On Monday, Class 2 visited the British Museum and explored the art, music and dance of Africa. The children used digital technology to record their experiences with photos, videos and sound. It was a really inspiring visit!
Joshua and Beatrice wrote these wonderful prayers of thanks, reflecting on our learning this week:
Thank you for the wonderful things around us like joy, thechnology, homes and families to care for us. I am thankful for music that helps us sing new songs and museums that give us knowledge.
I thank you for your love, your hope and your kindness. Thank you that you help us to learn different instruments from Africa. Thank you that you guide through everything we do and make and thank you Lord that you give us enough food and water.
In Class 2 we have just begun a project on Africa. Everyone in Class 2 has designed their own African mask in art, and on Monday we will be heading to the British Museum for a workshop on African music. Christopher designed a symmetrical mask, representing plants and flowers and Yvette did some research at home to share facts about Africa with the class. A great start to our project, well done!
For poetry week, Class 2 studied kennings. These started off in Old English and Old Norse poetry where something is described without using its name, for example, stick fetcher = dog. Sebastian and Mariama worked exceptionally hard to write really descriptive poems describing an animal without saying its name.
See what kennings you can spot in our poems!
Gentle flier with beautiful wings.
Pink and purple colourful wings.
Happily flying through the air.
People amazed they stop and stare.
Sometimes spotty, sometimes not.
Always colourful, soft and smooth.
Gentle flier, soft flier.
(Answer: A butterfly)
It dirtily ran into a small hole.
Fast runner, tail swisher.
Furry nut eater.
Food stealer, soft runner.
It cheerfully sprints into a tiny crack.
(Answer: A mouse)
We also had fun reciting poetry with Year 3 and reading and hearing poems written during poetry week.
Well done for persevering with your stop motion animations! Your work really brought to life the events of the Great Fire of London.
This term in Computing, Class 2 have been learning about stop-motion animation, and how it is used to create famous films like Wallace and Gromit!
To link with our history topic of the Great Fire of London, each pair created paper cutouts and backgrounds to show the fire spreading as boats sailed to safety down the River Thames. Please watch our animations below.
Our top tips for animators:
Keep the camera in exactly the same place for each frame.
Stick down the background so it stays still in the shot.
Adjust the moving parts very gradually so it the motion looks smooth.
Be patient and have fun!
Here are our short animations using the I Can Animate app:
Today, Class 2 went to the Museum of London to learn more about the Great Fire of London. We spent time exploring in the museum before taking part in a workshop. The class got to investigate real objects from the Seventeenth Century, and helped to act out the story of the Fire.
Well done, Class 2 – your knowledge of this time in history is extremely impressive!
This term in science, Class 2 are finding out about plants. Everyone has planted their own sunflower, broad bean or mung bean, and has started a diary to observe how the seedling grows and changes. We also set up an experiment to find out about the effect of light on seedling growth. We made predictions about how the seedlings will grow inside the light maze. Our stars of the week observed changes closely and gave good reasons for their predictions.