Outdoor Learning – The Spinney

This term we have been visiting The Spinney taking part in outdoor learning sessions. We have hunted for microhabitats, built nests, concocted mud pies and potions, developed gross motor control through digging in mud, constructing with guttering and transporting woodchip with wheel barrows and of course enjoyed a cup of hot chocolate with marshmallows after all the hard work. Take a look at what we got up to by viewing our gallery. What did you enjoy at The Spinney? Can you think of something else we could explore or create when we next go? Leave a comment on this post…

2R in the City – Chinatown and Soho

We have been reading the book Claude in the City, a tale of one dog’s adventures around a city where fun and chaos go hand in hand. In the story, Claude visits an art gallery and tours famous landmarks so we decided to explore points of interest in our very own capital city. We started off at the National Gallery, viewed the frozen fountains at Trafalgar Square before heading off to take in the red carpet glamour of Leicester Square and bask in the glow of the Piccadilly Circus lights. As we had been learning about Chinese New Year, we finished our tour with a stop at Chinatown where we dazzled by the beautiful dangling lanterns and feasted on delicious Chinese food. Which landmark most interested you? How did you find eating with chopsticks? Did you enjoy the flavours of the food? Did you spot any similarities between our tour of London and Claude’s tour of the city? Don’t forget to leave a comment…

 

Curly Wurly Investigation

As part of our learning about forces we investigated which types of push and pull was best at changing the length of a curly wurly. We brainstormed the different forces and techniques we would use to change the material and came up forces such as pulling, patting, squashing, twisting, pinching and stretching. We competed against each other, taking on the challenge of stretching the curly wurly to the longest length possible. We measured our results using metre sticks and would you believe… someone in 2R managed to change the curly wurly material in to a staggering metre long strip! No science investigation is complete without the accurate analysis of results but we had to be quick as it was very difficult to resist eating the experiment! Which force was most successful for you? How did we keep it a fair test? What would you do differently if repeating the investigation? Leave a comment…

Chinese Calligraphy

To celebrate Chinese New Year we learned about the art of Chinese calligraphy. We experimented with different brush strokes and tools then painted our final designs on to lanterns. Which symbols did you use? What do you remember about the way in which Chinese is written? How is it different to our alphabet and writing system? Pop into class to see our lanterns on display and leave your comments on this post…

 

 

 

Amazing Apostrophes

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We have been learning about apostrophes for contractions and possession. Can you think if any spellings that use an apostrophe to join or shorten words? How about writing a sentence that uses an apostrophe to show something belongs to someone?

For example:

Would not = wouldn’t

Philippa’s koala toy was very cuddly.

Leave a comment on this post with your responses…

Brixton Windmill

We recently visited Brixton Windmill and learned all about the stages of flour production. Through the story of The Little Red Hen, we followed the journey from seed to grain and finally were able to experience what is what like to grind the grain into flour using very heavy millstones and seeing the mechanics of the sails inside the mill. Can you remember the different foods we use flour for? Which stage of flour production would you most want to help Little Red Hen with? Can you recall the stages from seed to bread? Leave your answers in a comment on this post…

Welcome Zeraffa

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This term we are reading the book Zeraffa the Giraffa. We were lucky enough to watch a fantastic theatre production of the story at the Omnibus Theatre in Clapham before the school break but are now ready to delve into the adventures Zeraffa goes on as she journeys across continents. With a boy called Atir to help Zeraffa find her way, the pair sail up the Nile past pyramids, sphinxes and temples and out across the stormy sea to a country where everything is different. Have you ever been to a new country or place? How did you feel when you first arrived? What was different? Leave your ideas by commenting on this post…

Two by Two… Hurrah!

Friday the 12th of January is our class sharing assembly.

This week can you please practice our class song ‘Animals Went In Two By Two’.

The Song words are attached below, along with the music for the song- Happy Singing!

Lyrics:
The animals went in two by two, hurrah! hurrah!
The animals went in two by two, hurrah! hurrah!
The animals went in two by two, the elephant and the kangaroo
And they all went into the ark, for to get out of the rain.

The animals went in three by three, hurrah! hurrah!
The animals went in three by three, hurrah! hurrah!
The animals went in three by three, the wasp, the ant and the bumble bee
And they all went into the ark, for to get out of the rain.

The animals went in four by four, hurrah! hurrah!
The animals went in four by four, hurrah! hurrah!
The animals went in four by four, the great hippopotamus stuck in the door
And they all went into the ark, for to get out of the rain.

The animals went in five by five, hurrah! hurrah!
The animals went in five by five, hurrah! hurrah!
The animals went in five by five, by hunting each they kept alive
And they all went into the ark, for to get out of the rain.

The animals went in six by six, hurrah! hurrah!
The animals went in six by six, hurrah! hurrah!
The animals went in six by six, they turned out the monkey because of his tricks
And they all went into the ark, for to get out of the rain.

The animals went in seven by seven, hurrah! hurrah!
The animals went in seven by seven, hurrah! hurrah!
The animals went in seven by seven, the little pig thought he was going to heaven
And they all went into the ark, for to get out of the rain.

The animals went in eight by eight, hurrah! hurrah!
The animals went in eight by eight, hurrah! hurrah!
The animals went in eight by eight, the turtle thought that he was coming late,
And they all went into the ark, for to get out of the rain.

The animals went in nine by nine, hurrah! hurrah!
The animals went in nine by nine, hurrah! hurrah!
The animals went in nine by nine, marching up in a long straight line,
And they all went into the ark, for to get out of the rain.

The animals went in ten by ten, hurrah! hurrah!
The animals went in ten by ten, hurrah! hurrah!
The animals went in ten by ten, the last one was a little red hen,
And they all went into the ark, for to get out of the rain.

Boat Investigation

Traction Man needed our help! He was set the mission of rescuing a ship of stranded friendly pirates but unfortunately did not have a boat to travel in. We used our knowledge of materials and their properties to design and make model boats to transport our hero. We tested our boats to see how successful our designs were and used vocabulary such as absorbent, waterproof, float, sink, light and heavy to evaluate after. Take a look at the pictures and leave a comment on this post… Was your design successful? Why? If you had to make a boat again, what would you do differently? Which materials would not be suitable for a boat? Why?

Gold – Lyrics and Track

Gold – always believe in your soul

You’ve got the power to know

You’re indestructible – always believe in

You are gold

I’m glad you’re bound to return

There’s something I could have learned

You’re indestructible – always believe in

Oh, but I’m proud of you, but I’m proud of you

Nothing left to make me feel small

Luck has left me standing so tall

Gold – always believe in your soul

You’ve got the power to know

You’re indestructible – always believe in

You are gold

I’m glad you’re bound to return

There’s something I could have learned

You’re indestructible – always believe in

Love is like a high prison wall

You could leave me standing so tall 

Gold – always believe in your soul

You’ve got the power to know

You’re indestructible – always believe in

You are gold

I’m glad you’re bound to return

There’s something I could have learned

You’re indestructible – always believe in