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Welcome to Red Class!

Miss Hyett, Mrs Olson and Ms Pickard would like to welcome you to Red Class!

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Academic Year 2015-2016

Term 6

'Olympics'

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Thank you all very much for your lovely contributions to our interactive learning area - I am sure they will prove invaluable during our research this term!

The last term of the academic year is always a very busy one and this is no exception!  We have our Samba Dance Workshops booked in for 17th June, our School Games Sports Day on 22nd June, as well as an ambassador for the Dame Kelly Holmes Trust, Mr Danny Aldridge, planning to deliver an assembly and run workshops with the children on 29th June.  In addition to all of these sporting events we are preparing for our Year 2 performance which will be later in the term - I can assure you that it is an event which should not be missed!  

YEAR 2 LEAVERS' TREAT - CIRCUS SKILLS

On Monday there were smiles on every face when we took part in our circus skills workshop which was funded by the Friends of Westmeads.  Lots of us learned new skills and were amazed when we watched the magic show at the end of the morning.

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TRIP TO THE SHELL GROTTO AND TURNER CONTEMPORARY

Margate, the sunshine and Year 2 all came together on Wednesday 6th July for our wonderful day trip.  We not only had time to visit both the delightful Shell Grotto and Turner Contemporary but also managed lunch and a play on the beach.

What a wonderful way to finish our time in Year 2 at Westmeads.  Magical memories were created!

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ACTIVITIES TRIP TO HERNE BAY HIGH

Herne Bay High School welcomed us last week to take part in some wall climbing and trampolining.  Lots of fun and games were had as we tried out some new sports for the first time.

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DANNY ALDRIDGE, PROFESSIONAL SKATER COMES TO WESTMEADS

We had such an inspiring visit from Danny this week when he came to talk to us about communication and self-belief as well as taking the time out to show us some of his great tricks.  Danny's message was loud and clear - "be kind to people, work hard, practise lots and always try your best!".  Some of his stunts and tricks were amazing as you can see below.

Danny jumping over our picnic bench.

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Danny jumping over Miss Hyett

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BRAZILIAN SAMBA DANCE WORKSHOP - ON THE ROAD TO RIO!

We had great fun on Friday 17th June when we took part in a Samba Dance Workshop.  We were able to learn all of the moves necessary to create our very own dance which will be unveiled soon!

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LIBRARY SUMMER READING CHALLENGE

We all went to Whitstable library to find out about this year's summer reading challenge which is based on Roald Dahl books 'The Big Friendly Read'.  The children loved smelling the different picture cards and trying on the rainbow glasses that you can win if you complete the challenge.  Let's hope that lots of Red Class can get to the library this summer!

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AN OLYMPIC MEDAL COMES TO WESTMEADS!

We had an exciting start to our new topic when we were lucky enough to actually hold some Olympic/Paralympic medals.  We were fortunate that Craig MacLean's wife was able to bring his Paralympic gold medal from the London 2012 games to show us, along with a photograph of his silver medal from the Sydney games in 2000.  She was able to tell us lots of information about the medals and we were really interested to feel the braille around the outside of the Paralympic medal.

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THE QUEEN'S BIRTHDAY

We were able to celebrate the Queen's Birthday in style this year with a kite flying celebration.  Every child in Year 2 spent time making a Union Jack kite which we then took out to the playground for a test run.  Despite the lack of breeze I think we did a rather good job!

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ENGLISH - THE OLYMPICS

This term our writing will be based around the theme of the Olympic Games.  We will begin by looking at the history of the games - how it started, when and why.  We will then take a look at the forthcoming Rio 2016 games finding out about the events that will take place as well as the country of Brazil.  Later in the term we will start to look at our country of choice - Japan.  We will research into the culture, food, sports, history and geography.  This work will involve lots of research, information writing and fact files.

Some of our children will also be invited to read and perform their 'Summer' poems in the Coastal Alliance Poetry Slam later this term.  This is a very exciting local event which the children really enjoy participating in.

MATHS

Our maths will be based around the theme of the Olympics and as well as revisiting a number of the areas we have looked at throughout the year we will be plotting co-ordinates and using our knowledge of weight, length and data handling to solve some Olympic themed problems.  Later in the term some of our children will be taking part in the Whitstable and Herne Bay Times Table Bee so we will, of course, spend some time rehearsing our tables to help with this!

BEACH WALKS

The theme for our beach walks in this final term is Art we will be taking a look at collage using natural materials.   We have had a good go at replicating some images from the Shell Grotto using pebbles from the beach.  We hope you like our efforts!  

Please help with our beach walks when you are available - the sign up sheet is outside the classroom.

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Term 5

'Let's Explore'

This term our topic is 'Let's Explore' and we are looking into the life of Captain James Cook.  Thank you for all of your wonderful pictures, diary entries and information text that make up our interactive learning area - it looks as wonderful as ever!

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THE GREAT WESTMEADS' BOAT RACE

This was a fabulous end to our topic when all of the children raced their boats in the Red Class v Green Class Boat Race.  Our individual winners were: Alex - fastest boy's boat; Marcie - fastest girl's boat and Sienna - best looking boat.  Congratulations to Green Class for winning the race overall ..... we'll come back fighting next year!

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Red Class v Green Class Cricket Match

Whoop, whoop!  Congratulations to all of the children from Red Class who contributed to our amazing victory over Green Class in our end of term cricket match.  Despite losing several wickets during our second innings we still managed to hold on to the lead.  A particular mention should be made for Barnaby and Solomon who maintained a great run rate.

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BUTTERFLIES

Red Class are pleased to announce that all of our 6 chrysalis (or cocoons) have opened and we now are the proud parents of 'Messi', 'Isla', 'Ginger', 'Fanta', 'Cupcake' and 'Gabriella'.  

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EXPLORER WORKSHOP

What a wonderful time we had at our Explorer Workshop day which was filled with information, role play, making, acting and dancing.  The day concluded with a banquet in the hall where a feast was enjoyed after the hard work.  I know I learned a lot about the types of activities explorers would have undertaken and having looked at the children's writing and drawing I can see that they thoroughly enjoyed the event too.

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ENGLISH

We have been learning about the 7 continents of the world and writing fact files about their features.  We focused on using all of the 4 sentence types in our writing: command sentences, exclamation sentences, question sentences and statements.  All of us (including the grown ups) learned new things about different parts of the world.  Mrs Olson has created a wonderful display of our best work. 

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Now that we have found out all about the 7 continents of the world we can begin to discover where Captain Cook went on his travels.  We have written a diary entry in the first person about James Cook and his crew discovering Australia; we spoke about what he might have seen, smelt, heard and touched when he first arrived.  We also used paragraphs in our writing.

 

We are now moving on to discussing how Captain Cook's crew felt during their epic boat journey.  We have used 'conscience alley' to help us order our thoughts.   

 

The whole of year 2 are really enjoying the cross-curricular links of history and geography involved in this topic.

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MATHS

This term we are tightening up on those things we have found tricky so far during the year.  This means we are concentrating on using inverse in division and multiplication, looking at fractions, time and money.  We will also continue to cover a variety of logic and reasoning problems.

 

We have invested in Mathletics which is an on-line computer resource to use both in the class room and at home.  We are hoping that this will engage and inspire the children to improve their skills.  We will be sending more information home soon regarding this resource but if you have any questions in the meantime please talk to Miss Hyett.

SCIENCE

Our science lessons this term are focusing on Materials and we are hoping that by the end of the term each group will have made a boat for our end of term boat race challenge.  Here are some of our children looking at and discussing the properties of wood.

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PE

Our PE lessons this term cover learning new skills in tennis and cricket.  We have been extremely lucky to secure the services of Appeti Tennis School for 4 lessons which has meant that the children have all made great progress with their skills.

 

In cricket we are working on our bowling actions and overarm throwing when aiming at a target.

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Term 4

Green Fingers

"How Does Your Garden Grow?"

Sports Relief

Sporting Challenges were the order of the day on Friday 18th March in celebration of Sports Relief.  Intra-School challenges were set up (3 per year group) and the competition was fierce!  Congratulations to the winners on the day .... although it was the taking part that helped us raise so much money!

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Design and Technology Day

The whole of year 2 were eco friendly during our DT day when we made a bird feeder from recycled milk bottles, a garden decoration using sticks and a ladybird flower pot using bio-degradable materials.  There was glue and paint everywhere ..... and smiles on every faces!

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What wonderful homework you have all contributed to our Interactive Learning Environment.  It has made for a wonderful display.
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World Book Day

We have had a wonderful week of celebrations for World Book Day this year which has included parents coming in to read to the children, favourite books being shared by all members of staff, a visit from the author Alan Durant (writer of 'Angus Rides the Goods Train') and all of the children dressing up as a fairy tale character.

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English

This term we are looking at the story 'The Garden' and focusing on describing a scene.  We will move on to comparing a scene from hundreds of years ago to what is around today.  During World Book Week we will be looking at a book titled 'Angus Rides the Goods Train' which is written by our visiting author Alan Durant.  We will then finish the term with some letter writing around the text titled 'The Gardener'.

 

A great start has been made to the term with our role play outside in our very own Westmeads garden!

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Maths

We began the term with a look at lines of symmetry, reflective symmetry and right angles.  We then moved on to directional language using phrases such as 'clockwise', 'anti-clockwise', 'quarter turn', 'half turn', etc.  The children had great fun using beebots to follow their friends instructions.  We will soon be moving onto fractions where we will be taking our first look at equivalent fractions.  Later in the term we will revisit number work, including subtraction and partitioning.

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Science

This term we will be considering plants and what they need to survive.  After sorting seeds into categories by using a venn diagram we began planting bulbs.  The bulbs will all be placed in different conditions and we will continue our simple test to see which plants will survive (if any after Miss Hyett gets her hands on them!).

PE

This term we will be using our new IMoves dance package to help us with our dance lessons on a Monday morning.  On Wednesday afternoons we will be looking at how we safely use apparatus in our gymnastics lessons.  

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Beach Visits

The children have really enjoyed our geography themed beach visits so far this term.  We have undertaken problem solving and mapping activities.  There has been lots of moving around to keep ourselves warm!

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Term 3

'I want to tell you a story.'

Story Camp

What other way to end our unit of work on story telling than to tell all of our wonderful parents and carers a story (using our picture book prompts to help us!).  Thank you so much to all of those who came and listened to 'Little River Turtle'.

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Pancake Races

I am sure that our cheering and laughter could be heard across the whole of Whitstable on Shrove Tuesday when the whole school took part in pancake races.  Here are some of our best bits but there are also plenty of photos on the Whitstable Times website.

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Our Visit to St Alphege Church

To enhance our R.E. curriculum this term we paid a visit to St Alphege Church.  We were very lucky to have Mr Wraight (our resident expert!) show us the main features of the church before we went to explore on our own.

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Welcome to term 3 (yes, already!).  This term we are focusing on storytelling and asking the question 'What's in a Story?'  We have already created a mindmap of things we know about stories/storytelling as well as things we would like to know.  Thank you for all of the beautiful and colourful book covers, story quotes and stories that have been created for our interactive learning environment; if you have not yet had the chance to finish yours don't worry, we still have space for them!

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We have lots to look forward to this term including a visit from Professor Lambirth (President of the UK Literacy Association) on 15th January to give us some hints and tips for storytelling and a workshop at the end of the term where we invite parents in to tell them our very own tales.  Further information will be sent out when dates have been set.

Storytelling with Mr Lambirth

What a great morning we had, welcoming Andrew Lambirth in to tell us a story and give us hints and tips for our own storytelling.  We heard a wonderful story that engaged us all and it was told in such a way that it made the main parts of the story very easy for us to remember.  We had a wonderful time creating our own story boards and using them to re-tell the story to a member of our own class as well as members of Green Class.  We are going to use all of Mr Lambirth's tips to help us in our forthcoming storytelling adventure.

English

During the first week we are getting back into the swing of things by writing a recount of our Christmas holidays and thinking of some New Year wishes.

Next week we will move onto our Storytelling Unit where we begin to create our own tales.

We will be using our Sentence Menus to help us with our writing and will continue to focus on our presentation to ensure that we are always completing work to the best of our ability.

Maths

Measuring is our initial focus where we have looked at length, weight and capacity.  Our first lesson was lots of fun when we were set the problem "the total length of all of our 10 fingers and thumbs combined is the same as the length of our arm: true or false?"  Look at the pictures to see how our investigation went!

We will be moving swiftly on to have another look at multiplication and division - these are things we are going to be spending a lot of time reinforcing in the next few weeks.

PE

Our PE this term will be Multi-Skills on a Wednesday afternoon and Speed Stacking on a Thursday morning.  There is a speed stacking competition later this term so watch out for some competitiveness in Red Class!

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Pantomime Fun

On our return to school we were lucky enough to welcome the M&M Theatre Production Company with their performance of the pantomime Aladdin.  I know that we all had a great time watching and joining in ..... especially Mr Wright!

To see all of the photos please visit our Westmeads' Gallery.

Term 2

How many ways can you use water? - ''What is the secret of rain?''

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What a wonderful start to the term with all of you creating such wonderful work for our Interactive Learning Area, including posters, information leaflets and diaries on how you use water.  Thank you for helping to make our classroom beautiful!

CHRISTMAS ACTIVITIES

Christmas arrived at Westmeads early this week with the Christmas Fair.  Look at what fun we had!

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African Drumming Workshop

Here are some photos of Red Class enjoying the African Drumming workshop which was held on Wednesday.  I know all of the children had a wonderful time learning how to play the djembe drums .... I think all of the parents who could make the performance enjoyed listening too! smiley

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Whitstable Lantern Parade

I saw many of you at the lantern parade on Saturday 28th November and enjoyed singing along while the lights were turned on.  Here are some of the pictures of our lantern making preparations.

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Children in Need

Great celebrations were had by all on Friday 13th November for our special Children in Need 'Bring and Buy' Sale.  We are extremely grateful for all of the donations and I am sure all of the children are having fun playing with their purchases.

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Come in to see our beautiful book corner!
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To help us improve our reading skills, including our comprehension, we have created a very fancy 'reading express' (a big thank you goes out to Mr Penfold for his invaluable assistance here)!  Our aim is to encourage more children to use our book corner and discover the pleasure of reading.  Why don't you jump aboard and take a look at some of our new books, you could read/share them with a friend?

ENGLISH

We began our term by thinking about water around the world and writing facts about the five oceans, the reasons for water shortages, how we use water and how we could conserve water.  We used our sentence menu to help us think about how to structure each sentence including our sentence starters, our conjunctions and punctuation.

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In week 2 we looked at poetry and learned to recite a poem off by heart.  The poem is called 'Water, Water Everywhere' and in addition to learning the poem we played instruments and creating movements to bring it to life.  We also used the poem to help us with grammar, by thinking about the different types of words used: nouns, adjectives, verbs and adverbs.

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Here are some photos of us reciting our poems outside and creating movements to help us remember the words.
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We are now taking a look at the cultural story called 'Lila and the Secret of Rain'.  As well as conducting our drama lesson on the beach we have created senses grids about the Kenyan village where Lila lives.
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Thanks to Mrs Olson and Ms Pickard for our lovely owl poetry display from the work we did at the end of last term.

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MATHS

What a wonderful start to the term with our first look at the link between repeated addition and multiplication ('lots of').  We used Numicon and multilink to help us work out lots of calculations and word problems.

 

We then moved on to discovering more about weight, using our balances to enable us to solve practical problems.

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We have also been taking a look at fractions and realised that we are really good at sharing things between 2 of us (into 1/2) or between 4 of us (into 1/4).
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P.E.

This term we are leaning gymnastics (travelling safely with co-ordination) and dodgeball (one of Miss Hyett's favourite games!).  We are enjoying learning lots of new skills, despite the fact that we have had to stay indoors wink.

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SCIENCE

Our topic during Term 2 is 'Animals including humans'.  So far we have discussed how humans change from babies to children to teenagers then to adults.  We listed key features about each stage of development.  We are now looking at healthy diets and have grouped foods into their 'types' and are beginning to discuss what foods are healthiest for us.  

 

Why don't you pop in to have a look at our science 'Big Book' for Term 1 as well as the one we are working on for Term 2?

What a great afternoon we had when we visited Whitstable Junior School for their Science activities afternoon, around the theme of 'Ourselves'.  Take a look at the pictures to see what we got up to!
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Term 1

Animals and Habitats - ''If you go down to the woods today.''

Curriculum Newsletter

QUANTUM THEATRE - JOURNEY TO THE BOTTOM OF THE GARDEN

What a lovely end to the term, watching this science based show which rounded off our topic and helped us reinforce our knowledge about animals and their habitats.  Great fun was had by all.

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PADDY THE WONDER DOG FROM DOGS' TRUST

It was lovely for Red Class to have a visit from Paddy and his owner who taught all of us how to look after a dog.

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DUNCAN DOWNS TRIP

What a wonderful walk we had to Duncan Downs.  The whole of Red Class would like to extend a big thank you to Mr Ashley Clark, our tour guide, for the informative talk and walk.  We learned so much about the history of the Downs and the habitats there.  It has really helped us with our topic.

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SCARECROW COMPETITION

We had a great time making our 'Aunt Sally' scarecrow to go with Green Class' 'Worzel Gummidge'!  They were entered into a competition at Westgate Park in Canterbury. Although we didn't win I think we made a great first attempt!

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After a 'make over' Aunt Sally and Worzel were taken to Whitstable and entered into another Scarecrow Trail.  Thank you to Mrs Olson and Ms Pickard (along with a few handy helpers) for the re-vamp!

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Welcome to Year 2 where we are ready to research our new topic by looking at the question 'which animals live where and why?'  We are planning a woodland trip to Duncan Downs to investigate different types of habitat and are really excited about our visit from the Quantum Theatre on 23rd October where they will be taking us on a 'Journey to the bottom of the garden'!

 

Thank you to all of the parents who attended our recent 'Meet the Teacher' workshop where we spoke about the routines and expectations of year 2.  If you were unable to attend this meeting, all of the information should be contained in our Curriculum Newsletter.  If you do have any further questions please do not hesitate to speak to me either before or after school.

Thank you to all children, parents and carers for the work on woodland creatures which is currently on display in our classroom.  Great effort!

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ENGLISH

In our English lessons we have been researching and writing information about foxes and other woodland animals, from all over the world.  To help us focus our research we have used the headings of 'appearance', 'diet', 'sound' and 'habitat'.  There has been lots of shared writing and discussion of ideas.

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We will be creating our own non-fiction books about woodland animals which will include a front cover, contents page, information and a blurb on the back cover.  We look forward to the parent/carer workshare where you will be able to look at the finished articles!

MATHS

In our maths lessons so far, we have looked at both 2d shapes and 3d solids.  We went outside to draw shapes according to the properties described by our friends.

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We have also been looking at addition of numbers using our lovely new Numicon resources.  The children are finding this very helpful when solving problems.

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To reinforce our understanding and knowledge of place value we have used dienes to help us with 'tens' and 'ones'.
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P.E.

Our PE for this term consists of swimming on Monday mornings and tag rugby on Wednesday afternoons.  Please ensure your child has the correct PE kit in school, including suitable footwear.

 

We will be looking out for England's future world cup rugby stars when we select children to represent our school at the Key Stage 1 Tag Rugby Competition later this term!

SCIENCE

This term we are looking at living things and their habitats.  So far we have been using the 'Mrs Nerg' processes (movement, respiration, sensitivity, nutrition, excretion, respiration and growth) to help us decide if objects around the school grounds are living, have lived or have never lived.  Thankfully the children realised that I was breathing ..... and that although our new interactive board could move and was sensitive it did not breathe!

 

We are looking forward to our Quantum Theatre science show at the end of this term.

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ART

Currently we are sketching and colouring pictures of woodland animals.

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We will then move onto creating our own habitats for animals towards the end of the term.

 

Also, look out for pictures of our scarecrow!  We have entered a 'Scarecrow Trail' at Westgate Park in Canterbury.  More information will be posted soon!

ICT

Researching our woodland animals has kept us very busy on the computers, as has using the 2simple programme to draw pictures and write about our creatures.

 

We have also used the computers to help us reinforce our understanding of maths processes.

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RE/PSHE

We are currently thinking about different signs and symbols and what they mean to us/our lives.  We are creating our very own Red Class signs which will be on display in the classroom very soon!

Academic Year 2014-2015

Term 6

What was life like for children during Victorian times?

YEAR 2 LEAVER'S TREAT

The whole of Red Class would like to say a big thank you to the Friends of Westmeads who paid for our Circus Skills workshop and Magic Show.  There was lots of laughter!

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YEAR 2 TRIP TO MARGATE

The whole of year 2 had smiles on their faces after our day trip to Margate; the weather was kind to us and we made it to the station on time!  To fit with our Victorian theme we took a tour of the Margate Museum where we were lucky enough to hear all about Margate as a Victorian seaside resort (or health resort as it was known for a while!) and learned that people used to drink a pint of sea water a day - yuck!  

 

We then took a tour of the Tudor House, which is the oldest building in Margate, and discovered lots of interesting facts about rich and poor Tudors as well as Henry VIII.

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VICTORIAN DAY WITH THE RAINBOW THEATRE

What a lot of Victorian children we had at Westmeads today - some child workers and some school children, but all very well dressed!  Great fun was had by all during the Rainbow Theatre workshops and I know the children enjoyed acting as Victorian school children, pure finders, chimney sweeps, factory workers and miners.  We learned so much about Victorian times and in such a wonderfully inventive way.  We would like to extend a big thank you to all of the staff from the Rainbow Theatre Company. 

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OUR VISIT FROM CHRIS COOK (OLYMPIC SWIMMER)

We are just so lucky at the moment!  To add to the excitement we have had this term, Chris Cook came to visit us on Monday 29th June; he was once again motivational and inspirational when taking part in sporting activities with the children and talking to them about how to "dream BIG, start small".

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SPORTS GAMES EVENT

What a great morning of sport!  I know myself, Mrs Raymer and Mr Wright always enjoy ourselves far more than we should at these events, but it was immense fun this morning!  I hope that everyone else enjoyed it as much as we did .... it seemed to be the case judging by the smiles on everyone's faces!  A special thanks goes to Mr Wright for taking such wonderful photos of Red Class.

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SCIENCE DAY

We had an incredible day on Friday, carrying out lots of scientific investigations.  We began the morning by looking at chemical reactions using bicarbonate of soda, then moved on to investigate which is the warmest colour (looking at light reflection) and ended the day at the beach testing the law of centripetal force.  Phew!  There were lots of smiling but exhausted children at the end of the day.

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If you are in the town during the month of June don't forget to pop in to the Horsebridge to see the amazing art display from each of the classes.  Red Class really enjoyed our wonderful Art Day last term the fruits of our labour are on display!

 

We also have some lovely events to look forward to this term including a visit from Chris Cook, a performance and workshop from the Rainbow Theatre, our Year 2 performance and Leavers Assembly, Activity Days at Herne Bay High and several inter-school competitions.

HERNE BAY HIGH SCHOOL - ACTIVITIES DAY

With great thanks to the Herne Bay High sports team, Red Class had a wonderful morning enjoying some amazing activities.  I am sure all the children slept well that night!  Wall climbing, dance mats and trampolining were all enjoyed by the children and here are the photos to prove it.

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ROLE PLAY AREA

Red Class' interactive learning area is looking super, thanks to the children and the talented Mrs Raymer.  As the Victorians were responsible for our love of Punch and Judy, Mrs Raymer has introduced our very own Punch and Judy show which seems to give daily performances!  The children love re-creating the traditional story and there is always a willing audience.

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ENGLISH

In English we have been looking at the life of a Victorian child at school as well as the lives of those Victorian children who were not lucky enough to go to school but ended up as child workers.  We have researched the information, role played characters, used our senses grids to think about what these children would 'see', 'hear', 'smell' and 'taste' and created a 'Conscience Alley' where the children had to advise me as to whether I should or should not become a Victorian child worker ..... the arguments were very persuasive so it was a tough decision!

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MATHS

The main focus this term is on logic and reasoning problems, through which the children will learn to enhance their existing mathematical skills.  In addition, in the first few weeks we have looked at plotting coordinates, measuring lines and finding the perimeter of 2d shapes.

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PE

This term we are concentrating on athletics and multi-skills events.  However, we could not resist a quick in-class tournament using our kurling equipment.

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BEACH WALKS

This term our beach theme is art and the children have already begun sketching the beach as it looks today.  We focused on using shading to enhance our pictures.  Let's hope that the great weather continues so that we can enjoy every week at the beach in our last term.

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Term 5

Monday 20th April - Friday 22nd May

'Ha-Pea Days'

NEPAL COLLECTION

We would like to extend a very big thank you to all parents, carers and children who helped us raise such a large amount of money for Nepal.  Well done everyone!

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We would also like to say a big Red Class thanks to Seamus' mum, who came in to give us some information on Nepal and the lives of the people there.  We were very impressed with your powerpoint and all of the items you had to show us and it really brought the issues in Nepal to life for us all.
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WHITSTABLE COMMUNITY GARDENS

What a wonderful morning we had on Monday 10th May when we walked to the Community Gardens to do some planting.  Not only did we get to see and plant lots of wonderful fruit and vegetables, but we also got to look at (and use!) a compost toilet!

 

Please remember that this project is run on a voluntary basis, surviving from donations.  Therefore, if you are short of a few spring onions, radishes, lettuces (or any fruit and veg for that matter!) pop along to the Community Gardens where you can pick up these organic items for a small donation.  This will ensure that lots of people can benefit from this wonderful community project.

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FUN FITNESS DAY

Wow!  What an amazing time we had today taking part in Westmeads' Fun Fitness Day, which included an intra-school competition.  All children took part in this wonderful event, which included lots of agility stations such as jumping and running.  There were many stickers awarded for team work, passion and self-belief.  Obviously, myself and Mrs Raymer couldn't resist taking part in a couple of the events!  Well done to everybody, and particularly to those children who won a medal for the Speed Bounce competition.

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THE PEA AND THE PRINCESS

 

Despite our deliberately being cryptic about the topic this term, I am pleased to report that, with the limited information given, you have been as imaginative and creative as ever!  Mrs Raymer has been busy decorating our interactive learning and writing area with the children's work and our Royal Allotment is looking superb!

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And as for our Very Important Pea (or Very Important Artefact as he prefers to be known), he has pride of place in a green box, surrounded by soft, yellow tissue paper to protect him from bruising!  Obviously, his brothers and sisters are also in our classroom and in the next few weeks the children will be making one of them into their own special VIP/VIA!  
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ENGLISH

After reading our book, 'The Pea and the Princess' by Mini Grey, we have been having great fun re-telling the story using a 'Story Whoosh!' as well as preparing our own Story Map to help us sequence the events of the book.  We finished the first week of this term by re-writing the story in our own words. The children were challenged to not only incorporate everything they already know into their work, like capital letters, full stops, adjectives, sentence openers and connectives but also to up-level their work by attempting to include adverbs and paragraphs.  

 

We learned that adverbs add information about a verb (action word) and often end in ly.  We used adverbs to describe:

 

the Queen: angrily, quickly,excitedly, proudly, happily;

 

the Prince: miserably, sadly, grumpily, lazily;

 

the Princesses: politely, nervously, comfortably.

 

During this term we will be moving on to look at character descriptions of both the Queen and the Prince and our amazing adverbs will help us to hook the reader in and make them more interesting.

MATHS

We have begun this term by taking another look at addition and subtraction.  To help us improve our calculations we have been partitioning the numbers into hundreds, tens and ones; this has helped us to add and subtract larger numbers.

 

Here is some of our perfect partitioning!

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We have now moved on to improving our knowledge of multiplication and division.  We found that using a beadstring can help us with our grouping. 
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We also continued our investigation into right angles and created stick pictures, indicating where the right angles were with multi-link.
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SCIENCE

We have started to look at Plants and, in light of the wonderful Easter weather, are due to start planting.  Obviously, it goes without saying that we will be planting peas smiley, but every class will also be venturing into the playground to re-do their planting boxes.  Thanks to green-fingered Mrs Raymer, I am sure we will no doubt end up with a wonderful variety of fruit and vegetables for the children to sample during fruit and milk time.  Next week we will also begin our science investigation regarding the perfect conditions for growing.  Our findings will be reported in the forthcoming weeks.

PE

This term we are focusing on games and will be learning to play tennis and Kwik cricket.  So far our lessons have gone very well, with us practising our catching and throwing skills in cricket and racquet control in tennis.

 

Date for the diary: 1st May we are delighted to welcome Hasland Dance Studios for a Street Dance Workshop.  Remember, parents are welcome to attend and vouchers entitling the holder to a discount off their booking will be handed out to all children.  

 

We will keep you posted about any other up-coming events as we endeavour to forge even more links within the local community.

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STREET DANCE WORKSHOP

Thank you to Paul at Hasland Dance Studios for the Street Dance Workshop today.  We all absolutely loved it and lots of the children had so much fun that I am sure they will be asking parents to take them along for lessons!  It was also lovely to see some parents supporting the children - it adds an extra inch to the smile!

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MORRIS DANCERS - MAY DAY FESTIVAL

It was with great pleasure that we welcomed the Morris dancers into school on the afternoon of the first of May.  We were grateful to take part in their annual celebrations to welcome in the summer, listening to their stories and songs and watching the wonderful dancing.  Thank you for keeping us a part of this lovely festival.

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RE

Judaism is our topic for this term and after our introduction to the religion, where we discovered it was approximately 2,000 years older than Christianity, we made our own Stars of David using lolly pop sticks.  We will post pictures of them here soon!

 

We will be moving on to look at Shabbat, worship in synagogues as well as discussing the importance of Moses. 

ST GEORGE'S DAY

Thank you to everyone who made a real effort with their red and white clothes for St George's Day.  The children really enjoyed finding out all about St George and the history behind the 23rd April.

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Term 4

Monday 23rd February - Wednesday 1st April

'What lives in the woods?'

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BRITISH WOODLAND ANIMALS

After setting such high standards in our previous topics we have already had many visitors to our interactive learning environment to check out this term's offerings and I can proudly report ....... it is a great success!  Children, parents and carers of Red Class have really out-done themselves this time with the incredibly life like models and informative fact files. 

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TWIT TWOO!

Our wonderful visit from the 'Night Owls' put a smile on everybody's face!  We were lucky enough to experience the owl's flying directly over-head and even got to see an owl baby!

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DENTAL HEALTH

I am certain that we all found the information both useful and interesting at our recent dental health assembly.  What a lot of sugar there is in some drinks!

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RED NOSE DAY FUN

Thank you to everyone who contributed to our wonderful Red Nose Day by making your faces funny for money!  Lots of fun was had and we were grateful for all donations received.

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MOTHERS' DAY TEA

Thank you to all of the mums, aunties and grandmas who were able to come and celebrate a Mother's Day tea with us today.  We hope you enjoyed the cakes and bracelet making as much as the children did!

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LIVING EGGS

We will be posting pictures here of our baby chicks as and when they hatch.  We are all extremely excited about events in the incubator and will be chatting about it for many months to come, I am sure!  We are told that hatching will begin on Wednesday and should have finished by Friday so stay posted!

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Well, it's Tuesday evening and we're already hatching!  Great news for a fun filled Wednesday at school!

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We still have our 8 chicks that hatched out on Tuesday and Wednesday - 6 boys and 2 girls.  
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ENGLISH

In English we will be creating non-chronological reports on a variety of British Woodland Animals, particularly focusing on bats, owls and foxes.  We will be creating an introduction to a report, revising our use of sub-headings and finishing with a conclusion.  The children are already armed with a variety of facts and after researching in some more non-fiction books we will begin by writing these as bullet points before grouping the information into facts about appearance, sound, diet and habitat.

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WORLD BOOK DAY

What a wonderful day we have had with Chris Wormell the author and illustrator!  After his wonderful assembly where he told us all about his life as a young child learning to read and draw, he visited our classroom and not only read one of his books to the children but then proceeded to draw our class animal.  Let's see if I can remember all of this ...... the children decided he would have the head of a monkey, the neck of an owl, the body of a dragon, wings of a seagull, tail of a pig, front legs of a rabbit and back legs of a dog.  Apparently he is called 'Bob'! 

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In a follow-up activity to Chris Wormell's workshop with our class, we have created our own individual animals.  We will write stories based on these characters in the next few weeks.
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We have also made this into a class book!
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MATHS

During Term 4 we will continue our coverage of the curriculum with practical maths.  We have already practised and enhanced our weighing skills using the terms kilogram and gram.

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We have also used beebots to help us find out more about fractions, turns, directions and angles.

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PE

This term our PE lessons consist of dodgeball and orienteering. The children have greatly enjoyed learning the basic skills of orienteering and using our trail which was set up in the school grounds last year.  

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BEACH WALKS

This term our beach focus is 'Eco Clean Up' and I would like to extend a massive thank you to Mrs Gowing, Mrs Raymer and the parents who made our first beach walk possible .... despite the strong winds!  I hear that the children worked really hard to tidy the beach and make it a cleaner and safer environment for all. 

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Academic Year 2013-2014

 

 

What would it be like to visit India?

 

This term we will be considering the question 'What would it be like to visit ...... India?'  Thank you very much for all of the wonderfully detailed and colourful display research you have done so far; if you are still working on this we would welcome it when it is complete.

 

Our role play area has been turned into a travel agents - thanks to Mrs Raymer's interior design skills!  If you have anything at home that we could borrow to create a real-life experience for the children, please let us know.

 

We will be thinking about Indian food, weather, buildings, regions and lifestyle.  We are hoping that our great friends Frank and Soren will be able to help us out with some first hand knowledge!

SCIENCE DAY

Many thanks to all of the parents who took part in our Year 2 Science Day, we hope you enjoyed the investigations as much as we did!  Here are some photos of our incredible bucket spinning (with only a few wet casualties!), rainbow making and senses 'taste' test.

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500 MILE CHALLENGE

Well done to all of the children of Westmeads who collectively helped us complete our 500 mile challenge!  As well as measuring our distances to and from school, we spent play times and lunch times marching around the playground to clock up the mileage.  I am sure all of the children slept well after their exertions!

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SPORTS DAY

 

Thank you to all of the children and parents for a wonderful Sports Day this year.  Emotions ran high but I do hope that by the end of the morning, everyone had had some fun!  Take a look through our slide show to catch up with the events of the day!

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SCIENCE DAY AT CCW

Some of our budding scientists were lucky enough to attend a Science Fair at Community College Whitstable with Miss Davenport.  Here are some photos of what they got up to during their investigations.

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Wall Climbing

 

Well done to all of the children who showed courage during their recent climbing challenge at Herne Bay High School.  Thank you to Mr Farrant for the experience and to Mrs Raymer for accompanying the children on this exciting opportunity.  I know that all of the children represented Westmeads very well indeed, and I particularly liked the sound of the 'Shark' game.  Well done children!

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ART ON THE BEACH

 

We have just started our last term of beach walks, so if you have not yet signed up to accompany us to the beach, please do so!  We have an art focus this term and are sketching using light and dark shading.

GARDEN UPDATE

 

We are beginning to enjoy some of the fruits of our labour (or should I say Mrs Raymer's labour!).  The children have so far enjoyed eating strawberries and steamed yellow courgette.  Just the beans to come then .....

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OUTDOOR SCIENCE

 

In preparation for Science Week, and in light of the good weather, we thought we would take ourselves outside for a science investigation.  This term we are studying forces and we decided to take a look at which activities involved a 'push' or a 'pull'.  Can you decide which force you would use for each of these activities?

Remember to look at the school photo gallery for whole school updates!

Useful Websites

 

Why not try some of the games on these websites to practise your maths and phonics?

 

Phonics

 

http://www.phonicsplay.co.uk/

 

http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/wordsandpictures/phonics/

 

Maths

 

www.mathszone.co.uk

 

www.ictgames.com

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