Welcome to Wallaby!
I am Mrs Sanderson, class teacher of this incredibly friendly, hard working class of Year 2 children!
Keep checking back on our page to see what we have been learning!
Wow, has that really been more than a week since we were last at school??? I love seeing what you have all been up to on the school Facebook page, so please keep posting your pictures of what you've been doing and learning! I must say, I'd much rather be at school teaching you all than be working from home and trying to teach Alfie and Arthur. Alfie has been working really hard learning new digraphs and using them to build his own words and sentences, while Arthur.... well, he's just being Arthur. I thought I'd show you a little bit of what we've been up to with some links so that you can join in too!
Alfie and Arthur have enjoyed doing PE each morning with Joe Wicks at 9:00! - https://www.youtube.com/user/thebodycoach1 I just can't keep up with them! You might like to try Jump Start Jonny instead - https://www.jumpstartjonny.co.uk/home
As you all know, Alfie loves cooking! We have made dinosaur and train shaped biscuits (Alfie measured out all of the ingredients) and Easter Nests! Have you been baking/ cooking? I wonder what you could make?
Recipe for making biscuits - https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/easiest-ever-biscuits
Easter Nests - https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/shredded-wheat-nests
Making a Sandwich - https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/collection/sandwich
Hot Cross Buns - https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/hot-cross-buns
And... we made a den. We had to make this inside because it was raining outside! What else could you get up to outside?
How to build your own den - https://www.edenproject.com/learn/for-everyone/how-to-build-your-own-den
Making a kite - https://scoutingmagazine.org/2019/02/flying-kites-in-scouting/
One of Alfie's learning tasks was to read a favourite book and draw his favourite characters and settings. He chose 'Funny Bones'
Alfie also loves to read Oliver Jeffers. He has been reading a story each day and publishing it onto his website - 6pm: https://www.oliverjeffers.com/abookaday/
David Walliams is also reading some of his stories at 11am each day - https://www.worldofdavidwalliams.com/elevenses/
We have made the most of the sunshine while it is out! Alfie is a keen gardener and has made sure that all of my garden plants have what they need to survive - https://www.bbc.co.uk/teach/class-clips-video/science-ks1-ks2-ivys-plant-workshop-what-do-plants-need-to-survive/zkw2gwx
He also planted some sunflowers - https://www.rhs.org.uk/education-learning/gardening-children-schools/family-activities/grow-it/grow/sunflower
And, Arthur found a ladybird on our lawn. He watched it for a long time. Then, we did a 'bug hunt' and found lots of insects, including a bee! Our next job is to build a 'bug hotel'. I wonder what you could find if you did a bug hunt? Could you tally the number of animals that you find?
Scavenger Hunt - https://www.woodlandtrust.org.uk/blog/2020/01/nature-scavenger-hunts
How to build a bug hotel - https://www.wildlifetrusts.org/actions/how-build-bug-mansion
We took our art learning outside too! Arthur used chalks on the floor to create some pictures and both boys enjoyed painting on a HUGE piece of paper. We then used our painting to create frames and cards which we then posted to friends and family! Who would you make a card for? How do you send it through the post? Could you write them a letter to go inside?
Ideas for Spring/ Easter Cards - https://www.mummymummymum.com/easy-easter-cards/
Simple Easter Cards - https://www.pinterest.co.uk/pin/184577284702437375/
Chick Cards - https://www.pinterest.co.uk/pin/570901690240381417/
With Easter weekend fast approaching, we are planning on lots of fun Easter activities:
On Sunday we are going to do an Easter Egg Hunt with a map! - https://www.goodhousekeeping.com/holidays/easter-ideas/g4151/easter-egg-hunt-ideas/
We are going to decorate some boiled eggs! - https://www.eggs.ca/eggs101/view/70/how-to-decorate-an-easter-egg
So, keep an eye on our class webpage for photographs of more activities that we have bene up to that you could join in with too!
Keep posting your fabulous learning and I can't wait to see you all again soon!
Love Mrs Sanderson
On Friday 31st January, Wallaby class participated in French Day!
We decorated biscuits to show the Tricolour (French Flag), We sang Frere Jacques as a round and we used pointillism to paint some African animals.
The children began their day with an assembly, where they listened to the choir sing 'Amazing Grace' and 'Let is shine'. They then spend an hour as a phase, working with the choir learning the song and actions to 'Let it shine' before having a 'sing off' to see who's version was the best! At the end of the day, we had a whole school assembly where the children came together to perform the songs that they had worked on throughout the day to create one HUGE concert!
'Today was awesome' (William)
'That was fabulous!' (Raysa)
'I loved it when they all sang different parts' (Levi)
The children in Wallaby raised money for Children in Need by having a non-uniform day!
In star assembly the children learnt about where the money raised is spent and how important it is those receiving it.
This half term, in topic, we are learning about castles! We have learnt the different features of a castle and why they were important. We used this knowledge to begin to build our own model of a castle, using the appropriate features, from junk! Today we began to select what junk we wanted to use and discuss the best materials that we wanted to use.
'We could use this egg box to make the draw bridge because it moves up and down.'
NRM Locomotion, Shildon Visit
On Thursday 24th October 2019, Year 2 visited Locomotion, Shildon as part of their 'Journeys' topic! The children excitedly travelled by coach and were keen learners throughout the day. We took part in a tour of the museum, made our own locomotive and looked at artefacts from the railways. We were able to touch a piece of coal (It was heavy!) and we saw, and got to wear, the hats that the engine drivers would have worn! We had a fantastic day and learnt lots!
Australiasia Mini Topic
As part of our mini topic, we have focussed our learning on New Zealand. We have spent a lot of time looking at where New Zealand is in the world and some of the traditions. We have also researched our class animal - the Wallaby! We found out some fantastic facts before we wrote a non-chronological report about wallabies.