Kingfishers

 Welcome to Kingfisher Class.

The class teachers are Mrs Wickham and Mrs Lincoln and the class assistant is Mrs Haynes.

Our termly topics this year are:

Term 1 - Towers, Tunnels and Turrets

Climbing the battlements or tunnelling in the ground, there’s a whole world of adventure and fun to be found! This term, we will visit a real castle to explore the towers, battlements and maybe a secret tunnel or two! We’ll learn all about the different parts of a castle and describe how they have changed over time. Using a wide range of materials, we’ll build models of castles and test the strength of our structures. We’ll learn the stories of Rapunzel, The Tunnel and The Three Billy Goats Gruff and write stories and letters inspired by them. Maps and photographs will help us learn about the tallest buildings and the longest tunnels in the world. We’ll also find out about the amazing Victorian engineer, Isambard Kingdom Brunel..

Term 2 - Muck, Mess and Mixtures

We’re warning you; this is going to get messy! This half term, we’ll have a messy morning to investigate mixtures, from paint and toothpaste to jelly and shaving foam. We’ll enjoy the story of George’s Marvellous Medicine and write recipes, leaflets, lists and stories of our own. We’ll use our science skills to explore everyday materials, investigate soap products and understand why mixtures freeze and melt. We’ll learn how to measure using scales, measuring jugs and cylinders accurately. We’ll taste a wide variety of foods and learn about healthy eating.Our artwork will also rely on our mixing skills. We’ll use marbling inks to make unusual patterns, create food landscapes inspired by Carl Warner, model clay into exciting shapes and use a variety of materials to make mixed media collages. At the end of our project, we’ll turn our school hall into a gallery and invite you to view our exhibition. 

Term 3 - Land Ahoy!

Yo-ho-ho and a bottle of rum! Get ready to take to the high seas and set sail in search of treasure! This half term, to find out about boats and ships of all shapes and sizes. We’ll read information books, investigate amazing sea rescues, write messages in a bottle and letters from Captain James Cook. Our science skills will help us to understand how boats float and we’ll design and make model boats using a variety of materials. Our map reading skills will help us to identify different seas and oceans, and we’ll learn about famous sea explorers. Stories of pirates will inspire us to make pirate flags, treasure maps and powerpoints. We’ll even find out how to talk and sing like a pirate!

Term 4 - The Scented Garden

 Let’s tiptoe through the tulips together and discover the sights, sounds and smells of the garden. This half term, we’ll find out how to look after plants, ask questions and appreciate the flowers. We’ll write an information book about plants, follow instructions, enjoy the story of 'Arthur and The Invisibles' through visual literacy and write stories of our own. Discovering our green fingers will be fun when we plant and tend a variety of seeds and bulbs. We’ll also learn about the different parts of a plant.. Our senses will help us describe and sort a range of smells and we’ll make beautifully scented products. We’ll look closely at a wide variety of plants and create detailed, observational drawings.

Term 5 - Street Detectives

Grab a magnifying glass, put on your deerstalker and change your name to Sherlock because we’re going to become street detectives! This half term, we’ll follow a route around our local streets and take pictures of the buildings, businesses and plants we can see. We’ll learn nursery rhymes, write poetry and create persuasive adverts. Looking at photographs will help us to spot any similarities and differences between the houses and shops of today and the past. We’ll find out about the history of our school  and study and draw maps. we will also look at the work of urban artists. At the end of our project, we’ll design posters to advertise a ‘Big Spring Clean’ around school before cleaning and tidying the school grounds!

Term 6 - Wriggle and Crawl

Put on your coat and wellies and let’s head outside on a minibeast hunt. This term, we’ll head into our nature area to identify minibeasts in their natural habitat. We’ll write a guide book for other children to use on a minibeast hunt, draw sketch maps of our minibeast hunting area and create minibeast stories and poems. Heading out into our school grounds, we’ll explore trees and bushes to see what lives there, investigate how far and how fast a snail can travel and create a minibeast habitat of our own. We’ll draw delicate sketches of minibeasts, make models from a variety of materials and use microscopes to observe minibeasts up close. 

We are all looking forward to an exciting year!



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VR headsets

On Tuesday 25th June, Year 2 were able to use the VR headsets to study different minibeasts. They put the headsets on and looked at bees swarming around a hive and then went inside the hive to watch the bees at work. The technology was so good that some of the children got a little concerned about being stung and had to take the headsets off! They then watched ants marching across the woodland floor looking for food. It was an incredible experience and prompted a lot of discussion in class.

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Tally charts

Year 2 spent a fun morning making tally charts on the playground. They first made a human tally chart about their favourite animals and then moved on to drawing their own tally charts in chalk for their peers to fill in.

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Bee keeper visit

Mr Dunham, a local beekeeper, came into school on 24th June to talk to year 2 about keeping bees. He told us all about the different jobs that the bees have in the hive and which bees go out to collect the pollen and nectar. He showed us the inside of a hive and explained how he collects the honey without being stung!

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Bugs Galore!

On Thursday 13th June, Animal UK came to visit year 2 with a selection of mini-beasts. The children were able to hold and touch the mini-beasts, and some even bravely held the tarantula.

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Re visit - Islam

On Tuesday 11th  June, Sumaiya  from the St Philips Centre, Leicester came to visit the Skylarks class and talk about the Islam faith and the celebrations that Muslims have. The children listened to the different ways Muslims celebrate their faith. They were able to look at artefacts and ask questions.

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