Cedar Class were making the most of the glorious sunshine to take our learning outside. We can use thermometers to measure temperature in degrees Celsius and we can read scales in a practical situation. We had different cups of water and we had to see how cool or hot it was.
This week is Science Week. The theme is ‘Exploration and Discovery’. In our science lessons we set up an investigation to see what happens when kitchen roll is placed in coloured water. We noticed that the paper absorbed the water and the colours mixed to make new colours. The red and yellow water mixed to make orange. The blue and yellow water mixed to make green. In our computing lessons, we all chose a famous scientist to research. We found out about their lives and the important discoveries that they made. We created Word documents to list the facts that we learned.
We have been thinking about what animals need to stay alive. We know that humans need food to stay alive. We looked at a variety of foods and put them into groups. We chose our own groups to begin with. Some of us chose the food’s colour. Some of us sorted the foods into those that we like and those that we don’t like.
After our initial sorting activity, we learnt about the 5 main food groups. We then went back and sorted the foods in to these groups. We discovered that carbohydrates and fruit and vegetables contained the most foods because these are the foods we should eat most of. Dairy foods and proteins are foods that we should have some of each day. Foods that contain lots of sugar and fat should be eaten as treats.
We found out that Usain Bolt can run 100m in just under 10 seconds. We wanted to find out how far we can run in 10 seconds. We worked in groups to time, run and measure. We used trundle wheels to measure in metres and centimetres.
It has been another busy start to the year in Maple Class. Here are a few of the things we have been doing:
We have worked together to identify the four types of sentences.
We have worked in teams to develop our computing skills by programming the Bee Bots around various courses.
Recently we had a lot of fun with our mums, dads and grandparents enjoying an afternoon of learning circus skills.
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It was lovely to see all of the children back in school looking refreshed and full of exciting stories about things they had been up to over the Christmas break. In our English lessons this week we have spent time reflecting on our achievements and memories of 2017 and thinking about how we can make 2018 even better than last year. Each of us has made a new year’s resolution to stick to. I wonder how long they will last! Each child has also been given three new writing targets that they are working on. Your child should be able to explain their targets to you.
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We have put our colour mixing skills to good use today to create some winter art. We started with white paint to make a moon and then we slowly mixed in colour to create a graduated effect. We made trees from black paper and added some snow. We are very proud of how they turned out.
We are very lucky to have Mrs Boniface to teach us music each week. We have been learning about pitch and using dinosaur footprints to represent the changes in pitch that we can hear. We have also been trying hard to co-operate in pairs and small groups. We are really pleased with our achievements.
Today we went to The Fleet Air Arm Museum as part of our history work on Remembrance. We were shown around the museum and we learnt all about helicopters and servicemen and women from different conflicts. We saw medals from brave service men and thought about the sacrifices that have been made. We made poppy brooches and poppy garlands to be hung to remind us of the poppies that grew in the battlefields. Before we went home, we got to walk through Concorde. We had a fantastic day. Everyone behaved beautifully and we had several positive comments from members of the public who were visiting the museum.
We have spent time in our English lessons learning about ‘The Lighthouse Keeper’s Lunch’. Today, as part of our art work, we have used a variety of everyday materials to make Mr Grinling’s lighthouse. We think that they look very effective. What do you think?
Today we had our first ‘Healthy Futures’ session. Mr Kennard came in to teach us about what happens to our bodies when we do exercise and he explained that we should all be doing 60 minutes of exercise every day. We did some activities with and without the use of equipment and then we started filling in an exercise diary. It was a fun session and we are all looking forward to our next session.
What a fabulous time we had at the museum visit! Would you like to read about it?
We had a visit from the museum service. This morning we went to the hall and what a surprise we had!
Mrs Mann split us in to groups of ten. We have thirty children today so there were three groups and there were three activities. I was with Charlie, Charlotte, Joe, Oscar, Jackson F, Finlay, Alyssa, Rosie and Maisie. A lady called Sam introduced herself and taught us more about Florence Nightingale and Mary Seacole. It was fun. The first activity was ‘What is in the suitcase?’ In Mary’s suitcase there were some bandages, a small lamp, a scrubbing brush and medicine. Written by Natalia
Today we had a museum visit from Sam. She was friendly and kind. We had three activities. The first activity was a game. You had to find the sentences that went with the picture. The second activity was a suitcase. There was a lamp, soup, food and some bandages. The last activity was dressing up. I dressed up as Florence Nightingale. I put bandages on the injured soldiers. Written by Millie
In our science lessons, we have been learning how to stay healthy. We have thought a lot about eating a balanced diet and getting enough exercise. We have thought about what happens when we get poorly and came up with rules about using medicines safely. This week we have been learning the importance of good hygiene. We carried out an investigation to discover the most effective way to clean our hands. After carrying out a fair test, we discovered that hot water is more effective at removing bacteria (we used cinnamon to show the ‘bacteria’) than cold water and soap really does help! We will remember this when we are washing our hands at home and at school.
Pupils from Year 2 enjoyed a short walk to The Abbey Manor Community Centre on Thursday (22nd March) for the Key Stage 1 Easter Service. Parents were invited to join pupils and staff to enjoy a collective worship filled with song and readings. Pupils wore Easter hats and bonnets that they had made previously and they all looked fantastic! A big thank you to all who attended and to Rev David Keen for leading the event.
5th February 2018 - Today we have been learning about road safety. We had a talk in the classroom where we learnt about how to cross the road safely, how to make sure we can be seen and how to avoid distractions. We then went outside to learn about how to stay safe around vehicles. We learnt about the blind spots around a lorry and discovered that a lorry driver cannot see us if we are too close. We all had a go at sitting in the cab of the lorry. It felt very high up. We will each be taking home a reflector that we can attach to our coats or bags.