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Moorhen (Year Two)

Welcome to Moorhen Class

2018-2019

with

Mrs Lindsay, Mrs Redhead, Mrs Jackson and Mrs Eltham

We are looking forward to sharing wonderful learning opportunities together as a class this year and to see the children become the best they can be in Year Two.

 

Important Information:

P.E is on a Monday afternoon, this term we welcome Richard who will be teaching us some tennis skills.

Children need to continue to read every night and must place their books with reading records into the blue box in the mornings, if they need their book changing.

Please make sure that all school uniform and school items are named to limit confusion and items getting lost/misplaced. 

As we are now in the Summer term please ensure your child has a water bottle and sun hat in school everyday and that sun cream has been applied

If you have any questions or concerns please come and see me or alternatively contact me via email:

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

 

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Term 6

Welcome back to our final term in Moorhen Class.

Our topic is

Who Cares?

We will be exploring rainforests, locating them on a world map, thinking about climate, deforestation and the impact it has on communities and wildlife.

 

 

In addition we will think about plastic pollution       and

Rosa Parks    an influential historical figure.

A mysterious box arrived in class on Tuesday morning and the children had to solve riddles to work out what was inside.......

Bananas, Mangoes and Coconuts!

The children will by the end of the topic create a leaflet or fact-file about something they feel passionate about caring about in this world.

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Term 6 Week 3

Learning about Shabbat through Role Play

Term 6 Week 2

We have been doing lots of writing this week in English.  This has included rainforest setting descriptions, writing about what animals in the rainforest may be thinking and completing a story about Suka the sloth by writing the ending.

Our writing has been full of adjectives, adverbs, conjunctions, suffixes, powerful verbs and a few similies.smiley

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Term 5

Welcome back to another term in Moorhen Class.

Our topic is

'Powerful, Peculiar Potions!'

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We will be reading the book 'George's Marvellous Medicine' by Roald Dahl.

Term 5 Week 5

This week we are looking at spelling common exception words

many water
any clothes
pretty Christmas
beautiful poor
kind busy

Term 5 Week 4

In Science this week we devised an experiment to answer the question 

'Can you make a fizzy potion?'

We used a mild acid (vinegar) as the liquid and had four different powders to test.  To ensure the test was fair we had to keep some things the same.  We made predictions and then carried out the experiment to find out the results.

"I think  powder B will fizz because it looks like crushed mentos" 

" I think powder D will be cloudy and won't fizz because it looks like baby powder"

We discussed our findings-

Why did the bicarbonate of soda cause the
vinegar to fizz the most?

(Sodium bicarbonate is
an alkali that, when mixed with an acid, causes
a chemical reaction, producing bubbles of
carbon dioxide. Carbon dioxide is the gas which
produces the fizz in our fizzy drinks.)

 We had lots of fun being super scientists and made sure that we recorded our results clearly and accurately describing exactly what we discovered.

 

This week we are looking at spelling words with contractions

can't didn't
hasn't couldn't
it's wouldn't
shouldn't wasn't
Mr Mrs

Term 5 Week 3

In Computing this week we have been exploring Purple Mash and have created leaflets all about how to search on the internet.

We learnt about: 

  • what the internet is
  • what browsers are 
  • what a search engine is
  • what a website contains
  • different types of searches 

 

 

Why don't you test us on our internet knowledge?

 

 

 

This week we are looking at spelling words ending in -tion

station fiction
motion national
section addition
subtraction potion
option introduction

Term 5 Week 2

In RE this term we are exploring the question

'Can Stories Change People?

This week we read the story about Joseph the Dreamer. (Genesis 37)

We discussed the following questions

Who is changed in the story? How are they changed?

Why do we read this story? What does it teach people today?

 

Ask your child what their thoughts are?

 

 

 

This week we are looking at spelling words with the suffixes -less and -ly

badly hopeless
penniless happily
joyless lovely
slowly quickly
careless fearless

 

 

Term 5 Week 1

 

We have been very busy this week, reading the first few chapters of George's Marvellous Medicine, making predictions and describing the characters, focusing particularly on 'Grandma'.

The children created their own potions, listing the ingredients and writing the method using a range of time connectives, adjectives, adverbs and conjunctions.

 

They are on display in the classroom, please feel free to come in and have a look.smiley

 

This week we are looking at spelling words with the suffixes -ment, -ness and -ful.

enjoyment sadness
careful playful
plainness argument
merriment happiness
plentiful cheerful

Term 4 Week 6

This week we are looking at spelling common exception words.

even break
steak great
move prove
improve sure
sugar eye

National Curriculum Assessments in KS1 Information for Parents

Term 4 Week 5

This week we are looking at spelling the sound /zh/ spelt s

television pleasure
treasure measure
usual occasion
division usually
vision leisure

In Maths this week we have been finding fractions of shapes including quarters, halves and thirds.

We explored this practically folding and cutting paper different ways, we also created playdough shape fractions.

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In Science we investigated the question 'Which fabric is the stretchiest?'

We devised a fair test to explore which fabrics were the stretchiest by making sure the same amount of stretch was put on each piece of fabric and measured the stretch with tape measures.  

Each group devised a hypothesis and made predictions before carrying out the test.

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Term 4 Week 4

This week we are looking at spelling the stressed er spelt with or after w and the

sound or spelt ar after w

word worst
work war
worm warm
world towards
worth ward

Term 4 Week 3

This week we are looking at spelling the phoneme /o/  spelt with 'a' after w and qu.

want quality
watch squabble
wander squad
quantity quad
squash quarrel

Term 4 Week 2

This week we are looking at spelling the phoneme /ee/ with ey

key trolley
donkey turkey
monkey hockey
chimney parsley
valley journey

It has been another productive  week in Moorhen class.

 

The children have been learning all about division. We have been learning to make equal groups by sharing.

We have also been learning to make equal groups by grouping using a number line.

 

 

 

 

 

15÷5 = 3

 

In PSHE this week we have been thinking about how we communicate our feelings to others, how to recognise how others show feelings and how to respond to those feelings.  We have also been learning that people's bodies and feelings can be hurt.

 

 

 

 

Thank you to all of the children and parents for helping us to celebrate World Book Day in Moorhen class by dressing up as book characters and bringing in your favourite books.

We had a wonderful day,  each class had a 'mystery' reader visit their classroom and share a book or two.

The children enjoyed sharing their books with each other and talking about the characters and their favourite parts.

They also became authors and illustrators creating their own books about a young boy who takes a rocket into space!

 

 

 

Term 4 Week 1

This week we are looking at spelling the phoneme /u/ with o

mother Monday
brother discover
honey nothing
discover cover
money wonder

It has been a very busy first week back. 

In English the children have been writing about how they would spend a day with a star using time connectives and conjunctions to make their writing more interesting.

 

In Science we have planned an investigation to find out which ball is the bounciest, we tried to make the test fair and learnt about what makes a material have bouncy properties.

In RE we are exploring a new question  'How should the church celebrate Easter?'

We looked at various photographs of churches and talked about what we could see. We then designed our own crosses and wrote about why the cross is significant to Christians.

We have been learning our 2, 5 and 10 times tables in maths and have been answering reasoning questions and problem solving to apply our skills.

We have explored some fun times tables games on the laptops and Ipads to practice our skills further.

See the web link below to play the games at home.

Term 4

Welcome back to another exciting term in Moorhen Class.

Our topic is

'To Infinity and Beyond....!'

The children are very excited to learn about the solar system and beyond.

Term 3 Week 6

We have come to the end of a wonderful term learning all about The Great Fire of London.

It has been fabulous to see the children  so enthused about our topic and amazing to see all of the home learning tasks in school.

I think all of the children would be able to share their historical knowledge confidently.

To end our topic, this week, the children have created Tudor style houses and enjoyed their visit to Wallingford Fire Station where they 'wowed' the firefighters with their

Great Fire of London facts.

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Term 3 Week 5

The spellings we are looking at this week are adding ing, ed, er,  est and y to words

with one syllable ending in a single consonant after a single vowel.

patting patted
humming hummed
dropping dropped
sadder saddest
runner runny

Science Comparative Test

Which material would make the best secret writing material?

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Term 3 Week 4

The spellings we are looking at this week are adding ing, ed, er,  est and y to words

ending  in e with a consonant before it.

hiking shiny
hiked being
hiker shining
nicer scary
nicest scaring

 

Exploring repeating patterns, learning about coins, choosing coins to pay for items, playing money games on the Ipads and going on a shape hunt around the school playground were some of the fun activities we enjoyed doing this week.

It was great to link our Maths learning to stories, including

'The Great Pet Sale' and 'Dinosaurs love Underpants'.

Term 3 Week 3

The spellings we are looking at this week are adding ing to words

that end in y before a consonant.

copying replying
crying trying
marrying drying
carrying skiing
flying taxiing

In RE this term we are exploring the question:

Is it important to celebrate the New Year?

We have been learning all about the Jewish festival  of Rosh Hashana and this week we tried some foods that are eaten during the festival including apples dipped in honey, challah bread and pomegranate seeds.

Ask your child why these foods are eating during the celebrations.

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Term 3 Week 2

The spellings we are looking at this week are adding ed, er, and est to words

that end in y before a consonant.

copier replied
copied tried
happier dried
happiest driest
cried funnier

The children are really enjoying our new topic learning all about the Great Fire of London.  It has been wonderful to see lots of children embracing the home learning activities and bringing them into school to share. smiley

We have had a fun filled week creating a timeline to show the events of the Great Fire and we have been learning a song all about the River Thames and have been using percussion instruments in music to accompany our singing.

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Term 3 Week 1

Welcome back to a New Year and a new term in Moorhen class.

I hope you have all had a wonderful time over the festive season and are ready to do lots more fun learning in Year 2.

Our topic for the term is.....

The Great Fire of London!

 

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Term 2 Week 6

Happy St Nicholas Day!

We celebrated St Nicholas Day by hearing all about St Nicholas's life  and created pictures to show what we had learnt.  He was the patron saint of children, sailors and archers.  He was a very kind and generous man.

We decorated Gingerbread Christmas trees given to us by Mrs Lindsay to celebrate.

How could you show kindness or generosity to others?

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Term 2 Week 5

 

The spellings we are looking at this week are nouns and verbs ending in y that we add ies to.

flies dries
tries carries
replies marries
cries families
babies copies

In maths this week we have been adding multiples of 10 to 2 digit numbers.

Have a go at the game below to test your knowledge!

Term 2 Week 4

 

The spellings we are looking at this week are words with the /igh/ phoneme spelt with y at the end of words

cry sly
fly sky
try shy
reply terrify
dry multiply

In RE the children have been exploring the question

'Do Religious symbols mean the same to everyone?'

This week we were looking at symbols that are important in Judaism. Symbols help us remember things. We handled and explored a Jewish artefact called a 'mezuzah', the children designed and made their own mezuzah including the Jewish symbols they had learnt about.

 

 

Term 2 Week 3

 

The spellings we are looking at this week are words with the /l/ phoneme with il or al at the end of words

pencil pedal
fossil capital
nostril hospital
pupil animall
metal oval

Dressing up for Children in Need

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A huge big thank you to all of you for 'doing your thing' for Children in Need and bringing in donations, your support is greatly appreciated. 

Term 2 Week 2

 

The spellings we are looking at this week are words with the /l/ phoneme with el at the end of words

camel tunnel
squirrel travel
towel tinsel
bagel hazel
jewel vowel

There will be no formal test but please feel free to practise the words at home. 

 Term 2 Week 1

 

Welcome back to  Term 2 of the Autumn term. 

We are very excited to explore our new topic 'Winter Wonderland'.

We have already began looking at the story 'The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe' from the Chronicles of Narnia series.  We will also be exploring winter festivals, religious symbols in RE, materials in Science, exploring physical and human features in Geography and creating maps and developing word processing skills and exploring art packages in Computing.

 Term 2 Week 1

 

The spellings we are looking at this week are words with the /l/ phoneme with le at the end of words

table apple
bottle little
middle wobble
multiple able
dazzle riddle

There will be no formal test but please feel free to practise the words at home. 

Autumn Term Week 7

 

The spellings we are looking at this week are words with the /j/ sound spelt using g or j

gem jog
giant jacket
magic jar
giraffe join
energy adjust

There will be no formal test but please feel free to practise the words at home.  

Autumn Term Week 6

 

The spellings we are looking at this week are words with the /s/ sound spelt using ce/ci/cy

face cell
race space
ice bicycle
city spicy
fancy circle

There will be no formal test but please feel free to practise the words at home.  

The children really enjoyed working together as a team to make scrumptious apple crumble.

Mrs Lindsay was very impressed with all of the children's listening skills, following instructions carefully and using a range of tools confidently and safely.

Enjoy eating your delicious apple crumble!

Autumn Term Week 5

 

The spellings we are looking at this week are words with the /r/ sound spelt using wr

write wrestle
wrote wrap
written wriggle
wrist wreck
wren wrong

There will be no formal test but please feel free to practise the words at home.  

Wonderful Watercolour Painting inspired by Beatrix Potter

Autumn Term Week 4

The spellings we are looking at this week are words with the /n/ sound spelt using /kn/ or /gn/

know gnaw
knock gnash
knitting gnome
knee gnash
knife gnarled

There will be no formal test but please feel free to practise the words at home.  

Our Fabulous Self -Portraits

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Autumn Term Week 3

 

In RE this week we have been thinking about what makes a good leader. 

In groups we discussed many different qualities including: good listener, good communicator, trendy, brave, brainy, lazy, hardworking, always thinks of others, inspirational, visionary, strong beliefs, makes everyone feel they matter, organised, reliable, fair and tough.

 

It was interesting to listen to the children's discussions and that the top quality in each group was different.

 

 

Autumn Term Week 2

The children have been working very hard this week in Maths on place value.  They have been exploring 2 digit  numbers looking at different ways they can be represented using practical resources including numicon, straws, base ten, tens frames and bead strings. The children then went on to show representations of numbers using paints, chalks and pens.

How many different ways can 73 be represented?

7 tens and 3 ones which is the same as 73 ones which is the same as 6 tens and 13 ones

Can you think of any more?

Autumn Term Week 1

Following a carrot trail

and solving clues to find out our new topic is.......

 

Beatrix Potter

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