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Year 2 - Melbourne Class

Summer Term Topic - Incredible, Inspiring Individuals!

Welcome to Melbourne Class

                                                            Melbourne Election Speeches
Year 2 have created some fantastic speeches for the School Parliament Election. 

Year 2 Candidate

I am a sensible, kind and honest candidate.

I will make changes at playtime.

There will be lots more options. You will be able to build, watch a DVD, play with toys inside (sometimes) or play outside.

I will help you find friends by teaching people what a good friend is.

After school there will be a dance club to keep you active and give you exercise.

We will have an online safety club who will meet to keep you safe.

If people aren’t making the right choices an adult will be told straight away and the children will need to go to lunch detention. 

  
Year 2 Candidate

Voting for me is the best choice because I am honest, trustworthy and confident.

I will make the best choices for Jubilee School.

After school there will be a fitness club to ensure you have a healthy lifestyle.

Each day in class there will be time for daily exercising to keep you fit.

We will make videos showing children how to stay safe on the internet.

The children at Jubilee who are the very best version of themselves will be rewarded and there will be consequences for anyone who does not show this.

 

In our maths lessons we have been learning all about mass. We have worked on measuring and recording the mass of various objects. During our lessons we have also explored how to compare various measurements using the greater than, less than and equal to signs.
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We had a fantastic assembly all about 'Growth Mindset'. We found out all about Ned, the things he wanted to achieve and how he could achieve them. All of Melbourne Class were able to consider what we are good at and how we can improve. From the assembly we were able to identify that perseverance is the key... I am not able to do it YET!
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In our geography lessons we have been finding out about the seven continents and five oceans. We used the world maps to help us locate these and then completed our own maps to show the various continents and oceans.
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We have been exploring the artist Wassily Kandinsky who was born in 1866. He lived in Russia. He was not interested in making his pictures look like real things. He was more interested in the shapes and colours in his paintings. He also loved music and was a very spiritual person. We recreated one of Kandinsky's most famous pieces of artwork. It is called Squares With Concentric Circles.
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Our current science topic is Living Things and their Habitats. We have been finding out about various invertebrates and their habitats. During our science lesson, we enjoyed exploring the school grounds for various invertebrates. We looked on trees, flowering plants, within long grass, under stones, in soil and within piles of leaves. It was a very successful investigation and we were able to identify many features including similarities and different between various invertebrates.
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In our English lessons we have been focusing on traditional tales and fairy tales. We explored traditional tales poetry and performed these in our classroom. We had to remember key performance features throughout our piece.  
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In our maths lessons we have been working on fractions. We practically explored how to show 1/2, 1/4, 3/4 and 1/3 of an object. After, we started to compare the fractions identifying similarities and differences. We really enjoying eat our fractions of the objects at the end of our maths lesson!
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Our trip to Dover Castle was absolutely fantastic! We enjoyed finding out about different castle features. Whilst exploring, we found out about the lives of various nobility and royalty that lived and stayed there. We had the opportunity to dress up as medieval folk and listen to a castle based story.     
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Within our science topic, 'Animals Including Humans' we have explored the life cycle of a human. We started by explaining what we already knew about the life cycle. After this we asked many questions about this topic. Melbourne and Sydney class then had two special visitors who helped us to understand the life cycle. The visit allowed us to ask our questions and find out the answers.

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Our class assembly was absolutely fantastic! We enjoyed sharing our learning about the topics 'Maybe It's Because I'm a Londoner' and 'Fire, Fire, Burning Bright!' During our assembly we shared facts about the City of London. The Great Fire of London and The Plague are two of the historical events we have focused on and we had a super time sharing lots of interesting facts. We hope our audience enjoyed our singing and dancing! 

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In our art lessons, we created a piece of artwork to show London during the Great Fire in 1666. We used lots of different materials to create them. Here is some of our artwork. We looked at some paintings to give us inspiration for our pieces and commented on these.

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In our maths lessons, we have been working hard on multiplication and division. We used concrete objects at the start of our learning to demonstrate our understanding of equal groups and sharing. We are now able to recognise the relationship between multiplication and division and can also explain why multiplication is commutative.  We have worked hard to develop our fluency, problem and reasoning within this strand.

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As part of our Jubilee Christmas festivities we visited Titmuss Baptist Church. We learnt all about the Christmas story and took part in an exciting quiz. At the end of the session, we had the opportunity to ask a range of questions. 

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In our English lessons we have been working on non-fiction writing. We have been using the fiction text 'A Bear Called Paddington' to support our non-fiction writing. We have developed our instructional writing and can identify the features of a good set of instructions. We have worked on verbally giving instructions, following oral/written instructions and writing our own set of instructions. We really enjoyed following instructions to make loaves of bread and then create Paddington's favourite snack - a marmalade sandwich! 
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In our DT lessons we enjoyed planning, creating and evaluating our own circus equipment. We used a range of materials creatively to produce our finished articles. We explored how we could improve our equipment. We really enjoyed using our equipment to develop our circus skills. 

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Year 2 enjoyed a circus workshop during autumn 1. We were able to develop our balance, speed and coordination skills throughout the session. Matt from Splatz demonstrated a range of circus skills. Throughout the session we used feathers, spinning plates, stilts and many more pieces of exciting equipment.

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Our science topic is ‘Uses of Everyday Materials’. During our science lessons we have been exploring a range of materials and their properties. We enjoyed searching for materials made from wood and described explored their purpose and various properties.

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In our maths lessons we have been focusing on number and place value. We used the base 10 to make a range of numbers to one hundred. We identified how many tens and ones were in the numbers. After we began to compare the numbers.

 

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Welcome to Year Two! I hope you have had a really fantastic holiday and feel ready for your new adventures in year two. Throughout the year, we are going to be learning lots and having so much fun together. I know you will impress us with your outstanding attitudes to learning this year. This is our class page where we will post different pieces of your work/achievements from lots of different subjects. When you feel proud of something, please let me know so that I can post it onto our page. Remember to keep visiting throughout the year to explore some of the hard work that you have completed. On our page, you can also see what we are going to be learning about in our class newsletter. You can access this page at home so if you would like to, you will also be able to share your learning with your grown-ups.

 

Miss Meyer

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