Class 2

Thursday 29th November.
We spent Monday and Tuesday in the village hall putting together and practising the Christmas Play. The children were brilliant. Not only did they listen and work hard to develop their speaking, acting and singing; they also supported each other and got on quietly with independent Maths and Art activities when they were not directly involved in the play. Class two have also been reading, following and writing instructions. They explored the benefits of clear, well ordered instructions with labelled diagrams when making origami animals and have written their own instructions how to program a sprite to draw different shapes, using Scratch. Miss Blewitt found the instructions easy to follow even though she hasn't used the program before.  We have nearly completed the papier mache stage of making our Mexican masks. 
Friday 23rd November
Over the pat two weeks the children have been designing and making their papier mache models of Mexican masks. They have based their designs on the wooden masks made in Tocuaro by Mr Horta who we have learned about in our topic work. This has involved a lot of glue newspaper and balloons. Last week the children learned about anti bullying and demonstrated a clear understanding of what bullying is and what they can do if they are bullied, or know of others who are bullied.  This week we had great fun learning how to stay safe on the roads. We drew roads and other features on the playground and took on different roles to explore how we can follow the green cross code. In Maths, the children have been confident finding equal groups and using this to solve multiplication and division problems.  We have continued to learn about materials in Science and used this knowledge to write information booklets in English.
Friday 9th November
We have enjoyed another busy week in class 2. The children have been designing Mexican masks. We have started discovering and learning about materials and their properties. The children have been looking for materials around the school and in the grounds and explaining why they are good for making different things. In our writing lessons the children have been writing information about materials. We have used lots of different practical equipment in Maths. The children have really impressed me the different ways they have found to solve equations.
Friday 2nd November
Thank you to all the children and their parents for making such a brilliant effort getting dressed up as rock stars for our TT Rock Stars day.  The children enjoyed lots of different activities to learn their X tables. Please encourage them to use the TT Rock Stars site at home or practice their X facts in other ways. Please ask if you don't have your child's username and password. The children have continued to work really hard after their holiday writing their long stories adapted from Hansel and Gretel. They completed their bean diaries and thought about why some beans had grown better than others. The children continue to play musical instruments and it was great that the recorder players played their recorders along with the other insturments.
Thursday 11th October 2018
It was great meeting so many parents at parents evening on Tuesday. I look forward to meeting up and discussing your children's progress and how we can best support them during the year.
The children have enjoyed learning their times tables, singing and dancing, along with football club mascots, on the BBC Super Movers website. The children also practised their times table using TT RockStars. If you would like your child's log in to use at home please let me know. 
In Science the children have been pleased to see some of their beans are growing and in music they really enjoyed playing the xylophones.
Thursday 4th October
The children have had another great week of writing linked to the story of Hansel and Gretel. This morning, I suggested that we should finish our writing at break time and continue on Monday as they had written so much and must have tired hands from writing . The children asked if they could continue after break because they were having so much fun and voted in favour of continuing. They were rightly proud of having written the story, a lot of the children had included speech (with punctuation) and many children had written more than a side of A4.  The children have achieved a lot in Maths developing fluency adding and subtracting to 10 and adding and adding and subtracting multiples of 100 which they then used in reasoning and problem solving work.
Some beans are growing better than others but the children are keeping careful records in their bean diaries. We have set up another fair test to explore what is the best environment to grow beans.
On Friday afternoon the children have started Apple Friends sessions with Miss Blewitt and have been discussing what words they can use to express feelings. 
Thursday 27th September
We have enjoyed another busy week in class 2. The children were really excited to meet Clinton Purnell, the gymnast, and showed great stamina doing spotty dogs, star jumps, press ups and leg drives.  The children have enjoyed learning and telling the story of Hansel and Gretel. It was great to see the enthusiasm with which they told and then wrote the story. We will continue to develop and develop our own versions of the story over the next week.  Our Maths this week has provided a real challenge but the children are beginning to read and grapple with really complex 3 part questions.
In science we started growing beans and will observe and record their growth. We have been exploring the needs of settlements in our topic work. 

Friday 21st September

Over the past two weeks the children in class two have continued to impress me with their positive attitude to learning and team work.

In Literacy, we have been writing descriptions of character and setting. I have been particularly pleased with the children’s response to my challenge for them to write more and the way they are giving each other feedback and using this to improve their work. Two children have written and shared book reviews they wrote at home with the class, which was great. In Maths, the children have a greater understanding of the number system and place value which they are applying to problems.

We have been learning about maps and the globe in our topic. The children have been learning about seed dispersal and have enjoyed looking for different types of seeds. In Computing we have been learning about the need for precise instructions (algorithms) in order to write code . We wrote and then improved instructions for someone else to draw a monster. This is shown really clearly in the photo of the pictures they drew.

6th September 2018
 
Class Two have mad a great start to the year. The children have been writing and drawing postcards describing what they did over the summer holidays. I have been pleased to see that the children are working really hard to present their work beautifully.
We have all enjoyed our class reading book, Flat Stanley and are working hard at our reading skills so we will be able to enjoy reading more exciting books both individually and in groups.
Our topic this term is What a Wonderful World. Today, we produce a whole class piece of art inspired by the song by Louis Armstrong. The children used and experimented by mixed primary colours.

Thursday 11th October 2018

It was good to meet so many parents on Tuesday evening. I look forward to meeting you to share ideas about your children’s progress and how we can best support them during the uear.

The children enjoyed learning their times tables, singing and  dancing along with football mascots on the BBC’s Super Movers website. They also played games on TT Rockstars. I’ve have typed details for any parents who don’t have their child’s log in for TT Rockstars. The children have continued to record the growth of their beans and how the beans are growing in different conditions. The children showed great progress in lesson using xylophones on Thursday.

Thursday 6th December 2018
Much of this week has been taken up with the children practising the Christmas play. It has been great to see how the children have gained confidence to speak up on stage and act their parts. We have continued working on our Mexican masks. The children enjoyed listening to the story of Harvey Slumfenburger's Christmas and have been writing character descriptions about Father Christmas.