Seven years ago, Chris Evans had a dream: to get children excited about reading and writing. All children, no matter what their ability. 500 Words is now one of the most successful story-writing competitions for kids in the world. Nearly half a million pupils have written a story; that’s over 277 MILLION words!
It’s very simple. Entrants write an original story on any subject or theme in 500 Words or fewer and submit it online. If they win, their story will be read live on the radio by a superstar celebrity!
Competition entries for 2017 are open from 8.00am on Monday 16th January and close at 7.00pm sharp on Thursday 23rd February.
We are learning how to sort words into alphabetical order and also how to use a dictionary!
Snow in Stowting!!!!!
For our season work we looked at winter clothing - what a great link with today's weather.
Today we took our fraction work to the next level by adding them into word problems! Here are a few examples of our questions and some of our workings out on whiteboards.
1. Mrs Brown had 20p in her purse and she lost ½ of the money. How much did she lose?
2. Mrs Skilton had 8 balloons for her tea party. She blew up ¼ of them, how many balloons did she have blown up?
3. Mrs Jackson had 12 letters on her desk. She opened ¾ of the letters, how many letters were opened?
1 house point will be awarded to any Hedgehog who can learn the order of the planets by the end of next week!
Remember - My Very Easy Method Just Speeds Up Naming Planets!
We thought of some space questions we would like to research whilst learning about space.
It's time to start our new SPACE topic!
This is a little clip of us testing out our paper aeroplanes
We had a set of instructions which needed to have diagrams added. Then we had time to follow the instructions, make and then race our own paper aeroplanes!
As part of our instruction work, today we followed instructions to make a paperplate snowman.
Mrs Brown and I would like to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and all the best for the New Year!
Some examples of this years Christmas cards and gifts
The cast of Out Of This World would all like to wish you a very Happy Christmas!
We are really proud of everyone in the Hedgehog class - this year's production was amazing!
For science this week we have used our new weather station to keep a record of the weather.
The Hedgehogs want to say a big THANK YOU to the PTA for our new weather station
This is the big Christmas house point challenge!
You will find a small Christmas activity book (see the photo below) in your book bag today.
This book needs to be filled in over the course of advent, Mrs Ciccone and I will award 10 house points, yes 10 house points to any Hedgehog who brings back the booklet in January with all activities completed! Don't worry, the activities are all fun, they range from a word search to a maze to letter finding! These completed booklets will then be placed in your RE folders once handed in.
This week we have spent time researching about these famous brothers!
Stevenson's Rocket At The London Science Museum 2016
Stephenson's Rocket was an early steam locomotive built in 1829. It was built for, and won, the Rainhill Trials held by the Liverpool & Manchester Railway, to choose the best design to power the railway. Rocket was designed by Robert Stephenson in 1829, and built at the Forth Street Works of his company in Newcastle upon Tyne.
We have started to plan our characters and story setting for next week's big writing task!
Our battleship game! We learnt about coordinates and then used this as part of our game play.
We have spent some time looking at coordinates this week.
Our school Remembrance Service
Making poppy wreaths for Remembrance Day - this is a good example of Hedgehog teamwork
House point challenge: You need to bring in a photograph of somebody you would like to spend some time remembering, these photographs will form part of our whole school Remembrance Service on Friday morning.
Don't forget to write your name on the back of the photograph!
We are currently focusing on the story of Cinderella in Literacy. Does anybody have a copy of the new Cinderella movie at home on DVD? If so could the Year 2's please borrow it, thank you!
A copy of the characters and costumes for the Nativity.
Mrs Horton's house point challenge: 1 house point will be rewarded to those children who practice their throwing and catching skills with a small ball at home over the next week!
Dribbling with large balls
Throwing and catching!!!
During Diwali, Hindus draw bright Rangoli patterns on the floor by the front door to encourage the goddess Lakshmi to enter their homes. Lakshmi is the goddess of wealth and is said to bring good fortune. Rangoli patterns are traditionally drawn using rice grains, flour, sand or chalk and designs are usually taken from nature or are pattern based.
Our new class display
Rangoli patterns for Diwali
WOW!!!! The safari in a shoebox project was amazing, I am really proud of everybodies efforts! Have a look in the homework section for some close up photographs.
Traditional African Music Compilation: African Tribal Music & African Melodies
Meet the Hedgehog Tribe!
The Maasai Tribe love music and dance, both are very special in the Maasai culture. They sing lots of songs together, wear lots of beaded jewellery and wear their best clothes. The Maasai Tribe perform a special dance, called the jumping dance.
We have started to make our own version of a Massai tribal collar
This week our learning objective has been to learn about the Maasai Tribe and understand a little bit about their culture.
Well done to those children who completed my house point challenge! Here are just a few examples of different African prints.
Next week we will be making some more African crafts in Topic. I will award a house point to any Hedgehog who can bring me in an example of an African pattern.
(I do not mind if this is a photograph printed out or if the pattern is drawn by hand and coloured in!)
Daniel's safari sunset made it on to Mrs Jackson's WOW board!!!
As promised here are some examples of our African safari sunsets.
This week's task!
This week we have been completing some art based work. We are creating a safari sunset picture, we had lots of fun mixing the watercolour paints. Watch out for some finished examples next week!
After some group decision and some 1:1 time with Mrs Jackson the Year 2's have now decided on their first set of targets. These range from using sentence punctuation, to using a number square correctly to following instructions.
Parents: you will find a copy of these in your child's learning journal.
This week's cursive handwriting focus - b, p, e and f
National Park designs
This afternoon we have been designing our own version on a Kenyan National Park
Make sure every letter starts on the line with an entry stroke and leads out with an exit stroke.
Think about the flow of Cursive Writing, letters naturally flow into each other, it is impossible to write separate letters without joining!
Year 2 have been working on using cursive script. We have worked on the letters a, c, o q, g and d.
The Big Five animals of Africa
Well done to those children who completed my house point challenge! Here are the Big Five animals of Africa.
What animals make up the Big Five animals of Africa?
All these animals can be found in Kenya, in the Maasai Mara National Reserve in particular.
Once you have carried out your research, then write your animal list down and bring it into school.
Learning these words will really help us with our writing!
There is a mixture of Topic based activities going on in the classroom. Some children are working on their fact file writing, some are creating a sunset safari scene with colouring pencils and other are completing a writing challenge.
Some snaps from our hockey lesson this afternoon.
Some practical based work looking at + and - being an inverse
1 house point awarded to anyone who brings in a new fact!
What language is spoken?
What religion to the majority of people believe?
What sort of food do the people eat?
What do people like to do in their spare time?
What animals can be found on safari and are any of these animals endangered?
We are learning about Kenya for our Topic at the moment. We have already discovered some amazing facts this week like ........
Kenya is located in the continent of Africa.
Kenya has a population of around 44 million people.
The capital city is Nairobi and the largest city is Mombasa.
Kenya is named after Mount Kenya and the mountain always has snow on the top.
The Tana River is the longest river in the country.
Lake Victoria is found in the Great Rift Valley.
The Indian Ocean is next to Kenya.
The equator line runs through Kenya which means that the weather is very hot most of the time.
Kenya is famous for safari.
Now we want to find out even more information so we have made a working wall with new questions to research next week.
Some of our questions
Our new topic for this term is
Our finished display, it gives a nice welcome don't you think?
These are photographs of our self portrait work, we have some very skilled artists in our class! We are using them as part of our display.
This is us on our first afternoon back after the summer and we are already hard at work making a nice new display for outside our classroom