Welcome to Warwick Class
Class Teacher -Miss Potter
Teaching Assistant - Mrs Parsons
Week 4 & 5
Star of the Week
This week our star of the week is Lucia. She has been working really hard to demonstrate her knowledge and understanding of problem solving. Well done Lucia, keep up the great work.
Last week in literacy we worked on poetry and using onomatopoeia words. We worked hard to use these in a context and link them to objects that make those noises. We had a great lesson exploring these sounds and even watched this video.
Here you can see some of our amazing group work on onomatopoeia.
We also worked on a really fun lesson called 'when the teacher isn't there'. This was a fun and engaging topic which the children enjoyed creating different scenarios about what they would get up to. This was a real eye opener for Miss Potter who believed that the children were angels in her classroom!
This week (week 5) we have since moved onto instructions! We had a fantastic lesson creating instructions for bed time and then created instructions for making a sandwich. The children worked hard to ensure that their instructions were clear and precise.
They then had to read the instructions to Miss Potter to ensure that they made sense. If she could follow the instructions and successfully make a sandwich then the children could eat it! Well done to the children who could edit and improve their instructions. This demonstrated your understanding.
In maths last week we worked really hard to identify and solve missing number problems. We used the context of a magic sorting machine which had broken and the children had to work out which numbers had gone missing. This was a really fun lesson for all the children and particularly pink table who worked hard to practically solve this.
This week we have been working really hard to plan our own board game. We have been working with a partner to plan, create and play a board game of our choice. In order for us to understand what these games look like we started off by exploring them first. We had a great time playing the popular game Twister but changed things by having each colour represent a maths calculation.
Red - divide
Blue - multiply
Yellow - add
Green - subtract
We then started to plan and make our games with our partners. Here you can see us having fun with our learning.
On Friday we then played our games with our peers. We had the chance to experience our peers games and this was great fun. We became critical friends by giving them two stars and a wish. The two stars mean something that we loved about the game and the wish is a slight improvement that we would make.
Last week we had our Sports Day. I wanted to start off by saying a huge well done to the children for showing endeavour, contribution and great leadership skills. I would also like to say a huge thank you to all the parents who came and supported our sporting event. This really made a difference to the children's day.
We really enjoyed the running race!
Learning Together afternoon
On Thursday we also had a learning together afternoon with our parents. As our learning is starting to come to an end we decided to reflect on our learning of The Great Fire of London by creating art work. We couple create small houses, paint them and even made a huge group picture! Thank you to the children and parents for their contribution.
Fun with friends
1. Please keep your recycling! we are making musical instruments.
2. On Monday the children are taking a walk down to Margate fire station. This will happen during school hours.
3. Your child's teacher is Miss Potter again next year!
4. Children have been set Year 3 homework to create a lighthouse out of recycled materials.
Have a lovely weekend,
Week 3 - Rising to challenges
Star of the Week
This week in literacy we have been exploring poetry! At the start of the week be began by looking at the different sorts of poetry that's exists. We explored shape poems, ones that rhyme and some acrostic ones too! The children then practised retelling these in small groups which they really enjoyed. We also looked at the popular poem by Spike Milligan called the 'Ning Nang Nong!'. Albert really enjoyed this one and laughed the whole way through, this was Warwick's' favourite.
After that we looked at a popular poem about The Great Fire of London. We linked this to our own personal experiences. This was delightful to read the children's thoughts and opinions and how they could link the poem to themselves.
This week we have been learning all about data. On Monday we started off by collecting data about our favourite colours in the form of a tally chart. The children had great fun asking their friends their favourite colours and then then answered questions about the results. Well done to the children for conducting this study in a calm way around the classroom. This made Miss Potter feel really proud.
True or false?
Opening presents was the most popular.
Christmas food was the least popular.
Opening presents has 3 more than decorating the tree.
Only 8 people said they preferred the carols and music.
If you add Christmas food and playing in the snow together you will get 6.
We then moved onto creating pictograms. The children really enjoyed this lesson because it was all about their favourite foods. Can you create some questions about the data?
Cross Curricular Learning
In our maths lesson on Wednesday we merged both literacy and maths so that it linked with our topic 'The Great Fire of London'. We had to start off by writing instructions on how to prepare the fruit for the fruit pies that are sold in Pudding Lane. We had to make sure the instructions were clear so that Thomas Farriner could follow them easily.
Here you can see us working in action! We worked hard to make sure that we included steps such as washing our hands, weighing the fruit and chopping it carefully.
Then it came to measuring the ingredients accurately. We followed our instructions from the morning and then used them to weight out the items on the checklist. We worked really hard to ensure that we were careful and we even got the chance to eat the fruit after.
We measured the correct amount of ingredients and measured the juice too!
It was delicious!
In topic we explored if materials would roll or slide. We discussed their properties and wondered if the results would differ when placed on different surface materials. We chose items from the classroom and used these to test out our theory as a class. Well done Warwick class, this generated some amazing discussions.
Have a lovely weekend,
Week 2- Moderation and Assessment
Star of the Week
This week our star of the week is everyone . They have been working really hard to edit and improve there work. They have also been working hard in maths and are beginning to show a huge amounts of confidence.
This week we have been working on our persuasive writing techniques. We wrote a letter to King Charles the II in order to explain the terrible disaster in London. The children discussed what they would say to the King and how he could help them. They worked exceptionally hard to use all the key features and the different sentences types.
We then moved onto exploring news papers. We wrote in the present tense by explaining to the people what was happening in London. The children's work really is amazing and I am so very proud of their efforts. They included adjectives, conjunctions, contractions and factual information.
On Thursday we moved onto exploring drama! This was a really fun and enjoyable lesson for the children.
In maths this week we started off by doubling numbers. The children are now really secure with their knowledge and understanding of doubles. They have been working hard to recall doubles rapidly and without drawing jottings.
We then moved onto halving numbers and due to the children's excellent doubling knowledge they found this a breeze! Play this game....time yourself. How long does it take you?
On Wednesday and Thursday we found fractions of shapes. The children did find some areas of this difficult because of the context that it was given. However, after another day on this they are now secure and can use their fraction knowledge in a variety of different situations and contexts. A very big well done to all the children who sit on blue table....Alfie, Freddie, Scarlett, Cherry and Lucy. You worked really hard and showed huge amounts of endeavour.
We are back with a burn!
Can you guess our topic?
WOW! We are very excited for this terms learning. Our topic for this term is all about The Great Fire of London and we have completely changed our learning environment to fit this area of learning. We have transformed our book corner into the ‘Pudding Lane Bakery’. I want to take this time to thank the children for their hard work and contribution to our new book corner. It looks amazing.
We also have this wonderful and huge poster which is displayed in the window of our classroom. The children had a great time thinking about the characters emotions and what they would be thinking and saying at this tragic time.
Star of the Week
This week our star of the week is Lexie. We are really impressed with how much she is contributing to the lessons and her discussions with her peers. Keep up the great work .
This week we have Albert and Gaby earning their 50 reads. Well done! We also have Scarlett and Shanade who have read a whopping 100 times! Enjoy your RED TED'S and your new reading book.
In literacy this term we are starting off by looking at diary entries. We discussed what a diary looks like and why they are used. We then went on to complete a 'cold write' diary entry about something that we did during the holidays. This term we have a key focus on developing language so we a throwing words like 'sad' and 'hot' in the bin and are challenging ourselves to use more adventurous vocabulary.
Here you can see some our amazing writing attempts and also have a nosey about what we have been up to.
We then moved onto using our senses to describe. This was an amazing lesson where the children could really up-level their language choices. They had to imagine that they were there during this awful tragedy and explain what they could see, hear, feel and touch. Their writing in this lesson was outstanding. Well done Warwick.
We then moved onto completing our hot write based on our diary entry plan. Well done to all the children who worked hard to up level their language and key features. Miss Potter was really excited to read them.
This week in maths we have started off with multiplication word problems. We have been working hard to read the word problem, understand the operation and draw clear jottings to help us find the answer. Well done to all the children who have been working hard to learn their times tables over the holiday...this is really showing during the carpet time.
Here you can see some of our wonderful work as well as us challenging ourselves with reasoning questions.
We then moved onto division word problems and we had lots of fun doing this. The children described this 'the best lesson ever!' They worked hard to identify the key information and complete careful jottings. We then moved onto adding money mentally. The children are getting much better at using and applying their mental strategies to solve calculations. Some of the children were able to add 3 two digit numbers together.
Here you can see one of our groups working practically to solve division word problems.
We then moved onto subtracting money mentally. We used our knowledge of subtraction to help us solve these calculations. We also completed our Mini-Ninja activities.
We have had a great time exploring materials in science. We focussed on which materials were man-made and those that are natural. The children engaged in some very interesting discussions and lead their learning independently.
We then explored some of History and focussed on ordering events. We watched a really good clip about The Great Fire of London and created a map of the order of events. The children then went back to their tables and sequenced these events, in their wider curriculum books. It was wonderful to hear their thought processes and discussions with their peers.
Have a lovely weekend,
Week 5 - Reaching for the stars
Star of the week
This week our star of the week was Fabricio for working hard to demonstrate his understanding. We are really proud of how mature he now is and how he can complete tasks independently. Well done Fabricio. Keep up the hard work.
This week in literacy we had a fantastic time exploring different animals. We had lots of different fact files on our tables and we had to gather the appropriate information. We focused on these headings: What did they eat? What did they look like? and Where did they live?. The children worked really hard to gather information for each of these areas in preparation for their hot writes.
The children then put all of this information into their best maps whilst focusing on ensuring that they had suffixes, punctuation, sentences type and so much more! I want to say a huge well done to all the children who worked hard to include all the above criteria. They then worked even hard to edit and improve their writing and the results are fantastic.
This week in maths we have been exploring money. We started off by creating totals using different coins and thinking about how many different ways could we make 30p. When learning about money and creating totals the children normally just add the coins however, we wanted them to display this by showing how to create that total.
We then moved onto subtracting money which we are now really good at. We have been working hard to find equivalents in money too! E.g. £1 is the same as 5x20p. After this we started exploring money word problems and giving change. We had to work out if the shop keeper was giving us the correct change from what we had at first.
Have a lovely weekend,
Week 4 - Collaboration at it's best!
Star of the Week
Sadly, this week we didn't choose a star of the week. This is due to the children not demonstrating their usual 'best behaviour'. I am hoping that next week their behaviour will improve and we will be able to get back on track with the rewards and celebrations. Please take the time this weekend to remind your child of the class rules and listening to adults at all times.
This week in literacy we started by learning a new key text. This text is in the style of a report and it's all about a cheetah! The children had a great time learning the new story and creating actions for the key words. We ensured that we used Kung-Fu punctuation when retelling the report in order to remind us of where it goes and why.
Here you can see a fantastic piece of writing from Cherry when we wrote about what animals we saw on safari. I love the way that Cherry has interested the reader and used conjunctions. It was wonderful to read. Try to use these conjunctions in your writing and common exception words in your writing.
Week 3 - trying our best!
Star of the Week
This week our star of the week was Amelia. Amelia often finds areas of literacy difficult and struggles mainly with her spelling. We are pleased to announce that this week Amelia has been working really hard to improve her writing and has been editing and improving her work. Amelia also reached 100 reads this week...keep up the great work!
This week in literacy we have been having a blast. On Tuesday we started off by using drama to help us gather ideas for our new story. We have since moved away from Lila and the Secret of Rain and are now at the invent stage. We discussed different characters, settings and wishes that could happen within our stories. Here you can see us having great fun with our learning.
We then moved onto getting our ideas down on paper in the form of our best map. We took two days to record all of our amazing ideas and used a checklist to ensure that we included everything that was important. Here you can see us in action. I can't wait to read all of your lovely writing...the stories sound so exciting!
This week in maths we have started off with multiplication and division number facts. We have been working hard to demonstrate our knowledge and understanding of these calculations whilst also demonstrating clear jottings.
We then moved onto finding the inverse between multiplication and division. We are now very good at this for all of the operations. Finally on Friday we applied our learning from the week when we solved multiplication and division word problems.
This week in topic we had a fantastic lesson exploring the similarities and differences between the UK and Africa. The children had a great time exploring the different facts and information and found themselves surprised with what the children in Africa have to do on a daily basis. They couldn't believe that some children in Africa do not have a television!
1. This week you have been given our class learning letter.
2. Sadly reading is slipping. Please ensure that you are reading daily with your child and that you are signing and returning the reading record.
Have a lovely weekend,
Week 2 - challenge means learning
Star of the week
This week our star is Summer. Summer has been working really hard to improve her writing and we are starting to see some amazing results. Summer is beginning to make corrections to her work in order to ensure she is editing and improving what she produces. Keep up the great work.
Well done to Chloe this week who has worked hard to earn her 100 reads. She has been rewarded with a book of her own choice as a reward. Keep up this great work Warwick class because you can also earn your own RED TED treats!
During the literacy session on Monday we started off by exploring empathy from the perspective of the main character. We discussed the different ways Lila would be feeling at the beginningg, middle and end of the story. All of the children worked really hard to uplevel their language choices by using better synonyms such as distressed, exhausted and tearful.
We have since moved onto writing the best map in sections. We have been working really to ensure that we are using accurate punctuation and use specific year 2 criteria. As a result of this the children's work is massively improving and it is a joy to see them applying their newly acquired skills.
Have a look at some of our lovely work. Miss Potter is really impressed with the length of our writing. Keep up the great work.
We have been continuing our learning with fractions this week. We had a great lessons which linked to Lila (the main character in our literacy session). We had to find fractions of the rain drops to fill Lila's bucket. The children really enjoyed this lesson and we have completed our maths learning wall with their recent work.
The denominator (bottom number first) is how many groups.
We then share the amount of raindrops.
The numerator (top number) is how many groups we count.
We then moved onto finding the inverse operations for additions and subtractions. We finally grasped the concept by covering over the numbers that we already had. We also spoke and discussed the position of the numbers and that when adding the largest number is at the end and with subtracting the biggest number comes first. This helped us to identify which numbers to use.
We then moved onto completing three step operations. We struggled with this during our 'MOCK SATS' tests so we addressed this. Well done to all the children who demonstrated clear jottings.
This week in topic we created a display out of our oceans and continents work. The children worked hard to create their own world maps using paper plates. They had to cut and stick all the different continents in the correct place and name the oceans that surround them. Here you can see our lovely display.
Well also explored which foods come from animals and plants. The children worked really hard to sort, filter and match the food to the correct group. Well done to all the children who managed to work out where the food grew and what it was made of.
Look at our amazing work
Have a lovely weekend ,
Week 1- Back with a BANG!
Welcome back everyone. This term we are learning about oceans and continents. In order to kick start our learning with a bang the teachers and TA's have been really busy making the classrooms look amazing. Have a sneak peak at our current learning environment.
Our book corner has been transformed into a ship. Inside you will find lots of interesting things such as maps, treasure and thought-provoking questions.
Look at our wonderful 'ocean' classroom.
This term we are learning all about 'Lila and the Secret of Rain'. This is a story about a girl called Lila who makes a wish. It dives deeper into her local area and how they need water in order to survive. We are really looking forward to learning the 'best map' and finding out how and if her wish does come true.
On Tuesday we had a great time for our 'hook' lesson. We started exploring what wishes we would make and why. We kept these a secret from our friends and wrote them down on a piece of paper. We then put them in our lovely wishing bottles and added some sparkly glitter, sequins and shiny objects.
Here you can see us fully engaged with our learning. We loved creating our own wishes and are hoping that they will come true.
This week in maths we have been exploring fractions. We have gone back to the teaching and learning of fractions as this was an area which the majority of children struggled with in the recent 'MOCK SATS' test. We have explored finding halves of shapes and then finding quarters.
We found the halving lesson fairly simple however we did struggle with finding quarters. Lots of us became confused when we couldn't split the shapes down the middle and across. We have now learnt that if we count have many squares there are in total and halve this and halve again we will get the right answer. This answer tells us how much we need to shade in of the shape.
Can you answer these mastery questions?
How would you solve these?
This week in topic we have been exploring geography and 'oceans and continents'. We created our very own plates with the oceans and continents on them. We had to label and recognise the different continents. We used songs from YouTube to help us with this.
1. Children have been given a proof copy of our class photo. If you would like a copy of this please return this to the office with the money in the envelope.
2. Lots of children do not have their PE kit this week. As it's the first week back we understand some of you may have forgotten. Please can we ensure that every child has their PE kit in school for next week.
Have a lovely weekend,
Term 4 week 6-
Friday 24th March 2017 - 1 child away
Monday 27th March 2017- 100% Attendance
Tuesday 28th March 2017 - 2 children away
Wednesday 29th March 2017- 100% attendance
Thursday 30th March 2017- 100% attendance
Attendance for the week is 97.8%
Star of the Week
This week our star of the week is Owen. Owen showed true endeavour during his recent SATS reading test paper. At times Owen finds elements of reading difficult however he gave 100% effort and his hard work paid off. Keep doing what you are doing Owen because it is fantastic!
This week we conducted a 'Mock SATS' test. Our main reason for doing this was to identify new focus children for next term, identify gaps in learning and address these in preparation for the test. We now have 4 weeks until children actually sit the real SATS tests. Therefore, any homework that is sent home from now until then we would appreciate your help and support.
As a treat for the last day of term children donated £1 for our fun day. The children came to school wearing 'lounge wear' and had breakfast, a party and a film in the afternoon. This was fantastic and every child in Warwick attended school to be a part of this.
Term4 Week 5 - Rising to the challenge
Friday 17th March 2017 - 1 child away
Monday 20th March 2017- 3 children away
Tuesday 21st March 2017 - 2 children away
Wednesday 22nd March 2017- 2 children away
Thursday 23rd March 2017- 1 child away
Attendance for the week is 93%
Star of the Week
This week our star is Lydia. Lydia has made some fantastic progress in reading and as a result is becoming more fluent every day. She returns her reading book on time and we are noticing improvements daily. Well done Lydia, keep up the great work.
Wow! We have a superstar in our class who has read 102 times! Well done to Lucy, this is a fantastic achievement. You can earn RED TED rewards by reading at home every night and returning your reading book. Also a huge well done to Jack who received his computer time for meeting his targets on his chart.
This week in literacy we started off by writing the opening of the discussion text. We focused on using conjunctions and accurate punctuation. We also explored the different sentence types and worked on demonstrating this with our partners. Here you can see some of lovely work.
In literacy we then started innovating the text. We changed the text to 'should aliens be allowed to come to Earth?'. The children had some great discussions and expressed their reasons for and against. We then changed the first and middle section as a class and completed some amazing writing.
Can you remember what we changed it to? Have a go at retelling this.
This week in maths we started off with positional and directional language. We explored giving instructions to Miss Potter in order to make her way from the sink to the book corner. We used the language left, right, forwards, backwards, anti-clockwise and clockwise.
Make your way from the hospital to the library. Remember to use your positional language.
We then used our knowledge of directional language to programme the bee-bot to navigate to specific areas on the map. This was a fantastic lesson where the children really got the opportunity to explore and learn through trial and error. Here you can see us having fun and learning in action!
We then completed a problem solving activity. We had two aliens who both thought different things. Zorph believed that if we had 3 odd numbers and then added them together the answer would still be off. However, Blinxee believed that some numbers could still be even. We tested this theory and then recorded who was correct and how we knew this.
Have a go using the numbers 21,23,25,27,29
Add 3 of them together and see if the total is odd or even.
If we add four odd numbers does it still work the same?
In our topic lessons we explored the changed of growth from the cress. We had been growing cress in our classroom for a couple of weeks and had been noticing some great changes. Today we recorded the changes in our wider curriculum books.
In preparation for Mothering Sunday we created cards for the people who are special to us. We had to draw around our hands and then write two reasons why we love that special person. The children's reasons are very sweet, some unique and some others hilarious. We hope that you enjoy your special day.
1. Next week children have class photos on Wednesday. Please ensure that they come to school dressed in full school uniform.
2. For the last week of term we are holding our final SATS practise. Please ensure that your child is in school everyday. This will give us an accurate indication as to what we need to work on over the next few weeks.
3.. Friday the 31st is the FUN DAY. Children can come to school dressed in 'lounge wear' such as a tracksuit, onesie or pyjamas. They will receive breakfast, a party with games and activities and a film in the afternoon. In order for this to go ahead we are asking for a £1 donation.
Have a lovely weekend,
4 week 4 - Endeavour
Friday 10th March 2017 - 1 child away
Monday 13th March 2017- 1 child away
Tuesday 14th March 2017 - 100% attendance
Wednesday 15th March 2017- 100% attendance
Thursday 16th March 2017- 100% attendance
Attendance for the week is 96.7%
Unfortunately our overall percentage has decreased. Come on Warwick! We can do this, we can do better.
Star of the Week
This week our star is Kevin. Kevin always works really hard and comes to school with a huge smile on his face. He contributes well in discussions and encourages everyone else to do the same. Keep up the great work.
Well done to these superstars who managed to earn their RED mini-ninja badges last week. This means they are now fluent in their number bond facts to 20 and can answer questions at rapid speed. Well done guys, let's earn some more!
Use this lovely chart to help you learn your times tables
This week in literacy we started off with a cold write. We are now moving onto writing a discussion text whereby we need to persuade the reader. We are giving for and against arguments and then finishing by giving our own personal opinion. The children had to write a cold write based on whether we should let people go into space. The children worked hard to write these sentences and use conjunctions to give reasons why.
We then moved this forward during our 'hook day'. We had a great time debating and giving reasons for our opinion. We then had to decide if anyone managed to persuade us or change our opinion slightly. Well done to all the children for listening carefully and showing respect when others shared their opinions. This showed great fairness whilst our discussions took place.
Well done to all the children for their fantastic contribution and excellent listening to the peers.
We then moved onto learning the first section of our new report. Our persuasive text is all about whether or not we should let people go into space. Well done to everyone who helped think of ideas and actions for the words. This made is so much more fun when retelling the first part.
We then moved onto finding the key criteria in the persuasive text. We had to focus on finding conjunctions, contractions and identify the different sentence types. We then moved onto ordering the second part of the text based on what we already could remember. Here you can see our lovely work.
This week in maths we have been exploring missing symbols in equations. First we started off with addition and subtractions. We discussed that when we add the numbers get smaller because they increase. We also noticed that when we subtract the answer is smaller. As a class we had a go at trying to answer these questions by proving this with our jottings. Well done to all the children who worked hard to demonstrate their learning.
Have a go at these
10 ____ 5 = 15
15 ____ 3 = 12
25 ____ 7 = 32
We then moved onto finding the correct symbol using addition and multiplication. We had to model this in our books using clear jottings because both of the answers show an increase. Well done to Jack for showing fantastic clear jottings, a great improvement from yesterday.
We also progressed our learning onto multiplication and division. The children found that they could identify very quickly which operations were multiplication and division due to the place of the numbers. The children discussed in great detail that if the numbers greatly increased then it would be multiply and if the numbers got smaller (the answer smaller) then it would be divide.
This week we worked on changes over time and how we could compare the old with the new. We took advantage of our local area and used the Drapers Windmill as our resource and stimulus for learning. The children watched videos on what the windmill was used for, how staff worked there and how it has changes in appearance. They then compared it to what they know already.
You can find out some more information about the windmill here:
This week we started off by exploring commas and how they are used. We then attempted to use them accurately within our writing and also edit sentences which had too many or not enough. Well done to all the children for discussing what they already know and understand. Also a huge well done for using Kung-Fu punctuation when reading the sentences out loud.
We also discussed the difference between statements and questions sentence types this week. The children are now really good at identifying question sentences types and boring statements. They also worked hard to create statements and questions about pictures. Have a go at using the picture to create a statement and question sentence type.
National Science Week
On Thursday we had a great time making predictions and engaging within different experiments. Watch this space to find out what we got up to!
We explored the challenge of mentos and cola. We first watched a demonstration and then made our own predictions in groups. We had to rule out some choices and test our predictions. We changed the type of sweets and the liquids that it was placed in. We then tested these in front of the year group which was amazing! A huge thank you to Mrs Burniston who worked relentlessly to make today and success. The children are staff really enjoyed it .
Warwick class suggested that orangeade and raspberry millions would make the highest waterfall explosion!
1. Homework is on education city this week. Please log in and complete the tasks set.
4 Week 3 - Expectations
Overall this week our attendance hasn't been too terrible although, we can always do better. Our aim is to have every child in for the whole week. Once we have done this we will be rewarded with a medal.
Friday 3rd March 2017 - 1 child away
Monday 6th March 2017- 1 child away
Tuesday 7th March 2017 - 100% attendance
Wednesday 8th March 2017- 100% attendance
Thursday 9th March 2017- 1 child away
Attendance for the week is 97.8%
Well done to these three superstars who have learnt their spellings in our phonics groups. They managed to spell them all correctly and even win a prize from the treasure chest. Well done Harley, Lydia and Jack.
Star of the Week
This week our star of the week is Bethany. Bethany always tries really hard in all areas of learning. She listens well, asks and answers questions and tries to challenge herself constantly. Keep up the great work Bethany. We are really proud of you.
Reading every day
Well done to Lydia, Jack, Jenson and Amelia who read every day this week. Sadly, the numbers for this are decreasing which is not what we like to see. We must make sure we are reading at home every day in order to make progress and practise these key skills.
This week in literacy we started off by changing the end of our story and recording this in our literacy books. It has been fantastic this week to see the children's imaginations really come to life. As a result of this their writing in their books is continuing to improve. Well done everyone for sharing your horrifying ideas and contributing during our action retell.
We then moved onto gathering ideas in preparation for our 'invention' stage. The children had to decide how they could change the genre of the text to a romance, comedy, change the character or even change the point of view. We had large pieces of flipchart paper and we had to record our ideas and discuss this with our friends.
We then moved onto completing our best map templates based on our new genre. We worked hard to include suffixes, conjunctions and contractions. We also had to check that we included as many different sentence types as possible.
This week in maths we have been learning our number bonds. It is really important that we know these fluently to ensure we can recall facts with ease. Well done to all the children who demonstrated clear jottings within their work. Have a practise at home, you can test your parents.
Here is a video that the children really enjoyed on number bonds..it drives Miss Potter mad!
We then moved onto subtraction and explored how this links and is similar to number bonds. Well done to all the children who worked hard to show their jottings in a clear way. They worked really hard to break up the tens carefully.
On Friday we had a fantastic time by recalling our number bonds at rapid speeds. The children chose their numbers up to 20 and had to find the number bond that linked with the one which had been called out. Well done to all the children who are now fluent in their number bonds. We then tested the children against their 'mini-ninja' red badge. I am so pleased to announce that the majority of the class are about to receive their badges. Well done...the hard work pays off.
This week we used our ICT time to help us explore Education City. This is what we now use to set homework so we wanted to check it out and make sure we are using it correctly. Well done to all the children who used this time to access their homework. This is a fantastic attitude towards school. Well done.
This week in our SPaG lessons we have been exploring suffixes. We worked hard to explain and identify then within sentences and try to apply some ourselves. We challenged ourselves to use tricky suffixes which we wouldn't normally use. Great endeavour Warwick class.
We have continued to water our cress plants and the results are amazing. They and continuing the grow and we are still making observations based on what we can see. We have noticed that the one hidden in the cupboard has changed colour and the leaves and stems are yellow. We have also noticed that the seeds which just have water haven't started growing at all. We now think that the plants must have soil to help them.
1. A massive thank you to all the parents who attended parents evening. It was a delight to be able to share your child's progress and discuss ways in which they can improve further.
2. If you didn't attend parents evening then your child will be sent home with SATS style examples to practise at home.
3. Homework is online this weekend. It's on Education City and your child has their log in details. If you do not have these please come and see me. I can print you off some more information.
4. Learning letters also went home this week. If you have lost your copy, you can find it as an attachment at the top of the page.
Have a restful weekend,
Term 4 Week 2- We are winners!
Friday 24th February 2017 - 1 child away
Monday 27th February 2017- 100% attendance
Tuesday 28th February 2017 - 100% attendance
Wednesday 1st March 2017- 100% attendance
Thursday 2nd March 2017- 100% attendance
Attendance for the week is 98.8%
We are the winners of the 1st place trophy!!
This week in literacy we started off by retelling the opening of the story 'Welcome to ALIEN SCHOOL'. We worked really hard to orally retell the story using actions and Kung-Fu punctuation. We then wrote the story in our literacy books and tried our very best to include the four sentences types.
Do you know what they are? Can you give an example?
Here you can see some examples of our fantastic writing
We then moved onto writing the middle and ending of the story. The children have really been applying themselves with this new unit of learning and we are feeling very proud of them. Keep up the great work everyone.
As the week went on we then changed part of the story. We decided to change the genre of the text from an adventure story to a HORROR. This children were able to generate some amazing language which really helped change the genre.
We changed the language such as 'called' to 'screamed'. We also changed words such a 'fantastic' to 'horrid'. Have a go at retelling your new best map to your parents. Can you scare them?
In maths this week we have been learning about time. On Monday we started off with the basics of o'clock and half past the hour. Well done to all the children who could do this with ease. At first we practised reading the time on clocks and then actually creating the times by drawing the hands.
The time is half past three and we go to the park. We stay at the park for 3 hours. What is the time when we get back home?
We then moved onto telling the time to quarter to and quarter past. The children have been working really hard to ensure that they don't confuse these two when reading and creating them on the clocks. Have a go at trying to work out these times.
In topic this week we have been exploring plants and what they need to grow. We have made predictions about what might happen if a plant doesn't have everything is needs. Will it still grow like it should if we take away the sunlight? Why? Why not?
Here is our test
1 has no water
1 has no soil
1 has no air
1 has no light
1 has air, sun, soil and water
We have children who water the plants every day. The rest of the class have been commenting on the changes we have noticed already! On day 2...the plant that is allowed to have everything has already started to change and grow. The one that isn't allowed any light has already started to change as well.
Quick Question. The plant without water hasn't started to grow. Does this mean that all plants need water to survive? Also, the plant from the cupboard is turning a yellow/white colour. Why do you think this is? Would the others do the same if they went into the cupboard?
In PPA this week it was our turn for our Art session. We all really enjoy Art lessons where we can get messy and be creative. Here you can see us in action having a fantastic time and showing our core value of 'enjoyment' in our learning. I just couldn't help myself by posting this picture of Jenson who made everyone smile when he chose this lovely overall in the art studio.
We are also very lucky to have had a visit from Japanese students. As a kind gesture they said that they would reward the children with some Japanese workshops. The children had a fantastic time creating their names using the different lettering and symbols. We also had fun by playing some games...we did find it tricky to use the chop-sticks to pick up the raisins.
We had a fantastic time trying to count to ten in Japanese and even made up actions! We also learnt how to say hello and thank you
World Book Day
On Thursday we celebrated World Book Day as a school. We had a great time completing specific activities which included writing, reading, maths and much more. We also played a game of 'guess my character' which the children really enjoyed. Here you can see a few pictures of our amazing day.
Here you can see our fantastic costumes. Well done to Daniel for a superb piece of writing. It was amazing to see you using statements, questions, commands and exclamation sentence types.
We also completed some shared reading with Kingston class. We really enjoyed pairing up with them and sharing our favourite stories. We also listened to a clip from YouTube which was by Michael Rosen. He retold the story of 'Were going on a bear hunt' with actions. Well all really enjoyed joining in and copying them.
Talk for Reading
Dates for your diary
Have a lovely weekend,
Term 4 Week 1 - Back to the fun!
Warwick class take the lead with 16 pupils
Star of the Week
This week our star is Jade. Jade sometimes struggles with her writing but not this week! There has been no stopping Jade as she has been zooming off and trying really hard. Well done Jade, we are extremely proud of you.
RED TEDS & Awards
We have two superstars this week who has finally received their RED TED. This means that they have been reading as much as possible and are now at 50 reads. WOW! Well done Owen and Alfie. I hope to see many more next week. It could be you! Also a huge thank you and well done to Scarlett and Jack for representing Drapers Mills in a gymnastics festival. Many people commented on the children's behaviour and approach when in a different school. Go Drapers .
Reading every day matters
Reading every day helps us to be more confident readers. It also gives us the chance to practise the skills and apply our new phonics skills. Therefore, it is essential that your child is reading at home every day. We have some superstars in Warwick this week who have been reading every day. Well done Jenson, Lydia, Jack, Owen and Amelia.
In Literacy this week we started off with a cold write. We did this so that we could set personalised targets for each child. They will then continue to work on them over the course of this unit.
We are still learning all about space and are using a wonderful story to help us. The book is called 'Welcome to ALIEN SCHOOL' by Caryl Hart and Ed Eaves. It's a wonderful story all about a small boy who visits alien school. He witness' all the weird and wonderful things that happen there during his adventure. Have you ever wondered what it might be like?
On Tuesday we had our 'HOOK LESSON'. In this lesson we went on a hunt around the school looking for aliens. First we started in the small hall and then followed the clues all around the rest of the building. We found pictures of eyes, feet, hands and teeth! We finally found the alien hiding in the pond area. It was such a fantastic adventure. Keep your eyes open when around the school....you may find some of his friends!
Here you can see the clues that we found around the school.
Success! We found the alien
Here you can see our new best map. We have been using the pictures and actions to help us retell the story. We have been working really hard to remember our capital letters and punctuation. We have been using Kung-Fu punctuation when retelling the story to help us remember.
As a follow on to this lesson we worked hard to highlight the key features for Year 2 based on the Interim Framework. We colour coded it like this.
Red - punctuation
blue - conjunctions
yellow - contractions
pink - suffixes
purple - common exception words
We then moved onto learning the middle part of the story. We had great fun retelling this with actions. For our task we then had to cut and order the story whilst retelling it orally. Well done to all the children for their fantastic endeavour and enjoyment in this lesson.
Based on our recent 'Mock Maths SATS' we noticed that the majority of the children struggled with areas of measure. This is now an area which we are working really hard to improve on so that we can easily get those marks. We started off the week by finding missing numbers on a number line. We focussed on recognising patterns and used our knowledge of the 2's, 5's and 10 times tables. If you do not know your times tables then you can keep practising them here.
Can you solve Miss Potters theory? Will she be correct? How do you know? Explain you answer.
We have also been learning about capacity and finding measures where numbers are missing. We have been measuring liquids and also creating measures independently. Here you can see our learning on the learning wall. Can you match the ml's to the correct jug? Have a go!
On Wednesday we worked hard on measuring using scales. This is an area which we now feel confident with. Well done to all the children who also used their knowledge of estimation to read the scales. Have a go at reading these scales.
Have a go at this word problem. I have 42 grams of flour. I add 15 grams of butter and 24 grams of sugar. How much does it weigh altogether?
Here you can see our work in our books. We have been working really hard to read scales accurately and even estimate where numbers are missing. We did find some of this difficult when the scale increased in tens!
In topic we have been exploring naming the planets in the correct order. We attempted to create our own pneumonic to help us remember the order. Well done to all the children who worked really hard to create some silly ones to help us remember.
We really enjoyed listening to this song to help us. Have a sing along at home.
In PE this term we are going to learning and Kwik Cricket. Watch this space for pictures of us in action! So far, we have watched a video on the 'typical set up' of the players and discussed what each person has to do.
Have a lovely weekend,
Week 6 - Nearly half term
This week has not be a normal week with regards to routines and timetables. As Year 2 SATS are looming we have decided to run a 'MOCK SATS TEST' for the children to complete. The reason that we decided to do this was to see how the children are currently getting on and also to address any current learning which may need to be revisited. The children have worked so hard this week to show off what they currently know and understand. We shall be updating their progress sheets in preparation for the first week back and these will be sent home with your child.
Star of the Week
This week our star of the week is Daniel . He has been working really hard to apply himself with his writing and as a result his working is really beginning to show progress. We are really proud of his hard work and determination. Keep it up .
Well done to these superstars who had been selected from Warwick class to take part in a sporting event at Dane Court . They worked really hard competing is different activities which required specific skills. Well done Scarlett, Alfie and Freddie.
This week in literacy we have been writing the opening, middle and ending of our story. We have been using our best maps that we made last week to help us with our retell. We have been focusing on specific elements of the Year 2 Interim Framework and have been working really hard to demonstrate these in our writing.
We have also been driving lots of hard work towards our cursive handwriting. This is an area that we are still finding difficult and applying some of the common exception words. We need to be able to read them and spell them accurately.
As the week continued we completed our HOT WRITE. This is where the children apply their skills in their writing. I was so pleased to see how hard the children had tried and how much progress they have made. We have these superstars Daniel and Charlie who won the prizes for most personal growth in writing. Well done boys. However, everyone did their very best and all received a treat on Friday.
Here you can see us enjoying our reward
This week in maths we have been exploring money. For the first couple of days we explored making amounts using the coins we know exist. Some of us found this difficult at first but now we have got this cracked! We then moved onto making totals using a variation of different coins. We are really coming to terms with new ways of thinking and of finding totals. Well done to all the children for showing the core value of enjoyment this week.
Here you can access some online interactive games
We then moved onto finding fractions of money. The children listened brilliantly on the carpet and as a result, could find these very quickly! Well done Warwick! Excellent attitudes towards learning.
Was Mr Askew correct? He said that is you find half of a number and 2 quarters of a number the answer will be the same? True of false? Explain .
This week in topic we have been exploring the structure of materials. We have been investigating that if we change the structure of a material will it then float? We decided to make boats using plastercine to test this theory. When the plasticine was in a ball we found that it would sink to the bottom. Therefore we attempted to manipulate the material to see if this changed the outcome.
Here you can see us having fun with our learning. We loved testing out this experiment and making changes.
Chinese New Year
We also explored and celebrated Chinese New Year on Monday. We made a dragon to go up in our classroom, learnt about the traditional tale of Chinese New Year and even had a go at writing our names. We also created beautiful lanterns which are now hanging in our classroom.
Look at this fantastic display made entirely from the children's work.
Well done Warwick class.
1. We have celebration of learning after school on Monday. As a result of this, all clubs on Monday have been cancelled. Come and have a look and what your child has been learning about.
2. As of next week your child will be sitting a 'mock SATS' test. This is to give us an indication as to how the children are performing and identify any gaps in their learning.
4. Remind your child to take their PE kit home for washing. I am delighted to have had so many children with PE kits this term.
Have a lovely weekend,
Star of the Week
This week our star is the lovely Shanade. Shanade spends most of her time in the Rainbow room however more recently she has been coming back to Warwick class. We have loved having her back and she is working really hard particularly, in PE. Well done Shanade.
This week we have some super children who are about to receive their RED TED. This means that they have read their reading book 50 times! Well done to Scarlett, Shanade, Amelia and Chloe.
This week in literacy we have had a blast exploring our ideas. We have tried to be as imaginative and creative as possible in order to inspire us with our writing. On Monday year 2 went into the small hall to explore main characters, settings and props we could use within our writing. We then went back to the classroom to use role play and drama to develop these ideas.
This session really helped us to challenge our thinking and ideas.
We then moved onto recording our ideas in a planning format. We focused on applying our knowledge of the key skills and expectations of Year 2 and tried to demonstrate this in our plans. Here you can see children's ideas and them planning to use key language such as suffixes, conjunctions and sentence types.
After all of this careful planning we could then move onto the inventing stage of Talk for Writing and create our very own best map. The children have been working really hard with this whilst ensuring that they create an interesting and inspiring story.
In maths this week we have been exploring missing number sentences. We have been working with subtraction sums and finding the missing number. The children have been working really hard to demonstrate clear jottings and accuracy within their work.
One area which we did struggle with was when we had to subtract and bridge over the ten. We therefore spent two days addressing this misconception and we can now do this with ease. We have also been challenging ourselves this week to demonstrate reasoning in our maths books. Not only have we tested some statements but we have also tried to explain how we know if the statement is true of false. This has been a fantastic week.
Here you can see some of the confusion we experienced earlier on in the week. We are pleased to announce that we have now grasped this concept.
This week in topic we have been exploring floating and sinking. At first we discussed in talk partners why we thought certain materials would float and why they would sink. We then tested these theories. We now have a better understanding of what materials would be best
This week in literacy we started with giving commands. We found this very easy because we had a fantastic discussion about the commands that are given to us by our parents. We did however at first think that we needed to put 'now' at the end of every sentence. We have now sorted this .
"Clean the moon".
"Look for the horrible aliens".
"Get in the rocket or the aliens will attack!"
We then moved onto writing the opening of the story "Man on the Moon". Well done to all the children who worked hard to remember the story and use accurate punctuation in their sentences. Your writing is really improving and we are beginning to see more lengthy pieces in your books.
Have a go at trying to retell the opening of the best map to your parents.
We then progressed our learning onto using suffixes when retelling the middle of our story. This week the children have really been working hard to remember the story, use accurate punctuation and write at length. As a result the work already looks ten times better and every child received a prize from the treasure chest. Well done Miss Potter's literacy group.
This week in maths we have been working hard to partition numbers in two different ways. The easiest way we found to do this was first by sorting the tens and ones. We then worked out a different way to split the number. Some of us found this difficult but the majority of us had clear jottings which made this easier.
How many different ways can you make 25p using coins?
In maths we have also tried really hard to complete inverse operations. The way that Miss Potter remembered this at school was like a sorting machine. This really helped the children to see the machine working backwards and could identify the inverse. Look at their wonderful jottings which help them to check their calculations.
Look at our wonderful clear jottings.
This week in topic we have been working on materials and whether or not they can be manipulated. We focussed on the key vocabulary of bending, stretching, and twisting. We worked hard to use this language in our writing when describing the materials.
We also had our ICT slot this week where we explored art in the style of Picasso. We used cubism to help us with our art and the software paint. We had great fun trying to re-create his tricky work and even more fun guessing what the pictures actually meant!
We tried really hard to re-crate these works of art.
Star of the Week
This week we have two children who are the stars of the week. Our first star pupil is Gaby for outstanding 'endeavour' and challenge in maths. We also have Amelia for trying very hard to improve her spelling and literacy writing. Keep up the great work.
We have snow!
What a lovely experience for the children. Their faces when they saw the snow was just wonderful. We couldn't resist having a play outside.
During the week the children come in at 8.30 am. This gives us the chance to practise some key skills. This week on Friday we had a treat of Just Dance.
In literacy this week we had so much fun and even found some alien gooey slime! We have been working really hard to apply our knowledge and understanding of suffixes. Well done to all the children in Miss Potter's literacy lesson for being able to apply 'beautiful, lovely and delightful' in their writing. Some of the children were even able to use a conjunction in their writing when describing Bob's house.
"Bob's house is lovely and clean because he is a good boy".
"Bob's house is beautiful because he has decorated it nicely".
We found some slime in our classroom which we had great fun exploring. We used the slime to help us generate contractions in our writing. As a class we had a great discussion about what Bob should and shouldn't so with the slime.
This week it has been a joy to see the children passionate and enthusiastic about their learning. As a result we have seen some amazing pieces of writing. If you would like to pop in and see your child's writing then I am available on Monday and Wednesday.
Remember these are the words that we need to be learning and spelling accurately in our writing. You can also practise writing these in cursive.
This week in maths we have been extremely busy. We have been working hard on the four operations and ensuring that we produce clear jottings. We are very good at addition and subtraction however we did struggle with the bridging over ten with subtraction. We spent an extra day on this to ensure that we were secure before we moved on.
Next we moved onto multiplication and division. Below you can see some of our wonderfully neat jottings. This helps to show our understanding of the operation and ensures that we are accurate with our working out.
At the end of our session we played the 'Quick Fire' round. We all have whiteboards and pens on the carpet and Miss Potter calls out a sum. We then have to work as quick as possible to show our jottings and the answer in order to win the house points. A huge well done to Gaby, Sara, Alfie and Alexie for working extremely quick.
7 x 4 =
15 + 82 =
95 - 38 =
This week in topic we made our very own flying rockets. First we began by decorating them in our favourite colours. We then cut and stuck them together whilst making sure we left a gap. We had great fun racing them in the afternoon with our friends. Well done to Alfie, Sean, Lucy and Lexie for their superb fastest flying rockets.
Look at us in action! What a wonderful afternoon.
We also had a fantastic session in PE focusing on balancing. We used the different equipment to help us control our movements with speed and accuracy. The children experienced each station in their small groups. Here you can see us having a blast in PE.
Infant agility in action! We love our PE sessions.
Star of the week
This week our star of the week is Alex. Alex has been working exceptionally hard to apply the new skills he is learning. We are so very proud of his new attitude towards learning and the pace that he is now working at. Keep up the great work Alex because you are a super star!
Warwick are Winners!
This week Warwick won 2nd place for attendance. Well done to all the children and parents for their continued effort and time keeping. This is having a great impact on children settling when entering school and means that they are ready to start work as soon as possible. We are so very pleased but as I'm sure you would agree, we would like to win 1st place. If we can get the 1st place trophy there will be a super treat.
This week in literacy we have experienced some BIG and EXCITING changes. We are now in literacy and maths sets so that we can focus on the areas that we need to improve on. As a result your child may now have a different literacy/maths teacher. Having said this we will keep you updated with any progress/concerns which could arise.
This term we are learning all about Space. We are using the book 'Man on the Moon' to help us with our learning which is fantastic story. It is all about a man called Bob who works on the moon. He blasts off in his rocket and entertains tourists, cleans the moon and reassures people that there are no aliens!
This term we have sectioned the best map and are learning specific parts each day. We have decided to do this because we found it difficult to learn a whole story in a day. Here you can see part of our best map. We have generated some actions to help us with our re-tell. You can show your parents at home and get them to join in with the fun.
In maths this week we have been exploring measuring. We started off by explaining all the different things we might need to measure at home. We also discussed the importance of measuring and how we can use it in our every day life e.g. baking cakes, building walls etc.
We then exploring estimating. The discussion that the children had on the carpet was fantastic and really showed their understanding. It was a joy to be a part of and to hear the amazing language that they were coming out with. Well done Miss Potters maths group. In order to make it more challenging we decided to use more than, less than and equals to symbols but also measure over a metre.
TOP TIP - Charlie crocodile always eats the bigger number *snap* *snap*
This week we didn't have University because we are collating the new sessions available to children. University will be up and running as of next week. Instead, we decided to talk about New Years Resolutions and the resolutions that we have made. It was a delight to hear the children's resolutions and that some of their personal targets are about school. We have decided to put these on stars are display them in the classroom as a reminder.
Have a lovely weekend,
This week our star is Scarlett. Scarlett always works exceptionally hard and without a fuss. Due to this we often forget that Scarlett is in the class because she is such a hard worker. Well done Scarlett, we are very proud of you.
Maddie the Meerkat
This week Maddie has decided to go home with Owen. She is really impressed with the endeavour that Owen continues to show despite finding some elements tricky. He always continues to try hard and we are really impressed with his grown up attitude. Well done Owen.
Warwick goes to London
I would first of all like to say a huge and heart felt thank you to the wonderful parents of Warwick class. We appreciate that gathering the money this close to Christmas can be a struggle but as I'm sure you will agree, this experience will stay with the children for many years to come. I would also like to congratulate the children for their outstanding and mature approach to handling a new experience and a different environment. I am a super proud teacher right now.
We behaved brilliantly on the coach and are now ready to explore...
To see the children's faces when we first walked into the museum was priceless. They really couldn't believe how big the dinosaurs actually were.
We enjoyed looking at the skulls of different dinosaurs and discussed their key features with our partners.
Here you can see us exploring baby dinosaurs that would have just hatched out of their eggs.
Can you name a dinosaurs that lays eggs?
This is an examples of a triceratops' horn.
Here you can see the skeleton of a stegosaurus. We discussed the large plates we could see on his back. We also commented on how long his tail was and how he would be able to knock us over in a swipe!
We really enjoyed looking at the fossils and remains of these great beasts.
This is the actual size of the T-Rex's jaw. The children explained that they would fit inside his mouth with no trouble at all! This was a scary thought for some of the children!
The different zones in the museum kept us engaged for hours. We wandered around in awe of everything that we saw. It was a pure delight to take the children here and give them this experience.
As you all know Maddie the meerkat loves learning. We felt that we couldn't leave her at school so we took her along for the adventure. She had a great time being taken around the museum by the children in the class.
Can you spot the difference in the picture below?
Here is a sneak peak of next terms learning
We explored outer space whilst at the museum. We had a fantastic time looking at the wonderful displays and this generated lots of discussions.
For the remainder of this week we have been writing the opening and middle of our best maps. We have now all created a best map about our favourite dinosaur. A current issue we are trying to overcome is our knowledge and understanding of tenses. Dinosaurs are now extinct so instead of can we use could.
I just have to give a special mention to Gaby and Alex this week for their hard work and determination. We are proud of the progress that you are making. Keep up the great work.
Have a look at these....
Can you work out the past tense?
run -----> ________
On Monday we look at sorting data. We had to match the correct tally marks to the correct data and generate questions. We are now superb at answering and sorting data accurately. On Thursday we explored partitioning numbers in two ways.
How many ways can you partition 45?
4 tens 5 ones
On Tuesday we will be performing our nativity. Please ensure that you return the slip so that we are aware of how many people will be attending. Please could you ensure that your child comes to school with a white top which is in a named carrier bag. They have all made Christmas hats which they will wear on the day. Well done to the children for all of their hard work. Not long now...
This week we also made Christmas cards for our parents. We have used a picture of our face to put as the star on top of the tree. We really hope that you enjoy them.
On Wednesday we are going to have a small party in the afternoon. If you would please send your child to school with some nibbles for our party that would be greatly appreciated.
Have a lovely weekend,
Star of the Week
This week our star of the week is Charlie. Charlie has been working really hard with his handwriting and in particular up-levelling his language. Well done Charlie for continuing to try your best at all times. We are beginning to see great progress. I have been really cheeky this week and have also chosen Jenson. Jenson's behaviour and attitude towards learning has greatly improved. He is now beginning to work independently. Well done .
This week we have 3 superstars who have read every day. Well done to Chloe, Lucy and Jack-James. Unfortunately, it is always the same children. I hope to see some different children next week getting rewards.
This week Bertie went to visit Father Christmas. He had a fantastic time talking about the children in Warwick class and their wonderful behaviour. He also received a wonderful gift which Jade opened on behalf of the class. We all really enjoyed the Christmas story and the Jaffa Cakes.
Maddie the Meerkat
Last week Maddie went home with Scarlett. Scarlett had worked really hard to include lots of the criteria in her hot write last week and the results were amazing. She wrote in the book about her weekend and about taking Maddie shopping. Thank you for looking after her so well. Who is going to take Maddie home next week?
This week Maddie is going home with the lovely Chloe. Chloe has been working really hard to demonstrate fantastic cursive handwriting. Maddie can't wait to see some wonderful writing in her journey book. Have lots of fun and take good care of her.
This week in literacy we have started a new unit of work. We are now working on non-chronological reports with a focus on dinosaurs. On Monday we practised learning the report and applying actions. Well done to the children for their hard work and commitment to learning a new story. They worked really hard to orally say the story and link these with the actions. Well done Warwick class.
On Tuesday we then had to expand nouns by using adjectives and similes. We had large pieces of paper around the classroom with dinosaurs key features e.g horns, spikes etc. We used blue pens to add adjectives and then used red pen to create similes.
"The spikes are sharp like a knife".
"The claws are curved like a sharp hook"
"The claws are hair raising and scary".
On Wednesday we looked at using conjunctions to give reason. We had a fantastic lesson by making notes on different dinosaurs. In order to help us with this we watched some super cool videos on YouTube. They gave us facts and information but in a fun and interactive way.
Here is one of the pictures from the video. What could you tell me about the velociraptor? Remember to use conjunctions in your answer. If you would like to enjoy these clips at home then click on the links below.
This week in maths we have been collecting data whilst focussing on tally charts. At first we found this very difficult to draw the tally marks accurately that represent the number. We each shared a box of smarties and had to sort the data based on colour. As you can see we worked in pairs to sort and group the smarties and then draw the tally marks.
At first we found this a challenge so we completed a similar task the next day to ensure we could draw the tally marks correctly and clearly. On Tuesday this was very successful .
Here you can see what we had been learning on the carpet during the input. We collected class data on what our favourite ice-cream was. Which one was the most popular? Which one was the least popular?
Have a go at trying to complete the tally chart and totals. Are you able to draw the correct tally? Remember how to draw the correct tally for the number 5.
On Wednesday we created pictograms. We are now able to explain how they are used and how we interpret information from them. As a class we created a pictogram on our favourite dinners. Have a look at the pictogram. What does it tell you?
Here we have two super proud boys. They have been working hard all week to interpret data and analyse findings. Well done Viktor and Daniel for continuing to show endeavour.
In ICT this week we have been working on creating Mondrian Art using specific programmes. We worked hard to listen and follow instructions and even use the tools and task bar. As a result we have completed some wonderful art work that we are very proud of.
Here you can see us having fun with our learning.
This week we have been continuing with our rehearsals for the nativity. We now know many of the songs off by heart and we sound beautiful when singing them. We are very excited to share this lovely Christmas story with you.
Star of the Week
I am overjoyed to announce our star this week. Jack has shown such endeavour and determination to be successful this week. His behaviour has completely changed and he is now always making the right choices. As a result of this his work has greatly improved and his handwriting is outstanding. Jack we are so proud of you. Keep up the great work.
Look at these superstars who have received their RED TED'S today. They have read 50 times since September and now get to take a TED home to read to them. Well done Freddie, Lucy, Jack-James, Lydia, and Kevin.
Well done you superstar readers!
In literacy this week we have been finishing off writing our invented stories. On Tuesday we completed our middle section by using our best maps. We have been focussing on using our common exception words, accurate punctuation and exciting language. Well done to all the children for their amazing efforts, I am feeling very excited to read your wonderful creations!
On Wednesday we then completed the ending of our story. Our aim was to end the story in an interesting way rather than just saying 'the end'. Then on Thursday the children completed their 'hot write'. Their writing has made me very proud indeed. They have made such good personal progress over recent weeks and the writing that they are now producing is fantastic. Well done Warwick class, keep up the great work. .
Look at us in action. Our stamina for writing has greatly improved and we are beginning to work independently.
In maths this week we became bakers! We have been learning all about fractions this week so in order to establish what we already know we had to serve customers the correct fraction of bread. Unfortunately, some of our customers changed their minds so we had to think on our feet and fix the problems. Here you can see us having fun with our practical learning. We focussed on halving and quartering the bread.
We really enjoyed this lesson and the difficult customers!
Jack - "This is the most fun lesson ever"
We then moved onto halving shapes. During this time we even had to create the lines to help us whilst discussing how we knew what to colour. Well done to all of the children for their hard work and constant endeavour.
On Thursday we worked on finding fractions of numbers. We are really good at this considering this is our first attempt. We can now find thirds of numbers with ease by using our clear jottings.
This week in topic we have been exploring food chains. We are now able to explain what a food chain is, how it works and what happens. We discussed that the arrow meant 'eaten by' and this helped us to understand. We explored key language such as producers and predators and some of us can explain what these words mean. Go team Warwick!
Have a go at this food chain.
Can you work out who is the prey and the predator?
What is a consumer?
Who is the producer?
We have also been working really hard to learn all of the songs for our Christmas Nativity. We have been practising them every day during early morning work as back ground music.
Have a lovely weekend,
In Literacy this week we have been finishing off our best maps. This has taken the children a couple of days because we wanted to ensure that they had the best opportunity to include all the relevant information. I want to start off by saying a huge congratulations to the children for their amazing efforts with completing their best maps. Our children have such wonderful imaginations!
Summers idea is a beautiful princess who meets a person called Froggy. They then go on a wonderful adventure together and eventually return to school. Alfie's idea is about Santa who meets some wonderful people on the way. I am so excited to see how their ideas develop into wonderful stories.
As you can see the children are really proud of their efforts.
We then moved onto sharing our stories with our peers. The reason that we did this was to ensure that we knew the story thoroughly before moving onto writing the key parts. We worked really hard to listen to our peers and discuss what we liked about their stories.
In maths this week we have been working hard to solve addition and subtractions. The reason why we have gone back to this is because we wanted to see if the children could remember the written methods and the different skills for each operation. Well done to all the children who could identify the symbol and remember the method to complete the task.
We then worked on these skills with word problems. This was quite hard for some of the children because they had to really focus on the language. Well done to the children who could identify more/less similarities and differences.
This week in topic we have had a fabulous time! During art we used paint to create pictures of dinosaurs. We are looking forward to creating a lovely art display in our classroom so watch this space.
We also had a very special visit from fire fighter Debbie. Debbie came to Drapers to explain to the children all the important information they need to know about staying safe. We now know how to "STOP, DROP AND ROLL". We also had the opportunity to try on some of the life saving equipment that firefighters use and have some lovely resources in our classroom.
This week we also used our knowledge of maps to create a unique key for our school site plan. We completed a learning walk and used our senses to think about what we could hear, see, smell and touch in specific places around school. We can now show our visitors what happens in specific areas e.g. listening, playing, learning etc.
Have a lovely long weekend,
This week our star is Summer. Summer has been working exceptionally hard this week to show endeavour within her work. Despite finding some aspects of learning a challenge she continues to try her best and gives everything a go. We are super proud of you.
Well done to Freddie, Lucy, Jack-James and Lydia for reading every day. It is important that we read every day in order to ensure that we continue to make progress. These superstars are improving every day and are well on their way to earning their RED TEDS. Enjoy your prize from the treasure chest.
This week in literacy we have been working very hard to use different sentence types. The children are now very good at understanding when and how they are used. They have been working hard to apply this in their writing. This week we played a game of 'head, shoulders, knees and toes' this is where the children have to react based on what the class teacher calls out. An example of this is when the teacher calls out "What a terrible disaster!" the children would then touch their toes because it's an exclamation sentence.
We have also been exploring suffixes this week and have been working hard to include these in our writing. Children have homework this week on suffixes - this is due back in on Monday. We then moved onto the invention part of our writing. The children have worked really hard to record their ideas and think of a portal story.
This week in maths we have been completing multiplications and divisions. We have been using our jottings to help us solve the maths problems and have even been working on word problems. I am very proud of everyone in our classroom for working really hard to continue to show endeavour at all times.
You can continue your learning at home.
Have a go at these word problems.
This week in topic we have been exploring micro-habitats. We are very lucky here at Drapers that we have access to our very own pond area. We used this space to help support our learning.
We loved our outdoor learning
Star of the week
Well done to Viktor for being our star of the week. He has been working really hard to focus during lessons and as a result has produced some fantastic writing. Keep up the great work because we are really pleased with your attitude.
This week in literacy we have been working really hard to write the story of Captain Flinn and the Pirate Dinosaurs. This was a fantastic opportunity to see the children apply all their ideas and demonstrate the skills they have been learning over recent weeks. Well done to all the children in Warwick class for their hard work and determination to remember the story and use all the fantastic language to make it interesting.
We then moved onto the 'innovation' stage of Talk for Writing. This is where we gather ideas for changing parts of the text map. In order to change the story we worked hard to explore different story settings. We looked at a cave, the snowy mountains, outer space and the volcano. The children had the opportunity to experience each setting and add their ideas to the flip chart paper. We focused on using adjectives and the power of three but also discussed what problem could happen in that setting.
Superb ideas on the different story settings.
We then moved onto using drama to recreate different problems that could occur in each setting. In the setting of outer space we had "you have just seen an alien, what do you do?". The children worked really hard to create the actions that linked with the setting card. We have some super actors in our classroom.
Look at us! We are dragging people from lakes, being hungry raptors, waving to aliens and even finding jewels.
After finally gathering all of our ideas we then innovated the best map to incorporate the new setting. We now have a story all about Flinn who has met a rock monster. He then travels to a volcano where he meets a velociraptor. Have a go at telling the new story to your parents.
A huge well done to all the children for their amazing efforts this week. It has been a joy to watch you all develop and continue to show endeavour. I am very proud of all of you.
This week in maths we have been exploring 2D shapes. We are now very good at naming these shapes and discussing their properties. We then moved onto exploring 3D shapes. At first some of us couldn't name them but we are now much better at this. Some of us can name the shape faces, vertices and even the edges.
With our pink group we worked hard to sort and classify the shapes based on their properties. We also played the 'mystery game' where the children have to describe the shape and the other players have to guess what shape it could be.
On Friday we worked hard to create 3D shapes using straws and blue-tac. The children worked in partners to try and recreate a shape. They focused on making sure they had the correct vertices, edges and sides. Superb learning Warwick class .
This week we became treasure hunters! We looked at maps and discussed why they are used and why we need them. We then created our very own treasure maps whilst focusing on a key to help find the treasure. We spoke about why we needed a key for our map and even spoke about enemies trying to steal the precious treasure. Look at our fantastic efforts.
Look at our fantastic keys. These maps look amazing on display in our classroom. Can you find the buried treasure?
This has been a fantastic week for Warwick class with regards to SPaG. The children are working so hard to recall important information and apply it in their work. This week we have been working on contractions and have been trying to spot them in our every day environment.
We worked hard to match the contractions correctly. We also had to find contractions in some of our favourite stories and record them on the board.
On Thursday we had our learning together afternoon with parents. Previously to this the children had to create a finger puppet design of a dinosaur. We then went into the hall with the rest of Year 2 to create our designs with the help of our lovely parents.
A huge thank you to all the parents for their continued support and effort. The children will remember these days forever!
Look at our fantastic creations.
A fantastic turn out for parents evening. Thank you to all the parents who attended to discuss their child's progress. Don't worry if you couldn't make it. Miss Potter is available to meet with you after school on Tuesday to have a brief chat.
Have a lovely weekend,
Star of the Week
This week we have two stars of the week! These two superstars have been working very hard with their literacy writing. Not only have they been achieving personal targets set for them but they have also continued to strive for perfection. Regardless of getting it wrong or right they are still trying very hard. I am very proud of you. Well done.
We have some superstar readers in Warwick class. Well done to everyone who is returning their book and changing it in the morning. Sadly, we still have a few children who are not bringing their book back. A whole class reward will be given if every child brings their book back, every day for the week.
What a super first week back! This term we are learning all about dinosaurs and will be exploring the story Captain Flinn and the Pirate Dinosaurs. The children have returned to school with positive attitudes and an excitement for learning which is fantastic. On Monday we kicked off our learning with the ‘hook’ lesson. The classroom was set up with lots of different activities for the children to complete some of which included exploring dinosaur stories, describing dinosaurs, small world area and a writing corner to explore what we already know and want to find out.
Look at us in action! We loved exploring the different areas in our classroom.
I also need to say a huge thank you to all parents and children. At the end of last term we set some homework to create your very own dinosaur or complete some writing about a dinosaur. I was so very proud of everyone on Monday who came to school with some home learning. We appreciate that these things take time, planning and preparation so a great big thank you for your continued support.
I love that they are all unique and different. You have all worked so hard.
We are dinosaur crazy!
I also like the skeleton created by Cherry! Come and have a look in our classroom and see these wonderful creations with your own eyes.
This week we completed our ‘cold write’. This has been marked and the children have been set three personalised targets. As the weeks progress we will be focussing on meeting these and then setting new ones. It was a joy to read the children’s cold write stories.
We then moved onto learning the marvellous story of Captain Flinn and the Pirate Dinosaurs. Well done to the children for helping me to generate super actions to help with our re-tell. We now are all able to retell the story by heart and can use the best map for support.
For the last part of the week we explored noun phrases to describe a pirate/pirate ship. The children were able to produce some fantastic writing in their books and some of us even pushed ourselves to use similes. We also used conjunctions to extend our sentences and give reasons why. Well done to everyone who worked tirelessly to include many different conjunctions in their writing. I was feeling extremely proud when reading your writing books on Friday so well done.
Alfie – “The pirate ship is as long as a bus”.
Charlie - “The pirate is as smelly as a dustbin”.
This week in maths we have had a blast! We have been working really hard to double numbers. We now understand that when we double numbers we add the same number again. We used our knowledge and understanding of jottings to help us solve the doubling numbers.
Once we felt secure with our understanding of doubling we worked on the reverse of this. We had the answer and we had to find out what we needed to double to get that answer. A little bit like working backwards, however this didn’t stop us! Amazing well done to blue, red and green table who all seemed to grasp this straight away.
Towards the end of the week we began exploring halving. This was a little bit of a challenge for the children because they kept trying to double again! Finally we solved it and the majority of us can now double and halve with ease. On Friday we had a very exciting lesson of solving a problem using the TASC wheel. The children had to complete the dart board by filling in the missing numbers. They had to use their knowledge of doubling and halving in action to solve the problem. Well done Warwick class.
Have a go at these.
Half of 22 is ________
Half of 24 is _________
Double 8 is __________
Double 10 is ___________
This week in our topic lessons we have been exploring oceans and continents. We used this session to explore the different continents and discuss how they are similar and different. In our talk partners some children mentioned that Australia is hot and you would see kangaroos. They also discussed that we live in Europe.
We are so very proud of our new classroom. A big thank you to the children who helped produce wonderful work which is now on display. When you enter the room you can clearly see our topic focus and the children have really enjoyed exploring the different zoned areas.
Look at our amazing book corner! This is all thanks to the children and their hard work.
We love using our magpie board to help us up-level our language choices.
Look at this amazing Pterodactyl. The children have decorated him beautifully. We also love our dinosaur dig area particularly exploring the bones.
We have been using some dinosaur books to help find out some information and then draw and label our own pictures. These look fantastic in our book corner.
Look at our classroom door. We like to make the entrance straight away... we have pictures from our trip to Wingham Wildlife Park.
We have homework this week about conjunctions and handwriting practise with our common exception words.
Don’t forget we have parents evening next week (Thursday) so return the slip and or go into the office to make an appointment. I am looking forward to discussing your child’s learning and progress with you.
We have our learning together afternoon on Thursday (2 o'clock onwards).
Have a lovely weekend,
Week 6 - working hard as always
Star of the Week
This week our star of the week is Freddie. We are so very lucky to have Freddie in our class because he always does the right thing and shows our core values at all times. Due to this we often forget that he is in the class because he always gets on with tasks, challenges himself and is a super child! Well done Freddie. Keep up this amazing work.
In Literacy this week I need to start off by congratulating the children on their continued hard work. This week was a challenging week for the children because we finally came to the end of our Talk for Writing unit. The children then had the opportunity to show how much they have learnt and show the skills in their wonderful writing.
We then moved onto persuasive writing and used the topic of the rainforest to help us. We began by watching a clip about how the rainforest is suffering from deforestation and as a result animals are loosing their homes and the environment is being destroyed. The children came up with some amazing discussions during carpet time about why it is important to protect the trees and the impact that this has on everything else.
A particular well done to Blue group who could give for and against reasons for why we should/shouldn't chop the trees down. This week we also challenged ourselves to use contractions in our writing. The children have been working really hard to spell these correctly within their writing. They have been using their common exception word mat to help them.
This week we went on a wonderful trip to Tesco. This linked in with our learning of where food comes from and the different habitats/environments in which it grows. The children's behaviour for learning was out of this world and lots of the public commented on how sensible Warwick class are.
We tried different foods, discussed how they grow, tasted cheese and even went into the large fridge and freezer! Thank you Tesco and to our grown up Dan for making our visit so wonderful .
This week we also went to the ICT suite and explored pointillism. We used paint to try and re-create a picture using these skills. We use paint to help us navigate around the tool bar and select different sized brushes etc. We had a wonderful time...Miss Potter found it very tricky!
Have a lovely weekend,
Week 5 - Warwick strikes again!
Well done Warwick class for winning the trophy the 2nd place trophy for a second week running. We are doing so well at coming to school every day. If we continue to come to school every day we could win the 1st place trophy.
Star of the Week
I am so very pleased to announce that Owen is our Star this week for exceptional self-belief. Owen often struggles with his confidence but this week there has been no holding back. He is reaching for the stars and the success and outcome is amazing. Well done Owen, you have shown outstanding leadership this week.
In literacy this week we have been so very busy! We have now invented our very own story and have been extremely successful in the process. The children had the opportunity to explore their ideas with their peers and talk with their talking partners. We then put this information into our very own best map. I would like to congratulate the children on their best maps because this is a very difficult task and theirs are amazing!
As the week went on we worked really hard to create suspense and tension in our writing. We discussed why this was important and the impact that this had on the reader. The children generated some fantastic ideas. Miss Potter was really impressed with Alfie who rose to the challenge to create a wonderful piece of supense writing. We even visited Mr Manclark.
Well done to all the children who could use the resources to help them with this tricky challenge. It was a joy to read all your wonderful descriptions and some of the stories made Miss Potter very tense indeed!
This week in maths we have been exploring 2D shapes. We are amazing at naming shapes and describing their properties including using language such as vetices and edges. Here are some of the shapes we are now able to name.
Can you explain the similarities and differences between a square and a rectangle?
We then moved onto drawing shapes and discussing their properties with our partners. At first we found the drawing of the shapes quite difficult. We found the octagon the hardest because of the many different sides. Here you can see us in a group working together.
Due to this tricky task we decided to give it another go by using straws to help us. We challenged ourselves to try and create even a star. I really loved Summer's attitude..."it's really tricky but I'm going to do it, I'm going to try".
Look at us in action! We love practical learning and exploring.
This week for topic we celebrated The Harvest Festival. We held a whole school assembly and even had a special visitor. We all gave a donation of food/tinned goods which we be donated to the Salvation Army for people in need. What a celebration it was. The hall was full of wonderful work from each year group. It looked outstanding.
Collaborative learning at it's best. Working together as a team gets big results and BIG smiles .
Watch this space to see our wonderful work on display. We have created a small space in our classroom to showcase our learning of healthy eating. This is in preparation for our visit to Tesco next week on Tuesday. Thank you to the children for decorating some of the foods. We can't wait to see the finished result.
Week 4 - Reach for the stars
We come to school every day because we love to learn. Our class percentage this week was 99.3% and we won 2nd place.
Well done Warwick class.
Let's get 1st place next week
Star of the Week
This week we have chosen Amelia as a our superstar. Amelia has been working really hard to develop her language skills and demonstrate this within her writing. Despite finding elements of this tricky she continues to show endeavour, helps others and does it all with a smile. Fantastic work Amelia
Reading at home is very important in order for your child to practise the skills they are developing. We are pleased to announce that some children are reading every day at home and are getting their books signed. In a few months they will have received their RED TED for reading 50 times! As you can see it is the same children who are reading every day. Who will it be next week? It could be you.
What a super week of learning. We have innovated the story of the Great Kapok Tree and changed the setting. What is a setting? Where did we go? What could you see? We decided to go to the Great Coral Reef and see all the beauty that surrounds it. We started off by thinking about our senses, this helped us to understand what we would see, hear, touch, taste and hear. The children then worked hard to edit our best map and make all the neccessary changes. We love our new story!
Here you can see our amazing edited best map. Thank you children for your contribution to the lessons.
As you can see we used post-it notes to help us edit parts of the text. We changed sentences from "Moments before, the rain forest was alive to squawking parrots and howling monkeys" to "Moments before the beautiful coral reef was alive with vibrant jellyfish and pretty rainbow fish".
By doing this the children already know the structure and layout of the story but can feel confident in making small changes which have a large impact on the story.
Summer - "The coral reef is such a beautiful place.... I can spell beautiful on my word mat".
Alfie - "The reef has so many fish like Nemo's and Dory. Dory is pretty and kind".
We then started exploring using the power of three in our writing. The children have worked exceptionally hard with their learning in literacy this week and I am so very proud of their constant effort.
"The coral reef is deep, dark and dangerous".
"You can see beautiful, wonderful and lovely fish".
"I can see moving, wriggly and beautiful coral".
This week the children put a huge smile of my face by using their resources on their tables. This helped them to become instant independent learners. I was proud to see children using their common exception word mats and for recognising incorrect spellings. They then began editing their mistakes. They are keeping high expectations for themselves. Go team Warwick.
I was also proud to see these superstars working hard and independently this week. This is a massive step for these learners and I am bursting with pride. They could explain the new story in a group and could draw key pictures to help them remember.
Well done red table, keep up the fantastic work.
This week in maths we worked so hard to master some very tricky concepts. Not only have we been completing addition sums with bridging but we have now tried subtraction with bridging. This is something that the children often find very tricky and it does take a lot of practise and hard work to master these skills. I am pleased to announce that above all else the children showed amazing leadership and continued to try hard even during tough and challenging times.
We tried subtraction first and then we moved onto bridging when we felt secure. Here you can see Gabby challenging himself with his learning and demonstrating his understanding. Well done Gabby for keeping your jottings clear and for remembering to 'break one of the tens' into 'ten ones'.
Have a go at answering these questions. Can you remember the important steps to help you be successful?
True or false?
25-19 = 6
32-17 = 14
26 - 18 = 8
I had 28 sweets but 17 went missing. How many did I have left?
I had 26 cars but I sold 18 of them. How many cars did I have left over?
European Day of Languages
On Monday we celebrated the European day of languages by exploring Poland. The children had a great assembly performed by Mrs Baker in French. It was amazing! Then in the afternoon we explored Poland and looked at all of the different languages we have in Warwick class alone. We have children who can speak some Spanish, Bulgarian, Slovakian, Lithuanian, Polish and English.
We started off by locating Poland on the map and then created Polish flags. We are very lucky in Warwick class because we have 3 fluent Polish speakers. They helped teach their friends the language and it was fantastic.
We also explored traditional Polish foods and created our favourite meal on a plate. Here you can see the children's great ideas. We also looked a colours, the children watched a clip on YouTube to help them remember. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bKjozVJzJJY
What a fantastic afternoon we had on Thursday. We created wonderful artwork in preparation for our Harvest Celebration on Thursday 6th October. Thank you to all the grandparents who came and helped make this such a success. The children had a fantastic time having you in the classroom.
Have a smashing weekend,
Week 3 - The possibilities are endless
Star of the Week
I am so pleased to share with everyone that Albert is our star of the week. He has been working so hard this week to show contribution in lessons and has been working really hard on his behaviour. Well done Albert, you are a superstar!
I am so impressed with the effort that the children are putting in with reading at home. We have had so many more books returned this week and that is fabulous! Well done to these superstar readers who have read every day and had their books signed. proud teacher and proud children
This week in literacy we have been working hard to learn a new story! We have been learning about a great story called 'The Great Kapok Tree' which is inspiring and has a lovely ending. It is all about a man who decides to go into the rain forest and chop down one of the trees. He is then told about why the tree is important to the animals and eventually decides to leave the tree alone. The children love this story and we have had an amazing time learning it through the best map.
The children have been working really hard to imagine how the main character is feeling, to expand noun phrases and even use conjunctions. The children have been rising to the challenge and I am so proud of their efforts and endeavour.
This week the children have also been working really hard to improve their spellings of high frequency words and have been correcting mistakes in their writing. It makes me so happy to see them using resources to help scaffold their learning and become independent learners. They are setting the bar high for themselves, well done Warwick class.
This week in maths the children have been exploring addition using jottings and written methods. This is a new area of learning for the children and they have been trying so hard to master these new skills. At first they did find this new learning difficult however they continued to work hard. Here you can see some of our determination and learning in action!
This week children have maths homework. We use these jottings by 'drawing tens as tall towers, and ones as circles'. This helps the children to clearly see the place value of the digits. If you would like to help your child with this learning at home and would like a little bit more help and support on how to deliver this then please see me. Well done for working together.
This week we also had PE. This was a fantastic session because the children could use the field and practise different ways of travelling. They worked in partners to demonstrate and practise skills. How many different ways can you travel?
Unfortunately some of the class didn't have a PE kit in school. PE is a very important lesson and children should leave their PE kit in school at all times. Please ensure your child is prepared for learning, we have PE on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
Due to us working so hard we had some time on the 'trim trail' this week. Well done children, hard work pays off. We used the trim trail to show off our role play with our friends. Warwick class became the animals from The Great Kapok Tree.
Wishing you a great weekend,
Week 2 - High Expectations
Star of the Week
This week I am pleased to share that Fabricio is our star of the week. He has worked very hard this week to show off his skills in literacy and numeracy and we are already beginning to see progress. Fabricio has settled into Year 2 nicely and we are very proud of his current attitude towards learning. Keep up the great work.
We have some fantastic and consistent readers in Warwick class! Unfortunately not everyone is taking up the challenge of reading at home every night and this is dissapointing. Please ensure that your child brings their reading book back every day and it is signed by the parent. That way you are closer to getting your very own #RED TED. Well done to these superstars who have read every day. I hope you enjoyed your prize from the treasure chest because you deserve it .
This week in literacy we had a fantastic time! We worked really hard to expand nouns and use conjunctions in our writing. I am so impressed with the children'd amazing attitudes towards learning and for showing #endeavour at all times. With this amazing attitude we are already starting to see great progress and huge potential. Keep up the fantastic work Warwick class.
This week we also celebrated Roald Dahl Day and the children had the opportunity to dress up as a popular character from his beloved stories. Here you can see some of the children'd amazing efforts. A big thank you to parents for your continued support.
Our learning didn't stop here. We used the classic story of George's Marvellous Medicine to support and motivate our learning. We made our very own awful medicines and made a class mixture which is extremely desirable! #engaged #motivated
We had so much fun with our learning. In our marvellous medicine we have rotten cow poo, hairy spiders, blue troll blood, crushed fairy wings and so much more!
I am so pleased with the current level of challenge happening in the classroom. These superstars are working harder than ever, and are also up-levelling their language choices. Why settle for using the word big when you could use gigantic, enormous or massive? #expectations
In maths this week we have had a great time. We have been exploring telling the time to o'clock and half past. Some of us have even be exploring quarter to and quarter past! Here you can see us during the input using the small clocks to make the time that Miss Potter calls out.
Have a go at telling the time using these clocks. Remember to check where the bigger hand is pointing. This will help you. #clocks
We then moved onto measuring #weights. Why do we use weights? What can we measure? How do we measure ingredients? The children worked really hard to read the scales and work out the weights of objects. Some children could also read the weight of the scales when numbers were missing. How clever!
You can practise reading scales at home. Have a look at this webpage and you can continue your learning at home. #homelearning
We had an amazing afternoon on Friday. We all had the chance to experience a University session that ranged from cooking, needle work, music, book making, art, french and much much more! Here you can see Warwick classes face when they found out they were going to #University.
Wishing you a wonderful weekend.
Welcome back everyone! We have had a great rest and are now ready and raring to learn new things. We are looking forward to challenging ourselves and ensuring that we make excellent progress. Here you will find information about our learning and some fun games/homework.
Star of the Week
This week our star is Cherry. Cherry has worked really hard to ensure that she is showing our core value 'endeavour'. At the start of the week Cherry was taking a long time to get her ideas onto paper however now she is zooming off and writing more and more! Well done, we are very proud of you.
This week Bertie Bear is going home with Kevin. He has been watching Kevin throughout the week and has been very impressed with his attitude towards learning. He has continued to work hard, stay focused and challenge himself. I hope you enjoy spending time with Bertie and that he doesn't try to eat your dinner! He is very cheeky.
We are very excited to announce that we have a new RED TED! He wants to come home to your house so he can listen to you read. You can earn him by reading at home every night! Once you have read 50 times you will get to take him home with you forever. How exciting! We also have a fantastic new display in our classroom so that you can see when you are getting closer to your treat. Who will get their RED TED first?
This week we have shared a few stories at home time. The children listened beautifully and gave their opinions and views on the story books. They also laughed an awful lot and so did Miss Potter!
In literacy this week we have been having a fantastic time. This term we are using the story 'monkey puzzle' to help us with our learning. This is a brilliant story about a little monkey who becomes lost in the jungle and meets many animals along the way. On Monday we started out with a cold write so that we could see what the children are already capable of and I am pleased to announce that we have some amazing writers in Warwick class!
On Tuesday we had a 'hook' for our story. The children had to use their senses to try and figure out where they thought the story may be set. On tables we had animal furs and fabrics, leaves and twigs, oranges and passion fruit and listened to jungle music. The children experienced each table and then had to predict where they thought we could be. We have very clever children in Warwick class.
Kevin - we are in the jungle because I can hear jungle animals and loud roars!
Bethany - in the jungle they have fruits and twigs and leaves.
Jack J - we are definitely in the jungle because I can touch tiger fabric and animal fabrics.
Viktor - I can hear animals. I think we are in the woods or the jungle. They have trees in the woods.
On Wednesday we started learning the 'best map'. This is where the children learn the story though oral retelling, the use of pictures and actions. Thank you to the children for all of their hard work this week. You have worked really hard to learn the story and use actions for specific words.
Finally on Thursday and Friday the children completed their own best maps about the story. This was quite a tricky task because there was so much of the story to complete however, they all displayed our core value of 'endeavour'.
In maths this week we started off with writing our numbers in the correct order and the right way round. The children have been working so hard to form the number 3, 5 and 9 correctly. We used blank 100 squares to help us with the tasks and blank number lines.
We then worked on partitioning numbers. The children are amazing at this and worked really hard to establish the tens and ones in the numbers.
Alfie - in thhe number 25 you have 2 tens and then 5 ones.
We then moved onto using symbols to help us with our writing. Our good friend charlie crocodile likes to help us with this because he always eats the bigger number. Here you can see us having fun during lessons and exploring the different answers.
We have been working really hard to ensure that our classroom is inspiring and motivating for the children in our care. However, we love home learning too! If you would like to 'contribute' to our learning walls then you can draw and describe an animal. Here is our learning environment so far.
Roald Dahl Day
On Tuesday we are going to be celebrating the life of Roald Dahl. That means that we are going to learning all about one of his fantastic stories and the children and staff can dress up as one of his famous characters. We would ask that a donation of £1 is made in the morning, and alternatively children can wear home clothes for the same donation. We look forward to seeing all the fantastic outfits!
Our PE day is on Tuesday and Thursday. It is essential that children are prepared for the PE curriculum so we would ask that their PE kit stays in school at all times. This term we are going to be exploring gymnastics and outdoor games. Thank you in advance.
Finally a warm welcome to you all. If you have any concerns regarding your child then please do not hesitate to contact me. I am available at the end of the day or if it is very urgent please contact the main office. Wishing you a fantastic weekend.