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Tall Oaks from Little Acorns Grow

Healing Multi-Academy Trust

Class 4

Welcome to Class 4!

 

So far this year Class 4 have enjoyed the following topics:

 

Land Ahoy!

Muck, Mess and Mixtures.

Street Detectives.

Scented Gardens.

 

We have been so busy and have really grown this year as a class.  We are becoming independent, enquiring, confident and enthusiastic learners.  We are really making our teachers proud and Miss French and Miss Jackson think we are all super stars.

 

Our next project is 'Towers, Tunnels and Turrets'.  Because next term is a short term and there is so much interesting and exciting things to do within this project we are going to be continuing it until the end of the school year so we should be experts by the end of it.  We can't wait to find out what this project is all about - it sounds really exciting!

Towers, Tunnels and Turrets

 

See the castle ahead? Get ready to invade its mighty walls! Shoot a projectile with an archer's aim! Head across the drawbridge, over the moat and up to the top of the tower...

 

Meet Rapunzel who lives in a tall, tall tower. Let's build a brand new one... Whose is the tallest? Can you measure it?

 

Then dig deep, deep down, making burrows and tunnels, just like the animals that live underground. 

 

What's that sound? I hear little hooves going trip, trap, trip, trap over the rickety bridge. Watch out for the angry troll underneath. He likes to gobble up little girls and boys! Make sure your bridge is sturdy enough to take our weight and get us safely to the other side. 

Home Learning Ideas - Tower, Tunnels and Turrets.

 

Children should complete at least 4 pieces of homework by 5th July 2019.

Parts of a castle

 

The children have learned all of the names for different parts of a castle.  They have used their newfound knowledge to create their own 'digital' artwork to display in our classroom.

Shared learning afternoon.

 

It was such a shame that the wet weather stopped us from being able to get out to our fabulous allotment.  However, that did not stop us from having a fantastic afternoon sharing all of our wonderful learning we have done over the last half-term during our project 'Scented Garden'.  The adults also got to help the children to plant their own sunflowers to take home to watch how they grow.  It was brilliant to see so many visitors - thank you to all of you who were able to attend.

 

 

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Sports Festival

 

The children had great fun competing alongside children from another local school.  The children were so supportive of one another and enjoyed making new friends.  It was a very exhausting day - the coach journey back to school was much quieter than it was on the way there!

This week's spellings for 29.3.19

Test on 5.4.19

 

Year 2 spellings

Spelling pattern; [a] before [ll], [a] before [l], [o] as [a], common exception word.

ball

wall

talk

always

come

done

covered

pass

The children have practised these words already in class, but the more they practise the better score they will get.

STARS OF THE WEEK

This week we have been looking for children who have impressed us by explaining their understanding.

Our stars for this week are:

Harry for logically explaining how he reached his answers.

Evie for clearly explaining her reasoning, demonstrating her progress towards mastery.

Well done to our super stars.

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Fantastic homework!

 

Well done to the children that have brought in their homework for this term, we have really enjoyed looking at everything everyone has produced.  Well done, in particular, to Harry and Peyton who had a really 'hands-on' approach to their learning.  Harry has been busy planting sunflower seeds and Peyton has grown her very own fairy garden.

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Days of the week.

 

The children are beginning to learn the days of the week in French.  It is a big challenge but, with practise, I'm sure the children will soon get the hang of it.

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Year 2 - working together to get the job done.

 

The children in Class 4 love having the opportunity to work with children in Class 3.  The children showed us their fantastic teamwork skills as they sequenced the story of Jack and the Beanstalk.  Great work everyone!

This week's spellings for 22.3.19

Test on 29.3.19

 

Year 2 spellings

Spelling pattern; -ed and -ing + common exception word

drop

dropped

dropping

grin

grinned

grinning

planning

grass

The children have practised these words already in class, but the more they practise the better score they will get.

STARS OF THE WEEK

This week we have been looking for children who have impressed us by following instructions.

Our stars for this week are:

Kassidi for continued commitment and hard work towards her learning.

Rylan for his commitment to learning and improvement resulting in fantastic progress.

Well done to our super stars.

Sweet scented playdough.

 

We have been applying what we have learned about how to release the scent in herbs to create our very own beautifully smelling playdough.

 

We bashed up our herbs (basil, mint and thyme) to release the scented oils within so that when we added it to our playdough it smelled much nicer.  

 

We learned that food flavourings are made using the same technique.  We were able to choose from orange, lemon, peppermint and almond essences.

 

Our playdough smells amazing. 

We are all athletes.

 

The children have been practising their athletics again this week and have been impressing us with their enthusiasm and energy.  Can you spot your child among the blurs?

The Scented Herb Garden

 

Today the children have been examining herbs and exploring the scent that they produce.  The children found out that if you tear, crush or rub herbs it releases a stronger scent.  Today the children looked at thyme, tarragon, dill, rosemary, bay leaves, lemon grass (which isn't a herb but smells wonderful) and basil.  The children categorised the scents by those they liked and those they disliked and wrote about what they thought of each scent.  The class thought that lemongrass was the best scent as it smelled just like sherbet lemons.

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Magic carnations?

 

Miss French wasn't at school yesterday because she had to look after her little boy who was poorly.  To cheer herself up, Miss French bought herself some beautiful white carnations.  Miss Langley got very excited when Miss French told her she'd bought white carnations telling Miss French that they are magic.  Miss Langley explained that if you put them in water with a food colouring of your choice then the flower turns that colour.  The children did not believe for one moment that carnations are magic so they decided we had best test out Miss Langley's theory.  We do hope they are magic!

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Red Nose Day 2019 for Comic Relief.

 

The children had a fantastic day doing something funny for money.  Two children were chosen from our 'pot of destiny' to select clothing from a delightful array of charity shop finds for Miss French to wear later in the day.  Two other children were chosen at random to become make-up artists for the day too as they gave their teacher a beautiful makeover.  As a class, the children thought that a cupcake hairstyle would be the most stylish.  This was all in aid of our teacher fashion show at the end of the day to which the children wore their fabulous, couture designed outfits that they made themselves.

STARS OF THE WEEK

This week we have been looking for children who have impressed us by following instructions.

Our stars for this week are:

Lexi-May for always following instructions.

Elsie-Mai for always listening carefully to instructions.

Well done to our super stars.

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Olympic swimmer visits Woodlands.

 

The children were very excited to meet 2012 Olympian, Double Commonwealth & European Medalist Joe Roebuck.  He gave a motivational talk about how hard work, determination and never giving up helped him to realise his dream of becoming an Olympic swimmer.

 

The children were then put through their paces with some gruelling exercise which not only got the children's hearts racing but also helped their brain get lots of oxygen ready for quicker learning.  The children did brilliantly, although some needed a little lie down at the end. 

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THE GRASS HEADS GET THEIR HAIR CUT.

DISSECTING DAFFODILS TO HELP US LEARN ABOUT THE PARTS OF PLANTS

Mayor visit update.

 

We have received an e-mail from the Madam Mayors assistant with an update on progress following the children's request with help to improve the local area that they love and are so very proud of.  This is the response...

 

"I am writing to you on behalf of The Worshipful the Mayor of the Borough of North East Lincolnshire Cllr Hazel Chase.

 

Madam Mayor has asked me to let you know that due to the non-availability of ward councillors she has taken up the children’s’ concerns with Portfolio holder for Environment Cllr Mathew Patrick and is due to speak with him again in 14 days at which time Madam Mayor will let you have a full report back as promised."

 

We look forward to hearing from her in due course.

Grass heads update...

 

The grass heads hair has gone wild.  We think they are about ready for a hair cut.  The children have made sure they are kept warm, have plenty of sunlight and have plenty of water.  Great growing children.

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EXTRA, EXTRA - READ ALL ABOUT IT!

 

We are very pleased that our recent Mayor visit has been reported on the Grimsby Telegraph website.

 

Click on the link below and scroll down to find a lovely article that really does show off the children's hard work and enthusiasm for their recent project, 'Street Detectives'.

This week's spellings for 8.3.19

Test on 15.3.19

 

Year 2 spellings

Spelling pattern; -ed and -ing + common exception word

pat

patted

patting

beg

begged

begging

chopping

father

The children have practised these words already in class, but the more they practise the better score they will get.

STARS OF THE WEEK

This week we have been looking for children who have impressed us by working independently, a particularly important skill in year 2.

Our stars for this week are:

Kristaps for enthusiastically attempting to work independently.

Philip for using our learning questions and steps to success to support his independent learning.

Well done to our super stars.

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Thursday 7th March 2019

World Book Day

 

The children had great fun dressed as their favourite character from a Roald Dahl book for World Book Day and they all looked amazing. 

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The children did a great job of drawing and describing their character.  Well done to Kassidi, Bailey and Rylan who all read their character descriptions out in our whole school assembly - you read brilliantly.  

Making grass heads.

 

The children were given a set of instructions to follow for making grass heads.

 

With just a little help, the children did a great job.

 

We will post the results when we have some.

This week's spellings for 1.3.19

Test on 8.3.19

 

Year 2 spellings

Spelling pattern; -y, -er, -est, -ed, -ing + common exception word

cuter

cutest

nose

nosy

snapper

wettest

shopper

past

The children have practised these words already in class, but the more they practise the better score they will get.

STARS OF THE WEEK

This week's we have been looking for children who have impressed us during project lessons.

Our stars for this week are:

Harry for his hard work and enthusiasm towards this term, and every term's, projects.

Tommy for his creative approach to our project.

 

Well done to our super stars.

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This week's spellings for 15.2.19

Test on 1.3.19

 

Year 2 spellings

Spelling pattern; -y, -er, -est, -ed, -ing + common exception word

lazy

lazier

laziest

carer

cared

caring

whined

last

The children have practised these words already in class, but the more they practise the better score they will get.

Project - celebration of learning.

Visit from the Madam Mayor of Great Grimsby

This week Year 2 celebrated our project Street Detectives, with our exhibition which was a visit from the Mayor. She visited to see what the children had been learning about and the children really showed her how passionate they are about our local area and community. After our local area walk recently, the children explained to the Mayor how upset they were that there was a lot of rubbish on the ground and that people weren't picking up their own dog mess. The children also told her that the park on Nunsthorpe has broken parts to it and so it makes it unsafe for them to play on. Our children did an amazing job at convincing the Mayor to help us and she made a promise to the children that she would do all she can and speak to the right people to see what she can do to help us make our community even better.

STARS OF THE WEEK

This week's we have been looking for children who have impressed us during P.E. lessons.

Our stars for this week are:

Evie for always listening well and working hard in P.E.

Archie for his enthusiasm in P.E.

 

Well done to our super stars.

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This week's spellings for 8.2.19

Test on 15.2.19

 

Year 2 spellings

Spelling pattern; -y, -er, -est, -ed, -ing + common exception word

angry

angrier

angriest

dancer

danced

dancing

hated

after

The children have practised these words already in class, but the more they practise the better score they will get.

Wednesday 6th February 2019

Shared learning experience

The year 2 team have been amazed by the hard work and effort that the children and their special guests put into creating our very own street of houses, flats and castles during our shared learning morning.

 

Well done everybody and thank you for the donations of materials.

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Tuesday 5th February 2019

Scientifically choosing a suitable roofing material.

The children had a go at being scientists to decide which material would make a suitable roof covering for the model houses that we are going to be making.  The children decided that the best material would be bendy, strong, warm and waterproof.  They decided that all of the fabrics were pretty bendy, strong and warm but that the oil cloth would be best as it is shiny and waxy and has no holes in it to let water through so should be waterproof.  The children carried out an experiment to test their prediction, making sure that it was a fair test.  After observing closely what happened when they put water on each fabric, the children confirmed that their prediction was correct.

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This week's spellings for 1.2.19

Test on 8.2.19

 

Year 2 spellings

Spelling pattern; -y, -er, -est + common exception word

closer

closest

scare

scary

fatter

fattest

thinner

beautiful

 

The children have practised these words already in class, but the more they practise the better score they will get.

Thursday 31st January 2019

Local Area Walk.

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We went on an adventure in the freezing fog on Thursday and the children had a great time exploring our local area.  The children really do love where they live and are clearly proud of their local environment.  The children are looking forward to sharing their favourite things about our area with the Lady Mayor who is going to be visiting Year 2 in the next couple of weeks.  The children were disappointed that some of the local area is not being looked after as well as it could be and they feel quite passionately about letting the Lady Mayor know exactly what they would like to be done to address this!

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However, some things just aren't so great :-(

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Tuesday 29th January 2019

Man made or natural materials?

 

The children did a great job of looking for materials in the outdoor classroom and deciding if they were man made or natural.  The children decided that they would know if an object was natural if it came from nature.  The children found a plastic plant pot which they decided was definitely man made.  They were certain that the mushroom was natural as it was growing in the ground.  The outdoor classroom building caused some confusion but the children decided it was a man made structure made from natural materials so was, in fact, both man made and natural.

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This week's spellings for 25.01.19

Test on 01.02.19

 

Year 2 spellings

Spelling pattern; -y, -er, -est, -ed, -ing

heavy

heavier

heaviest

hiker

hiked

hiking

liked

pretty

All children in year 2 will be receiving the same spellings for the time being. Some children may find them trickier than others but support will be given in school to help all children achieve the best they can.

22nd January 2019

The four things animals need for survival.

 

Last week we investigated the seven things that all living things do.  This week we have looked at the four things that animals need for survival

  • Food to eat.
  • Water to drink.
  • Air to breath.
  • Shelter to keep dry, warm and safe.

The children were able to identify all four needs.

Shelter

Shelter 1
Shelter 2
Shelter 3
Shelter 4

Food

Food 1
Food 2
Food 3
Food 4

Water

Water 1
Water 2
Water 3

Air

Air 1
Air 2
Air 3
Air 4

STARS OF THE WEEK

This week's we have been looking at the children's writing.

Our stars for this week are:

Rylan Stannard for working hard to write more during lessons.

Darcy Jensen for trying so hard to improve her handwriting.

 

Well done to our super stars.

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HOME LEARNING IDEAS

Our project launch at the National Fishing Heritage Centre

Our Year 2 children had a fabulous day at the National Fishing Heritage Centre and learnt lots of new information. Our day was split into three 1 hour slots; 1 hour was a tour of the Ross Tiger, 1 hour was a tour of the centre and 1 hour was dedicated to use visiting the temporary museum and trying on the clothes that fisherman needed to wear.

All of the children behaved really well and we had a really good day out.

Ask your children about their trip and talk through the photos below.

Maths in Year 2

This week we have started teaching the children about mass. We have had the opportunity to use balance scales and kitchen scales to measure items and we have also been learning that we measure mass in kg and g. Below are a couple of lessons that we have worked through this week.

It would be really helpful for your children if they could look at and use any scales you have at home.

 

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This week's spellings for 11.01.19

Test on 18.01.19

 

Year 2 spellings

Spelling pattern; -y, -er, -est, -ed, -ing

happy

happier

happiest

baker

baked

baking

smiled

break

 

All children in year 2 will be receiving the same spellings for the time being. Some children may find them trickier than others but support will be given in school to help all children achieve the best they can.

Art afternoon

 

We have had an art afternoon and tried to copy some of the work of Picasso.

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Home learning packs

Home learning packs were sent out to all children in Year 2 this week.

In them there are lots of resources that can be used at home, that will help your child. Some of the activities on the bingo boards might not have been taught yet, but will be taught over the coming months. The bingo boards have end of Year 2 expectations on. There is also a bookmark that has questions on for you to ask your child at the beginning, in the middle and at the end of the book. Children are really engaged with their reading at the moment and so this will enable them to delve further into thinking about the text/ story more. There is a contents page at the front of the pack that explains what the rest of the resources are to be used for.

Hopefully you find this pack useful.

 

It is not 'extra' homework and we don't need any of it completed and back in school. It is to be used as and when your child wants help or support with concepts at home.

 

 

Making rice crispy cakes.

 

The children worked hygienically and safely in the school kitchen when making rice crispy cakes.  The children gave Miss French instructions as she had told them she'd never made them before (although she did admit later to playing a trick on the children - she was just testing them).  The children knew to wash their hands and why.  They also made sure to move carefully around the kitchen and not to touch anything hot.  They took turns to break up the chocolate, add the rice crispies and stir the mixture.  The best bit was eating them during story time.

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Ice cube painting.

 

The children got their hands really messy on Thursday when they worked in teams to create these magnificent ice cube paintings (made by freezing poster paint).  They explored the different patterns they could create together and how the ice paints could be mixed together to create new colours.  The children observed what happened when salt is poured over ice which created a new texture to add to their masterpieces.  The children enjoyed learning their new word, 'dissolved'. 

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End of project exhibition.

 

The children were very excited to show off all of their work that we have been doing on our project 'Land Ahoy!'.  Thank you to all the Mums, Dads, Nannas and Aunties who were able to come and celebrate the children's learning.

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Using our map reading skills.

 

The children have been using the skills that we have been learning this half-term to use a map.  Class 3 worked in pairs to hide a named treasure card in the outdoor classroom and marked it's location on their maps with an 'x'.  Class 4 worked in pairs to find the treasure cards and then hid their own, marking the location on their maps with an 'x' for Class 3 to find.  Almost all of the treasure cards were found.  Well done year 2!

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How do Christian children show their faith?

 

The children have been learning about Holy Communion and recreated this service of Christian worship to better understand how Christian children show their faith.

Dancing pirates

 

The children created their very own pirate dances by sequencing some learned moves together.

They walked the plank, saluted, climbed the rigging and rowed the boat.  Their final dances were very entertaining!

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Bear Grylls needs our help - he is stuck on a treasure island!

 

Well what a surprise Year 2 had this afternoon.  There has been another letter; not from a pirate this time but from the present day adventurer, Bear Grylls.  He has been set upon by pirates and is trapped on a treasure island.  He needs to build a shelter but isn't sure where to start.  He has asked for our help to work out how to make a shelter that is strong, waterproof and big enough for him to sleep in.  Classes 3 and 4 rose to the challenge yet again. 

Pirates always find their treasure!

 

There was great confusion and excitement when an envelope appeared outside the Year 2 Classrooms on Friday afternoon.  We thought perhaps it would contain a letter from Captain Blackbeard, or maybe some gold coins from a treasure chest.  The children worked together to read the note that we found inside - it told us to follow the instructions to find where we'd land.  We had to work together to keep close and move just as we were told (turning left and right and taking steps forwards and backwards).  We followed the instructions and found three letters, 'g, 'e' and 'g'.  We decided it could not be the word 'geg' and realised it said 'egg' and was leading us to our egg chairs.  We went to investigate!  When we got there though, we had been tricked and it really meant the big egg chair.  We found yet another message there that told us our treasure could be in one of classrooms.  Class 3 found the jewelled sweets hiding in a treasure chest under a blanket in the reading corner.  As we all worked together so well, it was only fair that we all got to share the booty. Brilliant treasure hunting Year 2!

P.E. - Dance

 

The children worked well in their partnerships to create small and large shapes with their bodies.  They then challenged themselves to see if they could mirror each others' body shapes. 

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RNLI Lifeboat Station, Cleethorpes

 

To launch our project, 'Land Ahoy!' we visited the RNLI lifeboat station in Cleethorpes.  We learned all about how to stay safe near water, how volunteer rescuers stay warm and dry and all of the very expensive and important equipment that can be found on a lifeboat to help save people, animals and even a bus!  While we were there, we examined all of the shapes we could see on the lifeboat to help us draw the lifeboat in pencil.

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Sink or float?

 

As part of our topic, 'Land Ahoy', we have been exploring sinking and floating.  We looked at lots of different objects made from different materials and discussed their properties.  We then decided if we thought they would sink or float and recorded our predictions on a results table.  We then got to see if we were right or not.  We recorded our findings against our predictions in the results table.  We thought wood floated best and decided it would be the best material to make a boat from. 

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Boats of all shapes and sizes.

 

We know that boats come in lots of different shapes and sizes.  We explored different ways of creating our very own 3D boats.  We are very imaginative in Class 4!

Where in the world?

 

The children have been using their map reading skills to find the five oceans of the world that sea explorers would have crossed and the seven continents that they would have visited.  They have discovered that there is an imaginary line around the middle of the earth called the equator that separates the earth into north and south.

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