Weeks One & Two
Happy New Year and welcome back to school.
This term our big topic question is ‘What could I be?’ We will be looking at children’s aspirations for the future as well as challenging stereotypes. Throughout the term, we will be holding focus weeks where we will be putting a spotlight on different pathways that the children could follow in the future.
Our focus this week has been on ‘Developing aspirations and challenging stereotypes’. We began by looking at ourselves and what makes us unique – in our Science learning we discussed what happens as we grow from a baby to a toddler and then through childhood into adulthood. In PE, we worked in pairs to challenge ourselves in different ways – at the end of the session, we felt excited and proud that we had been able to achieve the challenges and even set more.
We have also discussed our perceptions of male and female characteristics, their likes/dislikes and possible jobs and following this, next week, we will be looking in more depth at stereotypes.
Homework – due in Thursday 18th January 2018
Y2 – Please complete the maths activity sheet and remember to include your workings (pictures, number-lines etc).
Throughout the week, we have continued our discussions about different jobs that we could do and that they can mostly suit boys and girls and are not just gender specific. The ‘What if…’ poems that the children have created are wonderful – look out for them when you’re in school and you will be amazed by the children’s fantastic aspirations!
Bread-making was also a great success on Thursday – some of the children were very knowledgeable about the ingredients and how they work as well as where they come from. The children used their school values throughout.
Homework – due in Thursday 25th January 2018
Y2 – Please complete the comprehension questions.
This week, we welcomed Lovisa to our class – she is from Sweden and will be working with us for three weeks. She has already built great relationships with the children in Y1 and Y2 and we’re looking forward to asking her lots of questions about Sweden next week.
Our focus in Science has been on the season of Winter – we had a lively discussion about the weather to expect in Winter and then focused on the differences in weather between Scotland and Cornwall. We then designed clothes for both areas and looked at the similarities and differences. On Friday, we thought carefully about how we can use our values of Respect and Responsibility, Kindness and Honesty when spending time with our friends or when ensuring that all children feel happy in school. The children worked in pairs to make something special for each other and we were amazed by their creativity.
Homework – due in Thursday 2nd February 2018
Y2 - Our Swedish student Lovisa will be answering your questions about Sweden next Thursday – please put your News Detectives hats on and create some interesting questions using the question words below.
What? Who? Where? When? Why? How?
Our focus this week has been ‘Being Healthy’. We used the Change 4 Life guidance to investigate what being healthy actually means, with a more detailed focus on how to be sugar smart. The children were surprised to find out how much sugar there is in certain foods and drinks and we learnt how to measure sugar in cubes. We followed this with a whole school investigation into different types of fruit as we found out that natural sugars in fruit are okay for us. It was great to try such a range of fruit and the children and adults all found new favourites!
As part of our focus week, we have also increased the amount of activity we do during the day, finding innovative ways to add 5 minutes in every lesson – the children have shown an enormous amount of E for L throughout. Our English and Maths learning in Y2 has also been linked to our focus week, with the children asking questions, recording in their notebooks and creating bar charts too.
Whole School Homework – ready for Thursday 8th February
The children have a copy of the lyrics to our new Singing Assembly song – please have a go at learning them like a poem.
Our Wellbeing week has been a great success – there have been quiet times as well as focused mindfulness sessions. In our Science learning we became Tooth Defenders (superheroes in disguise) which helped us find out about different types of teeth as well as how to look after them. This linked really well to our Sugar Smart learning last week and the children designed their own Tooth Defender posters to help everyone learn about teeth too.
We have thoroughly enjoyed having Lovisa with us for the past three weeks, she has taught us how to count in Swedish as well as how to say the alphabet and the months of the year. She also answered our varied questions about living in Sweden – we are going to miss her!
Take some time out to make a glitter jar and use it to help you have calm time every day.