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Welcome to St. John

We are a year 2 class full of wonderfully kind children, we work very hard but have a lot of fun, our page will be updated regularly with what we have been doing in class, please keep visiting to see what we have been up to.

A Wonderful Year!

St. John class have had a fantastic year, it has been a privilege to teach such a kind hearted and hard working group of children. They have made every day so much fun and have made their teachers so very proud. Well done to all of St. John, you were brilliant!

 

Our Final Special Child

We completed our very last special child of the week and this girl has been waiting very patiently all year for her name to be pulled from the box. As we had so much time to get to know her we had a lot of lovely things to say about her. She was praised for her friendliness, always coming into school ready to learn and play and help her friends during the day. She also has a great sense of humour and loves to share jokes and play games on the playground. Her teachers particularly appreciate her helpful nature and eagerness to keep the classroom a tidy place.

Human Number Line

We have been exploring place value in maths this week, we used numicon and bars to help us understand 2 digit numbers and how to compare them using greater than and less than signs. We got so good at recognising the value of different numbers we were able to create human number lines and changed the value of the first and last number and we were STILL able to work out were other numbers may go. Have a look at some of our weekly work below.

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Our very first special child of the week

This was our very first name pulled out of our special child box and the class was full of lovely things to say about her. They commended her for her kindness and enthusiasm in class making her a positive member of our class. Many were impressed with her increased determination to do her best in class and the fact that she is very focused. Nearly everyone mentioned how brave she was for moving to a whole new country and how well she has settled in.

 

                           

Our special child of the week

Meet our new special child of the week! His classmates were very keen to talk about him. Everybody agrees he is very polite and friendly, plays well outside and works wonderfully with others in class. Lots of children commented that he always tries his best even when he finds things tricky, showing how resilient he is. He is clearly very special to St. John and we are proud to have him in our class.

Religion Artwork

In Religion we have been exploring what it means to be chosen by God and how he has made us all unique so that we may fulfil our own dreams. We had a discussion about colours we associate with being chosen which led to an even deeper conversation about  the colours of us and our souls. We decided we would paint our souls as part of our exploration  but then St. John asked if they could also paint God. We shared our own ideas about what the soul of God would look like some thought it may be round like the sun Mia said 'He is the sun and is always shining,' whilst Harry thought a triangle may be good as it is like the Holy Trinity. Some children decided to do hearts to represent his love and a couple decided to do a cross but we all decided despite our different visions we all shared the same God so could paint him together. Have a look at the wonderful paintings of our souls and pay special attention to the background, that is our shared painting of God.

 

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Making Chips

We started a new topic in English today, which is instructions, we started off our learning journey by exploring just what instructions are. So we were given the very big task of making one of our favourite things, chips! We were not allowed to ask the teachers what to do we simply had to follow the instructions on the board, which we all did fantastically and cooked some very tasty chips using potatoes that were grown in the school garden, we had even more fun eating them. It also means we all have a very good understanding of what an instruction text is and how they are useful.

 

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Building Houses with Sticks, Straw and Bricks

In science, we have been looking at different materials- both man-made and natural. Today we explored the traditional fairy tale of 'The Three Little Pigs' and discussed the materials each pig used to build his house (straw, sticks and bricks). We wondered if this theory was correct and thought we would test it out for ourselves. In groups, we tried to build houses out of the three different materials. We quickly discovered that Lego was, by far, the easiest material to build with and words like 'strong' and 'sturdy' were used. Even though we tried several different ways, both the straw and sticks proved difficult to stay standing!

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History- Queen Victoria to Queen Elizabeth II

As many parents may know we have been looking at Queen Victoria and comparing her to Queen Elizabeth II. Today we looked more closely at the changes in society between the two monarchs reigns. In small groups we looked at photos taken from the two periods and had to determine if they were taken during Victoria's reign or Elizabeth II, some photos proved tricky but we sorted them as a class and even moved on to deciding if some inventions were made during the Victorian time or not, some of us were amazed to discover that Victorians had ice-cream, post boxes and even Easter eggs.

 

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Gingerbread Men

For the last two weeks year 2 have been learning all about instruction texts in preparation for writing our own next week. We decided we would write an instruction text on how to make gingerbread men as this ties in with our traditional tales topic. Of course there was no point in writing instructions about something we didn't know about, so we had to do some baking today to figure out just what steps are needed to bake some very tasty gingerbread men. We all contributed to the baking process and decorated or own biscuits whilst identifying the key steps and recording them for next week.

Have a look at the photos below and make sure to come back to see some of our writing when we complete it.

 

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Afternoon Tea

To mark the end of our Traditional Tales topic we had a very special day in the year 2 classroom, we had afternoon tea. Over the last weeks we have written our own fairy-tales, explored Queen Victoria and Queen Elizabeth and made our own gingerbread men so we could write our own instruction text. Today all our work came together and we followed a set of instructions to make scones, we decorated our tables and at the end of the day sat down to a relaxed afternoon tea together. We even had talking points to discuss with each other on our table, whilst listening to classical music. It was a very busy day but a very calm and enjoyable afternoon, have a look at our day below.

 

We have a new special Child

 

This is our new special child, she is a very friendly and extremely helpful member of our class. First of all people commented on how she comes into school every day with a big smile on her face and a determined attitude. A lot of children commented on her kind nature and she has helped many of her classmates when they have felt stuck. In her own work she shows she is very resilient and doesn't ever give up even when she finds it tricky. Most of all everyone agreed she is a very enthusiastic girl with a positive attitude that cheers everyone up!

Kentish Town Farm

Today our science lesson took place somewhere very special, Kentish Town City Farm and Chris was our wonderful teacher. We explored animals and how they live in habitats that meet their needs. Chris also introduced us to some tricky word like herbivore and carnivore to describe the animals, by the end of the visit we all knew what they meant and that they came from Latin. Please have a look at some of our photos below.

 

Special Child of the week

We have a new special child in St. John, and based on what her classmates had to say about her she is extremely special indeed. This child was commended for her kind heart and friendly nature, lot's of people were able to share news about how thoughtful she is. She goes out of her way to ensure everyone has someone to play with and if anyone is ever lonely she keeps them company. Even better she is just as good in class, she always tries her best and works extremely hard in every lesson as she is so determined to do her best. Finally she was commended for her wonderful sense of humour and her fantastic jokes which makes us all laugh.

Mini-beast Chambers

We would like to day a big thank you to all the parents for helping us collect resources for our mini beast chambers, which we put to good use today. This afternoon we had a whole class discussion about what features our mini-beast chamber would need, we then worked in pairs to explore the items we had and which would be best to help us find some. We then had to think hard about how we would adapt our chambers so mini beasts could get in and out safely, once we  had a plan we worked together to make our chambers and then collected some mini-beast home essentials from the school playground, finally we out all the parts together. Once we were ready we took them outside and placed them in areas we felt was most likely to have lots of mini beasts, most of us went for damp leafy places near trees and bushes. Hopefully some of out school insects decided to move in soon, have a look at our lesson below.

 

A new special child

This is our new special child and as usual our very friendly class was full of compliments about their wonderful classmate. A lot of children praised his wonderful work ethic and his determination to complete every piece of work to the best of his ability. Many of them remembered times he was particularly caring towards them and looked after them when they were down. He never lets anyone be left out and always invites them to join in and his games are always fun and imaginative. Finally everyone was in agreement that he has wonderful manners and is always polite and respectful to others.

It's Friday and we have a new special child

This is our new special child and St. John class were thrilled to say lot's of lovely things about him. Lot's of children discussed how funny he is and spoke about how much they enjoyed his fantastic sense of humour which always makes them laugh. He was also commended for his work ethic with many of us praising his determination to always try his very best in every subject. The boys were keen to admire his football skills and what a great team player he is at break times. Best of all everyone agreed he is simply a great friend to have, he is always caring and considerate of others and never fails to make us smile.

 

Reading Week

This week is all about books as it is St. Dominic's Reading Week!

To mark the beginning of reading week we welcomed the book fair to school and had a fancy dress day in honour of our favourite books. We arrived in school dressed up and ready to talk all about our much loved books. Later in the day we went to visit the book fair as a class and picked our class book for the week, we chose 'How to Hide a Lion' by Helen Stephens.

Waitrose Visit

Today St. John class visited Waitrose at Swiss Cottage to compliment our learning about our community and healthy eating. We were very warmly welcomed by two special helpers who explained to us the origins of different fruits and vegetables and how we could tell whilst shopping ourselves. Then we got to taste some cheese and bread that was made in England, which we all enjoyed very much. After that we heard all about where their fish is from and how to keep it fresh, we even learnt that it is the most popular fish counter out of all their stores. Whilst thinking about keeping food safe we discussed why we keep some food chilled whilst others had to be frozen, we even got to walk into the chiller  to experience for ourselves just how cold it was. Finally we finished our visit with some fruit tasting and we were all very adventurous trying all the fruits on offer such as mango, melon, blueberries and raspberries. We had a wonderful visit and our very grateful to the staff for being so kind and helpful to us whilst there, have a look at out trip below.

 

Author visit from Faustin Charles

Key Stage 1 and Reception welcomed the author of 'The Selfish Crocodile' into school for a story-telling session as part of our reading week. He entertained us with his very funny story about a selfish crocodile who has a hard time sharing his river with the other river animals until one day a friendly mouse helps him understand how to share. We all enjoyed the story very much and were lucky that he stayed to share a game with us that he played as a child, you can have a look at our session with Faustin Charles below.

 

 

A new special child

We have a new special child in St. John which everyone was very excited about and we were delighted to find out who it was. Our new special child was quickly praised for her work ethic, as she always takes her time with her work and never rushes.  She always makes sure everyone has someone to play with and will keep others company when they are lonely, she is just as eager to help in class if someone is struggling with their work. A lot of her classmates commended her thoughtful nature and the fact she always has a big smile on her face, which cheers all of us up.

St. John get a special visitor

Today St. John had a very special visitor, Santa came! He brought a very special helper with him and the two of them brought our class some lovely gifts, which we were very thankful for. It turns out Santa loves music just as much as we do and he was very pleased to hear our wonderful singing. Have a look at our time with Santa below.

 

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Special Child

St. John have a new special child and it is a very deserving boy who has been an incredible asset to his class this year. His classmates and teachers had lots of lovely things to say about him and what made him special though his hard work was mentioned a lot. He works hard in every lesson, trying his absolute best and even after he is the first person to offer help and tidy up the class. He has wonderful manners and is always polite, setting an excellent example for others in how to be responsible. Many also mentioned his kind heart and how much he looks after others when they are sad. He is a great friend to everyone thanks to his caring nature and his wonderful wit which he uses to make us all laugh.

Strange Things

St. John have been investigating some strange events happening in school. On Tuesday unusual prints and slime were found in KS1 this was quickly followed by the arrival of a letter from an alien called Sporkle who wants to close our school for his spaceship and alien friends. Year 2 decided to investigate and the next day found odd prints on the roof along with some writing (that is not human) and an alien toothbrush. We have started to collect evidence to figure out what has been going on but have already decided we are not willing to give up out much loved school and are using our English time to prepare letters persuading these aliens to go elsewhere. Have a look at some of our findings below.

 

Special Child

St. John were delighted with their new special child this week. This boy is the special for a lot of reasons but everyone agreed his excellent sense if humour and big smile must come first. He is very funny and always make us smile this makes him a great friend as he is so much fun to play with. He is also a great friend as he has a caring heart and always looks after his classmates when they are a bit down. Even during work he tries very hard, he always tries his absolute best to focus and complete his work. He is also very respectful to his teachers who are very proud of his determination and hard work.

 

Wonderful Learners

Just before Christmas St. John class were very lucky to have some special visitors look at their learning. St. Dominic's learning champions watched us during a maths lesson and were of course very impressed. They recently returned to our class to give us feedback on what they saw, they complimented our excellent focus, great questioning and attitude to out learning. They summed us up as perfect and told us we could only be better if we were to be more independent, which we feel is a great target.

Special Child of the Week

St. John have a new special child, everyone was delighted to talk about what a caring and kind hearted girl she is and how she always looks after others when they are down or upset. In class time she always tries her best to do the trickiest of work and doesn't even get upset when she finds it tricky as she is so resilient. She is full of confidence and loves getting up to perform for others, many children commented on what a fantastic actress she is. A lot of people commended her for being so sensible and always helpful to her teachers and other children, she is a wonderful asset to her class.

Special Child of the Week

St. John has a new special child and his classmates were very eager to talk about just how special he is to them. This boy was praised for his relaxed and laid back personality, he is always easy going and loves going with the flow. He is always kind and considerate and is polite to children and adults all the time, he never uses a raised voice. He is a very good friend to his classmates and always willing to help them when they are finding work tricky or lonely on the playground, everyone loves playing with him as he is so much fun.

 

 

Easter Egg Hunt

 

 

St. John had an Easter Egg hunt to raise money for our Easter charities, we all had a fantastic time and searched high and low for the hidden eggs. Everyone managed to find an egg and got to enjoy them later that day, have a look at our hunt below.

 

 

Poetry

This week year 2 have been exploring poetry during our reading lessons. We have been learning about the features of poems, discussing language that we enjoy, answering and asking questions about poems and even learning one off by heart. Have a look at our poetry recitals below.

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Special Child of the Week

St. John were very happy to celebrate a new special child of the week and as always everyone was thrilled to talk about what makes her so unique. Everyday she comes in to school enthusiastic and ready to learn, she always has a huge smile on her face which cheers everyone up. Many children were quick to commend her wonderful sense of humour as she is very funny and a fantastic actress. She has a caring heart and is always kind to others when they need help and always tries hard to be her best. She is clearly very special to our whole class and we are very lucky to have her.

Easter Assembly

Today St. John performed their Easter assembly, Peter's Denial, for their parents and the children in reception and key stage one. It was a fantastic performance full of wonderful acting, singing and narration, we even had our very own orchestra to accompany Mr Gamage on the piano. As always our class absolutely shone for the talented children they are and their teacher were extremely proud of all their hard work and enthusiasm. We were especially pleased to be joined by so many of our parents who were clearly bursting with pride as they watched the children perform.

Special Child of the Week

St. John was very pleased to welcome this very kind hearted and chatty girl as their special child of the week. She was praised for her ambitious attitude to her learning she always tries to push herself in lessons and rises to every challenge her teachers give her. This girl is kind and caring to everyone, both in class and on the playground, especially if someone is down she is always there to look after them. She is a very chatty person and is always sharing wonderful news with a big smile on her face, we are very lucky to have her in our very special class.

 

Puppet Making

During the last half term St. John class were designing and creating their own puppets. We begun by exploring puppets their development and the history of puppet shows before designing our own wooden spoon puppets, we then made these in D&T. Finally we used our English learning and created a narrative for a puppet adventure in school. We worked as groups to create a story, add actions and then performed our shows to the class. Have a look at our puppet work below.

As You Like It

Year 2 have begun their new English topic, As You Like It. Today we explored Duke Senior's banishment from court to the forest of Arden. We used imaginary senses to explore what we may see then used all our ideas to individually become a part of the forest and make it come to life in the hall. We will use this drama to help us write a setting description of the forest.

 

 

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Special Child of the Week

 

 We have been very lucky to have this boy in our class due to his kind hearted and friendly nature. He always has brilliant manners and is polite to everyone, when people are down or struggling with their learning he has always been there to help. He works extremely hard in every lesson and never gives up on his learning and is a great example of a good learner. We are going to miss him very much and wish him all the best in his new school which is very lucky to have him.

  

A new special child

St. John have a new special child this week and it was of the very funniest members of our class. He is a wonderful friend to everyone and always helps people when they find their work tricky or they are a bit lonely on the playground. He comes into the school everyday ready to learn and welcoming us all with a big smile and of course loves to share his sense of humour throughout the day. On top of all that he is a fantastic footballer and great at teamwork.

 

Amazing Me

This week in science we looked further into our topic, Amazing Me and looked at the human body. We labelled all the parts of the body we knew then challenged ourselves to locate some of the most important parts that we can't see like our heart and brain. We then linked which parts of the body are used for each sense and finally had a discussion about which sense we felt was most important to us.

 

 

A very Royal Wedding

Four weddings and fun for all in KS1

Today we took part in our school Royal Wedding celebration and as always we did it in style. In the morning we made bunting, before heading to our very own KS1 wedding in which we acted out the weddings from As You Like It, our Shakespeare play. Then we had a delicious celebration lunch outside before making crowns in the afternoon. It was a lovely day and everyone had marvelous time celebrating the marriage of Harry and Meghan.

 

 

 

Our Special Child of the Week

St. John class welcomed a new special child in their class and we were very pleased to find it was someone very special indeed. This girl was praised for her positive attitude and coming into school every day with a big smile ready to learn and be a good friend. She is always polite and well mannered to teachers and children alike. She is an excellent friend to others and is always there for others when they need help thanks to her kind heart. Of course we couldn't talk about this girl without mentioning her very special hair!

A Roaring Visit

St. John were joined by a very special visitor as part of St. Dominic's athlete day which was all about a healthy lifestyle. Joe Ikhinmwin of the London Lions joined us to explain how he keeps healthy, we learned about how often we should exercise, an hour everyday, the importance of a balanced diet and why it's okay to occasionally treat yourself.  Joe also taught hoe important hard work and determination was in achieving your goals, as it turned out he was not always good at basketball, in fact he had to put in a lot of hard work to get so good. We talked about how this linked into our own learning value, resilience and never giving up even when things are hard. We had a great time with Joe and really enjoyed his inspirational message and are going to make sure we get our daily exercise in as well aiming to choose balanced meals!

 

Special Child of the Week

St. John has a new special child in class and it is a girl who has absolutely shone in our class this year. Everyone agreed she is very kind, with a big heart that makes her a great and caring friend to everyone. She is always sensible in class, with wonderful manners and sets an excellent example. Her sensible nature also means she is very helpful, she always uses her initiative to help her teachers and clean up the class. Finally she was also commended for being a wonderful sister to her brother, clearly she is very special in many ways.

 

Superhero Day!

To mark the beginning of our superhero topic KS1 had a dress up day and came in dressed up as heroes. Many children came in as superheroes we all know but a lot also came in as heroes in their own life or created their own hero. It has been a very fun day and a wonderful way to mark the beginning of our learning for this half term.

 

 

 

 

St. John has a new special child...

This week we have a new special child, it is someone who has been very patient whilst waiting for his name to be picked. Luckily when it finally was his class had lots of wonderful things to say about him. This boy is a great friend with a big caring heart that he uses to look after others, especially when they are down. He has a great sense of humour which he happily shares with the whole class and always makes us laugh. He was commended for his wonderful talent and confidence for acting. He always challenged himself in his work and when things are tricky he never gives up or gets frustrated he just gives it another go.

 

 

We have a new special child!

We have a new special child in St. John, it's a boy who has been waiting patiently all year and as always we had lot's of lovely things to say about him. He has a big personality and a wonderful sense of humour that cheers us all up every day with his great jokes. He is extremely focussed on his work and always wants to do his very best. His sense of fun and imagination make him great on the playground as he always thinks of new games. Best of all his caring nature means he is always looking our for others, making a fantastic friend and classmate.

 

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