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Week ending 22/10/21

 

To celebrate diversity week we have been learning about the artist Sir Frank Bowling.  The children looked at his abstract art and chose one they were drawn to.  They then wrote about what the colours reminded them of and how they felt about the painting.  We learnt about how he uses colour to represent his emotions and experiences.  The children chose an experience that they remembered such as a woodland walk, swim in the sea, football match or starting school and they explored different colours that they would link to those experiences.  We then recreated Sir Frank Bowling's pouring art using our experiences as the inspiration, gave our paintings a title and wrote about why we used the colours we did.

 

"It was nice doing the paintings and we all got a go - it was fun" Clara.

"It was interesting when we had to describe the colours - it was fun" Elliot.

"It was fascinating to look at all of Frank Bowling's paintings" Dexter.

"I've never done pouring art before - it was really messy and fun!" Oscar.

 

 

It was also Class 2s Liturgy this week which the children planned themselves and myself and Mrs Pullen were so proud of them!  The theme was looking after the beautiful world that God made.  The children wrote "we may be small but we can make a big difference" and how true that is. 

 

"It was fantastic when I stood up there - I was so happy when I managed to read my words" Ellie.

"It was really fun!" Jasper.

"I liked how we used the clips and music - we may be small but we can make changes" Lucia.

"It was good to see the whole school at our Liturgy" Daniel.

 

 

Week ending 15/10/21

 

This week we have been carrying out an investigation into which material worms prefer to live in.  We went on a worm hunt, created our own worm habitat to keep them safe and then tested out different materials to see which one they wanted to live in.  We discovered that no matter what material we tried, the worms preferred the soil.  We think this is because it is their natural habitat and the soil was moist.

 

"It was fun when we were digging the worms - we had to be vary careful with them" Indie.

 

"It was fun finding the worms!" Jasper.

 

"I liked choosing all the different materials - it was good to see which one they wanted to go to" Nancy.

 

 

In RE we made mosaics of the different symbols for Baptism.

 

"I enjoyed making the symbols because I liked how we could use different colours and shapes" Elliot.

 

In maths we have completed our place value topic by trying lots of different challenges.

 

"I enjoyed the challenge cards even though some were tricky" Alice.

 

We even got Punctuality Pup for the second week in a row! Well done Class 2!

 

Week ending 9/10/21

 

Another fun and dull week in Class 2!  We were the lucky ones tohave all of that wet and windy weather on Tuesday for our Forest School but I was so proud of all of the children as they embraced the weather and had a great time.  We enjoyed the leaf rubbing, bug hunting, made magic wands and collected rain water using drain pipes and buckets which took a lot of problem solving so well done Class 2!

 

"I liked it when I found a huge, wriggly worm!" Roman.

"The bug hunting was really fun, we found some amazing bugs!" Phoebe

"It was a challenge to fix the water run but it was fun" Dexter

"I liked learning about the White Poplar Tree" Alice.

 

 

 

 

We have been learning about bridges this week linked to our English focus book of "The Three Billy Goats Gruff".  We have made spaghetti and marshmallow bridges and investigate the strength of bridges according to their shape using cardboard.  We discovered that arched bridges are stronger and proved this by putting 3 heavy dictionary's on top of 4 half egg shells and they didn't break! We couldn't believe it!

 

 

"It was fun when we put the books on the eggs.  It was weird!" Daniel.

"The eggs didn't break because the shells were curved" Ellie.

"I was surprised because I didn't know the egg shells were strong" Emma.

 

In RE we were learning about symbols for Baptism and we did some wax resistant art.

 

"It was fun because we created symbols that we thought were important and the painting was like magic!" Lucia. 

 

 

 

 

Week ending 01/10/21

 

We have had another fun filled week in Class 2.  In PE thanks to the weather letting us down we were inside but we had a great time using the apparatus to improve our balancing skills.  The children showed wonderful team work when they supported each other.

 

 

"I enjoyed the balancing we did in PE and everyone helped each other" Oscar

 

We have also learnt about The Great escape in History and even built our own tunnels!  The children had to problem solve to make them big enough to travel through, dark so we wouldn't be seen and strong enough so it didn't fall on us.  They did really well!

 

 

 

"Going through the tunnel was fun" Clara

"It was interesting watching the video about The Great Escape!" Arlo

"It was hard to make the tunnels dark and strong but it was really fun" Alice

"My favourite bit was making the tunnels" Joshua

 

The children have worked so hard with their understanding of place value this week and in RE we wrote our own prayers which we are sharing at the beginning of our RE lessons so well done Class 2!

 

"I have liked phonics this week as we have been learning new things" Emily

"My favourite bit of the week has been RE when we light the candle and pray" Charlie

"I have really enjoyed maths this week" Dexter

Week ending 24/09/21

 

Wow what a busy week we have had again this week!  In RE we have been appreciating every new beginning that God provides for us.  We learnt how to mix many different shades of the same colour and used these skills to create beautiful sunrise paintings. 

 

"Painting the sunrise was amazing and cool!" Elliot.

"I went to see the sunrise the next day because we are learning about it" Roman. 

"It was really lovely painting the sun - if you want to paint the sun you have to think like the sun!" Oscar.

We designed and built our Rapunzel towers ensuring it had all the features required such as a window, being tall and stable.

 

"I enjoyed using different materials to make the tower" Lucia

"It was fun until mine broke - but then I worked out how to fix it" George

In Science we have started to research all about tunnelling animals and have been reading the Anthony Browne book "The Tunnel" in English.  We discussed the word dilemma and debated what we may have done in the characters situation.  

 

"The story was good" Lucas

"We have been writing about mystical tunnels and I enjoyed thinking of good describing words" Nancy.

Week ending 17/09/21

 

Wow what a busy week!  We have enjoyed using the globes and maps in Geography  to locate famous towers around the world.  We the used Google Earth to show the children in more detail.

"Wow it is so far away!" Livia

"There are so many buildings in London" Arlo

"I loved seeing the whole world with the globes" Oscar

 

In English this week we have been retelling the story of Rapunzel through puppets.  We have thought about the main characters and interviewed them as a hot seat activity.  we then wrote from the characters perspective and answered the questions.

"I enjoyed interviewing Rapunzel" Nancy

"Acting with the puppets was fun!" Olivia

"I enjoyed listening to the story" George

 

 

In D & T we have built our own nature towers and discovered it was hard to build a stable foundation with them.  we then built towers using sugar cubes and measured them. we discussed as a team what we could do to make the towers taller and more stable.

 

 

Week ending 10/09/21

 

What a fantastic first full week back!  we are exhausted but there have been plenty of smiles.

 

We have started our new topic "Towers, Turrets and Tunnels" and the children have enjoyed learning about the parts of a castle, designing their own one and creating amazing castles - many of which included moving draw bridges which were really impressive!  We also went on a drama walk where we invaded a castle and we did of course win!

 

 

In RE we have been learning about new beginnings and how each day brings us so many new beginnings.  We also introduced the children's new Bibles and they really enjoyed exploring them.  

 

"Look it is when God created the world and all the animals!" Daniel.

"These books are really special" Clara.

 

 

 

 

 

Week ending 16/07/21

 

We had so much fun with the bug party!  We had bug races that were designed by the children, we played party games, played bug bingo hunt, made spider webs and there were lots of prizes.

 

"It was really fun" 

"It was mind blowing!" Oscar

"I liked dressing up as a bee" Austen 

 

 

 

In RE this week we thought back about all the things we had learnt over the year and created paper chains to show how it is all connected and how much we have learnt.

 

"I enjoyed making the Easter gardens" Darcy B

" I liked making the opportunities tree" Tiffany

"The mosaics we made were lovely" Molly

"I liked learning about God's rules and doing drama" Jessica

 

In Gardening Club we painted pictures with the beetroot that we grew!

 

 

 

Week ending 9/07/21

 

We listened to the story "Bog Baby" and we made our own Bog Baby habitats.  We found natural materials in the woods to create our habitats.

"I liked choosing my materials" Raife.

"I used gigantic leaves because I thought the Bog Baby could rest underneath it" Marley.

"I enjoyed making the habitats" A.

 

 

We were very lucky and had a Sublime Science workshop and we made thunder, sweet and sour sherbet and we made the world float!

 

"I thought it was amazing especially the cup trick" Tilly.

 

"I enjoyed making the thunder noises" Molly.

 

"I loved the whistling tube!" Darcy

Week ending 01/07/21

 

Another fun filled week this week in Class 2!

 

We have learnt all about ants and made our own ant models to take home.  We also researched our own choice of mini beast and discovered what their life cycle was.  

 

The children helped me celebrate my birthday with lots of fun and singing which was made even more special by watching Treasure Island performed in school.  It brilliant -0 here are some quotes form the children:

 

"I am sooooo excited!" (Charlie).

 

"That was fantastic, I liked the way she jumped into the screen it was like magic" (Kaspian).

 

 

In RE we have looked at God's world and how we treasure it.  The children had lovely thoughtful responses:

 

"We have to care for the animals otherwise they won't live anymore" (Tiffany).

 

"We should not use plastic or throw it in the sea" (Skylar).

 

"We should pick up the rubbish and not litter anywhere" (Raife).

Week ending 25/06/21

 

What an exciting week!  The children had a wonderful time in Forest School on Tuesday making our own animals using natural materials and learning about animal habitats.

 

In RE we started our new topic 'Treasures' and the children led wonderfully thoughtful discussions about what we treasure.  We put pictures or the words about those treasures in a treasure chest to keep them safe.  We had suggestions such as "my family are precious treasures", "I love the tropical flowers", "I treasure animals and look after them", "our friends are treasures".

 

 

In Math's we have been learning about measurement of weight in grams and kilograms.  The children have enjoyed the practical activities we have done.

 

 

In Science we have been learning about the bees habitat and tasting and baking with honey - yum!

Week ending 18/06/21

 

What a week!  We have had lots of fun in the sun with our sports week and all the children were great at cheering each other on at Sports Day!  We have enjoyed taking part in whole school 'Wake Up Shake Up' every morning where we have learnt the Cha Cha Slide and Superman song - maybe the children could show you!  We also took part in team building challenges and ultimate frisbee so it has been a busy week!

 

We have still found time to carry on with our creepy crawlies topic and made a habitat for our own snail who we named Draco!  The children have learnt how to care for a snail and have done a great job - Draco will be sad to leave Class 2 on Friday!

 

 

To complete our RE topic of Rules - we celebrated how we keep God's one rule by loving Him and others by making our Class 2 family friendship bracelets!

 

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Week ending 11/06/2021

 

What an exciting week we have had exploring our new topic "Wriggle and Crawl"!  We first went to find our seeds that we had hidden in the woods - and were so excited to discover that all of them apart from 1 had disappeared.  After lots of discussion the children were sure that they had been dispersed by animals such as squirrels or birds.

 

We have been exploring different habitats around the school and identifying what mini beasts we had found.  We searched in the woods, pond and trees and discovered many different types such as spiders, tadpoles, millipedes, centipedes and even a baby dragonfly! 

 

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Week ending 28/05/21

 

In RE we did some drama work about making good and bad choices.  The children were very reflective and did a great job.

 

In topic we have learnt about seed dispersion, pressed our own flowers to create a book mark, made sycamore seeds and explored what plants need to be healthy.

 

Week ending 21/05/21

Maths

We have been learning about time this week - the children have really grasped the o'clock and half past the hours.  We went on a trip around the Class 2 zoo and set our clocks to the feeding times of all the animals.  We were then able to add an hour for the day that the zoo keeper was late.  If the children have watches then it would be great if they could wear it or use the clocks at home and keep practicing!

 

Geography

We have been discussing the differences between flowers in our country and those you would find in the Amazon Rainforest.  The children researched different flowers, sketched them and then created them in any way they chose.  Some chose clay, others pictures and junk modelling.  We discussed how the conditions would differ and how our flowers may find the rainforest.

  

Week ending 14/05/21

 

Science

Exciting news!!  The sweet pea seeds that we planted 2 weeks ago have started to grow!  The children have taken observations and noted down the changes in their books they have made.  We are relieved as we thought the rain from the storms at the weekend may have drowned them but thankfully they must have been thirsty :) 

 

We have also been investigating how flowers need and use water so we used white carnations and placed them in coloured water - we were pleased with the results!

 

Maths

We have been learning about position and direction which has been fun!  Any practice with left and right, 1/4, 1/2 and whole turns would be beneficial.

 

 

Week ending 7/05/21

 

Wow - it may have been a shorter week but we have been very busy!

The children loved the Forest School day we had on Tuesday and didn't let any weather concerns worry them at all!  We had lots of fun building dens, making medals and thankfully the wind died down just in time for us to be able to have a fire at the end and toast marshmallows.

The children have wowed us with their enthusiasm in music - they have listened so carefully when learning to play the ocarina - well done Class 2!

Week ending 30/04/21

Wow - we have had a wonderful week exploring our new topic 'Scented Garden'.  The children have enjoyed planting bulbs, seeds and plants and creating their own Science books to record changes we notice.

 

 

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We also started our cooking after school club this week - the children really enjoyed making and eating chocolate chip cookies :) 

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