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Class 4

Welcome to Class 4!

We have really enjoyed our last project, 'Street Detectives' and have explored Grimsby, our local area and investigated the history of our school.  We have shown great pride in our local area and it really showed when we told the Madam Mayor of Great Grimsby all about the wonderful things in our area and asked for help to improve the things that need addressing.

 

Spring is in the air!  Our next project, 'The Scented Garden' should get us out in the great outdoors lots.  The children will be given the opportunity to flex their green fingers and use their scientific skills to observe change over time as they grow herbs, grass and sunflowers.

The Scented Garden

 

Tiptoe through the tulips as your senses discover the blooming foliage and enchanting fragrances of flowers and herbs.  Round and round the mulberry bush we go, planting bulbs and seeds, and then watch them grow beneath the sunshine and showers.

 

Explore the astounding world of the scented garden, but be careful, there are some wild and dangerous plants out there that do astonishing things - just don't touch!

 

Use the marvellous properties of plants, flowers and herbs to make something simple become exceptional.

 

Everything is coming up roses!  Why not grow your own?

Home Learning Ideas - Scented Garden

 

Children should complete at least 3 pieces of homework by 5th April 2019.

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

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Food

Food 1
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Food 3
Food 4

Water

Water 1
Water 2
Water 3

Air

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Air 3
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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.

Art afternoon

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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