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Summer 1 2022

Week 1

It was lovely to have Seahorses back after the Easter break, which by the sounds of it they all enjoyed. The children have shown fantastic enthusiasm at being back which is great to see and they have hit the ground running by having a busy first week back.

 

Phonics - le or el?

This week in phonics we have been focussing on the tricky "l" ending of words. With a few exceptions of "al" and "il", most l endings finish with le or el but which one is it? The children did lots of activities this week such as "best bet" and mental spelling to help them work it out.

English - Bringing the rain to Kapiti Plain

This week we started our new writing journey by looking at a traditional African cumulative rhyming tale. The children were very interested by this as there were a lot of new words that they hadn't come across before and so had to investigate meanings of words such as "drought", "belated", and "migrated". The children very quickly recognised the rhyming and build on style of the tale and so we then looked at the main character of the story - Ki-pat. As none of our children have ever been African Herdsman before it was important for them to understand what life is like for a Kapitian herdsman, so the children looked at a crucial point in the story and then used freeze frames to become Ki-pat and try to understand how he might have been feeling and what he might be thinking. This led to the children writing some fantastically descriptive and empathetic  sentences as Ki-pat.

Maths - Word problems

This week the children have been detectives to pull out the maths information needed to solve word problems. Not only did they manage to locate the numbers needed they were also able to work out which operation - adding or taking away - was needed to solve the problems as well.

Music - Africa

This half term we are focussing on traditional African music and its varying forms around the continent. This week we looked at how music is used as part of storry telling traditional tales. We listened to Usifu Jalloh tell the story of the princess and the tortoise to see first hand how music and vocal sounds are used to enhance the story telling. The children then explored using their own voices to create different sounds they thought would represent different emotions.

Geography - Do all rural villages look the same?

As the start of our geography topic this term, the children were faced with this question. The children looked through photos of rural villages from all around the world to look for similarities and differences and deciding on what makes a rural village a rural village.  

Computing - Robot algorithms

This week the children started to learn about algorithms and how they are used to make things do what we want them to do. The children took it in turns to be programmers and robots and learnt the importance of giving clear instructions.

PE - pilates

This half term in PE the children will be learning how to strengthen their inner core through pilates. This week we focussed on 4 positions and used these to help tell a tale about exploring a scary house.

Week 2

As we have entered the month of May, our Year 2's have to sit their SATS. As we all know the last two years have been unprecedented and we are amazed at how resilient your children have been on dealing with all of the changes and still thriving. We love being able to teach your children and seeing them grow. Everyday we remind them about how each and everyone of them is unique and brilliant. Whilst your children have to take these tests we are making sure that they are still having an exciting and fun curriculum happening around it and that they are happy despite having to sit these papers. There is a poem that I wanted to share which captures how we feel about our Year 2 children.

Geography - Africa and the United Kingdom

This week we wanted the children to study and compare photos taken from around Africa and the UK. There was a huge misconception that Africa was just made up of small villages of mud houses, plains and deserts. However after seeing photos of Cairo, Cape Town and Uganda's capital city Kampala the children started to realise that Africa has vibrant cities that are very similar to cities in the UK. As well as this, the children also learnt that there are poor areas in the UK as well as in Africa.

Art - African printing patterns

This week we introduced the children to two famous African artists Olayanka Burney-Nicol and John Muafangejo who used the printing technique and repeating patterns to create pieces of art. Having learnt last week about the main colours used in traditional African art, the children were given the challenge of creating their own mini piece of art using repeating patterns. They did a fantastic job!

Science - Waterproof materials

This week in science we tested the waterproof properties of different material to see which material would be most suitable to make a waterproof coat. The children set up fair tests to see how dry teddy bears could be kept when sat underneath different material shelters and the same amount of water was poured over them. The children then recorded their results and rated which material would be best suited to be used for a waterproof coat.

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