith has been keeping busy. She has done the Joe Wicks workout, done some home learning, made sandcastles at the beach and had some fun time on her bouncy castle. 

Keep up the good work everyone, I'm loving seeing what you've been up to! 

Miss Calvert :)

Joe Wicks workout

Date: 23rd Mar 2020 @ 9:07am

Hope you're all up bright and early ready to do the Joe Wicks workout! 

The link is 

https://m.youtube.com/user/thebodycoach1

Joe will be doing workouts Mon-Fri at 9am

 

 

A quick message to say ...

Date: 21st Mar 2020 @ 1:43pm

Yesterday was a very emotional day having to say goodbye to you. Even though it was goodbye in person, it doesn't mean that it's a complete goodbye. I don't start at my new school for another four weeks, so until then I will still be available on the blog and also via the twitter page.

If you want to send in any photographs (please do!) to show us what fun things you've been up to while you're at home then our email is : y2homelearning@ravensbury.manchester.sch.uk and the twitter account is: @Ravensburycomm1

Looking forward to hearing from you 

Miss Calvert 

Dear 2CC

Date: 21st Mar 2020 @ 1:40pm

Dear 2CC

I was feeling sad that I didn’t properly get to say goodbye to all of you, so thought I’d write you a letter instead.

I want to tell you how incredibly proud I am of you and how you have made me smile every single day this year. Even when things have been a little bit different recently (and you have had to wash your hands a million times a day!) you took everything in your stride and continued to be the most loving, considerate class any teacher could wish for. The way you speak to each other and care for one another makes my heart fill with pride. I have never known a more supportive and caring class. Continue to support one another, even when we’re not in school. Take photographs and send them to the twitter account or year group email address so we can share what we’ve all been up to.

Finally, I just want to say good luck for the future. With your hard-working, can do attitude, I know that you will continue to do well and can achieve anything you set your mind to. Always remember that it’s ‘I can’t do it … YET!’ and if you want to achieve something then you have to practice, because practice makes … PROGRESS! Thank you for being the best class I could have ever wished for, you made every day fun and I always went home with a smile on my face or with something to laugh about. I will miss each and every one of you. Take care of yourself and your families and remember to stay safe.

Miss Calvert

Superstars!

Date: 14th Mar 2020 @ 12:02pm

Wow! I am so proud of 2CC for their brilliant class assembly! You went home and practiced your lines as soon as I gave them to you and put on a wonderful assembly. I don't know about you but I've had the continents song stuck in my head ever since! Well done 2CC you are all my behaviour stars! 

Class Assembly

Date: 11th Mar 2020 @ 9:36am

Don't forget it's our class assembly on Friday 13th March 2020. It starts at 9:10am in the hall. It is also sports relief on this day so the children should dress up in sporty clothes. Hope to see you there!

Share a Story

Date: 9th Mar 2020 @ 9:55am

We invited our grown ups in to share a story with us in the library. Thank you for coming!

World Book Day

Date: 9th Mar 2020 @ 9:54am

We had so much fun on World Book Day! We got to dress up in special costumes and parade on the stage. Then we found our reading buddy and shared a story with them. 

Robert Falcon Scott

Date: 1st Mar 2020 @ 10:21pm

To put ourselves into Robert Falcon Scott's shoes and give ourselves (only a slight) understanding of how cold the Antarctic is, we went outside without jumpers on. We thought about ways we might keep ourselves warm. There were lots of ideas such as; doing exercise, eating hot food/drinking hot drinks, huddling together, rubbing your hands together, wrapping up warm and lighting a fire.

The Antarctic

Date: 1st Mar 2020 @ 10:18pm

This week we launched our new topic - why do some animals live in cold places and others in hot?

In history we are learning all about the explorer Robert Falcon Scott and his journey to be the first person to reach the South Pole. In class we had a debate about whether he should go on his expedition or not and thought of reasons for and against. Miss Calvert was blown away by our debating skills! 

 

Some of our ideas were:

What if you get lost?

I'll just bring a map with me.

But it's very windy in the Antarctic - what if your map blows away?

I'll make sure I bring more than one map and attach it to me so it doesn't blow away. 

 

If I'm the first person to reach the South Pole I will be famous.

Well what's the point of being famous if there's no phones or TV for anyone to know you're famous?

I'll just tell everybody what I did and then everyone will know. 

 

The children were fantastic at debating and taking it in turns to present their balanced argument. They really built upon their skills from when we had a debate in Year One and used the opportunity to show off their new knowledge about Antarctica and also to show their understanding of the past and how different things were a long time ago. For example, one of the children mentioned Robert Falcon Scott going to the Antarctic on a plane. We then thought about whether this was true and linked it to our learning in Year One. Had the Wright brothers made the first flight yet in 1901? We then thought about Scott's journey to the Antarctic and where that would be situated on a timeline in history - had the first flight been made yet and if so were people travelling on aeroplanes? Would Scott have taken a plane to the Antarctic or would he have travelled on a ship? It was such an interesting discussion and the children really showed off their historical knowledge. 

Reading buddies

Date: 14th Feb 2020 @ 5:28pm

Today we met up with our reading buddies for the first time. We’re so excited and can’t wait to do some reading with them next term!

Terracotta Army

Date: 4th Feb 2020 @ 9:51am

In year two this week we have been learning all about the Terracotta Army. 

 

The first emperor of China, Qin Shi Huang was afraid of death so decided to build an army of warriors to protect him in the afterlife. The Terracotta Army was built thousands of years ago but in 1974 farmers discovered one of the warriors when they were trying to dig a well. 

Today the Terracotta Army is visited by lots of people. We decided to make our own Terracotta Army in our classroom!

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