Dosbarth Dau / Class 2

WELCOME TO CLASS TWO/CROESO I DOSBARTH DAU 

BE READY     BE RESPECTFUL    BE SAFE

Key Stage 2 (Years 3-6)

Our Teachers are Mrs Evans (Monday-Thursday) and Miss Clark (Friday)

Our HLTA is Mrs Susie Fry and our Teaching Assistants are Mrs Dawes (Mon-Weds) and Mrs Price (Thurs & Fri)

There are currently 26 children in Class Two

General Information: 

P.E /Games:  This lesson is on Friday. The children will need t.shirt, shorts/joggers, trainers, spare jumper. Could you please ensure that all items are labelled with your child’s name.

Homework: Homework will be given out on a Thursday or a Friday and will need to be returned the following Thursday. Each child has been given a homework folder with a homework identification sheet stuck to the inside flap. I will try to vary the homework so that one week it may be literacy based and then maths based. I will also include some creative activities. Please encourage your child to do their homework as it will always be something which will support their learning and follow what they have been doing in class.

There will be no homework over Half Term as the children will be busy preparing their Eisteddfod entries. 13.2.2020

There will be no homework until after Christmas to allow the children to focus on their parts for the Christmas play. 14.11.19

Reading: Guided Reading is on a Thursday and follow up reading or homework may be given. Please encourage your child to do this so that they don’t fall behind in their group. We are very lucky that Steph Hughes volunteers on a Thursday to do welsh guided reading with Class Two. The children also have a welsh reading book and we do welsh individual reading. There is a link to general comments that parents can write in their child’s reading diary in the parents section of the website.

Spellings: There will be 3 focus spelling sessions throughout the week. The children will be taught specific rules and spelling patterns. They may often have spellings to learn or follow up homework to do. This can be found in the pink ‘Spelling Log’. There is a link to the common word lists in the parents section of the website.

 

 

AUTUMN TERM 2020/TYMOR yr HYDREF 2020

 

 

Cwis Dim Clem: We will be taking part (virtually) in the quiz again this academic year, on January 18th.

Llongyfarchiadau! Congratulations! to Alex for winning the Builth Library ‘design a Christmas card competition’ with his design for the book ‘The Dinosaur That Pooped’.

 

We spent the first half term focussing on well-being activities.

We talked about our feelings and  brainstormed inspirational words to make a display using complimentary colours.

 

We spent time outside making structures using natural resources and did still life sketches of autumn leaves which we painted using water colours. We also wrote leaf and harvest poems and learnt about vanishing points and horizon lines when painting scarecrow and pumpkin fields.

 

We wrote reports about Rosa Park and the Montgomery bus boycott.  

          

  Our ‘Assessment for Learning’ board                           Our School Rules board

Our Learning Pit board

“It is better to know how to learn than to know.” – Dr Seuss

OUR TOPIC (Autumn 2020)

This term our topic is: ‘ Ffaroaid a Phyramidiau – PHARAOHS AND PYRAMIDS’

Our class novel is ‘Secret of a Sun King’ by Emma Carroll 

 

 

This half term we have learnt about Ancient Egyptian farming, how the pyramids were built and the social structure of Ancient Egypt.

 

SPRING TERM 2020/TYMOR y GWANWYN 2020

 

 

 

Llongyfarchiadau! Congratulations! Our Cwis Dim Clem team have got through to the next round and will be playing against Cradoc School in March.

Cwis Dim Clem: On Tuesday 28th January 2020, Tudur came into class to deliver the quiz. We were asked lots of questions about Wales and questions in Welsh. Our quiz team got 40 answers correct. Da iawn!

 

OUR TOPIC (Spring 2020)

This term our topic is: ‘ Chwedlau Hud a Lledrith – MAGICAL & MYSTERIOUS LEGENDS ‘

The children started the topic by thinking about what they already know and then thinking of questions they would like to find the answers to. These are on display on our learning wall.

We have spent the last few weeks finding out about Chinese New Year – Kung Hei Fat Choi

We listened to the myth about how the years are named after an animal and then the children had a bilingual welsh lesson about chinese food. They enjoyed cooking Asian chicken soup and spring rolls. They used lots of literacy and numeracy skills. Year 6 even wrote the instructions in welsh! I am looking forward to seeing their fact pages/posters about China which they have been doing for homework.

 

We will be learning about lots of welsh myths and legends, such as Gelert and the Wolf, Rhiannon, the Changeling, the Mabinogion and how the dragon ended up on the welsh flag. As well as others such as Robin Hood, Icarus, Pandora’s Box and the Sword in the Stone. The children will also be doing an independent learning project about a mythical creature of their choice.

We are enjoying reading ‘Outlaw’ by Michael Morpurgo as our class novel this term.

 

In English lessons we have been learning about diary writing and will be moving on to looking at adverts. We will then create our own advert based on a myth or legend. In Maths we have looked at fractions, decimals and % , 2d shape, symmetry, volume and capacity.

 

AUTUMN TERM 2019/TYMOR yr HYDREF 2019

 

 

 

Royal British Legion: Many thanks to those children who attended the concert at the Strand Hall in Builth Wells. You did the school very proud with your beautiful singing of ‘Oh that I had wings’ and ‘Blowing in the wind’. Many congratulations to Eva for winning the poster competition.

Regimental Museum trip: On Thursday September 23rd we will be visiting the museum in Brecon

Centenary Celebration: On Friday September 20th 2019 we took part in the celebration at St. Cadmarch’s Church. We sang four songs, including a special war remembrance one. Many thanks to Mr Fraser for inviting us to take part and for visiting us in school to help us with the songs.

Welsh Wheel: Every morning one of us spins the wheel to find out what the question is. We then have to ask and answer the question with our friends and try to extend our answers.

Bilingual welsh lesson: Y Goeden Aeaf/The Winter Tree

OUR TOPIC (Autumn 2019)

This term our topic is: ‘ RHYFEL PLENTYN – A CHILD’S WAR ‘

We enjoyed our trip to the Regimental Museum of the Royal Welsh.

We enjoyed baking carrot cookies when learning about rationing and created spreadsheets to see how many of each item would be rationed over a certain time.

We have learnt about why WW2 started and who was involved.

We have found out about Operation Dynamo, the Battle of Britain, the Blitz and how Cardiff was affected by the war. Year 5 and 6 worked in pairs to present a powerpoint to the class.

 

 

SUMMER TERM 2019/TYMOR yr HAF 2019

 

 

Drone Safety: On Wednesday 10th July, Sam Cooke from the company Tremio came to school. He gave us a presentation about drone safety and then flew one of his drones outside so we could see what the drone sees when it is up to 400 feet high. We had a great time!

Leavers Assembly: This will be held in the school hall on Wednesday 17th July at 2pm.

Transition Week: Year 6 will be at Ysgol Calon Cymru n Builth Wells for the week beginning Monday 8th July.

Cardiff Blues Tag  Rugby: Class Two will be taking part in this tournament again along with Llanelwedd primary school on Wednesday 3rd July.

Welsh Food Agency Workshop: Tuesday 2nd July

Powys Gala: Good luck to Phoebe who will be attending the Powys swimming gala on Friday 28th June

Sports Day: To be held on Wednesday 26th June at 1:30pm.

Golf Day: All of Class Two will be taking part in this activity at Builth Wells Golf Club on Thursday June 13th. Letter to follow. POSTPONED. Now on 16th July.

School Nurse: Karen Lynch (our School Nurse) will be coming in to talk to Years 5 and 6 about hygiene on Tuesday June 11th.

Kwik Cricket: Our team of 8 children will be taking part in the Kwik Cricket tournament at Builth Wells Cricket Club on Friday June 7th. POSTPONED. Now on 20th June.

Trip to Plantasia in Swansea: We will be visiting Plantasia on Tuesday June 4th.

Tag Rugby: On Friday May 17th, our rugby team took part in the annual Ysgol Dolafon Tag Rugby Tournament. Irfon Valley were overall champions after winning every game! Jack M also had best player! We are very proud of you all.

Hafan Cymru, Spectrum Workshops: We did 4 workshops with Mrs Martin. These covered – ‘Healthy Relationships’, ‘Bullying’, ‘Domestic Violence’ and ‘Appropriate and Inappropriate Pictures’.

   

 

OUR TOPIC (Summer 2019)

This term our topic is: ‘ RAINFOREST RICHES ‘

We have baked different cakes using ingredients you would find in the rainforest.

On Thursday May 16th we had a visit from Dave Shaw and his ‘Rainforest Roadshow’.

              

We will be finding out where in the world the rainforests are, what animals and people live there and why they are so important. We will also be learning about deforestation and Fair Trade.

 

SPRING TERM 2019/TYMOR y GWANWYN 2019

 

 

 

 

PC Viv: On Wednesday April 10th, PC Viv came to talk to us about stranger danger with a  presentation called ‘Friend or Foe’.  She is returning in the Summer Term to do an e-safety workshop. There are games and quizzes on the website below.

https://www.schoolbeat.org/

Powys Swimming Gala: April 9th. For those children attending please remember to bring your swim wear, goggles, 2 towels and lunch. Pob Lwc!

Well done to all of the children who took part. We came second in the relay!

Cross Country: March 29th. Some of the children in our class represented the school at this event in Llanelwedd. They had a great time and we had some excellent results. Da iawn pawb!

Llangrannog: March 18th – 20th 2019

https://www.urdd.cymru/en/residential-centres/llangrannog/about/parents-leaders/

We have arrived safely at Llangrannog and are busy enjoying the activities.

 

The activities we did over the course of the 3 days are:

archery, skiing, tobogganing, go karting, walk to the beach, horse riding, trampolining, quad biking, high ropes, climbing wall, zip wire, swimming, team games, quiz, bingo, dancing, disco, shop time.

World Book Day: We took part in the live lesson on Thursday March 7th. The theme of the day was about sharing books and we took it in turns to read a story to children in class one. We enjoyed listening to David Walliams read the story that had been created during the live lesson.

Fair Trade Workshop: We had two visitors from Co-Op to visit us. Glen Weale talked to us about Fair Trade and how if we buy Fair Trade products it helps people living in poorer countries. We were able to try some Fair Trade chocolate and we were also given a Fair Trade banana.

https://www.fairtrade.org.uk/Buying-Fairtrade/Tea/Cooperative

 

Fire Safety Talk: Laura visited class to talk to us about Fire Safety. A couple of us got to try on some of her uniform

 

 

OUR TOPIC (Spring 2019)

This term our topic is: ‘EXTREME EARTH’

We started the topic by creating a mind map to access prior knowledge. We then added questions to our learning wall. We will be adding the answers when we discover them.

This is our Learning Wall in class:

 our answers

 

 

 

 

 

 

We have been learning about the Earth’s climate zones and extreme weather conditions.

We really enjoyed working in small groups to create model volcanoes. Some of us even added a cross section and labelled the different parts. It was great fun watching them erupt when we added bicarbonate of soda, vinegar, red paint and washing up liquid. We have learnt why volcanoes erupt and we have written fact files about some famous volcanoes. We enjoy using our reading skills to find information in books and on websites. We know the importance of trusting websites and citing where we got our research from.

We have also been creating dances in small groups based on the theme of volcanoes. We will be performing them to music and ‘David Attenborough’ style commentaries.

Here are some pictures of our work on volcanoes:

                       

The Water Cycle: we made i-movies          

We are reading the book ‘Kensuke’s Kingdom’ by Michael Morpurgo 

(our display in the library)

  

We also took part in the RSPB Big Bird Watch and recorded the results using bar graphs, pie charts and group data in our maths books. We each chose a bird that we saw and wrote a report about it in our English books. We are feeding the birds using our bird feeding station outside the big windows in class. They seem to be enjoying the meal worms!

This is our bird feeding station:

 

 

AUTUMN TERM 2018/TYMOR yr HYDREF 2018

 

 

 

Diwrnod Llywelyn:  Tudur came to school to help us to each make a coron (crown) and tarian (shield). On Tuesday December 11th, we marched around the Groe in Builth Wells with some other schools in our cluster. We then went to the Strand Hall and played some welsh games.

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Christmas Fair: On Friday December 7th it was our annual school Christmas Fair. We worked in groups to design an activity within a given budget. We had to organise the prizes and keep track of our budget. We all made some money.

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British Legion Concert: On Friday November 9th some of Class 2 attended the British Legion concert at the Strand Hall in Builth Wells. We had been learning a song called ‘We will remember them’ which the children sang alongside children from other local schools.

Football and Netball at Radnor Valley: We had a great time at Radnor Valley on Friday October 5th and all played well.

Tennis Sessions: Paul Rowe volunteered to teach us some tennis skills. We enjoyed these sessions and are very grateful to him.

Anti-Bullying Week: For anti-bullying week we watched a short animation called ‘Wing’ and wrote a story. You can watch the video here:

https://www.literacyshed.com/the-thinking-shed.html

 

OUR TOPIC (Autumn 2018)

This term our topic is: ‘Gods and Gladiators’

We have been learning about the Celts and Romans.

We made shields and helmets in DT and we have found out what a Celtic warrior might have looked like. We enjoyed having a ‘mock’ Celt v Roman battle on the school playing field.

We visited St Fagans on Wednesday October 10th and took part in 2 different workshops. The first one was at Bryn Eryr which is the Celtic village. We learnt what daily life may have been like for the Celts. Our second workshop was inside and we saw a model skeleton. We realised that it would have been a Celtic warrior as he was buried with his sword.

https://museum.wales/stfagans/

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We learnt how Romans built their roads and wrote a set of instructions. We also found out about Roman gods and goddesses and enjoyed using watercolours to paint a god or goddess.

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Jonathon our class pet:

The music area: