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Skylarks

Wecome to Skylarks.

Teacher- Mrs Wheatley

Teaching Assistants- Mrs Willows and Mrs Smith

 

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 - Coastline

This is a new topic for year 2. We will update this page when we know more.

Term 4 -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 5 - 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 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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Outdoor Learning 3

Lesson 3 of Outdoor Learning was at least dry. Another good morning for the children where they used tools in a safe environment. 

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World Book Day

WOW! What a wonderful day, Skylarks were Harry Potter, Mary Poppins, Little Bo Peep, Spiderman, to name but a few. We looked at three books and based our lessons on those. Our first book inspired us to make our own soup.Delicious!  Our second book 'Big' made us lay on the floor to see how tall we were in popcorn! Our third book ' The Girl Who Cried Wolf' asked us to think about when we lie and the consequences that could happen. Even Mrs Wheatley and Mrs Smith dressed up as Hansel and Gretal. 

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Outdoor Learning

What a muddy day for lesson 1.The children loved their first session with David. Due to the weather Mrs Wheatley was not as happy; until she set up a wet zone in the classroom for the muddy wellies!

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Boat making

Science and DT this term has been planning and designing a boat that is made out of materials that float. They also had to learn the skill of sawing. Mrs Wheatley was very pleased that no one cut themselves! She was also pleased that all of the boats floated.

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Pirate Projects

This term the children were asked to make a project based around our topic of 'Land Ahoy'. We had beautiful treasure maps, a pirate boat and lots of treasure chests. Well done everyone.

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