Welcome back and we hope you had a happy Easter! This half term we will be having PE on Tuesday as usual but on a Wednesday we will be having a Yoga session in the morning - children will need PE kits for both days. We do not have Forest School this half term so they will not need to bring in additional clothes for this. For more information about what we will be learning, please see the information leaflet below and visit the page regularly for updates.
This week we have been learning about Boudicca and how she was a fierce warrior. We wrote and delivered some inspirational speeches, as Boudicca, to try and rally our troops and then tried on a replica Roman helmet and held a shield and sword to try our our battle cries! We added a bit of drama as we acted out a scene from Boudicca's house and we have found some budding actors in the class! Our favourite part of the week was performing our class assembly in church which also gave us the chance to show off our new music-reading skills with our recorder playing!
Welcome back once more to our class page and we hope you enjoy seeing what we get up to in school. Below is this half-term's information about the interesting topics we will be investigating.
This term has flown by and we've had a brilliant time in Class 2. Our fantastic term was finished off today with a celebration of Easter. We began with a church service, learning all about the Easter Story and also celebrating termly achievements. After this we had a great time on an Easter egg hunt before some really special activities. We got to experience The Last Supper as we gathered in the hall to learn all about Passover and try some of the foods of the time. The favourite bit was having our teachers wash our feet, as we learnt all about the significance of Jesus carrying this out. Just before the end of the day we recreated the welcome of Jesus by walking around the area with palm leaves we had made for the occasion before finishing the day with a whole school assembly!
Thank you for all of your support this term and we hope you have a safe and lovely Easter!
We've had a very busy few weeks finishing off our work about Little Red and beginning the activities related to our termly class book, The Creakers. Linking in with our science topic we studied nutrition and had a request from Little Red to help her to design some healthy meals for her new adventures. The class used their knowledge to plan balanced meals, designed a leaflet to guide her to eat healthily and finally wrote her some instructions to help her to make the meals herself. We then tried out our instructions with some hilarious results - I think we've all learnt the importance of being specific when instructing someone!
During maths, the class have been thoroughly enjoying putting their practical skills to the test inside and out of the classroom.
In our second science topic, we have been learning about the classification of animals. We created branching diagrams using our computing skills, we've completed some investigative work in our bug hunt (see if you can spot the frog that made us jump!) and this has all contributed to an individual interactive information book using various Design and Technology techniques. We can't wait for you to try the finished products!
Please see the selection of photographs below to see what we've been up to.
We have had a very exciting time celebrating World Book Day. Dressed in our costumes from our favourite books, we started our day with an assembly introducing each of our characters from Nelson Mandela to Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz! We've been studying Little Red, a book by Bethan Woollvin, for the Traditional Tales with a Twist element of our English lessons and we've enjoyed it so much that the children requested we look at her other books today too. After reading her version of Rapunzel and Hansel and Gretel, we set to designing our own storyboards of what Little Red did next. We then turned these into our own picture books with our front covers designed using iPads. There were some fantastic ideas even if they were a bit gruesome!
We've had a very busy half term learning about The Great Fire of London, The History of Flight and our geography topic all about Spain.
Whilst learning about the Great Fire of London we tried writing our own diary entries after being inspired by a visit from Samuel Pepys. He popped in for an interview to answer some of our questions about his experience of The Great Fire and of his own experiences of it. We used the answers to use as quotes in our newspaper reports. You can see some of our incredible work displayed on the classroom window.
We also glided through the beginnings of flight, studying some of the pioneers such as Amy Johnson, Bessie Coleman and The Wright Brothers - we particularly enjoyed re-enacting their first attempts at flight during our English lesson!
Our Spain topic provoked lots of interesting discussion about various festivals, traditions and differing climates. A class debate about Catalonian independence surprised them all after we staged our own speeches and vote. It came out 50/50!
The class have thoroughly enjoyed designing and making their own wallets and you can see these below.
Welcome back and we hope you all had a nice break and have recharged your batteries. To find out what we will be learning this half-term please see the Class Information leaflet underneath and keep checking back for updates of our activities.
Year 2, 3 and 4 Statutory Spelling Word Lists
Welcome back to our class page. Please see below to find out what we will be learning about this half term. Don't forget to keep checking back for updates and pictures.
We've been having so much fun this half term doing lots of fun Christmas activities and particularly enjoyed our Christmas Fun Day. We had lots of craft activities; whittling Christmas Trees in Forest School, weaving a calendar and of course designing lots of things to bring home.
Our Class Book was The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe and so our reading area was transformed into the cosy living room of Mr Tumnus the fawn. Class 2 were inspired to compose some beautiful writing and made their own scenes incorporating drawing, painting and then adding snow detail, finally fitting wardrobe doors over the front. They thought up their own magical adventure stories and read these to each other in front of our class Christmas tree.
We also had a visitor in class in the form of a very mischievous elf, Elphick who played some pranks on us but then changed his ways by doing some lovely things for us too!
Our School Nativity took the stage during the final week. The children all performed magnificently and should be very proud of all of the hard work they put in.
Please enjoy a selection of pictures below pictures below and have a Merry Christmas!
We've had a very busy and exciting start to our Christmas term.
Our Science Topic all about electricity has seen us shocked into action creating safety posters all about protecting ourselves from the dangers all around us. Putting our newly gained knowledge to the test, we have been building some simple circuits, lighting bulbs, sounding buzzers and engaging motors. We are now able to assess an example of a circuit and identify whether or not it will work and our posters have been brilliant reminders of how to keep ourselves safe.
Our Wednesday afternoons have continued to provide us with both creative and adventurous opportunities. Through the mediums of playdough, cardboard and design we have begun to work on final models of animals moulded from clay (KS1) and using cams mechanisms (KS2). Forest school has been as much fun as ever with various creations using wood, wool and clay enabling us to take home our experiences. Have a look at our fantastic work:
We have linked this into our Music leading up to Christmas as we compose our own electronic masterpieces. Focussing on different musical elements we will capture the essence of our chosen animals - we've been planning what kind of dynamics to use - whether it should vary suddenly (subito), or gradually (crescendo/diminuendo), the tempo (speed), pitch - would our animal be high or low or both - and thought about what instrumentation (sonority/timbre) will suit the animals. We will be looking further into how the rhythm can portray them accurately in the coming weeks as we begin to input our ideas into the computers. You can see photos of our ongoing projects below but make sure to stay tuned for updates as we progress...
As always at this time of year, we pause and remember those who gave their lives so we could live. This year, we were invited to attend church to be part of the remembrance service. In the build up we learnt lots about the reason for the occasion, the service, the significance of poppies and the meaning of The Last Post and Reveille. We each made our two poppies that we took to church; one to represent our own remembrance and one to pass to a member of the congregation in order for them to place in memory. This extended into our Forest school where we weaved our own poppies on a cross. The class did themselves very proud in the service, showing utmost respect and understanding.
They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them
Welcome to Class 2 and thank you for coming to look at our page. Keep checking back regularly for pictures, updates and an insight into all the amazing things the class has been getting up to. Please see the documents below for information about what we're learning about this half term.
This half-term, our topic has been based around learning about Scarisbrick and the surrounding areas. We have enjoyed looking into the history of the school where we even got to see some of the old punishment books and lesson timetables! As part of our history experience, our class took part in a morning of Victorian school-style lessons after we found out that our school building was built as a school during the Victorian times. We set some very strict rules, completed our Maths and English on a slate; all whilst our teachers referred to us by our last names only! We definitely don't want the old Victorian punishments but requested that we stayed sitting in rows... but most definitely don't bring back the cane! Have a look at our slate work below.
Apart from the history of our topic we looked into the physical and human geographical features of where we live. We used digital maps, atlases and Ordinance Survey maps to locate ourselves in the context of the world, observe the features we were learning about and even plotted routes to areas of interest using compass directions!
It wasn't just Geography and History though, we loved art lessons with Mrs Lyness (who even built a scale 3D model of the school to help with our learning!) where we sketched, mirrored and painted our own versions of the school building. These lesson worked in tandem with our Forest School afternoons where this half-term we put some life skills into practice including using a screwdriver!
As well as working hard, we like to enjoy our lessons and after-school clubs. This half-term saw us all partake in Monster Monday, dressing up as a monster and engaging in lots of related activities. As part of our English lessons we learnt how to follow and write instructions by designing/writing a potion and making (all done in full costumes!) a 'Nebula Potion' to take home with us.
In sewing club, after school, the children started to learn to sew and practiced their new skill by creating some fantastic works of art using stitches and design. Please look at the photos below as they showcase the work that they were very proud of.
Home Learning Spring 2021
The children had great fun during our Science Week.
Day 1 They used m&m’s investigate colour missing and how cold water affects erosion, a few children tested how good they were to eat too!
Day 2 Using one piece of A4 paper, the children were asked to design the strongest bridge they could.
Day 3 The children joined Dr Who and the Supermovers team in an interactive lesson about the solar system and light.
Day 4 Today the children became ‘Rock Detectives’. They carefully looked at a range of different rocks, and completed an acidity test, a density test and a scratch test to help them sort them into different rock types.
Day 5 The children found out about different types of see dispersal. They made sycamore helicopters. The explored changing the size and the weight of the helicopter’s (using paper clips) to find out which flew the best
The children had great fun during Science Week.
World Book Day - Reading can give us wings!
The children thoroughly enjoyed our World Book Day activities. They enjoyed reading 'Dear Green Peace'. They imagined what animal they might find in their gardens and write their own letters to Greenpeace. They used non-fiction books and the internet to research their animal and how they could look after it.
In RE we have been exploring the meaning of the Christian word 'agape'. During Heart Day, the children took part in a range of activities linked to 'agape'. They made a large 'Heart' poster with the Rev. Eileen, share their thought and ideas during Circle Time and decorated their own hearts. The children also wrote love poems.
In Science the children have been learning about food chains, producers, consumers and predators
The Science of Sound
The children took part in a range of investigation to find out how sound is made.
This half term Year 3 have an athletics coach from the West Lancashire Sports Partnership.
Class 2 Trip to the Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool.
On Thursday 12 December we went to the Walker Gallery in Liverpool. The children were amazed by the size and detail of the paintings on display and particularly enjoyed the 'Spot the Difference' task looking at the painting 'And when did you last see your father?' by William Frederick Yeames. When some of the children were asked the same question, they replied, 'this morning!!!' As part of our RE work the children explored the different galleries, identifying paintings that portrayed different events in Jesus's life. The children were particularly impressed by the portrait of Henry VIII by Hans Holbein, and were keen to dress up as Henry VIII and his daughter Elizabeth I.
I'm Gonna Shine
On Friday 6 December 2019 the whole school performed in our Nativity I'm Gonna shine! All the children in class 2 had lines to say as well as learning all the words and actions for the songs.
This half term, Year 3 and 4 have been learning a dance routine. They have worked very hard learning the moves and choreographing their own group dances to incorporate into the whole dance.
Ormskirk Food Bank
So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you. Matthew 7:12
In conjunction with St Mark's Church, we have been supporting the Ormskirk Food Bank.
The Great Plague of 1665
The children found out about the Plague Doctors known as 'Quacks'. The year 2 children make posies to take away the smell of the dirty street of seventeenth century London.
The Year 2 children used peg boards and pegs to support their work on multiplication arrays.
The children planned and made their own 'Electric Personalities'. They used their knowledge of electrical circuits and how to make switches to design a circuit, and incorporated it into their model. In some models the eyes or the nose light up, in others the nose, tail or bow tie spins around and some children have included a buzzer 'voice' too.
The children worked in pairs to explore making different kinds of switches. The used copper tape, 10p coins, foil, paper clips and butterfly clips as conductors.
Carrying the Bucket Challenge
It was raining this week, so our outdoor addventurous activities took place in the hall. The childen had to work together to create a carrying frame to move the bucket form one side of the hall to the other.
More Golden Time Fun!
This week the children chose Lego for Golden Time. Sitting in a circle, a huge tub of Lego was tipped onto the carpet. Working in small groups, the children chose the Lego they needed and build some wonderful models.
This half term the children have been taking part in Outdoor Adventurous Activities (OAA). The children had to work as a team to build a bridge. They placed a bucket on their bridge and counted beanbags into the bucket to test how strong and stable it was.
To celebrate good behaviour the children have 25 minutes Golden Time each week. At the beginning of the week the children suggest two activities they would like to do and over the week the children vote for their favourite. For the first golden time of the new school year the children suggested parachute games or games on the field. The vote was very close, but parachute games won 11 votes to 10!