Check back here regularly to hear what we have been up to and to see our latest pictures. For your information our PE slots are every Thursday afternoon and your child will need a t-shirt, shorts (and or tracksuit bottoms) and footwear please. We are going to try and go outside for PE as much as possible so please make sure that your child has suitable clothing for this. Every other Monday afternoon the children will be taking part in Forest School with Miss Hopkins and Mr Rees, please make sure you follow the clothing suggestions and that you know which dates they need to be ready for! Also, each child in the class has their own water bottle in the classroom that they have access to at all times.
In our Computing lesson this week we carried on working with the beebots. This time we had a beebot mat with different places on. We split into groups of 3 and Miss Standing set us challenges. She put the beebot in a certain place and then told us where we had to program it to go. We weren't allowed to move the beebot until we had written an algorithm. They didn't work the first time so then we had to work as a team to debug the algorithm and get the beebot to where it needed to go. Writing the instructions without moving the beebot was hard because we had to visualise where it was and which direction it was facing. We persevered though and everyone managed it in the end.
On Honeycrisp's Travels this week we walked to Faversham Market. We walked past the duck pond and up into the centre. The market wasn't very busy but there were still stalls selling different things. We saw different fruits and vegetables and we saw fruit too. On one stall we met a lady who had a toy chicken called Mr Clucks, she wanted him to be in our class photo. She was very kind and gave us a bag of apples to eat when we got back to school. Miss Standing was sneaky and left a 'Where's Honeycrisp?' stone in her egg basket! One of our stones was brought back to us this week too!
During Science we were talking about bones and fossils. We started by thinking about the question: alive, dead or never alive? We sorted different pictures into the different categories and talked about our reasons for the choices. Then came the fun bit...we made our own cast fossils. We started with plasticine in the bottom of a paper cup. We then used plastic dinosaurs to make an imprint in the plasticine (when Miss Standing was trying it out at lunch time she forgot to take the plastic dinosaur out and it got stuck)! Mrs O'Brien made a plaster of paris mix and Miss Standing poured it into our cups. It was very messy and she got it everywhere! We are still waiting for our fossils to set. They are taking much longer than Miss Standing's but hopefully they will be done by Monday!
We have been learning to play along with this terms song in Music this week. We were using the notes C, D and F. There were 4 beats in the bar but one of them was a rest so we didn't play. We put our hands in the air for the rest so that we didn't accidently play the glockenspiels. Miss Standing was so impressed she videoed it and we watched it on the whiteboard.
In our Geography/Topic lessons this week we have been comparing the market in Faversham to a market in a town in Ghana. We have looed at pictures, made observations and comparisons and we sketched pictures from photographs of the different markets.
We have updated our Topic board with our latest adventures this week.
We started our week by programming the Beebots. We reminded ourselves of the different buttons and what they do, and we followed visual instructions to program them. Some of them crashed and some of them tried to launch themselves off the table!
We went on our second adventure this week and we went to Stonebridge Pond to feed the ducks. It was wet and windy but we had dun anyway. Mrs O'Brien gave us each a bag with bread, cereal, peas and oats in and the ducks loved it (so did the seagulls)! As it was so wet we didn't take our clipboards with us but we did make lots of observations and we recorded them when we got back to school. You can see some of them on our Honeycrisp's Travels topic board in the classroom.
We have been carrying on with our Geography this week by looking at hot and cold areas of the world. We used atlas' to research the different animals found in both hot and cold areas. Some of us sorted them into 2 categories, hot and cold, and the rest of wrote down where they live and whether it is a hot place or a cold place.
We also looked at the four different seasons and what you would expect to find/see in each of them. We talked about the weather you would expect to have in each season and compared it to the weather that we have in England, and more specifically Kent. We conclude that it rains a lot!
The topic board has been updated again this week with a few duck pond observations and pictures of our adventure. We have also been learning new art skills this week and experimenting with watercolour paints. We learnt how to create a 'wash' with a little bit of paint and a LOT of water. Miss Standing was so impressed with our duck pond watercolour scenes that she wanted to put all of the up on the board!
On Tuesday we took our first Honeycrisp adventure and we went to the Library. It was a very long walk (3 miles in total)! When we got to the Library we did a scavenger hunt for different pictures/words in books and record them on our clipboards. We had a story in the children's section of the Library and then we walked back to school. On the way back we left 4 'Where's Honeycrisp?' painted stones. I wonder if anyone has found them yet?
We carried on with our Library focus this week for World Book day when we all turned into Wally's (and Wenda's...but mostly Wally's)! We wrote book reviews and designed our own Where's Wally book covers. We even shared our learning with Year 3 and Year 5 in an assembly. Owen introduced us and told everyone what we had been doing, Nancy and Riley read us their book reviews and Naylen showed everyone the pictures Logan, Daria, Charlie and himself had drawn of their favourite bits of the books we reviewed. They all did us proud. So proud that we had to jump up and wave every time they said 'Where's Wally?'
The first step of Honeycrisp's Travels!
PSHE - what are you proud of yourself for?
Geography - art for the 4 countries of the UK
Our display boards have been updated this week and our classroom is showing off some fantastic work.
We started our new term by reminding ourselves about how to be safe. We started by acting out our trip to Canterbury for the Mad Hatter's tea party and thinking through how to keep ourselves safe. We then thought about how we could relate that to keeping ourselves safe online. We talked about lots of different places we could visit online and what we needed to remember when exploring the internet.
In our Topic lessons this week we have been focusing on Geography. We started by thinking about the whole world! We learnt about the 7 continents and 5 oceans. We also learnt that we live in Europe! We labelled a world map and coloured in the separate continents.
We then focused in on the United Kingdom. We named the 4 countries and their capital cities. We labelled a map of the UK and coloured in the countries. We also learnt that we live in England!
In our Science lesson this week we were thinking about skeletons. Miss Standing was very impressed by how much we knew about the bones in our bodies. In our lesson we focused on animal x-rays. We matched them to the pictures of the animals they came from and drew detailed pictures of the bones. We learnt all about how important skeletons are...if we didn't have bones, we would be all floppy!
During Music this week we learnt a new song. We even came up with a dance routine that includes British Sign Language! We also had a chance to play the piano! Mrs O'Brien made Miss Standing play too!
We finished off our Science this term by looking at the eggs ('teeth') that had been sitting in different drinks for the last week. We took each of the egg shells out and compared them to the pictures from the first day. We also thought about the predictions we made last week and recorded our observations. We found that the coke and the orange juice were the most severe changes and we discussed how much sugar is in both of these drinks. The egg shell from the orange juice fell apart when Miss Standing touched it, and the inside layer peeled out. The egg shell from the coke cracked and was very sticky! We were surprised about the orange juice because oranges are healthy. The water was the best drink because the egg shell stayed clean and didn't crack. Both the tea and coffee stained the egg shells and made them go a very dark brown/black. Over the week the egg shells were 'soaking' we kept an eye on them and we were surprised by how little the egg shell in the hot chocolate changed. However, when we looked after a week there was a layer of sugar around the egg shell and it was cracked and sticky.
Our Term 3 homework was due in this week and we had two certificate receivers this term. Well done to Lottie and Nancy. Hopefully next term we will have a few more!
After our assessments were finished we started to get ready for next term! We helped Mrs O'Brien to paint a huge Wally from 'Where's Wally?'. It was even taller than Miss Standing!
We also painted 'Where's Wally?' stones...check back in at the start of next term to see what we do with them!
We have had a change around of some of our displays ready for next term. I wonder where Honeycrisp class will go on their adventures next term. Who can you find hiding behind the flowers? Where's Honeycrisp?
In our Science this week we have been looking at food and healthy eating. We started by thinking about where food comes from. Some of us found this quite a confusing task but we worked as a team and persevered to learn about the different foods.
This is how we started...
...this is where we ended up after some discussion, some team work and a bit of research!
We then thought about teeth and the affect different drinks could have on our teeth. We looked at 6 different drinks and set up an experiment using egg shells to monitor the affect over time. We have been looking at the egg shells (nearly) everyday and we will carry on looking at them until they have been in the drinks for a week. We predicted what we thought was going to happen to the egg shell in each drink, and next week we will make our final observations and compare them to our original predictions.
We continued to look at different ball skills this week in our P.E. lesson. Miss Standing said we were finding it far too easy, so we started to learn how to control a ball with a bat. This was really challenging but really fun and we played lots of games to practise the new skill.
This week we have been working step by step to make our own Mad Hatters top hats to wear to the Mad Hatters Tea Party. Have a look at the pictures below to see the different stages of the hat making process.
Step 1...the cardboard shape.
Step 2...strengthening the exterior with coloured tissue paper.
Step 3...adding the final decorations following our plan from last week.
Step 4...(the best step) wearing them to the Mad Hatter's Tea Party!
We had a fantastic time on our school trip to Alice and the Hatter Tea Rooms in Canterbury. We went on the bus (we were very early to the bus stop so we sang lots of songs and tried not to blow away in the wind and the rain) and then we walked through Canterbury to the tea room. We each had an Alice in Wonderland themed afternoon tea (some of us had actual tea) and sat on giant tea cups! The staff at the tea rooms were very lovely and they looked after us really well. They said we were very well behaved and that we were a pleasure to have. Hopefully we will be able to go back soon! We were having so much fun that we ended up almost running through Canterbury to get the bus back to school. It was okay though...team Honeycrisp are GO! We made it back in time for Star of the Week assembly too!
We have been working really hard in our maths this week. One thing we have been working on is directions. We have been learning to turn clockwise to a variety of degrees. We can now turn through one or two full turns, a half of a full turn, a quarter of a full turn or three quarters of a full turn.
In our Science lesson, we carried on looking at heart rate and the affect of exercise. We devised our own experiment to test our heart rates. We decided on our own exercise and we had to do it for 2 whole minutes! Some of us did press ups which was really hard! We had to record our results in our books and talk about what had happened to our heart rates and why.
We have been composing this week in Music. We looked at an Indian style of music called Bhangra. We were only allowed to use certain notes to fit with the music and we needed to choose a pattern of 16 notes to play along with the song.
Over the last few weeks we have been writing stories inspired by Alice in Wonderland. We started by introducing the main character Alice, then we designed our own Wonderland and as in any good story, something went very wrong and we resolved it! Our stories were so good they needed to be shared so we went to Year 4 and read them to the children. They were very impressed and we had a really lovely time.
The books are now on display in our classroom...you should come and read them!
In Science this week we have been looking at heartbeat and how it is effected by exercise. We talked about how to be healthy and what is needed to look after our minds and our bodies. We then carried out an experiment to look at our resting heart rate versus heart rate during exercise. We had to do star jumps for a minute and then count our heartbeats in a minute. We did this three times and compared the result. We discovered that the heart rate during exercise was higher, and it got higher the more exercise we did. We also noticed that our resting heart beat didn't drop as much, the more exercise we did.
In our P.E. lessons this term we are looking at ball skills. Last week we started by looking at bouncing and then this week we moved onto throwing and aiming. We played lots of games and we are really improving our skills!
We have also been focusing on skills in our Art lesson this week. Over the past few weeks we have looked at observational drawing and tone. In this week's lesson we combined the two skills to draw and paint objects from Alice and Wonderland. See below for the final pieces!
In our computing lesson this week we were practising searching on the internet. This time we were searching for images. We were finding this quite simple, so Miss Standing taught us how to save and rename the pictures so we could look at them again. There were a lot of steps but we persevered and we each managed to save a picture each.
We have carried on looking at germs in our Science lesson this week and now that we understand how germs spread we decided to design our own. We thought about a name, the effects of the germ, how it spreads and how to prevent it. Miss Standing designed a germ named Glinda that gave you hiccups if you got too close to someone and the only way to stop it was by walking around with your hand over your mouth!
To continue expanding our artistic skills we looked at tone this week. We thought about how we could change the tone of our colour and what we needed to add to it. We learnt that, to make the colour darker, we needed to add black (a little at a time) and to make the colour lighter, we needed to add white (a little at a time). We experimented, in pairs, with our colour and made a tone colour swatch.
Alice in Wonderland has taken over Honeycrisp class! We spent lots of time at the end of last term getting our classroom ready and it definitely looks like Wonderland to us. We have focused this week on the beginning of the story and describing the characters. We used adjectives to describe the two main characters so far; Alice and the White Rabbit.
We started our term off with a computing lesson where we actually got to use the computers! It was very exciting. We learnt how to search on the internet on an online picture dictionary. We used the alphabet to help us find the letters on our worksheet and then recorded 2 or 3 different objects beginning with that letter. We worked on our cursor control, this proved a little difficult for a while but we persevered and our skills really improved!
Our Science this term, and next term, is called 'Our Living Earth' and we started this term by thinking about hygiene and keeping clean. We did an experiment that involved us getting covered in glitter. We pretended that each grain of glitter was a germ and we pretended to sneeze into our hands (and Miss Standing put a pile of glitter on our hands). We then walked around the classroom touching all the things we normally come into contact with in a day (that included Miss Standing...a lot)! After 5 minutes we looked around the classroom and there was glitter EVERYWHERE. This helped us to understand how far germs travel from just one sneeze. We also looked at how much we need to scrub our hands to get the glitter/germs off.
In our Art lesson this week we did some observational drawing. We learnt all about the different skills needed to draw the fruit bowl. For example, we talked about scale, perspective, attention to detail, texture and shape. We used all of these elements to draw an accurate picture of the fruit bowl.
Term 2 - Let's Celebrate...
Term 2 - Week 7
This week we have definitely been in full Christmas mode. We have been doing lots of play rehearsals so we haven't actually spent a lot of time in the classroom. However, we have managed to make some time for Christmas crafts...
We started by talking about the nativity story and we made our own nativity scenes.
We also made different types of Christmas cards.
We talked about the different seasons and what we were looking forward to in 2019.
We made four season calendars using pointillism.
Amongst all the play rehearsals and Christmas crafts, we did manage to fit in the excitement of our Christmas dinner. We were wearing our Christmas jumpers and we had crackers. Miss Standing ended up with a reindeer antlers AND a Christmas hat! We all ate lots of yummy food and sang along to Christmas songs. Mrs O'Brien enjoyed her lunch as well :)
Term 2 - Week 6
During our computing lesson this week we were challenging ourselves with the Beebots. We had different mats to direct the Beebots around. We were even managing to do the whole algorithm in one go!
In Science this week we were talking about when different materials get warmer. What happens? We thought we would do a little experiment to see what happens when chocolate gets warmer...we might have got a little messy but it was good fun!
We have had lots of exciting visitors this week. Especially the naughty elf! His is back and being very naughty but we don't mind! Sinterklass also payed us a visit and left us a note and some sweets in our Dutch shoes. He struggled though because we asked for presents that he didn't understand and all the chocolate letters melted! He did bring us some lovely sweets though.
We also had a visit from Russet Class who have been studying the Egyptians and they wrote information reports about Tutankhamun. We were very privileged to listen to them read the reports to us. We learnt lots of interesting facts form them.
To celebrate the arrival of our class mischievous elf, we decided to make elf houses! Once again we got rather messy and there is now cotton wool everywhere but they look great!
The Christmas fever has officially hit Honeycrisp Class this week. We have not 1 but 2 Christmas trees and Santa is stuck in the our Advent chimney. We all get very excited everyday when it is time to do the advent board...who will be under those numbers next week?
Term 2 - Week 5
In our computing lesson this week we made programming cards and gave each other sets of instructions to follow. We then transferred these instructions to the Beebots (floor robots) and challenged ourselves to program the beebot to travel to a certain place.
We have started to engage Christmas mode in Honeycrisp Class this week. We each had a paper plate to make part of a Christmas tree. We had to cover it with everything green!
We finally got to 100% attendance this week so we celebrated with a doughnut!
This week we went on an adventure to Wildwood in Herne Bay. We did Christmas crafts (making and decorating pine cone Christmas trees and reindeer crafts). We had a chance to meet the reindeers (Kenny, Holly and Ivy) and we learnt all about their antlers. We had lunch, of course the most exciting part of the most of our days, and then we went for an explore around the park. We saw otters (they thought we had food so they followed us around for ages) and the wolves looked like they wanted to snack on us a little bit. However, that did mean we got lots of good pictures.
We had a very special delivery this week...from Santa himself! Miss Standing told him that we were writing letters and he wanted to send us some motivation. He also sent us a Santa cam so that he can make sure we are on our best behaviour in the lead up to Christmas!
Term 2 - Week 4
In our Science lesson this week we have been thinking about how to make objects waterproof. We made paper boats and talked about how paper wasn't waterproof. Then we used wax crayons as a waterproof coating to protect the boat from the water. We coloured the parts of the boat in that would be touching the water and tested the boats to see who had made theirs waterproof. We had some really successful ones. The trick was to make sure there were no gaps in the colouring so that the water couldn't get through to the paper.
One of the celebrations we have been looking at this week is Christmas in the Netherlands. We learnt about Sinterklass and his white horse. Sinterklass comes to the Netherlands on a boat with his white horse in the middle of November. He parades through the towns and villages with his horse and Black Peter until the 5th December when he visits the children's houses. The children leave a shoe, with hay and a carrot for the horse out, and Black Peter comes down the chimney and takes the carrot and hay for the horse. He then leaves the children presents in their shoe if they have been good, or coal if they have been bad. Traditional presents include sweets, a small toy or a chocolate letter representing the first letter of the children's name. We made our own, pretend, clogs and filled them with hay and a carrot. We also thought about what we would ask Sinterklass to bring us.
We also made Dutch holiday biscuits called Speculoos. The had lots of spices in them and tasted like Christmas!
Term 2 - Week 3
To continue with our celebrations topic, this week we have been thinking about Remembrance Day. We started by mind mapping all of the facts we already knew and then as we learnt new information we added it to our mind map. We spent a lot of time thinking about the ways that we remember the people who fought and died in the world wars and to show that we still remember we made some poppy wreaths. We used our hands as a template to make the leaves and cut round them lots of times! We then stuck our handprint leaves around the outside of a cardboard ring. We also made mini poppies using finger painting and when they were dry we cut them out and stuck them on the leaves.
On Wednesday we thought about poppies as a symbol of remembrance. We talked about how this year is a special celebration because WW1 ended 100 years ago. We were struggling to understand how long 100 years was so Miss Standing set us a challenge to make 100 poppies in 45 minutes. As there were lots of people away it meant we had to make 8 poppies each! There were 3 different ways we could make the poppies: 1) handprint painting, 2) wax crayon colouring and 3) cutting and sticking 3D poppies. We actually managed to make 123 in the time and Mrs O'Brien used some of them to make a 100 on our display board (see below).
Our Remembrance board
In our dance lessons this week we were thinking about poses. We played lots of games and Miss Standing kept trying to get us out! When she said stop we had to find a cone and strike a pose! Each time she took a cone away someone was out!
Term 2 - Week 2
For the beginning of this week we carried on looking at Bonfire Night and fireworks. We started by writing about the fireworks we saw over the weekend and sharing our experiences. We also learnt about an artist called Jackson Pollock. He invented 'Drip Painting' and we thought they looked like fireworks so we decided to have a go! We used black paper and brightly coloured paints to splatter on the paper. It was great fun and we got very messy! We also used chalk on black paper to create firework pictures and cut out 3D rocket fireworks.
In our Science this week we continued to look at floating and sinking. Miss Standing gave us each some plasticine and a bowl of water. Our challenge was to make the plasticine into a shape that would float. It was really hard, but some of us managed to make a shape that was a bit like a cup or a boat with tall sides!
We also learnt about another celebration this week; Diwali. Diwali is the Festival of Light that celebrates Rama and Sita returning to their home after being banished from the kingdom and Sita being kidnapped by the demon king Ravana (he has 10 heads and 20 arms). It is most traditionally celebrated in India by Hindus and Sikhs. We learnt all about the story and can now retell it really well! We also made lots of different Diwali themed crafts. We made paper plate Diwali lamps, decorated our a template of our hands with mendhi patterns and coloured in Rangoli patterns. Our favourite Diwali craft was the clay Diwali lamps that we made and decorated.
Our classroom has had another make over this week and we have lots of new displays.
Term 2 - Week 1
In our computing lesson this week we were talking about the difference between private and public information. We pretended to be different people and we had to work out whether we could share our personal information.
In our Science lesson this week we were looking at floating and sinking. We looked at different objects and made predictions as to whether we though they would float or sink. then we tested them in a bucket of water and recorded our results.
The first celebration we decided to look at for this terms topic, is Halloween! We talked about the costumes were going to wear and wrote descriptive sentences. We then did a carousel of Halloween craft activities. We made brightly coloured stencil pictures, skeleton hands and paper pumpkins.
We have started a new PSHE block this week and we are looking at getting on and falling out. We started by thinking about what it means to be a good friend and we talked about what we liked about people. We drew pictures of ourselves and then swapped pictures to write sentences about why that person was our friend.
We have had a change around of our display boards this week as well. A new PSHE board, an updated topic board (including our Halloween work and what we have learnt about The Gunpowder Plot...soon to include Bonfire Night) and also a celebrations board outside the classroom with our favourite celebrations on balloons.
Term 1 - Week 7
In our Science this week we carried out an investigation. We were testing how stretchy elastic bands were. We started with an elastic band attached to a small plastic bag and measured the length of the elastic band before fully beginning our experiment. We then added 2 marbles and measured again to see how much the elastic band stretched. We continued 2 marbles at a time and recorded each result in a table. By the end of the lesson we were able to tell each other how much each groups elastic band stretched. We also managed to use our maths skills to read the ruler, sometimes we had to work out half centimeters too!
We all want to say congratulations to our 4 homework certificate receivers this term: Lottie Booker, Riyah Lee-Jones, Owen Newman and Nancy Sunley. They all received enough homework points to get a homework certificate in the homework assembly at the end of term. Also, a big well done to those children that did some of their homework...fingers crossed you can get a certificate next time!
Sadly we have come to the end of our BFG topic so our BFG board has come down! We will certainly miss the giant head smiling down at us while we do our work!
We have been working really hard this week showing everyone how much we have learnt over the last 6 weeks, so by Friday we were ready to have a break! We used our Friday to do lots of preparation for next term where we will be learning all about celebrations.
We have worked so hard this term that we have shined too bright and we need to wear shades to protect each other!
Term 1 - Week 6
This week we have been looking at poetry. We made it cross-curricular by looking at our senses. We also tied it in with our topic and thought about the BFG's favourite drink. We split into groups and came up with words for each of the senses. Then we either worked in groups or individually to write an acrostic poem using everyone's ideas. You can see our work on the poetry display in the corridor outside Year 2.
In our Science this week we have been looking at stretchiness. We talked about different materials and their elasticity and then we followed instructions to make and test our own catapults!
We finished our week by making dreamcatchers using paper plates, which we decorated, ribbon to go through the middle and then ribbon and feathers on the bottom.
Term 1 - Week 5
During our Science lesson this week we carried on thinking about 'Bouncability'! We had lots of different types of balls and we tested how high they bounced. We split into groups and tested all 6 balls on 3 different surfaces; grass, concrete and carpet. We recorded our findings in a table and then looked at what we could learn from them. Each group had very similar results and we all agreed that the concrete was the best surface to bounce them on. We also agreed that the ping pong ball was definitely the bounciest!
We reached the first stage of our class reward jar this week and it meant...DOUGHNUTS!
We also had a visit from a clown this week! She had lost her smile and she needed our help to get it back.
This week we have been looking at dream jars in our topic lessons. We realised that we didn't know a lot about them so we decided to do some research. The pictures in the BFG book are not very clear so we decided to use the internet. We got the laptops out and looked them up on google images. We then went through the pictures and recorded our ideas in our books to help us plan our own dream jars.
After the planning came the best bit...making the dream jars!
Term 1 - Week 4
In our Science lesson this week we looked at a different material and how it changed when we added water. We used water beads and watched them over the day course of the day (between half 9 and 2 o'clock). We made predictions when we first started the experiment and then we made observations at the end. We compared our comments to see if we were right.