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  • Autumn Term

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Welcome to the Autumn term!

The first set of pictures are from our science topic this term. We have been learning about seasons, the weather and planet earth. We decided to make, out of paper mache, an earth, sun and moon so that we can look closer at how and why we have seasons . As well as this, we did a science experiment using a torch and a globe and talked about how long it takes for the earth to revolve around the sun.We have also made weather stations and collected rain over a week using a rain gauge, looked at the temperature and compared the difference to inside and then outside, and studied compasses to find north, south east and west. 

 

The other pictures recently uploaded are of our school trip! Everyone had such a brilliant day out! We made Christmas crafts in the morning which the children will be taking home later this month. In the afternoon we visited the Christmas tree nursery and the children all had to find a Christmas tree that measured the same height as them. We then explored the woods and the children played camouflage games and lastly built a hibernation home for a dormouse. 

 

We have also had a very successful cake sale last week, run and organised by our fantastic school council. It was very popular and the cakes were delicious. We thank you for bringing in cakes and money. We raised lots of funds which the school council will now decide how best they will contribute to our school.

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This upload shows a huge collection of different activities within the last few weeks of the first term. These range from an impromptu indoor forest schools session due to storm Brian to making a Halloween box out of a net. We did have a role playing night time during forest schools where the children had to listen for woodland night time sounds and guess the animals. 

 

Other activities included in these latest pictures show the children estimating and counting the number if seeds in two different sized pumpkins as well as estimating and then weighing the pumpkins to tie in with our spooky Halloween themed week. This also included describing the different smells and even tastes of the 'witch's potions' (which were in fact different flavoured waters and milk shakes). This did however put some children off, so Mrs Povey and I had to explain that they weren't actually real potions. 

 

In Science have also been creating and labelling the parts of a plant which are now displayed in the classroom. We also talked about the job of each part of the plant.

 

The children have been observing much about the outdoors and as part of this topic, we have been looking at different birds and in particular, what they might like to eat. We proceeded to follow a set of instructions, carefully weighing the ingredients to make bird food. It was a bit messy and sticky, but the children have already informed me that some of the bird food in the pots has already been eaten! They must have made it extra tasty. 

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We have had another exciting couple of weeks. The children have been creating their own little monsters, and after writing sentences and labelling their monster, they were able to use their designs to create a real one made out of playdough, googly eyes and pipe cleaners. The pictures don't do them justice!

 

In forest schools the children have been building more homes for creatures to hibernate in, as well as dens for themselves for shelter. 

 

The children do phonics every morning. Mrs Tamkin's group have been busy looking at present and past tense verbs here in these pictures. 

 

In maths we are adding and subtracting. We have been using lots of different way to help the children. Our pictures show the children creating a whole class giant number square using different coloured card. Their task was quite tricky as they were asked to write all the numbers in the 5 times table onto red card, and all the numbers in the ten times table onto yellow card, so they really had to know their five and ten times tables. Well done for having a go at home with these as well. 

 

The pictures show a lot of activities in literacy based around the story, 'The Minpins'. We have explored the monster known as 'The Gruncher', and looked at Roald Dahl's description of 'The Forest of Sin'. This has encouraged the children to describe their own 'spooky forest' and the creativity and writing skills have been incredible. We have made story mountains (a plan) based around these ideas in order for the children to think about what they want to write in their own story in our next literacy lesson. Well done to all the children, what fantastic imaginations they have.

 

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Our work in pictures last week and this week...The children were all engrossed in creating number lines outside, this time so that they could complete addition sums. Every child worked brilliantly with their partner, creating amazing number lines, some up to 100. 

 

They were also given a task: using sticks, stones and leaves they had to create a picture. They then had to give their picture a total. The materials they used were given different values so they had to use their addition skills to add up the total amount. Some pictures were very valuable! 

 

We also thought we'd share our baking with you. As a class they made and then decorated vanilla butter biscuits, carefully reading through a recipe. The children then had to write instructions on how to make a biscuit. We looked at 'bossy verbs' and a list of ingredients to do this, the perfect recipe to write instructions. This tied in well with their homework: to write a list of items to go shopping. Well done to all the children, as they wrote fantastic lists and even went to the shops and helped buy the items! 

 

We have been busy making clay hedgehogs in forest schools recently, as well as making a little hibernation homes for our hedgehogs. The children got very creative, constructing 'hedgehog hotels' with fully equipped swimming pools and luxury bedrooms! 

 

 

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The children have been busy this week working on number lines and puppet shows. We started off the week by exploring different ways of drawing and then using a number line. These pictures capture some of the first number lines outside in chalk as we decided to take advantage of the warm, sunny weather! Throughout the week they have been building their confidence in designing and using their own number lines in order to solve problems.  

 

We have been looking at the fairy tale Jack and the Beanstalk. After reading through the story, the children were given the task of creating their own Jack and the Beanstalk puppet show to perform to the rest of the class. This has followed on to the children planting a 'magic bean' that has been sent by the Giant to help grow another beanstalk. Next week we will be carrying on the theme and the children will be writing a giant letter back to the Giant himself.

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This half term we are delving deep into the woods. So far we have been on a nature walk and spotted different trees, leaves and fungi. We also identified insects living in their natural habitats; underneath logs and amongst the mud were some places the children discovered them. Our  current pictures show our class (newly named 'Horse Chestnut Class') after completing a maths scavenger hunt. After having collected a list of items, each team had to create an image of the animal their group is named after. The children chose the names themselves based on animals that live in a wood: Bears, Wolves, Owls, Foxes and Hedgehogs. 

 

The second set of pictures is from the first Forest School activity this term. Miss Quick captured the imagination of the children and explained that a dragon had visited our Forest Schools area and breathed magical flames all over it. The children had to look out for the 'dragon's breath' (brightly coloured wool). This was an exercise to help the children become more aware of their surroundings. After collecting the dragon's breath, the children had to look out for a miniature village that the dragon had destroyed the night before; their challenge was to rebuild it for the tiny people who lived there using the materials around them.

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Brilliant balance board work.

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Summer term

 

Welcome to the Summer term!

Week beginning 11.06.18

This half-term, we are going to start a new topic all about ‘The Seaside’. We will be comparing typical seaside holidays from the past with holidays today. We will be looking at UK seaside locations in pictures and on maps. We will investigate what activities there are to do at the seaside and we will also identify international seaside destinations.

Week beginning 04.06.18

Thank you to everyone who came to our Class Event. The children were so eager to show you some of the things we have learnt. They particularly enjoyed showing you what we have been doing in Forest Schools as well as the art work we have done in lessons. Please take a look at our photographs from the event.

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Week beginning 21.05.18

What a fantastic first half of the summer term! We have consolidated our learning of the Great Fire of London, explored writing diary entries, created some fabulous art work as well as learning all about materials in science. All the children worked extremely hard during SATs week. They should be proud of themselves for the efforts they all made.

Topic -The Great Fire of London’.

Be gripped by this significant historic event from the 17th Century! We will bring the event to life through the eyes of Samuel Pepys where we will imagine what it would have been like to live in London in the 17th century and compare this to modern living. We will be comparing fire-safety from the past with today. We’ll study the buildings of the period and create our own buildings.

Spring Term

Welcome to the Spring term! I hope you’ve all had a wonderful Christmas and you’re eager to start a new term and a new topic.

Class 2 parents – Please keep an eye out on the Class Dojo page for regular updates, photographs and news!

Topic

Our topic this term is ‘Healthy humans and our brilliant bodies’. We will be finding out all about how our bodies work and how to keep them fit and healthy.

Week beginning 5.03.18

 

This week, the Year 3s had a fantastic sleepover at Buxworth's Station House. We managed to light a bonfire in the pouring rain to toast our marshmallows then we went back inside to warm up with a delicious hot chocolate. Before going to sleep, we all watched a DVD. All the children slept through the entire night and behaved brilliantly.

 

Also this week, we had our Class Event. Thank you to everyone who came. Despite the technology hiccup, we had lots of fun sharing what we've learnt with you. Please take a look at the pictures.

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Week beginning 08.01.18

Our topic has got off to a cracking start this week. Take a look at our photographs to see what we thought was inside our bodies. We then put a skeleton together as a class. Afterwards we read ‘Funny bones’ and constructed the skeleton of each of the characters from the story.

What is happening in Class 2?

 

Homework in class 2

Children write their week's spellings into their reading record book during the phonics lesson each Monday. They take their reading record book home each day with spellings in so that they can practise them.

Reading at least 3 times per week, please.

Times tables - Children are given a times table to practise each week. The test is on a Tuesday.

Children are reminded to take their reading record books home each day, but sometimes forget.

 

Autumn term 2

Important information for this term in Class 2:

  • Class event on Wednesday 8th November - all parents and carers welcome. 
  • Christmas perfomances: Tuesday 12th December 1:30pm and Wednesday 13th December 6pm.
  • Forests schools will take place every Friday morning - please have the correct clothing in school to take part.
  • Please have both your indoor and outdoor P.E kit in school everyday.
  • Spelling tests will be on a Monday - please practise as much as possible throughout the week.
  • Times tables tests will be on a Tuesday - please practise your target times tables as much as possible throughout the week.

 

Christmas in Class 2!

 

First of all, I would like to say a massive well done to all of the children for their Christmas performances. They all performed brilliantly! 

I hope you all liked the Christmas cards that the children made using their hand and foot prints - they certainly had a lot of fun making these!

Christmas party day was so enjoyable! In the morning, we all joined in with the school festive, annual Reindeer Run. The afternoon was jam-packed with Christmas party fun! We played Snowman Drive, Christmas Bingo, musical bumps and musical chairs. We then ate lots of delicious party fun and even got to meet Father Christmas. 

 

I am looking forward to hearing all about the Christmas holidays when we come back on Thursday 4th January.  

 

I hope you all have a magical Christmas!

Week beginning 06/11/17 & 13/11/17

A great big thank you to everyone who came to our Class event!  We had great fun preparing for the event and telling you all about what we've learnt since September. The children particularly enjoying teaching the adults! 

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Week  beginning: 30/10/17

Welcome back after half-term, we hope you had a spooktacular week! We have a very busy, fun fulfilled term in the run up to Christmas. We have already started to think about Class 1 and 2's Christmas performance so look out for the children's scripts so they can learn their words at home. Next week, we are opening our classroom doors to all parents and carers on Wednesday 8th November at 3pm. Please come and have a look at all the children's hard work from the first Autumn term. 

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Autumn Term 1

We hope you've had a brilliant summer! Mrs Mackey and I can't wait to begin the new school year with you all. We will be doing something a little different for our topic this term. Instead of one topic, we will be doing three different topics which will run alongside each other. In literacy, our focus is ‘Giants’ where we will be reading modern day stories like ‘The smartest giant in town’ and other classic tales such as ‘Jack and the Beanstalk’. This will link in with our science topic ‘Plants’ and our Geography topic ‘What a wonderful world’.

Week beginning: 09/10/17

 

Collaborative learning - Comparing Jack and the Beanstalk to other similar stories

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Week beginning: 02/10/17

Class 2 are very excited this week because our seeds and bulbs have started to grow. After just one week, we have noticed the seeds are growing much quicker than the bulbs. From the seed, we can already see the roots, stem and some leaves. The bulbs are taking a little longer to blossom and for most of  our bulbs, the only change we can see is the roots have started to grow. 

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Week beginning: 25/09/17

We've had lots of fun planting this week! We have set up a comparative study to compare how seeds and bulbs grow. Look out for our results over the next few weeks.

Week beginning:18/09/17

This week, we started reading 'Jack and the Beanstalk'. First, we added actions to the story in order to help us sequence the story then we described the giants castle using prepositions and expanded noun phrases.

'The white, fluffy hen is inside the metal, rusty cage.'

'The magical, golden harp is on top of the enormous, wooden table.'

 

After a fantastic science lesson last week, we decided to search the school grounds for different flowering plants. Take a look at the children's photographs.

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