We've had a really enjoyable week in Class 2. The children are excited about their holidays and we have had some really interesting discussions about the Easter story, Scottish stories about 'selkies' and how starlings use flocking to evade predators. (Thank you Flora!)
We've taken a break from French to learning animal names in Scots.
cuddie - horse tod - fox hurcheon - hedgehog
We are planning an Easter bonnet fashion show tomorrow so watch this space for the photographs.
The children have been loving maths challenges this week. Our challenge today was
11 is the answer. What could the question be?
Here are some of our questions:
We've written acrostic poems and have been summarising the Easter story in English.
I have not set any homework over the Easter holidays but can I encourage all children to read over the holidays. Many do not seem to be reading at home or certainly not recording reading in the reading diaries. We have SATS for the Year 2 children in the summer term and it is essential they build up reading 'stamina' so please encourage your children to read for sustained periods of time.
I started reading rewards last term for Year 2 and would like to extend to Year 1. If children read for 10 minutes and it is signed by an adult in their reading diary they earn '1 read'. If they accrue 4 reads in one school week they earn a golden sticker. If they earn 4 golden stickers they get a reward from the box. Reading diaries will be collected in on a Friday.
I hope you all enjoy the break and that the sun shines on Cornwall.
If you have any issues or concerns you wish to raise with Class 2 staff then we will be available then or of course at the end
w/e 24th March
This week we have been busy writing poetry for a school wide competition. The winners will be able to make a recording of their poems. How exciting! We wrote a poem called 'Fire! Fire!'. The children made use of onomatopoeia, similes and metaphors. Here are some of my favourite lines and phrases.
'waving swords of fire' - Aaron Bell, Year 1
'flames as orange as Nemo' - Mrs Mannion
'windows are monster mouths crying out fire' Eloise Nankervis
' huge buildings crashing, cracking, crumbling like cheesecake' Molly
'eye watering smoke choking the suffocating stars and disturbed moon'
I don't envy the judges of the competition.
We have been working on the story of Grace Darling and the rocks and shipwreck are now on the wall of the classroom. We will be adding some of their writing and portraits of Grace Darling over the next few days so come in and have a look. Thank you Mrs Mannion for your hard work erecting the display - despite a sore arm.
In maths we have been continuing our work on fractions. Mrs Eva the Year 1/2 teacher from Mithian Primary visited us on Tuesday and was impressed by the children's ability to reason things out and explain their answers. There is always a real buzz in the class during maths lessons, which I love. Well done. Maths stars one and all!
Our trips last week were a great success. The children and parent volunteers thoroughly enjoyed their morning at Tolvadden Fire Station. Red Watch were brilliant hosts and so good with the children. We learned loads about the fire engine, equipment, water quantities and of course how to use the fire hoses. It was an added bonus to be able to watch some trainees being put through their paces.
At Richard Lander we kept warm in the freezing wind by participating in a wide range of sports activities. The children did brilliantly well and despite a few scrapes had a fantastic time. The Richard Lander students did a great job of organising activities, making them fun for all!
I cannot believe Easter is approaching so quickly. I hope all mums have a lovely day on Sunday and that we begin to see some more lovely Cornish spring weather over the weekend.
I apologise for not updating our blog in several weeks. Having a flu virus quickly followed by tonsillitis has not helped!
Many of the children have not been well themselves so there have been tears and runny noses all round over the past two weeks. I think we are all on the mend now.
Our emergency services topic is well underway now. We had a great afternoon last week with the fire service sniffer dogs. We learned all about the dog's sense of smell and how they are trained to find the source of the fire. Both dogs were put through their paces in the playground.
The RNLI visited afterwards and explained the role their role in rescue around our coastline. The children demonstrated a good knowledge of the flag system on the beaches and are well aware of the dangers of rip currents. I was impressed.
In English we have finished writing our instructions based on George's Marvellous Medicine. Year 2 children innovated on the original text and decided to create a poisonous potion for Mr Wilson. Their idea! Nothing to do with me! We had Mr Wilson turning into a blueberry and shrinking to the size of a pea. The children had great fun with it and the children's enthusiasm for writing is ensuring they are fully engaged and making good progress. We wrote stories based on Grace Darling this week.
Year 1s got very carried away with their ideas for describing the ship wreck and the stormy night. Mrs Mannion told me she thought Pippa was going to lay an egg at one point she was jumping up and down so much. Fantastic work Class 2. I am very proud of your efforts.
We have continued work on fractions this week and the children are becoming adept at using part whole and bar model to find simple fractions of numbers. We are becoming more fluent at recalling doubles and halves and are applying our learning to solve problems. We've finally had some new apps loaded on to the iPads. If you have 'screens' at home Mathsdoodle is an excellent app to support your child's learning in maths. Activities are adapted according to your child's ability and the children collect stars as they progress through the different games and levels. 'Hit the button' is another useful app for the quick recall of number facts.
I'm very much looking forward to our Torvadden and Richard Lander trips tomorrow. Many thanks to parents who have volunteered to come along and help out.
Have a great weekend.
The first week of the term has flown. The children have settled well. We have started a new topic this term on the emergency services. Mrs Knight has kindly arranged a visit to the fire station and for the 'fire dogs' to come and visit us in class. The RNLI are also visiting to talk about their role in keeping us safe around the coast. I will let you know dates for the trip once they have been confirmed.
In English we have been reading George's Marvellous Medicine. We've done lots of grammar this week looking at adjectives and adverbs. The children have been identifying them in texts and using them to improve their sentence writing. Our favourite adverb so far is 'demonically' ! We hope to apply what we have learned this week in our stories about George making his magic medicine.
In Maths we have been working on money. The children have been recognising coins, explaining their value and using different combinations of coins to make amounts. We have also been tackling reasoning problems some of which I have attached below. Many children need lots of practise making amounts using different coins so raiding the piggy bank at home and using the contents to make amounts of money in different ways would really support your child's learning.
http://www.topmarks.co.uk/money/toy-shop-money is a useful link for tablet friendly activities to support understanding of money.
I hope storm Doris calms soon and you all have a lovely weekend.
About Toy Shop Money. Toy Shop Money is a game for helping children understand UK money. There are two game modes; the first where children use coins to make up ...
Money Reasoning Examples
1,Ellie thinks when you add 1p to an amount of money the answer is always even. Is she correct ? Draw to explain
When you add 2 silver coins the answer is more than when you add 2 copper coins. Explain…..
I cannot believe it is the end of term already. The weeks have flown by. I am really proud of Class 2 this week. They have tried their best in English and Maths assessments and have demonstrated real resilience and perseverance. I am particularly proud of their growing self belief and confidence in Maths. We have been working on our reasoning and problem solving skills and they can now all draw as a strategy to find solutions. They have been drawing part part whole diagrams, arrays, number lines, bar models to explain their understanding of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. There have been several light bulb moments this week and their 'can do' attitude is a credit to them. I love the way they are all embracing number, so much so there isn't enough room on the working wall to display their work. Your effort and enthusiasm mean you can all become brilliant mathematicians!
The ice house has been demolished this week and our work on the Arctic is coming to an end. Thanks to everyone who brought in plastic milk cartons. Unfortunately we didn't end up with enough to embarks on the construction of an igloo. Next term we will be finding out about the emergency services. If anyone has any contacts who would like to come into school to about their work then please let me know.
I hope you all enjoy the holiday and look forward to seeing everyone again after half term.
I hope you had a great Christmas and New Year. The holiday has flown by but it was lovely to see all of the children back in class this morning.
Our topic this term is ‘posting and places’. We will be learning about different parts of the world with a focus on the Arctic. I am attaching a mind map showing the learning across the curriculum.
In English we are working on non-fiction reading and writing. We will be writing non chronological reports on our favourite Arctic animals. I have a contact who lives in the Arctic Circle so we will be writing letters to him and finding out about life there. In reading, the children will continue to develop their reading skills in daily Read Write Inc. sessions. In class we will be building on their comprehension skills by answering and asking questions about a text.
In Maths we will continue to work on addition and subtraction with a focus on reasoning and problem solving. This work will progress into multiplication and division, again with a focus on reasoning and problem solving. Children’s topic work will link to measurement and data handling in maths.
Work is already underway on creating an Arctic corner in the classroom. Mrs Mannion, Mrs Russell and the children are putting their creative skills to good use! We have asked the children to bring in well washed 2 litre milk cartons for a construction challenge. It would be ideal if all labels could also be removed. I’ll be posting progress with construction on the weekly update on the school web site.
In ICT the children will be publishing their work and creating movies using the ipads. I hope to have a sharing the learning afternoon towards the end of the term but will finalise dates in the next week or so.
Homework will commence next week. It will be given out on a Friday and is to be returned to school on the following Wednesday. Please make sure your child comes with their reading folder every day.
I’m looking forward to another busy term and wish you all the very best for 2017.