Dolphins Class

  Welcome to Dolphins

2017/18

 

 

30th September - 14th October 2017 

 

Crew Challenges

Dolphin Class are certainly Enthusiastic Eddies when it comes to completing their Crew Challenges!  We are now focussing on producing our best quality work  and challenging ourselves to get the most out of each piece of independent learning.  

 

 Instruction Writing

In English, we have been looking at 'The Lighthouse Keepers Lunch'. We made predictions about the story from the details we could see on the front cover.  We also thought about the impact of the words used to describe Mr Grinling's lunch.  We thought about how we give instructions and Dolphin class had great fun putting this to the test as they instructed Mrs Bennetts to make a jam sandwich in front of them.  They quickly learned that they needed to be specific and use imperative (bossy) verbs (get, spread, dollop).  Some children were able to use their knowledge of adverbs (slowly, carefully) to make their instructions more specific.  We followed this up by writing instructions for Mr Grinling on how to make a jam sandwich.

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Pairs on the Washing Line

In Maths we have been looking at pairs and 'lots of'. We were looking at how 2 + 2 + 2 can also be written as 3 x 2 meaning the same as 3 lots of 2. Children drew pairs of socks and linked them to the number sentence and the multiplication (x2) that it corresponded to. We also linked this to doubling by using dominoes which were blank on one side to practise drawing in the double and seeing how this related to 2 lots of.

We have been counting in 2s, 5s and 10s in our Maths Marines sessions and are developing our skill of counting in 10s from any number.

 

 

 

16th - 30th September 2017

 

Saving Peter Pan and Wendy from Deadly Scary Cove

Dolphin Class have really enjoyed coming to the rescue and helping to save Peter Pan and Wendy. We shared the story as a class and enjoyed looking at the different characters. The children were very excited to find a message in a bottle from Peter Pan and Wendy asking for help as they had been captured by the evil Captain Hook. They wrote to Peter and Wendy telling them to stay calm and await help and also to Captain Hook persuading him to set them free. They also created a map and wrote directions should they need to send others to help. They produced some very imaginative places on their maps showing that they could apply their knowledge of expanded noun phrases. 

 

Practical Place Value

In maths we have been partitioning numbers into tens and ones using dienes to reinforce our knowledge of place value. We used the dienes to help us do this practically and then drew the dienes in our books to help us solved addition and subtraction number problems.

 

Pirate Dance

In PE we are learning a pirate dance which involves us scrubbing the decks, climbing the rigging and setting up the canon. Everyone really enjoys learning new parts to the dance each week.

 

Waterproofing

In Science, Dolphins have been using their scientific skills to think about the properties of materials so they could sort waterproof materials from those that were not.  It was not as straightforward as it seemed as some materials appeared waterproof at first but then seemed to absorb the liquid. We used Education City to help us reinforce what it means to be waterproof. The children predicted which materials would let water through and as a class we poured water over each type of material so they could check their prediction.

Great Start!

Dolphins have had a fantastic start to year 2!  We have really enjoyed sharing our story shoeboxes and guessing the book that inspired them.  Some books were obviously linked to a special person or place that had been visited and were particularly tricky to guess! 

Our topic this half-term is "Peter Pan" and has inspired some very creative writing.  The book corner and role play areas have been a big hit and we enjoy spending time relaxing with a book or pretending to sail the high seas with an eye patch and a telescope.

 

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English display - msg in a bottle

 

 

2016/17

We have had a really exciting Geography week in Dolphin's Class learning all about life in the Indian village of Chembakoli.  We have thought about the houses, landscape, climate, food and many more things.  On Thursday we were really lucky because our lovely school cook Emily made a vegetable byriani to taste.  Lots of us really enjoyed eating this.  We hade fun tasting poppadums and mango chutney whilst listening to some Indian music in our restaurant!

 

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We went to Manor Farm and had such a great day.  The sun shone and we got to explore the whole farm, including having a scary lesson with the very strict Miss Stubbs!

 

 The Great Fire of London has been such a fun topic!

 

The week has started really well with a visit from Perform Drama Company.  The children dramatised the story after a visit from Samuel Pepys.  They travelled back to 1666 in his time machine and experienced baking with Tom Farriner and saw St Pauls Cathedral burnt to the ground! The children even learnt a Great Fire of London rap!GFOL1GFOL  gfol2

 

An Amazing Science Week!

 

The children have thoroughly enjoyed being scientists and have enjoyed wondering about the world.

We had lots of visitors sharing their skills.  Eddie taught us about sound waves, how heat changes things and even set fire to Methane!

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We had lots of other visitors including Mrs Master-Coles who showed us all the planets in our solar system and we found out lots of facts. We thought about change and looked at changes over time using the book 'Window by Jeannie Baker.  Mrs Coull was very proud of our poetry writing where we used alliteration in our writing.

We finished the week off with a shuffle day with Year 5 from the Junior School.  We investigated the question, Do longer legs mean higher jumps? We discovered what happens when skittles are added to water and also made Lilys that opened in water.  We used our wondering skills like Walter all week long!science   scienceyear5  lily science

 

 

 

What a wonderful start to the new half term!

We had a wonderful first week back as it was book week!  We thoroughly enjoyed having so many parents in school.  We were so impressed with the children's book making skills, we seem to have quite a few authors in the making!  The children were very good at reading during the Sponsered Read- thank you very much for supporting us with your kind donations.  We will be buying new guided reading books to use with your child in school shortly.

So far in our Topic the 'Great Fire of London' the children have found out how the fire started and some of the famous people involved.  They have collected and sorted lots of information, and compared differences between 2017 and 1666. They thought it was hilarious when I pretended to be 'Tom Farriner', although I'm not sure they were totally fooled!

We are looking forward to Perform Arts Company coming into work with us later in the month to act out the story.

Today we had a very exciting day meeting Sophie's fish, Masons's dog and Theo's snake and hermit crabs!

 

 

 

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 What a busy couple of weeks it has been!

This week has been 'Bring a Pet to School' week.  We have enjoyed learning about how to look after different pets.  We have had a tortoise, a gecko, rabbits, guinea pigs, cats, a bird, dogs and more!  They have been fascinating and even the grown ups have learnt a fact or two!  Thank you for taking the time to share your pets the children have all been so excited!

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Thank you all for coming to our assembly, we hope you enjoyed it.

We are ready to 'Go Wild' for our topic on 'PETS'

 

Happy New Year. 

The children have come back to school very excited about our new topic on 'Pets'.  We have started developing our drawing skills and have been sketching some lovely, detailed drawings of different kinds of pets.  We have discovered which pets are the favourite ones in the class and made a bar chart to show our results.  We have already started thinking of exciting reasons why it would be a good idea to bring some of our pets from home into class to share with each other.  Look out for some very persuasive letters in book bags soon!

 

This week we have started a new initiative we have aptly named 'Crew-a cise' (exercise for the Sarisbury Crew!)  This involves an extra 10 minutes a day of activity and exercise.  So far we have been playing a huge game of 'Follow my Leader' - Mrs Coull has come in quite exhausted as some of the children have been very active leaders!

 

What a delicious week!

 

The children have been thrilled to share their homelearning with everyone in the class.  We have enjoyed finding out about their relatives who served in the war. The children have been very pleased to show their trench cakes and bread and butter puddings. We have enjoyed sampling them in school too!  We had a visit from one of the grandparents in school, who gave the children lots of information and showed them some artefacts such as bullets.  It helped the children understand more about what it meant to go 'Over the top' and the battle of Somme.  We also learnt why the soldiers had to carry with them, a shovel and empty sandbags. I wonder if they can remember?

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Welcome Back!

 

Our new topic is 'World War 1' and we will be thinking about Rememberance Day and Poppies towards our Christmas Play 'A Night Before Christmas'.  We will be thinking about what life would have been like in the trenches and differences between 'Then and Now.'

 

Thank you for all your home learning over half term.  It looks like the children have had a fabulous time exploring in the woods.  We have displayed some of it in our classroom.  It will be a great stimulus for this week's writing!

 

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We have had a great week in Dolphins.  The children have been working really hard and have enjoyed our new Early Bird activities 

 

The children have had a fantastic start to the new school year.  We have busy with our new topic 'Ahoy There!'

 

The children have started their Crew Challenges, been great readers in Harbour time and sent messages in a bottle to Pirate Paul!  We have been impressed with their independence skills and they are rising to new challenges each day.

 

We have tested how we can change the shape of a ball of plasticine to make it float in Science.  We were delighted when we discovered how to make this happen.

 

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On Friday 13th May we celebrated the Queen's 90th birthday. During the morning we designed a new postage stamp, wrote a letter to the Queen and also researched the royal family tree.  We ate our picnic lunch in the hall which was bedecked with bunting that we had all made and the teachers all looked as though they were going to a garden party with their scarves and fascinators.

 

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On Thursday 5th May we had a Year 2 Trip to Manor Farm.  We were very lucky with the weather and had glorious sunshine all day.  We learned about what it was like on a farm during World War 2 and the life of an evacuee. We had a go at rag rug making and thought about what we would take with us as an evacuee.

 

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We learned about milking cows and that you had to get up very early!

We visited the school house and discovered it there was an air raid the children had to hide under their desks.

 

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On 8th March we had a PSHE shuffle day and spent the morning working in different classes.  We even spent part of the morning with Mrs Beynon and she was really pleased to see us all and said how much we'd grown!

First, we thought about things we are grateful or thankful for.  We thought about lots of different things like our family, friends, home, pets, toys, food, water and even our warm beds.  Then we wrote our thoughts down on strips of paper and made them into a huge paper chain which is now hanging from our ceiling.

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We then made 'thankful' clouds, writing or drawing on them all the things we are thankful for.  We were really focussed and thought carefully about what we chose to put on the clouds. 

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Finally, we ventured down to Year R to Mrs Beynon where we worked on our teamwork and resilience skills.  We had to persevere and try to solve a really tricky problem.  What do you think the answer is? (scroll down to the bottom of the Fire of London pictures, and you'll find the answer!!)

 

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Our topic this half term is PETS!  The children have written letters to persuade you to bring in your pets to share with the class.  We have been so impressed with their writing skills and hope it works!  We look forward to meeting lots of creatures over the coming weeks.

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Our Great Fire of London topic came to a fiery finale this week when we set fire to the Tudor houses we had designed and built.  The fire started as just a flicker of flame .........

 

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... but it soon spread through the houses, helped by the wind - just like in the real Fire of London.

 

 

 

We made a fire break to see whether it would stop the fire from spreading.  The fire break did a great job and the final few houses were saved.  This was just like the Fire of London when houses were blown up in the path of the fire to prevent the entire city from burning down.

 

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We used our senses and turned into reporters to write a newspaper article about what we had seen, heard and smelled.  We had to think of the headline for our article, a caption for the picture and then write the main newspaper story about the fire at Sarisbury school.  We interviewed our shipmates to help gather the facts, including eyewitness quotes which we used in our newspaper stories.

Later on in the week, Perform Drama came to visit us again and we travelled in a time machine back to September 1666.  We recreated the sound effect of the flames crackling and used our drama skills to re-enact escaping from the fire and helping to put it out with buckets of water and squirters.  There were even a few casualties as you can see from the pictures!  We have really enjoyed this topic and are looking forward to our next one already ..... PETS.

 

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It's the first week back after Christmas and half of us have once again been 'Forest Friends'. After all the recent rain, it was VERY muddy and we loved squelching through the sludgy patches.  This time, we took some equipment with us and enjoyed using the binoculars, a metal detector, a torch and a tape measure.  The only 'treasure' we found though, was an old drinks tin can!!

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Mrs Grover also showed us how to whittle a branch using a paring tool. We were closely watched by Mrs Grover while she let us have a go at whittling ourselves.

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It's Panto day! What a fabulous day it's been!  The costumes looked fantastic and I'm sure you agree that they spoke, acted, sang and danced brilliantly. Thank you for all your help with providing help with costumes.  Have a wonderful Christmas.  Mrs Coull, Mrs Hawksworth and Mrs Ditchburn.

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In science, we have been thinking about what seeds need to enable it them to grow. Mrs Hawksworth explained that the aliens from our 'From the Sky' topic think that seeds don't need any water, light or heat so we had to think of a fair test to prove to them what the perfect growing conditions are.  We set up three trays exactly the same, but had to keep one away from the heat (we put it in the courtyard); one away from the light (we kept that one in the cupboard); and the final one we decided not to water so we put that one on the windowsill.

One week later and look what happened! 

 

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The seeds that were kept out of the light grew the most but we decided that they didn't look very healthy! The ones we didn't water didn't grow at all.  However, the seeds that we put outside were the best.  We now need to let the aliens know!