As part of our theme looking at developments in Brandesburton over time, class 2 were set the challenge of redesigning the front playground for their homework. We measured the playground using trundle wheels first and found that the space available was 24 metres long by 11 metres wide. There were some very creative ideas – zipwires were very popular as were nature areas. James C, Charlie, Nancy, Jack, Pippa and Phoebe especially impressed me with the clarity and imagination of their designs which are shown below. We might not get a zipwire but we are hoping that Keystage One will soon get some new equipment and some playground game markings so the children can make better use of the space.
We had a fantastic visit to Hull yesterday, aided by lots of sunshine and well-behaved, attentive and enthusiastic children. I will post some photographs when I get chance. The museum that we had the least amount of time in was the Streelife Museum. The children seemed really interested in all the displays of cars, trams and old shop fronts. We didn’t get chance to go to the upstairs galleries but the museum is free and you might like to visit over the half-term holiday if you have no plans. Right next door is the East Riding Museum and close by is Wilberforce House, both are also free. At the back of Wilberforce House is a lovely enclosed garden where we had our lunch – it is perfect for a picnic!
Last week year 2 pupils completed national SATs tests in reading, spelling, grammar and maths. We were very fortunate to complete them all in one week as our pupils were all here each day. This meant we could celebrate at the end of the week with some well-earned buns, sweets and biscuits. All of class 2 tried their very best and I was very proud of their resilience and their attitude to the tests, remembering that of course they are only six and seven years old.
After a busy start to the week with our visit to the construction site, we were then lucky enough to take part in a circus skills workshop hosted by Mr Dan. The children loved all the activities which included juggling, plates spinning, tightrope walk and diabolo. There could certainly be a few future performers among our pupils!
Class 2 were given the opportunity to visit the new housing development on the corner of New Road. Jim the site manager was very helpful and the children gained lots of information on house building and were very impressed by the machinery. The visit gave us the opportunity to discuss why the new housing development might be needed, as part of our ‘All around us’ theme.
Class 2 enjoyed the challenges of science and engineering week, especially investigating what sort of paper made the best paper aeroplane and designing a bridge with very limited materials. They also enjoyed their visit from a real scientist – Mr Carey!
This afternoon we spent some time remembering how to mix primary colours to make secondary colours and using them in our Christopher Corr artwork. This will be displayed as soon as it is dry. Our next task is to design and paint some completely original artwork in the style of Christopher Corr.
As the weather was a bit cold today we practised our ball skills in the hall. Class 2 had fun trying to balance and then jump with a soft ball between their ankles or their knees. We then practised accurate throwing and catching and finished with a circular ball skills game.
Just a few photos from our spelling games helping us the practise the -er, -est, -ed suffix rule and some of our ball control skills in PE.
Happy New Year everyone and welcome to the start of an exciting year. Class 2 have got lots to be busy with this term as they will be learning all about the history of flight. We have already started by watching some amusing video clips on youtube of early flight. The class really enjoyed them so they might want to watch them again at home! We have also been practising our colour mixing ahead of doing our bright and colourful art unit featuring the work of Christopher Corr.
Below is the link to the early flight video.