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Welcome to Class 2

Spring Term - 2024  

 

This term we will be learning about Planet Earth and how the weather changes.

 

Our essential question is - How does the weather change?

 

PE this term will be on a Friday morning at the Meres Leisure Centre which will include swimming, however, please ensure that PE kits are in school all week. Please remember that for PE (including swimming) earrings are to be removed and hair is to be tied back.

 

Homework will be given out on a Friday and is to be handed in on the following Wednesday or before and the weekly spelling test will be on a FridayWe will check reading records, give out house points if you have read 4 or more times in a week on a Friday.

 

Below you can find our curriculum overview of what we will be learning as well as the spellings for the term. 

 

 

Mrs Coupland, Miss Hailes and Mrs Robinson 

 

Spring Term 2 Spelling Overviews

Spring Term 1 Spelling Overview

Termly overview

Spring My Style homework

 

 

Planet Earth

How does the weather change?

Children's Mental Health Week

5-11 February 2024

'My Voice Matters'

 

On Monday we discussed the importance of sharing our worries and feelings with people that we trust. We read and discussed the book 'Tough Guys (Have Feelings Too) by Keith Negley. We talked about the importance of listening to one another, and also about the joy of sharing in our own and other people's successes. We then shared the things that we are proud of - and there was a lot to share! Well done, Class 2. 

These are some of the books that we are going to be reading in class this week.

We have been thinking of sentence starters to help us have a voice.

We are busy making daily maps and activity grids to help with our mental wellbeing.

 

Safer Internet Day 2024 

Inspiring Change

 

 

 

This year we will be discussing how technology has the power to change all our lives.

We will talk about all the great ways technology is shaping the world we live in, whilst also sharing strategies on how children can stay safe in an ever changing online world.

 

We started off Safer Internet Day by watching a BBC Live lesson - we have learnt about AI technology and how to stay safe online in an AI world.

PSHE

In PSHE we have discussed what a community is, which communities we belong to and how we show compassion. The children have linked this to the British Value of Mutual Respect and Tolerance. 

 

The Protected Characteristics 

These are a selection of books that we are reading to help us understand and hold discussions. 

English

 

This term we are writing a newspaper report about a storm.

 

The audience - First News Readers.

The purpose - To inform and educate readers.

 

We have deconstructed a model text so that we understand what we need to include in our writing and drawn the following story map to help us create a boxed-up plan.

Times Table Rock Stars

We've got straight back to learning our times tables after the Christmas break.

In Art this term, the children have been exploring the work of David Hockney, particularly his famous 1973 'Weather Series'. We have been learning the skills involved in using graded pencils and charcoal, including shading, blending and highlighting. We will use these skills to create a picture of a tornado or storm. These are our brilliant first drafts!

Music

This term the children will be learning how to play a new instrument - the clarinet. They have had their first lesson where they have learnt about pitch, rhythm and pace. They have also learnt how to attach a reed and make a sound! 

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Listen to us playing note e!

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Active learning 

Welcome to Autumn Term 2!

 

We will continue our learning about the Romans, including: the power of the Roman Army, the invasion(s) of Britain, the impact of the invasion on life in Britain at the time, and Roman mosaics in art.

 

The overview of all subjects can be found in the pdf document below.

 

In Autumn 2, PE will be on a Friday and will be held at the Meres Leisure Centre. 

 

Don't forget that an extra housepoint can be earned every week by reading 4 or more times per week. Reading records will be checked on a Monday.

 

We can't wait to see you all and get learning!

 

Miss Hailes, Mrs Green and  Mrs Robinson

Autumn Term 2023 Overview

Class 2 have taken part in some wonderful Christmas activities including carols in Belvoir castle, a wonderful church service and a Christmas lunch with the whole school served by staff. Thank you to the PTA for the generous gifts and crackers. We hope you all have a wonderful Christmas and a happy new year. 

PE 1 - In dance this half term, we have been exploring movement in the style of machines including cogs, levers and pistons. Can you guess what types of machine we have created?

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PE - 2

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PE - 3

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PE - 4

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Class 2's non-fiction writing is amazing! Here are some of our non-chronological reports about Life in Roman Britain.

Science - Class 2 have enjoyed investigating different types of teeth, and making their own set of teeth!

Starting off Anti-Bullying Week by celebrating our uniqueness with Odd Sock Day!

Some of the amazing Discovery Pages created by Class 2 as we learn all about mosaics in art!

Music

Class 2 have been learning to play the violin with our music teacher Miss Smith.

We also have a Violin Ensemble club after school on Wednesdays for pupils in Class 2 and 3.

Science

In science we are learning about animals including humans. We have created different questions about the human body that we can investigate!

Design & Technology - Exploring pulleys

English

Class 2 have written their own playscripts based on a scene from the Roman myth Romulus and Remus.

Summer Term 2023 Overview

Our Design & Technology outcomes for this term - Bug Houses! (aren't they wonderful?!)

Cricket and Countryside Day 2023 at Knipton Cricket Ground!

Class 2 loved their Wildlife Walk in Denton to support our learning in science and geography

Information for Year 4 parents and carers: Y4 Multiplication Tables Check

Class 2 designed and created a delicious new recipe: Italian Pesto Chicken thanks to Roots to Food.

Coronation of King Charles 2023

The children had a wonderful time at the Coronation party. Click on the link below to watch a video of the day and listen to our coronation song. 

Link to the Coronation Party

Coronation celebrations!

Viking Day - Spring Term 2023

Day 1 of Children's Mental Health Week - we made a class paper chain to help us feel connected to the people and things that we care about.

In Science we have been learning about sound. In this lesson, we explored how the pitch can be changed on different musical instruments. We then created our own instruments that could produce sounds of more than one pitch.

Spring Term 2023 Overview

Class 2's art in the style of Romero Britto's 'A New Day' are simply wonderful!

Shared reading with Class 1

We read some stories with Class 1 children. It was great fun to hear all of the different stories that we love.

Class 2 Winter Music Concert

A video of the music concert is available to view on the Video Resources page.

Cheerleading at Priory Ruskin Academy - 1st December 2022

Yorkshire Wildlife Park Trip

 

Class 2 had a fantastic day at the Yorkshire Wildlife Park on Monday 17th October. We explored the different 'lands' including the South American Viva and saw some amazing animals including capybaras, agoutis, maras and red howler monkeys, as well as polar bears, lions, tigers, giant otters, giraffes, zebras, lemurs, painted dogs, meerkats, wallabies, and many more! We also had a Rainforest workshop where the children learned about the layers of the rainforest and had the opportunity to handle some creatures including giant snails and a snake! 

We had a great time learning and exploring the park, and I hope the children will remember this amazing experience for years to come!

Class 2 loved learning about how different cultures around the world celebrate the harvest, for our Harvest Festival.

Learning about Diwali - the Hindu Festival of Lights!

In science we have been learning about friction. We made animal sliders to demonstrate friction in action. Here are a few of our fabulous sliders!

Start of Autumn Term 2022

It is so wonderful to welcome the children back into school after the summer break. It has been great getting reacquainted with the year 4s and to get to know the year 3s a little better!

Most of the information you need has been covered in the start-of-term Newsletter but I will just include a few reminders & details below.

 

This Term’s Learning

We are very excited to be starting a brand-new Geography project all about the Amazon Rainforest. Our essential question this term is: What would it be like to live in the Amazon Rainforest? We will be looking at the geography of the area as well as the climate, plants and wildlife, and of course, the mighty Amazon River.

In Science we are learning about Forces and Magnets – a super topic because there is a lot of hands-on learning!

More details about the Autumn Term curriculum can be found in the Autumn Term Curriculum Overview.

Homework

Pupils will bring home their homework on a Thursday and should complete it by the following Thursday. Spellings and multiplication tables are given to the pupils each week to learn. Other homework will include a variety of tasks including English, maths and science, to support their learning. 

Reading

Regular reading is incredibly important to support your child's learning. This year, as a school, we are trying to encourage more Reading for Pleasure. Children will continue to earn extra house points by reading regularly at home, plus as an added bonus, once children earn 10 reading house points, they will win a small prize! Children can read with you at home, or you can read to them. Sharing and enjoying books together is a big part of reading for pleasure. Children are welcome to borrow books from the school library, Miss Hailes’ collection of books, or they can read their own books from home. Fiction, non-fiction, graphic novels, magazines… It all counts! Miss Hailes will also read a class book (voted for by the children) every day, as well as listening to the children read whenever the opportunity arises. Your support in this matter is greatly appreciated.

 

Multiplication Tables

We use TTRS and other resources at school to learn and practice the multiplication tables. By the end of Year 4, pupils are expected to be able to recall all of the multiplication tables (up to 12 x 12) and will take part in the government’s Multiplication Tables Check (MTC). Regular practice at home will help to improve pupils’ fluency and confidence in this area.

PE

During Autumn Term we will do our PE lesson at the Meres Leisure Centre on Friday mornings, followed by swimming. Please note that any watches and jewellery (including earrings) MUST be removed before hand. If your child has earrings, they will be asked to remove them themselves. If they cannot remove them, please send your child to school without their earrings on Friday mornings. We do also ask that pupils have their PE kits in school all week (in case of lunch-time and after school clubs etc) but pupils are encouraged to come into school wearing their PE kit on Friday morning. Please label all clothing to avoid any items getting lost.

 

Thank you for taking the time to read this. If you have any questions, you can usually catch me in the playground before or after school.

 

With kind regards,

 

Miss M Hailes

Transitions 2022-23

Please see below the Transition Booklet with information about September for pupils and parents.

Leader in Me.

On a daily basis, the children try to demonstrate our core values within school. As we aim to practise them so often, they become good habits that we can use not only in school but also at home too. 

 

  • Habit 1: Be Proactive (You’re in Charge)
  • Habit 2: Begin With the End in Mind (Have a Plan)
  • Habit 3: Put First Things First (Work First, Then Play)
  • Habit 4: Think Win-Win (Everyone Can Win)
  • Habit 5: Seek First to Understand, Then to Be Understood(Listen Before You Talk)
  • Habit 6: Synergise (Together Is Better)
  • Habit 7: Sharpen the Saw (Balance Feels Best)

 

Growth Mindset

 

This year we will be helping the children to develop a Growth Mindset. This aims to increase their resilience, perseverance and independence in their learning. Further information can be found by following the link below.

British Values
Homework

Homework is given out every Thursday, to be returned by the following Thursday.  It will consist of both English and Maths and will include Mystyle projects as well.

 

Children will also be tested on their spellings and Times tables on a Thursday.

 

 

Useful websites for additional homework ideas.