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Puriton Primary School

Puriton Primary School

Amber Class

 

We are a class of Year 2 pupils. Our teachers are Mrs Brown for four days and Mrs Williams on a Wednesday. Miss James is the teaching assistant in our class.

 

2019-20

Welcome to Year 2! We look forward to another exciting year of experiences and learning.

Our Autumn theme is, 'Brilliant Brunel!' We are considering why he was a famous engineer, what his life was like and how life has changed since the Victorian times.

Here is our Autumn term overview

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Autumn Week 3 

Last week, we really enjoyed the skipping workshops and we have continued to develop our skills further. Lots of us have been skipping at playtimes too! 

We have already learnt the, 'kn,' 'gn' and 'wr,' graphemes and have been playing lots of games to learn our spellings. We are also really enjoying reading, 'The Twits,'by Roald Dahl. The Twits are so naughty!

In Maths, we have been partitioning numbers and have learnt that this can be done in a variety of different ways. e.g. 46 is 40 +6 but also could be 30 + 16 or 26 +20! Part, part, whole models have really helped us with this idea. 

We became scientists and explored how germs can spread easily by touching each other. We also learnt they are tricky to get off so you must wash your hands thoroughly. Luckily, we were using glitter rather than actual germs! 

Autumn Week 1 and 2

We have been busy settling into new routines, writing our class contract and finding where everything is in our classroom. We now know how to be, 'ready, respectful and safe,' in Amber class. 

We read the story, 'Supermarket Zoo,' and learnt to retell it. We drew a story map and added key vocabulary to our wall. We learnt about adjectives and then showed what we have learnt by writing descriptions of monsters and short stories about the main character's trip to the monster market.

We have been busy practising counting to 100. Exploring all the equipment in the classroom was really fun and we were able to represent 2 digit numbers in a variety of different ways. 

We had a WOW day to launch our new topic, 'Brilliant Brunel.' The classroom was filled with genuine Victorian artefacts. We became museum workers and had to create labels for them. We had some really interesting ideas. We noticed that none of the items had plugs so we decided they may not have had electricity in their homes like we do. We made a human timeline to put the Victorians in history. 

 

 

 

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 2018/19

 

 

 

Noah's Ark Zoo Farm

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A school trip spotting African animals

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SS Great Britain

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Amber class trip

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Happy Easter! We hope you had a lovely break! Welcome to the Summer term.

 

Week ending 12/07/19

We have been busy creating our food chain games. We had to make sure we included all the words we have learnt to give the players lots of information about the animal or plant that they choose. We used words such as, producer, consumer, predator and omnivore.

We have been busy solving problems. We had to make predictions and then be resilient when finding all the possible solutions. We used dice, arrays and used cubes to build a city of towers.

We developed our map skills by designing our own National parks. We had to think about how the land is different in Kenya from Puriton and use the compass to describe positions.

We wrote diaries based on an African animation. Mrs Brown was impressed with the interesting vocabulary we used. Year 6 wrote stories and shared them with us. It was a real treat. Thank you!

Well done to Key Stage 2 for working so in your performances this week. The Lion King was amazing and we think you are all brilliant!

Week ending 21/06/19

We have continued learning to tell the time to the nearest 5 minutes. We made big clocks in groups using 60 cubes, one for each minute!
We have been busy writing this week. We wrote descriptions of weather and then wrote letters to characters from our class book. Then we practised being sentence doctors and checking Mrs Brown's work.
We worked together to sort photo cards of animals and plants. We thought about how they could be linked. We then learnt about food chains. We learnt lots of new words such as consumers, producers, predators and prey. Did you know that plants make their own food with the help of the sun? We then thought about which food chains you may find in Africa.

Week ending 14/06/19

On Monday, we visited Noah's Ark Zoo Farm. We enjoyed our workshop where we learnt about desert, tropical rainforest and savannah habitats in Africa.We enjoyed meeting Ralph, the Royal Python and Charlotte, the Hissing Cockroach. We saw lots of animals from all over Africa and looked closely at the way they move, where they live and what they eat. Mrs Brown was very impressed with how we represented the school.

We used what we learnt to make quizzes. They give clues to an African animal and then we learnt Powerpoint skills to make the answer reveal on a mouse click.

We enjoyed playing noted music using the glockenspiels this week.

We also continued to practise telling the time using o'clock, half past, quarter to and quarter past.

 

Week ending 07/06/19

We have been working hard to complete our learning experience. We showed what we know about making an African meal by writing our own recipes for our families. We wowed Mrs Brown with our neat handwriting.
We really enjoyed our inspire session. We taught our parents how to use the iMotion app. We worked in groups to plan and make a short animation about African animals. We had to use good teamwork. Thank you to everyone who joined us.
We have been practising reading o'clock and half past times using the hour hand.
We sorted objects, animals and plants into groups to show if they are alive, not alive any more or have never been alive.

 

        

         

         

       

                                             

On Friday 24th May, Amber Class chose ingredients that can be grown in Africa. They chopped the fruit and vegetables carefully, mixed them with cous cous then enjoyed eating their creations. Nearly all of the children ate lots of their dish and said they would eat it again. Darcey said, 'My taste buds are dancing!'

                  

Week ending 24/05/19

We showed Mrs Brown everything we know about grammar by completing treasure hunts and a challenge booklet.
The adults really liked seeing all the different methods we can use to help us solve Maths problems and we all worked very hard.
We looked carefully at sunsets in Kenya. We used Brusho to paint a colourful sky. Then we drew animals, trees and grass on black paper. We stuck them on our backgrounds as silhouettes.
Then we showed what we had learnt by doing a different design. Some of us chose to paint a bright, daytime sky and some of use even added African patterns in charcoal.

Later today, we will be designing and creating an African meal. We have tasted different ingredients such as pineapple, mango, aubergine, chick peas, sweet potato, tomato and red peppers and we will use our favourites in our recipes.

                    

                 

 

Week ending 17/05/19

We have been very busy showing off our amazing reading skills this week. We used highlighters to help us find information in the texts. 

We have been exploring the most efficient methods of subtracting. We explored finding the difference by comparing different numbers of butterflies spotted in a butterfly house. 

We have been developing our animation skills. We are learning how to take a series of still photos that can be put together to create a stop motion animation. We will share these skills with our parents during our inspire session after half term.

 

           

Week ending 10/05/19

We did a treasure hunt. When we found a question, we had to answer it to show what we have learnt about punctuation and word classes.
We have been practising our addition skills. We have to draw our jottings clearly so we can count accurately.
We started an arty learning experience. We drew African animals from what we know, then we looked at photos. We also drew Acacia trees. We thought about what went well each time and how we could make our drawings even better, We had to look very carefully.

Week ending 26/04/19

On Tuesday, we had our WOW day. We learnt how to use an atlas to find the continent of Africa. Did you know there are 54 countries in Africa? We are learning about one of them called Kenya. We did an atlas challenge to find out information about Kenya such as, which rivers, lakes and mountains can be found there.
We made boarding passes and passports. Then we flew to Kenya on Amber Airways. It was important to watch the safety video and keep our seat belts on. We enjoyed the in-flight snacks too! 
We then began to make our classroom look like Kenya. We painted boxes to make a giraffe and a person from the Masaai tribe.                                                                                                    We have continued with our work on fractions. We have learnt that a non-unit fraction has more than 1 part as the numerator. E.g. 3/4 We also learnt that 4/4 is the same as 1 whole. 
We loved Scootfit n Thursday. We learnt how to scoot safely and learnt some new moves using ramps and music. Thank you for organising it Mr McKechan!

Spring Term

A very happy new year from Amber class! We hope you all had happy holidays!

Week ending 05/04/19

We learnt how to find quarters and thirds of amounts. It was important to split the whole into the right number of equal parts.
We have been showing Mrs Brown how our reading skills have improved. We like using highlighters to help us find the key information in the text.
We looked at a website and used it to find facts. We later realised it was fake! Did you know you need to check to see if the facts sound realistic, if links work and if there are real photos used?
We are looking forward to talking about our learning at our celebration today. We have all written things that we have learnt about materials. We have also practised poems and songs and created leaflets to persuade our families to recycle and prevent plastic pollution. We hope we can convince you to reduce, reuse and recycle. We are very proud of our learning journeys. 

Week ending 29/03/19

We started our 3rd learning experience. We want to persuade our families to use less plastic and recycle.
We had to use research skills to find out how plastic is made, what happens to it and learn about plastic in the ocean. We were shocked at the animals that die from eating plastic.
Yesterday, Gary from Carymoor came to work with us. We had to work together to sort materials into different bins. We also reused bottles by turning them into greenhouses to grow cress in.
Then we looked at features of leaflets. We designed our own. They have to be full of facts and be eye-catching for our families to pay attention!

Week ending 15/03/19

We have been turning our adventure stories into electronic book using Book Creator. We need to think about which part goes on each page and include speech bubbles, thought bubbles and pictures. We had to learn to edit and insert photos.
In Maths, we have been learning all about symmetry and patterns. We explored 2D polygons more by looking at the American artist, Frank Stella. He creates paintings, sculptures and prints using different shapes and colours. We made our own designs by overlapping shapes.

We have also been improving our team work skills this week by programming Probots and measuring each other.

Week ending 08/03/19

We have been naming and describing 2D shapes. We have to count the sides carefully.
We have been writing adventure stories to entertain our parents at our celebration of learning. We are using Book Creator to make them exciting and interesting to read.

We really enjoyed World Book Day and thought everyone looked amazing. Well done for creating such fantastic costumes from interesting words! We all improved our vocabulary by learning about each other's chosen words. We used books by Mini Grey to find good vocabulary that we can use in our stories, we used the thesaurus to improve boring words, did a book quiz and created emojis for our words.

Week ending 01/03/19

We have been dividing numbers by 2, 5 and 10. The bar model helps us share numbers into parts and we have also learnt that we can use our multiplication facts to solve division problems.
We have been describing settings using adjectives and verbs. Then we designed and created outfits for Traction Man to wear in the settings. We had to work as a team to make mood boards for our ideas.
In ICT, we programmed the Probots. We had to estimate how far it needed to go so it didn't fall off the table.
In RE, we watched a video of a Christian wedding and acted one out. We shared what we know about the special ceremony.

Week ending 08/02/19

We have been learning to divide by sharing. We split numbers into equal groups and used the bar model to help us. We are practising our 2, 5 and 10 times tables.

We learnt to write mini adventure stories using commas, adjectives, verbs and speech.

We changed different materials by heating them and cooling them. We used bolied water, chocolate, eggs, potatoes and toasted bread. Then we froze or cooled them. We made predictions, then looked carefully and described how the materials changed. We also thought about whether the changes could be reversed.

We had an inspire session. We used spinners and cards to generate ideas then designed useless objects such as chocolate teapots, china shoes and wooden coats. We thought about why they would be useless then which materials would be better and why. 

Week ending 01/02/19

In Maths, we drew part, part, whole models to solve 2 step word problems. They really helped us get the answer.
We are enjoying reading Flat Stanley and answering lots of questions about what we have read. We learnt different types of conjunctions and used them to improve our sentences.

We learnt how to dribble the ball in football.
We have been practising singing and acting for our nativity play.

Week ending 25/01/19

We wrote shape poems all about materials.
We have been learning how adverbs add detail to our sentences.
We have been learning how to use the multiplication symbol. We made and drew arrays to help us solve problems.
In RE, we learnt about Confirmation.
We found out that some materials are natural and some are man-made.

Week ending 18/01/19

We have been learning how to add equal groups.
We read shape poems and we are collecting words to use in our own poems.
We wrote a story based on a short film called Marshmallow.
On Monday, we went for a walk around the village. We looked around the school, went to the shop, the church, the old farm and the Post Office. We looked at which materials they had been made from and recorded the information in tally charts. Later in the week, we used the data to make bar graphs. Then we wrote questions about our data for people to answer. We had to remember our question marks!

Week ending 11/01/19

We have started learning about multiplication. We have been spotting equal and unequal groups then making equal groups with lots of different equipment.

In literacy we have been making sure we write in full sentences and mark the end in the right place. We have also been trying to join our handwriting.

We finished our work on health and hygiene. We thought about how exercise can make our heart healthy, make our muscles stronger and make us flexible. We planned exercises and timed how many we could do in 1 minute then thought about how our bodies changed. We also learnt about different types of food, learnt how much of each food we need and planned a healthy meal.

 

Autumn Term

Week ending 21/12/18

We have been busy showing Mrs Brown everything that we have learnt this term. On Monday, we experienced what it would have been like to attend school during Victorian times. We all dressed up and took part in very different lessons. We chanted numbers, practised handwriting, did drills and read and wrote poetry. In the afternoon, the boys did observational drawings in science while the girls baked mince pies.

We enjoyed hosting our own Victorian Christmas market for our family and friends. We learnt that the Victorians started lots of the Christmas traditions we have today. We made wreaths, cards and crackers to share with our visitors. We also told them all why we thought Brunel was truly brilliant. The adults also looked at all the real Victorian artefacts in our class museum and we explained what they were all for.

It has been a busy but exciting term. Merry Christmas everyone!

Week ending 14/12/18

We had a wonderful time performing. 'The Christmas Recipe,' to our family and friends. We were so pleased that we all spoke and the adults said our voice were very loud and clear. We hope you all enjoyed the performance!

Week ending 07/12/18

We have learnt have been learning how to improve verbs and how to write them in the past tense.
We are writing narrative diaries as if we travelled on the SS Great Britain. We have described the launch and the journey.
We were excited to find an elf door in our classroom. We found an envelope with a note inside from one of Father Christmas' elves. She is setting us challenges every day and we can check up on her using CCTV. We are writing a diary each day about her adventures in the classroom which we have to use different sentence types and punctuation.
We are looking forward to performing our play to the school and our families next week.

Week ending 30/11/18

In Maths, we drew part, part, whole models to solve 2 step word problems. They really helped us get the answer.
We are enjoying reading Flat Stanley and answering lots of questions about what we have read. We learnt different types of conjunctions and used them to improve our sentences.

We learnt how to dribble the ball in football.
We have been practising singing and acting for our nativity play.

Week ending 16/11/18

Last Friday, we visited the SS Great Britain. We had a tour of the ship and imagined what it would have been like for the passengers in Victorian times. We also did a workshop and used tools to join metal with rivets. Then we dressed up and pretended to launch the ship. It was brilliant!

We have been building bridges. We looked at bridges from around the world. We drew some. We have been sawing and gluing to make our bridges strong.
In maths, we have been using ten frames to help us subtract.

Week ending 09/11/18

We researched bridges from around the world and sketched our favourite ones. Then we designed our own bridges and chose our best design. We practised our sawing skills and made all the pieces to add to our own bridge.

We visited the SS Great Britain. It was an amazing day. We started with a tour of the ship and we complimented on our super behaviour and for the interesting questions we asked along the way. After lunch, we went to a workshop where we heard all about the launch of the SS Great Britain. We travelled back in time and worked as a team to join metal with rivets using Victorian tools. We dressed up and reenacted the launch of the ship. It was brilliant!

 Week ending 28/10/18

We finished writing our Black Hat stories. We tried to make our vocabulary as interesting as possible as we want to be able to entertain our friends in Year 6. 

We researched the Clifton Suspension Bridge and found out lots of interesting facts about it.

We would like to thank all the parents, family and friends who attended our inspire session this week. We had great fun completing the bridge building challenge. We worked in groups and had to build a bridge that would hold a toy car. We could only use the materials on our list. We had string, card, straws, spaghetti and 2 mystery items. We shared our bridges and thought about what went well (WWW) and what would be even better next time (EBI - even better if...)

Week ending 19/10/18

 We have been finding 10 more and 10 less. We then looked at adding and subtracting multiples of 10 to and from a range of 2 digit numbers. We have learnt we don't have to count in ones. 

We have been making our writing more interesting by using adjectives to write expanded noun phrases. 

Some of us showed how confident we were this week when we sang on our own in front of the class. 

Week ending 12/10/18

We have been practising our number bonds to 10, 20 and 100.


We had fun trying out different jumps in PE. We started jumping on the floor, then moved to jumping from different level equipment. We worked on our take off, flight and landing.

We watched a film called, 'The Black Hat.' It has brilliant vocabulary. We are going to use it to write our own stories to entertain other children in our school.


We are trying to find out where the most germs are found. We have rubbed a potato in a puddle, in the sink, on our hands and left one untouched. We will check them next week.

Week ending 05/10/18

We found information about Brunel in books and on the internet. Then we sorted or facts into groups on big sheets of paper. We used them to write reports. We are now turning them into brightly coloured factsheets to teach our parents about Brunel.

We have been using bar models to add and subtract. We compared calculations with greater, less than and equal signs.

We learnt about Baptism and made invitations. Then we visited the church. Reverend Doris showed us the oil and the font. We also lit candles. We filled the font with water, it was blessed and then we baptised our baby.   We learnt about Godparents and then we explored around the church. 

Week ending 28/09/18

We have been placing numbers on a variety of different number lines. We also used part, part whole models to write matching addition and subtraction calculations.

We used books and the internet to research facts about Isambard Kingdom Brunel. We then decided to sort the facts into groups. We wanted to put the groups in chronological order. We added our facts under different subheadings such as, childhood and work. Our sound of the week is, 's,' made with a soft 'c.'

We have really enjoyed health and fitness week. We have retold the story of Moana through yoga, completed dances, workouts and we have taken part in the house cross country. We can't wait to find out which house has won! We also had a first aid workshop and put bandages and slings on our friends. We also enjoyed the workouts at playtime and our active golden time.

Our Harvest celebration is always a special time of year. We celebrate at the church with our family and friends and are pleased to donate food and other items to those who need it through our local food bank.

Week ending 21/09/18

We have been making, comparing and ordering numbers. We used greater than, less than and equals symbols. 

We have been using a range of punctuation. We wrote lists using commas. Our sound of the week is, 'r' made with, 'wr.'

In science, we did an experiment to see how easily germs spread using glitter, cream and our hands. We realised that germs are hard to see, they spread easily and that we need to wash our hands well to get rid of them.

We are enjoying learning how to use spaces in rugby and we have learnt egg rolls, log rolls, teddy bear rolls and forward rolls in gymnastics.

Week ending 14/09/18

We have been learning to count to 100. We have been reading and writing the numbers in digits and words. We have also used equipment to make 2 digit numbers and then partition them in different ways. 

We read fact sheets and spotted the features so we can learn how to make our own for our Mums and Dads. We have also spent time making sure we form our letters properly. Our sound of the week is, 'n,' made with, 'kn,' and 'gn.'

On our WOW day, we travelled back in time to the Victorian times. We looked at old objects from the museum and guessed what they would have been used for. We made our labels  for the objects and then drew them.

We thought of questions to that we would have liked to ask Brunel and added them to our wall. We will try and answer them throughout our learning experiences. We drew portraits of him from old photographs. People began to use cameras during the Victorian times but they were very slow! 

We have been learning to do egg rolls, log rolls and teddy bear rolls in gymnastics and we are also learning the skills needed to play rugby. 

 

Week ending 07/09/18

We have had a great week and have all settled into Amber Class brilliantly.

We watched a video of people explaining how they learn Maths. We are going to try using drawing, experimenting, teamwork, using resources and starting with smaller numbers/examples then testing larger numbers, to help us learn maths this year. We have also learnt that it is ok to make mistakes and we don't always get the right answer straight away. We sorted emojis in different ways and described and made shape patterns.

We have done lots of reading and spelling activities.

We looked at paintings by the Russian artist, Kandinsky. We then made 3D collages based on his work. We had to use shapes that from a grid. E.g. if we like cats we could use a red circle, if we can ride a bike, we could use a yellow arch.

On Friday, we had a WOW day! We had artefacts from the museum all around our classroom. We looked carefully at them and wrote our own museum labels. We found out they were from the Victorian times. We then looked at some objects including french word cards, a map of the UK, a train, a bridge and a top hat. We learnt they were all clues to identify a man called Isambard Kingdom Brunel. We thought of questions we could ask about him. Later in the day, we learnt about why people paint portraits then we created our own portraits of Brunel.