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A huge thank you!

A huge thank you to everyone who visited our Book Fair this week and who got involved in celebrating  Roald Dahl’s Birthday on Wednesday by bringing a prop, a book or wearing an entire costume!  It has been lovely to see so many children excited about buying and looking at the books on sale.  The fair and ‘Dress up for Dahl Day’ has been a fantastic success in creating a buzz around books and promoting reading for pleasure, with over £800 worth of books having been sold throughout the week.  Your generosity and support has meant that the school will receive nearly £500 worth of free books for the school library!  Our school library will be open from next Friday lunchtime and our newly appointed librarians or ‘Word Warriors’ as we like to call them will be on hand to help out! 

Congratulations as well to our five raffle winners, ( from Reception, Y1, Y4  and Y6)  who all received and cashed in a £5 gift voucher today. 

 

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Super learning!

As usual the children have been working really hard this year and it is noticeable in their learning. We have been learning about fractions in Maths, as well as revisiting place value. In English we have been reading, learning about and writing information texts. The children have loved learning about dinosaurs! We have also been trying to improve our writing; making our handwriting better and improving our sentences. We have finished our learning about the Great Fire of London and have moved on to looking at what fame means and people who are famous. This will include looking at famous people from the past, such as Mary Seacole and Florence Nightingale. In Science we have been learning about health, focusing on diet, hygiene and exercise. The children have been really enthusiastic about their learning and have remembered lots of great facts. This week we have also been looking at staying safe on the Internet, to coincide with Safer Internet Day. The children had lots of fantastic ideas. Well done Year 2, keep trying hard!! Miss Robinson

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Autumn term

Our class assembly went well and the children worked really hard. Well done for such a fantastic performance. Straight on to the Christmas play now!! Autumn 2 term is always a busy term and the children have jumped straight into their learning. We have been learning about traditional tales in English, which has led to some fantastic role play and vocabulary. The children have really impressed me with their multiplication and division skills in maths, the next step will be to learn our times tables. In Science we have begun learning about Materials and link this to our English work. We have begun learning about the Great Fire of London for our history enquiry and have started by doing some research about London. Super effort Year 2!

 

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Back to school!

Year 2 have made a fantastic start and have settled into the new year really quickly. We have been getting to know the class rules and routines, as well as becoming familiar with our new classroom. We have also been learning about our golden rules and how we can promote them. The children have enjoyed learning about our class rewards systems and have already chosen the grand prizes! In English we have been learning about poetry and have even had a go at writing our own poems. In Maths, we have been learning about place value and learning what each digit means in a number. Everyone has been working hard and has made a great return to school. Well done everybody! Miss Robinson.

 

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What a trip!

Year 2 visited Martin Mere today to find out more about different habitats. When the children arrived they explored pond habitats in the raised pond beds and then walked up to Plum wood to find out all about woodland habitats. It was great to see the children exploring the different habitats and finding different animals to look at. Bobby even discovered a toad in the woods, which got lots of gasps! After lunch the children let off some steam in the play area and then went off on an hour walk around the wetland paths. During their exploration of the Mere the children experienced the “Wild Walk”, stepping stones and Weird but Wonderful bird zone. All of the children thoroughly enjoyed themselves and were a credit to the school. Have a look at our trailer below to see our trip brought to life or clickMartin Mereto find out more  about Martin Mere!

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Nurturing creativity

Nurturing and developing children’s creativity is one of the most rewarding aspects of being a teacher. This week has been one of those weeks where children have been given a range of opportunities to be creative through using a range of different mediums such as art, music, drama, play and writing. It is through these different activities that children get an opportunity to make their own decisions and allow their personality to be expressed.

As a school we celebrate imagination, innovation and individuality through our daily practice. For us, it is so important that our classrooms and communal spaces are filled with children’s thoughts, ideas and own original pieces of work.

Reflecting on the different tasks that Y2 have done this week has been a real pleasure, as every child has shown how creative they can be when given the chance to share how they feel or experiment for themselves. For me, it is so important to provide children with opportunities to shine, to develop their own line of enquiry or make choices that reflect their own ideas. It is so rewarding to step back and reflect on how independent Y2 have started to become and also how imaginative they are when it comes to creating something for themselves.

The Aboriginal art work they have developed this week both indoors and outdoors is one of example of how hard the children have worked to produce their personal best. It is so important to put creativity at the centre of a school curriculum. Giving children and adults the space to innovate and be original allows for fresh perspectives, new ideas and a means by which to continually evolve. It also gives a space for expressing feelings and emotions.  The work below highlights how Y2 have expressed themselves this week through colour and imagery.

 

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Delving into the past

Year 2 have really got into their historical enquiry and as you can see from the picture to the left, their working wall is being added to on a daily basis. This week the children focussed on uncovering more information about Mary Seacole and also spent time comparing the two women. This is a real important historical skill for children to develop, as it allows them to think about the actions people have taken and the effects that these actions had.

I was really impressed with some of the similarities and differences that the children found and it was great to see how collaboratively the children worked. The children are going to use all of their historical research and findings to write their final report, as they have been building up to this during our English lessons over the past three weeks.

In our art lessons, the children have been exploring Aboriginal art and this week they spent time with Mrs Rhodes creating Aboriginal inspired patterns, whilst also developing their understanding of what printing is through creating their own printing blocks. The children looked into how the Aborigines used symbols to tell stories known as Dream Stories. Their next step after looking at the symbols was to create their own stories and then choose one symbol to turn into a printing block. They then used their printing block to add to the whole class art work.

During maths this week, the children have been developing their reasoning and mental arithmetic skills. The children are really starting to unpick problems and puzzles, whilst also developing their ability to explain their thinking. Have a look at the gallery below to see our week in pictures!

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Becoming historians

This week year 2 have started work on their historical enquiry about famous people from the past. The children have developed their ability across year 2 to analyse what a source tells them and they have started to make their own suggestions from the evidence they can see or infer. At the start f the week the children were presented in pairs with a pictorial source and on each table each pair had a different source. As a pair they had a set of questions to answer using just the source. I always find it fascinating to see what the children pick out from the source and to hear the discussions that develop.

As a class we unpicked the findings and together identified that the pictures were two Victorian women called Florence Nightingale and Mary Seacole. The following day the children watched a short DVD clip where they were taken back in time to Scutari hospital. The children were amazed at what Victorian hospitals were like and wrote their own summaries about what conditions were like.

Within the classroom we always develop a role play area for the children to develop their thinking further. It is a space where children can act scenarios out and it allows them to develop their understanding of a subject further. Miss Hackett has created a Scutari hospital role play area and on Wednesday afternoon the children spent some time within the area exploring conditions and experiences for Victorian soldiers and nurses. Watch Y2’s trailer below to see what they got up to!

 

 

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Off we go!

I hope Y2 have had a good rest over the holidays and are ready for lots more learning this half term. Over the holidays Miss Hackett has been in class, busily transforming the role play area ready for the historical part of our “Fame” enquiry. Before the holidays the children had some great ideas about what Fame is and we will now explore this over the next few weeks. Our enquiry page is all set up and ready to use, so hopefully this will come in useful over the next few weeks!

In our art lessons we are going to be thinking about printing and in our music lessons, Mrs Geelan will be helping us to learn more new songs to perform on the Ocarina ready for the Summer Musical Extravaganza! Across the half term, we will be strengthening our mental maths skills by revisiting some of the aspects we covered earlier in the year. It would be great if at home you could help Y2 by regularly going over their number bonds to 10/20 and also practising times tables facts for 2, 3, 5 and 10’s.Our writing focus this half term will be Non Chronological Reports and Adventure stories.

So as you can see, we have a bust half term ahead and we are looking forward to keeping you up to date through our daily tweets and weekly blog. Y2 would love you to comment on what they get up to on their blog or why not send them a tweet!

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Sports Relief 2016

 

On Friday 18th March, each class took part in a sponsored race outside. The children were given a time limit to complete the events as a class. Events included skipping, press ups, hula hooping, bench presses, sit ups and ladder jumps! Music was also played to keep the children motivated. Some children even managed to surprise themselves with just how long they kept going for! It was a great day had by all, including me!

The ladies in the office counted up all the money that had been collected over the past few weeks and we managed to raise an impressive £500.72! Thank you so much to everybody who contributed towards this amount.