Deepdale Class 2017-2018
This week we got the opportunity to meet our new teacher Mrs Mallet and to spend time in our new Year 3 classroom. It was a bit scary at first because we had to go upstairs but we soon got used to it and we are now all looking forward to September.
Today was Sports Day. We really enjoyed getting into our teams and participating in the different races. We all tried our best and were proud of our efforts. It was a really fun day!
Today we made turnip soup for the characters from 'The Enormous Turnip'. We used potatoes, onions, turnip, carrots, leeks, garlic and stock. It was delicious and we loved eating and making it.
This week we have been really busy in English reading The Bog Baby by Jeanne Willis and Gwen Millward. The story is about two sisters who find a strange creature in the woods and take it home. We have been creating our own Bog Babies and planning our own versions of the story. We are looking forward to writing them next week.
Today we visited Armley Mills to learn all about life in the Victorian times. In the morning we experienced what it was like for a Victorian child at school. It was very strict! In the afternoon we explored the museum, learning all about how the factories worked and then we looked at a Victorian house. We really enjoyed our trip but we were happy to get back to 2018!
Last week Deepdale Class presented their learning all about Australia to the school and their parents during their class assembly. As their teacher I was so proud of them, not only for how much learning they had done throughout the topic but also how hard they worked to learn their lines. The assembly was lovely and I have had lots of positive comments from other teachers about how well you did. Well done Deepdale, you were all super stars!
Following our assembly we invited the grown ups who had been to watch to join us in our classroom to look at maps of Australia and to have a go and creating an Australian flag. It was great fun and so lovely to see the children sharing what they had learnt.
This week we have started to learn all about Queen Victoria and the Victorian period. The class have enjoyed researching the life of Queen Victoria and were surprised to hear that she came to the throne at just 18 years old. In class we have used the iPads to research working conditions for children and the jobs that people did. Deepdale are looking forward to learning more.
In our PSHE lessons we have been learning all about the differences between male and female animals and humans. We have discussed different stereotypes and how to show people respect. Today we looked at adult animals to decide which was male and which was female, it was interesting to learn the different names that male and female animals have.
After a delay caused by the snow, today we were finally able to celebrate World Book Day. The children's costumes were amazing (well done to all of the adults for those)! I loved listening to who they had come as and why. It was great to share lots of different stories and share our favourite books and authors.
As part of our Heritage Day activities today we have been looking at the history of our school. We looked at where Valley View Primary School is in the world and located it on maps of the local area. We looked at old and new photos of the school and thought about how it has changed. As a class we loved looking at the maps and photographs and using our investigation skills.
We were really excited today to watch the snow falling outside. It looked like a magical winter wonderland.
This week we have been really excited to receive letters and postcards from Australia. We have loved learning about the Great Barrier Reef, Uluru and Sydney.
Over the last few weeks Year 2 have been working hard rehearsing for their play 'The Enormous Turnip' and this week was performance week. The play was amazing! The class have worked so hard to learn their lines and dances and I was immensely proud of their effort and enthusiasm for the play and for the performance itself. Well done Deepdale, you were all stars!
10th January 2018
Happy New Year!
Today Mrs Eddison, who usually teaches music to our Year 6 children, came in. She taught us all about the cornet. We absolutely loved listening to her play her some of our favourite tunes.
14th December 2017
This week we have been busy making dragon hand puppets. We cut out all of our own fabric and sewed the pieces together using running stitch, then we stuck eyes, tails and different patterns on. We really had to use our perseverance, risk taking and concentrating keys as it was very tricky! At the end we celebrated our success at making fabulous dragons.
7th December 2017
Today was Christmas dinner day, we made hats to wear.
29th November 2017
Today we were really excited to learn how to create a Word document. We wrote sentences to describe a witch or a dragon to link to the learning we are doing in English.
20th - 24th November 2017
This week we were all so excited to find a dragon egg in our classroom! We waited patiently for it to hatch and to our delight when we came in one morning it had. Sadly, the dragon has disappeared and we can't find it. We thought about what the dragon might look like and where it might live and wrote some super descriptions. We also created missing posters so that other people can help us find him. So if you see a dragon, please let us know!
13th - 17th November 2017
This week in school it is Anti-Bullying Week. We started the week by wearing odd socks to school to show that we are all unique but all special. On Wednesday we spent time in groups travelling around Y1 and Y2 doing lots of different activities such as making our own odd socks and making paper chains of kind words. We have also been learning about what bullying is and what to do if we are bullied.
15th November 2017
This afternoon Leanne from the Skipping School came in to teach us all how to skip. We learnt lots of different skills such as the speed bounce, double bounce and hopping skip. At the end of the session we also got to try out skipping with the long rope. We loved this! Now we need to do lots more skipping to get ready for a skipping competition next year.
1st November 2017
Today in our computing lesson we used a programme called Fix the Factory on the iPads. To complete each level we had to guide the robot around. We had to use all of our Growth Mindset keys, especially our 'Persevering Key' as it could be very frustrating when our instructions did not work.
31st October 2017
Today when we came in from lunch, there was a mysterious suitcase in our classroom. We did not know who it belonged to or where it had come from. Inside there were lots of items like puppets, clothes and a hat. We found out that it belonged to someone a long time ago and was full of things that could be used on the beach.
20th October 2017
This week in science we have been learning all about materials and their properties. We have learnt words like transparent, opaque and waterproof. Today we investigated which materials could be bent, squashed, stretched or twisted.
16th October 2017
Today we have been learning all about icebergs, like the one that caused the Titanic to sink. We made icebergs in the freezer and then put them in to salty water to see what happened. We found out that a lot of an iceberg is hidden under the sea.. Our iceberg was 5cm tall but only 0.5cm showed above the water with 4.5cm hidden beneath. This is why they are so dangerous to ships because they cannot be seen.
13th October 2017
Today in maths we were using our problem solving and reasoning skills. We were given a suitcase to pack for a passenger on the Titanic and we had to work out how we could get the most in to it by packing different shaped items.
12th October 2017
Today we had our Curriculum Meetings for parents to let you know what and how we teach, and how you can help at home. You can find the presentation below.
12th October 2017
Today was Outdoor Learning Day. We used chalk on the playground to practice our joined up handwriting.
For maths we also went outside to practice using positional and directional language by giving each other instructions to find the hidden treasure.
6th October 2017
This week we have been busy making Christmas cards (yes - really!). We have been practising our cutting and painting skills. We will send our designs to the printing company to be made into real Christmas Cards.
22nd September 2017
Deepdale Class have made a fantastic start to the year and Mrs Rhodes, Mrs Hudson and I are all impressed with how they are settling in to Year 2.
So far we have learnt all about the five oceans as well as the different creatures that live in them. We have also been reading 'The Light House Keeper's Lunch' and the class have learnt some fantastic new vocabulary which they have been using in their writing. In maths we have been learning about place value and I have been very impressed with their maths knowledge so far. Every Thursday we have PE with Mr Anderson and the class have been using this time to show off their amazing gymnastic abilities. The class have also been really excited to start using the school laptops, logging on with their own passwords and learning all about staying safe when working online.
This half term we are focusing on our 'Perseverance key'. So far the class are doing really well and are beginning to say "I can't do it YET..."
Keep looking out for updates and photos of what we have been doing in school.