Enthusiasm. Effort. Excellence.
Infant Department: Mardale Avenue, Flixton M41 5SA
Junior Department: Delamere Road, Flixton M41 5QL
0161 748 5141
Mrs Kirke and Mrs Mason
Success comes through personal effort.
In Class 2K we learn by exploring , sharing ideas, being active, developing our thinking skills and persevering.
Key things to remember:
Reading books changed - Monday / Friday
Reading racetrack day - Friday
Class library books changed - Wednesday
PE days - Monday / Wednesday
Homework given out - Thursday
Homework due in - Tuesday
Spelling test - Friday
Look what we have been learning....
English: In our spelling sessions we will continue to look at more spelling rules and adding suffixes. We will also continue to look at writing the Year 2 common exception words.
In handwriting we will continue our work on the formation of cursive capital letters and the correct use of horizontal and diagonal joins. I will also be looking for the use of them in the children's daily writing.
We will be continuing our work on Talk for Writing this half term. Our non fiction work will be on writing recounts and our fiction work will be based on 'fear' stories using 'The owl who was afraid of the dark' as our text.
Maths: This half term we will be revisiting many concepts we have taught so far. The four main operations; addition, subtraction, multiplication and division and how they are linked. We will revisit work on measures and reading scales as well as properties of 2D and 3D shapes. Problem solving and reasoning, as always, will play a big part in this half terms learning.
Science: We will initially be returning to our work on plants by checking on our planting investigation. After that we will continue our work on habitats.
Geography: We will be having a focus on Formby. Looking at its location, the physical and human features and comparing this to our local environment.
History: This half term we will be continuing our topic 'Sappho' and the events in Pompeii in 79 AD.
Music: This half term we will be having a focus on composition using recorders, wooden percussion and glockenspiels.
PE: This half term the children will be working on athletics and continuing their work on invasion games.
Art: This half term we will be having a focus on drawing, using flowers.
Design Technology: This half term the children will be making their own vehicles. They will be looking at how toy vehicles move and have a go at making axles. They will then design and make their own vehicle.
13th June 2018
We had a fabulous morning baking bread with Mrs Tatham and Mrs Jones today! She talked to us about how she used strong white flour, sugar, salt, dried yeast, milk and warm water to make the dough for us. We then had to knead our dough for 5 minutes. This felt like a long time and we had to really concentrate and make sure we were using our knuckles. Next we had to cut the dough into 6 equal pieces so that our rolls cooked evenly in the oven. Mrs Tatham then showed us how to create a round roll, a cottage loaf, a knot, a swirl, a twist and a plait. We followed our instructions and made our own. Some of them were very tricky!! We were very grateful for our Year 6 helpers!
We also did a bit of a science investigation. Mrs Jones put the dried yeast in a transparent bottle with some sugar and warm water. She put a balloon over the top and we left it to see what happened. We noticed that the balloon started to blow up. We noticed that there were bubbles on the top of the liquid and Freddie explained that "the yeast was making bubbles and the bubbles were going into the balloon where they popped. This meant that there was more air in the balloon, so it blew up." This was a fantastic explanation of what was happening.
English: In our spelling sessions we will continue to look at near homophones, synonyms and writing polysyllabic words.We will continue our work on the concept of a 'root' word and how we add different suffixes to them. Our Phases assessments still show that there are some Phase 5 sounds we are struggling to apply so we will continue to work on these ( wh, ew, au, o_e, u_e and ea). We will also continue to look at writing the Year 2 common exception words.
In handwriting we will continue our work on the formation of cursive capital letters.
We will not have a talk for writing text this half term. We will be looking at different genres of writing such as letters, diary entries, book reviews, explanation texts as well as narratives.
Maths: We will be looking at position and direction, including quarter, half, three quarter and full turns in both clockwise and anticlockwise directions. We will be revisiting our working on addition and subtraction with a particular focus on missing number calculations and how the inverse can be used to calculate the answer. There will also be a revisit to multiplication and division, with a focus on how the two calculations are linked and how this link can be used to solve problems.
Science: We will initially be returning to our work on plants by checking on our planting investigation. After that we will begin our work on habitats.
Geography: In geography we will be starting our work on geographical surveys.
History: This half term we will be continuing our topic 'Intrepid Explorers'. Our focus this half term will be on Neil Armstrong.
Music:Our next music unit is called 'The Friendship Song'. This unit has a focus on contemporary music. We will be continuing our work on moving to the pulse and copying and improvising rhythms using percussion instruments. We will also continue our work on using a glockenspiel or recorder to add musical accompaniment to our song.
PE: This half term the children will be working on a dance unit called 'Life Cycles'. The piece of music is linked to the life cycle of a frog . They will also be completing a unit on invasion games.
Art: We will be continuing our work on colour mixing with a particular focus on secondary colours.
Design Technology: We will be continuing our focus on food technology. The children have already tasted and evaluated a range of dips and dippers and now they are getting ready for making their own creation. The children will be practising the skills of cutting and will have the opportunity to make some dips before designing and making their own.
24th May 2018
At the end of our 'Friendship Song' music topic, we decided we would like to perform for 2P. The children played the claves, glockenspiel or recorders to accompany the song. We had to devise a rhythm that could be used for the claves to compliment the glockenspiel part. The children really enjoyed performing for 2P. We recorded the performance for you but unfortunately the file is to big to upload onto the website. Sorry!!!!!
21st May 2018
Today the children completed their life cycle dance. They performed it to Class 2P.
Watch it below.
18th May 2018
The children then used all the skills they have learnt in this art unit on colour to paint their sketch. Here are their paintings.
18th May 2018
Today the children created their own still life paintings. Mrs Plant came and talked about sketching. The children then used what they had learnt from her to sketch their still life.
4th May 2018
Today the children made their own dips!!
Our design technology product has been about the children making their own dips. We have tried different dips and dippers. Made yoghurt and soft cheese dips and practised our cutting skills chopping cucumber, chives and peppers. Last week the children designed their own dip. They had to decide whether they wanted a yoghurt or cheese based dip and what they wanted to add to it.
With the help from some very kind parents we were able to all make our dip on Friday. The children absolutely loved them!!
30th April 2018
2K had 87% of children moving once around the race track since the February half term holiday.
Please remember, in order for your child to move their car a space on the race track they have to read at home 4 times a week. This needs to be written in their reading race track book. To move once around the race track, your child needs to do this 6 times.
Happy reading - lets see if we can get the trophy back this half term!
30th April 2018
Everyone has earned their walk to school badge for April
27th April 2018
Mr Moulton offered the Year 2 children an opportunity to take part in a taster 'grounds' session. The children prepared some beds and planted potatoes and rhubarb. It is now their job to tend these beds and we can use the food when it is ready.
The children also toasted marshmallows and made some special biscuit snacks.
I managed to take some photos of their day.
17th April 2018
After looking at movement in a straight line yesterday, today we have been looking at turns - clockwise and anti-clockwise. We talked about how these turns could be 1/4, 1/2, 2/4 and whole turns. The children gave each other instructions to carry out involving steps forwards, backwards and turns.
English: In our spelling sessions we will continue to look at homophones, synonyms and writing polysyllabic words.We will be looking at the concept of a 'root' word and how we add the suffixes - ing and ed to them. Our Phases assessments still show that their are some Phase 5 sounds we are struggling to apply so we will continue to work on these ( wh, ew, au, o_e, u_e, ou and ea). We will also be looking at writing the Year 2 common exception words.
In handwriting we will begin to look at formation of cursive capital letters.
In Talk for Writing we will be continuing our non- fiction work on report writing. The focus for this will continue to be on dragons. After this we will be looking at 'fear' stories. Our text will be 'The owl who was afraid of the dark'.
Maths: We will be looking at fractions, halves, quarters and thirds and the equivalence of two quarters to a half. We will start our fraction word on shape and then move on to fractions of amounts and quantities. We will be revisiting measures and reading scales for length, mass and capacity. There will be a revisit to addition and subtraction before looking at time with a focus on quarter to and past the hour. Finally we will be looking at turns with a link back to fractions.
Science: We will initially be returning to our work on plants by checking on our planting investigation. After that we will be working on living things.
Computing: The children will be continuing their work on the unit 'We are Researches', creating databases and researching using a website.
Geography: In geography we will be continuing our work on 'Kenya'. We have already learnt about the continent of Africa, the climate and conditions in Kenya and now will be looking at the animals which live their and the culture and traditions.
History: This half term we are starting a new topic 'Intrepid Explorers'. We will be having a focus on Christopher Columbus and Neil Armstrong.
Music: Our next music unit is called 'Zootime. The focus this half term will be on 'Reggae' music. We will be continuing our work using a glockenspiel copying and improvising rhythms as well as adding musical accompaniment to our song.
PE: We will be continuing our sessions with a coach but are hoping the we will have a new focus of 'Street Dance'. We are also lucky enough to continue to have a gymnastic coach this half term again too!
Art: We will be continuing our work on colour mixing, looking at shades and tints.
Design Technology: We will be continuing our focus on food technology. The children will be designing, making and evaluating their own dip. After this we will move onto our new topic 'Vehicles'.
29th March 2018
Everyone has earned their walk to school badge for
March 2018. Well done everyone!
5th March 2018
Well done 2K!!!!! We won the Bronze Trophy for reading race track.
2nd March 2018
93% of children moved at least all the way round our reading race track last half term. Well done!!! We are getting closer to that 100%
1st March 2018
The children really enjoyed the activities on World Book Day. They performed one of our Talk for Writing texts in assembly and completed a Where's Wally Challenge. Class 5L visited our class and the children shared their favourite stories with them.
28th February 2018
Everyone has earned their walk to school badge for February 2018. Well done everyone!
27th February 2018
Today we have been observing plants and labeling the parts of them. We looked at some flowers closely with the magnifying glasses and on some of them we could see the pollen in the centre.
We talked about what plants need to survive and how they get their food. We set up an investigation to prove this. We have white flowers in different pots of coloured water and the children predicted what would happen to the flowers.
26th February 2018
Today we braved the cold in math!!!! This week we are looking at measuring length and distance. We know that Usain Bolt can run the 100m in 9.58 seconds (just under 10 seconds) and wondered how far we could run in that time. First we decided we needed to measure out a track and predicted how far we would run. We used a trundle wheel and a metre stick to do this. Then Mrs Kirke timed us and put down a marker to show our distance. Then we measured how far we had run by looking at how many metres we had run and then measuring how many centimetres further than this we had travelled.
23rd February 2018
The children worked on an 'all possibility' problem. They had the following information:
This is all about putting green cubes on top of red cubes with some simple rules.
1) The red cubes must be touching the floor (or table top etc.).
2) The green cubes must not be touching the floor.
3) All the cubes are interlocking cubes so they can only be joined square face to square face.
4) The green cubes are next to each other.
The children talked about how they might solve this problem and then had a go. They discovered that they needed to work systematically and work in an organised way in order to check that they had all the different ways.
The children worked in groups and all had different coloured cubes.
The most ways found during the lesson was 21.
22nd February 2018
Here is the video of us retelling the report about the Manchester Ridge-back.
20th February 2018
Today the children have worked in groups to make a specified dip. The main part of the lesson focused on the importance of correct food preparation and safety when cutting food. The children were shown how to cut safely using a knife. The children really enjoyed the dip and have asked for the recipe. It is a very simple dip which consists of:
100g soft cheese
1 tsp sweet chilli sauce
finely chopped chives
We were all really busy but I managed to take some photos during our afternoon.
English: In our spelling sessions we will continue to look at homophones, synonyms and writing polysyllabic words. We will also be looking at how you add the suffixes -er, -est, - ing, - y to words. Looking at our Phases assessments we will also be continuing to write words containing our Phase 5 sounds.
In handwriting we will be continuing our work on ascenders and descenders and begin to look at formation of cursive capital letters.
In Talk for Writing we will be looking at a rags to riches story based on the story 'Jack and the Baked Beanstalk'. The children will innovate and invent their own rags to riches story based on this story. We will also have a focus on a non-fiction text which is going to be focused on writing a report.
Maths: We will be looking at adding and subtracting money of the same and different values, including giving change. We will continue our work on adding and subtracting a two digit number from a two digit number and thee single digits. We will also begin to look at multiplication, division and fractions and statistics. We will continue our work on counting in 2's, 5's and 10's and will introduce counting in 3's.
Science: We will be starting our new science unit 'Animals including Humans'. We will be identifying and naming a variety of animals, looking at their basic needs for survival and the importance for humans of exercise, eating the right amounts of different food types and hygiene.
Computing: We have had to change our computing unit to 'We are Researches'. The children have been looking at creating databases and researching using a website.
Geography: In geography we will be looking at 'Kenya'. We will be looking at the continent of Africa, the climate and conditions in Kenya.
History: We will have a short focus on Florence Nightingale, Mary Seacole and Edith Cavell, looking at the changes they made to nursing.
Music: Our next music unit is called 'I wanna play in a band'. We will be continuing our work using a glockenspiel but this time we will be looking at copying and improvising rhythms.
PE: We will be continuing our sessions with the tennis coach. So far we have learnt how to hold our racket when we volley, forehand and backhand and how to make backhand shots from the base line.We are also lucky enough to have a gymnastic coach this half term too!
Art: We will be having a focus this term on colour mixing.
Design Technology: We will be focusing on food technology. This will link to our science theme and we will be looking and different food groups and design and make healthy food e.g. dips and dippers
9th February 2018
87% of our class has already moved the whole way around our reading race track this half term. Well done! Don't forget to keep up with your reading over the half term holiday if we want a shot at one of the reading race track trophies!
9th February 2018
We have finished our first week on our new talk for writing text 'The Manchester Ridge back'. Below is our story map.
5th February 2018
This week we are starting our new non-fiction talk for writing text. Last week we did some investigating on the structure and features of reports. This week we are learning our new text 'The Manchester Ridge-back'. The children are very excited to be writing about dragons and they were gripped after watching the following news reports........
5th February 2018
The children have really enjoyed having tennis lessons. See how well they have been doing!
31st January 2018
Everyone has earned their walk to school badge for January 2018. Well done everyone!
26th January 2018
The children have worked really hard to create their invented rags to riches stories this week. Here is a sample of them.
Today we have been tasting dippers. We had a clear favourite of nachos with a clear least favourite or celery. I however had lots of fun watching their faces as they tried it!
19th January 2018
This week we have finished our innovated texts. Have a read at some of them below.
19th January 2018
Today we have been evaluating dips in Design Technology. The favourite dip seemed to be salsa with rajita coming in as least favourite. Next week we will be tasting dippers!
17th January 2018
Below is a video of our retelling of our new story.
12th January 2018
We have finished our first week on our new talk for writing text 'Jack and the Baked Beanstalk'. Below is our story map.
12th January 2018
87% of 2K read 4 times every week last half term. Well done! Lets see if we can get more this half term.
English: In our spelling sessions we will be looking at similes, homophones, synonyms and writing polysyllabic words.
In handwriting we will be continuing our work on ascenders and descenders.
In Talk for Writing we have focused on a journey story based on the story 'Katie in London'. The children innovated and invented their own journey story based this story. Our next focus will be an adventure story using the text 'The Adventures of the Dish and the Spoon.'
Maths: We have continued our work on place value. We will also be looking out how our knowledge of number bonds to 10 can help us derive number bonds to 100. Our focus will then be on adding and subtracting a single digit from a two digit number, a two digit number from a two digit number and thee single digits. We will also look at the properties of 2D and 3D shapes and comparing lengths.
Science: We have continued work on our science unit 'Exploring Everyday Materials'. This half term we have We talked about the term 'solid' and the flexibility of materials. We even made our own dough! We have also started looking at our 'Living things' topic and have planted bulbs. The children have decided where to put them in order to investigate what plants need to grow. To finish our materials topic the children will be asked to design a toy house, labelling the real materials that would be needed. We will then make the houses using materials in school.
Computing: Our computing unit involves learning more about algorithms. We have been exploring different games on the computer suite in the Junior Department and have been working out what algorithms have been used to make the games work.
Geography: In geography we have been learning looking at mapping. We have looked at local and familiar locations using google earth and the children have identified these on a map. We have looked at routes we would take if we travelled from one place to another in the local area. The children have plotted these on a map and talked about how different routes can be taken. Our next step is for the children to talk a walk in the local area, drawing their route and noting down places they see. We are then hoping to use cardboard boxes to create a 3D map!
History: We have had a short focus on Remembrance Day, when it is, why we remember and how we remember. Our next focus will be on Florence Nightingale.
Music: Our next music unit is called 'Ho Ho Ho. We will be continuing our work on pulse and how to use a glockenspiel and recorder to add musical accompaniment to the piece. The children particularly enjoy the rapping part of the song.
PE: In gymnastics we are continuing to work on the skill of balancing and adding in the skill of travelling.
We are also having a tennis coach in to teach us tennis skills. So far we have learnt how to volley, forehand and backhand and backhand shots from the base line.
15th December 2017
20 children have made it all the way around our reading race track for the second time and have received their next prize!
Remember to keep up your reading race track reading over the holidays!!!
13th December 2017
Performance Day!!!!!! Your children have worked really hard on this performance and were amazing!!!!!
12th December 2017
The children were ready for the next challenge........paper chain Christmas trees. Again each strip had to be measured to be 20cm long before constructing the tree. This was a little more tricky but with perseverance and effort we all made a tree. Well done everyone!!!
11th December 2017
The children were set a maths challenge today. The had to make paper chains that were two metres long and each link of the chain had to be made out of a 20cm strip or paper. Armed with pencils, rulers, scissors and glue they began the challenge.........and were successful!
8th December 2017
Today we had an amazing treat! We went over to do some biscuit decorating with Mrs Tatham in the junior department hall. The children had a fabulous time and made the most amazing reindeer biscuits. Thank you Mrs Tatham!!!!
9th December 2017
The children had a go at inventing their own stories based on this adventure story. They were asked to add adjectives for their characters and treats and start some sentences with adverbs. Here are some of the titles they chose for their story:
The adventures of Bow and Arrow
The adventures of Bobble and Brush
The adventures of Bucket and Spade
The adventures of Teapot and Cup
The adventures of Hammer and Nail
The adventures of Toothbrush and Toothpaste
The adventures of Paper and Pencil.
Here are a sample of the stories. Click to see a larger picture!!
4th December 2017
We then innovated the story and created a new one together called ' The adventures of Fish and Chip'. The story map for this is below.
28th November 2017
The children have really enjoyed our talk for writing text ' The Adventures of the Dish and Spoon'. The story map we created together is below.
16th November 2017
Today was our first music session with the glockenspiels. The children really enjoyed it and learnt how to play three notes!
15th November 2017
A big thank you to all the parents who were able to come with us on our Urmston Memorial Walk. The children were able to talk about why we remember Remembrance Day, when World War I took place and why we use poppies. Have a look at some of the photos below.
13th November 2017
A massive thank you to everyone. 2K are absolute stars at completing and handing in their homework on time. Well done and thank you!
10th November 2017
The children have been looking at places they know in the local area on google earth and google maps. They have identified them and labelled them on a map. They then planned routes from one place to another.
6th November 2017
The children learnt about Remembrance Day. Each group made a poppy wreath to take on our memorial walk into Urmston. We also sang 'Pack up your troubles' and 'It's a long way to Tipperary'.
6th November 2017
The children enjoyed their first tennis lesson. They practised a forehand volley!
3rd November 2017
We completed our first week of our new talk for writing story 'Katie in London'. Below is the story map we created together.
30th October 2017
22 children have made it all the way around our reading race track and have received their prize!
English: In our spelling sessions we have been recapping on all the Phase 5 sounds and the different ways each sound can be written. A Phase 5 sound mat reminder is attached below. We will also be looking at punctuating sentences correctly.
In handwriting we will be revisiting all the cursive joins taught in Year 1 and their positioning on the line, paying attention to all the ascenders and descenders.
In Talk for Writing we have focused on instruction writing. The children have been innovating their own instructions based on our 'How to trap a dragon'. Next they will be inventing the text to write their own instructions!
Maths: We have been learning about the place value of each digit in a 2 and 3 digit number, using practical resources to help. We have also been comparing these numbers using our place value knowledge and the <> signs. We will be counting on a back in 2's, 5's and 10's and adding and subtracting multiples of 10 from any number.
Science: Our science unit is called'Exploring Everyday Materials'. In this unit we have been naming a range of materials and learning about their properties. We have carried out two simple investigations so far to find out which material bounces the best and which would make the best raincoat. We have another investigation planned on friction!
Computing: Our computing unit involves learning about algorithms. We will learn about the importance of instructions following a sequence and will be inputting instructions into simple programs on the Ipad.
Geography: In geography we have been learning about continents and oceans. I am sure you have all heard the continent song by now!!!!! We have learnt information about each continent and ocean and their location in the world. We have also talked about the equator, northern hemisphere, southern hemisphere and the North and South poles.
History: In history we have been learning about 'The Great Fire of London'. We went on a visit to Staircase House in Stockport - thank you to all the parents who were able to come too! We have been working on recalling the events and how London has changed since 1666.
Music: Our first music unit is called 'Hands, feet, heart'. We will be learning about the pulse in a piece of music and how to move our bodies to the pulse. We are hoping to add musical accompaniment to our song.
PE: In gymnastics we have been looking at different kinds of balances and shapes we can make with our bodies.
Friday 6th October
We have had a go at innovating our instructions. We wrote our own instructions on how to trap different things like werewolves, skeletons, vampires, spiders and even an evil footballer! Read a couple of them below.
Friday 29th September
We have completed our first week of our Talk for Writing unit on instruction writing. We have learnt some instructions on how to trap a dragon. Watch us below!!!
Monday 25th September 2017
Our visit to Staircase House in Stockport. We had an amazing day and learnt lots about 'The Great Fire of London'. We had an opportunity to act out the events which took place during the fire, learnt about fire marks and had a go at 'wattle and daub'.
Friday 15th September 2017
We started our GEOGRAPHY topic on continents and oceans. Today we found out what continents are and their names. To do this we used the children and coloured pieces of card.