This week, a very clever little bee has been helping us to learn all about position and direction. Bee-Bot is an app that encourages children to use vocabulary like quarter-turn, half-turn, full-turn, left, right, clockwise and anti-clockwise. The app is free to download from the iTunes store.
The amazing children in Class 2 love a challenge and as we work through the week the children are sometimes given an extra challenge to complete at home if they want to. Currently the children are looking at how capital letters are used in the local environment (e.g. street names/menus/road signs etc). They are also trying to spot time tables in the environment (e.g. an egg box is usually 2 x 3). Well done to all the children who have completed these challenges!
Do you have any chocolate-based recipes that you could share with us? We are going to publish our very own book full of chocolatey recipes and we would love every child to contribute to the book. Simply hand you recipe into class 2 or send it to the school email address - don't forget to give your recipe a name!
Your child should have their log-in details for the Purple Mash website so that they can access it at home. If you don't find your child's log-in details in their book bag then please see Mrs Tordoff.
Has your child told you all about Carl Warner? He is an artist who creates food landscapes! This week we had some fun creating our own food landscapes and we hope to show you are finished works of art next week. It really has been great fun so why not get some food magazines/leaflets and try creating your very own food landscapes at home?
We know how to make hot chocolate! We have even written a set of instructions to send to poor Mr Wonka who has lost his memory. We made sure that each step was written in the correct order and we used plenty of bossy verbs (put/pour/stir/mix), adjectives (steaming/bubbly/frothy/sweet/delicious) and adverbs (carefully/slowly/patiently/quickly) so that Mr Wonka knows exactly how to make the very best cup of hot chocolate!
In maths we continued learning those VERY IMPORTANT times tables. We are learning to count in 2's, 3's, 5's and 10's and to recall multiplication facts. It was very lucky that we had been so busy because we received an email from Nintendo asking if we could help them work out how many points could be won on each level of their new Pokémon, Transformers and Dinotrux games!
We completed our science investigation this week. We have been investigating what happens when we create potions by mixing water with various other materials such as cooking oil, clay, glitter and sugar. The results were very interesting and some were quite surprising too! We also learnt that some materials are hazardous and we know that we must always stop and check with an adult before touching anything especially things that look like medicine or that have a special warning on the packaging.
We were delighted to receive another letter from Mr Wonka this week. He asked us to send him a set of instructions that would remind him how to make hot chocolate. But what are instructions? We found a set of instructions and followed them to make a cup and ball game. Unfortunately, the photocopier was playing up and some of the instructions were in the wrong order, some had words missing and some had pictures missing but we are very clever here in Class 2 and we managed to fill in the gaps and follow the instructions. We learnt all about 'bossy verbs' this week and enjoyed using them to create a new game in P.E. Finally we got around to doing some research about how hot chocolate is made and we started to plan our instructions for Mr Wonka.
In maths, we learnt how arrays can help us to solve problems involving multiplication and we had an extra special push on learning those all important times tables - it really does make a huge difference when you know them!
We are all loving the new credits system for being fabulous, it's even better than Tesco Club Points! Don't forget to practise your spellings and read at home at least 3 times per week to earn those extra credits - Every Little Helps!
The chocolatey fun continued in class 2 this week. We finished our research project and wrote our final reports for Mr Wonka. We've always known how yummy chocolate is but now we know all about where it comes from, how it is made and lots of other fascinating facts!
In maths, we have been learning how spell number names and how to measure capacity. We have been reading scales and measuring liquids in millilitres (ml) and litres (l). We had great fun creating and making our own potions (using some very odd ingredients) and we ended the week with a fun investigation to help Mrs Sanderson work out which of her mugs would hold the most hot chocolate for her bedtime drink. Who knew measuring capacity could be so much fun and so useful?
We also started to learn a new song this week called 'I Wanna Play in a Band' and we loved the sounds made by the instruments in this rock song. We are looking forward to performing this song for you at our Parent Assembly.
In ICT we learnt how to send an email because we wanted to send the photos of our magic potions to Miss Beedham, so that she could post them on our Facebook page. We hope you enjoyed looking at them!
Happy New Year!
It's been a very busy start to 2019 here in Class 2. A letter was waiting for us on Monday morning and it was from the very Famous Mr Wonka from the book 'Charlie and the Chocolate Factory'. He's written to the very clever children of Class 2 to ask for their help because he fell out of his great glass elevator, bumped his head and now he can't remember a single thing about chocolate! The children decided that the best thing to do was write a report all about chocolate and send it to Mr Wonka.
In maths, we have been using a number square to find 10 more/less than a given number and then we tackled some subtraction problem solving. We used various methods to help us with our calculations and we really enjoyed learning how to use dienes. (Ask your child to show you what they are!)
Our current topic is called 'Muck, mess and mixtures' and this is linked to the book 'Charlie and the Chocolate Factory' by Roald Dahl. We will be reading the book together in stages and using the text as an inspiration for exciting and engaging learning opportunities.