ELM - Y2
Visit from Wiltshire Air Ambulance
We met Rabbi Zvi who told us about his life as a Jew and what the Jewish community do to celebrate Shabbat.
As part of our art project we have looked at portraits of different British monarchs and used this to create our own monarch portraits.
Queen's Platinum Jubilee
Elm class thoroughly enjoyed performing their ‘Dance through the decades’ to all the parents during the school’s jubilee afternoon. They did a dance from the 1980s, 1990s, 2000s, 2010s and this decade. Different children also shared some interesting things to do with the Queen and the world events that happened in each decade.
Trip to Berkeley Castle
We had a fantastic time when we visited Berkeley Castle on a sunny Tuesday. We were greeted by Princess Edwina who gave us a tour around the castle. She took us around the gardens:- we went through secret tunnels, up steep stone staircases and we looked at the views across the countryside. We then went inside the castle exploring the rooms and down wooden creaky staircases. We even measured how thick the walls were by using 9 of us! We then learnt some Tudor dancing which we did in the walled garden with Queen Elizabeth I watching us. After lunch in the sunshine we went on the Dragon trail finding fountains, archways and shaded wooded areas. We ended our day exploring the Grove Wild Play area.
Fire Safety Training
Deborah from Dorset and Wiltshire Fire service came to visit us to talk about Fire safety. We found out about the different jobs that fire fighters do. She told us about smoke alarms and how to test them once a week on ‘Test it Tuesday’. We learnt the rhyme and actions ‘Get out, Stay out, Call 999’ if there is a fire. She taught us what to do if our clothes caught fire – Stop, Drop and Roll. We finished by practising how to make a 999 call.
The school was fortunate to be able to enjoy Samba drumming sessions via Zoom. Elm class really enjoyed using the various percussion instruments to create their own rhythms and beats following the instructions from Raul their superb Samba specialist!
We enjoyed looking at different wave themed pictures by various artists such as Hokusai and Monet. We then explored different ways of creating waves and water. We then created our own wave-themed painting.
Our paper investigation involved finding out about the different properties of paper. We investigated which paper was the strongest, roughest and the most absorbent. We were amazed at how quickly the paper towel absorbed the water! The cardboard was definitely the strongest and the roughest paper was the paper towel.
As part of our ‘Coastline’ theme we have been looking at different physical features of the coast. We have been using our bodies to make the different features such as an arch, a stack, headland, cave and bay. We also worked with partners and in groups to create them.
Trip to STEAM
We had a fantastic trip to the STEAM museum as part of our theme ‘Movers and Shakers’. We started with a Discovery workshop led by Alex where he led us through the history of the railways and we found out about foremen and navvys. Some of us also had to dress up as people from the past to help tell the story of the invention of the Great Western Railway by Isambard Kingdom Brunel.
We spent the rest of our time exploring the museum and looking at the exhibits about trains. We really liked the walk way under a train where we could see all the different things which were used to make a train and the train we were able to control!
We have been finding out about the activist Greta Thunberg as part of our topic on significant people.
We went on a ‘learning walk’ around our school grounds to see what we could find that might affect climate change.
We found our school environment was very positive because we recycle lots of things and there were few things that we felt needed to change.
Children In Need
We all came into school in non-uniform day to raise money for Children in Need. We also enjoyed a cake sale with lots of delicious cakes bought into school to raise money.
To start anti bullying week Elm class wore their odd socks!!
Movers & Shakers
As part of our project ‘Movers and Shakers’ the class were asked to find out about a person who they thought was significant.
They then talked to the class about the person they choose.
We even had someone come in dressed up as Isambard Kingdom Brunel!
Elm class have been exploring colour through mixing primary colours to make secondary. We have also been looking at how different artists use colour in their work.