Welcome to Classes 5 and 6
Class 6 really enjoyed being 16th century sailors during a workshop in the M Shed, we thought about the jobs they had to do, the food they ate and the dangers they encountered. We then sailed on The Matthew and learnt about its history.
Year 2 at Caldicot Castle
Year Two had a wonderful time at Caldicot Castle last Friday – we were blessed with beautiful weather!
The children met Lady Allinore who told them what it was like to live in the castle. “The lady said you could get killed for stealing a sheep” Jakub.
The Knight told them about his job and they looked at his clothes and weapons. “I liked seeing the knight’s armour, it made a good noise when he walked” Rhia. “The knight did pretend fight with a sword and a shield’ Amelia.
The Falconer was really impressed by the quality of the children’s questions and their curiosity and they watched his birds swoop over their heads while they ate their lunch!
“I liked the archer because it was exciting and they had different sized bows” Ava.
The children all came back to school with fantastic stories to tell!
Year 2 have recently enjoyed learning about geographical features and map skills. We have looked at symbols on maps. Then we looked in our local environment at human and physical features. Finally we created maps using the skills that we had learnt.
In Science, Class 5 are learning about living things and their habitats. We decided it would be a great idea to ask the Green Club if they needed any help with the allotment and every child wrote a postcard with ideas how to improve our allotment. It looks better already!
Visit to Bristol Docks
Year 2 had a fantastic day trip to Bristol docks on Tuesday. They sailed on the ‘Matthew’ and learned more about explorers in the M Shed museum.
‘I liked going on the top deck. It is called the poop deck!’ (Danny).
‘My favourite part was going on the Matthew. It was wonderful. 5oo years ago, sailors ate dry biscuits and dry fish, but they didn’t like it’ (Lola).
‘When we were sailing I felt like I was flying’ (Charlie).
‘I enjoyed learning about medicine on board the ship’ (Finley).
‘I enjoyed bartering’ (Oliver).
Design Technology - Puppets
Class 5 have been very busy designing and making felt puppets. We are very grateful to Mrs Mellis who organised the whole project.
We are sure that you will agree that they are utterly amazing!
We read Handa’s Surprise and learnt a song about what was in Handa’s fruit basket. Each of these fruits had a special rhythm for us to clap.
We explored the story in many different ways including sketching a cross-section of fruit from the story, sequencing the story stones and assigning each animal with an African instrument, creating our own rhythms and notating them and finally playing animal bingo!
Mexican Hat Dance Performance
Year 2 were very proud to perform a Mexican Hat dance to parents at the end of Term 1. We thoroughly enjoyed learning the dance and giving the different moves super names - jumpity-jump, dosey-doe & skippity-skip!
In Year 2 we have been using equipment (Numicon & Dienes) to complete subtraction number sentences.
Science in Year 2
In science Class 5 have been searching for bugs and their homes. Using our brand new magnifying glasses we spotted woodlouse, ants, spiders and slugs hiding around our school. Afterwards we made bug house to take home.
As part of our topic on Mexico we made and tasted salsa. It was so delicious that we shared with Class 6. In return they shared their scrumptious guacamole!
We were Inspire by the book ‘Niño’s Mask’ by Jeanette Winter. The story is of a young boy who dreams of joining in with the village harvest festival. Niño secretly makes his own special mask in the hopes of getting his chance at the fiesta. We designed and created our own masks. See what you think!
Autumn Art on Durdham Downs
Year 2 had a wonderful morning exploring natural art on the Downs with the Avon Gorge and Downs education team. We created our own sculpture from leaves and berries. We also made clay animals using natural resources.
“It was the best trip I’ve ever been on!” Aaron
“I liked making art like Andy Goldsworthy. It was fun!” Danny
“I was amazed to find out that Jays can hold 8 acorns in its mouth.” Noah
These are some of the clay animals that we made on our trip to Durdham Downs.
This year our whole school metaphor is boats. We read ‘Little Boat’ by Thomas Docherty. We created stormy pictures using pastels and watercolours. Then we wrote a kenning to describe the boats journey. We are so proud of work that Mrs Simmonds has displayed it in the KS1 corridor – come and have a look!
Here are our Class Charters for the new school year.