Thursday 1st April
We’ve had a cracking last week of term in Northern Ireland class! We spent some time reflecting on our week just before home time and the children agreed that the Easter Egg Treasure Hunt and the Easter Disco were the highlights of the week. Have a lovely, relaxing Easter holiday!
Thursday 25th March
We have had another jam-packed week in Northern Ireland class! In our English lessons we've discussed and written about where dragons might choose to hide in our classroom. In maths we've continued learning about multiplication and in history the children loved learning more about the Titanic. However, I think the highlight of our week so far has been participating in an online workshop with the team at Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art.
On Tuesday morning, all the children in Year 2 participated in a workshop all about sculpture. We began by learning what sculpture is and we then looked at sculptures made from clay, lipstick, fridges and even sugar! After that, we played some fun games to develop our art vocabulary; the children came up with some great actions to help them remember the subject specific vocab such as weave, model, fasted and balance. We then looked at a variety of sculptures, the children in Northern Ireland class especially loved the sculpture of the pickle and the metal balloon dog. We were then lucky enough to have a VIP tour of an exhibition of sculpture, at the Baltic by Huma Bhabha. The children loved seeing the exhibition and I know many of the children are very keen to visit the Baltic and explore exhibition (once the restrictions have been eased). Finally, we ended our workshop by creating our own paper sculptures; the children loved this activity and it was very evident that they had been inspired by what they had seen and learned about with the team from the Baltic.
A wonderfully inspiring morning, for the children and the teachers!
Wednesday 17th March
Happy St Patrick's Day! What a great afternoon we have had celebrating St Patrick's Day; Irish dancing, Leprechaun board games and pasta shamrock necklaces are just some of the fun things we have been up to today. The children in Northern Ireland class loved learning about why St Patrick's Day is celebrated and how it is celebrated in different countries.
Friday 12th March
First week of 2021 back at school completed, and what a wonderful week we have had! It has been an absolute delight welcoming the children back to school and having a classroom full of chatter and laughter has been so lovely. The children have once again amazed me with their resilience and adaptability as they came back to school after almost 3 months at home, slotting right back into the school routine.
We have have had lots discussions, many stories and plenty of Golden Time this week. Additionally, the children of Northern Ireland have loved the different creative activities that we have completed this week; the dream catchers were a real hit! However, for us all seeing one another and catching up has been the real highlight.
We are all very much looking forward to continuing our Year 2 journey together, at school.
Friday 18th December
What a wonderfully Christmassy week we have had, it really is "the most wonderful time of the year".
We began our final week of term by writing about our dream Christmases. The children described the most magical and enchanting Christmases; from riding reindeer to eating a full gingerbread house for breakfast!
On Tuesday morning, we spent some time developing our sketching skills. The children each sketched a Christmassy animal. We spent some time discussing how it can be easy to draw things that aren’t on the image, such as a big sunshine and the children realised the importance of looking carefully at the image and sketching what they could see. The boys and girls absolutely loved using the sketching pencils and practiced pressing lightly with them and then adding more depth to their drawings. Tuesday afternoon was a real Christmas treat! We watched a personalised pantomime of “Cinderella” right from our classroom; the children loved watching the pantomime and getting up to dance at the end.
Thursday afternoon was party time! The children of Northern Ireland class tucked into their party lunches and then enjoyed playing some party games. Musical statues, pass the parcel and corners were just some of the games the children enjoyed.
Finally, we ended our week by watching the Northern Stages’ fantastic performance of “The Emperor’s New Clothes”. The children were totally engrossed by the performance.
It really has been a wonderful week to end a lovely first term. I am so proud of all the pupils in Northern Ireland class for their hard work and positive attitudes towards learning. I very much look forward to 2021 with them all.
Friday 11th December
… and so the festivities continue!
What a lovely week we have had in Northern Ireland class. As a school, we celebrated Christmas Jumper day on Thursday and I have to say, I have never seen such a beautiful range of festive jumpers!
On Thursday afternoon, the children pulled their crackers, giggled at their jokes and tucked into their delicious Christmas dinners. The children thoroughly enjoyed eating their Christmas dinners whilst listening to some festive carols.
Take a look at some of the photographs of the children enjoying their Christmas dinners!
Friday 4th December
…and so the Christmas festivities begin!
This week the children were delighted to see the return of the “Jingle the Elf” who spends the month of December in Northern Ireland class, ensuring that the children are working hard and being kind to one another.
Jingle reports back to Santa Claus every evening and informs him on what the children have been learning in school and what they have achieved during the day. I know that so far, Jingle has been highly impressed with Northern Ireland classes manners, kindness, compassion and effort they have all been putting into their school work.
Whilst Jingle is in class, he does sometimes cause a little bit of mischief! Each morning, before the children arrive at school Jingle has usually done something a little bit cheeky. The boys and girls love coming into school each morning to see what he has been up to!
Wednesday 25th November
The children of Northern Ireland class started their week in English by writing a set of instructions for a little girl on how to keep her excitable dragon, Edgar calm. The children included "what you need" as well as "what you do" subheadings. I sent the children's instructions on "how to keep Edgar calm" to the little girl, and the children where thrilled to see that they got a reply from her as well as some chocolate coins to say thank you.
Next week, we are going to start looking at diary entries and the children are going to write diary entries from Edgar's perspective.
Friday 20th November
Another week completed! The children have worked their socks off this week and have really impressed me with their continuous effort and growth mindsets.
I have been particularly impressed with the way in which they have been working with their work partners in maths. The children have been supporting one another brilliantly as we have been doing some quite tricky work; adding and subtracting 2 digit numbers with exchange! The children have shown one another kindness, patience and support whilst doing maths, which has been lovely to see.
Well done to you all, keep up the super work and conscientious attitude!
Wednesday 11th November
Yesterday afternoon we spent our geography lesson learning about Ypres, Belgium. The children enjoyed listening to "The Last Post" and discovering that the Menin Gate bears the names of 54,000 officers and men whose graves are not known. We wanted to pay tribute to our brave service men and women, past and present. Therefore, every pupil in Northern Ireland class made their own poppy for our class “Wreath of Remembrance” as a way of showing our respect and gratitude.
Lest we forget.
Friday 6th November
This week in Northern Ireland class, we have enjoyed celebrating "Bonfire Night" across the curriculum. In history we learned about Guy Fawkes and the gunpowder plot; did you know that he hid 36 barrels of gunpowder in the cellars of the Houses of Parliament? In English we spent time generating powerful vocabulary to describe a photograph of a sky full of fireworks. The children came up with wonderful vocabulary and lovely similes to describe the image. I particularly loved Lexi's suggestion, "the dazzling fireworks look like sparkling spiders" and Owen's observation that "the sky is as blue as a humpback whale". We ended our week with some firework inspired art work. The children began by carefully observing the different variations of firework, then they experimented with oil pastels in their sketch books which they used to draw fireworks. After some time of experimentation, the children used the pastels on the black sugar paper to create their firework scenes. I'm sure you will agree that they have done a splendid job!
Well done Northern Ireland class, what a brilliant way to start this half term.
Friday 23rd October
What a lovely week to end our first half term! The children of Northern Ireland class have been working extremely hard on addition and subtraction in maths, continuing to improve their handwriting and perfecting their throwing and catching skills in P.E.
In English we have celebrated the beautiful season that is autumn. On Monday, we began by generating interesting vocabulary to do with the season. In Tuesday's English lesson we learned about acrostic poems and planned our own "autumn" inspired poems. In Wednesday's lesson the children of Northern Ireland class carefully wrote up their acrostic poems ready to be published. They amended spelling mistakes and really focused on the presentation of their poems. The children finished by adding some autumn illustrations around their poems. I have attached a few examples of their acrostic poems.
Well done on completing another wonderful week and a super half term. Enjoy your well deserved rest and I look forward to more fun, learning and laughter in the next half term.
Friday 16th October
We’ve had another wonderful week in Northern Ireland class! This week, the children particularly enjoyed our R.E lesson learning about the story of the Good Samaritan as our enquiry question this half term is “Is it possible to be kind to everyone all of the time?” We watched a short animation of the story, discussed the events in the parable and then spent time discussing what we felt was the most important part of the story. Most of the class agreed that the most important part of the story was when the Samaritan helped the injured man. Many of the children were outraged that the priest and the lawyer chose not to help the injured man! We finished our lesson by thinking about the Christian teaching “Love your neighbor as yourself” and discussing what we thought this meant and how we might show love and kindness to those around us.
Friday 9th October
In Northern Ireland we are working extremely hard on our handwriting! Each morning, we start with 20 minutes handwriting practice and I have been consistently blown away with the effort, concentration and focus each child shows in these sessions. They are all so keen to improve and I can already see a difference in each pupils handwriting in 5 weeks! Below are just a few examples of super handwriting practice from this week…
Well done Northern Ireland, you should all be extremely proud of yourselves.
Friday 2nd October
We have had yet another great week in Northern Ireland class! The children have worked extremely conscientiously across the curriculum, but I have been especially impressed with the work they have completed in English. This week, we started a new unit of work based on Mini Grey's "Traction Man" and the children have fired up their imaginations creating their own superhero characters!
In Wednesday's lesson we spent some time discussing what we would do if we were superheroes. The children generated some fabulous ideas orally and then wrote their ideas in their English books. I wanted to share a few of the sentences that they wrote:
"If I were a superhero I would save pets and care for them." Eva Liegh
"If I were a superhero I would have a snesor, so that I could help people and save the day!" Delilah
"If I was a superhero my power would be strength and I would save the world." Noah
"If I was a superhero I would have invisibility, shoot lava out of my hands and have pink hair."
I'm sure you agree that the world would be even more exciting with superheroes like them!
Friday 25th September
I was impressed with the children of Northern Ireland class last week, but I have to say, I think that I am even more blown away by them this week!
The children have continued to show enthusiasm and put lots of effort into what they are asked to do. Additionally, they have been consistently polite and well-mannered to myself and one another, which is extremely important at Emmaville.
In Tuesday’s English lesson we worked as a class to write a poem about the wonderful world in which we live. We listened to Louis Armstrong’s “What A Wonderful World”, watched a snippet of David Attenborough’s “Planet Earth” and read Oliver Jeffer’s story “Here We Are” to inspire us. I am sure you will agree that they wrote a marvellous poem celebrating our wonderful world.
Friday 18th September
What a week! I have had such a lovely first week with Northern Ireland class and I have been so impressed with the effort and enthusiasm that has been shown by all the pupils.
We had a lovely morning learning a about Northern Ireland. The children especially enjoyed looking at famous landmarks in Northern Ireland on Google Earth and learning out about the Titanic, which was built in Belfast.
The children have adapted brilliantly to the changes in school life and all seem to have a great aptitude to learning which is wonderful to see. I am sure that this is the first of many great weeks together in Northern Ireland class.
Well done to you all!