Palm Class are artists,
Palm Class enjoyed an afternoon creating paintings of waves and coastlines in line with our current learning journey. They thought about colours that would blend together, brush strokes, texture and abstract art. The children were reminded about Austin’s Butterfly and had to think about how they could improve each attempt. The children used watercolours and they had to work out how to deepen and lighten each colour.
Palm Class have spent all week learning about 3D shapes. They have learnt about cubes, cuboids, cylinders and spheres.
Today we had some fun creating cubes, cuboids and pyramids out of spaghetti and marshmellows. Palm Class made some excellent creations and we were really proud of themselves.
In Year 2, as part of our learning journey, we spent the afternoon researching facts about crowns and why members of the royal family wear them. Then, we made our own crowns, using card, jewels, cotton wool and lots of other colourful things!
Palm class have been working hard to edit and up-level their Big Writes – All about bees. The have been checking through their work with their purple pen to make sure that they have remembered capital letters, full stops and question marks. Then, they chose a section of their big write that they felt they could make better. They re-drafted it up-leveling their work as they went. To do this they looked at adding adjectives, conjunctions and working on their presentation.
Palm Class have been working hard learning the meaning of lots of new words in their current Mini beasts Learning Journey. In Literacy they have been challenged to use words such as nectar, pollinate, hive and Mason Bee to up-level their writing.
TO test their knowledge we all enjoyed a game of BINGO! The definition of the work was read to them and if they thought they had the word on their Bingo sheet they covered it up until they had a full house.
Great fun was had by all.
Today Palm Class started their new learning journey, Wriggle and Crawl. Our first job was to research what a mini beast was and then go on a hunt around the school to see what we could find. Palm Class were excellent detectives and found a variety of mini beasts from wasps to dragonflys and beetles to lady birds.
Palm class enjoyed a class assembly today about Remembrance Day. We made our very own poppies and wreath to mark 100 years since the war finished.
I’m sure you will agree it looks fabulous!
Well done Palm Class!
Year 2 have enjoyed using their pebbles today to make their very own minibeasts. We now have an amazing selection of ladybirds, bumble bees, big, scary spiders and beautiful butterflies.
Well done Year 2 for being soooo creative!
Today we enjoyed learning how to play hockey and learnt how to dribble the ball, whilst controling the hockey stick.
Palm class created their very own dinosaur timeline, whilst looking at the different dinosaur eras in time. We found out that the Stegosaurs was alive in the Jurassic period, around 150 million years ago and that the Ichthyosaurs lived during the Mesozoic era.
Palm class had a great afternoon making their very own Dinosaur Top Trump Cards! Then of course, they got to play against each other with their Top Trump cards. Some great work from Palm Class, well done! ?
Year 2 were incredibly excited for their school trip to Coombe Valley Nature Reserve to do a litter pick. They trundled down the hill with smiles on their faces not knowing how much rubbish they would find. Straight away they noticed a bin that had tipped over and emptied its contents on the road and pavement, but further on down they saw the bin men collecting it all and recycling it.
Upon arriving at the nature reserve, we were split into two teams, one was to go food hunting for squirrels and dormice whilst the others did a litter pick. Everyone had a great time.
This afternoon Year 2 have had a great time completing a range of activities linked to our topic of Trash Bash.
They were sorting different materials and explaining why things went where they did, they recycled old bottles and created shakers, made predictions for science and created some circle art. All were engaged and loved the different activities.
We are however needing some more small drinks bottles, so please bring any in for us if you have any!
This morning Key Stage One were visited by Lizzie and Chrissie from Teignbridge Recycling team. They taught us about what happens to all the rubbish in Teignbridge and how much is collected every year. We were surprised to find out that all our glass bottles were collected and taken to Yorkshire to be recycled, but more shocked to find out that all cardboard was sent to China!
They then ran workshops for each of the classes that were fun and interactive and gave each child a present also.
All showed excellent manners as always and sat and listened and learnt so much!
Just a reminder, Palm class have got their cake sale this Friday after school! If you would like to bring in any cakes for us to sell it would be much appreciated! Thank you very much! Happy baking!
Illuminating the streets of Teignmouth, Year 1 and Year 2 children and their families led the way for the lantern procession!
With our magnificent lanterns held high, Hazeldown pupils led the Teignmouth crowds through the winding streets until reaching centre stage in the Triangle, before joining in with a few festive Christmas songs.
What a spectacular sight! It certainly put us all in the Christmas mood to be part of such a lovely community event.
Thank you for wrapping up warm and joining us all with your luminous lanterns. You were all a credit to our school and once again showed your Hazeldown ‘iCan’ spirit and attitudes!
There’s no business like show business…
Well done Palm Class for being so fantastic during our dress rehearsal.
What a brilliant day we have all had at the Princess theatre today. You had so many new things to think about today and remember all of your songs and dances too!
We are all so proud of you. Keep it up!
On our way at last!
I spy with my little eye…
What did you you see on the journey?
Arriving in sunny Torquay!
What did you see first when we arrived in Torquay?
How did you feel when we arrived at the theatre?
Testing out the seats for our families coming to see us on Thursday!
What a view!
What a treat our audience will have on Thursday!
Back on the coach and homeward bound…
What was your favourite part of our visit to the theatre today?
Palm Class were feeling extra proud of two of it’s members going above and beyond in all they do.
Well done Finlee, for trying your best in our school sports day. You showed super resilience in each event and never gave up!
Well done Daisy, for always doing the right thing, in the right place, at the right time, all week!
Catch us if you can!
Wow, Palm Class you were all super speedy today in your sports day!
Well done for trying your best and working as a team. You were all super stars today and should be exceptionally proud of yourselves.
Thank you to all our lovely families too, for joining us and cheering us on throughout our sporting challenges. It was wonderful to hear your encouragement and support, to help us cross the finish line.
It was also lovely to share our picnic lunches with you today and enjoy some yummy treats together in the summer sunshine!
A huge well done to you all for being such super stars in our first rehearsal in the hall!
Well done for remembering all the songs and dance moves and knowing when it was your turn to come on or go off the stage.
Are you sure you are all ONLY 6 or 7 years old???
With only a few more weeks to go until the big show, keep up this terrific effort and commitment!
Thank you once again for all the brilliant costumes that have been sent in so far. Don’t forget to come and see us if you need any further help.
Palm Class worked collaboratively to solve the challenges in our Mega Maths.
What patterns did you find?
How did they help you to solve more of the problem?
Explain to someone what you were able to draw or write to help you solve the number challenges.
Year 2 are working their socks off right now as they rehearse for their iCan performances!
Lots of us are learning new skills we never knew we could do. We are certainly all finding the champions within ourselves and each other.
We are incredibly proud of you all for such amazing effort and hard work!
Do you want to be a champion?
Do you want to be a champion of something at home?
Do you want to be a champion of something at school?
We were incredibly lucky today to take part in the amazing NED assembly. We learned some very valuable life lessons to help us encourage each other and ourselves.
Tell someone at home the message NED gave us all today…
Never give up.
Do your best.
Remember, YOU are awesome! YOU are amazing! YOU can do anything and be a champion of whatever you want to be!
A huge thank you to those who have already started bringing your costumes in for our iCan performance.
Here’s a sneaky peak at one of our Taste of India costumes (all provided by school) and our Walk the Dinosaur costumes, for those of you who are being a palaeontologist.
Remember, we are having a dress rehearsal this Friday and it would be great to see as many of you in costume as possible!
Palm Class and Apple Class got their dancing shoes on again today, to rehearse some of their iCan performances.
What a talented bunch we all are!
Watch this space for more sneaky peaks…
Identifying, sorting and classifying 2D shapes by our own criteria.
Speedy addition snap!
Paying with different coins and calculating the correct change!
Identifying addition number sentences with the same value.
Identifying which statistics are greater or less than!
Measuring and comparing lengths in cm and mm with a ruler.
Solving division problems and explaining our methods and strategies.
We have been investigating different ways to use measure in Palm Class.
We used thermometers, weighing scales, rulers, metre sticks and measuring jugs in our practical investigations.
We collaborated together, to identify and read different measurement scales on the equipment.
Kg, g, m, cm, mm, ml, l and celsius… What did we use these for?
Tell someone at home about these units of measurement and when we used them to measure and compare length, capacity and mass.
What is the capacity of the bottle below? Explain your answer to someone at home.
What is the number line below counting in?
What could you write or draw to help you work this out?
Palm Class have been working hard to solve problems with money.
Look at the question below and explain to someone at home which coins you could use to buy the ice-cream.
Palm Class used their brilliant role play skills today, to act out different scenes from the Little Red Riding Hood story.
First, we decided which scene to act out and which characters would be needed.
After that, we used our bodies and voices to really become the characters in the story scene.
Finally, we presented our short scenes from the story to the rest of the class.
We identified some repetitive phrases in the story language. Can you remember what they were?
What type of sentences did Little Red Riding Hood use when she was talking to the wolf? Questions? Commands? Statements? Or, exclamatory? What was the BIG clue?
Palm Class have been using the correct signs to identify which numbers are greater or less than others.
We can use the crocodile mouth to help us remember if the number is greater or less than. Tell someone at home about the crocodile mouth in the number sentence above and what it tells us about the numbers beside it.
We used the correct sign for greater or less than to create our own number sentences to compare two numbers.
Which sign do we need to pick this time to compare these numbers above?
Make up your own greater than and less than number sentences at home using the correct sign. Remember to calculate how many more the number is greater by, or how many less the number is less than.
HUGE congratulations to Emmie, our new School Council representative in Palm Class!
Massive well done must also go to Lily-Mae and Freya, for narrowly missing out by only a few votes!
All three of you showed an incredible maturity and were tremendously brave to stand up in front of everyone and present your School Council ideas.
Well done to the other members of Palm Class who were not successful with their applications this time. Thank you for all the effort and hard work you put into your application forms to be considered for the School Council.
Palm Class had great fun today, looking at some of the beautiful Indian dance moves we will be learning for our iCan performance.
We especially noticed the striking shapes the dancers make with their hands and bodies.
What a talented bunch we all are in Palm Class! Very impressed with the way you quickly organised yourselves into different formations to have a go at some of the Indian dancing moves.
Look at the pictures of the dancers on this page. Can you move your arms, hands and body to create these stunning dance motif shapes? What other Indian style dance moves can you attempt?
Palm Class have been using cause and effect connectives to write sentences about the butterfly life cycle.
Read the sentences below to someone at home. Complete the second part of the sentence using your own words. Which cause and effect connective did you choose? Could you pick more than one? Which one makes more sense?
The wriggly caterpillar is an eating machine…
The delicate butterfly pumps a liquid called hemolymph into its wings…
Year 2: iCan is coming!
Our Year 2 iCan performances are as follows…
A taste of India: dancing, music and much more!
It’s all about the TAKE: Singing, dancing and taking away!
Everybody walk the DINOSAUR: Music, singing and dancing and fossils!
More details regarding costumes and which acts your child will be performing in to follow soon!
Don’t forget to get your tickets!
This will be a night not to be missed!
Palm Class have been using and applying their knowledge of odd and even numbers.
We collaborated together to solve odd and even number problems.
What are the rules for odd numbers?
What are the rules for even numbers?
Explain these rules to someone at home.
Now try these:
Please note we refer to units as ‘ones’ now.
Palm Class were vocabulary detectives in our literacy session…
We collaborated together to find all the technical vocabulary in an explanation text about the life cycle of a butterfly.
There were lots of new words for us to discuss and define the meaning of.
We all discovered plenty of exciting vocabulary we hope to use in our own explanation about the butterfly life cycle. Which words will you magpie for your Big Write?
Here is a short list of just some of the technical words we found:
Pick 4 of these words to explain to someone at home.
Can you think of a way to remember how to spell them for your Big Write?
A massive thank you, to everyone for buying a cake in the cake sale last week!
The small group of girls from Palm Class who were responsible for organising the cake sale, are delighted to announce the final amount raised…
All money raised will now be sent to the Children’s Hospice South West.
Palm Class used their eagle eyes today to assess the expectations for their new Elicitation Task.
In a few weeks, we will be writing an explanation text to explain about the life cycle of a butterfly.
Here is our success criteria for this task.
Which skills did you include in your explanations today?
Our first challenge today was to show off all our existing knowledge and understanding about this metamorphosing process.
Some of us used diagrams with labels, to help us explain the life cycle of a butterfly.
Over the next few weeks we will be immersing ourselves in this magical process and working our way through the success criteria skills, to establish a secure awareness of the expectations for our own writing.
Perhaps you can begin to collect some facts about the life cycle of a butterfly at home?
Maybe you could start to generate a word bank for our technical vocabulary wall? Which key words should we be including in our explanations?
Tell someone at home what you already know about this life cycle. Make a list of the things you are not yet sure about. Have a think about what you could do, or what you could look at to help you find those answers…
Don’t forget to come and tell us all about it!
The following short video is a good place to start!
Make a list of all the technical vocabulary we can include in our explanations and bring it into school to share!
Thank you to all of the families who attended our Year 2 SATs information meeting on Friday. It was lovely to see you all.
As mentioned in the meeting, here is the short video clip we showed you to help you gain more of an understanding of what SATs is all about and the increased attainment expectations.
A popular website for looking at past SATs test papers is www.satspapers.org.uk. It allows you to download and print the test papers for you to help your child become even more familiar with the style of questions and the raised expectations.
As always, thank you for your continued support and remember you can speak to any member of the Year 2 team if you have any further questions or concerns.
As highlighted in the meeting, when watching the video below it is important to remember that all children will now be taking both reading papers.
Once again, Palm Class have been using and applying their numeracy skills to complete SATs style questions.
We can use our knowledge of number bonds to help us complete multiplication and addition number sentences.
We also know how to apply the number facts we already know and spot number patterns, to help us solve trickier problems.
If I know 6 + 3 = 9, I know 60 + 30 = ?
If I know 1/2 of 100 is 50, I know double 50 = ?
If I know 1/2 of 12 is 6, I know 2/4 of 12 = ?
We have also used our multiplication and division facts to help us solve fraction number problems.
What is 2/4 of 8?
What is 3/4 of 12?
How can you prove your answer is correct?
What could you write or draw to show your calculations?
Caterpillars are wingless creatures. There are lots of species of caterpillars because they come in lots of shapes and sizes. Caterpillars are colourful and some are patterned to warn predators. Did you know that caterpillars are herbivores? They eat juicy grass and crunchy leaves.
Butterflies eat nectar from any type of flower. They are born from a cocoon with beautiful delicate wings to flutter.
Some caterpillars can be camouflaged because they are the same colour as the green leaves.
A dragonfly has transparent wings and two compound eyes.
If you want to discover more fascinating facts about spiders you can find them in dark creepy corners in your garden.
Wow! What fabulous facts you have included in your non-chronological reports Palm Class!
Terrific titles, outstanding openings, super subheadings, punctuated paragraphs, sensational summaries and a variety of technical vocabulary!
Explain your answers to the following questions below to someone at home and discuss the features of a successful non-chronological report.
What does the title tell you?
Why do you need to write an opening?
What do subheadings tell you?
Where might you use technical vocabulary? Give two examples of technical vocabulary you used in your report.
What is a summary?
Which criteria could you choose to sort these coins? What could you write on the labels for each section?
Can you think of an even number, which is also a multiple of 5? Where would you put number 15?
How many different ways could you classify and sort the 2-D and 3-D shapes?
Palm Class have been using and applying their sorting and classifying skills in maths today.
We identified a range of different criteria to sort numbers or objects, before sorting them into the correct sections and explaining our reasons why we put them there.
Talk about the questions below with someone at home. Explain how you might attempt to work it out. Remember, you can write and draw your calculations to help you.
What is missing? Capital letters, full stops, commas, question marks or exclamation marks?
When should you always use a capital letter? How do you know where to write a full stop?
When might you need to use commas or question marks?
Palm Class have been hunting for missing punctuation in non-fiction text extracts about minibeasts. How will you explain to someone why we need to use punctuation when we write?
Which punctuation is missing from the questions below?
Palm Class have been busy handling data about their favourite minibeasts.
In groups, we collaborated to collect information to find out which minibeasts we liked the most. How did we collect this information?
We initially recorded the results on a tally graph. Can you remember how to write a tally chart? What happens when you reach 5?
After that, we applied our data handling skills by presenting the tally chart data in a different way.
We created block graphs to show which minibeasts were the most popular within our groups.
Which minibeasts were the most popular? Which were the least favourite? By how many more? By how many less?
Explain your top tips to someone in your family about collecting data and how it can be presented and what it shows.
Palm Class said hello to two terrific tortoises today!
We discovered lots of tortoise facts and learned all about tortoises and how to look after them.
Our special visitors were as light as a feather in our hands. They were fascinating to watch and so interesting to observe as they moved around.
Thank you for bringing your lovely pets today Evie!
Palm Class have been applying their fraction skills today to solve a range of fraction problems.
From shading fractions of shapes, to calculating fractions of objects and numbers…we really worked hard to apply our fraction skills.
To help us prepare for our SATs, we have been completing a variety of practice questions to show off our fraction knowledge.
Tell someone at home how you will solve these fraction problems and explain your methods to work it out.
Remember the top tips we have been finding out about fractions:
Each fraction part must be?
2/4 is equivalent to?
If I need to find 3/4 of a number, I need to first find?
The number at the bottom of the fraction is a big clue – it tells me?
Day 4 of science week and Palm Class were off exploring again…
We became camouflage detectives today, searching high and low for hidden minibeast colours.
Our special visitor from Devon Wildlife Trust gave us the challenge to find as many hidden minibeast colour strips as we could!
Which colours were easier to spot first? Which colours were more tricky to locate? What does that tell us about the colour of minibeasts?
What are all the reasons for minibeasts being different colours?
Which minibeasts display warning colours? What are those colours?
Which minibeasts prefer to be camouflaged and hide? What colours were these?
Which creatures use their colours to attract? What colours were they?
Remember to make a note of any other questions you had about today’s learning, so we can post them to Lucy from Devon Wildlife. She told us how they would love to hear from us again!
How many minibeasts can you correctly identify from the images below?
Apply your skills from today’s learning to help you locate the bugs!
Collaborating in pairs, Palm Class have been creating minibeast sentences which contain co-ordinating conjunctions.
Co-ordinating conjunctions give equal importance to the words or sentences they connect.
We discussed the importance of both sentences being complete by themselves and making sense on their own.
We explored the outcome of using different conjunctions for our sentences, before recording our final choices.
Palm Class have been on the hunt for technical vocabulary!
We have have been searching for minibeast words to use in our non-chonological report writing.
We identified the correct terminology for the different body parts of our minibeasts.
Some of the new vocabulary was tricky to read and we had to really collaborate together to correctly read and pronounce the words.
Pick 3 new words you learned today and explain them to someone at home!
Palm Class are really enjoying science week so far!
Look at what we have been exploring today…
How can you explain what happened to the milk when you added the washing-up-liquid and food colouring?
How did you create the colour spinning top? What happens to the colours when you spin it?
Which experiment will you try at home?
(American spelling of ‘Colour’ in activity article below)