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Thanks for sending in so many pictures of your learning recently. The gallery has really taken off and I'm getting so many pictures each day that it's hard to fit them all in, so please don't be upset if something doesn't make it in to the gallery. Keep sending and your pictures will be here before too long. I'll try to fit in as many as I can. Send any photos or learning to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Friday 3rd July
Reading (please read the chapter and complete the quiz on Book Detectives as usual)
Purple Group – Magnus Chase and the Sword of Summer Chapter 14 (R)
Green Group - Grandpa's Great Escape - Chapter 66 (W)
Blue Group – Mr Gum and the Biscuit Billionaire – Chapter 6 (S)
Yellow Group – Dirty Bertie – Monster – Story 1 Chapter 3 (M)
Yesterday, you should have started your memory book page for year 2 and today you should spend most of your time editing and improving it, although you may need to finish what you were writing as well. Proof-reading, editing and improving are really important skills to have, especially for a piece of writing like this which may be read by lots of different people for many years to come. You don’t want yours to be the piece of writing that is full of mistakes or the one that isn’t very interesting to read because you’ve chosen such simple vocabulary. Try to check your spellings, read it through to find any parts that don’t make sense and then think about how you can improve your piece of writing by using all the things we have learned about and a wide vocabulary to make it really fun to read. In case anyone didn’t start theirs yesterday, I’ve left the instructions for yesterday below.
Normally each page starts with memories about the teaching staff who worked with you that year, followed by a bit about the topics you covered that year. After that, there is something about the trips you did that year or any other big events that happened and each page finishes with any personal or funny memories you have from that year. For this page, write a paragraph about Miss Ellis-Hall and Mrs Mizon and what you want to remember about them (as with all the staff sections in your memory book, keep it polite please!). Then you can write about some of the learning you did. This might include the mystery creature you wrote about in English (escape), the drinks cocktails you made in maths, rubbing your hands on bread in science or whatever you can remember. Your school trips for year 2 included watching The Lion King in London, a trip to Paradise Wildlife Park and you also had a Pirate Party Funday. Your school show that year was Busy, Busy Bethlehem. Obviously, I can’t tell you what to write in your own memories section, but think about a fun or interesting thing that happened, maybe just with you and your friends. As this should be quite a lengthy piece of writing, this will be your English task for today and tomorrow, so try to put in plenty of detail and spend a good amount of time proof-reading, editing and improving it when you finish. We really want your memory books to be special and this will only happen if you take time and care when you write them. I would suggest typing your memory book, but if you do write it by hand then you can take photos of what you have written and email it in so your memories can be included in the class book.
This week we will continue developing our problem solving skills using another of the mystery packs. This means that today you should finish solving this week’s mystery by solving clue 5. Challenge 1 – click link 2 for a ‘pirate’ mystery and Challenge 2 and 3 – click link 3 for a ‘locked cupboard’ mystery.
This half term we have been looking at the artist Winslow Homer to link with our topic on coasts. Last week we painted a cave and this week, the coastal feature I have chosen is a stack. I have included a picture of one below, or you could find your own on the internet. Once you have a good picture, try to use watercolour techniques to paint it. If you are at home and don’t have paints, you could use coloured pencils or pens instead. Start by lightly drawing an outline in pencil (don’t press hard) and then when you’re happy that everything has been spaced out correctly on the page, you can begin to add some colour. Don’t forget to mix colours to get the correct shades you need. Also, remember that rocks aren’t just grey and the water isn’t just blue. There will be lots of different shades of those colours that make up the stack or the sea.
World Book Day
Today we enjoyed World Book Day with the children, who were all dressed up in great costumes. We wrote book reviews, had a special guided reading session and showed off our costumes in assembly. Congratulations to Olivia, who won the best costume book prize in Year 6.
The Mighty Mayans
This week we started to learn about the Ancient Mayan civilisation who lived in Central America from around 1000BC to about 900AD. The children did some research and produced a short information text on what they've found out so far. An example one can be seen below.
Elizabethan Naughty Cake
Continuing our lessons on making Tudor food, this week we began making Elizabethan Naughty Cake. This cake was similar to the flapjacks that we eat today and is made from mixed fruit, cherries, butter, oats and honey. We had great fun making them and everyone seemed to enjoy the finished product!
During our Working Together morning, children and adults got into groups to work out the mean (average) height of the people in her group. We used a tape measure to measure each person's height and then added and divided to find the mean. We also practised converting the measurements we took from centimetres to metres and millimetres.
As part of our Tudor topic, we are learning about some of the food Tudors ate and having a go at making some ourselves. This week, half of us went to the kitchen area to make Tudor Knots. These are made from a dough, tied into knots and then covered with honey and poppy seeds. Everyone seemed to really enjoy them and next week the other half of the class will get to make theirs.
This week we enjoyed a range of unconventional Christmas games and races in the hall. Mayhem and chaos ensued as you can see in the photos below!
The Digestive System
In our science lessons we have been learning about the digestive system. We modelled the way food passes through our body using food made from bread, oats and chocolate brownies, recreating the enzymes with food colouring. Children learned a lot by exploring the digestive system in this practical way.
We recently visited Hertfordshire Regional College to take part in the annual Crucial Crew event that is held there. This event is designed in conjunction with local firefighters, police officers and paramedics to teach children key messages that will allow them to make good choices to stay safe in all aspects of their life. There were around eight activities this year, each focusing on a different safety scenarios. Children all enjoyed their afternoon and learned many important lessons.
This week, we were lucky enough to have representatives from Google who visited our school to do a special e-Safety assembly for us. This covered lots of different aspects of how to stay safe and use the internet responsibly. The messages were presented in a clear and entertaining way and everyone was able to get involved with their special green and red hands that were given out as they entered the hall. Everyone had a great time and learnt a lot from these important messages. Maybe you could have a chat with your child about what they learned.
This week, the children had a special assembly with visitors from CHEXS, a charity that helps support families in the local community and provides extended opportunities in schools with a range of interesting activities. The children were engaged in discussions around aspirations, expectations and achievement. CHEXS shared other local children's stories of perseverance to encourage pupils to follow their dreams, even if this means stepping outside their comfort zone and pushing themselves to get there.
Grafham - Tuesday
So we arrive at our final Grafham website post, as we will be heading home tomorrow. Today both groups have been motor boating, steering around a slalom course and learning about orienteering on the water. In addition, Mr Cox's group have done crate stacking and Jacob's Ladder, whilst Mrs Kanuni's group tackled archery and the climbing wall. It's been another great day and we are all looking forward to dinner and a movie night. Tomorrow we have one last activity before lunch and our return to school. Assuming the children are able to fit their belongings back into their bags and cases, we aim to be back at school around 4:00pm, traffic permitting. School will keep parents notified of our arrival time once we are on the road.
Grafham - Monday
Although the weather hasn't been quite as good today, it has not dampened our spirits. There have been lots of water based activities today, with Mrs Kanuni's group doing canoeing and kayaking and both groups doing stand up paddle boarding. Mr Cox's group have also done archery and scaled the climbing wall. It's been another great day, with children trying out activities they've never done before and learning new skills, whilst testing the limits of their capabilities. Everyone has been sleeping really well, so although we're all getting slightly exhausted, a good night's rest leaves us ready to face whatever the new day brings. We will soon be going for dinner before our last activity of the day, which you will be able to catch up on in tomorrow's post.
Grafham - Sunday
Today has been another action packed day. Mr Cox's group has spent most of the day on the water, doing funboat sailing this morning and canoeing and kayaking this afternoon. Mrs Kanuni's group cycled 10 miles around the Grafham lake this morning, taking in the amazing views and spectacular sights on the way. There are a few tired legs and aching bottoms after that one, but everyone felt a great sense of achievement when they completed the ride. This afternoon, Mrs Kanuni's group did high ropes and this evening all the children did low ropes as a group. We have been well fed again, with a fantastic cooked breakfast, a range of rolls and home-made soup for lunch and a roast dinner this evening. Check out some of the photos from today's activities below.
Grafham - Saturday
We have all arrived safely at Grafham and had a huge amount of fun on our first day. The food has been amazing, the staff have been brilliant and the children have had a wonderful time. Even though we only arrived at lunchtime, we have already done play-boating, high ropes, power kiting and football rounders. We've had two lovely meals together and finished before bed with a hot chocolate. In the morning we're looking forward to more action-packed excitement, but for now, have a look at some of the photos from today's activities below.