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Class 2 (2014-2015)

A huge hello from Class 2, in our class we have 20 fantastic Year 1/2 children who are always making their best better. In Class 2 there’s Mrs Green our teaching and learning support assistant and myself to teach the children every school day.

Fantastic Forest Schools and Super Symmetry

posted 12 May 2015, 08:20 by Tom Kentfield-Wells   [ updated 12 May 2015, 08:20 ]

Forest Schools 
Year 1s have enjoyed learning about 'The Gruffalo', a book by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler, during Forest Schools sessions. Working together in small groups, they built habitats for Snake, Fox and Mouse using lots of natural materials. They have also been developing their phonics, applying their skills outside the classroom.

Marvellous Maths 
Recently we read the book 'Monsters Love Underpants' by Claire Freedman and Ben Cort. We found the book hilarious and thought that it would be a great opportunity to create our own symmetrical pants. Would you like us to design a pair for you? 

Excellent English 
In our English sessions we have been writing a letter to Dave and Jenny at the 'Captain Cook Birthplace Museum' to say a huge thank you for a great day. We felt that it was important to tell them what we enjoyed and what we would like to make even better too!

Week on week, we are improving our cricket skills and truly becoming the best that we can be. We are continuing to develop our underarm throw so we can become fantastic cricket players. 

Captain Cook & The Gruffalo

posted 28 Apr 2015, 06:48 by Tom Kentfield-Wells   [ updated 28 Apr 2015, 07:13 ]

Visit to Captain Cook Birthplace Museum 
Last Thursday, we had the most fantastic time on our Year 1/2 Trip. We visited the Captain Cook Birthplace Museum at Stewart Park, where we learnt all about a local hero, Captain James Cook. We found out about James' life, including his childhood, his time as a captain and how he died. Did you know that Captain Cook was excellent at drawing maps? We also learnt how to write with a quill!



We have been learning about money. Most of us are familiar with our coins and even know how to make different amounts!

Here is the link to an excellent game to play at home: http://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/ks1/maths/money/play/  Ask your child to show you which coins they will need to make the given amount. When they have 'wowed' you, try a harder level.


We are enjoying our tennis lessons with James. We have been practising under arm throws, which we loved doing on the academy's field last week when it was sunny!


In dance, we have been learning The Haka, linked to our work on Captain Cook:

Forest Schools
Our lovely Year 1s have been engaging in Forest Schools sessions with the equally lovely Mrs Vaughan, Miss Welsh and Mrs Green. As well as learning about fire safety, including how to use a fire steel, did you that the children also saw The Gruffalo whilst on their travels? Apparently, in addition to roasted mouse, he is also rather fond of eating toasted marshmallows... 


As well as our class page, don't forget to keep checking the academy's Twitter page, as well as our new Lend Me Your Literacy page which is showcasing some of our amazing writing!

World Book Day in Class 2

posted 6 Mar 2015, 06:05 by Tom Kentfield-Wells   [ updated 6 Mar 2015, 06:05 ]

We had a wonderful World Book Day in Class 2! As well as dressing up as our favourite traditional tale characters, we took part in a story writing relay with Class 3 and Class 4. This was great fun; we had to plan a story and write the Super Story Opener, then pass it along to the other classes for them to add to. It was really interesting reading the completed story at the end of the relay.

KS1 are full of beans!

posted 3 Mar 2015, 04:10 by Tom Kentfield-Wells   [ updated 3 Mar 2015, 04:12 ]

It's been a busy few weeks in Key Stage 1.

As part of our traditional stories unit in English, we have been reading 'Jack and the Beanstalk'. This inspired us to write a character description for a giant called Cotey.


Linking this work to non-fiction, we are currently writing a report on how to grow our own beanstalk.


Each class is growing it's own broad bean plant with the intention of eventually planting all three plants together to make one big beanstalk. Watch this space to see how we get on...

In mathematics, we have been furthering our multiplication and division learning. The children have practised multiplying numbers using a range of strategies including arrays:

They have also been dividing numbers using the grouping method:


Do you remember our 'Busy Bear's Big Adventure' project from last half term when Busy visiting Scotland for Hogmanay? Well, over the half term holiday, Busy Bear visited Ireland, so the children are now finding out about this next part of his big adventure around the UK and Ireland. We learnt last week that Busy had visited Dublin, which is the capital city of Ireland. His friend, Barnaby Bear, had previously visited Dublin and sent Busy a video, which inspired his visit at half term.

We are looking forward to celebrating St Patrick's Day with Busy Bear in a few weeks.

To thank Busy Bear for sharing his experiences of Scotland, the children made thank you cards. They decorated the front of their cards in the style of Charles Rennie Mackintosh, a Scottish artist we have been studying.


In PE, the children have now completed their fitness training:

We are now moving on and will be developing our skills in tennis with James this half term:


Happy New Year from Class 2!

posted 15 Jan 2015, 06:44 by Tom Kentfield-Wells   [ updated 15 Jan 2015, 06:45 ]

Happy New Year to everyone. 

At the beginning of this new term, the children in Class 2 wrote about their goal and how they will achieve it in 2015.

Our English lessons this half term will be linked to the whole academy project ‘Caldi Does Stories’. We will be looking at a wide range of narrative writing in preparation for National Storytelling Week. The first text that we have looked at is called 'One Winter's Night', a story about four nocturnal animals who demonstrate the importance of kindness and friendship. The children enjoyed reading the story before writing a book review to reflect their thoughts about it. They then rewrote the story in their own words, later 'polishing' their writing to make it even better.


We have been revising place value in mathematics. Building upon our learning in the Autumn term, we have been comparing, ordering and partitioning numbers, ensuring that we understand the value of each digit in a two or three digit number. We have also been carrying out investigations - one was about the pattern of odd and even numbers. The other challenged the children to find out whether the following statement was correct: There are 18 different numbers with the number 4 in it on the hundred square. Ask your child to tell you about what they found out.

In our project sessions, we have been finding out about Busy Bear’s Great Adventures.

He went to Scotland to celebrate the New Year. 

We have learnt a few interesting facts.
  1. Hogmanay is the Scottish word for New Year.
  2. Hogmanay celebrations last for three days.
  3. Busy Bear was amazed when he saw all the fireworks in Edinburgh celebrating the start of the New Year.
  4. We live in England and Scotland is part of the United Kingdom.
  5. Busy Bear travelled North to reach his destination. 
We also learnt about a famous Scottish artist called John Duncan Fergusson.

Class 2 want to find out more about the United Kingdom in the next few weeks.

Week 15 in Class 2

posted 19 Dec 2014, 06:14 by Tom Kentfield-Wells   [ updated 19 Dec 2014, 06:14 ]

Year 1/2 have had a very busy, festive end to the Autumn term!

We started the week with a 'Forest Schools' morning, taking our learning outside. The children were challenged to build a habitat for their choice of animal, for which they had to gather appropriate forest materials. They were also given the task of building a shelter which was great fun! Furthermore, we were fortunate enough to toast some marshmallows and dip them in melted chocolate to eat. This provided the children with the opportunity to learn about fire safety - all of the children acted extremely maturely, never entering the 'fire circle' until being invited inside by Mrs Vaughan and then kneeling down on one knee to toast their marshmallow, keeping it at arm's length. Did you see our photographs on Twitter?


On Wednesday afternoon, after a delicious Christmas dinner, we ventured over to the Arc in Stockton for a performance of 'Arthur's Dreamboat'.

Finally on Thursday afternoon, we had a brilliant time at our Christmas party! We danced to our favourite music, played party games and tucked into some yummy party food - what a treat! Thank you to all families who contributed some food for the party, it was very much appreciated.


May we take this opportunity to thank you for your support this term and wish you a very Merry Christmas! We look forward to continuing to work alongside you in the new year to support your children to make their best even better! Have a lovely holiday!

Week 14 in Class 2

posted 12 Dec 2014, 05:40 by Tom Kentfield-Wells   [ updated 12 Dec 2014, 05:42 ]

Well we've had yet another fun packed week in Class 2! This week we have performed our Christmas play 'The Magical Christmas Jigsaw' and made our family and teachers really proud. Some of us even managed to perform three times and truly made our best even better. Thank you to parents who came to support us and the other children in our Christmas performance.

We have also experienced 'Forest Schools' this week, this is where our learning takes place outside. We built habitats for different animals that need to hibernate in the winter and listened to the story 'Stick Man' By Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler. Thank you for providing outdoor clothing for your children such as wellies, hats, gloves and thick coats. If you would like, you could bring spare clothing in and we can leave it on your child's peg ready for further 'Forest Schools' sessions. 


In maths this week we have been learning all about statistics and have started to collect data about our favourite Christmas activities. Next week we will be making a pictograms linked to our collection of data. 

Next week we will be going to watch the performance of ' Arthur's Dream Boat'. We are looking forward to watching the play and writing about what we enjoyed watching too.

Mrs Green and I would like to pass on a huge thank you for the support you have given us since the start of the academic year. We hope that we can continue to support your child to develop even further next year and reach their full potential.

Class 2, Miss Mount and Mrs Green

Week 13 in Class 2

posted 12 Dec 2014, 05:29 by Tom Kentfield-Wells   [ updated 12 Dec 2014, 05:29 ]

This week we in Class 2 we watched a fantastic pantomime all about 'Peter Pan'. Some of the children loved the character called Tick Tock and they thought Peter Pan was a very kind character too.

After watching the play we wrote a recount about what we enjoyed and what the story was about using 2 AA and list sentences. Mrs Green and I were really impressed with the children's writing and felt that this was some of their best writing yet. On Tuesday we even wrote a letter to Santa, let's hope we get a reply.

In maths we have carried on telling the time, using every opportunity to read the clocks around school. We also had a visit from TVMS (Tees Valley Music Service) for a super music session that was all about reading into music.

On Thursday it was the Christmas Fayre and we sold some of the children's upcycled work, that they have been working on for the last week. The money made from these decorations will go towards some resources, that the children will choose themselves such as books. Thank you for your support in buying your children's upcycled decorations.

Week 12 in Class 2

posted 30 Nov 2014, 10:56 by Tom Kentfield-Wells   [ updated 30 Nov 2014, 10:56 ]

During our phonics lessons this week, we wrote about our favourite activities this week.

"My favourite activity this week was folding books to make Christmas decorations," said Eloise.

"This week in maths I liked it when we were counting our claps because it was fun," said Alyssa.

"My favourite lesson this week was making Christmas decorations for our Christmas fayre," said Tyla.

"My favourite lesson was phonics," said Kenzie.

In maths this week we have started a new unit all about measurement, we will be learning about time, length, capacity and weight. We have been learning how to tell the time. Some of us are fantastic at telling the time too. Why don't you test us at home?


In English this week we have read a short version of 'Peter Pan'. This is because next Monday we will be watching Peter Pan in school. We have written character descriptions all about Tinkerbell or Peter Pan.

Across the curriculum we have been learning about upcycling and trying to make something new. Next Thursday at the Christmas Fair we will have a stall where you will be able to buy some of our fantastic upcycled products. We are hoping to make lots of money and spend it on some new books for each class in our key stage. We may even become the next ' Alan Sugars'.

In science this week we have been learning more about winter time and how we see seasonal changes. We created some fantastic winter images to go on display.

Week 11 in Class 2

posted 21 Nov 2014, 05:24 by Tom Kentfield-Wells   [ updated 21 Nov 2014, 07:30 ]

We have been learning the properties of 2D shapes in maths and we are also going to be looking at 3D shapes. In maths this week we have also made Busy Bear's Shape Street during a PLO.


We have read the book 'The Little Hen and The Great War by Jennifer Beck and Robyn Belton'. We wrote book reviews about the book to describe to people what it was about.

"I liked the book because the soldiers made a home for Bertha the little hen," said Libby.
"My favourite part was when the soldier found the hen," said Kenzie.

Whilst working with Mrs Lyth this week we learnt about some of the different things that happened during World War 1.
"We learnt all about the old toys that children used to play with," said Sienna.

In PE this week, we have learnt some different throwing skills to help us improve our bench-ball skills.

Finally, congratulations to Alyssa who has received a Principal's Award from Mrs Steele in recognition of her fantastic effort at this week's homework task. Thank you to all families who have supported their children to complete their homework this week!

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