What superb performances on Thursday 12th December and Friday 13th December. Such loud voices, amazing acting and beautiful singing. We are all so very proud of the children for learning their lines in such a short time, for performing in front of the whole school at the dress rehearsal and for delivering outstanding performances to the grown ups too. To say they are only in key stage one...we have some budding actors and actresses in the making! Of course we couldn’t do it alone in year 2, thank you to year 1 for their superb singing and all the fabulous actions to the songs, we know you have been working hard too.
We visited Pudsey Parish Church to take part in a workshop. Throughout the session the children took part in 5 activities from crafts to hearing about the Christmas story and the role of the Kings and Shepherds. The children enjoyed the activities and were so respectful while we were there. They walked sensibly on route and we arrived back to school before the blustery wind blew. Thank you to the volunteers who came to walk with us. We couldn’t do it without you!
We have started off our enterprise week and it’s been amazing...children have made salt dough candle holders and they used different tools to make patterns and design their holder. These will be finished for the Christmas Fair so look out for them.
We all enjoyed our trip to see the Grinch at the cinema and back in school we have read the story of the Grinch. It was a fabulous film and from the book we have learnt all about rhyming words. We talked about how rhyming words have the same sound in the word. Children were very good during a guided reading session at spotting the rhyming words and then coming up with their own. They have also designed a WANTED poster for the Grinch. It is such a lovely book to link to the season and has really kick started our festivities.
Pleas check in your child’s reading record for their Mathletics username and password. They have really enjoyed going on each day during maths week. Keep it up year 2 it’s amazing. We will print certificates off for the end of half term. Well done to those children who go on each week...it really shows!
We had some special visitors today (Friday 25th October) and they brought into school so many different scientific demonstrations. The children learnt all about gases and observing the changes in the hour long assembly. There are certainly some young scientists in the making! If the loud bangs were anything to go by...it makes for a fabulous job being a Dr or Professor in Science. Ask the children all about it...they sure were mesmerised.
Another exciting treat as part of our themed week...and this time with a literacy focus. Joe and Andy (well known from the CBeebies show Rhyme Rocket) came to school on Wednesday 23d October and they performed an interactive performance where children and adults laughed out loud. Their aim was to get children rhyming using words like cake, mix, box. The children in year 2 thoroughly enjoyed the performance, how amazing it was!
These are some of the questions we will be thinking about this week.
Why do we need to recycle?
What can be recycled?
How do we recycle things we no longer need?
In year 2 we will be focusing on plastic and after watching and listening to why plastic is a pollutant...we now know what we need to do to help the environment.
After spending so much time learning about the butterfly life cycle and understanding the process of metamorphosis, the children released the butterflies to let them find a natural habitat. We waited until the warmest part of the day just before lunch time as this was the best time for them to find their new home.
It was an emotional release for some and we miss the entertaining, elegant butterflies, however we have learnt so much and our children are all now experts.
The observations over time and life cycle explanations have been outstanding. This just shows how a real life experience can provide endless opportunities of learning and we are thrilled we had the opportunity.
Who would ever imagine a pigeon could steal a musical note? Well...poor Jen was moving home and had to entrust her piano to the removal company...only something went wrong! When she did the bubble wrap rap she didn’t anticipate one of her notes would go missing only to be found by a pigeon. This was no ordinary pigeon...he flew high and low and then where did he go next?
The children enjoyed a musical performance and workshop brought to school by a partnership involved with the Leeds Piano Competition. We watched a captivating performance and children learnt how to make music using their voices and body percussion. They also learnt some of the vocabulary associated with music including: dynamics, pitch and tempo.
Children were engaged throughout and then went on to suggest places where the pigeon might have taken the note. The train station brought about lots of different sounds from people chattering, trains chugging to hydraulic doors opening and shutting.
A super musical experience that we will build on in school.
Our second and third butterflies have arrived today (Thursday 26th September) and the children were thrilled. We decided this morning to try to capture the moment on video and we managed it. We will upload this when it is ready. The process has been truly spectacular to see.
We are eagerly awaiting the other 2 to arrive, we have our fingers crossed this will be soon. In the meantime we have given our butterflies tissues soaked in nectar (a sugar and water solution) and we will be giving them some fruit.
Wednesday 11th September
The furry, chunky caterpillars are now 3cm long and the one on the lid of the pot is very cheeky!
The children are observing the caterpillars over time and have learnt all about describing the caterpillars using interesting adjectives and really thinking about what they can see. We have also learnt that caterpillars don’t create a cocoon as they are not fully encased. They partially encase themselves in a chrysalis before becoming a butterfly. This is something we will all be excited to observe as it will be the next step before our butterflies arrive. It very much depends on the temperature as to how long the process may take, but we will keep you updated.
Wednesday 4th September
The tiny, little caterpillars are only 1cm long but they are very wriggly.
The tiny little caterpillars have arrived in our busy hardworking classroom. There are 5 of them in total and the children have been enjoying observing them and making predictions about what butterfly they will become. This all links to our science topic and learning about animals life cycles. It has been a great start to the academic year and the children were full of excitement when they learned we had real life caterpillars.
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