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Y2's Adventures!

I can’t believe the final summer half term has arrived so quickly. Across this half term there are lots of different things happening in year 2. Over the next two weeks details of our class trip will be sent out and next Tuesday it is our Infant Olympics, which starts at 1.45pm. It would be great if children could bring in a pair of trainers to wear on the day and don’t worry about sending in extra drinks, as the children will all receive a drink during the break.

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Over the next three weeks the children will be working on writing their own adventure stories in our English lessons and in maths we are going to focus on developing rapid mental calculation skills. This week we will finish our Australia enquiry, before starting a new history enquiry next week. Our new learning page to support this will be available next week!

 

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A Fun Friday

Today, Year Six had a particularly enjoyable day. The Fire crew from Whitefield visited as part of their ‘Safe in Spring’ campaign. This involved talking to the children about the dangers of swimming in open water, grass fires and the importance of smoke alarms. The class were warned that the fire fighters would have to leave if they recieved an emergency call. Fortunately, they were able to stay for the whole session and even had time for the children to take a look at the fire engine where the men explained different parts, which were on the engine. I think the most enjoyable part for the children was being able to operate the hose and seeing me dressed up in one of the crew’s protective clothing. Slightly embarassing but definitely a good bit of fun.

In the afternoon, Year Six carried on working on their animal sculptures. The class then finished the day in the hall, taking part in various team building challenges with Mr French. This involved some problem solving, some laughter, lots of communicating, some balancing on benches and squeezing in hoops! Clearly, a Friday filled with fun. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

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Maths Gym App

Maths Gym creates puzzles designed to exercise your mental arithmetic. A series of calculations scroll up the page, and you have to work out the final answer. As you progress, the maths gets harder and scrolls away faster, but you can always pause it and ask for help if need be. With 10 levels of difficulty (from simple addition and subtraction through to cube roots and primes), and 10 speed settings, there is something to challenge everyone. The screenshots show sample puzzles. Note that the harder calculations are often designed to be solved by looking at several steps simultaneously.

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Australia comes to Unsworth!

Over the past few weeks the children in year 2 have been starting to learn about what Australia is like and have used maps and atlases to locate where it is in the world. The children had lots of questions about what life might be like and as a class we were really lucky that we had two visitors who came in to talk to us. One of them was born in Australia and has lived there all his life, the other visitor has been working and living over there.  All of the children were really excited and it was a great opportunity for them to create their own questions to ask, some of which you can read below:

  • What is the money called?
  • Do you look after kangaroos for pets?
  • Does it ever snow?
  • What food do people eat?
  • What is the weather like?
  • Have you ever eaten kangaroo, emu or ostrich?
  • What is Australia’s favourite sport?
  • What are the houses like?

Our visitors shared some of their photographs and gave the children a real sense about what life is like The children also entertained our visitors with a performance of their three Australian themed songs and they were really impressed at how the children had learnt lots of tricky Australian words! Next, the children are going to use the information they found out in their information texts. Below are some pictures of our afternoon visit.

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Y2 Colour Mixing

Year 2 ended their week last week with a visit from Mrs Green who spent Friday afternoon with us. The children are just starting to learn about mixing the secondary colours from the primary colours and also using these colours to make other colours. Mrs Green came in to show the children how she uses colour mixing in her job to design and produce wallpaper. She brought in a range of images to show the children the stages in the factory, her own wallpaper designs and a collection of different examples of wallpaper. The children learnt that in the factory only 6 colours can be used at once to create all of the other colours and they were amazed at all the different designs that could be produced.

Mrs Green helped the children to mix colours of their own and they had a great time just using the primary colours to create a whole range of different colours. At the end of the afternoon the children got the chance to look at and feel all of the different wallpapers and ask Mrs Green about how they were created. We have agreed to produce some paintings for Mrs Green who is going to turn them into a real roll of wallpaper! Have a look at the gallery below to see what the children got up to.

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On Tuesday our Australian visitor will be with us in school and the children will have the opportunity to find out more about what it is like to live there and use some of the questions they came up with for their home work.

 

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Y1 Homework

Following feedback from parents, homework has changed slightly. Your child’s black homework book will be sent home next Friday ( 23rd May) the children will now have two weeks to complete it returning it on a Thursday as normal. Reading books have been reduced to two a week rather than three. Please encourage your child to read their reading books at home in order to develop confidence and fluency.  Updated spelling lists will still be sent every term, any practice at home with these words using look, cover, write and check method would benefit your child and their writing. Bug club is an on-going optional reading resource set at your childs level, the children also access this in school. My Maths will also be set every two weeks.

If you have any queries about homework please come and see me.

Many thank

Miss Dooley

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Y2 have got rhythm!

The children have been working hard this week learning to identify each of the 7 continents on a world map and from looking at the outline of each land area. I have been really impressed at how they are now able to pick each continent out. They have also started to learn the names of the oceans and where these are. In our music lessons the children have really focused on being able to pick out the rhythm and beat in a piece of music. Miss Geelan introduced them to using chop sticks this week to tap out the rhythm or beat of a variety of different songs.

 

Below you can watch 2 short videos of this weeks music lesson to hear Waltzing Matilda and see one of our rhythm activities. Just click on each image to start the video!

 

 

 

 

 

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Singing, Weaving and Writing

It was a pleasure last week to watch Year 2 perform their assembly for the rest of the school and it was great to see our new enquiry being brought to life! The children worked incredibly hard and they have continued this week to go over the names of the different continents. This week we have had Miss Mills with us in class and she has done lots of different maths, english, art, science and re sessions, whilst I have been working with different groups carrying out a range of assessments in reading, writing and maths.

Across the week the children have carried out a range of tasks in all three of these areas and I have been really impressed at how much effort they have all put into the tasks they have been asked to complete. Next week we will be starting our next writing genre, which will be information texts, so we will start to look at a range of different texts and see what features they have. The children will then start to develop their own information text based around Australia and continents. In our enquiry sessions we will start to create a range of different maps and play a range of different games to identify continents and oceans/seas on globes and maps.

Below is a gallery of the weaving that the children completed with Miss Mills and some pictures of the children in Miss Geelan’s music lesson.

 

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esafe kids app

eSafe Kids is an app aimed at parents who are trying to keep up with their children’s online habits. As parents it is difficult to know what is safe and what is not. Our children are growing up with new technologies and often it is difficult for parents to keep up, and know what is appropriate and where to go for help. This app provides quick and easy to understand information about the technologies our children are using. Information about cyberbullying, safe online behaviours, texting, blogging and social networking, to name a few. This app also suggests helpful websites as well as some handy hints and tips. A fun quiz is included to help parents learn how they can help their children. Screen shots and “how to” links give parents practical assistance in simple to understand terms.

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Music in May

As we move into the summer term, we have lots of musical activities planned for the children.  Children in KS2 should have received a letter inviting them to join the ‘Samba Band’ which will take place on a Tuesday lunchtime with myself, Mr Rhodes and Miss Ashton.  Samba is a great way of involving lots of children in music making whilst improving their Rhythm and Pulse skills. Year 5 have a new Brass teacher this term.  He is a young, dynamic graduate of the Royal Northern College of Music so I’m sure he will inspire the children during their last term of learning.  If you would like your child to continue with Brass lessons in Year 6, this can be arranged.  Please inform us before the end of term so we can make provision for the lessons to continue.

Mr Rhodes and I will be ‘team teaching’ Music to Year 2 this half term.  We will be learning songs from Australia and around the world to theme in with the World Cup.  Children will also look at the unit ‘Rhythm and Pulse’ and use Minibeast rhythm cards to improve their skills in this area. The choral group are also focusing on the World Cup, learning songs from various countries.  So far we have learnt to sing in both African and Spanish!  They will be involved in various performances this term which we will inform you of in due course.

Year 3 will be taking part in our annual musical afternoon, so they will recommence playing the recorder, and hopefully learn some new notes and melodies. As you can see it’s a very exciting and busy term for music at Unsworth and I’m sure one the children will enjoy.

Miss Geelan