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Class 2

Welcome to Class 2!

 

Week Ending 1st July 2022

 

This week in Class 2, we have been writing our own stories inspired by the book ‘Flotsam’ illustrated by David Wiesner. This has been an interesting unit for the children as Flotsam is a picture book. Over the last three weeks, we have been putting words to the story and this week year 3 have been writing the story as a whole and years 4 to 6 have been writing a new story based upon another character in the book. I have been really impressed with the children’s creativity when writing their stories. 

 

In maths this week, year 3 and 4 completed their units on geometry ready to move on to time for year 3 and position and direction for year 4. Year 5 learnt how to calculate missing angles on straight line and around points and how to reflect shapes on a single quadrant. Year 6 learnt how to translate and reflect shapes on a four-quadrant grid and use coordinates. 

 

In science this week, year 3 and 4 learnt about how sound becomes louder and quieter. We linked this to our knowledge of how sound travels through different mediums, becoming the particles ourselves, and the children created a fact file of their learning of sound so far. Year 5 and 6 learnt about vertebrates. We became scientific discoverers and used our knowledge of classifications to classify the platypus. 

Week Ending Friday 24th June 2022

 

 Class 2

This week in class 2 the children in years 3-5 have been working hard on their assessment papers. I was very impressed with their perseverance and mature attitude to the assessments. It was clear that everyone put in their best effort. 

 

Whilst the rest of the class were completing their assessments, year 6 started their preparations for our year 6 leavers assembly which they have decided to keep a surprise. However, I will reveal that the plans so far look to be set for an entertaining event. 

 

In English, we continued our study of the text ‘Flotsam’ by writing a diary entry as the main protagonist. The children explored the use of expanded noun phrases through their writing to describe the setting and the surreal photographs the character finds. 

 

In maths, year 3 explored 3D shapes and used mathematical vocabulary to describe properties of 3D shapes. Year 4 learnt about different types of triangles and identified the similarities and differences. Year 5 compared and ordered angles based on estimation and measuring using a protractor and year 6 learnt to draw and write coordinates on a 4-quadrant grid. 

 

In history this week, the children used secondary sources to learn more about Anglo-Saxon living. We learnt about how Anglo-Saxons farmed and organised their villages. The children used clues from the source to make conclusions about how Anglo-Saxons lived and what they ate. 

 

In DT this week the children practised their baking techniques by making bread. Over the next 3 weeks the children will be designing their own breads and writing a recipe. They will then use CAD to design their final product before making it. 

 

In science this week, year 5 and 6 learnt about the 5 kingdoms of living things. They learnt about different microorganisms and other living things. In year 3 and 4 we investigated how sound travels through different mediums and learnt why sound can’t travel through space.

Week Ending Friday 17th June 2022

 

 

What a beautiful and sunny week it has been at Shaugh Prior. It has been so lovely to see the children enjoying the nicer weather, especially in the pool and during our cricket taster session.

In English this week, the children have been getting to grips with our new text ‘Flotsam’ by David Wiesner. The children used role play to investigate creating characters (Year 5/6) and memorising the plot (Year 3/4). The children have also been exploring the use of expanded noun phrases with the use of prepositional phrases and relative clauses. Next week we will be using our skills to add words to this fantastical picture book. 

 

In maths this week, year 3 and 4 have been learning all about geometric vocabulary such as: horizontal, vertical, parallel and perpendicular. Year 4 have used this learning to describe polygons in greater detail. In year 5 and 6 the children have been learning how to measure and draw angles and shapes using a protractor. 

 

In history, we began our learning about the Anglo-Saxons. We learnt when, how and why they came to Britain and we used our previous historical knowledge on Mount Vesuvius and The Egyptians to place the Anglo-Saxon period on a timeline. 

Week Ending Friday 10th June 2022

 

It was lovely to welcome the children back for their final half term of the academic year this week. We began the week by completing our art projects from the last half term. The children created their own arachnid sculptures based upon the work of the artist Louise Bourgeois. The construction of the pieces was quite a fiddly and tricky process but the children showed great perseverance and problem-solving skills to find new and different ways to complete the project. 

 

In DT this week, the children began their new unit on bread by researching and taste testing different types of bread. The children were discussing and evaluating different textures and flavours they experienced as well as learning about the different baking techniques used with different types of bread. 

 

In English, the children wrote their elicitation task for our new unit; a wordless picture book entitled ‘Flotsam’ by David Weiser. The children are looking forward to the creativity of the piece as they will need to use the pictures to write the story themselves. 

 

In maths, year 3 and 4 compared and identified different types of angles and with the assistance of a right-angle checker they went on an angle hunt around the school. Year 6 calculated missing angles on straight lines, around a point and in a triangle. They used their knowledge to work out the sum of the angles in other polygons. 

 

We are all looking forward to having year 5 back with us on Monday and hope they had an amazing time on their residential. 

 

Week Ending Friday 20th May 2022

 

 

 

Class 2

This week in Class 2 we have been writing our own biographies on inspiring people. Year 3 and 4 have been learning all about inspiring people with disabilities and years 5 and 6 have been learning about famous explorers. 

 

In maths this week, we have begun our units on geometry. Year 3 and 4 have started with a recap of 2D shapes and angles using lots of practical activities to support their understanding. Year 5 and 6 have been learning how to identify 3D shapes using 2D representations and nets. We used the polydron and made our own paper nets. 

 

In science this week, Year 3 and 4 investigated shadows. We measured two sets of shadows throughout the day and also experimented with shadows in the classroom. Year 5 and 6 learnt about the gestation period of different mammals. We looked at data and found patterns and anomalies. 

 

Mr Varey from Premier Sport has been teaching us tennis skills during our PE lessons, focusing on volleys and rallies. 

 

Week Ending Friday 13th May 2022 

 

Class 2

This week in Class 2 our year 6 pupils took their SATs assessments. I was very proud of how hard they worked and how mature they were through the process. The rest of the class showed great empathy towards Year 6 and supported them through the week. 

 

Whilst Year 6 were taking their SATs papers Years 3-5 completed a research project surrounding our English unit on inspiring people. They also did some creative writing and on Thursday the whole class explored estimation and measure outside. The children split into four groups to estimate and measure the perimeter and area of the schools’ floor plan, the field and the playground. We also had groups measuring how fast they could run around the school and how far they could throw on the field. We had some interesting estimation tactics that were very creative and fun to watch. 

 

In art this week the children experimented with some printing. We evaluated our designs and talked about changes we would make if we were to do our prints again. 

 

In science this week, year 3 and 4 investigated opaque, translucent and transparent. We looked at how light reacts with different materials. Year 5 and 6 compared the life cycles of different living things and learnt more about metamorphosis. 

 

 

Week Ending Friday 6th May 2022

 

Class 2

We have had a great week in class 2 this week. The children were excited to help out with some visitors at the school this week and had a wonderful lesson being detectives! We also continued our English unit with Year 3 and 4 identifying coordinating and subordinating conjunctions and years 5 and 6 identifying verb tenses. 

 

In maths this week, years 3 and 4 have been calculating perimeter of different shapes and year 4 have been using this knowledge on rectilinear shapes. Year 5 have been working out the area of rectangles. Year 6 have been calculating the area of triangles and parallelograms.  

 

In science this week, year 3 and 4 learnt about reflection and how we can see objects using light. The children observed some different types of reflection and drew diagrams of the processes they observed. Year 5 and 6 learnt about the life cycles of mammals, birds, insects and amphibians. We were amazed by the changes that take place during metamorphosis. 

 

In art this week, the children experimented with making prints with different layers and colours in the style of Louise Bourgeois. 

 

 Jumbie Jams - our new musical instruments for this term.  These are a G Major mini steel pan. 

Mrs Boulton has been teaching Class 2 and they managed a play a tune as whole class – quite an achievement!

 

Week Ending 29th April 2022

 

Class 2

Class 2 have had a fantastic week back at school and have made a great start to the summer term. 

 

In English, we have begun a unit around biographies and will be using two texts: ‘I am not a label’ by Cerrie Burnell and ‘Alastair Humphreys great adventures’ by Alastair Huphreys. To begin this unit, we have been learning and reading about some amazing individuals. The children have been inspired by their stories and are eager to do their own research later in the unit. 

 

In maths, we have continued with our measure units, with year 3 and 4 comparing and adding lengths and year 5 and 6 measuring and calculating perimeter. 

 

In science we began our new units of learning. Year 3 and 4 have begun a unit on light and created a model of how light travels through the eye allowing us to see. Year 5 and 6 have started their unit on living things and their habitats. Our first lesson was all about reproduction. We learnt about the gestation period of human babies and how they develop in the womb. 

 

Week Ending 8th April 2022

 

Class 2

Class 2 have had an amazing final week of spring term and are looking forward to a well-deserved break. This week they have completed their final write for our book ‘The Tear Thief’ and the children had some great creative ideas for their own writing.

 

In maths, we investigated measure, with years 3 and 4 investigating cm, mm and m and year 5 and 6 investigating metric and imperial conversions. The children then used these investigations to problem solve and reason. 

 

In PE this week, we learnt how to play a new game using rock, paper and scissors. The children absolutely loved it and I am sure we will see it being played in our playground for a while! 

 

In design and technology this week, we completed our canopic jar designs and the children evaluated their designs and final products. The jars were great and the children learnt lots about coiling and binding clay. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Week Ending 1st April 2022

 

Class 2

This week in Class 2 we have really dug into exploring and developing our writing using ‘The Tear Thief’ by Carol Anne Duffy. We have explored and used: adverbials, including prepositional phrases; noun phrases; vocabulary and dialogue this week. In our class write we began writing ‘The Blush Thief’ which will be continued by the children as a part of their homework before their final writes next week. 

 

In maths this week year 3 and 4 continued their learning about money. We added, subtracted and gave change. The children opened shop and created their own tricky word problems to stretch their problem solving and reasoning skills. Year 5 and 6 completed their unit on fractions, decimals and percentages and have now also started their unit on measure. 

 

In science this week, years 3 and 4 investigated rock and soil samples they collected. We used four tests to help us identify our rocks: the hardness test, the permeability test, the acid test and the layers of crystals test. The children used this data to conclude a hypothesis about their rock types. 

In year 5 and 6 we learnt about variable resistors, the children were really interested to find out that many of them had used a variable resistor at home without even realising it. I wonder if the children can find any variable resistors in their homes this weekend. 

in design and technology this week we brought our canopic jar designs to life. The children used the skills we have learnt to create their designs and had a lot of messy fun in the process.

Week Ending 1st April 2022

 

Class 2

 

This week in Class 2 we have really dug into exploring and developing our writing using ‘The Tear Thief’ by Carol Anne Duffy. We have explored and used: adverbials, including prepositional phrases; noun phrases; vocabulary and dialogue this week. In our class write we began writing ‘The Blush Thief’ which will be continued by the children as a part of their homework before their final writes next week. 

 

In maths this week year 3 and 4 continued their learning about money. We added, subtracted and gave change. The children opened shop and created their own tricky word problems to stretch their problem solving and reasoning skills. Year 5 and 6 completed their unit on fractions, decimals and percentages and have now also started their unit on measure. 

 

In science this week, years 3 and 4 investigated rock and soil samples they collected. We used four tests to help us identify our rocks: the hardness test, the permeability test, the acid test and the layers or crystals test. The children used this data to conclude a hypothesis about their rock types. 

In year 5 and 6 we learnt about variable resistors, the children were really interested to find out that many of them had used a variable resistor at home without even realising it. I wonder if the children can find any variable resistors in their homes this weekend. 

 

In design and technology this week we brought our canopic jar designs to life. The children used the skills we have learnt to create their designs and had a lot of messy fun in the process.

 

 

Week Ending 25th March 2022

 

This week Class 2 began their new English unit inspired by the book ‘The Tear Thief’ by Carol Ann Duffy. The children created story maps and freeze frames to help them to remember the key parts of the story. They then investigated the text using a writerly knowledge chart, which looks at: audience and purpose, effects on the reader, features of the text and vocabulary. We are looking forward to producing our own poetic fiction over the next two weeks. 

 

In maths this week, Years 3 and 4 began looking at measure, with this week being all about money. The children have counted in pounds and pence and added money by roleplaying shop. Year 5 and 6 have been learning about fractions, decimal and percentage equivalence, which has been pretty tricky but the children persevered well. 

 

In PE this week the children were learning about partner balances with Mr Varley in gymnastics and about passing down the pitch in handball with me. The weather has really picked up for us this week and the children played some great matches at the end of our lesson.

 

In science this week year 3 and 4 drew some scientific drawings of different rocks that they brought in for homework. The children used magnifying glasses to take an in-depth look at the rocks. Year 5 and 6 wrote a scientific report about the effect of resistors in a circuit. 

 

Week Ending 18th March 2022

 

This week has been a very exciting week in class 2, with our day trip to Cornwood School for science day and cupcakes and mufti on Friday to raise money for comic relief. I would like to thank the children for their brilliant behaviour on Thursday, the teachers from Cornwood were very impressed with their attitude and behaviour. 

 

In English this week the children have completed their information writing about an invention that has changed over time. The children created a double page spread which I will be using for a lovely display very soon. 

 

In maths this week, year 4 completed their unit on decimals and have grown in confidence with their tenths and hundredths. Year 5 and 6 have just begun their own decimals and percentages unit and have learnt about tenths, hundredths and thousandths this week. Year 3 have recapped division using a place value chart and the short division method. 

 

In science this week, year 5 and 6 experimented with resistors and the effect adding more than one resistor has on a circuit. Year 3 and 4 learnt all about soil types and how they affect the eco system of many living things, including microscopic organisms.

Week Ending 11th March 2022 

 

Class 2 have had a smashing week this week! We have been diving into our new English text ‘Wheels’ and been working hard on some tricky grammar. Year 3 and 4 have been writing using prepositional phrases and year 5 and 6 have been using relative clauses. 

 

In maths year 3 have been recapping some place value and addition and subtraction and been using lots of their problem-solving skills. Year 5 have been working on using fractions to solve problems involving scaling. Year 6 have been dividing fractions with whole numbers. 

 

In science this week Year 3 and 4 began their learning in our new unit on rocks! I will be asking the children this week to bring in any interesting rock samples for an investigation next week. Year 5 and 6 learnt about how to identify a faulty circuit and will also be designing and conducting their own experiments this week. 

 

Year 5 and 6 had an exciting week this week with visits to The Erme and Cornwood. Year 5 took part in a fair-trade morning and year 6 had a SATs booster morning. The children behaved brilliantly and worked really hard.

 

Week Ending 4th March 2022

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Class 2 have had a great week back at school. The children have gotten stuck into our new English unit based around the book ‘Wheels: Cars, cogs, carousels and other things that spin’ by Tracey Turner. The children learnt and wrote about the progression of train travel through history and explored some of the pages from the book. 

 

In maths this week, year 3 have been recapping some of their learning from place value, focussing on using and interpreting number lines. Year 4 have begun looking at decimals and tenths. Year 5 and 6 have been continuing their unit on fractions, moving on to multiplying fractions by whole numbers and multiplying pairs of fractions (year 6). 

 

In PE this week the children started new units in handball and gymnastics. Due to the weather, we spent our first PE lesson for handball watching and learning about the game and its rules. On Thursday, the children learnt to perform some new shapes including: arabesque, flamingo, front support and back support. 

 

In science this week years 3 and 4 started their new unit on rocks and years 5 and 6 continued with their learning on electricity, using an online simulation to explore the effect of voltage on circuits. 

 

We also had world book day this week. The children had great fun becoming storytellers and had the opportunity to join a live stream with famous authors such as Michael Morpurgo. 

 

 

In our work on maps in geography we learnt how to use a compass to find our way around.  We practiced using the compasses to follow a bearing around the class.   We discovered that “red Fred, goes in his bed” when working out compass bearings and all the different components of a compass.

 

In maths, we have been finding out about equivalent fractions, using the fraction wall and our times tables to help us.   The children had to clarify their understanding of equivalent fractions by pretending they were explaining to an alien.    I was impressed with their explanations showing a good understanding.

  

Week Ending 18th February 2022

 

In our work on maps in geography we learnt how to use a compass to find our way around.  We practiced using the compasses to follow a bearing around the class.   We discovered that “red Fred, goes in his bed” when working out compass bearings and all the different components of a compass.

 

In maths, we have been finding out about equivalent fractions, using the fraction wall and our times tables to help us.   The children had to clarify their understanding of equivalent fractions by pretending they were explaining to an alien.    I was impressed with their explanations showing a good understanding.

  

Week Ending 11th February 2022

This week in Class 2 the children have really gotten stuck into our English focus ‘Varjak Paw’. We have been developing our grammar and descriptive writing ready for our independent writing next week. We also created our own chapter plots in groups and freeze frames our key moments to really help us think about character emotions. 

 

In maths this week, year 3 and 4 have completed their fractions unit and have learnt a lot - their confidence is amazing! Year 5 and 6 have been working hard on simplifying and comparing fractions and will move on the adding and subtracting fractions with different denominators. 

 

In geography this week, we explored thematic maps and aerial photographs and the children completed some quizzes to test their map skills and knowledge. 

 

In RE this week, the children learnt about the ways different people of Jewish faith practice their religion. We looked at Orthodox Jewish synagogues and Progressive Jewish synagogues and compared the similarities and differences. 

 

In computing this week the children continued to explore media creation with photographs and used these skills to change the composition of photos. 

 

In art this week, the children used watercolour to show depth and perspective in their building, which they drew last week. 

 

This week in Class 2, we have also enjoyed having some excellent training with bikeability. The children in Year 3 and 4 were awarded their Level 1 bikeability award and in Year 5 and 6 the children were awarded the Level 2 and Level 3 award. The children conducted themselves brilliantly and are very proud of the progress they have made.