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Year 2 - Red Class

Miss Hyett and Mrs Raymer would like to welcome you to Red Class.

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TERM 2

WORLD WAR II

'What was it like to be a child during WWII?'

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Thank you for all of your amazing 'home challenge' work that you have given us to display so far.  If you are still working on it, don't worry, we look forward to receiving it soon.
This term both Miss Hyett and Mrs Raymer are very pleased because we are covering one of our favourite topics, World War II.  Not only are we hoping to have a visit from a relative of one of our pupils to talk about what it was like to be a child during WWII, but we are taking a trip to the Whitstable Museum to look at the wonderful display and to hear about some local stories and events that took place during the war.  Towards the end of the term we will be arranging a 'Welcome Home' party for our very own evacuee children - parents, get your hankies at the ready!  More information on the party will be sent to you when details have been finalised.
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WHITSTABLE MUSEUM VISIT

We would like to say a very big thank you to all of the volunteers at the museum who made our visit such a wonderful experience.  We had an amazing time and learned lots of new information - even seeing a real WWII bomb!

CHILDREN IN NEED

Mad Hair day was a great success in Red Class as we raised lots of money for a great charity.

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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. ​

BEACH WALKS

This term our beach walks have the focus of drama and role play.  On Monday mornings we will be acting out being an evacuee who witnesses bombings in a city.  We will then be a child who is leaving their family in the city and moving to live with a 'host' family in the countryside.

If you are available to help with walking to/from the beach please sign up outside the classroom door.

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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.

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We have had lots of fun using our 'Active' maths lessons and it was 'Rabbits' group who were the winners of Motty (our maths mascot) this week!

SCIENCE

This term, in conjunction with our theme of WWII, we are thinking about materials.  We will look at the uses of different materials and discuss why certain materials are used to make specific items.

In addition, we will be making our very own WWII tanks using materials of our choice.

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PE

Our PE topics this term are dodgeball and dance.  We will be dodging balls on a Tuesday morning whilst focusing on jumping, catching, throwing, attack and defence strategies.  On a Thursday afternoon we will be putting on our best dancing shoes to learn simple movement patterns.

 

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RE

After taking a look at Islam during Term 1, the children will be learning about and discussing Sikhism this term.  We have made a great start by finding out about Guru Nanak, the founder of the Sikh religion.  We will continue to learn about this faith as the term progresses by looking at places of worship, the holy book and the 5 K's, 

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ENRICHMENT

As ever, the children will be experiencing extra-curricular enrichment in a variety of different ways.

On Tuesday Red Class will be learning to play the recorder with Mrs Diamond, on Wednesday afternoons they will be singing as a Key Stage and on Friday afternoons Mrs Thomas will be in Red Class teaching both Spanish and animation (based on our topic).

TERM 1

Survival

What do we need to survive?

 

Welcome to the first term in Red Class where we are looking at the topic of survival.  

 

'Be a Survivor Day'

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!

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SURVIVAL VISIT FROM GARY

We would like to say a big Red Class thank you to Gary our soldier who came to talk to the children about survival.  He explained the triangle of survival to us - warmth, shelter and food/water as well as teaching us about effective camouflage.

National Poetry Day

To celebrate National Poetry Day we had a wonderful visit from children's poet Roger Stevens.  Not only did he entertain us during a wonderful assembly but he also came to Red Class for a workshop where he helped all of the children write individual poems about animals.  Some children read their wonderful poems during our school assembly at the end of the week.

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Harvest

Thank you to all of our families for the wonderful harvest contributions.  These are being sent to the local food bank to help support families within our community.  As our theme for this year Red Class found out some facts about Kentish cherries.  We all learned lots of new things!  For example, did you know that King Henry VIII was responsible for the number of cherry orchards in Kent?  He ordered for the fruit to be grown in this area of England.  Aren't we lucky!

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ENGLISH

We have started our Year 2 topic of survival by looking at the Pixar short film Piper.  To remind us all of our sentence structure we wrote 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

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We are now looking at the book 'Dear Greenpeace' and writing letters to both Emily and the Whale asking lots of questions using our question words - who, when, what, why and how.

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 working on missing number calculations during our addition and subtraction, such as 13 + ? = 19.

Now we are reaching the end of the term we are looking at measure and practising our ruler skills.

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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.  There were a number of entertaining conversations to be heard - particularly those involving growing teeth/hair and why teenagers sleep a lot! 

We have considered why exercise is important to humans, the type of food and diet that humans need as well as how to stay safe and healthy - we know to keep washing our hands to avoid germs!

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PE

Swimming and tag rugby are the topics for this term.  Swimming is on Monday mornings at Whitstable pool and the children have been very enthusiastic.  Tag rugby lessons are on a Thursday afternoon and we have been focusing on the skills of catching, throwing and dodging. 

RE

Islam is our theme for this term and we began learning about this religion by finding out the main aspects of life and how it is the same / differs from Christianity.  

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ENRICHMENT

Ms Burroughs is returning with her wonderful style of art teaching to inspire the Red Class children this term.  She is linking the children's art to the theme of survival and creating a wonderful jungle scene for display.

 

In addition, Ms Diamond has been providing recorder lessons for the children every Tuesday afternoon.

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