Class Teacher - Mrs Gemma Lewis
Teaching Assistants -
Mrs Natasha Eggleton - Full-time
Miss Amee Freeman - Mornings; Miss Jessica Bailey - Afternoons
Mrs Sam Brabner - Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays
This year, we have 24 pupils in our class.
Our assemblies this year are on:
Friday, 9th November, 2018
Friday, 22nd March, 2019
Friday, 28th June, 2019
Spring Term 2019
Initially, we are left wondering where the term has gone, however when we reflect on all that the children have achieved and take an enquiring look at the work that they have produced, two possibilities become apparent: either there were plentiful school hours, or the children worked with extreme efficiency. The latter: they have covered much curriculum content, and they have keenly snatched every opportunity to grow their brains! Having embedded key skills in the autumn term supported by teachers as enablers, the children have worked with a great degree of independence over the past months. They have increasingly applied, and understood the significance of, the
The term's theme of Survival: Settlements has been a focus for enhancing our understanding of the world in which we live. Significantly, children have learned the difference between short-term survival and sustained living. Inspired by the story of Robinson Crusoe, desert islands have been created in a variety of artistic styles and survival stories written, alongside persuasive pieces encouraging others to visit. We have learned about contemporary and ancient settlements, with a class focus on the local community of Blewbury and the iron-age, while shared home projects have expanded our learning to a variety of others, including non-human dwellings. Cross-curricular activities have included scenes from stories enacted with musical instruments; aspects of physical and human geography being created with our bodies; songs being performed; and a class assembly - 'Settlements: A Mini Musical Medley' - that combined all subjects while taking a hands-on approach to supporting those in the global community less fortunate than ourselves. We thank all those Class 2 families that supported so generously to help the children of Tanzania source safe drinking water - we are delighted to share that we raised £94 in just 10 minutes to contribute to the whole-school target of £400.
The Venn diagram has featured on a couple of occasions, proving itself to be a useful tool for comparison: the children completed some beautiful drawings of physical and human geographical features to compare Blewbury Village to the City of London; and they diligently applied their reading and reasoning skills to sort animals.
A highlight of the term was our involvement in the International Day held at Didcot Girls' School: Class 2 joined children from other local primary schools to engage in activities from different countries, while Blewbury School staff represented Germany, engaging children in, amongst others, Max Ernst-inspired frottage, Bavarian folk dancing and the learning of the body parts in German. The children also enjoyed another R.E. day, on this occasion developing an understanding of Jewish festivals. We all enjoyed the school grounds as the perfect place to build sukkot (huts of natural materials, such as branches, that have clear openings at the top to facilitate the connection with God), in which we then ate our snacks. Inspiration Day was a day of art: the children learned how to use materials and frottage to represent the texture of landscapes and objects. They were highly enthused and marvelled at the effects.
The children's literacy skills have developed exponentially, largely due to their wonderful commitment to reading. They have enjoyed echoing the teacher while exploring a variety of genres. This is where children repeat back what has been read to them by the teacher with the same intonation and expression. This helps children develop their own reading and writing skills, including an instinct for appropriate punctuation. The children have engaged superbly in guided reading sessions, developing word recognition and skills in comprehension and team work. As teachers, we were delighted with the response to writing about Renoir's impressionist piece, Dance at Le Moulin de la Galette, with one boy checking hopefully that we would continue with it the next day. The children have worked together to create and enact their own stories, and drama has also been a vehicle for the learning of high-frequency words - how many could they write and then include in their performance?
Maths has been fun: we have worked indoors and outdoors with a variety of resources, developing fluency, reasoning and problem-solving skills. The children are particularly competent at presenting mathematical problems in the abstract (aka as a number sentence, e.g. 19 - 4 = 15), having worked with concrete objects, pictorial representations and developed stories of their own to bring maths to life. We concluded the term with an Easter hunt that took us on a mathematical journeyBlewbury village, with quarter-, half- and full-turns in abundance. The Easter bunny had led us to the post office, where a basket of treats awaited.
Nous apprenons le français: Bonjour tout le monde, et bienvenue à la classe 2
Blewbury School is proud of its International School Award accreditation: as well as being involved in global initiatives, the children of Class 2 will continue to learn French. This will include telling us more about themselves while registering each morning; counting, adding and subtracting; and the acquisition of language relating to the term's theme of Survival: Shelter and Protection.
SURVIVAL: Shelter and Protection