This week the Seedlings started their new topic called 'Rumble in the Jungle'. To get them inspired for their learning about rain-forests and habitats, they visited Tropical Bird Land. During the visit the children saw a range of rare and common birds and began to learn about their habitats. They got to feed the birds, hunted around a bird trail and even had several of the birds perched upon them. It was a fantastic day and the children learned a lot!
Can you tell your parents about these birds that we saw?
This week the children in Year 2 went on a two day visit to Beaumanor Hall for their first residential. The children arrived at school dressed as pirates in keeping with the theme of the first day. They travelled by car to Beaumanor and then said goodbye to their parents before exploring their cabin and setting up their rooms for the night.
The first day was a pirate day and the children took part in a range of pirate themed activities. This included a treasure hunt, learning about the history of pirates and some pirate themed active games. Later the children had dinner in the hall and played some more organised games in the sports hall. They then headed back to the cabin to have hot chocolate before heading to bed.
On the second day the children were up and about early to have breakfast in the cabin before packing up their cases. The second day was a nature themed day and the children searched for minibeasts in the woodland area, completed some pond dipping and went on a wild bird trail. The day ended with some tired children (and teachers) meeting parents in the car park to head home. Everyone had a great time and the children were really well behaved.
On Thursday, the Seedlings held a medieval banquet in the hall for their family. This was to celebrate and show off the learning that they had completed during their castle project 'May the fortress be with you'. The children served the adults at the feast, showed off their work from the topic and performed a medieval style dance as entertainment. The event was really well attended so a big thank you to all the parents and grand parents that came to support us in our celebration of learning. Have a look at the photos below to see more.
This week the children in Seedlings went to visit Lincoln Castle to find out about how a real castle worked and to learn more about the way people lived in medieval times. The children really enjoyed exploring the castle and completed a range of workshops whilst at the castle. This included handling artefacts, learning about weapons and taking part in a real medieval banquet. This was a great way to spark start the learning for their topic work this term! Have a look at the photos below to find out more about the day.
This term the Seedlings have been learning about things related to fire in their topic 'Fire, Fire!' They have been learning fire safety with the fire service and a real fire engine came to visit them. Using this knowledge they then wrote instructions about how to be a fire fighter and put out fires. They have also been learning about the 'Great Fire of London' and created fact pages and artwork in their topic books relating to this event. Have a look at the photos below to find out more!
The Fire Service Came to Visit Seedlings
Have a look at our work!
The Parents came in for our end product afternoon...
To finish of their topic 'Famous For Five Minutes' the children in Seedlings became famous for five minutes by starring in a piece for ITV Central News. The children celebrated their topic with an end product gallery for the parents and invited the TV crew in to film what was going on. The children really loved showing off their work, meeting the presenter and found out first hand how a broadcast is put together. Have a look at the photos from the day and click on the link to watch the finished programme!
The Seedlings have been learning about the famous painter Vincent Van Gogh as part of there topic 'Famous for Five Minutes'. They have found out about the artist's life and looked at some of his famous work. In class they then learned about colour mixing and practised different brushstrokes to create their own work on a canvas. These can be seen below and in our school hall. Have a look!
ave a look to the left to see us busy at work in our art studio (Class Seedling). Then look below at our finished paintings. You can also see some more of Van Gogh's work by clicking the link below.
Starry Starry Night
This half term the Class Seedling Topic is 'Famous for Five Minutes'. The children are learning about a range of significant historical figures and using their lives to learn about different time periods. They have been learning about dates and beginning to investigate chronology. Today they held their inspiration day and all came to school dressed as a famous person. During the day they talked to the class about the person they were impersonating, learned where they fit in history and drew self portraits. Have a look at the Seedlings below and see if you can name the famous people they came as today!
This half term the Children in Class Seedling have been learning about the human and physical features found in our locality and comparing them to those found in Australia. They have been on two trips to explore our local area. One around the village and across to the nature area. The other was a very rainy trip to Beacon Hill. The pictures below show some of the places the children explored and the learning that took place.
At Cossington Meadow
At Beacon Hill
Last Wednesday Year 2 stayed overnight at Beaumanor Hall. Day 1 was made up of a range of pirate themed activities. Day 2 was nature themed. The pictures below show what the Year 2 children got up to on this visit. Have a look and talk to your child about their favourite part of the residential trip.
In Seedlings this week we have been learning the story of Little Red Riding Hood. We have made a picture map of the story and put actions to the words to help us remember all the different parts of the text. Next week we will be innovating on the story which means changing parts of it to make it our own. Have a look at the videos of our story. What do you think of our actions and expression?
This week in Class Seedling we have been learning about Judaism as part of our whole school RE week. below is some of the work we completed and facts we found out about the Jewish faith.
We went to see the Orthodox Synagogue in Leicester. Look at our visit below.
Back at school we created these mixed media collages of the building.
We wrote these sentences to show what we had learned on our trip . . .
At the synagogue I enjoyed seeing the crown. I found out that Jewish people have a perticular diet. - James
At the synagogue I enjoyed eating the matzos. I found out the scroll is made of ded cow skin. - Luke
At the sunagogue I enjoyed look at the Mezuzah. - Courtney
At the synagogue I enjoyed looking at the torahs. I found out Jewish people only beliv in one god. - Neve
At the synogogue I enjoyed lisning to the storys. I found out Sabath is from Friday to Satday. - Isaac
At the synagogue I enjoyed conting the stars of david. I found out that Jewish people baleav in one god. - Oscar
At the synogogue I enjoyed fighnding out the Mezouza and eating the Matzos bred. - Hattie
What was your favourite thing about the trip? What were the important five things our Jewish friend asked us to remember about his faith?
To start our topic Class Seedling were shipwrecked on a mysterious set of islands. During the day we role played setting off on a voyage in our boat, being shipwrecked, exploring the islands and eventually working out where we have arrived. We used clues to work out we were on the Galapagos Islands and will now be learning all about them in our topic work. Look at the pictures from our exciting day!
Welcome to Seedling Class
Welcome to our healthy cafe!
The children designed the menus thinking about a balanced diet and what the body needs to run well. They enjoyed showing off their work to the parents and grandparents who joined them. Seedlings hope you liked the food!
Year 2 Poetry Corner - I wish I had a . . .
Year 2 have been writing poems based on a poem they learned called 'I wish I had a dragon'. They have turned the poem into their own by wishing for their own favourite creature. Please read them and let us the authors know what you think! Click on a page to make it bigger and easier to view.
Class 2 have enjoyed learning about Pancake day/Shrove Tuesday. We explored the Christian meaning behind the day and how it marks the beginning of Lent. As part of our learning, we had fun following a recipe to make pancakes and then finally we got to eat them!
We also read and reviewed a funny book called 'Mr Wolf's Pancakes' that has an unusual twist at the ending.
Have a read at what Robyn wrote about the book...
Have a read at what Robyn wrote about the book...
Book Title: Mr Wolf's Pancakes
Author: Jan Fearnley
Fiction or Non-fiction: Fiction
What is the book about? It is about a wolf who wants to make pancakes. He asks all his neighbours to help but they don't want to help. At the end of the story, Mr Wolf holds the pancakes out of the window and the neighbours smell it and Mr Wolf lets the neighbours in. Because the neighbours were so mean, Mr Wolf ate all the pancakes and the neighbours!
Rating: 5 star
What ages and interests is this book suitable for? Why? I would say it's for people 4 to 8 years old because they would find the story funny.
Inspiration Day to Warwick Castle
To start our new Foundation Stage and Key Stage One topic of 'Kings, Queens and Castles' , Class 1 and 2 visited Warwick Castle on 13th January. Class 2 had a wonderful, sunny and jam-packed day exploring the castle: from looking at the artefacts in the stately rooms, bravely going down to the jail and walking up the ramparts. The children even got to re-enact the Battle of Hastings and met Henry V111 and his wives! Have a look at some of our photographs below.
Talk for Writing
- This week the children have been learning to retell an adventure story, 'Aristotle' by Dick King-Smith, off by heart. They have been learning to do this using a story map and some actions. This will build a strong basis on which the children will soon write their own adventure stories.
You can see some children retelling the story on the videos below and an example of a story map.
In our history topic, we have started to explore Victorian home life. Class 2 have also been recently learning to write instructions in English lessons. Over the last week the children have had the experience of baking a yummy Victoria sponge cake and have all written a set of instructions so someone else could bake one, just like they did in the Victorian times.
Have a read of some of the children’s work below. I think we have some budding cooking writers or ‘Bake off’ contestants!