Today, we made block prints inspired by Hokusai’s 36 Views of Mount Fuji as part of our topic on Japan.
First, the children sketched a London landmark that can be seen from the Thames, then carved it onto a foam block with a pencil. Next we used printing inks and rollers to apply colour to the block, before printing the design onto paper.
Then we connected each piece of art into a panorama of the River Thames!
This morning, we are discussing extra things to do to keep on learning at home. We are also practising how to post a suggestion or comment on the class blog. Have a look at the comments section below for some of Class 2’s great learning ideas!
Well done to all of Class 2 who demonstrated their creativity and passion for learning in our Collective Worship this week. It was wonderful!
Next week we will be learning… about the famous biologist, Charles Darwin, as part of our topic on living things and their habitats.
Last week, Class 2 really enjoyed book week and found out all about Ada Lovelace, the inventor of the first programming language. The class thought about jobs they would like to have in the future and wrote riddle poems to describe the jobs. They also wrote letters to people who have their ideal job.
Book Day was jam-packed with reading activities! We shared our writing with Class 1, read with Class 6, had story time with Debbie and teachers from other classes. The book character costumes were spectacular too!
This week we had a visit from Reptile Life and met some amazing animals, including two kinds of tortoise, a boa constrictor, a skunk, a bearded dragon and a tenrec. Charles and Anderson asked thoughtful questions and behaved brilliantly around the animals. Both children have also been doing their own reading and research about habitats and food chains to help with our science topic this term.
Well done to Nifemi and Morraya who have returned to school this week with an excellent attitude and ready to try their best. Both children have been challenging themselves to write at greater length in English and thought carefully about how to improve their writing by adding description.
We have begun learning about Japanese traditional tales in English lessons, and wrote our own traditional tales inspired by The Princess and the Herdboy and The Spider Weaver.
Here are some super sentences from the stories Nifemi and Morraya wrote this week:
“The rainbow had very very beautful colour.” – Morraya
“Long, long ago lived a queen who sewed the stars for the Milky Way.” – Nifemi
Next week, we will be learning about the mathematician Ada Lovelace, our focus for Book Week!
This week Class 2 have been creating kennings about jungle animals and turning them into riddles. Funmi and Terrence both produced excellent poems, thinking carefully about how to give clues to describe their chosen animal.
Who am I?
Baloo the Brown Bear
Who am I?
Bagheera the Black Panther
After half term we are learning… about Japan. We will study the geography, read Japanese traditional tales in English and explore the art traditions.
Well done Beatrix and Shia for writing such thoughtful diary entries in role as an animal from the Royal Menagerie. Since the 1200s, kings and queens kept all sorts of wild animals in the Tower of London and were sometimes given creatures such as polar bears, lions and elephants as gifts from the kings of other countries. We imagined what it must have been like for those animals and described how they were treated in diary entries.
These people don’t treat me well. I’m captured and chained up. I don’t know what to do. They do let me swim in the River Thames but I’m still chained up. It is very bad water in the River Thames. I came from the Arctic. It is not that cold in England. It’s hot. I miss my family and friends.
From the polar bear.
People don’t treat me well. I want to go to my normal home! I am scared. I want more fish. I am so starving now! I came from the Arctic. I travelled for thousands of months!
From the polar bear.
During History Day, we made coats of arms and built castles out of different construction materials. We also learnt a song called ‘The King is in His Castle’ and made up some verses of our own.
What a historical day!
This week, Class 2 visited the Tower of London to research our history topic. The whole class showed the curiosity of real historians and returned to school brimming with new knowledge. We are now writing guides to the Tower of London for a class display.
Next week we will be… completing guides to the Tower of London, using headings to organise writing and adding detail and description with adjectives.