We are a mixed Y1/2 class, which presently consists of seven 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).
A trip into the woods with a big teddy and the opportunity to bring their own teddies to school were some of the activities that the children enjoyed on returning to school after the summer holidays. This was linked to the story ‘Where’s my teddy?’, which also enabled the children to retell the story using puppets. During the term, there will be weekly opportunities for the Y1 children to extend their learning in the woods.
The termly topic of ‘Marvellous Me!’ enabled the Y2 children to learn about the proportions of their faces and to study their facial features when producing their own self-portraits in art. At the same time, they were introduced to some well-known portraits by famous artists, which they could compare and discuss what they liked or disliked about them. Also, this allowed the children to use their observational skills to create pieces of work in the style of Gustav Klimt and Matisse using a variety of materials to explore colour, texture and patterns. All the children will be studying the famous artist, Picasso.
In addition to this, as the school is being extended, all the children were very excited to see the changes that had taken place to their school building during the holidays. As the builders will be working at the school for several weeks, it was an ideal opportunity for the Y2 children to begin to create their own online book on the iPads to record the progress. They are all very excited that they will be allowed to take photos under supervision of the different stages of the building work and share these with the rest of the school.