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Tortoiseshells (Year 2 and 3)

Welcome to Tortoiseshells 2/3


Our class is called Tortoiseshells.

Tortoiseshells are taught by Mrs Campbell-Pugh (Mon-Wed) and Miss Ward (Thurs-Fri).  Tortoiseshells are supported by Mrs O'Connor and Miss Serafin.

Miss Nelson is also working with us this term doing her teacher training.



Things to remember:

Library will take place in class on a Monday and Thursday.  Please remember to bring back your book each Monday and Thursday, so you can choose a new one to allow 72 hours between books being changed.


P.E will take place on FRIDAYS.  Please come into school wearing your PE kit on these days.


Key dates:

Please see the class newsletter for important dates throughout the year.


Let's take a tour of the classroom and look at where you will come into school:

Welcome to a magical year in Tortoiseshells.

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Autumn Term
First half term

Weeks 1-2


In English we have been looking at the book ‘Journey’ which is a fantastic picture book where each page has a red image that the little girl draws. We have looked at synonyms for colours and written poems, discussed the images, studied the pages, explored emotions that the images inspire as well as understanding the story behind the pictures.


In phonics and spelling we have been looking at the different graphemes and phonemes for ‘a’ and ‘e’ and what sounds they make in words.

In Maths we have been focusing on ‘counting’ by counting in 2s, 3s, 5s and 10s. We have linked this repeated addition to multiplication and spotted patterns in these number sequences. We have used dice, counting sticks and denes to help us with our concrete learning. 
In Science we have been learning all about FORCES and what they are. We have looked at what a force is and how all forces are a push or a pull on an object. We have also experimented the friction our shoes create on different surfaces such as carpet, grass and playground. We made predictions about which surface will have the most friction. The children had great fun carrying out this experiment. 
In Topic we have been learning about the Romans. We recorded what we knew and what we wanted to find out about the Romans. The children ordered the events of the Roman Empire on a timeline with their work partners. We have learnt about the Roman Army. The girls were not impressed to learn that women were not allowed to be in the Roman Army. We learnt the difference between Legionaries and Auxiliaries, as your child if they can tell you the difference.
Weeks 3-4


In Maths we have been using Base 10 to support our learning with regrouping numbers and calculating 1 more/less, 10 more/less and 100 more/less than a given number. We have been applying our learning through a range of activities including games and matching tasks.


In English we have been inspire by Aladdin's magic carpet ride and the fantastic descriptive language used in the song 'A Whole New World.' We have been planning and writing recount of the story 'Journey' focusing on using synonyms for the colours red and purple, accurate punctuation, neat and joined up handwriting and using the 'power of 3' with commas to describe the characters and settings. Tortoiseshells have written some amazing pieces, we cant wait to share the completed pieces of work with everyone.
In Science we have been exploring MAGNETS. We have tested what things are magnetic and what things are not. Most of the playground equipment was magnetic but Mrs Campbell-Pugh was not. We then tested 3 different types of magnets (Bar, Horseshoe and Wand) to see which were the most powerful when picking up metal paper clips. Mrs Campbell-Pugh wow'ed us all by picking up paper clips through a piece of paper!

Topic - Art

With Mrs Harvey we have been focusing on Roman mosaics. Using coloured pieces of paper we created mosaic pictures and then we made coasters using mosaic tiles. It has been good practice to develop our fine motor skills as well as our artistic flare.
Week 5-6
Second half term