Welcome to Class 2
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Auckland Castle’s Pop-Up Museum
Wednesday 26th September 2018 was an exciting day for Class 2, the children took part in Auckland Castle’s pop-up palace! The children were able to experience sitting on the throne and handle artefacts. Class 2 enjoyed listening to the myth of Pollard and the Boar through hand puppets. During the day the children completed various art activities including decorating their own mitre (hat), creating their own boar and also a self-portrait in the style of a Prince Bishop.
Class 2 spent Friday’s art lesson sketching leaves. They looked at the structure of the leaves as well as identifying the lines of symmetry (this linked to our math’s lesson from earlier in the week). During the lesson the children talked about the shape of the edges, the lines they could see within the leaves, how many points or curves the leaves had as well as the colours they could see. The children used shading to complete their drawings.
Class 2 had a fun day at Durham Cathedral learning about the life of St. Cuthbert on Wednesday 31st October 2018. The children were able to dress up in character whilst hearing stories about his life, as well as his love for animals. The knowledge the children have gained during the day will be used for our RE topic this term, which is all around the life of St. Cuthbert. The children were very impressed with the huge replica of Durham Cathedral, made from lego!
Class 2 had a fantastic afternoon learning lots of interesting facts about Freddie’s little sister Daisy. She was so well behaved and Class 2 made sure to use their quiet voices so she didn’t wake up. The children asked questions and Freddie along with his mum answered them. Daisy is a beautiful baby and Class 2 wanted to keep her as their mascot!
‘What does she eat?’ ‘What is her name?’ What time does she go to sleep?’ ‘Does she have any toys?’
Class 2’s Local History Assembly
Thank you to everyone who came to watch Class 2’s assembly on Friday 9th November 2018. It was all about the local history of County Durham. The children read lots of interesting facts about Auckland Castle and retold the myth of ‘Pollard and the Boar’. The class showed pictures on a PowerPoint of their visit to Durham Cathedral, sang a song and read a prayer. The children had one last surprise which was a video of themselves singing in class!
Class 2 have been learning lots of new skills in PE this half-term. The children had to use a straddle, a pike and a tuck in a short routine with their partner. The children had a starting and finishing position and also had to count to make sure they kept in time with their partner. They all enjoyed showing off their routines to the rest of the class!
Class 2 completed a piece of non-fiction writing this week. They had to write a set of instructions on how to make a hot chocolate. The children wrote what you needed for a hot chocolate in a list and then completed some detailed sentences on how to make it. They used words like First, Next and Finally to explain the order. Afterwards, the children drank their hot chocolate with cream and marshmallows!
And Tango makes three
The children in Class 2 have recently enjoyed the story of ‘And Tango makes three’. The children have completed a range of writing tasks including letters to the zoo in Central Park. The letters were so good and included lots of interesting questions, that we decided to post them to the zoo in New York! The children also included some fantastic posters. Fingers crossed we get a response.
Class 2 really enjoyed their DT work this week, they are planning and making their very own sock puppets. However, before they make the puppets, we discussed how important it is to research and design. The children also practised their sewing skills with a monster puppet. After they had finished the sewing, the children decorated the puppets with facial features and some children stuffed their puppet and turned it into a soft toy. They all looked brilliant!
The children in Class 2 had a taster session of Cheer Leading during their PE lesson this week. The children learnt a formation including various moves and understood the importance of counting in 8’s.
The children created a detailed plan of a puppet using a sock as the body this week in DT. The children wrote a list of items they would use and then made their designs. Everyone had a go of the hot glue gun and used this safely. The children evaluated their designs, answering questions such as ‘Does my puppet look the same as my planning? How is it the same/different? What new skills have you learned? What could you have done that would make your design even better?’
The children were working on developing control to cover objects in paint and then print onto paper. The children picked their favourite shapes and used potatoes to create the print. They had to think carefully about how much paint to use and how much pressure. The children realised if they used too much paint, the print wasn’t very clear.
Baptism in RE
The children have worked hard this term looking at baptism in RE and thinking about what it means to ‘belong’. The children created a baptism scene in class using a doll and each took on a role during the ‘service’.
Central Park Zoo
Class 2 were very excited this week when the post arrived… We had an amazing reply from the Zoo Keeper at The Central Park Zoo in New York! We were so happy that the zoo keeper took the time to reply and answer some of our questions. Class 2 found it so funny that the King Penguins and the Chinstrap Penguins had sent us some foot prints, they have much bigger feet then the children expected! The children all took a copy of their letter home.
Easter Bunny Envelope Treats
Class 2 had a great afternoon making Easter Bunny Treats along with cards. Each child gave their bunny a personality by choosing a different coloured nose and eyes. They really enjoyed putting the chocolate treats inside to eat later.
Design Technology – Miniature Garden or Beach
Class 2 have been busy creating a detailed garden or beach this half term, the only difference being they had to include all of the detail but complete the design in miniature! The children thought about what resources they could use to re-create water, rock pools and deck chairs as well as BBQ’s and slides. Some of the children amended their designs from a garden to a miniature football pitch, which came complete with pitch markings and stadium names! During the topic, the children have researched and planned their miniature garden as well as evaluating their work.
Design Technology – Healthy Fruit Smoothie
The children have continued their DT work this week with the planning and making of a healthy fruit smoothie. The children have looked at what makes a healthy fruit smoothie and compared a smoothie with a milkshake. The children looked at where food comes from and then planned what they’d have in their own drink, drawing and labelling their design. We discussed why fruit needs to be washed as well as food hygiene when washing our hands. Some of the children said the fruit smoothies tasted ‘bitter’ others commented they were ‘yummy!’
The children in Class 2 placed chicken eggs into an incubator 21 days ago and this week saw the eggs finally hatched. The children were so excited and watched the chicks dry out in the incubator before they were transferred into their new home. The children discussed the life cycle of an egg, conditions the chicks would need to be fit and healthy as well as giving the chicks names. The children’s favourite part of the week has been holding the chicks and feeling how soft they were!
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