In English this week we have been writing our own informal letters as if we were an injured soldier in Florence Nightingale's hospital in Scutari, making sure we used really interesting noun phrases to describe our injuries and the conditions in the hospital. We have also practised identifying past and present tense verbs.
In maths, we have been looking at tally charts and pictograms to record information and answer questions. Some of the pictograms got quite tricky when one picture represented more than one item - its always important to look at the key.
Our science work has been about food chains this week. The children drew their own versions and labelled them with herbivore, carnivore, producer, consumer. We learned that food chains begin with the sun, which is used by plants to make their own energy, and plants are consequently known as producers. Creatures that eat plants are called herbivores. Creatures that eat something else (plant or animal) to get their energy) are called consumers.
The spellings on Spelling Shed will be tested on Friday 28 Ferbruary. The 5x table is also on EdShed for children to practice.
Things to ask your child:
Does the past tense mean something is happening now or has already happened?
Why can't you keep a penguin in your bedroom?
What do you need to look at first, before counting the pictures, on a pictogram?
Don't forget that after half term the forest school and science groups will swap over so if your child has done science this term they will need to bring clothes for forest school on a Thursday.
Please ensure children have their book bag and PE kit in school every day. Thank you.
Have a lovely half term break.
Mrs Lappin & Mrs James
This week in Cole Class we have begun learning about writing formal and informal letters linked to our work on Florence Nightingale. In maths, we have been working on dividing by 2, 5 and 10 as well as recognising odd and even numbers. This week I have put the 10 times table practice activity on EdShed (same login as Spelling Shed) for the children to practice at home.
In science this week we did some research on the habitats the children had chosen, thinking about the animals and plants that live there and why the conditions are suitable for them. Then we made our habitat dioramas, which the children were really enthusiastic about doing. They have done a brilliant job and this morning we shared their work with the rest of the school in Collective Worship. Some children even went home last night and made their own versions straight away. Thank you so much to all the parents who have donated shoe boxes, do please keep them coming as next half term the current Forest School group will be doing science and making their dioramas.
Have a great weekend and we hope you enjoy the photos below.
Mrs Lappin & Mrs James
What a busy week we've had in Cole Class!
The children have all worked really hard at writing their own versions of the George and the Dragon stories and have remembered to include lots of the things we have practised this term. Next week, we will be doing some work on letter writing.
In maths we have begun to learn about division by sharing and grouping and how it relates to multiplication. I have put a times tables practice activity on to Maths Shed which is part of the Spelling Shed family and a new addition for us. It should come up when you log on in the normal way. There will not be a test on this but is for you to support your child.
Also this week the children have done some Andy Warhol style self-portrait work using unrealistic colours, which look amazing. In science we have continued our habitat work and next week will be making our habitat dioramas with the shoe boxes you have donated. Any further boxes would be gratefully received..
You should find some information about a badge design competition in your child's book bag so please look out for this. It is an optional competition but has some great prizes for the children and the school
Have a fantastic weekend.
Mrs Lappin & Mrs James
This week in Cole Class the children have worked hard on finishing their George and the Dragon stories, using contractions (I'll, didn't), conjunctions (when, because), adverbial phrases (in the distance) and comparative adverbs (e.g. stronger). Next week they will be writing their own stories using what they have learned.
In maths we have been looking at multiplication sentences, arrays and the 2x table. To help your child you could practice the two times table and discuss how each times table fact relates to groups of 2 -
3 x 2 = 6 means 3 lots of 2, which is 6. Next week, we will be looking at the 5x and 10x tables as well.
In Topic the children researched Florence Nightingale facts in preparation for writing a report. They worked well in pairs to research online.
Mrs Lappin & Mrs James.
This week in English we have continued work on our George and the Dragon story. We have been using exciting verbs and adverbs, learning about different types of sentences (statements, commands, questions and exclamations) as well as using prepositions to describe a journey through the landscape.
In maths we have done some work on giving change and have now begun to look at making and adding equal groups in preparation for using the multiplication symbol (x) next week.
We are hoping for some better weather next week so that the site is safe for forest school.
Have a lovely weekend.
Mrs Lappin and Mrs James
Cole Class have hit the ground running with our first week of the Spring Term.
We have started our new Superheroes topic by learning about real life superhero Florence Nightingale. In English we have begun work on our George and the Dragon story by practising using a variety of text features and grammar such as onomatopoeia, conjunctions and alliteration. Our maths this week has been all about money: recognising coins, making the same amount in different ways and counting coins.This is a great game for money practice if you would like to support your child at home https://www.topmarks.co.uk/money/coins-game.
On Thursday, the first group started their Forest School sessions and had an amazing afternoon. The remainder of the class got started on the new science topic - Living Things and their Habitats. After half term the two groups will swap over so all the children will receive the same experience.
Wow! We can hardly believe that we have completed one term already! The children have worked so hard this term and we are so proud of the progress they have made. They have made us feel so welcome and we have thoroughly enjoyed teaching them this term.
This week has been a magical mixture of Christmas activities, but the children have also risen to the challenge and written their story based on 'My Christmas Star'. As I started to mark their work, I could not believe the word choices they had made and the structure of their sentences. They were amazing.
We have also been doing some Christmas maths - using our knowledge of subtraction to work out which colours to use to create a Christmas picture.
The children have enjoyed a scrumptious Christmas lunch and a well-planned and very creative Christmas Craft morning, with a very special guest!
Over the Christmas period, please continue to hear your child read. Those children who needed to change their books did so this week. We have also sent home some Christmas homework for you to do at your leisure.
We have lots in store for the new year - multiplication in maths and a brand new topic, 'Superheroes'!
We would like to wish you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
Mrs James and Mrs Lappin
This week we have been continuing our English unit 'My Christmas Star'. The children have really enjoyed their sentence stacking and building up the story about Jasmine and her journey to her dance competition. They have been desperate to see the whole advert, so we watched this on Thursday and the children loved it.
Check it out on https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8PstSiTCk74.
They have also been enjoying the accompanying song - 'Symphony' by Clean bandit. I think we know nearly all the words now!
In Maths the children have been learning how to subtract using the column method and exchanging numbers. They have been drawing diennes to help them to work out the answers.
As it is a shorter week there have been no spellings set, but we would ask that you continue to practise reading and spelling the Year 2 Common Exception words at home. These were given during parent consultations.
There will be some small pieces of homework for the festive period which will be given to your child next week.
Out of the Blue to perform at Appleton Primary School!
Mrs Barker is thrilled to announce that the Oxford University a capella group, Out of the Blue, will be performing at school for the children next Wednesday, 11th of December. Each KS2 class will have a singing workshop with the group, before the choir give a whole school performance at the end of the day.
We are particularly excited to welcome Out of the Blue to school as former pupil Rhys Surtees is a member of the choir. He was part of Mrs Barker's first class, back in 2007!
Everyone at Appleton Primary would like to thank the Appleton Trust for their kind donation to pay for this special event.
We have had a busy week this week, finalising parts of our play ready for next week.
We have also been doing some writing to see if we can remember key things we should include: capital letters, full stops, adjectives, adverbs, similes... We did really well.
We have been practising spelling common exception words too!
In Maths, we have been learning how to add and subtract, crossing through the tens and using the column method, eg,
We found that drawing pictures of tens and ones, or using base 10 really helped us to work out the answers.
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