Today is STEM day at St Mary's. STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths. In Class 2 we have been challenging ourselves to make towers using only A4 paper and sellotape.
To begin with, we tried to do this on our own and we made really tall towers.....but they wouldn't stand up on their own! Then we looked at some ideas and realised that we needed a bigger, more stable base to support our tower.
The tallest free standing tower was made by Lily, Amelia and Helena. It was 127cm tall - well done girls!!
We all had lots of fun trying to make the tallest tower!
World Book Day
Class 2 looked amazing in their costumes today! Thank you to all the Mums, Dads and Grandparents for your incredible efforts with the costumes!
Today, Shrove Tuesday, is a special day in the Liturgical calendar as it marks the day before Lent starts.
We have been thinking in class how we will try to be closer to God over the period of Lent. We have written our promises on footprints and you can see these on display in our classroom.
Below, is a calendar of activities that you may like to complete with your child during Lent.
Spring 2 Homework
Please make sure that all belongings (ties, PE kits, all uniform) are clearly labelled with your child's full name as we are getting a number of items left daily that are unclaimed or are taken home by other children in error. Many thanks for your help with this.
Our topic this half term is Robots.
We are really looking forward to researching robots, reading stories about robots and also writing our own stories about robots too!
What an AMAZING lunch we all enjoyed - thank you to Mrs Barlow and her team!
Phonics in the sunshine!
It isn't very often that we are blessed with such lovely weather so we decided to make the most of it today! We packed up our boxes of phonics resources and outside into the sunshine we went!
We enjoyed competing against each other in phonics today! We were matching root words to the word with the correct suffix attached. We're using words with suffixes in our writing now too, and today's phonics work has helped us to remember the correct spellings as well.
New term, new topic!
Our topic this half term is 'Down on the Farm'. We started our topic off today with a lovely fruit tasting session. At the beginning, a lot of children were unsure about trying new fruits however by the end of the session lots of children had discovered new favourite fruits.
Welcome back, we hope you have had a relaxing Easter break with your families. We enjoyed sharing our Easter homework!
Assembly for Parents
We will be doing our Palm Sunday assembly with Class 1 on Monday morning. All parents are welcome to join us. We hope to see you there!
We like to pray in as many different ways as we can, today we used Lego to help focus our prayers!
We began, by each holding a Lego brick and saying a quiet prayer, saying thank you to God for ourselves. Then, we counted the bumps on our bricks and said a short prayer for that many different people. Some children chose to pray for cousins, parents, elderly relatives and Canon Dorran.
After that, we looked around the circle to find someone with a different coloured Lego brick to us. We said thank you to God, for making us all different.
Finally, we worked together as a class to build a structure, using all of our bricks. One of the children commented that one of us, couldn't make such a good tower on our own. We talked about how lucky we are, to have all been made, uniquely by God. We tak=led about how we should try to work together, in everything we do.
"As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God's varied grace."
"The body is one unit and yet has many parts. As all the parts form one body, so it is with Christ. By one Spirit we were all baptized into one body."
Space - DT challenge homework
Keep your moon buggies coming into school - here is a picture of the first one to zoom into school, we loved exploring it!
Snow, snow and more snow
Good morning. I hope you are all enjoying the snow whilst staying safe and warm too!
I have attached some English, Maths and RE work below which you can be doing at home whilst school is closed.
For RE, watch the following short video clip which is an animation of The Last Supper:
Then, order the pictures of The Last Supper and write what is happening in each picture. Try to use conjunctions to extend your sentences (and, but, because, if, when, or) and remember to check your work for punctuation.
Also, remember your weekly spellings and maths homework.
So far, we've got 2 amazing moon buggies which have been made at home. Whilst it is so cold outside now would be a great time to get working on your moon buggy too.
The Wiggle Song!
Miss Siddle introduced us to this song and we love it! It is all about 'getting rid of your wiggles' before you read the Bible.
Let's Celebrate 100!
Today we celebrated the 100th day at school this academic year!
We played Maths games linked to the number 100 and made pictures to show what we might look like when we're 100 years old. We wrote about what we'll be like when we are 100 and thoroughly enjoyed our 100th day at school!
Class 2 in 100 years time
Ask your child which is their prediction of what they'll look like when they're 100!
A parcel...for us?
This morning, before anyone got to school, there was a silver parcel on the car park addressed to Class 2! We opened it and couldn't contain our excitement because Bob (the man whose picture appeared on our board yesterday) had written to us and sent us a book all about himself.
Welcome back...but who is this?
When we came back to school today we found a photo of a man on our board.....Who could he be?
Welcome back! A new member of staff, Miss Siddle, is joining our team at St. Mary's today. She will be working in Class 2 every morning along with Miss Pinn.
Our new topic this half term is Explorers. We are going to be finding out about famous explorers from history such as Amelia Earhart as well as researching modern day explorers such as Tim Peake.
In English we'll be reading a range of books by the same author - Simon Bartram. Initially, we'll focus on his story entitled Man on the Moon which is a comical story about a man called Bob.
The spelling homework dated week beginning 05/02 will be tested on this coming Friday (23rd) and then a new homework sheet will be given out on Friday.
Challenge: Can you make a moon buggy out of upcycled materials? Maybe you could use an old cereal box or lids from cartons? When you've finished making them please bring them into school for us to showcase them in our classroom!
I have uploaded some reading comprehensions below. Each one has a range of ability levels within it so please choose the one that you feel is most appropriate for your child.
Today, Wednesday 14th February, marks the beginning of Lent. When we come back to school after the half term holiday, we will be focusing on the importance of Ash Wednesday and Lent in both buddy time and in class.
Have a look at this Lent calendar from Cathod, which you may use to help focus your prayers during the 40 day period of Lent.
Maths - Place value
We're using base 10 to represent 2 digit numbers. The yellow sticks represent 10s and the red cubes represent 1s. These are useful to help us understand the place value of numbers and to address misconceptions such as writing digits within numbers the wrong way round, for example writing 23 as 32.
Praying through music
We love singing this hymn:
Ask your child to sing it to you with the actions!
Welcome back! We hope you all had a relaxing break over Christmas and that you're ready and raring to go for our new term!
We are continuing our topic entitled 'Fighting Fit' this half term. We are going to be finding out about human and other animals life cycles and investigating what we need to stay alive and also what we need to eat in order to stay healthy.
In Maths we will be learning about 2D and 3D shapes then moving onto place value. In English, we will use the story 'Where the Wild Things Are' as a focus for descriptive and narrative writing.
See below for the homework for this term. The reading comprehension documents have 3 differing levels of difficulty so please choose which you think is most appropriate for your child.
Christmas Dinner and Santa's visit
Friday 15th December
Another busy week for us in Class 2.
We were very lucky to have another opportunity this week to sing some of our nativity songs. A lot of people from the Parish came to our Tea for the Housebound on Wednesday afternoon and we sang Big Star and Welcome Baby Jesus to them!
We started a new story this week called The Polar Express. The chairs in the classroom were set out like a train and we all pretended to go on a train journey together whilst we read the story. We have since written descriptions of what we could see from the train including howling wolves and dancing snowflakes.
In Maths we have been doubling and halving numbers and doing a mixture of addition and subtraction number sentences. We finished our retelling of the Christmas story on the computers this week in RE.
Behaviour award: Gracie
Work award: Noah
Friday 8th December
We have had a very busy week in Class 2 this week! All of the class performed amazingly in yesterday's Nativity performances. Their singing was beautiful and those children that had lines said them loudly and clearly - I am very proud of you all.
In English we have made Reindeer food for the Christmas fair and written instructions for how to make it. We used bossy/imperative verbs and tried to use adverbs too such as slowly and carefully. In RE we have used ICT to begin to retell the Christmas story using pictures and sentences.
Friday 1st December
We have been very busy in Class preparing for the Nativity. Thank you to all parents for helping your child to learn the song words for the Nativity. A lot of parents have now sent in their child’s costume too, so thank you again!
In English this week we have been writing non-chronological reports about Owls. We’ve tried really hard to use subheadings and conjunctions (for example and, because, so) in our work too.
In Maths, some of the class have been doubling and halving numbers, and the rest of the class have been adding 2 digit numbers together.
In RE we have been learning about the real meaning behind Advent. We have written prayers of Hope for the first week of Advent.
'For God loved the world so much that he gave his only Son'
Monday 27th November
During our discussions about Advent, we spoke about how it feels to wait for something exciting such as Jesus' birthday or our own birthday.
We tried to show these feelings with facial expressions!
Our beautiful world
Our beautiful world
Earlier this term we went outside onto the field to explore the wonderful world that God has created for us. We found lots of beautiful things including the sunshine, plants, spider webs and clouds.
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