What we've been up to ...
Lights, Camel, Action 2: The Sequin!
We are all exceptionally proud of the hard work Class 5 and 6 put into their Nativity this year. I'm sure you'll agree that they did a fabulous job!
In the words of the Funky Camel - Could you top it? I just know you could not!
European Christmas Decoration Exchange
Class 5 were chosen to take part in a Christmas decoration exchange with 26 schools across 11 different European countries. We collected twigs and branches from the conservation area which were then made into tree shapes by Mrs Fahey. Then they were ready to be wrapped in green wool and transformed into Christmas trees. The children enjoyed wrapping the trees in wool and then decorating using glitter glue and sequins to make them sparkle.
It was an exciting time in December waiting for all of the decorations to arrive in the post and there was a real buzz in the classroom when new decorations were delivered each day and we got to learn a little more about the country they came from and their Christmas traditions.
Taking care of nature
As part if our topic we have been learning about nature in the local environment. We became bird watchers and identified local flowers. We decided to create our own birdfeeders to help wildlife in the colder months. We looked at aerial photographs of the school grounds to help decide where would be best to hang our feeders.
Odd Socks Day
Class 5 took part in Odd Socks Day as part of anti-bullying week. We loved showing off our mixed up socks.
In our English lessons we have been reading about the Gruffalo. We went outside and used our senses to imagine what it would be like living in the forest like the Gruffalo. We collected natural resources to create a collage over an image of the woods. We then used the MentiMeter app on the iPads to generate adjectives we could use in our writing.
Guinea Pig Visit
In English we have been reading the story of Christopher Nibble, a guinea pig who loves to eat dandelions. We were very lucky to have some real guinea pigs visit us in class to bring the story to life.
Some of the Year 2 children were given the opportunity to take part in a Colour Run with some children from other schools. The morning consisted of team building activities followed by a run around the track and getting covered in paint. The children's spirits were not dampened by the wet weather and we had smiles galore. We were so impressed by how many laps the children completed, they did not want to stop running! What an exciting, fun and very messy way to spend our morning.
Gibside National Park Trip
Class 5 and 6 had a fantastic day visiting Gibside National Park. We participated in an art in nature workshop where we used natural materials to create our masterpieces. We worked in groups to locate the appropriate materials. We then got to explore the fantastic Strawberry Castle play area and have lots of fun with our friends.
Visit from a Police Officer
We were lucky enough that Miss Haddick's Dad was able to come in and talk to us about the police force. He talked about the importance of staying safe and what to do if we have a problem. He also told us all about different areas of the police. He brought lots of police clothing and equipment with him to show us and talk about what it is used for. We had lots of fun trying on all of the jackets and hats!
Fire Service Visit
We were extremely lucky to have a visit from the fire service today. They came to talk to us in assembly about how to stay safe if there was a fire. We then got to have a go at using the fire hose and even got a little wet! We also got to see the fire engine and some of the equipment that they use.
Zippy Graveyard Trip
As part of our Zippy programme we have looked at different strategies to cope with our emotions and what to do in real life situations. At the moment we are looking at changes and how they can affect us. As part of this we visited the graveyard of St Mary's Church and talked about why it was such a special place. We then took rubbings from the graves to use in our work back at school.
As part of our art day we looked at different traditional African drums and how they sound. We created our very own drums and even had a chance to play them!
We had an exciting time in our conservation area looking for wildlife in the pond. We used our nets to try and get a closer look at the animals. We were really lucky because we managed to catch a newt and a frog.
We have looked at different ways to gather information and present it. Miss Haddick gave us some information and we had to create our very own bar charts following the instructions. We then answered questions about the charts and shared what we find.
In literacy we have been reading the book Handa's Surprise. In the story Handa gathers a lot of exotic fruit and puts it in a basket to take to her friend. We had a look at some of these fruits in more detail. As part of our task we looked at their appearance, smell and taste of the fruits. Some of the fruits we really enjoyed and others we weren't so keen on!
We have been learning all about capacity and volume in Maths. As part of this we investigated the volume of different containers and estimated different amounts of water. We had lots of fun trailing various containers and discussing reasons why.
We had a fantastic day in Stanley Crook Forest. We worked together to create a bridge across the stream, our very own shelters and even learnt how to camouflage ourselves in the trees. We used all natural materials to help us when building our bridges and shelters and even got to try them out.