Monthly Archives: February 2018

Fire Engines!

We’ve had a great time in Year 1 this week designing and making our own fire engines! The children found out all about the difference between a moving and a fixed axle and decided which they would like to use on their truck. They choose their materials, made their axles and then spent an afternoon decorating before the big race on Friday morning. Each class ran 6 heats and a class final before the Grand Year 1 Final of Finals took place with the winning three engines. Bella from 1JM was the overall winner, Daniel from 1PG was second and Frankie from 1BH was third. All three of these engines stayed together and managed to travel quite a way down the hall without any of the wheels falling off! Brody from 1JM, Charlie from 1PG and Ruby from 1BH won the best decorated fire engine prize in each class. Some of the adults also made and raced engines……Mrs Carpenter was the clear winner!!

Chinese New Year

 

Kung Hei Fat Choy (Happy New Year).

This week we have been celebrating the Chinese New Year and learning about the customs and traditions that are part of this festival. This year is the Year of the Dog.

Our home corner is sparkling this week! The children have been busy cleaning everywhere and everything! They have been using long feather dusters and washing the windows. Cleaning the home is part of the Chinese New Year celebrations, as is making long noodles. Here we rolled yellow play dough to create noodles that were long enough to line the edge of a whole table! The children and the adults have also been perfecting the use of chopsticks to pick up role play food, real noodles and money.

We designed and created some large dragon heads and have used them to parade around the play area; re-enacting the dragon dances that we had watched on the Top Marks website (www.topmarks.co.uk/ChineseNewYear). To enhance our parades, the children have been creating music and have made lanterns for a lantern parade.

After learning about ‘The Great Race’ story, the children have enjoyed racing each other in different ways from running to jumping or using small world animals to act out the story. Perhaps you could ask your child if they can name any of the animals that took part in the Great Race story and the sequence in which they won the race.

Every child has also made a ‘lucky money envelope’ – a Hong Bow. Was there something exciting inside?!

For snack this week we have tasted spring rolls and (although a week late) were treated to pancakes with lemon and sugar. A big thank you goes out to the parents who came in on Thursday to cook for us. The pancakes were delicious!

 

Notes:

  • World Book Day: This year we will be celebrating World Book Day on Thursday 1st March 2018. Your child is welcome to come to school that day dressed as a book character of their choice. To celebrate World Book Day, we are delighted to announce that Mike Brownlow, author of the ‘Ten Little…’ book collections, will be visiting.
  • We would like any clean recyclable materials (e.g. cereal boxes, clean pots and kitchen rolls). Please could you bring them into school for the children to make models with.
  • Do you have any good quality but no longer used children’s puzzles and books at home? If so, please could you pass them to your class teacher. Thank you.

 

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Moving Toys

This week in DT we finally got to make our moving toys! First we tested out how we were goingto make out toys moves by using axles and different shaped cams.

We then had to decorate our toys.

We were really pleased with our final toys and enjoyed swapping inventions!

A busy first week back!

The children have settled back into school and are already enjoying their learning about where food comes from.

2LM have already had a chilly visit to West Town Farm (photos below) and class 2SC and 2JM are really looking forward to theirs next week.

Please make sure your child wraps up with plenty of extra warm layers!

Have a good weekend,

The Year 2 Team

Moving Models

This term’s topic really came to life this week as Year 4 finished designing and creating their own model linked to the British Isles. Made of junk, the model had to have a moving part using what we had learnt about pneumatics. They are all so unique and eye-catching. Well done Year 4! See some photos from 4RW below:

A Spring Poem

Signs of Spring by Jack D

When the snow melts away, and it’s rainy and grey, and the birds are beginning to sing,

Trees have tender green buds, and the earth turns to mud – that’s how you can tell it is spring!

No more mittens and boots, no more bulky snow suits, it’s too warm to wear all those things,

Flowers bloom everywhere, their perfume fills the air – that’s how you can tell it is spring!