Welcome to Class 2’s Home Page
Dear parents/carers, my name is Mrs Walsh and I would like to invite you to see your children at work and at play across many curriculum areas. If you see an item displayed here that you would like further information about, please feel free to ask. Mrs Walsh
Monday – Friday’s homework (usually English or Maths) and individual reading books.
Monday – PE
Thursday – Handwriting homework
Thursday – Spelling test (Please ensure blue books are in your child’s book bag)
Friday – PE
Please ensure your child has their PE kit in school for the days they are needed.
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Week Beginning 12.3.18
PE – Games
Before children continue to develop ball skills, throwing and catching in groups of five. They played ‘Sticky Body’ as a warm-up activity. As they moved around they were told how many body parts could touch the ground. Very tricky. Then once in groups, each child took turns to be the captain, throwing the ball or beanbag to other members of the group to catch and throw it back.To make it harder children had to sit on the floor to throw and catch with a beanbag. Those children who found that challenging elected to use a large ball and stand to throw and catch. Fun, fun and more fun as well as developing a valuable skill.
Writing Instructions to make a Paper Crown
Children were encouraged to work out with Miss Vickers, the resources needed to make a paper crown, including the layout and language (bossy verbs) used to create an instructional text to use to make it.
The children were learning about The Good Samaritan with Miss Vickers. The focus was who cares and who should care. Having read the story and discussed the characters and each persons behaviour, children roll played needing help with a job or making something, who would help them and who would leave them to do it themselves. They explored how it would feel not to have help when you needed it. Fantastic lesson.
Children had a lesson taught by Miss Vickers who focused on The Royal Family line of succession.Which one of Queen Elizabeth’s children is missing? Each child talked about their family and what their family tree might look like. The children then went on to record themselves, their parents and their parent’s parents. Hope that makes sense. Can you identify which family trees belonging to the children are display?
Show and tell
It was lovely to hear Cora show and tell about her visit to London, share the pop-ups in her books and describe which one is her favourite. The pop-up of London bridge where you could raise it to let the ships go through and the traffic across the bridge was demonstrated and explained to the class. Then you had Lois who shared with us her trophy and medal for being a hard working and talented ballet dancer (we know because she showed us some of her movements) and budding actress. Last but not least Jayden who shared his love of dinosaurs, just not the ones that show a lot of blood. He was very eloquent describing the ones which he liked the best as they lived in the sea. Well done.
Week beginning 5.3.18
World Maths Day Activity – 12 Dots
Children ended their day back in class after exploring shapes, making 3D shapes as examples of the activities they enjoyed. Back in class they had the opportunity to explore making patterns by joining 12 dots around a circle using a ruler. I think they began to develop ruler skills keeping it in the right place to join the dots. The patterns children made were detailed and complex like spider webs. Well done
Mother’s Day Cards
All of the children poured love and care into the cards they made for each mum. They chose the verse inside that best suited how they felt about their mum. Charming!
Premier Sports Dance – Jungle & Circus
Children are creating and performing a dance being animals in a jungle. There were monkeys swinging from the trees, elephants lumbering around and all sorts of other animals moving through bushes and trees. Followed by developing movements to circus themed music. Well done to the stars of the session Rowan who produced excellent movements as an animal and Tom who showed great circus skills juggling and tight-rope walking.
Week beginning 26.2.18
Being unique and valuable.
Children took the time to think about and share what was unique and valuable about themselves. Not only did they say they were happy, resilient, proud they said they were caring, helpful and loving. What great kids you have and I get to spend time with. Not only am I teaching them they are teaching me.
World Book Day
We had a great day enjoying books and stories. Dressing up as our favourite characters and sharing why we like them. Thank you to of you who brought in a book to swap, your blurb was very entertaining and informative. Oh, I nearly forgot, we got the chance to parade for the juniors through their hall and building and they did the same for us. It was great to see what the younger and older children wore.
Doubling and halving 2 digit numbers.
Children were using games to learn to double and halve 2 digit numbers with a partner or with Mrs Ward. They rolled the dice and moved that number of places on the board. Once stopped they had to double or halved the number they landed on. Sometimes they found it tricky, but they all persevered and helped each other.
Show & Tell
Joseph gave us some interesting facts about the Titanic and answered many questions the children in the class asked about what it was like to sail on her, people saved and things found. Well done!
Week beginning 19.2.18
Identifying male and female animals.
Children had a great time investigating the differences between different types of animals that were male and female. In pairs, children research their chosen animal (tigers, peacocks, rabbits, dogs, ducks, cows, cats) to find what each gender is called, how they behave, where they live etc. All children are beginning to realise that you have to look at different sources to ensure that the information they have collected is accurate. Children are on their way to developing their research skills. Patients!
Petting the chicks
Children loved the chicks, observing them, holding them and petting them.
Estimating in Mathematics
Apart from the weekly spelling test, children explored estimating the number of objects held in different sized containers during our mathematics lesson. Once they made their estimations the children took turns to count the objects to find the actual amount. Well done everyone you did brilliantly!
Children enjoyed bouncing on the bouncy castles. What fun they all had, and thank you for all your donations and support.
Dance with Premier Sports
Children were having a fantastic time in PE developing movements in dance to different types and pace of music. Star of the session was Luke, who showed great skill and control of his body movements when dancing to the music.
Week beginning 5.2.18
Show & Tell
Joseph showing his detailed drawing that shows buildings which was inspired by his visit to the Lowry and from looking at Lowry’s paintings. Matilda took a photo of me reading her story book to the class that describes what it is like to live with a disability. Last but not least Harriet sharing several drawings of characters she loves. Well done to you all for describing very clearly to the class how you draw your pictures and what it is like to feel different.
In small groups children played a game. Promoting healthy minds children were exploring their emotions, sharing how and when they felt happy, sad, proud, cross or excited etc. If they threw that dice and landed on a word they did not know, they were encouraged to use a dictionary to find and share its meaning, before sharing how they felt. As a class we believe that every child should be able to share their feelings without fear of being judged. In class I2 we help each other to have fun, enjoy learning and grow healthy minds. Have a go at home.
Story writing using computing.
Children enjoyed working together to finish a story. They had to read a variety of texts, discuss what was happening then decide how the story would end. Using their computing skills, combined vocabulary, grammar and punctuation they completed the story with great results. Well done everyone.
Making 3D shapes
In this session children looked at 3D shapes, counting sides, faces and vertices. Then they were challenged to build cubes, cuboids, prisms, cylinders and pyramids. Can you name the ones they have made and tell your child three of their properties?
Games with Premier Sports
Children started off listening to safety instructions about the activities they would be doing. They rotated round the three stations (climbing frame, putting and basket ball) to show off their ball and balancing skills. Each group of six children worked well together using great communication and helping each other with skill needed to succeed. The stars of the session were George, Rowan and Chester.
Week beginning 29.1.18.
The morning began with the sound room where we saw giant bubbles being made using different sounds. We were all mesmerized. This was then followed by observational drawing in the creative corner, looking at and drawing what they could see around them. Next we went for lunch and looked for pixel characters hiding among objects on display. Later we went into the gallery where we watched a film about Lowry’s life which as very enlightening. The gallery was the last stop were we looked at and discussed the paintings we liked and why we liked them. All in all it was a fantastic visit. Well worth a second look.
It was great being in our pajamas all day, talking about and reading lots of books both fiction and non-fiction. Year 6 children read to the younger children and drew them pictures from the book. From the buzz around the room everyone seemed to be having a great time. Look at the pictures. What do you think?
Writing Traditional Tales
Children has the opportunity to write their won Traditional Tale using activity cards. They read each others and shared them with the class. I thought they did a fantastic job.
Premier Sports Games
Then the children played fruit salad. A game where they needed to listen carefully and run fast to get back to their place. The fruit they were assigned were apples, coconuts, bananas and grapes. Star of the session was Amelia who show resilience and a determination to win, and she did.
Children started with developing their own game in small teams which was very successful.
Week beginning 22.1.18
Lowry Inspired Art.
Having looked at and discussed the types of images Lowry painted, they decided to have a go creating their own. First they sketched out their ideas to make sure they captured buildings and people. When painting children began to capture the atmosphere of Lowry’s paintings by using the restricted pallet of white, red, black, yellow and blue.
Can you guess which Traditional Tale each of these objects are from? Your children could! Ask them to choose an object and tell you the story it is associated with.
Show & Tell
Wow! I have lots of talented children in my class. They surprise me everyday with their eloquence. Fluently describing all the wonderful things they they have done, are doing and can do. We have Awa who is a budding writer, her poem was fun and beautifully written. Then Rowan stunned us with his fabulous Lowry inspired painting he worked on with his parents, very talented family. Lyra shared her visit to the Lowry gallery, her favourite post cards and a beautiful spiral decoration she completed at her after school club.
Now in the spotlight, we have Sophie who very proudly shared that she has moved from yellow hat to green. Now an even bigger challenge begins, swimming further and for longer. I think she can do it. Jayden is also turning into a budding artist, drawing animals and fantasy machines. Love the attention to detail. Matilda shared her enthusiasm for her families up and coming trip in the half term. What this space to find out where they go and what they do. Millie, who is a wonderful artist is showing us a new artistic technique she was exploring with her mum. Foiling on black card! The colours and detail were amazing, I wonder what she will share with us next. Last but not least, Jack told us in great detail about his drawing and colouring of a house, gate and garden, why he had chosen the images and why he had placed them where he had. Lovely!
Children were making 2-digit addition and subtraction number sentences to solve with a partner. Working this way gives them the opportunity to challenge themselves, find out what they know and what they need to work on. Most importantly, they were having lots of fun learning together, sharing ideas and helping each other work out each problem. Developing their independence and resilience.
PE – Ball Skills & Games
As you can see the children were having a great time, developing their ball skills and playing games which called for team work and resilience. Star of the session was Sophie, who proved that you should never give up even though it can sometimes be hard. Well done.
Children are really getting to grips with computer programming using Scratch. They can use activity cards to animate ‘Sprites’ making them walk, spin and glide. Some children even began designing their own backgrounds. They are all stars!
Week beginning 15.1.18
Here the class (in groups) are investigating which materials can be squashed, stretched, twisted and bent. Lots of fun was had including detailed discussions before recording their results.
Show and Tell
George was very eloquent when describing his family outing enjoying coffee and crafts. Guess who made the stegosaurus? It was beautifully decorated in green, red and glitter. Whilst Florence talked us through some of the activities she has completed in her Lowry booklet. Look at the her drawing of one of the people.Great! Then you have Daisy who is running a mini competition to award this unusual cuddly toy.
Wow! Awa loved poetry week so much that she went home and wrote a poem to share with the class. We were all very impressed. Read it for yourself I’m sure you will agree. Following a reading of the poem was Jack who talked in detailed about his new puppy Libby. I hope I get to meet her one day, she sounds very mischievous. Last but not least we have Harriet who has shown how well she can use a number line to work out addition and subtraction number sentences. Well done.
Week beginning 8.1.18
Premier Sport – Games
Children are enjoying developing and enhancing their ball skills by passing, stopping and catching in pairs and small groups. Jack and Rowan sporting the trophy as they were stars of the session. Congratulations you both deserved it, for your hard work in the session and for the skills you showed.
Welcome to the New Year and term. I hope you all has a wonderful Christmas and New Year celebrations and are looking forward to seeing the many wonderful things we will be doing and sharing.
Class 2 enjoying their Christmas party.
Christmas Production 2017
Week beginning 20.11.17
On Monday we were so excited to practise travelling and balancing on the apparatus in the hall. Well done to everyone for their super shapes and sensible behaviour on the equipment!
As part of our English lesson we acted out the story of the enormous turnip. We then read the story with a partner or in a small group and tried to answer some questions.We are practising writing our answers in full sentences.
On Tuesday something strange and exciting happened in the classroom.We came in after play to find a balloon, some moon rocks and a box on the carpet. After lots of discussion we decided it could have come in through the open window. A note told us to watch the John Lewis “man in the moon” advert to give us some clues. Inside the box we found a small telescope and after collecting everyone’s ideas, we thought that the man on the moon may have sent it.
In maths the children have been practising measuring accurately in decimetres and centimetres. We also enjoyed investigating which car travelled furthest down the ramp.
The children are very proud of their friendship tree. It reminds us of how to be a good friend to everyone in school.
We have been sharing our memories of our special friend Hayden over the last few weeks. Here is the poem we wrote to remember him.
Hayden you were never sad
You always had a happy smile
All of us will miss your fun
We loved your games of Tickle monster and The blob.
You will always be our superhero
The friend who made us laugh,
Dressed as the Hulk you chased us everywhere
And we loved running to hide.
You liked eating lots of chocolate and
You always wanted more.
We will never forget you
You were our best friend
You will always be in our hearts.
We were very proud to call Hayden our friend.
Week beginning 13.11.17
Children in Need Day.
Thank you to everyone who donated! There were lots of teddies who found a new home!
On Tuesday we wore something blue for Diabetes Awareness Day. A big thank you to Ruby from Class 3 who visited our class to tell us about her diabetes and how she keeps herself healthy. She brought her special teddy Rufus who also has diabetes and showed us her special diabetes book.
In science we have been investigating different materials to see which ones are waterproof and would keep our gingerbread men dry in the rain. We were fascinated at the results especially the soggy ginger bread man who fell in a puddle!
In maths we have been using positional language and moving in different directions using clockwise and anti clockwise turns. We practised giving instructions to each other and the bee bots.
Week Beginning 6.11.17
Mrs Saint has been teaching us this week and we have been doing lots of exciting things.
Mr Pitt came to visit us and talk to us about our bones and how to mend them.
Class 2 joined with the other Year 2s to share a Remembrance Assembly.
On Monday the children’s continued their gymnastics. They practiced making different shapes whilst holding their balance.
Children had an afternoon talking to a local vet about what animals need to stay healthy and thrive.They also had the opportunity to take a closer look at those animal that most children and some adults are afraid of. What animals scare you?
Children are using dice to make two-digit numbers which they then used to explore less than (<) and greater than (>). As you can see they have understood the concepts.
Premier League sports are in again making sure your children develop skills in cooperation and team work.
Football, football and more football. Great skill and stamina as show what they have learnt this term with Man United coaches. Big thank you to Sophie who was photographer for part of the morning. Don’t you think she did well.
Pizza, pizza everywhere, we had lots of fun making them using cheese, black olives, red and green peppers. Did you get to have a taste? I know they would have tasted just as good as they looked. Well done very one.
Wow! Children got their brains working figuring out how to sort shapes in Venn diagrams. Can you work out what the children were thinking?
Prior to making pizza, children enjoyed blind tasting orange, pineapple and grapefruit juice to see if they could recognise them. Look at the children’s faces, guess which one they did not like? They then went on to recording their likes and dislikes as tallies and then as a bar graph. Ask your child which juice they liked the best and which was the most and least popular in the class. I bet the discussions will be very interesting.
More group work, as children stay linked to pass through hoops of differing sizes. Not only do they have to cooperate and help each other, children have to incorporate balance and determination to succeed in the time given. Many achieved it.
During this PE lesson children had to work as a team, building the smallest or tallest towers and evaluating their performance.
Below the children are learning to balance on one or more body parts. They are very skillful as you can see.
This was an exciting start to our day, when we visited Urmston Bookshop to be entertained by the author Frank English. He kept the children mesmerized with his stories about becoming a writer. Children were very surprised to hear that when chapters were written, he would re-read, edit and annotate his writing up to five times before he was happy. We even got a signed copy of one of his novel to have as a class read. Frank showed children a picture of a smog filled street at night, that had just a faint glimmer of light. Children were asked to guess what might be happening, needless to say they found it challenging as he did at their age. His teacher (at the time) explained to him that it not what you see ‘Which was blackness’ but what could be there. It’s all about using our imaginations to create images in their writing of all the different possibilities. I will certainly be using some of his ideas during the coming year, to stimulate and develop children’s imaginative writing.
Learning to program starts here, as children program objects in a virtual world.What out Bill Gates, these superstars are coming for your job.
All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. Here you can see the children enjoying ‘Small World’ activity sets. You can see they are all having a wonderful time.
As part of our science topic, children were working out the life cycle of an acorn. Their discussions led to recognising many other life cycles including the growth of humans. Then as part of our history topic children were sorting pictures of old and new toys. Do they know what toys you or their grandparents played with? Please let them know so that they can share it with the class, to develop their speaking and listening skills.
Premier Sports taking the children for ball skills, developing hand-eye coordination. Although this is the beginning of the term your children are showing great skill controlling their movements with and without the ball. Well done to all.
Wow! Look at the maths work. Children are rolling two dice to create 2-digit numbers, which they are ordering smallest to the largest. They entered into lots of discussion, sharing of ideas and helping each other to succeed. Your children are amazing!
Today, we were measuring our height to compare our shoe size. Would you guess the tallest child has the biggest shoes size? This is an ongoing investigation. Watch this space!
Football coaching with Manchester United. What great ball skills!
This story was the focus for the work we did the first week of term. The activities as you can see were designed to allowed children to get to explore their artistic side, reading and debating skills. What a great way to spend the week getting to know each other. They did work extremely hard as well as have lots of fun.