Emmaville Primary School

Wales Yr 2

Welcome to the Wales Year 2 Class Page.  Here, you can find out about everything that we've been doing this year.
Monday 13th July
 
Here we are Year 2, in the final week of this academic year and it really saddens me that this is how we have ended the year; however, I can't wait until we come back from the Summer holidays and get to spend the nicest week together, finishing off our time as Wales class. Throughout this term, you have continued to make me so proud to be your teacher and it will certainly be a year we will all remember forever!
 
This week, we are going to finish our work on The Twits which I hope you have continued to enjoy. We also have a couple of PSHE activities. One recognises the fact that you may be feeling a little anxious as the world starts to return a little more back to normal, and that it is okay to feel like this, but it always helps to talk these feelings through. There is also a fun science experiment all about bubbles which I know you will love. 
 
Keep me up to date on Seesaw, and if you haven't already, please let me know that you received your report last week. 
 
Miss Mc x
Monday 6th July
 
Good morning Wales :) 
 
You should have all received a letter last week telling you about the arrangements for next year. I am thrilled that we will be able to spend the first week of term together, and finish off our time in Year 2. After this, you will move up to Miss Rochester's class and begin your journey with her as Year 3. I have told her how lucky she is to get such a lovely class, you will all have a lovely time together. 
 
Thank you for all of your hard work again last week. I really loved reading your work on The Twits, although some of those recipes sounded pretty revolting! We will continue reading The Twits this week in English. There are also other notable events this week such as the NHS's birthday and National Chocolate Day! I look forward to seeing what you all get up to this week. 
 
Missing you all


Miss Mc x
Monday 29th June
 
I can't believe that we are nearly in July! You have continued to impress me with your work ethic and achievements this week; we only have three weeks of home learning left, so keep this up for the final push Year 2. 
 
This week, we are starting a unit of English work focusing on the story of The Twits by Roald Dahl, which I know you will all enjoy, and will hopefully give you a chuckle! We have also signed up to a new online library called Get Epic, which is full of books, comics, videos and quizzes for you to enjoy so be sure to check this out too :)
 
As always, keep us up to date with what you are up to via Seesaw. However, remember that this doesn't just have to be updates about school work; we also love to see you getting up to other great things from baking, to bike riding. 
 
Keep smiling, 
 
Miss Mc x

Monday 22nd June

Hello Wales class,

I wanted to start by saying thank you for all of your Seesaw posts and messages last week, I really enjoyed looking at your superhero work and reading about your own superhero characters. I’m so proud of how hard you continue to work at home and I really do enjoy looking through your Seesaw posts. I also wanted to say thank you to parents for your continued support with the home learning; it is greatly appreciated and you are doing a wonderful job!

I have attached the time table for this week; I hope there are areas that appeal to you all! Can I also ask that if you haven’t already completed your pupil report comment that you complete it by the end of this week so that I can add it into your end of year report.

I am so proud of you all – remember the timetable and lessons are to guide you; you do not have to complete everything I have suggested! Adapt or change any lessons that you need to. Have a lovely week, and I look forward to receiving your work, messages and pictures.

Missing you all,

Miss Mc x

Monday 15th June
 
Good morning Wales. Monday again, and here we are, heading into the third week of this half term. It is hard to believe you only have five weeks left in Year 2; you have made me proud all year, and I know you will continue to work hard as we near the end of this school year. I really loved seeing your wellbeing jars last week, and reading about all of the lovely things you are looking forward to. Hopefully it won't be too long until you can start completing some of the activities out of your jar. 
 
This week, there's a range of activities for you to have a go at. One of the activities which I would really like you to take the time to complete is your end of year report statement. Take some time to have a look at the class page on the website, and think about some of the things you have enjoyed this year. 
 
I can't wait to see what you get up to this week. Keep smiling, Miss Mc x

Monday 8th June

Good morning Wales,

Thank you for your posts on Seesaw last week, it is wonderful to see you completing the suggested activities with such enthusiasm! I also love seeing photographs of you completing different activities that I had not suggested on the time table. Next week there are a few events that I thought would be of interest to you; Bike Week and World Oceans Day. I have incorporated both of these events with a bit more detail on the suggested time table; I can’t wait to see how you embrace these events.

I really miss teaching you lovely lot and can’t wait to see you all again soon! Keep working hard, you are doing brilliantly and I am incredibly proud of you all.

Miss Mc

Monday 1st June

Good morning Wales, and welcome to your final half term in Year 2. First of all, I hope you have had a lovely half term holiday and have enjoyed the glorious sunny weather we have been fortunate enough to have. I am sure you have done lots of lovely activities and have been making the most of time outdoors. You are now beginning your eighth week of home learning, and you should all be so proud of the progress you have continued to make and the new things you have learnt, because I am certainly proud of each and everyone of you. I also want to say a big thank you to your parents for the way in which they have supported you, as well as juggling everything else that is going on in the world at the moment; it is much appreciated. Below are this week's activities, and always, this timetable is provided as a guide to support. Please don't feel you have to complete all of the suggestions. I am missing you all so much, and would have loved to be in our classroom with you, starting our final half term together. Keep smiling, Miss Mc x

Monday 18th May
 

Good morning Wales class,

I can’t believe we are already in the final week of Summer Term 1. It’s definitely not how we would have envisaged at the start of the year, but it hasn’t stopped you producing some super pieces of work. I absolutely loved seeing your Andy Warhol “Pop Art” last week and reading your Elves and the Shoemaker work too. As well as this, it is always wonderful to see the creative and imaginative activities that you get up to during the week. It’s especially lovely to hear about the acts of kindness you have been carrying out to make others smile during this challenging time; it really does make me proud to be your teacher.

Below is the suggested time table for this week… Remember, this is just a guide, feel free to adapt activities or complete different activities. I look forward to another week of seeing your achievements on Seesaw.

Take care, keep smiling and keep positive. Missing you all very much,

Miss Mc x

Monday 11th May
 
Good morning Wales class. I feel I have had some real treats from you all this week; firstly with your incredible acrostic poems all about your gardens. The way that you carefully chose vocabulary and then edited your work throughout the week was very impressive, and when I was reading and listening to your poems, I could actually imagine I was there! I have uploaded some pictures of your poems onto the class page. Then came the treat of seeing your wonderful VE day celebrations. Friday marked 75 years since the end of WWII in Europe. VE day was a time to remember those who lost their lives during the war, but it was also a time to celebrate that war was over after such a long time. Although our celebrations were different to how we perhaps imaged they would be, it was still so lovely to see you all having such a nice time, and once again, adapting brilliantly to what life is like at the moment. However. these VE Day celebrations gave me a dilemma this weekend as I had the incredibly difficult job of choosing a winning competition entry. Thank you to all who took part in the competition, and I hope you had fun making your cake/hat/bunting. 
 
Now, onto this week. Below is the suggested timetable for the week (which has hyperlinks to activities), as well as any other resources you might need. The maths has changed slightly for this week, as the activities are no longer posted on the white rose website alongside the videos, but are available to view and download below. As ever, if you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact me via Seesaw. 
 
 
You continue to make me proud Wales  class. Missing you all, Miss Mc. 
Monday 4th May
 
Good morning everyone, I hope that you have all had a lovely weekend? 
I was so impressed with the work and activities that you completed last week, you have all adapted to learning at home brilliantly. It really does brighten my day seeing your posts on Seesaw, so please keep them coming!
Here is the suggested time table for this week, I hope that it can be of some use to you. 
I can't wait to see what you get up to this week, take care,
Miss McPherson  x
Monday 27th April
 
Hello Wales class, and welcome to the second week of the Summer term. I was so proud of the way that you embraced your home learning activities last week and managed to get back into a routine after the Easter holidays; thank you for working so hard. It is also lovely to hear about the different things you are enjoying doing as a family, and how you are managing to take different positives from the situation we find ourselves in. You are constantly making memories that you will be sharing for many years to come! Here is this week's home learning timetable which can be used as a guide to help structure your week. If you have any questions, or if you would like to share examples of your brilliant work, Seesaw is a great way to do this. Thank you to those of you who have shared pictures already - they are all so lovely to see! Keep smiling Year 2, missing you all so much. Miss Mc :)
 
P.S. A new TTRS battle has started! See how many points you can earn for your class
Monday 20th April
Good morning Wales class! I hope that you have had a lovely time over the Easter holidays enjoying time with family and tucking into  Easter eggs of course!
Underneath is the suggested time table for this week. You do not have to follow this or complete all of what I have suggested, it is here as a guide. 
Take care and keep me posted on what you are up to on Seesaw!
Miss Mc x
 
Friday 3rd April
 
Here we are on the last day of the Spring term, not quite how we saw it coming to an end, but I just want to reiterate how proud I am of you all. As a school, we're so impressed with all your hard work, but now it's the Easter holidays, so please make sure you take time to relax and enjoy your family's company. However, if you're stuck for something to do, here are some ideas that might help to keep you entertained. 
Wednesday 1st April
 
Good morning everyone. I am missing you all lots. I was in school yesterday with a few children, and when I popped into the classroom, it felt so empty without you all! Anyway, I just want to say thank you for all of the fantastic updates you are putting on Seesaw - it brightens each day seeing all of the wonderful things you have been up to, and how hard you are working. Keep it up, I am so proud of you all and the way in which you have risen to the challenge of this new way of working. 
 
I know how much you all love reading and listening to stories, so I have put together a list of some useful apps and websites that have lots of different stories, as well as some additional English and grammar sites. Finally, I have added a Rainbow Pack. There are some really useful things in here, especially if anyone if feeling a little bit worried about all of the changes at the moment.  
 
Take care, and keep smiling. 
Miss Mc :)
Also, I just wanted to say well done for the AMAZING effort in the recent TTRS battle. Not only did we win our battle, we finished with the most points in the whole school. Impressive stuff!
Tuesday 24th March
 
I know how creative you guys can be, so here are a range of different challenges which might be fun to tick off whilst your at home. I'd love to see some pictures or read diaries about everything you have got up to once we are back at school!
Monday 23rd March
 
Hello to all of you lovely children. I hope you have had an enjoyable weekend, and the school day has started well today! I have posted a suggested timetable below of the kinds of things you could be doing and useful links, as well as the ideas that were sent home in your pack, but please don't feel you have to stick to this; a range of different activities is great. Do what works for you and your family. We will be posting regular updates here. Stay safe and keep smiling, can't wait to see you all soon. Miss Mc x
Friday 20th March
In these gloomy times, we decided that today we would spread some joy and happiness. 
We're a little sad as we'll miss our school friends whilst school is closed, so we have painted rainbow pictures to put in our windows at our homes. We're asking our friends if possible, to go on a walk to get some fresh air and see how many rainbows they can spot... like a huge 'rainbow treasure hunt'. If you see one don't forget to give your friend a wave.
We also talked about the amazing work that the staff at the hospitals are doing for the sick. So we made some thank you cards which will be sent out to different hospitals in our area. 
Finally we've been thinking about the residents in care homes and we thought that they may be feeling sad and lonely now that they are no longer allowed visitors. We have tried to cheer them up by making happy cards. 
Some of the year one children then walked along to deliver them to Lindisfarne Care Home and Addison Court.
Well done boys and girls we are so proud of you and know that you have managed to spread lots of happiness.
Friday 28th February
 
This week in Geography, we have been learning all about Egypt. We started our lesson by recapping the continents of the world, and learnt a very catchy song to help us remember these. 
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We then looked up Egypt in the index of our atlases and navigated to the correct page, and discovered that it was in the continent of Africa. We identified key physical features and focused on the River Nile; we learnt that not only was this the longest river in Africa, but in the whole world! We also thought about what we would see if we were to visit Egypt, and started to learn about the Ancient Egyptian civilization, opening up many wonderful and inquisitive questions from the children in Wales class. It is so lovely to see their thirst for new knowledge. 
Friday 14th February
 
As part of our PSHE curriculum, we use the Jigsaw scheme of work. These resources aim to prepare children for life, helping them really know and value who they truly are and understand how they relate to other people in our ever-changing world. 
 
Each half term, we focus on a different "Jigsaw puzzle" which focuses on a key area of the PSHE curriculum. Over the past few weeks, we have been thinking all about dreams and goals. We have thought about different goals we want to achieve, and more importantly how we can achieve these, including the importance of team work and cooperation. 
 
The final puzzle piece in each unit is always a celebration task, bringing together what we have learnt. We had to visualise a garden of dream and goals -  a positive and happy place to be. We worked together to create birds that would be in our garden, using the teamwork and cooperation skills we have been working had to develop, and I am sure you will agree the finished products are amazing! Remember Wales class, you can all achieve wonderful things! 
Friday 7th February
 
Another great week in Wales, I always finish the week feeling incredibly proud of the children's achievements and their attitude to school. On Wednesday, we strengthened our knowledge about Judaism by visiting Newcastle Reform Synagogue. We were given a lovely welcome from the volunteers at the synagogue and they were very impressed by the children's knowledge, the questions they asked and especially the exemplary behaviour shown. Once we got back to school, we wrote about some of the different things which we had learnt. 
In English, we are currently learning about non-chronological reports. We started by reading a beautifully illustrated book entitled "Tell me a Dragon". 
We then learnt a model text all about the Manchester Ridgeback dragon. From this, we "magpied" some sparkly vocabulary and also generated a toolkit as a class of features that make a successful non-chronological report including subheadings, technical language, conjunctions to extend ideas and fact boxes. Here is a video of us performing our learnt text, after only one lesson practising! 
We then thought about how we could innovate this learnt text, and started to generate ideas for our own dragons. We had a lot of fun using an online programme which helped us to design a dragon. We could choose all sorts of features for our dragon from hairstyles to horns in all colours and sizes. This has helped to generate great discussion and imaginative ideas, ready to write our own non-chronological reports next week. 
 Friday 31st January
 

In our History lessons, we have continued to learn about famous people.We started our lesson by watching this video and thought about the message it was trying to teach us.

 

We discussed how, at first, the little eggs in the video only wanted to spend time with the other eggs that looked the same. However, at the end of the video, they couldn't be successful in their task without including everyone. This  prompted some very mature discussions from the children in Wales class about the importance of equality and treating people fairly. 

This week, we learnt about Barack Obama who was the president of the USA. He is so well known because he was the first black president which gave lots of people hope for equality. We learnt that in the past, black people were treated very unfairly. For example black people had to sit at the back of the bus and use different entrances. Luckily some people realised that this was unfair and did things to try and change this. We listened to the story of Rosa Parks and we were inspired by her actions to help improve the lives of others. We then thought about what we would do to make the world a better place; we had some wonderful ideas which ranged from stopping pollution to ensuring everyone had a safe home to live in. Well done Wales class. 

Friday 24th January
 
Wow - what a busy week in Wales class! In RE this half term, we have been learning all about Judaism and exploring the key question "How important is it for Jewish people to do what God asks them to do?".
 
As part of this exploration, we have learnt all about the Jewish festival of Passover. We started by retelling the story of the Exodus of the Jews from Egypt after Pharaoh forced the Jewish people to become slaves, and how Jewish people believe that God helped them to be free. This week, we focused on how Passover is celebrated and learnt all about the special Seder Meal which is eaten at Passover. 
 
Each food which is on the Seder Plate is significant to the story of Passover. For example, the salty water reminds Jewish people of the tears and sweat of the slaves in Egypt; the charoset paste represents the mortar that was used by the slaves to build and the unleavened bread signifies the hurry that the Jewish people had to leave in, and that they simply did not have time to let their bread to rise. To help us learn about the significance of these different foods, we had our own Passover feast in the classroom.
In maths, we have been learning all about data handling and looking at different ways to present data including tally charts, pictograms and block diagrams. We have had lots of fun carrying out surveys in class, completing traffic counts on the Main Street and using post-it notes to build class block diagrams! Why not challenge yourself to collect some data at home, and see how you could present it using the things we have learnt about this week?
In Geography, we have continued our tour around the world and this week we were taken to Hawaii! We started by looking at the location of Hawaii in the Pacific Ocean, and found it interesting to learn that Hawaii was discovered by Captain James Cook in 1778. After its discovery, explorers used Hawaii as a stop off for supplies! We learnt about the climate, and that Hawaii only has two seasons. Due to the long, warm summer, they can grow a range of tropical fruit including pineapple, guava, mango, avocado and coconut. We had the opportunity to try a range of different fruit, many of which some of us had never tried before. On a side note, I was particularly impressed with the children's attitude when trying something new and the way in which they "had a go". Finally, we learnt about different traditions in Hawaii and finished our afternoon by creating our own lei necklaces and showing off some wonderful "hula" moves! A great afternoon had by all. 
Friday 17th January
 

This week saw the launch of our new “reading suitcases” in KS1. At Emmaville, we love to read and we are always thinking about different ways to ensure that all children within school are engaged with stories, and view reading as a positive experience.

Each week, one child in each KS1 class will bring home a reading suitcase. In this case, there will be a story to share as a family, with puppets to help bring the story to life. There may also be a little sweet treat to enjoy as you snuggle up with a book.

Remember, as Dr. Suess famously quoted, “the more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go”. See where your reading suitcase takes you… Happy reading! 

Friday 10th January
 
Happy new year to you all. It has been lovely to welcome all of the children back to school after the Christmas celebrations, and hear about all of the lovely things that they have done with their families over the well deserved break. 
 
The children have certainly started the new year in a positive way, and were ready to learn straight away. In maths, we have continued our work on multiplication and division and are becoming much more fluent when recalling related facts. It has been very pleasing to hear about children embracing the opportunity to practise these skills on Times Table Rock Stars. This is a great way to support your child with this area of maths, as well as other games such as Hit the Button, which is another firm favourite in class. Click on the pictures below to take you straight to the related websites. 
 
In English, we have started a new unit based on the brilliant tale of Traction Man is Here, written by Mini Grey. This follows the adventures of a super hero action figure with an action outfit for every occasion, Traction Man patrols the house. Whether he is saving toys (in latex space suit and Perspex helmet, teamed with Rocket Boots); searching the sink for the lost wreck of the sieve (in sub-aqua suit, fluorescent flippers and infra-red mask) or rescuing damsels in distress from evil Dr Spade (in jungle pants, camouflage vest and a bandanna), Traction Man is never less than stylishly turned out and expertly accessorised. 
 
We have been exploring this text and discussing ways in which we could innovate the story line. We were met in the classroom by our own villainous enemies including the evil Scissor Shark and the treacherous Dr. Hole Punch to spark our discussions! We have created our own hero characters, evil enemies and developed some great (and hilarious) plot lines. 
Friday 20th December
 
And so the festivities continue in Year 2, and I'm sure everyone can't help but have a smile on their faces as we finish what has been a fantastic term in Wales class. Before sharing some of the exciting things we have been up to, I just wanted to quickly thank all of the children for the way in which they have embraced life in Year 2. You really have been a pleasure to teach and it has been great to see the way in which you have grown and progressed since September. Keep up the hard work in the new year guys! 
 
Thursday was such a busy day for us all in Wales class. The day started with a trip to Gibside, where we embarked on a reindeer trail around the picturesque grounds. When Santa had been doing a trial run in preparation for Christmas Eve, the food sacks for his reindeer had fallen from his sleigh! We had the important job of locating these and as we did so, learning all about Christmas traditions. We sang carols, identified plants and animals and learnt many interesting facts. Once we had collected all of the food sacks, we finished our morning by toasting marshmallows around the campfire. 

Once we got back from Gibside, we arrived in the classroom to see a delicious party lunch had been set out for us. All of the children changed from their outdoor Gibside clothes and emerged sparkling in their fantastic Christmas party outfits. We ate our lunch and then went to the hall where some serious dance moves were displayed and had lots of fun playing different party games. Although we were tired after a busy day, we all had a fantastic time and what a lovely way to finish the term!
Friday 13th December
 
What a fantastic festive week we have had in Wales class! Things started on Monday with Year 2's amazing performance of The Inn-spectors. We were all so impressed with the way in which the children spoke, sang and acted throughout the performance. As they sang in one of their songs - "everything has to be perfect" - and it certainly was! Well done Year 2. 
Our nativity performance had helped us to develop our understanding of the Christmas story, but this was reinforced further on Tuesday with a visit from Sam Cree. Sam is a regular visitor to our school, and helps us to understand what Christians believe through her assemblies and workshops. On Tuesday, we took part in a "Godly Play" session which was based around the birth of Jesus. We then engaged in a range of fun, interactive activities which helped to reinforce our learning further. This was a lovely session, which the children thoroughly enjoyed, and we look forward to more visits from Sam throughout the year. 
In English this week, we have been learning how to use an apostrophe to show possession. We had lots of fun creating labels to decorate our classroom, and by the end of the lesson, everything had a post-it note from Miss Mc's Christmas cards, to Maddox's jumper to Miss Armstrong's desk!
 
We then used these skills to create our own Christmas poetry. We looked closely at a poem entitled "Ten things you would find in a Wizard's pocket". We decided to innovate this poem, and put a festive slant on it. We had great fun coming up with ideas to include in a poem called "Ten things you would find in Santa's sack". The children used their imagination brilliantly and we had everything from a magical stopwatch to freeze time, to reindeer poo bags! Here are some wonderful examples of the children's poetry.
Finally, we had a wonderful day on Thursday getting even more into the festive spirit (if that was actually possible!). Everyone came to school looking fabulous in their Christmas jumpers, and we had the chance to enjoy a delicious Christmas dinner prepared by Lisa and her team. I was so impressed with the great manners shown by the children in Wales, and how the children recognised the effort which goes into preparing for such events for us to enjoy. Well done guys, you are great citizens. 
Friday 6th December
 
This week saw the start of the festive celebrations at Emmaville, and as always, they started with a bang. On Wednesday, all of the children in Key Stage 1 traveled to the Northern Stage theatre to watch a performance of The Snow Queen. 
 
When her best friend Kai disappears, the young and gutsy Gerda is sure that he has been taken by the mysterious Snow Queen. Determined to rescue her friend, she embarks on a courageous quest all alone into the icy unknown. But can Gerda rescue Kai in time to stop the Snow Queen’s plan to keep the world in eternal winter? 
 
We laughed, screamed and cheered our way through the performance as we marveled at the fantastic acting, singing and set design that was on display. It has certainly inspired the children in Year 2 as they prepare for their nativity performance next week. 
 
Then, on Thursday we continued the Christmas fun by taking part in a bauble decorating workshop. Each child got their own ceramic bauble, a special stand and a selection of metallic paints. They carefully painted a beautiful design onto their bauble and decorated a box to safely transport their creations home! I can guarantee your Christmas trees will be looking even more fabulous than ever this Christmas. 
Friday 29th November
 
We had so much fun on Wednesday morning when we were lucky enough to take part in a Disney themed music workshop! We sang, danced and even had the opportunity to play a wide range of musical instruments. We learnt new musical vocabulary and also about the history of different Disney songs, and how things have changed from some of the first Disney movies, to the present day. 
Friday 22nd November
 
This week in school, we continued our series of gymnastic lessons with Miss Troke from Grass Roots. are now in our fourth week of lessons; we started by recapping the skills we learnt in Year 1 and then quickly moved on to learn how these skills could be built on and progressed.
 
We have learnt about many different ways of travelling including straddle rolls, pike rolls and dive forward rolls! Many of us have even mastered a cartwheel! This week we had lots of fun putting the mats together to make tracks across the hall and we took it in turns to find different ways of travelling down the track. 
 
We then moved on to learning a range of partner balances, and carefully negotiated our bodies to support our partners in a variety of tricky and challenging positions! The growth mindset and "stickability" shown by the children was very impressive, and this hard work certainly paid off. A fantastic lesson, well done Wales!
Friday 15th November
 
What a fantastic week! Over the course of  this week, we have been thinking a lot about Children in Need and those who are less fortunate than us.We discussed the differences between wants and needs, and what we actually require as children.
 
As a school, we wanted to raise money for Children in Need so organised a bake sale for school. Wales class had great fun weighing, mixing, rolling and cutting as we prepared some delicious biscuits to sell on Friday's bake sale. 
We then finished the day with Wales' class assembly, which further highlighted how important Children in Need is as a charity. Part of Children in Need's work is to help children to reach their potential. We discussed what this meant, and thought about our own dreams and aspirations and what we can do to help us to achieve these.
 
We also used our assembly as another chance to explore the importance of showing kindness much closer to home, and how important it is to ensure everyone in our school was happy. We retold the story of Ordinary Mary and how one small act of kindess can have a great impact on the people around us. 
 
I was incredibly proud of the children in Wales class. They spoke and performed with confidence, and had learnt their lines so well. Well done guys!

Friday 8th November
 
This week in Geography, we were learning about the Belgian town of Ypres. We used our ever advancing map skills to locate Belgium on a map of Europe, and a map of the world. We then asked questions, like all good geographers do, and wondered what would we see in this place? This led us on to learning about the involvement of this town in World War 1. We learnt that the town was almost completely obliterated by the war, and had to be rebuilt. This was done in a way to make it as close to the original town as possible. We then looked at the Menin Gate and watched a video of one of the moving ceremonies that take place here to remember the soldiers who lost their lives in the war. We finished our session by each creating our own poppy, which we combined together to create a beautiful class wreath. The children showed a very mature and sensible attitude when discussing such a sensitive topic, and they clearly understood the importance of remembrance. Well done Wales class. 
In computing this week, we started to learn about the computer language of code. We used a programme called Kodable which involved us (the programmers) inputting a series of instructions to control movements of an object, which in this case are adorable little creatures known as Fuzzes! 
 
The skills we needed to use started quite simply, but quickly progressed. We started by inputting a series of code which controlled movement and direction of travel, but then we needed to add a conditional code, which involved using IF THEN conditions to control objects. 
 
I was amazed at the rapid way in which the children could progress through the different levels, responding to changes and debugging as they went if things didn't quite go to plan the first time. The children thoroughly enjoyed this lesson, and they can access this programme at home if they wish to practise further!
Friday 1st November
 
Wow! What a busy week it has been back after half term. On Tuesday, we had a fantastic afternoon taking part in a History lesson. We learnt all about Guy Fawkes and his plot to blow up the Houses of Parliament and the King! We discussed how people had different beliefs, and this made Guy Fawkes and his fellow conspirators come up with the plan that they did. We imagined how Guy Fawkes would have felt hiding in the cellar underneath the Houses of Parliament surrounded by 36 barrels of gunpowder. Some of us felt he would be excited, as he thought his plan was about to work whereas others thought he would feel slightly nervous or anxious. We then wrote some fantastic diary entries putting ourselves into Guy Fawkes' shoes. Here is one of the wonderful diary entries written by the children in Wales class. 
On Wednesday morning, we walked up to Thorp Academy to take part in a multi skills festival with other schools in the cluster. We were put into small groups and we then had the chance to take part in a wide range of activities which were organised by Year 7 and 8 Sports Leaders. We had to use many different skills including target practise, ball control, throwing and catching and travelling in different ways to work our way around the circuit of activities. All of the children put in a great deal of effort, and their behaviour was impeccable throughout the morning. A great time was had by all! A special mention to the Sports Leaders from Thorp Academy (many of which were ex-Emmaville pupils) who were fantastic; they explained the activities carefully and supported the children throughout the morning. 
Friday 18th October
 
This week, it has been enrichment week and we have had the opportunity to learn all about our class country which is Wales. We have done all sorts of exciting activities including learning about the flag and why it has a dragon and producing some fantastic artwork based on this; baked traditional Welsh cakes; made leaflets about tourist attractions including Mount Snowdon; created some fantastic daffodil head boppers; learnt facts on a geocaching trail and much much more. We have been very busy indeed! Hopefully you can see from the photos below how much fun we have had!
Friday 11th October
 
This week, we have been working really hard in maths, refining and building on our skills in addition and subtraction. We started by thinking about what it actually means to add or subtract numbers, and use part whole models to generate addition and subtraction facts. 
 
We then have been trying to get quicker and more accurate with our basic number facts and have been using little games to help us. Hit the button is a definite favourite with the children in Wales class and is an easy one to practise at home. How many can you get right in a minute?
We have then moved on to start adding two 2-digit numbers. We have been using our place value knowledge, the base ten equipment and of course, some high quality maths talk with our learning partners to practise this new skill. 
Friday 4th October
 
On Monday, Year 2 visited Prudhoe fire station. In class, we had been learning about the difference between fire safety in 1666 compared to the present day. We looked at some of the fire-fighting equipment they used at the time of the Great Fire of London including fire hooks, squirts and leather buckets. 
 
We had a fantastic morning at Prudhoe Fire station and the fire fighters who worked with us could not have been more helpful or informative. We had three separate sessions where we had the chance to ask questions about a firefighter's job, looked (and modelled) the safety uniform and equipment and then explored the fire engines. As a result of the exceptional behaviour displayed by the children in Year 2, we then all had a chance to have a lot of fun using the hose to squirt the trees behind the station. 
We spend a lot of time in Year 2 talking about how important it is to be polite and well-mannered, and show gratitude towards others. To say thank you to the staff at Prudhoe, we all wrote thank you cards and made some pictures of fire engines to show our appreciation!
Friday 27th September
 
In Vienna, we are thoroughly enjoying learning about our topic - The Great Fire of London. This week, we have been learning about Samuel Pepys and have been reading extracts from his diary which have helped us learn more about what happened all those years ago in London. We talked about how this was a good source of evidence to help us find out about the past, as well as newspaper articles and paintings from the time. 
 
We used these extracts, and our other knowledge of the events of the fire, to generate some descriptive phrases about what Samuel Pepys would have seen, heard, smelt and felt at the time of the fire. 
 
"Fire blazing through the city"
 
"The sound of piercing screams as people sprinted from their homes"
 
 
"Hearts racing with fear"
 
"The smoke from the burning fire filled his nostrils"
 
Very powerful description Vienna; this will help us to write our own diary entries next week!
 
Friday 20th September
 
This week, we started learning our first story in English. We use a Talk4Writing approach, where the children learn a text to help embed story structure and ambitious vocabulary. We have been focusing on the tale "How Tortoise got his Shell". We were thrilled when we had a small, shelled creature come to visit us in English so that we could look carefully at the pattern of a tortoise's shell, and watch their movements closely. We then had the chance to make our own tortoises out of clay, where we carefully carved and etched detail into the shells, all whilst generating vocabulary to describe what we saw. 
 
Next week, we will be innovating this story and writing our very own tales... we have all sorts planned from How Walrus got his Tusks to How the Princess got her Prince!! Watch this space to read our own creations. 
 
Another fantastic week, well done Vienna. 
Friday 13th September
 
Welcome to Vienna's class page for 2019-2020! I can't believe that we have had two full weeks back at school after the Summer holidays; as they say, time flies when you are having fun. We have had a very busy couple of weeks, and have particularly enjoyed making a start on our new topic - The Great Fire of London. 
 
I am looking forward to seeing what we achieve together over the upcoming year, and I am sure we are in for lots of fun along the way.