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Bedwell School,
Bedwell Crescent,
Stevenage,
Herts, SG1 1NJ

01438 351198

admin@bedwell.
herts.sch.uk

Headteacher:
Mrs J Moore


© Bedwell Primary
School, 2017

Class 4b (Year 2)
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  • Chicks!
    In Science, we have been learning about life cycles, and have had the chance to watch chicks grow in our classrooms this term. We have really loved watching the eggs hatch into chicks and learning how to care for the chicks at each stage in the first few weeks of their lives . Everyone enjoyed holding and watching the chicks – and we were amazed by how noisy they could be when they all started cheeping at the same time! We have learned lots about the way these animals develop, and used this knowledge to create lifecycle diagrams and information posters about the journey from egg to chicken.

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  • Our Church Visit
    On the 1st of December we were lucky enough to be invited to a local Catholic Church, St Andrew and St George. Whilst there we enjoyed learning more about how Christians celebrate Christmas and they shared their Christmas story with us. The afternoon was packed full of arts and craft opportunities and all the children made their own crown and sheep baubles. There were lots of adults dressed up as characters from the Christmas story such as the three wise men and the shepherds, and they let us ask lots of questions and explore different objects such as real gold, frankincense and myrrh. The visit really helped to get us ready for our own performance of the Christmas story!

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  • Prickly Hay!
    The Autumn Term ended brilliantly with a dazzling performance from all of the children in KS1. The children had been working so hard to learn all of their lines and stage directions, and it was great to see all their hard work paid off during their performance last Thursday. The show was packed full of sensational songs, such as 'Stable Hoedown' and 'Christmas is for you'. We hope that all of the parents enjoyed the performance and that the children have created memories which will last forever.

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  • Mini-Olympics
    We were lucky enough to spend an afternoon trying out all sorts of sporting activities at our local Leisure Centre earlier in the term. We had lots of fun taking part and enjoyed participating in a variety of activities, including rugby, cheerleading, stacking cups, gymnastics, curling and cricket. We were exhausted by the time we got back to School!

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  • The Magic Porridge Pot
    We have now moved our daily Read Write Inc and Spelling sessions into the afternoon, so that we can work as a whole class in our English sessions in the morning, while continuing to improve our phonics and reading within ability groups later on. To help us develop our writing and grammar understanding, we focus on a particular story each half-term - and in the first half of this term, our text was The Magic Porridge Pot.

    At the beginning of term we couldn't believe our eyes when we came in to school and saw that there had been a porridge explosion in the courtyard - there was even porridge splattered all over the windows and floor! Once we had cleaned up the mess we enjoyed learning the story as a whole class and then retelling it using our story maps and stick puppets. We also had a fun time writing our own porridge recipes and set of instructions before having a go at making our own delicious porridge, as you can hopefully see in the pictures below...

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    We then used the story as a starting point for our own creative writing. We really focused on including the correct speech punctuation and making our stories interesting by adding ambitious adjectives and funny ideas - just like Missy did in the story below:

    The Magic Jelly Maker
    Once, not twice, but once upon a time there was a girl called Poppy who lived with her poor old mother. Early one morning Poppy was walking through the woods when she helped an old lady carry her shopping bags home. The old lady gave Poppy a magic jelly maker.

    "What should I do with this machine?" asked Poppy. "Say the magic words and it will give you stick jelly," the old lady replied. "What are the magic words?" asked Poppy. "Make little machine, make," replied the old lady. "However, make sure to tell the machine to stop when you've eaten enough jelly or it will carry on cooking."

    Poppy ran home to show her mother the magic jelly maker. She carefully said the magic words, "make little machine, make," and soon the machine was full of sticky jelly. "Stop little machine stop!" demanded Poppy cheerfully and the machine stopped. A while later Poppy was going to visit her Grandma when her mother got hungry. "Make little machine make," she said and soon the machine was full of sweet jelly, as good as sugar. Unfortunately she forgot the magic words, oh dear, jelly jelly everywhere...

    The jelly poured out of the maker, on to the hard floor and up the stairs and out of the door. It carried on down the lane, through Mr Smith's shop and into John's house. It carried on until there was jelly jelly everywhere.
    The sticky jelly carried cars and even took them away. It went down chimneys and up tables and smashed the doors! When Poppy got back she shouted, "Stop little machine stop!" Luckily the machine stopped and in the end they all had to eat jelly for a whole year.

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  • Maths
    Since Christmas we have been building on our basic counting and place value skills, using lots of practical apparatus. The children have been encouraged to make their own sensible decisions about what apparatus will best help them solve problems in maths which is encouraging them to be more independent learners. We have also been looking at how we can use drawings to help us multiply and divide when we don't know the answer to a multiplication sum by heart. Every Thursday, we have also begun looking at questions which we might be asked in a maths test in small groups. We now know that the people who write the test questions are always looking for ways to catch us out so it is very important that we always read the question carefully and then go back and double check our answers. They won 't be catching us out!

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  • History : Greatest Explorers
    During our topic sessions we have been learning about famous explorers from history, including Christopher Columbus and Ibn Battuta, who both travelled around the world, discovering new places and people. We were amazed to learn that without these famous explorers we might not enjoy chips on Friday as potatoes were bought back to Europe from South America in 1492! We are looking forward to learning about more explorers next half-term.

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Dixcie Ruddock & Kenzie Cole

Our Spring Term Topic:
Greatest Explorers
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Literacy:
We will begin the term by exploring diary entries, using the diaries of famous explorers to inspire us. We will use this as an opportunity to explore the difference between past and present tense, before writing our own diaries from the point of view of a famous explorer. Following this, we will be focussing on stories from other cultures, learning a class text and then using this as a basis for our own writing. Throughout the term, we will be learning to spell words containing suffixes, and improving our use of a thesaurus to up-level our vocabulary. We will also continue to practise our joined handwriting across all areas of the curriculum
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Maths:
Our targets will focus on learning, understanding and using written methods for addition and subtraction. Over the course of the term, we will be looking at a variety of methods including partitioning, jumping on a number line and formal column addition. We will also be using and applying our maths skills, using addition, subtraction, multiplication and division to solve problems in real life contexts involving money and measures. We will also be continue to work towards our Tables Star Awards, practicing our 2, 5 and 10 times tables every day, with some of us moving beyond to work on our Superstar Award and the 3, 4 and 6 times tables.

Science
As we continue to explore our topic, we will be looking at life-cycles, identifying changes that take place in many species as youngsters grow into adults. We will then explore the basic needs of all animals such as water, food and air. Finally we will be learning about the importance of staying healthy, maintaining good personal hygiene and eating a balanced diet.

Humanities
Delving deeper into our topic, we will continue to learn about the way that the idea of ‘exploring’ has changed over time. We will look at historical maps, using them to recognise that in the past the entire world was not ‘known’ or mapped and thinking about the way that the discovery of new places might have changed the world. We will research the lives and achievements of five explorers from different countries and time periods: Ibn Battuta, Captain Cook, Roald Amundsen, Captain Scott and Sunita Williams. We will also think about why there were so few famous female explorers and discuss whether we think exploration is more or less important now that it was in the past.

The Arts
Linked to our work on the travels of the explorer Ibn Battuta, in Art we will be turning our geometric Islamic art designs into clay tiles, which we will then paint and decorate. Meanwhile, in DT we will design and create our own Maori Masks based on those worn by Maori warriors, who used fierce expressions to scare off their enemies!


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