The country has come together to create rainbows in all different forms to show our thanks to all the Key Workers who, although the advice is to stay at home and distance ourselves socially, still need to go to work to keep us safe, ensure we have food to eat and look after children whose parents are Key Workers too. Here are some of the Rainbows we have been creating!
Poppi's Bean Plant
Poppi got in touch and sent this picture of her bean plant. Look at how much it has grown! Its stem is getting taller and stronger and the leaves have grown. You are clearly doing a fantastic job of caring for your plant Poppi and making sure it has everything it needs to thrive! Well done!
Home Learning with Lottie
Lottie has been keeping really busy with her home learning tasks and is really taking pride in her work. Great to see Lottie! She loved creating her own sandwich called the "Sweetastic Sugarlicious Choocy Egg Sandwich" and it looked delicious! She has also been joining in with the Joe Wicks P.E lessons, has been out for walks and played in the garden to keep herself fit and healthy. Take care Lottie we are missing you lots!
Home learning with Jake
It was great to hear from Jake and see that he has created a nice area in his bedroom where he can complete his home learning. His cat even lays on his bed for a snooze whilst Jake is busy learning! Jake is enjoying P.E with Joe Wicks and has an extremely wobbly tooth that is hanging by a thread! He hopes that you are all keeping safe and misses you all lots!
Home Learning with - Finley
It was great to hear from Finley at the end of our first week of home learning. Whilst working hard on the home learning tasks he has also been helping his dad in the garden and setting up his own cress experiment. Fantastic! Your Sausage Roll Surprise sandwich sounds delicious and what a lovely treat for your mum on mothers day!
Our last week in School for the Spring Term and we were joined but Little G the Gerbil. Little G visits classes with the best attendance for the previous week. Miss Rushby loves Little G, he has even been home with her over the holidays. Here he is helping Miss Rushby with her work before the children came into school.
We tried our hand at being scientists during Science week . We made boats from different materials and tested the ammount of time they would stay afloat
Here we are learning about 3D shapes!
Our topic this half term is
'All Creatures Great and Small'
P.E - Sports Hall Athletics
We have now moved onto our Sports Hall Athletics focus in our P.E session. The children practiced their skills in the Javelin, target throw, vertical jump, speed bounce and the standing long jump. This week the focus activity was the standing long jump where we modeled and practices the technique of bending our knees and swinging our arms to propel ourselves forwards. Miss Rushby recorded our distances to see if we can beat them after we have had some more practice.
World Book Day - Poetry Festival prop making
For world book day this year we focused on our chosen class poems, spending time rehearsing them both in terms of oracy and performance and making props. As we are going to be school children and teachers in our performance we chose to design and make school ties and hair bows. We thoroughly enjoyed the 'Read a Million Stories theme' and had many opportunities during the day to add to our total. We also took part in a secret storyteller session at the end of the day which was enjoyed by all!
D&T - using reclaimed materials
Thanks to the generous donations of the children we were inundated with plastic, bottles, boxes, cartons etc. With these we have started to create our own forest, selecting appropriate materials to make trees, birds, tiger and butterflies from the reclaimed items. We had to think carefully about the shapes we wanted to create and which materials were the most appropriate. We then had to consider how were were going to cut and join these to create our 3D models.
Science - Living, Dead or Never Lived
To get our topic off to a roaring start we had a morning of outdoor learning investigating our locality. We used Ipads to take pictures of all the things we saw. We even found a magic key to let us out of the school gate to investigate the area beyond. Once we returned to the classroom we categorised the things we had seen according to whether they were living, dead or never been alive. We consider the evidence we need to decide something was alive and thought carefully about why something is now dead and what is was when it was alive. For example the wooden bench had once been a tree.
In the final week of Spring 1 KS1 we rewarded for all of their hard work with a giant inflatable assault course! We all had so much fun!
Our focus for E-safety week was to create a SAFE online profile. We looked at the SMART rules for being online and summarised them to support our thinking. We considered our the details of our username and not sharing any personal information.
When we saw it snowing outside we could not resist! We wrapped up warm and headed outside to play!
Autumn Term Attendance Treat
As we got the best overall attendance for the Autumn term we headed over to pets corner at Samworth Academy and enjoyed our time with the wide array of animals they care for there. The cat wandered amongst us so Miss Rushby had to watch out as she took the mouse around to see the children!
P.E - Gymnastics - Week 5
This week we got to practise everything we have learnt so far on the apparatus. We created sequences including movement and balance and finally a jump.
We explored different instruments and created a range of beats (patterns).
Maths - Arrays
We used Numicon pegs and peg boards to explore interpreting and making arrays to support us with our topic on Multiplication.
Creating our Habitats
We combine our D&T and Art skills and worked in small groups to create our own mini versions of the habitats we have been learning about. We consider, the climate, environment, what grows there and the kinds of animals you would find there. We used cellophane, sand, polystyrene, small stones and a variety of other materials to create the habitat exploring lots of different ways of shaping and joining the materials we used so as they fit their purpose. We then used salt dough to shape the animals we would find in our habitats, used tools to add texture/pattern and then painted them once dry. We can't wait to showcase our creations at our Family Assembly!
Vocabulary - definition hunters
As we read the animal riddles together we picked out any vocabulary we were unsure of. We then worked in small groups to sort through the key vocabulary and definitions matching them. We checked our answers using the dictionary and searched for the meaning of any other words we identified during reading that were not defined in the activity.
P.E - Gymnastics - Week 4
This week Miss Lockwood taught us how to do some rolls. We tried out the log roll, dish, arch, dish and side to side roll.
Animal Riddle Orienteering
Children worked in small groups to solve clues. Each clue led them to an area outdoors and once there they found a piece of the animal riddle. Once all five clues were solved and each piece of the riddle collected the children headed back inside to layout the riddle and try and work out which animal it was describing. It was a frog! We discussed how the clues gave you more information and narrowed it down as you got to the end of the riddle. We also looked at the different way each clue/part of the riddle was written to support our writing later it the sequence of learning.
Big Garden Bird Watch
This year we took part in the Big Garden Bird Watch. We quietly and calmly (so as not to scare the birds away) ventured outside with our tally charts and binoculars to record the different types of birds we saw. The Blackbird was the most common bird found in our school environment closely followed buy seagulls. This sparked great discussion as to why they are not by the seaside! We also saw some pigeons and magpies. We had lots of fun and found some great facts about blackbirds using the Ipads when we returned inside.
Habitat investigation - Pond
We were blessed with a lovely sunny, dry day to head down to the pond to learn more about this habitat. We answered question such as what types of animals live in this habitat? Where do those animals get their energy from (producer)? How are the animals adapted to live there? We had great fun and found lots of different animals living in the pond such as water snails and water boatman.
Gymnastics - Week 2
We warmed our bodies up this week by playing the traffic light game. On amber we got ready by jumping, hopping etc. and when the colour changed to green we moved like the animals Miss Lockwood taught us in Week 1. Bear, caterpillar, bunny, spider and giraffe. During this weeks lesson we learnt how to turn our gymnastic shapes (star, tuck, stretch) into jumps. We even learnt a half turn jump. We had to remember our landing shape each time (bent knees and arms out). Once we had practice our movements, shapes and jumps we took these onto the apparatus. We moved along the beam like one of the animals and then did a star, tuck, stretch or half turn jump off the box at the end.
One of our Maths topics this half term has been money. We have learnt to recognise coins and notes, make amounts in pounds, pence and pounds and pence, select the right money to make the value give and find the change.
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.
Gymnastics - Week 1
We all loved our first Gymnastics lesson with our coach for this half term Miss Lockwood. We learnt how to move like a bear, giraffe, bunny, caterpillar and spider. We also learn lots of gymnastics shapes such as the straddle, star, pike, stretch and tuck.
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.
In RE we looked at the similarities between Christianity and Judaism . We also looked at the symbols of the Christmas wreaths and helped to construct one.
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 . When we shared our freeze frames with the class Miss Rushby would tap us and we shared our characters thoughts to 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!
DT Here we are creating our Super hero accessories .There were so many amazing designs and we really enjoyed making them from our design plans.
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.