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Tall Oaks from Little Acorns Grow

Healing Multi-Academy Trust

Class 4

Welcome to Class 4!

 

13Jul19

What an amazing year!

 

I cannot believe there is only one week and two days left of this school year and I wanted to take this opportunity to thank all of the children in Class 4 for making it a wonderful and unforgettable year.

 

I am so proud of each-and-every child in Class 4 for their hard work and determination to succeed.  They really have matured into kind, caring, friendly and confident young people who have all developed a marvellous attitude to their learning. 

 

Thank you too to all of the parents who have supported their children through Year 2 which is definitely one of the more challenging and demanding school years for children.  I am looking forward to spending the last few days watching the children use all of their new found skills and knowledge as they approach a well deserved summer break.

 

Miss French. 

 

 

12Jul19

Attendance

Challenge Time - prizes to win!

 

Class 4 are currently in the lead for whole-year attendance and there is going to be a whole class prize for the winning class.  However, the race is very close and there are a couple of classes hot on our heels - every half-day attendance can make all the difference at the moment.  Class 4 are aiming for 100% attendance over the next week and two days to ensure we remain in the lead so we are asking for your help to ensure your child is in school, on time, every day until the end of term.

 

Mrs Curtiss has been keeping a record of attendance as we are working hard to achieve a whole-school attendance of 96%+ for the whole year.  As a school, we are very close to achieving this target and we are doing all we can to encourage children, and their families, to ensure their maximum attendance.  Rewards are available for individual children with 100% attendance for the year and class prizes for those with the highest attendance and attendance over 97%.  There will also be incentives for children attending on the last two days of school.  We really do appreciate parental support throughout the year to help us achieve our attendance goal.   

19Jul19

Reflecting on a very busy year.

 

Wow!  We had not realised just how much we had done in year 2 until we sat down as a class and remembered everything we have done.  We cannot believe we have done all of this - and we managed to squeeze SATs in between all of this too.

 

The children have told me they have really enjoyed this year and I must agree with them.  It has been jam packed full of exciting learning experiences and we hope this has really helped the children to be ready for the next step in their education.

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16Jul19

Joyeux Quatorze Juillet - Happy Bastille Day

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What a fantastic day we have all had.  The children looked fabulous in their stripes and French colours.

We started the day with a whole-school assembly to learn all about Bastille Day.  We returned to our classes and we practised saying the numbers 1 to 10 in French.

 

We then got to try lots of delicious French food, including baguettes, duck a l'orange pâté, garlic and herb roule, French brie, croissants and crème caramel. 

 

The children enjoyed the baguettes and the croissants but most of them thoroughly disliked the pâté, suggesting it tasted like dog food.  The class was very much divided on the subject of crème caramel; half of the children described it as 'being in heaven' while the other half ran to the bin so they could spit it out.  All of the children tried all of the foods on offer which was really impressive.  and they all wrote about their likes and dislikes.

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In the afternoon we watched a video tour of the Eiffel Tower and learned some facts about this magnificent tower in Paris, France.  we then imagined we were there and wrote postcards home.

 

Finally, we read all about the Tour de France and answered some questions to test our VIPERS reading skills.

 

Today has been a lot of fun!

This week's spellings for 12.7.19

Test on 19.7.19

 

Year 2 spellings

Spelling pattern; contractions, homophones, near-homophones + common exception word

can't

didn't

here

hear

hair

hare

mightn't

Christmas

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

12Jul19

STARS OF THE WEEK

 

Everyone - for being sensible, supporting each other and trying their hardest during sports day.

All of the children have received a certificate.  Well done to our super stars.

12Jul19

Sports Day

 

Well done to all of the children on sports day.  Thank you to all the parents who were able to attend, there was a lovely atmosphere and it was nice to hear so many encouraging comments from the adults towards all of the children, not just their own.  

This week's spellings for 5.7.19

Test on 12.7.19

 

Year 2 spellings

Spelling pattern; contractions + common exception word

isn't

aren't

haven't

hasn't

won't

don't

might've

parents

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

5Jul19

STARS OF THE WEEK

 

Darcy for taking pride in the presentation of her work by writing neatly and crossing out mistakes carefully.

Evie-Mae for taking care to present her work neatly.

Well done to our super stars.

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3Jul19

Sports Day Practise

 

The children had great fun practising for sports day.  They are looking forward to competing on the morning of Friday 12Jun19. 

We hope you can all be there!

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2Jul19

COME ON ENGLAND!!!

 

The children looked fantastic in their England colours today.

Good luck to England ladies team in tonight's semi-final football match against the United States.

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2Jul19

The Great Escape.

 

The children have been learning about the story of 'The Great Escape' today.  We watched a video and heard about what happened.  We then put all of the details into a story plan because we are going to rewrite the story, imagining that we are one of the British soldiers captured and taken prisoner by the German guards.

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This week's spellings for 28.6.19

Test on 5.7.19

 

Year 2 spellings

Spelling pattern; contractions, homophones, near-homophones + common exception word

they've

doesn't

write

right

pear

pair

mustn't

Mrs

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

28Jun19

STARS OF THE WEEK

This week we have been looking for children who have been supportive in class.

Philip for listening to instructions so that he always knows what he needs to be doing.

Lexi-May for always being ready to listen and ready to learn.

Well done to our super stars.

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This week's spellings for 21.6.19

Test on 28.6.19

 

Year 2 spellings

Spelling pattern; contractions, homophones, near-homophones + common exception word

they'll

weren't

be

bee

blue

blew

wouldn't

money

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

21Jun19

STARS OF THE WEEK

This week we have been looking for children who have been supportive in class.

Archie for showing mastery by always being a supportive learning partner.

Kassidi for being supportive in class by helping children stay on task.

Well done to our super stars.

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21Jun19

Marshmallow bridges.

 

What a fantastic parent shared learning afternoon we have had this afternoon.  The parents and children definitely felt challenged when given a pack of dried spaghetti and marshmallows and told they needed to create a bridge that could span the length of two sticks of spaghetti.  Things went off to a tricky (and sticky) start as the teams began building their bridges.  It soon became clear though that the marshmallows were too heavy and the spaghetti too fragile so some creative thinking was required.  Everyone did an amazing job and we were very impressed with the ways in which teams made their constructions stiffer, stronger and more stable.  Well done everyone and thank you so much to all of you who were able to make it.

18Jun16

Alive, no longer alive or never alive.

 

The children worked hard to tidy up our allotment ready for planting potatoes.  The things that children removed from the garden were sorted into groups of things that are alive, things that are no longer alive and things that were never alive.  The children found snails and worms for the 'alive' group (and returned them straight after to the garden).  All of the plants that had been growing that we pulled out of the ground were put in the 'no longer alive' group along with an animal bone that was found and a bag of pre-prepared vegetables that we think a fox may have brought over.  Lots of rubbish went into the 'never alive' group, including a plastic bottle and a tin container.

This week's spellings for 14.6.19

Test on 21.6.19

 

Year 2 spellings

Spelling pattern; contractions, homophones, near-homophones + common exception word

they're

wasn't

bare

bear

see

sea

shouldn't

again

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

14Jun19

STARS OF THE WEEK

This week we have been looking for children who have been following the golden rules.

Ruby for always following the golden rules in school.

Yasmin-Rose for always following the golden rules in school.

Well done to our super stars.

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13Jun19

Homophones and near homophones.

 

Homophones are words that sound the same but look different and mean different things, for example 'bear' and 'bare'.  The children worked together to pair up homophones and, as a class, we found 33 groups of homophones.

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10Jun19

The Tunnel

 

The children have been enjoying the story 'The Tunnel' by Antohony Browne.  They used picture cards to help sequence the story so that they could then retell it with lots of extra information.

11Jun19

Testing bridges for strength.

 

The children were given a set of picture cards of different types of bridges.  They worked together to decide how to sort them.  They chose to sort them by size, then by if they liked them or not.  Next they decided to sort them into curved and straight and finally they decided to sort them by material, deciding if the bridges were made of brick, concrete, metal or wood and rope.  We then looked at two model bridges made of cardboard of the same size with one being a curved bridge and the other straight.  The children predicted that the straight bridge would be the stronger.  We tested our prediction by adding weights to both until they collapsed.  The straight bridge took 400g and the curved bridge took 1,600g before collapsing.  The children concluded that curved bridges are stronger than straight bridges. 

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This week's spellings for 7.6.19

Test on 14.6.19

 

Year 2 spellings

Spelling pattern; contractions + common exception word

I'm

you're

he's

she's

it's

we're

could've

water

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

7Jun19

STARS OF THE WEEK

This week we have been looking for children who have been working independently.

Ashton for developing a range of strategies so he can be a more independent learner.

Millie for approaching independent tasks enthusiastically.

Well done to our super stars.

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7Jun19

TTRockstars - Battle of the Bands.

 

Congratulations to Class 3 who won the Year 2 Battle of the Bands in TTRockstars.  Even though we were runners-up, there were still certificates available to the three children who contributed the most amount of coins to the competition.  Well done boys.

 

3rd - Philip

2nd - Archie

1st - Harry

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7Jun19

French fruits.

The children have been learning different fruits in French.  They are really enjoying the fun games that we play to help with their learning.  They are very challenging but the children are keen to accept the challenge.

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7Jun19

Forming 3D structures using 3D shapes.

The children had great fun creating 3D structures using 3D shapes.  Their friends were invited to guess what they had built and the children had done such a good job that everyone guessed correctly.

5Jun19

Sorting 3D Shapes

Sitting in a circle, the class worked as a team to decide upon how they could group a large selection of 3D shapes.  They agreed that they could sort them by colour.  Once they had done that, they decided they could also sort them by size.  Finally they agreed they could sort them according to whether they had only flat faces, only curved surfaces or flat faces and curved surfaces.  Miss French sorted the shapes into three groups which the children correctly decided were group according to the 2D shapes of the faces - one group had square faces, one group had triangular faces and the 3rd group contained shapes with all other shaped faces.

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4Jun19

3D Shapes

 

The children have been exploring 3D shapes this week.  They started by going on a 3D shape hunt around the classroom and found lots of everyday objects that they could describe by their 3D names.  The children then looked at some 3D shapes that had been made using polydron.  They were able to name their 3D shape and discuss the number of faces, vertices and edges and naming the 2D shapes of the faces.  The children opened up the polydrons to complete 'nets'.  Finally, the children had a look at some nets, discussed the 2D shapes that they could see and then formed and named the 3D shape.

4Jun19

The Three Little Pigs

The children have been looking at the traditional tale, The Three Little Pigs.  They have been thinking about the six story elements that can be found in a traditional tale (setting / characters (good and bad) / problem / solution / theme / moral).  The children worked with their table team to decide which information from the story belonged to which story element.

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4Jun19

Stonger, stiffer and more stable.

 

The children were in the outdoor classroom on Tuesday, working with Class 3 to build their own towers, tunnels or turrets.  The rules of the challenge were to only use things found in the outdoor classroom (children were not to pick anything that was still growing) and they had to make sure it was strong, stiff and stable.  The children did a great job!a

This week's spellings for 24.5.19

Test on 7.6.19

 

Year 2 spellings

Spelling pattern; adding -ily, -less, -ness  to words ending in -y + common exception word

angry

angrily

clumsy

clumsily

penniless

loneliness

pitiless

people

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 been working hard.

Archie for working hard all term.

Darcy for working hard all term.

Well done to our super stars.

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24May19

More fabulous homework.

 

This term's topic is really inspiring children to create some fabulous homework.  We are enjoying our hard work around the classroom.  Here are Archie and Ashton's fantastic creations.

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24May19

French pets.

 

The children have been learning the french words for some pets.  The children challenged their knowledge of these by listening to the french word to the pet showing on the screen and deciding if it was correct or not.

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24May19

Clockwise or anti-clockwise?

 

The children have been learning positional language this week.

The children should now know their left and right.  They should know clockwise and anti-clockwise.  They should also be able to rotate objects by a one quarter turn, half turn, three quarter turn or a full turn.

The children showed off their new found knowledge by turning a trapezium a one quarter turn clockwise.

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22May19

Repeating patterns.

 

The children have been learning all about repeating patterns that create a sequence.  They have been identifying the patterns within a sequence to help them predict what the next shape in a sequence should be.  The children have also been testing each other by laying down a pattern for their partners to repeat to complete a repeating pattern sequence.

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Love it or hate it?

 

20May19 - Today, some of the children in Class 4 made rhubarb and apple crumble using the rhubarb from our very own school allotment.  It would seem children have very strong feelings about rhubarb - most loved it but those who did not really, really did not like it.  I am very impressed that all of the children at least tried it though.  Well done Class 4.

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This week's spellings for 10.5.19

Test on 24.5.19

 

Year 2 spellings

Spelling pattern; -ment, -ness, -ful, -less and -ly + common exception word

payment

illness

careful

careless

sadly

nearly

awful

who

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 been focused on their learning.

Our stars for this week are:

Evie-Mae for showing great focus in her work in the run up to and during SATs.

Harry for his focus during SATs.

Well done to our super stars.

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Relaxing after a busy morning of SATs

 

The children have worked so hard on their Year 2 SATs already, we are all really proud of their relaxed and dedicated attitude.

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Which material would you use to build a fortress?

 

The children worked alongside Class 3 today to identify and describe different materials and their properties.  As part of our project, 'Towers, Tunnels and Turrets' the children were asked to find a material whose properties would make it ideal for building a fortress.  The children decided that brick, concrete or metal would work best as they were the strongest and that wood and glass would not be a suitable material.  

STARS OF THE WEEK

This week we have been looking for children who have shown good progress in their learning.

Our stars for this week are:

Elsie-Mai for making good progress in phonics which is helping with reading.

Rylan for making fantastic progress in all areas of learning, especially with writing.

Well done to our super stars.

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More fabulous homework. 

 

Lots of children have completed their homework already and this can be displayed around our classroom.  Philip and Yasmin-Rose brought in their model castles this week and they look fantastic.  Well done to everyone who has completed homework and we look forward to seeing the homework from those who have not yet completed theirs.

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Tallest tower competition.

 

The children were set a challenge to create the tallest, strongest, stiffest and most stable structure they could using just art straws and sticky tape.  The children found this a real challenge but, after a lot of trial and error, the children began to find their feet and work out how to best make a tall, strong tower.

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This week's spellings for 3.5.19

Test on 10.5.19

 

Year 2 spellings

Spelling pattern; -ment, -ness, -ful, -less and -ly + common exception word

merry

merrily

lucky

luckily

merriment

ugliness

argument

clothes

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 shown pride in their achievements

Our stars for this week are:

Peyton for being proud of her achievements.

Millie for showing pride when trying again gets results.

Well done to our super stars.

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Ordering Castles

 

The children worked in small groups to match pictures of different types of castles to their description.  They then had to order the castles by date order.  The children needed to know that 'B.C' next to a date meant that the date was 'Before Christ' and that 'A.D' next to a date means 'Anno Domini' (The year of our lord).  It was very challenging as we have not encountered numbers beyond 100 very often but the children did a great job.

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WOW!  This is the best day ever!

 

This is just one of the many fabulous comments the children made about our exciting trip to Lincoln Castle to launch our project, Towers, Tunnels and Turrets. 

 

The excitement started on the journey to the castle when we spotted the Red Arrows practising their flying display right over our coach. 

 

We had a bit of a walk from the coach to the castle but it was worth it as the children were amazed when they saw the magnificent Lincoln Castle; they were immediately able to name lots of the parts of the castle, including the battlements, a tower, arrow loops and the gatehouse. 

 

Once settled children enjoyed lots of activities including a walk around the castle walls, medieval knight's training, looking at different types of armour, making shields and enjoying a banquet with the Lord and Lady at the head of the table.

 

What a fantastic day out.  The children made us all feel very proud with their sensible behaviour, enthusiasm and politeness.  The coach driver told the adults that our children were the best coach of children he'd ever had the pleasure of taking anywhere and that they were the politest in Grimsby.  Well done everyone!!!   

This week's spellings for 26.4.19

Test on 3.5.19

 

Year 2 spellings

Spelling pattern; -ment, -ness, -ful, -less and -ly + common exception word

enjoyment

sadness

helpful

hopeless

slowly

lovely

agreement

would

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

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.

Reading challenge winners.

 

Well done to the children who read 40 times or more between Christmas and Easter.  Those children thoroughly enjoyed their reward of an Easter egg hunt, organised by our Reading lead, Miss Spacey.

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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.

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Water

Water 1
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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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