Hello and welcome to Class 2!
Mrs Wadsworth is our teacher along with our teaching assistant Miss Harris. We also have Mrs Murphy for R.E. and Mr Howard for P.E.
During the summer term, our main themes are ‘Wind in the Willows’ and ‘Buckets and Spades’. geography, history, design technology, computing, science and music will be taught within these themes. In history, we will be focusing on the seaside then and now. Alongside this, we shall be looking at the seasonal and daily weather in geography. Design technology will focus on the simple joining of materials using a choice of stitches. In science, we will be learning about living things and their habitats. This will involve both written and practical lessons, including an exciting minibeast hunt!
In English, we have started reading the book Wind in the Willows and we are looking forward to finding out more about the characters and the plot. Eventually, we will be writing our own animal adventure stories as well as letters in role as a character.
On Wednesday 27th June, we will be visit Blackpool Tower to support our ‘Buckets and Spades’ theme. We are sure this will be an enjoyably day. Remember to look at the gallery to see photos of our trip.
We have been enjoying lots of exciting topics throughout the spring term! During the first half, our theme was Explorers. In English, we thoroughly enjoyed reading about Bob and Barry’s adventures on the moon. We used these books to help us to write our own stories about Bob and Barry. In history, we have been learning all about different famous explorers. We have studied the voyage of Christopher Columbus to find America, as well as the interesting journey that Neil Armstrong took on his way to the moon. To enhance our study of Explorers, we had the opportunity to visit Jodrell Bank where we got to make our own rockets just like Apollo 11.
During the second half of spring term, our theme was The Farm Shop. In English, we focused on Mudpuddle Farm by Michael Morpurgo. Throughout our study of this book, we completed ‘Wanted’ posters, diary entries, character descriptions and descriptions of settings before writing our own story based on Mudpuddle Farm. In music, we listened to a variety of farm songs and created our own class song all about seeds. In keeping with this, we have been learning all about seeds in science. We now know that there are lots of different ways in which seeds can be dispersed and we have also noted how different foods can have seeds on the outside as well as on the inside. We also discussed what seeds need to be able to grow healthily. We then planted our own broad bean seeds and cress seeds using hydroponics. Hydroponics is when seeds grow without soil; they grow using only sunlight and water. We also planted one in a dark cupboard to see what difference sunlight made. We found that sunlight made a huge difference as the seed did not grow as quickly or as healthily. In fact, the broad bean seed turned black! In D.T. we discussed which foods were healthy and which were unhealthy and using our knowledge of this, we then designed and made our own healthy sandwiches. They were very tasty! Finally, we wrote riddles about fruit and vegetables.
During the second autumn half term, our theme has been ‘Fighting Fit’. We have been learning all about how to stay healthy. To stay healthy, we now know that we must eat sensibly, have enough sleep, exercise regularly and keep ourselves clean. We have looked at the ‘Eatwell Plate’ to find out more about the types of food we should be eating. Did you know that you should have a balanced diet made up of carbohydrates, protein, fruit and vegetables, dairy as well as some fats? Using this information, we created our own healthy, balanced lunch. We also made posters to inform people how to lead a healthy lifestyle. In addition to this, we discussed how we should keep ourselves clean. We decided that washing our hands is very important to keep away germs. Linked with this, we were lucky enough to visit an old soap factory on a trip to Catalyst Science Museum. During our trip, we learnt about how soap was made, we even got to make our own bars of soap to take home. Please have a look at the gallery to see some photographs of our trip, we all thoroughly enjoyed ourselves.
In English, we have been looking at Jack and the Baked Beanstalk which is a traditional tale with a twist. We used the structure of this book to help us to write our own traditional tales with a twist. We have also looked at poetry. We learned ‘Please Mrs Butler’ off by heart and performed this, with actions, in our family worship. Using our poetry skills, we wrote some brilliant poems on the theme of school and, later in the term, we wrote some festive Christmas poems which went on display outside our classroom.
Don’t forget to check our class page again soon to find out what else we have been up to in Class 2!