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Birch - Year 2 – Mrs Bilke/Miss Newton-Smith

Welcome to Birch Class!


The class teacher for Birch Class is Mrs Bilke and the teaching assistants are Mrs.Doyle and Miss Sparrey. 

Co-Head Teacher Miss Newton-Smith will teach the class on a Wednesday.


Take a look at some of the fantastic things Birch Class have been doing in class and around Malvern!



Welcome to Spring 1

Looking for Materials!

Birch class have been searching the environment for uses of everyday materials. Over this half term we will be investigating some of the properties of materials and finding out why they are used in certain items. 



English in Year 2

We are currently reading - The Three Little Wolves and the Big Bad Pig

written by the author Eugene Trivizas.


This week’s class book:

This week’s class book: 1

The children have been writing descriptions. Here are a few...


Have you seen the Big Bad pink Pig?

Look out for a pig fitting this description! The Big Bad Pig has pointy pink trotters, pink hairy skin and scary sharp claws! He is hungry, deadly, vicious and criminal.

By Dennis


Can you help us find this pig? 

Beware of a pig fitting this description. He has pointy trotters, big pointy ears and a huge snout. Call the police immediately if you spot him. He is hungry, mean and a criminal.

By Riley


Have you seen this evil deadly pig?

Look out for a pig fitting this description. The Big Bad Pig has frowning eyes, pointy trotters and pink hairy skin. He is evil, deadly and cruel. Call the police immediately if you spot him.

By Adel



Maths in Year 2

In maths we have been working on our reasoning skills.

We have been learning to explain why we have solved problems in a certain way. We have tried to solve: 

Odd One Out problems;

True or False problems;

Is it always, sometimes or never true problems.


We have learnt to prove it and convince each other that our answers are better than theirs and why!



Reasoning 1
Welcome to Autumn 2

Celebrating Christmas 

Birch class worked hard on ‘The Noisy Nativity’ this year. They learnt about why and how Christians celebrate Christmas and the importance of all the characters in the story. They learnt many lines, the words to the songs, the actions to the songs and lots of stage directions. It was a truly magical performance. Take a look at some of our photos (there are more photos in the gallery).

The Noisy Nativity 2018

The Noisy Nativity 2018 1
The Noisy Nativity 2018 2
The Noisy Nativity 2018 3
The Noisy Nativity 2018 4
The Noisy Nativity 2018 5
The Noisy Nativity 2018 6
The Noisy Nativity 2018 7
The Noisy Nativity 2018 8
The Noisy Nativity 2018 9

Celebrating Diwali in Birch Class

On Wednesday 21st November Birch Class celebrated Diwali, the Hindu Festival of Lights.

The name originally comes from the word dipavali, meaning a row of lights. Wherever Diwali is being celebrated you will see shops, houses and public places decorated with small, earthenware, oil lamps known as diyas. They are usually placed in rows on window sills and outside buildings as decorations. It is celebrated around the world by people who follow the Hindu religion.

The Festival of Lights, as with most ancient legends, helps us to know the truth of victory of good over evil.

Diwali Art Celebrating the Festival of Lights

Probably the most well recognized are Rangoli Patterns, beautifully made decorations, drawn on floors and even pavements, usually with rice flour and water, or dry and made with powdery, coloured sand. This year, Birch Class painted Rangoli patterns on paper plates and paper doilies. They studied symmetrical patterns and tried hard to have at least one line of symmetry in their designs.

Rangoli Patterns

Rangoli Patterns 1
Rangoli Patterns 2
Rangoli Patterns 3

Mehndi Patterns

Mehndi or mehendi is a form of body art from Ancient India, in which decorative designs are created on a person's body, using a paste, created from the powdered dry leaves of the henna plant. Ancient in origin, mehndi is still a popular form of body art among the women of the Middle East.

Mehndi in Indian tradition is typically applied during special Hindu weddings and Hindu festivals like Diwali. In Hindu festivals, many women have Henna applied to their hands and feet and sometimes on the back of their shoulders too.

Birch Class designed their own mehndi patterns for their arms and hands.

Mehndi Patterns

Mehndi Patterns 1
Mehndi Patterns 2

Bollywood Dancing

Bollywood Dancing 1
Bollywood Dancing 2
Bollywood Dancing 3
Bollywood Dancing 4
A really big 'Thank You' to Jenny for teaching us how to move in the style of Bollywood Dance. We learnt how to make the dog, dove, twist the light bulbs and show the lotus flower. It was great fun. Aniela said, "When can we do this again?"

Pedestrian Training

Pedestrian Training 1 We stopped looked and listened.
Pedestrian Training 2 Checks completed, we crossed the road.
Pedestrian Training 3 Superman arms tell you where to stand.
Pedestrian Training 4 It is a safe place away from the busy traffic.
Pedestrian Training 5 If there is a road behind you - look!

Welcome to Autumn 1

Spooky Spider Biscuits!

Year 2 Vehicles!

Year 2 have been looking at the lines of symmetry in shapes.

Marathon Kids!


This week Mr Morgan introduced us to Marathon Kids, a charity that helps children to get fitter and healthier but running a little each week. We ran a course and for each lap we earned a wrist band. Mrs Bilke helped us count up our totals and will keep a record each time. Each band represents part of a marathon - did you know a marathon is 26 miles in total? We've got lots of running to do but we're excited to keep going and get healthier! 


Don't forget - Mrs Bilke can keep track online meaning we can quickly track our distances and reach our goals. Remember to return the Run Free Marathon Kids form so she can enter your details. 




We love to play games in our Maths lessons in Year 2. The games help us to remember our number bonds. Our learning log is all about number games this week. Take a look and see if you can play too!

Learning Logs - Here are the learning logs that have been sent home this half term.

Visit to Great Malvern Priory, Priory Park and Great Malvern Station