Welcome back Class 2! We have had a fantastic first week back after the holidays. This week we have been introduced to our new topic…The Romans. We learnt all about the myth of Romulus and Remus and how Rome was founded. As we were going to retell the story in our extended write we decided to retell it using drama first. The children were split into groups and all decided on which roles they were playing and how they would present the story, thinking carefully about expression, tone of voice and position.
In maths we have been focusing on rounding, which is one of our targets in class. At the end of the week we were rounding experts! Well done! We have also started to look at dividing 2 and 3 digit numbers by 10 and 100 which is something we were struggling with on our Maths Board. Keep trying class 2, we will get there!
We would like to welcome student teacher Miss Dunn into Class 2 this week. Miss Dunn will be teaching various lessons this half term as part of her training, and we look forward to having her.
In English children have been learning about play scripts. They identified the main features and had a go reading and acting out some scripts given to them. The children really enjoyed this, even bringing in their own props. The children then planned and wrote their own play script to retell the story of Romulus and Remus.
In P.E we had a go at training like a Roman soldier and adapting our dancing to replicate the famous Tortoise formation. The children really enjoyed this lesson and we even squeezed some Maths work in when children were turning 90 and 180 degrees to their left and right.
In P.E this week we took inspiration from the Gladiators and athletes who would have performed at the Coliseum in Roman times. In groups and pairs we sequenced warm up routines for the athletes. We then developed, practiced and performed simple routines based on the Roman Gladiators fighting in the arena. The children really enjoyed this activity.
For the last two weeks in Maths we have really been focusing on fractions and decimals. I am extremely pleased with all of Class 2’s progress. We can now identify the value of tenths and hundredths numbers, convert fractions into decimals and vice versa, we can find fractions of numbers, round decimals to the nearest whole and can divide two and one digit numbers by 10 and 100. Well done Class 2! I am very proud you all.
This week we have linked our Science and Topic together. Children learnt all about volcanoes and how they are formed. The children played a memory game to remember how to label all the parts of a volcano. The children then looked at the different types of volcano and the rocks that are formed by the lava when cooled.
In Topic we learnt all about the disastrous Mount Vesuvius eruption in Pompeii in 79 AD. The children learnt all about the event and watched a video clip to help visualise the destruction. After this the children produced some fantastic recounts to explain the events.
We wanted to build our own volcanoes and make them erupt. We have started the process by creating volcanoes using modroc and chicken wire. We can’t wait to complete these and make them erupt like our own mini Pompeii.
In art with Miss Dunn the children worked in groups to create different parts of a Roman soldier. They then put all of their parts together to create our class mascot Maximus.
In Maths the children have been looking at statistics. Creating bar charts and line graphs and answering questions based on the data. The children then used their information to create bar charts using Excel.
This week the children completed their volcanoes, decorating them and then making them erupt using a number of ingredients. The children have loved learning all about volcanoes and really enjoyed making them erupt. Some worked much better than others, but that’s Science.
As it is the end of term the children will be doing their half termly assessments. It has been tough but well done Class 2 and keep trying your hardest. Enjoy the half term!
Welcome back Class 2! In P.E this week we have been practising our balancing skills in gymnastics. The children worked fantastically in their partners and took it all very seriously. They really enjoyed pushing themselves and trying some trickier balances.
In English we are continuing to look at The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. This week we have been looking at how the story combines reality and fantasy with characters from classical mythology. We used a glossary to identify mythical creatures, we then scripted and performed a fashion show to help the children describe the characters. They really enjoyed performing to the class.
It has been a very busy and exciting week this week. On Wednesday some pupils participated in a cross county competition against lots of other schools. They did extremely well and two pupils from Class 2 have reached the next stage of the competition. Well done!
Thursday was World Book Day and we had a fantastic time. All of the children looked fantastic as their favourite book characters. The children were then put into mixed age groups and children from Class 3 led all of the activities. Each group had selected a story from around the world, they then had all morning to prepare a presentation or performance all about the story. The children worked very well together and their performances were fantastic.
On Friday, Class 2 went on our class trip to the Palace Green Library in Durham where we spent the day learning more about our topic, The Romans. The morning was spent handling some precious artefacts and using our questioning skills to decide what they were and why they were used. We were surprised by some of the objects and their uses. We then had the opportunity to create our own mosaics using small glass tiles and selected our own Ancient Roman name. In the afternoon, we were able to visit the museum where we investigated Roman jobs, daily life, games and legends. The children and I learnt a lot from our visit and we all really enjoyed the day.
Our Science topic this term has been Materials (Rocks). We were very privileged to have a visit from Mr Bowden who is a geologist. He came and spoke to the class all morning about different types of rocks, volcanoes and fossils. He kindly brought lots of examples which he allowed the class to closely look at too. This was an excellent experience as the children could ask very detailed and difficult questions which Mr Bowden could answer clearly. Thank you Mr Bowden for sharing your expertise.
In R.E we have been discussing Lent, in particular the story of Jesus spending 40 days and nights in the wilderness. We watched a famous video named ’40’ by illustrator Simon Smith. The children then created their own version of this by designing pictures of what they believed Jesus did whilst in the desert. All of the pictures that the children have created have been put together in our R.E scrapbook.
In Computing the children investigated Scratch on the laptops. We found this much more difficult than Scratch Jnr. The children followed instructions to ensure that their spite moved and made a sound. Once they were comfortable with that they adapted their input to create a game where their sprite chased their mouse. The children can’t wait to create more games using this program.