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St. Mary's Church of England (VC) Primary School
St. Mary's Church of England (VC) Primary School
St. Mary's Church of England (VC) Primary School
St. Mary's Church of England (VC) Primary School
Robin Class: Year 2
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13th December 2018
Mrs Thom This week, we have continued to practice our Nativity performance and we are very much looking forward to sharing it with you next week.
In Maths, we have been learning to tell the time, using our clocks practically, drawing hands on clock faces and using a great website, which also helps us practise reading the time in words. Give it a go at home!
In music, we have practised creating our own rhythms, using the names of puppets. Ask your children how they would say the rhythm... scary lion!

Mrs Thom We have had a good week, practising our nativity. Well done to those children who know their lines. Please check if your child knows their lines as everyone has at least 1. Ask if you would like us to give you a new copy of their words.
In maths, we have been learning about weight, comparing what is heavier and lighter and using grams and kilograms.
In PE, we have been practising our yoga moves... check out our photos.
In curriculum lessons, we have been learning about belonging to communities and how Christians show belonging to Christianity. We have looked at how
Christians celebrate Christmas and when relevant talked about how other religions celebrate their important festivals.

Mrs Thom Our nativity performances will be Monday 17th in the afternoon of the last week and Tuesday 18th at 9.30 am.

Mrs Thom Well, our nativity practice has begun! We have listened to the playscript, learnt the Christmas story and now started to practice our lines. All children have had a copy of their lines sent home TODAY, so please practise their loud and clear voices!!

Mrs Thom This week has been our final week learning about all our science topic; Materials. We had a fab WOW day to start our topic last week and have since learnt about man made and natural materials, tested our predictions about waterproof and absorbent materials as part of our outdoor learning lessons and are writing our own non fiction books. We have learnt about different features of a non fiction book; why not pop to the library and find your own non fiction books there to have a look at?
Or visit to sign up to a whole library of free E books, including fiction and non fiction.
This website is fantastic as you can hear the book read or read it yourself!

Mrs Thom This week in maths, we are learning about 2D shapes and 3D shapes. As it was our first lesson today for the topic, we needed to remember the names of shapes from Y1.
Use this game at home to help you practice. We played it today in school.
This is the website we also used to guess the shape, using shapes that we need to learn in Y2.

Mrs Thom Today was our Wow Start to our new topic, Marvellous materials.
We listened to a story, which the children thought they recognised... until they realised it was a twist on the familiar fairy tale! You can watch it here at home and either read with the sound down or listen to the story being read.
Then we did lots of different activities, seeing if we could identify different materials and their properties.
Ivy - I really enjoyed searching for shiny and smooth things with Mrs Thom because it was fun.
Lily - I have been having fun with Mrs Thom in our class.
Meteen - I liked the book
Hubert - I have enjoyed looking for soft things.
Patryk - I enjoyed being with Miss Bullard because we were sorting things.

In the afternoon, we investigated building houses from different materials just like the 3 little wolves! We tried to blow down our straw houses using some huff and buff...from a hairdryer! We practised using our '3 little wolves' team building skills in the outdoor space to create houses from different materials. We investigated how plastic and foam bricks could be used to create different structures. Check out our gallery page for the photos from our wonderful wow day!

Mrs Thom We performed our Flo of the Somme in worship for the other children to see. Check out our video on the gallery page!

Mrs Thom Today was a fantastic day from start to finish! In our maths lesson, we showed that we are becoming more confident with fractions and can identify ½, ⅓ and ¼.
Write these fractions down using numbers (see above ) and ask your child to say if it's a half, third or quarter using these words here.
In English, we practised performing a poem about Flo of the Somme with actions and we were able to remember all of the words. Mrs Woods popped into see our performance and was so proud of us too!
In the afternoon, we had visitors from Abingdon army base to talk to us about how the jobs of the pigeons, donkeys and dogs in World War 1 have been replaced by modern technology. We asked lots of questions and listened really well. Look at our gallery page for some pictures. Finally, we created purple poppies to honour the fallen animals who have died in conflict. It was a busy day but there was such fabulous effort from the children.

Mrs Thom A typical busy Tuesday in Robin Class
We enjoyed listening to Mrs Thom read Zog by Julia Donaldson, jumping in with the rhyming words at the end of the sentences. We also learnt about rhyming words in our class story, Flo of the Somme.
In PE, we took a trip in a space ship, practising different yoga poses along the way!
In number knowledge, we recapped our understanding of number bonds by practising our song and played a very exciting game on the interactive whiteboard (see earlier blog post)...we shall see if we can improve next time we play!
Our handwriting is beginning to really improve with this really simple technique which we tried today...using a highlighter, we shaded in above the line. Then, we were careful to only write our letters within that highlighted section. Only tall letters called ascender letters like htl and descenders like jgypq 'poke' outside of the highlighted line. Try it at home and see the difference it makes to our handwriting... amazing!

Ivy I love learning about the dog flo & the Somme. I can't wait to find out more about it tomorrow

Mrs Thom Today we played this game and we really liked it.

Mrs Thom The children absolutely loved our number knowledge today; recapping our knowledge of number bonds to 10 and extending this to 20. Here is the link if you want to play at home

Sarah Thanks for the opportunity to see Leo and the other Robins hard at work for the Learning Expo morning :)

Emilie-Mae I really enjoyed WW1 day this week. I liked Jake holding the gun and I liked dressing up. I learnt that soldiers built trenches which they hid in from the enemy. I wish I was I the army.

Mrs Thom Today was a whole school WW1 day. Y2 and Y1 found out about how it all started in Sarajevo. See the pictures on our gallery page!
In the afternoon, we learnt about the Home Front back in Britain. We saw what little food people had to eat each week and we learnt about bombs being dropped on civilians. Well done Isabelle, who showed good knowledge by asking about suffragettes during our Home Front session. The final session was about soldiers and how they survived on the front line. We learnt lots and are now ready to start our WW1 topic next week.

Carla It's been a great week this week in our class as we ve begun writing our very own stories, based on the Rainbow Fish story. Our first sentence starts like this... In a dark, gloomy and scary forest, there lived a beautiful, golden and bronze bird, who had shimmering, shiny feathers, like a disco ball.... ask us what happens next! We have been thinking about using commas to separate our adjectives and using finger spaces and capital letters. In maths, we have been practising subtraction, using number lines, 100 squares and counting forward and back. You can see some photos of our lessons this week.
Lots of children are bringing in their reading books and reading records every day which is fantastic. Please try hard to do this as we like to read all the time!

Mrs Thom This week in maths, we've loved using the Ipads in our maths lessons to practice the addition objectives that we've been learning. One game we've particularly enjoyed can be found at this website.
We have been practising adding numbers IN ANY ORDER, so that 3+14 can become 14 + 3 , which is a lot easier to count on.
We have also been looking out for hidden number bonds so 16 + 7 can be re written as 16 + 4 + 3 as (4+3 = 7).
This would then become 16 + 4 = 20 + 3 = 23

Mrs Thom When we chatted about our water wow day, you all had lots of comments you wanted to share...
Hamza "My favourite part of the water day was when you put water in the cups and you had to run and get it to the other person."
James "The Lego was the best."
Oliver "my Lego bridge was the best and it was really cool."
Arjun "I liked it best when we were doing the boats."
Emilie Mae "I liked it when we were doing the chalk."
Hubert "I like the boats."
Lilly "I liked the bridge building when you have to make them out of newspaper."
Charles "I liked when we used the water with the guttering."
Leo "My favourite part was doing all the activities."
Why not add your thoughts about our Wow day to the blog!

Mrs Finch Wow Robins! What a fantastic start to the new school year!
We have had a brilliant two weeks learning about how to stay safe near water and learning about keeping safe around household products and peer pressure. What have you enjoyed learning about so far this term? Can you think of any safety tips to share on our blog?
Mrs Thom and I are really excited to begin our 'Wonderful Water' topic this week! Make sure you have a look on the Topic Zone for some useful links and videos to watch.

Mrs Thom We had a great day today for our first Art Day in Robins! We began our morning with a fun warm up activity, drawing with both hands at the same time. It really made us think about which marks we were making on the page, to create our image. Then we found about about how we can show one of our School Values, Endurance by watching a video about Austin, a little boy who doesn't give up. We learnt different Zentangle techniques and used different media (felt tip, crayon, pencil) to practice our creations. It was good fun to look at our work and tell our friends which ones we were most proud of. In the afternoon, we also completed another fun warm up activity, which was a little bit crazy! We had to draw a portrait of our friends...but without looking at the paper. We all found it a real challenge, but we did realise how important paying close attention to your drawing is! To finish off our day, we put all of our drawing practice and exploration to the test by creating our own Zentangle portraits, using a different media (photo) and our favourite Zentangle patterns.

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St. Mary's Church of England (VC) Primary School      Southam Road      Banbury      OX16 2EG
Headteacher: Victoria Woods
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