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Check back here regularly to hear what we have been up to and to see our latest pictures. For your information our PE slots are every Thursday afternoon and your child will need a t-shirt, shorts (and or tracksuit bottoms) and footwear please. We are going to try and go outside for PE as much as possible so please make sure that your child has suitable clothing for this. Every other Monday afternoon the children will be taking part in Forest School with Miss Hopkins and Mr Rees, please make sure you follow the clothing suggestions and that you know which dates they need to be ready for! Also, each child in the class has their own water bottle in the classroom that they have access to at all times. 

Term 3 - Welcome to Wonderland!

In our computing lesson this week we were practising searching on the internet. This time we were searching for images. We were finding this quite simple, so Miss Standing taught us how to save and rename the pictures so we could look at them again. There were a lot of steps but we persevered and we each managed to save a picture each.
We have carried on looking at germs in our Science lesson this week and now that we understand how germs spread we decided to design our own. We thought about a name, the effects of the germ, how it spreads and how to prevent it. Miss Standing designed a germ named Glinda that gave you hiccups if you got too close to someone and the only way to stop it was by walking around with your hand over your mouth!
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To continue expanding our artistic skills we looked at tone this week. We thought about how we could change the tone of our colour and what we needed to add to it. We learnt that, to make the colour darker, we needed to add black (a little at a time) and to make the colour lighter, we needed to add white (a little at a time). We experimented, in pairs, with our colour and made a tone colour swatch. 

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Alice in Wonderland has taken over Honeycrisp class! We spent lots of time at the end of last term getting our classroom ready and it definitely looks like Wonderland to us. We have focused this week on the beginning of the story and describing the characters. We used adjectives to describe the two main characters so far; Alice and the White Rabbit.
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We started our term off with a computing lesson where we actually got to use the computers! It was very exciting. We learnt how to search on the internet on an online picture dictionary. We used the alphabet to help us find the letters on our worksheet and then recorded 2 or 3 different objects beginning with that letter. We worked on our cursor control, this proved a little difficult for a while but we persevered and our skills really improved!
Our Science this term, and next term, is called 'Our Living Earth' and we started this term by thinking about hygiene and keeping clean. We did an experiment that involved us getting covered in glitter. We pretended that each grain of glitter was a germ and we pretended to sneeze into our hands (and Miss Standing put a pile of glitter on our hands). We then walked around the classroom touching all the things we normally come into contact with in a day (that included Miss Standing...a lot)! After 5 minutes we looked around the classroom and there was glitter EVERYWHERE. This helped us to understand how far germs travel from just one sneeze. We also looked at how much we need to scrub our hands to get the glitter/germs off.
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In our Art lesson this week we did some observational drawing. We learnt all about the different skills needed to draw the fruit bowl. For example, we talked about scale, perspective, attention to detail, texture and shape. We used all of these elements to draw an accurate picture of the fruit bowl.
Term 2 - Let's Celebrate...
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This week we have definitely been in full Christmas mode. We have been doing lots of play rehearsals so we haven't actually spent a lot of time in the classroom. However, we have managed to make some time for Christmas crafts...

We started by talking about the nativity story and we made our own nativity scenes.

We also made different types of Christmas cards.

We talked about the different seasons and what we were looking forward to in 2019.
We made four season calendars using pointillism.

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Amongst all the play rehearsals and Christmas crafts, we did manage to fit in the excitement of our Christmas dinner. We were wearing our Christmas jumpers and we had crackers. Miss Standing ended up with a reindeer antlers AND a Christmas hat! We all ate lots of yummy food and sang along to Christmas songs. Mrs O'Brien enjoyed her lunch as well :)

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During our computing lesson this week we were challenging ourselves with the Beebots. We had different mats to direct the Beebots around. We were even managing to do the whole algorithm in one go!
In Science this week we were talking about when different materials get warmer. What happens? We thought we would do a little experiment to see what happens when chocolate gets warmer...we might have got a little messy but it was good fun!
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We have had lots of exciting visitors this week. Especially the naughty elf! His is back and being very naughty but we don't mind! Sinterklass also payed us a visit and left us a note and some sweets in our Dutch shoes. He struggled though because we asked for presents that he didn't understand and all the chocolate letters melted! He did bring us some lovely sweets though.
We also had a visit from Russet Class who have been studying the Egyptians and they wrote information reports about Tutankhamun. We were very privileged to listen to them read the reports to us. We learnt lots of interesting facts form them. 
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To celebrate the arrival of our class mischievous elf, we decided to make elf houses! Once again we got rather messy and there is now cotton wool everywhere but they look great!
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The Christmas fever has officially hit Honeycrisp Class this week. We have not 1 but 2 Christmas trees and Santa is stuck in the our Advent chimney. We all get very excited everyday when it is time to do the advent board...who will be under those numbers next week?
In our computing lesson this week we made programming cards and gave each other sets of instructions to follow. We then transferred these instructions to the Beebots (floor robots) and challenged ourselves to program the beebot to travel to a certain place.
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We have started to engage Christmas mode in Honeycrisp Class this week. We each had a paper plate to make part of a Christmas tree. We had to cover it with everything green!
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We finally got to 100% attendance this week so we celebrated with a doughnut!
This week we went on an adventure to Wildwood in Herne Bay. We did Christmas crafts (making and decorating pine cone Christmas trees and reindeer crafts). We had a chance to meet the reindeers (Kenny, Holly and Ivy) and we learnt all about their antlers. We had lunch, of course the most exciting part of the most of our days, and then we went for an explore around the park. We saw otters (they thought we had food so they followed us around for ages) and the wolves looked like they wanted to snack on us a little bit. However, that did mean we got lots of good pictures. 
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We had a very special delivery this week...from Santa himself! Miss Standing told him that we were writing letters and he wanted to send us some motivation. He also sent us a Santa cam so that he can make sure we are on our best behaviour in the lead up to Christmas!
In our Science lesson this week we have been thinking about how to make objects waterproof. We made paper boats and talked about how paper wasn't waterproof. Then we used wax crayons as a waterproof coating to protect the boat from the water. We coloured the parts of the boat in that would be touching the water and tested the boats to see who had made theirs waterproof. We had some really successful ones. The trick was to make sure there were no gaps in the colouring so that the water couldn't get through to the paper.
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One of the celebrations we have been looking at this week is Christmas in the Netherlands. We learnt about Sinterklass and his white horse. Sinterklass comes to the Netherlands on a boat with his white horse in the middle of November. He parades through the towns and villages with his horse and Black Peter until the 5th December when he visits the children's houses. The children leave a shoe, with hay and a carrot for the horse out, and Black Peter comes down the chimney and takes the carrot and hay for the horse. He then leaves the children presents in their shoe if they have been good, or coal if they have been bad. Traditional presents include sweets, a small toy or a chocolate letter representing the first letter of the children's name. We made our own, pretend, clogs and filled them with hay and a carrot. We also thought about what we would ask Sinterklass to bring us.
We also made Dutch holiday biscuits called Speculoos. The had lots of spices in them and tasted like Christmas!
To continue with our celebrations topic, this week we have been thinking about Remembrance Day. We started by mind mapping all of the facts we already knew and then as we learnt new information we added it to our mind map. We spent a lot of time thinking about the ways that we remember the people who fought and died in the world wars and to show that we still remember we made some poppy wreaths. We used our hands as a template to make the leaves and cut round them lots of times! We then stuck our handprint leaves around the outside of a cardboard ring. We also made mini poppies using finger painting and when they were dry we cut them out and stuck them on the leaves.
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On Wednesday we thought about poppies as a symbol of remembrance. We talked about how this year is a special celebration because WW1 ended 100 years ago. We were struggling to understand how long 100 years was so Miss Standing set us a challenge to make 100 poppies in 45 minutes. As there were lots of people away it meant we had to make 8 poppies each! There were 3 different ways we could make the poppies: 1) handprint painting, 2) wax crayon colouring and 3) cutting and sticking 3D poppies. We actually managed to make 123 in the time and Mrs O'Brien used some of them to make a 100 on our display board (see below).
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In our dance lessons this week we were thinking about poses. We played lots of games and Miss Standing kept trying to get us out! When she said stop we had to find a cone and strike a pose! Each time she took a cone away someone was out!
For the beginning of this week we carried on looking at Bonfire Night and fireworks. We started by writing about the fireworks we saw over the weekend and sharing our experiences. We also learnt about an artist called Jackson Pollock. He invented 'Drip Painting' and we thought they looked like fireworks so we decided to have a go! We used black paper and brightly coloured paints to splatter on the paper. It was great fun and we got very messy! We also used chalk on black paper to create firework pictures and cut out 3D rocket fireworks.
In our Science this week we continued to look at floating and sinking. Miss Standing gave us each some plasticine and a bowl of water. Our challenge was to make the plasticine into a shape that would float. It was really hard, but some of us managed to make a shape that was a bit like a cup or a boat with tall sides!
We also learnt about another celebration this week; Diwali. Diwali is the Festival of Light that celebrates Rama and Sita returning to their home after being banished from the kingdom and Sita being kidnapped by the demon king Ravana (he has 10 heads and 20 arms). It is most traditionally celebrated in India by Hindus and Sikhs. We learnt all about the story and can now retell it really well! We also made lots of different Diwali themed crafts. We made paper plate Diwali lamps, decorated our a template of our hands with mendhi patterns and coloured in Rangoli patterns. Our favourite Diwali craft was the clay Diwali lamps that we made and decorated.
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Our classroom has had another make over this week and we have lots of new displays.

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In our computing lesson this week we were talking about the difference between private and public information. We pretended to be different people and we had to work out whether we could share our personal information.
In our Science lesson this week we were looking at floating and sinking. We looked at different objects and made predictions as to whether we though they would float or sink. then we tested them in a bucket of water and recorded our results.
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The first celebration we decided to look at for this terms topic, is Halloween! We talked about the costumes were going to wear and wrote descriptive sentences. We then did a carousel of Halloween craft activities. We made brightly coloured stencil pictures, skeleton hands and paper pumpkins.
We have started a new PSHE block this week and we are looking at getting on and falling out. We started by thinking about what it means to be a good friend and we talked about what we liked about people. We drew pictures of ourselves and then swapped pictures to write sentences about why that person was our friend.
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We have had a change around of our display boards this week as well. A new PSHE board, an updated topic board (including our Halloween work and what we have learnt about The Gunpowder Plot...soon to include Bonfire Night) and also a celebrations board outside the classroom with our favourite celebrations on balloons.

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In our Science this week we carried out an investigation. We were testing how stretchy elastic bands were. We started with an elastic band attached to a small plastic bag and measured the length of the elastic band before fully beginning our experiment. We then added 2 marbles and measured again to see how much the elastic band stretched. We continued 2 marbles at a time and recorded each result in a table. By the end of the lesson we were able to tell each other how much each groups elastic band stretched. We also managed to use our maths skills to read the ruler, sometimes we had to work out half centimeters too!
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We all want to say congratulations to our 4 homework certificate receivers this term: Lottie Booker, Riyah Lee-Jones, Owen Newman and Nancy Sunley. They all received enough homework points to get a homework certificate in the homework assembly at the end of term. Also, a big well done to those children that did some of their homework...fingers crossed you can get a certificate next time! 
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Sadly we have come to the end of our BFG topic so our BFG board has come down! We will certainly miss the giant head smiling down at us while we do our work!
We have been working really hard this week showing everyone how much we have learnt over the last 6 weeks, so by Friday we were ready to have a break! We used our Friday to do lots of preparation for next term where we will be learning all about celebrations.
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We have worked so hard this term that we have shined too bright and we need to wear shades to protect each other!

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This week we have been looking at poetry. We made it cross-curricular by looking at our senses. We also tied it in with our topic and thought about the BFG's favourite drink. We split into groups and came up with words for each of the senses. Then we either worked in groups or individually to write an acrostic poem using everyone's ideas. You can see our work on the poetry display in the corridor outside Year 2.
In our Science this week we have been looking at stretchiness. We talked about different materials and their elasticity and then we followed instructions to make and test our own catapults!
We finished our week by making dreamcatchers using paper plates, which we decorated, ribbon to go through the middle and then ribbon and feathers on the bottom.
During our Science lesson this week we carried on thinking about 'Bouncability'! We had lots of different types of balls and we tested how high they bounced. We split into groups and tested all 6 balls on 3 different surfaces; grass, concrete and carpet. We recorded our findings in a table and then looked at what we could learn from them. Each group had very similar results and we all agreed that the concrete was the best surface to bounce them on. We also agreed that the ping pong ball was definitely the bounciest!
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We reached the first stage of our class reward jar this week and it meant...DOUGHNUTS!
We also had a visit from a clown this week! She had lost her smile and she needed our help to get it back.
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This week we have been looking at dream jars in our topic lessons. We realised that we didn't know a lot about them so we decided to do some research. The pictures in the BFG book are not very clear so we decided to use the internet. We got the laptops out and looked them up on google images. We then went through the pictures and recorded our ideas in our books to help us plan our own dream jars.
After the planning came the best bit...making the dream jars!
In our Science lesson this week we looked at a different material and how it changed when we added water. We used water beads and watched them over the day course of the day (between half 9 and 2 o'clock). We made predictions when we first started the experiment and then we made observations at the end. We compared our comments to see if we were right. 
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The wonderful Mrs O'Brien and Mrs Booker arranged a MacMillan coffee morning and this was an excellent excuse to eat cake! We also used our cake to celebrate Miss Standing's birthday!
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We ended our week with a very creative afternoon. We learnt about how to make colours lighter using white and we used this to paint our dream jars. We decided we were having far too much fun to put the paint away and we ended up creating a paint mixing station which involved lots of mess but lots of fun too!

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In Science this week we did our own experiment. We each had our own penguin shaped ice cube called Sam! Our challenge was to find the best material to stop Sam from melting. We could choose between: a paper towel, foil, felt, cotton wool and yarn. Once we had chosen our material we wrapped up Sam and set a timer for 5 minutes and then we evaluated how well the materials were working. We then set a timer for another 5 minutes and evaluated again. After 10 minutes it was clear that some of the materials were not working. After the third and final timer there were 2 materials that were very similar so we had a closer look at each of them and then took a vote. Have a look at our observation table and see if you can work out which material won!
This week we have been continuing with our BFG theme by planning and creating our own Frobscottle inspired drinks. We started by making a mind map of all the different ingredients we might want to include in our drink. Then we created a plan. We thought about what we wanted, how much of each ingredient and what order we wanted to put them in. Then came the fun bit...we got to make our drinks. We added each ingredient step by step and mixed them in carefully. When we tried our drinks some of us were pleasantly surprised by how nice they tasted!
We started off our Science lessons this week by making Frozen Snow (using an insta-snow polymer). We each had a plastic cup and half a spoonful of powder. We added water and stirred the mixture. We watched the material change and the powder got "big and fluffy". It looked and felt like real snow but it wasn't as cold!
As we are looking at the BFG this term we thought it would be a good idea to get into the BFG spirit and make his favourite drink. Miss Standing and Mrs O'Brien made Frobscottle for us to try. It was light green and a little bit fizzy.

Term 1 - Week 1

Hello and welcome back! We have had a lovely week settling in and getting to know our classroom. We are very excited about our new BFG topic and look forward to sharing all of our learning with you over the next 6 weeks. 
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