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Welcome to JC2

We are a class of 21 Y2 children taught by Mrs Loram and our teaching assistant is Mrs Hayden, who is 1:1. We are all looking forward to an exciting year!  Our first topic is 'Water' and we have already started to learn about the oceans of the world and the seas surrounding the UK.  Which is the warmest?  Which is the biggest?  Do you know the answer?  surprise

 

At the start of the year in JC2 we all make birthday cards for each other.  When it is someone's birthday, the children go to the 'Birthday Box' and choose a card from Class 2.  When everyone has finished their card, we will show them to you!  yes
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Today we started to learn Edward Lear's 'The Owl and the Pussycat'.  We worked in groups and helped each other to memorise the first verse, using actions to help with this.  We then performed that verse in front of each other in groups.  The children were brilliant and they all put 100% effort into trying to remember the first verse.  Will they be able to remember the other verses?  wink
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Today we celebrated Roald Dahl day, which happens every year on the 13th September as it is his birthday.  In preparation for this, since the beginning of term, JC2 have been reading 'George's Marvellous Medicine' and the children are loving it!  As we are reading we are collecting interesting vocabulary, discussing the meanings and writing them on our English working wall.  We have written up the words 'pondering', 'bulge', 'ferocious', 'fatigued' and the phrase '...she would smell a rat' and many more.  Hopefully the children will remember these words and try to use them in their own writing.  smiley
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The topic for the whole school this half term is 'Water', so we decided that we would like to display some artwork based on the theme of waves.  Each class will create some waves and then the pictures will be displayed in the school hall.  We started ours today using our fingers as brushes!  We had a great time and the children acted responsibly as they worked by themselves, whilst listening to some calming ocean music.  A great time was had by all.  angel
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JC2 have been working hard over the last few weeks to get ready to perform for parents.  We learnt a song for our harvest service in school, all about sewing the seeds of friendship and then we presented a class assembly on our Christian Value of Responsibility.  Well done to all the children for practicing their lines at home and showcasing their talents.  I am really proud of you all!!  heart
Last Tuesday was Conker Maths Day.  The children used conkers to learn about place value, grouping, counting in 2's, 5's and 10's and estimating.  Thank you to all those children and parents that brought in the conkers, there was some serious collecting going on the previous weekend!  We ended up counting over 1000 conkers!  yes
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Our next key text we will be looking at is 'The Lighthouse Keeper's Lunch'.  We will be learning about prediction, sequencing and understanding texts among other things.  laugh

 

 

Our recent RE Week was a great success!  The children were learning about the key question of Who Do Christians believe made the World?  One of the activities involved us looking at the 'Big Frieze',which is a long piece of amazing artwork depicting stories from the Bible, Old Testament and New.  JC2 were looking at how Creation is depicted and how this appears at the start of the frieze, as it is from Creation that the other big stories are told.  In the pictures below the children are trying to see what they can spot in and around the artwork connected to the story of Creation.  yes
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Thank you to all those children and parents who donated their pennies and small change to Pudsey in aid of Children In Need.  All classes went into the hall and laid their money around the edge to see how far they could reach.  Keep an eye out for the next newsletter where you can find out how much we raised for such an important and worthwhile charity. heart
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We had a brilliant Science Day on Thursday and the Y2 children joined us from Ebrington too.  The whole school were focusing on 'Light' for the day and we looked at light sources, how shadows are made and we even had our own bear caves which we investigated.  If you want to know more about this you'll have to ask the children!  wink
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This week the children from JC2 and JC1 visited St James' church together to see the wonderful assortment of Christmas trees and displays, together with our very own entry.  This year the theme was 'Stars' and we saw some excellent creative ideas based on this theme.  The children thoroughly enjoyed their time at the church and their behaviour was praised as well.  We all voted for our favourite displays and enjoyed a cup of squash and the odd biscuit!  Thank you to those parents that helped walk us to the church and for the wonderful warm welcome we all received from the church members.  smiley
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This term we have been learning about The Great Fire of London.  The children made collages to show how the wooden houses were built too close to one another which aided the spread of the fire, together with strong winds.  Some of our collages will be displayed in the KS2 corridor so that the older children can see our work. cool
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Today the children enjoyed a delicious Christmas lunch!  We made party hats in class and we all pulled our crackers before we started to eat.  Thank you to our amazing PTFA for helping to serve the children and of course the ladies in the kitchen Corinne, Zoe and Emma for cooking it all. wink
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St James' had a very special visitor today during our Christmas parties!  It was very exciting and we listened out to hear whether we could hear any jingling of bells.  The children were all very polite as they accepted their gifts from Santa and JC2 sang him a song as he left the classroom.  A couple of the children even gave him their Christmas lists, just to make sure he knew what they wanted for Christmas! laugh
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Today saw the start of our 10 week sessions of Whole Class Tuition with the wonderful Mr Fitton-Perkins!  He was a familiar face to some of the children, as he taught us the violin last year.  This time we have opted to learn the ukelele, and the Y2 children from Ebrington will also be joining us for these sessions.  We got off to a good start today and even played a tune on the A and G strings.  The children absolutely love these sessions and in the past they have inspired some of them to continue learning the instrument they played to a higher level.  Who knows? Maybe we will have some budding George Formbys amongst us!  If you don't know who he is that means I'm getting too old! surprise
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Today was Health and Wellbeing Day at school and we looked at the importance of sleep.  We watched Rod, who had not had much sleep because he was playing video games until after midnight!  He discovered that this was affecting his memory and he was feeling 'out of sorts'.  He couldn't remember what was on our memory tray!  We learnt that when we sleep our brains sort through everything we have seen, heard and thought about during the day,it is tidying.  A little bit like when we tidy our bedrooms!  We also learnt about the good and bad things we can do before we go to bed to help us have a good nights sleep wink

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We have recently started our VIPERS reading in the afternoons, which really helps with our comprehension of what we are reading.  VIPERS stands for vocabulary, inference, prediction, explaining, retrieving and sequencing, all crucial skills that we need when we are reading in order to fully understand the text.  We have started by reading Anthony Browne's The Tunnel, a couple of pages at at time every day, focusing on the VIPERS strands whilst reading.  The children are really enjoying it and are looking at texts in a completely different way now.  yes
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Just a quick reminder about the homework system in JC2 this year.  Homework is issued on Thursday and returned on the following Wednesday.  However, if you wish to return it before Wednesday then that is absolutely fine.  The children will receive Maths and English homework every week.  All children are expected to read every night and learn spellings, issued on Monday for a test on Friday.  Happy homeworking!!   no

Show and Tell will be every Friday afternoon and each group will take it in turns.  Your child will be able to tell you when it is their turn for a certain week, however I have sent home a timetable just in case they forget! Show and Tell is designed for the children to practise their speaking and listening skills, whilst at the same time boosting their confidence to be able to talk in front of a group of familiar faces.  The children do not have to show something every time, it may just be that they have something exciting or interesting that they want to share with the class.  frown

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  • St James' & Ebrington C. of E. Primary School
  • Pear Tree Close, Chipping Campden, Gloucestershire,
  • GL55 6DB
  • Ebrington Site
  • Hidcote Road, Ebrington,
  • Gloucestershire, GL55 6NQ
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