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Class 2

Welcome to Class 2!

 

Week Ending 14th January 2022

Class 2 have had a fantastic week this week getting really stuck in with their learning for this term.

 

In English, we have begun exploring our new book ‘Incredible Edibles’. The children were awed and disgusted by some of the more adventurous recipes in the book (bum sandwich anyone?) and are really looking forward to creating their own incredible recipes in a couple of weeks’ time. 

 

In maths, years 3 and 4 have been finishing off their multiplication unit ready to start fractions next week and years 5 and 6 have been tackling division with remainders. 

 

In science this week both years 3/4 and 5/6 investigated electricity.  Year 3 and 4 used their observation skills to spot electrical objects around the school. The children used their deduction skills to decide if the object was battery powered or mains electricity powered and we talked about the pros and cons of both. Year 5 and 6 got stuck into our circuit set and recapped how to make a simple circuit.  We talked about the origins of the word circuit and experimented with the key elements of a circuit. The activities this week have really amped the children up for the rest of the unit. 

 

In Geography this week, we had Mr Hall join us as our special guest. Mr Hall has a real passion for maps and map reading and the children were enthralled by his expertise.  We learnt all about grid referencing and linked our learning back to our River Erme unit from last year. 

Week Ending Friday 7th January 2022

 

Class 2

It has been wonderful to welcome the children in Class 2 back to school after Christmas break.

 

The children have been working hard on some assessment papers in the mornings this week.

 In science, both years 3/4 and 5/6 have started units on electricity. The children are looking forward to lots of hands-on learning and learning about electrical circuits. In geography, the children have started our new unit on maps. We compared and learnt about globes, atlases and world maps this week and the children recapped the points on a compass. 

 

The children of shaugh prior had their first PE lessons with our new teacher Mr Varley this week. Class 2 had a splashing time having relay races and learning to pace themselves when running longer distances. Class 1 worked on their throwing and catching skills. We would like to welcome Mr Varley and hope he enjoys his time with us. 

 

 

Week Ending 17th December 2021

 

Class 2

This week in Class 2, the children have worked really hard to finish up their English writing of a twisted fairy tale based upon ‘The Pied Piper’. I was very impressed with the children’s final writes and have seen such great improvements in their writing this year. 

 

In maths, we have continued to work on our multiplication and division unit with years 3 and 4 solving problems and years 5 and 6 using mental strategies for multiplication. We will be continuing this unit after the Christmas holidays. 

 

In science, year 3 and 4 learnt all about evaporation and condensation and the process molecules in a material go through to change state. Year 5 and 6 learnt about how the Earth’s rotation causes the appearance of the sun rising and moving along the horizon. We studied how shadows change throughout the day and made correlations between this and our learning about time zones from last week.

 

Unfortunately, we were unable to perform our pantomime on this side of the holidays but the children are looking forward to rescheduling their performance in the new year. To make up for our lack of pantomime, the children watched Christmas movies and had a disco on Wednesday afternoon. 

 

On our final day of school in 2021, the children decorated Christmas cookies and had a go at some Christmas crafts. We finished off the afternoon with a Christmas movie and a visit from a very special visitor. 

Week Ending 10th December 2021

 

Class 2

 

This week in Class 2, the children have enjoyed learning more about twisted fairy tales. We have been creating effective settings and atmospheres. As well as experimenting with varying sentence lengths to create different effects. The children have been really enjoying this unit and our shared write at the end of the week has helped to prepare them for independent writing next week. 

 

In maths the children have continued to progress with multiplication and division. With year 3 learning all about the 4 and 8 times tables and year 4 learning about the 3s and the 6s. Year 5 and 6 have been working hard on using columnar multiplication with two digit numbers and using an area model to check their working out. 

 

In French this week the children learnt how to talk and write about dates and this will lead to the children being able to talk about important dates and holidays in French. 

 

Class 2 have also been working hard practicing their play for next week and are learning their lines and songs. We are also very thankful in Class 2 this week for all of the parents and friends who came to help at props club on Thursday, our scenery and props will make our pantomime come to life and we really couldn’t have done it without you! 

Week Ending 3rd December 2021

 

This week Class 2 has been working very hard preparing for our pantomime. It is very important that the children practice as much as they can at home so they can learn their lines ready for the big day!

 

In English this week, we have been exploring the twisted fairy tale ‘A straw into gold’; an adaptation of the traditional tale Rumplestiltskin. We have been enjoying learning and the story and exploring the character archetypes. 

 

In maths, we have begun our multiplication and division unit. Year 3 have recapped their prior knowledge from year 2 and begun to work on the 3 x tables. Year 4 have been multiplying and dividing by 10 and 100. Year 5 and 6 have been investigating multiples, factors, prime numbers and squared and cubed numbers. 

 

In science, Year 3 and 4 investigated changes in matter and the temperatures different materials needed to change state. Year 5 and 6 learnt about the Earth’s rotation on its axis and how this affected time zones in different countries. 

 

In PE, the children have continued to enjoy their tag rugby unit with Mr Teague; working on offensive and defensive tactics. 

 

In DT,we began to research hydraulic power and mechanics. The children researched different uses for hydraulics in real life. 

 

Week Ending 26th November 2021

 

It has been such a pleasure to be back in Class 2 this week. I was extremely proud of Class 2’s attitude and behaviour whilst I was away and it was lovely to hear about all the fantastic learning that took place. 

 

This week we have been finishing off our English and maths units ready to begin new units next week. The children have worked extremely hard researching and creating double page spreads using their new knowledge of non-fiction writing. In maths the children have been completing their learning on addition and subtraction. The children have grown in confidence with their addition and subtraction skills and are ready for the next step into multiplication and division. 

 

In science this week year five and six learnt about the planets' orbits around the sun and how long it takes each planet to perform a full rotation. Part of year five and six homework this week is to create their own models of our solar system. Year three and four learnt about the properties of solids, liquids and gases and compared and categorized different materials into solids and liquids.

 

In history we learnt about Ancient Egyptian gods and goddesses and the children researched and drew representations of a god or goddess. 

 

Week Ending 19th November 2021

 

Mrs Teague has been very impressed with the behaviour, working attitude and effort that all the children have demonstrated this week.

 

Our English focus has been adding precise detail to sentences using expanded non phrases, relative clauses and brackets.

 

In guided reading, we have discussed a recount text and practised our prediction, questioning and summarising skills as well as learning some new words such as ‘sutler’!

 

Maths learning has focused on formal method addition and subtraction, including word problems.

 

Well done everyone! 

 

 

 

Week Ending 12th November 2021

Class 2

Tag Rugby

On Tuesday 9th November 2021, a mixture of children from Shaugh Prior, The Erme and Cornwood competed in a Moorsway Tag Rugby competition. The children were put into mixed teams and each played 4 matches. The children were very excited and showed excellent sportsmanship throughout the games. Some children learnt a lot about the rules and they all worked extremely well as a team passing the ball to all players to keep them involved. There were some fantastic tries scored. 

 

Each team was rewarded with certificates. First place medals were awarded to the 'Red' team. They scored the most tries throughout the competition. Four trophies were awarded to Alex for self motivation, Liam for respect, Mila for creativity and Zane for resilience. Each competition these trophies will be given out to children who demonstrated our four PE values.

 

Thank you to all the parents who came and supported the event. We look forward to seeing you all at the next competition which is cross country. 

 

The children have been so sensible this week while Miss Coles has been off poorly, we hope she feels better soon. 

 

They have started to look at their new text volcanoes and have explored the vocabulary that the author has used and how he has clarified meaning. 

 

Following tag rugby on Tuesday we are continuing to improve our skills with Mr Teague in our PE lessons.

 

Week Ending 5th November 2021

 

This week Class 2 have had a lovely week learning all about Clay. We were blown away by the unexpected and unusual uses for clay and have really enjoyed learning about this local resource. 

 

In English the children wrote wonderful haiku poems inspired by clay. 

 

In PSHE, the children had a spirited debate about the Lee Moor China Clay Pit and the impact the pit has on local communities and environments. 

 

In history we made timelines depicting the history of clay mining and linked this to our previous learning on different historical periods in Britain. 

 

In art and DT, the children designed and made clay bricks and then designed a stencil inspired by the work of Banksy. 

 

In dance, the children created and performed dances inspired by the process of clay being formed and linked this to our knowledge of science. 

 

In science, we looked at how clay can be a reversible and irreversible material. We also looked at the properties of clay and designed our own clay products. 

 

In geography, we got outside and did some field work. Looking for clay human and physical features of our local environment. 

 

 

 

Week Ending 22nd October 2021 

Class 2

This week Class 2 have been writing their own poems inspired by ‘The lost words’. The children used watercolour paintings to inspire their writing. It has been lovely to see the children develop into young poets and their use of poetic vocabulary has seen such an improvement! 

 

In science this week, year 3 and 4 completed their unit on forces and magnets. Year 5 and 6 learnt about fossils and some of the children brought in fossils that they have collected from home. 

 

In geography this week, we learnt about why people live near volcanoes. The children were fascinated by the reasons people have for living by volcanoes, although I don’t think many of the children were convinced that the positives outweighed the negatives. 

 

In PE this week, the children worked together to improve their headstands and solved a puzzle with Mr Teague. 

 

On Friday, the children enjoyed celebrating their first half term back at school with a mufti/costume day. The children looked amazing and definitely deserved their treat. 

 

Junior Ten Tors - Year 6

 

Last Saturday was the second Junior Ten Tors taster walk, where the second half of the Y6's joined up with Y6 from Shaugh Prior to walk 7 miles across the moor.

 During the walk they had the chance to try out some of the skills they will learn if they choose to try out for the team in the spring.

Everyone had a great time and hopefully learnt something from their experience as well as having lots of fun.

Week Ending October 15th 2021

 

 

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This week in English class 2 have begun to explore their new poetry text ‘The lost words’. The children have really enjoyed exploring how the poetic devices along with the artwork and style of the pieces have embodied the purpose of the text. Year 3 and 4 were tasked with performing and remembering the poem ‘Fern’ and came up with some excellent representations for the poem. 

 

In maths we have been finishing off our units for place value, ready to begin addition and subtraction next half term. It has been wonderful to see the children develop in confidence and work so hard on their learning during this unit. 

 

In PE, for gymnastics, we have been perfecting our rolls and vaulting using equipment and also learnt how to do a headstand with assistance. The children all persevered to give the head stand a go which was fantastic as I know it can be a pretty tricky thing to try. 

 

In science this week, years 3 and 4 were learning all about how compasses work and how the earth’s magnetic field influences the lives of living things (including humans) on earth. Year 5 and 6 created their own animals to live in hazardous conditions and learnt about the adaptations that would be necessary for their animal’s survival. 

 

In geography, we learnt about how mountains and volcanoes are formed. We also learnt about the layers of the earth which linked to year 3 and 4’s learning in science. The children will be creating model volcanoes or models of the Earth’s layers for homework to help them to visualise their learning. 

Week Ending 8th October 2021

 

 

On Tuesday we attended a webinar with Aisling Fowler for the release of her new book called ‘Fireborn’.  The children created a character and a monster.  It was a great experience for them to meet a real life author.

 

This Class 2 have been writing their own short stories inspired by ‘The book of Hopes’. The children have really enjoyed creating and writing their stories and I have been really impressed with their effort and dedication. 

 

In maths, the children have been continuing with their learning in place value. Year 3 and 4 have been learning about ordering and comparing numbers. Year 5 and 6 have been learning about decimal numbers up to 3 d.p. 

 

In science this week, year 3 and 4 categorized and sorted materials into magnetic and non-magnetic materials and also learnt about what makes a material magnetic. Year 5 and 6 learnt about how adaptation occurs in living things over millions of years and how these adaptations lead to animals surviving better in their habitats or environments. 

 

In PE this week, in gymnastics, the children learnt about the different forms of travel and created their own short routine to include rolls from the previous lesson. With Mr Teague the children created maps of the school to locate different objects hidden by Mr Teague. The children also had to answer riddles. 

 

The children have been working hard at their harvest festival preparations for Tuesday next week. The children are really looking forward to sharing their creations so please if you can make it please come along. The event is in the church and starts at 9:30am. 

 


Tuesday 12th October – Rounders Competition

Don’t forget our first Federation competition at Cornwood after school, speak to Miss Coles for more information.

 

 

Week Ending 1st October 2021 

 

This week class 2 have been focussing on the grammar elements of our text ‘The book of hopes’. With year 3 and 4 learning about direct speech and similes and year 5 and 6 looking at plot cohesion and using verbs and adverbials to build character. I am really looking forward to reading the children’s independent writing at the end of next week!

 

In maths this week, the children have been progressing with their unit on place value. Year 3 and 4 have been finding 1, 10, 100 or 1000 (Year 4) more than and less than a given number. Year 5 and 6 have been ordering and comparing numbers with up to 3 decimal places and problem solving. 

 

In science this week, year 5 and 6 learnt about cloning and living things and inherited features. Year 3 and 4 began their learning on magnets, learning about magnetism and north and south poles of a magnet. 

 

In geography, we dusted off our map skills to investigate Mount Snowdon and also used atlases to find the highest peaks in the UK. The children enjoyed discovering more about the UK’s highest peak and remembered lots of map skills from their special lesson with Mr Hall last year. 

 

In PE, we focussed on rolls in gymnastics and the children learnt how to safely perform a forward roll. With Mr Teague the children have been developing their own games, thinking of their own rules and scoring systems. The children will continue to develop their games over the coming weeks. 

 

Week Ending 24th September 2021

Class 2

This week Class 2 have been working hard on their assessment papers. I have been very proud of the children’s hard work and dedication to these assessments. 

 

In PE this week, the children were learning about jumps in gymnastics with me. Making shapes such as straddle, pike, tuck and star whilst jumping. With Mr Teague, the children played ‘capture the flag’ and had a great time practicing their teamwork and communication skills.

 

In science this week, year 3 and 4 conducted an experiment to assist their learning of gravity and friction. The children worked together to plan a fair test, ensuring that they controlled variables. Year 5 and 6 learnt about inheritance and how both genetic and environmental factors can affect a living thing’s appearance. 

 

In geography, the children learnt all about Mount Everest. The children were fascinated by the subject and there were some great classroom discussions about their learning, which will feed into their homework this week. 

 

In music, the children had a fantastic lesson with Mrs Boulton about dynamics tempo and pitch. 

 

In art, we looked at how artists such as Picaso used cubism to create unique perspectives of landscapes and created our own collages of local tors. 

 

Week Ending 17th September 

 

Class 2

 

This week in Class 2 we have really got stuck into our learning. In English the children have been exploring and analysing a range of short stories from ‘The book of hopes’ to inspire their own story ideas in a few weeks’ time. 

 

In maths year 3 and 4 have been learning all about numbers, with year 3 looking at 3-digit-numbers and year 4 looking at 4-digit-numbers. Year 5 and 6 have been focussing on roman numerals to 1000 and have been code breaking, plus figuring out puzzles and using their problem solving and reasoning skills. 

 

In science we began our units on evolution and inheritance (Year 5/6) and forces and magnets (Year 3/4) with elicitation tasks. I am excited to start these fascinating units with the children next week.

 

In geography we have begun our new unit on mountains, volcanoes and earthquakes. Many of the children already have some brilliant knowledge and seem enthusiastic to learn more about how volcanoes, mountains and earthquakes are formed. 

 

In art the children began their unit on cubism by making a double spread research page. The children were able to spot links between cubism and pointillism from last year. 

 

In PE the children enjoyed their second lesson with Mr Teague in which they had to lead their blindfolded partner through an obstacle course! The children were very creative with their instructions, leading to some very amusing outcomes. 

 

Well done for a fab week Class 2!

Week Ending 10th September 2021

Class 2

What a great first week back at school in class 2! The children engaged in several back to school activities which helped to warm them back up ready for curriculum subjects to begin on Monday. 

The children enjoyed playing musical chairs writing, where the children needed to move around the classroom to music and continue each other's stories. We had some very funny results thanks to the children’s creative ideas. 

 

We also created self-portraits based on the children’s future ambitions and celebrated diversity by discussing how we can be inclusive to people with invisible disabilities such as ADHD, anxiety and autism. The children designed ‘safe spaces’ which we will work on putting together this term. 

The children also prepared and performed an assembly on British Values which will be put on display in our assembly room. 

 

The children also had their first PE lesson of the year with Mr Teague which was great fun. The children had to cross a piranha infested river using their teamwork and problem-solving skills. 

I have been really impressed by the children’s enthusiasm in our new class reading challenge. Each week the top reader in the class will receive a small prize and a raffle ticket towards a larger prize at the end of term. 

Week Ending 22nd July 2021 - End of Summer Term!

 

 

What an amazing final week of school it has been! The weather has been gloriously sunny and the children have enjoyed spending some extra time in the pool cooling off. We have also been learning lots this week in RSE and I have been very impressed with the children’s maturity and insightful questions. 

 

This week has also been about celebrating our two year 6 children, who we are very sad to see go, but overjoyed that they are moving on to the next important stage in their lives. They are such an amazing pair and we know they will be just fabulous in secondary school. Good luck girls, we will miss you! 

 

I also wanted to say a huge well done to all the children in class 2, this has been a challenging year and everyone has persevered tremendously well. I am very proud of all of you and cannot wait to welcome you back to school in September! 

 

Have the most amazing holiday!

Miss Coles

Class 2 Sleepover - Friday 19th July 2021