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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 Summer 2

English in Year 2

We are currently reading - 

The Egg     by MP Robertson


We have been observing the front cover and imagining what might be inside this story about a giant golden egg!

We thought of questions we would ask the boy.


      Is that a magic egg?                                          Why are you sitting on that egg?                              What book are you reading? 


                                     Is that egg made of chocolate?                                   Where did you get that egg from?


                                                                     Who does that egg belong to?        

Summer Maths

I wonder which bottle holds the most / least liquid?

The children spent a long time talking about the shapes of their bottles and whether this would make a difference or not. The children then discussed how they could test their theory and check whether they were correct or not. 


Estimate - then order your bottles from least to most. Use your ideas and explore. Find out whether you are correct or not.

Bottles 1 Problem Solving from Nrich

I wonder which bottle holds the most / least liquid?

Brianna - “I think the second bottle holds the least amount of liquid because it is the smallest bottle.

Riley - “I agree with Brianna, because the second one is smaller.”


Sophia - “I think the sixth one holds the most because it is the biggest.”

Harry - “ I disagree with Sophia because the fourth one is taller so it must hold more.”

James - “I disagree with Harry but agree with Sophia. The sixth bottle is also much wider so you need to look at height and how wide it is. That will make the difference.”

Is it always true, sometimes true or never true that the taller the container the more liquid you need to fill it? 

Reading Buddies

Every Tuesday, Birch class join together with Sycamore class for reading buddies. This is when the younger children read to the older children with support and understanding. The older children track the words, model sounding out new words and reading around the sentence. They then ask the younger children questions and support them in retrieving information in order to answer the questions. 

Afterwards, the older children read to the younger children modelling good reading behaviours. 

We really enjoy our sessions together.

Reading Buddies

Welcome to Summer 1

Maths - Outdoor Learning


We have been doing some outdoor learning using scales in Forest School. We used 50g of weight to find things that were heavier and things that were lighter. We had to make the scales balance. 


Welcome to Spring 2

Science in Birch Class

Working with Malvern Panalytical

Education Group presents ‘Silly Science!’

Walking Water


We are working hard to convince each other that our answers are correct. Sometimes we describe what we have done and sometimes we think about how to prove it. 

TRUE or FALSE? All of the pieces in this square are equal.

I think they are all the same because they are all triangles.” Dennis

”Yes, I agree. The triangles are all equal because they are the same size. When you cut them out and stack them , there are no parts sticking out. So they are all equal.” Riley


“They are the same shape and they are all equal. 4 triangles make 1 square.” Theo

”Look when we cut them out and put them on top of each other that shows you they are the same.”Joey


”We looked at the pieces in an L shape and I thought they were unequal.” Brianna. But Brianna’s partner disagreed. “I disagree, because when I turn them over or turn them around they then look the same. They look the same in a pile or lay flat so they must be equal.”


Aniela and Sophia looked at the square with two rectangles and two smaller squares in it. “It looks like two parts are equal so I think it is sometimes true.” After cutting out the shapes, the girls could see that if you put the two small squares together the two rectangles could fit on top. “Can I cut the rectangles in half to make it fit? Then they would be equal.” Aniela asked.


James and Joshua also looked at the two rectangles and two smaller squares. They tried a number of different approaches. “If you cut the rectangles in half and place them on top of the square they are equal!”

Arts Week

Welcome to Spring 1

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:

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



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. 



In DT ...

After reading the story of the ‘The Three Little Wolves and the Big Bad Pig’ and learning all about materials, the children in Birch class designed a range of houses using edible materials. They made their houses and then used the class fan to test whether they would withstand the ‘ huff and puff’ of the Big Bad Pig. 

Theo claimed, “I used barbed wire (sugar laces) to make my house stronger.”

Sophia stated, “We used icing to hold the house together.”

Dennis showed us how he had strengthened the front wall. 

Some worked! Some didn’t! Have a look at our wonderful creations. 

Having fun in DT!

In RE...

In RE we have been thinking about the awe and wonder in the world. We have read a number of creation stories; compared them and retold the Christian creation story in our own words. We have thought about how Christians give thanks and have learnt some new songs. We love singing, ‘ From the tiny ant ...’ 

Our topic was finished by having some fun in the sun. We used natural materials to create art work and sculptures. Here are a few:

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!



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

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

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

Bollywood Dancing

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

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