Welcome to G2
We are a mixed age Year 1 and 2 class.
Our class teacher is Miss Wells. Mrs Clarke is our Teaching Assistant.
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!
We Remember - November 2018
This month children in G2 have been exploring the importance of Remembrance. Children have had discussions about why we remember and also created poems and art work based on this theme.
Children made their own poppy memorials to the fallen soldiers in World War One who came from Moreton Morrell and Moreton Paddox. Each child painted a poppy onto a pebble and added the name of a different local soldier as a symbol of remembrance and peace. Children enjoyed the opportunity of visiting the local church to display their memorials and observe the plaques on display as a tribute to the fallen soldiers. Children were also able to have a look at the poppies that had been displayed in church as this special time of year.
Summer Term - July 2018
We have continued to explore Africa as part of our Topic learning.
We read the story Handa's Surprise and enjoyed tasting the delicious fruits from the story. We then designed and created our own healthy fruit snacks, considering which fruits we wished to use. We chopped and prepared the fruit carefully and enjoyed tasting the finished product outside in the sun!
Spring term - January 2018
The children have certainly been working very hard so far this term!
They are very proud of their completed hand puppets, which they recently created as part of our design and technology learning. Children explored a range of existing hand puppets in order to generate a list of criteria needed to create a successful hand puppet e.g. the components must be securely joined together. Children designed their own puppet based on a superhero and then cut the felt and sewed the pieces together before adding on their final features. They tried hard to refer to their designs during the making stage and were able to reflect on their finished products and write careful evaluations.
January 2018 - Money in Maths
Children have loved using real money to deveop their understanding of the value of different coins and notes. Children have practised combining different coins to make particular values and have explored problem-solving tasks such as How many different ways can you make 50p?
January 2018 - ICT
In ICT, children have been exploring coding through their use of bee-bots. Children have explored how to input instructions into the bee-bot in order to make it travel successfully along a specific route. Children have been learning about how technical devices need to be programmed using algorithms or sets of instructions to ensure that they work successfully.
We are all special in G2 - January 2017
As part of our PSHE learning (Personal, Social and Health Education), we have been thinking about what makes us unique. We read the book called It's ok to be different, by Todd Parr and thought about how everybody is special in their own way. We recognise how important it is to be accepting of everybody in our world and to celebrate and embrace differences as this is what makes our world such an exciting and interesting place!
Super Scientists! January 2017
In Science, we are loving finding out about different animals! We are investigating how animals belong to different groups, according to specific characteristics.
As part of our homework, children researched a chosen animal and presented their learning in a chosen way. The children were super at presenting their fact files to the class. We certainly discovered lots of new and interesting facts about a whole range of exciting animals! Well done!
Pablo Picasso - an inspiration! December 2016
Following our successful trip to Compton Verney, during which we discovered all about the artist Pablo Picasso, we felt inspired to create our very own art, based on Picasso's artistic styles. During our visit, we found out that Picasso had experimented with printing. With this in mind, we had fun designing and making our very own poly tiles so that we could explore printing too!
First we we created collages, using a range of facial features, taken from photos. Then we used tracing paper and a pencil to make an imprint of our collages onto our tiles. Finally we had fun printing with our tiles, using a range of colourful printing inks!
Take a look at our finished artwork below. We are really proud of ourselves! What do you think?
Summer term 2016
In G2 this term, we are learning all about Africa. As part of this learning, we have been lucky enough to have some special visitors come into school.
Firstly, Andy Mason, from Skins and Feet, African Drumming and Dance Company spent a morning teaching us how to play the African drums! We learnt all about different types of African drums and how they are made, as well as learning to play different rhythms in unison!
Later on in the term, Zoe’s Dad, Mr Irvin came into school and gave us a fascinating talk all about when he lived in Africa. He showed us some incredible photos of African animals and shared lots of interesting facts with us. This was really useful as we are writing our own information pages at the moment about African animals so these facts will come in handy for our own writing! Mr Irvin showed us a range of African items including musical instruments and jewellery. He even showed us a real pair of antelope’s horns and an actual ostrich egg!
Thanks you to both our visitors this term!