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On this page you will be able to see lots of the things we have been busy doing in
Otters class! We hope you enjoy looking at all of the fun learning we have been doing.

World Book Day 2018

Thank you to all the parents that helped their children dress up and bring in their favourite book for World Book Day this year. Everybody looked fantastic and I was so impressed that even in freezing temperatures and snow we had so many children at school and dressed up! The children wrote a book review, discussed their favourite books, read new books and gave book recommendations, it was a thoroughly enjoyable day. Below are the pictures from the day.

Children in Need...The aftermath!

Important Information:

Term 4:

Year 2 SATs meeting - Friday 9th March 9am

Reports published - Friday 23rd March 

Parents evening - Wednesday 28th March 

End of term 4 - Thursday 29th March 

 

We will be practicing SATs this term as May fast approaches. It would be extremely helpful for your child if you could sit with them whenever possible and practice important skills such as addition, subtraction, division, multiplication, spellings, comprehension skills, handwriting, punctuation and grammar. There are plenty of websites that will ensure your child can practice these skills in a fun interactive way. Additionally, reading with your child every night, completing the homework and completing the 'mymaths' tasks will help your child achieve their best.

Yearly overview:

We have a soft, furry new friend in our class! Poppy the (cuddly toy) otter has come to join us in Otters class. She is a class mascot that helps us stay focused in class, cheers us up if we are feeling upset and encourages us to do our best. If we show excellent effort in our learning and our behaviour then we may be lucky enough to take Poppy home for the weekend.

 

If your child brings Poppy home then you should be extremely proud, this means that your child has shown excellent behaviour, tried extremely hard in all of their learning and has really impressed Miss. Davison. They will get Poppy in a bag to keep from Friday to Monday. Below are the stickers that you will find in your child's homework book. If they want to document their time with Poppy they can do so in their homework books under the stickers. Please remember to bring Poppy back on Monday so that other children have the opportunity to have her. 

 

This reward has been extremely encouraging and the children are doing a fantastic job, they really love Poppy and she is having a positive impact upon their learning. If you want to remind your children of Poppy, please feel free to do so!

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Princess Visit!

Thanks to one of our wonderful Otter parents, year 2 were lucky enough to win a visit from a fairy tale princess who came to school to read a story with them. The children loved it and were so excited, they were all very polite and well behaved which meant the visit was very enjoyable! We would like to say a HUGE thank you to the parent who was able to arrange this for us, the children are very appreciative! Pictures of your child and Princess Belle are below, if you would like to save them, please feel free to do so.

Anti-bullying week:
This week was anti-bullying week, in which we spend lots of time talking to the kids about what bullying is, how to avoid it, how to deal with it and we also discussed our school values and how they tie into this. Our school values include; respect, trust, friendship, hope, compassion and forgiveness. As a class we discussed all of these but were focussing specifically on 'compassion'. We talked all about compassion and how important it is, how it helps us prevent bullying and thought of lots of different ways to show compassion. We made compassion kites to display all of the things we discussed, which are now on display in our classroom. There are also pictures below for you to look at, we hope you enjoy them! 

Morning work:

In the morning we put our things away, change our books and then get on with some fun morning activities. This could be a variety of things from practising our fine motor skills through clever hands work, using the iPads to help our learning or completing some Maths, English or SPaG activities. This may change throughout the year and the type of work will be adapted to suit the children's needs and abilities.

Term 4
SNOW DAY (or week)!!

Topic:

Our topic this term is 'Ahoy Ship Mates!'
Our Power of Reading book is 'How to Find Gold' by Viviane Schwatrz (please don't read this with your child before we complete the book). We will be learning all about pirates, ships, islands and sea creatures/monsters. We will be having a pirate themed party at the end of the term.

English:

In English this term we are reading 'How to Find Gold', a story about a young girl and a crocodile. They set out on a treasure hunt. The book is full of dialogue and imagination. We will be using the book to help us develop our understanding of speech, exploring characters including thoughts and feelings, widening our vocabulary and improving our poetry writing skills. The children have come up with some excellent poetry using fabulous descriptive language. 

Maths:

This term we have been looking at shapes and statistics. We have been looking at the properties and names of 2D and 3D shapes, as well as looking at how these can be seen everyday in ordinary objects that we always use. We have been looking at pictograms, tally charts and bar graphs and how we use these to display data and information. We will also be looking at how we use these tables and charts to find information and answer questions. 

Below are useful documents that provides links to websites with interactive games to help your child develop their learning with shape, symmetry and stastistics

Science:

In science we have been learning about materials, floating and sinking. So far we have made boats using different materials and tested these by seeing how many marbles each boat could hold in water before sinking. The children were extremely engaged and they came up with the ideas for the boats independently, made predictions about what may happen and recorded the results on a bar chart. 

Religious Education:

ART/DT:

We have created our own sea monsters! We designed and described them in English and then made them in the afternoon. They look fab but may need a bit more TLC when the children take them home! 

History/Geography:
Term 3

Topic:

Our topic for this term is 'Poles apart' in which we will be looking at two very different parts of the world! We will be learning about The arctic poles as well as Africa.

The 'Power of Reading text' - Lila and the secret of rain.

(Please don't read this before we have completed it in class)

English:

In English we have been using our Power of Reading book 'Lilah and the Secret of Rain' to support our learning. We have been creating story maps to help us retell the story, creating and performing poetry, expanding our vocabulary with the use of adjectives to help us extend our sentences and developing our understanding of how to use speech marks effectively! After finishing this book we moved onto reading a non-fiction book about a penguin chick called 'Otto'. The kids thoroughly enjoyed this story and made their own penguin chicks in DT too! 

Maths:

We have started looking out how to multiply and divide numbers. It would be really helpful if you could support your children with these key skills as they are extremely important and need to be recapped regularly to ensure a good understanding is kept. We have used our knowledge of counting up in multiples to support our understanding of multiplying as well as using arrays, lots of, grouping etc. To support our understanding of division we have used sharing methods which worked really well. 

 

We have been learning how to recognise the value of coins and how add coins to make different amounts. We used plastic money as replicas to help us recognise the coin and its value and to explore finding different amounts, making the same amount in different ways and making an exact amount and finally finding change. Again, this is something that we would love for you to discuss with your children to ensure they are continuously being exposed to this key skill.

Below is a useful document that provides links to websites with interactive games to help your child develop their learning with money

R.E:

We have been learning about 'Creation' and created our own creatures. We explored how God might feel when his creations are destroyed. The children found this really hard to do and were very engaged with the activity. As well as this, we discussed the different ways Christians thank God for everything he has done for us and all the things he has created. We worked together in talk partners to create our own prayer to thank God for all the things he created. 

 

We were lucky enough to be able to visit Canterbury Cathedral to learn even more about Creation and to experience what it is like to visit such a prestigious building with lots of history behind it! Whilst we were there we made our own badges, wrote our names using a quill and ink, coloured in a plastic stained glass window and took part in some fun activities in the cathedrals learning zone! We also took part in a costume trail where we dressed up and walked around the Cathedral and the Cathedral grounds. We had a fabulous day and lots of people commented on how well behaved and polite our children were! 

Science:

We have been learning about the different parts of a plant and what they need to survive/ grow. We did an experiment using magic beans and observed what happened when we watered one pot everyday, one pot twice a week and one pot only once in a whole month. We made predictions, observed and recorded the outcome. It was very interesting and the children were extremely excited each day to check on the plants! 

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Art:

We have been learning how to use and blend pastels, developing our use of water colour paints and improve our drawing skills. Our pictures were fabulous! 

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DT:

We designed our sock penguins before using a template to cut out felt pieces and filling our chosen socks with rice and stuffing. They look adorable and the children are so excited to take them home! 

Drama:

To help us explore our African topic we had a vist from KIC theatre.

Term 1

Topic:

Our topic this term is 'A sailor went to sea, sea, sea.' Below is the Topic letter with more details about what will be covered during this term.

There will be a school trip for Otters to the South Foreland Lighthouse on Wednesday 4th October 2017. There will be pictures to follow to share with you all.

 

We then enjoyed a lovely trip to the beach to take part in some activities. These activities included: drawing sea themed pictures on pebbles and hiding them around the beach for others to find, drawing landscape pictures, building sandcastles, collecting beach items and creating a mind-map thinking about our senses such as what we could see, smell, hear and feel. We used our day at the beach to help us write poetry when we got back to school. We wrote some fabulous poems using alliteration and our senses. We then became artists and used our beach items to develop our still life drawing and drew some beautiful pictures of seashells, pebbles and driftwood.

 

Thank you to all of our parent helpers who have helped during term 1, we really appreciate you coming along! :)

Maths:

In maths we have been recapping and learning more about place value (hundreds, tens and ones) as well as practising how to partition two digit numbers. We looked at partitioning the tens from the ones using base 10, a place value chart and 'part-whole' models. We are becoming more confident with this and securing our understanding! 

We moved onto learning how to compare numbers. We met a new friend called Chris Crocodile. He is a really greedy crocodile that likes to eat as much as he can. He helped us learn how to use the compare sign to compare numbers. To do this, we rolled a 100s, 10s and a 1s dice to make two 2-digit numbers. After this we used the more than and  less than signs to compare the numbers.
We have been learning more about addition and subtraction. We started this by recapping our number bonds to 10, 20 and some of us even had a go at our number bonds to 100! To do this we used numicon and wrote our findings on sugar paper.
Finally, before the end of the term we secured our knowledge of addition and subtraction using the expanded column method, jottings and using number lines too! We are starting to show a really strong, secure understanding of arithmetic. Well done to everybody for trying extremely hard in maths! 

English:

In English we have been using our Power of Reading book 'Orion and the Dark' to support our learning. We have been doing lots of fun things including writing speech and thought bubbles, drawing story maps, exploring poetry and expanding our vocabulary by using adjectives to describe fear and characters. 

 

Please enjoy the clips below of some of the children performing their poetry describing what they think 'dark' might feel like. The children worked well in groups and tried hard with their first piece of performing for the term! 

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After we finished our Power of Reading book, 'Orion and the Dark' we moved onto a new book. Our new book is 'The Lighthouse Keeper's Lunch' which links well with our Topic. We have been learning lots about the story and using in this in lots of our lessons. We have come up with ideas of how to get rid of the pesky seagulls, designing new ways of transporting Mr. Grinlings lunch, thinking about how poor Hamish must have felt and how to describe this using adjectives, designing our own sandwich and developing our language by using different adjectives to describe the lovely lunch that Mrs. Grinling makes! We were lucky enough to go on a trip to a lighthouse and practice being lighthouse keepers. Please see the pictures above under 'Topic'.

ART/D.T:

We have been busy getting creative during our Art & D.T lessons and we have thoroughly enjoyed it! We have been putting our artist hats on and using different medias to create images of what we think 'dark' would look and feel like. We had the opportunity to experiment using black sugar paper, chalk, oil pastels, pencils and wax crayons. 

 

We have also been having lots of fun becoming architects by designing and building our very own lighthouses! Firstly as a whole class we investigated how other people had made lighthouses, then we shared our ideas on what materials we could use. It was important for us to design and plan our lighthouse so we wrote up a plan before making it, which will help us to evaluate our work. We had an exciting afternoon making our lighthouses and had lots of fun having a messy lesson! 

 

To link with our Power of Reading book, we designed and made our very own sandwiches. We had a great time making our sandwiches, we worked really well as a whole class and made lots of right choices, well done Otters! Our sandwiches were lovely and we really enjoyed ourselves!

History/Geography:

In History we have been learning about 'Grace Darling' and how she became a well known heroine. We read a story and watched a short video about her and her brave rescue mission, then used this knowledge to re-order and re-tell the story in our books. Below is a link with more information about Grace Darling:

We have been looking at the history of the seaside to link with our topic. We compared a trip to the seaside in Victorian times to now and the differences. We had lots of fun doing this and there were lots of interesting things that we learnt such as the difference in swimming costumes, the changing blocks and entertainment, for example a punch and Judy show.

 

In geography, we had a go at placing local lighthouses on a map and learning about their history. We placed, labelled and drew the different lighthouses. We didn't realise how many lighthouses there were just in Kent! 

Science:

We have began to look at living, non-living and never lived and how we can recognise the difference between the three. We discussed how all living things breathe, eat, grow and reproduce. We made a table in our books and put different things into the three categories. There were some tricky things to put in, such as newspaper, fruit and wood! Can you figure out why these were tricky? Which category do you think they belong in? 

Religious Education:

We have been learning about Parables and why Jesus told them. Each week we learn about a different parable and discuss the meaning behind it. We talk about why Jesus chose to tell that particular Parable. Below are some links to the different Parables we have been learning about.

 

Term 2
Morning Work:
We have been starting to develop our independence and initiative in our morning work by going through our English and Maths books and improving our work by responding to orange comments. For example, practicing letter formation, correcting any errors we may have made or practicing spellings. When we are not doing this we are developing different skills such as fine motor skills, numeracy skills such as timestables, improving our handwriting or developing our phonics. 
Topic:
Our new topic is 'Fire, Fire!' in which we will be learning lots about The Great Fire of London. We are going to be looking out what happened, how it happened, how it spread, the difference between Firefighting then and now and lots of other fun things! Below is a letter that has been sent out to all parents with information about what we will be learning during this term.
Maths:

We have kick started term 2 by jumping back into number and inverse operations. We have been using bar models to support our understanding of inverse operations and how we can use it to find all four number sentences. It was a bit tricky at first but with lots of practice we are soon becoming mathematicians!

 

We are now looking at measuring and have started by looking at length. We have been learning about mm, cm, m and km. We are trying to remember the difference between them and had a go at measuring ourselves using metre sticks. We are still learning to use the correct unit of measurement as some of us thought we were 140m tall! If that were true, we would be living giants!

So if you can help use this language at home it would really help us to learn the difference, thank you. Attached below is a display card to help your children with remembering units of measure for length.

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