Swallows in action!
Swallows class 2021-2022
Week beginning 20th June
We have been right in the thick of play rehearsals this week which are coming along nicely! The children’s singing is particularly impressive.
In between practicing our parts, we have been directing our own stop motion interpretations. The full films have been uploaded to tapestry, below you will see some of the stills from each groups project.
In maths, we are moving on from time. The children have worked really hard and made great progress with that important skill. We are now learning about shape and have been practicing using a ruler to draw accurately and finding right angles in 2D shapes.
Weeks beginning 6th and 13th June
Welcome back, we hope you all had a great May half term and enjoyed the Jubilee weekend. We are changing the direction of our learning this half term and are moving on from ‘myths’ to ‘legends’. We started our learning by looking at the poem ‘The Kraken’. We have analysed the language, performed the poem as a class and created our own artistic interpretations of the feared sea monster. We have also enjoyed a visit from storyteller Paul Jackson who performed some local legends for us- we were absolutely spellbound.
Some fun extra-curricular events and activities we have also enjoyed include sports day and a visit from Norfolk Wildlife Trust. Swallows were excellent competitors in their first ever KS2 sports day and some children showed real resilience in some of the tougher events. The whole class thoroughly enjoyed the visit from Norfolk Wildlife Trust who came to teach us all about pollinators and bee lines. We spent a lovely afternoon looking for minibeasts and surveying the flowers we could find.
We have also made a start on our play rehearsals. This year we will be taking part in the KS2 production of ‘Hoodwinked’. This links nicely with our ‘legends’ learning and also gives us great inspiration for our stop motion films in computing.
Week beginning 16th May
This week we have been thinking about writing our own Greek myths. We have been thinking about all the myth ‘ingredients’ we have learned about, the history of ancient Greece, as well as our philosophy lessons, to make our myths as authentic as possible.
Week beginning 9th May
This week, we have been learning all about Pandora’s box. We enjoyed the story before moving on to draw our own interpretation of the mythical monsters which escaped from the box when Pandora opened it. We also started a new philosophy unit and discussed the difference between knowing and believing.
In maths, we have been continuing with our fractions work and have been practicing ordering fractions on a number line and finding fractions of amounts.
Week beginning 2nd May
We got stuck into our first myth this week- Theseus and Minotaur. We spent the week researching, designing, making and evaluating special trainers to help Theseus navigate Daedalus’ labyrinth and defeat the minotaur.
In maths, we have also been continuing to develop and embed our understanding of fractions. Here we are practising ‘making a whole’…
Weeks beginning 18th & 25th April
Welcome back Swallows! How lucky we were with the glorious sunny weather in the second half of the Easter holidays. You have certainly seemed re-energised and ready to learn after that boost of vitamin D.
Our topic this term is ‘Myths and Legends’, which we have kickstarted with some DT. The children designed and made some fantastic time machines to transport us back to Ancient Greece. Full video footage of their creations can be found on tapestry. Since arriving in Ancient Greece we have learned about some of the things the ancient Greeks began or invented which are still relevant to us today.
We have also enjoyed participating in our school Easter service and a whole school pet blessing.