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Y2 newsletter 3.11.23

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You have had a busy first week back. 

In English this week, you embarked on an exciting journey into the story of "The Night Gardener." The story clues on your table, such as brown leaves, rubbish, and an "orphanage" sign, instantly piqued your curiosity. With the revelation of a picture from the story showing Grimloch Lane, you fully embraced your roles, becoming the characters of Grimloch Lane through imaginative role-play.

Through this engaging experience, you discovered how the Night Gardener transformed Grimloch Lane into a happier place with various topiary creations. Together, we explored the example text, which was a narrative description, and delved into the rich language it contained. Inspired by this, you wrote a simile poem, showcasing your growing appreciation for the beauty of words and storytelling

In phonics, you joined your new groups and started to revisit your sounds and continue to build on your fluency. You settled beautifully into your new groups and your teachers are so thankful to have you. Keep up the hard work! 

In math this week, we dived into column addition and subtraction. Starting with a hands-on approach to understand tens and ones, we progressed to mastering exchanges and regrouping. Your hard work on Power Maths and fluency questions is remarkable, and I'm proud of your progress. 

In DT, we revisited Y1 learning about the running stitch. You practiced this technique on binka and learned how to knot your string. Many of you have begun sewing your own bears, and they're coming along beautifully!

In art, we embarked on a new topic exploring the idea that artists are both explorers and creators. We delved into the works of artists like Andy Goldsworthy and Lorna Crane to understand their explorations and creations. In forest school, you tapped into your creativity by exploring the natural environment, collecting various objects, and using them to craft your own artistic masterpieces.

In RE, we kicked off our new topic, "Why was the birth of Jesus good news?" We started by contemplating our own good news and who typically delivers it in our daily lives. You contributed your thoughts to our RE class sketchbook, mentioning various societal deliverers of good news, from postmen to doctors and swimming instructors.

To deepen our understanding, we watched Newsround to differentiate between good and bad news. We also considered who delivered good news in the Bible, adding depth to our exploration of this important topic.

In Forest School, we continued our artistic exploration. You embraced your roles as explorers and creators, crafting stunning artworks using natural resources. The results are truly amazing!

We also revisited the thrilling process of making fire using the Dragon Sneezes technique. Our campfire session was made even sweeter with marshmallow toasting, and you all had a blast.

In addition, you had the unique opportunity to examine various animal skulls. By analyzing their teeth, you contemplated whether these creatures were carnivores, omnivores, or herbivores. Your enthusiasm was contagious!

In PHSE, we welcomed PC Nick into the classroom who talked about the different parts of the police force and the role of a police officer. You listened intensely and beautifully. You also asked some super questions! 

What a fantastic and busy week we have had! It had just flown by. Homework has been emailed out to parents. 

I hope you have a super weekend! Remember to stay safe during any firework events that you may be taking part in. 

See you on Monday, 

Miss Haynes

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