Burgundy class

 Burgundy Class Year Two

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Welcome to Burgundy Class!

 

We are a class of thirty amazing children and two fabulous teachers: Ms Katy Kowalska and Ms Beth McGreer, and a super cool Teaching Assistant. Mr Simon Howlett.  The best way to find out about our class is to ask the children, but as they cannot be here right now… read on!

This Term…    Would you rather be a bear or a butterfly?

This Summer Term will be busy!  In the first half we will be learning about powerful plants, investigating and finding out what they need to start growing, and planting our own seeds.

 

 

Later we will be going Bonkers about Bugs, visiting Wicken Fen to learn about micro-habitats and getting really close with microscopes! We will also meet some great story characters as we read some of the books by Julia Donaldson.  After half term we will be globe-trotting as we discover the oceans and continents, and find out about some of the habitats around the world.  We will also be going back in time to discover a Victorian heroine and find out about her ocean adventure!  In Religious Education we learning about Sikhism, stories and symbols, and in PE we will get some top class cricket coaching as well as focusing on our athletic skills as we look forward to Sports Day at the end of the Summer Term.

Revise your learning about health and the body at these websites:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/scienceclips/ages/6_7/health_growth.shtml

http://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/ks1/science/health_and_growth/play/

Or try out these creepy-crawly pages –  remember to stay safe online!

http://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/ks1/science/living_things/play/

http://justkidsgames.com/play.php?BuildABug

(build a bug then get it across the swamp safely)

http://urbanext.illinois.edu/insects/newbug.html

(an American site where you can make a bug from a bank of body parts)

http://www.kidzone.ws/animals/arthropod1.htm

Please be aware that these are external websites and not associated with
Morley Memorial Primary School.

 A Busy Year so far…

Alongside our core learning in English and Maths we have a really exciting and busy time in Year Two!

In the Spring term our topics covered traditional tales and keeping healthy:

Is there a twist in the tale?

In Spring, our topic had an English and Geography focus. We learnt about traditional story characters: reading and writing some alternative versions of well-known stories.  Using our geography skills we mapped the story trail and created our own story maps, as well as going on fantastic journeys in art, with Miro and Hundertwasser.  We also put the Wolf on trial, and gave presentations on the guilt or innocence of the Wolf (he was guilty).  During the second half of the Spring term we learnt about humans and other animals, learning about what we all need to stay alive and healthy, including a visit from a friendly dog.  Throughout the term in RE we learnt about Jesus as a teacher and leader, and finding out about some of the stories he told and thinking about their meanings.

During Science Week we explored and discovered Chromatography with Dr Lori, learning about separation.  We also discovered that we are as old as the stars!

 

 

You could have a look at the story websites:

http://learnenglishkids.britishcouncil.org/en/short-stories   (a mixture of stories to listen to and watch)

http://www.worldstories.org.uk/stories  (stories in different languages)

 Please be aware that these are external websites and not associated with Morley Memorial Primary School.

In the Autumn term we worked on topics with a History and Science focus.

We started the Autumn term with the Plague of 1665 (not literally, thank goodness!), devised our own plague cures (which ranged from the delicious to the disgusting), and about the far-reaching impact of the Fire of London of 1666.  Events at that time have shaped our capital city’s skyline as well as being the starting point for our modern fire brigades.  We wrote our own versions of events, but you can find out more about Samuel Pepys’ version at: http://www.magd.cam.ac.uk/pepys/ His diary is now kept in Pepys’ Library in Magdalene College, Cambridge.

We got stuck into the topic by making our own bread, to help out a certain Thomas Farynor, who appeared to have burnt his rolls!

We made fire engines with ladders, hoses and working wheels during our Design and Technology Day focusing on developing our designing, making and evaluating skills.  A highlight of the first half of the Autumn term has to be climbing the 311 steps of the Monument in London and the amazing view at the top (not to mention the return climb back down those same 311 steps!) – and we have the Certificate to prove it!

Why not check your learning about the Fire of London at:  http://www.fireoflondon.org.uk/game

 Please be aware that this is an external websites and not associated with Morley Memorial Primary School.

After Half Term, as the nights grew longer, we looked skywards into the night to learn about flight and space through fiction and non-fiction texts, writing explanations and stories.  We learnt about some of the great explorers of the skies such as the Wright Brothers, Amy Johnson and Neil Armstrong.  A visit to Duxford Imperial War Museum gave us the opportunity to get close to some of the great machines of the skies.  We carried out research and wrote our own books about flight – take a look at some of our work in these powerpoints.

All About Flight by Burgundy Class 1

All About Flight by Burgundy Class 2

 

For more details on the history of aviation have a look at these web pages:

www.grc.nasa.gov/WWW/k-12/UEET/StudentSite/index.html

http://teacher.scholastic.com/space/friendship7/index.htm

www.rafmuseum.org.uk/research/history-of-aviation-timeline/interactive-aviation-timeline.aspx

November saw us participating in Anti-Bullying Week, which complemented our PSHE unit of work on the same theme.  This year we are working on being a ‘All Different, All Equal’.  Following on from our work on Harvest festival in RE, we learnt about some of the different religious festivals that take place in the autumn and winter: Hannukah and Diwali and of course, Christmas with  a visit to our local church to learn about how some Christians prepare for Christmas during Advent.   Christmas was celebrated with the traditional Morley Christmas performance at the end of term where we wowed the audience with our Badger jokes!

Why not try these flight-themed games?

www.ictgames.com/helipad%20hops7.html

www.ictgames.com/chuteShuffle/index.html

www.ictgames.com/rhymingRockets.html

www.ictgames.com/cluster.html

Please be aware that these are external websites and not associated with Morley Memorial Primary School.

General Information

Book-bags should be brought into school every day: we encourage children to be as independent as possible and to remember their book-bag for themselves.  We hear children read in weekly Guided Reading sessions, and individually at other times.  Children are expected to change their books regularly for themselves from the selection available in class.

PE lesson pic

Our PE days are on Wednesdays (outdoor) and Fridays (indoor).  Our PE kit consists of: T-shirt, shorts, long sleeved top and jogging bottoms, spare socks, trainers or plimsolls.  Long hair must be tied back and no jewellery please.  Please leave PE kits in school (unless it needs washing of course!) so that we can be flexible with our timetable if we need to be.  If your child does not have the correct PE Kit they will not be able to participate actively in that session, so please help by ensuring the kit is in school.  We do send a reminder slip home if your child does not have the correct PE kit, as verbal messages via child-mail often don’t get through!

water bottle

Parents must provide children with a named water bottle which should be brought into school daily; it will be returned daily for cleaning.  This should be filled every morning in school.  The class tap is drinking water.

 

Children visit the school library most weeks. Our Library Day is Thursday.  Children are given the opportunity to choose and borrow a book in addition to the class readers.  Children can change their library book weekly or keep a book for a little longer.  We want all the children to have access to school library books so if library books are not returned we ask for a contribution towards its replacement.bookshelf

Homework will usually be sent home on a Thursday and should be returned by the following Tuesday.  There will be a curriculum related task and some handwriting to practise.  We also send home details about the spelling pattern or grammar rule which we are learning using the No-Nonsense Spelling Programme: this is for home practice, as, while we do assess spelling regularly, we do not have formal weekly spelling tests.  There will be times when homework is a research task, learning a poem or other practical task.  Please record a note in the homework book giving an indicator of how your child found the homework.  More detailed information is available in the Home Learning Policy which can be found in the ‘Our School’ section of the website.  If you have any further questions or concerns about the homework, please come in and talk to us.

As a school, we do not give out sweets or cakes on the event of a child’s birthday, so please do not bring them in.  If you did want to send in a treat, you may wish to consider a book, game or fruit alternative to sugary snacks.  Please remember there is no obligation or requirement to send in birthday treats of any kind!

Do you have time to spare or skills to share? We love extra help in class!

We welcome volunteers either regularly or as a one-off visit connected with the curriculum.  You may like to come and help in class with group work, regular reading, or on days when we need extra adult help such as Design and Technology Days.  We also need parent/carers to help when we go out of school on class trips, locally or further afield.   Please contact us if you are able to offer some of your time.  Regular volunteers are required to have a DBS check (child safeguarding) and a brief induction with our Deputy Head Teacher.

 

KS1 SATS

We will be taking the SATs (Standard Assessment Tests) in May 2018, however government policies do change, so should we hear differently we will let you know!  So you might like to watch this short clip by Micheal Tidd (Headteacher from Sussex & blogger on Primary Assessment) which covers information about the SATS from May 2017.

KS1 SATS video