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Welcome to Green Class

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Miss Ashton, Mrs Olson and Mrs Wardle

would like to welcome you

to Green Class! 

 

 

 

 

Term 3

 

'How many different ways can we use water?'

 

This term our topic is all about water and the many uses it has and our homework challenge area is already looking fantastic with your wonderful pieces of work. If you have not yet brought your work in, you still have time. So far we have spoken about what we already know about water and have thought of some things we would like to find out. In the next few weeks, we will be looking at where water comes from, how it can be used and just how precious water is. We will be linking this to our English topic based on the story of Lila and the Secret of Rain which is set in the Kenyan village as well as our geography unit on weather and climates.  

ENGLISH

 

This term we are developing our creative writing skills. We will be looking at the use of language used in stories to entice the reader and give detail and continue to build on our stamina for writing.  Our focus for this term will be 'Lila and the Secret of Rain' a story about a little girl living in a Kenyan village, followed by 'The Tear Thief'. We are sure that both of these books will inspire and encourage the children in their story writing and enable them to use the skills they have learnt so far to produce some extended pieces of writing.

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Story Whoosh! Lila and the Secret of Rain

Maths

 

In maths this term we will be looking at money. Firstly we will be focusing on making exact amounts in a variety of ways and then moving on to making an amount using the fewest coins, for example:

e.g. 27p = 20p+5p+2p

We will finally use all the skills we have learnt so far to solve a variety of money based problems. Towards the end of the term we will be revisiting properties of 3D and 2D shapes. 

 

We will also continue to use MyMaths as a homework and classroom resource as well as Active Maths.

 

Outdoor Learning

 

This term we have also introduced an outdoor learning session, where once a week we will take our learning outside of the classroom. This provides a different learning experience and will allows us to cover our topic area as well as follow the children's interests. We have started this term with looking at how we can encourage more wildlife into our outside area in particular birds.   

 

We worked in groups to design a birdfeeder or birdhouse which we will make and hang around our outside area.

We worked in groups to design a birdfeeder or birdhouse which we will make and hang around our outside area.  1
We worked in groups to design a birdfeeder or birdhouse which we will make and hang around our outside area.  2
We worked in groups to design a birdfeeder or birdhouse which we will make and hang around our outside area.  3
We worked in groups to design a birdfeeder or birdhouse which we will make and hang around our outside area.  4
We worked in groups to design a birdfeeder or birdhouse which we will make and hang around our outside area.  5
We worked in groups to design a birdfeeder or birdhouse which we will make and hang around our outside area.  6
We worked in groups to design a birdfeeder or birdhouse which we will make and hang around our outside area.  7
We worked in groups to design a birdfeeder or birdhouse which we will make and hang around our outside area.  8

P.E

 

During our PE lessons this term we will be focusing on Gymnastics and Multi-Skills, developing our balance, movement and ball skills . P.E will be on a Monday and a Wednesday. Both sessions are indoors so plimsolls are required. Please can you make sure children have their P.E kits in school.

 

Gymnastics and Multi-skills

R.E

 

Our focus this term will be on 'special places' and we will be considering places that are special to us as well as places that are special for Christians.  During this term we will be planning a visit to St Alphege Church so that the children can look at the features of the church and have some further understanding as to why it is a special place for Christians.

Visit to St Alphage Church

Art

 

Art this term will be based on the story 'Lila and the Secret of Rain' by looking at Africa art. We will look at how traditional African art uses patterns and colour inspired by the landscape and produce some of our own African inspired pieces.

Kenyan Inspired Headbands

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Enrichment 

 

Mrs Thomas will be teaching Spanish on a Friday afternoon and recorder will continue to be on a Tuesday. 

Term 2

 ‘What was it like to be a child during WWII?’

 

Firstly we would like to say thank you for the amazing effort that has been put into the homework challenge this term. Thank you to those who have brought us in some real WWII memorabilia. We will be displaying them in the classroom for all the children to see. 

This term our topic is WW II and we are thinking about the question ‘What was it like to be a child during WWII?’

 

As our stunning start to this topic we are hoping to visit the local Whitstable Museum which have an exhibit on WW11. If you have any relatives or friends who were alive during WW11 and would be prepared to visit us, please us know!

 

At the end of the term we will be planning a ‘welcome home’ party for our very own WWII evacuees. 

 

English

 

We  will be basing our English around our topic of WWII using books, the internet and videos to help us understand what life was like as a child during WWII. We will continue to focus on consolidating our sentence structure through writing short captions based on thoughts and feelings as well as further developing our letter writing skills. We will finally build up to writing a comparative text based on what it would have been like living in London during the war as apposed to the countryside. 

Maths

 

In our maths work this term we are taking a look at weight and measure.  We have been having a wonderful time weighing objects around the classroom - not only have we used the correct mathematical vocabulary like 'heaviest' and 'lightest' but we are now weighing objects to the nearest gram (g).  To ensure we have a good understanding of weight we are reading a variety of scales (horizontal, vertical and circular).

We will continue to work on our counting and place value, both of which are very important to ensure we have clear understanding of number.  Towards the end of the term we will remind ourselves about multiplication and division.

 

Science

 

In science, we will be looking at the topic of everyday materials where we will be investigating different properties and using this to help us decide what materials we should use to make a suitable WWII shelter. 

 

P.E

 

Dodgeball and dance are our two topics for this term. Dodgeball will be on a Tuesday morning and we will be focusing on developing our throwing techniques as well as our attack and defence strategies. Dance will be on a Thursday afternoon and we will be focusing on developing co-ordination and rhythm. 

R.E 

 

In R.E we will be looking at Sikhism. We will learn about Guru Nanak and their nine other gurus as well as find out about their holy book the 'Guru Granth Sahib' and their holy place of worship, the Gurdwara.

Enrichment

 

On Fridays, Mrs Burrows will be teaching Green Class Art where they will be developing their drawing and painting skills.

 

In addition, Ms Diamond will be providing recorder lessons for the children every Tuesday.

 

Term 1: Survival

What do we need to survive? 

 

Welcome to the first term in Green Class where we are looking at the topic of survival.  Over the next few weeks we will be looking at different aspects of survival.

 

On Thursday 14th September we all came into school dressed 'survival style'!  We had great fun throughout the day making items for survival using natural materials, choosing which items are 'essentials' or 'luxuries' for a survival trip and taking part in a survival assault course.  Look at some of the pictures to see how we got on!

 

English

 

We started our Year 2 topic of survival by looking at the Pixar short film Piper. To remind us all of our sentence structure we have been writing short captions about Piper's thoughts and feelings.  We then transferred this into a narrative about Piper's first experiences of having to survive without his mum feeding him.  We decided that at the beginning of the film he was nervous but as his confidence grew, with perseverance he became brave and courageous.

 

We are now reading a book 'Dear Greenpeace' about a young girl called Emily who thinks she found a whale in her pond to help us understand the features of letter writing. We have loved learning about whales and have found out lots of interesting facts! We have also really enjoyed learning about the organisation Greenpeace and finding out how we can help look after our planet. 

 

Maths

 

To ease ourselves in gently we have been looking at the area of number and place value.  We are using resources like Numicon and Dienes to help us identify the amount of tens and ones in a 2 digit number. We have been recapping our number bonds to ten and using the knowledge of these to work out simple addition and subtraction sums e.g. 23 + 7 = 30. 

Science

 

Our topic for this term is 'Animals including humans' where we will be looking at the basic needs of animals for survival. During our first lesson we discussed the different life stages that humans go through and the common features of each stage.  We then went on to look at how to keep our bodies healthy through healthy eating and exercise. 

P.E

 

Swimming and tag rugby are the topics for this term. Swimming commenced on Monday morning at Whitstable pool and the children were all raring to go.  Tag rugby will be on a Tuesday afternoon and we will be focusing on the skills of catching, throwing and dodging. 

R.E 

 

In R.E we have been learning about the faith of Islam. We have learnt about at their special place of worship, the mosque, as well as their Holy book called the Qu'ran. We have been finding out about the main aspects of life and how it is the same / differs from Christianity.

Enrichment

 

On Fridays, Mrs Thomas will be teaching Green Class Spanish followed by Animation. She will be linking this with our topic of survival to create a short animation based on what we have learnt this term. 

 

In addition, Ms Diamond will be providing recorder lessons for the children every Tuesday.

Animation: Survival

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In animation, we thought about what we need in order to survive.
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