Week beginning 25th May 2020
You have all been doing brilliantly over these last few weeks, juggling home schooling with your own work. If you want a break from it all, it is officially half term so I'm not posting any new planning on our web page. I will leave it all on if there are still things you want to do and there is a half term activity posted above if you want something else to do.
The teachers are all busy making preparations for the return of some year groups after half term, but I will still be preparing and posting more learning ideas for you to do after half term for the year 2's and 3's. Do keep in contact with myself and Miss. Wilkinson on our e-mail addresses.
Have a good week.
Well done to Thomas who was the first to identify this strange insect. Oliver has also identified it now (7/4/20) . We are not going to reveal what it is yet so that more people can try to find out what it is. My sister in law, Sue, who lives in New Zealand has had fun identifying the insect. It took her a couple of goes, but she got it in the end! Well done, Sue. Dexter has also identified the insect now (20/4/20). It took a bit of finding but he kept trying! Great work Dexter
Exciting update 21/4/20
Thomas was still wondering if his identification of the caterpillar was correct, so I suggested he e-mailed an entomologist (a scientist who studies insects) and guess what??? He got a reply from an entomologist from Sheffield university! Even more exciting - Thomas was right, he had identified the caterpillar correctly. We still won't tell you yet, just in case you want to try to identify it too.
23/4/20 Thomas has also received and e-mail from an ecologist from the North York Moors National Park which is full of information. It also reveals what the caterpillar is. A big thank you to Elspeth and to Michael from Sheffield University for taking the time to reply
Thank you for your email. What you have found is the caterpillar of the Drinker, which is a type of moth. The caterpillars will have hibernated over winter and are now starting to feed up on a wide range of grasses so that by June they are full sized (about 7 cm) which will enable them to successfully change into a moth. The adults are quite large with a 4-7cm wingspan and range from yellow to light brown in colour. They will fly at night during July and August, and will often come to light so if you shine a torch on to a light surface (such as a door, wall or sheet) when it gets dark on warm summer nights you may see one. The most distinctive thing about these caterpillars is the dark tufts behind the head and at the end of the abdomen (its bum) along with yellow stripes down the length of the body and the regular white tufts of hairs.
Most hairy caterpillars you may find are of moth species. The hairs on some caterpillars can cause your skin to become itchy where they have touched your skin. Whilst many are harmless, it is often a good idea to wear gloves to pick them up, or alternatively use a leaf, stick or even the end of your t-shirt to lift them up for a good look and a photo.
With best wishes
24/4/20 Elspeth has sent us some links if you are interested in the big outdoors.
There are a lot of resources out there now to encourage and support young naturalists who are keen to look at what is in their garden/near their home. iNaturalist is an app where you post a photo of something you want IDing and other naturalists will ID it for you, whilst iRecord gives you the opportunity to submit records of things you can already ID. Similarly there are a range of garden based recording schemes, such as;
Bee-Fly Watch https://www.brc.ac.uk/soldierflies-and-allies/bee-fly-watch,
Garden Butterfly Survey http://gardenbutterflysurvey.org/,
Living with mammals https://ptes.org/get-involved/surveys/garden/living-with-mammals/,
Big Hedgehog Map https://bighedgehogmap.org/
Links to learning
BBC Bitesize: https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize
The Oak National Academy: https://www.thenational.academy/
Twinkl Home Learning Resources
We use White Rose Maths in school and they have put together some excellent home learning lessons. Follow the link to keep on track with your maths learning.
You can also find the maths toolkit (knowledge organisers on this page)
Year 2 – 2, 5,10 and 3’s as an extension.
Year 3 – 2, 5, 10, 3, 4 and 8’s
Resources to help with this include:
Times Table Rock Stars https://ttrockstars.com/
Hit The Button Game https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/hit-the-button
Sumdog Multiplication check https://pages.sumdog.com/multiplication-tables-check/
To practise reading scales on weighing scales try this:
Here’s a great problem solving activity, especially if you get beyond level 2!
Here’s a good problem for Year 3 children
You might be running out of things to read by now! Oxford Owls have a free sign up to access lots of books on-line. Follow this link https://www.oxfordowl.co.uk/for-home/find-a-book/library-page/
Then go to 'join us' and enter your details. Let me know if it is of any use to you.
Please continue with our reading challenge. Certificates will be issued when we return to school.
Activities could include:
Write for different purposes.
This website has ideas for writing:
Daily picture resource to inspire writing by Pobble 365
Word of the Day
Keeping in contact.
If anyone wants to send any photos of their work, stories they have written etc to share on our class page, you can send them to:
and I will try to upload them.
Please don’t use this e-mail for general school business.
Isobel 12/5/20 Updated 18/5/20
Isobel has kept herself very busy during the lockdown doing work from our class page and continuing her singing with Ripon Cathedral Choir (via the internet). She was even sang for the V.E. Day celebrations which was played at St. Paul's Cathedral! Her family are super proud of her and so are we
A big well done to Izzy for doing so much learning!
A big hello to Jimmy. He has been busy doing some of the activities from our class page and the White Rose Maths. He is having piano lessons from the Internet and he is learning to play the cornet (let's hope he has a shed at the bottom of the garden to practice in! - only joking Jimmy!) I wonder if his mum is missing a beautiful tulip from the garden?
Reuben has been in contact this week. As you can see from his photos he has been busy drawing and trying his best to keep practising his football skills. It must be hard for him (and all you sporty people) not to be able to play matches and games with your friends! so you have to keep training, just like Reuben.
Hello to Isla. It look s like Isla has been having some fun in her garden. She has found some nice flowers and has been using chalk to decorate her patio.
Adam has sent me some of his lovely work to share with you. He has used some of the materials from Twinkl to help him with his learning. I really liked the writing he did based o a picture. I'm not sure whether the picture was from Pobble 365 (find the link below) or just one he had found, but it was great to see a nice long piece of writing. Well done Adam, keep up the good work.
Dexter has shared some of the things he has been doing during the lockdown. He has been very busy indeed! Dexter has been doing some science experiments and going on long bike rides with his dad. He has all the right equipment to keep him safe, including wearing his helmet...well done.
Dexter has been working like a scientist using his microscope to look at the different parts of a flower.
Oliver has sent in some lovely photos of his work to share with you. He says he has been working very, very, very hard. It looks like he has! He has done maths and learned his spellings and he has painted some pebbles and his model spitfire. Oliver has also continued learning about Captain Cook and made some boats (some of you might remember the paper boat he brought into school). Oliver has been a big help to mummy and daddy by painting the shed and helping to organise tools. Well done Oliver!
A big hello to Thomas who has sent in lots of his work. He has been very busy doing the White Rose Maths and his mum says the videos are very good. He likes improving his maths on Sumdog and is reading his Tum Tum and Nutmeg stories. He has been listening to the Secret Garden on audible and would like to tell you all the children's books on audible are free to listen to at the moment. Great top tip! Thomas and his mum have made a timetable of activities so that he knows what they are doing each day and this has really helped to keep doing his school work. Well done Thomas, you are doing brilliantly!
Ashton 2/4/20 updated 30/4/20
Hello from Ashton. As you can see from his pictures, Ashton has been very busy doing all sorts of things. Exciting news, he has now got his baby rabbit, Izzy and Dexter's is called Mini. Maybe Ashton might do some research on how to look after his rabbit and make a leaflet on how to look after a pet rabbit. If you have a pet, you could do the same.
Harry has sent in these pictures showing you some of his amazing work. He has been making a book all about different birds. He has spent time watching the birds in his garden as well. The birds are vey busy at the moment, so its a great time to watch them. Harry made a list of all the birds he saw. Why don't you do a bird survey, like Harry? You could draw a graph to show how many of each type of bird you saw.
Harry has had a lovely Easter holiday... at home...camping. Yet another amazing way of making the most of time together with his family during the lockdown.
Update 24/4/20 updated 22/5/20
What a busy week Harry has had. He did really well on his spellings this week. Harry was asking me about the Percy Parker times tables songs. I don't think you can access them online as they are very old! If anyone finds any nice songs online let me know and I will share them with you all.
Harry has sent me more of his wonderful work to share with you. He has had a busy week by the look of things. Harry has done the Easter themed work as well as the White Rose maths and learning his spellings. He made a banana loaf this week, which is a strange coincidence because I did as well! Harry and his family have set up a camera trap in their garden and have caught a fox and some deer on film. You are doing so well, Harry.
Harry and his family are missing going to the country shows, so they held their own this week! I wonder who the mystery judge was?
Myles 1/4/20 Updated 19/5/20
Myles is missing chatting with his friends but has been busy doing maths on Sumdog, P.E. with Joe Wicks and science with Maddie Moat. He has even had a go at making bread. Best of all, Myles has been enjoying drawing with Rob Biddulp. Here are some of his drawings.
It looks like Ellie has been doing all sorts of things like learning her tables and spellings, and doing some maths. She has also had fun doing the Gruffalo themed work. What a busy bee!
Ellie has continued to work really hard doing her maths and spellings. She illustrated the Easter story beautifully and has done some great work on Captain Cook. She did make time for a fun Easter egg hunt too.
Hello to Ellie who has been finding out all about Florence Nightingale. Her handwriting is beautiful and I loved the little flaps to lift to reveal the facts and answers.
Alfie 1/4/20 Updated 23/4/20, 30/4/20, 12/5/20, 19/5/20
Thank you, Alfie for sending in your work. What a good idea to write about your happy times. Maybe other people could do the same? It’s good to remember the fun things we used to do. I’m sure we will all be enjoying doing these things again soon.
Class 2 - Mrs Shaw - Years 2 & 3
A big welcome from me, Mrs. Shaw, class teacher and from Miss Wilkinson, who teaches the class on Fridays. Mrs Pearson, Mrs. Towse & Mrs Causley all work as Teaching Assistants in Class 2 on some days each week. Class 2 is taught in one of the newer classrooms and has access to a small outdoor area leading to the school garden. The classroom has been carefully designed to provide a great learning environment. There are plentiful resources to support all of our learners and displays reflect what we are learning and showcase the work done by the children. We have a well stocked book corner to promote reading for pleasure as well as purpose.
Our learning follows the National Curriculum requirements for Years 2 & 3, plus additional activities often initiated by the children. Class 2 provides a transition from key stage 1 to key stage 2 and whilst much learning is done through practical activities, there is a subtle move towards a more 'formal' style of learning. We have maths and English lessons in the mornings and the foundation subjects such as history, science and geography are taught as topics in the afternoons. To keep us fit and healthy, we have PE twice a week, one of those sessions is with Simon Carson Sports. Everyone has the opportunity to go swimming for one term. On the days we do not have P.E. we will do a 'Fit in 15' session. This is where everyone (including staff) walk, jog or run for about 15 minutes. There are regular 'Circle Time' lessons, both planned and as need dictates, to explore aspects of the P.S.H.E & C. curriculum.
We try to use our local area as much as possible to enhance our learning. We attend church services at both St. Wilfrid's and St. Mary's for Harvest, Christmas and Easter. Each class participates in these services. We also enjoy welcoming visitors into class to help with our learning and going to museums, events or local places of interest each term too.
Homework to encourage learning beyond the classroom and to help parents/carers to be involved in their child's learning will be provided. This is usually reading, learning spellings and times tables as these can be easily done at home and fitted in around busy family schedules.
Everyone is expected to be involved in everything we do in Class 2, as we believe we are a team, and as a team we will learn more, support each other and do the best we can. We very much follow the values laid out in our Mission Statement.
Come in for a chat if you have any questions at all, you are always welcome.
Maths in Class 2
There are many great maths games to play on this website
Everyday we get together to explore our faith through stories, drama, singing and prayers. Once a week class 1 and 2 gather together to share stories and ideas that are more suitable to younger children. We call this our Sunshine Assembly. Occasionally we welcome visitors to our Worship and recently our new curate, Gill and some helpers dramatized the story of the Creation though an initiative called the Open Book. Not only was is great fun, but the children became more familiar with the story of the creation from the Bible.
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