Our topic this half term is
'All Creatures Great and Small'
Food Chains were our next stop on our animal adventure. We learnt all about the different elements of the food chain including the producer, primary consumer secondary consumer and thought about which animals prey on other animals. We also considered which animals in the food chains were herbivores, carnivores or omnivores.
To kick start our topic based around animals from different habitats all around the world we delved into a investigation based on POO! Yes you read right, POO! We had lots of clues about animals poo and footprints which had been found on the school grounds over the Christmas holidays and we had to predict which animals we thought had left them behind by taking a close look at their poo. We discovered it was a frog, a rabbit, a cow and a bird.
Our Topic this half term is 'Who were the Victorians?'
We were invited to Newstead Abbey to celebrate a Victorian Christmas with Mr Webb and the staff of his great house. There we made gifts, played games, watched a magic lantern show and even sang a Christmas carol! We had a fantastic time!
Major Glad, Major Dizzy
To supports us in retelling the story of Major Glad, Major Dizzy we looked closely at the images from the books and in small groups created freeze frames. We then developed this by adding thought tapping. We considered what the characters in our freeze frames might be thinking and when we shared our freeze frames with the class Miss Rushby would tap us and we shared our characters thoughts and help us gain a deeper understanding of the story.
Our Topic this term is 'What Make Me a Superhero'
We had great fun in Year 2 giving our superhero audition speeches and spending time in the superhero training room! We took part in activities to develop our agility, balance, co-ordination, listening and reaction skills. We have some great potential Superheros amongst us!
We teamed up with Year 1 to share the Superhero alter-egos we had created. The children rehersed what they were going to say thinking about making eye contact with the listener, their volume and speed at which they spoke. Both the children in Year 1 and 2 thoroughly enjoyed this activity and the Year 1 children had some great feedback for the Year 2's.
We used a computer programme 'Purple Mash' to combine text and images to create a top trump style card for our Superhero alter-egos. We learnt how to change the font colour and style, insert an image, save and print our work and gained experience in using the keyboard to type up our information.
We worked with Mr Kemp to develop our Superhero Accessory designs into Pop Art inspired art work. We used a technique using tracing paper to transfer our designs several times onto a large sheet of paper and then selected four different coloured paints to add colour to the design. We thought carefully about the way we were holding our pencils and paintbrushes to achieve the best results!
Here we are using our chopping and cutting skills preparing our Russian salad.After researching what crops were grown in Spain and Russia .
Lighthouse - drama session
To kick off our creative writing about the short animation 'Lighthouse' the children predicted what they thought happened as the bulb in the lighthouse went out and a boat was about to collide with some rocks i the stormy sea! They then bought their ideas to life through drama and and creating some freeze frames. This helped them to sequence their ideas ready for story planning.
PSHE Talking Point 5
Our book for this talking point was 'Do not lick this book!" We took a germ, found on the book, on journey and everywhere we went we seemed to pick up another germ! This led to discussion around where germs are found and how we can keep ourselves healthy by ensuring we wash our hands, cover our mouths when we cough and wash our hands and use a tissue when we sneeze to Catch it Bin it Kill it!!
Command and statement sentences
We had great fun working in our groups to sort the sentences into commands and statements. We were spotting the bossy verbs that instruct someone to do something.
Using commas in a list
We used objects from around the room to create lists using commas and end to separate the last two items. Our lists began with Mrs Rushby needs a...
Sketching skills - shading
During our second session with Mr Kemp we worked on developing our shading skills with one pencil considering pressure and gaps between the lines we make. We used both a pencil and pencil crayon to make a shading effect which went form dark to light.
Dane - superhero movement patterns
We have listened to and compared two contrasting pieces of music and discussed the images created in our mind in response to them. We then explored movements in response to the music discussing how the music changed and in turn how we could change our movements. We considered both speed and height. We have now chosen two balances and three movements to create a movement pattern to the chosen piece of music. We will practice this ready to perform to Miss Mumby's class at the end of the half term.
Materials and their properties
We have been exploring different objects and the materials they are made from. We explored the outdoors first and found things made from wood, metal, brick, clay, rope and glass. We then explore a tough spot full of different materials and discussed their properties. This is going to help us next week when we choose appropriate materials to create a super hero accessory designs.
Comparing Objects and Numbers
PSHE-Talking Point 2
Our book for talking point two was Charlie and Lola 'I will not ever never eat a tomato'. This book sparked discussion about our favourite fruits and vegetables and ones we are not so keen on! We got to try some pomegranate seed, kiwi, fig and apricot during a tasting session and we mapped our favourite on a bar chart. We have also talked about what a healthy diet looks like created our own healthy diet fridges.
Sketching skills - creating effects
We thoroughly enjoyed our first session in the art area this half term with Mr Kemp. We explored different pencils and observed the different marks they make. We then moved onto to experimenting with different sketching techniques such as cross hatching.
For the first three days of the term we got 100% attendance! Fantastic! Little G came to stay and we have had lots of fun watching him burrow in the sawdust! Miss Rushby also got Little G out and we all got to hold him. Lets keep us this great attendance!
Our Class Bear
At the beginning of the term Mrs Waby entered a competition to win us a class bear. Guess what? She won! Here we are putting in his stuffing to make him cuddly. Next week we will be having a vote to name him or her.
PSHE- Talking Point 1
This week we have been talking all about how to be healthy. We considered way we could keep both our minds and bodies healthy. Take a look at our list! At the end of the week we practised some meditation.
The Hare and the Tortoise
For our first full week back we shared the story of the Hare and the Tortoise. We talked about the attributes of the each of the characters and sorted them. Some of the characters shared the same attributes. We then created our own story maps and retold the story. Remember slow and steady wins the race!
We looked at our community in terms of our family, extended family, clubs we attend, Church or other religious group we might attend, our school, the local community etc. We then looked closer at our community here are school, who is a part of and what identifies us as a community.
Partitioning and recombining numbers
This week we have been learning to partition numbers in lots of different ways using the part/part/whole model, dienes, place value counters and place value charts. We have been recording them in a word sentences and as an addition sentences.