Mrs Osborne (Y2): Blog items

United Utilities visit Year 2

Date: 5th Oct 2017 @ 8:32pm

Today the children in Year 2 had a superb visit from Jayne at United Utilities. The children were able to actively learn about the Water Cycle through becoming the cycle as a class. They thought carefully about how they use water at home and also how they can save water. The children throroughly enjoyed the visit and were excited to find out more about water. Take a look at some of the photos below to find out more;


'Green Day' in Year 2

Date: 11th Jun 2017 @ 4:42pm

On Friday we had a 'Green Day' in school which encouraged the children in Year 2 to think about how we can help to save our environment by 'going green'. The children thought about what we can do in school, such as; turning off lights and computers when we are not in the classroom, recyling paper and putting unwanted fruit and peels into the compost bin. They also talked about ensuring that they put their rubbish in the bins at playtimes and helping to make sure that our school environment stays clean and tidy. In Year 2 we celebrated Green Day by working in pairs in the ourdoor environment to use materials which we could find to create Andy Goldsworthy inspired sculptures. We also made some insect inspired bunting for our schools Eco-Officers to take to the Cheshire Show to hang on their eco-school display.

Take a look at some of the photographs below to see some of the children's Andy Goldsworthy inspired artwork;


Year 2 Environmental Study Summer 1

Date: 10th May 2017 @ 4:51pm

This afternoon the children in Year 2 undertook their Environmental Study. We went on to the field and undertook a leaf litter investigation. The children looked at the insects through magnifying glasses and then recorded in pictures what they had found. Take a look at some of the pictures below to see what we did;


Year 2 Computing What is a Loop?

Date: 29th Mar 2017 @ 7:49pm

Today the children in Year 2 learnt more about algorithms and how we program computers to do things but them they have to think about what we have asked them to do and program themselves to follow the instructions. We talked about how lots of computer algorithms use loops or repeats to help them to make the algorithm shorter, easier to write and follow. We learnt about loops by learning a dance that we had to follow and repeat different parts. The children then used the laptops to play on looping games on the website.

Click on the links below to get to the looping games;

Maze Loops with Angry Birds -

Bee Loops with a Bumble Bee -

Take a look at the pictures of the children learning the looping dance;


Zoo2U Visit Reception and Years 1 and 2

Date: 23rd Mar 2017 @ 7:45pm

Today the children in Reception and Years 1 and 2 had a visit from Charlotte from Zoo2U. Charlotte brought some wonderful animals for the children to meet. The children were able to meet a range of animals. First we met Neo and Kato the nosey and cheeky meerkats. We watched them eat Morio worms and vegetables and then they had a look around our school hall. Then they met Dougie the Royal Python and the children were amazed to feel how smooth he was. After Dougie the children met Captain the tortoise. Captain has a shell that is made of the same material as finger nails and only had one eye. However, this does not bother him because he was born this way. We then met Bramble the African Pgymy Hedgehog who loved to hide in her blanket. We were amazed to find out that her spikes are made of hair and that she is nocturnal and has excellent hearing. Finally we met Bumble the African White Faced Owl who some of the children were able to hold using a glove.

All of the chidlren really enjoyed meeting the animals and were superbly behaved. Well done Reception, Year 1 and 2 and we hope you enjoyed it! Take a look at some of the photos below;


MMU Stardome Planetarium visits Reception and Years 1 and 2

Date: 9th Mar 2017 @ 1:56pm

This morning the children in Reception and Years 1 and 2 were very lucky and had a visit from Anthony from MMU and the Stardome. Each class had the opportunity to go inside the Planetarium and very excited to go inside. Inside the dome Anthony showed the children a video which was taken on the International Space Station and talked to the children about what astronauts, like Tim Peake, would see from the station. He then showed the children when the sky would look like at night, should there be no light pollution and helped the children to identify and name some of the stars, such as the North Star and the Planets Venus and Mars. He then showed the children some of the different costellations and made pictures out of them. After that he showed us the pictures that the stars make in the sky and also told us a story about them. Finally Anthony showed us the Milky Way and then talked to us about some of the Planets. The children learnt that Pluto was no longer called a planet and were interested to find out that Mercury is not the hottest planet even though it is closest to the sun, Venus is and that astronauts are now challenging themselves to try and go to Mars. However, this will take lots of work as it would take 9 months to get there. Take a look at some of the photos below of todays Stardome adventure; 

Year 2 desert watercolours

Date: 28th Jan 2017 @ 9:51pm

The Year 2 topic this term is based on the story 'Meerkat Mail' by Emily Gravett. The story is about a Meerkat called Sunny who lives in the Kalahari Desert. Sunny decides that he wants to visit his family who live in different environments to him but he soon finds out how much he misses his family and friends at home. Therefore, this week in our topic lessons we used watercolours and black card to create silhouettes of desert plants in the Kalahari desert. Take a look at some of the paintings created by Year 2 and our new classroom topic display;


Year 2 Christmas Cards

Date: 21st Dec 2016 @ 3:22pm

This week the children in Year 2 have made some beautiful Christmas Cards. The children used a running stitch to decorate their Christmas stockings for their Christmas cards. Take a look at the photographs below to see how lovely they are. We hope that you like them!



Computer Programming I-Pads

Date: 14th Dec 2016 @ 4:49pm

This afternoon the children in Year 2 used their 'being persistent' skills on the I-Pads to write their own algorithms to make a bee move around a grid using the compass points, North, East, South and West.

Click on the picture below to have a go on the website at home;

Take a look at some of the pictures of the children working with a partner to write their own codes;



Date: 13th Dec 2016 @ 8:17pm

This morning the children in Year 2 created Christmas lanterns. They decorated them using felt tip pens to create symmetrical patterns. Take a look at the pictures below to see the childrens lanterns;


Computer Programming Year 2 Being Persistant

Date: 7th Dec 2016 @ 4:45pm

This afternoon the children in Year 2 started learning about Computer Programming. They learnt about the word 'Persistance' and why it is important to keep trying again and again even when it is hard. The children were challenged to work in small teams to build a tower. The children had to build a tower that was strong enough to hold the weight of a heavy book for 10 seconds and it had to be taller than a cup. All of the towers were very different but they all held the book well. This taught us that although things can be challenging there are always lots of ways to solve a problem. Take a look at some of the photographs of our towers;


KS1 Dance Club

Date: 28th Nov 2016 @ 11:02pm

KS1 dance club has run for the majority of this Autumn term and the children have really enjoyed learning a variety of different dance routines to different songs, both current songs and older songs. In addition to learning dances, on weeks where the weather has been wet, the children have also made some lovely pieces of artwork.

One of the pieces of artwork that the children created was a silhouette picture. They used watercolours to paint dance shapes and then cut out on black paper some dances outlines. For the second piece of artwork the children worked in pairs or threes to create a life size dance piece of art. They drew around a friend and then decorated inside the outline with bright colours, patterns and pictures of their own choice.

Take a look at some of the work below;


Our Country

Date: 28th Nov 2016 @ 10:44pm

This half term we have studied the United Kingdom and learnt that it is made up of 4 countries, these countries are England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales. For the last two weeks we have done some art in our topic lessons. Two weeks ago we made some red Welsh dragons but decorated them in our own way. We wrote facts about Wales in the fire that they are breathing. Then last week we made some Irish Shamrocks using our own green patterns and sparkly glitter glue to make them look even more special. Take a look at some of our photographs below;


Year 2 Helping Hands

Date: 28th Nov 2016 @ 10:40pm

Last Wednesday afternoon the children in Year 2 listened to the story of The Good Samaritan and discussed how the Samaritan was the only person in the story to help the man who was hurt and had been robbed. We talked about how people didn't expect him to help but why his help was so important and the difference that helping others can have to our lives and the lives of the people around us. We thought about how we can help in our school community. The children each wrote a sentence on the back of a hand to explain how they can 'lend a helping hand' and drew a picture on the other side of the hand to show them doing this. They then decorated the fingers of the hands with birght and colourful patterns. Take a look at some of the helping hand pictures below;


KS1 and Reception Nativity Artwork

Date: 26th Nov 2016 @ 3:16pm

This week the children in Reception and KS1 have been working extremely hard practicing for the Nativity Performances which are in just over a weeks time. In their classrooms the children have been working with thier friends to create some artwork for the scenes for the Nativity Production. Take a look at some of the beautiful pieces of artwork created by the children;


Firework pictures

Date: 16th Nov 2016 @ 5:19pm

Although firework night has past for this year. Year 2 have been so busy that we never got chance to make our firework pictures on the computers. Therefore, this afternoon we used the computer program Paint to create our own firework pictures above a city skyline. The children learnt to use tool to draw shapes, tools to fill in with colour and also the spray can tool. Take a look at some of the lovely firework pictures created by Year 2;


Year 2 Anti-Bullying week activity

Date: 15th Nov 2016 @ 4:53pm

This week is Anti-Bullying week and in school we have been talking about the difference between 'Being Rude, Being Mean and Being a Bully'. The children understood that sometimes they may say or do unkind things to each other and that they will be forgiven if they say sorry. We talked about how bullying is when someone does something on purpose over and over again and it makes us feel very upset and worried. The children spoke about what they should do and who they could talk to if they ever felt like this.

We are very lucky at St Johns School and we say NO to Bullying.

This years Anti-Bullying week is called 'Power to do Good' and we talked about how we all have the power inside of us to make sure that we look after everyone in our school community so that everyone is happy and loves to learn!

We thought about why we were good friends and made friendship rosettes. Take a look at our pictures below;


KS1 Trip to Gauntlet Birds of Prey Vulture and Eagle Park

Date: 10th Nov 2016 @ 7:29pm

Wow! What an amazing day the KS1 children from St Johns have had today at Gauntlet Birds of Prey and Vulture Park. It is hard to believe how much the children took part in today in just one day. Therefore, this is just a short summary; 

When we arrived the children had the opportunity to look around all of the aviaries. The children saw over 120 birds from over 25 species, some of these included Buzzards, Hawks, Falcons, Kites and a large variety of Owls. They also saw Eagles, a Griffon, Caracaras, Seriemas, Ravens and amazing Marabou Storks. The children were amazed by all of the birds, what they looked like and the noises that they made. The children particularly enjoyed stroking the very friendly goats and were very quiet so that they could watch the meercats come in and out of their house.

We then went into the classroom to learn about some of the birds and watch to them fly. All of the children who wanted to were able to hold and stroke the Little Owl and some of the children had the opportunity to help to fly one of the other birds of prey. We were taught why their bodies are perfect for the things that they need to do and we were also able to watch some of the birds eat mice and small chickens.

In the afternoon the children were excited to complete a bird stamp quiz with their friends around the park and collected as many stamps as they could. The children were also able to feed the goats and watched the lady feed the 3 vultures. At the end of the day we watched a flying demonstration outside and were able to see a huge eagle fly over our heads. Finally, a group of scavengers came out to be fed and were flying around together above us.

The children were superbly behaved and we hope that they had an excellent day!

Take a look at the website by clicking on the picture below if you want to find out more;

Well done KS1 at St Johns!

Take a look at some of the photos below of our day;


Firefighter Visit

Date: 19th Oct 2016 @ 5:40pm

This half term in KS1 we have been learning about the Great Fire of London and therefore we invited Mr Beech who is a firefighter and his fireman friends to come and visit us. They talked to us about the Great Fire of London and why it started and also about some of th equipment the people tried to use to put out the fire in 1666. We also looked at the uniforms and equipment the firefighters use today and got to try on some helmits from a range of different times. We then talked about fire plans for our homes and finally we looked in the fire jeep. We looked at the equipment that is in the jeep and we also got to listen to the sirens. We really enjoyed learning more about firefighters today and would like to thank Mr Beech for coming to visit us! Take a look at some of the pictures below to find out more; 

Place Value Maths Year 2

Date: 20th Sep 2016 @ 8:51pm

This week in Maths we have been learning about the Place Value of digits in digit numbers. Click on the picture below to practice partitioning numbers.

Counting in 2's, 3's and 5's Year 2 Maths

Date: 20th Sep 2016 @ 8:48pm

Last week we were learning about counting in 2's, 3's and 5's. Have a go at playing the Fairies in the Fog games below to practice at home. Click on the pictures.





Sandbach 'Now and Then' Project

Date: 6th Jul 2016 @ 7:56pm

This term the children in KS2 have been taking part in the Sandbach 'Now and Then' project. Junior 1 and Junior 2 walked into Sandbach to undertake the interactive trail and the children in Junior 3 completed the trail using the i-pads in their classrooms.

Each KS2 class then had the opportunity to take part in a workshop where they played some drama games and then worked in groups to act out ysing mime different scenes from WW1. Some of the children filmed the acting. Then at the Sandbach School Summer concert four of our KS2 children spoke confidently about the project and how they our school has engaged with the project.

You can see a video of the children representing out school below AND if you click on the 'Sandbach Now and Then' logo you will be taken to the video that we created on its own;

The children have also written some poems and completed some art work based on the project and the work is displayed in Sandbach library. Please see the images at the bottom on the page.




Peace Doves

Date: 7th Jun 2016 @ 1:35pm

Yesterday the children in Junior 1 made their own Peace Doves. They decorated them and then write a sentence to state what Peace means to them and they described what made them feel peaceful, for example reading a book or exploring the nature area in the school playground. The doves are now hanging up in our classroom. Take a look at the pictures below:

Rocket Seed Experiment

Date: 19th Apr 2016 @ 8:21pm

Today was a very exciting day in Junior 1 as we received a special delivery from the RHS. We received a pack which contained two packets of 'Rocket Seeds', a blue packet and a red packet, one of which contains seeds which have been with Tim Peake on the ISS. Over the half term we will be taking part in the 'Rocket Science' experiment set up by the RHS and the UK Space Agency and will be undertaking an experiment to find out what growing plants in space can teach us about like on Earth and whether we can sustain human life in space through the production of our own food.  Today we planted each seed, labelled them carefully and watered them correctly. We also recorded how many seeds we planted in each tray and will continue to turn the trays every other day and and water them correctly. We will record what we observe and we will make predictions about which colour pack we think are the rocket seeds and why.

To find out more you can click on the picture below;

Tim Peake has also sent a video message to launch the experiment;


Easter Cards

Date: 24th Mar 2016 @ 4:32pm

Today the children in Miss Ollier's class made Easter cards for their families. They look wonderful!

 Have a look at some of the photographs below and HAVE A HAPPY EASTER! smiley