Welcome to Moorhen Class
Autumn Term 2017
The children have made a great start to the second part of the Autumn term. We have established our routines and are continuing to work really hard. Keep an eye out here for updates about what we have been learning in class.
PE is on a Friday afternoon, please make sure PE kits are in school on this day. 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, 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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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'.
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?
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
The children have been learning all about division, sharing equally and grouping.
Check out the website below for some multiplication and division games.
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.
We have begun our new topic, India amazes others by its diversity, its culture, its vibrant society and its people.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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:
Excretion (Waste removal)
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!