Mr Wraight, Mrs Olson and Mrs Wright
would like to welcome you to
Welcome to Red Class page. We hope you enjoy looking at all of the wonderful things we have been doing.
We love reading in Red Class and are so excited to explore the reading express this year as well as continue being a 'Power of Reading' school.
Come and talk to us about our favourite books and ask us for our book recommendations.
Mr Wraight's favourite book in Red Class is 'Owl Babies' and Mrs Olson's is 'When a Monster is Born'.
Next time you come and visit us, climb aboard the 'Red Class Reading Express' and lose yourself in a book with us!
This term we are thinking about the Polar regions and trying to answer the question 'who lives in a place like this?'.
We are exploring the texts 'The Emperor's Egg' and 'Brave and the Fox' - two contrasting texts that look at both poles, both through non-fiction and story writing.
We look forward to ending this term with an exciting trip to see 'The Snow Dragon' at the Gulbenkian Theatre.
Polar Challenge Day
As part of our introduction to our Polar topic, we set the children a challenge: to create an igloo using sugar cubes.
In order to be successful, they had to work together and show characteristics of effective learning including resilience and determination.
Take a look at us in action below
This term, we have been getting active on the beach using the environment to help us with our maths learning. We measured different parts of the beach in centimetres and metres and then made comparisons to things back in school.
We have also been practising our spellings using the pebbles on the beach - the children have enjoyed this fun and active way of learning to spell.
A big thank you to those parents who have helped with walking to the beach - we could really do with some more helpers each week though to ensure these visits can take place.
As part of our learning about Polar regions, we have been thinking about the seven continents of the world. We learned a song about them and have really enjoyed singing this around the school.
To consolidate our understanding, we looked at the World Map and began to identify where the continents are in relation to one another. We worked as a team to sort them and place them in the correct place on a map.
'Was Rome built in a day?'
This term our topic this term is Romans and we will be finding out if Rome was built in a day. We have been thinking about what we already know and what we want to find out throughout the term. We started the topic off with a ‘Roman Day’ and we will be visiting Canterbury Roman Museum as a 'Fantastic Finish.'. To help us to complete our home learning display, we would love the children to create a piece of homework on this topic. They can be as creative as they like for example, a leaflet, a letter or a model. We look forward to seeing your creations!
World Mental Health Day - 10th October 2019
Today, we came to school wearing yellow and spent the day thinking about how we can keep our mind healthy. We talked about the importance of talking to others about how we are feeling and that is okay to feel sad, anxious or angry sometimes.
We thought about the things we do in school to look after our mental health including gentle touch, mindfulness colouring, yoga and exercise (e.g: wake and shake, daily mile).
Thank you to all the families who raised money by filling their 'sunshine pockets' in aid of the charity YoungMindsUk. We will let you know how much we raised in due course.
Brogdale Farm Visitor
To help our learning around Harvest, we had a visit this week from Mike, a Brogdale Farm Collection worker. He talked to us all about how apples are grown and harvested.
We then tasted some different apples from the collections of over 700 different varieties, including 'Great Expectations' and 'Kansas Queen'.
Thank you to Mike for taking the time to come and talk to us!
Poetry in Red Class
This term we are learning about Michael Rosen and have listened to him performing some of his poems.
Our current favourites are 'Chocolate Cake' and 'Washing Up'.
We have been looking at his poem 'The Rhythm of Life' in more detail and have been practising reciting it in readiness for a National Poetry Day performance.
We also had a go at making up our own group poems based on his poem 'The Rhythm of Life'. Do have a look at our Poet Tree in class to see our poems.
Take a look below at some of our performances of 'The Rhythm of Life'.
Roman Art - Weaving
We have been learning about how Romans using wool to weave. We visited the Roman Museum and had a go at weaving and in school we have also been weaving. We worked together as a class to weave our pattern and then evaluated our work thinking about what went well and what we could do next time to improve it.
We really enjoyed this activity and it also showed what great teamwork we have as a class.
In Year 2 we ask the children to select their own reading book at the start of the day and independently write the title into their Reading Record. The children have made a great effort so far and we will continue to support them in their choice and ensure that their reading skills continue to develop as the year progresses.
Within each book band there is a range and variety of text types to encourage children to make choices according to their own preferences in reading. To support them in this, we will be reading with the children both independently and in group guided reading sessions. Guided reading is a relaxed and enjoyable time providing an opportunity to develop particular reading skills and allows the children to discuss what they have read and share their ideas and opinions with an adult and with their peers.
This term in maths we are focusing on recognising and understanding place value. We started by using the 100 Bead Bar to find 2-digit numbers by counting in 10's and then 1's. In this way the children develop a strong understanding of place value using manipulatives before moving on to problems solving mentally. We will further develop their understanding of place value by applying it to money. We will first look at making amounts using a combination of coins as well as adding amounts, finding change and problem solving.
The children have 2 sessions of P.E. every week. This term it is swimming on a Thursday afternoon and Tag Rugby on a Monday afternoon. Please ensure that your child has a full P.E. kit with plimsolls that fit, in school. Please remember to write your child’s name in their plimsolls as well as in the rest of their P.E. kit.
For health and safety reasons, children wearing earrings will not be able to participate in P.E. lessons.
Teacher of the Week
This activity provides each child with the opportunity to teach their classmates about something that interests them. This will take place during a 10 minute slot, on a subject of their choice – a hobby, e.g. gardening; a particular interest, e.g. space, dinosaurs, birds; a club they belong to, e.g. Rainbows/Beavers; or a sport – and their classmates will have the chance to ask them questions at the end of their session. This is intended to be a fun, independent activity which will develop the children’s speaking and listening skills as well as their confidence. It is also a lovely opportunity for the teachers and children to get to know each other better as every child will have the chance to participate over the course of the year.