Year 2 Class - 2L - Autumn - 2019 - 2020

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Our class teacher is Miss Little.
Our Teaching Assistant is Miss Walters.

 

 

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  • P.E. is on Thursday and Dance is on Wednesday. P.E kits should remain in school all week.
  • Homework is given out on a Monday and is due in on a Friday. Dojo points are awarded for the return of completed homework.
  • Children will be tested on their spellings and times tables every Friday.
  • Please read with your child every night and bring their book to school every day! Children will receive Dojo points for reading at home!
  • Music is on a Monday.

Please practise reading and spelling the words below with your child.

 

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Please read with your child every night.
Class 2L earn points and rewards for their reading efforts at home. Reading records should be signed by an adult to earn these points!
Please bring your reading book to school every day.
 
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Please use TT Rockstars and Spelling Shed to further consolidate learning!
They are a fun and engaging way for your child to learn their times tables and spellings.
Your children will have their personal login and can access these resources via the internet or an app. Children can practise relevant times tables and spellings, including their homework spellings in a fun, interactive way.
 
 
Link to Spelling Shed:  https://www.spellingshed.com  
 
Link to TT Rockstars: https://ttrockstars.com/
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Class 2L went over to church today where Father Conor talked to us about the Sacrament of Baptism. We enjoyed role playing the baptism of 'Raven' and learnt lots about the signs and symbols used in Baptism.
 
A big thank you to Father Conor for teaching us about the Sacrament of Baptism.
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The children have been learning about eyewitnesses in  History and recognising how they can vary. The children hot seated their friends as Samuel Peyps to ask and answer questions about the Great Fire of London.
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We wrote acrostic poems to remember and commemorate those that fought for us. Have a look at some examples below!
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As a part of ant-bullying week we wore odd socks to show that we are all special and unique. We celebrated our uniqueness by wearing different colourful socks. Have a look below!
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On Remembrance Day we had a minute silence and dedicated our collective worship session to remembering those who fought and fight to protect us. We said a prayer of thanks for their bravery and sacrifice and asked God to look after them.
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As part of anti-bullying week we made posters to encourage people to be upstanders. We discussed the right and respectful ways to combat bullying and how to help and support those in need. We talked about different types of bullying and how we can seek help and support if we are bullied.
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In History the children worked together to share their knowledge of the Great Fire of London in a presentation to the class. They talked about when it started, where it started and how it started and spread.
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In History the children have been looking at artefacts and considering what it was, where it came from and what it was used for. The children had fun using their observation and enquiry skills.
 
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During unplugged week the children studied the different parts of a computer and identified which were input devices and which were output devices. The children also worked together to label the different parts of the computer and give descriptions of their purpose and role. Using their knowledge gathered earlier in the week, the children worked in teams to give presentations on the different parts of the computer.
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The children have been learning about algorithms in unplugged week. The children created their own algorithms for drawing a character. They then got their partner to draw the character by following their algorithms. We learnt that algorithms need to be very clear and step by step instructions.
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During unplugged week the children have been labelling the different parts of a computer. The children used their knowledge of the different parts of the computer to determine whether they were input or output devices with many justifying their choices with reasons.
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The children have been identifying and labelling different parts of a computer. After recognising and naming different types of computers such as laptops and gaming devices, we focused on looking at a desktop computer. The children labelled the main parts before learning about and describing their purpose. Some children then challenged themselves to draw and label a computer without looking at the one in our classroom!

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The children identified and located signs and symbols around our school. The children enjoyed working together to identify them and recognise which was a sign and which was a symbol.

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In Collective Worship the children are still discussing their responsibilities. They talked about how responsibilities make them feel.
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In science the children have been learning about the different food groups and how eating a certain amount of each of these helps us maintain a healthy and balanced diet. The children used a food pyramid to demonstrate their understanding of the food groups and recognised the quantity of each food group allowed to maintain a balanced diet.
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In Dance the children are learning and rehearsing a dance to Michael Jackson's, 'Beat It'. The children are learning how to use sharp lines and actions to add accents to their moves and how to control their movements so transitions are smooth.
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In Collective Worship the children have been talking about the responsibilities in the community. They talked about how they could be responsible for the environment and how they could be responsible when going into public places.
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The children have been learning about the importance of hygiene in order to stay healthy. The children used paint on their hands to represent germs and observed what happens to germs when washed with a paper towel, water and soap and water. They recognised how difficult it is to remove germs using these methods and concluded that using soap and water was the best method - though it still left some germs! The children also learnt how we can't see germs with our eyes and this makes it difficult to get rid of them all.
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The children have been learning how to play London's Burning on the glockenspiel. The children have been learning how to read the music and perfect their timing. 
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In Literacy the children are learning a new text called How to Trap a Dragon. The children are using this information text to learn about its layout, format and features. They will learn the text by heart using actions before using the text to create their own information text.
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Well Done to Ethan for being nominated as our class attendance monitor for his wonderful attendance throughout school. Ethan will help us monitor our attendance and punctuality. Parents/carers please help your children to be in school every day and on time. The children receive dojos for attendance and punctuality.
 
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Well Done to Gabby and Ethan who earned lots more Dojo points this week because they have been reading lots at home! Ethan and Gabby have been reading school books and their own books every night. Well Done!
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In Collective Worship the children have been discussing their responsibilities and home and said a prayer to God asking for his support this weekend to show that they are responsible children and siblings.
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In P4C the children have been talking about what makes them different. They recognised all their differences before discussing whether being different is a good thing. They used different sentence starters to demonstrate their thinking and to express their agreement or disagreement. They used examples from the images provided to help stimulate ideas before evaluating their discussion to recognise where and how they represented the 4Cs.
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The children are reflecting on their responsibilities within class, home and their community this week. The children recognised what responsibilities they have and the effects these have on themselves and others.
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In science the children have been learning the effects of exercise on their heart. They did an experiment involving different exercises and monitored their heart rate. They enjoyed counting their heart beats and seeing the difference between their resting heart beat and their heart beat following activity. The children looked at their results and analysed which exercise made their heart beat increase the most. They also discussed how we made it a fair test and considered what we could do next time to improve our experiment and make it more of a fair test.
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In science the children have been learning how to check and monitor their pulse. They learned a few different methods of how to find their pulse and used this technique after completing the exercise experiment.
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In Music the children have been rehearsing London's Burning in a round and have been practicing how to improve their timing and rhythm. They have been singing in the round with different conductors to manage their control. They have also begun learning how to play this song on the glockenspiel. They have been learning how to use and hold the instrument correctly and what notes to use to ensure that they have the correct pitch.

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The children enjoyed working in groups to identify what we need to survive. We came up with a big list of things before we reduced it into essential and nonessential things. We recognised the most important needs of humans and animals alike and compared why some are more important than others.

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In P4C we listened to the story of Golidlocks and the Three Bears. We then arranged the different events of the story on the naughty-ometre, using our oracy skills to communicate where we wanted to position them and why. Using this we then came up with different questions but settled on 'Is Goldilocks a bad person?' After deciding what we meant by the word 'bad,'  we wrote down our first thoughts. Then we had a deep discussion about why we believed she was or was not a bad person. We shared our ideas whilst demonstrating the 4Cs and after sharing our ideas and drawing a conclusion we wrote our final thoughts. Have a look below at some of our ideas!
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In science the children are learning about animals and their offspring. The children worked together to identify an animals young offspring before talking about and recognising how they change as they grow.

 

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In science we used the stimulus to generate different questions and decided to discuss two different examples over two sessions. Our first was:
 
Is it easier to be a doctor or a vet?
 
The children talked at length about why they think it is easier to be a doctor or a vert, justifying their views with reasons. They built on each other's ideas using statements such as 'I agree with' and demonstrated their critical thinking by using statements such as 'I disagree with'. They demonstrated the 4cs in different ways whilst enjoying sharing their ideas and opinions.
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Is it easier to be well or unwell?
 
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In Dance the children have been practising a new routine. They have been learning to perfect their moves and use sharp movements such as punchy kicks. They danced in different groups and assessed each others work giving feedback on how to improve our technique and performance.
 
 
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The children have been practicing London's Burning again this week and to further improve their musical technique they have been learning to sing it in a round. The children worked hard to listen to the rhythm and keep in tune and time. Well done!
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The children have been improving their timing skills this week with fun activities. They have been learning how to be a focused conductor as well as focused musicians by making sure they watch carefully and join in with the game at the same time.
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Meet Tommy our class Digi Dog!
 
Tommy goes home with one child a week to work with them when they are on the internet and/or accessing their electronic devices. The children will talk with Digi Dog about what they are doing online and show him how to stay safe. Each week the child will write a short diary entry about what they did on their electronic devices with the help of Tommy the Digi Dog.
 
What do you do to stay safe online?
Do you have parental control set up? Do you show your family what websites you are using? Do you use child friendly apps? 
Let Tommy know!
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The children played human and physical feature tennis with their partners. They bounced examples between each other to demonstrate their understanding of different features that they can find in their surroundings and on a map. The children enjoyed practising their speaking and listening skills by playing this game with their imaginary tennis rackets!
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The children have been using their knowledge of maps to position different human features on their own 3D map. They worked in pairs to decide where things should go, discussing their reasons for this. As an extra challenge the children used directional language to direct their peers where to position objects and described their towns to another pair using the same language. They made sure to reference their key, with some children choosing to add additional options using appropriate symbols.
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The children said a prayer today to God thanking him for his support this week to help them to be more responsible and mature. They thought about why they want to be more mature and looked for strength from God to be responsible in difficult times.
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The children used their observation skills to draw different human and physical features around our school. We went on a walk around the school and worked together to identify human and physical features before drawing them carefully.
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In Collective worship the children have been discussing responsibility. They talked about how they could be responsible in school and at home and asked and talked about how this could impact their lives and the lives of those around them.
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The children have been pratising their oracy skills. They have been using their language skills to explain different things in our classroom in 30 seconds. The children listened carefully to be able to identify the item that was being described before giving feedback on how well they did and how to improve.
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In Literacy the children are looking at the different between question sentences and statements. The children identified different examples before correcting several examples and then creating their own.
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The children have been looking at aerial maps and identifying the human and physical features they can see. The children enjoyed looking at aerial maps of Liverpool after looking closely at an aerial map of their school grounds!
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In Literacy the children are learning about stories with familiar settings. After writing their own story the children read  The Tear Thief by Carol Ann Duffy. The children will be using this story over the next few weeks to improve their story writing - capturing language ideas to improve their writing structure and vocabulary. They will use Talk for Writing to learn the story by heart with actions and use this to help create their own stories. Stay tuned to see us learn the story and see how our writing improves!
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In Music the children are discussing the them of fire. They are listening to different songs that use this theme and are identifying the instruments used and their families. The children are learning and rehearsing the song London's Burning as they learn about the Great Fire of London through music. They have used actions and have began projecting their voices to improve their performance. 
 
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The children have been using directional language to direct their peers around the classroom. The children had to use their communication skills to ensure their friends could carefully navigate the space.
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The children have been talking about the responsibilities they have as God's children and discussing why it is important to be responsible for the world and others. We reflected on ways we can show we are responsible and considered how doing this makes us and others feel.
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The children used their dienes (their tens and ones) to represent different numbers and recognise how to add one and ten more.
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In collective worship the children talked about how they show their thanks to God for all the wonderful things he has given us and blessed us with. We reflected on how we can show our thanks moving forward.
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In RE the children have been learning about the wonders of God's creations. The children identified what God created through a Psalm before demonstrating the Psalm through music. 
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In Maths the children have been learning about place value. The children have been learning to represent numbers using dienes (tens and ones). They have enjoyed working together to show different numbers using different methods and resources.
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In Geography the children are talking about Maps. The children identified different types of maps before using one to direct different characters to treasure on a treasure map. The children used directional language to describe the route to their peers. They had fun placing the chest in different places to make the journey harder!
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In P4C the children composed their own question about maps. The children asked whether maps show us everything as well as whether maps help us when we are lost. The children enjoyed using their communication skills to share their ideas and form a conclusion.
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In R.E the children have been learning about new beginnings. We worked together to gather a list of new beginnings we have experienced recently including a new pet, new baby and new class/groups.
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Congratulations to Lottie who has been elected as 2L's student councillor. It was a tough decision but we are sure she will do very well representing our class and sharing our ideas!
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In Collective Worship the children have been talking about Jesus' Golden Rule. They recognised the significance of this rule in our Mission Statement and talked about how to emulate it this week. They picked some lovely examples and realised the impact that these could have on themselves and others.