Year 2 Class - 2R - Autumn - 2019 - 2020

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Welcome to Class 2R!
 
Your Teacher is Miss Rush 
 Your Teaching Assistant is Miss Carter.
Important information
  • Please remember your P.E. kit for P.E. on Thursdays and Dance on  Fridays.
  • Homework is given out on a Monday and is due in on a Friday.
  • Children will be tested on their spellings and times tables every Friday.
  • Please read with your child every night.
  • Music is on Wednesday . 
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Please practise reading and spelling the age expected words below with your child.Related image
Parents please encourage your child to go on TT Rockstars and Spelling Shed. They can both be accessed through the internet or downloaded as an app. Your child will receive their own personal logins for these sites. They are a fun and engaging way for your child to learn their times tables and spellings.
 
Your child's weekly spelling homework will also be put on Spelling Shed-what better way to help your child to learn their spellings than through playing games.
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The children have been learning about eye witnesses and sources in their history lessons. The children have also been learning about Samuel Pepys and how his diary was an important source for giving us information about the Great Fire. The children then wrote their own diary entry as an eye witness.
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Class 2R 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 designing their own posters for anti-bullying week to help promote positive behaviours and to put a stop to bullying. Take a look at some of our posters below.
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The children have begun learning about multiplication in their maths lessons. We started by looking at equal groups of numbers and objects.
 
Parents: can you help your child to start learning their 2, 5 and 10 times tables?
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The children have been learning about the symbolism of the Baptismal candle in their R.E. lesson. The children then described how they the baby can grow to be a child of the light.
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The children have been developing their chronology skills in History. The children have been learning about timelines and placing the Great Fire of London and other key dates on a time line. They then sequenced key events of the Great fire in chronological order.
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Class 2R have been creating their own story maps for a wishing tale to help them plan their writing. We can't wait to write our own wishing tales and share them with the rest of the class.
 
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The children have made their pledges to help put a stop to bullying during anti-bullying week
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Class 2R made a colourful start to anti-bullying week by wearing odd socks for the day. The odd socks celebrated our uniqueness and represented how we are all different and should respect one another. 
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The children used their enquiry skills to discover information about a mystery painting of the Great Fire of London which was revealed to them a piece at a time. The children then had a discussion to try and answer the question can good come from a tragedy? The children came up with some fantastic answers.
 
Ava: "I think yes because the fire killed the rats which had cause the plague to spread."
 
Jude: "No because people can get hurt or killed in a tragedy"
 
Lily: "I agree with Ava because you can build a better city"
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The children have been learning about artefacts in history and their importance in finding out about the past. The children looked at a number of mystery artefacts and used their enquiry skills to work out what the artefacts where. Over the next 2 weeks the children will be learning about the Great Fire of London.
 
Parents: Can you help your child to research 5 facts about the Great Fire, or create an eye witness picture/painting or even create a Fire of London sculpture?
Over the last 3 weeks the children have been exploring the theme of serving others in their collective worship. We thought about people we can help and how we can help them.
Today we had a go at being programmers and gave algorithms to our robot friends to get them to write their name on a whiteboard using the feet. We had great fun but also found it very challenging as our algorithms needed to be clear.
We have been using rhyming couplets and alliteration to create our own poems. Take a look!
Our egg is hatching! We have been keeping a close eye on our egg today and we can't wait until the mystery creature hatches out of the egg completely. We have been making sure the creature has been getting everything it needs to survive. We still have different ideas as to what it might be.
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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We couldn't wait to check on our egg as we came in to class this morning. We have observed that the egg has started to crack and we got a glimpse of something green inside. We have had a lot of speculation about what it might be.
The children have been looking at the inside of an ipad and labelled the different parts. They have been learning about hardware and software as well as input and output devices.
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Class 2R had a big surprise when they came into school this morning. The children found a huge egg lying in a nest in the corner of the classroom. We think its mother has abandoned it to go and search for food. We made lots of predictions about what might be inside the egg and talked about what the creature will need to help it survive.

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The children have been acting out mimes of different activities that they can do on computers. The rest of the class then had to work out what computer device was being used and what activity they were doing. 
 
Can you work them out?
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The children have been learning what a computer is during computing unplugged week. We made a collage of different types of computers.
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The children have been creating rhyming strings. We challenged ourselves to see who could make the longest rhyming string.
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The children have been learning about poetry in their English lessons. They have been looking at rhyming words and learning about rhyming couplets.
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The children have been thinking of different methods to solve subtraction problems and number sentences.
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The children have been learning about subtraction during their Maths lessons. The children have been using their tens and ones to help them to solve the number sentences. We have also been learning lots of key vocabulary associated with subtraction.
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The children have been learning about signs and symbols in their R.E. lessons. We talked about the signs that we see on our way to school and describe what information they give us. We also recognised and described some of the signs we found in our school. We couldn't believe how many signs there were.
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Class 2R completed their music assessment for their performance of 'London's Burning'. The children have learnt a lot in their music lessons over the last 6 weeks. We are very proud of singing in a round  and following a conductor for our final performance.
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The children completed their final assessment task by playing the opening lines of London's Burning on the glockenspiels. We have learnt how to how our beater correctly and have begun learning how to read musical notes.
 
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The children have been learning how to add two 2-digit numbers together using the renaming method. 
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The children have been developing their predicting skills during their guided reading sessions. We have been learning how to justify our predictions by using evidence from the text. We can't wait to find out if our predictions are correct.
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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 observe how hard it is to get rid of all the germs without using warm water and soap. 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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1970s is the decade we have been learning about in dance this week. We had great fun imagining our selves at a disco with our platform shoes and flares on. Can you spot our John Travolta moves?
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Class 2R have been learning about instructions in their English lessons. The children have been reading a set of instructions titled 'How to catch a dragon'. They have been learning about key features of instructions such as imperative verbs, time connectives, commas in a list and commands. The children have been using actions to retell the instructions orally.
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The children have been learning how to play a line from 'London's Burning' on the glockenspiels today. We learnt how to hold the beaters correctly and learnt how to follow a conductor.
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Class 2R practised their computing and science skills by creating bar charts of their findings from their exercise investigation.
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The children planned and carried out a scientific investigation to see which type of exercise is the best for our bodies. We measured our resting heart beat then took our pulse again after each exercise to find out which got our heart pumping the most. We made lots of predictions through out the investigation and discussed how we can make it a fair test.
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Class 2R have been practising how to take their pulse to help them with their science investigation. We found this very challenging at first but it became easier with practise.
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The children have been learning about the basic needs of animals and humans. They practised their computing skills by researching a pet animal before designing a home for the pet including all of its basic needs for survival.
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The children have been learning about the importance of eating a balanced diet in order to keep them healthy. They learnt about the 5 different food groups and how certain foods give us vitamins, minerals and calcium and how these help our bodies.
Image result for human timeline clipartThe children have been learning about the different stages in the human time line. They have been discussing the changes that occur as we get older.
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The children have been learning about animals including humans in their science lessons. The children matched adult animals to their young and talked about how some animals are significantly different to their young.
 
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The children have been using percussion instruments to accompany their performance of London's Burning.
 
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Meet Annabelle our class attendance monitor. Annabelle meets with other attendance monitors and keeps us informed of our class attendance and punctuality. Parents 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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Class 2R had a great time joining in with the MacMillan cake morning. They enjoyed eating their delicious cakes whilst raising money for a great cause.
Oscar said "This is the best day ever."
 
Thank you to all the generous parents who donated cakes.
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The children have been learning about addition in their Maths lessons. They have been looking at different methods to add numbers together.
The children have been using coloured scarves to add movement to their singing performances.
The children have been taking home our new member of the class "Fluffy". Fluffy is our digidog who helps us to learn about staying safe while online.
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The children completed their Geography topic by making a 3d map of a town. The children had to use all their knowledge and skills that they had learnt over the last 2 weeks to help them to create their maps. They had to include human and physical features and think carefully about the locations of the different features. The children used symbols, keys and directional language when making their maps. We have learnt a lot about maps during the topic and are very proud of the 3d maps that we have created.
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Class 2R have been practising a swing dance from the 1930's. We incorporated side steps and punchy kicks into our performance. We learnt that we needed lots of energy to do a swing dance. At the end of the lesson we watched each others performances and said what we enjoyed about them.
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Class 2R have been learning about stories with familiar settings in our Literacy lessons. We made a list of lots of different familiar settings before starting to read the Tear Thief story. We have now started to retell the story using actions.
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The children enjoyed practising their speaking and listening skills by playing 'human features tennis'. The children had to imaginary serve human features to one another as quickly as they could.
Class 2R have been learning about the importance of symbols and keys on maps. We also learnt about human and physical features and identified some of these on the maps we were looking at.
 
Parents: Can you help your child to identify human and physical features on their journey to and from school?
The children have been using their listening skills in music to listen to pieces of music from different decades. They even practised a hand jive to join in with the rhythm of the song.
The children have been practising their number bonds to 10 and 20.
Parents: can you help your child to know all pairs of numbers that make 10 and 20?
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The children practised their Geography enquiry skills by creating their own maps of the school grounds.
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Class 2R have been discussing whether they would rather live in a world with no land or in a world with no oceans as part of their Philosophy and Geography lessons. Take a look at some of our thoughts and reasons why.
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The children have been learning about aerial photographs and plans during their Geography lessons. The children made an aerial plan of their classroom.
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The children have been practising their oracy skills today. They had to explain two things in the classroom in 30 seconds. The children also did some peer assessment by giving advice on how they could improve their explanations
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The children have been practising their directional language by giving their partners directions to follow to lead them to different locations on the school playground. We found this very challenging but had lots of fun too.
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The children have been practising their clarifying skills during their guided reading session today. We have learnt some great new words and their meanings such as clearing and muttered.
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The children have been looking at different types of punctuation and sentences during SPAG week. Today we classified sentences into questions or statements.
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The children have begun learning about maps in their geography lessons. We learnt about different types of maps and when we use them. We also looked at the Compass rose and started to write directions to get to different locations on a treasure map.
 
Parents: can you help your child make a treasure map and encourage them to use directional language to travel around the map?
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Class 2R had their first music lesson today. They have begun learning the song 'London's Burning'. Rosie was very impressed with our first attempt at singing the song and we can't wait to see how much we improve for our final performance.
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Congratulations to Amelie who has been elected as Class 2R's school councillor. We are sure she will make a great school councillor and will represent our class well.
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Today we had our first Year 2 Philosophy lesson. We started by piecing together a cut up map of our school as a stimulus. We then talked about the importance of maps before discussing the question - "Do we need help if we know where we are going?". Some of us changed our initial thoughts after our class discussion. 
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Our nominated candidates have been delivering their speeches for the class school councillor. We can't wait to find out who will be elected.
Related imageClass 2R have been learning about place value in their Maths lessons. They have been using ten strips and ones to help them to partition numbers.
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The children have been exploring the theme of Responsibility during their collective worship.
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The children have been practising grouping objects into tens to help them count large numbers of objects.