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Class 2W

Hello and welcome to class 2W!

Please come and talk to me at the beginning/end of the school day if there's anything that you'd like to discuss.

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Class hampers!

It's that time of year again we we start thinking about Christmas. Our class hamper theme this year is 'Indulgence'. It could be food/drink, pamper products, candles or anything in between that you can think of! If you could please supply an item to donate to the hamper, it would be greatly appreciated.


Week ending 10.11.17

What an exciting week! We had our own mini fire of London on Thursday, the children went into the playground and we set out their boxes in a line. We put them close together and set the middle box on fire. They watched how the wind blew the flames along the lines. 

In English, we've looked at adverbs and how they can describe the verb and we've looked at time adverbs for starting sentences. We then used this to write a recount of what happened when we burnt the boxes.

In Maths, we have been looking at  the = sign and have learnt how it means the same as. So, it doesn't matter where in the number sentence the = is. For example, 4 + 4 = 5 + 3.

We then used this knowledge to help us find missing numbers, so 1 + ? = 8 + 4.


Week ending 3.11.17

A lovely first week back this week after half term. In English, we've learnt about how to order the different parts of instructions, and then we've written our our instructions for how to keep safe at bonfire night displays. 

In maths, we have looked at how to exchange 10 ones for a ten when we are adding and taking away, and we have begun to put these into columns to help us see the place value of what we're adding and subtracting. We are great at doing this practically and we'll continue to do this next week too with the written method.

We've finished this week with an RE day, looking at Leaders in both Christianity and Judaism. We learnt the story of The Good Samaritan and about Moses, and what this teachers us about being a good leader. We created our own list of Wise Rules to live bym based on the Ten Commandments.

Have a lovely weekend, keep safe watching those fireworks!

As always, spellings are at the bottom of the page if you need them.

Week ending 20.10.17 - Happy half term!!

The children have worked so hard this half term and are so deserving of a rest! I hope that all of our families have a great time together and enjoy the week off. 

In class this week in maths we have been working on subtracting. Just as last week, we looked at how many tens a number has and how many ones. This helps us to understand what it is we're subtracting. We've been practising drawing our resources and number lines. I've sent home a little help sheet to all children today to help explain to parents and carers the way that we are teaching the children - it has changed since we were all at school! There's also some sheets to have a go at, if you get chance! It isn't homework as such, just a bit of extra practise to consolidate everything that we've learnt this half term in maths.

We wrote brilliant pirate stories, based on the book 'Pirates love underpants'. We looked lots at new and unknown words and discussed the meaning of some of them, liked quest, fabled, unfurl and hoist. The stories are a really fantastic end to our pirate topic, which I and the children, have really enjoyed!

We conducted a waterproofing experiment in science and tested different materials to see which material we should make a coat out of for our pirates.

Have a great week, relax! Mrs Winfield x

Week ending 13.10.17

This week in maths we looked at adding two numbers together. We practised using numicon and dienes, adding the small steps of ones and then the jumps of tens on a number line. We did lots of talking about which digit will be changing if we are adding ten, or multiples of ten. 

We used our imaginiations to describe being stranded on a desert island. We thought of 3 adjectives that could be used to describe each thing (the noun). We put these into sentences, using 'and' to extend our sentences and wrote them into a message in a bottle.

We baked ginger biscuits last week, just like the pirates would have done, to get rid of the moudly taste of the stale food! I 

Week ending 6.10.17

Well, what beautiful artwork we've created! Our pirate colour mixing paintings and collages look absolutely fantastic! We drew our boat, layered different materials to make the sails and portholes, and then placed on top of our sunset paintings. 

We've learnt how to write letters this week and have replied to Pirate Pete, asking him for a job. We are all so proud of the children for the care and attention to detail they took over their final letters.

In maths, we've been looking at number again, this time trying to place numbers along an empty number line. We've found this quite tricky and so spent lots of practice finding half way first, or counting in tens to help us find where to place the missing number.

Well done to all of 2W for taking part so thoughtfully in our Harvest assembly, hosted by Reverend Chris. 

As always, take  a look at our photo gallery to see what we've been doing this week.

Week ending 29.09.17

This week we have been absolutely brilliant mathematicians - exploring number and finding out how they fit together in different ways. We've used numicon, dienes, the bar model, the part-whole model and also the classic tens and ones partitioning. 

Our writing this week has been cross-curricular, looking at the difference between fact and opinion while learning about Blackbeard and Anne Bonny. We wrote our own pirate stories thinking carefully about our letter sizes and punctuation skills.

In Science, we've continued our learning about materials, looking at what the different properties of materials are and why each has been chosen for its job. We also went on a walk in our nature area to look for evidence of seasonal change. 

We've also began fantastic pirate paintings, using our colour mixing skills to make a sunset. Check back next week to see finished photos of our collaged pirate ship sailing the seven seas!

Look at our photos to see our super learning!


Week ending 22.09.17

Wow, what a week! This week class 2W have had a super week exploring number, pirate facts, colour and....Beamanor! The children have really started to shine, and I'm getting to know each of them more with each day - both their likes and dislikes as well as their strengths and areas to work on. Take a look at our photo gallery for a snapshot of our work this week.

Pirate trip to Beaumanor

Tomorrow (Thursday) we'll be going on our trip to Beaumanor. The weather forecast doesn't look too good - so wear your wellies / boots 2W and a coat with a hood! You don't need to bring anything with you, snack and packed lunch are provided from Mrs Dooley (unless you would normally have sandwiches from home on a Thursday). We will take our school water bottles with us on the trip so if your bottle isn't in school then please bring a bottle of water. See you in the morning pirates!

Cap'n Winfield!

Pirate Performance 15.9.17

Thank you everyone for being amazing pirates today and starting off our topic. We have enjoyed reading different pirate poems this week and have writtten a class one together and one of our own. In Numeracy we have been reading coordinates on a treasure map and given directions using north, south, east and west. 

Next week we will learn more pirate facts and start counting our pirate coins in 2s , 5s and 10s. Practice counting at home in 2,5, and 10.

Spellings are in the back of reading records and attached at the bottom of this page if you ever can't find them. If we've highlighted some spellings, we'd like you to focus on those. However, if none are highlighted, please try to learn all of them!

12.09.17 - Request for help!

Next Thursday (21st September) Year 2 are going on our trip to Beaumanor Hall. We need parent helpers to enable the trip to go ahead. Please come and let me know if you're free for a fun pirate day out! Thank you!


Welcome back to a new year at Jesse Gray! I hope that you've all had a fantastic summer break. We've had a wonderful first day in Class 2W - we've read the story 'I want my hat back' by Jon Klassen. We've talked about what hats mean to us - they are part of our JG identity, they keep us safe from the sun etc and we also discussed how we can put our thinking caps on! We designed a new hat for the bear from the story, sketched the two ain characters and did some potato printing! The children behaved impeccably and were an absolute delight to share our first day together!

Weekly Challenge : Parrots!

Can you find out if it's true pirates liked to have parrots. You could draw me a parrot or tell me any facts about pirates and their parrots.

Do you know the name of the pirate from a book Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson who had a parrot?