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Class 2

Welcome to Class 2

About Our Class

We would like to welcome you to our Class 2 web page. We hope you enjoy learning all about our brilliant class and finding out about what we are doing at school this term!

 

We are a Year 3 and Year 4 mixed class and our teacher is Mr Waller. Our Learning Support Assistants are Mrs Jones, Mrs Eshelby and Mrs Wood. Each day we learn English and Maths before lunch, and our afternoons offer brilliant variety! Mr Waller teaches us Science, Topic, PSHE and Art, whilst Mr Barltrop and Mr Marles teach us PE every Monday and Thursday. Computing and Religious Studies are taught by Mr Armstrong and we even have steel-panning every Wednesday with Mrs Genis! In the mornings we all have a variety of activities that make each morning different for us; we just need to look at our table guide to see our activity. 

 

Our classroom is bright and fun with a brilliant reading corner full of books, and a great art area for creating brilliant things. We enjoy everything about our class, especially seeing our work around our classroom walls.

 

We hope you enjoy looking at what we will be learning for the rest of this term with our topic map, and enjoy looking at the photos of us and our learning this term!

 

 

Welcome Back - April 2017 (Summer Term)

 

Please find the Topic Web for the term on this page. Our new, exciting theme this term is ‘Terrific Tales’. We hope your children enjoy this topic and come home telling you all the exciting tales of wonder they are learning.

 

A couple of reminders:

  • PE kit should be in school Monday through to Thursday);
  • Summer uniforms may be worn, including shorts and short-sleeve shirt

 

Please encourage your child to read each day, and whenever possible, listen to them and discuss their book with them. Parents who are able to come in and support reading on a regular basis are most welcome to do so. We would be very grateful for any support that can be provided.

 

We have been seeing the children's progress in their times-tables soar this year, but please continue to help they practice and learn their tables each day (including the important inverse operations). The aim is by the end of Year 4 children should know all their tables up to 12x12. They need to know the division facts as well i.e 32 ÷ 4 = 8. They will be tested each week. Once they know all their tables, it is important to keep practising them, to maintain fluency.

 

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to come in and see me. Please speak to the office to arrange a time.

We hope you all had a lovely Easter.

 

Mr Waller

 

Ali Baba and the Bongo Bandits at the Arlington Arts

Our last day, and we started with a fantastic investigation of animals local to Ufton Court and their habitats. We followed this with an amazing trip through history; recreating the Battle of Reading, where Vikings clashed with Saxons, and the children saw life through the eye of these two clans. The children really got into character and took on important key roles as real historical figures. It was such an amazing experience to end such an amazing week!

Day 2 at Ufton Court was a really fun day for all. We began the day with a 'Mud Masks' activity and a 'Sky Walking' activity in the surrounding woods, and then had a lovely big lunch. We were then lucky enough to have a tour of the house and explored the many secret rooms and priest-holes! It was so much fun. We ended the day by dressing up as Vikings and have a huge banquet in the banquet hall. We ate heartily, danced merrily and had a good, old-fashioned tug of war! Great fun!
The children from year 4 at Stockcross Primary School and Welford and Wickham Primary School went on the most amazing adventure for 3 days to Ufton Court. On the first day, we arrived and explored the local woods where we learned to light fires, and then had an amazing time on the farm learning to spin wool, grind wheat and make a wattle and daub fence. We then settled in to our cabins and had an evening of fun, games and marshmallows!

Welcome Back - January 2017

 

Please find the Topic Web for the term on this page. Our theme this term is ‘Time Travel’ which we are looking forward to and we hope it will inspire the children to be as creative and imaginative as ever.

 

A couple of reminders:

  • Winter uniform should now be worn, including ties and proper shoes;
  • PE kit should be in school Monday through to Thursday, including a jumper and tracksuit bottoms (we will be going outside whenever possible);

 

Please encourage your child to read each day, and whenever possible, listen to them and discuss their book with them. Parents who are able to come in and support reading on a regular basis are most welcome to do so. We would be very grateful for any support that can be provided.

 

We have seen fantastic progress over the last term with times tables, and we would love to see this wonderful home support and encouragement continue to inspire the children's learning. The aim is by the end of Year 4 children should know all their tables up to 12x12. They need to know the division facts as well i.e 32 ÷ 4 = 8. They will be tested each week. Once they know all their tables, it is important to keep practising them, to maintain fluency.

 

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to come in and see me. Please speak to the office to arrange a time.

Wishing you all a very happy New Year,

 

Mr Waller

Class 2 Homework - 31st March 2017

Evoking Atmosphere - Capturing Robert Louis Stevenson's 'Windy Nights'

Windy Nights

By Robert Louis Stevenson

 

Using charcoal and paper, the children created these atmospheric and moving images inspired by the wonderful poetry of Robert Louis Stevenson. The children covered the page in charcoal then carefully used blue tac and their fingers to remove charcoal to produce the scene. I hope you agree, they did a brilliant job.

Safety Week at Stockcross

We had the most brilliant week to finish off the half term at Stockcross, and it was all set around the theme of 'Safety'. The children were very lucky to spend time with the most wonderful speakers and visitors representing important public services keeping us safe in our communities. With the British red cross, the children learned how to save lives; the Newbury Fire Service invited the children inside their fire engine and to use their hoses; the Police Service told of the dangers but important work they do in the community to keep us safe, and let the children hold their equipment; with the Green Cross Code representative, the children learned about the importance of road safety; and St John Ambulance worked with the children to identify when to recognise a person in need, and how to dress an injury. The children also got to take part in activities as a class with different teachers in the school. It was a fantastic experience for all, and we hope the children took home some of their great learning to talk about at home. Please take time to look at the selection of photographs from across the week in the slideshows below.

Safety Week - Road Safety

Time Machines for Wallace and Grommit

We have had the most fantastic honour this term, in Class 2. We received a letter from none-other than Wallace and Grommit who wrote to us asking for our help! Poor Wallace had a burglary this term! It seems that a naughty "chicken" had broken into their laboratory and had stolen all of Wallace's best Cracking Contraptions. Hearing that we have some of the most talented designers in all of West Berkshire, Wallace tasked Class 2 with the challenge of designing a time-machine that he could use to travel back in time and catch that naughty "chicken" red-handed with! 

 

Well, what a brilliant effort all of the children put into their finished designs! They included an introduction for Wallace, plus a detailed explanation; a fab set of instructions full of those bossy imperatives; a stunning blueprint of their design; and a flowchart that even Wallace could follow! We have included captures of the children's finished designs above which will be turned into a portfolio-book and will be sent over to Wallace as soon as possible!

 

Bravo Class 2!

What a special treat we had today! Class 2 and 3 were lucky enough to take a special trip to Welford and Wickham to meet the wonderful writer, Peter J. Murray, writer of the spooky Mokee Joe series! Mr Murray was a brilliant speaker and the children loved listening to his interesting stories about how Mokee Joe came to life; how he became an internationally celebrated children's author; his amazing personal experiences that found their way into his fictional narratives; and seeing Mokee Joe stood before them in his trademark coat and hat!. It was exciting, funny and very motivational! 

The super Class 2 boat-building contest of 2017!

Well, what a way to come back after a wonderful, exciting Christmas break Class 2. We enjoyed a brilliant contest to design and build a boat that could stay afloat, as well as hold the most amount of weight possible. The children undertook all stages of this to ensure it was a fair-test: they worked from the same materials; they measured and tested their boats using the same water that was needed to ensure their boats could be fully submerged (a whopping 14 Litres!); and they used the same weights throughout. The children enjoyed learning about the science of buoyancy, upthrust, and balance, as well as a centre-of-gravity; being trim or out of trim; and staying afloat. The competition was exciting all the way to the end! Well done to the winning team whose boat finally went out of trim and floated to the murky depths with a whopping final weight count of 1731g (1Kg 731g)!

Mummers' Play performance to the children

Class 2 Christmas Decorations

Class 2 Christmas Decorations 1
What a wonderful week of arts and crafts! The children have shown their wonderful creative skill with their beautifully made origami candles, pine-cone Christmas trees and loopy lollipops!! We hope you enjoy them all over the Christmas break!

The children worked so hard last week to create the most wonderful Christmas Silhouette pictures, and I'm sure you'll agree they are absolutely spectacular!

 

They are impressive any time of day, but really do stand out most when the sun goes down. 

 

Please come and have a look at these brilliant Christmas scenes if you can! Enjoy!

Christmas Silhouettes in Class 2

Christmas Silhouettes in Class 2 1

Our school trip to Bath

Our school trip to Bath

 

We had the most brilliant school trip to Bath last week and the children got to look at the shadow of our past in all it's glory at the Roman Baths. We loved learning about the architecture, the treasures and the lessons of life during Roman-era Britain and started to feel very much like we had taken a very special journey back in time. 

 

Our afternoon was spent in the company of two very talented actors showing us just a little of how "barmy" the British have been throughout history, and also how really quite "horrible" some of our ancestors were. With amazing 3D effects, incredible acting and absolutely hilarious scenes from beginning to end, the children loved our trip to see Horrible Histories the theatre in a very special venue.

 

What a lovely day for all!

Class 2 Information Sheet

Our Class 2 Timetable

Class 2 Autumn Term Topic Map

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