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Last day of term for children is this Thursday 22 October - Staff Training day on Friday 23 October. Have a wonderful half term and see you all back on Monday 2 November.
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Welcome to Giraffe Class

 

A new term, a new class, a new key stage and an exciting year ahead of us. Mrs Adams and I are looking forward to sharing your child's learning journey with them and supporting them in all areas of the curriculum.

 

During the year we will be sharing our learning on the Giraffe Class page and hope that you enjoy reading all about it. Watch this space......!

 

For the time being, both our PE (Thursday) and Games (Monday) lessons will be held out on the field. The children will need to wear their kits to school on these days. Please can they wear their shorts and T-Shirts under a warmer outer layer (eg. tracksuit) so that they can take off their outer layer if they need to. Trainers are preferable to plimsolls as plimsolls slip on the grass. of the field.

 

In class, the children have been provided with their own pencil case and equipment so I would like to discourage them from bringing their own pencil case to school.  Any school equipment that still needs to be shared is cleaned or 'quarantined' before being used by another child. Please can they also not bring any other toys/possessions into school. 

 

If you have any queries or need to contact me for any reason then please email using the class email address (giraffe@whitfield.kent.sch.uk) and I will endeavour to reply as soon as possible.  If the matter is urgent then please phone the school office and they will get a  message to me.

 

We love to hear about the children's successes outside of school and add them to our celebration board in class. Certificates, medals, personal achievements and good news.........tell us all about it.

 

Mrs Hogben

              Giraffe of the Week

Tillie is our Giraffe of the week. She has worked really hard in all areas of the curriculum and been a kind and thoughtful friend. Well done Tillie.

What an amzing week of learning the children have had. We are reading the text 'How to Wash a Woolly Mammoth' and using this to help the children understand the features of instructional writing. So far the children have learnt about and practised using prepositions and imperative verbs through different activities. They have scoured, rubbed, buffed and rinsed our dirty toys........Mammoths were all out of stock at Tescos and followed instructions to make their own Woolly Mammoth. All of the children have been really engaged with one the children stating this afternoon that this was the best learning day ever. What more could a teacher ask for?

In History we are coming to the end of the Stone Age and will be moving on to the Bronze Age. A significant event that occured in this time period was the building of Stonehenge. In the absence of 10ft high bolders we ventured in to forest school and the children used their imagination and creative sckills to construct models of Stonehenge using logs, twigs, stones and a fair bit of mud. A fantastic time was had by all and apologies for the muddy knees and coats.

In Science we have been learning about different types of fossils and how they were formed. Last week the children created moulds using shells and pour plaster of paris to make their own trace fossils and this week they tried their hands at being palaeontologists. Tooth picks and some chocolate chip cookies helped them to understand how difficult it is to extract the small, delicate fossils from the ground but after some serious concentartion and a lot of perseverance they al successfully excavated their chocolate chips! I think the reward of eating the cookie at the end also helped as a motivator!

Term 1 / Week 5

 

Literacy

We have been reading the story of the Stone Age Boy in Literacy which culminated in the children completing their first independent writing task this week. They showed that they were able to use what they have learnt to produce some fantastic stories which included adjectives, adverbs and even some time connectives. They should be very proud of the work that they produced, I know I am.

 

Science

In Science this week the children have had the opportunity to create their own trace fossils using shells, plasticine and plaster of paris. This provided the children with opportunity to learn about how fossils are made and the different types. Next week we will have the fun of excavating them out of their moulds but luckily we don't have to wait 65 million years!

 

PE

We managed to dodge most of the rain this week and in PE have started to learn the skills that we will need to play a game of netball. We were learning how to accurate chest pass this week and will move on to bounce and over head in the coming weeks. The children all really enjoyed themselves.

 

Maths

In Maths the children have been learning all about column addition with exchanging (carrying for us oldies!). This is a tricky concept but the children have taken it on board really well. Keep up the great work Giraffes!

Term 1 / Week 3

 

In PE we are working on our listening and collaborative working skills. The children were set the challenge to design a physical game that brought together all of the skills that they learnt in Year 2. This required them to listen to each others ideas and try out different versions of the game to see which one worked best. Then they had write instructions and teach another group how to play their game. Next week they will be giving each other feedback and using this to improve their game.

Science

 

Thank you for helping the children to find and bring in an amazing collection of different rocks. This week we have been having a go at classify and sorting the different rocks based on their properties. They were very excited when I showed them a piece of Obsideon and explained that it was once molten lava and had come out of a volcano!

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