Greys class had an exciting start to their week with a visit to Harcourt Arboretum. We couldn’t have chosen a more beautiful Autumn morning and had a great time exploring the sights that Autumn has to offer. We split into two groups and looked at how the seasons change the different types of trees. We pretended we were birds and picked pretend berries from trees, before smelling the needles and leaves on trees. We looked for different types of holly leaves and spotted lots of peacocks along the way. We went hunting for different types of fungi and were surprised to find so many unusual varieties, We found a badger’s sett and then built a home for a hibernating hedgehog. We pretended to be squirrels and competed to see who could find the most pine cones to eat in a minute. We collected a variety of leaves and made an autumn crown to take home. We even did a spot of tree hugging around the huge redwood tree, the tallest tree in the arboretum. Thank you to all the parents and helpers who helped us to have such a fabulous morning.
In Maths we have been measuring again. The Year 1s have been looking for things which are shorter than and longer than 1 metre, whilst the Year 2 have been measuring to the nearest half centimetre and then ordering their measurements. The Year 1s then explored symmetry using paint, mirrors and felt tips designing their own butterflies before using cookie cutters to cut out play doh and then folding to find the line of symmetry. The Year 2s have also had a fun week of Maths pretending to be robots and using beets and giving each other directions using quarter and half turns and left, right and forwards in their instructions.
In Literacy we have been using the iPads to find our more about Greenpeace and endangered animals and compiled a list of questions that we would like to find out and then finding the answers. In Big Write we wrote letters to Greenpeace and then the following day wrote replies pretending that we were Greenpeace.
In Art we created patterns of leaves, just like William Morris used to and then began to make templates for printing our designs next week.
The Year 1s have been looking at the sounds; ey, oe, ph, and au this week in Phonics and the Year 2s looked at the homophone here/ hear and added ies to verbs ending in y.
In RE we continued with our focus on special people and talked about how the Queen is special to us and our country.
On Thursday lunchtime it was Year 2s turn to visit Sonning Common library and choose 2 books to take home, it was very exciting going out at lunchtime with Mr Steele.
Homework this weekend is in your homework books and needs to be handed in by Tuesday. Please remember spelling books on Mondays and Times tables books for Year 2s on Wednesdays.
Show and Tell next week will be about our new topic “Where do the leaves go to in Winter?” in which we will be looking at seasonal change and the effect it has on the wildlife, weather and the environment.
Monday – Jaz
Tuesday – Josie
Wednesday – Heather
Thursday – Ruby
Friday – Astrid
As it is getting colder it might be helpful if you could put a pair of navy tracksuit/ jogging bottoms and a sweatshirt in your PE kits.
Have a lovely weekend!