We are a mixed Y1/2 class, which presently consists of five Year 1 children (Badgers) and ten Year 2 children (Owls). My name is Mrs Gunn and I job-share with Mrs Dangerfield, who takes the children on a Thursday. Mrs Still, (Teaching Assistant), is also in the classroom every morning and three afternoons a week to work with the children.
The sound of drumming filled the school hall at the beginning of the Spring Term, which proved to be a fantastic start to the topic – ‘Beat Band Boogie!’ All the children, from reception to Y2, were engaged and thoroughly enjoyed playing a drum and learning different techniques and rhythms. We found out that some of the drums were from West Africa, Brazil and the Caribbean, which proved to be a perfect opportunity for the children in the Oak Class to study a world map and locate these places, whilst at the same time developing their knowledge of continents, oceans and seas. A study of the varied landscape of Africa followed and the Y2 children produced some very striking art work which combined paint and collage to create an African sunset.
A planned trip to the Synagogue in Weybridge allowed the children time to reflect on what they already knew about different religions and, by studying a variety of artefacts on loan from the Cathedral, the children were able to develop their knowledge about Judaism.
As the term progresses, the children will have the opportunity to listen to a variety of musical styles and identify the instruments being played, as well as having the time to create some musical instruments of their own! In addition to this, they will be able to develop their knowledge of the type of music which is associated with different countries, celebrations and festivals, such as Chinese New Year and the carnival in Rio de Janeiro.
This term, the children will also join other infant schools at Glebelands Secondary School in Cranleigh to take part in their yearly Science Challenge. All the Y1 and Y2 children will be put into groups and work with a pupil from Glebelands School on a given task. It will be exciting to find out what the challenge will be this year! We will keep our fingers crossed that one of our groups will be a winning team!
After half term, we will then work on the topic -‘Muck, Mess and Mixtures’. From the title I am sure that we will be in for some fun!