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Orford CEVA Primary School

Orford


CEVA Primary School

Class 2 News

Summer 2021 

11th April 

Welcome back everybody! Hope you all had a fun-filled Easter and were able to enjoy some more activities!

Please click here or go to 'our learning > visit our classes > class 2 > curriculum overview' to see the letter about all our learning this term.

As ever, a few reminders

  • Bags come to school on Mondays (with completed homework and reading records) and get taken home on Fridays (with new homework)
  • Children come to school in PE kits Wednesdays and Fridays (unless informed otherwise)
  • Full water bottles should be in school every day - it is much safer for your child than us having to keep washing and sanitising cups and we are trying to reduce traffic in the corridors
  • Coats and wellies/outdoor "messy" shoes need to be in school every day
  • Forest schools starts after half term. Mrs Marriott will write to you nearer the time.
  • Pencil cases stay in school all half term if your child chooses to bring one
  • Your child is responsible for telling an adult in school if they need to change their home reading book - we do give a daily reminder to the whole class but will not be going down individual book bags to check whether books have been finished or not

Looking forward to seeing you all tomorrow!

Spring 2021 

31st March - FROGSPAWN NO MORE

This morning, Miss Cannon received a very exciting message... the frogspawn had HATCHED! Class 2 are now the proud owners of tadpoles! 

     

Even more good news:

  • YES there is enough for you to "adopt" a tadpole each - get thinking about what you'd like to call your tadpole when we're back at school
  • It takes 4-5 weeks for them to develop in to froglets, so you'll get to see them as tadpoles before they change too much
  • They only eat algae at this stage so don't need extra food and will be alright in the tank for the holidays

We will keep you updated of any more changes!!

Here's a really good explanation of what will happen next if you want to read through it together at home: https://www.saga.co.uk/magazine/home-garden/gardening/wildlife/amphibians/the-tadpole

26th March - HAPPY EASTER!!

As you may have heard, we've had GREAT excitement in our class this week - we have some frogspawn to watch and look after! When it arrived it had been freshly laid the day before:

     

So, we quickly created a chart to track their progress. Not much happened for the first three days (and truth be told, Miss Cannon was a bit worries they were dead as there was NO movement) when suddenly on Wednesday they started to grow!! By Friday they were looking like mini tadpoles and were really wriggly - lots of fun to watch:

    

In science this week we found out about their life cycles and all the changes we will see over the next few weeks (and tried to make it out of playdough). Our favourite fact is that when they are freshly hatched they eat their jelly then grow teeth and eat each other!! How exciting!!

    

This afternoon we did an Easter egg hunt (after making our own baskets) hopefully the treats will make it home before being devoured!

I have sent home some work for over the holidays - spelling practice for all and handwriting for the phonics group. Maths is optional for the holidays.

Have a great rest and break, see you in the summer term!!

19th March

We have had another super week of learning here in class 2! We are getting really good at explaining in our writing using adverbs, conjunctions and sentence openers; we produced some beautiful artwork that should have made its way home this evening and had great fun ordering pictures of Miss Cannon from when she was a baby right up until now to learn about life cycles.

In maths we have been finishing our fractions work and have started to look at equivalent fractions. 

Here is a fraction game to play at home if you want some extra practice:

https://phet.colorado.edu/sims/html/fractions-equality/latest/fractions-equality_en.html

 

12th March

What a super first week back!! We've been cracking on with maths and literacy in the mornings (please see your child's book bag for their homework) then taking part in lots of lovely science and thrive activities in the afternoon.

Rainbow Science

 (we also used food colouring and soap in milk to "explode" the colour)

Dancing Stickmen

Science Week Sieving

The whole school had to create a sieve to separate rice from pasta - we had a wide range of contraptions. Some successful and some not so - the rice all over the carpet proves it!!!

      

    

     

This afternoon we made shmores and talked around the campfire about our favourite thing from school this week. Ask your child over the weekend what they chose.

8th March

Welcome back to all of our families, we are looking forward to seeing you all and having an exciting 3 weeks together.

Following Mrs Butler's email last week, a few reminders:

  • Bags come to school on Mondays (from next week these will contain completed homework and reading records) and get taken home on Fridays (with new homework)
  • Children come to school in PE kits Wednesdays and Fridays (unless informed otherwise)
  • Full water bottles should be in school every day - it is much safer for your child than us having to keep washing and sanitising cups and we are trying to reduce traffic in the corridors
  • Coats and wellies/outdoor "messy" shoes need to be in school every day - play is on the field which is very muddy at the moment
  • No forest schools until after Easter, so kit is not required
  • Pencil cases stay in school all half term if your child chooses to bring one
    and finally:
  • Your child is responsible for telling an adult in school if they need to change their home reading book - we do give a daily reminder to the whole class but will not be going down individual book bags to check whether books have been finished or not

Oh,and if any of you find any frogspawn out on your walks this week, please can you collect us some?! Thank you, see you tomorrow!!

5th January

Well, scrap yesterday's message! And we were SOOO looking forward to seeing you all! We will instead wait with great anticipation to see what super home learning adventures you get up to via tapestry. PLEASE parents, keep checking your emails and if you do not have an active tapestry account, get in touch with us ASAP so we can get you set up. Also keep an eye out for arrangements for vulnerable/key worker children as these will differ from last lock down.

One of your topic tasks this week is to make  a pirate hat and send me a picture. Please still do this as I will add you to our explorers display which will be ready for when you return - it's boring being the only mermaid pirate on board! 

Stay safe everyone ! 

4th January

WELCOME BACK EVERYBODY! 

We hope you all had a restful Christmas break.

Please click here or go to the tab 'Curriculum Overview' on the class 2 page to see the letter with everything we are learning about this term.

Autumn 2020 

11th December - CHRISTMAS MOVIE NIGHT

We had a super fun time at the movie night - we started off with a treasure hunt, where we found out for Christmas we are getting some new fish and a brand new, giant fish tank! 

This was followed by some games, dinner and TWO movies!!

It was funny being in the hall with all the lights off and playing with the cushions but we all had fun and was a lovely start to our final week in the lead up to Christmas.

10th December

Christmas lunch day!  Wahooo! Thanks Nicola for making it so lovely for us! 

8th December

Following our super practice last week, we used our new watercolour skills to create some paintings of Orford in the style of Turner - some did the Lighthouse, some did the Castle and some did the River Wall. You can really see by using the "wet on wet" technique how well they've captured his style

3rd December

A slightly less "explosive" week in class 2 this week but very busy nonetheless! 

  • We started on Monday by wearing our Christmas jumpers and creating some super 'We 3 Kings' decorations for the hall
  • On Wednesday we took part in an athletics competition - Mr West is going to put our results up against other Suffolk schools to see how we do
  • Thursday we learnt how to use watercolour paints correctly by using a 'wet on dry' technique and a 'wet on wet' technique and made some Turner style paintings
  • Today we had a go at answering the question 'Could humans live underwater?' and tried to design some new habitats for us

Just 7 sleeps till the Movie Night - please make sure you have paid on ParentPay please!

25th November

FIRE! FIRE!

You may have heard about a fire at school today - it's true!! We created our own Pudding Lane and great fire of London! Here's the video of all the action today:

 

 

20th November

Following our amazing artwork last week, we made even more this week based around the Great Fire of London. We were only given red, yellow and a tiny bit of black - look at some of the amazing fiery tones we made under our house silhouettes!

PLEASE if you have any cereal boxes at home can they come in on Monday?! It's for the super exciting next stage of our history topic! Thank you to everyone who has already.

      

13th November

We have started a new art topic this term, developing our painting and colour skills. We started by building and painting a mixed surface before adding patterns in contrasting colours. Don't they look AWESOME?! 

         

     

5th November

Don't we look fabulously bright and sparkly today!! Thank you to all parents and carers for organising!

22nd October

Firstly a huge thank you to everybody who sent in shoe boxes.... I am sure you have heard from the children about our exciting science project - creating habitat dioramas! 

Each group had to choose a habitat which they researched, thinking about the landscape, animals and plants that might live there. Next we had to paint the box and create a backdrop for the diorama, these were so neat and already looked fantastic.

            

Finally, the big bit of work - creating all the wildlife to go inside them! This was very tricky as we had to make everything 3D - mounting on cardboard, creating stands and trying to get things to hang from the ceilings. However, everybody showed great resilience and worked so carefully to make their models look realistic. We even got a bonus bit of fun by sticking it together with the hot glue guns!

            

And here are the finished models. The classroom display will look EPIC once they're mounted on the walls! What a super positive end to our first half term back. WELL DONE CLASS 2!!

       

  

        

16th  October

We have done some super art and writing this week. Hopefully you'll all get a copy of the writing soon, but in the mean time - take a look at our artwork! This week we were studying John Brunsdon - a local landscape artist who used bold lines and colours. We were given part of one of his paintings and had to continue his work - I think you'll agree they look AMAZING! 

1st October - there seems to be a problem with the app showing photos, you may have to go direct to the website to see them!

Today we went on our first trip of the year to Foxburrow Farm in Melton as part of our science learning on food chains and habitats. We had a BRILLIANT time!! Please see all the pictures in the "photos from around our school" page.

First we visited the orchard to go “invertebrate hunting” – we found newts, frogs and a cat (?!) which didn’t count. However, we also found lots of spiders, snails, worms, beetles, woodlice and even a Devil’s Coachman – the Suffolk Wildlife Trust staff got very excited as they said these are super rare!

         

Our next activity was identification in the woodlands. First we played a description game where somebody found a leaf and described it, and their partner (without looking at the leaf) had to try and draw it – there were some really impressive results! This was followed by being given some tree cuttings, our job was to hunt through the woodland to find the tree each branch came from and identify it. We now know what maple, oak, ash, cherry and hawthorn trees look like. Our final task before lunch was to hunt evidence of animals – there weren’t many tracks but there were lots of nibbled nuts and cones and burrows.

  

Finally, we got to go pond dipping – definitely the highlight for us all! We all got a go at sweeping the nets in the water then we had to pour the contents into a washing up bowl. Unlike the invertebrate hunting, our knowledge of pond creatures was limited, so we had to use the classification key to help us. Some of the highlights were crested newts, boatmen, freshwater shrimps, backswimmers and whirligig beetles.

            

Overall a really super day that’s properly kick-started our habitats project! Everyone was brilliantly behaved and had a really enjoyable time!

 

23rd September

This week Mrs Butler challenged us in collective worship to make rainbows. We decided to create a class one so that everybody got an equal share and we were all part of the chosen design. Some talking points could be to ask your child what colour they were, what the paint felt like on their hands, how many handprints did they get before the paint ran out?

Miss Cannon was a bit cheeky and hung it up in Mrs Butler's office so she definitely didn't miss out on seeing it. Doesn't it look fabulous?! (Even upside down because the website won't let us rotate the image!)

21st September

HUGE apologies to the spelling group this week - I made a copy and paste blunder which means your spelling homework won't have made sense this week. Sorry! Thank you for trying anyway. 

11th September

We have had such a fantastic first week back, everybody has worked super hard and we've made a great start to our year of learning together.  Take a look at our new display - we're on here with one of our ambitions for the end of this academic year and there is such a wide range, from getting pen licences to using the computer more to being better at sport! Homework and instructions were sent home today and is due on Monday. I know that's a tight turnaround but we need to allow time for the books to be cleaned before they're marked. Thank you for your support with this.

       

3rd September

Welcome back class 2! We have had a great first day back, but it has been very busy! If the conversation is not naturally flowing at home, here are some questions to ask your child about today:

  • Which colour table are you sat on this year? Do you remember who sits with you?
  • How did you decorate your tray?
  • Tell me where (and what?) you played at lunchtime
  • What's the new 'Chill Out' table?

Please look on the "curriculum overview" page to see the letter about our learning this term, it includes an important notices section - it is imperative you read this. 

As ever, if you have any questions please feel free to email or ask at the end of the school day outside the gate. At the moment due to social distancing measures it is not possible to take face to face queries first thing in the morning.