12/07/2015 at 1:49 PM
It’s been another very busy week in 2F. The children have enjoyed a visit to their new classroom and also welcomed a group of visiting Head Teachers to our class and school. The Head Teachers from Buckinghamshire had come to find out about Growth Mindsets, so in the morning they spent time in 2F and 6W playing a Growth Mindset Game and then later in the day they joined 2F for a PE lesson with Mrs Loveridge. On Friday we all thoroughly enjoyed watching the dress rehearsal of the Year 6 performance.
In between all these special events we have been busy learning about how chocolate and bread get to our shops. On Monday we visit a farm near Goole and we will find out even more about the important role farms play in providing us all with food. In Maths we have continued to work on problem solving and reasoning. The children have also enjoyed trying a different Maths game called Mangahigh and they have completed a range of tasks which I have set for them. We are taking part in a challenge with other schools and if your child achieves 100 points on Mangahigh they will receive a medal in the post!
Below are our Mathletics Celebrations – 2 Second Gold Awards, a first Gold Award and our Mathlete of the week. Well done to you all.
Here are the ‘Readers of the Week’ and this week’s three Special Mentions. Well done to these children for all their hard work and effort.
Reports will go out soon. Here is a word cloud of the contents of the reports.
On Monday, we are off to Goole to the farm. Don’t forget to bring outdoor shoes. The doors will open earlier on Monday and we will be back in school for 4.00pm.
Tuesday, at 4.30pm is the Transition Meeting in the South Hall. All families are welcome and we will be doing a tour of the South Building.
Wednesday, at 2.00pm we have a special picnic. We have been invited to join Year 3 for a picnic over at KS2.
Thursday is Sports Day! So you can see it will be another busy, fun week.
12/07/2015 at 8:30 AM
On Friday the Year 2 recorder groups all played in assembly. Here are videos of their wonderful performances. We were all very impressed with the progress the children have made over the year; it was evident that everyone has worked hard and has practised regularly at home. Well done to all these super recorder players and thank you to Miss Howells.
04/07/2015 at 11:00 AM
What a busy week we have all had! I hope that parents and families have enjoyed the results of our hard work over the week!
Inspired by our work on ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,’ we have been busy creating our own special boxes of sweet treats!
Having surveyed the boxes used for chocolate packaging we improved upon our designs and created a second, larger box. The boxes were created using 2Design and make, one of the programs on Purple Mash. In Maths we explored the net of the box, measuring and working out the perimeter of the faces.
In Literacy the children the children looked at the use of adjectives, alliteration and persuasive writing in food advertising. Using a range of ingredients, they designed their own recipes for their special sweets and then thought of descriptions that would make their sweet sound delicious. The children used the blank leaflet template on Purple Mash to create their own leaflets about their treats. I think you will agree, they have done an excellent job in making them all sound simply scrumptious!
Click to open an ebook with some of our leaflets in it.
On Thursday we had an incredibly busy time, creating all the different chocolates together. Finally on Friday, the children finished off their boxes and leaflets and got to take them home full of the sweets we had created together. We hope you all enjoyed these gifts; the children all worked really hard using their Maths, ICT, Design and technology and Literacy skills all together in this one project.
As an extra chocolate challenge we also looked at these 2 puzzles in Maths.
In this game you have to use some clues to help you fill the box with chocolates. It is a brilliant game for reasoning; the children had to explain WHY they chose to put a chocolate in a particular place. (Click on the image to link)
In this game, you have to pretend you have 3 chairs set out with chocolate bars as they are in the picture. As each person enters the room, you have to decide, which would be the best chair for them to stand at, if they wanted as much chocolate as possible. (Click the image)
Special Mentions this week went to Manroop, for her brilliant Learning Log work and to Miles and Umayyah for the effort they put into their chocolate leaflets. Mathlete of the week was Ben, with an amazing score of over 7,000 points.
Have a wonderful weekend, and let’s look forward to another fun filled learning week, next week and hopefully I will have my voice back! 🙂
04/07/2015 at 10:43 AM
This week every class got to spend a little bit of time in their new class rooms and met their new teachers for September.
Miss Cuthbert was in school for three days and she really enjoyed meeting all the children, especially the children in 1S, who will be her class in September.
In 2F the children did some Learning Log work about what it is like in Year 2. Below are two fantastic videos which were made as part of this home work.
The children in 2F did a sharing circle with the children from 1GJ and showed them either their Learning Logs or their Literacy books.
I shall post some extracts from the Logs when I have finished marking them. It has been lovely to meet all the children in Year 1 and all the Year 2 staff look forward to welcoming them into Year 2 next September. Should you have any questions about your child’s transition to their new class, please speak to a member of staff or email myself.
03/07/2015 at 5:43 AM
Learning maths facts is a vital part of becoming a good Mathematician. In lessons the children learn key facts, such as number bonds and times tables, but it is only with repeated practise that these facts become embedded in their brain’s wiring. Once the fact is really understood and learned, they can retrieve it quickly and then their brain can focus on the problem they are applying it too.
Maths computer games are a brilliant way to have fun and practise your Maths at the same time. Mathletics is a great program for this and it is wonderful to see so many children now regularly getting a weekly certificate.
Playing for a short amount of time, regularly, is the best way to practise. Just 15 minutes, a few times a week, really make a difference.
Mangahigh is another online Maths game. It is similar in some aspects to Mathletics, but different in others. As a school we are currently thinking about possibly using Mangahigh at Upper KS2, and Mathletics for KS1 and Lower KS2.
Mangahigh are holding a special competition next week, called ‘ Boss of the North!’ We have set up Mangahigh accounts for children from Year 2-6 using their Mathletics passwords, so that they should find logging in fairly simple. They also need the schools Mangahigh ID – 278209
Click on the image below to access Mangahigh
At the end of the week we will run a Survey Monkey to see what everyone has thought about the program.
If you would like to read more about the ‘Boss of the North Competition’ click here.
28/06/2015 at 4:50 PM
It has been a very busy week in 2H!
The main focus this week has been the children’s DT projects. They are making a healthy box of chocolates and designing the box to put them in.
In numeracy, the children have been finding out information about each other’s favourite chocolates. Whilst some of the children went to ASDA to research current products, the children in 2F and 2H researched each other’s favourite chocolate bars. They collected their data using tally charts and compared the data by looking at which chocolates were the least and most popular from both classes. The children have also been drawing bar charts to show class results and explaining what they have found out. As well as this, the children have been revising their 3D shapes. They have chosen the 3D shape they would like their box to be and have drawn the 3D net of their chocolate box.
In literacy, the children have been completing a second draft of their ‘Chocolate Factory’ stories. They have been improving their work and have typed up their story making any corrections or changes. The children have also been writing some exciting descriptions for their chocolates. We have looked at using alliteration, similes and powerful adjectives to make their chocolates sound as scrumptious as possible! It made us feel very hungry!
In DT, the children have had a taster session. They were given a mixture of dried fruits and cereals and some melted chocolate including milk, dark and white chocolate. They tried all sorts of different combinations and eventually came up with four ideas for their chocolates. They have also designed sweet wrappers and have come up with a brand name. I was very pleased that the children tried all
In PE, the children have continued to develop their co-ordination, balance and creativity using a football. They were given a very open-ended task of moving the ball around their bodies however they wished. They then practised controlling the ball in the form of ‘dribbling’ and were challenged to use the markings on the playground to manoeuvre. For example, dribbling the ball from 1-10 on the hopscotch, keeping the ball in between the ladders, following the squiggly lines and so on. Emelia came up with the idea to dribble the ball around the small white circle (see picture below). She showed great control and kept on going until she managed the whole way around the circle!
We look forward to seeing the DT projects really coming together next week. If everything goes to plan, you should have a mouth watering box of chocolates presented to you on Thursday! We are hoping to open the doors early on Thursday so that you can look at the children’s projects and see how they have got to their end product. They will also be bringing home an evaluation sheet to fill in for their homework (which will be stuck in their Learning Logs), so they can find out what everyone at home thought of their chocolates.
Hope you’ve had a lovely weekend!