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Orford CEVA Primary School

Orford


CEVA Primary School

Class 2 News

Summer 2021 

7th July

On Monday, we had our 'move up day' - year 3 and 4 visited Class 3 with Mrs Reeve and Miss Fleck whilst year 1 joined us in class 2.

We had a great time reading Where the Wild Things Are and designing our own creatures! In maths, we had a go at building our own but each colour cube was worth different points.... our super challenge was to make it add to 27 points.

Miss Cannon, Mrs Smy and Mrs Nottingham were very impressed - we can't wait to work with you all next year!

          

14th June

In RE, we have started a new unit about Christians being part of the 'Body of Christ'

This week, we learnt a little finger rhyme:

Here is the church

Here is the steeple

Take a look inside

And there's all the people!

7th June

Bella and Mimsie:

This week class 1 & 2 had the privilege of visiting the amazing Orford Castle!!!!

We found out lots of brilliant facts about the ancient castle such as:

  • The castle defences
  • The kings and Queens and
  • All the fantastic grass moats

We are all so happy and grateful that we go to this joyful school. It has so many lovely opportunities and trips.

The thing we loved the most about this particular trip is that we got to mix with nearly all the classes and we got to go all way to the top which was a lovely view!!!

Did you know that there are 90 steps going up stairs

Uma and Travis:

On the 7th June class 2  and 1 went  to Orford castle  were we learnt about  the history of the wonderful castle .We learnt about what it looked like and its defences ,we acted out what  the people inside would do and did some fantastic scetches of the majestic castle.

Fun facts

Did you know the castle had a gigantic curtain wall around  it and death hole! It also had a grass moat .Furthermore  king henry  the II  was the only king who visted.

Jenson:

1 . We walked to the ancient  castle

2.we entered   the wonderful castle grounds

3.we went in to the horrific  castle

  1. Orford  castle  used to have a giant cur tain wall.
  2. Orford  castle has 90 steps from the first level to the top. Wow.
  3. Orford castle used to have a emeraled green moat

Emily and Millie:

Today we went to orford castle and we looked outside and inside it was amazing and fun to go there.

Fun fact - One of the chambers was for getting dressed

Libby and Mason: 

The orford castle was great and the work was also great.

I didn’t like being on the top of the castle because I’m afraid of heights.

I liked the objects in the castle and there was objects from the world war and the people who usally  lived in the castle and they keep the world war objects in the castle.

Mia and Scarlett:

We went to orford castle we went to the top. Then  we see the well it was14m  dep

Then we went  out for lunch

We didn’t like the well

The castle had 90 steps.

All together it  had 103 steps

Carly and Luca: 

We went to the top of the castle and waited for the king and we didn’t see the king so we went to the basement and they had a deep dark well and after that we went to the top of the castle again and it is 90 stairs up to the top of the castle and I liked the top of the castle.

We did activities  and to find parts of the castle wall and we found where the poop go and we found a part of the castle wall.

Bobby and Erik:

Today we went to the amazing cool Orford Castle.

We learnt more things about castles like it had a well that was 14m deep, you need to cllimb  90 steps to get to the top of the castle.

We saw where the dungeon was but we couldn’t go in. The steps were crazy they were the worst bit because they acted wobbly even though they weren’t. They had ropes to hold on to but you could fall off any minute!!

The bakeree was on top of the castle 

Alex and Phillip:

It was very fun  going to the top of the castle and going to the upper hall and  the basement.

It was super fun at the top.

You might not know this but the Orford castle had a curtain wall around it.

Did you know that Orford castle had no great hall.

Lana and Phoebe:

On the 7th of June 2021 we [Class1 as well as Class2] went to Orford castle and had a look around we talked about the castles insides and outsides furthermore we learnt about all the great defences and the deadly attacks we all had great fun acting out some of the different roles and jobs played in the grand castle such as: the kitchen maid ,the sheriff ,the servants in addition the cook. We walked colossal 90 steps all the way to the high roof were the kitchen and the bakery were in addition we sketched the castle remains we only drew the remains because there was a curtain wall and a grass moat .

Lily and Stavroula:

Orford  castle was amazing and we found out that in the olden days it had a wall and it was  not destroyed. We had lunch there.

And it was the best experience  ever!

 

28th May

We have had the most FANTASTIC week of castle construction in class 2, which I am sure you have heard about!

At the beginning of the week we had to research a different type of castle each: what it looke dlike, all the different parts and what they were used for. We then had to use our D&T and Art skills to think about which materials we needed before constructing the shell. Next, followed papier mache, a night of air drying and then painting. Today, we continued our research from Monday to make detailed labels for our models with detailed labels of each part, explaining their functions. 

There are just so many photos to share. Here are the ones of our completed models, the rest will be added to a photo album. 

Please click this link

        

    

Have a fabulous half term everybody - see you on Monday 7th June for our trip to the REAL castle!!!

21st May

Please log on to Tapestry to see our amazing light boxes we made in D&T this week!!

**Next Friday (28th) we are going to be gardening in the afternoon, planting all the trees and fruit bushes we won from the EADT competition. Please ensure your child brings comfortable, warm clothes that you don't mind getting messy, as well as old trainers or wellies if they are not already in school.**

Thank you!!

 

14th May

We are just coming to the end of our Geography unit and getting ready to move on to History (we will FINALLY be making those castles soon!). We had a try at making our own maps of Orford this week.

It was super tricky - we had to ensure that all the buildings were the right shapes (from a bird's eye view), in proportion to each other AND year3/4 had to use Ordance Survey symbols. Miss Cannon thinks we did AMAZINGLY well, and here's the proof!!

   

  

7th May

Another brilliant week in Art in Class 2....this week we were doing card wraps, where you take wool and wrap it round card carefully so there's no gaps. We learnt how to tie a knot too so we could add on more colours.

This week's challenge was to use just one colour but lots of different shades going from dark to light. Don't they look brilliant?!

       

We also had a super puzzle club this week and FINALLY solved the puzzle we spent 3 weeks on! Look at everyone's smiling faces!

 

30th April

This week we worked really hard in Art to print on fabric this week.

First we made a printing block with a piece of card and some elastic bands, then used some brightly coloured paint to "load" them.

We then had a go at printing on fabric - keeping the pattern neat, aligned and with just the right amount of paint. Don't they look fabulous?!

        

      

For next week's art, we need to be able to tie knots in wool. If you could practice at home, that would be really useful! Have a super long weekend

23rd April

We have had yet ANOTHER fantastic week of learning here in class 2.

In literacy we have practised adding even better openers and conjunctions to our sentences to make them really detailed for a "castle" fact file; we have been measuring mass and capacity in maths and had a go at retelling the story of Jonah and the Whale with just 7 props. 

Today we even had a go at solving some logic problems in maths. If you're bored over the weekend, why not try this one?

16th April

What a FANTASTIC first week back! Class 2 have worked brilliantly in all their lessons and have done some super learning this week including bar charts, fact files and learning the notes on a glockenspiel.

On Monday we started our new geography topic and had a go at making our own compasses on the playground. Year 2 had to use four points but year 3/4 had to try all 8 points!! Challenging!!

    

Our tadpoles are also growing and now have little legs!! They will soon be froglets, how exciting!

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.