The last 2 weeks were FairTrade Fortnight. This year the theme was: ‘Choose the World You Want’ and how the choices we make effect other people.
We looked at what FairTrade was and the symbol used to show us which products in our shops were FairTrade. We focused on looking at the FairTrade of bananas, coffee and chocolate and the farmers who grew these. We saw how much work goes into the growing of these crops and we want to make sure that they receive a fair price for their goods so that they can afford to live.
We read the story: “Juliana’s Bananas” by Ruth Walton which gave us a really good understanding of how hard farmers work and what a huge difference FairTrade money makes to their lives and the communities they live in.
Some of us managed to find some FairTrade products in our cupboards at home!
To find out more about FairTrade take a look at the FairTrade website:
We created posters to advertise FairTrade products to the people we live with at home, and we thought about the world we want to live in. Lots of us talked about choosing a fairer world for people and animals and taking care of the environment. Have a look at our work here:
All week we have been learning about the Census – can you remember what this means? On 21st March, the government will be doing lots of counting to find out some information like where do we live, which school we go to, how old we are, how many people live in your house and what we like to do in our spare time.
Today, across the whole school, we had a competition! We are counting all of the steps that we took today and then we are going to add them together to see how many we did! In Y2 we focused on counting our steps in hundreds.
I have added all the steps together including mine and Ruby Class’ grand total came to 20, 510!!
Well done to everyone who took part and counted their steps! Now we will have to wait and find out how many the whole school achieved altogether!
Yesterday was World Book Day and even though most of us weren’t in school we still managed to celebrate it from home!
We all got dressed up – some of us decided to dress as our favourite characters from a book and some of us dressed in our pyjamas like we were ready for out bedtime story!
We completed a World Book Day Quiz over zoom altogether and lots of us scored really high, which shows what a great knowledge we already have of books!
We shared our favourite books with each other by writing or filming our book recommendations. Lots of us recommended ‘The Gruffalo’ by Julia Donaldson. It’s a clear favourite in Ruby Class!
We also completed a World Book Day Scavenger Hunt! We had to find these items:
Can you find something the same colour as the Gruffalo? One of the animals from Dear Zoo? Something smaller than the evil pea? Something red like Little Red Riding Hood’s cloak? Something the very hungry caterpillar eats? Something that you could give Mr Bear from ‘Peace at Last’ to help him sleep? The item in your house that was Claude’s (Claude and the City) best friend?
Here’s how we got on:
For our Art activity yesterday we had a go at designing our own World Book Day Book Token:
This is part of a national competition. See the details below on the poster and visit the website for how to enter if you would like to enter your book token design into the competition:
Then the teachers at Prince Edward surprised us with a ‘Masked Reader’ Competition where we had to try and guess who each teacher was. It was really hard as some of the disguises were so good! Have another watch of the video here to see if you can guess anymore:
We had a really fun day celebrating World Book Day but remember books aren’t just for World Book Day, we need to enjoy books all year round. If you are struggling to find a book that you enjoy why not ask a teacher back at school next week? They have a huge knowledge of books and there will definitely be a book out there that grab your interest!
Internet Safety day was on the 9th February. To celebrate it this year we spent the whole week looking at internet safety through our literacy, learning from home.
We read the story ‘Monkeycow’ by Stuart Spendlow
This story teaches us not to share our own passwords. Think about what we use passwords for E.g. RM maths, Rising Stars Reading Planet. Do you use them for anything else? We discussed how it’s very important that we keep these private as they are ours and they protect our personal things and information online. We don’t want other people to log onto our RM Maths as they could look at our scores or they could even have a go on it and get us a rubbish score by pretending to be us!
In the story ‘Monkeycow’ the little girl has to learn the hard way about not sharing her passwords.
This book inspired us to create our own safe place to keep our favourite belongings. We then password protected our safe place so that no one else could get our belongings. We were all really good at remembering not to share our passwords with each other. Have a look at the imaginative safe places we came up with!
The theme for this years Safer Internet Day was whether we can trust everything that we read or see on the internet. Do you think that everything you see online is true? Do you think that there might be some things online that aren’t true?
Digiduck helped us discover that we should be careful with what we see and read online as not all of it is true. The best person to ask if we are unsure is our trusted adults, such as our adults at home or adults in school.
We then used this to play: True, False and Opinion. We chose some objects and then wrote 3 facts about each object – one was true, one was false and one was an opinion:
At the end of the week we were confident with our online safety rules and had a go at writing them out to remind ourselves and others:
The last week at school before half term was Safety Week. We looked at lots of different aspects of keeping safe: safety at home, fire safety, road safety and online safety.
Fire Safety fitted in perfectly with our topic – The Great Fire of London. We learnt in this topic all about how destructive a fire can be. We discussed lots of rules with how to stay safe with fire:
Never Play with fire or matches
If your clothing catches fire: STOP, DROP and ROLL
Never hide during a fire – let firefighter see you
Call 999 in an emergency
During a fire, stay low on the floor
Get out and stay out – never return to a burning building or area
We then wanted to create our own fire safety posters to share on our blog to help remind others of the fire safety rules. Take a look at some of the super posters we created:
Safety at home
This one was easy to complete because most of us are at home at the moment so we went on a hunt around our homes to see what potential dangers we could find. We then took photos of them to share with our class. We had to be very careful when completing this because everything we took a picture of has the potential to be dangerous.
Can you explain what could be dangerous about these 3 items in the images?
To help us with our road safety we need to remember the:
Stop, Look, Listen, Think sequence
STOP – when you approach a crossing, STOP before you come to an edge of the pavement
LOOK – LOOK for cars, bikes, lorries, other vehicles, by looking right, left and right again
LISTEN – LISTEN for vehicles too. You may be able to hear them before you see them
THINK– is there enough time for you to cross the road safely?
We watched these children show us how to do the STOP, LOOK, LISTEN and THINK sequence when crossing a road. Watch the video again as it is a really good reminder:
We then practised how to carefully cross a road at home using the sequence. Some of us completed this in our house as a practise and some of us went outside and practised how to do this on a real road with our adult.
Remember to always complete this sequence when crossing a road.
Check out these road safety activities you can complete at home:
This half term our new topic is Africa. Africa is a continent. A continent is a large, solid land mass. Africa has 54 countries in it – wow!
To kick start our learning around Africa we had some fun creating some traditional African inspired Jewellery called “Massai Jewellery”. The Maasai are a tribe who have lived in the African countries of Tanzania and Kenya for hundreds of years. They wear beautiful colourful beads. Take a look at the picture below to find out more about the Maasai tribe and for the instructions on how to make your own piece of jewellery inspired by the Maasai tribe.
We had a go using what we had at home creating some of our own jewellery. Some of us even managed to make it to the correct size so we could wear it!
Our topic last half term was The Great Fire of London. We loved learning about the fire that happened in 1666 and we’ve all learnt lots of historical facts – when we are back at school you can test us on these!
To celebrate the end of the topic we had a go at creating our own model of a building from 1666 using anything we could recycle at home. Some of us even spent our half term holidays making them. Have a look at what a fab effort we put into our creations:
Picasso used colour in his paintings to express feelings.
Firstly we looked at 3 of his paintings from his ‘Blue Period’ and thought about how the colours made us feel and how we thought the people in the paintings felt:
Then we compared other paintings of his where he has used warm colours:
We looked at a colour wheel and used this to help us understand which colours were warm and which were cool and the impact this had on the art work.
We then thought about how we can use colours in our work to make a happy/sad portrait of ourselves or others. Have a look at the portraits we produced at home and look carefully at whether we chose warm or cool colours.
We also looked at how else we can produce portraits – by using things we find inside and outside – these were fun to make!
Last half term we looked at the traditional tale of Little Red Riding Hood. Lots of us knew the story already as it is a traditional tale but we really delved deep into the story and even looked at other versions where the author had changed parts from the original.
We started off learning and reminding ourselves of the traditional story through oral rehearsal and role play. Some of us made some fabulous videos of the story! Take a look at us dressing up in role – and we even got some pets involved! Can you guess what character the dog is playing from the story?
Once we were able to confidently re-tell the story we created our own story maps:
Then we used our imaginations to change parts of the story to create our own version of Little Red Riding Hood with a twist! I was so impressed with the stories I got back and really enjoyed reading them! Take a look at just some of them: