Zambezi Tales!

On Monday, Class 2 went to the Cadogan Hall to take part in Zambezi Tales with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. We found out about the instruments of the orchestra, listened to wonderful story-telling and joined in with the songs. It was an amazing experience!

Please read these letters written by members of Class 2 about the trip.

Dear Alster and Ava,
We were in our class room then it was time to go. When we were under ground we got on eight escalators and two trains. We were there at last. It was so big! Hilary the director told us some stuff. The lights went off everything went quiet and it was the first song. Have you ever been to a concert where you could sing? Our first song was In the Jungle. In the orchestra there was a harp,violins, cellos and a French horn. The harp was peaceful. It is made of gold! My favourite part was when the first song went on. How loud it was! We had a picture.
From Lola

Dear Clem,
When we arrived at the beautiful Cadogan Hall I was super excited. When we went in Hilary was there waiting for us. He introduced the small violins, booming African drums, tiny piccolo and loads more. Then the shining lights went down it had began! The drums were banging, cello was playing the violins were dancing and the strings of the harp so peaceful like angels. Then it stopped we could see the back of Hilary’s jacket. Have you played in a concert? The narrators came on stage. They told beautiful stories. We sang songs. How amazing it was to sing with a philharmonic orchestra! My favourite bit was singing Under the Baobab Tree.
Love from Elliot

Can you spot any exclamations or questions in their writing?
Can you find any exciting adjectives or adverbs?

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Multiskills Festival

Year 2 had a great time practising athletics skills at the Multiskills Festival at The Castle Centre.

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Parents’ Evening

Dear Families,

Please find below some resources and reminders about the Year 2 Curriculum that I hope you will find useful.

Maths: In the new term I will continue to provide a weekly overview of what we are learning in maths on the homework sheets, including ways to help at home.

Please follow the link below to see the school calculation policy, which explains clearly the methods the children use to understand the four operations.

School Calculation Policy

Handwriting: In the new term, I will send home information on the school handwriting style as I know how hard the class are working for their pen licences! The most important elements of handwriting are legibility, letters which are of a consistent size and spaces between words which reflect the size of the letters.

Grammar: Have a look at sentenceplay.co.uk for help with grammar. You will need a pen and paper to complete most of these games, so it’s a good opportunity to practise great handwriting!

Curriculum overview:

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Merry Christmas!

We are reading The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg as we approach Christmas, and have written acrostic poems to describe the train and its magical journey.

This poem is by Beatrix:

Polar Express hop on board.
Open come in the Polar Express.
Last to come you’re very late!
Afraid we might fall out!
Rudolf comes racing past.

Elliot is on the Polar Express.
Xavi’s playing the xylophone.
Pizza is served on the Polar Express.
Rinks of ice for elves.
Enormous big train called the Polar Express rushing near the elves.
Santa chose one child to take one gift of Christmas.
Santa gives me a special bell.

We have also been printing some Christmas cards using block prints made of string and card. Here are a few examples:

A few photos from our Christmas party:

Merry Christmas from Class 2!

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Year 2’s Explorers Quiz!

2 comments Written on December 20th, 2016

To finish off our geography and history topic on explorers and maps, we have made a class quiz! See if you can get all the answers right!

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Experience Christmas at Southwark Cathedral

Last week, Class 2 were lucky enough to attend a day of Christmas story-telling, crafts and reflection at Southwark Cathedral. We had a wonderful time as the Cathedral volunteers helped us reflect on the story of Christmas at different stations around the Cathedral.

Here are some recounts of the day.

If you would like to add a reflection about what Christmas means to you please post it in the comments section.

Merry Christmas!

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Where Do Materials Come From?

7 comments Written on December 7th, 2016

In science this term, we have been learning about everyday materials and their uses.

Follow these links to the BBC to find out about where different materials come from, and how they are turned into everyday objects.

Find out how paper is made.

Find out how a window pane is made.

Find out how a woollen scarf is made.

Find out how a biscuit tin is made.

Which other materials would you like to find out about?

Why do you think these materials are used to make each object?

Leave a comment on the blog to share what you find out!

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Go Gamelan!

2 comments Written on November 23rd, 2016

Well done to all of Class 2 who performed brilliantly this afternoon in our Go Gamelan project!

Gamelan is a form of music from Indonesia that accompanies shadow puppet shows. The children made their own shadow puppets, learnt to play gamelan instruments and learnt traditional stories from Indonesia. They also learnt lots of amazing facts about Indonesian geography, animals, music and puppetry. Members of class 2 confidently shared some of these facts at the beginning of the performance.

Here is a video of our performance. Please do share your memories of the event in the comments section.

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Our Autumn Collective Worship

2 comments Written on November 17th, 2016

Well done to all of Class 2 who performed brilliantly in our first collective worship of the year!

Here is a video of highlights. Enjoy, and try singing along!

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Online spelling resources

Dear families,

Here are some websites I hope you will find useful for supporting spelling practise in Year 2.

https://www.spellzone.com/word_lists/lists_folder.cfm?Folder=67

Spellzone has lists of words containing all the spelling rules pupils are expected to learn in Year 2. There are also some interactive games on the site to aid practise. Our weekly spelling tests will indicate which spelling rules we are practising, so this is a useful place to look to find other words that use the same patterns.

http://www.phonicsplay.co.uk/freeIndex.htm

Phonics Play has free resources as well as some which require a subscription. It is full of useful activities for reviewing all the phases of phonics, and includes our ‘best bet’ rule for applying sounds in spelling.

http://mrthorne.com/

Mr Thorne has video explanations of phonics, spelling rules and grammar. In Year 2, we are working on Phase 6 and reviewing earlier phases where appropriate.

I hope you find these useful, and many thanks for your continued support.

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