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PE in Year 2
This term, the children have been learning about ‘Locomotion (Running) and how to dodge a tagger or defender in a game. We have played lots of team games and even started to think about developing simple tactics for attacking and defending.
In Year 2 we have been learning about parables told by Jesus. We listened to and acted out the story ‘The Sower of the Seeds’. From this story, we learnt that the seed was compared to a lesson that people come across in their lives. We also listened and retold the story of the lost sheep. We discussed that this story was told to make people understand that everyone is precious to God, just like the sheep was precious to the Shepherd in the story. From listening to and discussing these stories, we thought about creating our own message to share with our friends by creating a comic strip to tell a short story.
This term in Science we have been focussing on using our scientific enquiry skills. We began our scientific journey by conducting the Mentos and Coke challenge in the playground! We made a prediction, thought of some questions and carefully observed the experiment. We then began a new investigation; can we create a volcano in a cup? We looked at what a volcano is and how it might erupt if there is a warm liquid inside of it. We then discussed some of the equipment we will need in order to recreate a volcano safely inside of a plastic cup. Our prediction is that we will be able to create a volcano in a cup because of the washing up liquid! We think that the bubbles from the washing up liquid will cause a reaction and allow the volcano to erupt.
30/9/2021- Ordering Numbers and Counting
This week, Year 2 has been learning to order numbers and objects correctly, counting forward and backwards in twos and fives. Children achieved this by grouping objects, using repeated addition and counting out loud. Children have been learning different techniques to count in multiples including skip counting, jumping on a number line and using ten frames to group objects. Children also completed challenges to identify mistakes made by others and explain why they were incorrect. Children challenged themselves even further by counting forward and backwards to and from 100.
In English, Year 2 have been reading poems from the Caribbean. Children have been studying many poems and exploring the features, including use of rhyme, repetition, alliteration, similes and adjectives that help create imagery. Children then had the opportunity to write their own poem based on ‘For Forest’ by Grace Nichols. We used our four senses; smell, touch, hear and see to describe what we might find in a forest which we then used to create our own poem.
16/09/2021- Down On The Farm
This week, Year 2 has been working on an animal poem called ‘Down on the farm’. Children have been exploring the poem in greater depth to find out about unfamiliar vocabulary and identifying different features of the poem. Children also used proxemics to place themselves physically and meaningfully as characters from the farm to explain and justify why they are there. Children then presented their act using a performance carousel to retell the poem. It was a great opportunity for children to express what they think and feel is happening in the poem.
10/09/2021- Back to School for Year 2
Children in year 2 have settled so well into the routines and structure of the school day. They have been focused on their learning and are eager to develop their knowledge in various areas of the curriculum.
Manor Park Library
This week in Year 1, we had a chance to visit Manor Park Library! When we arrived we learnt all about the Summer Reading Challenge and were even given our own library cards. We got to explore all the different books the library had to offer and even take one home using our new library cards! We are so excited to take part in the Summer Reading Challenge over the holidays and be in with a chance to win a fantastic prize!
This week, the children in year one were busy playing a game where they could only jump in 1s and 10s to try and get as close as they could to 50 in 5 turns or less.
Nigerian Mask Making
This week is Diversity week and in Year 1 we have been learning all about Nigeria! In one lesson in particular this week, we learnt about Nigerian masks. We found out that these traditional masks are used for a variety of different ceremonies such as weddings and birthdays. Every mask is unique with different patterns on it, just like the masks we made. We were all Focussauruses and made sure to try our best as some parts of making the mask was a bit tricky.
Orange class had the chance to take part in an Olympic workshop and travel back to ancient Greece to experience the first Olympic games. The children role played a chariot race, a wrestling match, and a 100m sprint and the winner was given a crown of olive branches. At the end of the workshop the children took part in a closing ceremony where they made the five Olympic rings as well as a freeze frame of an Olympic sport. It was a great experience to kick off Year 1 learning about the Olympics!
During computing this week, Year 1 recorded their own cooking show! We have been learning how to properly use an iPad, how to record a video and making sure we keep our partner’s face in the frame. We rehearsed what we would say to introduce our cooking show last week and went over the steps of how to make a sandwich. This week we finally got to record ourselves making the sandwich. We had a great time and our sandwiches tasted amazing!
We had a great time in Art this week! We practised how to properly hold and load our paintbrushes as well as techniques we can use to make different brush strokes. To make wide brush strokes, we applied more pressure onto our brushes so the bristles fan out. To make thin brush strokes we didn’t apply as much pressure so the bristles remained intact.
In Year 1 this week, we planted some seeds! Before planting, we discussed what we needed in order to grow healthy plants. We agreed that sunlight, water and warmth were three key parts of growing plants. This lead us to think about how other conditions might affect how plants grow. We thought this would be a great chance to carry out an investigation. We put some of our seeds in the dark, some of our seeds in the fridge and left some of our seeds in a sunny spot by the window. Every Monday we will be checking on our plants to see how they are growing and if where we put our seeds matters.
Using puppets to retell the story of Lila and the Secret of Rain.
Now Press Play
The children participated in a Now Press Play session where we listened to an activity based on plants. The children pretended to be on an adventure to save their village from starving while learning what plants need to grow.
Year 1 have been very focussed on their learning after the half term break.
Looking at life cycles with ZooLab
Now Press Play! w/b 29.03.21
On Tuesday, Green Class travelled back in time to meet Florence Nightingale using a program called 'Now Press Play'. They started their journey in the school hall, where they received a set of earphones each. They then travelled back in time and stepped into role as Florence. During their visit, they learnt about Florence's early life as a young nurse, how she changed nursing and why she became known as 'The lady with the lamp'. It was very enjoyable and pupils were also able to use the knowledge they already had on this topic, as they studied this in History back in the Autumn term.
Have a look at some of the pictures taken during the session!
Now Press Play! w/b 22.03.21
On Thursday, Orange Class travelled back in time to meet Florence Nightingale using a program called 'Now Press Play'. They started their journey in the school hall, where they received a set of earphones each. They then travelled back in time and stepped into role as Florence. During their visit, they learnt about Florence's early life as a young nurse, how she changed nursing and why she became known as 'The lady with the lamp'. It was very enjoyable and pupils were also able to use the knowledge they already had on this topic, as they studied this in History back in the Autumn term.
Have a look at some of the pictures taken during the session!
Our World Book Day Celebrations
Back to Basics
This week Year 1 have been exploring the mathematical concept of Weighing and Mass. The children had to choose everyday objects and catergorise them into 'light' and 'heavy'. Then they had to go further and compare the objects with each other, using the terms 'lighter' or 'heavier'.
Design and Technology
This week we went on an exciting trip to the Florence Nightingale museum. We got the chance to meet her and learn about all the ways she helped soldiers to get better.
When we got there we got a chance to listen to her life story and how when she was a child her dad taught her Maths, Geography and other subjects at home with her sister.
After we heard about her life we got to explore the museum and dress up as Florence Nightingale and Soldiers.
I learnt how she trained others to become nurses and help soldiers to get better. Florence Nightingale felt most happy when she saw the soldiers get better and leave healthy and strong.
This week Sir John Heron were visited by the Pantomime. They performed a version of ‘Jack and the beanstalk’ which the children thoroughly enjoyed. There was a great deal of audience participation which made the performance even more thrilling.
Healthy Eating Workshop- 11.12.19
Healthy eating workshop-6.12.19
Telling the time-20.11.19
This week Year 1 had a real treat! Falconry UK came to visit the EYFS and KS1 to show them a variety of birds. The children were able to see the birds flying and some children were able touch the birds under supervision. The children thoroughly enjoyed their experience and were talking about it long after the session. At Sir John Heron Primary we provide the children with a wide variety of enrichment opportunities and this was a welcome addition to the children's experience of the world.
This week Year 1 have been studying the human and physical features in Geography. Children looked at natural features and man made features in the real world. Children then divided these into the two groups. As you can see, the children knew which features fitted into the different categories. Year 1 will soon be going on a local walk to see what geographical features they can see and then analyse their findings. Keep looking at the page for that update.
At Sir John Heron Primary we provide a wide variety of parent workshops to ensure we are working together to ensure the children get the best education they can. Here you can see one of our teachers showing parents how to teach our phonics program RWI. This will allow the children to make further progress when the school work in partnership with parents. We appreciate all the support we receive from our parents and want to thank them for attending.
Year 1 Assembly
This week Year 1 showcased their learning to their parents during the Year 1 assembly. During their Religious Education sessions, the children learned about Islam and this is what they wanted to share with the parents. The parents responded very well and gave excellent feedback to the teachers. We want to thank the parents for their continued support and positive feedback. It is always appreciated.
Practical Maths 9/10/19
The Scientific method 3/10/19
East London Mosque
An active life is a happy life
Back to school!
KS1 visited Barleylands Farm park on Wednesday the 10th of July. Children got the opportunity see different types of reptiles in the huge Reptile House and awesome birds of prey where children were able to see the birds in action through the flying displays. Children raced around the indoor play area, and enjoyed the outdoor play areas especially bouncing on the jumping pillow. Each class explored the Discovery Barn where there were a variety of animals and took a ride on the Tractor Trailer. The children thoroughly enjoyed their day and so did the adults. We want to thank the parents who gave up their time to attend. Your support is greatly appreciated.
Manor Park Library
Year 1 recently went to Manor Park library to increase their love of reading. At Sir John Heron we want all of our children to have a deep love of reading and these visits to Manor Park library play a key role in ensuring this. The children receive a talk from the librarian explaining how to use all the facilities at the library. They take their library cards and are then able to take books out that they are interested in. They were also told about events that are happening regularly such as the family film night. They were also told about the summer reading challenge which is taking place on July the 20th. We would love it if you could attend with your child.
Orange Class Topic Afternoon
Parents and pupils from Orange class participated in a creative Science lesson on the topic of plants. The children were shown real flowers and as a class, they discussed the different features of a flower. They were then given a task of creating their own flower using various collage materials. As you can see the children and adults thoroughly enjoyed creating their own versions of flowers and labelling the features. We would like to thank all the parents for coming and enjoying the children’s learning, it is greatly appreciated. Please keep checking for letters about topic afternoons on Fridays.
As part of stem week Year 1 went to visit Westfield bridge. The purpose of this visit was to explore how bridges are constructed and what materials are used. We explored questions such as 'why was the bridge built in this way?' and 'why did the architect use these particular materials?' The children were able to sketch the bridge from different vantage points to fully explore its design. This visit created an interest in how bridges are built and created enthusiasm for their task in class where they had to build their own bridge to hold objects up over the water!
As part of our History block Year 1 learnt about Florence Nightingale. The children had a sense of awe and wonder as they were sent back in time to experience life as Florence Nightingale herself would have experienced. They became familiar with the harsh conditions that soldiers lived in during those times and how Florence Nightingale tried to help them. The children thoroughly enjoyed themselves and this showed in their follow up work in History.
September 2018 - Writing Sensory Poems
In Literacy, we are exploring poems. We have listened to amazing poets such as Michael Rosen. We learned about the rhythm and the rhyming of poems. We loved performing the poem "Rhythm of the life" by Michael Rosen.
We also learned how to write sensory poems. We explored our senses and then we wrote the poems. We have written a sensory poem about strawberries and we had lots of fun when we explored the strawberries!