Years 3 and 4 are busy studying teeth and the digestive system so it was with great excitement that we were able to learn more about the importance of oral health from Mrs Quarmby, our 'expert in residence!' Together, we looked at the structure of our teeth, the functions of different parts of our mouths and how to take greater care to ensure we keep our smiles beautiful and healthy. This visit helped us with the theory needed for our scientific enquiry later that day.
All the pupils from years 3 and 4 participated in Junior Pedestrian Skills training this week. Julie, from East Riding Council, delivered a presentation to everyone and then took small groups outside to put their safety skills into practice. Everyone completed the programme and was awarded with a certificate, information pack and a reflective keyring.
In January, we were delighted to welcome Mrs Holland into Class 2. She brought in artefacts to help us understand what life was like in World War 1. It was a session full of discussion, investigation and active learning. Historical evidence comes in many forms but we all agreed that the learning we take part in physically and practically, has the most lasting effect. Thank you Mrs Holland.
Cross-curricular links have found us investigating perimeter and area through the design of Mayan pyramids. We looked for patterns and worked both practically and on paper.
Class 2 are very excited about starting a brand new topic; The Mayan Civilization. It is a brilliant learning experience for both pupils and adults as we are finding out new information and knowledge together! To set the scene we played some active games to find the 7 countries of Central America and then try and fit them in the continent outline. Eventually, with shared learning and peer discussion, we managed to name these countries. Can you test us to see if we remember them all?
After a very long and busy term, we are all ready for Christmas. No-one can set the excitement more than Daisy, who wrote all about her expectations in this super piece of independent homework. Her use of such a wonderful range of fronted adverbials has not gone unmissed! Read her lovely work to put you in the festive spirit and 'Merry Christmas' from all of us in Class 2!
Years 3 and 4 have been studying the Ted Hughes novel, The Iron Man. It is an amazing book full of vivid description including many similes and metaphors. At one point, we made our own versions of the story come to life through the written word. Oliver enthralled us with his tale which cleverly referred back to previous story lines and played on our emotions. Stunning work Oliver!
With great excitement and a little nervousness, we took to the stage at City Hall for the Longcroft Showcase. It was very fitting that we performed in the country's City of Culture. Our dance celebrated the joys of being young, healthy and happy. Eleanor and Alex, from Longcroft School, helped us with a routine which incorporated The Jackson 5, Matilda the Musical and One Direction. Bravely, Lydia and William introduced the school and the music started; it was high energy and immense fun. Three of our pupils also took to the stage to lead the way in the finale with their wonderful singing and dancing.
We welcomed Karen Wagg from East Riding's Recycling team. She shared her vast knowledge of all the ways in which we can help our county reach its recycling targets. We learnt about the brilliant ways in which our hard working council uses the waste we recycle in our brown and green bins.
In order to create some products for our Enterprise Project, Karen showed us how to reuse left over wallpaper to make gift bags. We even attempted making place mats from old carrier bags which was very tricky! Thank you Karen for the fun and informative visit.
(It really was an exciting activity and the process was not that scary, Daisy!)
As part of our topic work on 'Global Awareness and Recycling', we visited Tesco in Beverley on 14th November. Mr David Ryley, Community Champion & Farm to Fork Trail Guide, took us on an exciting journey around the store. We saw exactly how much recycling Tesco is proud to partake in, learnt about sustainable food production and found lots of products which were 'Fairtrade' or ' Rainforest Alliance' certified. Finally we were treated to a feast of fruit and cheese to decide on the products we preferred...all of them!
On Monday 6th November, class 2 welcomed registrars Mrs Hawkins and Mrs Green from East Riding Council into school. They helped us to discuss and explain British values and we realised that they are reflected in our own school values. We celebrated the area in which we live, solving clues to reveal beautiful landmarks and amazing heritage. Finally we learnt what a Citizenship Ceremony entails. Dalton and Lydia then conducted a mock ceremony and we all sang, 'God Save the Queen'.
How wonderful when exciting curriculum activities are followed up by pupils out of the school environment!
It was brilliant to hear that Ava and Heidi had visited Dinorwig Power Station with their Dad at half term. They were absolutely buzzing with their experience and kindly brought in a DVD of this astounding hydro electric power station which enthralled the other children and enhanced our current learning. Thank you!
Our 'Electricity' topic has almost come to an end. We have learnt about safety, circuits, components and how to use scientific symbols. To complete our work and show our understanding, we investigated, designed and made electrical games. These were based on quiz games or tests of skill, and used bulbs, buzzers and even motors. We thoroughly enjoyed explaining our games to each other and then playing and evaluating them.
We improved our French accents today by playing Kim's Games with items found in a pencil case. Now we know how to change from 'a' to 'the' using the appropriate indefinite article..."Ooooh La La!!!"
On Tuesday 26th September, class 2 had a superb visit to Drax Power Station. We are learning about electricity in science and our environmental topic is making us question our earth's resources and how we can take steps to reduce waste. This was an amazing insight into the production of electricity in a power station which has changed from using predominantly coal as an energy source, to biomass for at least half of its fuel consumption.
Through an interactive model built by the pupils, we were able to understand the stages necessary in the production of electricity for our homes. We managed to light up the city!
Then, kitted out it full safety gear, we toured some of the plant, seeing first-hand how our energy is produced.
Getting out into the real world and experiencing such diverse environments really brings our curriculum to life.
In PSHCE, we worked together to see all the different ways we connect as a class. We have so much in common which is why we are such a great team!
When starting our new science topic on 'Electricity' in years 3 and 4, we first had fun investigating!
What made these games work? Did they move? Was there a noise? Where did the power come from?
We will use this knowledge to make our own games using circuits later on in the term.
Our 'Vikings in Britain' topic came to an exciting conclusion with a fabulous activity day. Following research into traditional recipes, we made authentic Viking bread and 'mead'for our very own Viking banquet. Shields were designed, painted and used to adorn our dragon ship. We also learnt a poem which we recited to parents on the last day of term.
Ship Ahoy! Class 2 made a huge effort with this homework project to design and build a Viking longship. In many cases, all the family were involved and the materials varied immensely. There were ships mage of wood, cardboard, plastic, Lego....and even a marrow!
Mrs Singh came in to teach us all about Hinduism on our Cultural Awareness Day.
We acted out the story of Rama and Sita, dressed in traditional costumes and learnt a dance.
Weaving was a wonderful experience when we worked with a talented parent!
We designed and created our own tartan fabric after exploring textiles on the internet and using a simulation programme.
Class 2 had an amazing afternoon of wonderful weaving when one of our talented parents shared her expertise with us. As part of our topic on Anglo-Saxons and Celts, we have been researching and designing tartan using our art skills and computer generated processes. We have then been able to transfer out designs onto individual looms; choosing weft and warp colours to begin our own creations. Watch this space for our finished fabric!
In January, Class 2 had a spectacular visit to the Yorkshire Museum to find out about the Anglo- Saxons and their impact on British history.
We met an Anglo-Saxon, called Oshere, who allowed us to examine many fascinating artefacts. To keep these precious items safe from damage and grease, we wore special white gloves.
Along with our very own guest historians, Mr Rodmell and Mr Vernon, we were able to try our hands at some Anglo-Saxon crafts and activities; weaving, braiding, silver work, ink and quill practice and original games.
Our experience was completed with a whistle stop tour of the museum which charters the history of York from pre-historic times, through the Roman occupation and onwards to the Anglo-Saxons, Vikings and Normans. We all agreed that there was so much to see and do, another visit was definitely needed.
On Monday, March 13th, Mr Steven Burgess from Lockington Village Improvement Group helped year 6 pupils to plant a range of hedgerow plants which were generously donated by the Woodland Tree Trust.
He kindly explained how to plant them and gave us valuable tips, we decided to plant them near the metal fence to help improve the appearance of the front of the school. Please watch them grow into a beautiful hedge
In class 2, our autumn history topic of The Railway Revolution has concluded with an amazing homework project. Just look at the range of engines made at home with some help from mums, dads and grandpas! They all fit on our track, made to exact measurements in DT. Some trains moved and some were even independent travellers!
In November, we had a wonderful visit from Mr Marshman who shared his extensive knowledge on railways as he was a top railway engineer and has fascinating facts to tell. He brought us right up to date, in fact into the future, by telling us all about the Crossrail project. This amazing feat of engineering in set to open in 2020 and will provide a fast route under
Year 3, 4 and 5 enjoyed a visit to All Saints Church, North Ferriby
A Taste of History - Greek Day
We welcomed ‘A Taste of History’ into school on Friday 11th March. Everyone joined in cooking some fabulous Greek dishes including tzatziki (cucumber dip), souzoukakia (meat rissoles) and fakes soupa (lentil soup). The best part was when we all got to taste a whole range of traditional food which almost everyone tried… even the squid!
In the afternoon we created our own versions of the Parthenon in art and performed a dance of Theseus and the Minotaur to our parents. They even got to taste some of our Greek delights.
What a fantastic day!
The whole school has been learning about school values and we have decided to make our own Stained Glass Windows based on the School Christian Values.
One of our Year 6 students has reported on the progress Stained Glass Windows