Wow, what a year it’s been! I cannot believe it is very nearly the end of term already. I have thoroughly enjoyed teaching Venus this year. I have seen such a huge transition in all of them, watching them mature both academically and socially. They are a very special group of people who have kept me entertained all year. I wish them the best of luck for next year, I can’t wait to hear how the next stage of their learning journey goes!
Our last job to finish before they enter year 3 is our amazing bug hotel. Here are some of the pictures of our progress..
Wow! We have had such a fun day in Hatfield Forest exploring the woods. In the morning we went on a nature walk and discussed the different animals we could find and how they were suited to their habitats. After our picnic lunch, we headed back into the forest to make some amazing dens! I am so proud of the way the children worked together and supported each other during this task. Here are some of the photos of our day out…
We have been busy doing lots of Science this week. We have been closely watching our cress grow each morning and recording the changes in our cress diaries. On Thursday, we wrote our conclusions and we found out that plants need: sun, water and a base to grow properly. The children were quite surprised to see that the cress without sunlight grew tall but was very yellow!
Today we were investigating where woodlice like to live. We wanted to see whether they would prefer damp, dry, light or dark conditions. We created choice chambers to see which condition the woodlice preferred. We found out that woodlice like damp and dark areas like under logs and bark.
On Monday this week we went to a cricket tournament in Saffron Walden. The children did fantastically well both in their sporting ability and their behaviour. We finished first in two of the groups and then second in the third group. We were very proud of all of the children for their amazing teamwork and sportsmanship!
We also launched our new experience this week with a bug hunt! By the end of the term, we are going to be building our own bug hotel to go in our courtyard. We were very excited to go out to the forest to find some minibeasts. Once we had collected some minibeasts we were able to classify them and compare their habitats.
Our penultimate experience has come to an end! It was fantastic to share our learning with friends and family after school today. The children have worked so hard to complete our class stained glass window. The window tells a story of the changes that have been made to Flitch Green in the last 100 years. The lower half of the window illustrates the old sugar beet factory and the top half depicts some of the things the children found iconic to Flitch Green today.
We have also completed two different poems, a list poem that reflects the difference between the old factory and Flitch now and a calligram (shape poem). The children have worked hard to present these poems beautifully for other people to enjoy reading.
In our Maths lessons we have been learning about the tessellation of 2D shapes. We explored which shapes were best to tesselate with and used this to create our own stained glass windows in pairs.
This week Venus have been learning all about what Flitch Green used to look like in preparation for creating our stained glass window. From looking at old photographs and reading some eye-witness accounts online, we found out that there used to be sugar beet factory here. We learnt about Mrs McArdle, who was an employee of the factory, and we imagined what her life would have been like here nearly a hundred years ago!
In our literacy lessons we have been writing our calligrams (shape poems) all about stained glass windows! We can’t wait to share some of our excellent writing with you next week.
In maths we have continued our work on shape and have started to tesselate shapes to create our own stained glass windows using what we know about the properties of 2D shapes.
I can’t believe we are now in our final half-term together!
This week we launched our new experience ‘A Journey Through Flitch’ with a journey to Little Dunmow’s church (with no thanks to the awful weather on Tuesday!). In this experience, we will be creating a whole class stained glass window to tell the story of how Flitch Green has changed over time. At the end of the three week experience, we will be inviting parents in to come and have a look at our masterpiece!
In our Maths lessons we have been revising what we know about shape. We have been identifying 2D shapes within stained glass windows and identifying some of the properties of 2D and 3D shapes.
In our Literacy lessons, we have started to look at shape poems (calligrams). Next week, we will be writing our own calligrams in the shape of some of the special objects we found in the church. We are hoping to perform these poems to you in a couple of weeks time.
During our visit to the church, we found out lots of interesting things. We now know that the road names in Flitch Green are named after soldiers from Little Dunmow who died in the war (Perry, Webb, Hallet, Worrin and Tomlinson). We also got to see the beautiful stained glass windows and saw how they are the same colours as our school colours!