Welcome to the Dragonflies!
Hello and welcome!
*Meet the Dragonfly grown-ups*
The grown-ups in the Dragonfly class are Miss St. Bernard and Mrs Jones. We love teaching the Dragonflies and we are so proud of their achievements!
If you ever have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask. Thank you!
*Our Christian Value for the term*
*Our Christian Value for the term*
Service in the Community
This term our value is Service in the Community. We will focus on how we have and how we can serve (or help) those in our community. This maybe our school community, our local community and our worldwide community.
This year we will have many opportunities to focus on how we have already served our community through the charity work that we have done, the kind words and pictures we have created for our community during the pandemic and how we will also further serve our community for the rest of the year.
Serving God means serving others
Galations 5:13 Serve one another in love
Matthew 20:28 I did not to come to be served, but to serve.
Perhaps you could look out for your child showing service in the community and fill in your service in the community card and send it into school. Showing service may look like this
We look forward to all the ways your children are showing service at home.
*Our Learning for Spring Term Two*
This half term we will be using the text 'The owl who was afraid of the dark' by Jill Tomlinson. The children will focus on the overcoming of fear and the journey this can take.
The children will begin by reading the nursery rhyme Little Miss Muffet and focusing on her fear of spiders. We will also consider the thoughts and feelings on the spider too.
The children will look at other stories which include a fearful character and how they compare to the main text. Focusing on key questions such as 'How does the character feel? Why?' 'How will they overcome this fear?'
The children will continue to practise using time adverbials as the main character takes a journey to overcome their fear. They will use the main text to write their own, changing the fear and the main character.
This half term we will be focusing on fractions of a shape where children will recognise, find, name and write fractions 1/3, 1/4, 2/4, of a length, shape, set of objects or quantity. We will be using shapes out of paper to represent this. We will also be writing simple fractions for example 1/2 of 6= 3 and recognise the equivalence of 2/4 and 1/2. We will also explore time to tell and write the time to five minutes, including quarter past/ to the hour and draw the hands on a clock face to show these times. They will also learn the number of minutes in an hour and the number of hours in a day.
We will also work on measurements. We will be learning length/ height in any direction (m/cm), mass (kg/g) temperature (degrees Celsius); capacity (liters/ml) to the nearest appropriate unit, using rulers, scales, and thermometers. We will also be comparing and ordering lengths, mass, volume/ capacity and record the results using greater than >, less than < and equal to =.
We will be learning about living things and their habitats. We will learn about life processes to enable to know if something is alive, dead or never been alive. We will also look at sources of food, herbivores, carnivores and omnivires and food chains. This will link to our topic through looking at the diet and food chains of a chosen dinosaur.
The children will learn about the discovery of fossils and how we can find out about dinosaurs from what historians discover.
We will be developing our understanding of rhythmic notation and explore how we can create our own rhythmic compositions. We will learn some dinosaur themed songs and then work to compose our own lyrics to fit with a well know nursery rhyme tune.
Art (FOREST SCHOOL FOCUS)
We will be learning about Aboriginal art and how it is made out of different symbols, and colors. They were used to tell stories each other or say what they have done that day the pictures mostly had animals, or patterns. We will be creating our own in forest school. We will also be exploring tye dye and different types of methods of tye dying material (marbling, and using pegs).
Historically, aboriginals created journey sticks as a story telling device- attaching items in chronological order. We will be going on a journey and creating our own journey sticks. We will then discuss with our class what happened on our journeys.
We will also be exploring mono printing. Finally, we will be learning how to weave a 'God's eye' and weave using hessian. We will be focusing on the weaving artist Henri Matisse. Year 2 have also wanted to create a forest school signs for our areas. So, we will be creating one with influences of aboriginal art. Year 2 have also got the privilege of learning what a didgeridoo is and what it looks like in real life. Mr. Konrath has allowed us to borrow his Didgeridoo all the way from Australia!
5 facts about Aboriginal Art.
1. Aboriginal art is based on important ancient stories around the 'dreamtime' which was when the Aboriginal people believed the world was created.
2. Australian Aboriginal people do not have their own written language so the art is their language.
3. Aboriginal art on canvas and boards only started 40 years ago. They used to be painted on rocks and bark.
4. Dots were used to hide secrets by covering over the main story.
5. Aboriginal art has given the Aboriginal people a greater degree of self respect.
Natterhub: Chidlren will continue to use Natterhub to share their learning, keep in touch with each other and develop thier understanding about using the internet safely.
Computing:Children will explore the Sketch Nation App to develop their knowledge and understanding of programming. They will create a game and then test and debug it.
E-Safety: We will continue to develop our understanding of how to stay safe when using the internet, and be kind and responsible online.
The children will be learning about money. During our lessons we will focus on the monetary and sentimental value of items, how we can save money in the home through saving energy and the different between 'wants' and 'needs'
We are also continuing with our 'be ready, respectful and safe' behaviour system. The children are very knowledgeable about what this looks like in school and have been working hard to show these behaviours at all times.
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