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Year 2 - Cedar Class

Year 2 Tea Party

Computing - Creating Music

We have been learning how we can use technology for a purpose. We have used Chrome Music Lab to make a variety of rhythms using the iPads. The children were very sensible and wonderfully creative!

Non-Fiction Texts

We have been looking at how non-fiction texts are organised. We looked at the index and discussed alphabetical order. We then worked in small groups to put some animal labels into alphabetical order. We had to think carefully when two animals started with the same letter.

Understanding the Relationship Between Multiplication and Division

We have been carrying out investigations to reinforce what we have learnt about the relationship between multiplication and division. Each pair was given 30 counters and had to group them equally in as many different ways as possible. They then recorded the corresponding multiplication and division facts. The children were quick to find the patterns and notice the law of commutativity in multiplications.

Growing From a Baby

Year 2 have started learning about how all babies grow up to become adults and the changes that babies go through from birth. Mrs Harrison brought her son in to visit us. Ted is 1 year old. We talked about what he is able to do already, what he is learning to do and what will change as he gets older.

New Year’s Resolutions

It was lovely to welcome everyone back to class and hear all of the stories of the amazing times the children have had over the holidays. We have been thinking about what we would like to change in 2022, and have written our own resolutions. I wonder how long we will stick to them!

Hooray! We are on the nice list!

It’s official! Cedar Class are on the nice list. A visit from Santa confirmed it! We were very pleased to receive some new games. To celebrate, we have had a fun games afternoon!

Rev. Ruth’s Christmas Service

Thanks to Rev. Ruth who came to visit us to lead our Christmas service. She talked to us about the importance of sharing at Christmas and to think of those less fortunate than ourselves. Some of our children read the story of the very first Christmas, and they did a very good job. Wishing all of our children and their families a wonderful Christmas.

Christmas Riddles

We have been learning about sentences in different forms and have written Christmas riddles to show how we can write statements, exclamations, commands and questions. Can you solve our riddles?

Poppy’s riddle

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Kathryn’s riddle

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Charlie’s riddle

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Lexi’s riddle

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Snowmen Biscuits

Christmas preparations are in full swing! We have made melting snowman biscuits as a little Christmas treat. They were quite sticky to make, but we all enjoyed the task…and eating them later!

Year Two Wish You All A Merry Christmas

We have all enjoyed performing our nativity play to an audience. We worked so hard to learn our words and learn all of the songs. We hope you enjoyed the show and would like to wish you all a lovely, peaceful Christmas.

A Virtual Visit From Nick Sharratt

We were very lucky today to have a virtual visit from the author, Nick Sharratt. He read some of his new book to us and taught us how to draw some creatures from the story. He even gave Preston Primary a big ‘shout out’!

Animals 2U South West Visit

Today we were very lucky to receive a visit from Marie at Animals 2U South West. She taught us about different animals and their habitats and brought some animals to show us. We met a bearded dragon, some leaf insects, a ball snake and two mice. We got to hold each animal and get a really close look at them. We were all very sensible and enjoyed our visit very much. Big thanks to Marie for bringing her animals to us all the way from Exeter. Thanks, also, to the PTA for funding this amazing experience.

Children in Need

Thank you all for your very generous donations for Children in Need. The children look very smart in their non-uniform outfits and we all love the Pudsey ears!

Remembrance

Today we joined a historical webinar to learn more about Remembrance. We were taught about the many soldiers and animals that were in the war. We also learnt about different coloured poppies. At 11am, we joined the rest of the children from EYFS and Key Stage One to listen to The Last Post and observe two minutes of silence. 

Outdoor Learning Day

To celebrate Outdoor Learning day, Maple Class and Cedar Class have been busy creating some miniature gardens. Working in small groups, the children gathered a variety of items from the school field to create some lovely gardens. All of the teachers were extremely impressed with how well the pupils worked together in their groups.

Yoga

Today was our first yoga lesson. Everyone enjoyed the session and we are already looking forward to next week.

Cedar Class Visit to The Keep Military Museum

Yesterday we went to The Keep Military Museum in Dorchester to learn about Remembrance. Flora guided us around a poppy trail and we learnt about a local soldier who went to war. Christopher taught us about the significance of the poppy and then we made felt poppies. After lunch, we thought about letters that soldiers might send to their families from the trenches. We even got to experience what the trench was like. Everyone agreed we would rather not be in the trenches! The staff at the museum commented on how well behaved the children were and everyone had a great day!

Digital 5 a Day

Just like having a balanced diet, Digital 5 a Day is about having a balanced digital diet.

We have learnt that IT can be used in lots of different ways and can help us in many areas of our lives. Today we used IT to connect, be active, get creative, be mindful and give to others.

Rail Safety

Marcia, from Network Rail, came to visit us today to teach us about how we can keep ourselves safe at train stations and level crossings. We learnt that a train can travel at up to 125mph and takes the length of 20 football pitches to stop. She taught us the rules about using level crossings and why we should keep behind the yellow lines at the stations.  

Rev. Ruth Visits

In our RE lessons, we have been thinking about how Christians show their beliefs and why praying is important. We thought of lots of questions about Christian prayer and invited Rev. Ruth in to help us find the answers. Ruth gave us lots of answers and also lots of things to think about.

#HelloYellow in Cedar Class

Hello Yellow is World Mental Health Awareness Day. We have thought about the importance of looking after our mental health and how to ask for help if we need it. We have all dressed in yellow clothes.

Creating Lighthouses

We have been reading The Lighthouse Keeper’s Lunch in our English lessons. Today, we used everyday materials to create our own lighthouses. We think they look very impressive!

Colour Mixing

In our art lesson this week we have been learning about the colour wheel. We learnt which colours are primary colours and how to mix these to make secondary colours. We used our new knowledge and careful painting skills to paint autumn leaves. We used red and yellow paint and then mixed them to make orange.

A Pants Talk!

We had a visit from the school nurses to teach us about the NSPCC's pants rule. We even got to design our own pants!

Welcome to Cedar Class

It was lovely to have all of the new year two children in Cedar Class today. They seemed to have settled well and were confident, polite and smiling. We talked about how to keep our classroom a happy, safe learning environment and decided upon a set of 5 simple rules that we will try to stick to.

Counting Accurately

In pairs, the children were asked to count how many counters they had. We all found that it was easy to lose count! We decided that counting in groups of 10 might help us keep track of how many counters we had. We then put our numbers in order from smallest to largest.

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