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Welcome to Moorhen Class

 

The children have returned to school with lots of enthusiasm, they are continuing to work hard, striving to be the best that they can be.

 

PE is on a Friday afternoon and we are also fortunate to have Tennis on a Wednesday afternoon.  Please make sure children have outdoor trainers in school. 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 if you can, 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

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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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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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!

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Fair Testing in Science, Which material is the most absorbent?

Our Topic for the Autumn term is Castles!

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Thank you to all the children who have brought in books and resources so far, if you have any books or resources that fit in with our topic please bring them in for our class display.

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Investigating materials in science

Year 2 Leavers Party

Thank you to FONS who organised a great party for our year 2s. You can see from the photos that we had a great time!

Term 6 Topic: 'Ahoy there, Me Hearties!'

With a title chosen by Daisy, we are excited to announce our new topic for this term! We reviewed what we have learned so far, in terms of the National Curriculum, and which aspects we still have to cover. There was quite a mixture of aspects of different subjects, but we've found a way to keep it all together under this seafaring title!

In English, we will look at pirate stories, poetry and non-fiction and use word-processing and multi-media to present our work digitally. Learning in Maths will cover a range of objectives including money, shapes, directions and simple statistics.

We will then study the different ports, harbours and seas around the UK and famous people and events such as Christopher Columbus, The Spanish Armada and The Battle of Trafalgar. This will lead nicely into identifying some of the similarities and differences between ways of life (living and travelling at sea) in different periods.

In Science, we will look at where 'treasure' comes from and the uses of metals and rocks, as well as having a go at making our own mini boats. Using our imaginations, we will consolidate learning about maps and create our own treasure maps. In Art and design, we will look at making ship figureheads from clay and study the work of the famous sculptor, Henry Moore. We can't wait to get started!

Term 5

This term our topic is called Sweets and Treats. We will be learning about materials in science, learning about where chocolate comes from in geography and we will be using the book Charlie and the Chocolate Factory as a focus for English.

In P.E. we are pleased to welcome back Richard who will be teaching us tennis on a Thursday and on a Wednesday we will be learning country dance. Check out the pictures below!

World Book Day!

Thank you for helping your child dress up as their favourite character for World Book Day. We became authors and wrote our own books. We also paired up with Kingfisher Class to share books with some of the year 1s. Mrs Spalding also said she was going to share some photos on the Kingfisher page too so make sure you have a look!

Term 4: Ready, Steady, Grow!

Welcome back to term 4! Our topic this term is Ready, Steady, Grow! We will be learning about what plants need to be able to grow and will be carrying out some experiments around this. This week we have learned the story of The Enormous Turnip and written our own versions with repeating language patterns. We have tasted several different types of soup including tomato, carrot and coriander, vegetable and leek and potato. We had a vote on which one we wanted to have a go at making ourselves. Tomato was the clear winner! Below are some photos of us tasting the soups, with some good 'yuck' faces!

Gymnastics

Moorhen are really enjoying being taught gymnastics by Mrs Packham on a Wednesday afternoon. Here is Jayden performing a cartwheel and Lacey and Ellie performing an acro-shape.
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New Numicon!

Our school have received a delivery of Numicon this week! Numicon is a great way to build number skills and help to work out problems. Here are some children investigating the shapes and justifying what they think. 
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Term 3

 

This term our topic is 'Wriggle, Rattle, Roar!'.

 

In this topic the children will be learning about a variety of animals from all over the world, alongside learning about countries, continents and oceans. We will have a particular science focus on learning about how animals survive in their habitats as well as being introduced to the concept of food chains.

 

In the first week of the topic, Jayden brought in his dog, Reggie. We loved learning about him and how Jayden and his family look after him. We wrote information books about how to care for a pet dog. 

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