This week the Year 2 children have been working on a Rich Task based on the theme ‘toys’. The children worked brilliantly applying their numeracy, literacy, ICT and Welsh language skills to complete a range of focused tasks. The children wrote fantastic letters to Sion Corn, using known sentence patterns. They used our Wal Cymraeg to help them with their Welsh spellings, and used an online Welsh translation tool to help them find new topic words. The children then played a toy shop bingo game, where they had to total groups of coin, say the totals in Welsh and be the first to cover all their toys with price tags on their bingo board. Finally the children enjoyed discussing old and new toys. They had group discussions about whether toys were modern or from a long time ago, looking at the materials used, ways that they move etc. They then used a Venn diagram to sort the toys, explaining their choices. The children also started to learn the Welsh words for these toys. What a super week where lots of skills were practised and further developed. Ardderchog!
Our after school Welsh club is a real hit. Lead by our Cymraeg Cwl pupils, each week is planned for and caters for a variety of different Welsh language patterns and activities. This week pupils decorated cakes in the colours of the Welsh flag, ensuring they ask for the ingredients in Welsh. Da iawn, dal ati.
nursery and Reception have begun their week thinking about friendship! We read ‘Hugless Douglas’ by David Melling, and realised that we can all be good friends!
The session began with the children creating a handprint poster, showing of their ‘Helping Hands’, they made some beautiful heart toast with a friend. There is more to come later today with friendship bracelets, and making a mobile.
We are learning about instructions in Year 1 this term. We followed some oral instructions to create our own Poppy biscuits. We then read, discussed and followed written instructions to make our own medals.
Super Welsh and ICT skills were shown by the Year 2 children this week. They enjoyed writing in Welsh about different fireworks that they like, and used paint tools online to create some very effective firework pictures.
This week the Year 2 children have enjoyed developing their own fireworks poems. They began by looking at onomatopoeia, using words such as pop, whizz, bang and whoosh to create their own fantastic shape poems. Some children used their ICT skills effectively and made their poems on Hwb, others worked together using glitter and letter stampers to make a beautiful group shape poem, whilst others got creative and experimented with different styles of writing. Later in the week, the children learned all about Acrostic poems, and enjoyed making group acrostic poems based on fireworks and bonfire night. They built on previous learning, and considered their choice of words, deciding to use powerful, descriptive vocabulary. Super poetry skills were shown by all pupils!
This week the Year 2 children have worked incredibly hard investigating instructions. They played barrier games, where they had to give clear instructions to their partner, and then listen carefully to the instructions given to them. They also had to listen carefully to instructions during a drawing and colouring game, which they thoroughly enjoyed. The children used their knowledge of features of instructional texts to sequence a jumbled set of instructions for ‘How to Wash Your Hands’. Finally, they wrote their own set of instructions for making chocolate apples, and used lots of features such as bossy verbs, titles, subheadings and time connectives. What a busy, productive week! The children are now instruction experts!
After the fun morning with nursery, Reception set to work investigating the properties of a pumpkin. We described how it’s skin felt, measured how tall they were, we rolled them and even found out if they could float or if they would sink…… Do you know?
The wait was over for KS2 today as they finally got to meet, million selling author, Caroline Lawrence. She gave an overview of some of her amazing 35 books and then took us through the 7 stages of a great story! The children were engrossed in what she had to say and particularly loved the Roman ‘Poo Stick’ she presented! They also got to see and feel a Roman signature pad containing honey and a Roman belt pouch. She was then kind enough to stay behind after school and sign over 80 books for the children. The children learnt so much from this wonderful author and can’t wait to put these writing tips into practice. They also received a book each from her. I hope they enjoy them! They can find out more about the author at http://www.romanmysteries.com/
In the link below, the children can watch some of the presentation again (it does take a while to load!)