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Year 2 and 3
Mrs White and Mrs Eatwell
Wow what a busy final week we have had in Mothecombe. We were sad to say goodbye and good luck to Mrs White this week. The children all had fun with her in the park and had a fantastic water fight! The children made cards and celebrated Mrs White’s 34 years at the Erme by singing their goodbye song to her in a special assembly.
We will all miss you Mrs White! Thank you from all of us in Mothecombe class
I would like to thank all the parents that have given me so much support and friendship over my years at The Erme.
I have been so fortunate and blessed to work at The Erme (one reason why I never left!) and I truly believe that the children are what gives the school its special quality. The Erme really does look after everyone and I have felt part of such a caring community of children, parents and staff.
I remember on my first day at The Erme in September 1987 thinking how idyllic the school looked in the sunshine with the park behind and the river to the front and I have never stopped marvelling at how fortunate the children are to be growing up and learning in a school with so much history and beauty right on its doorstep.
I will miss my busy life at The Erme so much but the ‘little people’ more than I can say. I will always be an Ermie! I feel so much gratitude to you all!
This week has been another busy one. We had a science day on Wednesday where we spent the day thinking all about sound. We learnt about how sounds are made, vibrations, sound waves, pitch and volume. We made cup and string telephones and conducted a sound survey around the school and thought about how the sounds were being made that we could hear. We also experimented with a range of instruments to explore how their features affect pitch and volume.
We have been finishing off our class quests this week as well as learning about 2D and 3D shape in maths.
This week we have been busy planning our class quest story in pairs, using story maps to help us. In Science we investigated what happens when seeds are grown in the dark and compared to ones grown in the light and the year threes looked for patterns in shadows when the distance changes between the light source and object. We discovered that a shadow gets smaller the further away from the light source it is.
We had fun during forest school and made pine cone bees and lots of dens.
This week in Mothecombe we have had great time creating, making and playing games during Forest School earlier in the week.
In maths we have been learning about capacity and volume - estimating how many millilitres and litres different containers hold. We also investigated the best material to use to block the sunlight out for Nina’s baby brother’s nursery. We tested to see which material was translucent, transparent or opaque.
Another busy week!
This week we have been busy learning about mass and capacity. We have been comparing the weights of objects and reading scales accurately.
We also have been thinking about our dental health and set up an investigation to see the effects of different drinks on our teeth. We put egg shells into coke, milk and squash. We will let you know the results next week!
This week the children have been very busy researching information about well known people in preparation for writing their biographies.
We thought about what a plant needs in order to thrive and set up an investigation to see how growing conditions effect the plant.
The year 3s did an investIgation to see which material reflects light the best. We had to find the right material for using on a book bag so it is highly visible.
In Mothecombe this week we have enjoyed learning about ‘Fantastically great women who changed the world’ and finding out facts from this biographical text. We have learnt a bit more about the achievements of people like Amelia Earhart, Anne Frank and Gertrude Ederle and we had a go at writing our own questions about the facts that we discovered.
The year 3s have started learning about light, reflections and shadows and they thought carefully about different light sources. The year 2s have been creating their own PowerPoint all about rivers and we all enjoyed practising our rounders skills in P.E.
Maths is all about Time for the next couple of weeks and the children have been telling the time to o’clock, half past, quarter to and past. Time has flown as usual and everyone has worked really hard!
This week in Mothecombe we have been finishing off our English unit of work and have written our super Myth stories. The year 2s thought about the characters in their stories and made wonderful trolls out of clay. In Science, we learnt about how seeds are dispersed and made paper seeds that spin. We set up an investigation to find out what type of paper-copter spins the best. We varied the size of the spinner and changed the weight of the spinner.
Learner of the week- Kian Turvey for fantastic story writing.
In Mothecombe this week we have been looking at the work of Georges Seurat and we had a go at the pointillist style of painting which was great fun! The children used the paint to experiment with colours and techniques.
In Science, the year 3s have learnt about pollination and tried to sequence the different stages. The children continue to monitor the seeds they are growing and have planted out some seedlings into the playground.
In maths we have been practising adding and subtracting larger numbers using number lines.
Another busy week! We have been using the book ‘ Myth Atlas’ to learn all about Myths from around the world. The children had fun making story maps, doing freeze frames and retelling the myths in groups.
In maths we have been using numberlines to add and subtract bigger numbers, practising partitioning numbers into hundreds, tens and ones.
In Science, the year 3 children made models of flowers and identified the different parts that help with fertilisation.
This week we enjoyed learning all about how compost is made in our science workshop.
We also did an investigation to see how water is transported through plants. The children used white flowers and food dye to see if the temperature of the water made any difference to the speed the water travelled up the stem. In PE we are continuing to learn tennis skills and in Art the children have been colour mixing and finding out about Pointillism. Only four days... but lots going on!
This week in Geography we have been learning about the River Erme - drawing and labelling it. In Science we walked to the wild area in the park and investigated the wildflowers there, drawing them and learning all about what the different parts are for. In English we have written fantastic non-chronological reports all about Trolls. Do you know the truth about Trolls? Mothecombe class do!
We have had a busy week at school this week. As our science topic is all about plants we have all been planting bean seeds in different environments to watch them germinate and grow. We did a fun quiz all about plants to see what we already know before we got started.
We have started a new English unit on 'The Truth about Trolls' and we have been reading about myths about trolls as well as refining our descriptive language around our troll's appearance and features. We enjoyed a sunny P.E. lesson yesterday and practised our tennis skills.
This week in Mothecombe, we have been super busy! In Science, the year 2s conducted a nerve-wracking egg drop experiment to see which materials would protect the egg from breaking! It was very eggciting!
The year 3s created classification keys to sort vertebrates and invertebrates according to their features. We have also been comparing old Ivybridge (pre-19th century) with how it is now.
It has been lovely welcoming back everyone to Mothecombe this week and the children have been so happy being altogether again. We have enjoyed sharing news, listening to music and creating artwork based on film soundtracks. We have also thought about what we like about Ivybridge and what we would change. In maths we enjoyed measuring the perimeter of shapes and objects.
A fun week all together again!
Mothecombe have been working super hard this week. We have been reading letters to and from Dr K Fisher (the animal agony aunt who solves problems) and composing our own letters from various animals and their, often funny, problems.
We were really excited to dress up for World Book Day and have had fun doing book quizzes, sharing stories and creating book character puppets
Our first week back after half term has been another busy one.
We have been collecting information in maths using tally charts, pictograms and block charts and practising interpreting the data.
We have been writing letters in English and learning about using subordinate clauses in our work. As part of the preparations for Book Day next week we got creative and made toilet roll book characters!
Another busy week here in Mothecombe in the final week before half term.
In English we have been writing letters to Dr K.Fisher from different animals with various problems and worries and in maths we are reaching the final week of multiplication and division.
The year 3 children have been making branching databases in Science to sort animals in different ways and the year 2s have been thinking about how animals have adapted to live in a certain habitat.
We are so proud of the all the work our home learners have been doing this half term and it has been wonderful catching up with everyone on our weekly zoom assembly.
This week we have been super busy in Mothecombe. We enjoyed doing some baking and made some delicious flapjacks in class which were yummy!
We looked at maps and found out where we lived in Geography and in Science we learnt about micro habitats and what we might discover in our environment. We have been planning our King of the Birds stories and look forward to starting our writing tomorrow.
Another busy week for us in Mothecombe.
We have been learning about map skills and having a go at spotting both physical and human features on a map. We enjoyed learning about the seven life processes in Science and making information posters about them.
In English we have been doing lots of work on using adjectives and using them to make expanded noun phrases. We are looking forward to catching up with our friends on our weekly zoom assembly this Friday.
This week in Mothecombe the children have really enjoyed using Google Earth to look at the street where they live. They also looked at some of the different features in Ivybridge, such as the paper mill, the library, the leisure centre and the school.
The children also wrote letters to our home learners to share their news from school.
In ICT they started to explore the use of variables in games created in Scratch.
This week in Mothecombe we enjoyed investigating where different cities are in the Uk and using maps to locate them. In RE we have been thinking about Noah and the promises that he made to God as well as thinking about promises that we might make to each other in school.
In Science the year 3s learnt all about the digestive process and the year 2s started to learn the seven life processes.
This week we have been solving division and multiplication problems using arrays. The children have been counting in 2’s, 3’s and 4’s and thinking about links between times tables.
In Science, the year 3’s have been learning about different types of teeth. Did you know that sharks lose a tooth every day and in their lifetime they can lose up to 20, 000 teeth!
In RE the children thought about the story of Noah and why God chose him to build a huge ark.
What a busy week we have had in Mothecombe!
It was great to have the children back after last week. They have been busy practising our Christmas song,‘ Twelve days of Christmas’ as well as as our Christmas dance which we had a lot of fun doing.
We have made cards, lanterns, and loved meeting Father Christmas! The secret Santa room was fantastic and we all enjoyed choosing gifts and wrapping them up for our families.
A super, Christmassy week! Happy Christmas from everyone in Mothecombe class!
Well done to all the children in Mothecombe who are isolating at home until next week.
We have been really impressed with how well they are managing their home-learning. The children have been doing some English work on the story of 'Coming Home' by Michael Morpurgo as well as practising their multiplication skills and counting in 2's, 3's and 4's.
Some of the children have sent us pictures of the work they have been doing at home. Keep it coming and we look forward to seeing you next week!
It was wonderful to hear Ava B singing her own version of the 12 days of Christmas and she Ava B wrote a beautiful acrostic poem about robins.
Harry Merriman wrote instructions for us all on how to make a snowman and Ava Bees spent Wednesday cooking with mummy.
Ava D has been busy writing facts about robins after watching a Michael Morpurgo clip called Coming Home.
Did you know that robins fly to the UK from Scandinavia each Christmas to find a mate?
Harry T lost his first tooth and created his own snowman after watching The Snowman.
Dougie has been making cheese scones and started the week by making his own secret hideaway snug which we all want to hide in!
Everyone has been super helpful in showing their mums how to get into google classrooms and we are super proud of them all.
This week the children in Mothecombe really enjoyed doing some cooking with Mrs Readey. They made cheese scones which tasted delicious!
In Science, the year two’s tested which was the most suitable material to keep Santa’s hot chocolate warm for the longest time. The children had to use their prediction skills to guess which would be the best.
We have also been busy practising our Christmas songs and dance ready to share with you next week!
This week, in history, the class have been looking at what made the Greeks so powerful, looking at the design of the Trireme ships and labelling them.
In R.E. the children have been learning about the Jewish festival, Rosh Hashanah and thinking about why festivals are important to family life.
We have enjoyed designing healthy menus and thinking about the sorts of food that would count towards our five a day.
This week Mothecombe class really enjoyed a multi skills session with Mr Gibbs and worked really well in groups to complete a range of activities.
In science this week, year two have been busy sorting objects according to the materials they are made from. The year three’s finished off an investigation we did recently about the strength of our muscles and we analysed the data we had collected.
We also talked about Anti-bullying week and thought about how someone might feel if they were being bullied.
Week ending 6th November 2020
A busy start to the second half of term here in Mothecombe. It was lovely to see all the children coming back to school happily with all their news from our week off!
In English we have started our unit on the Great Fire of London. We have been looking at evidence in the text to see if the fire was inevitable with the conditions of London at the time. We have been exploring the varied vocabulary in the book and finding synonyms in our thesauruses. We pretended we were newspaper reporters and wrote about the fire.
In Maths we have been adding and subtracting 2 and 3 digit numbers using different methods as well as practising odds and even numbers.
Week Ending 16th October
This week in Mothecombe class we enjoyed using our story telling chair to share our adventure stories with each other. We talked about all the things we need to include in order to make a really exciting story!
We have been thinking about our muscles and what they are for and started to plan a test to see who has the strongest arms. We have also been learning a song in music all about Harvest time.