Our class teacher is Miss Parkinson and our HLTA is Ms Bagguley.
Welcome to our Base 9 class page where we share lots of exciting things that go on in our class!
This term we have really been enjoying our theme linked to Castles and have had lots of fun sharing our favourite Fairy Tales. In English the children have had some fun with the story of 'Cinderella' and completed some wonderful persuasive writing based on our 'Vehicles for Villains,' to make sure that the Ugly Sisters get to the Palace ball on time! We completed a wonderful Art and Design focus linked to the theme and made the incredible cars!
In Maths we have been very busy measuring our heads in cm's for crowns to wear to the Palace ball, as well as sharing a 'Fractions Feast,' to enjoy once we got there. The children were able to talk about sharing the amounts and how they could be split equally in different ways.
The National Curriculum
If you would like to know what your child will be learning whilst in Base 9, then the following document details all of the topics taught in Year 2.
Base 9 Homework is set every Friday. It is of Spelling and Times Table focus, with additional reading activities.
Homework needs to be completed by the following Wednesday so that it can be marked in time for the new homework to be set. It really helps if children are as prompt as possible with this please.
The Times Tables that children need to know in and out of order by the end of Year 2 are 10's, 2's, 5's, and 3's. We do work on this in class but any additional support is greatly appreciated!
Children should also know the corresponding division facts for each of these Times Tables too please, so if they know that 5 x 5 = 25, then they should also know 25 divided by 5 = 5.
The children also need to know the 64 Common Exception words for Year 2. Attached below is a downloadable document containing the Common Exception words for Year 1 and 2.
Reading comments should be completed by the children 4 times a week and need to be relevant to the text that they are reading. This is rewarded with a raffle ticket for our 'Big Book Draw,' every Friday.
Our P.E. days are Thursdays and Fridays. The school uniform for P.E. is a white polo top, black shorts and black pumps. It would be greatly appreciated if all students could bring the correct uniform for these two days.
Kingswood residential visit
As you will be aware, in base 9 students have the opportunity to stay over and partake in activities at Kingswood outdoor learning centre. Below are details of the trip.
To celebrate World Book Day and to promote reading for pleasure, we all dressed up as our favourite characters from books!
Our English work is split in two; we do spelling, punctuation and grammar work, as well as our writing, in one book. In the other, we complete our reading tasks.
Currently, we are basing our writing work on 'The Queen's Knickers'. We tie our spelling, punctuation and grammar work to this, as well as our writing tasks. At the end of the topic, we complete an extended piece of writing, which incorporates all of the learning we have covered in the topic.
Extended writing example.
In our reading lessons, we are looking at the Roald Dahl text, 'The Twits'. For these lessons, the students read a chapter in the book as a group and then answer questions that assess their comprehension.
Reading comprehension example.
The Twits (Audiobook)
The Queen's Knickers
Our grammar focus for this topic so far has been to use all of the Key Stage One punctuation correctly, in preparation for the upcoming SATs. To help us in this, we have also completed grammar spotters to confirm our understanding of contractions. Furthermore, we have used adjectives to effectively describe nouns in and have identified a range of different sentence types in our writing tasks.
For our punctuation and grammar focus, we have been working on contractions and possessive apostrophes. At first, we worked on contractions . For this, we completed a practical activity where we became surgeons for the day! We had to remove the letters and then attach the correct contraction.
Later, we worked with Miss Taylor to learn about possessive apostrophes! We set up a shop and bought items. Because we bought the items, they became ours and we needed to add an apostrophe to show this.
We have also been doing a lot of work on the different word types. We have looked in detail at the use of adjectives to describe characters. For this, we have completed grammar spotters to identify both contractions and adjectives, and thought of our own to describe giants. We have used this knowledge and understanding to complete an extended piece of writing.
At the start of our maths lessons, we have a short activity called 'Big Maths'. This helps us to practice our simple arithmetic most days. These include practice of times tables and short addition questions. Any additional work on arithmetic at home, such as practicing times tables is greatly appreciated!
Big Maths example sheet
Monday 25th March.
Base 9 has started a new topic on fractions! For this introductory lesson we created a fractions museum, where we identified the numerator and denominator of our shapes based on the two colours we chose.
In the next lesson, we investigated fractions through multi-link cubes! We made our own shapes out of two colours and wrote out the corresponding fractions. The denominator was made out of the total number of cubes.
Below are some wonderful examples;
Multi-link fractions investigation
Priya and Beatrice
We used numicon and counters to create our own fractions that represented different parts of the whole! Then, we used the numicon to create our own animals, highlighting how many holes made up the different body parts and wrote this down as a fraction of the animal as a whole
See some examples of our work below;
Numicon fractions investigation.
Olivia and Jada's dinosaur
We applied our knowledge of fractions by looking at equivalence. We discovered how halves and quarters can be made in different ways, by shading in different sections of the shape.
Here we have examples of our wonderful work!
Equivalent Fraction work.
For our Maths lesson, we began to look at fractions of an amount. For this we took part in a practical activity, splitting orange segments into four groups. From this, we discovered that not all oranges have the same amount of segments. We even got to eat some oranges at the end of the lesson! Yum!
The Orange Investigation
Leo and Jaihan's orange investigation
Yellow table's work on grouping
As part of the next maths lesson, we used numicon to find fractions in a pictoral way. Then, we used our reasoning skills to explain if the fractions showed half of an amount. We did this by adding the two numerators together and seeing if they had the same value.
See examples of our work below;
In base 9, we have been incorporating our knowledge of shape with our understanding of statistics and graphs. For this, we grouped shapes in Carroll diagrams based on the properties of these shapes. See below for examples of our work.
The human body
For the first lesson in our new topic, we labelled the different parts of the human body. We worked in pairs to label these different body parts on our partners, before discussing as a group what we use each body part for.
See pictures of our work in lesson below;
In our second lesson on the human body, we looked at the features of the face. Again, we worked in pairs to label the parts of the human face. First, we wrote down the different parts of the face that we knew. Then, we put the note where we thought it should go on our partner's face.
See pictures of our work below;
In our third lesson in Science, we created our own posters! The title of these posters was, 'A Guided Tour of My Face', and we matched the different parts of the face with their picture. Then, we completed some writing on some of these facial features.
Take a look at some of our fantastic work below;
A Guided Tour of My Face
In Year Two, an important part of the P.E. curriculum is 'dance using simple movement patterns'. In base 9, we got very creative a decided to tie this in with our Science work on Caterpillars. See the videos of our completed dances below;
Continuing our work on healthy eating, on Wednesday 10th April we ran one mile to demonstrate the importance of exercise.
For computing, our topic is programming. For this, we are looking at the basics of programming, such as creating algorithms for computers to follow. To help us with this, we are using a programming tool called 'Scratch'. If you would like to know any more about this, there is a video below which demonstrates the basics of 'Scratch'.
Underneath, you can see a collection of photos showing the work that we have done in programming.
Design and Technology
For Children in Need, we used our design skills to build model beds that remind us to be kind to those that have less than us.
As part of our Design and Technology work, we made Rice Krispies cakes! We even got a chance to link this to our work in Maths by looking at fractions of amount.
See some pictures of our fabulous work;
In another D.T. lesson, we made castles as part of our English topic, 'Shh!' In the story, a terrifying Giant lives in a spooky castle, so we had a go at making our own!
Some examples of our castles can be seen below;
In Year Two, we have to make products that use mechanisms such as wheels. In Base 9, we decided to be very creative with this requirement and make our own cars. Later, we tested them to see who's car was the fastest!
See us testing our cars below;
In Food Technology, we were looking at the importance of healthy eating. To promote this, we had a look at the different food types, an example of a healthy basket and made our own yummy fruit cocktails with our favourite fruits.
Art and Design
In Base 9, our Art and Design work is completed throughout all our subjects. Some examples of our art and design work is shown below;
As part of our 'Street Detectives', topic, we drew a map of the local area as group. Then, using the map, we identified the different features in the area and put the pictures where we though they should go on our map.
As part of our 'Towers, Tunnels and Turrets,' topic, Base 9 were given the task of finding a suitable location for Queen Stolic to build her castle. We had to find features on the map and label these with post-it notes. Then, they wrote to Queen Stolic explaining and giving reason for their choices.
In our history lessons, we assessed traditional toys and made comparisons between toys then and toys now. For this, we described the toys using some adjectives we learnt in English and explained how the toys might work.
After our trip to Warwick Castle, Base 9 created a poster which detailed and described some of the features we discovered. This was linked to our English extended writing task.
Personal, Social and Health Education
British Values are an important part of our education that celebrate some of the greatest qualities of our society. For more information on British Values, and how they are promoted in schools, please see the document attached;