Class 2 and 3 2023 - 2024
Class Teacher: Mrs Wells
Teaching Assistants: Mrs Edgerley & Mrs Lau
Week Commencing: 27.11.23
Well, the cold has really set in now and Class 2/3 are all getting excited for Christmas. In our R.E. lessons this week we have continued with our Advent topic and created a class 'Jesse tree' which represents Jesus' family tree and retells the stories from the Bible leading up to his birth. Our Collective Worship looked at the gospel of Mark and we discussed the first Advent candle which will be lit this Sunday - the candle of 'Hope'. The children have finally finished their persuasive letters which highlight the plight of the Leatherback Turtle. It has been assessment week and the children have showcased all they have been learning in the Autumn term with true determination and grit. Our PSHE lessons continue to look at friendship and how we can maintain, repair and improve friendships.
Week Commencing: 20.11.23
As we approach the end of November, Class 2/3 remind me, every day now, exactly how many more sleeps there are until Christmas! In our R.E. lessons this week, we started our new topic which also looks at the countdown to this special season. In our first lesson, we looked at how we would welcome a special visitor into our homes and created a set of instructions on how to be the perfect host. In our English lessons, we have started our independent persuasive letter writing which follows on from our research on the plight of the leatherback turtle. Many of the children have decided to write to King Charles as they know he is very keen on environmental and conservation issues. In maths, we are continuing with addition and subtraction and the children have amazed me with their resilience and determination, even when a topic gets a little tricky.
Week commencing; 13.11.23
In Class 2/3 this week the focus of our Collective Worships has been linked to Matthew's Gospel and has looked at all our individual talents. I was amazed by some of the wonderful things that Y2/3 are capable of - they are a very special bunch. In English this week, we have started to write our persuasive letter to the Prime Minister to stop plastic pollution, inspired by our class book about a little Indian girl who is on a mission to save the planet. In maths this week we have started column addition and subtraction, involving 'exchanging' which is a tricky concept to grasp so we will continue this for a little while longer until we all feel confident. It has been Anti-Bullying week and in our PSHE lessons we have looked at what 'bullying' actually is and how we can help others if we think they are being bullied. Africa was the continent we looked at in detail in our geography lessons this week and we used our mapping skills to identify the many countries in the continent of Africa.
Week Commencing: 06.11.23
In our R.E. lessons this week, Class 2/3 have been looking at Judaism, with a focus on the Jewish place of worship the synagogue. We looked in detail at the important items found inside a synagogue and the similarities and differences to the things we can find inside St. Joseph's church. Our English lessons continued this week by looking at how to save our planet and we have decided to write a formal letter to the Prime Minister to tell him how we feel. In maths, the Year 3 children have started to look at column addition, using manipulatives to aid their understanding. Our geography lessons this week continued to look at the continents and I am sure you are all familiar with 'The Continent Song' by now! Our focus this week was our own continent - Europe - and we enjoyed discovering the countries that can be found around the United Kingdom.
Week Commencing: 30.10.23
Our first week back after half term and Class 2/3 are all rested and raring to go. We had a lovely Mass this week and Father Raphael shared his thoughts on the importance of 'All Saints Day'. With this in mind, in our R.E. lessons, we discussed St Joseph and the important role he played as Jesus' stepfather. Our new geography topic started this week and we are learning about the seven continents and surrounding oceans. We had great fun singing the 'continent song' and I'm sure the children will share this with you. In our English lessons, we have started a fantastic new book called, 'Sona Sharm - Looking After Planet Earth' - which links very nicely with our geography.
Week Commencing: 16.10.23
Well, we have reached the end of term and we have packed so much into the last seven weeks in Class 2/3. In our R.E. lessons this week we have been looking at the sacrament of Baptism and Year 2/3 impressed me so much with their resilience and care when we made our Baptism box keepsakes - a little reminder of the symbols of Baptism. Our Collective Worships this week looked at generosity and we thought about all the things that we should be thankful for and the people that we know who are generous and kind. We are coming to the end of our French topic and have been polishing our pronunciation skills as we learn how to greet each other in French. In history, we created our own cave art and also used the Forest School area to become 'hunter-gathers' .
Week Commencing: 09.10.23
I can't quite believe we are nearly at half term. The children are working so hard in Class 2/3 and every day they impress me with their new learning. We started our new R.E. topic this week which looks at the sacrament of Baptism and the promises made at our Baptism. We explored how when we are a member of a club or group there are always rules to follow and the children produced some excellent work looking at our school rules of being 'Ready, Respectful and Safe. In our English lessons, we have finally completed our adventure stories and the children have excelled themselves. In our science lessons, we finally got to showcase our shadow puppets and the scientific language used was amazing.
Week Commencing: 02.10.23
This week in Class 2/3 have continued to look at the importance of family and relationships in our R.E. lessons and have enjoyed making a recipe for a 'Happy Family'. Our Collective Worships have been linked to the Sunday Gospel and have looked at 'messengers' and the importance of spreading the good word. In our science lessons, we have continued looking at our topic of 'light' and have been investigating shadows. However, the weather was not on our side this week and therefore we created our own puppets to explore how shadows are created. Our shared write this week, which is an incredible adventure story, has demonstrated how imaginative the children are and they will get the opportunity to show off their independent story writing next week.
Week Commencing: 25.09.23
In Year 2/3, we have had a great week . In science, we have been looking at the dangers of the sun and carried out an investigation to find the best sun cream on the market. This involved covering small bags of UV beads with different brands of sun cream. The UV beads change colour when exposed to the sun's harmful rays and therefore we could easily see which sun cream was the most protective. In our English lessons, we have started to extend our sentences using coordinating and subordinating conjunctions in preparation for our own story writing. In maths, we have started to focus on the four times table and some of the children are already experts. Our collective worship this week has looked at 'change' and how we are all able to change our ways and make good choices.
Week Commencing: 18.09.23
As we approach the end of week 3, Class 2/3 are thoroughly settled into our classroom routines. We are still working hard on 'place value' in maths and our daily counting of our 2s, 5s and 10s has improved so much that we have introduced 'Speedy Gonzales' into our maths starter. We started our history topic by making huge timelines from multilink cubes which demonstrated to us all just how long ago the Stone Age was and how long it lasted. In our R.E. lessons we are focusing on our 'home' and the responsibilities of everyone in the house. In our Collective Worships this week we have looked at 'generosity' which is the focus of the Gospel reading this Sunday and we have made a promise to be more generous at school and at home.
Week Commencing: 11.09.23
Well, we have reached the end of our second week and Year 2 & 3 are now settled into our daily class routine. The anxiety and nerves of the first week back are starting to disappear and dare I say we are starting to enjoy ourselves. P.E. started this week and we mastered the art of a 'chest pass' and also a 'bounce pass' and we even combined the two - very successfully I may add! On Tuesday, we started our first science topic on 'light' and we discussed 'light sources' and the importance of light in our lives. Our current whole class target is 'collaboration and teamwork' and we have already started to gain table points by working as a team and following the school values and rules.
Week Commencing 04.09.23
What a wonderful first week we have had in Y2/3 and everyone has settled in so well, including Mrs Wells. We are mastering our new routines nicely and we have the added responsibility of looking after our own pencil case and keeping our own drawer very tidy and organised. Our maths focus this week has been revision of our number bonds to ten, which are so important as we move up the school. We have also been looking at fact families in maths and some of us have started to use the term 'inverse operation!' In our English lessons we have been embedding our reading skills with revision of the valuable skills of skimming and scanning, retrieval and reading aloud with intonation and tone. As this first week was our 'Art' week, we have enjoyed designing our own printing blocks and creating repeated patterns with a rotational element. We have also looked at a lovely artist called Martha Zausmer and used her ideas to inspire our own collagraphy printing blocks.
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