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RE - w/b 11.10.21
In Year 3 the children have been learning all about Judaism including the festivals they celebrate, their holy book and their place of worship. The children acted out scenes from a festival such as Rosh Hashana where they may have dipped apples in honey for a sweet year ahead or build a Sukkah for the festival of Sukkhot. Using a dartboard, the children identified the important artefacts such as the Torah scrolls, menorah, tallit or kippah and were able to use their oracy skills to deliver to the class which they believed may be the most important to Jews.
Lastly, a guidebook to synagogues had been started by each child, including the features of a non fiction text, adding pictures and captions describing the Eternal Light and the Ark which contains the sacred Torah scrolls. Year 3 loved learning about the Jewish faith and the similarities and differences with other religions.
Science - w/b 04.10.21
During Science this week we conducted an investigation to find out which magnet was the strongest. We used the bar magnet, magnetic marble, horseshoe magnet, wand magnet and ring magnet to test which one would be able to attract the most paper clips. We wrote our predictions and recorded our results in a table. Amazingly, we discovered that the ring magnet was the strongest and it was interesting to discuss whether our predictions were correct or incorrect. We are looking forward to representing our findings on a bar graph next week.
Mathematics - w/b 27.09.21
In Mathematics this week Year 3 have been completing their learning about place value, identifying the 1s, 10s and 100s and counting on in 10s. They have been using a range of manipulatives to help them explain their understanding such as number lines, dienes, counters and Numicon when appropriate. The children have also explained which may be the most efficient methods when solving questions.
Throughout the topic block the children have been using their reasoning skills deciding whether they agree or disagree with each other and having to justify their choices. As we move towards addition and subtraction, these foundational skills will aid them in understanding the world of mathematics ahead.
English - w/b 20.09.21
In English this week, Year 3 has been exploring the poem ‘Isn’t my name magical?’. We read the poem with expression, annotated the poetic devices and used role play to act out key words. The new vocabulary we focussed on this week are ‘electricity, echoes, whisper, haunted, magical and terror’. We wrote lines for our own identity poems on strips of paper and added them to our working wall. This helped us to brainstorm our ideas before we wrote our poems.
Reading - w/b 13.09.21
This week Mozart and Bach class have been working on a poem called ‘Hurricane’ and to help the children completely understand the poem they have been creating freeze frames. The children have been exploring vocabulary which can be used to describe the devastating destruction caused by the hurricanes, as well as performing actions for an incoming hurricane. They then presented their groups actions using a performance carousel and explained their freeze frames to the class using the fantastic vocabulary which had been generated. They thoroughly enjoyed using this technique and put themselves into the shoes of the characters.
W/b 06.09.21 - Back to school!
Pupils in year 3 had a very strong start to the school year. They already started reading poems about hurricanes, took part in a PE lesson and returned their homework projects to school.
Manor Park Library Visit
This morning, the children in year two walked to Manor Park library and were informed about the Summer Reading Challenge. Children were given their new library cards and able to explore and select two books to borrow. They enjoyed a story session which was led by the library staff.
In Literacy this week, year 2 have been hot seating some of the characters from their class text Traction Man. Children really enjoyed getting into role and answering questions as some of the main characters in the story. In addition to this, children were able to think of questions to ask some of the main characters.
Cooking Rice and Peas
This week we have been celebrating Diversity Week and have been learning about the country Jamaica. As part of our cooking lesson we made rice and peas. We learnt that this dish is one of those that brings Jamaican dishes together, and the method of preparation can make or break the result. So if you’re wondering what to make with jerk chicken, this is the dish for you! In Jamaica, peas actually refer to beans, red kidney beans in particular. Coconut milk and other spices add to the flavor of Jamaican rice and peas, which is often paired with jerk chicken. We linked our learning to literacy and wrote instructions on how to make rice and peas.
Purple and Yellow class had a great time during their Olympics workshop. They explored how the Olympic games started and why they are still important today. Children travelled back in time through role play and acted out different types of games such as running, swimming and boxing. The children enjoyed acting out the chariot race. They experienced what it feels like to be a participant and a host at an Olympic event.
Year 2 Have Been Busy Making Bird Feeders!
This week in our literacy lessons we have been writing instructions on making bird feeders. We used imperative verbs within our instructions, for example, cut, put, and stick. We also used our instructions to follow each step in finally making our bird feeders.
In science we planted some bulbs and set up a comparative test. In our comparative test, we planted the same bulb and compared how they will grow under different conditions. This helped children learn what plants need to grow. Our first plant had water and sunlight, the second plant had only water and no sunlight, the third plant had only sunlight and no water and finally the last plant had no water and no sunlight. Children made predictions on what might happen to the plant and how they will grow under each condition. We are very excited to see the results of our comparative experiment over the next week.
We love reading in Year 2 14.5.21
This is our DEAR time, where we drop everything and read! Sometimes our teacher reads to us which we really enjoy.
We have been looking at plants.
This week in our science lesson we started our new topic of Plants. Within this lesson, we explored various plants that grow in our environment, for example, wild plants like dandelions, brambles, nettle, ivy, dog rose and clover. We also looked at garden plants like lily, iris, grass, sunflower and fuschia. In addition to this, we explored different types of trees, for example, oak, birch, rowan and beech. During the lesson we learnt the different parts of a plant and tree and were able to label the leaves, stem, flower and roots of a plant.
Now Press Play! w/b 29.03.21
On Monday, Year 2 travelled back to 1666 to learn about the Great Fire of London 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 one of the citizens of London in 1666. During their visit, they learnt that the fire started in a bakery in Pudding Lane. Their character helped to put out the fire and even met Samuel Pepys!
Have a look at some of the pictures taken during the session!
Our World Book Day Celebrations
Scooter training was great fun.
The children in year 2 have been learning about 'Jesus and the stories he told' during our Religious Education lessons. During the lessons we learnt about the various aspects of 'Christianity' and what they symbolise. The children were able to use their artistic side and create their own 'Christian candles' and here are some examples.
Roll on Reading
Back to basics!
This week Year 2 have been creating their own computer game. The children worked in groups and followed a set of instructions to ensure the boat around a maze. This was complicated as they needed to follow precise instructions to ensure that the boat did not crash or get blocked inside the maze. They persevered during this session and were able to escape the maze. Well done Year 2!
St Paul's Cathedral Educational Visit
On Wednesday 15th January 2020 Year 2 visited St Paul's Cathedral to learn about the Great Fire of London. In the morning, we had a guided tour of St Paul’s Cathedral where we found out what happened to the old cathedral, which burnt down during the fire in 1666. We also learnt lots about the building of the new cathedral which took nearly 35 years to complete and was designed by Sir Christopher Wren. We climbed over 500 steps to the Stone gallery and the Golden gallery and imagined London on fire! We even saw the site of Pudding Lane from above where the fire began in Thomas Farriner’s bakery. We had a great time and have been really enjoying learning about the Great Fire of London as part of our history work in Year 2.
The Great Fire of London
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.
Nativity rehearsal 13.12.19
The Christmas story-6.12.19
Healthy Eating Workshop
This week Year 2 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.
Mathematics Parent Day
Today KS1 invited parents to come into school and observe our mathematics lessons. This was invaluable for both teachers and parents. Teachers were able to effectively show parents how we teach children and parents can now use these strategies with their children at home. At Sir John Heron we value the contribution that parents have in our school and we want them to be as involved as possible in their children's learning. We want to say thank you to all the parents who attended and we hope you will continue to attend our events.
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.
"Snail and the Whale" puppets
This week year 2 have been making puppets of characters from the book they are using in English lessons "Snail and the Whale". This made cross-curricular links with their Design and Technology topic "Puppets". As a school, we aim to link our subjects as much as possible in order for the children to not see the subjects as isolated lessons. Their learning becomes more important to them as they know they can use their new knowledge in other contexts.
St Stephen's Church
An Active life is a happy life!
Back to school!
Year 2 Graduation
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.
Year 2 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.
Year 2 football festival
Anti Bulling parent workshop
Year 2 hosted an afternoon for parents to show how our school effectively deals with bullying. The children worked creatively and collaboratively to design their own Anti-bullying super hero. They also came up with superhero names and inspirational quotes that the superhero could say to the bully to adjust their behaviour. We would like to thank the parents who came and took part in our afternoon and joined in with the children so readily. We had a wonderful afternoon together.
During Stem week, year 2 explored the function and purpose of fountains in our world. To engage the children we decided to visit Cabot's square in Canary Wharf and see the wonderful fountain found there. The children explored such questions as 'How do you think the fountain works?' and 'what is the purpose of this fountain?' The children spent time sketching the fountain from different angles to really explore its workings. This visit helped the children be more engaged in their lessons when exploring fountains in the classroom.
The Great Fire of London
As part of our topic the 'Great Fire of London' Year 2 created their own model houses. These were then put together to make a scale model of the city of London as seen below. We then recreated the 'Great Fire' in our very own school playground! We had several fire wardens on hand to ensure the children's safety but sadly our houses didn't make the 'Great Fire of Sir John Heron!'
St Paul's Cathedral
Year 2 have recently been learning about the 'Great Fire of London' during their history lessons. As part of this topic Year 2 decided to visit St Paul's Cathedral which took considerable fire damage during the 'Great Fire'. This created a sense of awe and wonder in the children seeing this incredibly beautiful and ornate building in the flesh. The children impressed the adult guide there with their detailed knowledge of the events and made the teachers very proud!
Educational Visit to the Science Museum
Year 2 visited the Science Museum on Friday the 14th of September. It was an amazing opportunity for children to enjoy a unique experience of watching Legend of Apollo in the Discovery Motion Theatre. It was the ultimate multi-sensory experience where children were able to see, hear and even feel what it was like to be part of the ground-breaking Apollo missions of the 1960s and 1970s. Children also explored the different parts of the museum, this included the Wonderlab, Tomorrow's world, Flight and Making the Modern World. All of the experience gave children the chance to imagine what it was like for explorers around the world. We are now using this knowledge and understanding to look into greater depth in our new topic 'Intrepid Explorers'.