Welcome to Rowan Class!
I hope you had a wonderful Easter and are looking forward to our next term of learning! This term we are going to be following a History focus all about the 'unsinkable' and famous R.M.S. Titanic. We will be writing survival guides, persuasive posters and diary entries as if we are Titanic passengers on Titanic's maiden voyage and later, during the disaster that struck. We will find out what life was like during the Titanic's construction and will role play our first morning in 1st and 3rd class aboard the Titanic to learn about the class system in 1912. In Art and DT we will be producing paintings, porthole displays, our own boat designs and moving pictures of the Titanic by making our own sketches, plans, sliders and levers. Our Science focus will be on Everyday Materials and then later we will look at Forces and Magnets. In Geography we shall plot the Titanic's voyage on a map and we will learn how icebergs are formed and how one ended up in Titanic's path. Finally, in RE we will be learning what a Parable is and what they teach us about God. We will explore the story of The Lost Son from the Bible and will be discussing how Christians show their belief in God as loving and forgiving.
Your weekly spellings are under our 'Spellings' tab and an overview of this term can be found under our 'Termly Overviews' tab. Please email Miss Darby if you need anything at email@example.com and I shall see you very soon!
HAPPY NEW YEAR ROWAN CLASS!
Happy New Year to you all! I am so sad not to be welcoming you all back to school today but remember this lockdown will come to an end and we will get through it! Make sure to take care of yourselves and put your happiness and health first! We will catch up and help each other when we are back at school. If you need me, please email on firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our topic this term follows a History and Geography focus all about an ancient civilisation... Ancient Egypt! Following the news on lockdown, we will cover this topic up until the Easter term.
In Geography we will be aiming to answer the question: How has the River Nile impacted the life of those living in Egypt? We will be learning key geographical vocab and facts for the River Nile and will research the location and journey of this river from its source to mouth. In History we shall be exploring tombs, burial sites and pyramids and locating Ancient Egypt on a timeline. We shall learn what artefacts are and what they tell us about the past and how those in Ancient Egypt lived.
In Literacy we will be writing our own traditional tale based on Shirley Climo's 'The Egyptian Cinderella'. We shall also be exploring extracts from Howard Carter's diary and writing our own diary entries of our journey up the Nile using the beautiful 'Egyptology: Emily Sand's search for the tomb of Osiris'. For Maths, we are going to focus on Multiplication and Division for the first 3 weeks back at school. We shall then move onto some work on Fractions before finishing the term off with Geometry. What about Art and DT? Get ready for clay canopic jars, tomb booby traps, making Egyptian masks, jewellery and secret hieroglyphic messages!
Please take a look at our Termly Overview for Spring, Term 3 if you'd like more details of other subjects covered this term. A knowledge organiser highlighting key learning for our Ancient Egypt topic can be found in the Termly Overview section too.
Miss Darby :)
Lest We Forget
To remember those brave soldiers that fought for our country, we have created some beautiful soldier silhouette art. We started by ripping and tea staining the poem ‘In Flanders Field’ so it looked like it had been tucked into a soldiers pocket all through the war. Then, we designed and filled in our silhouettes with markers before getting messy with paint and oil pastel poppies. Please see photos below to check out our outcomes!
WELCOME ROWAN CLASS!
HERE'S TO A NEW YEAR OF LEARNING IN YEAR 2 AND 3!
This term our main aim is to settle back into school, spend time with our friends and concentrate on being safe and happy at school. Before jumping into new Year 2 and 3 Curriculum objectives, we will be focussing on parts of our learning that we may be a bit rusty with and building up our confidence. The children have been fantastic, settling back into routines, working hard and most of all having fun with friends, new and old!
Our topics for this autumn term 2020 include: Animals from around the World in Art, Continents and Oceans in Geography, Animals including Humans in Science, Online Safety in Computing, Creation in RE, 'Don't Forget to Let Love In!' in PSHE, Songs from South Africa in Music amd Dance and Outdoor Fitness skills in PE. Phew! PE is on Monday and Thursday and the children are asked to come into school wearing their PE kits on these days please.
For more detail and a structured overview of learning this term and throughout the year, please see our Yearly Overview tab on the class webpage.
In Maths, we shall be following 'The White Rose Maths Scheme' to help see where our gaps in learning are due to Covid-19! This will mean covering Place Value and Number Facts with a focus on developing Arithmetic and Reasoning Skills. Times Tables will be practiced each week and we will start having Times Tables quizzes in Term 2. Please make use of the Times Table Rockstars website and your child's TT Rockstars account to help you practice Times Tables at home! The children have made a great, enthusiastic start with this!
In English, we shall be reading Traditional Stories and Poems from Around the World. Our key texts will be The Crow's Tale by Naomi Howarth (a Native American Myth), and The Magic Paintbrush by Julia Donaldson (a Chinese traditional fable-like story). We will be basing our writing on these texts and focussing on key spelling, grammar and punctuation elements. Spellings will be given out weekly, consisting of revision words from the previous year and new words. Please see our Spellings Tab on Rowan's webpage to view a breakdown of our weekly spellings words.
While it is trickier than usual at the moment to talk with you all properly before and after school, please know that I am still here! If you have any concerns or questions regarding school life please contact school or my work email and I will get back to you as soon as I can. My email is: email@example.com
Happy Holidays to Rowan Class children and parents! I am wishing you all a very well deserved break from home schooling and hope that you have a happy and healthy summer holiday with family and friends. It has been a pleasure to teach and get to know you all this year and I'd like to say a huge thank you for all of the lovely gifts and cards I have received. It was lovely to read your kind words and I am certainly not short on bubbly this summer for the BBQ! A warm welcome to Oak Class children and parents who will be joining us next year and I'd also like to welcome Charles, George, Joseph and our new TA Miss Hart who will be joining us in September.
Next year we will kick start with an English, Reading and Maths focus to build on the children's current starting points before we move forward into new Year 2 and 3 learning. When we return to school our main focus will be on wellbeing, settling back in and having fun with old and new friends. Our topic will be based around Traditional Tales and Poems from around the world and we will be getting creative with lots of different animal art, as well as planting herbs, flowers and veg in our recently cleared outside area. A long term plan of this years learning will be posted on this page closer to September.
Please email me if you want to ask or send me anything. My Email is firstname.lastname@example.org
Best wishes to you all,
Class of 2019 - 2020
Here we are now on our last term of this academic year, Summer Term 2! I hope you all had a lovely half term and have been enjoying the sun and time together. I miss you Rowan class! Over half term I have been enjoying picnics by the lake, BBQs (basically anything involving eating food) and nice early runs in the forest. What have you all enjoyed doing recently?
Home Learning will continue for all Year 2 children who are staying at home. The work set should also be used to supplement work done in school for those children who are coming into school on our rota system. Below I have made new pages (find the paint splats!) with the weekly activities and resources for this term. Each week's work will be uploaded by 9am on Monday mornings ready for the new week ahead. Please be aware that I will be teaching in school on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays and I will phone and check in with you all each week on one of these days.
Please email me on email@example.com if you need anything or wish to send in work.
Miss D x
Zoom and Happy Half Term!
Happy half term everybody! I hope you enjoy a break from school work and have a chance to get outside in the sunshine and get up to lots of fun activities. Thank you to all of you for joining in with our second zoom calls today. It was lovely to speak to you all and hear about what you have been up to. I loved our Scavenger Hunt and seeing your pets, cuddly toys, art, achievements, games, bikes and photos! I will arrange another Zoom meeting for after half term where I think we will have a game of Animal BINGO!
I am still here on email, Purple Mash or Zoom so if you need anything just get in touch :). I am also collecting any books that are left in the 'Home Learning Box' at school on Monday (24/5/2020) to mark. So, if you would like me to mark your work please leave it in the red box at the front door of school by Monday lunchtime for me to collect. I will return the books back to the box for you to pick up ready for next term.
Sending lots of best wishes to you all.
Take care and enjoy!
Miss Darby :)
Rowans Class Assembly
A big Thank you to everyone who came to watch our class assembly on Friday. It was short but sweet and the children were wonderful with their lovely loud voices, their Neil Armstrong facts, a cool space dance and of course their brilliant artwork! The children have all taken their dragon eye clay peices home with them and their castle pictures will follow shortly. I am a very proud teacher Rowan class!
Enjoy the weekend,
Miss Darby :)
Autumn, Term 2 Update!
We have really enjoyed our topic called 'Fire and Flames' this term. At the beginning of the term, the children produced some fantastic shape poetry based around Bonfire Night traditions. Miss Darby was impressed by how the children could explain the history of the Gunpowder Plot and how they could recount this in their writing. From here, our learning focus changed direction and we began to look at exciting stories about dragons! We read 'George and the Dragon' and snippets from the books 'How to Train your Dragon' and 'Tell me a Dragon' to write some detailed descriptions and instructions for our very own dragons. It seems that the Christmas advert involving Excitable Edgar came just in time for our topic too! The children have written letters, diary entries and storyboards to tell Edgar the dragon's story of Christmas chaos and fun.
Check out the dragon eyes that the Year 2 children have produced using clay, paint and different tools to add details and pattern. We love how different and unique each dragon eye is and enhoyed getting our hands messy!
Wishing everyone a very happy Christmas and New Year with your families.
Miss Darby :)
Hampshire Fire Service Visit
On Tuesday 15th of October Oak and Rowan class had a special visitor from Hampshire Fire Service! This linked in with the Topic 'People who Help Us' that Oak class have been following this term.
The children had a great time learning about what household items are safe to play with and which items are best to avoid. They also learnt that it is important for families to test their smoke alarms each week and how to respond in case there's a fire inside: 1. Get out, 2. Stay out, 3. Call 999 .
The children discussed which people and emergency service would come to help in different emergency situations and enjoyed looking at a Firefighters clothing and equipment. Miss Darby and Oscar had great fun trying on the heavy firemen boots and helmet although the gloves were a tiny bit big for Oscar! Our visitor was very impressed with the children's sensible responses and fantastic behaviour. Well done Oak and Rowans!