Lots of interesting and fun things happened this week at Instow School!
We have been making predictions and collecting data about how far we can broad jump in 20 seconds. We wanted to find out if the children with longer legs could jump further. We concluded that this was not true. The children worked really hard to test this theory and to think about how we could prove it and what it would take to make a fair test. Great scientific thinking!
This week we also presented our class assembly to the school and to our parents. We talked about our learning and showcased our new musical skills. The Year 1's have enjoyed learning to play the recorder as well as tuned percussion instruments.
On Thursday the Year 2 children enjoyed a full day at school and then had their sleepover. They enjoyed playing on the beach, eating fish and chips, watching a DVD and sleeping overnight at school. This experience should help to prepare them for their residential trip in Year 3. They were all amazing, looking out for one another and spending time together in the sunshine.
On Friday we completed art work for the Instow and Appledore Regatta and then enjoyed the summer fayre after school on the bottom pitch.
The children are continuing to bring in their sports themed homework and are really enjoying presenting their hard work to the class.
Today We said ‘See You Later’ to Mrs Edwards as she leaves Instow and begins a new venture at Eden Park. She has been a fantastic student teacher this year in Class.
We also had a fantastic Sports Day at the Cricket Pitch and your children did you proud competing and cheering on everyone.
The week ended with our whole class reward. The children voted for bringing bikes or scooters to school and there was great fun had by whizzing around the bottom pitch. As it was hot we also had a bit of fun with water as well to cool off!
The children have been looking at a new book in Literacy and predicting what might happen in the story and in maths they finished off their investigation of looking at what happens when we add odd and even numbers. We have also been practising for sports day next week.
This week we had a lovely talk about Roller Derby by Isla’s Mum. The children (and Miss Graves) were fascinated by this sport and enjoyed looking at all the equipment. Roller derby is a contact sport played by two teams of five members roller skating counter-clockwise around a track. If any pupils are interested in joining the sport when they turn 7 then chat to Isla.
We have also been writing poetry using suffixes and carrying on with our Maypole Dancing.
At the end of this week we invited our Dad's/Grandad's in for a celebration afternoon. We started with our 'Friendship' Song and then we moved onto fun sporty activities on the bottom pitch. It was great fun watching the children taking part in the activities with the adults. After this we had a delicious choc ice and then gave our Dad's our printed Father's Day cards.
This week started with a Sports and Healthy Living topic launch on Monday afternoon! We welcomed Ant (Koby's Dad!) into class to talk about filming the amazing F50 sailing boats that race around the world as part of the SailGP programme. He spoke to us about sailing, filming and working abroad. The children had a great afternoon watching short film clips of the sailing and then learning how they are edited to create a final film. We then had a go at lots of different activities, including making our own boats out of paper and lego and 'floating' them outside at our water table, acting out various jobs on the boats and making short film clips and enjoying a VR experience as if we were crew on board the F50!
If there are any other parents who would like to join us to talk about their sports experiences, we would love to welcome you into class!
Class 2 have finally finished writing their story of the Naughty Bus and we look forward to sharing them with other children next week. The children have written stories using a story mountain format with a beginning, build up, problem, resolution and ending. They are really proud of their creations.
We seem to have packed quite a lot in four days this week!
The children enjoyed finishing their Snail Factfiles and then taking their amazing facts over to Class 1 to share with them. They have also been doing an extended piece of writing on their Naughty Night Bus story. We have been talking a lot about the “Story Mountain” and how a story follows a pattern of Opening, Build Up, Problem, Resolution and Ending. Most of us are at the resolution stage and hopefully next week we will complete the ending and then we will be ready to share our stories.
In PE this week we spent time looking at how a relay is run and then practising throwing ready for Sports Day later in the term.
In Numeracy we have continued looking at multiplication with arrays and the Year 2’s have been looking at halving numbers and rounding numbers to the nearest 10.
We hope you all had a nice break and have returned refreshed for the Summer Term. Over the holidays Riley and his Dad finished our fantastic outdoor kitchen which is now in our outdoor learning area. It is truly fabulous and we thank them very much for it.
This week we have been learning more facts about snails for our report we are going to write and spent more time looking at telling the time.
In PE we have started looking at May Pole Dancing and keeping to a rhythm as we move around the pole.
In Art we have started looking at printing and using rollers to print with potatoes. Children have been asked to bring a empty cereal packet in next week for more printing.
On Monday afternoon, we visited the church yard to find wild flowers including dandelions, daisies, nettles and dog roses. We completed a tally so that we could work out how many we had seen of each type. On Wednesday we took the bus to Appledore and visited the park and the lifeboat station before getting the bus back to Bideford to play on the fort in Victoria Park and view our artwork at the school's exhibition in The Burton Art Gallery. The children were amazing on our trip and a real credit to our school. They definitely earned themselves a whole class Wow! Well done Class 2!
This week we have been planning and practising for our amazing Class assembly. We hope you liked it! We have really enjoyed our Naughty Bus work and loved showing you the things that we have been doing in class. Thank you to Mrs Wattley for changing the lyrics to the 'Wheels on the Bus' for us.
We have been looking at subtracting this week in maths and using different strategies to subtract.
This children all came dressed in fantastic World Book Day costumes and celebrated their favourite books yesterday. It was great to see so many different characters in our classroom that the children enjoy reading out.
Today the Naughty Bus was found in Class 5! He was asleep in the reading chair with a book open by him. We think he was enjoying a good read. Unfortunately he also had left a little mess with books all over the floor. We wrote sorry letters to Class 5 and went and read them to them before lunch.
Remember next Friday is Red Nose Day where we can wear something red for a donation.
We hope you had a lovely half term.
The Naughty Bus had a busy week and went to see a real London bus and many other sight of London. He visited the queen and saw the famous monument which marks the Great Fire of London which we were learning about last term.
More children this week have taken home the bus and he has shocked a dad giving a haircut and been for a swim. In school he went to explore and ended up in the kitchen. Mrs Guymer had been making some jelly for Mrs Knight and he leaned a bit close and fell in. He ended up being stuck! This meant we had to write apology letters to Mrs Knight and promised to try and help the bus learn from his mistakes.
in Numeracy we looked at repeated addition and how this can lead on to multiplication. The Year 2s looked more at column addition and carrying a ten.
Next week is our Class Assembly on Thursday.
Happy Half Term Everybody
This week the children have loved taking the Naughty Bus home and seeing what he got up too for the night. He went bowling, met some guinea pigs and gerbils, licked the chocolate bowl clean, tipped over the pasta and rice and emptied the loo roll!!! In school he left us a nice valentine message and tipped over the Lego box. This has led to some brilliant sentences that used adjectives and similes.
On Thursday we had a science day and learnt more about Plants. We studied and did observational drawings, went on a plant and flower walk around the churchyard and looked and defrosted frozen plants.
This week the children have continued to work hard and are starting to think a little more about their Topic work. As you know, the Topic this term is based around the local area. The topic title is, 'Wish You Were Here?' and showcases the best that we have to offer in North Devon with particular attention to our immediate local area. We have started to plan a trip out of school and down to the beach so that we can photograph our locality, comment on our local wildlife and take part in a beach clean. This week we have talked about and designed our entry for the Burton Art Gallery school's exhibition held later in the year.
In literacy we have done a big write based on the Gingerbread Man story and started to think about how we could re-write and develop The Lighthouse Keeper's Lunch. We have 'magpied' useful language and the Y2 children have started to learn about using suffixes in their writing to make it more interesting.
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This week we have read The Lighthouse Keeper's Lunch and talked about the characters in the story. We had a go at acting out parts of the story - and hot seating Mr Grinling and the 'scavenging seagulls', who said they were only hungry!
The children are working hard to build on their vocabulary using words from the story in order to improve their writing and their overall grasp of language. They have talked through sections of the story and imagined themselves into the book to understand what the main characters were feeling.
In maths we are continuing to work on a sense of number and the understanding of number as well as continuing with money. There are useful maths games that the children can access from home at: https://www.topmarks.co.uk/Search.aspx?Subject=16&AgeGroup=2. Look for games that are the appropriate age and have a go! Games based on number or money such as 'Hit The Button' or 'Toy Shop Money Game' are useful for the learning that we are currently doing in school.
During carousel time this half term, the Y2 children are going outside to do PE challenges with Mr Bedford, while the Y1 children are enjoying time using the iPads and trying out new learning apps and games with Mrs Slater.
This week we have been looking at the coins we have in our English monetary system and how we can use them to make different amounts of money. Children found lots of different ways of making 10p, and then had a go at 20p. We talked about how the value of a coin has no relation to it's size or shape! We also looked at the fact that 10 coins could be worth less than 1 coin, e.g. 10 1p coins are worth less than a single 20p coin - but they look like much more in your hand! We set up a shop and had a go at 'buying' items for sale. Giving change proved tricky!
We have started story mapping our own Gingerbread Man type story and have unicorns, hulks and robots in our stories so far!
In PE we have started our unit on Gymnastics and were inspired by watching some Olympic gymnasts in action. At the beginning of each day we are continuing to run our Daily Mile. We discovered that this is 24 laps of the bottom pitch and so we must do roughly 3 miles a day between all of us! A great start to the school day!
Happy New Year Everyone and welcome to 2019. This week we have been thinking about our new year resolutions and what we want to try and get better at this year. The Year 1's have been looking at number bonds to 10 and different ways - songs, fingers and numicon - to help them remember these facts. The Year 2's have been continuing to look at column addition and are getting very quick at this.
In Literacy we have been been gathering ideas for our own Gingerbread Story and have group shared some brilliant ideas so far so watch this space for more news...
We are also learning the recorder this term - and this caused lots of excitement as we completed our first session with a tune based around B. During the session we learned to hold a recorder properly, talked about how long to hold a note for, looked at some notes on a stave and talked about rhythm. Lots of new things for one lesson!
What a week! We have written about our Christmas Play last week and completed some Christmas Maths. Yesterday we had a fantastic Christmas lunch cooked by Mrs Guymer and today we played some party games in the hall with Class 1 and 3. Then we went into class and played parce the parcel. The winner received some fake snow which we had a look at and then we went to the hall for party food. After that we had fun in a festive photo booth.
Merry Christmas Everyone and Happy NewYear.
Christmas Play - Magical Christmas Journey
This week we have begun to look at The Gingerbread story and had great fun role playing the parts.
In maths we have been looking at fact families and how from one adding sum you can create another add sum and two subtraction sums, using those three magic numbers. We have also been investigating 2D and 3D shapes. We have searched the school 'shape-spotting' - and identified the key properties of lots of common 2D shapes. The Y2 children found out which 3D shapes roll and which do not, while the Y1 children sorted shapes according to their properties.
We also played maths games on the iPads using this website: https://www.topmarks.co.uk/Search.aspx?Subject=16&AgeGroup=2. Hit the Button is a favourite game in Class 2!
This week the children have each been given a jotter. This is an exercise book that gives them a space in which to be creative and let their imaginations run wild! These are primarily used during wet playtimes and are to remain in school.
We hope you enjoyed the Christmas Market and the fantastic gifts the children had made. Next Friday is the Christingle Service at the Church at 2pm. Please bring in an orange by Wednesday so they can make one with Class 5.
This week we have been looking at adjectives that will help make our sentences more interesting. We have been looking at ‘Norman the Slug’ to help us with this.
In Numeracy we have been looking at adding and how our three ‘Magic Numbers’ in a sum means that we can use these numbers to create another add sum e.g. 5+3=8 means I also know 3+5=8. We have also been tackling addition sums with missing numbers e.g. ?+4=9. We have been proving whether answers are true or false and trying to reason and explain why they are right or wrong.
We have also been sorting out some of our things for the Christmas Market next Friday.
Week beginning 12th November
We started this week with a trip to The Plough and Rosemoor Gardens. Unfortunately, the film projector at The Plough was broken and so we popped in, had a snack and a look around, and then got back on the coach to go to Rosemoor earlier than planned! At Rosemoor, we were able to enjoy an extra hour in the Brash playing on the playground equipment and sandpit, and exploring the plants and minibeasts. After lunch, we enjoyed a workshop and learned about the habitat that a robin needs to live a happy life in the garden. We explored the gardens and found food, water and nest building materials for the robin. We collected these materials and listened quietly to hear a robin singing in the trees. At the Brash, we spent time working as a team to build a beautiful, comfortable nest for a robin. We really enjoyed our day at Rosemoor Gardens and are hoping to return again later on in the Spring term.
On Tuesday, we split in the afternoon for carousel activities. This term the Year 1 children are enjoying doing PE outdoors with Mr Bedford, while the Year 2 children are doing Art with Miss Smith. The Year 2's are really enjoying this opportunity to work together as a year group and produce some really thoughtful and careful artwork.
On Friday, the Year 2 children found out about fire safety with our annual Fire Safety talk from the fire service.
In the evening, many of the children returned to school for the Lantern Parade and fireworks.
All in all - a busy week with lots of learning and fun!
Week beginning 5th November
What a busy week! On Wednesday we had the 17th century visitors in school and learnt all about life in London in the 17th century leading up to the Great Fire of London. We found out about family life and how children had to go out and work to earn money for the family. We learned that a family would have lived in a crowded room with their parents and all their siblings. We found out about the clothes that people wore and that Monday was 'washday'. On Sunday the mother would make a pie and take it to the bakery to cook in the baker's oven because she didn't have an oven of her own at home. We had a go at dressing-up and played with the 17th century toys.
On Thursday we had our class assembly and were all amazing! Thank you to all those family members who were able to join us. We talked about our topic learning and shared the film we made of the cardboard houses burning in the car park. We also had a visit from a fire engine and some fire fighters who showed us the fire engine and let us all have a go at using the hose.
On Friday we dressed up and raised money for Children In Need. We made a giant Pudsey bear out of coins and enjoyed the cake sale and other stalls.
More fun next week with a visit to The Plough and Rosemoor Gardens!
What a fantastic week of learning we have had in Class 2 this week - sandwich making, fires and paint!
In Literacy this week we have looked at Instruction writing and had to talk Mrs Edwards through how to make a sandwich. This was quite tricky to make sure we explained clearly, exactly what she had to do. Then on Wednesday afternoon we were luckily to make our own sandwich. We had to choose either cheese spread or jam to have in our sandwich or in some cases both! Some of us found it a bit tricky to cut the bread but we persevered and did it in the end. We all though our sandwich was delicious and some of us even licked the plate clean! This led onto some fantastic instruction writing on how to make a sandwich on Thursday and Friday.
In art we have started making a picture to show our parents in our assembly next week. We had to mix some of the primary colours to create a fire background to our picture.
Today we re-enacted the Great Fire of London in the carpark. For home learning we had made a house we didn't mind burning and the houses were fantastic. We set fire to one house and saw how in 1666 because the houses were so close together and made from wood they burned very quickly. We were fire fighters and tried to use water squirters and buckets to put out the fire. Luckily our fire didn't last four days like it did in the Great Fire of London!
Remember our Class Assembly is next Thursday at 2.50pm.
This week we have been authors and illustrators and created another page of our book “Not Last Night But The Night Before”. We have created our own class book and they are also displayed on our Proud Cloud in the cloakroom.
We have in groups help create some Great Fire of London artwork as well.
This week we have had the pleasure of listening to Tom McLaughlin who read and told us about the books he has written and illustrated. He inspired us to do our own drawings.
In Literacy we have been acting out our story and videoing ourselves and realising the role of the camera person to keep it steady and directed at the person! We have also thought about other characters who could appear on our page of the book and how they might come through the door. This created some fabulous language.
Wednesday and Thursday saw us peeling and cutting apples in preparation for making apple crumble to sell after school on Thursday. Every child made one to sell. The money raised will go towards getting a defibrillator at school. Thanks to Mrs Guymer for helping us.
This week we have started looking at the book “Vlad and the Great Fire of London” and have been looking at what a front cover tells us. We have also started drawing pictures to retell the story of “Not Last Night and The Night Before”.
In phonics we have been looking at the sounds “sh” and “wh” and the children are getting more confident on spotting digraph and trigraph in words and segmenting and blending words.
In maths we are still looking at numbers 0-20 and how they are represented. This week we have been exploring arrow cards and looking in particular at how the numbers 10-20 are made.
We have fun using our new water play area this week and trying to pick up conkers with tweezers was funny!
Wow! What a fantastic Harvest Festival and weren’t Class 1 and 2 great with their Big Blue Tractor song.
This week we have been continuing to look at numbers 1-20 and building these numbers with dienes and thinking how many tens and ones make these numbers.
We have been learning more actions to go with our book “Not Last Night But The Night Before” and the children are getting better at spotting the rhyming words.
The children may have started telling you about The Great Fire Of London. We have watched (several times!!!) a clip called Magic Grandad and The Great Fire. They thought it very strange that Samuel Pepys buried his cheese, wine and diaries in his garden.
The children and staff have had a lovely few days exploring the classroom, getting to know where things are and getting to know each other. They have been showing us some of the things in their bags collected over the summer and have labelled some and written about a time in the holiday. The children were all proud of their work and it is now on the Proud Cloud wall in the cloakroom. We have been starting to look at a Number of the Day and so far explored 9 and 28. They have had a chance to explore our small outside learning area and have a go in our Pudding Lane Bakery. On Friday we had great fun doing parachute games in the hall.
We welcome Mrs Edwards who is training to be a teacher with Class Two this year. She is working with Mrs Slater and Miss Graves and the teaching team.