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Welcome to Goldfinch Class

 

Class Teacher - Miss J Barker

Teaching Assistant - Miss C Carrington

 

Year two will be exploring a variety of topics this year from 'Oh I do like to be beside the seaside' to 'Africa'.  We will be looking at some very important people including famous explorers such as Christopher Columbus.  Closer to home, we will be learning about the life of Dick Whittington and how the great fire of London changed our lives - for the better!  'Food Glorious Food' will be taking us inside the imagination of Roald Dahl when our focus text ventures into the magical world of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.  The year will also see Goldfinch and Linnet classes reading The Green Ship by Quentin Blake providing an opportunity to create a 'finding tale' set in their individual fantasy world.  Combining all this with painting, sculpting, designing and science investigations it should be a very busy and exciting year.

Our Learning Environment

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Our Learning Environment 2 Our colourful and useful SPAG wall.
Our Learning Environment 3 We use RUCSAC to help us solve problems.
Our Learning Environment 4 Our journey story of Snail and the Whale.
Our Learning Environment 5 Our daily reminder of phonics and spellings!
Our Learning Environment 6 The inviting and inspiring reading corner.
Our Learning Environment 7 The Snail and the Whale text maps.
Our Learning Environment 8 Beware! Flying fish!

Term 4

 

The budding scientists in Goldfinch class have been experimenting with hydroponics this term by trying to grow a runner bean in a plastic bag filled only with tissue and water.   The children then planted some cress seeds in a more conventional way and they certainly enjoyed playing with the soil!  Some of the seeds were placed in the cupboard to see how they would grow without light whilst the others were on the window sill soaking up the sun!

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World book day was a fabulous day across the school.  Goldfinch class looked great in their costumes and there were so many wonderful ideas.  Thank you to the grown-ups for organising your child's outfit and it was amazing to hear the children talk with so much enthusiasm about their character.  During the day the children had the opportunity to choose a different member of staff to hear read a story.  A day full of memories.
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Term 3 in Goldfinch Class
Our theme this term is 'Intrepid Explorers'.  A new focus text of Dougal's Deep Sea Diary provides inspiration for another exciting journey story.  Learning about the different continents in geography has shown us just how big the world is and during our IT lessons we have discovered just how small the internet makes the world!  In art we have been observing fruit and creating our own masterpieces using a selection of materials whilst in DT we have been set a challenge to create a moving vehicle using only recyclable rubbish.  In history we have been discussing important and significant people and why they have influenced our lives.  Our role of scientists this term allowed us the opportunity to examine the properties of many materials and we had great fun stretching tights across the classroom!
Look what we've been making!
In art we have been using our observational skills to create sculptures of a variety of fruit.  We looked closely at texture, size and shape then selected the tools required to help achieve the desired effect.
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We created our own clocks to help us perfect our time telling skills.  Starting with o'clock we quickly moved onto half past and we even tried quarter past and quarter to.  Why not ask us to tell the time at home?  We think you will be surprised!
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How to Trap a Dragon...

 

Are you kept awake at night by the sound of dragons crunching bones?  Well, that's where year two's instructions will help you!

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We created a text map to remember the instructions.  Can you work out what any of the pictures mean?
And here are some of our actions:
Picture 1 Look at us crunching the bones!
Picture 2 We are laying the brown sheet over the deep pit.
Picture 3 This is a bullet point for the instructions.
Picture 4 Two very elegant dragons.

Our  Term 3 DT Challenge

 

The children of Goldfinch class were set a challenge in term 3.  They had to create a vehicle from recyclable materials.  The vehicle also had to not only hold the weight of one pupil but also had to move one full turn of the wheels.  The children happily accepted the challenge and designs were drawn, ideas shared and final decisions made.  The wheels were in motion...almost!

Picture 1 Rolling card was hard work.
Picture 2 It was easier with two.
Picture 3 We really had to concentrate.
Picture 4 Time to make some wheels.
Picture 5 We needed 16 circles of card, 4 for each wheel!
Picture 6 We took turns and worked hard together.
Picture 7 We were determined to get it done.
Picture 8 We taped the circles together to strengthen them.
Picture 9 Time to decorate the body.
Picture 10 We needed to secure the underside too.
Picture 11 It was really secure.
Picture 12 Every car needs lightning bolts!
Picture 13 Steering wheel and spoiler attached.
Picture 14 Private number plate added.
Picture 15 Incredibly proud and delighted children.
Picture 16 Test drive finished. Challenge completed.
Term 2 in Goldfinch Class
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Our focus text was the story of Dick Whittington and together we compiled a text map to represent the main points.
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We then changed the story, only a little, and made up some actions to help us remember the text.

Our Nativity performance in year 2, Term 2, 2016.

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Goldfinch class in Term 1
We are starting off the year with our topic of 'Oh I do like to be beside the seaside'.  During the term we will be reading our focus text of The Snail and the Whale by Julia Donaldson and eventually inventing our own journey story.  In History we will be looking at the life of Grace Darling and comparing how she lived to how we exist today.  In DT we will be creating lighthouses and in science we will be looking at living things and their habitats.
DT in Goldfinch class linked to our "Oh I do like to be beside the seaside" when the children were asked to plan, design and make a lighthouse.
After the initial design and making a list of resources, work was quickly underway.
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Covering the frame of the lighthouse in Modroc not only made them stronger but was also a lot of fun for everyone! 
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Once the Modroc had dried we painted our lighthouses.  Some of us chose a solid colour and others opted for a stripy effect.  When we had finished we considered how we could improve on the design and what we would have done differently.

Science Day

We were set a challenge on science day to find the best material to protect an alien falling from space!  However, we couldn't find any aliens so we used eggs instead.  Fresh, raw eggs... or so we thought!  We split into groups to use different materials and began to wrap our eggs in either feathers, paper, card, popcorn, cotton wool, bubble wrap or tin foil.

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Then we took the aliens (eggs) outside to test them by dropping them three times to simulate the alien bouncing along the ground upon impact.
When we returned to class we unwrapped our aliens to see who had survived!  Our conclusion showed that surprisingly it was sheets of sugar paper that protect our alien most effectively and then the popcorn.  However, we also concluded that not all of our eggs were fresh!
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Why not try the experiment out at home and bring your results into school?  However, we do suggest fresher eggs than we used!
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