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A brilliant day at Moore Nature Reserve! Thank-you Nick and Gemma for a super day in the sunshine! We learnt lots of important fire safety tips, built dens, went on a minibeast hunt, made nature crowns and toasted marshmallows on the fire - they were delicious! Here are some photographs from our trip... 

The Farm

 

We have had a fantastic afternoon! The Farm visited our school and we were able to hold and stroke the animals. The farmers told us about how they look after the animals and we spoke about their homes. We got to meet Rodney the duck, Helga the pig, Gary the goat and lots more!

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We have been having lots of fun in our 'Farm Shop' role play area! 

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Summer Term 2019

 

Welcome back Class 2! I hope you all had a lovely Easter holiday and enjoyed a well earned rest! Below is the Curriculum Newsletter for the Summer Term so you can look at all of the exciting topics we will be learning about over the next few weeks!

 

Please make sure you continue to read each evening and record this in your home/school diary - these are checked weekly! We will also continue our Times Table Rockstar 'Hall of Fame' throughout the summer term! smiley

Experience Easter at Church 

 

This afternoon we went to Church to take part in 'Experience Easter' with Ruth and Alan. We began by imagining we were at the  gates of Jerusalem in Israel and then we went on a journey around church to different stations retelling the Easter story. 

 

We thought about ways we can follow Jesus's example. We could; read the Bible, help other people or pray to God. We also thought about what sort of king Jesus was. Jesus showed his disciples what sort of king he was by serving others and said 'I am the kind of king who serves. The kind of Lord I am is the kind of Lord who takes the jobs nobody wants.' 

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Easter Service 2019

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Falconry Visit

 

We had lots of very exciting visitors in school today! Mike came into school to talk to us all about birds of prey. We saw an Eagle Owl, a Falcon and a Buzzard. The birds were very well trained. They were brought here from Pembrokeshire. Mike let a couple of children hold the Tawny Owl. They had to wear a special glove and hold out their left arm - they listened very carefully, kept very still and were really brave! 

 

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The chicks have hatched!

 

We have been keeping a close eye on our chicks since they arrived in their incubator at the start of the week. They all hatched overnight (on Wednesday) and we finally got to have a hold of them this morning. They are very cute and fluffy! 

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World Book Day 2019

We have had lots of fun today at school! We started with a parade in the hall where we showed our costumes to the rest of the school. Some of us dressed up as a character from one of our favourite books and some of us chose to wear our pyjamas! We did some reading with Class 5 and then we took part in our sponsored read. After lunch, we got into teams and took part in a class quiz which had lots of questions all about our favourite books and characters - it was great! Finally we did some more quiet reading, wrote a book review and designed a new book cover. What a busy day we have had!

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Please make sure you log onto Times Table Rockstars to practise your times tables as much as you can!

You can use the link below...

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We have had lots of fun in the snow today!

 

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On Tuesday 29th January 2019, we went on a trip to the Lowry Art Museum in Manchester. We travelled there on a coach - it was very exciting! We spent the day looking at Lowry portraits and landscapes. We each made our own 'looking log'. Michelle (the artist who was teaching us for the day) taught us lots of different techniques to add detail to our sketches and make them more 3D. These included crosshatching and shading. We had a great time, here are some photographs of our visit: 
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Welcome Back Class 2! 

And a Happy New Year to you all! 

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This term, we have lots of new and exciting topics to learn about! In science, we will be learning all about everyday materials. We will be investigating the uses of different materials and comparing their properties and we will also be looking at the process of recycling, thinking about the different materials we can recycle at home. 

 

Our new history topic for this term is 'The Great Fire of London'. We will explore life in London during the 17th Century making comparisons from 1666 to now, discover how/why the fire spread so quickly and study the diary of Samuel Pepys. Over the next few weeks in geography, we will be comparing our locality with London. We will find London on a map and identify famous landmarks.    

 

Please continue to read daily at home, and don't forget to change your reading books as you come into school in the morning! 

 

The spelling list for this half term and the Spring curriculum newsletter is attached below. I am very excited about the term ahead and I hope you are looking forward to learning about our new topics! 

 

Miss Hill

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WOW Class 2 - what a busy Autumn term we have had! You have all worked incredibly hard and made a super start to the year. Have a lovely Christmas holiday and I look forward to seeing you all again soon in the new year! 

 

Miss Hill 

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Class 2 have been busy sharing their seaside projects with us in school ... they are amazing!

Class 2 have been busy sharing their seaside projects with us in school ... they are amazing! 1
Class 2 have been busy sharing their seaside projects with us in school ... they are amazing! 2
Class 2 have been busy sharing their seaside projects with us in school ... they are amazing! 3
Class 2 have been busy sharing their seaside projects with us in school ... they are amazing! 4

Hello Class 2!

 

Welcome back to school! I hope you have all had a lovely summer holiday and I am looking forward to hearing about all of the fun things you have done! 

 

We will be learning about lots of exciting things in the Autumn term! Our first topic is 'Beside the Seaside'. We will be learning about and comparing seaside holidays past and present, locating seaside towns on a map of the United Kingdom and exploring a seaside town. We will be travelling back in time with 'Magic Grandad' to visit the seaside a long time ago. In DT, we will be making our own Punch and Judy puppets and will be creating some seaside inspired artwork! 

 

Our first science topic is 'Plants'. We will be finding out what plants need to grow and stay healthy and will be doing an investigation to find out if plants will grow in different conditions.

 

I have attached the Autumn term curriculum newsletter below smiley

Home Learning

You will receive two home learning tasks each week. One 15 minute grammar task and one 15 minute maths task.

 

Grammar homework will be sent home on a Wednesday and will be due in the following Wednesday.

 

Maths homework will be sent home on a Friday and will be due in the following Friday.

 

Homework given will always be related to, or an extension of the work we are covering in class that week. Children can hand their homework books in at anytime during the week. Completed homework should be put in the homework boxes outside Class 2.

 

Times Tables

We will practice our times tables daily in school. Children are required to know their 2x, 3x, 5x and 10x tables in Year 2. Here are some ways you can also practice at home:

  • Listening to songs
  • Times table quizzes
  • Speed times tables (time how long to answer 10 questions and see if you can beat your time)
  • Online games/apps
  • Practice workbooks
  • Games/flashcards

 

Children will be tested on their times tables weekly in school.

 

Spellings/Phonics/Handwriting

We will have phonics sessions Monday-Thursday for 20-30 minutes each morning. Children will have a weekly spelling test on a Friday (I have sent a separate letter home about spellings this half term) In Year 2, children are expected to write in cursive, joined up writing. We will practice this daily in class but any additional practice at home would be valuable (even practising the weekly spelling words in cursive writing a couple of times a week).

 

Reading

In Year 2, you should be reading for a minimum of 15 minutes each day. Please make sure any reading that you do at home is recorded by an adult in your Home School Diary as it is likely we will be moderated in the summer term and the diaries may be collected as part of our recording evidence). Children will read at school in a guided group once a week and will also be listened to individually.

 

PE

This half term, we will have PE on Friday afternoons with Dave. However, please make sure PE kits are in school each day in the event that there are any last minute timetable changes. Thank-you!

 

Lunch/Snack money

Snack time, lunches, playtimes etc are all the same in Year 2 as they were in Year 1. Please make sure that your snack money is kept in a labelled purse or named envelope. You can keep your purse in your tray in the classroom. If you are having a packed lunch then you can put your lunch box on the lunch box trolley in the Year 2 area.

 

Water Bottles

Please make sure your water bottle is labelled. You can keep your water bottle on the lunch box trolley and you can go and have a drink at any time during the day. You can refill your water bottle from the water fountain outside Class R.

 

I am super excited about our new year together and I am looking forward to being your class teacher! If you have any questions or your parents are concerned about anything, please come and see me anytime! Year 2 is going to be a great year full of new things to learn about and share!

 

Miss Hill 

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