We made some Christmas biscuits (everyone took home a wee bag of them), decorated a bush outside and had some fun playing.
Most children came home with iPads. Any child who did not bring home their iPad will have it delivered ready for home/remote learning starting on January 11th. Let me know if you need a charger and that can also be delivered.
With Hanukkah starting on 10th December, we have been learning about some of the traditions associated with this Jewish celebration in IDL lessons.
We made our own dreidels and played the dreidel game using ‘gelt’. Bilal won!
We also made menorahs. A menorah is a special candlestick with 9 candles. Jewish people light a candle on each day of Hanukkah.
In Phonics this week, we have been learning about spelling patterns linked to ‘ck’. We noticed that ‘ck’ is usually at the end of words and sometimes in the middle, but never at the start. We also worked out that ‘ck’ only comes after a short vowel.
Khadija and Kareem are getting good with their letter and picture matching!
In Maths, we have continued learning about division…
In our Health and Well-being lessons, we are still exploring the concept of trust and what it means to be trustworthy. We thought of ways that we can build up trust in relationships while building a tower of trust.
We enjoyed watching the Barrowlands Ballet performance and our Christmas Movie yesterday.
Hector had a busy day yesterday being co-director in our nativity recording and helping out with tidying up after the ballet performance…and even had time to be a friend to some of the younger kids! 😊
Today we danced our socks off outside on the MUGA with Kate the dancing Christmas tree!
The grande finale to our busy week was our Christmas party! We enjoyed some games and treats…and even had a surprise visit from Santa!
Have a lovely weekend Class 2 and see you next week!
In this first week of Advent, Class 2 have enjoyed getting a sweet from our Advent calendar each day and decorating our class Christmas tree today.
Well done to Subhan, Kayden and Mrs Bennett for wrestling with the fairy lights!
With St Andrew’s Day on Monday, we continued are Scottish theme as our focus for IDL.
In Literacy, we wrote an imaginative recount of what it might have been like as a soldier at the Battle of Bannockburn. We used our senses to help us to describe the experience.
We also did a bit of our own re-enactment of the battle…
Khadija and Kareem have been busy hunting for letters and making and sounding out words this week.
Also as part of our IDL unit, we made and drew our own Loch Ness monsters and sang some Scottish songs. We also started learning to play the Skye Boat song on the glockenspiels.
In Mathematics this week we made the link between finding a fraction of a group and division. We have started looking at arrays as a way of showing division.
Our PATHS/Health and Well-being focus for the week was ‘trust’ and the importance of building trust when developing relationships.
We thought of five people we trust in our lives…
Today we baked some oaty biscuits, two of which should have found their way home in a school bag…unless they were gobbled up on the way home!
Kareem made a fabulous creation in choosing time today!
In addition to biscuits, Nativity scripts went home in everyone’s school bags today. If there is time on the weekend to practise lines, that would be wonderful. We are recording our performance on Thursday.
Another busy week in Class 2 with lots of fun activities!
In Maths this week, we have continued learning about fractions, consolidating our understanding of halves and quarters. We are getting quite confident at finding one half and one quarter of a shape or a number and are now developing confidence in writing and understanding fraction notation for a half (1/2) and a quarter (1/4). We designed our own pizzas with different fractions of toppings.
Subhan – It was fun making the pizza fraction toppings
Bilal – I am feeling good about fractions
In Literacy this week, we have continued to work on using interesting adjectives to create character descriptions. We wrote or recorded a description of our Highland cow characters.
Kareem – the cow had lots of hair!
Ivo – the cow goes moo!
In Phonics we have been learning spelling patterns for words that end in a -y making an /ee/ sound. We noticed that all the words in our list had two syllables and the words with a short vowel sound had a double consonant in the middle.
IDL – Scotland and its Heritage
On Monday, we learned about the Scottish artist Steven Brown (https://www.stevenbrownart.co.uk/) and used his rainbow Highland cow paintings to inspire our own artwork.
Kit – I like his art
Hector – it is colourful!
We created our McCoo pictures using oil pastels and gave our Highland cows a name.
Bilal – that’s me with a McCoo face
We also learned a socially-distanced version of the famous Scottish country dance, the Gay Gordons. Sadly, the video was too big to upload.
On Wednesday, we listened and sang along to some traditional Scottish children’s songs in Music and had lots of fun in our Outdoor Learning session with Miss Cohen. We learned about Scotland’s history, flora and cuisine. We especially liked making and eating Cranachan – yum!
Subhan – we are looking for clues. The clues took us to the sensory garden and the eco garden – all over the playground!
Kit – Miss Cohen told us about animals that live in Scotland
Khadija – we ate raspberries
Today we made and decorated shortbread biscuits…
…and we had two very special visitors to say farewell to Ross, who will sadly be leaving us next week. 😢
Digital Literacy – we have been learning how to use the app Book Creator and have started work on an eBook all about ourselves. Hector made a fabulous example which he agreed to share with everyone…
It has been wonderful to finally meet all of the children in Class 2 this week. It has been a busy week with lots of exciting learning. Miss Cohen, Mrs Crosbie, Mrs Bennett and the children have been very helpful in showing me routines in Class 2.
In Maths this week, we were beginning to learn about fractions, especially recognising one half and one quarter of a number and shapes.
Kit – it was an interesting game
Subhan – the pizza game was fun!
In Literacy this week, we have been looking at Character, and we made some Chatterpix videos about familiar characters from our reading books and class novel;
In Phonics this week, we were learning the ‘ar’ sound. We played snakes and ladders with ‘ar’ words, and some card Snap/pairing games.
IDL – Scotland and its heritage.
As we are looking at traditions around the world, we thought we would start exploring St Andrew’s Day and Scottish heritage before the end of November. 🏴🦄
We discussed tartans – and how certain tartans could be traced back to particular clans and surnames in Scotland. We made our own tartans, through weaving paper together to create a “sett”. We also went outside on Thursday to create our own tartans with oil pastels and watercolours. It was nice to finally enjoy some sunshine!☀️❄️
Here’s a link you could use to see how Scotland was divided into clans and their associated tartans;
When the rain stopped, some of us went outdoors and spent time on the trikes and scooters on the MUGA.🚴🏼♂️🛴
Kareem – I am riding a bike.
We also got a new resource delivered to the school…a slackline! Ross and Hector trialled it out this week, but we all can’t wait to have a turn ASAP!🤟🏽😍
Our School focus is Book Week Scotland. Here are some funny photos below which Kit and Hector entered into the ‘Reading in a unfamiliar/funny place’ competition! I think they must have been bats in a past life…🦇
We used our I-pads to read and listen to Ebooks using the suggested websites in the previous blog post. We then completed book reviews using the mark-up function on our photo editor, and air-dropped them to Miss Cohen. What a tech savvy class you are!📲💻
Hope this helps, and that you enjoy the selection of books available. As you know, I recommend following ‘hereweeread’, ‘diverse_kids_books’, ‘tinkerteatro’ Instagram pages for some inspiration on Children’s books that cover diverse, multi-cultural themes and content.