Each term we are running a competition in Class 2 to see which team could read the most books. The children were awarded 'gems' if they were able to read more than 3 times a week outside of school. If they also wrote a comment about one of their books, such as their favourite part, about a character, why they liked the book or what it was about they got even more gems! Children have been working hard in groups called Illustrators, Publishers and Authors.
Class 2's blog
On Monday Classes 1 and 2 had some special visitors called Steph and Liz who came in from the NSPCC to teach us about being safe. They taught us about people's rights and what might not be okay and make us feel sad such as not having food and drink, hitting, bullying and cyber bullying.
We talked about who we can tell if we are upset, which include teachers, parents, grandparents, cousins, aunts and uncles, older siblings or any other adults we trust.
We found out about ChildLine and the number you can call if you are worried, which is 0800 11 11.
Last week in Class 2 we had a visit from a local Dental Nurse who was able to help us to keep our teeth nice and healthy as part of our science learning about taking care of ourselves and our amazing bodies. Children know the importance for good health of physical exercise and a healthy diet, and can talk about ways to keep healthy and safe.
Classes 1 and 2 went for a ‘Science’ walk in the local woods on Thursday 30th March to make close observations of the different plants and animals we could see.
As scientists, we were able to:
· Develop our observational skills using magnifiers
In Class 2 we have been studying different groups of animals, including mammals, amphibians, reptiles, insects, birds and this week we looked at fish. We discussed the behaviour of fish from what we have seen in school and at home through pet fish. The children then had opportunity to examine some fresh fish from the supermarket to get up close to their structure and features.
As scientists, we were able to:
In Class 2 we completed our Meadows Monthly Challenge about water. We decided which questions we could investigate and the children had lots of super ideas that required use of lots of different maths skills. There has been lots of great investigations at home and then in school these are the challenges the children had to solve:
For World Book Day we all dresssed up as characters, taking inspiration from myths and legends. There was a wide variety of super costumes to be seen, including knights, mermaids, dragons, unicorns, plus many more interesting ideas!
In Classes 1 and 2, we particularly focused on dragons. We learnt what myths and legends are and the difference between these and other fictional stories. Then we watched an exciting animation called 'The Dragon Slayer'. This had quite an unusual twist in the tale!
As part of our topic about the local area, Mr Deeming an ex-school pupil came to visit us. He told us all about how The Meadows used to look and how the school has changed. Some of the facts we learnt included how different the playground used to be with tarmac and no Trim Trail or quiet area. There was a small garden instead that the pupils used to look after. We were also surprised to hear how classrooms used to have coal fires in them.
This week, we have been learning about children's rights in PSHE. We have been looking at inspirational quotes and artwork about freedoms around the world. We have thought about freedom to be yourself, freedom to have a home and feel safe, freedom to have your own ideas and freedom to learn. We have developed ideas and produced our own original artwork based on freedom. This will be displayed in school for the children to reflect upon and visitors to enjoy.
Class 1 and 2 completed their latest Meadows Monthly Maths Challenge on Wednesday 14 December when we investigated gingerbread maths questions.
We discuss possible investigations and came up with the following ideas: