It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas in p2/3!

Last week in p2/3 we were learning about the season of Advent and we have made our window display into an Advent calendar.  Today we listened to the Christmas Story and decorated our class Christmas tree.  We are looking forward to opening our doors and making our contributions to the Giving Advent Calendar as well.

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P2/3 Updates

Last week in p2/3 we were learning about Diwali, the Hindu festival of light.  We listened to the story of Rama and Sita and rewrote it in our own words, picking out the main ideas.  We all enjoyed making Diva lamps from clay and are already asking when we can make some more things from clay!

Unfortunately we are not able to do baking but some people wanted to take home a recipe for some traditional Diwali sweet treats to try out at home.

We also coloured Rangoli patterns and put them on our door and windows.  (should be on our doorstep!)   Some people remembered to try to colour them symmetrically.

Today we have been painting our lamps and can’t wait to take them home!

 

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Halloween and Bonfire night

On the first week back at school primary 2/3 enjoyed making some Halloween decorations and writing spooky Halloween acrostic poems.

Here are some examples:

Werewolf

Whoo howls the werewolf

Eating meat

Running through the woods

Everybody look out

Werewolf is scary

Owls hoot

leaves crackling

Frightening!

By Alec p2

Witches

Witches are scary

In the darkness

Trick or treating

Children laughing

Harsh noises

Excellent fun at Halloween

Scuttling spiders

By Scarlett p3

In week 2 we learned about Guy Fawkes and the Gunpowder plot.  We made some super firey bonfire pictures and used our senses to write bonfire poems.

Here are some examples:

Bonfire

Colourful, wavy, spikey, twinkling,

Like a dragon.

Loud, noisy, crackling, banging,

Like a monster.

Smokey, suffocating, charcoaly,

Like a barbeque.

Spicy, meaty, amazing,

Like a pepperoni pizza.

Bubbly, warm, relaxing,

Like being in a hot tub!

By Peter p3

 

Bonfire

Flaming, spikey, swirly, wavy,

Like a tornado.

Roaring, crunching, crackling, howling,

Like a monster.

Smokey, woody, musty, damp,

Like an old log table.

Waffles, marshmallows, lollipops and hot chocolate,

Like a lovely snack.

Warm, soft, snug, comforting,

Like a cosy blanket on my bed!

By Honey p3

 

 

 

Term 1

I can’t believe that our first term back at school is almost over.  It’s been a whirlwind and passed really quickly!

The class have been working hard on their numeracy, literacy and Health & Wellbeing.  They have been learning about time and seasons in their topic work.

There have been lots of changes to get used to.  The children have all adjusted well and taken everything in their stride.

Here are some of their comments:

Kirsty-It’s been different having takeaway lunch boxes instead of trays.

Sophie- Thumbs up!  I’ve enjoyed school!

Ruby-It’s strange not having lots of toys to play with.

Sophia-It’s wierd using hand sanitizer all the time and sharing a toilet with the boys!

Scarlett-It’s strange having a cleaner coming in and out of class at different times!

Ella-It feels wierd having to wear a face mask on the bus.

Alexander-It’s wierd that we can’t give people Hi fives!

Lucille-It’s strange having to wipe things all the time.

Alec-I don’t like that I can’t bring toys into school.

Anri-We can’t fist bump!

Freya-We can’t hug friends!

Andrew-It’s different having teachers come into the classroom.

Peter-Its’s different just sitting with one person and not in groups.

Owen-It’s strange not queuing for lunch and choosing our lunch in the mornings.

Jasmin-It’s different having our own packs for pencils and stuff and not sharing.

 

Here are some things we have enjoyed this term:

Johanne-I’ve liked doing maths.

Ruby-I’ve enjoyed reading Biff and Chip books again.

Freya-I’ve liked going to the library again.

Sophie-I’ve enjoyed writing my news stories.

Lucille-I’ve liked playing with lego and drawing in my drawing book.

Alec-I’ve liked maths games on the IWB.

Anri-My favourite is playtime with my friends.

Rory-I’ve liked learning about the seasons.

Honey-Drawing in my drawing book.

Scarlett-Learning about the Earth, Moon and Sun.

Peter-Having lots of pizza for lunch!

Kirsty-I like the new way of doing lunches.

Alexander-I have enjoyed getting back to work again!

Sophia-I’ve liked playing with the p1’s.

Dylan-I have enjoyed playtimes with my friends.

Ella-I have liked playing with p1’s.

Jasmin-I have enjoyed playing Sumdog on the laptops.

Andrew-I’ve liked playing Sumdog on the computer.

Owen-I’ve liked doing maths games on the big board.

Checking in

Hello everyone!

I hope that you are all managing fine. You will hopefully be embracing some much needed family time and not missing school too much.

I know that you were given some activities to complete at home when we finished on Friday. After the success of our Acrostic Poem activity for Fireworks I thought it would be a nice idea to write an acrostic poem about somebody in class.

Could you please reply in the comments section to this post with an acrostic poem using the name of the person sitting on your right in class (going around your table of 3 or 4) think of personal qualities that person has – much like we’ve been doing in jigsaw. I have put an example poem below using ‘Our Class’.

I look forward to reading your poems and seeing you all again when this situation is resolved. I’m missing our little P2/3 team!

Mrs Wells.

 

In P2/3 we are:

Open and honest

Understanding of our peers.

Ready to learn.

Caring and supportive.

Loving our class.

Awesome as individuals and a team.

STEM masters who are …

Sometimes silly.

 

Programmers of the future?

What a busy day we’ve had in P2/3 today – our first school swimming lesson of the year and learning how to code for the afternoon!

There was a lot of excitement this afternoon as we got the chance to work in pairs and try to write a code for our very own robots! After discussion and onboard demonstrations on how to make their robot change it’s appearance, make a sound and move, the pupils were set off to see if they could write their own code. We then shared this with the rest of the class.

There was a lot of learning that took place and because it seemed like a game (with the use of a robot) the class took it all in their stride and did amazingly well – I’m very proud of them all!

We were working with the Makeblock Codey Rocky robots which uses a Scratch platform. This is a great way to introduce young or old into coding as it uses a simple block based system which is very easy to understand and provides a quick result. Not only was every group able to get their robot to perform the three key actions that we had learned but they could all present their code to the class and explain what they thought it should do. They were also able to share this onto the big screen from their iPad by discovering the ‘screen mirroring’ option!!

 

We are all looking forward to developing our coding skills further in the future!

Our wellbeing calendar class story!

Our activity for the class wellbeing calendar yesterday was to create a class story relating to Christmas. We took turns for each pupil to contribute a sentence, we were enoying the adventure so much that when we returned from lunch break the pupils wanted to have another go at adding a sentence.

It was great to see and hear some of their excitement when the story started to take shape and as I typed it onto the screen they were amazed by how much they had written – especially in such a short time! It was a great opportunity to show what can be achieved with the support of friends and when we work as a team.

If you would like to read the story they produced I have copied it below. The words are exactly as the pupils wanted them to be, it was interesting to see the difference in word choice when they were talking about the story rather than having to write it themself.

 

   Once upon a time when it was Christmas Eve, when the snowflakes fell, the children were playing and having joy. They were making snowmen and snow angels in the snow. In their houses they were opening presents from under the tree.
   As night time came they had a party with their family and friends. They ate some food and put their stockings out for Santa. They go to bed excited and try to fall asleep hoping that Santa will come. They wake up when they hear Santa coming, they try not to giggle in case he hears them. The children get out of the bed quietly and they sneak downstairs and see Santa and they give him some snacks for himself and his reindeer. Everybody smiles when they see their presents. The children peak through the curtains and watch Santa delivering presents to the other houses and then he dashes off into the night on his sleigh shouting, “Ho! Ho! Ho!” as he flies away.
   Santa crashes his sleigh because one of the reindeer had a sore leg and couldn’t fly properly. Luckily Santa had his phone in his pocket and rang through to the elves so they could bring some magic dust. The elves rushed through with the magic dust and poured it onto the reindeer, but they put too much on. The reindeer went crazy and crashed into a famous tower! The tower fell over and the elves had to fix it quickly before anybody noticed. The police came when they heard what was happening and Santa had to explain. The police were not happy and thought that it wasn’t the real Santa and he was taken to jail, which was really dark and damp. The reindeer and the elves had a good idea and tried to break Santa out of jail. The reindeer tried to bite the bars and one of them broke in two. The reindeer freed Santa and the police caught him again. The reindeer and the elves free Santa again without the police noticing. When Santa was free he was able to deliver the presents to the rest of the children in the city.
   The elves and the reindeer built the tower back up brick by brick. The police returned to the tower and found the reindeer and they sent them through to animal control. Back at the house, it was morning, the children and their family were busy opening their presents that they got from Santa. The children smiled at each other in joy as they had seen Santa and he still left them presents. They opened their toys and started to play with them, crying out happy tears.
   Santa went to animal control to try and free his reindeer but he was spotted by the security camera, he quickly opened the gate with his magic and they all sneaked out. They all flew off in their sleigh laughing merrily as they made their way back to the North Pole.

THE END!!

 

We have all really enjoyed the activities that the class chose for their wellbeing calendar and it has been heartwarming to see them embrace it so well!

A very Happy Christmas to all in P2/3, I hope that you have some lovely family time throughout the break and I will look forward to seeing you all in the New Year!!!

Chalk it up!

Today, through our well-being calendar , we have been sharing the Christmas joy with the rest of the school by writing some messages for our peers on the playground!
What fun we’ve had thinking of meaningful messages to write and then how to present it to the rest of the school. I have been very impressed with the words and phrases that they chose to share – they have created some very meaningful messages for the school. They also worked really well in their pairs to complete the activity and were very encouraging and respectful when looking at the finished products.

Another day where we have shown what a caring and considerate class we can be – keep it up P2/3!!

The messages read:

’We are a nurturing school.’

’We are loved, we are nurtured.’

’Don’t be afraid to ask for help. Be brave.’

’You are fantastic, cool and amazing. Don’t stop!’

’Be a buddy, don’t be a bully.’

’Merry Christmas. Be happy. WOOHOO!’

’You are awesome!’

’Thank you for being a lovely school.’

’You are kind. You are helpful.’

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