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Friday 19th January 2018

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In English, we have been busy writing a diary entry in the role of the Robot. We decided that staying on the rusting scrapheap was a lonely experience and wanted to make our feelings heard. We then peer-assessed these using our rubrics. The children did really well with this as we haven’t had much experience of doing this.

As we read further into the story we found out that the Bluebird had trouble deciding if she should continue. We performed a conscience alley activity to showcase our opinions. Next week we will be writing a letter of persuasion to the Bluebird before moving onto learning the features of a narrative.

In Maths, we have been learning to draw our own numberlines to help with addition and subtraction number sentences. We found this a little tricky and used lots of resilience to help us keep going.

In History, we used our knowledge of timelines to order the events. While in Geography we located the 4 countries within the UK and named their capital cities.

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In Science, we worked with Mr Lally to order the stretchiness of different materials.

In Art, we have been using our knowledge of collage to created artwork for our display. Next week we will be moving onto creating a piece of artwork linked with our topic.

Well done to Jasmine who was our Learning Hero of the week. She was awarded this for being a great Geographer and Historian and making links with our topic, The Great Fire of London.

Our Championship Point winner was Jasmine.

Our winning house was Respect.

Useful learning links:

https://ttrockstars.com/login

https://www.activelearnprimary.co.uk/login?c=0

https://www.topmarks.co.uk/learning-to-count/place-value-basketball

Important Information:

Home Learning is given out on Friday’s and is expected to return by the following Tuesday. 

Reading books are changed Mon- Thurs. The children also have access to Active Learn, you can find their login details inside of their reading records. 

Sergei is our class mascot who travels from Friday to Monday. 

Coming up:

Staircase House – Monday 29th January 2018 – No more parent helpers required

MRPA’s Quiz of the Year – Tuesday 6th February – £10 a team, 6-7:30pm

Chester Zoo – Monday 12th February 2018 – No more parent helpers required

Have a lovely weekend,

Miss Szoltysek

Friday 12th January 2018

This week we moved back into our classroom. The children were so excited and were very impressed with the classroom. We can’t wait to make the learning environment our own. 

Image result for the robot and the bluebird

In English, we have been busy learning about pronouns, conjunctions and the features of a diary entry. We used the highlighters to locate the features and used our rubric to help us. Next week, we are going to write out diary entry and then complete some peer and self-assessment before moving onto verbs and adverbs.

In Maths, we have been learning to draw our own numberlines to help with addition and subtraction number sentences. We found this a little tricky and used lots of resilience to help us keep going. Next week we will continue to look at addition and subtraction and how our number bonds can help with this.

 

In History we played a game all about The Great Fire of London. If you would like to access it at home this is the link:

Game

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In Science, we have started our new unit Changing Shape. We changed the shape of cutlery to create a sculpture. The children thoroughly enjoyed this and were confident talking about the skills they had used.

 

In Art, we have been using our English text to create some collage pieces. We built up our own rusty scrapheap. Next week we will add to the winter scene before adding our robots.

Well done to Hollie who was our Learning Hero for this week. She has been busy using her resilience muscle and has been making links when adding and subtracting 10s.

Our winning house was Honesty.

Useful learning links:

https://ttrockstars.com/login

https://www.activelearnprimary.co.uk/login?c=0

https://www.topmarks.co.uk/learning-to-count/place-value-basketball

Important Information:

Home Learning is given out on Friday’s and is expected to return by the following Tuesday. 

Reading books are changed Mon- Thurs. The children also have access to Active Learn, you can find their login details inside of their reading records. 

Sergei is our class mascot who travels from Friday to Monday. 

Coming up:

Staircase House – Monday 29th January 2018 – Parent helpers needed for this. 

Chester Zoo – Monday 12th February 2018

Have a lovely weekend,

Miss Szoltysek

It’s 2018!! Welcome Back

First of all I would like to wish you all a Happy New Year! I hope you had a fabulous break and are looking forward to seeing what this year brings. 

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In English, we have started a new text called The Robot and the Bluebird. To begin we made some predictions about the story and also discussed the author, illustrator and front cover image. We then read a few pages and discussed the robot’s feelings. We found out that his heart is broken and is then thrown away. We concluded that he must feel:

angry, disappointed, emotional, glum and down.

In pairs, we compared humans and robots using a Venn Diagram.

In Maths, we looked at measurement. We used our estimating skills before measuring in cm. We then looked at metres and measured our strides using this knowledge. We found out that the majority of our strides measured 1m. Next week, we will be looking at different addition methods.

In History we have started our new topic, The Great Fire of London. This is one of my favourite topics and I cannot wait to get started on it with 2SS. This week we looked at what we would like to find out about the Great Fire. Next week we will be locating London and looking at how the fire started.

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In Science, we have started our new unit Changing Shape. We used playdough the create different sculptures and then used key skill vocabulary to explain how we made them. Next week we will be looking at changing the shape of metal objects.

Well done to Charlotte who was our first Learning Hero of 2018! She always has a fabulous attitude towards her learning and displays beautiful manners.

Useful learning links:

https://ttrockstars.com/login

https://www.activelearnprimary.co.uk/login?c=0

Important Information:

Home Learning is given out on Friday’s and is expected to return by the following Tuesday. 

Reading books are changed Mon- Thurs. The children also have access to Active Learn, you can find their login details inside of their reading records. 

Sergei is our class mascot who travels from Friday to Monday. 

Coming up:

Staircase House – Monday 29th January 2018 – Parent helpers needed for this. 

Chester Zoo – Monday 12th February 2018

Have a lovely weekend,

Miss Szoltysek

Final Blog of 2017!

We have been busy few days we have had! We have made Christmas cards, calendars and today we had our Christmas party. We have even had a visit from Father Christmas!

We also earned a cinema afternoon because of our attendance. We had popcorn and biscuits to celebrate. WELL DONE 2SS!! Keep it up!

We were also crowned Gold Card Champions of Key Stage 1!

Our individual winner was Hollie! Well done!

If you have any festive celebrations that you would like to share with us please tweet us pictures at @MRPAyear2A.

We wish you all a very merry Christmas and a happy new year. We look forward to seeing you again on Wednesday 3rd January 2018.

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Useful links:

https://ttrockstars.com/login

https://www.activelearnprimary.co.uk/login?c=0

Important Information:

Home Learning is given out on Friday’s and is expected to return by the following Tuesday. 

Reading books are changed Mon- Thurs. The children also have access to Active Learn, you can find their login details inside of their reading records. 

Sergei is our class mascot who travels from Friday to Monday. 

Coming up:

Return to school – Wednesday 3rd January 2017

Staircase House – Monday 29th January 2018

Have a lovely weekend,

Miss Szoltysek

Christmas is HERE!

What a busy week it has been! A MASSIVE thank you to all of those who came to watch our Nativity performances. The children have worked so hard and it was amazing to see them on the stage. We are so proud of all of them! Well done!

We also had the pleasure of watching The Early Years’ Nativity and Key Stage 2’s Carol Concert. They were all amazing and have definitely got us in the festive spirit.

In English, we interviewed Mr Bennett’s class about what it’s like to be a junior. We will write these up on Monday to form a report.

In Maths, we have been adding and subtracting 10. The children have shown fantastic reasoning and resilience when doing this and both Mrs Slater and I could not believe how quickly they picked it up! Well done guys!

In Design and Technology we finished off our lunch boxes and evaluated our products. We used cardboard to make them stronger and sticky back plastic to make them waterproof. However, next time we would like to ensure that the inside is waterproof and add a larger handle.

 

Our Learning Hero this week was awarded to the whole class for their excellent performance of ‘A King is Born’.

Our Championship Point winners were Chloe, Aicha and Daniel. Well done!

Our winning house was Honesty. Well done!

Useful learning links:

https://ttrockstars.com/login

https://www.activelearnprimary.co.uk/login?c=0

Important Information:

Home Learning is given out on Friday’s and is expected to return by the following Tuesday. 

Reading books are changed Mon- Thurs. The children also have access to Active Learn, you can find their login details inside of their reading records. 

Sergei is our class mascot who travels from Friday to Monday. 

Coming up:

Key Stage 1 Christmas Party – Wednesday 20th December 2017

Finish for Christmas – Wednesday 20th December 2017

Return to school – Wednesday 3rd January 2017

Staircase House – Monday 29th January 2018

Have a lovely weekend,

Miss Szoltysek

Friday 8th December 2017

What a busy week it has been! Nativity rehearsals are in full flow and we have spent much of this week perfecting our acting and improving our voice volume. We have been so impressed with the children and cannot wait to show you all on Wednesday!

We also had our Christmas Crafts afternoon. Thank you to all who attended we hope you are having lots of fun with your Christmas puppet!

In English, we looked at past and present tense verbs and what makes an effective question before writing down the ones we would like to ask Year 4. We decided that we want to know:

Who can help with worries?

What Y4’s favourite subjects are

How many playtimes they get?

Keep tuned to find out what their answers were!

In Maths, we have been adding and subtracting 10. The children have shown fantastic reasoning and resilience when doing this and both Mrs Slater and I could not believe how quickly they picked it up! Well done guys!

In History we compared Neil Armstrong and Christopher Columbus using a Venn Diagram. The children came up with many reasons as to why they are different for example, birth place, voyage, mode of transport but also pointed out that they are similar because they are explores, they were both men and they both travelled to somewhere new.

While in Geography, we made our own compass and tried them out in the playground. We learnt some new rhymes to help us remember them:

Never Eat Shredded Wheat

Naughty Elephants Squirt Water

Never Eat Soggy Waffles.

On Wednesday we were treated to the Planetarium. This was very exciting as it projected different images around us and made us feel like we were exploring the different planets…we had a fabulous time and learnt lots of new facts about space.

Well done to Ollie who was our Learning Hero this week. He showed great reasoning and made links between learning when comparing Neil Armstrong and Christopher Columbus. Well done!

Our Championship Point winners were Leo, Hollie and Nathan.

Our winning house was Self-Belief.

Useful learning links:

https://ttrockstars.com/login

https://www.activelearnprimary.co.uk/login?c=0

Important Information:

Home Learning is given out on Friday’s and is expected to return by the following Tuesday. 

Reading books are changed Mon- Thurs. The children also have access to Active Learn, you can find their login details inside of their reading records. 

Sergei is our class mascot who travels from Friday to Monday. 

Coming up:

Key Stage 1 Nativity – Wednesday 13th December 2017 – 9:30am, 2pm and 6pm

Key Stage 1 Christmas Party – Wednesday 20th December 2017

Have a lovely weekend,

Miss Szoltysek

Friday 1st December

As renovation work continues we have now moved out of our classroom and into the Prefab building. For the next 2 to 3 weeks  2SS will need to be dropped off and picked up at the cabins which are located on the junior playground. We are looking forward to seeing what our new classroom will look like. 

In English, we have started a new text all about interviews. We interviewed each other to find out what it feels like and how people answer questions. Next we will be looking at what makes an effective question before interviewing Y4 about what it is like to be a junior.

In Maths, we have started to use our knowledge of place value to find different amounts of money. To help with this we looked at no work number sentences and solved many of these in our books e.g. 53 = 50 + 3, 43 -3 = 40.  Next we will be using our knowledge of place value to add or subtract 10p.

In Science we thought about which material would be good for a boat. We tested plastic, metal, wood and fabric. We found that although the fabric floated it absorbed the water and became heavy. The best material was a wood or plastic.

In History we discussed why Christopher Columbus was significant. We found out that he introduced people to tomatoes and potatoes and that he traveled to The New World 4 times. Up next we will be comparing Neil Armstrong and Christopher Columbus.

This term we will be making our own lunchbox. This week we decorated our lunchboxes. Next we will be making them stronger by adding cardboard before covering them in plastic to ensure they stay waterproof.

Well done to Jessica who was our Learning Hero. Jess has been working hard exercising her BLP muscles and in Maths showed great resilience and perseverance.

Our Championship Point winners were Edie, Lily and Olivia.

Our winning house was Passion.

Useful learning links:

https://ttrockstars.com/login

https://www.activelearnprimary.co.uk/login?c=0

Important Information:

Home Learning is given out on Friday’s and is expected to return by the following Tuesday. 

Reading books are changed Mon- Thurs. The children also have access to Active Learn, you can find their login details inside of their reading records. 

Sergei is our class mascot who travels from Friday to Monday. 

Coming up:

Key Stage 1 Nativity – Wednesday 13th December 2017 – 9:30am, 2pm and 6pm

Key Stage 1 Christmas Party – Wednesday 20th December 2017

Have a lovely weekend,

Miss Szoltysek

Friday 24th November 2017

As renovation work continues our classroom is next in line. This means that over the coming week we will be moving out and over to the porter cabins. We are hoping to be in for Thursday but will inform parents via text to confirm. For the 2 weeks that follow this 2SS will need to be dropped off and picked up at the cabins which are located on the junior playground. We are looking forward to seeing what our new classroom will look like. 

In English, we have started a new text all about interviews. We are going to be interviewing Yar4 to find out what it is like to be a junior! We can’t wait but first we are going to learn all about an effective question, note taking and emotions.

In Maths, we have been super busy learning all about fractions of amounts. We used the cubes to help us understand sharing and how this can help us find 1/4 or 3/4. We then looked at the tricky method of grouping and used this to find fractions in groups.

In Science we have been developing our knowledge of materials by sorting them into groups. We looked at different items and thought about how they can change shape. We tested them to see if they would stretch, twist, bend or squash.

In History we ordered the life of Christopher Columbus. Next week we will be looking at why he was significant and what he discovered.

This term we will be making our own lunchbox. This week we looked at a variety of materials. We found that cling-film would be good for the outside as it is waterproof and flexible however we realised that cardboard would not make a good lunch box as it turns weak when water is added.

On Friday we were taught by Mia and Thomas who are in Y4. This was part of our Takeover Challenge Day. They were absolutely fantastic and worked so hard to make sure that all children understood. A MASSIVE well done to all of the children who taught classes today, we are all so proud of you.

Well done to Bethany who was our Learning Hero this week. She has been busy exercising her perseverance muscle in ALL areas and always displays beautiful manners.

Our Championship Point winners were Brody, Bethany, Chloe and Aaron.

Useful learning links:

https://ttrockstars.com/login

https://www.activelearnprimary.co.uk/login?c=0

Important Information:

Home Learning is given out on Friday’s and is expected to return by the following Tuesday. 

Reading books are changed Mon- Thurs. The children also have access to Active Learn, you can find their login details inside of their reading records. 

Sergei is our class mascot who travels from Friday to Monday. 

Coming up:

Christmas Crafts Afternoon – Thursday 7th December – 1:45 – 3:00pm. You will be able to make your child’s Christmas craft with them.

Key Stage 1 Nativity – Wednesday 13th December 2017 – 9:30am, 2pm and 6pm

Key Stage 1 Christmas Party – Wednesday 20th December 2017

If you have any questions please pop-in and ask us.

Have a lovely weekend,

Miss Szoltysek and Mrs Slater

Friday 17th November 2017

I would like to start by thanking all of those who came to Parents’ Evening this week. It was such a pleasure to share your child’s progress with you. The children in 2SS are dedicated to their learning and are all an absolute pleasure to teach.

In English, we have been busy learning about the Moon. We have learnt about the suffixes -er and -est and how we use these to compare. We then looked at noun phrases and extended noun phrases and how we can use these in an information text. On Friday, we used different sources to gather information. We used the internet, video, information sheets and books. On Monday, we will be putting these together to create our own fact file!

In Maths, we have been super busy learning all about fractions of amounts. We used the cubes to help us understand sharing and how this can help us find 1/2 or 1/3. We then looked at the tricky method of grouping, we are going to continue using this on Monday when we are going to be finding quarters of amounts.

In Science we have been developing our knowledge of materials by sorting them into groups. We looked at different items and thought about why they were made out of that material. We found that a towel is made out of fabric so that it can soak up water. We then explained that a window is made of glass so that we can see through it. Next week we will be trailing different materials to see which is the best boat for Christopher Columbus to travel in.

In Geography, we labelled the 5 oceans. We then put them in order of size. A well done to Jasmine who spotted that the challenge wanted them to start with the smallest.

This term we will be making our own lunchbox. This week we looked at a variety of different of lunchboxes to find what makes the best product. Next week we will be looking at different materials.

Well done to Brody who was our Learning Hero! He is an absolute pleasure to teach and displays such beautiful manners.

Our Championship Point winners were Olivia, Sophie, Jasmine, Lily and Edie.

Useful learning links:

https://ttrockstars.com/login

https://www.activelearnprimary.co.uk/login?c=0

Important Information:

Home Learning is given out on Friday’s and is expected to return by the following Tuesday. 

Reading books are changed Mon- Thurs. The children also have access to Active Learn, you can find their login details inside of their reading records. 

Sergei is our class mascot who travels from Friday to Monday. 

Coming up:

 

Christmas Crafts Afternoon – Thursday 7th December – 1:45 – 3:00pm. You will be able to make your child’s Christmas craft with them.

Key Stage 1 Nativity – Wednesday 13th December 2017 – 2pm and 6pm

Key Stage 1 Christmas Party – Wednesday 20th December 2017

If you have any questions please pop-in and ask us.

Have a lovely weekend,

Miss Szoltysek and Mrs Slater

Week 1 Autumn 2

In English, we started a new text all about the Moon! We have gathered lots of facts about this fascinating planet and discovered that the Moon makes tides in the Earth’s seas and reflects because of the light from the sun. Next week we will be developing our understanding of noun phrases and expanded noun phrases before moving onto using comparative adjectives -er and -est.

In Maths, we have been super busy learning all about fractions of shapes. We can find a half, quarter and a third of shapes even when they have been split into many more pieces. We are now beginning to count in halves and next week we will be moving onto counting in quarters.

In Science we have been developing our knowledge of materials by sorting them into groups. We then used adjectives to describe them and learnt that transparent meant see-through and that flexible means bendy. Next week we will be discussing why materials are made from certain objects.

In Geography, we labelled the 7 continents and discussed their sizes. We used this information to put them into order starting with the largest.

In History, we have started to learn all about Christopher Columbus. We used our inference and deduction skills to gather facts from a text. Next we will be using a timeline to order the key events in his life.

This term we will be making our own lunchbox. This week we looked a wicker basket and discussed why this would be an effective lunchbox and how it could be improved.

Well done to Aicha who was our Learning Hero. Well done for using great resilience when completing fractions this week!

Our Championship Point winners were Sophie, Jasmine, Brody and Christabel.

Our winning house was Honesty.

Useful learning links:

Important Information:

Home Learning is given out on Friday’s and is expected to return by the following Tuesday. 

Reading books are changed Mon- Thurs. The children also have access to Active Learn, you can find their login details inside of their reading records. 

Sergei is our class mascot who travels from Friday to Monday. 

Coming up:

Reports given to parents – Monday 13th  November 2017

Parents Evening – Thursday 16th November 2017

Christmas Crafts Afternoon – Thursday 7th December – 1:45 – 3:00pm. You will be able to make your child’s Christmas craft with them.

Key Stage 1 Nativity – Wednesday 13th December 2017 – 2pm and 6pm

Key Stage 1 Christmas Party – Wednesday 20th December 2017

 

If you have any questions please pop-in and ask us.

Have a lovely weekend,

Miss Szoltysek and Mrs Slater