Welcome to Class 2!
Week Ending 26th March 2021
This week, Class 2 has been writing all about superheroes! We have also started a star vocabulary challenge. Every day this week, the children have had five new words to try to incorporate into their writing. The children have risen to the challenge fantastically and many of the children have earned their first star or two!
In maths this week, we have continued our learning of fractions, with years 3 and 4 learning about fractions on a number line and years 5 and 6 incorporating their simplifying and converting skills to problems involving addition, subtraction and multiplication.
On Wednesday, the children all came together to do some wonderful Easter crafts. The children created some colourful Easter wreaths to decorate their homes for Easter!
In French this week, the children learnt how to say the months of the year and used their prior knowledge of how to talk about their age to put themselves in age order.
In RE, we learnt about the Muslim prayer ritual. We learnt about the types of movements done and what they symbolise. We talked about the importance of prayer to Muslims and the dedication needed to pray so many times a day.
In design and technology, the children designed packaging and advertising for the bread that they made last week. The children used emotive language in their designs to persuade their customers to buy their bread.
The children in Class 2 have also made a really big effort in their reading this week, with lots of Homelink books scattered with stars - well-done Class 2!
Week Ending 19th March 2021
This week the children in Class 2 have worked very hard on some assessment papers to assist in catch-up planning next term.
As we have been doing assessments, we have been spending much of our time in the afternoons focussing on mental health and wellbeing. We have meditated, coloured and learnt about growth mindset.
In French this week, the children linked their learning from our previous lesson to talk about their hobbies and how good they are at their hobbies - très bien Class 2!
In design and technology, we got to make our bread designs from last week! We had lots of fun getting our hands messy in the process and ended up with some unusual flavour combinations… olives and chocolate anyone? The children tasted some of their bread before home time and took the rest home to share with their families. Next week we will be evaluating our breads.
Week Ending 12th March 2021
This week our newsletter segment has been co-written with Freya in year 6, who was given the job of social media manager by Mr Gibbs during their ‘Game Of Actual Life’ (GOAL) lesson last Thursday.
We welcomed back Mia, Logan, Queenie and Leo this week with a party and outdoor games in the afternoon. We missed them so much and it has been so great having everyone back together again!
In science this week, years 5/6 tried sieving sugar and coffee, filtering sandy water and timing how long hand sanitiser takes to evaporate from our hands. We found that some sugar and coffee went through the sieve because the holes were too big and that the filter paper seemed much more effective. Years 3/4 made a big picture of a snail together. They had to add as much detail as possible and try to make their drawing fit back together again.
In English this week, we have been doing our final write about our islands. We wrote about the important people on our islands, historical events and features. It’s been fun thinking of our own imagined islands.
In PSHE this week, we made a big box of kindness, so when we see someone being kind, we can write their name and what they did on a piece of paper and put it in the box. On Friday, Miss Coles read out the acts of kindness during celebration assembly.
In maths this week, years 5/6 have been finding equivalent fractions using our times tables skills. Years 3 & 4 have been learning about non-unit fractions. We have been using Cuisenaire rods and area models to help us with our learning.
Week Ending 5th March 2021
This week Class 2 has had a fantastic week. We have travelled through many imagined islands; exploring and describing the lands, features and adventurous histories of our archipelago.
We have also been exploring in geography, but this time very much in the real world. We used our map skills to learn how to use a key to find places and features on a map. We discovered bridal pathways, nature reserves and the boundary around Dartmoor National Park. The children had great fun using the maps and are becoming quite the explorers!
In maths, we have been building our knowledge of fractions. This week, years 3 and 4 have been identifying fractions in different contexts, and years 5 and 6 have been converting improper fractions and mixed fractions using oranges, which we got to eat at the end of the lesson!
In PSHE, we took some time to talk about our friends' return to school and have planned some special surprises for our home learners' first day back on Monday.
In design and technology, the children have been researching different types of bread ready to design and make in the following couple of weeks.
In GOAL this week, with Mr Gibbs the children in school got jobs! They will now have special tasks to do and can receive bonuses and reductions on their pay.
On Thursday, we had World Book Day. The children at home and in school took part in a quiz to test their knowledge of books. All of the children had so much fun dressing up as their favourite book characters!
Week Ending 26th February 2021
This week in Class 2 we have been travelling around the world to imaginary islands through our new book ‘An atlas of imagined islands’ by Huw Lewis-Jones. On Friday, the children created their own imaginary islands which they will be writing about and adding detail to over the next couple of weeks.
In maths, we have started a new unit on fractions. Years 3 and 4 have been learning about the part-whole relationship to get them ready to look at numerical fractions next week. Years 5 and 6 have started the unit by learning about mixed number fractions and fractions on a number line.
In science this week, years 3 and 4 created some amazingly detailed drawings of local mini-beasts inspired by the work of artist Levon Best and his work with the Oxford University Museum of Natural History. Years 5 and 6 learnt about states of matter and how to separate solids and liquids. We had fun in class becoming particles of solids, liquids and gases.
In RE, we have begun a new unit on Muslims and Islam and the children used their prior knowledge from key stage one to define and learn about some subject-specific vocabulary that we will be using in later lessons.
In French, we enjoyed the lovely weather outside by playing some games to help the children learn the numbers to 20 in French. The children are so enjoying learning French and practising it around the school.
Finally, in design and technology this week, the children have begun another new project learning all about bread. We tested and evaluated some bread from the supermarket to help us start to think of ideas for our own bread designs.
Week Ending 12th February 2021
What a fantastic last week of the half term it has been!
This week, the children in Class 2 worked incredibly hard to produce this wonderful class book of fairy tales.
We also did a short unit of statistics in maths this week, where we conducted lots of investigations, including; favourite breakfasts, who can jump the furthest and the temperature of our playground throughout the day. The children at home also did a brilliant job joining in and getting creative with their own investigations.
In geography, the children used their map skills to track the route of the River Erme. Some of the children and our own Mrs Jose reminisced about the walks they have taken around the river.
In design and technology, the children completed their structures and evaluated them. We saw some excellent designs both in school and at home!
With Mr Gibbs, the children performed their final dances and then learnt about nutrition by making fruit salads!
At the end of the week we celebrated our hard work and perseverance during a difficult half term by having a mufti day and movie afternoon. We also celebrated Mrs Baker’s birthday - Happy Birthday Mrs Baker!
Week Ending 5th February 2021
What an amazing week Class 2 has had for children’s mental health week! We have spent some time expressing ourselves through dance, art, music and clothing. We also did some meditation at the end of the week, to help us relax and leave our worries behind us ready for the weekend.
We have also been doing lots of lovely learning this week. In English, we have been using adverbials, descriptive tools and direct speech ready for our fairy tale writing next week.
In maths we have finished our multiplication and division unit ready for our unit on statistics next week. The children have learnt so much in our multiplication and division unit, with two of the children receiving silver awards for their times tables and many others receiving bronze.
In design and technology, the children created prototypes of their shelters out of paper. The children had to be very resilient and critical of their designs to think about what would need to be improved next time.
In science this week, years 5 and 6 conducted an experiment to identify soluble and insoluble materials. Years 3 and 4 learnt all about living things and their characteristics this week. We were shocked to find out that a dolphin is not all what it seems… see if your child can tell you what was so shocking about the dolphin!
In French this week, the children learnt the numbers from zero to twelve in French and we played and came up with some fun games to help us practice, which we have been playing throughout the week.
Week Ending 29th January 2021
This week Class 2 started their new English unit on fairy tales. The children have really engaged with this topic and love the new class book ‘Inside the villains’ with all of its pop outs!
In maths, this week the children in years 3 and 4 have begun using the place value chart for division and have learnt how to break and exchange tens. In years 5 and 6, the children have been learning how to find the volume of a compound shape and have been combining their multiplication skills with addition and subtraction.
In French this week, the children learnt how to talk about and introduce members of their family. The children learning at home sent in some amazing videos of them talking about their families.
In geography this week, the children investigated their local landscape in the search of physical and human features. Despite the wet and misty weather, the children both in school and at home managed to spot many features!
Week Ending 22nd January 2021
This week Class 2 has been producing lots of fantastic learning both at home and in the classroom.
In maths, years 5 and 6 have been learning about the concept of volume and how to calculate the volume of a cuboid. Years 3 and 4 have completed their learning on the seven times tables and have moved onto looking at multiplication patterns and square numbers.
In English, the children have produced some wonderful ‘mini-dictionaries’ full of fantastic new vocabulary.
In science this week, years 5 and 6 conducted an experiment around the thermic properties of different materials. Although years 3 and 4 outdoor exploration of wildlife was postponed by the weather, the children enjoyed watching videos of different habitats and discussing how they would categorize the animals that they observed.
For design and technology this week, the children were making paper joins and discussing the strength and the water resistance of each join, they did a fantastic job of reasoning why some joins are better than others.
Week Ending 15th January 2021
This week, the children at home and at school have been doing some brilliant learning! In English, we have been learning about subordinating conjunctions (years 3 and 4) and formal language (years 5 and 6). Next week the children will be planning and writing their own pieces of writing to finish off our unit on ‘The dictionary of difficult words’.
In maths this week, years 3 and 4 have been learning their eight times tables and have been problem solving. Years 5 and 6 have been using short multiplication with lots of tricky exchanging!
In geography, the children had loads of fun exploring our local geography on google earth and filling in maps of the UK and of Devon.
In RE the children learnt about the Christian and Jewish story of Noah and why these religions teach this story.
In DT, the children experimented with making paper structures.
At the end of the week, we were lucky enough to have Mr Gibbs teach Class 2 a health and nutrition lesson as well as a dance lesson.
Online learners this week have done an amazing job of giving all of their learning a go and participation in online learning has increased hugely this week, so thank you to all of the parents and children who are working so hard at home to keep up with their learning - you are all amazing!
Week Ending 8th January 2021
This has been a very different start to the new term than we were expecting.
I am so proud of the children in Class 2 for their efforts in their home learning this week, it is not an easy thing to do but the engagement has been amazing so far and I would like to thank all the parents for their efforts.
The children who have been in school this week have also been working hard and although they miss the rest of their friends in Class 2 we have managed to have a fun week filled with lots of learning.
In science, we investigated materials and their properties with year 5 and 6 and learnt all about life processes with year 3 and 4.
In English, the children have begun to investigate our new book ‘The dictionary of difficult words’ and are expanding their vocabulary. In maths, years 3 and 4 have been learning and solving problems using the 4 times tables and years 5 and 6 have been making equivalent equations in division.
We are lucky enough to have Mr Gibbs in our school bubble so the children started handball this week. The children at home also joined in with PE this week using a fitness video for children on YouTube.
At the end of the week the children all got together via a zoom call, we celebrated the children who have persevered and tried their best this week and caught up with our friends.
Week Ending 18th December 2020
This week, Class 2 have well and truly gotten into the Christmas spirit! We have been listening to the classic Christmas story ‘A Christmas Carol’ by Charles Dickens (which I will put a link to on Google Classroom in case your child would like to listen to the story again) whilst colouring and doing crafts.
We have also written persuasive letters to Father Christmas to ask for some lovely presents.
Earlier in the week, the children made Christmas wreaths out of paper to put on their own bedroom doors (the link to this activity can also be found on Google Classroom) and used their knowledge of multiplication, division, addition and subtraction to solve Christmassy problems.
A special shout out to the Year 6 children this week for working very hard to complete some SATs papers which they have shown great improvement on.
Finally, on Friday, we celebrated a fantastic first term by throwing a Christmas party! Class 2 have had an amazing first term - I hope you all have a very merry Christmas and a happy New Year.
Week Ending 11th December 2020
This week, Class 2 have been working really hard on writing their horror stories based upon the short film paraphernalia.
Also in maths, the children have been continuing their learning in multiplication and division; with years 3 and 4 looking at the 9 times tables and year 5 and 6 looking at solving problems using associative law.
In science this week, Year 3 and 4 have been learning about the teeth and food chains, whilst year 5 and 6 have been looking at refraction and the anatomy of the eye.
We have been doing a lot of Christmas crafts this week, including making clay Christmas decorations for the children to paint and take home at the end of term. The children have also been working very hard on the 12 days of Christmas videos, which have been posted on Facebook.
Week Ending 4th December 2020
To start the week off on Monday, Class 2 decorated the classroom tree and the tree in the reception. It was so lovely to see all the joyful decorations around and the children had a lot of fun.
Also this week, Class 2 have been working hard on their maths. Years 3 and 4 have been learning about the 3 and 6 times tables and year 5 and 6 have been using concrete manipulatives to investigate tricky mathematical vocabulary such as: factors, products, prime numbers, composite numbers, squared numbers and multiples.
In science, Year 3 and 4 demonstrated the course of food through the digestive system and year 5 and 6 experimented with diffuse and specular reflection. This week, as a class we also started our advent calendar and countdown to Christmas!
Week Ending 27th November 2020
This week, Class 2 performed their own interpretations of the short film ‘Paraphernalia’. As the film is silent, the children were challenged to make up their own dialogue for their scenes. Everyone did great and although some were nervous they were resilient and gave their best try (check out our facebook page to see the video!).
In maths, the children started work on multiplication, with year 3 and 4 using their knowledge of the three times tables to help them solve problems and year 5 and 6 using their times tables knowledge to build arrays and use the language ‘factor’ and ‘product’.
In PE, the children worked with Mr Gibbs, creating a sequence of rolls and performing a forward roll down a ramp. In history, the children learnt how the Ancient Greeks changed the world with their technology, maths, science, sport, art and alphabet.
Week Ending 20th November 2020
This week, Class 2 began a new English unit on writing horror stories. This unit is based upon the short film ‘Paraphernalia’. Using the soundtrack and the title, the children made predictions about the film before watching it. The children had some great ideas but were all surprised by the story. In maths, the children have completed their unit on addition and subtraction, ready to move onto multiplication and division next week. In history, the children created posters on Ancient Greek culture and in PSHE we talked about ‘what is fair?’ using a video of a story of three friends and a failed adventure. Excitingly this week, we were visited by an astronaut called ‘Janet’ who accidentally landed near our school. Janet shared some amazing stories with us about her life on the international space station.
Week Ending 13th November 2020
This week, Class 2 have begun writing their biographies using the research they have been doing on inspirational people.
In maths, the children have been continuing to build their confidence in subtraction with year 3 and 4 beginning to use the column method.
In PE the children had their second lesson of gymnastics with Mr Gibbs, where the children learnt about different balances.
In history, the children have been using their skills as historians to examine Ancient Greek pottery and artwork. The children were very detailed in their observations and made some brilliant discoveries.
In PSHE this week, the children used a BBC adaptation of the story ‘who owns the sky’ to learn about selflessness, problem-solving and conflict resolution. Three teams of children each worked together to solve the problem posed in the video. All three groups had great ideas, and we learnt that there is always more than one way to look at a problem and more than one way to solve it too.
At the end of the week, the children dressed up in spotty mufti to raise money for children in need.
Week Ending 6th November 2020
This week, Class 2 had a great week back after half term.
The children have been working really hard in English, learning about different clauses and adverbial phrases.
In maths, the children learnt about mental strategies for addition and we have started working on subtractions.
In PSHE, we had a debate based upon a story of a boy who found a magic ring that turned him invisible. The children had fun thinking about the things they would do with a ring of invisibility; some children chose to do naughty things with their powers and others decided to do good. The two teams had to try to persuade each other over to their side. After our discussion, most of the children decided that actually they would do good things with their power.
In PE, the children started a unit in gymnastics, they had great fun making different sequences and shapes.
Week Ending 23rd October 2020
What an amazing first half term we’ve had! I am so impressed with Class 2’s learning and behaviour this half term; they have been amazing! To celebrate the filling of their marble reward-jar this week, Class 2 had a Halloween day. We had so much fun creating our own spooky stories and solving our maths puzzles. We also enjoyed a movie in the afternoon with popcorn and Halloween colouring.
Have a great half-term holiday!
Week Ending 16th October
This week, Class 2 have started their new units in English and maths. In English, the children have begun learning about biographies and this week wrote a biography about Usain Bolt; they also created a glossary. In maths, the children have begun their learning on addition and subtraction.
Additionally, this week, the children have had some fantastic PE lessons with myself and Mr Gibbs.
In history, the children have been learning all about Ancient Greek farming and harvesting to link to our harvest celebrations, which will be happening next week.
I am also happy to say that the children have succeeded in filling their reward jar this half term and will be voting to decide their prize today. I will be sending a letter out next week with details of what the children have chosen to do.
Class 2 had a great drumming lesson today composing their own rhythms. Working in groups of 3 or 4, they were able to use symbols to draw their own patterns of slap, tone or bass sounds using a right or left hand. The groups worked really well together and practised until they perfected (nearly) their performances under the guidance of their chosen 'master drummer'. What fantastic progress in just 4 weeks Class 3!
Week Ending the 9th of October
This week, Class 2 have been working incredibly hard on their poetry in the style of ‘I am Cat’ by Jackie Morris. I have been so impressed with the children’s enthusiasm and creativity in their writing, and I know the children are very excited to share their poetry with you. Also this week, the children had their second lesson in volleyball. This week, the children were practising their digs and volleys and really enjoyed playing ‘volleyball chess’. On Wednesday, the children celebrated mental health week. We talked as a class about growth-mindset and had a go at some meditation. It was very relaxing - perhaps too relaxing - as I am sure I heard some snoring in the back!
Week Ending the 1st of October.
This week, class 2 has been working hard on their English. As a class, we wrote a poem in the style of Jackie Morris’ ‘I am Cat’, entitled ‘I am dog’. The children had such creative ideas! In art this week, the children painted some wonderful self-portraits, that are now on display in the corridor outside the office. On Wednesday, the children were investigating the Olympics. Discovering how the Olympic Games started back in Ancient Greece and how they have evolved and changed to make the Olympic games we know of today.
Week Ending the 25th of September
This week class 2 has been exploring our English text ‘I am Cat’ by Jackie Morris. They have been learning how to create imagery using adjectives, similes and metaphors to engage their reader. They have also started some research into the animals that they plan to write about in their own poems. In history, we began learning about the Ancient Greeks; the timeline of their history and where they lived. In PE this week, the children worked on their precision and throwing. And in music, the children were learning different drumming patterns.
Week Ending the 18th of September
This week Class 2 have started their curriculum learning for this half term. We have created a mind map of all of the questions that we want to find out about Ancient Greece, as well as some facts that the children already knew. In PE the children have started a unit on tag rugby and had lots of fun in the glorious weather this week. On Thursday, the children had a wonderful lesson with Ms Goldsmith and started to learn how to drum on our new drums. I am especially proud of the children’s perseverance this week; completing some of the assessments that they missed in the summer.
Week Ending the 11th of September
Welcome back Class 2 and an extra special welcome to those children joining us in year 3 this year; Cole, Liam and Archie. This week the children have been doing lots of activities to re-introduce us to school life.
Earlier in the week, the children made some beautiful oil pastel self-portraits; focussing on using bright colours and blending. We also designed and wrote about our dream worlds using expanded noun phrases and lots of imagination. Later in the week, the children took part in an investigation, where we used our science and maths knowledge to answer the question; ‘Can tall people jump further and higher than short people?’. The children also had their first PE lesson of the year where they worked hard on a range of activities.
Class 2 have settled wonderfully back into school life and I am looking forward to having an amazing year together learning lots of new and exciting things.