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Welcome to Moorhen Class

Autumn Term 2017

 

The children have made a great start to the new school year!  We have been getting used to the new routines in Year 2 and working really hard.  Keep an eye out here for updates about what we have been learning in class.

 

PE is on a Friday afternoon and we are also fortunate to have Dance on a Wednesday afternoon with Mrs Sparrey for the first part of the term.

 

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, thank you.

 

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

 

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

 

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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?

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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?

 

In Topic this week we have been painting pictures of castles in the style of a Scottish painter called James Paterson.

First we sketched light pencils outlines, then we painted using watercolours, combining colours, trying to make different shades and tones.

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In Computing we have been learning all about 'Algorithms'.

We gave partners clear and accurate instructions to move along a route around the playground using key vocabulary such as, forwards, backwards, quarter turns to the left and right, move and turn.

 We also recorded the instructions so that another pair could follow them.

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We had a fantastic visit to Warwick Castle. Behaviour was impeccable and the children loved exploring and discovering what a castle is really like! They especially enjoyed climbing up the ramparts into the tower; we went right to the top! A huge thank you to all helpers whose assistance was invaluable and to all parents for agreeing to the trip, it was an unforgettable experience.

Term 2 

We have been busy in Science, we went on a hunt around the school grounds and took photos of things that are alive and things that are not alive.

We used MRS GREN to help us decide:

Movement

Respiration (Breathing)

Sensitivity

Growth

Reproduction

Excretion (Waste removal)

Nutrition (Food)

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A Terrific Term 1!

 

Moorhen class have had a terrific start to Year 2. We have settled well as a class and we are really enjoying our learning. We are becoming Super Scientists, Amazing Authors and Maths Masters!

 

Our 'Castles' topic has been extremely interesting and we are very excited to visit Warwick castle  on Friday 4th November.

 

After half term, we will be continuing our work on addition and subtraction in Maths, as well as our work on Fiction and traditional tales in English. Our Science learning will focus on 'Living things and their habitats'. Our 'Castles' topic will continue with more of a focus on Art and Design & Technology.

 

Any reading over half term would be fantastic! 

 

Map Makers in Topic, creating simple maps and keys and using compass points to move around a map grid

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'What makes a good leader?' Question time with Rev Rice

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Bringing all our Science learning together with a

'Design and Make' challenge, the 'perfect' nappy!

The children had the opportunity  to disassemble a  nappy to look closely at the materials used.

During a class discussion we decided that the 'perfect' nappy needed to be:

  • ​strong
  • soft
  • absorbent on the inside
  • waterproof on the outside

The children worked in groups of 3 to design and make the 'perfect' nappy and test them!

Aspiring Authors! Writing Non-Fiction books all about 'Castles'.

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