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Bee Day Assembly
In Oak Tree Class, our Summer Term assembly was all about BEES! We spent weeks learning more about these fascinating insects and preparing our assembly. We learnt a special dance to the song "Making the Garden Grow", which was included as part of our presentation. We even spent a morning tasting lots of different types of honey so we could understand better how important bees are to our food supply.
In our gardening lessons we have been learning all about how to plant seeds. We each planted our own seeds and have been watching them grow over the past few months. This is part of our science investigation technique: observation over time. We have also transferred our sunflowers from pots into flower beds and have been out in the garden watering and weeding, making sure our garden can grow beautifully!
30 Days Wild
During the month of June, Oak Tree Class participated in the 30 Days Wild competition. Each day we aimed to get out into nature and record a “wild” thing we did that day. We brought in pictures, drawings and written work about what we did to interact with the world around us.
Oak Tree participated in Insect Week by exploring in our garden, looking for a variety of insects. We created tally charts to collect data about the different types of insects we found. We then used this data in our Math Lessons to create problems and number sentences using the number of insects we found.
Animals Including Humans
In our new science topic, we have been exploring the life cycles of humans, how we grow and how to stay healthy by eating a balanced diet. We did an investigation to see if the bigger the body part you had, the older you are. We measured the size of heads and shoe sizes of children and our teachers.
We have been learning how to tell the time in Maths lessons. We have used our knowledge of halves and quarters to help us split up the clock. Using mini clocks, we have been able to tell the time in intervals of 5 minutes, 15 minutes and half an hour. It has been really enjoyable using our maths to learn a very important life skill which we use every day.
In our Fractions lessons, we have been using skills we learnt in multiplication and division to help us identify fractions and figure out fractions of numbers. We have learnt how to recognise equivalent fractions and count in fractions on a number line.
The beautiful Grotto in our school garden has been undergoing renovation and as part of the new decoration we each picked a stone from the Grotto to decorate. We designed our stones with symbols of Mary and they were blessed by Fr Mark before being returned to the Grotto.
Fr Mark Visit
When Fr Mark came to bless the stones, we were lucky enough to be able to participate in a question and answer session with him. Our topic in RE is Discipleship and we asked Fr Mark questions about how he is a disciple of God and how we too can show discipleship.
Learning about Islam
When learning about Islam and the importance of prayer for Muslims, we were very lucky that Miss Kermanipour from Ash Tree Class came to speak to us about Islam. She showed us a Prayer Mat that Muslims use to pray on and we were able to see a Qur’an. We also learnt about the Five Pillars of Islam and what they mean. It was very interesting learning about a different religion and we are very grateful to Miss Kermanipour.
One World Week
During One World Week we had a zoom session with a representative from CAFOD who told us all about CAFODs new campaign to encourage children to look after the world around them. We undertook the challenge to be “Zero Heroes” and be the “eyes of the world” by encouraging people to be sustainable and protect the world we live in.
Our class was also given a country to research and learn more about. Oak Tree Class’ country was… JAMAICA! We made lots of projects all about Jamaica and watched videos of famous Jamaican achievements, such as the 100m Olympic wins by Usain Bolt. We also participated in a dance session were we learnt a dance that represented Jamaica.
On the last day of the week we all dressed up representing either Jamaica or the country our family comes from.
Grotto Stone Designs
The following designs are the images we chose to draw on our stones which are now in the Grotto in our school garden. We spent our Art lesson researching images and symbols of Mary and then choosing those that we thought would work well on the stone. We used acrylic paints to transfer our designs from our Art books, onto the stones.
Recycled Materials Artwork
We were tasked with the project of making some artwork and sculptures for the school garden. This artwork had to be completely made out of recycled materials! We decided our medium of choice would be plastic bottles and then started designing. We used the bottom of the bottles and painted them. We then cut around the edges to create a flower design. These plastic flowers will be placed on trees in the school garden.
Matisse Art Day
The PTA very kindly organised a special Art Day, where we had a zoom art session with ART-K. Some of us dressed up as our favourite artists and we learnt all about the artist Matisse and the technique he used to create his art. We then spent the rest of the day painting, cutting and sticking… creating our own Matisse inspired masterpieces.
For Father’s Day we dressed up as male figures in our life who inspire us. We then made cards for our father figures and wrote a riddle inspired poem to this person.
Coach very kindly organised for Year 2 to have a special workshop with a cricket coach. We had really been enjoying playing cricket in our PE lessons and getting extra training from the cricket coach helped our technique.
Welcome to Oak Tree Class 2019-2020!
Please check the Home Learning Y2 page
for weekly activities for the children to do while the school is closed.
Another busy and very exciting term of learning and fun!
During the Spring Term, we enjoyed many visitors and school events such as The Reluctant Dragon, Falconry UK and The Science Dome. Once again the children engaged in fantastic projects creating a range of amazing home leaning such as Birdwatch projects, the Rainforests and sharing experiments during the Science Week.
At school, we were very busy learning new skills across the curriculum and enjoyed trying out new things such as making a hand-made paper!