Friday 23rd February 2018
This week has been our ‘Keeping Safe Week.’ We have been referring back to our internet safety posters from earlier in the academic year, ensuring that we stop and think before we click and tell someone if we feel uncomfortable. We have also been acknowledging the importance of identifying safe strangers and safe buildings in the event of being lost. We have considered how to keep our bodies safe and that privates are private. We have been learning about how to cross the road safely and we wrote a set of instructions as part of our literacy. We discussed what bullying means and referred back to our ‘who can I talk to’ posters that we devised earlier in the year.
Monday 12th February 2018
HAPPY HALF TERM!
Wednesday 7th February 2018
As part of our geography topic, we followed our own maps to Fabio’s ice cream shop in Hitchin town.
As part of our Design and Technology we have been considering market research and it’s importance in supporting the design of new food products on the market. In order for pupils to understand that this is what happens in real life, we met with Fabio in his shop and asked him lots of questions about his ice creams. I must add here that some of the questions were so carefully considered and planned that Fabio couldn’t answer all of them in case he gave away too many of his successful secrets! Our pupils were delighted to hear from someone in real life who has carried out some of the same processes as we have as part of our DT. We thank Fabio for taking time to meet with us as it really did enhance their understanding.
Tuesday 6th February 2018
As the snow fell gently from the grey sky over St Andrew’s school our Year 1 and Year 2 pupils eagerly awaited their day of enrichment. How wonderful that the snow joined in! All children were extremely excited to be mixing the Year 1 and Year 2 classes and having an opportunity to work with a different teacher.
We were delighted to welcome Jane Glynn (a local artist) who used the outdoor environment to inspire art around a winter’s theme for all of our pupils. Jane carefully questioned pupils about their observations of winter in the outdoor environment and pupils expressed their ideas about the colours that they felt represented winter. They then transferred these ideas to create clothes using different materials for a manikin. They gave justifications for the colours that they chose and really enjoyed sharing their own work and commenting on the works of others.
Here are a few photos from the day.
Thursday 1st February 2018
We have been learning all about money.
How many £2 coins need to be exchanged for a £10 note? What about a £20 note?
What does reduced mean? What will we have to do to work out a reduction in price?
What is the difference between two amounts of money?
This week, can you let your child pay for something in a shop and see if they can work out the change that they will get?
Friday 26th January 2019
Our spelling leaves are under way and we are all working really hard to achieve our next leaf.
Monday 22nd January 2018
This week we have been starting to think about who is the greatest history maker. We have been reading ‘Bedtime Stories for Rebel Girls’ by Elena Favilli and Fracesca Cavallo. Each time we read about a different history maker we consider whether they were greater in what they changed for the better than the other history makers that we have learnt about. We are enjoying debating our views with reasoning.
Friday 19th January 2018
This week we had our History off the Page Florence Nightingale day. We had a fun packed day as follows:
First we made candle holders, sashes, medicine boxes and lots more to take with us to help Florence Nightingale in the Scutari hospital in Turkey. Then we spent time investigating the contents of suitcases to see if we could find out about the person in the past from them. We managed to use clues to return the suitcases back to their rightful owner. We learnt an awful lot about people in the past in this way. After lunch we arrived at the Scutari hospital where we nursed patients back to good health, including Miss Edey’s broken arm. We cooked food, mopped the floors and even did the ironing! What a fun packed day it was!
This is the scene that we reenacted.
Friday 15th December 2017
This week in maths we have been revising subtracting a 1 digit number from a 2 digit number using ‘think 10’ as our strategy.
27 – 9 = ?
27 – 7 = 20 (This gets us back to our friendly number, 20)
We have only subtracted 7, but we need to subtract 9.
So we need to subtract two more.
20 – 2 = 18
Friday 8th December 2017
Year 2 were delighted to be crowned the winners of the Christmas tree competition at the Christmas fair. They worked so very hard on creating their spiders and webs. Well done Year 2!
Here are photographs of the St Andrew’s tree at the Holy Saviour tree festival. This tree includes decorations from all classes across the school.
Can you spot any spiders or webs?
Friday 2nd December 2017
Well done to all of Year 2 class for learning their words off by heart for our Christmas nativity. We are now focusing on using expression, body language and actions in order to convey our messages to our audience. We are incredibly excited to be trying on our costumes next week ready for our photographs.
Friday 24th November 2017
The Little Grey Spider Legend: For the past week we have been very busy making spiders and webs to decorate our Christmas tree ready for the Christmas fair tree competition. We were amazed to hear how the spider webs were turned into tinsel! We demonstrated our value of koinonia through working in pairs and developed our self assessment with a peer giving feedback on how we could improve our spiders and webs.
Wednesday 8th November 2017
This is the work of Cy Twombly
This is our final piece of art created as a whole class in the style of Cy Twombly
In Art this week, we have been inspired by the works of Cy Twombly. We had to think very carefully about the skills and techniques that Cy had used in order to create our own versions of his work. We decided on the type of cloud that we wanted to represent and used the colour of the sky as the background. The sky colour may be blue as the it is a sunny day or may be represented through reds and oranges for the sunset. We also had to find a way of allowing the paint to drip to the bottom of the page. We used trial and error and we made lots of discoveries such as holding the paper vertically so that the paint dripped down and adding water to allow the drip to occur. We discovered that if we put too much water onto the paper then the paper became soggy and often fell apart. We had to take part in a great amount of problem solving.
Here are some examples of our art far.
Last week we had a very exciting visit from the fire service. We got to actually sit inside the fire engine and have our own turn at being a fireman. We even got to use the fireman’s hose! We really appreciated that the firemen came to talk to us about the fire of London. We couldn’t believe it when they had to pack up really fast to attend a real life emergency.
Can you guess which day of creation our poem is about?
Thinking, blinding, darkening
Lighting, hanging, twinkling
Scorching sun burning uncontrollably
Shining and shimmering through the glittering night
Will the sun ever cool down?
We have had a resident dance company in school who have visited us three times this week. We moved our bodies to depict the different days of the creation story. Our favourite part was when one person had to be a big blob of clay. The other person had to then sculpt the body by moulding each body part. We all enjoyed painting our smiles on at the end of the dance!
We have also been thinking about why God chose to create the things that he did. We also thought of questions about creation. Here are some examples:
“God put flowers on the Earth because he wanted a scent on his planet”
“Why did God make the sea?”
“He made humans so that they could look after God’s world.”
“This is part of Genesis.”
“Why did God make weather?”
“Why did God make a girl and a boy?”
“Why did God choose the order of creation that he did?”
Next week we will be writing a creation poem.
Year 2 used their colour mixing skills in art to create their own bauble for their Christmas cards. They were not allowed to use paint brushes, but had to use only paper as a tool to paint, using folding to create different lines and shapes.
Welcome to Year 2!
Year 2 pupils have settled in really well after the summer break and they are already beginning to show their organisational skills and independence. They are very proud to be the oldest pupils in Key Stage 1!