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Y2 – Barn Owls


This term has been whizzing by in a whirl of wind and rushing water, both inside and outside of the classroom!

We have all been enjoying listening to the story 'Wind in the Willows' and comparing the similarities and differences between the book and the film. We have looked closely at Ratty, Mole and Badger's habitats and why they choose to live there. Our trip to Henley River and Rowing Museum helped us to understand this even more. The lady at the museum was very impressed with our knowledge of the book and how well we answered her questions. Take a look at the photos below of our trip.

In maths we have been focusing on using our knowledge of number bonds and place value to help us add and subtract 2-digit numbers. We have learnt about Mr Blank the number line and how he can help us with our calculations and finding the difference.

When visiting our school take a look at our art display outside of our classroom. We learnt about colours and the artist Claude Monet. We used two colours and mixed them with black and white to make different shades. We then used these to paint the wild woods in the style of Monet. 

This term Mr Sykes is continuing to teach us in outdoor PE but this is now on a Monday. Our indoor PE lessons stay as a Wednesday. 

For the past 8 weeks we have loved working with our student, Miss Morland, and enjoyed her teaching us ICT, PE, English, Maths, Science and RE. We would like to wish her all the best and know that one day some lucky children will have her as their teacher.

We are going to continue to be busy learning until the end of term so please come back and see what we have been up to. 

See you soon

Mrs Green, class teacher,

Miss B, teaching assistant

and all the Barn Owls.

Barn Owl's own Wind in the Willows Role Play area.

Barn Owl's own Wind in the Willows Role Play area. 1
Barn Owl's own Wind in the Willows Role Play area. 2

Thank You Prayer

Every day for one week, before we go out to lunch, we will be saying a thank you prayer written by one of the Barn Owls. Below is this week's prayer.

Dear God
Thank you for our wonderful school family. 
Thank you for giving us opportunities to learn.
Thank you for showing us how to spread kindness.
Thank you for teaching us that mistakes are good.
Thank you for helping us to make the right choices.
Thank you for giving us songs to sing.
Thank you for all you do. 

Something has been happening in our classroom this week.

Read on to find out more...


We came in to find glitter and dead roses on a table and holly on our interactive whiteboard. In our vase were glittery, golden, flower decorations and an elf sat next to Mr Barn Owl. When we looked closer we found a letter from him. We all wrote a letter back to him after we found the answers to his questions.

On Tuesday, we found an advent calendar hanging in our window and Elf was sat on a tub of sweets. He had left us another letter explaining how our advent calendar worked. He also set us the challenge to find out the meaning of advent.

On Wednesday, we found Felix, the elf, curled up on a cushion fast asleep surrounded by our English books. He had used some of our felt tip pens to write us a letter. The challenge for us today was to show him how to write neatly. As a class, we wrote a letter explaining how the different letters are formed and how we write neatly. We then copied the letter out showing Felix our beautiful, neatly joined handwriting.

On Thursday, we found Felix and Mr Barn Owl sat around a Christmas tree. 

On Friday, Felix was tucked inside a house. His house did not have a roof so we thought about the materials in our classroom and what he could use. We knew it did not need to be waterproof because it doesn't rain in our classroom.

Take a look at some of the photographs.

We can't wait to see how we can help him next week.


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Something very exciting has happened this week in the Barn Owl's classroom. We arrived to find a rocket had appeared.

Something very exciting has happened this week in the Barn Owl's classroom. We arrived to find a rocket had appeared.  1

Barn Owl's Remembrance picture

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National Smile Day - Friday 5th October 2018

Barn Owl's class discussed how we look after our teeth and what makes us smile. During the week we have been writing about what makes a good friend and how we can help people, so we decided to colour a butterfly and write on it what makes us smile. Before lunch we all stood in a circle, around the tree near the path to the playground, and took turns to read ours out. Mrs Green then attached our butterflies to the tree.

We were full of smiles when we saw the other children reading our butterflies and smiling too! 

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National Poetry Day - 4th October

The Barn Owls have been writing their own 'Recipe for a Friend' poem.

Here are some of the lines the children have written:


A Recipe For a Friend

A litre of happiness,

A 1000 jugs of love, 

A cup of hugs.

A bag of laughter,

A bowl of hope,

3 splashes of respect,

A pinch of helpfulness



First add splashes of respect into a pan.

Then add love, hugs and laughter.

Stir it up.

Finally add happiness, hope and helpfulness.

Mix it altogether and enjoy time with your friend..


Poetry Patrol Competition

To celebrate National poetry Day this year, Great Milton would like all children to enter a poetry competition run by Young Writers.

This week the children will be bringing home an entry form to plan and write their poem. There are some Top Tips for writing a poem on the Young Writer's website - Click on Poetry Patrol KS1, Then scroll down to Writing Tips.

The homework hand in day will be extended until next Friday, giving children time to write their poems.

If of course your child would rather not enter their poem then just let me know. 

Harvest Festival

In English we are learning how adjectives tell our reader more about the character/object (noun). To celebrate harvest time we chose different fruits and vegetables and applied adjectives to describe them. We also learnt that a comma is needed to separate our adjectives. We then followed instructions to make a basket and coloured in our fruit and vegetables to place in them. On the back of each one we wrote the line from our poem. 

Here is our class Harvest Poem:


In my basket I have . .

One yellow, bendy banana

Four roasted, sweet, red peppers

A dark green, crunchy, bumpy broccoli

Three yellow, juicy, sour lemons

One gigantic, orange pumpkin

Six mouthwatering, ripe strawberries

And two crunchy, bright orange carrots.


Take a look below at our baskets.



Flying High

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Roald Dahl Day 2018 - Take a look at Barn Owl's Marvelous Medicine.

We can make square bubbles!