W/C 3rd July
As we get ever closer to the end of our time in Key Stage One it's time to share some of the amazing progress we have made in art and design this year. The children have been thinking hard about Georgia O'Keeffe, her artworks and the way she tried to make her audience think hard about what she saw. We have been outside all morning in the Jubilee Garden working on second drafts of our own interpretations of her work.
Willows, it's obvious that you are more than ready for the challenges of Year 3!
W/B 12th June
It was great to see so many people attending our Art Exhibition on Thursday in the hall. The children had a great time! Over the week we worked with teachers from TGS to make sculptures inspired by Andy Goldsworthy, created giant sculptures of plants and leaf rubbings in science, made our own jewellery, built an 'array city' in maths and created tie-died t shirts! We also visited the church to be inspired by all of the patterns and textures there. Imogen's mum even came into school to show us how to create some beautiful glass artwork.
Once again parents, thank you so much for providing materials and for your support at the exhibition (even in the sweltering heat)!
On our last day with the chicks, please enjoy some of our highlights from the last two weeks. We have all really enjoyed looking after them each day and watching them change as they grow. Yesterday we even had a brave escapee! All of the children have been so responsible over the past fortnight and given the chicks a great start in life. You should all be very proud.
What unseasonal weather we've been having! A few of us felt a little nervous when we heard the thunder and hailstorms this afternoon so we broke off from computing to have a discussion about what thunder is and whether or not it is dangerous. We decided there was probably no need to be worried! Have a look at our first thoughts about thunder...
Year 2 SATs
It was great to see so many parents at today's SATs information evening. Here is a copy of the presentation shown on the night. Please feel free to get in touch if you have any questions!
The white glittering snow
I felt like I was in Santa's sleigh, as the snow raced down and the wind howled.
The snow was fluffy like the clouds, glistening as it fell.
We were freezing cold as the snow calmed down.
I thought the snow angels were looking at me with their crystal white eyes.
We ice skated on the crunchy white ice, it was very slippery.
Wow, Willows! We have been sharing some of the homework projects that the children have been working on throughout the half term. The level of effort they put in has been outstanding! We've had Powerpoint presentations, videos, models and so much more... we all had great fun trying out all the boats that the children have made to test different materials and learning about local landmarks on the children's maps of their walk to school.
A special note to parents: thank you so much for your support in this. It's clear that the children have loved having a bit more time to produce something really special and we hope you have enjoyed getting involved as well.
There will be more homework to come in January. In the meantime, have a lovely Christmas and a well-earned rest.
It's the end of our first half term as Willows and the start of a brand new one...how time flies! It was lovely to get to speak to so many parents at parents' evening and to hear how the children are all finding their feet in Year 2. Thank you to all those parents who came; working in partnership with you is so important to us (all year round- not just as parents' evening!). This half term has been jam-packed and here is just a small snapshot of what we have been up to.
In English I hope you have heard your children practising 'Billy the Brave Knight' and waxing lyrical about the evidence of dragons found on our playground...it's been a wonderful half term full of dramatic rescuing stories and fact-filled reports and the children have really made some progress to be proud of.
Maths has definitely been a challenge this half term but the children are really getting into their stride now and have been getting to grips with column addition and subtraction of two and three digit numbers. We have had so much fun stretching our problem solving skills and finding lots of practical ways to show our understanding.
I get the feeling that a particularly popular topic this half term has been our work on the Great Fire of London. This has given the children the opportunity to practice their orienteering and map reading, and find out about the past through artefacts and stories. One brilliant website we have loved exploring is the Museum of London's page all about the Great Fire. Here is a link to the game which we have enjoyed playing as well as the wonderful page on which you could happily spend hours delving into the artefacts held in the museum which help us to find out more about life at the time.