Caterpillars – Week 3

May the 4th be with you!

Firstly, I would like to say a big well done to those from Caterpillars class who took part in the Meldon Cup cricket tournament. Miss Rowe passed on that you represented the school well and worked incredibly hard to win two games out of the three played! A huge well done to you all!

In maths this week, we have been looking at multiplying bigger numbers using grid method and doubling and halving through partitioning. Lots of great mixed year group work going on with the Year 2’s giving Year 3 a run for their money so well done indeed!

In English, we have completed some excellent news reports on Howard Carter’s amazing discovery of Tutankhamun’s tomb. Throughout each piece it has been great to see the facts about the discovery used so well and alongside so many different adjectives to describe different parts of the tomb, how Carter felt and much more. Next week we are going to be looking into the mummification process in History so we can’t wait to learn more about how they preserved king Tut!

In Science, we had a great time learning about the 7 processes of life (Year 2) and how mirrors work using light which linked to our topic on space (whole class). We set up some fun games using mirrored glasses and set challenges to see firstly, who could complete an obstacle course whilst the mirrors reversed what we could see and secondly, who could explain why this was happening. Lots of logical thinking and great teamwork taking place again throughout which is always good to see.

In Computing, we have completed our very own animations using GIF software and next week look forward to creating a new flipbook based animation using what we have learnt. In Art, we have been exploring space and the work of Jackson Pollock through some expressive scenery work. Using toothbrushes, straws and sponges, we have created our own nebulas, galaxies and more! We may have also added a small spaceship for May 4th (Star Wars day of course!) which was a lot of fun.

In PE, we just haven’t stopped this week! With our weekly GO Noodle guided dance/yoga/mindfulness ‘Wake and Shakes,’ bonus play for 100% attendance last week (thanks to those at home!) and our new ‘Mile a Day’ challenge we are definitely feeling ready for Sports day! As part of a nationwide scheme, we are trying to run a mile around the school at least once or twice a week for our age group which works out at 6 and a half laps around the school. As our first trial of this, I had given a smaller challenge of 4-5 laps to see how we all got on but instead was blown away when the average for our class was 10-12 laps in roughly 30 minutes! An incredible feat so keep up the great effort Caterpillars (And Dragonflies who joined us for Tuesday’s session!).

Finally, I would like to say a big well done to some young entrepreneurs in our class who advertised, arranged and ran a very successful book sale for Cancer Research. The girls, (Chloe, Abbie, Ottilie, Tilly and Poppy), brought books in from home (And from Henry too!) to sell at break-time without any prompting from adults and raised a whopping £61.75 for Cancer Research! A massive well done indeed girls not only for raising such a great amount for a worthy charity but also for spreading the joy of reading to others. It was lovely seeing everyone running around with new books they couldn’t wait to enjoy so well done!

Next week, we are looking forward to a new story in English, learning more about the Egyptians/mummification, exploring space through our art and lots more.

Have a great long weekend everyone and please make sure Caterpillars are well rested after a very active week!

Best wishes,

Joe Skinner and the Year 2/3 team.