This term we have been lucky enough to have been visited by ‘Rock Steady Music School’ who use different musical instruments to create a band. They delivered a fantastic assembly and a workshop for every year group. We all loved clapping and singing along to the songs we hear on the radio. There are now children receiving tuition for different musical instruments and are learning how to work as a band. For more information, please contact the school office or visit their website @ https://www.rocksteadymusicschool.com/
In Literacy we learnt about the Royal family and what is great about Great Britain. We learnt about the capital cities and some of the famous London landmarks related to the Royal family. We also had a trip to Norwich castle where we learnt about the amazing life of Florence Nightingale. As Nightingale was known as the lady with the lamp we made our own versions and we got to handle different artefacts that she would have used during her life time.
In Maths we focused on measures, place value, shape, addition and subtraction. We ordered numbers from smallest to largest, compared the capacity of different containers and solved addition and subtraction calculations using concrete and pictorial methods. Using shapes hunts we also named and recognised different 3D shapes.
In Science, we did experiments with eggs, as it was Easter! First we soaked raw eggs in water, orange juice or vinegar and left them for 3 days. We then tested the eggs to see if they would bounce if we dropped them. The egg soaked in vinegar was spongy and squashy but it did break, even though it was not supposed to!
We then experimented with a hard-boiled egg to test air pressure. We started by lighting some newspaper that was put it into a glass bottle to change the pressure inside. Then we quickly placed the hard-boiled egg on top and watched the egg getting sucked into the bottle. We all love Science!
In R.E we listened to and discussed the Easter story. We then retold the story and sequenced pictures.
Slithering across the hard forest floor
Moves the hungry snake.
He is looking for an animal
From which his dinner he can make.
Under green plants and over dead leaves
He silently glides.
Camouflaged with pretty green patterns
Amongst the leafy rainforest he hides.
An unsuspecting tapir stops to eat a leaf
To the greedy snake, he tasted just like beef!
This term Year 2 have been learning about the rainforests. We have worked extremely hard to produce our own non-fiction books. Every single child has pushed themselves to improve their own handwriting and their use of vocabulary; with many starting the pages again and again because they knew that they could do even better. The Owl Class are so proud of theirs that they would like to share them with you. Each child has chosen the page that they are most proud of. Some children have asked to include some of their adjectives, noun phrases and explanation sentences that they feel are particularly impressive and others have asked to include some very important messages that they would like shared about the future of the rainforest. We have also been doing some wonderful artwork inspired by the rainforest and the work of Henri Rousseau. We are now moving on to rainforest poems and stories.
The lush green leafy rainforest is home to over half of all of the species of animal, plants and insects in the whole entire world.
Help save the amazing rainforest with all of the fluffy and feathery fantastic animals that live there.
Please help to save the tropical drenched rainforest because this spectacular habitat is getting destroyed and these precious animals are going on the extinction list.
Did you know that every single second a piece of rainforest the size of a football pitch is destroyed?
Did you know that every twenty-four hours between 150 and 200 species of plant and animals become extinct; that means they will never exist again?
“What a black, spotty, long, soft, shaggy furred, sharp pointy teethed and sharp clawed hungry pouncing jaguar it is!”
What a mystical magical green leafy place it is!
Now I am sure that all of you know,
The long shaggy sloth is very slow.
He likes to hang from the tall leafy tree,
Camouflaged with green slimy algae.
With long curly claws he holds on tight,
Hanging on all day and all night.
Then suddenly you might hear a big crash,
As down he falls with a great splash.
Into the blue water, deep and wet,
Because he likes to swim, don’t forget!
The fierce jaguar has big soft paws with long sharp claws.
The green leafy rainforest is being terrorised by loggers, farmers, cattle ranchers and pollution. Did you know that we are helping to destroying the rainforest and make the animals become extinct by eating Nutella and lush Cadbury’s Cream Eggs?
The sloth hangs lazily from the hard brown branch with his long curly claws then drops down into the shimmering crystal blue water.
What a slithering, slippery, climbing, gobbling, hungry anaconda it is!
Did you know that in one hundred years’ time children will be learning about jaguars, orangutans and sloths like we learn about dinosaurs because they will be extinct like they are?
Help save the explosion of life that is the rainforest before there is none left.
The toucan is an unusual bird,
As I’m sure that you have heard.
Its bright colourful beak is half its size,
With which it gobbles up black buzzing flies.
It also likes sweet dripping juicy fruit,
And small green lizards that are rather cute.
Their necks are short and their bodies too,
Their feathers are black or shimmering blue.
They use their bills like a long sharp sword,
With them around you are never bored.
With their friends they roughly fight,
Trying to beat them with all of their might.
You will always find them in pairs or a flock,
Their deep rainforest parties really rock.
Rainforests are amazing lush leafy green beautiful environments,
Animals large and small, fierce and friendly, furry and scaly all call this their home,
Indigenous people, live harmoniously and sustainably there too,
Nocturnal creatures keep the rainforest buzzing through the deep dark night,
Fantastical flying fish swim down the crystal blue winding river,
Only 1% of this incredible environment has been discovered so far,
Rain drops fall, drip drop, light and heavy, every day,
Explosions of life have never been so magical and mystical,
Shimmering sparkling blue waterfalls splash onto the hard forest floor,
This amazing place must not be destroyed and lost forever!
This half term, Year 2 have continued to follow Esmerelda as she travels around the world through space and time in her amazing travelling machine.
At the start of the term she sent us the following letter:
“Wow what a journey I have had. Days of beautiful uninterrupted ocean. It was incredible, some days the ocean was completely still only broken by the breach of a whale or the dive of a dolphin. Other days there were strong winds and violent waves as the rain beat ferociously down on my vessel. It was quite an adventure but here I am at last, buried deep in the heart of the Amazon Rainforest.
It is absolutely amazing. There are a million different greens surrounding me, I can’t move without a plant touching my body. Everything feels so big and huge. The rain is falling thickly in drops as big as blueberries but it’s so warm that it isn’t a problem at all. There’s probably more life here per square metre than anywhere else on the entire planet and all of the plants and animals are connected together in life and death. The noise is incredible, so many insects, birds and mammals singing their own songs.
Apparently the Amazon Rainforest is home to 427 different mammals, 1,300 types of bird, 378 species of reptiles and more than 400 types of amphibians. In the past hour alone I have seen a gold lion tamarin, a capybara, a giant anteater, a green iguana, a glass frog, a sloth, a river dolphin and a flock of macaws. It is fantastic to be surrounded by so many different amazing creatures. However, I am so alert for the deadly bugs and snakes that I just can’t fully relax.”
Inspired by Esmerelda we have used the rainforest to base all of our learning around. We have all been researching the rainforests and have made fantastic information books of which we are extremely and justifiably proud. We have also used it to inspire some interesting geographical research and fabulous artwork. We had a fantastic afternoon last week when parents were able to join us for an afternoon of rainforest crafts.
The role of Nurture throughout Drayton Infant School is highly valued. Our specialised Nurture Group will continue to be run by experienced staff in the Woodland Room after February half term. The emphasis on the principles and practice that we have provided so far will continue. Here is how we do it.
Children’s learning is understood developmentally.
Children all develop at different rates and in the nurture group environment we respond to that by providing learning experiences targeted to the individual child and to earlier stages that may not have been accessed. We assess where the children are and their progress using an assessment system called Boxall Profile.
The classroom offers a safe base.
The organisation of the Woodland Room and the way the group is managed is designed to reduce children’s anxieties and provide a link between emotional containment and cognitive learning. We offer a balance of educational (all areas of the foundation curriculum + science are covered) and domestic experiences like cooking and eating together. All activities are aimed at supporting the development of the children’s relationships with one another and with the staff. Our sessions are structured and follow predictable routines, great attention is paid to detail and the adults are reliable and consistent in their approach.
Nurture is important for the development of self-esteem.
Nurture involves listening and responding. Children respond to being valued and thought of as individuals – we notice and praise the small achievements. In the Woodland Room there is an emphasis on adults engaging with the children in shared activities; playing, cooking, eating, reading, talking; everything is verbalised.
Language is understood as a vital means of communication.
Within the Woodland Room we focus on children’s abilities to put their feelings into words. “Use your words” is an often heard phrase in the sessions. Language skills are worked on constantly through focussed sessions and through informal opportunities for talking and sharing. Imaginative play is frequently used to build understanding of the feelings of others. These approaches can aid those who struggle to concentrate and process language in the whole class situation as well as those who need to develop the ability to use words rather than actions.
All behaviour is communication.
Staff in the Woodland Room are skilled in understanding what children are communicating through their behaviours. We help our children make links between their internal and external worlds by responding to them in a firm but non-punitive way.
Transitions are significant in the lives of children.
Having clear routines and structures makes transitions easier to manage for children who often find these times difficult. Transitions from room to room, activity to activity, year to year, home to school and vice versa are prepared for, supported and practised in our sessions.
This term Reception have been learning all about Bears. We read the story ‘We’re going on a bear hunt!’ by Michael Rosen. We went on our own Bear hunt using binoculars we had made! We found a letters and clues from ‘Brown Bear’ in our classroom. We enjoyed creating our own sensory journey through the story in our small world area.
As part of our topic ‘Bear Necessities’ children have been exploring their creativity by designing and constructing bear caves, independently writing own nonfiction booklet about bears in our very own classroom cave!