Year 2 - France
Welcome to France class. We are in Year 2 and our teacher is Mr Bamford. Mrs Peel and Mrs Philpott are our Teaching Assistants.
The children showed their bravery on Monday when Chris, from the Zoolab animal handling experience team, visited us with some of his friends. This is all part of our Science week learning and as you can see from a small sample of the photos below, the children had a great time getting close and personal with a range of exotic animals and learning about animal diversity and habitats. There was a corn snake, a rat called Princess Katy, a rare gecko called Honey and a cockroach called Jarvis (very witty). The children have also been learning what STEM means and started designing their own solutions to help protect our fragile planet. Bean plants have come home this week and can be planted in gardens in their biodegradable peat pots. The children have been carefully monitoring the progress of their beans since we first potted them in class, so we now know they need a splash of water for the roots to collect, sunlight to keep the plant healthy and space to grow. Also, thanks for all your contributions for Sports Relief last Friday. The children enjoyed a blast of energy from Emily’s Zumba workshop!
In order to better understand the world of the West Runton Woolly Mammoth which we will be singing about at this month’s music concert, we decided to host a fossil inspired café. This was prehistoric in theme and historic in complexity, but the children seemed to be really engaged in the story and the activities.
There was a song to start with followed by a reading of ‘Stone girl, bone girl’, the story of Mary Anning, the ‘Mother of Palaeontology’. Then the children got hands on by making some salt dough (flour, salt, coffee and coffee grounds for the rock texture) before imprinting these with dinosaurs, shells and starfish to look like fossils. Thanks very much to the adults who helped with the measuring and mixing of the dough. We are in the process of cooking and drying these out so they can be taken home.
We had a fossil digging pit to help children experience the joy of discovery with 12 buried fossils dating up to 430 million years old!
We hope everybody had a good time. Special thanks to Mrs Peel and Mrs Philpott for being prehistoric heroes in setting and clearing up the whole experience.
What a brilliant display of creativity in Year 2 last Thursday for the celebration of world book day. We welcomed Fossil hunters, Aladdin, Dorothy, Mrs Twit, Matilda and a host of other famous book characters into France class and it really was a sight to behold. Alice in wonderland even brought an entire tea party with her! We helped raise lots of money with the rest of the school and hopefully helped inspire the love of books and reading.
During the day, the children watched some author masterclasses about the magic of creating story characters and wrote letters in role to other world book day characters. In the afternoon, the children got creative and made their very own origami corner bookmarks which looked fantastic (see below). This video shows you how to have a go at home: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YVkJPCp_1UQ
We also found out the winner of our 500 word story competition... Alice in Wonderland!! Sorry, no... Willow! I meant Willow. Congratulations!! (You were very convincing in your costume.)
Huge congratulations to all 7 of our entrants. We enjoyed the stories a lot and the imagination that went into creating them. I know Mrs Lilley and Mrs Peachment had a very tough time picking a winner - I didn’t envy them. Well done, Rosie, Aria, Mathilda, Barney, Emma and Noah.
This week we have been joining in with our first lessons on 'My Feelings' from our new RSE resource. Before the lessons we worked hard together as a class to come up with our 'Working Agreements' which include keeping the conversation in the room and not using other children's names.