Dolphins Class

  Welcome to Dolphins


We have had a really exciting Geography week in Dolphin's Class learning all about life in the Indian village of Chembakoli.  We have thought about the houses, landscape, climate, food and many more things.  On Thursday we were really lucky because our lovely school cook Emily made a vegetable byriani to taste.  Lots of us really enjoyed eating this.  We hade fun tasting poppadums and mango chutney whilst listening to some Indian music in our restaurant!


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We went to Manor Farm and had such a great day.  The sun shone and we got to explore the whole farm, including having a scary lesson with the very strict Miss Stubbs!


 The Great Fire of London has been such a fun topic!


The week has started really well with a visit from Perform Drama Company.  The children dramatised the story after a visit from Samuel Pepys.  They travelled back to 1666 in his time machine and experienced baking with Tom Farriner and saw St Pauls Cathedral burnt to the ground! The children even learnt a Great Fire of London rap!GFOL1GFOL  gfol2


An Amazing Science Week!


The children have thoroughly enjoyed being scientists and have enjoyed wondering about the world.

We had lots of visitors sharing their skills.  Eddie taught us about sound waves, how heat changes things and even set fire to Methane!


We had lots of other visitors including Mrs Master-Coles who showed us all the planets in our solar system and we found out lots of facts. We thought about change and looked at changes over time using the book 'Window by Jeannie Baker.  Mrs Coull was very proud of our poetry writing where we used alliteration in our writing.

We finished the week off with a shuffle day with Year 5 from the Junior School.  We investigated the question, Do longer legs mean higher jumps? We discovered what happens when skittles are added to water and also made Lilys that opened in water.  We used our wondering skills like Walter all week long!science   scienceyear5  lily science




What a wonderful start to the new half term!

We had a wonderful first week back as it was book week!  We thoroughly enjoyed having so many parents in school.  We were so impressed with the children's book making skills, we seem to have quite a few authors in the making!  The children were very good at reading during the Sponsered Read- thank you very much for supporting us with your kind donations.  We will be buying new guided reading books to use with your child in school shortly.

So far in our Topic the 'Great Fire of London' the children have found out how the fire started and some of the famous people involved.  They have collected and sorted lots of information, and compared differences between 2017 and 1666. They thought it was hilarious when I pretended to be 'Tom Farriner', although I'm not sure they were totally fooled!

We are looking forward to Perform Arts Company coming into work with us later in the month to act out the story.

Today we had a very exciting day meeting Sophie's fish, Masons's dog and Theo's snake and hermit crabs!




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 What a busy couple of weeks it has been!

This week has been 'Bring a Pet to School' week.  We have enjoyed learning about how to look after different pets.  We have had a tortoise, a gecko, rabbits, guinea pigs, cats, a bird, dogs and more!  They have been fascinating and even the grown ups have learnt a fact or two!  Thank you for taking the time to share your pets the children have all been so excited!

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Thank you all for coming to our assembly, we hope you enjoyed it.

We are ready to 'Go Wild' for our topic on 'PETS'


Happy New Year. 

The children have come back to school very excited about our new topic on 'Pets'.  We have started developing our drawing skills and have been sketching some lovely, detailed drawings of different kinds of pets.  We have discovered which pets are the favourite ones in the class and made a bar chart to show our results.  We have already started thinking of exciting reasons why it would be a good idea to bring some of our pets from home into class to share with each other.  Look out for some very persuasive letters in book bags soon!


This week we have started a new initiative we have aptly named 'Crew-a cise' (exercise for the Sarisbury Crew!)  This involves an extra 10 minutes a day of activity and exercise.  So far we have been playing a huge game of 'Follow my Leader' - Mrs Coull has come in quite exhausted as some of the children have been very active leaders!


What a delicious week!


The children have been thrilled to share their homelearning with everyone in the class.  We have enjoyed finding out about their relatives who served in the war. The children have been very pleased to show their trench cakes and bread and butter puddings. We have enjoyed sampling them in school too!  We had a visit from one of the grandparents in school, who gave the children lots of information and showed them some artefacts such as bullets.  It helped the children understand more about what it meant to go 'Over the top' and the battle of Somme.  We also learnt why the soldiers had to carry with them, a shovel and empty sandbags. I wonder if they can remember?


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Our new topic is 'World War 1' and we will be thinking about Rememberance Day and Poppies towards our Christmas Play 'A Night Before Christmas'.  We will be thinking about what life would have been like in the trenches and differences between 'Then and Now.'


Thank you for all your home learning over half term.  It looks like the children have had a fabulous time exploring in the woods.  We have displayed some of it in our classroom.  It will be a great stimulus for this week's writing!


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We have had a great week in Dolphins.  The children have been working really hard and have enjoyed our new Early Bird activities 


The children have had a fantastic start to the new school year.  We have busy with our new topic 'Ahoy There!'


The children have started their Crew Challenges, been great readers in Harbour time and sent messages in a bottle to Pirate Paul!  We have been impressed with their independence skills and they are rising to new challenges each day.


We have tested how we can change the shape of a ball of plasticine to make it float in Science.  We were delighted when we discovered how to make this happen.


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On Friday 13th May we celebrated the Queen's 90th birthday. During the morning we designed a new postage stamp, wrote a letter to the Queen and also researched the royal family tree.  We ate our picnic lunch in the hall which was bedecked with bunting that we had all made and the teachers all looked as though they were going to a garden party with their scarves and fascinators.


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On Thursday 5th May we had a Year 2 Trip to Manor Farm.  We were very lucky with the weather and had glorious sunshine all day.  We learned about what it was like on a farm during World War 2 and the life of an evacuee. We had a go at rag rug making and thought about what we would take with us as an evacuee.


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We learned about milking cows and that you had to get up very early!

We visited the school house and discovered it there was an air raid the children had to hide under their desks.


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On 8th March we had a PSHE shuffle day and spent the morning working in different classes.  We even spent part of the morning with Mrs Beynon and she was really pleased to see us all and said how much we'd grown!

First, we thought about things we are grateful or thankful for.  We thought about lots of different things like our family, friends, home, pets, toys, food, water and even our warm beds.  Then we wrote our thoughts down on strips of paper and made them into a huge paper chain which is now hanging from our ceiling.

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We then made 'thankful' clouds, writing or drawing on them all the things we are thankful for.  We were really focussed and thought carefully about what we chose to put on the clouds. 

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Finally, we ventured down to Year R to Mrs Beynon where we worked on our teamwork and resilience skills.  We had to persevere and try to solve a really tricky problem.  What do you think the answer is? (scroll down to the bottom of the Fire of London pictures, and you'll find the answer!!)


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Our topic this half term is PETS!  The children have written letters to persuade you to bring in your pets to share with the class.  We have been so impressed with their writing skills and hope it works!  We look forward to meeting lots of creatures over the coming weeks.


Our Great Fire of London topic came to a fiery finale this week when we set fire to the Tudor houses we had designed and built.  The fire started as just a flicker of flame .........


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... but it soon spread through the houses, helped by the wind - just like in the real Fire of London.




We made a fire break to see whether it would stop the fire from spreading.  The fire break did a great job and the final few houses were saved.  This was just like the Fire of London when houses were blown up in the path of the fire to prevent the entire city from burning down.


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We used our senses and turned into reporters to write a newspaper article about what we had seen, heard and smelled.  We had to think of the headline for our article, a caption for the picture and then write the main newspaper story about the fire at Sarisbury school.  We interviewed our shipmates to help gather the facts, including eyewitness quotes which we used in our newspaper stories.

Later on in the week, Perform Drama came to visit us again and we travelled in a time machine back to September 1666.  We recreated the sound effect of the flames crackling and used our drama skills to re-enact escaping from the fire and helping to put it out with buckets of water and squirters.  There were even a few casualties as you can see from the pictures!  We have really enjoyed this topic and are looking forward to our next one already ..... PETS.


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It's the first week back after Christmas and half of us have once again been 'Forest Friends'. After all the recent rain, it was VERY muddy and we loved squelching through the sludgy patches.  This time, we took some equipment with us and enjoyed using the binoculars, a metal detector, a torch and a tape measure.  The only 'treasure' we found though, was an old drinks tin can!!

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Mrs Grover also showed us how to whittle a branch using a paring tool. We were closely watched by Mrs Grover while she let us have a go at whittling ourselves.

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It's Panto day! What a fabulous day it's been!  The costumes looked fantastic and I'm sure you agree that they spoke, acted, sang and danced brilliantly. Thank you for all your help with providing help with costumes.  Have a wonderful Christmas.  Mrs Coull, Mrs Hawksworth and Mrs Ditchburn.

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In science, we have been thinking about what seeds need to enable it them to grow. Mrs Hawksworth explained that the aliens from our 'From the Sky' topic think that seeds don't need any water, light or heat so we had to think of a fair test to prove to them what the perfect growing conditions are.  We set up three trays exactly the same, but had to keep one away from the heat (we put it in the courtyard); one away from the light (we kept that one in the cupboard); and the final one we decided not to water so we put that one on the windowsill.

One week later and look what happened! 




The seeds that were kept out of the light grew the most but we decided that they didn't look very healthy! The ones we didn't water didn't grow at all.  However, the seeds that we put outside were the best.  We now need to let the aliens know!




Today (12th November) the other half of our class went to Forest Friends - we had a really great time and it didn't rain!



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 On 4th November we had an exciting day at the Hillier Gardens in Romsey.  We have been looking at the work of an artist called Andy Goldsworthy who uses natural materials to create some beautiful pieces of art.  At Hillier Gardens we enjoyed the colours of autumn and created our own natural works of art.

Can you spot the trees, the hedgehog and the butterfly amongst these pictures?


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We saw some unusual things too ..... it was a little bit like being on another planet when we saw where the gardeners had been working.  They had chopped large leaves from some trees and were using them to protect the delicate plants on the ground during the forthcoming winter.

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After lunch (we were very hungry), we made a curtain using natural materials.  We untwisted a piece of twine, put a leaf in the hole that was created and then twisted the twine back up again.  It's now hanging up in our classroom.  What do you think of it?

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We battled on through the mud and then completed a caterpillar picture.  We had to find 10 different colours of nature and stick them on to the caterpillar.


Finally, we used natural materials to create a woven piece of artwork.  This was a relaxing way to end the visit and we enjoyed sharing our thoughts about the day while we did the weaving.

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We had a great time at Hilliers!



Half of us went to Holly Hill today as part of our Forest Friends club.  We had a great time, finding out about the trees and the wildlife.  We also got to paddle and get very muddy! Snack time was great too!

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We have been busy doing some great observational drawings of the leisure centre building site.  We have thought carefully about what materials we can see and what we think they might be used for.  We are looking forward to going back to see what is happening in a few weeks time!

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Last Wednesday we had a Mad Hatter's Tea Party. We played Croquet and other garden games.  We also had a hat parade with the rest of year 2.  All our hats looked fantastic!  We decorated plates and cups using our design skills.  We enjoyed sharing cakes and biscuits.  A lovely time was had by all.

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