‘Born in a Barn’ Bonanza!

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What a wonderful finale to a busy Christmas term! The children have all worked exceptionally hard; learning lines, songs and dances. They have impressed us all with their performance and star quality! Our show certainly dazzled and shone with plenty of gold medallions and neon glowing halos. We could have given every child a halo for their outstanding efforts individually. We are sure that you enjoyed it as much as we did too!

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Reception have completed our Space topic and I wonder how many of the children are now aspiring astronauts?

In Year 1 we are now expert puppet-makers, having completed finger, hand and sock puppets. We have had great fun writing scripts for our puppet shows and performing them to be recorded on iPads.

In Year 2 we finished learning how to write a set of instructions effectively. The highlight of our learning was writing instructions for how to make jelly, making it and then finally eating it! Wobble wobble!

We wish all of you a very merry Christmas and a peaceful New Year.

Miss A, Mrs T and Miss P.

 

 

 

 

Mia the monarch

In maths we have introduced multiplication. We have been learning:

2 x 3     as    2 made 3 times.

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Please take note of the way in which we teach multiplication at school so that if you wish to supplement this learning at home, you can do so by following the same method. We don’t want to confuse any of the children and they all seem to have picked up the concept of multiplication well.

Our new topic for History this term focuses on comparing Queen Elizabeth II with Queen Victoria. We opened this topic by slowly revealing items from a bag, and discussing how these items might be linked to the role of a monarch.

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In RE we are deconstructing the Lord’s prayer, by learning about a couple of its lines every week. This week we reflected on things we might need and things we might want, after looking at the line, ‘Give us this day our daily bread.’

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Some of the items proved a little tricky to categorise as a need or a want; particularly love. We finally agreed that we all need love to live happy and healthy lives.

Here are some forest school pictures from this week. We practised making knots to create our own Christmas trees to hang in class!

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Fantastic, fizzing fun with fireworks!

With many of the children happy to eager to share their recounts of watching fireworks in various different places, we have all been excited to create our own firework poems in class in this week’s literacy.

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We have been learning about different forms of poetry. Sometimes the structure has verses of a similar size, but other poems break all the rules! Shape poems were very popular with the class. The children enjoyed using brightly coloured chalk and pastels to write verbs in different directions onto black paper, resembling the fizzing, banging and unpredictable course the rockets take as they shoot off into oblivion!

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In maths we have been measuring in different ways, but we learnt that whether we are measuring the mass of an object or the length/height of an object, it is always best to start measuring from 0!

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We also reminded ourselves of the meaning of < , > and = to compare the weight and lengths of different objects found in our classroom.

Once again, Forest School for Group Two has been thoroughly enjoyed by all.

We ended the week today with an exciting workshop, delving into the history of pantomime, in readiness for our much anticipated trip to the Stag Theatre at the end of this term to see ‘Sleeping Beauty’!

We can’t wait!

Forest School

In maths we have been learning how to bridge/cross over ten.

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The children have worked well this week to understand that swapping ten ones for a group of ten doesn’t make the total any bigger or smaller. They worked in pairs to answer these additions using the diennes.

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We have also seen how we can use a ruler as a number line and how bridging/crossing over ten appears if using a hundred square.

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Today, we looked at ways of answering addition number sentences without the diennes – using strategies such as adding the tens and ones digits, and adding by using number bugs. Please see below for our quick guide on how to do this.

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Some excellent adding in different ways this week Year 2, well done!

In literacy, we have started looking at poetry as our next genre of writing. We have focused our learning on prepositions this week, with scary poems such as ‘Spooky Castle’. Next week, we will be exploring the many different types of poem that exist; from shape poems, to acrostic poems! Please can I send out a quick plea for any toilet roll tubes, as we also hope to make our own 3D firework-rocket poems. Thank you.

In Computing this week, the children learnt more about how to use the programme ‘Paint’. Last week we explored the different brushes you could select and this week we concentrated on writing our name in different fonts and learning how to create a capital letter using the Shift key, rather than the Caps lock.

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Finally, I have to mention Forest School! Mrs Truman was really pleased with the children’s behaviour and below is a little snapshot into some of the activities they got up to!

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Please see below for a reminder of the children who will be going to Forest school next week.

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We have been all over the world!

This week we completed our whistle-stop tour of the WORLD and its 7 amazing continents. It was a cold finish to the term, thinking about what we might pack in Buddy the bee’s suitcase on his trip to Antarctica.

 

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We have also investigated what changes happen to bread when it is heated. As scientists, we have learnt to observe more closely than to simply answer that it turns into toast! We used all of our senses to carefully consider any slight change that occurred once the bread had been heated in the toaster.

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Andrew made a particularly thoughtful prediction, saying that,

“The edges of the toast might go hard and the middle part might turn a darker colour and feel more bouncy.”

Thank you to all of you for what has been an exciting start to the year this term. Well done everyone!

Please note that we have Forest School next term. Please can permission slips be handed straight to the office. Thank you.

Camel facts!

This week we shared the story, ‘Katie in London’. We decided to put different characters into the ‘hot-seat’ to ask them questions about events in the story from their perspective. Natasha played the role of the queen, whilst Harry played the role of one of the lions at Nelson’s column.

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In maths, we have been adding ten and multiples of ten to 2 digit numbers.

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We have also been practising counting back ten and taking away multiples of 10. We have discussed the patterns we have noticed and seen for ourselves, through using the diennes, that the ones digit stays the same every single time!

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Learning about the 7 different continents, we have learnt lots about the different currencies, climates and languages across the world. A big thank you to Caitlin’s dad who came into class on Tuesday to share with us stories and information about Saudi Arabia, having lived out there for a year. We were all amused to learn that camels will drink ANYTHING, even Coca-Cola! We were similarly entertained with pictures of camel-racing and camels sitting in the back of people’s cars!

 

Anyone fancy a little ice cream?

What a wonderful Harvest festival service at the church this week! The whole class lead Reception and Year One beautifully in our rehearsed song for the occasion. I must mention two children in particular – Isabella and Emily, who both performed stunning solos in the Key Stage One ‘Smarties’ choir. Your voices and courage to sing in front of a whole congregation of people made my heart melt! Well done to all of Year 2.

In writing, we have been learning about exclamations and how to use commas in a list. We have also been working on our joined-up handwriting. Please encourage children to practise their joined up handwriting in their homework if they feel ready to give it a go.

The highlight of this week has to be, without a doubt, our ice cream based science lesson. Hopefully, as well as eating ice cream, the children remember the learning behind this lesson. We were debating which spoon would be the best to use for different purposes.

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The children all had different ideas and reasons to explain their answers. After making our predictions, we obviously couldn’t wait to find out the answers to our questions by getting hands-on with the different spoons and a tub of vanilla ice cream. Being scientists, we thought of reasons for why one spoon might be better than another. We are learning to better explain our written answers, writing in full sentences and using the key conjunction, ‘because’. In science, the questions can be as important as the answers! The children enjoyed taking ownership of their learning, by thinking of their own ‘What if?’ questions.

 

 

 

What an extraordinary week!

Before anything else, I would like to thank the children for their exceptional behaviour this week. On both occasions, in class and on our school trip to London, the children behaved impeccably. We were even able to fill our Rainbow Pom-Pom jar to win some much-deserved free time at the end of what has been a extraordinarily busy week!

Sharing the text, ‘One is a Snail, Ten is a Crab’, we looked at different numbers of legs we could make using crabs and snails. We made the link between this activity and our understanding of how to partition 2 digit numbers into tens and ones. It has been lovely to put our learning into context in this way! Next week, we will continue to explore how we can partition numbers in different ways, not just into tens and ones. We are looking forward to building on our number-bug work with Mrs Temp in Year One to investigate bigger numbers.

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In our writing this week we have been excited to use our personalised time connective cards. Inspired by Pie Corbett, we created our own actions for the time connectives we use when we orally re-tell a story. The children can now deliver these actions and say the time connectives aloud with expression, helping them to better sequence their ideas for writing before even picking up a pencil! We are encouraging this talk for writing so that the children do not go to their tables feeling at all lost, but instead, have all the tools needed to feel well-equipped and armed with their ideas for writing.

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At this point in the term, we have been able to add time connectives, nouns, proper nouns and adjectives to our grammar tool box already. Thank you for supporting our learning of grammar through daily reading at home. The children have been keen to show me which words they have been able to recognise as adjectives in their reading at home.

Our author of the week has been Oliver Jeffers. We have fully engaged with the story, ‘Stuck’. Excited to bring the story alive, we have our own class tree, and we have thrown up lots of nouns from the story, drawing them on cards, and pegging them up onto the leaves.

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I cannot end this blog without noting our fantastic trip to London! We saw Trafalgar Square, Nelson’s Column, St. James’ Park, Big Ben, Downing Street, and last but certainly not least – PIZZA EXPRESS! Lots and lots of walking meant the children were more than happy to tuck into their pizzas when we finally arrived there! Note to self – more biscuits next time Miss Prendergast!!!

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We cannot wait to base our learning on our visit to London next week!

 

Stinky trainers

Having learnt about nouns and proper nouns in the last couple of weeks, we have now moved onto learning about adjectives. Upon realising that ALL of our senses could be used to describe nouns, we sniffed, tasted, touched and listened to different objects laid out on our table-tops. Brave Jacob had a good whiff of a smelly trainer to decide which adjective might best describe its smell.

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Since the start of term we have been learning a song to help us remember some of the different word classes.

“Verbs are doing words.

Nouns are something you can touch.

Adjectives describe nouns.

Adverbs describe verbs.”

Please ask your children to demonstrate the song, complete with actions, as they do a much better job of performing than I do!

Having spoken with the children as well now about how to use the ‘Grammar memo’ at the back of the Reading Contact books, please try to start embedding their understanding of nouns and adjectives through shared reading at home. Thank you.

As well as starting our journey towards becoming grammar experts, we have been on a walk around the school in science, exploring different objects and questioning why certain materials have been used instead of others.

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We have also been working in small groups to develop our fluency in mental maths. This has already proved to be a wonderful opportunity for all of the children to have a go with the different manipulatives available.

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Once they have a clear visual image to latch onto, our next step will be to slowly, but surely, take some of these manipulatives away, instead using drawings and jottings to help us solve these number sentences.

Lastly, I have to say a huge congratulations to Megan and James who are our class superstars this week! Awarded to Megan for her neat presentation of work in Geography and James for his resilience.

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Well done to all of Class 2 for another busy and fun week of learning.

Have a lovely weekend!

 

Church Visit

One of the highlights of this week included our class visit to St John’s Church where Father Robin and Father Matthew showed us around the building and talked through some of its key features. We were lucky enough to be shown the special, secret room where Father Robin gets ready for his services and where the safe can be found. We felt very privileged to be given this VIP access!

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Best of all, Father Robin was very excited to show us his new toy- a remote control key fob, whereby pressing a button rang the church bell! We were very impressed!