Class 2 News
Today we started our gymnastics unit and were practising our jumping skills. We learnt what makes a good jump (bending knees, landing toes first, using our arms to balance) and practised before being let loose on some different stations: each station had different equipment and a whiteboard which told you how many feet to start and end on (e.g. 2->2 or 2->1 or even 1->1). On one station you had to go from 4 "feet" to 4 "feet" - there were some interesting solutions as you will see in the photos!
We are looking forward to seeing 22 Anglo Saxons on Monday (please see the letter on parent pay for some more pointers about dressing up) and please note that children will need recorders on Thursday next week, not Wednesday. Thank you!
In science today, we started our new topic - all about solids, liquids and gases.
Here we are acting out what all the different particles do in each state, can you work out which is a solid, gas or liquid??
After sorting out lots of different objects into each category, we were given the challenge of deciding whether Jelly and Bubbles were solids, liquids or gases - ask class 2 what the answer is and why!
Please can recorders come to school tomorrow - we are playing in assembly!
Happy New Year to you all!
The classroom is up and running and ready for the children Monday, as well as for a new term of exciting learning! Please click on the 'curriculum overview' tab to see what we are going to be up to over the coming weeks.
Also, a letter was sent home before Christmas from Mrs Wells, telling you all about 'Parent Pay' - the new system we are using to charge for trips etc. in school. A letter regarding our class's educational visit at the end of January has been put on there this morning. If you haven't already signed up/logged in, please do so.
Have a lovely weekend - we cannot wait to see you all Monday....
Merry Christmas everyone!! Well done to all members of class 2 who have worked phenomenally hard this term - Mrs Smy and Miss Cannon hope you all have a lovely holiday and look forward to seeing you in the new year!
Here's a picture of us rehearsing in the church for the Christmas service Wednesday:
We have had a very crafty couple of days here in class 2 - we have made some amazing mechanical Christmas cards (have a guess which one you might be receiving next week!!). The children had to design how they would look AND work, thinking about colours, materials and how to layer these up.
We also finished our RE topic this term by creating our own paper plate Nativity scenes. We have been studying the Nativity story and how God coming to Earth is so important to Christians. We had to pick the 4 characters we thought were the most important in the story and include them on our scenes. We used watercolour paint (some of us for the first time ever!!) to create a night time scene. They are currently drying outside the classroom and we've had a lot of compliments already - well done Class 2!
Class 2 will be learning the recorder!!! (And YES, we will be letting them take instruments home to practice!).
The school does have enough recorders for children to borrow one each, but if your child would prefer to bring their own in after Christmas, they are more than welcome as long as it comes in a named bag/case and they are responsible for looking after it.
In dance this term we have been working on mime, and began by looking at French mime, before trying out our skills. We have worked on facial
expressions, arm movements and using our whole bodies, as well as working at different levels. Do you think we met the brief in these Santa workshop mimes??
Those of you who managed to make celebration assembly this morning will have seen that we have collectively researched, created and finished our guidebook about France which we made for Bill the Gnome. Aptly named 'A Gnome's Magical Adventure in France' it has all the facts you'll ever need to know about the population, landmarks and physical characteristics in France. We worked really hard on the layout and made sure we kept each page colourful, clear and neat. Miss Cannon thinks we all stuck to the brief brilliantly!! What do you think??
Stationery will be allowed back to school next week on a probationary basis.
Please be aware that Class 2 children will not be allowed to bring their pencil cases to school for the whole of next week. We have had a lot of arguments and disputes over children touching, moving and hiding other people's property and it is distracting from learning. Water bottles will still be allowed. Miss Cannon will make a decision on Friday whether stationery will be allowed back the following week.
We have been working the last couple of weeks on poetry in our literacy lessons and have been reading Kit Wright's 'Magic Box'. We have worked really hard to think about similes, alliteration and other figurative language. Today we finished our poems - check out some of this super imaginative writing!
(In order: Ella RW Y4, Phoebe Y2, Rebecca Y3, Travis Y2)
This afternoon, Class 1, Class 2 and the pre-school watched a short cartoon about remembrance Sunday and why we wear poppies at this time of year. We talked about some of the soldiers and what they did during WW1 and WW2, before taking part in some poppy craft activities: With Ms Wardale and the Pre-School team, some of us made a handprint wreath; with Mrs Booty in Class 1, some of us created collage poppies; and with Miss Cannon in Class 2, we made a field of poppies out of cupcake cases and wrote some messages on the back.
Later, we walked up to the church, where Janet Bishop, the lay reader, said some prayers and read us a WW1 poem. We laid our crafts around the font in the church for everybody to see at Sunday's service, and took the time to look at the memorial in the grounds, reading the names of all the soldiers from Orford who gave their lives.
After the excitement of yesterday's trip to the cinema, we didn't think we'd be laughing so much we'd be crying, but that is exactly what happened in science this afternoon.
Our new topic is digestion so we began by naming the organs used in the process (rectum and anus were particularly hilarious!) and then we found out what each one did. We worked in groups to make a 3D diagram and had to explain the whole digestion process using scientific words like oesophagus and intestine. Next week, we are going to try and work out where exactly in our bodies these organs are!
19th October - HAPPY HALF TERM!
WOW - as if we hadn't already had enough of a busy term, this week has been jam-packed!!
First of all, 5 of our young ladies (Cecily, Willa, Ella F, Ella RW and Bella) went to Ipswich Town Football Club to play in an U9s girl's football festival. Their positivity was contagious and they approached every game with enthusiasm and gusto. They drew 4 games and lost one, but were all very low scoring, down to our super defence - well done girls, you were a credit to our class and school!
For those of you who missed it, we also performed a snippet of our Bugsy Malone dance in celebration assembly this morning. Here is a video of the full dance from our PE lesson last week:
And on top of ALL this, we finally finished our Bill the Gnome adventure stories. Hopefully the magic fairy (i.e. Miss Cannon) will get round to putting them up on display over half term so you can see and read them at Parent's Evening.
**Just a final notice that forest schools will start the second Tuesday after half term (i.e. 6th November).**
We have been working really hard in dance over the last few weeks to choreograph our own moves to 'You Give a Little Love' from Bugsy Malone. We are hoping to show a video and perform a snippet in celebration assembly next Friday - it would be really lovely to see as many of you as there as possible. The video we share will be posted on here after celebration assembly next week.
As part of national poetry day yesterday, we took part in two activities.
First, we looked at some Russian dolls and read Rachel Rooney's poem before drawing Russian dolls of ourselves and recreating parts of the poem. We noticed that the outside dolls were happy and well decorated but as you went further in, they got sadder and plainer.
After play, we watched and read another, much more popular, poem by Spike Milligan: On the Ning Nang Nong. We split into groups and learnt different parts, adding actions at the same time. We performed it in assembly this morning, but here is our practice run:
In literacy we have continued to work on our Bill adventure stories - looking at some dilemmas and resolutions Bill could face. We also have begun to learn how to add extra information using sticky words (like but, because, furthermore, so) and brackets. Today we played a game using brackets and made some really silly sentences. We were in A LOT of giggles - and to quote Year 4, "We never knew Literacy could be so fun! .....LITERACY!".
- Harry (who likes swimming) met Heidi (she's shy) at a theme park (it's got loads of games).
- JoJo (who loves TV) met Derrickina (who has a beard) at London (it was colourful).
- Georgiana (who was dramatic) met Ty (who likes being a vet) at a roller coaster buffet (with a buffet stand of cake).
- Amy (who trains horses) met Georgie (who has a moustache) at a trash can (there's loads of trash).
- Patrick (who likes going to the pub) met Stephanie (who likes burping the alphabet) at a moustache fair (it had candyfloss).
Check out our SUPER science work!!
We have been learning about different types of animals in science and their habitats (all to help Bill when he goes off on his amazing adventures) and worked in teams to create posters about each one. We had to find out if they were warm or cold blooded, whether they are born by mothers or in eggs and what makes them unique. Our favourite fact was that amphibians are born with gills and then grow lungs as they get older!
On Wednesday, Class 2 came in to school to find a JUNGLE in their classroom. Bill (our gnome mascot) had been exploring and sadly got his arm bitten off by a crocodile, but that didn't stop us brave explorers making our way through the jungle and writing some superb descriptions!
"The vines are like shiny snakes wrestling for the next branch to get to a tree." Saskia
"The brown, cheeky monkey swung on the zigzaggy python-like vines as the leaves danced. The water crashed as the dolphin played under the swift waterfall. I was tense as all the roaring animals surrounded me in the deep, nervewracking night" Ella F
"The animals make me feel like I want to scream inside of me, furthermore, the furry gigantic beasts are getting ready to pounce in their colossal cave. My blood turns cold. Sweat dripping down my spine." Archie
"I hear a splashing waterfall and piranha fish hitting out of the water and splashing in. But I just saw a beautiful pink fish emerging in the water." Leo
We have had a fantastic first week back in class 2, learning all about nouns, verbs, adjectives and adverbs in literacy as well as place value in maths. We have begun to learn about habitats in science and compass directions in geography.
Please take time over the weekend to look at our new curriculum overview on the other page.
Summer Term 2018
Wednesday 13th June 2018 - Visit to Leiston Long Shop
On Wednesday 13th June 2018, Class 2 visited Leiston Long Shop. We all became Victorians for the day and enjoyed a jam-packed program of activities to ensure that we fully experienced what it would have been like to work at the factory owned by Richard Garrett. Various volunteers (all also dressed in Victorian attire) acted in role to ensure our pupils really felt like factory workers.
In the morning, we all completed three activities:
The first was to produce plaques for Mr Garrett's machinery. This involved looking carefully at the machinery surrounding us as inspiration, then using carbon paper to transfer our designs onto foil. The picture below shows Keiron explaining to Mr Garrett how he was manufacturing the plaque!
The second activity was to experience a session in the Clerk's Office, counting real Victorian pounds, shillings, pence and farthings. We tried writing with dip pens and saw how easily the ink could be smudged. Finally, we signed an Indenture agreeing to work for Mr Garrett and pay for our training!
The third activity of the morning was to craft a small box to be used to contain nuts and bolts required for the manufacture of the machines. This took a lot of concentration, a lot of hammering and Mrs Reeve thought it also involved a lot of noise!
At the end of the morning, a very special visitor arrived at the factory - Dr Elizabeth Garrett Anderson (in the shape of another volunteer!). She told us about how she became the first female Doctor in the UK and about her life and experiences together with her sister, Millicent Garret Fawcett. (Who has recently had a statue commemorating her as an important figure in the cause for Women's Suffrage.) Dr Elizabeth Garrett Anderson was also the niece of Richard Garrett, the owner of the factory, whom she had come to visit!
We enjoyed lunch in the gardens (thank you to all parents who supplied such great lunches as per our requests!) and then embarked on our afternoon sessions involving laying the correct place settings for a Victorian dinner table and becoming part of the household staff to wash aprons!
The Volunteers at the Long Shop were so impressed with our fantastic children that they have donated a small prize to the winner of the 'Design a Dolly Peg' Competition - (your child will let you know more). We are so grateful for their kind comments about our fabulous children but are also very proud of our Class for their brilliant behaviour, super learning and insightful questions during the day. A huge well done Class 2!
Thursday 19th April 2018 - School Farm and Country Fair
In the glorious sunshine of Thursday morning, Class 2 headed to Trinity Park for the School Farm and Country Fair. We had a fantastic day packed full of engaging and educational experiences. The children all seemed to really enjoy their day and all of the staff that accompanied Class 2 on the trip were really proud of the children and their behaviour throughout the day. We were very lucky to have a steward leading us around the show and our steward had a lovely local connection with the school living in the village.
We started off our day at the carrot show, an educational and humourous show all about carrots and how they are grown and harvested. The children learnt lots of interesting facts about carrots from this, why don't you ask them for a few?
We then learnt how to grow your own cricket bat, which was really interesting. Foskett Willows Ltd had made cricket bats for Freddie Flintoff and Ian Botham!
The Suffolk Beekeeper's Association showed us the vital role that bees play in pollination and how this helps us to produce the food we eat.
Next, we stopped at the Wild Meat Company, Sutton Hoo, Network Rail and The British Deer Society. During this time The East Anglian Air Ambulance landed in the show ring next to us. The children loved watching it land, it was very noisy!
A tractor and trailer ride was next. The children shouted at the driver to go faster! He kindly obliged, much to the delight of the children!
There was plenty of machinery to view, both old and new as we walked up to another demonstration ring to pitch up for lunch. There was a farrier shoeing horses next to the ring which we watched first. Then, in the ring was The Essex and Suffolk Hunt. The children got to go into the ring with the hounds.
After lunch we went into the Livestock Zone. There was plenty to see and feel in this area. The children loved all of the cows (and calves), sheep (and lambs), pigs, goats, horses and (best of all I think the children would agree) ducklings!
Whilst waiting for the final performance of the Sheep Show, we watched a falconry display in the ring. The day ended for us by watching The Sheep Show. It was a very humourous show where the children learnt about the different breeds of sheep, about the value of wool during the 15th - 18th Century, what wool is used for now and we saw a practical demonstration of how the wool is removed from the sheep. The show and our day ended by seeing the sheep dance!
Overall, it was thoroughly enjoyable day for all which we will hopefully be able to bring back into the classroom to continue the learning!
Spring Term 2018
Thursday 29th March 2018
After a term of hard work and fantastic effort from Class 2, we ended the term with a fun Easter themed activity. Class 2 had taken great care to weave paper baskets earlier in the week and on Thursday afternoon the children got to make use of their baskets by having to find them in an Easter hunt in the school gardens. When the children found their baskets they discovered that they had been filled with chocolate eggs!
Well done for a great term's work Class 2 - Enjoy!
Just to remind you all that it's Parents Evening on Tuesday 20th March. Please feel free to book an appointment to see Mrs Reeve and Mrs Lever via the school website.
The 'Beast from the East!'
On Monday 26th February 2018, Class 2 began work relating to 'The Beast from the East'. The children have been busy writing about what we did during the early half of the week and we hope to share their writing with you soon. This will be available on the newly created blog spot on the Class 2 page but the following pictures give you a preview of what happened when 'The Beast from the East' began to arrive in Orford......will there be a 'Beast from the East 2?! We'll have to wait and see!
22nd February 2018 -What a week!
Class 2 have had a very exciting week this week, involving a visit from a local farmer and his tractor and a basketball competition.
On the morning of Thursday 22nd February local farmer Andy Rankin brought his large John Deere tractor into school as part of the 'Tractors in Schools' week organised by the Suffolk Agricultural Association. He arrived in his tractor at break time much to the excitement of the whole school who all wanted to go and have a closer look at the tractor. It was Class 2 who were the lucky class!
Andy came into the classroom to start with, with a basket full of goodies to share with the children. He talked to the children about the role of a tractor in food production and showed them some soil samples and also some of the foods that the crops which grow in our area go on to produce. The children enjoyed the guessing game of which crop went to make each particular food.
We then went outside to see his tractor and he explained what type of tractor it was and what essential things the engine needed to keep it running.
We looked at the enormous wheels before the children were fortunate enough to be able to climb up into the tractor cab and have a go in the driver's seat!
We all had a great time learning about the crucial role tractors play in our food production and are very grateful to Andy Rankin for giving up his precious time (and tractor) to talk to Class 2.
The exciting day didn't end there for some of the class as they got kitted up and headed to a Under 9's Basketball tournament at Inspire Ipswich.
This whole squad played fantasically well and showed great team spirit and sportmanship. They got better and better as the tournament went on and for their first ever basketball tournament they really did themselves proud. Well done!
2018 u9's Basketball Squad.
Autumn term 2017
To any Parents who may have been able to help Mrs Lever on the afternoon of Thursday 14th December: We will not be doing the DT activity during that afternoon due to the annual tradition of a walk after the Christmas Lunch, so your offer of help will not be required - many apologies! We are sure that we will ask for support on another occasion and look forward to welcoming you then.
Friday 10th November 2017
After learning about suspense writing in Literacy all week, Class 2 went for a suspense walk around Orford to try to gain some inspiration from their local environment. Orford is the perfect setting to deliver inspiration in this field, so with cameras and clipboards at the ready we headed out. We were very fortunate to have Mrs Smy with us, who has expert local knowledge and thought up some great places to take the children. The first stop was at the castle where the pupils came up with some fantastic adjectives to describe the castle itself and then let their imaginations run wild deciding what could be living/hiding there! We spent a bit of time in the castle grounds, looking at the immense shadow created by the castle and some of the interesting trees there.
We then headed to the churchyard and looked at some of the older headstones and the ruins at the back of the church. We then headed down a narrow walled path, along a lane to the garage in Orford where there is a derelict house. The children stood at the old iron gate and looked at the ivy covered house which had a window open. The children were verbalising some excellent ideas for their suspense writing and were so engrossed that when a pigeon flapped loudly before taking off above their heads, it frightened them all! The children really enjoyed their suspense walk and have come up with some great ideas for their writing which I look forward to seeing next week.
In music, Class 2 are now learning to play a musical instrument...the recorder. If your child has a recorder that they would like to bring in for music then that is great, but please make sure they are labelled clearly. We have learnt the notes B and A so far and all seem to be enjoying the challenge of learning a new instrument. I very much hope to showcase their talents at the end of term!
Please can you ensure that all pupils have their P.E kit in school on Wednesdays and Fridays. This half term we are continuing invasion games and have started gymnastics.
On Friday 24th November we are having a Chistmas craft afternoon. If any parents are able and willing to help class two make their Christmas crafts then any help would be really appreciated. Please could you let Mrs Lever know so we have an idea of numbers.
Lastly, we are really looking forward to seeing the parents of Class 2 at parents evening this week. If you have not yet made an appointment please visit the school website. We look forward to seeing you then!
Wednesday 11th October, 2017
Friday 6th October
Earlier in the week we posted what Class 2 would be learning, so this post is to show how we have done!
The children produced some fantastic text maps on a non-chronological report on Ancient Mermaids. They worked together really well on this activity as teams sharing their ideas. Here are some pictures of them hard at work.
Towards the end of the week they finished off their work on the River Alde and Ore. We had a poetry circle during Literacy on Thursday where the class read their poems aloud. This was a really lovely positive session and so nice to see Class 2 supporting and encouraging one another. Some of Class 2 read their poems in celebration assembly today but if you were unable to see or hear their work we will be displaying their poems in a book outside Class 2 and also at parents evening in a few weeks.
As well as producing some fantastic poems, Class 2 also finished their artwork on the River Alde and Ore. This will be displayed in Orford Town Hall as part of an exhibition but to give you a taste of their fantastic efforts here are a few.
We have been counting in lots of different multiples this week and practising our times tables. Today Class 2 put their counting in muliples of 8 into practise by producing a dance motif to the count of 8 on the story of Peter Pan (one of the characters from our topic The Ancient Mappe of Fairyland.) They had to choreograph a dance between Peter Pan and his shadow to the count of 8 and could only make it longer by adding 8 beats on at a time.
Monday 2nd October, 2017
Friday 29th September 2017
This week class 2 have been working very hard practising their Harvest Samba and finishing their fantastic harvest art work. Their efforts really showed in church this afternoon when they delivered a polished performance to many parents and friends. They were holding up their art work in church but in case people didn't get a chance to see it properly it is now on display in the main corridor at school. A few pieces I thought were really spectacular and that the artist (pupil) had really listened in class during our drawing lessons,so their pieces are now up on our 'Wow Work' board in the classroom.
As well as being very creative with the harvest theme, Class 2 have also been thinking about their local area and in particular the river Alde and Ore. They have begun writing a poem about the Alde and Ore and started producing a piece of artwork on the river. They came up with some fantastic ideas when we were preparing for our poetry writing and thinking about what the river means to us. They had to think of ideas to do with:
- the water in the river Alde and Ore (describing it)
- The history of Orfordness
- Fun on/around the river
It was so lovely to see and hear all of their ideas and to see how proud they are of the area they live in. Here are their ideas on fun on/around the river.
Another fantastic week and a superb ending at the Harvest Festival. Well done Class 2!
Monday 25th September
Please see the main class 2 page for more information about our learning this week, plus a few pictures of our exciting trip to Bewilderwood last Tuesday. We had an amazing day! The children were brilliant!
Friday 15th September 2017.
Class 2 have been focussing on openings to stories this week in Literacy. They looked at the opening to 'A Boggle at Bewilderwood' in preparation for the school trip next week and then produced their own openings to a story. They concentrated on sentence writing towards the end of the week focussing on linking sentences together using connectives when possible and making sure that their sentences flowed on from one another. They produced some fantastic sentences about pictures that they were given as a stimulus in their groups and peer assessed each others to improve their work further.
In Maths Class 2 were learning about number lines and identifying and estimating numbers along a number line. We dodged the showers and headed out into the playground to form different human number lines. They were given a number and had to correctly position themselves along the number line in relation to others.
Music has also been spreading from the classroom as Class 2 begin their preparations for the Harvest Festival. You will no doubt hear snippets of this over the next few weeks as they practise at home!
Friday 8th September 2017.
Back to school!
This week we returned to school after the long summer break and although the weather in Suffolk had not been fantastic throughout the holidays class 2 certainly had seemed to have a lovely time. It was the first day at Orford Primary school for a few of us in class 2 (myself included) and the first day in a new class for our Year 3's. Wednesday was spent getting to know each other and settling back into school life and during the day the pupils completed a task around 'Austin's butterflies.' They had to draw a butterfly and then when finished their work they shared it with a peer and received specific feedback. They then had to have a second attenpt at drawing their butterfly using the advice they had just received from their peers. They learnt from this task that it doesn't matter if your first attempt is not always the best, to give and receive specific feedback and also to observe in detail. Class 2 were so proud of what they had produced and learnt during this activity that they shared it with the rest of the school in assembly this morning.
Much fun has been had beginning to explore our new topic for the term 'Quest' and the children in literacy have started writing stories imagining they have stepped into Fairyland. We will be working on developing our story writing skills over the next few weeks but I am very much looking forward to reading what they have produced!
We have started reading 'Peter Pan' for our class story in the afternoons this week and the children appear to be enjoying the story so far particularly the fact that the Darling children get looked after by a dog! We will be looking at some of the characters from Peter Pan in our dance unit which we started this afternoon. I was really impressed with the standard of dance in class 2 already so you may wish to ask to see some moves!!
Overall, it has been a great start to the term and we look forward to next week!
Summer Term 2017
Friday 30th June
On Monday morning the play gound was buzzing with excitement as the day had finally arrived for Class Two to go on their trip to Colchester Castle. It seemed a long way to go but the journeys there and back passed quickly. The children were very excited to see the castle and enjoyed an initial look at the Iron Age and Roman exhibits. They loved being able to handle things and try on clothes and shields. The next part of the trip took us down into the depths of the castle where we could see the remains of the foundation of the Roman temple. This part was led by the museum staff and it was wonderful to see the children able to answer so many questions about the Romans. We then had a more focused look at some of the exhibits before the excitemnt of lunch. After lunch we were put to work constructing a small Celtic round house and an equally small Roman villa. The children were beautifully behaved and I am sure that an interest in archaeology has been sparked in a few of them.
Friday 16th June
This week has been another busy one in Class Two. We have continued to learn about life in the Roman Army,explored an art programme in ICT and Art, carried out experiments in Science to see how far a toy car will travel on different surfaces and learnt a song about Glenn Miller which the children were going to come home and teach you! I am not sure if that bit happened but in class we enjoyed singing it in a round and watched a video of Glenn Miller's dance band playing "In the Mood". It sounds as if Tuesday's Outdoor Learning Day was enjoyed by all the children in Class Two. The Year 4's planned and then wrote some wonderful reports about the day. It would take too long to type them all up so here is one of the reports written by Chloe.
OUTDOOR LEARNING DAY
On the 13th June 2017 the whole school did an Outdoor Learning Day. We got put into three groups and there were three activities which were weaving, building dens and making tracks to find teddies. But for now I'm only going to tell you about one of them which is den building.
Lola and I decided to build a den together on Class One's pirate ship. We had to use curtain, pegs, blue tubes, planks, sticks and stones for weapons.
Lola and I first had to hang the curtain from one side of class one's pirate ship to the other side and we used pegs to hold it in place, then we put a blue tube on the back for an engine. There was a tiny room where the steering wheel was and we put a plank over the room for the roof. Lola and I had to rebuild the den because James knocked it down the first time. We felt very angry but we still got on with it and rebuilt it again.
The best part of outdoor Learning Day was building dens because you were not told what to do and you got to use your imagination. it was fun and I hope that we can do it again next year.
Friday 12th May
It has been lovely to be back in the classroom this week and I have had such a warm welcome from the children.
This week in Maths Year 4 have been using coordinates to plot positions on a grid and thinking about what movements are needed to move from one position to another on the grid; these are called translations. We have also planned complex routes across a grid and recorded them.
Our literacy has been connected with History this week as we are thinking about the Roundhouses that the Celts built and learning the facts that we will be including in a piece of non-fiction writing. The children have started making their own roundhouses which we will use to create a model homestead in the classroom. Whether or not they are robust enough to withstand a Roman invasion that has yet to happen has yet to be seen!
Ms Brown's absence
Sadly Ms Brown is still absent from the classroom after breaking her ankle during half term in February. Although she is recovering, she will not be back in the classroom for a few more weeks. We are arranging cover for her during her absence.
At the end of the Easter term, we advertised for a Class teacher for Class 2 for the Autumn term, as sadly Ms Brown will be leaving us at the end of the school year. We are pleased to be able to tell you that we have appointed two teachers to share the post - Mrs Reeve, who Yr 3 already know, and Mrs Lever. We will be sad to say goodbye to Ms Brown, but we look forward to welcoming two new members to our staff.
3rd February 2017
Mysterious red footprints appeared in the kitchen garden on Monday morning. The children have been in role as police officers and journalists to try and find out what happened and write up reports. Today there was a breakthrough as many witnesses came forward with different accounts of what happened; graffitti artists; Miss Cannon; a thief with a bucket of red paint; or someone involved in a high speed chase hiding in our garden who stepped in the paint. Once the children's imaginations got going there was no stopping them!
In Science this week we have continued our work on food chains and Geography has focused on the physical and human features of the local landscape.
This afternoon a small forest grew in our art lesson:
26th January 2017
Last week as part of our Science, Literacy and Geography work we went on a trip to Captain's Wood in Sudborne. It was a beautiful day and the children had a great time learning about trees and walking through the woods. We made friends with a tree, giving them a hug, exploring their texture and size, taking their photo, sketching their bark and making videos. A highlight of the trip was watching the deer run across heathland towards the wood.
The children were encouraged to follow up the outing in any way that they wanted. Below are some of the drawings, writing and poetry that was produced last Friday. We also had some posters and maps drawn, some of them detailing the trees that they had studied.
This week as we have focused on how to write a good report of the trip and the first hand experience of visiting the wood has had a positive impact on the children's writing.
13th January 2017
We have had a busy week in Class two. Everyone has been working hard and it has been lovely to get to the end of this week and share some of the wonderful poems (mostly about animals) that the children finished today. We have also been busy in Maths working hard on the mental addition of 2,3 and 4 digit numbers and solving problems . We started to think about forests and will soon be visiting one in the area to extend our knowledge. The snow today caused great excitement and in art we had fun creating silhouettes of trees in snowy landscapes by blowing black paint.
This week we have been working hard on making Pop Up books . We have combined the work that we have done in Literacy on Traditional Tales with our Design and Technology to make beautifully, illustrated books with flaps that open, pictures that pop up and sliders that make things move if you pull them. the children have worked hard on planning, organising themselves, working co-operatively as well as carefully making their page of the story. Next week we hope to go and share them with Class 1.
As part of our work on collage this half term we looked at the work of Gustav Klimt. His use of shape, pattern and colour inspired us to create this display called "We Three KIngs". We had great fun designing our shapes, finding out if they would fit together without spaces and in the process got covered in glue and glitter.
In literacy we have been working in groups to retell tradtional tales, each person in the group has written part of the story. next we will be working on illustrating our part of the story and in Design and Technology we will make part of our picture move.
In maths this week we are looking at fractions, thinking about shapes as well as numbers.
We have been learning about Earthquakes in Geography and finding out about how Fossils are created in Science. Last week we were testing rocks to see if they were permeable, working in small teams we had to check carefully to see if our test was fair.
We have been thinking about Traditional Tales in Literacy and thought about exciting words and sentences that we could use in the part of the story called the build up. In maths we have been thinking about multiplication and divsion and using our tables to help us .
Preparation for Christmas begins today with whole school dressed in Christmas jumpers etc making festive decorations.
This week children in Class Two have learnt some more about volcanoes and made careful models of them for their homework as well as watching our own mini volcano erupt on the playground. We have studied some rocks in Science, drawing them and carefully observing their features.
We have had fun adding speech bubbles to some cartoon drawings and then writing the words as a play. We will go on to use speech marks to write it as a short story. Our work on addition and subtraction culminates with some problem solving , using the skills we have been learning this week.