We are a mixed Y1/2 class, which presently consists of six Year 1 children (Badgers) and seven Year 2 children (Owls). My name is Mrs Gunn and I job-share with Mrs Dangerfield, who takes the children on a Friday. The other adults who regularly work with the children are Mrs Still (Teaching Assistant) and Mrs Hickey (Learning Support Assistant).
This term we have been focusing on poetry within our new topic ‘A pocketful of rhymes’. This has enabled the children to recall many traditional nursery rhymes and allow them to use their imagination to consider the problems the characters in these rhymes may face. It has also given them the opportunity to work with each other to consider ways in which they may resolve these problems after listening to the story ‘Dear Mother Goose’, by Michael Rosen.
All the children have worked on an interactive program based on ‘Hickory Dickory Dock’ to help them tell the time on an analogue clock. The Y2 children have also had to think of a suitable nursery rhyme which involves a moving part, as they have begun to explore and plan their design for a winding mechanism. This will allow them to apply their knowledge of measuring when considering the length of dowel they will need for their design. Later in the term, all the children will have the opportunity to demonstrate their understanding of number when working with money.
A whole school trip to G-Live in Guildford, to watch Southern Pro Musica this term, has already enriched their appreciation of music. During this musical experience, the children were introduced to various instrumental families and learnt the names of new musical instruments. As a result, many children returned to school with a new-found interest in learning to play an instrument themselves! Our next planned trip is to take all the Year 1 and 2 children to Glebelands School in Cranleigh to take part in their annual science challenge. An event which is always enjoyed by all. In addition to this, we will also have many exciting things planned for the children to enjoy after half-term, which will finish with some fun Easter activities!