Happy Mother's Day!
Apologies if you are hoping to see Class 2's Mothers Day video. The file size is too large to upload it to the page and as it is a song it cannot be cropped. It has been uploaded to the Cornwood Facebook page for you to enjoy. Hopefully you can see it there!
Have a great weekend.
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.