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Transition week in Year 3!

What a delight it has been getting to know the wonderful new Year 3 to be. We began our week with a getting to know each other game ‘two truths and a lie’ and creating information sheets on themselves. Staff filled these in too, so the children could find out all about us also.

On Wednesday we created maths posters ready for September, using representations to show the numbers. We thought about ‘part, part, whole’, Base 10, counters and bar models. These will look fantastic when they are up to support us with our spellings and remind us of representations. Later in the week, we also started our new Year 3 Singapore Maths books, and the children showed what they have learned about Picture Graphs.

We then went on to read a lovely story called ‘The Dragon and the Nibblesome Knight’, and followed James the knight and Dram the dragon as they discovered friendship through showing their true qualities. We used these qualities to think about what qualities Year 3 knights would show, ready for September. The children also designed their very own armour!

On Thursday, we had such an 'eggsciting' discovery! We watched a video that showed a dragon flying over a nearby school , then searched our field for evidence of the dragon. We found small nests with eggs in, and pieces of burnt wood on the field! We quickly collected the evidence, then brought the eggs into school to decorate. This was the perfect time to annouce our new topic in September will be Dragons! On Friday, we celebrated the school's musicians, with the Musical Showcase in the morning. A huge well done to all that performed and impressed the audience with their talents. In the afternoon, we enjoyed a game of quick cricket on the field, before coming back to school to do some dragon sketching.

We look forward to seeing them all again on Monday, for their final transition day!

Mrs Horton and Mr Bennett.

 

Week ending Friday 5th July- Activity Week!

What an active week we have had! The children have shown fantastic skill, perseverance, self-belief and sportsmanship all week. We are really proud!

Monday- We made smoothies with AIP and enjoyed the weather during our Tardebigge Trek.

Tuesday- Sports Day was brilliant with lots of team spirit. Well done to Bredon!

Wednesday- Ridgeway leaders were very pleased with our manners and skill during a carousel of activities and Forest School was great fun.

Thursday- Pilates and the obstacle course were definite favourites!

Friday- We practised skipping during our "Jump Rope" session and loved a variety of different activities with Miss Hill's horses!

Next week, Monday is as normal but then the rest of the week Year 2 will be completing transition into Year 3. I have not sent home any homework but over the weekend your child could write some questions to ask the Year 3 team about next year if they want to.

Have a great weekend!

Update: Photographs don't seem to be showing despite many attempts and being told the upload has been successful- hopefully they will work soon. Apologies!

Week ending Friday 28th June

In English the children edited and redrafted their openings to the “Journey” book we have been reading. Throughout the rest of the week we continued to read and enjoyed learning about the girl’s journey through an enchanted, magical world. The children created a story map gathering descriptive vocabulary and sentences along the way. Afterwards they wrote their narratives!

In Maths we concluded our work on 3D shape.

In Art, after focussing on both LS Lowry and Joan Miro this term we compared the two artists’ work noting their differences in line, shape, shade and colour. The children impressed me when describing LS Lowry’s work as real and Miro’s as abstract. They have really enjoyed this focus this term!

In Geography we compared the United Kingdom to a non-European country- Australia noting similarities and differences.

On Thursday Year 2 were wonderful at Multi Skills and we were very pleased that we could go after such uncertainty with the weather! We also enjoyed CREW assembly on Wednesday.

 

Useful information for ‘Activity Week’: reminder that it is Activity Week next week therefore children can wear sporty, active wear throughout the week suited to the weather.

- Children are to come to school wearing PE sportwear. PE kits have been sent home this week.
- On Thursday afterschool there will be an opportunity for your children to have another go on the inflatable fun run on the field. We will be running this as a school fundraiser activity and therefore asking for a small payment per go (bring your change!)
- On Friday the children will be given the opportunity to buy a skipping rope after their Jump rope session. Details of cost will be on the newsletter.

Timetable for the week:
- Monday: Tardebigge Trek in the PM. Parents/carers are invited to join us at 1.15pm.
- Tuesday: Sports Day. The children have already pre-ordered a sandwich at school. In the morning the children will be engaging in group activities. There will be a picnic lunch on the field at 11.30 and the track events will be in the afternoon. Children to wear a t-shirt of their house colour.
- Bredon- blue
- Clent- green
- Lickey- yellow
- Malvern- red
Parents/grandparents are welcome to join us for part/all of the day.
- Wednesday: Forest School session (bring waterproofs!)
- Thursday: Inflatable fun run on the field
- Friday: Horse riding and Jump rope session

If you have any queries regarding Activity week then please just ask!

Week ending Friday 21st June

In Maths we have been consolidating our learning on 3D Shapes- describing their properties and grouping shapes with similarities.

In English the children planned and wrote their setting descriptions that will act as a story opener for our wordless book "Journey" We really encouraged and supported the children weave different skills together to make writing exciting and present what we have learnt over the year. Our sentences were full of adjective and adverbs phrases joined together with conjunctions. Brilliant!

In RE we completed our "Who created the world?" unit by reflecting on what we have learnt using art, music and words.

In Science the children continued to think about healthiness. Not just what we eat but also our exericse. We investigated how our heart rate increases when we exercise.

In Art we continued to look at Joan Miro creating our own paintings inspired by him again but this time using primary and secondary colours.

In PE the children practised their agility- we are preparing for Sports Day in a couple of weeks.

The children really enjoyed our theatre visit production of The Jungle Book.

Next Thursday we are at Birchensale in the afternoon for a multi-skills event so please ensure water bottles and PE kits are in school. 

Have a fab weekend and see you on Monday Year 2!

Week ending Friday 14th June

In English we redrafted our Nibbles stories and began to look at our new book "Journey". The children saw similarities with the book "Flotsam" we've read previously as it was wordless too! We are going to create setting descriptions from the illustrations so Year 2 composed expanded noun phrases and phrases including adverbs. The children's choice and variety of descriptive words and phrases has progressed so much!

In Maths we have been solving shape patterns and moving shapes. The children have had to work hard to draw and copy 2D shapes on squared paper.

In Science Year 2 learnt about healthy eating. We sorted foods into the different food groups, discussed the importance of the right amounts and variety then taste tested the different foods!

In Art the children used their LS Lowry sketches from last week to paint the same LS Lowry painting- thinking about line, shape and colour (instead of shade). 

In RE we thought about how God might feel when his creation (world, animal, humans) get destroyed. We created our own world and watched as it was destroyed by others to help us emphathise. 

In Computing we continued to practise our typing skills by typing up our stories.

Another fabulous week Year 2 even with such wet, rainy weather! Have a great weekend-fingers crossed it is a little drier!

Week ending Friday 7th June

We have had a wonderful welcome back after half term. It was lovely to see children's photographs and stories of their half term holiday homework. 

We completed our chapter on Money in Maths and then moved onto recapping 2D shapes. The children noted that a 2D shape has the same number of vertices as it does sides. We identified and drew lines of symmetry which the children found a little tricky- especially if the line was diagonal rather than vertical or horizontal. Year 2 also practised rotating (turning) and drawing shapes.

In English we finished our Nibbles story and saw how the book monster nibbled out his own book off to somewhere unknown! We became authors and planned our own sequel to the story by creating an alternative story to a tale we already know. Nibbles has entered tales such as Rapunzel, The Man on the Moon, the Gingerbread Man and a Dinosaurs fact book! The changes to the story that the children have imagined are very creative and funny! We will edit these and redraft into our self-designed front covers next week.

In Science we identified what humans and living things need for survival.

In History we read different historical sources claiming the whereabouts of Amelia Earhart. The children had to test the reliability of each source and conclude what they think happened. We had many enthusiastic historians in the classroom who were asking and answering some deep questions and challenges to their own theories!

In RE we explored the importance of the day of rest (Sunday).

Pyjamarama was a great success and the children really enjoyed wearing their pyjamas to school. Thank you for coming if you could and, more importantly, thank you for reading with your child at home. Unfortunately our Indoor Athletics event on Friday afternoon was cancelled. We are hoping this will be rearranged for next Friday.

Week ending Friday 24th May

We are thrilled with our whole class Platinum award and that our tests are over (as you can tell!). What a great end to a very asking half term. Even though it's been very short, the children have applied their learning as brilliant as ever. We really hope you enjoy your week off and can complete some of the fun homework tasks!

We completed the Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar tests this week. We recapped alot of our spelling rules and grammar knowledge earlier on in the week. Meanwhile the children completed their wolves descriptions, edited and redrafted them. In Maths we have been working with money. In Science the children presented their animal life cycles. The children asked and answered questions about Amelia Earhart in History. In RE we thought about what we would like to say and ask the Creator (God). 

A reminder on Friday 7th June we will be celebrating the Book Trust's Pyjamarama so children can come into school in their pyjamas! We will be tying this in with our Read-a-thon celebration so we invite all parents to join us at 9am for an activity in class. Children who have successfully completed their reading 5x a week will receive a reward in school.

See you on Monday 3rd June.

 

Week ending Friday 17th May

Another busy week in Year 2 where, again, we go into the weekend even prouder of the children after their efforts!

The children completed the second paper for both Maths and Reading over the course of the week. They are feeling very proud of themselves too! The majority of "SATs" are over which is a wonderful feeling but we will complete the Spelling and SPAG (spelling, punctuation and grammar) tests before we break up next week as these act as a good revision activity for the children, 

Year 2 have been completing work on fractions and continuing reading activities about the book "Mousetronaut" whilst we have been testing.

We began to describe wolves after reading Little Red Riding Hood and Emily Gravett's "Wolves". We collated facts about the animals such as "Their jaw is twice as powerful as a large dog's." "Wolves can survive anywhere from the Arctic Circle to the outskirts of towns and villages" along with a lot of description including... ferocious, fierce, cunning, sly, dense fur, beady eyes, hungrily gobbles, sneakily hunts". 

In Art the children began to add colour onto their Joan Miro designs thinking about tint and tone. After half term they will continue but this time with primary and secondary colours. We will have lots of artwork by the end of our colour exploration!

In Science the children enjoyed researching the life cycles of different animals such as sharks, bees and snakes. We compared similarities and differences between different life cycles. For the children to become "experts" they will present their cycle next week. 

In History we researched the life of Amelia Earhart, understanding why she is such a significant historical person. The children are fascinated by her story and I know they are excited to view more primary and secondary sources in order to try and solve her disappearance! We ordered the important events of her life on a timeline.

In RE we thought about showing God, the Creator, how thankful we are to him for creating the world. 

Week ending Friday 10th May

We hope you enjoyed the longer Bank Holiday weekend!

This week the children have began their tests with amazing effort and concentration! We are extremely proud of them. Each child has completed two tests- a Maths and a Reading paper. Next week they will complete the other two. It was wonderful to see everyone applying what they have learnt over the year and demonstrating excellent perseverance- a real growth mindset!

Meanwhile we have continued to read "Nibbles" and follow his book-eating adventures into the traditional tale of "Little Red Riding Hood". Year 2 read different versions of the tale, "borrowing" their favourite vocabulary and phrases for their plan. We began to retell it in our own words and will continue to next week.

The children have been introduced to our new Whole Class Reading book- Mousetronaut. A journey in space adventure that links our previous and current topics nicely.

In RE we continued to create artwork of the Creation Story. Year 2 continued their online books about the world and in Art we were introduced to the artists LS Lowry. The children thought carefully about shape and shade to recreate his famous matchstick figures. In Science we completed our research on the human life cycle, detailing the changes between teenagers (adolescence), adulthood and old age.

Have a fun weekend (it's looking like it will be nicer weather!) and see you on Monday. 

Week ending Friday 3rd May

Welcome back! It was wonderful to see the children on Monday after a restful, Easter break and hear their holiday news.

We recounted our events and began our new topic "We are on a Journey". The children practised their geographical skills and used an aerial photograph of our school grounds to locate clues for our first topic book. We collected an odd collection of soap, socks, hooks and rubber ducks along with the words "nip, bite, peck, toy with". This all led us to Nibbles the Book Monster who loves to nibble all of the above, but, most of all, he loves to nibble books! The children predicted what Nibbles might do on his nibbling adventures and we began reading. His first nibble was "Goldilocks and the Three Bears" so the children spent the week planning and retelling the new version of the classic tale!

In Maths we had a whirlwind stop of key areas of revision ready for us to begin the SATs tests next week. This included partitioning numbers into different combinations of tens and ones, recalling x and ÷ facts, finding fractions of numbers and subtracting numbers where we must rename. 

In Science we began thinking about life cycles of living things, beginning by looking in detail and researching the human life cycle which the children were very enthusiastic about! In Computing the children began to create an e-book all about the seven continents and five oceans.In Art

In RE Year 2 began our unit on "Who created the world?" We created artwork to represent the seven days of creation detailed in the book of Genesis from the Bible. The children thought of words to describe God the creator such as "powerful, omnipotent, mighty, intelligent, omniscient, creative."

It was great to see lots of children continuing to read, access Spelling Shed and complete some of the optional homework over the holidays, Spelling Shed lists have been updated with our new topic words and homework set up. 

Next week the children will complete their first two SATs papers- Maths Paper 1 and Reading Paper 2. Enjoy the longer weekend Year 2 and see you on Tuesday. 

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