Our learning challenge this term is ‘How can 5 a day help me be healthy?’ We will be thinking about the importance of growing and discussing things that we can do now that we couldn’t do 5 years ago, as well as looking at the life cycle of other animals. We learn about the importance of exercise and eating healthily. We will be finding out where our fruit comes from and using it to make prints.
To start our learning challenge we looked at this basket of fruit and read the story ‘Handa’s surprise’. We even got to taste the delicious fruits!
Class 2 went for a walk around the school grounds to look for signs of spring. Look at what we found.
1st February 2017
How to keep your teeth healthy
A nurse visited our class today. She talked to us about our teeth and how we can take care of them.
We found out that we have 20 baby teeth. When we grow up we will have 28 to 32 teeth. They have different names and do different things.
We are going on a Bog Baby hunt
Class 2 listened to a story about a Bog Baby. The story is about two children who found a Bog Baby and took it home. The Bog Baby became poorly and they realised that they should have left it where they found it. The children took it back and it recovered.
We thought it would be a good idea to see if we had a Bog Baby in the school grounds.
First we decided to look in the pond area. Amelia took her magnifying glass to look for clues. Charlotte found something that could be a blanket for a Bog Baby.
Next we thought we would look in the woodland and finally we looked in the adventure area. Guess what we found there…
…Yes we found a Bog Baby!
Our Learning Challenge this term is Science based and focuses on the question ‘What is our school made of?’ We will be identifying and comparing the suitability of a variety of everyday materials. This Learning Challenge will begin by looking at materials within the classroom environment. We will then explore the outside of the school building to identify, name and discuss the suitability of the materials used to build the school. The children will be given the opportunity to experiment with a range of materials in order to change their shape by bending, stretching, squashing and twisting. We will end with each group giving a presentation to the rest of the class on their chosen material.
2nd December 2016
What would Horrid Henry find exciting about Escomb?
We went for a walk into Escomb to find the exciting things that are there. You can have lots of fun running around and hiding behind trees. There is a bridge that goes over the railway line. We all stood on the bridge to have our photo taken. Escomb has a park, a Saxon church and a river that runs through the bottom of the village.
30th November 2016
What would Horrid Henry find exciting about Escomb School?
We went into the school ground to find exciting things so we could tell Horrid Henry that our school is exciting and fun. We explored the woods, the garden, the maze and the bird hide. There is also the fire pit and a pond in our school grounds. We had a great afternoon exploring the school grounds. We think Horrid Henry would like it too.
20th October 2016
School Cluster Autumn Event – On the afternoon of 20th October Year 2 went to Bishop Auckland Methodist church to participate in some art workshops as part of our cluster of schools.
Our first workshop was with Ira. We made up some poems about autumn. We had some funny ideas! Next we sang some autumn songs and we made up some actions. The last workshop we did was drama. We acted out some autumn scenes including the bird migrating.
We performed everything for our parents.
19th October 2016
Noah’s Ark – Our visitors from St Cuthbert’s church, returned to our class to read us the story of Noah’s Ark from the Bible. Some children were chosen to act out the parts of Noah, Noah’s wife and his 3 sons, they got dressed up. The rest of the class were the animals and had to wear masks.
18th October 2016
Autumn Art – Suzanne Williams came into school to work with our class on a piece of art. We made a canvas using collage. We had to draw some animals that we would see in autumn and colour them using oil pastels. When the canvas was finished we experimented with the soft pastels by making different lines and marks.
Missing Numbers – We used the number square on the quiet yard to find missing numbers. Mrs Robinson covered some numbers with spots, we had to say what the numbers were. Then we covered over some numbers so that we could have another go.
The Queen – Today Her Royal Highness came to visit our class. This was for an introduction to our next Learning Challenge which asks the question ‘What was it like when the Queen came to the throne in 1953?’ We will be learning about the coronation, what we would have done after school in that year, what the British Empire was and the role of the Queen.
Roald Dahl – Today we took part in a theatre workshop all about Roald Dahl’s books The BFG and Matilda. We went to dream land and hot seated some character in the story. It was fantastic!
Creation – Visitors from St Cuthbert’s church in High Etherley came to our class to read us the Creation story from the Bible. We were able to act out part of the story and ask questions.
- When was the earth first made?
- If God made the world, who made him?
- How did God make the world?
- How did Adam and Eve come down to earth?
- Have Adam and Eve done a good job in protecting the world?
Learning Challenge—What is our school made of?
Class 2 went for a walk outside to look at the different materials the school building is made from. We made a list of materials on whiteboards, then labelled photographs of the school building in our learning challenge books.
We used natural materials to practise number bonds in maths.
We talked about worries and concerns we may have had before moving to a new class. Everyone drew a picture of themselves and wrote words to describe their feelings. These are some of the emotions we sometimes feel.