Whales Class

 

  

Welcome to Whales Class 2017- 2018

    

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Marvellous Maths

 

Over the last few weeks we have been thinking a bit deeper with our maths learning and attempting to divide leaving a remainder. Wow! Everyone was really resilient and showed a good knowledge of their know times tables. The sessions started practically with the children using Party Rings to show how they would divide practically. But what to do with the left over party ring? Whilst many of them were quick to say it should be broken and shared again they soon became content with the idea there might be some left over (so their teacher could get 1). The children then worked on their own to solve their own division problems. If you want to work out the answer to the question: There are 5 cars in a carpark, 3 drive in, then 5 leave. How many are left? The obvious way is to get a garage and cars and then show the class what is happening. The children could then share their ideas about the number sentence that showed what was happening. Once they could ‘see the maths’ they could then go on to solve more complex 2 step word problems independently. The children have shown great progression in their maths skills and the resilience they need to problem solve. 

 

 Manor Farm Trip

 

 

Whale class enjoyed a fantastic trip to Manor Farm as the climax of their Through the Door topic. Upon arrival at the farm the children were transported back in time to when Lucy, Peter and Edmund were evacuees during WW2. The children had to stay in character for much of the day as they experienced life on the farm. I was very impressed with their washing skills and rug making capabilities, but plenty to work to do with their potato peeling skills! Mrs Stubb’s school was a shock for many of them, but they rose to the challenge of the strict conditions. Rationing proved to be quite an eye opener with many of the children wondering how they would make the 1 egg they had for the week go around the whole family. A visit to the farm would not be complete without a good look at all the animals- guinea pigs, pigs, chickens, lambs, cows and the ever-noisy donkey. The behaviour during the day was excellent and the whole class is grateful to the parent helpers who gave up their day to support the learning on the day: A study of a local place from a different time in history.

 

Through the Door

 

This half term we have been taking the children on a journey ‘through the door’. We have used the Chronicles of Narnia story as a basis of our thinking about the fantasy that might be behind the door. Whale class have produced some excellent writing thinking about directing people to the wardrobe in Professor Kirke’s house. “First open the big, brown door slowly and creep over the fluffy rug”. All of the class were ‘Enthusiastic Eddies’ about creating a tops-n-tails character book for their own fantasy-land, to mirror the idea of a half goat, half human character. The creative drawings matched the names that the children came up with; such as a Uniseal. The class extended their thinking and designed their own fantasy-land through the door. There were lots of delicious Chocolate islands and fun fairs that were well described in their English books.

 

Easter

The children have heard the Easter story in many different formats during the end of term. These have included ‘open the book’ assemblies where they were able to wave their palm crosses as a sign of celebration. They also enjoyed watching an excellent version of the story, told through song and story by the Year 5s from the Junior school. During our RE sessions we are exploring the happy and sad parts of the story and how Christians prepare for celebration using different traditions. This week the children have been enjoying lots of Easter based activities including helping a bunny to tell the time, making cards and writing property descriptions for the Easter Bunny’s house. Hopefully they will be motivated to use their good cutting and folding skills at the end of the week to make their Easter basket- just in case something is put in it…..

Whale class wish you all a Happy Easter and enjoyable holiday.

 

Science Week

Year 2 especially enjoyed our science week which followed National Science week’s topic of ‘Change’. On Monday we were treated to an action packed demonstration that included lots of bangs and pops by Eddie from Exon Mobil. The children were quite literally blown away by some of the science on offer! They took a trip around the solar system on Tuesday and their recount writing showed how much they had learned from holding the giant planets. During National Demo Day the children took great delight in watching the dry ice that we had won change from a solid to a gas. On Friday we took on a challenge with the junior school during our Year 2 and 5 shuffle morning using the same theme. The children worked collaboratively to design investigations based on height and jump length, to see what happens to skittles in water and how a paper lily changes in water. A big thank you to all of the children, volunteers and staff that helped to make the week such a success.

 

Fire, Fire!

This half term we have all enjoyed learning about the Great Fire of London. The theme has provided lots of cross-curricular work with History, English, Art and Geography, PE and DT all blending together to provide an historical and cultural look at the events in 1666. The children have written pretending they are Thomas Farryner using lots of past tense words and trying to include feeling and emotions. This piece of work started as dramatic freeze frames as the story was being told to add a new dimension to their work. The display in our classroom also shows off their art skills which used paintings by Vincent Van Gough as a stimulus for their work. Everyone has been practising their DT skills to make a replica Tudor house which started life as a cereal box! During the topic we have also been thinking of the geography of London including the importance of the River Thames. The children especially enjoyed making lots of London’s landmarks which we displayed along our own make believe river in our classroom. Each week children have been looking forward to extending their PE fire dance which has now made it onto the apparatus.

 

Year 2 Book Week

The children in Whale class shared their love of books and reading during the week, whilst having fun and raising lots of money in the process. It was great to see so many parents in the classroom helping their children make their book for a younger child. Proving you are never too old to learn something new, parents were enthralled by the demonstration of how to make a book with a large piece of paper and one cut with the scissors. The children really appreciated having extra pairs of hands to hold things whilst they cut, glued and stuck. It was lovely to see so many Enthusiastic Eddies discussing the features of their book with a grown up and what they could do to make it better. Hopefully the books were enjoyed once purchased! Quieter moments in the week came during our sponsored reading times. All of the children took on the challenge and read a lot during the day. World Book Day at the end of the week filled the classroom with some exciting book characters and showed how much children enjoy traditional story books.

Krypto the Super Dog

It has been such a pleasure to read all of the chapter stories that Whale Class have written as part of their English learning this half term. The stories began by thinking about Krypto the Super Dog as a character. The children had some imaginative ideas about what he would and wouldn’t like and then wrote their first chapter using these details and lots of good similes to really create the image in the reader’s mind. They then had to think about the adventure that Krypto would go on, including the problems he encountered on the way. Once their story map was complete they wrote their story over several weeks. Many used Krypto to help save Saints FC, while others saved cruise ships, the gym at Holly Hill and plenty of ‘baddies’ were captured by the end. As their writing skills develop many children were using conjunctions and using some exciting vocabulary for reader interest. Just like any good author the children had a go at editing a small part of their story focussing on challenging themselves to spell correctly and using different word endings. They became their own publishers creating front and back covers with a blurb- enjoy!

 

Clay Pets

The children have all enjoyed using clay techniques to produce their final piece in their extended Design and Technology project. During the unit of work children looked at and experimented with a variety of techniques that they could use for their own pet. Once they had designed their own animal they then used their knowledge to create a unique piece of work. When they were fully dry the children took great pride in applying their paint to help bring their pet to life. Hopefully they all made it home in one piece to take pride of place in their new home. To finish their work the children evaluated their pet comparing it to their original design and how their learning had increased through the project.

 

Assembly Success

 

A huge to congratulations to everyone on a very well presented and informative assembly. All of the children have gained in confidence since the beginning of the year and spoke their lines clearly. Year R looked like that had been well informed about all kinds of animals with Year 2 holding their attention throughout. The children really enjoyed learning their ‘Feeling Waggy’ song and Have You Got a Pet- hopefully they all waved at the correct time! The whole assembly was a real team effort with the children choosing which parts of their learning they wanted to share and how many lines they wanted to say. Should you have not been in attendance you missed: songs, paper plate animals, animals facts, persuasive letters, pets in school photos, caring for a dog information and a doggy assault course!

 

Crew-a-Cise

 

Ahoy- something new is on the timetable! Whale class are enjoying our morning fitness activity on the playground at 11am each morning. We are trying a range of circuits to help get us fit and ready for our 1 mile run in the summer. So far we have thought of lots of different ways to go around the playground including running, walking, galloping and hopping. The new playground markings have been put to good use too with lots of children very carefully following the instructions on the group of the new activities.

 

Pets in School.

 

A highlight of Year 2 is having lots of pets come into school to visit us. To ensure the most learning, children begin the process by writing a persuasive letter to someone who has a pet that they would like to see in school. They used some great language-firstly, surely you can see, furthermore. They thought up some great reasons about why pets should come in to school to help with their science learning and just to show them to their friends! During the week we had some lovely cats, beautiful dogs, friendly guinea pigs, very hardy baby rabbits, a spectacular bearded dragon and even a gold fish taken from its pond. The children used their knowledge of life cycles to think about how the pets changed as they got older. We even talked a bit about reproduction! They related the knowledge they had about what human need to stay healthy to the other mammals that we saw. A big thank you to everyone that brought in pets to share with the class.

Welcome to 2017. Who's ready to Go Wild? It's the half term we love- when pets come into school!

 

Christmas Fun

Whale class enjoyed a range of activities during the countdown to Christmas. Our spiritual seal helped us look at the religious aspects of Christmas including advent. This was followed by a lovely service in St Paul’s where the year group re-told the Christmas Story and sang traditional carols, plus several members of Whale class read verses from the bible. The children also enjoyed watching the Year 4 Junior School Nativity play in St Pauls- thank you to all of the ‘walkers’ that made it possible! Back at school they used their maths and creative skills to make Gingerbread Man decorations to hang on a tree. There was also plenty of paint and glitter sprinkled around the classroom (plus a bit on cards and calendars too) plus fake snow and artic animals.