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.
We have had another busy week in Cole Class.
In English we have continued with our new unit 'My Christmas Star'. We have been writing sentences including adverbs. We have also been finding out about contractions and spotting them in different texts e.g I've, don't, he'd.
In Maths we have been finding 10 more and 10 less, and have been adding and subtracting 10 from a range of numbers up to 100. We have been using our knowledge on number bonds to 10 to help us with trickier calculations. Our number bonds are something we need to continue to practise and could be done at home:
1 + 9 = 10
2 + 8 = 10
3 + 7 = 10, and so on.
We have also been practising for our Christmas performance on the stage. Next week we hope to practise with props and without our scripts!
We have been working hard this week to get to grips with our Christmas production of Tinsel and Tea Towels. We have been practising reading our lines and learning all the lovely songs, which you can now practise at home too!
In English, we have started to look at our new unit based on My Christmas Star - a BBC Christmas advert from several years ago. The children are loving the song 'Symphony' by Clean Bandit, which accompanies the advert. We have been talking about similes this week and how we can use them in our own writing.
In Maths, we have been looking at patterns between numbers, and how our number bonds to 10 help us to solve problems involving bonds to 100. We have been using bar models to continue to help us find fact families.
We have been having great fun in class this week planning our stories based on Last Stop on Market Street. We are really looking forward to reading our stories next week after all our writing.
In Maths we have been comparing numbers and different representations of numbers, using the symbols for greater than >, less than < and equals = . For more ideas and activities, visit Twinkl and type in 'greater than less than year 2'.
What a busy week Year 2 have had!
We have started our new topic of 'Space' and introduced our story for the next few weeks - The Last Stop on Market Street. The children have really enjoyed sharing their ideas and using them in their writing. They have explored the use of similes and adverbs and they have used drama to act out some of the bus scenes from the story.
In maths the children have been learning about how to represent numbers in different ways. They have shown numbers as towers of tens and ones, using bead strings and using Diennes. They have also looked at number lines and worked out what the missing numbers might be on the number line.
We are really looking forward to next week!
In Cole Class we have been lucky enough to have use of a moth trap for the past few weeks. We've put it out a few times and been foiled by the weather, but yesterday we thought the forecast looked good, and went for it! We were thrilled to find the trap full of moths this morning- most were small and flew away straight away, but we found some really lovely specimens too.
The one at the top is a buff tip, which looks just like a little stick! The bottom left is a buff ermine, which is really furry. The bottom right was difficult to identify, but we think that it's a small emerald.
We'd like to say a big thank you to Barbara, who lent us the moth trap and allowed us to get close to these amazing insects.
We had a fantastic time at the KS1 Quad Kids competition last week. The competition involved teams of 10, taking part in four events (50m sprint, 300m run, throwing and a standing jump). The children were very focused and determined, and came away with three individual prizes for top scores, as well as the main team prize! Congratulations to both of our teams, as well as Tilly, Will and Cory, who scooped those individual points total prizes.
Thank you to all of our parent helpers on this event, as well as to Miss Leggett for organising.
Dear parents and carers,
Wow! That was quite a week in year 2!
On Monday I took 16 children from year 2 (plus four year 1s) down to Botley for the KS1 Quadkids competition. Congratulations to Tilly, Will and Cory for receiving individual prizes, and well done to our A team for coming 1st! It was a fantastic afternoon, and our children showed that they can be good sports, but that they also have a real competitive streak! The events included a 50m sprint, a 300m run, a throw and a standing jump. Thank you to all of our parent helpers who allowed this event to go ahead.
On Tuesday morning we had our trip to the Sir Roger Bannister running track, so that we could have a coaching session there, as the big finale to our cross-curricular work on PE and history. We were lucky to have a training session on the track run by Emma, who is a qualified running coach and experienced distance runner. She was very impressed with how much stamina and determination the children showed. At the end of the session we had 4 minutes to run as far as we could on the track. Sir Roger Bannister managed 4 laps in just under 4 minutes, and although no-one managed that, some children managed 2 and a quarter laps, which is very impressive! Thank you to our parent helpers for coming along and helping us to enjoy our morning.
On Friday we were very excited by the arrival of Olly the Ox for Elliot's star prize. We had a wonderful time in our coaching session with the community coaches, and we also all enjoyed wearing our yellow t-shirts. In year 2 we had a football themed day, starting off with learning about the Loinesses and their captian Steph Houghton. We looked at how she had used a growth mindset to become England captain. In maths, we worked on position and direction, using examples from football to help us. We also designed football strips and our own football stickers. Congratulations again to Elliot for winning such a brilliant prize!
It was another very successful sports evening, and I want to say a big thank you to all of you for bringing your children to the event. I think that this was the first time ever that every child in my class has been able to attend! I was really impressed with how well behaved the children were and how kind and supportive they were towards everyone who took part.
Amongst all this excitement, the normal everyday lessons are still taking place. In English we are working on writing non-fiction texts about Japan, and in maths we are working on our investigative skills, by being a bold badger and a bounce back bunny. Next week we'll also be looking at some e-safety issues around being kind online.
Three things to ask your child this week:
We had a fantastic time at Winchester Science Centre on Friday. We enjoyed a show in the planetarium, before learning about rockets and making our own, real fire-powered models. After lunch we explored both levels of the museum, learning about a range of different scientific topics. Here are some of the photos from the day:
Thank you to Miss Griffiths for organising the trip.
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