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16 April
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Welcome to Term 5!

Y2T5 Topic Web (Dragons) – This timetable/expectations may vary due to SATs but please be aware of our Parent Gallery as the children are already very excited to share their writing with you!

What we’ve been up to in week 1:

23 March
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Invention Convention

What an incredible event the Invention Convention was! Thank you so much to all the parents and families who worked tirelessly to help their children create an invention to solve a problem that they have had on their minds! There was some wonderful, excellent and imaginative inventions across the whole school. Mr Williams came to judge the inventions and chose a 1st, 2nd and 3rd place in the class and family competitions. This took him nearly one hour so we know it wasn’t an easy decision to make. Well done to all our winners in Year 2 including the ‘The Welly Shoe, The Lego Sorter, a Times Table Tester, The Money Sorter and the Super Heater Cooler’.

 

21 March
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Sponsored Climb – we did it!

Well, it’s not every day you see a climbing wall in the front carpark and it’s not every day you get to challenge yourself to climb it BUT we did! Well done to all the children in Year 2 who climbed the wall today – especially those who faced their fears and those who reached the top. I was SO proud of the whole class for having a go and being courageous! Thank you so much to all the sponsors who sponsored the wall, the parents and families who sponsored the children to climb and the PTFA for organising such an incredible experience for the children. An excellent day!

15 March
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THIS IS ME!

We are so proud of our KS1 and KS2 Dance Umbrella stars. What an incredible performance they gave last night to hundreds of people at the Bath Forum. Weeks of rehearsals led to 1 practise run on stage and a few hours waiting to perform. The children were a credit to our school backstage and we all had a wonderful afternoon and evening.

 

 

13 March
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Egg Drop Challenge

To celebrate National Science Week and our STEM Topic the whole school was set a challenge: to create an egg protector so that when we drop an egg from 3 metres high it will not crack. The children were able to buy resources to create their protector manned by our TA extraordinaires but there was a catch – they only had 100 Welts to spend and the more they spent the less likely they may be to winning the challenge. The children were split into small groups, given some time to discuss and plan and then they had to buy resources and build their protectors. We were amazed with their unique creations, the teamwork shown and the effort that every child put into this project. We also loved the scientific language, thoughtful decision making and emphasis on planning before purchasing. I must say a huge well done to all the children on a very successful morning.

After lunch the children tested their egg protectors by dropping them in the playground. One of the added difficulties with this challenge was that they only had 1 go at dropping their eggs and I can tell you that out of 9 inventions only 1 was successful!

 

09 March
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STEM Careers Morning

With this week being National Careers week we were lucky enough to have some amazing visitors who all have jobs within the different STEM areas. First the whole school started off the day by meeting each visitor and then each class went into 3 different sessions where our visitors gave a presentation to us all about their jobs. We must say thank you to Kirstie for talking to us about the MOD and how her job in Computing and Maths has enabled her to travel the world. A big thank you to the animated and funny Chris who talked to us about his job in Computer Software and how he stops plans crashing into each other all over the UK! Finally a big thank you to Mrs Hayward’s (our teacher on Monday afternoon) husband, David, who chatted with us about his job in engineering bridges which linked nicely to our topic this term. What a wonderful and inspiring morning!

Take a look at the photos below:

26 February
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Invention Convention

Please see the paperwork below which gives you all the details of the invention convention and may give you some ideas if you are struggling to think of what to make! Please ask me if you need more support. The inventions have to be in by Thursday 22nd March.

Invention Convention challenge (1)

Invention convention slides

21 February
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Welcome to STEM!

What an exciting week we have had so far… this term is going to be excellent! The children have already had an exciting assembly from Miss Simpson who showed us some amazing Science experiments and then Prior Park Secondary school teachers came to show us some excellent experiments. They are also coming back on Friday for an exciting workshop which we can’t wait to be part of. Watch this space for photos!

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In English the children began the week creating paper bridges for a ‘competition’ which they are then going to write up an explanation text for. They have had to think carefully about the materials they will use, the shape of the bridge and how it will fit into the environment as well as working sensibly in groups, sharing ideas and constructing together.

     

In Maths the children have been studying 3D shapes by looking at the number of vertices, faces and edges they have as well as learning their names. Some good games you could use at home to consolidate this are:

  1. https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/7-11-years/shape-position-and-movement
  2.  http://more2.starfall.com/m/math/geometry-content/load.htm?f&d=demo&n=enviro-shapes&y=1
  3. What Shape am I? (Parent choose a shape and give clues, children try and guess. Swap over.)

In Topic this week we have been discussing the meaning of STEM. You may have seen our lovely video on twitter but if you didn’t here it is in Powerpoint form:

What is STEM

The children also thought of some fabulous ‘I wonder…’ questions. If you are stuck on something to do for the Invention Convention perhaps you could ask the child what their ‘I wonder…’ question was, research the answer together and then create something based around this. Good luck!

Attached is our Topic Web for this term. However you will see that our Topic lessons will mostly be based around the children’s questions so next week we will be looking into (and hopefully answering!):

What would happen if gravity stopped? If gravity pulls things down to Earth, why doesn’t the moon come down to Earth?

Thank you to the two children who thought of those questions over the holidays!

Y2T4 Topic Web (STEM)

Next week in English we are writing persuasive letters and in Maths we are looking at fractions (1/2 and 1/4).

09 February
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End of term fun

We said goodbye to Miss Diamond by making some yummy pancakes! Sorry there are not pictures of everyone – the iPad ran out of battery!!

A little note about the letters which were sent home today.

You have been given a sponsored spell for Y2 and a sponsored climb for the whole school PTA. I apologise that these have come home at the same time. Please feel free to just sponsor the children a small amount for the Y2 sponsored spell and give more towards the PTA event. As well as that there was also a workbook sent home which was just for your children to have a go at – please don’t feel pressure to complete it and bring it in immediately after the holidays.

Have a lovely holiday!

29 January
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Term 3 Update

We have had a wonderful week getting arty! We created these amazing faces in the style of Picasso who was the hero that we have been studying this week. As well as that in English this week we wrote descriptive pieces full of expanded noun phrases and commas in lists to describe Picasso’s famous painting of ‘The Three Musicians’. Next week we are looking at Mozart and Beethoven in Topic and over the next two weeks we are going to be writing our own superhero stories in English!

In Maths this week we have been interpreting, drawing and answering questions about tally charts and pictograms. Instead of Abacus homework this week the children have a tally chart worksheet to complete by next Friday. Next week in Maths we are continuing to look at pictograms and moving on to explore block graphs aswell.

Please note:

Miss Diamond our student teacher will be leaving us at the end of this term. I will explain this to the children but you might like to explain it too.

Safer Internet Day is Tuesday 6th February and we are really looking forward to a day off of timetable to talk all things e-safety.

Next term is our whole school Topic term. This year it will be based around STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths). We are looking forward to experimenting, creating interesting pieces, completing our home challenges (which will be set in Term 4) and learning about jobs in these areas. More information will follow in the upcoming weeks.

Please continue to read as much as possible at home because we have seen a decline in reading in Y2 and not many children are moving around our race track. Also please be aware of the changes to your childs spellings and ensure they are practising these at home

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