Christmas is here!!
Book change – After the Christmas holidays, books will now be changed on a Monday, Wednesday and Friday to free up time for interventions.
Spelling test – Due to a shift in the timetable and Miss Ash teaching Jupiter class on a Wednesday after Christmas, our spelling test will now be on a Thursday.
The last week of term has been full of Christmas festivities. Here are some of the things we have been up to…
A day in the life of a Victoria child
Our experience outcome was a great success. I was so impressed with their outfits, they all looked amazing and appreciate the effort you all went to. The day was jam packed…we took part in Victorian lessons, games and crafts. A special shout out to Mrs Valks who really embraced the role of a Victorian teacher (I was far too nice to the children!)
We have been busy with Christmas crafts this week and have made everything from mini pine cone trees to cracker cards!
The panto was a great success and the children enjoyed the special treat of eating an ice cream during the ‘interval’.
I just want to take this opportunity to say a massive thank you on behalf of all the adults who work in Jupiter class for the generous gifts we received. It has been an unconventional lead up to Christmas but we have tried to make it as exciting and magical for the children as possible. I have thoroughly enjoyed teaching your wonderful children this term and am very much looking forward to 2021!
Merry Christmas to you all and I will look forward to seeing you all in the new year! Stay safe.
Christmas is on the horizon…
Experience outcome – Just a final reminder that our Victorian day will be on Monday 14th December. I am very much looking forward to seeing the children’s costumes.
Spellings – There will not be a spelling test next Wednesday as we don’t want that to dampen our Christmas spirit! The next test will be on Wednesday 6th January.
Smartie challenge – I have just been informed that we were the winning class for the smartie challenge! I want to thank you all for the money you raised. We will receive our prize in the new year 🙂
Ernie the Elf has been up to mischief in our classroom again! However, we can forgive him as each day he has left us a special activity to enjoy. Here are some of the things he has been up to and us enjoying the treats he has left…
In maths we are beginning to recall our 2x, 5x and 10x table. In order to challenge our thinking, we have also been learning how to use multiplication number facts to answer word problems. We will be continuing with multiplication and division after the Christmas holidays.
In English we have been exploring riddles. We learnt about the features of a riddle and looked at the importance of descriptive vocabulary. In the later half of the week, the children had the opportunity to write their own riddles for a Victorian toy. The children then individually shared their riddles and we had to guess which toy they had written about. I was super impressed with the riddles that Jupiter class produced.
In experience lessons this week we created an IMovie on the Victorian era. We arranged clips to make a short film, added titles and even used voice over. We will have the opportunity to share some of the IMovies on our Victorian day.
I just want to say a big thank you for sending your child in with a Christmas hat/ear/tinsel on Thursday. Jupiter class have really enjoyed filming their video for the virtual advent calendar.
That is all from me for this week. Look forward to seeing you all next week for a week filled with Christmas goodness! Stay safe.
Who knew an elf could be so cheeky?
Experience outcome: Our Victorian day will be on Monday 14th December. The children are so excited to dress up as Victorian children and experience Victorian school.
We have had a visitor in our class each day this week! Our class elf has been keeping an eye on the children to report back to Santa on how they are behaving! He has been leaving us messages each day and even ate some of our class chocolates! What a cheeky elf he is! Each day Ernie leaves us a special treat to enjoy, from colouring to cosmic yoga.
So what have we been up to this week…
In maths, we have been been learning how to calculate mathematical statements. We have revisited how to make doubles and explored writing multiplication number sentences from pictures.
In English we have been planning, drafting and editing our information texts on Queen Victoria. I was really impressed with the information the children have retained about the Victorian era. Next week we are going to be exploring and writing our own riddles.
In experience lessons we have been continuing our learning on Queen Elizabeth I and Queen Victoria. The children were so surprised when they found out how short Queen Victoria was and enjoyed comparing their height to hers. In art we have been exploring how to draw lines of different sizes and thickness. Also we looked at how to show pattern and texture by mark-making. On Thursday we attempted to draw a portrait of Queen Victoria using all the skills we had learnt earlier on in the week.
That’s all from me for this week! I will look forward to seeing all your smiling faces on Monday. Stay safe.
Victorian school, jobs and toys…
Spellings: Just a reminder that our spelling test and Going for Gold are on a Wednesday. Spellings will be sent home a week prior to the test and can also be found on the class blog under the ‘homework’ tab. Please practice these at home with your child. If you have time, it would be beneficial to practice the common exception words too. It is an expectation that children can spell these by the end of year 2. These can be found under the ‘phonics’ tab on the blog.
Experience outcome: Jupiter class are very excited about our Victorian day that will take place during the last week of term (date to be confirmed). Similarly to the Halloween dress up day, please do not send your children in with props.
So what have we been up to this week…
In maths, we have finished our unit on addition and subtraction and have now moved onto multiplication and division. We have been learning how to recognise and make equal groups, how we know they are unequal and how we can make then equal.
In English, we have been exploring different writing skills that we can use in our information text. We have be learning how to use commas appropriately to separate items in a list, how to use apostrophes to mark singular possession and how to use conjunctions to join sentences together. Next week we will be planning and writing our own information text on The Victorian Era.
In experience we have been learning about what life would have been like for a child in the Victorian era. We explored Victorian education and discovered how different it was to our own. The children were horrified at the punishment the children had to endure and unanimously feel very lucky that schools and laws have changed. Also, we explored some of the dangerous jobs Victorian children had to do (chimney sweepers, coal miners, factory workers etc) to help support their family. Jupiter class were shocked that children of their age were climbing chimneys and cleaning dangerous factory equipment! We learnt about the toys Victorian children would have played with and how different they are to our own. The children are excited at the prospect of playing with some of these toys in our experience outcome.
That is all from me this week! I will look forward to seeing you all next week when they countdown to Christmas begins! Stay safe.
The launch of ‘Power Female Monarchs’
We have started our new experience on ‘Powerful Female Monarchs’. We will be learning all about Queen Elizabeth I and Queen Victoria. Our experience outcome will be during the last week of term (date to be confirmed) and children will have the opportunity to experience what life would have been like for a Victorian child. The plan is to transform Jupiter class into a Victorian classroom, teach Victorian style lessons and play with Victorian toys. It would be amazing if the children could come to school dressed in Victorian style clothes. Please do not feel you have to buy anything or spend lots of money! Be creative with what you have at home.
To launch our experience, children had to order a variety of toys on a timeline. The children loved this lesson and soon realised how different toys were in the Elizabethan and Victorian era. In history, we learnt what a monarch is and the role they have in society. The children wrote their own rules and laws they would implement if they were a monarch. The created some really considered laws such as ‘protect all animals against being hunted’ and ‘accept everybody for who they are’. However, I have to say my personal favourites were ‘parents to go to bed before children’ and ‘all children to be able to drive cars on roads’.
In maths, we have been working hard on our fluency with addition and subtraction. Children are confident with using a number line to add and subtract and can even draw and use their own! Next week, we are moving onto multiplication and division.
In English, we have started our new unit on information texts. We recognised and discussed the main features in an information text and children had the opportunity to create their own subheadings on healthy eating. We have also been practising our skimming and scanning skills which helps us find important information in the text quickly.
I hope you all have a lovely weekend and I cannot wait to hear what you have been up to on Monday. Stay safe.
Jupiter’s Secret Hideout!
Jupiter’s secret hideout was a great success! The children worked so well in their groups and loved the opportunity to explore the forest area to find their own resources they could use. Thank you to the parents who kindly brought in wooden canes. After we build our dens, we had a tea party in our dens with some tasty treats. To top it all off, the weather was absolutely glorious! (I am so glad we did not build our dens today as there would have been lots of soggy children!)
Going for gold – In order to move up a level, children need to get full marks in their test. Their current level can be found at the back of their reading record. Unfortunately, test sheets cannot be sent home for children to practice. Therefore, in order to practice at home, please generate your own set of questions for your child. Within each target there are three levels which typically take the following format: level 1 – part whole model, level 2 – missing numbers in an ordered sequence, level 3 – random missing number sentences. If you have any questions regarding Going for Gold then let me know!
In maths we have been continuing with our unit on addition and subtraction. Children are becoming steadily more confident with using the column method for addition and having to regroup their ten ones for a ten. Next week, we are moving onto subtraction with exchanging.
In English this week we have explored nonsense poetry. The children really enjoyed our focus poem, ‘Silly Old Baboon’ by Spike Milligan.
In Design and Technology the children created their bunting. The theme for their design was choosing something that represents them. The children sketched their design on paper before using fabric paint to carefully paint their design onto the bunting.
For Remembrance Day on Wednesday the children created some beautiful poppy’s using red tissue paper. They all look amazing and are on display for the rest of the school to appreciate.
That is all from me for this week. As always, have a lovely weekend and I will look forward to seeing you all on Monday for the start of our next experience! Stay safe.
BOO to you from our crew!
Dress up day for Halloween was a great success! All the children looked amazing in their costumes and a special shout out to Mrs. Valks who went above and beyond to look extra scary.
Experience outcome – Our den building experience will be next Friday (13th November). The children will need to come into school dressed in their own clothes. Please can children wear warm clothes and bring in a pair of wellies to change into in case the forest area is muddy. In the afternoon we will have a tea party in our dens (if the weather is on our side!), which I’m sure the children will enjoy.
Mrs. Valks and I have gathered old bed sheets from home. If you have any wooden canes or tarpaulin that you would be willing to donate, then please bring them in on Monday (9th November). Items will be stored for 72 hours before they are used.
Spellings – Just a reminder that the spelling test is every Wednesday. Spellings will go out a week prior to the test. Please can you make sure your child practises these at home.
In maths we have been continuing with our unit on addition and subtraction. Children have been learning how to add 2 digit and 1 digit numbers crossing 10. Children have been exposed to three methods: number line, using their number bonds knowledge and column method. Despite the column method being tricky to master, the children rose to the challenge and tried really hard.
In English we have been planning and writing instructions on how to make bunting for our dens. Next week, we will design and make our bunting following our instructions.
In experience lessons this week we have covered a range of subjects. In RE we learnt about Christian weddings and briefly discussed other special times in a Christian’s life. We had a history lesson on ‘The Flitch of Bacon Ceremony’, a very unusual but traditional event here in Dunmow. The children had LOTS of questions regarding this event so if you know anything about the ceremony, I am sure they would love to hear it. In design and technology we explored different materials we could use to build our dens and why we think they would be suitable. The children then had the opportunity to design their den ready for next week.
Thank you children for all your hard work this week! I hope you all have a lovely weekend and I will look forward to seeing you all on Monday. Stay safe.
“Let’s stand together…”
Experience outcome – A date has been confirmed for our secret hideout experience! The children will be building their dens on Friday 13th November (I hope no one is superstitious!) In order for us to be able to build our dens, there are some essential resources that we will need. These include: wooden canes, tarpaulin/plastic sheets, old bed sheets and rope. If you do have any of the above that you are willing to donate then please bring them in on the second Monday back after half term (9th November). Items will be stored for 72 hours before they are used. An email will be sent closer to the time outlining the day. Thank you in advance!
Christmas cards – Children have designed their Christmas cards in school and are being sent home in a plastic wallet today. An email has been sent explaining how to order cards with your child’s design on. Artwork will then need to be returned to school after half term so they can be sent off and scanned.
Please ensure that your child has a water bottle each day and that it contains only water.
We have sent out uniform reminders for children. If you have a sticker in your child’s reading record diary, please make the necessary uniform adjustments over half term.
We have made it to the end of half term! Despite it being very different from the norm, I am so proud with how the children have adapted to the changes we have in place. Here is what we have been up to in Jupiter class…
Black history month
Each class was given the opportunity to choose a subject and focus for black history month. In Jupiter class, our focus was Marcus Rashford, a very topical, relevant and inspirational figure to the children in more ways than one. We discussed who Marcus Rashford was and why we are celebrating his achievements. The children thoroughly enjoyed the lesson and were very engaged and sensitive to the material discussed. We made booklets outlining the marvellous changes Rashford has made and the children placed a handprint on the front to symbolise unity. There is a virtual assembly this afternoon to share some of the work/learning from this week.
In maths we have been learning how to add numbers including: a two digit number and tens; 2 two-digit numbers; adding three one digit numbers. We will continue with our addition and subtraction unit after half term.
In English we have started a new unit on instruction writing. We discussed the key features of an instruction text and colour coded an example using a success criteria formulated by the class. We looked at sequencing instructions and how we know they are in the correct order by looking at the language. I hid some cut up instructions around the room and children enjoyed finding and ordering them.
In experience lessons we have been continuing our unit on the impressionist artist Claude Monet. We have been exploring different methods used by the artist, in particular his focus on using short, overlapping, horizontal brushstrokes. Children painted a picture of rippling water, using the tinting and toning techniques learnt last week. Yesterday, the children had a section of one of Monet’s pictures to paint using his methods.
In PE this week we had our first archery lesson of the year (I am not sure who had more fun, the children or the adults!) The children really enjoyed the lesson and the saying ‘practice makes perfect’ is definitely applicable to archery.
So that is all from me for this half term. I hope you all have a lovely, well-rested holiday. Stay safe.
Young writers in the making…
Spellings – Results were stuck in your child’s reading record along with their Going for Gold score. You will find a new list of spellings under the ‘homework’ tab.
So what have we been up to this week in Jupiter class…carry on reading to find out!
In maths, we finished off our Place Value unit and started to look at Addition and Subtraction. We recalled our number bonds to 10 and 20 and used multilink to show that if we use two of our number bonds to 10 we can make 20. The children used multilink to explore addition and subtraction facts to 20.
In English this week we planned and wrote a story inspired by Sally’s Secret. On Monday, the children planned their story into five sections using a story mountain. They then spent the rest of the week writing, adapting and proof-reading their story. Next week we will be moving onto instruction writing and we will eventually plan and write instructions on how to make bunting for our secret hideout!
In experience lessons we have looked at artwork from the impressionist artist Claude Monet. We commented on his work, practised making secondary colours from primary colours and looked at tinting and toning (adding white and black). Next week we are going to paint a small section of one of Monet’s paintings and paint our own special place inspired by Sally’s Secret and The Garden of Eden. Here are some images from our art lessons this week. The children LOVED the sessions and took a great care and precision in their painting.
We have been watering our cress plants everyday and the children (and Mrs.Valks, Miss. Thomas and myself) were very surprised to see growth from the cress that was watered by lemonade! As a class, we discussed each plants growth and which liquid worked best at making the seed grow. The children then wrote an evaluation for our experiment in relation to their prediction.
In PE we completed our last lesson on gymnastics. The children were balancing across a bench and then performed various jumps (straight, tuck, star) from the bench. Next week we are going to have our first lesson on archery which I am sure Jupiter class will enjoy!
So that is all from me for this week. I hope you all have a lovely, rested weekend and see you next week!
Jupiter’s plant experiment…
MyMaths – MyMaths homework will be set from this week. Please check the ‘Homework’ tab for more details. Your child’s login and password has been stuck into the front of their reading record.
Spellings – The new set of spellings have been uploaded on the ‘homework’ tab. Please practice these with your child ready for the test on Wednesday.
Going for Gold – As we have now settled back into school, Going for Gold will be starting from next Wednesday. (I thought it would make it easier to have both spellings and Going for Gold on the same day!) A Going for Gold target sheet has been stuck at the back of reading records with their current level highlighted.
As children will be completing both spellings and Going for Gold on Wednesday, it makes the turn around for receiving scores slightly harder! I will aim to get tests marked and scores written in reading records by Thursday.
Another week is complete and we have been very busy in Jupiter class! Here is what we have been up to…
In maths, we have continued to work on Place Value, in particular part whole models and number lines. We wrote number sentences to represent our part whole models and estimated where numbers would be on a number line. The children really enjoyed our number lines lesson, especially when they were given their challenge questions!
In English, we are continuing with ‘Sally’s Secret’ by Shirley Hughes. The children have learnt how to join two sentences together by using a conjunction and how to write in the past tense. On Thursday, Jupiter class had the opportunity to write their own invitation as if they were Sally, inviting Rose over for afternoon tea. The children really got into character and used exclamation marks, question marks and expanded noun phrases in their writing. Enthusiastic volunteers then shared their invitations with the class (which they really enjoyed!)
In experience lessons, we are continuing to learn about plants! We have learnt about the lifecycle of plants, the ideal conditions for seeds to grow and we set up our class experiment. We planted cress seeds into 4 different pots that will be watered with different liquids and have altered their conditions of growth.
Here are the pots we have planted:
1) water (sunlight)
2) water (dark)
3) lemonade (sunlight)
4) orange juice (sunlight)
We were surprised by how long it took for the orange juice to permeate through the soil! The children have made predictions on what they think will happen, so fingers crossed we have some cress growing next week!
In PE we are continuing with gymnastics. I know how much Jupiter class LOVE musical statues (they play it at lunchtime with Kelly), so I thought it would be fun to include this into our warm-up! When the music stopped the children had to hold an arabesque position until they heard the music play again.
Thank you for working so hard this week! I hope you all have a lovely weekend (despite the gloomy weather forecast!) and I will look forward to seeing your smiling faces on Monday.
Jupiter’s Secret Hideout…
Welcome back to the second week of Jupiter’s class blog! As we are now approaching week 5 of the Autumn term (where has the time gone?!), the children are very familiar with the new procedures which we have in place around school. This is very pleasing to see so well done to all of you so far!
We are now in full swing of our first experience which the children are thoroughly enjoying. At the end of our experience (after half term), the children will have the opportunity to build their own ‘secret hideout’ in the academy. The children are so excited and keep asking me when they will be building their dens!
Here is what we have been learning about this week…
In maths we have been continuing with our work on place value. To ensure that the children’s understanding is secure, we dived deeper into greater than > and less than < reasoning questions. In the later part of the week, we used place value and number facts to solve problems. The children really enjoyed being strategic in order to work out the number from a set of clues. This would be a fun game to play at home with your child! For example, my number has 6 tens, is odd and greater than 69. What is my number? Remind children to always start with the first clue and think of all the numbers it could be, then use the second clue to narrow it down and the third clue to find the number.
In English we have been continuing with Sally’s Secret by Shirley Hughes. Jupiter love the text and they can all retell the story using key words and phrases from the book! This week we have been focusing on punctuation. Children wrote exclamations and questions as if they were Sally. We also learnt about the use of apostrophes for simple contracted forms and the children have been identifying examples when I have been reading with them!
This week we had our first RE and science lessons of the year! In RE we looked at the creation story and the Garden of Eden. We discussed what we would put in our ‘paradise’ and how this compares to Sally’s ‘paradise’. This led perfectly onto our science lesson in which our topic for this half term is plants. We went on a nature walk and the children took pictures of the different plants they discovered. On the nature walk we discussed the main parts of a flower and even used Simon’s shovel to dig up some roots to see what they look like! They then used this pictures to draw and label parts of a plant and explained what plants need to grow and survive! (Unfortunately as we were having so much fun on our nature walk, I forgot to take any photographs!)
In PE we are continuing with gymnastics. This week we used the benches to practice balancing and travelling across them. We were also learning how to hold a position whilst balancing on different parts of our bodies. As I mentioned on last week’s blog, Jupiter class LOVE gymnastics and I am very much looking forward to our next session.
Our spelling tests will start next week and will be on a Wednesday. Stickers have been placed at the front of your child’s reading record informing you of the group they are in. Spellings can be found in the homework tab and on a keyring in your child’s book bag.
We have had an amazing start to the year and I have loved seeing so many smiling faces! I hope you all have a lovely weekend and look forward to seeing you next week.
Our P.E. day is on a Tuesday. If you could please ensure your child has their earrings removed and hair tied up for Tuesday’s lesson. We will try and have lessons outside as much as possible.
Our spelling test will be every Wednesday. Children will be given their spelling list a week in advance (this will go in their book bags and on the class blog under homework). Your child has been put in a group for their spellings and you will know this by Wednesday (a sticker will be stuck in their reading record indicating their spelling group). Spellings will link to the sounds we have been looking at in phonics and will be set from next week.
Welcome to Jupiter class!
We have had a very busy few weeks in Year 2! Here is an update of what we have been up to…
The first two weeks focused on mental wellbeing and supporting the children back into school and a routine. The children responded well to our mental wellbeing lessons in which some of our covered topics included gratitude, worries and positivity. We spent an afternoon discussing our dreams and goals for Year 2 and the children designed some lovely dream jars! In order to remind children that they have a very bright future ahead of them, we took some polaroid pictures wearing funky shades.
We had a show and tell lesson based on our summer memories. Children really enjoyed sharing with the class the fun adventures they had been on during a very unusual summer!
As a class, we developed our own class rules and discussed the importance of following them. All the children agreed to our class charter by signing and decorating their own handprint.
In English we have been reading Sally’s Secret. The children have been retelling the story through role play to immerse themselves into the characters. We also sequenced the events of the story and used inference skills to draw conclusions about the characters, setting and events.
In maths we have been focusing on place value. The children have been representing numbers in lots of different ways – the part whole model, using concrete apparatus, using pictures – to ensure they really understand two digit numbers before we move onto adding and subtracting with them. They have also been comparing numbers using the greater than > and less than < symbols.
In experience lessons we have be learning about The Flitch Way and Sugar Beet factory. We looked at placing the children’s key life events (such as when they were born and starting school) on a timeline to provide chronological context.
The children have been identifying human and physical features around the academy grounds and mapping these on aerial images and maps of the school. We looked at land use and discussed where we would like to build our dens and why. Finally, we used compass directions to describe the location of features and routes on a map.
PE this half term will be gymnastics. The children have enjoyed learning how to move with some control and awareness of space. This week, we looked at how to hold a position whilst balancing on different parts of our body. Jupiter class love PE and we have been fortunate enough to have glorious sunshine to enjoy it in!
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Have a lovely, well-earned weekend!