Wow what a busy first term at school the children have had! They have got to know their new school, classroom, outdoor area, teachers and made lots of new friends! They have looked at the book The Leaf Man and imagined the many adventures that he might have gone on. They have also created ART in the style of Andy Goldsworthy. In Autumn 2 the children enjoyed our book the Everywhere Bear through role play, writing poetry and retelling the story. This term the children have loved learning about lots of different celebrations such as Halloween, Bonfire Night, Remembrance Day and of course Christmas!
What a busy time we had in Mouse Class this half term! We started the term by talking about Autumn and the book Pumpkin Soup by Helen Cooper. We made Pumpkin Soup with our friends. Some of us liked it and some of us didn’t.
Then we had a special fireworks day. We made sparklers, put on our gloves, drew fireworks and drank soup by the pretend fire.
We also thought about Remembrance Day and made our own poppies to display in class.
We had great fun on Children In Need day and all joined in with the Big Move with Joe Wicks and Pudsey Bear. Mrs Edwards was very tired afterwards!
We also read the book “The Everywhere Bear” by Julia Donaldson. In the book, the bear travels around the world in lots of different ways. We did lots of work around the book including writing and building. What can you see that we did?
And then to finish the year, we all took part in our fantastic Nativity which was written by Miss Walters. Some of us even had speaking parts. We were brilliant. All of our photos were shared on Tapestry. We are stars!
Year Two recycled plastic bags into fabulous new kites to fly.
Making Christmas decorations using only natural materials with our fantastic parents and carers. We even made our adults a nasty treat of a mince pie each to help start the festive season.
Look at what we have been up to in Fox Class.
As part of our topic Leaf Squirrel Class have been busy investigating ice and its properties. They were given the challenge of picking up an ice cube using a piece of thread. Tying thread around an ice cube is slippery and chilly for the fingers so they investigated using cold water and salt to melt and refreeze the ice cube with the thread inside. The children loved this experiment and couldn’t wait to find out the outcome.
The children have been busy this half term with making a story map for their writing. They used Lego to create models to represent the setting and pictures to show the character and what went wrong in the story. The children then used post-it notes to add phrases and adjectives which they wanted to include in their story. In Maths they enjoyed learning the properties and names of 3D shapes. In PE the children learnt some yoga poses and created their own simple story using the yoga poses, which they loved. They ended the year with a fantastic Nativity production where all the children made us very proud.
On the 29th November, the whole school took part in a Day of Calm, led by Suzy Brooks, who is part of the WNDSSP. We all started the day with an assembly, to introduce some techniques and to set the tone for the day. It was amazing to see the whole school, children and adults, focused on their breathing and concentration.
We then took it in turns in our year groups to take part in a 45 minute workshop, where, alongside our teddies, we learnt how to control our breathing, how to remain focused and calm and how to take 5 minute breaks in our learning to allow oxygen to flow back into our brains. We all left feeling very relaxed and felt that our well being had improved.
At lunch time out 24 sports’ leaders had a meeting where they were taught ways to lead a calm session within their class. They came up with some fantastic ideas of their own!
Thanks to Suzy who led such an incredible day! I hope the children and parents, who were sent some information via Parent Mail, can use some of the ideas at home to help to feel calm, especially with Christmas approaching!
This week Year 2 have been learning all about global warming and the impact it is having on the Arctic. They enjoyed writing persuasive speeches and coming up with solutions about how the Arctic could be saved. The children also enjoyed their science experiment trying to keep the ice cold.