Welcome to Class 2
At the end of September, Class Two embarked upon their exciting three day trip to Beaumanor Hall. The children had great fun, not only by taking part in adventurous activities like canoeing, climbing, archery and learning survival skills but also through developing relationships with each other, encouraging and supporting each other to overcome difficulties. Throughout their time at Beaumanor Hall, behaviour was exemplary and it was a pleasure to spend time with them.
After weeks of trying different types of bread and burger fillings, as well as making sauces and relishes, we finally completed our work by making our own individual burgers. We chose the type of bread, what salad and sauces we would like to include and most importantly, we all chose which kind of patty to make. The choices were: beef, chicken, Mexican bean and pork.
Class Two have been learning all about the Egyptians. A workshop came to school. The children all sat around a giant map of Egypt and we learnt about the importance of the River Nile on the Egyptian civilisation.
Next, Mrs Castilla was turned into a pharaoh! And…the children became Egyptian Gods. Mrs Castilla’s heart had to be weighed against a feather in order to help the Gods to decide whether she should go to the afterlife or be eaten by a monster! Thankfully, the Gods were kind!
The children then tried out some different Egyptian activities including mummifying each other’s hands; playing an Egyptian trading game and playing a board game called Mehen.
It was a fantastic start to our new topic!
Over the last half term, Class 2 have been learning about light: light sources, reflections, transparency, shadows and the colours in light.
We have had lots of fun bringing it to life. We learnt about lines of reflection by making a periscope. The Doctor Who Live lesson was all about a giant, opaque planet blocking out the light from the sun. We realised that a giant periscope could be used to divert the direction of the sun’s rays.
We have also explored shadows by making puppet theatres for homework. We discovered that opaque objects make dark shadows and that the shadows can be made larger or smaller by moving the puppets nearer or further away from the torch.
In our Music lessons, Class 2 have been learning about how the pulse, rhythm and lyrics of a piece of music go together. In groups of three, the children composed a piece of music where one person played a steady pulse; the second person created a repeating ostinato and the third person joined in with the lyrics.
Class Two spent the day at the Leicester botanical gardens learning all about sculptures. In the morning, we went around the gardens looking at their sculptures. We learnt that sculptures can come in all different shapes, sizes and materials.
Afterwards we had a go at making our own clay sculptures which we were able to bring back to school. We also made a natural sculpture in groups using the things that we could find around us. It was a fantastic day!
In order to better understand our school play, Treachery at Traitors’ Gate, Class 2 learnt about being an evacuee in World War 2. As well as making a suitcase, they also had to think about what special things they would take with them and explain why. Super homework everyone!
Although the Celts had lived relatively peacefully alongside the Romans for about 20 years, in the year 60AD, Queen Boudicca was treated very badly by the Romans after the death of her husband, the Iceni king. In our lessons we have written speeches to rally the Iceni tribes and this is our version of the fierce fight at Colchester which at that time was the Roman capital. Although Boudicca was at first very successful, overthrowing Colchester, London and St Albans, eventually the Romans won and peace, for the most part, returned to the country. Boudicca killed herself by drinking poison before the Romans could capture her.
It is now 43 CE – almost 100 years after Caesar invaded and retreated from Britain. This time they are sent by Emperor Claudius with General Aulus Plautius leading 40,000 troops. They are determined to be triumphant. The Celts are not ready for the Romans’ clever plan!
Over the Autumn term, Class 2 have covered two topics in Science: Living Things and Forces. Here are some photographs of us investigating scientific concepts.
Class 2 have been learning about what makes a good Afternoon Tea.
First we learnt about the different food groups and considered how we could make a healthy, balanced sandwich. Next, Mrs Castilla brought in all different types of breads and fillings for us to try. Finally we designed and made our sandwiches and presented them along with some cakes, scones, fruit and Schloer to make an appetising afternoon tea.
In Art and Design, we are learning about how and why the aborigines created their paintings. This week we tried to make our own paints by grinding natural things that we could find in our environment. Surprisingly, it was really hard to make green even though there is so much green around us.
Here are the songs that we use to learn the x-tables. (8x and 9x to follow shortly.) Can anybody invent a new song for the 12x table?
We have been learning about programmes that can control devices such as washing machines or traffic lights. We learnt to use Go Software to write a programme which was then downloaded to a control box. To the control box, we connected lights and motors and created all sorts of things using Knex, from a rotating lighthouse to a terrifying fairground ride!
Class Two carrying out a taste test on different types of burger, burger roll and relish. We tried beef, chicken, spicy bean and vegetable burgers. Many children were surprised by how much they liked the vegetable and bean burgers too. Overall, the favourite relish was caramelised onion burger relish! Next weed, we’re going to make our own sauces and relishes – yummy!
Easter Egg Hunt
Today we had a mathematical Easter egg hunt as a reward for getting 10/10 in our PE lessons on twelve occasions this term.
We were split into groups. Each group had to search for twelve coloured eggs then solve the word problems that were written on the back. Once each group had solved their twelve problems, they could go and hunt for their chocolate eggs.
We have been learning about pneumatics. We discovered how pneumatics are used in the real world to power machines and then we used syringes to push air and make our monsters move.
Le Café Thrussington
Class Two had a wonderful time using their French language skills to host a café at our Village Hall.
On Monday, the children took it in turns to be waiters and to perform traditional French songs and dances for the parents. As a reward, they also got to spend some time eating in the café with their friends and family.
It was a wonderful turnout and even some of the parents and grandparents joined in with the dancing.
In our Science lessons, we have been learning about light. This week, we have been finding out about reflections. We decoded secret messages using mirrors. We looked at our reflections in different objects. Did you know that when you look in a spoon, your reflection is turned upside down!
Class 2 were very proud to be the potato growing champions this year! To celebrate, we cooked our potatoes and had them hot with butter or cold in a potato salad. We could put mint or chives on too if we wanted. DELICIOUS!
In Class 2, we have started to learn about the Roman Invasion of Britain. The children re-enacted the moment when Julius Caesar came with 10,000 troops in 55BCE. On this occasion, the Romans retreated from the fierce Britons but this was not the end of the story. To be continued…
On 15th March, Class 2 came into a transformed classroom. Behind a long table of weird and wonderful potion ingredients stood a witch! She told us about the history of witchcraft and how at one time, witches were seen as helpful people but then opinion about them changed. We even made our own potions!
Over the afternoon, some of the children developed mysterious illnesses like gout, jaundice and rheumatism so they had to visit the apothacarist who prescribed fantastic remedies such as chopping off the infected part of boiling a red-haired dog and rubbing the liquid on.
Thank you to Oakham Castle for a brilliant afternoon!
For Design and Technology, we have been cooking for celebrations. In our groups, we had to read the recipe and measure out the ingredients ourselves. We have made Cheesy Monster Faces, Bonfire Night Sausage Casserole and many Christmas recipes which we researched for homework.
Visit from Thermo Fisher
Today a group of scientists visited us from Thermo Fisher. It is a company which is dedicated to improving the human condition through equipment for scientific research. We looked at slides under microscopes – it was fascinating to see the incredible detail. Most of us liked the flea the best!
We also learnt about chromatography. We placed a spot of ink on blotting paper and then added water which made the ink separate into its different colour components. The scientists explained that this technology is used in the real world to test the components for all sorts of things. For example, a patient in hospital will have their blood tested and chromatography will help the doctors to separate the elements of the blood and see if there are any irregularities.
In Music this term, we have been learning about pitch. This coincided with our Science topic about sound. For homework, we did a project about pitch and some of us made musical instruments. Other children wrote about favourite pieces of music or talked about how sound is created. Well done Class 2 – very impressive homework as always!