Ash Class Archive

Here you will find links to pictures, videos and other content from the class pages from earlier on in the school year…

Week commencing – 7th January 2019

Epiphany Celebration

We all graced All Saints’ church this week with our homemade crowns to celebrate and learn about the Epiphany and its meaning.

English

This week in English we have been looking at plurals. We recapped our learning of plurals with the spellings ‘s’ and ‘es’ and then introduced ourselves to the ‘ies’ and ‘ves’ spelling rules too. We know that when a word ends in a ‘y’, to turn it into a plural we drop the ‘y’ and change it into an ‘i’ before adding ‘es’. We also identified that words that end in an ‘f’ or and ‘fe’ need to be changed into a ‘v’ before we add ‘es’. – Superb efforts from Ash all week!

We later looked at expanding our writing. We thought really carefully about how authors write and what skill it is they have to keep the reader hooked. To do this, we used simple, boring sentences and recapped on the 5 W’s to see how we could add depth to our writing. There were some fantastically creative outcomes!

Maths

We began our multiplication unit this week and WOW oh WOW are Ash class good! We began the week by recognising equal groups of numbers or images, before moving onto adding and making.

The children know that one of the most important words is EQUAL from which we’ve shouted from the rooftops. Following this, we identified that repeated addition is the same and using one multiplication symbol and made unique and accurate pairings to show.

History

We began our unit of Kings and Queens this week. I love teaching this topic and we just HAVE to get into the spirit. On Monday, the children entered the classroom via a red carpet to where King Noonan waited on his throne.
Later on in the week we used our investigative skills and used clues to find out which King and Queen we are studying. Due to their brilliant skills, they correctly identified that we will be looking at and learning about King Henry VIII and Queen Elizabeth I. I can’t wait to get started.

PE

In PE this week, Tom introduced the children to Basketball. They began developing their skills in attacking and defending working really collaboratively and as teams.

Week commencing: 3rd December 2018

Christmas Decoration Morning

Our Christmas Decoration day was, yet again, a great success! It was so nice to see the children making crafts with their parents and having a good time. I don’t think I’ve ever seen Ash Class so busy but the outcomes looked brilliant!

Christmas Dinner

You can’t do decorations without some dinner…

Christingle Making

This week, Rev. Parsons came into school to talk to us about Christingles and their representations and symbolism. The children then had a chance to make their own, thinking of why and what it all means. All of All Saints’ then celebrated with a service in the church.

PE

Tom continued our carousel of balances this week. He particularly focused on how the children could improve their techniques.

English

We have been discovering some past and present tenses this week. The children have been particularly been focusing on the verb tenses, highlighting how ‘ed’ and ‘ing’ are used to show a difference. We also touched base on more alternate verbs such as swim, drink and think, showing them how the word changes altogether.

Week commencing – 26th November 2018

Pantomime

The annual trip to the Pantomime is complete! We all enjoyed a viewing of Sleeping Beauty filled with numerous characters and songs. Ash Class all appeared to enjoy themselves and behaved well.

English

This week to help us with our instruction making, Chef Noonano turned up! He is a twin to Mr Noonan (but can cook!) He worked with the children to help them think of ways to improve and edit instructions. Ash Class were superb and identified ways of applying time adverbials, adjectives and adverbs. Great work!

Later on in the week, we also made our own perfect set!

PE

Tom continued our carousel of balances this week. He particularly focused on how the children could improve their techniques.

Maths

In our final week of addition and subtraction, we took a focus on number bonds to 100, balanced equations and missing number problems. To consolidate some of our learning, we had a competition of number bonds to 100 using Purple Mash gaming. It was great to see just how confident they were in accessing their answers and sped through the course, some teams winning 1st!

Week commencing – 19th November 2018

PE

I’m so proud of the finished outcome for the dance of the Season’s Song. We learnt and self choreographed this song in just 4 lessons. I’m so pleased with how well they worked together and how they met this technical skill. Well done Ash Class!

Pizza making (round 2)

The children put all of their skills to the test today by making their own pizzas. Mrs Palmer spent a lot of time getting the dough ready for the children to knead out and roll. We spoke through the different techniques in how to knead and adding flour. Some of them added a great deal of flour so it became a little crispy, but it still looked great.

We later added our own ingredients to personalise our pizzas using the techniques we learnt at Pizza Express.

Pizza Express

On 21st November 2018, we brought our design and technology unit to life by attending Pizza Express. The children have been looking at what makes a healthy pizza and have considered the different alternatives of bases. On arrival, the children were introduced to the staff and the pizzaiolo before going through the health and hygiene areas. Following this, we were shown how to make dough from a ball, kneading and pulling, helping us to see how it forms its shape.

Then, it was our turn. Each of us got the chance to push our pizza dough into our tray, ensuring it met the outside. This would make our pizza rounder and fuller. Next, we added our passata and we were shown how to use a ‘shaking’ technique to cover the pizza. Some of us preferred the spoon method though! Finally, we added all of our dollops of mozzarella onto our pizza before they headed into the oven.

Ash Class later learnt all about the different ingredients involved in a margherita pizza, as well as alternative toppings that could be used. We all got a chance to taste olives, mushrooms, tomatoes, onions, basil leaves and mozzarella. (This certainly didn’t last very long!) – It was finally time to take our pizzas back to school and enjoy them. The bus and the classroom smelt delicious and Mr Noonan was definitely the proudest teacher ever!

English

In English this week, we’ve been looking at different sentence types. So far this week we’ve introduced commands and exclamations. We are aware of how to identify them and even had a go at using some ourselves.

We later learnt about questions and statements, looking directly at the punctuation and how to identify them. Following this, we did some interviewing – the children sat in pairs and interviewed each other (asking questions) and responded (using questions). It was great to see the children working together and finding out things they never initially knew.

Maths

Our number lines have continued this week by looking at subtracting 2-digit by 2-digit. There have been some fantastic results and beautiful presentation.

PE

We’ve got some amazing gymnasts in Year 2! Tom continued to look at balancing this week. Each time the children were travelling on the apparatus, they had to hold a certain pose with either 1, 2, 3 or 4 points of their body.

Week commencing – 2nd November 2018

World War 1 Enrichment Day

On 9th November 2018, we learnt about World War 1 and encouraged the children to recognise how important the soldiers and animals were in giving us the country we have today. First of all, we had a re-enactment from Captain Spike, a World War 1 Captain. He introduced the children to many different facts, including the swagger, pistols and rifle.

Following this, we came back and thought about why we will remember the soldiers of World War 1 and what we might be thankful to them for. We painted a poppy as a remembrance symbol as well as some individual quotes from each of the children.

The children sophisticately created a silhouette of a soldier, horse, dog or pigeon, filling them with either red or purple poppies.

English

This week we wrote our own version of Bob’s diary. I was so thrilled with the outcome, focus and determination from each of the children. A massive well done to them all! They thought carefully and applied the features with ease and style.

Maths

We blasted some more number line work this week, focusing particularly on adding and subtracting tens. The children quickly noticed the pattern of how only the tens changed, enabling them to add one jump of 10 rather than 10 little ones.

RE

This week, Mrs Goodchild finalised her learning of Jonah and the Whale. The children creatively made some whales with Jonah inside, whilst relaying the story accurately!

PE

Tom worked with the children on some more gymnastics this week. They looked particularly at the way they travelled over the different types of equipment.

Week commencing – 29th October 2018

English

We continued our learning of common and proper nouns this week, splitting them into columns and correcting if necessary. We further explored the ‘Man on the Moon’ story, a life all about Bob. We have been thinking about his day in preparation to write a diary entry from his perspective.

Maths

I’ve been so pleased with Ash class this week, particularly in their use of number lines. We stripped our learning back and looked at adding a one digit number to a two digit number, gradually bridging over into the next tens. We explored both addition and subtraction. It was a joy to see just how confident they were in solving these.

Science

This week, Mrs Goodchild concluded the plant investigations. There were some brilliant outcomes and Mrs Goodchild was really pleased with the growth!

PE

Tom introduced the children to gymnastics this week, building on some of the things we did last term. On Friday, we started our unit of dance. We’re looking at a song called ‘Seasons Song’ which goes into the four seasons. We practised some different routines as well as our full class collaboration.

Week commencing – 15th October 2018

Harvest Cooking

Thank you to everyone who helped Ash Class when cooking for the Harvest celebration. They all had a great time and the school smelt rather nice.

English

We had some superb writing from Ash Class this week. The children finalised their bubble adventure writing and I was so pleased with the outcome. In the later part of the week, we looked at common and proper nouns. We used some different actions to help us remember and recognise how they’re different.

Maths

I’ve been so thrilled with the children’s efforts this term in Maths. In particular, this week we looked at the inverse and the outcomes were brilliant. It’s not often that children find the inverse easy, but this year, they do! They EVEN haven’t wanted to stop doing it since! Later on in the week we used related facts to help us make larger numbers.

Science

This week in Science, the children continued looking at deciduous and evergreen trees/plants. They also began their experiment growing plants in different conditions.

PE

Tom conducted a big carousel in PE this week. The children continued to develop their skills to complete this accurately.

Art

… and we have some planets!! WOW they look incredible. What amazing skills and focus the have shown this week! I can’t wait to get them on a display for you to see.

Week commencing – 8th October 2018

English

In English this week, we used a stimulus called ‘Bubbles’ which is an adventure where a little girl travels wherever she likes on or in a bubble. The children later created their own places of where they’d like to go on their bubble and planned this. Later on in the week, we started writing our own sentences based on our adventures using some of the features we’ve covered so far this year. I have been so impressed with the outcomes of their work! 🙂

Maths

We started addition and subtraction this week by looking at making 20 using fact families. The children quickly got the understanding of how to reverse the sentences and how to ensure they were accurate.
Later on in the week we looked at problem solving whether they’d been used correctly and correcting them if not. I’ve been so thrilled with their focus and outcomes this week!

Science

This week in Science, the children continued looking at deciduous and evergreen trees/plants. They also began their experiment growing plants in different conditions.

PE

Tom conducted a big carousel in PE this week. The children continued to develop their skills to complete this accurately.

History

This week, we introduced the children to our topic of Space – in particular, Neil Armstrong. We kitted out the classroom in lights and glow in the dark planets. The children were so focused on what we were learning – it was fantastic to see their interest. Later on in the lesson, we thought particularly about the key stages in Armstrong’s life and then created a timeline of their life.

Art

The papier mache began this week! The children used (lots) of runny glue and layered their paper down sensibly. We’re going to leave them to dry and see what they look like ready for next week.

Music

We continued our learning on music and travel by thinking of actions and singing ‘Going to town on a bus!’ – The children sang beautifully and created a brilliant range of activities to accompany them.

 

Week commencing – 1st October 2018

English

In English this week, we continued our learning on conjunctions and the children have looked at applying them in different ways. To help the children identify how to use them and how they could be used effectively, we played conjunction tennis. One child started off with a sentence opener, “hit” the sentence across whilst the other child applied a conjunction and returned it back. The children worked really well together to achieve this.

Maths

We summarised our learning of our place value unit this week! The children continued applying their learning well, especially when counting in 2s, 3s, 5s and 10s. The children used different problem solving skills to answer their questions.

PE

The ‘A’ frame returned this week but this time, we moved the ladder up higher. The children creatively thought about different ways of travelling, including the standard way of the monkey bars.

History

We role played some of the parts of Columbus’ life this week. The children were split into groups and worked together to portray their lives. The children accurately delivered what the life stage was effectively and showed some great teamwork. Later on in the week, we pretended we were Christopher Columbus himself, writing a letter to the King and Queen of Spain after fearing he would never return.

Art

From next week, we’ll be getting all gluey and sticky as we begin our project of making planets. This week we designed them in preparation for beginning the making process next week.

Music

This week we introduced our travel music theme. We sang and acted out ‘Simama Ka’ which is all about jumping, running, walking, standing and sitting. They were so enthusiastic and engaged!

Computing

We looked at some copy and pasting this week in preparation to find, locate and search in more depth on Google Earth.

Week commencing – 24th September 2018

English

We finalised our adjective learning this week and completed an extended write. I was so thrilled with the outcomes the children produced. Their imaginations, efforts and stickability were very evident! We’re going to be looking at editing and thinking about reading back over our work to see how we can improve it.

Maths

We have continued our learning on Place Value this week, looking particularly at the value of a digit in a set chart. We have reminded ourselves of the tens and ones titles, as well as hundreds. The children were practically problem solving as well as reading a value of different numbers.

PE

The big ‘A’ frame came out this week and the children were on fire!! They were so committed, confident and motivated to travel over the equipment. They also managed to do this with great composure, focus and determination. The children also spent some time looking at the spring board jumps as well as ascending and descending via a bench and horse.

History

Our boats are looking pretty awesome now that the children have added their facts! I’ve been so thrilled with their understanding and enthusiasm in this unit.

Art

At All Saints’ we are taking part in the Crimson Glory project which Mr Mison is leading. As part of Year 2, we are required to make poppies to commemorate the soldiers in the 100 year mark of World War 1 ending. We used a range of different materials to print with so that we could show different textures.

Week commencing – 17th September 2018

English

We have continued our theme on adjectives this week, but have taken more of a spin into looking at ways of improving them through synonyms and applying them to sentences to provide effect. The children thought really carefully about these, adding their own thoughts and adventurous adjectives to completely transform the sentences.

Maths

We have been partition gurus this week! The children have totally astounded me at their confidence and recognition when partitioning numbers. Even more so, they have shown me how to do this in different ways using visual aids and the original numbers. During our Magic 10, the children have also been extending their learning by challenging themselves to times tables and missing number sentences.

PE

The children increased their level of challenge this week by introducing a higher, more complex horse jump. I was very impressed by their controlled landings as well as their ability to climb and travel in creative and safe ways.

History

I don’t think I’ve ever known so much about Christopher Columbus than I now do thanks to Ash Class! I was so thrilled by their engagement, focus and determination when learning a lot of facts about him. We spoke about the voyage he travelled and what life might be like at sea. For a bit of fun, we turned all of the children into pirates and tasted some sea-biscuits (which despite the initial thoughts, turned out to be rather tasty!)

ICT

A much more successful technology-themed lesson! We explored more of the world looking at street view and Google Earth. The children are becoming really confident at using the laptops independently.

Week Commencing – 10th September 2018.

English

In our English lessons this week, we’ve been looking at adjectives (describing words) and expanded noun phrases (adjective, adjective noun) to improve our writing and add extra detail. The children have explored these through their senses having four different stations: taste, touch, smell and sight. The children recorded their observations and worked together to identify new adjectives.

We also reinforced our knowledge of punctuation. In doing so, we enjoyed some ‘Kung Fu Punctuation’ – a new way of remembering the different pieces of punctuation and what they look like. Some very loud and well-crafted movements.

Maths

Our main focus in Maths this week has been place value. The children thought really carefully this week when reading the number in both numerals and through a representation. I’ve been particularly impressed with their reasoning skills, providing clear and accurate answers as to how they solved it. Awesome Ash Class!

Science

Mrs Goodchild loved teaching Ash Class on Thursday this week. The children began their topic of plants and went on a walk around the school grounds to explore and identify.

Art

We got round to using our paint skills today and began our pointilism leaves. The children focused really carefully and they look STUNNING! I can’t wait for them to dry so that we can display them in the classroom.

PE

Following on from our travelling lesson last week, we combined this with apparatus, looking at different ways of travelling to a destination. We saw some creative ways and were astounded by the cartwheel travel!

History

In history this week, we began looking at our topic of Explorers. We identified different jobs we would be exploring and thought carefully about how their additions to history have helped to shape our future. The children explored different items that would be closely associated to the job before answering questions carefully to extend their learning.

ICT

We had great fun this week using Google Earth and exploring places around the world using the ‘I’m Feeling Lucky’ tab. I was amazed with the children’s abilities when using the laptops and the skills they developed over the lesson.

PE

We had our first session with Tom on Monday with our main focus being on ball skills. The children were paired up and had to look at which skills were required to make a successful throw using a tennis ball. The children remembered some facts very well since moving up from Oak class.

Week Commencing – 3rd September 2018.

First day of Ash Class complete!

Well done to all of the children who worked really hard today. I’ve been amazed by their efforts and enthusiasm (especially with homework!). We got straight into our English and Maths work today, getting ahead with numbers to 100 and summer holiday recounts. It sounds as though they had great experiences.

We got moving in our PE lesson, starting our Gymnastic topic. We focused on travelling in ways that aren’t used in daily life and will be incorporating these into routines with equipment. We look forward to developing this next week.

We began our Art topic looking at pointilism. I’ve been so impressed with their focus, concentration and precision. We will begin applying our paint next week.

After some great fun on our Transfer Day, (back in July), I am looking forward to welcoming all of you to Ash Class on Friday. I hope your child is looking forward to being a part of Team Year 2!

Here is to a good year! I look forward to working with all of you.