What an action packed week Greys class have had!
We have begun our new topic of ” Why is the wii more fun that Grandma and Grandad’s old toys?’ in which we will be exploring toys past and present.
To kick start this exciting topic Wendy Taylor (Jamie’s granny) came in with lots and lots of her toys, books and puzzles to share with us. We had so much fun asking Wendy all sorts of questions; ‘What was her favourite toy as a child?’ ‘What were toys made from?’ and many more questions.
She also bought in quite a few of Jamie’s Daddy’s toys and we sorted some of the toys into different decades.
It was interesting comparing the old books and the new books and we managed to find a lovely nursery rhyme book and sat reading The Owl and the Pussy Cat.
Wendy even brought a book in which was 250 years old, it was fantastic!
Some of us became very engrossed in doing the puzzles and enjoyed playing with Muffin the mule and we all loved the meccano.
We really enjoyed Wendy’s visit and had such a fun afternoon sharing her treasures and learning all about them.
The following day we arrived at school bright and early ready for our trip to Milestones. Despite the journey taking a little bit longer than we thought it might because of some very annoying traffic we arrived on time for another action packed and fun filled day exploring toys through the ages.
We couldn’t believe our eyes when we walked through the doors and saw the cobbled streets with all the old shops and vehicles, we really were going back in time, it was very exciting!
We had a workshop with a lady called Maggie whereby we were split into five groups and did a carousel of activities. We sorted toys into old and new and then thought about their properties, lots of us particularly loved the silver rattle but decided it might not be a sensible toy for Jasper’s new baby brother.
We arranged toys in a timeline and even the adults found this rather tricky, Benedict decided that the spilikins were made of bone so they must be old as we don’t make toys from bone anymore, in fact he was correct as they were 100 years old!
We had to sort some toys into would we send them to the museum, car boot, rubbish dump or keep them. Mrs Clinkard definitely wanted to keep Humpty Dumpty as he reminded her of the one her daughter had when she was a little girl.
We answered riddles and had to guess which toy they matched and Mrs Hawkins thought we were talking about her when we said I am very precious, I am loved by little girls, but we were talking about a very old china doll!
We also had to think about properties of toys. We were very good at this as we remembered properties from when we had studied Materials and Light and Dark.
After lunch we got to go to the Penny Arcade and use old fashioned pennies to play the games, it was so much fun! We went on rides, we won sweets and nail varnishes! Some of us had our x rays taken and Sienna and Daisy even had their fortunes told by a very funny looking lady in a machine, but they knew it was just a bit of fun. We watched puppet shows using marionettes just like Muffin that Wendy had brought in.
Then we explored the Museum and visited the Sweetie shop with our old pennies and ration books.
We sat on an old double decker bus and saw all sorts of modes of transport.
We loved looking in the Teddy Bear shop.
We explored how people used to live in the different decades.
To finish off our afternoon we dressed up using the old outfits.
We had a great day and lots of us have already asked our parents to take us back in the holidays. We would like to say a very big thank you to Mr Tanner for driving one of the minibuses and helping us out all day and also to Mrs Hall, Mrs Kriefman and Mrs Waite who were fantastic helpers on our visit.
In Literacy we have started to look at Traditional Tales and will be doing so until the end of term. We all had to decided on our favourite traditional tale and the Year 1s told us who the main characters were in their story, whilst the Year 2s wrote a blurb for theirs. We read Snow White and the seven dwarfs and acted the story out with Ruby as Snow White and Bear as Prince Charming.
Heather played the role of the wicked Queen.
We sequenced the story and then working in pairs thought of questions to ask the Magic Mirror whilst our partner wrote the answer and then changed around.
Homework this week will be to paint or draw a picture (no bigger than A4 size) of their favourite fairy tale character(s) and on a separate piece of paper to write a character(s) description using adjectives and similes as we have been doing in class over the last few weeks.
In RE we painted sheep for our Parable of the lost sheep display and talked about the meaning of the story.
In Maths the Year 1s have been working with number bonds to 8 and 9 and adding 3 single digit numbers using number bonds to 10. The Year 2s have been adding and subtracting 1 and 2 digit numbers to and from 2 digit numbers using number squares.
In French we have been learning the days of the week and the Year 2s taught the Year 1s the Days of the week song that Mrs Brealey taught them last year, it was lots of fun.
Congratulations to Jasper and his family who have welcomed Jesse into the world and we are all looking forward to meeting him soon.
Show and tell next week will be
Monday – Harrison
Tuesday – Astrid
Wednesday – Ruby
Thursday – Heather
Friday – Josie
Have a lovely weekend!