During parents evening, we ran a Maths Fair, where our Year 6 pupils expertly demonstrated to parents,the calculation methods taught in school. The event was a huge success and will take place again, during the next parents evening.
Comments from parents…
“These children explained the methods better than the teachers I had when I was at school.”
“The children were very clear and explained the methods well.”
As part of our topic about nocturnal animals we heard that owls eat other small creatures. We wondered how we could find out more about this so we decided to examine owl pellets. Pellets are regurgitated by owls after they have had several meals. They contain bits of bone, fur or feathers from smaller creatures that they have eaten! It was so exciting finding parts of a vole's jaw or a field mouse's leg bone!
This week we have had some VERY special visitors! Carl from 'Bridlington Birds Of Prey' brought a barn owl, a tawny owl, a hawk and a falcon to visit us. We were especially excited to meet Barney the barn owl as we are reading 'The Owl Who Was Afraid Of the Dark' which is about Plop the barn owl. He told us some very interesting things about the birds including that owls can turn their heads up to 270 degrees, that they eat their prey whole and have very sharp talons.
After we had found out about these fascinating birds we all went outside and we got to watch the birds fly. We all lined up and Carl got the tawny owl to fly over our heads! We watched the hawk fly through the arms of some very brave children...and Mrs Richardson. We also saw the falcon flying all around, over the school buildings, over our heads and changing direction with precision.
We all had a wonderful afternoon and we learnt lots of things about the birds!
Today we had a visit from a charity called 'Pet Respect'. They came to talk to us about how we can look after our pets, they also brought in their dog called Jess who is a border collie. Jess is a very clever dog and showed us some of the tricks she can do. Some children asked some very good questions,
Eloise -"Can Jess go through hula hoops?" -
"Yes she can."
Ellis, "Can she jump real high?" -
"Yes she can jump very high.
We talked about what we should do if we saw a dog we didn't know and we wanted to stroke it, Libby said, "Ask the person with the dog if you can stroke it."
"You must never stroke a dog you do not know."
We started learning a new dance in our Write Dance
lessons last week. The dance is called
‘My Dear sun, My Dear Moon’.
We listened to the story first then talked about the story. We talked about how the sun was shining during the day over the funfair and the moon coming out at the end of the day. The moon was round with a pretty face.
We learnt big movements to match the words in the song and then used scarves during our dance.
We enjoyed making the circular movements of the sun and moon with our scarves.
Our write dance lessons are to help us develop our gross motor skills these are the big movements we make with our bodies.
In a couple of weeks we will be Scrimbling. This is when we draw marks to match words in the song to develop our fine motor skills which are the small movements we make with our hands.
Year 2 decided to combine making pancakes for Shrove Tuesday with World Book Day......a strange combination, but not when we read Mr Wolf's Pancakes! We measured out the ingredients, whisked the mixture and made some delicious pancakes. We could even choose what we wanted with them!
Year 2 have been finding out about the animals that live around the school environment. We looked during the day and even during the night when our wonderful parents accompanied us on a night-time walk. During the day we spotted dogs, a woodlouse, a fly and lots of birds. During the night we spotted a fox, a deer, a rabbit, a frog and even some moths!
This week in F2 we have been engaged in a new learning challenge to develop our fine motor control. The first challenge is to use a pincer grip to pick up and move a marble, the next stage is to balance a marble on a golf tee, the third challenge is to pick up a marble with training chopsticks and balance it on the golf tee. This has been a big challenge but has proved very successful and the busy fingers tray has been a popular choice this week. These sorts of activities are excellent for helping us build our control and to help us refine our co-ordination so we can control pencils and pens for writing and drawing and do other things like tying shoe laces.