Welcome to Swallows class!
Class Teacher : Miss Polly Russell
LSA : Mrs Lyndsy Cope
Class Curriculum Newsletter
Guide to Grammar
Reading in Key Stage 1
The Great Fire of London
Today Year 2 experienced the ‘Great Fire of London’. We gathered in the playground and watched the flames leap from the bakery to all the neighbouring houses in Pudding Lane. It really helped us to understand how the proximity of the houses and the wind helped the fire to spread so quickly!
World Book Day
Swallows had an amazing time celebrating World Book Day! Dressed in fantastic costumes we shared our favourite book characters, enjoyed exploring new and all time favourite books and talked about the ‘Rights of a Reader’. We made lots of time to read and made a good start on our ‘Book Bingo’ – reading under tables, reading to stuffed animals, reading whilst eating a snack and reading to a friend were just a few!
The Great Fire of London
Today, Year 2 were left some mysterious clues by Samuel Pepys about some belongings he had hidden nearby. After a thorough hunt of the school grounds, we discovered a note, a bottle of wine and some cheese, buried in a sack! We have been exploring the significance of these items in the event of ‘The Great Fire of London’.
The Gilbert White Field Studies Centre
Year 2 had a super day learning about historic and modern explorers’ expeditions to Antarctica. We had the opportunity to learn about the wildlife that lives there and how it is adapted to life in such freezing cold conditions! We also thought about how humans need to prepare for their expeditions to the South Pole – we tried on explorers clothing, trialed tents and even had a go at pulling a sledge!
Year 2 have loved learning about living things and their habitats – and creating our own fictitious animals too! Thank you for coming to meet our Flanimals at our Flanimal Zoo yesterday!
In Swallows this week we have been reviewing our progress in learning our year group spellings. We have come a long way since September and have shown that we can really persevere in our learning to be successful. Well done everyone!
We discovered Grundit, Blunging, Honk and Sprot Guzlor all hiding in bushes and trees in the courtyard. Year 2 have been inspired to create their own Flanimals!
It’s a Cracker!
KS1 have loved performing their Nativity ‘It’s a Cracker!’ this week. Thank you everyone for coming to watch and supporting us!
Choose Respect Week
We started the week with ‘Odd Sock Day’. We all came to school wearing odd socks and shared the story of Simon Sock. Simon Sock lives in the drawer with all the other socks, who often go on adventures: the sparkly socks go to parties, the sports socks do races and the woolly socks go to the park. Sadly, Simon doesn’t have a pair. He’s on his own. He’s odd. So Simon sets out to find his perfect partner but discovers that he is happiest with someone who is not at all like him after all!
Today we shared our ideas about what respect might look like. Together, we came up with a definition of respect.
During Choose Respect week we enjoyed writing acrostic poems to show our understanding of respect.
Remembering to use your manners and sharing resources.
Encouraging people to have a go.
Supporting people when they need help.
Playing with people and letting them join in.
Encouraging people to smile to make other people smile.
Caring for people and listening to them.
Treating people the same.
Realising when people are hurt.
Encouraging people when they’re stuck.
Smiling to make other people smile.
Playing nicely with your friends.
Ensuring people are ok when they are hurt.
Caring for other people.
Trusting people to look after things.
Remembering to use kind hands.
Encouraging people to use good manners.
Supporting people to make good choices.
Playing with kind hands.
Everyone listening to each other.
Caring about people.
Taking care of other people.
Environmental Art Week
In Year 2 we looked at the autumnal colours we could find in nature and used these to create spiral patterns!
Year 2 had a super day at Windsor castle today! Our favourite parts included watching the guards marching, being knighted, seeing the gold rooms inside the state apartments and dressing up as some of Queen Victoria’s helpers!