Spring Term

This is what last year’s Class 2 were up to:

27.3.18

Today we made water wheels!  After visiting Quarry Bank Mill we spent time researching and planning our own water wheels.  In the end we chose, strong, waterproof materials and decided we needed buckets, a wheel and a frame.  They worked brilliantly!

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23.3.18

Today was our Lent Share Day where we raised money for four different charities.  We came in sports clothes to raise money for Sports Relief, filled CAFOD boxes for CAFOD, did a Walk and Talk and 40 minutes of exercise to raise money for MIND, the mental health charity to acknowledge their 4oth birthday, and will be giving some of the donated money to the Tameside Tycoons.  Here are some photos of our 40 minutes of sports day races, we only remembered the camera for the last two races but we also did an obstacle race and a basketball race!

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16.3.18

Today we stepped back in time and visited Quarry Bank Mill to discover what it would be like to work there as a Victorian child.  We learnt so much about how the cotton mills worked and the dangerous jobs the children had to do.  After lunch we discovered what it would be like to live in the Apprentice House with the very strict Mrs Shawcroft!  We had a fantastic day, behaviour was excellent, and we have found out everything we need to know to write our letter of reply to our Victorian chimney sweep friend, George!  We also learnt about how the mill was powered by the river and look forward to trying to make our own water wheel in DT!

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13.2.18

Today we have enjoyed making pancakes for Shrove Tuesday.  Miss Chapman decided we were good enough at reading recipes now to let us do it on our own…and we did!  Excellent team work and measuring skills, well done!

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5 – 9.2.18 This week has been Children’s Mental Health week and in school we have been celebrating the theme, ‘Being Ourselves’, understanding that we are all unique, and being happy with who we are, and enjoying others who are different to us.  As part of this we have spent the week complimenting each other and enjoying how good it makes us feel, and have created ‘I am … and I am me!’ posters, celebrating being us and sharing with each other what makes us special.  We also had a Walk and Talk on Friday afternoon, a lovely chance to choose a friend from Key Stage 1 and have a good old chat whilst taking in some fresh air.  It was great!  Here are some of the fabulous photos we took to put on the posters:

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This term we are enjoying being historians learning about events beyond living memory and those that are significant to our local area.  We really enjoyed learning about the Great Fire of London through poetry and we are now studying what life was like for children during Victorian times.  To kick start this new topic we became archaeologists, carefully digging up objects to help us learn more about life between 1837 and 1901.

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Now we are studying a non-chronological report about schools in Victorian times in English so that we can write our own, and we have done some fantastic research of our own at home for homework!  Next half term we will be visiting Quarry Bank Mill to learn more about how children worked during the Industrial Revolution.

In Maths we are really enjoying learning using the Singapore Maths methods and it is having great results!  We are getting really good at exploring problems and working collaboratively.  At the moment we are learning about 2D shapes, their properties, using them in patterns and moving and turning them.

We started the term with a lovely Mass planned and led by the Year 2 children.  They chose excellent words and songs based on the theme of ‘Saying Thank You to God’, and we even sang the Bidding Prayers!  In RE we have been looking at The Good News, creating a lovely display about saying thank you after learning about the ten lepers.