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The children in the Early Years have shown an interest in the police force. We have made a police station/prison cell in class 1. Yesterday the children were lucky enough to look around a replica prison cell, brought in to school by Prison Me No Way. All the children agreed that they much preferred being police officers rather than prisoners.
Class 1 have had yet another busy day. The whole class have been measuring length. Foundation Stage (FS) were looking at their heights and comparing different lengths, then shorting them into sizes. Year 1 were measuring objects using bricks and Year 2 were measuring in centimetres using rulers. FS had a play and stay, with a couple of parents able to join in the creative activities. Key Stage 1 did a science investigation into different materials that reduced the volume of sounds. Finally, the children had their evacuee pictures taken with their name tag, suitcase and gas mask box. A very busy but enjoyable day!
This weeks Star Awards went to: Evie for trying hard in her reading paper and showing such a massive improvement, Fantastic Evie, well done! Our second award went to Kaylah for having a great attitude within lessons, this full week she has tried so hard, helping others and staying positive. Well done girls.
Mrs Collier and Mr McLoughlin came into school to share their knowledge and artefacts of World War II with the children. They had some great knowledge of the period and the children asked some interesting and intelligent questions. It was great to see family members and friends come in to show off their collections and share their interests. The children have really had some super first hand experiences. Thank you.
Class 1 children have had a very busy Monday! We were visited by Catherine Conyard from ‘History to Life!’, who had lots of world war 2 facts and activities for us. We were code breakers, learned all about rationing (and promised to eat all of our lunch as a result!) we tried on some helmets and jackets to see how soldiers on the front lines dressed, and we were shocked at how heavy the helmets and some jackets were! As if that wasn’t a busy enough day we’ve also been organising facts about Roald Dahl into chronological order so we can use those as a basis for a biography on the author which we will be compiling throughout this week in literacy! We even had time to make gas mask boxes to go with our evacuee labels. Phew!
Today we were lucky enough to have a special visitor who taught us lots of interesting information about the Second World War. To begin we looked at a timeline of events leading to WW2 and how this effected life back home, we learnt all about the blackouts and different countries joining the war, following on from this we separated into groups and conducted investigations into old newspapers, comparing the differences between these old papers and ones we may see today. From this Class two and three learnt about the Enigma codes and we decoded a real message from the Germans. We then had the opportunity to look at different outfits from WW2, these included British and German uniforms. This was a fantastic day and we all learnt lots of new information about the Second World War, the war to end all wars.
The children in class 1 have been doing some dances with Miss Newby from Sportsability and have demonstrated some super movement and routines. They have also been writing instructions. They made victory flags linked with World War 2 and wrote their instructions. From the big writes the children have produced some super work. Well done!
This afternoon Class 1 came into the classroom to the water tray full of plastic and fish. The children were asked to discuss what they saw. The children made some very good comments on what they saw. The next task for the children was to work in small groups and research plastic in the ocean. The children found out some very interesting facts. 12.7 million tonnes of plastic end up in the ocean each year, plastic is taking over the world, 100,000 animals are killed by plastic each year! The children were very surprised by the facts. We discussed ways to reduce plastic in the ocean including correctly recycling. Finally the children designed their own poster to raise awareness. We hope that after what the children have found out today they will help to reduce plastic in our oceans.
In Maths we have been measuring and on Wednesday Mr Rowe came in and we measured ourselves.
We measured our ‘fathom’ which was finger tip to finger tip and our heights – to see if they were the same.
We also measured the circumference of our heads and times this by three to see if this measured the same as our height.
Finally, we measured our ‘femur’ (biggest bone in our bodies) and times this by four to see if this was also the same as our height.
Why not give these measures a go yourself and see if any are the same as your height.
Well done Class 2 on a fun measuring lesson.
Class 1 have been busy following instructions to make evacuee name tags and tomorrow they will write their own instructions. In maths Year 2 continue with fractions of quantities and Year 1 number families to 20. Science involved an investigation into sound and distance. The children had to record different numbers spoken from different distance. They recorded their results and made conclusions. Another busy day.
Today the year 1 and 2 children have had a great Forest Schools session. We looked at animals that live in the forest and their habitat. We discussed why we do not see as many animals at this time of year. The children were set a task to create a forest animal using natural resources that they have found in the outside area. The children did an amazing job and were very creative. Oliver and Zak made a hedgehog, Alfie, Reuben and Sidney made a huge snake, Beck and Zac made a fox, Summer and Ellis made a fox, Kaleesi and Alice also made a fox, Alfie and Izobel made a spider eating a fly, Ruby and Jorgie created an owl and Lucie and Ella made a deer, a mouse and a rabbit. What great work!
Class 1 have been busy doing different maths. Year 2 fractions, Year 1 subtraction to 20 and FS2 addition and subtraction using tens frames. They have been working hard with lots of success. In art the children have been making Spitfire model, can’t wait until the ‘Battle of Britain’ starts because they must have made a few squadrons!
The foundation children had a special visitor on Monday afternoon. They had lots of fun designing and making music shakers and using these to explore songs and dance. There were even dances which required coloured scarves and all the children enjoyed guessing which song would be next by trying to relate it to the animal which appeared out of Jade’s special song sack.
This week in Class 2, our Golden time was creating fruit kebabs. We were able to try fruits that some children had never tried before and discussed the benefits of eating fruit. I introduced the class to a fruit called a Pomello which everyone really enjoyed. Here’s some photographs from our fantastic session.
As we didn’t give out any Star Awards last week we had a lot to hand out today. This week we have had some great work within different lessons and brilliant attitudes towards the work and each other.
The Star Awards were awarded to: Harry, for having a fantastic attitude within lesson and towards others; Ezmie and Kaylah for working well within maths; Joshua for his beautiful handwriting; Carter, for trying so hard with his presentation and creating some fantastic work and the final award went to Evie for her amazing WW1 writing.
Today in Class 2 we were lucky enough to have some more army and war artefacts for the children to explore, after passing this around the class and discussing the different qualities and uses we moved onto a very exciting science lesson. Looking at the qualities of light and using it to help us uncover the thief from a WWI trench robbery.
Class 1 have begun to investigate how sounds are made and travel. The children used rulers and musical instruments to see how vibrations in materials cause sounds. They looked at how sounds travel through different materials and the associated terminology such as volume, material and vibration. There promises to be some noisy experiments and investigations next time.
Today in Class Two we looked at life in the trenches during the First World War, we learnt that the trenches would often flood and the soldiers would have to walk around in deep water which could contain lots of harmful things: we also discussed the different parts of the trenches- the support trench, the fire line and the reserve trench, these were joined by the communication trench. I then instructed the children to create their own trenches using their tables and chairs and we created a dairy entry of life in the trenches. We had a brilliant lesson with some fantastic outcomes.
Welcome back from Class 3! It was lovely to hear about the children’s Christmas break. Our theme this term is ‘War and Peace’. In Literacy we will be covering poetry, information leaflets and letters linked to World War II. We will continue to send home ‘Big Write’ books. We would like to encourage parents to listen to their children read at home daily. At school the children take part in guided and whole class reading sessions. Our class book this term is ‘Goodnight Mr Tom’.
Spellings will be sent home in the children’s homework book and these will be tested weekly. In our Maths we will be using the scheme ‘Maths-No Problem’ together with ‘Big Maths’ and White Rose problem solving. The Big Maths will be sent home so that parents are able to see their child’s progress in arithmetic.
PE will focus on dance and indoor sports. In RE the children will be learning about Christian, Jewish and Hindu religions. In Science we will cover light and electricity. In ICT we will continue to develop the children’s use of the Purple Mash programmes in particular email the use of PowerPoint presentations. The children have their own login and there are lots of stories to read on Purple Mash.
In Music we will be appreciating a wide range of high-quality recorded music drawn from great composers of the war time years, including Glenn Miller.
In Geography we will be studying many aspects of human and physical geography, beginning with the children’s immediate local area and then moving onto the city of Hull, with reference to the Blitz bombings.
The homework will be a combination of maths and spelling. The children’s learning will be posted regularly on the website, Facebook and Twitter. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to ask.
Happy New Year from Class Two, and welcome back! Our theme this term is ‘War and Peace’ which we hope will be a fantastic term filled with interesting lessons and activities. Literacy will include lots of different purposes for writing, beginning with World War One poetry- so far this week we have had some fantastic descriptive lines! Spellings will be tested every Wednesday, the full 25 spellings for the half term have been sent home. As you can imagine this term will include lots of history lessons to help explore the different, interesting facts surrounding both WW1 and WW2, along with this we will be working with the idea of peace and in Class Two we will be exploring more Circle Time- sharing and building relationships within the group as well as incorporating the idea of peace into some of our artwork. Homework will continue to be sent home on a Tuesday and expected back in on a Wednesday ready for our weekly spelling test and Big Maths and Big Writes will be sent home every fortnight for parents and carers to see the progress. It will be a busy term and we have lots of exciting things planned so keep an eye out as there will be regular posts of the children’s learning will be posted on our website, Facebook and twitter.
Thank you to Ben and Lottie for bringing in these fantastic war artefacts, including gas masks from World War 2, an artillery shell, and a time piece recovered from the wreckage of the torpedoed RMS Laconia.
Class Two had a brilliant time exploring the different objects and conducting further research into the back stories.
Happy New year from Class 1. Our theme this spring term is ‘War and Peace’. We have some exciting learning planned this term and hopefully some interesting visitors. Literacy will be covering fictional and non-fictional text linked with World War II. Parents will continue to see the children’s written progress through the ‘Big Write’ books which will be sent home on a regular basis. We encourage parents and carers to read daily with their children (little and often). At school there will be daily group and individual reading sessions with all the children together with phonics and spelling skills. Spellings will be tested weekly, based on high frequency words and phonics. In our maths we will using the maths scheme ‘Maths – No Problem’ which involves lots of the use of drawings and objects, together with ‘Big Maths’ tests and White Rose problem solving. The Big Maths tests will be sent home so parents can see the children’s progress with arithmetic. PE will focus on dance and indoor sports. In RE the children will be learning about the Christian, Jewish and Hindu religions. Science will look at light, sound and electricity. Our ICT will continue to develop the children’s use of the Purple Mash programs in particular email, programming and word processing. All the children have their own logins and are welcome to use any of the programs on purple mash which are both safe to use and educational, all you need is internet access. There are plenty of stories to read on serial mash using the same login, please contact Mr Watson if you don’t have you child’s login details. The homework will be a combination of weekly reading, maths and spelling, and project work over the term. It will be a busy term ending in with Easter. Regular posts of the children’s learning will be posted on our website, Facebook and twitter. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to pop into the class and talk to Mr Watson, Miss Doney or Miss Beadle, we work as a team and are all involved in the children’s learning and progress.
There was a good turnout of parents and carers for our Carol Service. The new Reverent Susan Pulko took the service together with readings of the nativity from Year 6, some individual singing by Lucie, Izobel and Rudy, and a costume display from class 1. The singing was beautiful and the reading loud and clear. A super end to the Autumn term. A big thank goes to Mrs Burn.
I then challenged the class to create a box using 6 bits of square paper, working as a team the children were able to create a box but all agreed that it was very tricky and that there must be an easier way.
From this we designed our boxes, creating a number of alternative options we were able to add different features. We were then able to select our individual designs and create a final design including labels.
Today we completed our boxes using cereal boxes and copying our final design across. Well done Class 2, there were some wonderful creations.
Next term Class 1 would like to replicate a WWll, ration shop. We are collecting flour boxes, egg boxes, teabag boxes, butter tubs and other food items that were rationed. If you have any of these items please drop them off in Class 1.
The children in Class 1 have had a very productive day making vehicles. First of all the children made sample vehicles using various construction resources around the classroom, each group shared their ideas with the rest of the class. After that the children designed and labelled their vehicles. During the afternoon session each child made the vehicle they had designed using junk modeling. All the children have had a great day and have shown good teamwork skills.
Yesterday and today Class Two created their own salt dough decorations, working in groups to create the decorations from scratch. From measuring and mixing the ingredients to sharing the mixture the class worked well showing team work and cooperation. After baking the decorations overnight we were able to paint and decorate our creations this afternoon.
Class 1 will be doing a design and technology day next Monday and will need some cardboard and items to build their models. Cardboard boxes (cereal boxes thin for cutting), straws, small yogurt cartons, kitchen roll inserts or egg boxes would be useful. Please could you send items to Class 1 staff. Thank you.
Class 1 have continued to work hard while all the festive activities have been going on. Today Year 2 have been writing problems linked to multiplication and division. While Year 1 have been concentrating on reading, ordering and partitioning numbers to 20. All the children have completed an Autumn test and there have been some outstanding results. Well done to the children for their hard work during Autumn.
Class 1 performed their Christmas Nativity Play today to Class 2 and 3 in the morning and, parents and carers in the afternoon. There were rave reviews from pupils and parents. The costumes and back drops were great, singing was fantastic and the lines were read clearly and loudly. You would be forgiven to think that this was performed by older children because of the slick and smooth way the play went. A big thank you goes to Mrs Beadle and Mrs Threlfall for helping with the back drops, organising the children and supporting them during the play. An even bigger thank you goes to Miss Doney who wrote, produced and directed the play and gave the children a super platform to show their talents. The final sold out performance is tomorrow afternoon. Well done to all of Class 1!
Mrs Burn and Rev Philip West came into school for our Christingle Assembly. Mrs Burn and Mrs Wigg helped the children make the Christingles during the morning. Then we had an assembly at the end of the day to celebrate the meaning of our Christingles. They learnt that the orange represents the earth, the red ribbon represents the blood of Jesus, the four sticks represents the seasons, the raisins represent the food of the world and the candle the light of Jesus. Many parents and family attended to make the assembly another memorable celebration. Thank you to all those who contributed to the charity part of Christingle.
This week we handed out 4 Star Awards in Class 2 to Kaylah, Kai, Harry and Summer. Kaylah received her Star Award through her hard work in maths recently, she has been working fantastically independently and this is really showing in her work- along with scoring the highest in the class for the multiplication test. Kai received his award thanks to his brilliant attitude in all lessons, contributing throughout and supporting his classmates. Harry created a fantastic descriptive back story for my mystery headscarf, using lots of adjectives and working hard on presentation. Summer received her star award because this was the third week scoring 10/10 in her weekly spelling tests. Well done Class 2, keep up the good work!.
Class Two have been looking at Hull’s Headscarf Heroes, focusing on Yvonne Blenkinsop who turned on Hull’s Christmas lights 50 years after the campaign to improve the safety of Hull’s trawlers. Today the children took part in some ‘hot-seating’, creating questions from the point of an interviewer as well as the response of Blenkinsop. Finally the children wore the headscarf to play the part of Yvonne Blenkinsop and received questions from the class ‘reporters’.
Today we had a visit from Mrs Valentine, who came to talk about her profession as a nurse. She gave the children lots of interesting information about her job and what you needed to do to become a nurse. She brought in equipment to show the children what she used when examining and monitoring patients. The most pleasing thing were some of the interesting and inquisitive questions the children asked her. A super experience which I think Zak enjoyed the most. A big thank goes to Mrs Valentine.
Today in science, Class 3 made Knex vehicles. We had a fantastic science lesson, it was so much fun! We worked together to figure out who’s vehicle went the furthest when we put a 1 kg weight on it. It had to go down a ramp. We also tried it without a weight it went way further. We put the weight in different places to see what happened. Our winners were Max, Evie J and Evie F. By Logan
Mrs Threlfall as asked if anyone could bring in plastic bottles for Monday’s Christmas carousel to make snowflakes. It will be appreciated for anyone who can help.
On Friday the children took part in Children In Need. The children were invited to buy a ticket to wear it spotty. Through out the day the children did lots of different spotty activities including spotty maths, decorating biscuits, spotty stories and slime making. It was great to see the children’s homemade spotty T Shirts. Overall the children raised a whopping £155. Well done to all that got involved.
Class 1 have been looking at people who help us. Last lesson we looked at people who helped us in school and today we looked at doctors. The children learnt about what a doctor might have to do in a surgery, the equipment they might use and the names for different things linked to doctors. The children used stethoscopes and looked at x-rays. Next week we will be looking at a nurse and hopefully have one of our professional parents come in to discuss their role as a nurse.
Class 1 carried out an investigation into the force of friction. They pulled a trainer with a weight inside over different surfaces to see which surface had the most frictional force. The children used a forcemeter to take readings of the force in Newtons. Another successful investigation lead by Year 2 in mixed age groups.
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