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Celebrating World Book Day
... in combination with a Cooking Lesson at Pizza Express! (What busy bears we are!)
We have been learning to identify and name a variety of plants and animals in their habitats, including micro-habitats. (2.3.20)
We learnt lots of cool facts...
For example did you know that woodlice can have upto 7 pairs of lungs???!!!
Challenge Day at Bird & Bird (part our Skills Builder Partnership scheme of work)
Last week we headed back to the city to take part in a special challenge day, hosted by the prestigious law firm Bird and Bird.
The day focussed on three of the eight essential skills that the Skills Builder Partnership is used upon. These were 'teamwork' , 'listening' and 'creativity'.
Here is an extract from the press release following the day. -
'From the moment they arrived, students were putting their essential skills into action. First of all by gathering as much information as they could about their hosts and the volunteers who were joining them for the day, and then further as they explored the workplace through a tour. Then, in teams, the students were set their Creativity challenge: to design a new workspace for employees at their host organisation. They researched existing workspaces, before generating ideas for a new space. They considered areas to work alone, meet with others, relax and eat. Learners worked in teams to draw a plan of their new space, with labels to show off the exciting features. The day ended with a chance to share their achievements with a panel of volunteers. They reflected on how they had applied Creativity throughout the challenge and looked ahead to how they could apply this skill again in the future.'
Working Scientifically... Observing overtime
Today we took a walk around the farm to identify and name a variety of plants and animals in their habitats.
Dear Aunt Lucy...
After our busy day out in London we 'put on our Paddington hats' and, in the role of his character, we wrote to dearest Aunty Lucy to tell her all about London.
Here are a few extracts from our letters...
(and some character drawings!)
Paddington on Tour 2020
As part of our topic about London today we took Paddington on a sightseeing tour to see some of London's most famous landmarks. We have also been learning about the Queen's guards. Did you know that the different guards have slightly different uniforms. They have different coloured plumes in their hats and, if you look very closely, the buttons on their military uniforms are arranged in different patterns! Today we saw the Grenadier Guards and the Irish Guards leaving Wellington Barracks to go to Buckingham Palace where they will be guarding the Queen.
Celebrating the Chinese New Year
After watching the perfomance we headed off to take part in whole day of exciting workshops. We started with the ribbon dancing, followed by a Chinese Language class. Finally after lunch we were all put through our paces with a Tai Chi master!
Kicking off the new decade with our ‘Healthy Me’ topic!
We have been learning the principles of nutrition and healthy eating. Instilling the love of cooking opens a door to one of the great expressions of human creativity.
Learning how to cook is a crucial life skill that will enable children to feed themselves and others affordably and well, now and in later life.
So with that in mind we whipped up some super healthy pasta salads. Our salads incorporated all the food groups that we have been learning about that are essential for good health.
And the verdict….?
Definitely a thumbs up x30… Some of us even came back for seconds and thirds!!!!
Winner winner, chicken dinner!
As clear winners of the attendance awards (with 7 teddies) Sandy's class were in for a special treat. The choice of treat was chosen by the children who elected to go out to lunch at Nando's !!!!
Good choice troops.... and judging by the photos a good time was had by all.
And.... just a little note.... the staff at Nando's said the children were absolutely charming. They said they had such wonderful manners and were a pleasure to host... in fact the BEST school group they have ever had. Of course! Well done 2C..... Now let's aim for the Spring Term attendance treat... where shall we go next?!!!
Places of Worship... A visit to St. Pauls Cathedral
As part of our RE unit of work on 'Special Places' we went to explore a very special cathedral. Emily, our guide, explained that St. Paul's was built for the people who lived in London, no matter what faith or beliefs you have. So, armed with this new knowledge, that this building technically was 'ours' we went to explore.... All the way to the very top .... our reward for the climb were some spectacular views over our beautiful city!
Well done to all our 'cathedral climbers'.... you were definitely 'more bear'!!!!
The Story of Diwali...
(read by a very special guest!)
Today Seema came to our class to read us the story of Rama and Sita. Seema was our teacher in reception so we were very excited. Seema was so impressed that we had remembered the story characters from when we were in her class two years ago.
Thank you Seema... please come back a visit us again soon.
Mouse Day for Merlo!
Friday is feeding day for our pet snake Merlo and after shedding an impressive 92cm skin earlier in the week he was definitely ready for his dinner today!
Forward planning for spring!
This week we planted a variety of bulbs in our class planter. Now we will have to wait until the spring to see our 'floral display!'.
Observing closely using simple equipment.
Paleontologists at work!
Digging for 'fossilised dinosaur bones' ! We worked together in teams to use our problem solving skills today. What do you think we discovered? You will have to wait and see!....
A day in the country..
Countryside Live... exploring traditional crafts and meeting some very talented animals... from a team of sheepdogs to one of the biggest birds of prey in the world... the magnificent American Bald Eagle!
Fire Safety Workshop.
Today we had a special lesson from the London Fire Brigade about what to do in case of a fire.
The fireman asked us if we knew our home address ..... this is important because if we ever need the help of the emergency services we must be able to give them our address.
Only one child in the whole class knew their home address!!!
PLEASE HELP YOUR CHILD LEARN THEIR HOME ADDRESS...
It might just save their life one day!
Welcome to Mudchute Farm!
All our 'Nature Rangers' have now had their induction lesson at the farm. We enjoyed meeting some of the animals we will be working with this year... We also managed to harvest some of produce that was planted by last year's children... thank you!
Our travelling sloths...
Today our weekend friends Sid and Rock went off for their first adventure with Waseem and Jana. We can't wait to read about what they all got up to when they return on Monday!
Welcome to our Kandinsky Gallery...
Kandinsky inspired art.
We learnt about about a famous artist called Kandinsky. He used to listen to music whilst he painted. Kandinsky painted feelings rather than what he saw. We looked at some of the art he produced and had a go ourselves.... We used oil pastels and ink.
Watch out for our finished works of art... (coming soon!)