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Writing home to Elizabeth

This week in the Art studio we used all of our learning from last week about calm and stormy seas to imagine ourselves as James Cook writing a letter home to his wife, updating her about his travels.

We then learnt that he arrived safely at Tahiti and successfully watched the transit of Venus across the Sun. Because he completed his first mission James Cook was allowed to open a special letter from King George III. It stated he was now to search for Terra Australis which would be found somewhere in the Southern Oceans. We thought about how Captain Cook would feel at each stage and showed these in freeze frames. Then we wrote a second letter to Elizabeth to state we would not be coming home just yet! The letters the children produced were fantastic. Well done!

In history we looked at key events in Cook’s life and put them in chronological order to create a timeline. We had to look very carefully at the dates and years!

In Art we have thoroughly enjoyed learning to sew, some of us being a pro! We practiced a running stitch and a cross hatch. We also made our own shell print from string which we marked onto our tie dye fabric. What fun we have had!

Here are some pictures from our dance rehearsals with Mrs Lynch.

Thank you so much to everyone who could make our Arts Celebration this afternoon. We loved sharing our learning with you.

A fantastic first week back…

It’s hard to believe we have been back to school for a week already! This week we started our Arts Fortnight with Mrs Johnston and have been having so much fun!

We launched our topic at the start of the week with a treasure hunt around school looking for clues for a famous explorer we are learning about this half term. The children soon realised all the clues linked to Captain James Cook after a game of Hangman.

We then learnt about Captain Cooks life before he became an explorer and acted this out using drama and freeze frames.

Captain James Cooks first mission was to watch the transit of Venus cross the Sun in Tahiti. We used atlases in Geography to map the journey Captain Cook took and labelled the continents and oceans he crossed.

We then compared calm and stormy oceans using percussion instruments, fabrics and body movements. This helped us to come up with some fantastic vocabulary to create a shared descriptive write about his time on the sea.

Since we are in the Art studio we have of course been doing lots of art projects including paintings of calm and stormy seas, observational drawings of shells and the Endeavour as well as colour wraps and tie dye!

We also started choreographing our wave routine with Mrs Lynch in the dance studio and made yummy fish fingers in the cafe with Mrs Walker.

What a busy yet exciting week we have had and we can’t wait to continue our Art Fortnight next week. You are invited to our Art Celebration next Friday 17th January at 1:30pm. This is a great opportunity for the children to share all of their learning over the fortnight with you. Invitations for this went home today. Looking forward to seeing you there if you can make it.

Happy Holidays!

Today we finished for the Christmas break after a very festive few days in class. We have been making cards, calendars and christingles for our service this afternoon.

We even managed to squeeze in a Christmas party! The children were very excited and enjoyed playing games, dancing and eating together.

Hope you all have a lovely break. Thank you for all of your continued support this term. See you in the new year. 🙂

Wow! What a week!!

Firstly, thank you so much to all the parents, carers and family members who came to our Christmas performances of ‘Babushka’. The children have worked so hard and I am incredibly proud of how well they did. Your support is always appreciated so thank you.

Despite the busy rehearsals and performances, back in the classroom we have enjoyed cooking some vegetable curry to conclude our topic ‘Kolkata’. We tasted a variety of curries cooked by the teachers and rated the taste, looks, spice and texture. This helped us plan our very own as we thought about ingredients, equipment and method we’ll need to follow. When preparing our vegetables for the curry we focused on the skills peeling, grating and cutting. After making the curry we tasted and evaluated to reflect on what we liked and how it can be improved. What fun we had! Maybe you can make a vegetable curry at home to show off your new skills!

We have also been looking at human features in topic this week. We compared transport in Kolkata and England. We found Kolkata still have human rickshaw pullers and put ourselves in the shoes of one. We carried out some drama and thought about their feelings and hazards they may face. We then wrote a diary entry as a rickshaw puller of their busy, tiring days using the knowledge we gained.

I look forward to a another fun filled week next week to end the term. 🎄

This week in 2HL…

This week in Art we finished off our sketches of the Banyan tree which we used different media to create.

In science we carried out an experiment to test which habitat a wax worm prefers. We recorded our plan, predictions and results into our science books.

Lastly, in topic we have been learning all about Kolkata’s climate and comparing this to Leeds. We then composed a piece of music representing the monsoon season.

Talking Trios

This week we have been continuing to work on our learning behaviour ‘Team Ants’. We collaborated together as trios to work on our maths skills.

First to finish off our multiplication topic we created our own multiplication stories to make word problems.

Today we started our division topic. We were given the challenge to work in 3’s to share 20 cubes into groups of 2, 5 and 10. What great team ant trios we are!

#ChangeStartsWithUs

Today we dressed in sports clothes and took part in the Big Morning Move led by Joe Wicks to raise money for Children in Need.

We also wore odd socks as this week was anti bullying week. The theme this year was #changestartswithus and we discussed how we are all unique, worthy and beautiful. We worked in trios as a Team Ant to make posters for a picket which was held on the playground with the whole school.

Welcome to India

To launch our new topic ‘Kolkata’ we had a welcome to India afternoon where we came in from lunch to a candlelit classroom and Indian music. We tried a cup of traditional chai tea and compared it to English tea thinking about the smell and taste. We also tried traditional foods such as roti and popadoms dipped into mango chutney and rice made from different Indian spices that we smelt. Lastly, we tried on some traditional Indian clothing. What an exciting afternoon it was!

This week we have also launched our new learning behaviour for this term ‘Team Ant – Collaboration’ by working together. First we worked together using our atlases to locate Kolkata on the map and found it was in India which is in the continent of Asia. After, we then located the surrounding countries and bodies of water.

We done further collaborative work using the iPads to research India for our non chronological reports.