Autumn term in Diamond class
In Maths we have been working hard to understand the value of digits in numbers. We used equipment to help us partition in different ways.
We were really excited to meet Chloe Inkpen. We had already read one of her books in class. We think she must have been excited to meet us too as she asked for a copy of our photo!
We had great fun making a sound sandwich to help Ug scare away Stone Age monsters. We investigated how the size of rubber band affected the sound and what would happen to the pitch if we moved the straws closer together.
Fun with Fossils
As part of our Dinosaur topic we have been learning about fossils and how they are formed. We made our own fossils by imprinting shells into clay and using plaster of paris. We had a lot of fun being palaeontologists!
Spelling is fun!
We are developing our spelling skills through phonics and grammar sessions. We have been learning about homophones and when to use different spellings.
Spring Term in Diamond Class
In Diamond class we have been working hard on our topic, ‘Under the sea’ and have learnt lots of new and interesting facts and sea creatures and their habitats.
In PE we have been learning new basketball skills and we have just started Boot Camp! We enjoy the challenge.
In Maths we have been learning about inverse operations and division. We have been using our mathematical knowledge to solve number sentences with missing numbers.
This term our author focus has been Julia Donaldson and our class book is ‘The Whale and the Snail’. We have written character descriptions and alternative endings to the story. We have been using adventurous vocabulary to make our writing more interesting and trying very hard not to forget punctuation!
In art and design our main project for this term is creating a story setting under the sea box. We have designed our boxes using a range of media, including card, tissue paper, paint and clay.
The sun shone on Monday as Diamond Class took a trip to The Discovery Centre in Great Notley Country Park. All of year 2 travelled by coach to this wonderful local Country Park for a day of outdoor adventures in the sun.
We were guided by two fantastic park Rangers, Helen and Michelle who helped us to stay safe and think about all the amazing plants and animals that we can find right on our doorstep.
In the morning we had fun pond dipping with nets and magnifying equipment. Everyone had a go and thankfully nobody fell into the pond! We found so many interesting creatures from dragonfly larvae to blood worms and leeches.
We also took to the meadow armed with nets and pots to see what we could find a different habitat. There were plenty of spiders, butterflies and our singing brought the worms out of the ground.
We had a lovely lunch sitting in the sunshine on the grass which gave us plenty of energy for our afternoon of Geocaching.
Geocaching is a treasure hunting game using GPS technology to find hidden boxes. We split into teams and were given GPS trackers and a set of questions to find the answer to. The class spent the whole afternoon running from point to point collecting information and racing each other. Diamond class did a brilliant job of following the GPS and getting their adult helpers back in time for the coach. Everyone was a winner at the end of this glorious day. Well done Diamonds!
If you want to find out more about what you can do in our local country parks then visit: http://www.visitparks.co.uk/