This week, the whole of Key Stage One have come together to explore different aspects of Directions and Movement in our Maths lessons. Each class has worked with a different teacher every day, completing practical and fun activities. 2W have completed Treasure Hunts, Bee-Bot work, parachute games and Co-ordinates activities. It has been a really positive week with lots of learning taking place.
This week, 2W have been taking part in our school wide STEM based week. We have been focusing on building structures and designing buildings or bridges. The children have had a fantastic time spending two mornings at the Junior school, taking part in a puzzle challenge morning and Pirate maths, problem solving. We have also been very privileged as one of our parents, Mr Roberts gave up a lot of his week to come in and work with Year 2 and share his work as an architect, setting up brilliant activities to explore the concepts of how buildings are designed and built through spaghetti and marshmallows! They then worked in teams to create bridges using the principles of the triangle. Every single child was thoroughly engaged and we would like to say a big thank you to him. We also had a whole day of Lego building which many of you came to see after school on Tuesday. It has been quite a week!
As part of our topic on our local area, 2W have been using maps of our school and the immediate area to highlight geographical features of the playground and identify different features of the local area.
Everyone thoroughly enjoyed using the maps as you can see.
Our topic this term is all about ‘Location, Location, Location’ and we will be exploring the local vicinity around our school.
We have started by locating Nottingham on a map of the UK and by creating these fabulous Nottingham skylines featuring the Council House.
The children looked at shapes they could see in buildings and drew these in pencils, layering up details and then washed this over with watercolour paints. Finally, they worked with great care to draw over the details in black felt tip to the structures stood out and the results are fantastic. Well done 2W, what a great start!
Year 2 performed our Easter showcase this week based upon our topic this half term of Charlie and the Chocolate factory. They performed a play, a chant, dances, songs and even adverts! The children’s performances were fantastic, they spoke or sang with enthusiasm and a great deal of fun was had by all. Topped off by our five lucky parents who each won a golden ticket and an Easter treat. Congratulations 2W, I am very proud of you all.
This week in art, 2W have been undertaking an observational drawing activity. We looked at and discussed the logos of different chocolate bars and the colours manufacturers use for wrappers. Each member of the class then chose their favourite bar and drew them very carefully. Some people selected pencils and others pastels so they could blend colours to create the wrapper’s effect. Everyone worked with great care and took the time to look carefully and I think you’ll agree that the outcomes are super, well done 2W.
This week, 2W have been celebrating World Book Day and our book week based upon the books of Julia Donaldson.
Year 6 came to visit and shared their favourite story books with us. A fantastic illustrator, Lynne Chapman, came to visit us for the day on Tuesday and we all thoroughly enjoyed her workshop. We have made 3-d maps of the journey The Smartest Giant took through the town and made our own bookshelves based upon Charlie Cook’s Favourite book, which can be found in the classroom. “We have had an epic week!” said Amir. “Fabulous” said George and Zaviaar said “Awesome!”
2W started their new topic on Chocolate this week and we absolutely love it. We are reading the story of Charlie and the chocolate factory and have already learnt where chocolate originated from and it’s raw form is actually called cacao. We are looking forward to lots of chocolate based learning- hooray!
This week, 2W have written some fantastic shape poems about Australian landmarks. The children thought of adjectives to describe their chosen landmark and then turned these into sentences and created the shapes. I think you will agree that they have done a brilliant job. Everyone has taken home a copy to show how clever they are.
Today we visited Patchings Art Farm for our school trip. We met Liz the artist who told us all about aboriginal paintings. We all had a go at doing our own snake aboriginal painting using acrylic paint and cotton buds. We think our snakes and water holes are brilliant!
Thank you to Mrs Wagland for helping us today too!