Autumn Term 2021
Welcome back! Class 2 have started the term well by confidently coming in and settling back into school. The new Year 4’s have been very supportive in helping and explaining things to the new Year 3’s who have coped really well with the change of teacher and classroom. We have bonded as a class really quickly and so are now raring to go with the curriculum next week.
This week Class 2 have been very busy investigating place value in maths. We have used number lines and place value counters to make 2, 3 and 4 digit numbers and learn about the importance of '0' as a place holder. In English we have been trying to 'think like an animal' after studying Michelle Pavers 'Lost' and 'Wolf Brother'. We have learnt lots of new vocabulary related to wolves and dogs which some of us have experimented with in our own writing.
This week class 2 have been very busy recapping and revising what we learnt from last year to refresh our memories and provide us with a good foundation to add new learning to. In English we have been predicting the ending to stories about hope. We have read lots of different stories with animal characters and discussed how animals, particularly pets, can bring us hope and happiness when we are feeling sad or lonely. In Maths we have been recapping reading and writing numbers accurately and then building them with different images before placing them as accurately as possible on a number line. It has really challenged our place value knowledge!
Class 2 have had a nice final week of term starting with a water fight and ending with a class party. We have enjoyed the super weather and spent as much time as was safe outside. On Monday we couldn’t swim so we decided to get as wet as we could on the field by having a water fight and it only took 10 minutes to soak the lot of us. Much fun was had by all and it did the job of cooling us all down. On Wednesday we had our class party with party games and an ice cream sundae. It was great! Thank you to all the Class 2 parents for your continued support during this tricky year. I hope you have a lovely holiday and look forward to seeing the children return well rested in September. Mrs Edgcombe-Yuill
Wow! Hasn’t this week been a busy one?! No winding down towards the end of term for us! This week class 2 have enjoyed a sunny sports day and finding out the winner of our class potato challenge. We had lots of fun on Wednesday with races in the pool, obstacle courses and a lovely picnic lunch on the field. It was great to see so many of you lovely parents able to join us again in at least a partial return to normality. Fingers crossed we can do a full sports day next year🤞🏼! On potato weighing day some of the children bought back very heavy buckets and some brought back empty ones with sad stories of dead plants or flooded buckets. Despite the mixed results, as a class we had lots of fun working out our winners and collecting the potatoes to turn into something yummy.
This week Class 2 have been very busy learning how to gather data that can be presented in different ways. We have learnt how to draw pictograms where 1 picture can represent 2 or more people and how to draw accurate bar graphs - which proves to be trickier than it sounds! Here are some for you to see. We also had great fun learning new things about each other while completing the initial surveying including our favourite pets, drinks and biscuits. In literacy we have completed our study of similes by creating some that act like adverbials and some that act like descriptive phrases. Can you see which is which?
This week class 2 have been very busy setting up our science experiment to observe how the parts of a plant grow to support it with its life processes. We have also studied the process that determines if something is alive or not which is called MRS GREN. We had an interesting discussion about how a plant might ‘move’ or ‘excrete’ which demonstrated some good logical thinking around the subject. In music we have also begun the practical part of our topic...we very much enjoyed getting out the instruments to put into practice the new learning we have done so far!
This week class 2 have enjoyed being creative. In English we have created our own conversations between characters using speech marks, in maths we have created symmetrical patterns using colour and shape and in art we have been collaging! Do you like our beautiful collages of rivers and other bodies of water? We have progressed from using paint in the pointillism style to experimenting with 3D effects.
We have also had 3 productive swimming lessons even though the weather has not been that great over the last week. Swimming is always the highlight of the week no matter the weather as our lovely pool is always nice and warm and once we’ve warmed up we barely notice the rain!
This week we have dived into our new text called Firebird. It is a fantastic quest story full of lovely pictures and vocabulary for us to learn. We enjoyed predicting what the story will be about using the pictures that were painted by the author to accompany the story and have begun to unpick and learn some of the rich vocabulary it contains to use in our own work. In maths this week we have been studying the properties of 2D and 3D shapes. We enjoyed making various 3D shapes with play dough and discussing how many edges, faces and vertices they have.
This week Class 2 has been enjoying being in the swimming pool for the first time in 2 years! In fact some of us have been swimming 4 times!! It is great to see them all back to loving being in the water and we will continue to work on water confidence and swimming skills as we work towards our new awards. In PHSE this week we have been focusing on how to have a good night's sleep by creating a positive wind down bedtime routine. This is linked to our ‘Healthy Body, Healthy Mind’ learning and helps us to be the best people we can be. We have also updated our spiritually book by reflecting on the importance of showing each other respect. How to show respect in a variety of ways promoted an excellent discussion about how to treat other people as you would want to be treated.
This week class 2 have been very busy finishing off several projects ready for a well earned half term holiday. In Computing we have been testing out debugging skills by programming a character to move around and perform certain tasks in our Minecraft world. We all discovered it much harder than it looks and definitely tested our basic skills like left and right!
In Maths we have been learning to tell the time which is another quite tricky skill. It would be very helpful if you could continue practicing telling the time on analogue and digital clocks over the half term to reinforce what we have learnt this week.
This week class 2 have been learning about the amazing achievements of some of the most famous women in history. We have learnt about how Marie Curie discovered x-rays, how Mary Anning discovered whole dinosaur skeletons and how Rosa Parks stood up for equal rights...by sitting down. We have been amazed by the perseverance and bravery some of the women we have learnt about showed. Class 2 now have to research their own famous person and their unique achievements for homework in preparation for writing their own biography after half term.
This week we have been very busy on our new English topic. We have started to learn about biography by looking at the book ‘ Fantastically Great Women who Changed the world!’ By looking at how the book is laid out we have revised chronology and how we need to write in the order things happen in a person's life. We found this very tricky during our Elicitation Task where we tried to write a biography about Barack Obama.
This week despite it only being 4 days long class 2 have been super busy. In maths we have been weighing items on different types of scales. Looking at different scales with different increments really improved our number understanding! In geography we having been learning about erosion in rivers by creating our own mini river in a tray. Also we have learnt about precipitation, evaporation and condensation within the water cycle.
Class 2 had an excellent trip to Dewerstone this week and enjoyed every minute of it. We had lovely weather and admired the spectacular scenery while completing adventurous activities that got our blood pumping and our faces dirty! We scaled an enormous tree, balanced across a river, scrambled through an underground tunnel and finished it all off with a mud bath that was washed off in the stream. All in all an excellent day out!
This week has been a busy week. We have spent lots of time exploring our lovely new spiritually garden and enjoyed playing out in the sunshine. In maths we have begun our study of measure by learning how to use a ruler accurately to measure in mm/cm/m and then apply this to finding the perimeter of squares and rectangles. In literacy we have begun our study of a book called ‘The River’ which links nicely with our geography study of the water cycle
We hope you enjoy our retelling of the Easter Story and have a nice Easter.
Class two this week have been busy finishing off their work. Today they have had Easter fun and found out why the PTA have been asking for old welly boots when they have each planted a sunflower in their boot. We look forward to seeing pictures of the sunflowers in the boots when they are grown.
This week we have been getting very creative with both our story writing and our cooking skills. We have learned how to create parts of an exciting story by adding noun phrases, adverbials and speech in English in preparation to write our own story next week. In Dt we have sampled, designed and made our own unique types of bread. Unique is definitely the word as some contained ingredients such as M&M’s, skittles or dried apricots!
Children in Class 2 have been exploring what a census is, as part of the 'Let's Count' project. They were able to look at the statistics showing ages of children in Cornwood and Sparkwell ward for 2001 and 2011 and compare them and even predict what might happen in the 2021 census.. Some children were delighted that they would have been included in the 2011 census for children aged 0-4. Using this data, they were able to generate pie charts and bar graphs to show rises and falls in the number of children.
Don't forget it is National Census Day on Sunday 21 March where every household is required to complete the 2021 census.
This week has been the best week of all...being able to see all our friends again! Many of the children practically fell through the door in an effort to be with their friends as quickly as possible. It was lovely to see all their smiling faces and once they started sharing all their lock down stories they couldn’t stop! Class 2 in particular didn’t run out of things to share for at least the first 2 days!
This week as it’s in effect the start of a new term for so many of our class we have completed tasks and lessons designed to settle everyone back into rountine and support everyone’s mental health. We have been outside as much as possible playing tennis or in the forest school area and completing mindfulness activities alongside prepping for our Mothers Day performance! (Please see Facebook or the website)
This week we have been improving our tennis skills. We have specifically focused on accurate bouncing and hitting including trying to hit an increasing smaller target. We found this quite tricky at first but with practice we became a lot better. How did you get on at home?
We have also enjoyed lots of World Book Day activities including dressing up as our favourite characters and completing quizzes about books and films.
This week class 2 have had lots of fun creating timelines of events that happened in Ivybridge and in England during WW1. We have learned about Ivybridge’s contribution to the war effort in the form of troops and sandbags.
We have also had lots of fun entering the World Book Day Competition. Do you like our character rolls? Can you work out the characters we have turned our loo rolls into?
This week we have had great fun learning about 4 figure grid references using treasure maps and large OS maps of the local area. We found the reference for where we live and also various other places in and around Ivybridge.
In DT and forest school this week we have used trial and error to make our own shelter out of inside and outside bits and pieces! Some were more successful than others but a lot of fun was had by all. How did you get on at home with your model of a shelter? We were able to experiment with a full scale model? We would love to see the results...please send photos over half term for us to include in the newsletter in the new term.
This week class 2 have begun a study of letters through our new text called ‘Dr K Fisher: Animals’. We have learnt some of the letters by heart (see Facebook and the website for the videos). In PHSE we have also started a project about our families. We have started by creating our family tree with all the important people in our lives on. Thank you to all of you at home who have sent me a photo of your lovely family trees. In Science we started to research how animals are classified. We learnt about vertebrates and invertebrates. Everyone at home - do you know what this means from your research? In history the children at home have written some excellent diary entries about being an evacuee and attending The Erme school during WW2.
This week class 2 has been very busy both in and out of the classroom. We were very excited to reach the ‘writing our own story’ part of our literacy sequence and have written a story similar to Little Evie and the Wild Wood. Our stories are based on the short film called ‘The Girl and the Fox’. We had great fun using the film and sound track to explore language and sentence structures. We can’t wait to share our stories with people at home. Thank you to all those at home who have sent in their completed stories. I have enjoyed reading them all.
This week class 2 have been learning how to manipulate clauses in sentences. We have created sentences using adverbials and conjunctions and discussed how these can be re-ordered to sound better or worse. Do you like the sentences we have created?
In geography and history we have learnt about the importance of the River Erme in Ivybridge. We have charted it source from source to mouth on OS maps and then learnt about why the Stowford Mill was built right next to the river. How did you get on at home with your map reading?
This week class 2 have been using their multiplication tables and the formal grid method they have learnt, to solve puzzles and problems. We have investigated aliens, missing numbers and used some practical resources to show the answer in several ways. Well done to all those who have also completed the learning at home and sent photos in to show your workings out. Please keep them coming!
We have also been learning some new basketball skills in PE including how to dribble efficiently and how to throw accurately. We practiced these core skills for some time! How have you got on with these skills at home?
Class two have been busy this week with group performances of parts of our new English book- the great fire of London. And putting together our final music performance with our Tamboos.
Class two have had a busy week this week, they have practiced their French speaking and on Wednesday spent time reflecting on why we have Remembrance Day and made a poppy wreath.
Class two would like to thank Mrs Baker for the biscuits for their attendance award. They were very yummy!!!
Class Two had fun this week melting their wax and choosing a colour to finish off their Greek wax tablets which they will use on their Greek Day for one of their lessons.
Week beginning 28/9/2020
This week we have been very busy learning about place value.