- Ask a teacher or suitable adult if I want to use a computer.
- I will only use activities that a teacher or suitable adult has told or allowed me to use.
- I will take care of the computer and other equipment.
- I will ask for help or suitable adult if I am not sure what to do or if I think I have done something wrong.
- I will tell a teacher or a suitable adult if I see something that upsets me on the screen.
Toucans have settled in very well this week and are getting to grips with their new routine. They’ve caught up with each other’s news from over the summer holidays.
We began this week revising our school rules and motivating each other to be ‘Good to be Green’. The children are very excited to be trying to earn a Gold card and being able to choose a prize!
We’ve enjoyed lots of ERIC (Enjoying Reading in Class) sessions and we’ve been sharing our favourite fiction and non-fiction books.
On Friday Afternoon Toucans enjoyed a well-earned golden time! we’re looking forward to getting into our learning next week and starting our new book: ‘Oliver’s Vegetable’s.
Firebird by Igor Stravinski
Toucans used BBC Ten Pieces website, to watch an orchestra perform a piece of music called Firebird, composed by Igor Stravinski. Mrs Parry explained there are different sections within an orchestra, such as woodwind, brass and strings and then helped the children to name the instruments. The children learnt this piece of music actually told a story and is based on a Russian folk tale about a magical glowing bird that Prince Ivan is searching for. The firebird is imprisoned in a castle with a beautiful princess. Ivan rescues the bird and the princess but then his own sister poisons them. The firebird flies to the fountain of youth and with magic water, brings Prince Ivan and his princess back to life.
Alex Hill – The music makes me feel relaxed
Declan – I like that the music told a story
Shriya – I like the dynamics (loud/quiet parts)
Jacob – It makes me feel like sleeping
Sam – It makes me feel calm
Ayra – I like the pitch (high/low parts)
Listen to the piece and see if you like it!
The class focused on one instrument called the flute. Mrs Parry showed them a flute in its case, as it comes in three parts, and demonstrated how to put it together. The children learnt the names of the features of a flute and labelled a diagram. Mrs Parry explained how air is blown across the embrochure (air hole). She challenged the class to see if they could try this technique with a bottle at home, after demonstrating how with a glass bottle.
The children also looked at photos of flutes and made pencil sketches of them. The children watched a shadow puppet play of the story with the music in the background to help them understand how the music tells the story. They noticed the dynamics in particular! Finally, Mrs Parry read them a chapter book with the story in. There were some beautiful pictures in the book and Toucans are looking forward to producing some Firebird themed art next!
Toucans have been busy learning a new song called Friendship. They listened and appraised songs with a similar theme called “Count On Me” by Bruno mars and “We Go Together” from Grease, the musical. Besides revising notes previously learnt in Year 1 and the Autumn term, Toucans have learnt the A and B note. This week, Toucans have been composing their own pattern of notes and improvising to the same piece of music. They created symbols for the notes to record their notation.
Toucans revised the notes they had previously been taught and learnt new notes A and B today. The children played notes with the background music to our friendship song. Small groups of children played together as an ensemble and there were two brave soloist performers, Karly and Jack.
Toucans enjoyed the practical element of their maths lesson this morning! Each child measured an amount of water and read scales, calculating what intervals increased by. There was lots of discussion about millimetres and metres. The children also solved some tricky problem solving and reasoning questions too.
Toucans have been learning about which parts of their bodies are private and talked about who can see them and when, such as visiting the doctor. The children named their body parts and watched the NSPCC Pantosaurus song to understand more.
Recently, Toucans have been learning about what can happen to people if they drink alcohol or smoke a lot. They made a. Mind map about what they had found out.
Corban – You have to be 18 years old to drink or smoke.
Karly – Smoking can make your lungs black.
Ryan – I wouldn’t want to smoke because your teeth and nails turn yellow.
Shriya – I wouldn’t want to smoke as it damages your liver and digestive system.
Sam – The danger is lots of smoking might cause cancer