Class 2

Beachcombers!

Welcome back to the Summer term Class 2!  Pull up a deckchair and put on your sunglasses because we’re heading to the Great Dalby seaside (aka the outside classroom)!!!

This half term we will all become beachcombers:  exploring rockpools, looking at shells, learning about sea creatures and microhabitats.  The science-based topic means we’ll be using microscopes, making predictions, recording observations and grouping and sorting.  we’ll also make our own hybrid sea creatures using the elements the children feel work well in real life…maybe we’ll use crab claws, with a sting ray’s tail mixed with a shark’s fin…who knows what amazing creatures we will create!  Watch this space!

In our writing, we will write labels, lists and captions detailing the creatures we learn about as well as write information booklets and narratives based on fictional sea characters.

Importantly, we’ll also focus on the impact of plastics on our marine wildlife and what we can do to help this situation by cutting down on single use plastics and going on beach clean-ups!

I can’t wait to share this exciting summer term’s learning with the children and look forward to the coming weeks with them all,

Mrs Ward

jward@greatdalby.bepschools.org

Happy New Year Class 2!

Our new topic is Muck, Mess and Mixtures.  I ‘m so excited about this term’s learning as there’s lots of exciting things coming our way!  We kick start the topic in the first week back with a Messy Mixtures Day.  The children will get to explore clay, jelly, cornflour, oil, shaving foam, paint and hand cream with their hands and feet so let’s get messy!  They will play with liquids, squish some dough and check out the slushiest and mushiest foods. We will pour, mix, stir and splat! How will it feel to get our hands covered in goo?… Make a wobbly jelly?…or draw with wibbly clay?

Our class books are George’s Marvellous Medicine and Revolting Recipes by Roald Dahl.  We will write recipes, instructions, riddles and poems.

We will become scientists, making predictions and observations about what happens when we dilute substances in water.  we’ll record and measure which household items make the most bubbles plus investigate melting!

Through our topic, we will make recipes and perform taste tests, make ice cube art, bubble art, explore dangerous liquids and how to stay safe, make oil/water craft and much much more!

Thursday 7th January is our Messy Mixtures Day so please send your child in to school wearing old clothes.  No tights please – trousers/leggins are preferred as socks can be slipped off in order to explore the mixtures more easily.  Please also pack a small, oldish towel in a named plastic bag.

We continue to operate as Covid Securely as possible so if you need to speak to me then please email me in the first instance at my usual email address ~ jward@greatdalby.bepschools.org

 

Kind regards,

Mrs Ward

Beat Band Boogie

Left, right, left, right, here comes the marching band!

Class 2s topic begins as we watch our very own Year 4 Great Dalby Brass Ensemble who will perform for us in our school hall, conducted by Mr R!

This half term, we’ll be stepping in time to the beat and learning all about music. We’ll identify pulse, rhythm and pitch, and move in time to the music. Reading and following instructions will help us make percussion instruments and we’ll also design our own. We’ll learn nursery rhymes including The Grand Old Duke of York and read the story of The Little Tin Soldier. Our bodies will turn into instruments as we try to master the art of body percussion. We’ll learn lots of new songs and write lyrics and tunes of our own. We’ll listen carefully to different sounds outdoors, test our sense of hearing and find out how far different sounds can travel.

Happy New Year!

We’d like to wish you a warm welcome back to the new term and hope that you’ve all had a restful Christmas.

Our topic this term is called Splendid Skies.  We will start the term with a ‘nature’s treasures’ walk to search for seasonal signs. The children will make observations of trees, respond to questions such as ‘Can you see leaves? What colour are they?’  and investigate what the weather is like, looking upwards to the clouds to look at their shapes, sizes and colours. We will collect items to talk about back in the classroom such as buds, dried leaves, wildflowers, sticks, leaf litter, acorns, pine cones and other natural objects.

Amongst other things, we will be writing and presenting weather reports, making weather art, investigating clouds, making kites rain catchers and observing seasonal changes.

What a term we have in store!

Dear Parents and Children,

Welcome back to school!  We do hope you’ve all had a relaxing and restful summer holiday and we very much look forward to getting to know the children better over the coming term.We have lots of exciting things planned; including a trip to Beaumanor Hall. 

Our topic this term is Land Ahoy! Please have a look at our topic web to give you further information about all the learning we are planning to do this term.

Please make sure their PE kits are in school every day with Year 2s needing a swimming kit on Fridays. 

Please come in and chat to us if you need to; we’re here to help with anything we can.

Kind regards,

Mrs Nelmes and Mrs Ward

 

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