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An Exciting Discovery!

On our return to school on Wednesday we discovered something completely out of the ordinary. In the outdoor area of our classroom there was a tent with lots of things left inside it… we had no idea where this came from! That was until we found a note hidden in the classroom from a certain somebody explaining everything. 

We received a letter from a mystery person called PP. He had left his lots of his belongings with us whilst he visited the research station in Svalbard. 

We wrapped up warm and went outside to search through the things PP had left at our school. We discovered a camera, a compass, a hat, scarf and gloves, some food. We were left baffled by who on earth this could be until we put all of our clues together of all the items he had left us to find out that he was in fact a polar explorer and his name was Professor Pole. He has left his things with us whilst he visits the research station in Svalbard. 

He left us a video to watch which was very interesting and told us everything!  

We studied really hard to figure out why a polar explorer would need the things he had left. 

Here are a few ideas we came up with… 

  • We thought he needs his hat, scarf and gloves to keep warm as it looked like Professor Pole was exploring somewhere really icy and cold. 
  • Professor Pole needs a water bottle to keep himself hydrated and some peanuts to give him some energy whilst he is out exploring. 
  • A camera could come in useful for Professor Pole to snap some pictures of anything he may see on his expeditions that he wants to keep. 

Next week we will be looking at all the different Polar Regions! 

Handwriting

Every day the Toucans practise their handwriting in their handwriting lesson. We focus on watching Miss Hookes model the perfect letter formation and correctly copy into our handwriting books.
 
Since the beginning of the year we have been learning to join our writing focusing on certain joins each week. We are trying very hard in our lessons! Our teachers remind us to focus on beautiful handwriting all of the time: in Maths, English, Topic and in our homework books too!
 
Please try to encourage your child to take pride in their handwriting and do their very best each and every time they write.
 

Enjoying ERIC

Toucans class are really enjoying their ERIC (Enjoying reading in class) lessons. The children have a choice as to whether to read by themselves, share a book with a partner or listen to a story read by Miss Hookes or Mrs Parton-Harris. Year Two get very excited when it’s ERIC time and some Toucan’s have even joined our ERIC after school club! There’s an amazing buzz in the classroom and it’s quite certain the children are getting the reading bug!!
 
Children have the opportunity to borrow a class library book as well as their reading level book twice a week on a Tuesday and a Thursday which they are taking home to read to and discuss with their parents.
 

Arts/Music Week

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! 

https://www.bbc.co.uk/teach/ten-pieces/classical-music-primary-igor-stravinksy-firebird-ks2/zbsf3k7 

 

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! 

     

 

Playing Glockenspiels 

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.

     

The Dangers of Smoking and Alcohol

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

Beauty in the world

Toucans watched some film clips of the world’s natural beauty.  They talked about how different people think different things are beautiful.  The Bible includes psalms which were written to praise and thank God for the beauty of the earth.  Mrs Parry played them a hymn called “All Things Bright And Beautiful” and the class listened to the lyrics.   The class then drew a selection of items they thought were beautiful.