Welcome back! Children have been working hard on their first week back. The children have been introduced to our new class text, Gangsta Granny, and have been researching the author David Walliams. The children have also started looking at our new class topic, Anglo Saxons. Children learnt all about the invaders and settlers and carried out some role play to understand and empathise with the Britons and Anglo Saxons. In Science this term we are looking at Electricity. The children have identified the difference between mains and battery and have been identifying potential dangers to do with electricity and how we can prevent these dangers. The children then used the IPads and internet to design and create posters highlighting these dangers which will be displayed for younger children in the school.
We have had a very exciting and busy week this week. On Monday we received ten hen eggs in class. We watched over the eggs in the incubator intently and on Wednesday three chicks hatched. By Friday we had seven chicks, four females and three males, that we were able to see hatch in class. This is a fantastic opportunity for the children to demonstrate how responsible they can be. All children have volunteered to help clean the chicks out daily and ensure that they are looked after properly. We hope to move the chicks into the chicken coop in school when they are big enough.
On Thursday the school participated in a whole school sports day against other local primary schools at Teesdale Academy. We had a fantastic day, competing in sports such as dodgeball, relay, tug of war and the obstacle course. The children were incredibly well behaved and all demonstrated excellent sportsmanship and teamwork. Well done Class 2!
On Monday we had a Forest Schools taster session. Children came in ready for the cold weather and spent all morning outside learning how to collect suitable firewood, build a fire safely, start a small fire using a flint and building dens. The children were fantastic and all listened incredibly well, understanding the importance of safety when building fires. We were also lucky enough to toast marshmallows to create chocolate biscuit sandwiches. Yummy!
On Wednesday Miss Bradley and Miss Harris took twelve pupils from Class 2 to RobinWood. Whilst there the children participated in many activities including; caving, canoeing, climbing, zipwire, big swing, trapeze as well as problem solving and team building activities such as Dragon’s Quest and Piranha Pool. All children had a go and many conquered fears. All members of staff at RobinWood commented on how polite and well behaved the children were and said they would welcome us back again.
In Maths we have been focusing on Shape, Space and Measure. This week Year 3 familiarised themselves with 2D and 3D shapes, revising vocabulary such as vertices, faces and edges. The children then used modelling materials to create their own 3D shapes. Year 4 children had a go at translating shapes, following instructions such as left/right and up/down. The children found this quite difficult but they all tried their best. We will tackle this again in our next Shape, Space and Measure lesson.
In Topic we have been discussing how life would have been like for the Anglo-Saxon settlers. We talked about what the Anglo-Saxons would have needed to think about when choosing a location and we looked into how their homes were constructed. We were shocked that the Anglo-Saxons built their homes out of materials such as wood, straw, daub and manure, compared to the Romans who used a lot of stone. We then had a go at creating our own buildings in groups using sticks, lolly pop sticks and straw. We found the roof particularly tricky to build with the only the natural materials we had available.
We have had an incredibly busy week this week. On Monday and Tuesday we made sure we got our half termly assessments out of the way. The children wrote some fantastic narratives about a trip to a zoo, demonstrating their progress in punctuation and grammar.
In Science we have been learning about Electricity. On Monday the children carried out a scientific investigation to see which materials are conductors and which are insulators. We made lots of predictions beforehand and then got to work testing materials in from our classroom.
On Wednesday we were lucky enough to go and see Gangsta Granny Live at Darlington Civic Theatre. This was fantastic and the children loved seeing our class text performed on stage. We had a great day with lots of laughs.
Thursday was yet another exciting day. We walked two miles to Headlam where we met a Carole Burn and her alpacas. It was fascinating to have the opportunity to interact with the animals and learn lots of new facts. We then played lots of team building games, made art with materials found outside and even had the chance to dissect owl pellets, revealing lots of animal remains.
Enjoy half term Class 2!
Welcome back Class 2! It has been incredibly busy this week with lots of exciting events and activities.
On Monday we welcomed parents in to help us with our school grounds. We would like to thank parents for bringing plants and helping to tidy up our school.
On Wednesday we went to Teesdale School to run for Race for Life. The children did very well and managed to raise lots of money for an amazing cause.
In Science the children were introduced to our final topic, States of Matter. We spent time sorting items and investigating gloop. We then went into the hall to act out solid, liquid and gas particles.
In Topic we have been continuing to look at Anglo Saxons. We discussed how important storytelling was to their culture and we looked at the famous Anglo-Saxon poem, Beowulf. We then retold the story using drama and role play.
We also made a start on our Anglo-Saxon shields that we designed last week. We thought carefully about how wealthy and important our warriors were and ensured our designs were authentic.