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Welcome to Moorhen Class

Summer 2018

 

The children have come back bursting with enthusiasm for learning, which is wonderful to see.  Keep an eye out here for updates about what we have been learning in class.

 

PE is on a Monday and Friday afternoon, please make sure outdoor PE kits are in school on these days. Thank you

 

Reading books will be changed regularly, please listen to your children read,  every night if possible.  Please initial that your child has read and make a comment in their reading records.  If you need any help please use the list of comprehension questions sent out recently. 

Super stickers guaranteed for any children who have answered these types of questions and have it recorded in their reading diaries!smileyno

 

If you have any questions and aren't able to see me in person, please feel free to use my email to get in touch.

 

slindsay.3244@st-nicholas.oxon.sch.uk

SUMMER TERM LEARNING

Year Two's Great Outdoors Treasure Hunt!

The children in Year 2 enjoyed working together to solve riddle clues, in search for the hidden treasure!

It was wonderful to see all the children work cooperatively in their teams, and have so much fun working out the riddles to find the next clue.  

A fantastic start to our new topic!

Observational drawings while exploring The Great Outdoors

Painted clay models from Fantastic Mr Fox

SPRING TERM 2018

The children have been learning all about 2D and 3D shapes.  They have been describing their properties, commenting on the number of sides, faces, edges, vertices and lines of symmetry.

 

Why not go on a shape hunt around Wallingford or at home?

What different shapes can you spot?

Can you describe their properties?

Can you describe similarities and differences of shape properties?

Term 4

The Moorhen children have been busy, we have embarked on a Learning Journey, exploring the book 'Into the Forest' by Anthony Browne.  The children have been making lots of predictions about what the story will be about.  They explored lots of different clues from the story to help them with their predictions.

Using a picture of one of the characters the children created a list of synonyms for 'sad' to describe how they might be feeling at that point in the story.

Decisions, decisions, should the boy go the long way round the forest or take a shortcut? 

​​​​​​​The children have thought about the consequences of both routes and have made a decision on what he should do.

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Exploring clues!

A Tremendous Term 3!

 

Wow - another term has flown by and what a fantastic time we've had!

In English this week, the children have been writing wonderful poems filled with adjectives, alliteration and similes. I am so impressed with everyone's wonderful writing!

For maths, the children worked super hard to solve some multiplication problems and have shown that they are maths-magicians!

All the children have tried their best and I am so proud of each and every one of them. I hope you all have a lovely half-term filled with lots of fun, family-time and sleep!

Week 3

 

What an exciting week in Moorhen class!

In Maths we have been working on multiplication and division by recognising and making equal groups.

For English we wrote recipes for healthy sandwich recipes which we went on to make! Afterwards we carefully wrote instructions on how to make them, using terrific time connectives, amazing adjectives and awesome adverbs.

In Science we had a very special visitor! Miss McPhail's cat, Haribo, came to our class. We looked at him closely, stroked him softly and had a big discussion all about his life, body and his basic needs as a pet. Haribo was (mostly) well behaved and we loved getting to meet him!

Week 2

What another busy week in Moorhen class!

In Maths we have been working with money, making the same amount using different coins.

In English the children have written their own stories about a wild animal coming to tea, using amazing adjectives, different connectives and interesting sentence starters.

In Science the children have looked at the different stages in the human timeline and have set up a test to answer the question,  

'Do children get faster as they grow older?

Using stop watches the children collected evidence and interpreted the results.

Scientists at work!

 

Week 1

Welcome back to another terrific term in Year 2.

We have kick started our learning with our new topic

'Food Glorious Food'.

In English this week we have been reading the story 'The Tiger Who Came To Tea', we were visited first by a very angry zoo keeper who was not happy that her tiger was poorly.  The children created some invitations to invite the tiger back for a healthy tea.

Later in the week the tiger turned up! He was very rude and didn't know how to behave properly.  The children demonstrated how to use manners and as well as suggesting how to have a balanced diet.  The tiger was very sorry for his appalling behaviour and wanted to write a thank you letter to the children, but didn't know how to write so the children helped him.

The children produced some wonderful letters that we are sure the tiger will appreciate.

Our Special Visitors!

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In Maths this week the children have been doubling and halving numbers.  They have used a range of resources to help them including, dominoes, dice, counters and pictures.  The children worked in pairs to design some posters to show what they have learnt.

Have a look at the website links below for some fun games to help the children learn doubling and halving facts off by heart.

Design Technology Making Castles!

The children have designed and made Motte and Bailey and Keep and Bailey castles in topic. 

Ask them what is the difference between the two and who first built them?

Marvellous Maths

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Subtracting 1 digit numbers from a 2 digit number

We have been subtracting 1 digit numbers from 2 digit numbers using number lines and tens frames to help us.

Well done to Moorhen class, you have completed your first half term as Year 2. smiley

It has been lovely getting to know you all and great to see you all working so hard. 

I hope you all have a wonderful time over the half term holiday and I look forward to seeing you next term.

Please try to do some reading over the holidays, whether it's your school book, a library book, instructions for a board game, a recipe, a shopping list or signs when you're out and about.  Also remember to record any reading in your reading diary.

If you feel like doing any maths over the holidays please see the website link below for some fun maths games.

Will it float or sink?

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The children made predictions about which objects would sink and which objects would float.  They then tested their ideas, there were a few surprises.  We then talked about how the Titanic was able to stay afloat when it was made from metal.  The children changed the shape of some of the materials to see if they would float....

Moorhen School Council Elections

Well done to all the children who nominated themselves to be school councillors.

I was very impressed with all of your speeches as to why you would be suited to the role.

All of Moorhen class enjoyed listening too and having the opportunity to vote in secret, the Moorhen School Councillors will be announced very soon.....

Rainbow Fish to the Rescue! Role play for writing.

 

This week we have been looking at the story: Rainbow Fish to the Rescue! which relates to our 'Under the Sea' learning topic. We started by focusing on the characters and thinking of amazing adjectives to describe their appearances and personalities. Then we thought about the story plot and how we could change it to make our own adventure. We explored ways of doing this through role play; the children created some interesting new adventures! Our next step is to turn our role play adventures into written stories. 

Term 1 Week 2: Becoming explorers in dance!

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Designing and Making Sea Creatures

Goodbye and Good Luck!

 

It has been a fabulous year, Mrs Lindsay is so proud of all you have achieved. Have a wonderful summer and good luck in your new schools!

Observational Drawings of Natural Objects

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Creating Marvellous Maths Games

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The children wrote their own versions of the poem 'The Owl and the Pussycat' by Edward Lear.  They practised reading them aloud and then we had a poetry recital.  The children worked really hard trying to make them rhyme and include exclamation sentences.

Term 6

The children have been very busy doing lots of wonderful writing and magnificent maths.

We looked at expanded noun phrases in English this week and the children wrote some fabulous descriptions of dragons to demonstrate this.

In Maths the children have been solving multiplication and division problems and have used inverse calculations to check their answers.

 

Fabulous Term 5

Moorhen have completed another term of brilliant work involving growing plants, exploring the outdoors and completing their SATs.  Mrs Lindsay is incredibly proud of each and every child for becoming the best that they can be.

Wishing everyone and their families a magnificent  May half term!

Outdoor maths learning fun!

Archie the hearing dog comes for a visit!

Testing out the new school laptops!

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Planting seeds and bulbs in Moorhen class

Collective Worship

 

This week the children have reflected on each of our values and how we can continue to show them in our daily lives. Moorhen class thought of some lovely ways to show tolerance to others. The class discussed how this links to respect and acceptance of everyone's differences, along with why these differences should in fact be celebrated. All of Year 2 watched a clip inspired by the quote 'A weed is but an unloved flower', by Ella Wheeler Wilcox. The children thought about the link to the value of tolerance and how we should let this 'blossom'.

Exploring Tolerance in Collective Worship

In class and year group collective worship this week we have been exploring our value of 'tolerance' by sharing stories.

We heard the story about the Scuttleball Football Championship for ants, where all the ants were being aggressive towards each other and trying to prove which ants were the best.  In the end the ants were mixed up into different teams to remind them that all ants are equal.

We also heard about Jesus' disciples who didn't want children to spoil their grown up time with Jesus who was telling them stories about God.

However Jesus was cross with his  disciples and said

'Don't stop them, because the kingdom of heaven belongs to people who are like these children. Listen up, all you grownups - you need to accept the kingdom of God as if you were a child, or you'll never enter it.'

A couple of questions we all thought about:

I wonder if there are people you don't like?

I wonder how Jesus would like you to behave towards them?
 

Creating Board Games in Phonics to help us learn the spelling rules for 'w' special words

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Wild Wild West Drama Workshop

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Wow Writing in Moorhen Class

This week, Moorhen class have been doing lots of lovely writing about The Great Outdoors. The children have described in super detail where they would go on an ideal school trip, as well as using their imaginations to create and describe their own creature. Moorhen class were inspired to do this after reading The Gruffalo and by going on a walk through the playground, to imagine bumping into their own creatures. To bring the children's writing to life, Moorhen class completed their writing in the story area outside. Mrs Lindsay has been very impressed with their ideas!

Welcome back to the Summer Term! 

We have lots of exciting lessons planned and look forward to our final term in year 2.

Singing Songs and Telling stories around the campfire

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Playing O'clock and Half Past Time Bingo!

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Have an Eggscellent Easter!

 

Year 2 have worked eggstremely hard this term; Miss McPhail and Mrs Lindsay are so proud of them. We hope everyone has a well deserved break including lots of relaxation, chocolate-eating, fun and some reading! We look forward to seeing you again for a super summer term.

Making Milk Bottle Elephants

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Pond Habitats What plants and animals live here?

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Comic Relief 2017

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British Science Week

 

Year 2 had a super time acting as Scientists by conducting a variety of experiments! These included making rainbow colours, blowing up balloons with lemonade and popping candy, making slime and mixing different ingredients to discover what happens next! The children had a fantastic time and also enjoyed a visit from an Oceanographer.

 

Since then, Year 2 have also been on a minibeast hunt to discover which creatures live within our school grounds. Can you find any minibeasts in your garden or local area? We would love to hear about your discoveries!

Indian Workshop

The children had a wonderful time experiencing Indian activities which included:

​​​​​​​An information talk about India

How to wear a sari

Dressing up in traditional Indian clothes

Exploring artefacts and books

Decorating Indian sweets

Participating in question time

​​​​​​​A big thank you to Susmita for bringing our topic to life.

World Book Day 2017

What a wonderful World Book Day in Moorhen Class!

 The children made a great effort with their costumes and bringing in favourite books to share. We had a fun filled day which included a story from another teacher, DEAR (drop everything and read), as well as lots of book related talk.

Year 2 had a visitor from Engage E Safety this week to talk about how to stay safe when using the internet.  We watched some videos, listened to stories and took part in discussions.

We then designed posters to remind us of how we can stay safe online.

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In maths we have been learning all about 2D and 3D shapes.  We went on a shape hunt around the school and playground spotting different shapes.

We talked about the properties of these shapes using key maths vocabulary, faces, sides, vertices, flat, solid,straight and curved.

Half way through Year 2!

Another busy term in Moorhen class, from exploring Indian folktales to finding out about the vast country that is India and comparing it to life in Wallingford.

The children have worked extremely hard and we are very proud of them. 

Following on from money in maths, over half term encourage your child to use some money to pay for items in a shop.

Can they work out the change they will receive?

We will be very interested to hear about your shopping experiences!

Have a wonderful half term.

Hot Seating Story Characters

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Drama in English

This week we have been reading a folk tale from Bengal 'Jamil's Clever Cat'. We focused on the characters in the story and used lots of amazing adjectives to describe how they look and what their personalities are like.  The princess in the story had a decision to make so we took part in a drama activity called  'Decision Alley' where we had to think about what the princess might do and justify our thoughts. 

We videoed the activity, unfortunately it's too big to post onto  the class page but if you want to watch it please come and see me and I'll be happy to share it with you.

 

 

​​​Money, Money, Money!

In Maths lessons this week we have been working with money, recognising all the different coins and working out which coins we can use to make various amounts.

Explore money at home by setting up a shop and working out which coins you need to pay for the items or explore the website below for some fun interactive games.

In Topic we looked at the physical geographical features of India and discovered that this vast country has three very different climates from the cold Himalayas in the north to the hot Thar desert in the centre, moving down to the south where it is hot and humid.

The children used a range of materials including tissue paper, sand, tea leaves and wool to create a physical map showing all the features and completed the maps with a key to identify the different areas.

Dazzling Division

The children have been learning all about division, sharing equally and grouping.

Check out the website below for some multiplication and division games.

 

Smartie Share!

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Wonderful Writing

The children have been very busy creating story plans and writing stories about a character who has a secret.   

This was following last weeks English work on the story

'The Raja's Big Ears'

The children have been using the correct punctuation, story openers, adjectives, powerful verbs and connectives to make their writing have that 'WOW' factor.

Incredible India

We have begun our new topic, India amazes others by its diversity, its culture, its vibrant society and its people.  

Everyday Materials

In Science we have been exploring different ways in which materials can be changed.  We have been bending, twisting, stretching and squashing!

Some materials can be changed completely, others a little bit and some cannot be changed at all.

Explore different objects at home, can they be changed and what do you have to do to change them?

Explore these websites

What a busy term it has been for Moorhen class! From a trip to Warwick castle, exploring the school grounds, writing Autumn poems using our senses, to performing a Nativity production.

A huge big thank you to all the children for working so hard and for being the best that they can be.

We wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year, enjoy spending time together over the festive period!

Christmas lunch and a visit from Father Christmas

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Year 2 children enjoyed travelling back in time for a medieval banquet.  It was lovely to see lots of knights, lords, ladies, jesters, kings and princesses attend.  Our fabulous feast and medieval dancing was spectacular!

A huge big thank you to all the parents and grandparents who attended, it was a memorable occasion and we appreciate your support.

Art Afternoon creating Christmas decorations!

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Promoting Road safety with Grundon

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In Maths this week we have been looking at 'Measurement'.

We have been estimating and measuring lengths and mass in cm and m and g and kg.

We have used rulers, metre sticks and tape measures to measure accurately.

We have also been reading scales to the nearest division.

Why don't you do some measuring at home, which book is the longest, who has the longest feet in your family? 

Can you make a cake and weigh out all the ingredients?

 

Measuring in Moorhen