Class 2 have worked very hard on their artwork linked to the story of Giraffes can’t Dance. Please have a look on Friday during library time if you get the chance.
Some of our class have brought in and shared things linked to our theme of Africa.
This week we have started the curriculum proper and have settled down to spelling and handwriting work, geography work and exploring the text of Giraffes Can’t Dance. The class have worked their socks off so far and I couldn’t be more prouder of their start to year two.
What a brilliant first few days we have had in class two. Everyone has excitedly recounted what they did over their summer holidays and has settled down into the new routines of class two. The children have had time to explore their new classroom and its resources. We played lots of games in the hall and learnt to ‘give each other a smile’. They have also discussed their own ideas and opinions for a class charter and have voted for the top five suggestions. We finished the week by having lots of fun playing parachute games. Next week we are going to learn to dance to songs from the Lion King – watch this space!
It hardly seems like two minutes since we were just starting out in the Autumn term and now we are nearly at the end of the school year and class 2 pupils are starting their transition into Key Stage Two. We have had an action packed year and crammed so many activities and events in and even survived year 2 SATs. We still have a little way to go…. Crest Science Award challenges to complete, our last bit of English work writing our stories based on the work of the author Anthony Browne, the year 6 leavers play to watch and the career dress-up day on Thursday to name but a few so we shall be busy to the end. I am sure we will fit in time during the last week to have a little party and celebrate all of our achievements during the year. Thank-you so much for all of your support this year, there would have been so many things we couldn’t have done without you. Hopefully together this year we have really helped your children to learn, to grow and to achieve.
Our theme for our food technology work this term was ‘party food’. We decided to make a range of pizzas and also some tray bakes. Some of the ideas that the class came up with for homework were excellent and we certainly had fun when it came to the making and the eating. Many thanks to all of the adults who came to help to prevent chaos taking over in the classroom!
Class 2 are very lucky to be piloting the Crest Science Awards. Between now and the end of term the pupils have to complete eight science challenges. Examples of their work and photographs will be uploaded to the Crest website and on completion of all of the challenges, the pupils will be rewarded with a certificate. The challenges all relate to the Key Stage one programme of study for science but are enquiry based and therefore allow the children to lead learning and develop their questioning and investigative abilities. We have so far successfully completed three challenges; these relate to minibeasts, identifying trees and classifying objects made from trees and creating a rainbow collage from natural and scavenged materials. Next week we will be moving onto investigating materials, including what materials would make a good umbrella, although I hope the sun continues to shine and we don’t need to use them!
Mr Mallison and I had the opportunity to swap classes and each teach one of the areas that we are the subject leader for. This meant that I delivered a French lesson to class 4 and Mr Mallison came to class 2 to give us an exciting lesson in music. The children were able to compose and play in in an ensemble and really enjoyed their opportunity. Thank-you Mr M!
As promised, here are a few photographs from our school visit which was enjoyed by everyone.
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.