Have a look at what we’ve been learning!
To celebrate England winning the Cricket World Cup KS1 played against each other in four teams. The teams were Sri Lanka, New Zealand, India and Africa. The scores were very close; especially with fabulous batters Jon-Joseph and Ryan, and in the end the team that won with 63 runs was New Zealand!
KS1 Sports Day
Despite the threat of rain, the sun well and truly shone for the Key Stage 1 Sports Day this year. The children enjoyed competing against each other in their colour teams across six different sporting activities. At the end of the event the Green Team came out as the winners with the most points and Matthew and Millie thoroughly enjoyed lifting the colour team cup on behalf of their team leaders.
KS1 Sports Day Practises
KS1 have been very busy preparing for their Sports Day on Thursday. They have practised all the different activities that we have planned for the day and are ready to win points for their colour team!
Year 2 visit to Souter Lighthouse
Year 2 are looking at seaside holidays this half term and as part of that they have been looking at lighthouses, so on Friday they paid a visit to Souter Lighthouse to see what they were really like. Souter Lighthouse was the first lighthouse to be powered by electricity. When we got there we made our own lighthouses with working electrical circuits, then after lunch we got to explore the lighthouse. First we went to the half way point where we found out how the light shone red and white. The red light was to warn the sailors of dangerous rocks and the white to show them where was safe to sail. Then we went up the very steep steps to the top of the lighthouse – we felt very high up and could see for miles – we could even see the Year 1 children rock pooling down on the beach! Bill; our guide, showed us how the enormous light worked and we got to see it spin round – Mrs Wilkinson made it spin using only two fingers. When we climbed back down the 72 steps we went and explored the lighthouse keeper’s cottage. It reminded us of the miners cottages at Beamish where lots of people lived in a small space. Finally, we got to go inside one of the lights from a different lighthouse, the lens made our faces look really fuuny.
True Meaning of Easter
Francine came into Year 2 to tell us the true meaning behind Easter. We talked about Easter and acted out parts of the Easter story. We also found out why it is such an important time for Christians and the reason why we give each other chocolate eggs. Then we retold the story in our books.
World Water Day
To celebrate World Water Day and to recognise those who may not be as fortunate as we are, the whole school joined in with some water related games! Year 1 & 2 had to transport water from one bucket to another using a wellington boot! Team points were awarded to those who transported the most water. Afterwards we noticed that we’d spilled lots of water and considered how we could conserve water.
Our Class Assembly
It was Year 2’s turn to present their class assembly to the school and their parents this week. They wanted to tell everyone about all the important people we had been learning about in History over the year. Finley and Maisy did a fabulous job of presenting the chat show, where guests included Guy Fawkes, Samuel Pepys, Florence Nightingale and Mary Seacole.
This week lots of strange things have been happening around school after our Garden Gang found two buried eggs! We tried them in the incubator but they didn’t hatch. In assembly, children suggested to try them in a tank of water which did the trick! However, when we came to school on the Monday, whatever had hatched had disappeared! Over the week, we found a bone on the floor, a suspicious pile of what looked like poo, mess left in the corridors and in Year 5’s classroom and strange noises were heard following a power cut on Thursday!
On Friday, we finally got to meet the strange creature! He was a friendly tyrannosaurus rex called Jam! We had fun learning some facts about Jam and even got to do a bit of acting and vocabulary building! Have a look at the learning pages across the website to find out more!
Sammy from Mammal Web visited our school on Wednesday and Thursday this week. She started her visit with a whole school assembly, telling us all about her journey through education to where she is today – it was very inspiring and made us think about how we might like to be scientists one day! Then she spent the rest of the time working with each class; taking time to discuss how we had used our camera traps, and then we looked at the photographs they had taken over the six week period. Our cameras spotted domestic cats, pigeons, mice and lots of rabbits! Sammy then talked to us about different habitats and showed us some of the photographs she had captured in places such as Africa – where she saw zebras, and giraffes.
If you would like to get involved with spotting mammals and for more information about Mammal Web, or you would just like to look at some of the photographs taken from camera traps all over the world (including ours) log in to www.mammalweb.co.uk
Here are some of our photographs!
The Great Fire of London at our school!
Year 2 saw an end to their topic of the Great Fire of London today by experiencing how the fire spread so quickly back in 1666. In Art, they made Tudor houses and this afternoon, with the help of Mr Anderson, they were lined up to represent Pudding Lane and then set alight. We saw that because the houses were so close together the fire spread quickly from one to another. We were also lucky enough to have a slight wind today, which helped us understand how the flames were fanned across from one house to another. We felt quite sad as our houses burned to the ground, however this gave us a little more understanding of how devastated the people of the time must have felt to see their own homes on fire. We all agreed once the fire was out that Samuel Pepys had the right idea to blow some of houses up to help stop the fire spreading even more.
Year 2 Internet Safety Day
To further develop our understanding and awareness of staying safe online, Year 2 listened to Buddy the Dog’s Internet Safety story all about a little boy who is just like us, called Ben, who gets a new tablet and isn’t sure how to use it safely. As part of the story we learnt a song to remind us of what to do if we are ever unsure. You can watch our video here!
Key Stage 1 had a fantastic time during our cross country earlier. All children showed great sportsmanship and persevered, even when the going was tough! Well done everyone!
This half term we have been learning all about materials and their properties. Today we were practising our Working Scientifically skills by planning and carrying out our own investigation into which materials were waterproof. We made predictions before carrying the test out and a lot of us were right! We also had to make sure our tests were fair.
Visit from Adam Bushnell
Year 2 welcomed Adam Bushnell into their class this afternoon so they could show off their writing skills. They told him all about the different writing opportunities that they had had whilst learning about the Great Fire of London. He brought in different artefacts to help them describe what life was like in 1666 – including a smoke machine – which was so much fun. Adam then taught them how to look at the writing that they have done and how to revise, edit and improve it – an important skill for super writers! They are looking forward to using these skills in their future writing.
KS1 Dance Festival
Year 2 went to Parkside Academy on Wednesday to take part in the KS1 Dance Festival. They have been working on and practising their dance since the beginning of the spring term and the festival gave them the opportunity to perform it to the other schools in our area. Despite being a little nervous, they performed it brilliantly and now can’t wait to show the rest of the classes at school in our very own school dance festival on Tuesday 12th February.
Going APE in Year 2 Maths
In Maths, we have been learning how to reason. This means we have to show how we have worked something out and be able to explain it. We use the acronym APE which stands for Answer, Prove and Explain. Here we are explaining our working out to the rest of the class.
News Reporters from 1666
As part of our work on the Great Fire of London we reported on the fire in the style of newspaper reports. First, we looked at the features of a newspaper report and then wrote our own versions from 2nd September 1666; the day the fire started. Then we used the app, Spark Video to read our report aloud. Click here to view our videos. Please note: Video clips may contain flashing images.
Samuel Pepys’ Diary
This half term Year 2 are focusing their work on The Great Fire of London. They have learnt about the life of Samuel Pepys and how his diary is an important piece of history that tells us about that time. In English, they wrote their own versions of his diary and then used the app Morfo Booth to recreate him reading it aloud.
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BeeBots and the Continents
In Year 2, we have been learning the names of the five oceans and seven continents of the world this half term. So we combined this with our learning in Maths based on directional language and used our programming skills in Computing to programme the BeeBots to travel around the world from one continent to another.
To help us remember the names of the continents we have been using this song on YouTube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K6DSMZ8b3LE
Gingerbread Man trailers
Year 2 have been using the story of the Gingerbread Man as a basis for their work in English this half term. After reading the story they wrote character descriptions and then their own version of the story using a runaway biscuit. We talked about how stories can be made into movies and looked at trailers for movies, before creating our own iMovie trailer for the story of the Gingerbread Man. You can watch some of our videos by clicking here.
Year 2 Science
In Science this half term we have been looking at our body and learning how to keep fit and healthy. This week we carried out two investigations. First we looked at what happens to our bodies when we exercise. We worked in pairs and went into the playground to find out what happens to our bodies after one minute of carrying out different activities. We found that our skin went sweaty, our breathing became quicker and our hearts pumped faster, some of us had aching muscles too!
Then we looked at germs. We watched a video about the different kinds of germs then Mrs Wilkinson showed us how easily germs can be spread by using glitter – it went everywhere! Then we had to carry out an investigation to find out what the best methods were for washing our hands. We decided to try cold water, warm water and warm water and soap. We found out that the best method was the warm water and soap and now we are going to try really hard to remember to wash our hands regularly throughout the day.
Finally, we tried to grow our own germs. We rubbed slices of fresh bread on the toilet floor, sink and Ethan’s hands and we put them into a sealed bag, in a dark place. We also put a clean, fresh slice in a bag so it made our test fair. Next week we will take a look at them to see what has happened.
A Visit to Beamish
On Wednesday the Year 2’s visited Beamish Open Air Museum to experience what life was like as a child in school 100 years ago. When we arrived at the school, the boys had to go in one door and the girls in another, then we were met by the teacher who we had to call ma’am. First we did some warm up exercises and then went into the classroom. In the classroom everything was made of wood and there was a fire burning in the corner – the girls got to sit the closest to the fire as this is how it was in the olden days. We were squashed onto little wooden desks to do our reading, writing and arithmetic lessons. We weren’t allowed to speak and when we wanted to answer a question we had to stand up and say the answer then the word “ma’am”. We didn’t use pens and paper, instead we had to use either a sand box or a slate and charcoal. After our lesson in the infant classroom we went into the bigger classroom and the teacher showed us the cane – Andrew was very brave and let the teacher pretend to use it on him! Have a look below at some of our lessons.
After lunch we got the chance to explore the rest of the museum and had lots of fun trying freshly made sweets and having a ride on the bus and tram.
After a week focusing on global issues in their lessons the children in Years 1 and 2 had to work in their colour teams to build a creature from junk materials. They worked together beautifully to create some animal masterpieces which were showcased in our whole school assembly. Yellow team created a wonderful tortoise, Blue team created an awesome octopus, Red team created a magnificent eagle and Green team created a fabulous panda.
Bee Keeper Visit
As part of our global issues week Year 2 focused their work on the life of bees. They spent the week learning all about bees, what they usually do, why they are so important to our lives and what would happen if they became extinct. They learnt how to look after bees and then ended the week with a visit from Dot from Weardale Bee Keepers who told them all about caring for bees in hives – and we even got to see the honey her bees had made!
Maths Treasure Hunt
As part of their mini topic on pirates, Year 2 were brushing up on their calculation skills this week by carrying out an addition treasure hunt in the KS1 playground. Working in pairs they had a competition to see who could answer the most questions correctly and then find all the answers that were hidden around the playground.