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Term 2 - Rocks, Relics and Rumbles

Week 7 (w/c 14th December)



We have completed our English this week by testing our knowledge of volcanoes and plate tectonics with a Vocabulary Ninja reading comprehension. We were amazed at how much we knew!



This week we have finished the first block of Multiplication and Division by combining our knowledge of multiplying by 8 and dividing by 8 to look at the 8 times table. After the holidays, we will continue to expand our knowledge of multiplication and division by learning about 2-digit multiplication and division with remainders, within the times tables that we know. It would be great if you can practise on Times Tables Rock Stars over the break, as greater fluency will help with next terms learning.


We have been excited to listen to a Now Press Play experience about Pompeii, and to watch the pantomime "Jack and the Beanstalk."


We enjoyed our Christmas lunch on Wednesday, and in the afternoon we even caught a glimpse of Santa himself!


Everyone has worked so hard this term, do make sure you get some rest over the holidays (but you can read lots too!)


Merry Christmas - see you next year!

Week 6 (w/c 7th December)



In maths this week, we have been learning our 4 and 8 times tables. We have looked at multiplying by 4 and 8, dividing by 4 and 8, and finally using this knowledge to increase our fluency with the times tables themselves. Next week, we will be finishing off this unit of work with some consolidation of the times tables and some Christmas maths challenges!



In English this week, we have been reminding ourselves of some grammar terms - main clause, coordinating conjunction and verb. We have also reached the end of our text The Pebble in my Pocket discovering that the pebble's journey is continuing, even to this day! We have discussed our likes and dislikes, thinking about the patterns and puzzles in the book. We have also thought about the challenging technical vocabulary in the book, and considered whether we would recommend it to others.


Wider Curriculum

We have had a DT focus this week, making a cross section of a volcano from clay to show the knowledge we have gained about volcanoes. We have also challenged ourselves to produce some Christmas Decorations from some very complicated nets!


Week 5 (w/c 30th November)



In English this week, we have been broadening our knowledge of volcanoes. We have researched different volcanic eruptions, finding out exactly what happened and considering the impact on people and the environment. We have made notes and then used these to produce a report about the eruption. Everyone has produced some amazing independent writing - well done!



In maths, we have been consolidating our knowledge of the 3 times table. We learnt how to count in 3s in Year 2, we have now used this knowledge to help us to multiply and divide by 3. Finally, we have been practising our times table with the help of BBC SuperMovers - the video can be found here, if you'd like to practise at home!


Wider Curriculum

We have focused on earthquakes this week, learning where they occur and plotting some large Earthquakes on map. We concentrated on earthquakes in San Francisco (1989), the Indian Ocean (2004), Japan (2011) and Turkey (2020), beginning to understand how they occur and the key terminology.











We then investigated the impact of large earthquakes, particularly the tsunamis in 2004 and 2011. Finally, we look at earthquakes in real time, using the United States Geological Service webpage - we were amazed at how many earthquakes happen every day!,-243.63281&extent=84.9593,150.11719


Week 4 (w/c 23rd November)



In maths this week, we have continued to consolidate our Year 2 learning,

looking back at dividing by 2s, 5s and 10s. We have been really impressed

with how much the children have remembered, and how they are able to

apply their knowledge! Next week, we're starting to think about our 3x table.




In English We have been taking some time out from reading The Pebble in my Pocket  to learn about the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79AD. We have been fascinated by this event, and it really illustrated the destructive power of a volcano. The reports written were all of a fantastic standard, showing how just how much the children are enjoying this topic!


Wider Curriculum

We have been concentrating on volcanoes this week, learning about the technical vocabulary used to describe the parts of a volcano as well as the different types of volcanoes and different ways they can erupt. Finally, we have been locating key volcanoes on a world map, beginning to use longitude and latitude.


Week 3 (w/c 16th November)


We have been really busy this week! We started the week with a visitor from the Oxfordshire Museum in Woodstock. Naomi brought with her some huge boxes of different rocks and fossils for us to explore, which we had to do with gloves on, to stop the oils from our hands damaging the specimens. We impressed her with the things that we had already learned, and gained lots of new information about William "Strata" Smith (an undergroundologist)  and enjoyed the opportunity to handle the different rocks and fossils.



In English this week, we looked some more at the journey of the pebble through time and have been amazed at how much the climate and the environment have changed. We paused at the end of the last ice age (a mere 12,000 years ago) to consider what happened to glaciers then, and what is happening to glaciers now. We were alarmed by how rapidly glaciers are retreating, and the wider effect that this will have on our climate. We decided to write to our MP to express our concerns, and everyone has worked hard to offer solutions in their letters as well. 



We have started our Multiplication and Division block by recapping our Year 2 learning, reminding ourselves about arrays, and the 2 and 5 times tables. Next week, we will be thinking about dividing within these tables, before we start to learn new times tables!


Wider Curriculum

We have explored sand and soil this week, finding out how sand is made and what it looks like close up. We have also found out what soil is made from, investigated different types of soils and discovered what kind of soil we have at school.



Oxfordshire Museum Visit

Week 2 (w/c 9th November)



In maths this week, we have been finishing off our addition and subtraction unit of work with estimating and checking our answers. To do this we have rounded numbers up or down to the nearest hundred or ten to give an estimated answer to a calculation, and we have been using the inverse to check as well:


176 - 35 = 141 so using the inverse to check would be 35 + 141 = 176



We have been continuing to follow the pebble's journey through time, writing a summary of the first 140 million years from the birth of the rock in a volcano, to the creation of conglomerate or "puddingstone" rock at the bottom of the ocean. We've created timelines and storyboards to help us to produce some amazing writing!




Wider Curriculum

We have been looking in detail at fossils in art lessons this week. We have looked carefully at ammonites, and used our observations to draw a motif. We then used this to make a print of our drawing, and finally we have created an imprint on clay.

Ammonite printing

Week 1 (w/c 2nd November)



We have started looking at our new book this week, Pebble In My Pocket by Meredith Hooper. This is a non-fiction book about the history of the Earth. So far we have travelled through more than 100 million years as we begin to examine the journey a pebble took to reach it's current state. We have been fascinated by the changes the pebble has seen, and have learnt lots of new, technical language to describe the geological processes. We also made a timeline to illustrate just how long ago the story started (480 million years ago)!



In maths, we have been continuing to think about addition and subtraction, completing calculations with two 3-digit numbers. We have also been using our knowledge of regrouping in column addition and subtraction to complete missing number problems:  


Wider Curriculum

Our topic this term is Rocks, Relics and Rumbles, and we have been really excited to start learning all about rocks, soil, earthquakes and volcanoes! We started by learning about the layers of the earth, and moved on to investigating rocks and fossils. We have learnt how to classify rocks in to the three man groups - sedimentary, metamorphic and igneous - by looking carefully at them, and considering their properties. Finally, we have reminded ourselves about the achievements of Mary Anning and learnt more about the process of fossilisation.




Investigating rocks!


Welcome to Term 2!


This term we will be learning about how the Earth works, including different types of rock and soil, volcanoes and earthquakes, as well as refreshing and extending our knowledge of fossils and Mary Anning.


In maths, we will be continuing with addition and subtraction for 2 weeks. We will then be looking at multiplication and division, consolidating our 2s, 5s and 10s times tables, and learning our 3s, 4s and 8 times tables.


Finally in English, we will be performing poetry as part of the inter-house poetry slam competition and basing our work on the book "The Pebble In My Pocket" by Meredith Hooper.