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Moorhen (Year Two)

Moorhen Class 2019/2020

Miss Mitchell, Mrs Jackson, Mrs Wright and Mrs Johnstone


We are really excited to join the children alongside their journey of learning this year and make lots of fun memories with each and every one of them. Please check this website regularly to find out what the children have been up to and to also see if there is any further learning that could be happening at home to support the children towards becoming the best they can be smiley.



P.E - Moorhen children have P.E on a Tuesday and a Wednesday afternoon.

Library - we will aim to change books on a Thursday afternoon.



Reading needs to happen daily. We will aim to listen to your child at least once a week but it is very important for them to be reading each morning or evening with a grown-up or sibling at home. Once your child is fluent then they can snuggle down and enjoy a story independently but it is still a good idea to get them to note down in their reading record what they have read so we can keep a track of how regularly they are reading and ensure they are accessing a range of genres!


If you have any queries or questions, please do not hesitate to catch a member of Moorhen staff at the start/end of the day or alternatively feel free to email Miss Mitchell: smiley

Autumn Term 1

Week 7

We have got to the end of Week 7, and what a busy week it has been! In Maths we have been looking at 'Five Wise' and 'Ten Wise'. We have been using tens frames to help us partition numbers easily. If you would like to have a go at the Maths activity in your book bags then that would be great! Have a look at this one to help you:


What can you see here?

2 + 2 = 4

1 + 3 = 4

10 - 6 = 4

Can you find any more number sentences you can use?


In Science we have been looking at animal food chains, and to help us with this, in Reading we have been exploring non-fiction texts all about animals. We recapped lots of vocabulary such as carnivore, herbivore and omnivore and learned lots of new vocabulary too including amphibian, invertebrate and mammal. I wonder if you can still remember what these words mean?!


Thank you to all adults and wonderful Moorhen's who came to celebrate our wonderful Harvest Festival on Friday. Our prayers were fantastic and our singing voices were beautiful! 


Have a lovely weekend! smiley


Week 6


Thursday 10th of October is World Mental Health Day!


We began our day with the big question 'What is mental health?' and had loads of different ideas and discussions about what is meant by mental health and why it is so important. 


We then sat calmly with our eyes closed and let our minds run wild with thoughts. As we listened to some relaxing music, every time a negative thought or worry entered our minds, we wrote it on a cloud. At the end of the activity, we spoke about what we could do to help keep our minds healthy and free of these worries:


- Speak to friends

- Speak to an adult

- Sing - as loud as you can! 

- Colour in a picture

- Exercise

- Listen to music

-Write the worries down


After sharing our worries with our peers, we then scrunched them up into the smallest ball we could and threw them in the bin! Throwing our worries and negative thoughts in the bin made us feel much happier and helped us forget all about them! (...Picture below)


We then made our own 'Mental Health' headbands to share positivity and happiness and let others know how important is is to keep our minds as well as our physical bodies healthy! We enjoyed relaxing whilst concentrating on some careful mindfullness colouring. We met Unique the Unicorn and shared all our top tips on how to keep her healthy, both physically and mentally.


Well done Moorhen's - keep smiling! smiley



This Week's Spellings:

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Week 5

Week 5 has been very busy! On Friday we enjoyed spending time with lovely Kingfisher class. They came to visit us in Moorhen and we were able to practice our speaking and listening by sharing with them our fact files that we have been working so hard on this week.


Our spellings this week are:

The /j/ sound spelt using 'g' or 'j'





Below are some photos of us with Kingfisher class if you would like to see smiley

Speaking and Listening with Kingfishers!

GUESS WHAT?! We have been looking very closely and carefully every day in our butterfly net to see if we can spot any sudden movements.... andddd on Friday...... FOUR BEAUTIFUL BUTTERFLIES POPPED OUT OF THEIR CHRYSALIS'smiley


We fed them some fruit over the weekend to give them energy and let them have a practice fly around in their net. Today we finally let them free, it was amazing to watch them flutter away to start their new lives in the big wide world!


We loved observing the life cycle of a caterpillar first hand and will miss our Moorhen butterflies!

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Week 4

Year 2 had the most AMAZING experience today as we were super lucky to have Jonathon's Jungle visit! We were absolutely brilliant at listening to the weird and wonderful facts about the different animals, including a millipede, scorpion, snake, stick insects and tarantula! 

We were soooo brave and some of us even had a go at holding them! Have a look below smiley


The Spellings we have looked at this week are:

The /j/ sound spelt using '-dge' or '-ge'












Week 3

What a super week the Marvellous Moorhen's have had! We have been looking closely at Florence Nightingale in History, learning about the great impact she had on nursing and the wonderful changes she made over time.


We were extremely lucky this week to be visited by Emma, a local nurse who works in the Children's Ward in Oxford Hospital. This was a fantastic opportunity to hear all about Emma's job as a nurse and her daily roles and responsibilities.


Emma explained to the Year 2's the importance of working hard at school if they would like to have a job such as a nurse or doctor when they grow up! We learnt that Maths, English, Science and Reading are all very important skills that nurses and doctors must have, and Emma told us that she was always  working super hard at school, especially in Year 2!!


Have a look at some pictures below of us with Emma, discovering all the important equipment she carries in her bag!

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The Spellings we have looked at this week are:


The /s/ sound spelt using a 'c'











Week 2

Wow, what a super busy week we have had full of wonderful learning!


In English lessons we have been looking at simple sentences and remembering three super important features: Capital letters, finger spaces and full stops! We then challenged ourselves by looking at conjunctions and seeing if we could use these within our sentences! smiley 

Conjunctions connect two simple sentences together to create a compound sentence. The conjunctions we look at in year 2 are: because, so, but, when, and, if and or


In Maths we have been looking at partitioning tens and ones using a variety of different models. The children are beginning to use cherry models and place value grids to confidently partition two digit numbers into tens and ones. If you would like to have a look at how this works so you can practice these at home, feel free to pop into class to see


We have also been busy artists and have been looking at closely at work by the artist Piet Mondrian. We all made our own collage in the style of Mondrian and had a class discussion about primary colours!


The spellings we have looked at this week are:

The /r/ sound spelt using ‘wr’











Piet Mondrian

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Week 1

We have been so impressed with how all our Marvellous Moorhen's have settled in this week. They have all come back to school eager and ready to learn smiley We have had lots of fun exploring Friendship and our current value of 'Respect' and have kick started Science by looking at animals and how they change as they grow. Have a look at the pictures  of us working together brilliantly to match the animals and their young. 


Here are the spellings that we have looked at this week...

The /n/ sound spelt using 'kn' and 'gn':










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