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, our lovely Teaching Assistants are Ms Sharon Grieves and Ms Iona Graham-Hagg.  The best way to find out about our class is to ask the children, but as they cannot be here right now… read on!

Alongside our core learning in English and Maths, in the Summer term we will be working on topics with a Science Geography and History, focus.

This Half Term…  Have you heard the ocean roar?

This, the final half of the Summer term, we are going on an Ocean Adventure trotting the globe as we learn about the oceans and continents.  We start with the great story, The Snail and the Whale, and continue with a friendly lighthouse keeper, and a real-life heroine of the high seas.  We will be taking a close look at shells and developing our art skills, while we continue with our unit on Sikhism in RE and focus on athletics in PE – in preparation for Sports Day at the end of the half term.

We will have a great final half term in Year 2: there is still is a lot to learn and practise as we get ready for the move to Year 3.

As an island nation it is important that we are aware of water safety; we are lucky to have the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) to protect us when we are at the coast.  Why not explore the website they have for children: Shore Thing?

 

http://rnli.org/shorething/Pages/default.aspx

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

 

 

 

 

KS1 SATS

Children have taken the end of KS1 tests, however, if you want to find out more, take a look at the powerpoint shared with parents at the information session in March, or watch the short clip by Micheal Tidd (Deputy Headteacher from Nottinghamshire & blogger on Primary Assessment).

KS1 SATS video

 

 

 

 A Busy Year so far…

Alongside our core learning in English and Maths, in the Autumn term we worked on topics with a History and Science focus.

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Who burnt the bread?

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.

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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.

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What is up (and how do you get there)?

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 were also lucky enough to have a visit to the Explorer Dome, where we saw some of the planets close up and heard some of the stories behind the constellations. 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 ‘Power for Good’.  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 wished everyone Mele Kalikimaka!

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.

Is there a twist in the tail? 3 pigs background

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 welcomed a Pupil Barrister from Jenners Chambers to listen to our presentations on the guilt or innocence of the Wolf (he was guilty), and enjoyed a fabulous performance from the Theatre of Widdershins, during Book Week.  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.

You could have a look at the story websites:

http://learnenglishkids.britishcouncil.org/en/short-stories

http://www.worldstories.org.uk/stories

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

Would you rather be a bear or a butterfly?

The first half of the summer term found us learning about plants, animals and their habitats.  We had a great day making our own arthropods, and visited Wicken Fen where we found lots for real!

We have also explored the amazing world of the microscope, thanks to the fabulous team from the Gurdon Institute, who gave their time and equipment freely to work with us.

 

 

 

You can 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

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

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

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 or with parent/carer help.

PE lesson pic

Our PE days are on Wednesdays (outdoor) and Fridays (indoor).  A 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

Children will need to provide 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 word lists which follow the pattern we are learning in class Phonics lessons, and are for you to practise spelling at home.  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.

Please do not send in sweets for children’s birthdays, considering our Healthy School status, 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 to send in birthday treats of any kind!

Do you have time to spare or skills to share? Or BOTH?

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 as we provide an induction programme for volunteers.