Here you will find links to pictures, videos and other content from the class pages from earlier on in the school year…
We FINALLY got round to finishing our adverts for the toys we created in our English learning a few weeks back. I have to admit, I’m so proud of the children and their outcomes. Each of them shows the personality of each child and the visions they had when advertising their toys. The children drafted their script for the voiceover, but many improvised, adding their own twists or bonus extras. (These are evident during the videos.) Nonetheless, I hope you enjoy and are proud of them all.
*All videos will be uploaded by Friday.
Tabby’s Advert *Uploaded when complete*
WE – 22/06/18 – We continued our Forest School session again this week, however, we were lucky enough to be able to go to Frithy Wood (where the real foresting starts!). The children explored the hammock, den-building, whittling, balance beams, digging, wood junk-modelling and listening carefully to the different sounds that are in the forest themselves. It was a great opportunity to see the children in complete free-flowed learning – they were intensely involved and motivated. Thank you to the parents who came to help again! 🙂
In Maths this week, we brought our capacity learning to a close. We consolidated our learning of ml/l and reading scales in divisions of 1, 2, 5 and 10 by the children completing a range of different questions and completing a ‘layering liquid’ activity. The children were superb at being careful and steady as they poured the liquids in, reading the scales, knowing when to stop and working with great cooperation. We used a combination of honey, dish soap, water (with colouring) and oil. It was superb to see the outcomes and those of which they were so proud of! Next week we will use these to follow-up our learning.
In Science this week, we looked at food chains. The children explored the terminology ‘producer’ and ‘consumer’, as well as ‘primary’, ‘secondary’ and ‘tertiary’ – they later made and designed their own food chains, thinking realistically about what animals would be a consumer (being at the top of the chain) or a producer. Super work!
In PE, we continued our Sports Day practice, but with Mr Noonan, we completed a Circuits session, tackling different obstacles and challenges we ran. I was very impressed with the outcomes and agility of the children. As an extension, the children helped to design a new obstacle with different orders.
We researched China and England, noting their similarities and differences using the iPad’s to help us.
We were lucky enough to have a performance from the Theatre Royal this week called ‘By the Light of the Moon’ – the children were hooked.
WE – 15/06/18 – We began our Forest School session this week! Due to Storm Hector, we had to stick to our outdoor area, but we still had good fun making Willow dream-catches, playing on the swing, making fires, pond-dipping and whittling. We had a great time!
In Maths, we did a lot of investigative learning, reading capacities in measurements in 2, 5 and 10ml intervals. There was some good focus – and a lot of mess!!
In PE, we practised for Sports Day. It was a good chance for the children to increase and improve on their skills.
In English, we became advertisers and designers. We made our own toys, using expanded noun phrases to describe and specify. We are going to be turning them in to adverts later in the week, earlier next week.
WE – 25/05/18 –
Celebration!! Well done to ALL of Year 2 who have completed all of their SATS papers. I am so incredibly proud of all of you and hope that you are proud of yourselves too!
SATs treat – a film and popcorn! It was most thoroughly deserved.
We did some investigative maths this week. We introduced ourselves to capacity by thinking about puddles. We used a range of different containers and which each had different amounts of water in them. Pouring from a height of 30cm (a standard class ruler), we poured our water out of the container. The children had to predict how big they thought the puddle would be by drawing a circle. We had some amazingly close predictions! (Mr Noonan’s wasn’t so good!) Some of us even measured the width of our puddles and worked out the difference between them.
In English, there was a crime. A horrific crime. Someone had hurt Buzz!! We came to school to find police tape, lights and a poor buzz on the floor. Eventually we found out it was Woody who hurt Buzz. The children were able to see CCTV footage of what happened and then wrote witness statements about what they saw, basing this on the viewpoint from another character. What superb efforts and detail!
We continued our theme of capacity and looked at reading different scales. I was really pleased with the children’s focus and efforts to read them.
PE continued with Tom Bigg this week, extending our cricket fielding and batting skills. He will begin athletics with Ash Class after the half term.
WE – 18/05/18 – Woo! Only 2 papers left! I still feel immensely proud of all of the children!
Well, what a fun enrichment day! It was great to see so many of the class dress up as Princes and Princesses. We had a very creative day, cutting and preparing vegetables and dips for our ‘picnic on the green street party’ before making masquerade ball masks with Willow class. We later joined up to perform and learn a dance that Miss Turner and Mr Noonan led. It was a fun morning!
In the afternoon, we had our street party and spent time as a class, having different games and eating our good. It was good to spend some free time altogether.
In Science, we peeled off our casing and looked at our wormerys. It was good to see the trails that the worms made over their week and it became very clear that they buried themselves very deep! Some, however, were keen to leave and were already trying to escape when we were investigating. We then decided it would be a good idea to release them. It was great to see the children working together to do this.
We had a great PE lesson this week with Tom Bigg. We developed our skills into batting, bowling and running. The children worked really well together, showing amazing efforts in their teamwork.
During PSHE, we spoke about what it means to be healthy and what we could do to keep our body healthy. We followed this up by making a healthy dinner plate with Mrs Palmer, full of the type of dinner that would give us a healthy diet.
I’m thrilled with the outcomes of the children’s silhouette art lesson! They worked really hard, especially with all of the sticking, cutting and painting!!
WE – 11/05/18 – A continued well done to all of Ash Class for their efforts in the SATs so far. This time next week we’ll be 2/3 of the way through, with only 2 left! Keep going 🙂
In Science this week we moved on to different types of habitats. This time, we focused on worms as our insect and created wormerys. This required a great deal of concentration, co-operation and stickability to produce the wormery. Hopefully, once they are wrapped in dark paper, we will be able to open them next week and look at the traces the worms have travelled in. We made our predictions and look forward to seeing how accurate they are.
In PE, we took a twist and did some ‘Yoga’. This was a good opportunity for the children to calm down and stretch out their bodies. I was amazed at just how in sync they were!
Our focus in English this week was character descriptions. The children were given four different characters, in which they were to choose their favourites, and use these as their description focus. We began by annotating the pictures, thinking of interesting adjectives to describe both personality and appearance. We gradually moved on to our pieces of writing and extending our vocabulary.
We further introduced ‘synonyms’ and went on a synonym hunt to find words that have similar or same meanings.
In Maths, towards preparation of our reasoning paper, we did a ‘Pub Style Quiz’ – the children completed an arithmetic paper in teams before working back through the answers to help consolidate gaps. As a treat when we were marking, the children even had a snack bowl! (Just as you would at the pub!)
WE – 04/05/18 – Another week and we’re suddenly in May! Goodness me. So far we’ve had rain, wind and beautiful sunshine. I wonder what is next? Nonetheless, that didn’t stop us enjoying ourselves and getting on with our learning.
What an amazing science lesson. It was a joy to see the children working so well to create their habitats for woodlice. They all planned and then implemented their ideas today, working creatively, with cooperation, stickability, independence, curiosity and motivation. After making them, we then had the hard part of actually finding some woodlice to test our habitats on. However, we did manage to find 3 and our woodlice then had a tour of many different habitats. We safely returned them to their natural environment before a mass clean up at the end. Well done Ash!
Ash Class have been revising so well for their upcoming assessments, but today, just for a change, we did our SPaG Test in a different environment. Instead of sitting inside doing it question after question, we cut out and enlarged the questions so that the children could go on a hunt around the playground to find their questions. Instead, we called this a SPaG Hunt, but the children still worked independently, consolidating and continuing to plug gaps.
We continued our learning inside, bu competing in ‘The Crystal Maze’. This was a short game that Mr Noonan learned of a few weeks back. The children were required to write one of each sentence type, before tearing their paper into sections so that one sentence type was on one piece of individual paper. Following this, the children were split into teams before being asked to enter ‘The Arena’ – When the music played (super cool, I know), the children had 45 seconds to find as many of a set sentence type as possible. This was great fun and reinforced some good knowledge of recognising different sentence types.
Now, position and direction can be a tricky one, but Ash Class are so motivated and are picking it up well. Just to help them out, Mr Noonan created a ‘self-spinner’ with a picture of the children as well as a clockwise arrow and anti-clockwise arrow. They were superb at following my instructions step by step, using their knowledge of directions and used their spinners to support. Following this, I paired them up to see if they could quiz each other of either clockwise, anti-clockwise, quarter turn, half turn, three quarter turn and whole turn. Brilliant motivation, stickability and co-operation.
In PE with Tom Bigg this week, the children continued on their learning theme of throwing and catching, however this time they incorporated the use of some batting too!
In Maths, we got up and moving. The children were all really good at following instructions and are truly excelling in their turns!
WE – 27/04/18 – A busy and full week! We’ve been looking at lots of different SAT themed focuses as well as our Maths and English learning. Despite being very chatty this week, I always feel so proud of them and what their outcomes are.
In PE this week, we had our first session with Tom Bigg. He continued the children’s learning on throwing and catching with some superb games and skills. I was very pleased with the children’s listening skills, efforts and perseverance.
In Maths, we finished our measurement unit (in which I am SO proud of how well they got on with this) and have began our position and direction units. It is quite a tricky concept to grasp, but we tried our hardest to make it as memorable and practical as possible. So, what other way would you want to learn position and direction? The Cha Cha Slide of course! (Slight scary moment when none of the children knew what the song was!) It was great fun and we found it really instilled the children’s knowledge of lefts, rights, forwards and backwards. Following this, we had some task cards, trying to get from one point to the other using only forwards, backwards, right and left. Some fantastic instructions and teamwork given.
In our English, we changed the structure of the sessions, splitting the class into two so that the children had personalised learning with both myself and Miss Brook before swapping round on the second day. We worked on some different pieces of SPaG and writing and I am so impressed with their coherence, content and imagination. I look forward to reading all of their finished masterpieces.
In our Science this week, we moved on to look at habitats. Our first focus is to look at habitats for woodland creatures. Our focus was to look at designing habitats for a woodlouse. We based this on 4 conditions…
- Dry and dark
- Dry and light
- Damp and dark
- Damp and light
This week, the children each chose one condition and designed a habitat for the woodlouse. Next week, we will physically make our habitat and go on a woodlouse hunt to find out which habitat condition they would prefer. We will make our predictions and make links to how our habitats share similarities or differences to their natural habitats.
WE – 20/04/18 – Welcome back to the Summer Term! The children have come back prepared to learn which is superb. We’ve got off to a flying start, discussing elements of our new topic – Toys.
In our Maths learning this week, we finalised our fractions learning this week, counting in fractions and finding fractions of shape and length. The children accurately applied some of their learning from before the half term which supported them in finding the answers correctly.
We then moved on to measurement, looking at cm and m. the children have been really involved in looking at their measurements, and are using rulers accurately – a good skill to touch upon in Year 2.
In English, our creative edge came out. The children’s first theme is the Toy Story. We began reminding ourselves of who the characters were and build up our use of adjectives and expanded noun phrases to describe them. These were then applied superbly to our MISSING posters, as the children got to plan, design and create a poster to advertise one of the MISSING toys. It was lovely to see their imaginations come out and see just how persuasive they could be in getting people to find their missing toys!
In our Science this week, we looked at our new topic ‘Habitats and Seasonal Change’. We began by looking at how seasons change, the impact of the direction of the sun and its difference to our seasons. We then used this information to look at our shadows, taking note of the angle of the Earth towards the Sun. We drew around our shadows, considering the size and their shape and will do this again in the Summer, just before we leave, to see the difference it has made in relation to the season.
In PE, we looked at skills using bats and balls. We focused on developing our hand-eye co-ordination and using our other hand to point, helping us to know which direction we want it to go in. (We also took the opportunity to make the most of the beautiful sunshine!)
W/E – 29/03/18 –
Well, as Ash Class were too cute, I couldn’t not record it. Here’s an extra preview just in case you want to watch it all over again! 🙂
To finish off our Kings and Queens topic, we had our own class coronation! It was great to see the children come and be knighted by ‘King Noonan’ and say what they wished to be called. A lovely way to end our Spring Term!
Easter Celebration time! We had our Easter egg hunt around the school field today, where children from Ash, Acorn and Oak all had a mission to find their object. We staged it so the children in Year 2 had to find green cubes on the school field (yes, Mr Noonan is mean!), but there was some great working together and focus going on. The children helped other children to find all of theirs and supported one another brilliantly!
Following this, we had to use our detective skills to find letters that spelt out our word. Ash had to find the word ‘Easter’, so hidden in some plastic eggs were the letters they needed. Some great work! 🙂
Congratulations to team Green who were our winners of the team treat this term! Also, a big well done to Joel who was the highest point scorer and also attended the treat!
We have had a fabulous time at Framlingham Castle. It was a busy day from start to finish, but I feel so proud of all of the children in Ash Class. Their behaviour and focus was fantastic. I hope they took away some valuable learning with them too.
We started off with a long journey on the bus, followed by a quick snack and a trip around the castle. We looked at the main gate, talking about some of the original and tudor features, also touching on the structure of how the castle once looked. The children were fascinated by the ‘semi-circuluar defence wall’ that used to stand. We also had a look at the prison tower, the dry ditch and the mere at to the rear of the castle. There were some slippery paths, but the children were very sensible and listened with interest.
We also got to role play being knights. The children went through a rigorous training program to become a knight. They learnt ‘ON GUARD!’, how to attack and the balance their body should have.
We also made some crowns in preparation for our coronation service.
Later that day, we visited the newly designed interactive museum where we got to learn more about the monarchs, King Henry VIII, Mary I, Elizabeth I, Lady Jane Grey and the Earl of Norfolk.
We finished our day with a scavenger hunt finding clues around the castle and answering questions. Thank you for a wonderful day, Ash Class!
Mr N 🙂 – 26/03/18
W/E – 23/03/18 – Well done to Ash Class for all of their effort in the Sports Relief ‘mile’. They all participated and gave everything a brilliant effort. They were rather funny, with some of the best comments being ‘I think my legs are going to fall off’, ‘I want to stop so I can sunbathe’ and ‘I think my body is going to burst!’. Nonetheless, they appeared to have a great time.
What better way to cool down than to read a story and chill out in a cool, dark(ish) room!
We had our rugby session this week which again focused on how to get possession of the ball and how to dodge around opposing players.
In Art this week, we finalised our printing. The children continued to carve into their tiles before painting them in preparation to print. The classroom looked like one massive snowstorm due to the amount of polystyrene on the floor, however, I was pleased to see the final results they achieved.
We made cupcakes this week. We all worked together which meant that we could complete our cooking together. The children later designed their cakes, trying to think of different ways that would please a King or Queen. The children are later going to be writing up their instructions using a variety of skills learnt through our English lessons.
During English, we looked at instructions and specifically how they are ordered. We spoke about the important features of instructions and why we should read them in a certain way. The children were provided with a range of different instructions and asked to order them in the way they think they should be completed. It was good to see all of their cooperative teamwork.
I was thrilled with their Maths learning this week. We have started fractions and the children’s learning attitude towards this is superb! Already, we are able to recognise and find 1/2, 1/3, 1/4 and 3/4.
In Science, we brought our learning to a close around our topic of ‘germs’. Today, the children looked at creating their own 3D germs, continuing to deepen their understanding of how the germs will impact the body and how germs are absorbed by the body.
WE – 16/03/18 – Happy World Book Day! There were some amazing costumes to help celebrate the 18th World Book Day. The children enjoyed some paired reading with children in Horse Chestnut class as well as the theme of ‘Animal Poetry’, celebrating ‘Oi Goat!’ by Kes Gray and Jim Field.
Rugby this week saw the best one yet. The children were superbly motivated and focused so hard on their lesson. There was some great tackling and possession of the ball throughout. To celebrate this, we awarded ‘Man/Woman of the Match’ to Oliver, Joel and Indee!
Our Maths this week brought 3D shape to a close. We finalised by becoming fluent in our vertices of 3D shape, reasoning and problem solving before looking at sorting 3D shapes and recognising 3D patterns.
English this week looked at poetry. We had great fun looking at some old nursery rhymes, identifying rhyming words and couplets. We also had a go at writing our own and performing some. Mr Noonan and Miss Brook demonstrated one and the children went on to perform their own. A great effort!
See some performances below! Apologies that the sound quality isn’t very good. If you listen closely enough, you can just about make out what they are saying!
We continued some Gymnastics in our PE, exploring travelling through apparatus and along benches and springboards. I was thrilled to see such concentration, skill and agility from all of the children.
In our Science, we continued our learning of germs and looked specifically at how quickly germs can spread. We did a short experiment which involved glitter. The children put their hands in a tray of glitter and then had to find some other children who had glitter of different colours. We then shook hands with each other, observing how quickly we were picking up glitter from different people. We spoke about how this can link closely to germs and how quickly they can travel to different surfaces.
Following this, we washed all of our glitter/germs away. We found out that the best way to make sure our hands are really clean is to sing ‘Happy Birthday’ twice. Some of us, however, found that our hands still weren’t clean and we needed to spend more time washing them, even up to Happy Birthday four times!
We begun our printing tiles this week in Art. We sketched on the design we wished to have, based on a Tudor Rose, and then carved it out using a variety of tools. We even changed the layout of the classroom which saw a great attitude and focus to their learning.
WE – 09/03/18 – We’ve continued looking at 3D shapes in our Maths learning this week. So far, we have been looking at the faces and the edges of the 3D shapes, looking more at their properties. We have been sorting, and building, looking at patterns of shape too. A busy, yet successful time. The conversations between the children were great and they worked sensibly together in pairs.
In English, we have continued our work on Sentence Types. We refreshed our memories of each statement, command, exclamation and questions before applying these to a persuasive letter to Henry VIII. The children travelled back in time and had found out they had upset the King, in which they would be sentenced to execution. Their persuasive letters, encouraging Henry VIII to not execute them were superb. A great effort all round.
In Science, we looked at hygiene. We spoke about germ hotspots and identified the best way of keeping germs away. One of our main focuses was on how quickly germs spread and in particular, how far and quickly germs from a sneeze travels. As part of our experiment, we were able to make ‘snot’, imagining it was one particle. The children very quickly realised that they wouldn’t want to sneeze into their hands again.
To help us better understand the amount of sides on each 3D shape, we made some of our own using cocktails and gems. This enabled us to clearly identify the different amount of sides and vertices.
WE – 02/03/18 – SCHOOL CLOSED: 28/02/18, 01/03/18, 02/03/18 – Please stay warm and safe.
What a busy week… A 3 day snow day! I hope you have all managed to have fun, but kept yourself warm and safe. As you can well imagine, there isn’t a lot to share with you this week – but I can share what we covered on Monday and Tuesday! Next week we will be picking up a few extra Maths and English lessons so that we can bring ourselves back on schedule and maintain the fluency across these subjects.
On Wednesday morning, Mrs Lamb, Mrs Kemp and I ventured out into snowy Lawshall before it was decided the school was closed. The village looked so picturesque – just look at the school playground! Driving home was an experience – I’m sure Ash Class could think of many adjectives, verbs and adverbs to describe how we left the village!
In Science (thank you VERY much for your kindly donated toilet or kitchen roll tubes), we made stethoscopes, focussing on our heartbeats. We reminded ourselves of the importance of the heart and what it does for our body, as well as considering why it may beat faster when we exercise. Following this, we had a discussion of what a stethoscope is and how they are helpful for doctors, nurses and surgeons. We all had a go at making some and then used these to listen to our partners heartbeats before and after exercise. Some superb co-operation!
We also looked at why it is important to warm-up the body before exercise… Have a look at some of their ‘stretchy band’ warm ups. (Also a great link to shape!)
In Maths, we started symmetry. What better way to identify a line of symmetry than actually folding the shapes? This really supported the children in identifying where a line of symmetry goes, reinforcing that both sides should be equal.
In Geography this week, we explored the UK in some more detail – however, this time, we focused on Castles around the country. The children used the iPads to find a castle they liked and then identified whereabouts it was in the UK, the country it was in, the length of time it would take to travel there (from Lawshall) and if it had any surrounding castles within a suitable proximity. The children are becoming much more confident in accessing accurate and safe information online, taking sensible factors into consideration and alerting Mr Noonan if they don’t feel comfortable using a website. 🙂
WE – 23/02/18 – The children all enjoyed their first Rugby session this week! I never quite realised how competitive we all were until we did this! The children were introduced to new games, holding the ball and thinking about how to work collaboratively together. It was good to see all of them listening and participating. We were also complimented on our behaviour too!
Our English this week has been busy with lots of application, understanding and some superb applying too. The children have been working hard, thinking about how they should apply the rule, what might happen to the word and identifying whether a word is correct or incorrect. There was some great discussion going on in the class and the children thought very carefully about how to improve their writing and understanding.
We have been busy in our Maths learning this week. We have begun learning about shape and initially, we are focussing on our 2D shapes. We started with some sorting, before eventually moving on to looking at counting sides, counting vertices (edges, corners) and problem solving about whether Mr Noonan was correct or not.
Later on in the week, we had a hands on session. We used pegboards, pegs and elastic bands to create different shapes. It was superb to see children over-lapping shapes and looking at how they can fit inside other shapes; we used the multi-link to create some of our own 2D shapes, carefully thinking about how we could create pentagons, hexagons, heptagons and octagons using the half-cubes and we also had a graffiti station where the children could draw their own 2D shapes. It was superb to see their creativity, focus and understanding in this lesson. On the drawing station, many children drew shapes inside other shapes and linked this to real life objects. Tabby drew a robot and was able to clearly speak about the shapes that built it up. Joel drew a house and spoke about the shapes that left the chimney and made the house, also acknowledging how they were different and Arthur created a range of different drawings which all demonstrated a selection of different shapes which he could speak about easily. Well done all!
Science looked at our body. We researched into what happened to our heart rate before and after exercise. We spoke about how different people’s heart-rates may be bigger or smaller than others, like Olympic Athletes. The concentration was awesome! We all understood that the heart is responsible for pumping the blood around our body and that it beats faster when we exercise so that the blood can reach all parts of our body sooner.
After our rough and ready rugby session, we spent our additional PE slot returning to Gymnastics. We focussed specifically in floor work this week, developing our balance and focussing on different moves. We all attempted some roly-poly’s, thinking about our start and finish positions.
For our Art, we are looking at printing. This week, we found out that we would be looking at the Tudor Rose. The children drew their design out this week, ready to apply it to our printing material. We will be using polystyrene and will be adding our own designs and textures to this by using sharp and blunt tools for effect. Watch this space!
In Geography, we used atlases to help us identify our countries in the UK and the seas that surround us.
WE – 09/02/18 – I am amazed at the level of co-operation, stickability and creativity that the children have shown in their recent dance sessions. Today, we did our final dance! It was too good to not show you. I feel very proud of them all – some great links to our seasons of the year!
We’ve been looking at e-Safety recently in Computing. We’ve explored some different ways of using the internet and computers safely and have identified some of the main features of staying safe online. The children were given a task to produce a poster aimed at a child in another year group. Lyra, in particular, took this challenge on well. She came up with some fantastic tips – see the video below!
Science was a fruity session! We began to look closely at the healthy eating and how different liquids and foods can affect our teeth. We completed an egg shell experiment, soaking an egg shell in a range of different liquids, including cola, lemonade, apple juice and a sugary energy drink. We are going to leave these soaking in the liquids for the whole half term and look closely at the impact this is going to have on them.
We first explored the egg shells…
Then we began our experiments!
We also made some fruit kebabs in Science. The children chose from some of their favourite fruits including strawberries, grapes, pineapple, mango, banana and more. They chose their own and built these. They were then able to think about what they thought was the most beneficial to the teeth and body before eating these as a healthy snack.
We also made some incredible shields – look at our finished products!
Our outdoor PE continued to look at hockey skills, developing some more invasion and passing. The children are getting closer to having a small game planned against one another.
Have a great February half term, Ash Class!
WE – 02/02/18 – This week in our English, we have had a focus on ‘Verbs and Adverbs’. We have linked this closely to the fairytale, Jack and the Beanstalk and his castle in the sky. We thought specifically about the characters Jack, The Giant and the Cow. After looking closely at the way verbs and adverbs could be used in conjunction with one another, we applied these to our own writing. We paired some together physically as well so that we could look at how the verbs and adverbs were different. Following on from this, we then explored how to improve some of our writing. The children were then introduced to a thesaurus and how to use them effectively. Before we do our ‘Big Write’ we did some role play. We reminded ourselves of the story before splitting into groups to reenact what happened.
In our Maths, we have been looking at statistics. This week, we looked at interpreting and reading tally charts and how to read a pictogram. Our favourite activity was where we were able to create our own tally chart and question before asking everyone else in the class. I was particularly impressed with their teamwork and co-operation.
The King’s Knights are here! This week, the children finished their shields. I LOVE the detail, the focus and the effort they have put into these. A very well completed task. They all resemble a brave and protective outlook. I’m sure the King would definitely employ them!
In ICT, we continued our eSafety topic. This week, we explored looking at different websites around the same topic. The children then assessed the website using the traffic light and decided whether or not they think it is a good website for children. They were very honest and brought out some good points on each website.
The children in PSHE learning this week focused on Rules, Rights and Responsibilities. Initially, they focused on the type of people who help us, how we recognise them and how we can help each other. We then moved onto how we can use rules and responsibilities at school. It was good to see some outcomes being used from our class rules.
WE – 26/01/18 – We had a great time on our ‘Bird Watching’ day. The children were able to rotate around a a range of many different activities including Bird Watching, Bird Masks and Bird Feeders. The afternoon consisted of making nests in teams across Acorn to Ash. The children worked tremendously together and demonstrated some superb learning behaviours.
We looked at different compound words and contracted words this week. The children learnt about how the apostrophe is used and that it replaces either one or more letter. In our compound learning, we looked at which words could be matched together to make another word and which words couldn’t be. We also had a challenge to identify whether a word is a compound word or not. Some children had the challenge of using the compound word cards to try and create a new word, providing a definition for it too. It was great to see their creativity shine through.
The children began their shields this week, applying their own designs and using their own colours. They demonstrated a lot of skill, persistence and patience. Well done!
In our Science learning this week, we looked at ‘Fossils’ and how animals or other creatures become fossilised. There were some super opportunities to discuss this, before we moved on to making our own. The children got to choose either a dinosaur or a shell to imprint into their fossil. We then poured on the ‘Plaster of Paris’ mixture onto the top to secure and harden. Little did we realise, though, that we were supposed to remove the objects we put in before pouring in the mixture! Therefore, the children then had to chisel their objects out. Some managed to escape to freedom, whereas others didn’t! Never mind – although I’m pretty sure the carpet in the classroom feels differently about that!
We began our Maths learning, looking at division. The children ‘conquered’ this!
In PE, we are so close to finalising our dance routine! Some small little tweaks to do and then it’ll be ready. I’ll be excited and ready to share this with you!
WE – 19/01/18 – This week, I awarded 24 ‘Scientists of the Week’ due to the FANTASTIC level of work, effort, independence and curiosity the children demonstrated with their ‘Life Cycle’ learning. I was astounded by the videos, models, posters and hand-made written booklets containing information about a variety of different types of animals. I cannot wait to set more exciting tasks like these!
Have a look at some of the videos below that the children sent in.
Life Cycle of a Butterfly – Ethan: https://youtu.be/BivYquzMitM
Life Cycle of a Chicken – Joel:
Life Cycle of a Dolphin – Orla:
In our English learning this week, we spent the first part of the week revising ourselves of nouns and adjectives, looking at how to use these effectively and consistently. We also looked again at punctuation, specifically the comma, so that we could start to apply this creatively into our writing. Later on in the week, the children and I read ‘The Queen’s Hat’ story, and decided that we could do a really creative version of our own, based around our own storyline. The children planned out their own ideas and began writing their stories on Friday. What made it even more exciting was that we planned our story in the dark, thanks to our power cut! This made us even more creative and intrigued.
In PE this week, specifically hockey, we refined our dribbling skills in preparation for our next step: invasion. Tackling is a big part of hockey and in order for the children to avoid their ball being taken, we are building up our own skills. Some children have began this stage already, looking at effective ways of snatching a ball and trying to keep their own.
In Dance, we moved on to our next step – designing the dance to match our season. We focussed specifically on objects or hobbies linked to our season and incorporated those. We even realised just how quick we need to be in order to effective in our dance. A good effort all round.
We started our e-Safety topic in ICT this week, looking at ways of using the technology and thinking about how safe it is. The children then assessed the website and activity, deciding whether it was appropriate for school, home or not at all. We even looked at what could happen if you clicked on an unsafe message, which could bring viruses to our devices. There was some super reasoning about and the children thought creatively about how they could use this in a safe way.
We are beginning our Music topic, linking to us creating our own piece of music fit for a King or Queen. This week, we tested out some different instruments, considering sound, pitch and dynamics. As you can well imagine, it was a loud sound!
WE – 12/01/18 – Congratulations to our Mathematician of the Week, Arthur; our Writer of the Week, Ethan and our Scientist of the Week; Katherine. Such a fantastic effort all round from these three children. Well done!
Tesco! We had a fantastic time at Tesco this week. I was honoured to take the children there as they represented All Saints’ beautifully. Their behaviour was lovely and their attitudes to learning were outstanding. I felt very proud.
We had a busy day with lots of things to learn. Initially, we met Mel in the centre of the foyer in Tesco’s before she took us to our secret learning room. The children were able to decorate crowns and use these throughout the rest of their day. Following this, we went on a tour of the secret parts of Tesco. We saw the freezers, fridges, recycling area and the delivery bays. Kitty and Anouk were even fortunate enough to open the shutters using the special buttons.
The Maths and History elements meant that we went on a hunt around the store for types of foods linked to the types of meals King Henry, King George, Queen Victoria and Queen Elizabeth ate. We had to use our problem solving skills and money knowledge to not go over budget. The children showed some fantastic teamwork and listened to their adults respectfully. One of the most popular activities was, of course, the food tasting. After hunting around the store, we were then able to eat all of our products. Yum Yum!
We’ve had a busy week in PE this week. On Monday’s, we do hockey outside. The children demonstrated some superb skills this week with their dribbling and control of the ball. They focused on changing direction and gaining the best grip they possibly could.
On Friday’s, we do Dance in the hall. We are currently dancing to a song called ‘The Seasons Song’ which the children were introduced to today. They were also able to see a video of Mr Noonan dancing to this from when he learnt it with his fellow teacher friends. The children have picked up the first section of their dance really well, showing focus and commitment to their performance. Great effort.
In Art we are continuing on our theme of ‘Kings and Queens’. The children are going to be designing their own shields from next week. Therefore, this week, they had to design what they wanted to do. Miss Brook spoke to the children about the type of approach they would use, thinking about what their design will also represent. There were some very interesting outcomes.
WE – 05/01/18 – In our Maths this week, we began our Money focus. The children have been quickly recognising the different coins they will be looking at over the next couple of weeks. The children have explored adding different values together, looking primarily at the pound and penny coins. They have been focusing carefully on making sure their additions are accurate. We have also compared different amounts, discussing how we know they are bigger or smaller.
With an exciting topic of Kings and Queens this term, we have quickly got ourselves involved in Art. This term, the children will be creating their own shield, detailing their own design whilst decorated with their own choice of colours. This week, the children looked at colour tones as well as colour mixing, adding white and black to make the colours stronger and darker or lighter and softer, or mixing primary colours together to look at different shades as well as creating new colours.
In Science this week, we started our new topic of ‘Our Living Earth’ – We started off by looking at life cycles, discussing what they meant and how the process worked. We discussed how different insects or mammals have slightly different cycles and identified some similarities and differences. The children designed their own life cycles, focusing on either ‘Butterflies’, ‘Frogs’ or ‘Sea Turtles’ – their designs helped them understand the process.
WE 15/12/17 – We love a Christmas show! We have finally performed our Christmas Nativity which was outstanding. The children have worked so hard over the past weeks to make this amazing – I must admit, they pulled it off tremendously. Here is a few photos of our showcase, just in case you weren’t able to see it. I would like to say a big thank you to Mrs Bolton also, who was just as great as the children!