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Dragonflies Homework Project - Autumn second half term.

Dragonflies Homework Project - Autumn first half term

About Us

We are called the Dragonflies. We are a mixed Year 2/3 class and our teacher is Miss Murphy with Mrs Lee as our classroom assistant. We will be learning about the Incredible Egyptians this Autumn half term.

Dragonfly class have been working extremely hard on their Christmas play this week. The singing has sounded beautiful and their confidence is building with each rehearsal! We won't put up any photos yet, though, because we don't want to spoil it!

 

We've been learning about the Christmas story in RE and we have started making our own little booklets, which tell the Christmas story.

 

 

We've been having a lot of fun in maths this week learning how to multiply and divide! We have been using cubes, drawing pictures and learning mental methods in Year 2. In Year 3 we have started to multiply 2-digit numbers by 1-digit numbers using place value, partitioning and the formal written method.

 

In English, we have been using inverted commas to show when characters are speaking in stories. We have drawn story maps of the Three Billy Goats Gruff and retold the story in our books.

Dragonfly class have been raising awareness this week by celebrating Anti-Bullying Week. We have learned what bullying is and designed posters about how to 'Spot it and Stop it!'

 

We have been doing lots of problem-solving in maths using our times tables this week. Year 2 have been using their 2, 5 and 10 times tables and Year 3 have been using their 3, 4 and 8 times tables.

 

We have even been learning about how the Ancient Egyptians used to make mummies - we even had a go at it ourselves! 

Dragonfly class are sorry for not updating the class page for so long, but we've had an extremely busy few weeks!

 

Last week we celebrated Remembrance by learning about why we have a 2 minute silence and why the poppy is so important. We made some poppies for our classroom display using a mosaic technique. Take a look:

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Topic: Incredible Egyptians

English: Playscripts, Dialogues, Myths and Legends

History: Ancient Egypt

Geography: River Nile

Art/DT: Mummy in a sarcophagus, hieroglyphics

RE: Christmas Story

PE: Dance and Hockey

The Dragonfly Class have had a wonderful and busy week before half term! We have celebrated Diwali, making lanterns and painting Lotus flowers; we have had our class treat because we earned enough class points (this meant dressing in our PJs and watching Paddington); we have been lucky enough to be visited by a guitarist on the Yamaha Roadshow; and we have celebrated Harvest at our church! Here is our week in pictures...

This week the Dragonfly class have had an exciting visitor. A best-selling children's author, Billy Bob Buttons came to school to spend time with the children and talk about what it is like to be an author. 

 

We also raised awareness of other schools in the world by taking part in No Pens Day Wednesday - we enjoyed maths board games, modelling story maps with play dough and Lego and painting a Bible story in RE.

Our unicorn newspaper report.

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We have been writing a newspaper report about an escaped unicorn this week. To help us we have been making story maps and saying the report out loud.

This week, the Dragonflies have had lots of interesting things to do! Aside from our usual maths and literacy, we have learnt about Uganda and written a letter to a school in that country. Our French and Music teacher, Mrs Freeman, has asked our class to make a link with a school in Uganda so that we can see the similarities and differences between our educations. The children have found Uganda on a map and discussed what they think could be different about the schools. (Photos will follow after the weekend).

 

On Friday afternoon, Dragonfly class went outside onto the playground to complete a maths trail based on all of the learning we have been doing over the past few weeks on Place Value.

This week, we have started our new class book: 'Where Dolphins Race with Rainbows'. We have summarised the first chapter and we have received a letter from the characters who got washed away out at sea. We have written back to them to tell them what happened.

 

We celebrated Roald Dahl Day on Wednesday 13th and had a wonderful time inventing our own spectacular sweetie creations!

 

In maths, we have been problem-solving and reasoning with place value.

This week we have been learning about British Values and Growth Mindset. We are learning different ways in which we can exercise our brains to make them grow stronger. 

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Topic: Crime and Punishment

English: Letters, Crime, Poems

Computing: E-safety

RE: Why is the Qur'an so important for Muslims today?

PE: Dance and Netball

Everything below took place in the academic year 2016-2017.

Please help your child to learn their times tables. We appreciate all the help and support you can provide at home. There are some links to useful websites in the document below.

Summer Topics

 

This half term we will be focusing on:

 

- Weight, measure, tally charts, bar charts and pictograms in maths.

- A range on sentences eg, exclamation, command, statement and question.

- Summer poetry, story writing, instructions and retelling stories.

- In History, how the Romans invaded Britain.

- Light and how it can be reflected, shadows and it's source.

- DT- making Roman chariots.

- RE- the gospel and how it affects our lives.

- Athletics, fielding and batting games.

Smoothies

 

In maths we have been looking at weight and capacity. We have make delicious smoothies where we had to weigh our fruit and measure the juice. We worked in pairs to try and make them as yummy as possible! Thank you to the parents that sent in fruit. We had an amazing day.

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Class Poetry

 

Today, as a class, we made a poem. We were all given rhyming words and we had to create rhyming phrases to create a whole class poem. We had lots of fun and love our poem. We even voted for the title!!!

 

The summer time is good for me!

The summer time is good for me,

Because we get to play in the sea,

 

The man was very old,

His drink was ice cold,

 

While the children applied sun cream,

they felt they were in a dream,

 

There were a lot,

that were hot,

 

The summer time is good for me,

Because we get to play in the sea,

 

In my hand,

I held lots of sand,

 

We sang all day,

On the bay,

 

The children had lots of fun,

Whilst playing in the sun,

 

The summer time is good for me,

Because we get to play in the sea,

 

The children began to scream,

Until they ate ice cream,

 

When the man was sitting on a seat,

He was sweating in the heat,

 

I was very, very jolly,

So I had an ice-lolly,

 

The summer time is good for me,

Because we get to play in the sea,

 

As I was getting a tan,

I turned on the extra strong fan,

 

It was very cool,

In the amazing, hotel pool,

 

There were a lot,

that were hot,

 

The summer time is good for me,

Because we get to play in the sea,

 

We love to play,

Can we stay?

 

Let’s go, let’s go, the day is nearly done,

But just enough time to play with my special, water gun!

 

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Andy Warhol Art

 

As a class, we have been looking at the artist Andy Warhol. We have researched his work, looked at the different pieces of art work and created our own versions. It has been really fun and we have learnt how to be super creative. 

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Beat Boxing

 

Today we had a special visitor! He taught us how to beat box. It was super cool and we all tried really hard. Below are some videos of what we did. 

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Dance Mat Angles

Today, Year 3's went outside and identified different angles. We drew different angles on the floor and then created a sequence. After, we showed our routine by dancing to the music. It was super fun! We love angles!

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Easter Maths

 

Today in maths we have been looking at fractions of amounts as well as making baskets out of nets. Eventually we made tasty Easter cakes to take home! We have had lots of fun with Mrs Baxter, Mrs Orme and Mrs Claxton!

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Andy Goldsworthy

On Tuesday we created exciting artwork inspired by a famous artist, Andy Goldsworthy. We went outside in groups of 15 with Mrs Baxter, it was super fun. 

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Rainforest Projects

 

Today, some of us showed our amazing projects and we have used our super listening skills. We have had a wonderful afternoon.

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Rainforest music

 

Today in music we went to the Spinney to find a cane each. After, we danced to music that had different tempos. Our lesson was inspired by Fred Astaire. 

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Rainforest Day

 

On Wednesday morning we were lucky enough to meet some amazing animals that would live in the rainforest. We were able to touch and hold the some of the animals. In the afternoon, we went to the spinney to find some twigs, leaves and other materials so that we could make headdresses. We had an amazing day!

 

This half term

Our Topic this half term is Rainforests.

 

Your homework project for this half-term.

 

Things we will be working on this term:

 

Maths

Year 2

Time

  • Tell and write the time to five minutes, including quarter past/to the hour and draw the hands on a clock face to show these times.
  • Know the number of minutes in an hour and the number of hours in a day.
  • Compare and sequence intervals of time.

 

Fractions

  • Recognise, find, name and write fractions  1/3 , ¼, 2/4 and ¾ of a length, shape, set of objects or quantity.
  • Write simple fractions for example,  ½of 6 = 3
  • Recognise the equivalence of  2/4 and ½

 

Year 3

Time

  • Tell and write the time from an analogue clock, including using Roman numerals and 12-hour and 24hour clocks. 
  • Estimate and read time with increasing accuracy to the nearest minute.
  • Know the number of seconds in a minute and the number of days in each month, year and leap year. 
  • Use vocabulary such as o’clock, a.m./p.m., morning, afternoon, noon and midnight. 
  • Record and compare time in terms of seconds, minutes and hours.
  • Compare durations of events (for example to calculate the time taken by particular events or tasks).

 

Fractions

  • Recognise and use fractions as numbers: unit fractions and non-unit fractions with small denominators. 
  • Recognise, find and write fractions of a discrete set of objects: unit fractions and non-unit fractions with small denominators. 
  • Recognise and show, using diagrams, equivalent fractions with small denominators. 
  • Compare and order unit fractions, and fractions with the same denominators. 
  • Count up and down in tenths.
  • Recognise that tenths arise from dividing an object into 10 equal parts and in dividing one-digit numbers or quantities by 10. 
  • Add and subtract fractions with the same denominator within one whole. 
  • Solve problems that involve all of the above.

 

English

Descriptive Writing

Information Texts

Persuasive Writing

 

Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar (throughout the year)

Adding s or es to make a word plural

Adding the suffix –ing and -ed

Choosing the best conjunction

Apostrophes

Adverbs

Correct use of past and present tense

Knowledge of what is a noun, adjective, verb and adverb

Use of suffixes –er, –est, -ful, -ness and -less

Knowledge of what makes a statement, question, exclamation or command

Commas

 

Topic (Geography/History)

Learning about location and uses of the rainforests.

Use of atlases.

Layers of the rainforests.

Animals and people of the rainforests.

Deforestation.

 

Science

Rainforest habitats

Animal Life cycles

Basic needs of animals for survival

 

Art

Use of different media to create animal camouflage patterns.

Using viewfinders to create part of a large piece of art using different media.

 

PE

Gymnastics

Games

 

Our Homework Projects on the Arctic Regions

 

Well done on your homework projects. We particularly loved those projects where the children had put lots of effort in. Look at some of the photos below.

Important information

 

PE

PE is usually on a Monday and Wednesday, but sometimes this may change due to visitors or other unforeseen circumstances, so please ensure your PE kit is in school all week.

 

Reading

Please read with your child at home at least 3 times a week. This could be reading books from school, library books, books you have at home, magazines or online books.

 

Homework

Along with reading, we would greatly appreciate your support with helping your child to learn their times tables.

We will be setting spellings for your child to learn at home, ready for a test in school every week.

We will not be giving out homework every week, rather instead issuing a project to be done over the half-term based around the topic we are learning in school.

Healthy Minds Week

See the topic web below for the sorts of activities we participated in.

We practised our mindfulness by focusing on our breathing with our tummy chums.
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After the exercise I asked the children how they felt and these were some of the responses:

 

"I felt relaxed, sleepy and happy." Harvey

 

"I felt happy." Laura

 

"After the exercise, I felt really happy and relaxed." Tyler

 

"I felt calm." Joshua

 

"I felt sleepy and relaxed." Mia

 

"I felt calm, happy, sleepy and warm." Evan

 

"I felt sleepy when I was doing the relaxing with the teddy bear." Leon

 

"I was happy and calm." Jake

 

"I felt calmer than ever before." Sahr

 

"I felt calm and relaxed, because just sitting on your back when you can't get to sleep. Try it, it works! Seriously! All you have to do is lie on your back with a teddy." Hannah

 

We also participated in Yoga.
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Picasso

 

Last half-term, we found out about the artist Picasso and produced art work using some of his techniques and methods. In our final lesson we created abstract portraits, using chalk pastels. Wow! I was so impressed. I think we may have a few budding artists in the Dragonflies!

Our Homework Project on Spain

 

Well done Dragonflies for all your hard efforts on your homework projects. Here are some photos.

 

 

Anti-Bullying Week

 

During Anti-Bullying week Dragonflies produced anti-bullying poems, practised mindfulness, created a class Anti-Bullying Charter and worked in groups to create posters, amongst other things.

British Values Week

 

As part of our British Values Week, which includes:

  • democracy
  • the rule of law
  • individual liberty
  • mutual respect and tolerance

we discussed positive mindset and how having a positive mindset can help us express our ideas and opinions and also see the best in others. In particular, we thought about what we are good at, what we find difficult and how we can think more positively about those things which we find challenging. Below are some examples of our lesson on Individual Liberty.

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As part of learning about mutual resepct and tolerance, the children found out what a stereotype is and how we can pop those stereotypes, quite literally!!

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We also learnt what it means to be truly unique, by creating a completely unique and individual person.
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