Welcome to the Year 1 & 2 Page!
Our new topic this term is animals and their habitats, with a particular focus on minibeasts. Therefore our role play area has transformed into a minibeast laboratory. The children can investigate all sorts of creatures, research minibeasts in books and look at insects in close detail using microscopes. So far we have been very careful because as the hazard tape suggests entering the minibeast laboratory can be 'dangerous' at times.
We very much enjoyed our trip to the Rocking Horse Shop in Fangfoss. We saw inside the workshop, learnt how new horses were made and looked at how old and broken rocking horses are restored. The children all then got to ride on a rocking horse. It was brilliant.
Our topic is currently toys and we are very much looking forward to a visit to the Rocking Horse Shop after half term. But last week we looked at a painting from 1560 which featured over 60 'old fashioned' games. We decided that children didn't play like this anymore and so made our own version of the painting, fit for 2018. How many different modern toys and games can you spot?
Recently we have been writing myths and legends in our English lessons. Class 2 chose to focus in particular on Pandora's Box. We worked very hard to design a new box for Pandora to open and then thought of a bad and a good thing to come out of the box. Here is the brilliant display we made featuring lots of boxes. If you look closely you can spot some clues as to what we put in the boxes.
Class 2 have become very interested in the seasons recently, most particularly Autumn. As a class we have been collecting lots of items to do with autumn, especially conkers. We were challenged to make pictures out of the conkers and this is what we created.
We used collage to make a picture for our class topic work. Our artwork shows what happens to a tree through-out the seasons.
Although it was a very rainy day Class 2 had a great time at the Yorkshire Arboretum at Castle Howard.
We were met by Kathryn and Linda, staff from the Arboretum, and they helped us with the activities. The day began by looking for minibeasts under leaves and logs. The children found a variety of species such as woodlice, slugs, snails, worms and even a toad! We then built our own habitats for them.
At lunchtime we ate in the outdoor classroom, sitting on tree stump seats. The tarpaulin cover meant we were all dry!
After lunch Kathryn and Linda helped us with the pond dipping activity, which was great fun!
Quotes from the children:
"This is the best day of my life, even though it's raining!"
"I'm having a great day."
"I've been looking forward to pond dipping all week!"
Quote from the Arboretum staff:
"What exceptionally well behaved, polite children at St. Martin's."