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We hope you enjoy reading about some of our favourite lessons and activities both in and out of school.
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Term 2 - There's no place like home
Swallows have had a fantastic term 2 this year leading all the way to Christmas.
Fun at the farm
We began our term with a trip to Rand Farm. Swallows were able to experience life on a farm and following our series of Science lessons all about different types of animals, what they need to survive and the offspring that animals may have, they were able to recall many facts based on their lessons, bringing this knowledge with them. Swallows had a lovely time feeding a wide range of animals by hand, something that many children had never experienced. They also held baby chicks and went on a very bumpy tractor ride!
This term we have been very fortunate to have been able to join in not one but two sports competitions. Children from swallows were chosen to represent the school in both a throwing and catching competition and a New Age Kurling competition, just like the Olympic sport – minus the ice!
The children had lots of fun and tried their best at these competitions, well done all that have attended.
Flat Stan First Aid
This term the children have been learning a new and important skill: basic first aid.
The whole school was eager to get hands-on with Flat Stan, a special doll designed to let children of all ages learn the fundamentals of what to do should anyone be injured around them. We hope that this knowledge will stick with the children and that they are confident in an emergency which could happen around any one of us, hopefully they will not need to use these skills but their awareness is a good step for them to have. Great job Swallows.
As we lead up to Christmas the children have managed to do so many activities to enrich their learning this year.
Many parents were involved in our enterprise day, creating some excellent games for the Christmas Fair. Thank you to all that have supported this, the children in Swallows are always so happy when their parents come in to see what they are learning and to help in school.
Without rest Swallows were then, with the joint efforts of Wrens, preparing for this years’ annual nativity. This year our nativity was about a star that would lead the way to a special stable in Bethlehem, but she had lost her shine! With the help of Wrens and Swallows the story of how the star got her shine back was told. Through lots of lines remembered, actions and songs the star was able to lead the way to Bethlehem. A big thank you and well done to all of Swallows and Wrens for their hard work in remembering all of their lines, movements and songs, I’m sure the parents would agree that we were exceptional.
From Swallows to you all – have a very merry and safe Christmas. Enjoy time with your family and friends. Remember how fortunate we are and show your family how much you care this Christmas.
Well done on another amazing term, keep up the great work everyone.
Term 1 - There's no place like home!
Swallows have had an amazing first term back at school.
We have been focussing on forming friendships and making the kindest choices we can, thinking about what makes a good friend and what we can do to be kind.
What has been your favourite lesson so far?
A change in seasons
This term we have been looking at the world around us. We have been thinking about the different trees that we can see, classifying them as deciduous or evergreen as well as using magnifying glasses to look closely at the similarities and differences in leaves.
We have also noticed some of the changes that have already happened as the season changes.
Watch below to see some of our observations.
Swallows have had great fun using their DT skills to plan and create a boat. Their challenge was to use a single piece of paper to make a boat that would hold the most cubes.
Children began by planning their creations, then making a first draft of their boat. This was then tested to see how many cubes it held and finally we tried to make our boats better based on the first try.
In Swallows some boats held nearly one hundred cubes!
You are invited!
Swallows have been working hard to create invitations for all parents, giving you all the information you need to attend our harvest celebration. Take a look at some of our invitations below, we hope to see you there.
Be Safe, Be Seen!
As the evening begin to get darker mush sooner please remember to keep safe by the roads.
We have a poppy sale in school that will sell reflectors to put on your coats and bags.
We have also been discussing the safety needs around bonfires as we come closer to bonfire night.
Term 6 - Me, Myself and I
This term the children in Swallows have been thinking about what makes us all special and unique. In our PSHE lessons we have had discussions about friendship, what friendship means and how we can be a good friend.
We have also applied our focus on ourselves to our
Art lessons. We have been making our own faces using clay. Have a look at some of the results in our gallery below.
As part of our topic this term we have also been thinking about what we could do when we are older. Thinking about the wider world and the opportunities that are available to use, the children came up with many great ideas for jobs that they could do when they grow up. Have a look at our amazing writing wall for this term. You may spot your work on the wall near Heron's class as an example for everyone to see.
What would you like to be when you are older?
Summer is here!
Finally have a very safe and happy Summer holiday.
I look forward to hearing about all of the wonderful things you may have done in the holidays and thank you again for any end or term gifts that were given. I had a great time at Belton House having afternoon tea!
Make time for family and friend and have a great break, you've earned it for al of your hard work this year!
Term 5 - Growing Strong
This term Swallows have been thinking about what we need to survive. This has lead to some great discussion and investigation in Science. We have been thinking back to classifying different animals too.
This lead to a great visit from ZooLab who brought us some examples of strange and wonderful creatures for us to see and hold. Look at the gallery link below to see our reactions!
We got to see giant African land snails, Tarantulas, Rats, Frogs and one of the largest Gheckos in the world.
This term Year 2's joined forces with children from year 3, 4 and 5 to create a whole school team for a new sport that we have been learning.
Danish Long Ball is a mix of the strategies needed in cricket and rounders and requires us to work well together to score point. A big well done to the children in year 2 who worked well with year 3 to come 4th overall in our inter school competition.
Mini Gardeners 🌻
This term Swallows have started to plant
and look after their own set of Sunflowers.
We have worked hard to plant seeds into pots and each day we choose someone new to water our flowers.
Some of the plants have already started to grow! Ask your child how their flower has grown so far.
Fingers crossed that across term 6 the flowers will continue to grow and bloom.
This term we have been thinking about different religious buildings.
This has included thinking about what you might see at different religious buildings. This has lead us to create our own versions of stained glass windows. Have a look at our classroom windows to see the windows that we have made.
Can you spot and stained glass windows in the church in Sutton St James?
Term 4 - Spring has sprung
This term Swallows have been thinking about the changes that they can see all around them. Through more outdoors based learning we have been noticing the changes that Spring has brought.
This has lead on to some great discussion in Science around animals. We have been thinking about what animals need to survive, where they live as well as matching animals to the names of their babies.
Can you remember what a baby cow is called?
All this talk of animals gave us lots of information we needed to make the most of our trip to Sacrewell Farm. We were very lucky to be able to see Lambs being fed by bottle and see many animals we had previously discussed. Some of the animals had even just had babies too!
Click on the link below to see a gallery of some of the animals we saw.
We had great fun seeing all sorts of animals on our journey with many children saying that they had seen an animal that they had never seen before!
Within this term we have been focussing on developing the skills that we already have.
In maths this developing of skills has lead to some fantastic results in our mental maths practise; with many children now able to quickly solve mental addition and subtraction as well as a continuing improvement in the recall of multiplication facts.
In our reading sessions we have been developing our understanding of texts. We have been focussing on small chunks of stories, reading them as a class and answering questions all together to find the information we need in the text.
You can practise this too using Bug Club. There is a wide library of books available for you to read for free at home. Click on the link below and ask your child to log in. Each book also includes questions to ensure that your child is understanding what they are reading and can find information in the text.
These reads also count towards the cinema. Just write a note in your reading records to say that a book on Bug Club has been read.
Check out the moment we found a Tyrannosaurus Rex at dinosaur club!
Term 3 – All Around the World.
This term Swallows have been thinking about different parts of the world. In Art we have been creating beautiful pictures based on different styles of art from Africa and Australia with a close link to our Science topic of animals. Here you can see some of our creations using different methods and materials such as blending chalks and Aboriginal style painting using just dots.
The year 2’s this term have had the privilege to be involved in an archery enrichment activity. They used bows and arrows to try and hit a target. They found it quite tricky to begin with but after a while some of them were hitting a bullseye! A special well done to those children that were also chosen to represent our Sutton St James in an interschool competition.
Literacy on Location
This term Swallows have been focussing on different stories with settings around the world. We began with the story of Handa’s surprise and the animals that can be found in Africa. We then thought about the story of the Great Explorer. We then planned and wrote diary entries, thinking about the emotions that the character was feeling when they were lost in the North Pole. Finally, we focussed on the story of Dan the Deep Sea Explorer, we really focussed on the detail of what we could see from our submarine window, writing some beautiful descriptive pieces.
This term we have also been thinking about where different foods come from and have tasted some more exotic fruits that not all children had experienced before. All children tasted every fruit and were able to give their opinions of the taste of the fruit. We had some especially strong opinions on the taste of the lemons!
Swallows have been working hard this term on their dance abilities. We have been thinking about how we can move differently to different types of music, this linked closely to our story of Handa’s Surprise.
Watch our final dance below. Can you guess which animals we are moving like?
Term 2 - Explorers
This term Swallows have been exploring the world around them. We have been working hard this term to find features of our local area as well as our wider local area.
We have been learning how to read maps, using grid co-ordinates
to find different areas. This culminated to our trip to The Walks in Kings Lynn where we followed a treasure map; trying to locate the hidden treasure. Thankfully we read the map very carefully and followed the trail to the 'X' at the end which lead to a treasure chest full of chocolate coins! Along the way we spotted lots of new and interesting landmarks such as handmade bird boxes and a variety of statues.
Swallows also took some special bird food to feed the ducks and
they all got to experience the local environment, appreciating some of the wondrous things around us.
This term Swallows have been very lucky to have been offered another sporting enrichment activity. This time we have been involved in a throwing and catching inter-school competition. All children in Swallows were given an extra morning of sporting activities; practising their throwing and catching skills and some children were then chosen to represent the school. This is the second sporting enrichment activity Swallows have been involved with this year and they have all expressed how much they have enjoyed working with each other so we hope to continue this trend by giving them many more enrichment activities throughout the year.
A Magical Christmas Journey
This year Swallows and Wrens performed the Magical Christmas Journey. We practiced hard to remember lots of our lines as well as many different songs and throughout three performances to others we did a great job performing to our family and friends; speaking clearly and singing with great enthusiasm. Well done all of Swallows and Wrens for your hard work.
Swallows have had great fun during the festive period. First they were inspired by our Halloween day. We dressed in our favourite Halloween costume and produced some lovely work based on our character.
If you visit Swallows this term have a look at out Festive Frights display in the corridor to see some of our Halloween based artwork and some excellent writing in which we described what we were dressed as.
Well done for having a fun and safe Halloween night.
Swallows have had a great start to the year. Our work has been influenced by the famous story of the Great Fire of London and we have been learning lots of facts and the children have been eager to share these facts with each other,
Our topic has also lead to some great learning about fire safety. We have been using role play and drama to act out the procedure for a fire in school, reaffirming what our safety procedure is in school. This then lead to some great poster designs with clear rules to remind others around school what to do. They thoroughly enjoyed being 'mini-teachers' and acting out a fire drill.
This work then culminated in our trip to Spalding fire station where children extended their fire safety knowledge to know what to do should a fire occur in the home. We learned about some of the equipment that firefighters may use to help us and got to experience the inside of a fire engine.
Our topic has been linked heavily to our Literacy lessons with the children producing some lovely pieces of writing based around fire; ranging from instructions for what to do in school in the case of a fire to writing a diary entry in the style of Samuel Pepys; using our senses to say what we may have experienced if we were at the Great fire of London.
In Maths we have been working on our knowledge of number this term, working hard to thoroughly understand the concepts we have been given. We have been focusing on our addition and subtraction skills, representing these in different ways. We have also begun to multiply, using objects practically and some mental methods to solve multiplication problems. These skills are essential and will continue throughout school and we have already seen an improvement in our weekly mental maths practises.
This term the children have also been amazed at many of the science experiments we have conducted. Here you can see we have been testing the absorbency of different materials.
Well done for a great first term Swallows. Have a relaxing and safe half term.