If you are joining Class 2 in September, I am looking forward to seeing you. I know many of you already, although if you would like to get to know me a little more, I have attached a PowerPoint (below!) with all sorts of interesting facts that you might not have known about me!
Have a fantastic summer break,
Knights and Castles Day
The class had a lot of fun on Friday, dressing up in medieval attire and learning about castles and their inhabitants. We had lots of fun learning about coats of arms, medieval dancing and we enjoyed a medieval banquet too. We casted our minds back to the middle ages through a story telling adventure workshop too. See the pictures of our day below.
Sports Week 2021
Class 2 have had a fantastic time during sports week – developing their understanding of new sports and the skills involved in them. Class 2 have tried their hand at cheerleading, dodgeball, tennis, speed-stacking, skipping and numerous athletics activities. The class competed in an inter-house dodgeball competition in a league-based structure, while they also had inter-house competition from their peers in speed-stacking and in an athletics tournament, including relay races and team games.
Dragonflies managed to compete in cross school activities, where their tennis skills were measured and their skipping ability calculated, by timing how many volleys/skips they could do in 30seconds. Many enjoyed the challenge and pressure of a time-limit.
Throughout the week, the children also completed a series of sport related activities in the classroom too, creating an excellent print of their favourite sport activity in motion, by using characters as a stencil to peel of and reveal a design. They have also designed gold Olympic medals and have had a go at writing a commentary script for Usain Bolt’s famous 100m Olympic record-breaking sprint.
The children demonstrated excellent understanding of the school games values throughout the week, gaining a good understanding of the importance of honesty and respect when applying their skills to competitions.
Arts Week 2021
Throughout Arts Week we have been working on our sketching fundamental skills, learning how to effectively hold a sketching pencil, learning about the different weights and thickness that sketching pencils can offer and applying this to our own art. The children have worked on adding depth to shapes by giving them shadows and developing a 3D feel. The children have also spent some time learning about the illustrations of Anthony Browne, thinking about his artistic background and drawing techniques, while also noting his attention to detail and his fascination with forests and gorillas. The children have tried to emulate some tree drawing by observing trees in the playground and using their eyes to help them draw. For the children’s ‘wow’ pieces, we looked at the famous Japanese picture ‘The Great Wave off Kanagawa’ by Hokusai. As our topic this term is Oceans, this picture fits perfectly with our theme and the children managed to add a great deal of depth to their waves by shading aspects of the wave in to create a 3D affect by colour gradient.
‘High Frequency’ Words
All children in Classes R, 1 and 2 bring home a pack of ‘High Frequency’ words every week on a Friday. Some of these words are very difficult to sound out the normal way so they need to be memorised. It is very important for the children to learn these words as they will come up consistently in reading books. As the children move to Class 1 and 2, the words form the basis of the childrens’ writing.
We would like the children to spend just 5 minutes per day learning the words – you may like to devise a game with the words or write the words on paper to stick around the house!
Please keep the words in your child’s school bag so they can be used in school on a daily basis.
If you have any questions regarding ‘High Frequency’ words (HFW) please speak to your class teacher or Mrs Fairs, the Key Stage 1 Manager.
Find below, a large list of HFW to check off throughout the year.