We are Class 2, a lively collection of year two and three pupils working our way through the school day, doing our best to learn from the adults in school and from one another.
The children start the day by making sure that they have put book-bags, water-bottles and reading packets in the right places before settling down to their morning work.
This morning work is based on the weekly spellings, a list of words being learnt is sent home every Monday. The children are asked to look at these words at home when they do their reading. They have their spelling test on a Friday.
Reading at home to an adult, as often as possible, will help your child's reading development enormously. If you would like any suggestions for talking about any books, magazines or comics that you might share with your child, please ask. Dojo points are awarded to those who read at home each evening to an adult. Your child will also have a Read Write Inc. reading book, linked to their daily phonic work group. This book is kept for one week and reread to reinforce what they are doing in school. They also have a bookmark with the 'Red' or tricky words on it, that they are learning in their phonic group.
This popular lesson is on Tuesday and Wednesday (when we have Bolsover Sports Partnership coming in to work with the children). We shall work outside when we can, unless the weather is very cold or wet, so please make sure that your child comes to school each Wednesday in full outdoor PE kit.
For the whole of the autumn term, our class will be doing a Forest School session every Thursday afternoon. The team have asked that the children bring a waterproof coat and wellies every Thursday as they will be working outside, no matter what the weather is like. If they have waterproof trousers, they can bring these too. If your child does not have wellies, please send in a pair of old shoes or trainers that they can get dirty and muddy. Please make sure that they come dressed in warm layers, with wellies in a named plastic bag.
By the end of year 2, children are expected to know and use the twos, threes, fives and tens times tables. They are all working hard at the moment to memorise them, so that they can recall them speedily. Year 3 children will continue to learn the other times tables, all part of being ready for their test on all tables up to 12 x 12, at the end of year 4.
Children are asked to read to an adult at home every night and complete their spelling sheet. They are also asked to read their 'Red' words bookmark. They have also been given a times table sheet to take home, so that they can read aloud the times tables to help them memorise the number sentences.
Our topic web can be found on the appropriate page of the school website, where you can find out what we are doing in all the different areas of learning.
For the first two days back, we talked about our most favourite memories of the summer. We all enjoyed sharing the things that we were able to do with our families and friends. The children chose one of their favourites and put it into a jar, keeping it safe for later on this term when the going gets tough!
Our first topic this year, is Flash'n'Crash, all about light and sound.
We have started this topic by reading The Lighthouse Keeper's Lunch. We then put it into a story map and wrote some noun phrases which we shall use later on in our writing.
We have all had a go at drawing a lighthouse this week. We watched a film clip about lighthouses in stormy weather, but our lighthouses are depicted in calmer weather.
Last week in science we looked at light sources, what they are, what they aren't and how, why and when they are important. This week we thought about white light and how it can be split into the seven colours as seen in a rainbow. We then made colour wheels and tried to spin the wheels fast enough to make the colours 'disappear' so that we saw just white. Some of us made our wheels spin fast enough, but others of us just managed to get the colours to the blurry stage.
After learning about Grace Darling and the amazing rescue of people who were on the Forfarshire, the children had a go at making models of lighthouses out of plasticine. Some of them look as if they really have weathered a few tempests.
We have been thinking about how shadows are made. We sorted different materials according to whether we thought they were transparent or opaque and then, when the sun shone, took objects made from these materials outside to find out if we were correct. All the scientists agreed that an opaque material makes a shadow.
Over the last week, the children have put together a piece of art work based on a photograph of the Northern Lights. They used their watercolours, felt pens, paint and glitter. They are pleased with the results.
As part of our Black History Month activities, we looked at the abstract art work of Sir Frank Bowling. We then came up with our own pieces of work based on the theme of water. The children had fun creating a watery world where all sorts of things are going on.
We all enjoyed our trip to Derby Museum and Art Gallery. The children were told a lot about Joseph Wright; given a tour of his paintings to find hidden treasures, faces and secrets; shown how to act out a painting; given a lesson in shading with chalk and charcoal and then had a tour of the other galleries. Here are a few photographs to show some of their favourite parts of the day.
Last Thursday, while Year 2 were in rehearsals for their Christmas play, Year 3 went to Forest School and had a great time doing activities about light, dark and shades and tints of colours. The photographs show how much they enjoyed themselves!
The children looked wonderful in their jumpers on Christmas Craft Day. There were lots of smiles throughout the day.
The children have done some guided reading based on ''Twas the Night Before Christmas' and here are the reindeer to go with the poem.
In science we are looking at life cycles and the functions of the different parts of plants and animals. Today the children worked in their STEM teams to research plants, using the safe search engine Kiddle. They had fun finding out the answers to questions such as: what is the smelliest flower in the world, what is the tallest tree, the largest seed and other such questions. Here are their answers along with some writing they have been doing about the life cycle of a sunflower.
In PSHE education we have been talking about changes that happen to us in our lives, and how they make us feel. We have a tree in our room that the children have put together. On the leaves are written the emotions that we might feel when change happens, especially if we didn't choose the change. The blossoms have ideas about how we can cope, what we can do when changes come and the pebbles under the tree are the bad choices that we must not let our emotions push us into making.
Our classroom now has a flight of butterflies across the wall. The children had half of a butterfly and then completed the symmetrical pattern. They are very proud of the results.
The children were very busy throughout Science Week. In our room, the task was to design a Robobug to do a specific job. The Robobug had to have insect characteristics. There was a lot of discussion within and between the teams and they worked cooperatively to produce some original designs.
After a busy week, many of the children were content to sit and draw, cut, colour, stick or build during the Good to be Green Day.
World Book Day 2022
Thank you for the wonderful costumes and brilliant books that the children loved showing off today! They wrote some reports about their favourite books, here are a few of them.
Up There, Down Here!
Our new topic this term is of the above title and covers changes in the land and sky over time, along with more work on plants and materials, so it is quite a wide ranging topic. The children started today by reviewing what they can remember about time from previous topics. Their team work and presentation is improving, we are pleased to report.
Last week, Y2 investigated different materials to find out which could be squashed, bent, twisted or stretched. This week, they were given the challenge of building a bridge using materials with these different properties. The bridge had to support the weight of particular vehicles. Some bridges were able to support one vehicle at a time, but some bridges supported three at once. The children did well and enjoyed their task. The only problem was the amount of spaghetti (dried!) all over the floor at the end of the lesson!
Y3 have been learning about the parts and function of flowers. They very carefully took apart a daffodil or tulip, which they then tried to draw. They identified the anther, filament, stigma, style, petal, sepal and ovary.