Welcome to G2
We are a mixed age Year 1 and 2 class.
Our class teacher is Miss Wells. Mrs Irwin is our Teaching Assistant.
January 2021: We Are All Born Free - UDHR
Children have embarked on the new term with a fabulous hard-working attitude, whether they are learning in school or from home. We have recently began to explore the book We Are All Born Free. The book celebrates the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) through its beautiful illustrations. It has enabled us to begin to understand the importance of human rights for all. Children have also considered the importance of not only recognising our rights but also our responsibilities. Children chose one of the thirty articles set out in the UDHR and represented their ideas and thoughts through their drawings. Have a look at their creations below.
December 2020: Great Fire of London Topic Day
This week children enjoyed experiencing a variety of activities as part of our Great Fire of London Topic Day. Children dressed up in fabulous costumes based on the historical period in which the Great Fire took place. They all looked amazing - we even had a baker, a plague doctor and King Charles II!
Children began their day trying hard to fight the great fire using leather buckets, water squirts and fire hooks! When this proved unsuccessful, they blew up the houses using gunpowder to create a fire break!
Later on, children explored interactive games, books and videos using the iPads. They even had a go at a Great Fire of London quiz to test their knowledge! After break, children made the exciting discovery of Samuel Pepys' precious belongings, which he buried during the fire, as a way to try to save his most treasured possessions. We discovered his wine and cheese ... in our very own school field! Children also enjoyed sampling the wine and cheese for themselves! Interestingly, the wine appeared to resemble blackcurrant squash...
After lunch, children had a go at baking their very own Great Fire of London buns. They worked hard in groups to measure out the ingredients carefully and distribute jobs - teachers observed super team work!
The day provided an enjoyable and hopefully memorable experience during which children enjoyed celebrating their understanding of a historic event.
Great fun was had by all. Well done G2 - you were fantastic!
Sending Christmas Wishes to All
Greeting from G2. We would like to send our best wishes for the festive season to all the Moreton Morrell pupils, their families and all those in our extended community.
Please have a look at our Christmas cards below - the children really did work hard and I hope they feel proud of their fabulous efforts. Miss Wells 😊
November 2020: Powerful reflection, deep thinking...
Children have continued to develop their understanding of the events of World War One this week. They have explored the roles of both men and women in the war and how the onset of the war changed traditional attitudes towards women. Children have listened to the diary of British soldier, Walter Bush and explored a variety of videos and visuals. This has inspired children to write their own diaries. It has also encouraged children to reflect on such a monumental, historical event and ask their own questions, deepening their understanding and moving their learning forward.
Jack asked ‘How did the soldiers record their thoughts in their diaries? What did they write with?’ He also wondered... ‘How did the soldiers shave? What were their razors like?’
Matilda asked ‘What was no man’s land?’
Oliver wondered 'Why did countries go to war in the first place? What caused the First World War?'
Jacob asked 'What caused the Second World War?'
Children enjoyed sharing their ideas and exploring the answers to these questions and more ... I felt so proud of the mature and respectful manner in which they discussed this significant historical period.
Follow the link below to listen to the diary of the British soldier, Walter Bush:
Follow the link below to use an interactive resource to find out more about life in the trenches in World War One. Children found this resource an interesting way to learn about trench life and were keen to have another look at it at home.
November 2020: Time to reflect...
Today children enjoyed reflecting on their learning in G2 so far. They looked through their learning journals and enjoyed discussing pieces of work which they were proud of and other examples of tasks which they felt they could improve in some way. It was a lovely opportunity for the children to recognise how far they have come in such a short space of time. We discussed the importance of celebrating our successes and also recognising ways to improve our work as making mistakes and getting things wrong is an important part of learning. We hope you enjoy looking through the pictures below.
November 2020: Remembrance
This week we have been exploring the significance of Remembrance. Children shared their thoughts about what the symbol of the poppy means to them. We recognise how important it is to remember the millions of individuals who have lost their lives during war and all those affected by conflict. Children created their own watercolour poppy paintings as a symbol of Remembrance to help us reflect ourselves as well as hopefully encouraging others to do the same.
We will remember them.
Miss Wells’ Daily Videos (week beginning 11.5.20)
75th Anniversary of VE Day - Friday 8th May
As we approach the 75th anniversary of VE Day, we are encouraging families to come together to mark this important occasion. Have a go at creating your own VE Day bunting and once you have displayed your creations, why not send in photos for our newsletter?
Check out the link below for some really catchy tunes to sing along to - there’s a song for each day of the week! You might start each day with a cheery tune or have a sing along in between doing your learning tasks throughout the day! Enjoy!
Home learning activities (to begin 6.4.20)
I hope you have all had a calm week. Please see below the details of the home learning activities for the next two weeks, commencing Monday 6th April.
I echo Mrs Eadon’s reminder that this plan is for you to use as a guide and is intended to support you as you work with your child on their learning at home. Please do not feel under pressure to complete all tasks. You will know what works for you and your child. In any case, you may well have other activities planned for your family over the Easter period.
Within this ten day plan, I have included activities based on topics we would have been exploring if we were in school, such as plants in Science. Before the school closure, Year 2 children were reading the story The Velveteen Rabbit. Keep an eye out for the two tasks linked to this text as we were quite close to the end of the story and I’m sure children will be keen to find out what happens!
You will notice that some tasks have been split into specific jobs for Y1 pupils and Y2 pupils. Importantly, this is just a guide. It is key that children choose a challenge that is appropriate to them and their current attainment, particularly in Maths. If your child is in Y2, please don’t feel that you can’t explore Y1 tasks.
Finally, as the ten day plan includes various online links, I’ve tried to ensure the links can be accessed successfully - they all appear to work as long as you copy and paste them into a new tab, rather than clicking on them directly. Please don’t hesitate to contact the school if you have any issues.
Thank you all for your hard work and support during this time.
Kind regards, Miss Wells
Home learning activities (to begin 23.3.20)
Please complete the assigned tasks each day. Please also regularly log on to the Mathletics website and complete assigned tasks. Keep checking out the class page of the website for regular updates. Wishing you all the very best during this uncertain time.
Many thanks for your continued support.
Friday 20th March: Activities for self-isolating children
Please complete at least one of the Literacy tasks (ensuring you choose a task that it suitably challenging), as well as the Maths and Topic tasks.
Overview of tasks
Literacy task 1 - Practise recognising the ow and ou graphemes. Read through the powerpoint. Create at least three sentences using these words.
Literacy task 2 - Can you complete the sentences using the correct conjunction?
Maths - Please head to the mathletics website and complete your assigned tasks (it is back up and running!)
Topic - Use the mindmap that you created yesterday to write a paragraph about what you know about Hurricane Katrina.
You might use short headings such as What? When? Where? Remember to write in full sentences.
Thursday 19th March: Activities for self-isolating children
Please try to complete at least one Literacy task as well as the Maths and Topic tasks.
When selecting your Literacy task, try to choose an activity that offers an appropriate level of challenge.
Overview of activities
Literacy task 1 - Reading comprehension
Literacy task 2 - Spot the mistakes (common exception word challenge)
Literacy task 3 - Phonics activity
Maths - Statistics
Topic - Researching Hurricane Katrina, as part of our Weather and Seasons learning (completion of this task will help with future Topic learning)
Wednesday 18th March: Activities for self-isolating children
Please see the list below of activities for those children working from home.
Try to complete the Literacy letter writing task and the Maths statistics challenge as a minimum. Remember, sheets do not need to be printed out. Children may instead record their responses directly onto paper at home and bring these into school on their return.
Overview of today's activities
Literacy - In class, chidlren have explored the tale The Snow Queen. For this task, children must write a letter to the Snow Queen to try and find out more about her and the reasons for her behaviour. Please see the documents below for a possible proforma that children may use for their letter and also examples of questions that they might include in their letter (these were generated by children in class).
Maths - Children should look at the data in document 1 (a list of weather observations made over a period of days). For this task, children need to present this data in a tally chart (Maths document 2) and then a block diagram (Maths document 3) to help children understand that data can be presented in different ways.
Topic - Children should read the text all about fairtrade and respond to the questions.
Tuesday 17th March: Activities for self-isolating children
As we have some children who are unable to attend school at the moment, please use the links below to access today's online learning. Try to complete at least 2 Literacy activities, 2 Maths activities and a Topic activity (some documents are more than one page long - there is no obligation to complete all of the pages!)
Overview of today's activities
Literacy 1 - Phonics sheet based on different oa sounds
Literacy 2 - Phonics sheet based on the grapheme u-e
Literacy 3 - A story retell of The Snow Queen (we have read this story in school)
Maths 1 - Exploring rows and columns
Maths 2 - Practising number bonds to 10 (2 numbers that are added together to make 10)
Maths 3 - Practising bonds to 20
Maths 4 - Practising bonds to 10, 20 and 100
Topic 1 - A reading comprehension and questions all about the seasons
Topic 2 - Instructions for making a pinwheel (enjoy using it to see how strong the wind is!)
March 2020: Communication from the artist Rachel Dein!
As you will remember, last term children made their own fossilised foliage. This artwork was inspired by the artist Rachel Dein. I am excited to share with you that Rachel has been in touch with us and was very impressed by the children's efforts! Please see the message below to find out what she had to say:
Congratulations to the children for their artistic efforts! It's really lovely to know my work inspired the art lessons in your class. I think it's a great way to teach casting and looking at plants in another way and even talk about fossils. This is a proud moment in my artistic career! The team at Hidcote Gardens (the location of my current exhibition) was also chuffed to get your message.
February 2020: Fossilised foliage
This week children have been exploring the artist Rachel Dein.
Dein captures fleeting moments of nature's glory through a process that involves plaster casting a variety of flowers. The children have had fun making their own fossilised foliage to capture winter, created in the style of the work of Rachel Dein.
January 2020: Bar Models
In Maths this week the children in Year 1 have been practising their number bonds to 10. They used bar models (see pictures below) to help them visualise their number bonds.
Well done Year 1!
January 2020: Winter, Spring, Summer and Autumn...
We have continued to explore seasonal changes as part of our topic learning this week. We thought about how the weather varies during the different seasons and how this influences our lives. Some children designed washing lines and filled them with clothes that were suitable for a particualr season. They also created a background to their pictures using chalk pastels making sure the colours and details suited the specific season.
Other children dressed a chosen figure in a variety of clothes suitable for different seasons of the year. They also created trees to match each season.
January 2020 - An unusual sighting ...
Last week the children in G2 were excited to receive a letter from our school caretaker, Mr Cleeton. He had written to us after he saw something strange out on the field one misty morning ... He explained that he may have spotted a rabbit and wanted G2 to advise him with how to care for it should he spot it again! G2 got right on the case and headed out to the playground to look for clues ... Sure enough they spotted some unusual items themselves (see pictures below) and are now keen to help Mr Cleeton care for our new visitor! The children have decided to write non-chronological reports full of rabbit facts and share them with Mr Cleeton. We were also lucky enough to receive a visitor to our classroom this week when Miss Clarke brought in her own rabbit, Rocket, and told us all about how she cares for him. The children learnt lots of new facts which they hope to include in their written reports.
Autumn term 2019 - All about India!
The children have had their heads deep in books this term asking and answering questions all about India! They came up with some well-considered questions based on the books they explored. The children also enjoyed creating their own Indian inspired artwork. The children worked in pairs and demonstrated excellent team work. I was particularly impressed with how the children discussed their ideas and made decisions together about the patterns they hoped to create. Great effort!
Autumn term 2019 - Senses in Science!
In Science the children in G2 have been busy exploring their five senses! They enjoyed tasting different foods and used exciting adjectives to describe what they tasted!
They also enjoyed smelling a selection of secret scents and had fun trying to guess the smell! Much fun was had by all!
Year Ahead Meeting Information - September 2019
Many thanks for your attendance at our Year Ahead meeting. Please find below a copy of the powerpoint used and also a cursive letter formation prompt sheet in line with our new handwriting scheme.
Many thanks, Miss Wells
History off the page 'Great Fire of London' workshop - December 2018
G2 had a fabulous day on Friday 14th December when the company History off the page paid a visit to Moreton Morrell. G2 spent the day exploring what life would have been like in London in 1666.
As they spent the morning learning some of the trades of the time, news of the fire spread and the children were called upon to try to put out the fire!
During the afternoon, children excavated artefacts and tried hard to look for clues to help them work out who the items may have belonged to all those years ago.
The children looked amazing in their costumes and were excellent representatives for the school. Indeed our visiting teacher commented on how well-mannered the children were as well as how much knowledge they had to share on the events of 1666. Well done G2!
Great Fire of London - November 2018
The children in G2 have worked so hard in recent days to design, build and evaluate their own Tudor houses. Today we were able to use our models to bring history to life! The local fire brigade cane to visit our school to give an important fire safety talk to Year 1. This was followed by a very exciting event - the fire brigade helped us to recreate Pudding Lane. A very exciting afternoon was had by all as we watched our models go up in smoke!
Children have brought home a photo of their fantastic models so that they can be reminded of this memorable day!
Well done G2!