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 – 1st July 2019

Thursday 4th July 2019

Thursday proved to be a very busy day for Ash! It was a non-stop morning, full of rotating carousels. We started our day as a class where I created some golf activities.

This was followed by badminton with our coach and Mrs Bolton.

Later, Mrs Coull had a go at teaching us kick-boxing!

Mrs Kemp delivered some yoga…

We finished our carousel with some speed-stacking thanks to Mrs Marsden.

No Thursday in the summer term is complete without some Forest Schooling activities! It’s such a pleasure seeing the children in a different environment learning together and freely.

Wednesday 3rd July 2019

Wow, what a phenomenal effort on costumes from Ash Class for the sponsored walk! A particularly big well done to Sienna for her incredible Gangsta Granny costume!

We also participated in some football games thanks to Josh finished with by a sports’ day practice! It’s going to be INTENSE and I cannot wait to see how awesomely Ash show themselves on our big day!

 

Tuesday 2nd July 2019

The children have gone into day 2 in full swing with great enthusiasm! Our morning started with some fun activities that we shared with Acorn and Oak such as bench ball balance, balloon relay and some ball skills. Mrs Bolton also took children in groups to make their own smoothies!

Later on in the day, we participated in a dance session along with circuit training!

After lunch we finished with some tennis and some mindfulness PSHE circle time where the children all thought about what they like about each other.

Monday 1st July 2019

The children have had a great first day! We started off with some ‘Wake and Shake’ dance moves which was quickly followed by our first carousel of activities led by Tom.

Following this, Ash Class made some pitta pizzas (with Mrs Marsden) and their own sandwiches in preparation for the picnic.

When the afternoon arrived, it was picnic and game time!

Week Commencing – 24th June 2019

Beach Enrichment Day 2019

Have a look at the awesome day we shared with Acorn, Oak and the fantastic parent helpers!

  

Maths

This week in Ash Class, we have been completing some different investigations. Our week kicked off with money! The children thought about the different coins and recorded their observations, as well as trialling how many different combinations they could make using only 5 silver coins. Great discussions!

We also explored making a number ’35’ or ’46’ using only 2, 3, 5 and 10s – this really tested their mental adding and practical elements in problem solving.

On Thursday we continued our investigations. This time we looked at shape and whether or not an irregular shape could be turned into a pyramid. The children worked fantastically together using a range of resources to create it. The children identified that a pyramid can be a pyramid with whatever shaped base as long as it has an apex at the top. Great work!

English

This week, we’ve had a real focus on spelling. In particular, our awareness of the ‘er’, ‘est’, ‘ing’ and ‘ed’ rules. The children have been applying some different colour dot techniques which has successfully supported their awareness of when to apply which rule! Great job 🙂

Theatre Workshop

Ash had great fun this week during our Theatre Workshop! They worked together creating freeze-frames and counting in different languages!

PE

The children continued their Sports’ Day athletics practice in preparation for next week!

Science Rock Band

The efforts for the children’s homework this week have been incredible. Mrs Simpson would be proud! Each day we use our instruments as a band whilst the rest of us provide the vocals…

The Goose Who Flew

We had a very special visit from the Theatre Royal who performed to Acorn, Oak and Ash! The children were very mesmerised by the show!

Week Commencing – 17th June 2019

Seed to Tree 2019

This year, Ash Class completed their third phase of Seed to Tree. This required them to ‘mind and mulch’ the trees that they planted in Acorn Class. They also spent some time weeding away any unwanted plants as well as making bird nests and a scavenger hunt of different leaf and tree types.

Week Commencing – 10th June 2019

Victorian Day

What a great day I’ve shared with Ash Class today. I only hope they enjoyed it as much as I did! It was such a pleasure to see how well and in character the children were and they really involved themselves in the best possible way.

Our day began with some ‘segragated’ games in the hall, such as marbles, skipping or hula-hooping.

Following this, the children lined up in boys and girls lines, having ordered themselves from smallest to tallest. The reason for this was due to the children sitting in rows. The smaller children would have been sat at the front, where the taller would be towards the back. Once reaching the classroom, the children were given their class rules: Children must be seen, not heard. This included them standing whenever a different adult entered the room and could only sit once they were given the okay. The children were addressed in surnames and addressed us as ‘Sir’ or ‘Miss’.
We then gave the children the challenge of writing their name onto their slate tile using Victorian calligraphy. I was thrilled to see how well they did in this! We also explained about the ink pots and quills, but the children had a go using cocktail sticks and paint to understand the way it worked.

Later that morning, we did the classic Victorian reading test which meant that the children had to know and recognise every letter of the alphabet including each consonant with a vowel added at the end. Some good games to catch the children out. We also endured a Victorian maths lesson, recalling our times tables of 2s and 5s. These were then recorded on their slate tiles.

Thanks to Tom who led a Victorian styled PE lesson where the children experienced croquet, egg and spoon, penalty shootout, bag toss and bounce ball.

When the afternoon arrived, we looked at the different Victorian washing equipment and enjoyed playing with some of the different toys. We had a great conversation about the difference between them and modern day toys, as well as touching base on the privilege of our lives in today’s era.

We’re looking forward to seeing the children on Monday! The classroom is ready and waiting…

Science

The children worked in threes to investigate properties of materials.  The had to create their own tests to answer questions about properties.

Week Commencing – 3rd June 2019

French Enrichment Day

This week we all participated in a French Enrichment Day. Part of the day involved us joining Year 3 and completing a Scavenger Hunt which the children worked tremendously in too! We also practised some french colours and numbers to 10.

English

We’ve had an incredibly busy week this week writing diary entries and completing our Australia vs UK persuasive posters. A confident and well-persevered week!

Maths

A fantastic week in Maths this week seeing the children consolidate some of their learning from over the year. It was great to see how confident they have become!

PE

This week, Tom began his Athletics topic with the class. They enjoyed a rotation of different activities that they may partake in during sports’ day. Some very competitive streaks on display already!
On Friday, we welcomed our first lesson of Badminton! The children enjoyed practising some skills as well as perfecting the ‘v’ grip and the thumb grip.

Science

During science, we have been observing and measuring how the sunflowers that we planted before Easter have been growing.  The children were all very excited about bringing one of their plants home.  I look forward to hearing about any that grow big enough to have a flower!

 

Week Commencing – 6th May 2019

English

This week in our English, we have been looking at the use of conjunctions and how to extend them. We used our toy story theme to enthuse the children to see how they can extend their sentences with interest and detail.

Maths

I’ve been really pleased to see how awesome Year 2 are at time! It’s been really positive to teach the main four times this week and reinforce what they already knew. The have been really positive and focused on how the time is to be read. Next up – 5 minute intervals!

Art

We began our Art final piece this week. The children have created a flower from the influence of Georgia O’Keeffe. We have split this into four quadrants and each one is going to be completed in a different theme and media! I can’t wait to see the final product 🙂

PE

Some awesome work in rounders this week too! A nice game, including two bats each, for a very hard working class. Great fielding guys!

Week Commencing – 29th April 2019

Secret Agent Training

Our Agents are ready! It’s been fantastic to see how motivated they are with this. Go Ash!!

Be Internet Legends

This week we were really fortunate to have the Google: Be Internet Legends crew in to help us with online safety. It was fantastic to see the children’s engagement and determination in changing their attitudes to online worlds.

English

This week, we continued our descriptive writing. We had some beautiful writing features used and some fantastically executed sentences. The children thought very hard about this and feel proud of their outcomes.
Later on in the week, there was also a horrifying crime scene! The children used their detective agent skills and put these to the test. We found out that the cast of Toy Story came to our classroom but they caused havoc which ultimately resulted in Woody pushing Buzz out of the window before fleeing the scene! Luckily Ash Class discovered the truth.

Maths

In our Maths learning we have been looking at Position and Direction. We started off with reminding ourselves of some left and rights and to put this into practice, what better way than doing the Cha Cha Slide of course! This followed by reinforcing movement and objects with the children guiding each other around the classroom. Later on in the week we challenged ourselves further by looking at clockwise and anti-clockwise turns. We went to the playground and put this into practice too. Some confident applications from the children.

PE

Ash class played a fantastic, co-operative game of rounders this week. They really focused on their refinement of hand-eye co-ordination in preparation for batting and fielding!

Science

During science, we have been observing and measuring how the sunflowers that we planted before Easter have been growing.  The children were all very excited about bringing one of their plants home.  I look forward to hearing about any that grow big enough to have a flower!

 

Week Commencing – 1st April 2019

Easter Celebrations

This week we all busted a move to “I’m a Little Chick” in the church and celebrated Easter with a hunt, seasonal baking and the team treat.

 

English

This week, we wrote some of THE most fantastic letters I have ever read. We found out on Monday that King Henry VIII wanted to execute us because we stole a bread roll when we used to work for him 500 years ago. He then wanted us to come up with reasons as to why he should change his mind! This was a great opportunity for us to remind ourselves of letter features.

Maths

This week, we finished our shape learning and began by solving measurement! We explored length in cm and the children were shown the different methods in how they can count to see what length something is. We’ll continue to do this after our break!

PE

Another fun week in PE this week. Some exceptional teamwork with Tom and continued excitement and development of skills with Larry during rugby.

Science

In science this week, we invited children from yr 6 to help us with our investigation into whether we get faster at things as we get older.  Ash class timed how long it took the year 6s to complete activities and compared the results  to how long it took themselves to also complete them.  We had some surprising results!   I was very impressed with how well both classes worked together.

Week Commencing – 25th March 2019

Framlingham Castle

What a fantastic day we had at Framlingham on Friday! We were beyond lucky with the weather and the children were a delight to have. Not only that, but we had the castle to ourselves for the whole day! We did a range of different activities including quizzes to test our knowledge about what we’ve learnt over the year.

Castle Tours

As we explored the grounds of Framlingham, we also had to listen carefully to the information that we were told. We reminded ourselves of the links to the castle made by King Henry VIII and Queen Elizabeth I as well as the original heir to the throne after King Edward VI. On top of this, we found out some facts about Framlingham Castle itself. Oh yeah, we also did some hill rolling and climbing… of course!

Sword Fighting

We heard that King Henry VIII and Queen Elizabeth I were after some knights? Well, now we’re perfectly ready.

Crown Decorating

You can’t visit a castle and NOT have a crown… (or a sword in some cases)

Museum

We found out more about the history of Framlingham alongside the dress up… I think we found out which bit we all liked best!

English

This week, the children developed their plot points, ready to write their own, independent version of the Queen’s knickers, where they themselves had to choose the outcome. We had some very interesting versions!

  

Maths

This week in Maths, the children focused more on the 3D element of shapes. We began by focusing on what we already knew and then introduced ourselves to faces, vertices and edges. To make this a visual outcome, we built them all using play-dough and cotton buds as well as sweets and cocktail sticks. They had great fun and are now aware of the different properties required for 3D shapes.

 

PE

Another fun week in PE this week. Some exceptional teamwork with Tom and continued excitement and development of skills with Larry during rugby.

Science

In science this week, we invited children from yr 6 to help us with our investigation into whether we get faster at things as we get older.  Ash class timed how long it took the year 6s to complete activities and compared the results  to how long it took themselves to also complete them.  We had some surprising results!   I was very impressed with how well both classes worked together.

Week Commencing – 18th March 2019

English

This week we introduced ourselves to our narrative text. We were all rather inquisitive about the possibilities of the book’s name as Mr Noonan had deliberately left the noun out! What a shock when we found out that we were actually learning about the story “The Queen’s Knickers” by Nicholas Allan. At the start of the week we applied our reading skills to infer, predict, wonder and ask about the text.

On Tuesday, we used our senses to describe an object. We were all given a blindfold to wear and Mr Noonan and Mrs Palmer planted a pair of underwear on our tables. We had to use our senses to describe what we had, using expanded noun phrases wherever possible. Following this, we revealed what we were holding and wow, were we shocked! They were definitely clean, though!

Later on in the week we began the text, identifying the main characters as the Queen and Dilys (the Queen’s maid), developing the original text and creating our plot points. We look forward to seeing how the rest of the week continues.

Maths

This week in Maths, the children were introduced to our topic of 2D and 3D shapes. We began the week by spotting what shapes we already knew before learning about the sides and the vertices.

PE

Another fun week in PE this week. Some exceptional teamwork with Tom and continued excitement and development of skills with Larry during rugby.

Science

In science this week, we invited children from yr 6 to help us with our investigation into whether we get faster at things as we get older.  Ash class timed how long it took the year 6s to complete activities and compared the results  to how long it took themselves to also complete them.  We had some surprising results!   I was very impressed with how well both classes worked together.

Week Commencing – 11th March 2019

English

I feel so proud of Ash Class this week. They have worked tremendously hard with their writing and have finally produced their non-chronological reports. All of which look fantastic!! To test them out, we visited Acorn Class and shared our research with them. They were so pleased to share what they’d written and were regularly asking who they could read to next! Mrs Marsden also had a queue of children all of whom wanted to share their writing!

Maths

This week in Maths, the children have been exploring their final units of fractions, including finding 3/4, the equivalence of 2/4 and 1/2 as well as unit fractions. It has felt like a long unit but they’ve tried so hard and been really positive throughout the whole thing!

PE

Another fun week in PE this week. Some exceptional teamwork with Tom and continued excitement and development of skills with Larry during rugby.

Science

In science this week, we invited children from yr 6 to help us with our investigation into whether we get faster at things as we get older.  Ash class timed how long it took the year 6s to complete activities and compared the results  to how long it took themselves to also complete them.  We had some surprising results!   I was very impressed with how well both classes worked together.

Week Commencing – 4th March 2019

World Book Day 2019

Happy World Book Day! We had a fantastic day celebrating and we even had a personalised message just for All Saints’ from David Walliams himself! Lucky or what?

Shared reading with Acorn Class

Ash and Acorn paired up to share books on our World Book Day. I was so proud to see just how well Ash Class looked after the little ones and read so superbly with them.

English

We continued our learning theme of cheetah’s and non-chronological reports this week. We explored adding captions and labels to a self-chosen photo as well as write our sub-heading of ‘The Habitat’. To write this section effectively, we had a Safari Experience lesson in which we pretended to be on a Safari bus in the sub-Saharran Savannah and learnt lots of new facts.

Maths

Ash Class are applying their skills really well to their fractions learning! This week we focused on quarters and thirds, recognising how the denominator changes. Some of us also realised that any number in the four times table can be found to be in quarters. We looked at this as multiples of 4.

Computing

This term, our Computing looks at ‘researching’. With our upcoming trip to Framlingham, we have been researching different facts about it ready to create our own research-based news report using iMovies. They’re looking forward to the outcomes.

PE

Another fun week in PE this week. Some exceptional teamwork with Tom and continued excitement and development of skills with Larry during rugby.

Week Commencing – 25th February 2019

English

This week, we introduced ourselves to non-chronological reports understanding that they were very similar to information texts, telling us about a certain subject. We looked at the features they held before moving on to creating a shape map to understand how the writing flows. Later on in the week we reminded and introduced ourselves to alliteration, rhetorical questions as well as some fascinating facts. The children also used iPads, videos and texts to identify the information required.

Maths

This week in Maths we began our topic of fractions. To begin with, we had to ensure that the children knew each and every group always needed to be equal! To reinforce this, we used playdough, skittles and a kitkat and looked at different ways to share and group these. The children were really confident at finding equal and unequal groups which has confidently supported their work as we moved on to find half as well as identifying sets of equal or unequal groups.

DT

And the vehicles are made! Ash Class have worked SO hard to create their vehicles. We started off by drawing and measuring our dimensions, ensuring that all of them met and linked correctly. This was followed by our design, enabling us to choose exactly the colours we wanted. The children observed Mr Noonan sticking their pieces together with the extremely powerful glue before they applied their paint in different bases. We had a small go at the hammering station, but we very quickly noticed that the nails went a tad bit wonky and Mrs Hood came to the rescue!

PE

WOW we had fabulous weather for PE this week! Monday’s session with Tom moved on to some small ball skills for football. On Thursday we had our first session of RugbyTots which was brilliant! The children were really engaged and involved the whole time. It was a pleasure to watch!

Week Commencing – 4th February 2019

English

This week we looked at how the Giant’s side of the story might change our overall view and perception of the story. Earlier in the week, we read the story based on the Giant’s point of view. We used this as our stimulus and decided on whose side of the story we agreed with. This later turned into us writing an argument, deciding on why we agreed to them before we stood up face-to-face and had a debate! The children were superb. Towards the final part of the week, we looked at writing our letters to the giant, expressing our own views.

Maths

We sure do have a clever bunch here in Ash Class. This week, we finished our division unit and moved onto statistics. Part of our unit was to look at dividing by 10. In Year 2, we look at numbers ending in ‘0’ and we know that we need to remove the 0. However, we were SO good at this that we looked at what they do in KS2, numbers that don’t end in a multiple of 0. Not only this, we looked at ÷ by 10, 100 and 1000! WOW.

As a practical element, we used whiteboards and maltesers. We looked at how the decimal point moves across the number, based on the amount of zeros it has. E.g. 728 ÷ 10 = 72.8, 728 ÷ 100 = 7.28 and 728 ÷ 1000 = 0.728. They all worked so hard and I was thrilled wiwth their outcomes!

Science

This week, Mrs Goodchild carried on with her habitats unit. She took the children outside and got them finding and investigating different habitats and insects. They all loved it.

Week Commencing – 25th January 2019

Bird Watch Day

This Tuesday, we celebrated our annual bird watch day. Children from Acorn, Oak and Ash all celebrated the day by participating in bird watching, bird treats and decorating masks. Later in the day we all worked together to create some different nests. We were so pleased with the outcomes and just how creative the children in KS1 are. Well done to everyone, but particularly Dylan (Ash), Rafe (Oak) and Molly (Acorn) who were crowned the winners!

English

This week, we looked at a familiar fairy tale. One that involved a boy and a Giant. Yes, of course it was Jack and the Beanstalk! We started off our week by looking at verbs and adverbs, focusing on different ways of applying them into writing. This later moved on to some role play of the story, planning and eventually some writing about the story. There were some fantastic outcomes and the children were so motivated to achieve.

Maths

In Maths this week, we continued our outlook on division. We initially began by looking at ÷ 2 before we approached odd and even numbers. It was great to see how confident the children became as they explored these through interactive resources, online games and fluency and problem solving questions.

History

All hail the Queen who liked throwing shoes at people! Yes, that is a true fact! This week Ash Class learnt about Queen Elizabeth I and created their own fact files about her. They superbly created these for them to be layers of her large dress. They particularly liked the shoe fact. Why don’t you have a go at asking your children what else they can tell you about the Queen?

PE

In PE, Tom took to showing the children how to defend and play their balls against other people. The children worked well against one another, trying their best to save their ball. On Friday, Mr Noonan continued with hockey but due to the icy weather, we had to condense our space and use the hall. We still had great fun playing a match against each other and this encouraged the children to identify the different qualities needed. Man of the match was Harry and Woman of the Match was Annabel!

Week Commencing – 14th January 2019

English

This week in our English learning we have explored the story ‘The Queen’s Hat’ which is a simple story about the adventures of the Queen’s very important and favourite hat. As a class, we agreed that we could make the Queen’s hat go to some of the most extraordinary places, both real and fictional. The children planned their own ideas, making them exciting and engaging. Later on in the week we explored how vocabulary is important and what it does to a piece of writing. We put these into a context and then looked at sets of different words which we found the have powerful meanings. The children were superb at creating these and identifying which ones they’d rather use. I’ve already seen some applied to their writing which is FANTASTIC!

Maths

In Maths, we continued our learning on multiplication. We started off by identifying how to use an array to solve a multiplication sentence. The children were phenomenal with their efforts and soon whizzed through the 2, 5 and 10 times tables, so we later introduced them to not only 3 and 4, but also 6, 7, 8, 9, 11 and 12s! We identified that we could always solve any multiplication sentence we want to just by using an array! This moved on to problem solving with arrays before touching base with 2 and 5 times tables.

History

This week, we turned our focus to the one and only, King Henry VIII. The children investigated facts about him, looking at who he was as a person, his family, his children and some extra facts! They turned these into fact files about him, with each one being a chunk of his massive belly. Just take a look at how awesome they look!

Computing

This week, we began out topic of Online Safety. We spoke in detail about what this means and later explored ways in which we could keep safe. The children have been introduced to Hector Protector the Dolphin, which is the CEOP safety mascot for the company. He taught us the importance of what we should and shouldn’t do online, especially those who we don’t know. The children used the website ‘thinkuknow’ which is specifically set for KS1 children and identified the top tips to keep safe. They later applied this to the context by writing some advice for a character for what they shouldn’t do.

PE

In PE this week, Tom continued his work on Basketball, showing the children skills on shooting, scoring and dribbling. On Fridays, Mr Noonan taught hockey – we focused on different ways to hold the stick and ways of dribbling the ball. I was so amazed and impressed with their focus and shining skill!

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.