Welcome to Class 2
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Local history workshop
The children in Class 2 enjoying learning about the Prince Bishop’s and Pollard’s Boar.
No pen, No problem!
Class 2 had a day of lessons without the need to pick up a pen on Wednesday 4th October 2017. The day was to allow the children to use their creative skills and language when completing a task. Class 2 braved the rain and mud to collect natural objects outside, which they used to express numbers and make shapes as well as symmetrical patterns. The children had a great day.
Sssshhhh, don’t wake the baby!
Class 2 had an extra special show and tell on Friday 6th October 2017, we had the beautiful Amelia come to visit us. The children asked questions about what she eats, whether she likes to play with anything yet and also how much she sleeps. She was extremely well-behaved and everyone from Class 2 thought it would be a good idea if she came and visited us every week!
Fundamental movements in PE
Class 2 practised a range of fundamental movement skills during their PE lesson this week. The children completed a variety of tasks and all commented that the ball-dribble was the activity they enjoyed the most.
Class 2 had a fun day at Durham Cathedral learning about St. Cuthbert on Wednesday 18th October 2017. The knowledge the children have gained during the day will be used for our RE topic next term, which is all about the life of St. Cuthbert.
‘I liked the big castle!’ Thomas.
‘The cushions that looked like rocks were really soft’ Harvey.
‘St Cuthbert was a special man’ Joseph.
Using adjectives in our writing
Class 2 have been busy trying to improve their writing this week. The children were given the task of describing different sweets with adjectives. By using their senses the children had to describe the sweets, of course, this included tasting the sweets! The children then had to use the exciting words and ideas in a piece of writing. The completed stories were based on a fictional place called Haribo Land and were full of rich and varied language.
This term Class 2 are looking at things that are Alive, No longer alive and Never alive. So far they have discussed ways to prove they are living, by describing all of the things they can do. The children also sorted a variety of objects into the three categories and we discussed any misconceptions that the class had.
Class 2 spent some time outside this week and collected a variety of different shaped and coloured leaves. The children observed the leaves and re-created them using coloured pencils. They also used leaves to decorate an autumn hedgehog. The leaves are so detailed, it is difficult to see the real leaves from their drawings.
Class 2 completed a piece of non-fiction writing this week. They had to write a set of instructions for making 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. Afterwards, the children drank their hot chocolate!
‘It was really delicious!’ Jude
‘It was scrumptious!’ Sophie
‘It was fun to make the hot chocolate,’ Isabelle
‘We were doing instructions and had to write them down. We learnt to make hot chocolate!’ Miylee.
Class 2 took part in a gymnastics festival at Spennymoor Leisure Centre on Tuesday 28th November 2017. The children completed an amazing routine with the support of Mrs Callan and Mr Plews. The children then completed the routine back at school in fronts of parents, who were very impressed!
Class 2 designed a puppet in DT and had to write about all of the materials they would need and how they would make it. The children then created their own sock puppet and gave it a name. We discussed what exciting adventures our puppets might have!
Class 2 created their own Christmas star bauble this week. The children filled their bauble with glitter, pom poms & also wrote a Christmas wish for other children around the world.
Art in the style of Paul Klee
In Art this week the children have been mixing secondary colours by using the primary colours red, yellow and blue. The children then completed some large scale artwork in the style of Paul Klee, the children had to create a water colour background. Once the backgrounds are dry, the children will be adding images.
Observing using a microscope
Class 2 have been investigating materials in science this term and today they used a microscope. The children worked together to observe a variety of materials under a microscope as well as using magnifying glasses. The children noticed that each material looked different and they used words like: straight, thick, thin, bent and twisted to describe what they could see. The children were able to group pictures based on materials and knew that wool came from sheep.
Class 2 learning about Baptism with Father Alistair
Class 2 have been learning about baptism and the importance of a christening service this term in RE. As part of our classroom based learning, the children walked to St. Helen’s church and spent time with Father Alistair. He was able to explain the importance of the candle, the colour white and the holy water. The children were able to spend some time observing the font and sketching it. The children took part in their own small christening service, which saw Baby Voilet Rose being welcomed into the church (she looked beautiful even for a doll!)
Class 2 assembly
Friday 9th March 2018 saw Class 2 showcasing their work to the whole school and parents’. The children have been looking at explorers’ during history this term, their favourite was Neil Armstrong. The children recreated the Apollo 11 rocket launch, recited a poem they had created as a class and sang a special version of Fly Me To The Moon. Everyone commented how fantastic the children did and we were all very proud!
Terrific Tales with Bishop Auckland College
Class 2 had a fantastic morning working with students from Bishop Auckland College. The children completed lots of fun craft activities that were linked to the stories they heard. During the morning, the children created hedgehogs, made a star and decorated gingerbread men.
‘I made a gingerbread man and it was fantastic!’ Kaila
‘I enjoyed The Gruffalo story.’ Cody
‘I liked making things and especially the stories.’ Miylee
Class 2 have been working hard this term on their times tables, especially focusing on x2, x5 and x10. To show their understanding, the children created their own array poster. The children wrote a range of questions and drew the matching array. The children know that 2 x 3 = 6 is the same as writing 3 x 2 = 6. Some even drew 10 x 10 in an array to show the answer would be 100.
Class 2 had a visit from a variety of animals this week. Martin from Animal stories brought in a variety of amphibians, reptiles, mammals and even a bird. The children all had the chance to hold each animal, they asked a variety of questions during the afternoon and learnt a range of interesting facts!
The children were asked to create a 3D model in art using modelling clay. The children started with play-doh and had to created different effects using actions such as pulling, rolling and smoothing. The children went on to create their own 3D models with the clay modelling tools. The children will try salt dough next and decide which was easier to work with.
Salt dough models
Following on from the children’s clay models, they all created a salt dough model. The salt dough was made using flour, salt and a little water. After the creations were complete, the models were cooked in the oven and then air dried. The children used a variety of acrylic paints to decorate.
Collecting rubbings with wax crayons.
Class 2 have been looking at images by Max Ernst in Art. He was a famous artist who used ‘rubbing’ techniques in his work and the children went outside in the sunshine and created their own. The children tried smooth and rough objects, they decided the best rubbings came from rough objects and that you had to press on very hard with the crayon.
Design Technology – Miniature garden or beach
The children have had a fantastic time planning and making their miniature garden/beach. The children were asked to think about what they see in the garden OR at the beach, they then had to plan out what they would have in their garden or at the beach but in miniature! The children came up with some excellent ideas, they were all original and so creative. The children referred to their plans throughout and afterwards they reflected on what they were pleased with, whether their model had changed from their original plan and also what could be improved if they did something similar again.
The day the crayons quit!
Class 2 have enjoyed listening to the story ‘The day the crayons quit’. The book is all about a little boy called Duncan and his crayons. Duncan gets lots of letters from his crayons because they are fed up being used to colour the same things all of the time. The children wrote some ideas about feelings and discussed why the crayons were sad and what could be done to cheer them up. The children made their own crayon character and are looking forward to writing their own letter to Duncan.