29/09/2013 at 5:55 AM
We had our first North School Council Meeting on Friday. Everyone was very enthusiastic and we had a very interesting discussion about all the things we like about school and then we thought about things that we felt needed some improvement. On Monday the school council are going to help lead the North SEAL assembly and will share their ideas with all the children.
Here are the members of the North School Assembly. (1 member was absent as she is off school poorly)
What we like about school
We thought about the things we like best at school.
- playing with balls & friends
- playing Mathletics – yr 2
- iPads – Rosemary commented that she was waiting patiently to use them.
- Playing Education City
- Playing on the tyres.
- Dojo points – they help us behave
One school councillor commented that he liked making guns. We discussed that it was good to enjoy making things, but that we should be making better things than guns. We agreed that guns cause a lot of sadness in our world.
The school councillor has now decided to try to make a cow out of playdough instead of a gun. He said he couldn’t do this, but the council have encouraged him to have a go, keep practising and to remember to say, ‘I can’t do it YET!’
What we would like to improve
We talked about what we would like to improve… this was a much harder thing to think about and most of the school councillors thought that there wasn’t much we could improve on. However we did think of a few things which would help keep us safe and happy.
- Make sure people are safe near the trees- paint a ring round them to indicate the safe height for climbing. The council felt some children are climbing too high.
- Remove dangly branches from the trees as some children are swinging on them.
- Move football off the playground as some children are being hurt and balls are lost on the roof upsetting the football players.
We will be meeting again on Friday October 18th. We would appreciate any comments or suggestions, please click on comments below.
Thank you from Mrs Fisher and the North School Council.
26/09/2013 at 8:37 PM
The children will be bringing home their Bug Club passwords, stuck inside their new Reading Records. Bug Club is an online Reading Scheme. Children will be allocated a choice of reading books and as they read the books they will have questions about the book to answer. These questions help to develop comprehension skills. If your child spends 15 minutes on Bug Club this counts towards their Extreme Reading challenge, so please do sign their Reading Record for them. ( Just date it and write Bug Club)
25/09/2013 at 7:19 PM
The children in my phonics group can say the sounds for all the phonemes covered in Phase 5 and can read them. Now we are learning to use this knowledge to help us become brilliant spellers. Like all learning, becoming a superb speller requires practise. I have set the children up Spelling City usernames and passwords and will be creating word lists for them each week which will support the phonemes (sounds) that we are recapping. I have set these accounts up so they work with the children’s Mathletics passwords and usernames. (With the dash- but no capital letters) Children need to click on ‘log in’ at the top right hand corner and then they can play a variety of games using the spelling lists I am uploading.
Spelling City can be used by everyone. You can type in lists of words you want to learn and even on the free version you can play some fun games to help you learn your spellings. Spelling City is also available as a free App on iPads.
24/09/2013 at 8:19 PM
On Monday we had a visit from Lisa, who will be opening up the new cafe at school later this week. She came to find out about the honey biscuits we have been making. Lisa thought are biscuits were delicious. We had a wonderful time telling Lisa about all the things we would like to learn how to bake! Now we are looking forward to visiting the cafe soon and maybe even having a cookery lesson with Lisa.
We also looked at some different biscuit adverts and worked in small groups to come up with our own sketches for a Honey Biscuit advert. Here are the videos the children created!
21/09/2013 at 9:47 AM
Everyone in Year 2 is really enjoying playing Mathletics. The Year 3 after school Mathletics Club starts soon and shortly after that we will open up spaces for the children in Year 2. I’m sure it’s going to be an amazing club.
Well done to Ben who was the Mathlete of the week with a fantastic score of 6,000.
21/09/2013 at 9:39 AM
We read the fabulous book ‘Honey Biscuits,’ by Meredith Hooper and followed the recipe in the book. Everyone helped to make the biscuits and in the end we made so many that we were able to enjoy them and school and take a couple home for our families to try too! We hope you all enjoyed them!
We all sequenced some of the pictures of us making the biscuits and then we wrote the instructions. We were all really proud of our writing and everyone used time words, like first, next, then and after that. We also made sure that we used ‘bossy’ verbs to tell the reader what to do. Here is some of our fantastic writing. You can click on any of the pages and then double click to open it up.
Making Honey Biscuits on PhotoPeach
16/09/2013 at 7:41 PM
We have all been very busy bees today making delicious Honey Biscuits!
Here’s a video to enjoy and soon we will be posting the instructions so that everyone can make these gorgeous biscuits at home too.
14/09/2013 at 6:26 AM
Yesterday all the children in Year 2 learned how to play Mathletics. There was a real BUZZZZ in the classroom as we learned how to play the different games. Isla achieved our first certificate and we were all very proud of her.
Everyone took there usernames and passwords home so that they could play on computers out of school too. I was amazed when I checked later in the evening and saw that 14 children had achieved their certificates! Well done to all those children who have gone home and already played!
13/09/2013 at 6:17 AM
We have learned all about honey bees this week and we had a special visit from Keith, the Bee Keeper.
He came to visit us wearing his special bee keeping outfit and explained how it keeps bee keepers safe. We even got to try on the long gloves and some bee keeping suits! It was funny looking out through the netting. Keith showed us his smoker and the other tools he uses. He brought in part of a bee hive and showed us a real honey comb which he had collected the day before from his bees. It filled our classroom with a glorious sweet smell.
We had written a long list of questions to ask Keith and he answered them all, so now we know lots of facts about the honey bee. Keith stayed to enjoy some delicious toast and honey with us.
After such a wonderful time with Keith we all wanted to write him a ‘Thank you’ letter to tell him about some of the facts we had learned.
08/09/2013 at 8:06 AM
We will be learning all about Bees. You might like to check out some of these links. You can add your own information too, but I have to approve it before it will show.
We will be learning about 2D and 3D shape. We’ll enjoy and learn this song!
We will learn many more amazing things, and we will post about our learning again next week!
08/09/2013 at 7:26 AM
When we learned about the Learning Code we also thought about the jobs we would like when we grow up. What brilliant aspirations we all have! Together we are going to work hard to help us achieve our dreams.
08/09/2013 at 7:22 AM
We have a new Learning Code at school and we have been learning all about it.
The code reminds us to
- Be happy
- Be healthy
- Be a great learner
- Be a good citizen
- Be safe
- Be the best you can be
We thought about all the positive things that we do throughout the school day and how these actions show we are following the code. The game, ‘Woolly Thinking’ helped us. Statements like, ‘Evie picked up some rubbish and put it in the bin,’ made us think about how she would be being a good citizen, being the best that she could be and would be making us all happy. The children took a ball of wool to each of the Learning Codes they thought the action showed and soon we had made a wonderful, colourful web.
We then thought of a few negative actions and for each we cut some of the threads. It only took 4 statements to destroy our web!
Together we realised that if we all follow the code it will help us build a wonderful class and a brilliant school.
Woolly Thinking on PhotoPeach
08/09/2013 at 6:58 AM
In Year 2 the children will be getting their own Mathletics passwords and start to play Mathletics online. This year they will also use a website called ‘Bug Club,’ and online website full of books for them to read.
It is really important that we all know how to keep safe on the Internet, so we have been learning about Internet Safety. We looked at the website ‘Thinkuknow‘ and watched this video.
We also read a story about Smartie the Penguin . We practised the message from Smartee the Penguin as it reminded us the most important thing, which we should always remember ….. to tell some one when you are going on the Internet.
01/09/2013 at 7:27 PM
I hope you have all had a wonderful holiday and are now looking forward to coming back to school.
I’m looking forward to seeing you all and know that we will have lots of exciting news to share together. I really want to know what you have been up to. Where have you been? Who have you seen? Some people have been away, others have had fun days at home… what ever you have done, I hope you have kept happy and healthy.
I went to Costa Rica with my husband on a wildlife exploration holiday! He took some lovely photographs; photography is his hobby and his goal was to get a good picture of a humming bird! We also went to visit a Costa Rican Primary School. Many of their Primary Schools are small and some of the children in this school walked for an hour and a half to get to school and school started at 7.30am! It finished at lunchtime as it was very hot and often very wet in the afternoons.
The sound in the Animoto is the sound we heard at night when we were staying in the Costa Rican Rainforest! The howling sound is the noise that some of the monkeys make!
This is the Primary School we went to visit. There were only 34 children in the school and they were taught in 2 classes. 1 of the teachers was off, so her class had stayed at home, so there were 14 children there when we visited. The children have put on traditional costumes and performed some dances for us. They do have school uniforms too.