Everyone enjoyed our visit to Kirkley Hall. Apparently they have 357 species (types) of animals!!! We started by looking and learning all about the animals in the open pens. We were very lucky to see the baby albino wallaby with its mother and we were followed everywhere by the white peacocks! Next we went on a woodland walk and spotted signs of red squirrels but we think they heard us coming and hid in the trees. After our picnic, we held the rabbits and guinea pigs and learnt how to look after them.
We have Mr Craven working alongside Mrs Armitage at the moment - today we have been looking at the structure of a story.
Mr Craven highlighted the way stories follow particular patterns from the start to the middle and then the end.
We worked in our teams to talk about the sequences.
Sugley Dene Trail
Mrs Armitage and some of our parents joined us in a walk through the dene.
We collected leaves, feathers, berries and considered where they came from.
Here we are practising for the Golden Mile. After running 12 laps around the yard we had run a mile! It is important to be fit and healthy.
This term we are studying where we live. We have painted pictures based on Van Gogh's Starry Night and then stuck a silhouette of The Angel of the North over the top.
We had a super trip to Warkworth Castle. We explored lots of rooms, climbed walls, ran down the motte hills, walked by the river and looked around the village. We learnt about life in a castle a long time ago.
In May a group of children went to Westgate Sports Centre for a Multi Skills event with other schools. We did gymnastics and athletics and received special wristbands. These were for determination, respect, honesty, teamwork and motivation.
Our Space topic was out of this world! We learnt lots of amazing facts, made super projects and celebrated our knowledge in a special assembly for our parents.
We're going on a bear hunt...
We're going to catch a big one - we're not scared!
The bear returned to the cave in year 1 but with an injured paw. The children wrote questions to ask the bear:
How did you hurt yourself?
Where have you been?
Do you like the cave?
We had a great time performing as Aliens!
What a busy Summer Term we are having! After half term we had Book Week, then Puffing Billy Week, Year 2 Football at NUFC Training Ground and then our visit to Kirkley Hall. We have enjoyed sharing books with Mrs.McGovern's Class, making model trains with Technology Tom, dressing as Victorian children and seeing some interesting animals at Kirkley Hall. Our photos can be viewed at the bottom of this page.
In History we have been studying the life of Florence Nightingale and learning why she is still famous. We were lucky to have Katie's Mam visit our key stage, and show a great powerpoint about nursing which included photos of her mother and grandmother as nurses. We asked her lots of questions about what it is like to work in an Accident and Emergency department in a busy hospital. This inspired our own Waverley Hospital which has come in useful for all of us suffering from colds, sore throats and upset stomachs!
Our own Waverley Hospital, we can cure you!
This half term we have launched back into 'Hooks into Books' with The Jolly Postman, by Janet & Allan Ahlberg. Last week we found lots of letters and envelopes strewn across the classroom and a card from the Jolly Postman asking for our help. The Big Bad Wolf had torn a hole in his postbag and the wind had blown them away! We had to match the right letters to the right envelopes and then we enjoyed reading the story.
We had two Postman Dads visit Key Stage 1.
We had great fun working in our class Post Office and sending letters.
This week we are going to make a Post Office and start to write different types of letters. *If anyone has a postman's outfit that we could borrow that would be super for our role play area *. Over the next few weeks we are going to have a visit from the Post Office and post letters in the nearby post boxes. So you may receive a letter from a 'Jolly Postman' soon!
The Jolly Postman visited our school in our Jolly Postman Christmas play. Everyone enjoyed singing, dancing and acting.
We had lots of pets last term - dogs, lizards, hamsters and even a chicken. Have a look at our pictures and look out for some brilliant display work and writing on our pets. We have investigated lots of things about our pets like what they eat and how to look after them. We have talked about how important it is to always think about your pet because they can't always tell us when they are hungry or feeling ill.
Aint nothing here but us chickens...
Reading: This spring term we are now choosing 2 Reading books on a Monday and if you would like your child to read extra books throughout the week that is fine. Please write in your child's book when you hear them read and encourage them to practice reading & spelling the core words at the back of their Reading Record.
P.E.: Is on Monday and their kit may also be needed on other days. Please ensure your child has a t-shirt, shorts & sand shoes/trainers all labelled and in a named bag.
Homework: Goes home on a Monday and should be handed back completed no later than Friday.
Phonic Homework: This is given out every week or two. Your child needs to practice the sounds and spellings on the sheet for the spelling tests towards the end of each week.
Library : Library books are changed every Friday. Your child needs to return their book before they can take a new one.
Show and Tell: This is on a Friday. Every week 7-8 childrens names are drawn out of a bag and they are allowed to bring in something they would like to show and talk about to the class. Certificates, awards, achievements, photos, writing and pictures are more suitable than toys.
We love having Show and Tell!