Summer term 1
Working in the Fir class this year is Miss Duff and Mrs Longford. PPA will be covered by Mrs Newsham and Mr Cosford on a Wednesday afternoon. If you need to speak to Miss Duff please feel free to come anytime before or after school.
Homework is sent home every Wednesday and is due on Monday of each week.
This term our value is Tolerance.
Our topic this term is amazing animals.
Swimming is every Tuesday starting on 2/5/2017
In year 2 we have been exploring the meaning of the different British Values. As part of tolerance week we took part in a class election. We explored different character traits that would make a good leader then we divided into 5 political parties:
Each political party had to devise policies in health, education, foreign policy, money and defence. Each member of the party became a minister, responsible for one of these things.
We each had a polling card that registered us to vote. We then made our decision and put our voting slip into the ballot box ready for the winner to be announced.
Fir class have been busy planting. Check out our maintenance of our raised beds and our flourishing marigolds.
in our P4C we have been looking at the big ideas in the awongalema story. We found that there was a lot of evidence for friendship, perseverence but not enough evidence to support the concept of money or anger.
We thought of big questions and voted for them as democracy. From discussing them we ended up with the question: Is there such a thing as bad people or just bad choices?
We used the tablets to go on google explore. We travelled to the savannah to see the different animals. We explored some different habitats and innovated the setting of our story. We used the internet to search for our innovated characters in order to generate so,e exciting adjectives
Once upon a time in the Savannah the rains hadn’t fallen for one year. The plants and trees didn’t grow food so all the animals were very hungry.
There were four animal friends; a monkey, a lion, a buffalo and a tortoise. They remembered there was a magic tree in the forest that could make the fruit grow. The fruit would only grow if the animals knew the magical name. However, when they found the tree none of them could remember the name.
“What are we going to do?” squeaked the monkey.
“I know, we will go to the sacred mountain and ask the mountain spirit. He’ll tell us the name of the magic tree.” Said Lion
“I’ll go first, I’m the fastest.” Said Monkey and off he ran. When he got there he called out, “Sacred Mountain speak to me, tell me the name of the magic tree.” Then a great voice called out, “Awongalema!”
“Of course!” said the monkey. He went running back as fast as he could but monkey wasn’t looking where he was going. He crashed head first into an enormous anthill. The name fell right out of his head. When he got back and didn’t remember the name and his friends were very disappointed.
I’ll go next I’m the strongest.” said buffalo When he got to the top of the mountain, he called out, “Mountain spirit, speak to me, tell me the name of the magic tree.” The great voice called out, “Awongalema!”
“Of course!” said buffalo and he ran back fast as he could. He crashed head first into the enormous anthill and the name fell right out of his head. Now the animals were very sad.
“I’ll go next, I’m the smartest.” said lion and off he went. When he got to the top of the mountain, he called out, “Mountain spirit, speak to me, tell me the name of the magic tree.” “Awongalema!” said the mountain spirit. “
“Of course!” said lion and he ran back fast as he could. He crashed head first into the enormous anthill and the name fell right out of his head.
Now the animals didn’t know what to do. Who else could get the name? The only one left was little tortoise. They all laughed at the thought but they had to let him try because all the rest had failed.
Off went tortoise slowly, slowly, slowly. When he finally reached the top of the mountain he called out, “Mountain spirit, speak to me, tell me the name of the magic tree,” and the great voice called out, “Awongalema!”
“Awongalema!” said the tortoise to himself. “Of course! Awongalema!” So back to his friends he went. Carefully repeating the name on every slow footstep. “Awongalema, Awongalema, Awongalema!” When he got to the anthill, he carefully walked around it. When he got back to the magic tree, he called out it’s name, “Awongalema!”
Immediately, the trees burst forth with all kinds of wonderful, magical fruit. What a wonderful day it was!
In P4C we have been learning to work collaboratively. In groups we decided if we agreed or disagreed with different statements to do with persevering. We then came up with our own big question:
Is it ever OK to not persevere?
We loved learning about fire engines and fire safety. Thank you very much to all the firefighters who came to support us on the day.
We loved meeting the chicks and learning all about spring time.
As part of our science week theme; changes we looked ar how washing up liquid, milk and food colouring react altogether. Check out our photos!
This week we have been learning all about lines of symmetry and how to check them using a mirror.
As part of our science week topic change we went on a colour hunt! We found all the different colours on the playground and explored why they might be there.
Once upon a time there was a couple that longed for a baby. They lived next door to an old, scary and wicked witch. The wife longed to eat the lettuces in the witch’s beautiful garden. One day the husband decided to steal some of the lettuces for his wife. The witch caught him. The witch told the husband that his wife was soon to have a baby. He must give the baby to the witch if he didn’t he would be killed. The man was so scared that he agreed.
When the little girl was born the witch took her away and named her Rapunzel. The witch locked her away in a tower when she grew up. While Rapunzel lived in the tower her golden hair grew longer and longer. The witch would call to Rapunzel to let down her hair when she visited. Then the witch would climb up. One day a handsome prince found the tower in the forest. He watched the witch come to the tower and climb Rapunzel’s hair. “What a beautiful tower that is!” Said the prince to himself. The Prince called up to Rapunzel when the witch had gone. “Rapunzel, Rapunzel let down your hair.” Shouted the prince. Rapunzel ran to the window and she let down her long, golden hair. The prince cut the chains and Rapunzel was free. The prince and Rapunzel lived happily ever after.
Fir class were wild for Wally with our Where's Wally? hide and seek in the sensory garden. We loved spotting all the Wallys!
Fir class really enjoyed making pancakes for Shrove Tuesday. We have each made a lent promise that we will be surprising eachother with acts of kindness. We also researched how different parts of the UK celebrated Shrove Tuesday; did you know in Northern Ireland the oldest, unmarried daughter will flip a pancake and if it lands back in the pan she will be married?
This week we are learning a recount about a rescued princess called Laura. We have learnt that recounts:
-Use adverbs of time
-May contain speech
-Can have different sentence types
-Are in the past tense
We have been learning how to use inverted commas for speech. We acted out the punctuation using our fingers. Tabi and Ania are the punctuation surrounding Ala shouting "AAAAAAAAH"
To celebrate mother tongue day Fir class teamed up with Olive class. We loved learning Serbian, Urdu, Malayam, Arabic and Romanian. It was so exciting to learn new things with our reading buddies!
We have been learning about a very exciting new kind of sentence. An exclamatory sentence must start with what or how and always ends with a verb. We found a brilliant exclamation in the owl and the pussy cat:
'Oh, lovely pussy. Oh pussy my love. What a beautiful pussy you are!'
We played a game where we made our own exclamtions and we filmed them:
You can watch it here:
This week we have started learning how to divide by grouping using the number line method. Fir class were absolutely amazing at solving the problems!
We made predictions about which materials would be waterproof and which wouldn't. We dipped them in water to see if they absorbed. We found that soft materials seem to absorb and shiny materials are more likely to be waterproof.
We have been learning about pitch, rhythm and pulse. We have learnt the song 'Hey, you' and added our own words. Today we practised using percussion alongside the music.
Fir class have been learning how to give commands (please forgive us if we are especially bossy this week!). We are using storytelling to memorise a set of instructions on how to look after a baby dragon. We learnt new grammar vocabulary:
Imperatives are bossy words that tell you what to do; sit, stand, jump, put.
These words tell us in what order things are happening: First, second, after, next.
Check out this amazing model made by the hardworking children of Fir class.
We loved learning about Florence Nightingale and all the wonderful work she did in the Scutari hospital.