WEST AFRICAN DRUMMING WORKSHOP
We would like to say a big thank you to Rich Rhythms who provided a great workshop for the children using djembe drums. All of us (including the adults) had great fun during the workshop and the performance to parents.
This term we are focusing on story writing and we will be using 'Lila and the Secret of Rain' for the first 3 weeks of the term, followed by 'The Tear Thief' for the final 2 weeks. We are sure that both of these books will inspire the children in their creative writing and enable them to include lots of expanded noun phrases in their writing.
To help with the children's imaginative story writing we are ensuring there is lots of drama and role play, giving us a chance to practise our story language.
Initially we picked up where we left off with a couple of lessons on addition - just to refresh our minds!
This first full week back we are going to concentrate on money and we will be thinking about different ways of making the same amount. For example:
10p = 5p + 5p OR 10p = 5p + 2p + 2p + 1p
Once we are secure in this, we will move on to use the fewest number of coins we can to make amounts, recognising £ and p as well as solving problems with money, including giving change.
We will continue to use both MyMaths and Maths of the Day (Active Maths) in our learning.
Starting this term we are going to spend one lesson a week focusing on outdoor learning; this will enable us to cover our topic work, make use of our wonderful outside areas and follow the children's interests.
We started with our discussions about how to make some eco-friendly bird houses/feeders as well as some maths counting forwards and backwards in 2s, 5s and 10s. It was very cold but a lot of fun!
During our PE lessons this term we will be focusing on Gymnastics and Multi-Skills. We are hoping that some children are going to be able to represent us in the Key Steps Gymnastics Competition next term to keep up the recent good run of form in the School Games competitions.
Our focus this term will be on 'special places' and we will be considering places that are special to us as well as places that are special for Christians.
Our visit to St Alphege Church was wonderful! We spent time looking at the features of the church and gaining some further understanding as to why it is a special place for Christians.
African art is a focus for us this term and the children will be looking at traditional African patterns to create their own masterpiece!
Recorder lessons will continue on Tuesdays with Ms Diamond for all of the Year 2 children and they will also benefit from Spanish lessons with Mrs Thomas on a Friday afternoon.
WORLD WAR II
'What was it like to be a child during WWII?'
VE DAY CELEBRATION
As our 'Fantastic Finish' to the WW2 topic we held a VE Day party. The support from parents and carers was wonderful and our children looked amazing. Thank you to everyone for the wonderful morning.
DT - WW2 VEHICLES
We are having great fun making our WW2 vehicles using axles and wheels. Keep an eye out here for the finished products.
WHITSTABLE MUSEUM VISIT
We would like to say a very big thank you to all of the volunteers at the museum who made our visit such a wonderful experience. We had an amazing time and learned lots of new information - even seeing a real WWII bomb!
CHILDREN IN NEED
Mad Hair day was a great success in Red Class as we raised lots of money for a great charity.
We will be basing our English around our topic of WWII using books, the internet and videos to help us understand what life was like as a child during WWII. We will continue to focus on consolidating our sentence structure through writing short captions based on thoughts and feelings as well as further developing our letter writing skills. We will finally build up to writing a comparative text based on what it would have been like living in London during the war as apposed to the countryside.
This term our beach walks have the focus of drama and role play. On Monday mornings we will be acting out being an evacuee who witnesses bombings in a city. We will then be a child who is leaving their family in the city and moving to live with a 'host' family in the countryside.
If you are available to help with walking to/from the beach please sign up outside the classroom door.
In our maths work this term we are taking a look at weight and measure. We have been having a wonderful time weighing objects around the classroom - not only have we used the correct mathematical vocabulary like 'heaviest' and 'lightest' but we are now weighing objects to the nearest gram (g). To ensure we have a good understanding of weight we are reading a variety of scales (horizontal, vertical and circular).
We will continue to work on our counting and place value, both of which are very important to ensure we have clear understanding of number. Towards the end of the term we will remind ourselves about multiplication and division.
This term, in conjunction with our theme of WWII, we are thinking about materials. We will look at the uses of different materials and discuss why certain materials are used to make specific items.
In addition, we will be making our very own WWII tanks using materials of our choice.
Our PE topics this term are dodgeball and dance. We will be dodging balls on a Tuesday morning whilst focusing on jumping, catching, throwing, attack and defence strategies. On a Thursday afternoon we will be putting on our best dancing shoes to learn simple movement patterns.
After taking a look at Islam during Term 1, the children will be learning about and discussing Sikhism this term. We have made a great start by finding out about Guru Nanak, the founder of the Sikh religion. We will continue to learn about this faith as the term progresses by looking at places of worship, the holy book and the 5 K's,
As ever, the children will be experiencing extra-curricular enrichment in a variety of different ways.
On Tuesday Red Class will be learning to play the recorder with Mrs Diamond, on Wednesday afternoons they will be singing as a Key Stage and on Friday afternoons Mrs Thomas will be in Red Class teaching both Spanish and animation (based on our topic).
What do we need to survive?
Welcome to the first term in Red Class where we are looking at the topic of survival.
'Be a Survivor Day'
On Thursday 14th September we all came into school dressed 'survival style'! We had great fun throughout the day making items for survival using natural materials, choosing which items are 'essentials' or 'luxuries' for a survival trip and taking part in a survival assault course. Look at some of the pictures to see how we got on!
SURVIVAL VISIT FROM GARY
We would like to say a big Red Class thank you to Gary our soldier who came to talk to the children about survival. He explained the triangle of survival to us - warmth, shelter and food/water as well as teaching us about effective camouflage.
National Poetry Day
To celebrate National Poetry Day we had a wonderful visit from children's poet Roger Stevens. Not only did he entertain us during a wonderful assembly but he also came to Red Class for a workshop where he helped all of the children write individual poems about animals. Some children read their wonderful poems during our school assembly at the end of the week.
Thank you to all of our families for the wonderful harvest contributions. These are being sent to the local food bank to help support families within our community. As our theme for this year Red Class found out some facts about Kentish cherries. We all learned lots of new things! For example, did you know that King Henry VIII was responsible for the number of cherry orchards in Kent? He ordered for the fruit to be grown in this area of England. Aren't we lucky!
We have started our Year 2 topic of survival by looking at the Pixar short film Piper. To remind us all of our sentence structure we wrote short captions about Piper's thoughts and feelings. We then transferred this into a narrative about Piper's first experiences of having to survive without his mum feeding him. We decided that at the beginning of the film he was nervous but as his confidence grew, with perseverance he became brave and courageous.
To ease ourselves in gently we have been looking at the area of number and place value. We are using resources like Numicon and Dienes to help us identify the amount of tens and ones in a 2 digit number.
We have been working on missing number calculations during our addition and subtraction, such as 13 + ? = 19.
Now we are reaching the end of the term we are looking at measure and practising our ruler skills.
Our topic for this term is 'Animals including humans' where we will be looking at the basic needs of animals for survival. During our first lesson we discussed the different life stages that humans go through and the common features of each stage. There were a number of entertaining conversations to be heard - particularly those involving growing teeth/hair and why teenagers sleep a lot!
We have considered why exercise is important to humans, the type of food and diet that humans need as well as how to stay safe and healthy - we know to keep washing our hands to avoid germs!
Swimming and tag rugby are the topics for this term. Swimming is on Monday mornings at Whitstable pool and the children have been very enthusiastic. Tag rugby lessons are on a Thursday afternoon and we have been focusing on the skills of catching, throwing and dodging.
Islam is our theme for this term and we began learning about this religion by finding out the main aspects of life and how it is the same / differs from Christianity.
Ms Burroughs is returning with her wonderful style of art teaching to inspire the Red Class children this term. She is linking the children's art to the theme of survival and creating a wonderful jungle scene for display.
In addition, Ms Diamond has been providing recorder lessons for the children every Tuesday afternoon.