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We were able to take our radishes home to try this week and some of us loved them and some found them too hot!!! We will be planting more seedlings next week. and we still have courgettes and lettuces growing in our planting area.

In numeracy we have been measuring using decimetre strips to find objetcs greater or lesser than 10cms. We have been estimating, making tables of results and measuring accurately to cms and mms. We measured ourselves to find who had the biggest hand (Mrs. Phillips 18cms) and who had the largest head (KC and JD 54cms).

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So far for our Wildlife Project, we have made a scarecrow to protect our radishes and we completed our dragonflies which are now outside on the fence to brighten up our field. This week in Science, we have been learning about plants and deconstructing flowers. We also did some observational art on tulips using four different medias: pencil, felt tip pen, biro and pastels.

 

Keep supporting your child at home with their reading for the reading challenge. So far, we have got over 800 reads!

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We have had an exciting and extremely busy Summer term so far. In world explorers we researched a particular country on the African Continent, Kenya. We debated hunting animals and poaching; we classified animals; looked at food chains; learned about traditional story telling and made story telling masks. Then we moved onto Australia and there we looked at habitats, marsupials, reptiles and mammals, we also made aboriginal art and made printing blocks based on an animal design.  In maths we did an investigation to find out if we could make a set amount of money using 3 coins.

In preparation for our 'Wildlife Watch' we have been working in our school's wildlife area and have  been planting radishes and spring onions. These are now outside in one the areas that the parents came and helped prepare and we have made a scarecrow to watch over them as they grow. We have been working with 'East Feast' and to brighten up the outside area we made some dragonfly wings with tissue and willow, it was a tricky job but lots of parents were able to come and help us which was great. They need to be  lacquered so they last longer and will be in our outside areas soon, photos to follow!

Finally we completed our sponsored dance day which parents, children, teachers, midday supervisors and even the cooks enjoyed and danced along with us, it was really jolly day in school and a great way to end the half term after all the of hard work the children had done.

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World Explorers

This half term our new topic is 'World Explorers'. So far we have a new role play area which is pirate themed and we have made information booklets about Kenya. This week we are writing newspaper reports about poaching and making traditional style African masks. We have been learning about the oral tradition of Africa and how storytellers use their voices, expression, dance and masks to make their stories exciting.

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More Superheroes!

2GP were invited to bring in their toy animals to help tell the story of Noah's Ark in assembly, we had an array of animals including meerkats, rabbits, elephants and snakes.

To support 'Red Nose' day we came to school dressed as superheroes. To help celebrate Mother's Day we asked our mums, nans and carers to come in to help make gift bags. We also made comic book style artwork which we thought was great; our work looks very colourful and bold displayed around the school.

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Our new topic this half term is 'Superheroes,' and we are learning about fictional and real life heroes. We have already designed our own superheroes and given them special skills and powers. Our role play area is based upon Superheroes like Spiderman, Ironman, Batman and the Hulk. In our outside theatre the children of 2GP helped to paint the Spiderman backdrop which we are enjoying at playtimes. As part of history we have learnt about the life of Florence Nightingale, who devoted her life to help others.

Watch out for our POP ART pictures next week!

As part of our learning we have discovered how and why castles changed over centuries, and why they eventually stopped being built. In class the children worked in pairs to design and make their own stone castles which look fabulous. On our trip to Colchester Castle we met Mike the Knight who took as for a tour of the castle, we climbed the spiral staircase to the top and walked along the top where the battlements used to be. At the castlewe also saw lots of artefacts, armour and interesting displays about the how the local area around the castle changed over time.

Our Castles and Our Trip to Colchester Castle

Castles

 

This half term we are learning about Kings and Queens. We have started our topic by learning about shields and what some of the symbols and colours represented, then the children designed their own shields which are now displayed in the corridor near our class. In the role play area the children have been, sewing, writing letters, counting money, playing traditional board games, (like draughts and chess) as well as using puppets to create their own castle inspired stories. This week we have discovered that the first castles were made of wood, we have drawn our own versions of motte and bailey castles.

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Eggs, Dinosaurs, Fossils and Extinction.

Eggs, Dinosaurs, Fossils and Extinction.   1 We modelled ammonites for a whole class display.
Eggs, Dinosaurs, Fossils and Extinction.   2 Our class dinosaur a Parasaurolophus.
Eggs, Dinosaurs, Fossils and Extinction.   3 Tissue paper dinosaurs pictures.
Eggs, Dinosaurs, Fossils and Extinction.   4 Our pictures show how dinosaurs became extinct!
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Welcome to 2GP

 

 

The new topic is 'Jurassic Park' we are having great fun learning about dinosaurs and fossils, take a look at our new role play area and class displays. Keep looking to see some of the amazing art work we will be making in the next few weeks.

Our dinosaur themed role play and reading challenge

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In 2GP we have been impressed by the homework that the children have done. The children have presented their learning and knowledge in lots of different ways, some independently and some with adult support. It was lovely to see a variety of work presented in various ways.

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 We all went to examine the amazing egg that appeared in school. We were intrigued and wanted to find out all about it, these are some of the questions that seeing the egg generated. We put them together to create out latest class display.
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'Dahlicious Day 2014'

 

On the 26th of September we had a 'Dahlicious Day,'  a whole day based on Roald Dahl. On the day the children came to school dressed as a character from one of his books. In 2GP we had a Mr.Twit, George and his Marvelous Medicine, 3 Matildas,  2 BFGs, several Fantastic Foxes, a Charlie, Mike T.V and some Oompa Loompas and a few Witches too!

As part of our Hubble Bubble topic, we are reading and working on the Roald Dahl story, 'George's Marvelous medicine.'

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