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Mellor St Mary CE Primary School

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Class 2

Hello and welcome to Class 2!

Class 2 is taught by Mrs Rigby on Monday and Tuesday and by Mrs Marshall on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. Our Teaching Assistant is Mrs. Holroyd, who works with us every day.

 

We have  lots of fun activities planned to help us learn through enjoyment!  We want every child to be happy.  That's our mission! 

 

 

The children are looking very smart in their uniforms at the beginning of term and have had a very busy start. 

Year 1 will have sports coaching at lunchtime on Tuesdays and Year 2 will have it on Wednesdays. These will also be Class 2 PE days. PE kits with trainers need to be kept in school. Please make sure that every item of clothing and shoes are labelled clearly. 

It would also be helpful if you could provide a painting apron or an old shirt for art activities to be kept at school.

Learning Overview for the Autumn term.

Meet the teacher meeting. For those that couldn't attend the meeting, attached is a Powerpoint with our routines.

Please help your child to form their letters carefully when they are writing at home. From Year 1, we teach the children to flick into the top of the letter and then follow round , ending with a short flick.

Please help your child to form their letters carefully when they are writing at home. From Year 1, we teach the children to flick into the top of the letter and then follow round , ending with a short flick. 1
Please help your child to form their letters carefully when they are writing at home. From Year 1, we teach the children to flick into the top of the letter and then follow round , ending with a short flick. 2
Year 2 have started their Right Start road safety training.
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We have been enjoying reading and following instructions to play games in the playground together.

Green Team . Year 1 and Year 2 members.

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The class are enthralled with our second class novel, The Secret Garden. This is also an abridged version of the original classic suitable for our children.

The class are enthralled with our second class novel, The Secret Garden. This is also an abridged version of the original classic suitable for our children.  1
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During our Autumn nature walk, we noticed lots of different leaf shapes. Back in class we used tree ID sheets to help us identify the trees.  See ID sheets to have a go at home.

Please bring in some different shaped and coloured leaves for collage work that we'll be doing in class. We will look at the Leaf Man book and have a go at leaf collages like Lois Ehlert.

Leaf pictures

We have been learning about our senses.

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In Science lessons we have been investigating our senses. 

The children all enjoyed a senses scavenger hunt around the school grounds. We found things we could eat in the school  garden and enjoyed looking for different smells and textures everywhere. We also used our eyes and our ears to spot things we needed to find. 

We all did a smelly quiz- it was really tricky. Coffee and garlic were the easiest to recognise.

The children did group experiments about crisp flavours. We had to be blindfolded do we couldn't see and then had to pinch our noses so that we couldn''t smell. When we tasted the different flavour crisps, it was really difficult to tell the flavour without smelling too. Only half of us correctly guessed the flavour without our sense of smell or being able to see the packets!  We also tried this out with different flavoured jelly beans. These were even harder to guess.

Try the experiment again at home! You'll be amazed!

The link below gives more information about the senses.

https://www.theschoolrun.com/homework-help/our-senses

The first class book we are looking at in English is an abridged version of the classic novel.

The first class book we are looking at in English is an abridged version of the classic novel. 1
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Last week we tasted and evaluated a range of dips and dippers in our D & T lessons. We've been collecting ideas for when we make our own. Why not have a go at home ?

Click on the links for some simple recipes.

We will be learning to make dips and dippers in D & T lessons.

If you have a favourite recipe , please send it in. Or even better, make it and then send it in for us to taste in class.

We will be exploring healthy choices for dippers.

We will be exploring healthy choices for dippers. 1
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Mr Maths - Mathematician of the Week. If Mr Maths comes home with you, please take a photo of him doing maths at home and bring it back with him.

Mr Maths - Mathematician of the Week. If Mr Maths comes home with you, please take a photo of him doing maths at home and bring it back with him. 1 Year 1
Mr Maths - Mathematician of the Week. If Mr Maths comes home with you, please take a photo of him doing maths at home and bring it back with him. 2 Year 2

Our pond has been renovated over the holidays! We're looking forward to visiting it soon.

Photos and information from 2018-19 in Class 2.

Year 1 and 2 have been doing Right Start training this week.

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Year 1 and 2 have been doing Right Start training this week.  2
Year 1 and 2 have been doing Right Start training this week.  3
Year 1 and 2 have been doing Right Start training this week.  4

We made clay animals and shelters for them.

We met Clare Balding!

Year 2 went to Westholme School to listen to Clare Balding talking about the inspiration for her books. 

Archie asked her about her pets and she said she had a cat called Buttons and a dog called Archie!

The Little Mermaid

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Signs of Spring

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Signs of Spring 2
Signs of Spring 3
Signs of Spring 4
Signs of Spring 5

We love reading!

Talent Show Finalists.

Talent Show Finalists.    1 Poppy looking very composed.
Talent Show Finalists.    2 Maisie and Aaliyah ready to dance.
Talent Show Finalists.    3 Kaisan all set to rap.
Talent Show Finalists.    4 Francesca ready for her turn.

Circus Skills at the Gymnastics Festival

This week we have been particularly busy in Class 2.

On Monday we all helped make five different vegetable soups. We had a lot of peeling and chopping to do. Jacob H wasn't keen on chopping onions as it made him cry! Afterwards we got to taste and evaluate each soup.

Our favourite by far was our tomato , onion and basil soup. Mrs Holroyd invented a new recipe called 3 P soup. It had pear, parsnip and parsley and it actually tasted very sweet. 

Please have a go at making soup with your children again at home as they all enjoyed it so much and had lots of ideas for recipes.

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What a fantastic visit we had to Osbar Farm- despite the driving rain!

We have written recounts about our visit and letters of thanks to Farmer Chris. last week we made posters to advertise the farm and we have been busy writing leaflets too.

 

We also learnt all about life cycles and the the milking process.  

Here are some photos to enjoy.

 

It's Book Week  on 4-8 March and we have lots of activities planned for you.  

Please bring your favourite book to share on Wednesday with Class 1. Dress up as a book character on Thursday.

We're also tasting different soups on Monday and making pancakes on Tuesday with Mrs Whalley. 

Victoria Barry also came to our class.

Victoria Barry also came to our class. 1

Peter Lynas read some of his stories to us.

Peter Lynas read some of his stories to us. 1
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What strange weather we've been having!

Last week we wandered around school looking for signs of Spring. We were surprised to find some ladybirds!

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We're enjoying reading Mossop's Last Chance by Michael Morpurgo. It's part of a series of stories set in Mudpuddle Farm. The story has lots of chapters in it.
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We had fun making pictures of trees from all the sticks we collected around the school grounds. We worked in groups to make the tree sculptures in the outdoor classroom.
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We made a clss picture of the view from our playground. Every class made a view picture . They are all on display at the back of the hall. Aren't we lucky to have this view?

We made a clss picture of the view from our playground. Every class made a view picture . They are all on display at the back of the hall. Aren't we lucky to have this view? 1

In our Science lessons, we set up an experiment to see what conditions seeds needed to germinate and then grow into seedlings.  We got some surprising results. Even the seeds without water grew a little bit because the soil had water in it. 

The seeds in the dark grew long white shoots with tiny yellow flowers.

The seeds that grew best had light, warmth and water.

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Look after your sunflower very carefully at home. What will the seed need?

You can keep it warm by covering the pot with half an empty plastic bottle.

Bring your seedling back to school when it has grown.Image result for germination of seeds

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City Green is the book that we've started reading this term.

City Green is the book that we've started reading this term. 1

Bird Feeder Recipe

Christmas nativity fun at St James Church Altham

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Photos of our displays in school.

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We've been learning about WW1 and Remembrance Sunday.

We've been learning about WW1 and Remembrance Sunday. 1

Some of our water colour paintings. We loved peeling away the masking tape to reveal the white crosses.

Some of our water colour paintings. We loved peeling away the masking tape to reveal the white crosses. 1
Some of our water colour paintings. We loved peeling away the masking tape to reveal the white crosses. 2
Some of our water colour paintings. We loved peeling away the masking tape to reveal the white crosses. 3

Mellor War Memorial

Mellor War Memorial 1 We read some of the names on the memorial.
Mellor War Memorial 2 We saw the poppy wreaths.

Year 1 have been showing numbers in different ways.

We've been finding out about materials. We particularly enjoyed learning about magnetism.

We've been finding out about materials. We particularly enjoyed learning about magnetism. 1

We've enjoyed making our own version of John Patrick Norman McHennessy, the boy who was always late.

We've enjoyed making our own version of John Patrick Norman McHennessy, the boy who was always late. 1

We made patterns with a rainbow of colours using paints, wax crayons, pencils and felt tips. Then we wrote about why we liked these colours.

We made patterns with a rainbow of colours using paints, wax crayons, pencils and felt tips. Then we wrote about why we liked these colours. 1

Website Links Sheet

The following website links have interesting activities to do at home.

http://www.oum.ox.ac.uk/thezone/index.htm

All about natural history

 

http://bpes.bp.com/collection/?id=1228

Science and D & T creations to make at home.

http://www.childrensuniversity.manchester.ac.uk/learning-activities/science/

Various topics with interactive games.

http://www.rigb.org/families/experimental

Short films making it fun and easy for parents and children to do science experiments with common objects. It also gives an explanation of the science behind each activity.

www.rspb.org.uk/fun-and-learning/for-kids

Online games, learn about nature, have a wild story-time and take part in some fantastic competitions!

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