We are The Puffin Class 2016 - 2017
The children have worked really hard this week and we are really proud of how hard they have worked showing us their reading skills.
The Outdoor Classroom Day was a real success the children made paper aeroplanes in different styles which they measured the flight distance of and investigated which went the furthest. They also did a minibeast hunt to see which creatures were living in the front garden. In the afternoon, they went to Kings Mill where they made natural art pieces in the style of Andy Goldsworthy. They also had a fantastic time with the All Stars demonstrating cricket skills.
The children have had another busy week in the Puffin Class. They have used a photograph and poem for inspiration to create some secret door poetry. The children had to really focus on the sense of hearing as the poem was set at night time. Mrs Thackray spent some time in the classroom and was really impressed with the effort the children were putting in and how well they were applying themselves to the task.
What a fantastic week we have had finding out lots of things about the Tour de Yorkshire. We are all so proud of how well the children tackled the obstacle course despite the sleet, wind and rain. The whole class was awarded Driffy for showing perseverance during the course, so well done children.
The class had a fantastic time watching the Tour de Yorkshire, enjoying the picnic lunch and then helping Miss Cox celebrate her birthday. They have had a fantastic week back and are determined to continue to work hard.
We have had a great time at Elmswell Farm visiting Farmer John today with Mrs Kettlewell. We saw lots of signs that Spring is here such as buds on trees, blossom and lots of daffodils. The weather was really kind to us and we didn't need to wear our coats and we even ate our lunch outside. We are going back in the summer term and we can't wait.
Photos to follow.
The children had a great time at Hope Central on Thursday morning.
Friday 17th March 2017
Puffins had an amazing day at Flamingo Land learning about lots of different animals and enjoying their time in the play areas.
Friday 10th March 2017
This week we finished our Snow Queen display I'm sure you'll agree it looks amazing!
In Art and DT we finished making Snow Queen/King Crowns. We hope you enjoy looking at them.
In English we have been writing Polar Animal Fact Files in small groups. Next we will be writihg individual fact files.
Friday 3rd March 2017
This week we have been reading the traditional tale The Snow Queen and have retold the story in our own words.
In maths we have been working hard on time, division and multiplication.
In Art and DT we have designed Snow Queen/King Crowns and are looking forward to start making them next week. We have also been creating a collages of Snow Queen characters for a class display.
World book day was a great success and the children enjoyed talking about their favourite book characters.
Well done to the children who created book characters from potatoes, they looked amazing! Mrs Thackray will be presenting prizes next week.
Many thanks to the parents who came into Puffin Class for Share a Story. The children really enjoyed the session.
Friday 17th February 2017
This week we recreated The Great Fire of London in the playground.
First of all Mrs Cunningham set light to the bakery in Pudding Lane.
The fire soon spread to the rest of the Tudor houses just like in the real Fire of London!
Mrs Cunningham safely put out the fire.
What a mess!
Friday 10th February
This week we have been learning about about Healthy Living in Science. The children enjoyed discussing the different sorts of excercise they enjoy and talking about ways they could help themselves to stay healthy. Our Tudor houses are now finished and looking great! We cant wait to start our own mini Fire of London next week!
In maths we have been halving and doubling and learning about fractions. It's been challenging but we are getting there!
In English we have been writing instructions on how to make a Tudor House, making sure we used imperative verbs and short clear sentences.
Friday 9th December
Christmas is coming!! We have been very busy preparing for Christmas in our classroom this week. Becky and Di popped in from Tesco to teach us how to make marshmallow snowmen. They looked very tasty!
We have been very busy making cards and calendars in the classroom so it's all starting to look really festive and jolly! We have been working really hard on the Christmas production and it's really coming together hopefully you will be able to join us for one of the shows next Wednesday.
Friday 25th November
We had a special visitor this week... Miss Peacock's dog Dolly came in to see us! She was so big and friendly and the children loved having a cuddle:
We've also being working really hard in Maths this week completing lots of different challenges using Numicon.
We also managed to make eggs float in Science! We used salt and added it to the water until they rose to the surface.
Friday 18th November
The school has raised over £200 for Children In Need! Thank you very much for all of your kind donations! Below is a picture of our wonderfully spotty class:
We have also been finding out about how to use an apostrophe to contract words so watch out for this week's spellings! We went onto the playground to complete some 100 square challenges with the jumbo chalks - we're getting really good at them!
Friday 11th November
Our class assembly went really well this week - well done to everybody for learning their words! I have sent home each child's diwa lamp that they made for Diwali tonight. They have been drying out above the radiators at school and are firming up but if you would like to set them further, just bake them in the oven on a very low heat for a few hours. You can tell they are done when the bottom is lighter in colour and dry.
We enjoyed our music lesson this week. We listened to different sorts of music like 'The Flight of the Bumblebee' and 'The Dance of the Sugarplum Fairy' in order to compare the different effects the musicians created. We then used instruments to make our own rhythms.
Friday 4th November
We've had great fun finding out about the Hindu festival of Diwali this week. We learnt about the story of Rama and Sita, made footprints for the goddess Lakshmi and spent a morning in a Hindu workshop! We went on to learn some bhangra dance moves so that we could do a Wake and Shake with a difference and looked at Indian instruments such as the sitar and tabala.
Friday 21st October
The Harvest Production was a great success! Thank you to all who came to support us both at our service and during our Welly Walk. I was proud of every single one of the children - all of the lines were learnt and delivered perfectly and all of the songs were beautifully performed! To those who joined us at the cricket field, I managed to take a few snaps, see if you can spot yourselves below:
We've also been looking at autumn colours and picking one to paint a leaf. We added white to lighten the colour for each leaf.
I was very impressed to see our school value of Friendship being displayed in the classroom this week when George helped Poppy tie her laces! Well done George!
Friday 14th October
We have had a lovely week this week. The Harvest Production is well underway and we're really looking forward to performing it next week!
Friday 7th October
We've loved being out and about this week! We started with cross country training on Monday so hopefully lots of you will be going to the race at the Junior school on Saturday - good luck if you do!
We also went to Tesco and had a great time being shown round by Becky and Di. They told us about all sorts of things like where the fish on the counter comes from and how the bread is made and packaged. We all got to take home a goodie bag too!
Friday was also lovely because we went to Sewerby to see the Amy Johnson exhibition. It was so interesting - we found out lots of facts, such as her daily pack up was an orange, an apple and a pate sandwich and that once her wings got ripped so she had to fix them with plasters! We all agreed that she really was an amazing woman!
Friday 30th September
What a very busy week we've had! We have been really enjoying finding out more about Amy Johnson this week - the children were really impressed by her accomplishments!
Each class has been thinking about one of the school values this week and we picked Creativity. We really enjoyed making a 'values box' filled with lots of different stories and artifacts to help people to think about this value. We took our box to church and showed everybody what was inside at our Welcome Service on Thursday. Well done to all those children who were brave enough to talk at the front - I know it can be scary!
We finished off the week with a wonderful trip to Elmswell farm. Mr Fenton took us on a really long tour so that we could see lots of the things that grow on the land there. In the afternoon we put into practise lots of the skills we learned while finding out about Creativity and made sketches, rubbings, fairy houses and stick drawings!
I would like to say a big 'thank you' to all those who came to see me for Parents' Evening. It was lovely to meet you all properly and to let you know how your children have settled in.
Friday 23rd September
We said 'goodbye' to Reverend Andrew this week as he prepares to move to Ireland. We had a very special assembly for him, during which we presented him with our home-made cards and gifts. He was very pleased to receive lots of biscuits and a hat from our school - he loves hats! The Olympics Morning was a fantastic success! It was lovely to see such team spirit.
I have sent home your Parents' Evening appointment slips in the children's bookbags tonight (along with a lot of other letters) please look out for them if the children forget to give them to you directly!
Friday 16th September
We've had a fantastic week this week! We have been reading George's Marvelous Medicine and have done some descriptive writing about the mean, old Grandma using adjectives and exclamation marks!
We also had the vote for School Council. Well done to Jessica and Rhys for being elected! I know you will be excellent representatives for our class. Here they are with their badges, they were very proud to receive them in assembly:
We also made an exciting discovery in the playground today, we found a letter attached to a deflated balloon. It was from a little girl called Tilly who wanted to find out about Explorers so we have decided to help her by making it our new topic! So far we have been thinking about 'what makes a good explorer?'
Friday 9th September 2016
A New Start!
Welcome to the Puffins Class! I hope you've all enjoyed settling in to the classroom this week. I have to say that you have all worked really hard and have made an excellent start to year 2!
We have had a very busy week full of lots of really interesting work and activities. The children have done all sorts, from writing all about themselves to making postcards about the best parts of their holidays.
Along with reading records, I will be sending you home spellings to learn and sometimes other homework activities on Fridays each week. These will be due in on Thursdays, although they can be brought in before then if they have been completed early. The spellings will be given on a paper copy and other activities will usually be posted on the website. If you would like a paper copy of this too, please let me know and I will provide one for you.
Also on a Friday I will choose one of the children to be the 'Star of the Week.' If you are picked you will receive a certificate, a prize from the prize tin and Peter the Puffin will come to your house for a few days! Your picture will also be placed on the special display for the whole week!
May I remind you to bring a water bottle to school, they will be sent home each day to be washed and refilled.
Once again, well done for an excellent start! I can't wait to see you all again on Monday ready for week 2!
Summer Term 2016
4th - 8th July - photos of Little Big Sing and Elmswell.
4th - 8th July
It is Miss. White and Miss. Woffindin's final week with the Puffin class. Mrs. French and Mrs. Jackson have kindly given us the opportunity to write on this news feed, allowing us to tell you all about the amazing experience we have had at Driffield Infant School, more specifically with the Puffin class.
Monday and Tuesday were filled with our exciting trips.
Monday we were lucky and had lovely weather for our trip to Bridlington's "Little Big Sing". When we arrived we headed straight down to the beach, all the children immediately started building all sorts of sand castles and we were more than ready to get stuck in too! While we were busy building our castles we had a surprise visit from two RNLI lifeguards, who kindly let us pose for a class picture on their surfboard. Next, we went to Bridlington Spa where we heard, danced and sang lots of different songs.
On Tuesday we had another trip on another lovely day, this time we went to Elmswell Farm. Farmer John picked us up in his light green tractor, it was a bumpy but fun ride in his trailer. When we all arrived at Elmswell we went on a walk around John's farm, we saw lots of different things. Everyone was very interested in the big Highland bull, Boswell. After lunch we went to a big field where we had lots of different activities to choose from. There was square lashing, wood whittling and bug trails for the children to get involved in. Finally, at the end of the day we travelled back in the trailer ready for a well deserved rest.
On Wednesday we made the most of the weather taking the lessons outside. During CLIC the children were exploring measure, they estimated and measured different parts of their body. In phonics we introduced the children to new suffixes, they practised these by incorporating them in to the sentences they were writing on the playground.
Today we spent the morning in the school worship areas. We had a great day in both; the gazebo with the fairy lights and bubble machine and out in our lovely front garden. All of the children were brilliant at self-reflection, and we all felt very calm after we had been in these areas.
Tomorrow is our last day with the Puffin class. It has been a pleasure to work with the Puffins. Thank you so much Driffield Infants for allowing us to come and have this brilliant experience. Also, thank you to Mrs. French and Mrs. Jackson who have been fantastic throughout our experience.
27th - 1st July
We have been doing lots of rehearsals for our production and it is coming together nicely! Letters have gone home about costumes and also about times of the production.
Puffins are enjoying having the students Miss.White & Miss.Woffindin in the classroom. In maths Mrs.J's and Mrs.French's clic groups have been consolidating their knowledge of fractions. We have also been looking at how a healthy diet affects our body. On Friday we went to the library for a story session.
Next week is very busy - "Little Big Sing" at Bridlington Spa on Monday (uniform is required please) and on Tuesday we are going back to Elmswell Farm (no uniform and sensible footwear please). Lets hope we have some nice, dry weather!
This week we started our rehearsals for "The Litter Muncher". The songs are very catchy and we're sure you will hear them being sung at home too.
On Tuesday we all went up to the Junior school to have our lunch again and spend some time with the Year 3 children and teachers.
Below are some photographs from our class assembly.
13- 17th June
On Monday we went to the church to see the various flower displays for the Queens birthday. The children had obviously enjoyed watching the celebrations over the weekend and could talk about what they saw.
On Tuesday all Year 2 went up to the Junior school to watch the Year 3 sports day. It was really nice to see so many old friends enjoying themselves.
On Thursday the Puffins led the assembly on the theme of the Queens birthday. They did really well and the whole school enjoyed it.
Next week we are going to the Junior school on Tuesday for our lunch - so don't forget your packed lunch if that is the option you have chosen!
Our end of year production is called "The Little Muncher" - words have gone home so please practise them in a loud clear voice. We will start rehearsing next week.
6th- 10th June
Welcome back to the final half term. This week we looked at the life of the Queen and her birthday celebrations. We found out she has 9 thrones, 6 of which are at Buckingham Palace, she is the Queen of 53 countries and she only has 2 days off a year! One of our tasks was to design a cake for the Queen, we looked at some of the official cakes that have been made and we loved the one sent by the BFG to Windsor Castle!
On Wednesday we had our sports day. Thank you to everyone who came. The weather was a little chilly but it didn't dampen the enthusiasm.
On Friday the weather really let us down but the party went ahead - inside! The children looked great and a HUGE thank you to all of the parents for supplying some party food. We also did a floral display for the church to mark the Queens birthday. The children will go on Monday to see it for themselves.
We were also quite sad on Friday because Ava left our class to go to Wetwang School as she is moving. We will ALL miss Ava she has been a fun and friendly class mate and a joy to have in the class. Good luck for the future Ava.
Another half term has just flown by and we have packed so much into 7 weeks.
We have been learning about the skeleton and growth. We have also grouped animals into which ones come from an egg and which have live babies.
On Thursday we went to the Junior school to take part in a multi skills event - the weather was less than ideal (very chilly) but we had an amazing time!
Mrs.J, Mrs.French and Mrs.Simpson hope you all have a wonderful half term holiday and look forward to seeing you back for the final 35 days in Year 2.
16th - 20th May
It has been quite noisy with the building work at times but we are enjoying seeing what the builders are up to. It was all quite emotional on Tuesday as we released the butterflies. We had watched with excitement as they emerged from their chrysalis's - we hope they find a leaf somewhere, lay some eggs and the whole cycle will happen again.
On the Friday we went to Kingsmill woods to celebrate the end of our "special tasks". There was no set agenda but just to have FUN!!!!
This week we continued to learn all about butterflies and the life cycle process, our caterpillars are still in the chrysalis stage and hopefully will have emerged as butterflies by Monday.
Mrs.Jackson took her new group of children to Kingsmill woods - we have named ourselves the "Woodland Wanderers" - this weeks challenge was to identify types of trees as part of the science curriculum.
On Thursday we will be going to the cricket ground to practise for sports day so please make sure you have your plimsolls with you. On Friday all Puffins will be going to the woods so wellies will be required!
3rd - 6th May
Our caterpillars are really growing and changing. They crawled to the top of the pot and have now turned into chrysalis, can you find out the difference between a chrysalis and a cocoon?
The weather this week has been glorious and we have continued to learn about the natural world around us. This week we focused on carnivore, herbivore and omnivores.
This week we had every single type of weather thrown at us. On Monday we pulled on our wellies and headed down to Kingsmill woods to see if we could find different types of mini beasts. We found worms, slugs, snails, woodlice and millipedes. We also saw bluebells, violets and celandine's and we were watched closely by a friendly robin.
We are watching the class caterpillars grow - they are getting huge and hairy! Some are starting to crawl to the top of the pot - maybe on Tuesday something else might be lurking in there?
18th - 22nd April
What glorious weather we have had this week. The children really made a good start to the topic of mini-beasts and went outside to see what was lurking in the playground. They used pooters to suck up the bugs and could then really study what they looked like.
We went to the Junior School on Tuesday for lunch. We got paired up with a Y3 friend and after we had eaten we went in the playground.
This week we had Mr.Snowdon in our classroom. He was on his work placement from the Senior school. The Puffins really enjoyed having him in the class and he enjoyed bug hunting with the children.
Next week we will be going to Kingsmill - so please make sure you have your wellies with you.
12- 15th April
Welcome back to the final term - isn't time just flying by?
The topic this term is all science based and we will be focusing on mini-beasts and plants. Mrs.J has challenged the class to find out some fascinating or gruesome facts about insects we find in the UK.
On Wednesday we went to Elmswell farm and thankfully the weather was glorious. Farmer John took us for a walk around the grounds and we collected lots of leaves and other natural materials. In the afternoon we made pictures of insects using the natural materials.
Spring term 2016
Wow! This term has flown by. It doesn't seem that long ago Mrs.J and Mrs.F were de-glittering the classroom and now we are at Easter and just one term to go.
On Tuesday the Y2 children did a "round robin" of Easter based activities. In Miss.Suret's classroom the children used salt dough to make a scene from the Easter story. With Mrs.Kettlewell they acted out part of the story and came back with crowns of thorns. In the Puffin room we made Easter baskets, which challenged some peoples scissor skills!
Wednesday was PE with Mr.Steel, our throwing and catching skills are progressing well.
On Thursday many of us brought in a decorated egg - they were fantastic! Well done to everyone who went to a lot of effort. The lady from the Co-op was very impressed and said it was lovely to see so much creativity.
The last job of the Easter term was the egg rolling competition. The weather was as usual at this event cold and wet. But this didn't thwart the enthusiasm - well done to Igor for being the winner.
We hope you have a restful Easter holidays and look forward to seeing you back in the Summer term. Mrs.Jackson & Mrs.French
On Monday we traveled to Malton to "Hope Central" to take part in the Easter story. The group that performs there are called "Lift the Lid". The whole experience was absolutely amazing and the expressions on the children's faces showed how involved they became. The Puffin class time traveled back to Jerusalem and experienced the story unfolding before them.
A maths themed theatre group came in on Monday - we had to work out lots of different maths problems and keep a track on the plot!
Our trip to Elmswell had to be cancelled due to the torrential rain. We were all very disappointed. It has been rescheduled for the 13th April - fingers crossed for drier weather!
Finally we have completed our models. It has taken some time! I'm sure you will appreciate them when they get home. The children had to design the school, make and then paint it.
29th - 4th March
We started the week by going to the cricket ground to have a practise for cross country. The competition is at the Junior school and this was an opportunity to see if we had any budding distance runners. The children went twice around and some were amazing!
On Tuesday we had a swap around and did various maths activities in different Y2 classrooms with all the different teachers. In Owls the children had to find various plastic bugs in the playground and then sort them to a given criteria ie wings, number of legs etc. In Robins various maths games and challenges were set up - they even enjoyed a game of Bingo. In Puffins they had to score points as a team by throwing flies into the web and add the scores up and then onto some problem solving.
On Thursday it was World Book Day and the book we used was "Centipedes 100 shoes" by Tony Ross. All our maths activities have been based on this book all week. Everyone looked fantastic in their outfits - thank you to all the parents who provided some wonderful costumes. Also a big thank you to all the parents who attended the Maths & SPAG workshop sessions. I think it really made some people appreciate how hard the children work. Don't forget we are at Elmswell Farm again on Wednesday and the children will need waterproofs and wellies.
22 - 26th February
We have hit the ground running this week! We have started learning about habitats in science, the children have some great ideas and are very enthusiastic about this topic.
On Tuesday Krishna came to school to teach us about Hindu wedding celebrations. The Puffins teamed up with the Starfish. We learnt about some of the different Gods and how to wear different clothes. We chose a bride and groom and other members of the ceremony. It was a great experience. Look out for our pictures in the paper.
On Thursday we had a brilliant time at Flamingo Land. The weather was cold but it was really sunny. We had a tour of the zoo and a session in the education centre - we even managed 10 minutes on the play ground! All the children were very well behaved and asked lots of interesting questions.
On Monday 29th February we will be going to the cricket ground to have a practise for a cross country event. PLEASE can the children have trainers and tracksuit bottoms please.
We can't believe a half term has flown by so quickly! This means we are now half way through Year 2 already.
We have been continuing with our models of school, please keep collecting boxes as some children haven't started yet and we are running out.
On Tuesday Mrs.French took the Clic group to Kingsmill woods to continue the work on right angles. In groups they had to use twigs to make a shapes with as many right angles as possible and mark the angle with a cube.
The children are enjoying gymnastics with Mr.Steele and have been using various equipment. Please remember to wash and return PE kits after the holidays. We are looking forward to going to Flamingo Land on the Thursday of the first week back - don't forget to wrap up warm!
Mrs.Jackson, Mrs.French and Mrs.Simpson hope you all have a lovely half term holiday.
1-5th February 2016
On Wednesday the Archbishop of York came for a visit. Poppy and Michael were very lucky and got to walk with him to the church.
The weather was glorious on Wednesday afternoon for the "Girlie Gang". We took magnifying glasses and pots to the woods and looked closely at the bark on trees, leaves, nuts and ........ worms!
On Thursday we had a day on Internet Safety. A lady came and did a drama workshop on about how to keep safe whilst online, how we should never give away our details and to remember that we don't always know who we might "meet" whilst on the internet. The children had a fantastic time and hopefully are more aware of the dangers.
25-29th January 2016
This week we have been busy making our models of school. We are writing our own class log books and have been working on problem solving.
On Tuesday Mrs.Kettlewell's clic group went to Kingsmill to do some maths outdoors. On Wednesday, Mrs.J & the Girlie Gang went to make homes for fairy folk. The weather does not thwart us!
18-22nd January 2016
The week started with a strange letter to the class from a Mistress Button who asked them to follow some clues to find the old log books. The trail sent us all round school and was very exciting. We eventually found them in Mrs.Jackson's office (after we'd found her secret stash of sweeties in a drawer!). The log books tell us of what happened in school every week from 1868 onward.
On Tuesday Year 2 had their scooter training. It started with a talk about road safety and making sure we wore bright colours, stayed near our parents and were aware of other obstacles. Then we went outside and did different activities.
Every half term Mrs.J takes a group of children outside (normally to Kingsmill) to do forest school activities. This time the group has called itself "Mrs.J & the girlie gang". We found amazing fungus growing on the fallen tree, we know we must not touch them as we don't know if they are poisonous. The swan has now got a mate, they came to see what we were doing but kept a safe distance away. We heard lots of different birds, saw daffodils in bud and a moorhen.
In the classroom we have continued drawing parts of the school using charcoal. We have designed a model and hopefully will make them next week. We did a tally chart of favourite subjects and put them on a block graph. In the construction area we had to design our model first, then make it. An ipad was left in the area so the children could record what they had made (some of the photos made us chuckle!). Here are some pictures of our very busy week.
11-15th January 2016
Thank you to all the parents that came on Wednesday and Thursday, it was really nice to chat with you all and share the children's work.
This week we came into the classroom to find little notes all over. The writing was difficult to read and we got quite excited about some of the messages -
School will be closed this afternoon on account of the Wild Beast show being stationed on the hill opposite schools.
October 20th 1892
On Monday morning received two dozen new slates.
January 26th 1876
Half day holiday owing to the circus being in town
May 16th 1893
Only 20 children present due to a new school opening
June 24th 1871
Numbers only fair this morning due to it being Martinmas week
November 28th 1892
It took a little time for us to realise these bits of information were about things that happened a long time ago. Some of the notes told us about illnesses such as diphtheria, scarlet fever, mumps, measles, whooping cough and ringworm. Hopefully we can ask the school nurse about these things. Jessica's dad told her about when he was in school and a very scary Head Mistress called Miss.Officer, Mrs.Sanders also spoke about Miss.Officer and all the girls having to wear blue pants and that the toilets were outside. Luke's dad remembers being a dove in the school play! Keep asking different adults what they remember, grandparents and great grandparents will have different memories.
We also looked at the building. Here is a mystery - from the outside we can see pointed windows but from the inside of Mrs.Dixon's room they are square! How is this possible?
Also we have lots of chimneys around the school roofs - one idea was so that Santa could visit. Maybe you could find out a different reason.
Please could we have junk model making things such as boxes and tubes as soon as possible. Also remember its scooter training on Tuesday so wrap up warm and remember your scooter.
5 - 8th January
Welcome back everyone! This term our topic is "Our School". We are very lucky in that we have lots of information available to us through the Head Teacher log books dating back to 1868 and also building records as we are a listed building with a famous architect.
We would really appreciate it if you (or grandparents) could talk to your children about what school was like for yourselves and how it has changed. Does anyone have any old photographs they could share?
Please can we have all PE kits, wellies and waterproofs back into school as soon as possible. Next week it is parents evening and slots are being booked up fast (Thursday is now full) - if you haven't already made an appointment please bring your slip in on Monday.
Over the next few weeks the children will be making models so any boxes and other junk model making items would be really appreciated. Thank you.
Autumn Term 2015
Happy Christmas everyone!
Another very busy week! On Monday we went up to the Junior school to watch their Xmas production - as it over ran we had a very brisk march back to school!
The children have been producing all kinds of things for Christmas, everyone seems to be sparkling and shimmering.
On Wednesday the children took control of Collective Worship. They had planned in out in previous weeks.
A big THANK YOU to everyone who came to see our Christmas production. We are very proud of all of the children. They've had a lot of songs to learn and the Christmas Rap too. A special mention to Jessica who really threw herself into the part and made everyone smile.
On Friday Mrs.J and Mrs.Lock took a group of children to bake again. This time it is for a special coffee morning for all our volunteer helpers.
Baking may be fun but the most essential job is the washing up afterwards. Lucas and Matthew did a fantastic job. I'm sure their mums will be taking note of this for Christmas day!
Finally - well done to Liam who got the Values Award this week for his perseverance and also to Michael who won an award from Beavers.
30- 4th December
With Christmas just a few weeks away the children have been busy preparing for the festive period. Rehearsals have been going well and the glitter and glue is out in force! Thank you to everyone who has been practising the lines with their child. Also a HUGE THANK YOU to everyone who came to the coffee morning. It was so busy and well attended that we forgot to take some photographs.
Mrs.J took a group of children to bake for the event. They had to work together and cooperate, read the recipe and take turns to make gingerbread. They did a brilliant if not very messy job.
Everyone is enjoying gymnastics with Mrs.Thomas. This week we were trying to perfect our forward rolls and started handstands. Both Tom and Ava were put into the Achievement book for their gym skills.
On Thursday Rev Andrew came to hand out the bibles to every child in Year 2.
Next week we will be manically busy again. On Monday we are going to church to see the Christmas Tree Festival and also to the Junior School to see their Christmas performance. On Tuesday we will be having our dress rehearsal in front of the rest of school and the Y3 children. On Thursday we will be performing at 2pm and 6pm to our families and on Friday we will be filming it for a DVD. Pheeeeewwwww!!!!!!!
If it is possible could the children bring in some toilet or kitchen roll tubes as soon as possible. Thank you.
23 -27th November
It has been a very very busy week for the Puffins. On Tuesday, Mrs.J took her clic group to Kingsmill - it was very wet and muddy! We found that one of our trees had fallen down in the high winds at the weekend which was quite sad as it was very old.
Whilst we were down there our task was to make a triangle with sides of 8cm and also a rectangle with sides of 10cm & 5cm. Some of us are getting really good at using a ruler or tape.
On Tuesday morning the Image Theatre group came to school to perform "The Sword in the Stone" - it was fantastic. 3 Puffins were chosen to be actors in the performance and they did a super job and really enjoyed themselves.
On Thursday, we all went to Marco Polo's where we learnt how pizza is made, put our toppings on and we even got a drink and an ice cream. Big thank you to the staff for such a wonderful time.
And if that wasn't enough excitement for one day..... we also had our class party for being the best at lining up last term!
Somehow between all of that, we did lots of work including handwriting, reading, clic, tree decorations, ict, PE, singing and writing! Big thank you to Miss.White and Miss.Woffenden for being great students in Puffins - we look forward to them returning for the second part of their placement in summer.
Here are some great photographs of the past week.
16th - 20th November
We have put the new laptops to good use this week, everyone managed to log into their Bug Club account and either read some books or use the maths games that are available. Remember that after you have completed the books or games they then are stored in "Your Library".
In Science we have been sorting materials to various criteria. We have also discussed why some materials are used for a purpose. Handwriting and comprehensions have also been completed this week and we have been counting coins. We take a lot of our learning outside and try to make it as active as possible. Here are some photos of the last week and how much we pack into our time!
Mrs.J took her band of merry men and women down to Kingsmill where they continued to work together to make a house for a fairy/pixie/goblin etc. This week Mrs.J put Bruce in charge of remembering the bread. We couldn't believe it when we threw the bread to the ducks the gulls swooped and caught it mid air.
9th - 13th November
This week we welcomed 2 students on a teaching practise into the Puffin class, we are sure they are going to enjoy their time with us. Each year 2 class has now got 6 touch screen laptops for the children to use. They will be put to good use and we are very excited to have them.
In PE this half term the children are doing gymnastics.
In the maths area we have been solving addition problems. Some of us can add mentally and others use equipment. Here we are using Numicon which is a wonderful visual tool.
The children are really trying hard with their reading. It's not just about decoding and fluency but also understanding what has been read. Keep it up at home and remember to use Bug Club as well. The children group read every day and are really growing in confidence.
On a Wednesday afternoon, Mrs.J takes groups of children to Kingsmill woods to do various activities over a half term period. This was the first session where we explored our area and started to make a little house for a fairy/pixie/elf etc. On our way out we visited the ducks and swan. Unfortunately Mrs.J had left the bread in the cloakroom!! The swan seems to have an injured wing - the group would love to know why, so if there are any experts out there please let us know!
2nd - 6th November
It's been a foggy and wet start to the term - but as always we have been out and about, taking our learning outside. If you haven't already PLEASE can the children keep wellies and waterproofs at school.
On Tuesday, Mrs.J took her CLIC group to Kingsmill. The children looked for shapes in the environment on the walk down and whilst in the woods used natural materials to create 2D shapes. Richardson Ford have given school lots of high-vis jackets for the children and we were the first to road test them!!
On Wednesday, Mrs.French took the class to Elmswell Farm. Everyone had an amazing time. It was very exciting to travel there on a tractor. Whilst there the children took part in leaf identification, observational drawings, looked at trees, seeds and crops and of course the animals.
Remember, remember the 5th of November........
On Thursday, Mrs.J took the children outside with the fire pit. The children toasted marshmallows over the fire. We also put a slit into a banana and filled it with chocolate. We then wrapped it in foil and put them in the fire to cook. Although the weather wasn't very nice we all had a great time. Poor Mrs.J was very smelly after a full day with the fire!
Meanwhile, nice and dry and smoke free inside, Mrs.French taught the children about fire safety and they produced some great work on fire safety instructions. They also worked collaboratively to produce a large scale bonfire collage. If you don't know who Guy Fawkes was - ask a Puffin! They worked really hard on their homework and found out lots of information which they brought back to the class and shared their knowledge with.
The week started with our Harvest Experience in church. We did lots of activities to celebrate the harvest of the earth, sea, garden, grain and cloth.
In the classroom we saw a short video that showed how a piece of bread decaying over a period of time. We then devised an experiment to see which wrapper would keep a slice of bread freshest for longest. We are going to use foil, brown paper, cling film and waxed paper. We have also been doing comprehensions to help us really understand what we are reading. Handwriting is coming on nicely - the children feel very grown up doing joined letters!
Thank you to everyone who came to the Harvest Festival. The staff are VERY proud of all the children, the speakers were clear and confident and the singing was superb! We really enjoyed our wellie walk afterwards too.
Friday was a sad day as we said goodbye to Charlie who is moving to Beverley. We all wish him the best for the future.
Meanwhile, Jessica received the award for showing one of our school values - RESPECT. Anyone who knows Jessica will know how polite she always is to everyone. She got her certificate in assembly and gets to look after Driffy for a week. We are very proud of her and send her a big THANK YOU!
Also in achievement assembly the Puffins won the award for best lining up this half term. They win a party!!!!!
The past 7 weeks have gone very fast. Mrs.Jackson, Mrs.French and Mrs.Simpson hope you all have a lovely week off and stay safe if you go out "trick or treating" - always go with an adult and only knock on doors of people you know.
With both Mrs.J and Mrs.F being ill this week, the children have had a selection of teachers - well done to Mrs.Simpson for being that constant in the room!
The practises for Harvest are going really well. Those children that had lines to learn have done a wonderful job and the singing from everybody is fantastic. I'm sure many of you have heard them being sung at home too!
Mrs.Kettlewell and Miss.Suret's clic groups went to Kingmill this week to take their learning outside.
In phonics the children have been learning about syllables - which is quite tricky to understand. These children used instruments to count syllables in words.
Next week we will be spending Monday morning in church for our harvest experience - wear your vest it could be chilly! Then on Thursday it is the Harvest production of "The Little Red Hen", followed by our annual wellie walk around the cricket ground for Farm Africa. PLEASE WEAR YOUR WELLIES!!!
It may have been a mixed bag when it came to the weather but that hasn't stopped us from having a very outdoors based week. The numeracy focus in Puffins was about measurement. The children learnt how to read a ruler when measuring smaller items and straight lines.
Even though the weather was a bit damp, Mrs.J's Clic group headed down to the woods to find out which tree in our forest school camp had the biggest circumference. The children worked in pairs which a tape measure. It not only tested their measuring skills but challenged them to work collaboratively.
Meanwhile back in the classroom, the children have been learning about windmills. Well done to Jessica who made one at home for her homework!
The children have been using the ipads to take pictures of the Little Red Hen story, sequence them and try to add speech bubbles. Poppy was so helpful to others in the group and helped them use the programme. The children also have an ICT slot every Wednesday with Mrs.French.
On a Wednesday afternoon Mrs.J takes a group of children to Kingsmill to do various activities. This week Mrs.Thackray came with us. She was a bit of a handful and the group kept having to remind her of the rules we have to keep us safe. The weather was awful but we kept dry under the trees. PLEASE ensure your child has a waterproof coat in school at all times. Wellies and waterproof trousers are also great if you have them. They can stay on their peg during term time just like the PE kits. This week the group had to draw a map of the forest school site for Miss.Suret. They could also use the ipad to collect some images - with differing results it has to be said!
By the end of the week the sun had returned and the Puffin class spent the day at Bainton at the FUN IN THE WOODS! The children played hide and seek, made dens, roasted marshmallows, sang camp fire songs and painted with mud! Mrs.French and Mrs.Simpson had a great day and came back praising the behaviour of the class.
28-2nd October 2015
What a busy week! On Monday all the children went to church for the Welcome Service. Mrs.J was very impressed with the behaviour of the Puffins and the singing - this bodes well for our Harvest performance! If your child has brought home some words to learn for the "Little Red Hen" please practise at home in a loud clear voice.
On Tuesday the classes swapped around and looked at 2 of our values in each room. In the Puffin room we did friendship and perseverance. One of the challenges was to complete a 100 piece jig-saw and the other to thread a needle.
On Wednesday Mrs.J took a little group to Kingmill woods. The activity this week was to be led to a tree blindfolded where we felt the tree and described its texture, were led away and then had to guess which one it was.
All of Y2 went to the Junior School for the multi-skills activity. We tried out lots of different sports and it was nice to meet the children from Northfield too. Also this week we have had Stay for a Story and lots of visitors came to read to us. Here are a few photographs from a very busy week.
The week started with Robert and Jessica bringing in photos and evidence of their bread making homework.
The children wrote some fantastic accounts of their trip to Tescos. They all seemed to enjoy holding the fish - YAK!
The children have been using Numicon to find number bonds to 10, some even managed to 20!
Mrs.J was really impressed with some childrens agricultural knowledge, they could tell the rest of the class about drags, seed drills and combines.
14th - 18th September
This week we started our topic all about food. Mrs.J brought some different ingredients to smell. Some were more pleasant than others. Most children could identify cocoa and garlic, some knew what the curry powder was and even more impressively some children knew what the fish sauce was! The classroom smelt quiet interesting for a few days!
We also had a selection of tins and packets to find the weight of. We compared weights and used the balances to find which was the heaviest. Some children used 10g weights to find out how heavy the tins were.
Mrs.J took a group of children down to Kingsmill to look for signs of autumn. We found lots of conkers, discussed the different berries we could see on the bushes and trees (and how we never pick them unless we have a grown up with us!). A blackbird and a robin were very interested in what we were doing! We saw lots of different fungi growing in the woods and talked about the dangers of touching them and to leave them to grow for others to see.
On Thursday Mrs.French took the Puffins to Tescos for the "Farm to Fork" experience. They had a wonderful time and saw lots of things. In the bakery they made bread, on the fish counter they came across various things from the sea and watched a fish being gutted. Upstairs they tried different foods and all came back with a goody bag and a hair net!
Mrs Jackson and Mrs French would like to welcome you to the Puffin page!
The children have settled in very well and have soon got into the new routine and made friends. Every week we will put up photographs and news of what we have been up to. On the homework page you will find tasks to complete at home.
Among the things we have done this week have been to produce a family shield showing the things that are important to us - yes, the glitter was out on day 1!!
We've also each made a birthday card to give to someone in the class - and what every good card need is super writing inside. We are trying so hard to have super grown up year 2 writing.
17th July 2015
Well Puffins this is the end of our adventure together. I have had the best time teaching you all and couldn't have wished for a crazier first class. I wish that I could keep you all forever! Here are some photos from our final week. Have the most amazing summer holiday. Work super hard at the Juniors and don't forget to visit us!
Lots of love,
Miss Peacock and Mrs Simpson
13th July 2015
I can't believe that I am writing my second to last post for the Puffins :( This half term has absolutely flown by and now we only have one week left!
Monday was the trip to Bridlington for Little Big Sing. The morning was spent building sandcastles on the beach and after lunch at the Spa we enjoyed the concert.
On Tuesday and Thursday Year Two performed their leaver's play, 'The Selfish Ladybird'. Each and every member of the year group did a fantastic job and we are so proud of you all.
Other activities that we have completed this week include den building with the Owls, making posters for next year's Puffins and making minibeast fact files.
Today we took the children up to the Junior School to spend the morning with their new class and teachers. When we picked them up after lunch they were all giddy about their time there. I think that they are getting excited for their new adventure now which makes me really happy but also extremely sad.
Please don't forget that it is our class party on Monday morning! Mrs Simpson and I are looking forward to having one last big party with the Puffins.
3rd July 2015
Another week has passed and what a sunny week it has been. The Puffins completed some science work on plants. They were looking at the similarities and differences between real and artificial flowers. Later that day they designed and built minibeast habitats in the playground using the den building equipment.
The rehearsals for the leavers performance have been going very well. The children are looking forward to showing you all next week.
We spent time in the outside area where the children explored whilst Mrs Simpson was looking after the garden. It was nice to see some of the children take an interest in what she was doing.
Today we had a whole school Reflection Day. The children took part in a 'stilling' activity where they were transported to a countryside location. They lay still and imagined walking around exploring their surroundings. As you can see from the pictures below the children all looked calm and relaxed. When we discussed the experience afterwards it was great to see each child get creative about what they had done. Here are some of their comments:
'I imagined that I saw a massive river. I flipped forwards, backwards and sideways into it. The water felt nice even though it was burning hot.'
'I felt calm and relaxed. It was a nice place.'
'My favourite part was when I was imagining that I saw some puppies.'
'I lay down and I could hear the cows and the sheep.'
'My relaxing bit was when I dipped my feet into the water.'
'My relaxing part was being in my own little bubble. I floated up but it felt hot because I was near the sun.'
After lunch we visited the ICT suite which had been transformed into the 'Reflection Room'. The children were put into small groups and had a chance to lay in the den and listen to the relaxing music. As you can see it was a lovely place to be.
26th June 2015
As we near the end of the summer term our weeks are becoming very busy. We have been spending time rehearsing for the end of year production; 'The Selfish Ladybird'. Each of the Puffins have been working really hard for their part and it is starting to come together quite nicely. Keep up the good work!
This week we were studying food chains. The children learnt new vocabulary and were able to define and give examples of key words such as 'producer' and 'consumer'. After a little bit of theory the children had a go at putting together some food chains which they really enjoyed.
On Tuesday afternoon we visited the Junior school to see the Year Three's sports day. All of the Year 2's were very supportive and cheered very loudly. Now they have an idea as to what it will be like for them next year.
I think that the Puffins are starting to get excited about the prospect of starting at their new school in September. We have been completing different activities such as letters to Mrs Laird. It was great to see how the children wrote confidently about themselves. All of that writing practise has begun to pay off.
Next week we will be continuing on with the practise for 'The Selfish Ladybird'. The children will also continue with their transition to the Juniors as well.
12th June 2015
This week the Puffins have been trying very hard to complete their writing for their SATs. I was very impressed with how well they worked. As a reward we joined the Owls on a trip to the park on Wednesday morning.
We have also been having a go at some maths through art and as you can see the outcomes have been fantastic.
We were inspired by Picasso, Mondrian and Sturgis. What do you think?
Don't forget that next Friday is our Summer Fair. We hope to see you all there :)
5th June 2015
We have had a very busy week in Puffins class. On Monday we spent time discussing the different things that we got up to over the half term. It was lovely to have everyone back and in high spirits.
Despite the weather trying to put us off, Tuesday mornings sports day was a success. Everyone tried their very best and had a lot of fun. The children all supported one another and cheered very loudly! In the afternoon we spent time den building with the Owls. Miss Suret and I were very impressed with the different creations, but particularly with the way that the children worked together. Of course it was necessary for me to test out the dens just to make sure that they had been built properly!
Here are some pictures from our week:
22nd May 2015
So we have come to the end of the first half of the Summer Term. You have all worked extremely hard and both Mrs Simpson and I are very proud of you all.
Our week began with lots of Minibeast creations which had been completed for homework. Look how fantastic they are! Mrs Thackray was so impressed that she has put them on display in the front foyer. Come and have a look if you get the chance.
On Thursday we went outside to complete a Minibeast hunt. I have to say I was very impressed with the Puffin girls who got very involved. They were picking up earwigs and worms and centipedes. Lily even stroked a slug!! I was so shocked!!
For our writing task the Puffins designed their own Minibeast factfile. I wanted to be presented with the grossest facts possible. I can confirm that some of these minibeasts are disgusting! During our music session we used minibeasts to help us to create different musical sequences. We wrote them down and then clapped the syllables. For example:
Ant, ant, centipede, beetle, ant
Centipede, ant, centipede, beetle, ant
There is also some pictures from our maths activities. We were looking at 2d and 3d shapes this week.
We were very lucky on Thursday. When we returned from assembly we noticed that one of our butterflies had emerged! Another came out during afternoon play and the third and fourth emerged today. This afternoon we all went outside to set them free. It was lovely to watch them fly away. We will miss those little caterpillars!
We hope that you have a fantastic half term. Have a rest and stay safe.
Love Miss Peacock and Mrs Simpson
15th May 2015
This week we have been going minibeast mad! On Monday and Tuesday we looked at the different Minibeast Hotels that you created for your homework. I have to say that I was very impressed with the effort that those children put in. Take a look for yourself:
On Tuesday morning Year 2 visited the cricket ground to practise for Sports Day which is next Tuesday morning (19th May 2015). It was lovely to see the children cheering and supporting each other. Sport isn't everyone's best skill but it is the taking part that counts. Each of the Puffins shine in their own way and whatever the outcome next week, they will all be winners to Mrs Simpson and I. So don't forget that Puffins! :)
Our caterpillars were transferred from their pot into a brand new home. We are all waiting with huge excitement to see the butterflies emerge. As of yet we are still waiting but who knows what next week will bring!
Other activities that have been completed this week include some maths in our yellow jotters, some maths activities on the IWB and some story writing based on the fairy and goblin houses that the children made at Kings Mill. I am really pleased with the stories that I have read so far. There are some fantastic WOW words. Keep up the good work.
8th May 2015
I can't quite believe how quickly this week has flown by! As usual the Puffins have had an action packed week.
We decided to get creative during Collective Worship and retell the story of Noah's Ark through music. As a warm up we explored the difference between the beat and rhythm using a classic nursery rhyme 'Incy Wincy Spider'. We then looked at a song about Noah's Ark and the children each had an instrument to play. I have to say they were very good at keeping to the beat!
For our writing job this week we created a story mountain using pictures from our trip to Kings Mill. Each Puffin chose a fairy/goblin house to use as inspiration for writing about. We will be completing the actual stories next week.
There have been some developments with our caterpillars. Over the last few days they have eaten so much that we now have some chrysalises. The Puffins are very excited to see them grow into beautiful butterflies. We spent some time learning about the life cycle of a butterfly so that we understood exactly what was going to happen as the caterpillars transformed.
1st May 2015
We have had a very busy week in Puffins class this week. On Tuesday we took part in a golf morning at the cricket ground. Everyone was excited to either show off their skills or try a new activity.
Last week we had some little visitors arrive to spend some time in the classroom with us. The children have loved watching the caterpillars grow and we are excited to see the natural process develop and watch the butterflies emerge from their cocoons. Make sure that you check the website for developments!
Harry had some lovely pictures of his new puppy to share with us. Isn't it cute!!
Today we spent the morning at King's Mill completing different team building activities. We had a great time working together and even embraced our value and got creative! One of the tasks was to use natural materials to build fairy and goblin houses. It was lovely to see the children working together and helping each other. We even had time to hunt for some minibeasts. Here is Reuben and Harry G talking about the goblin home that they made with George and Charlie L....
17th April 2015
Hello and welcome back to a brand new term! I hope that you had a lovely Easter Holidays and got up to lots of exciting things.
This term our topic is...
I am really looking forward to exploring this topic and learning all about bugs. While you are at home have a look in your gardens or local parks to see how many different minibeasts you can find. How many can you name? If you find any information about them be sure to bring it in to share with the rest of the class.
Our value this term is...