Friday, 29 January 2021
What a fantastic model of the Houses of Parliament with Big Ben made Aarbi in Year 1 Lime Class as part of their home learning this week.
Thursday, 28 January 2021
express themselves through their clothes, hair, accessories etc. They could wear their favourite colour or choose a range of colours that express how they’re feeling. In the lesson on Friday, if they want to, they can explain how their outfit represents them.
What can you all do at home?Draw your feelings You could share one of these with your class, or email to school for the blog.
Wednesday, 27 January 2021
This week, Year 2 have begun to investigate germs as part of our healthy living science topic. We want to understand how germs and bacteria are spread and whether washing your hands with soap and water really works to reduce the spread!
1. We placed our unwashed hands over one piece of bread and the sealed it in a zip lock bag.
2. We then thoroughly washed our hands with soap and water before touching the next piece bread and again placing it in a sealed zip lock bag.
3. Our third piece of bread is our 'control' bread. This piece was handled with a glove on and did not touch our hands at all, again placing it in a sealed zip lock bag.
We will monitor the bread for changes and see if we can answer our questions next week!
Thank you so much for sending in your beautiful pictures of Dario's garden last week! They were so bright and colourful and made us feel very happy!
Here is another story for you to listen to. It's all about how Dario fell off his bike and now he won't get on it again! I hope you can help him?
Tuesday, 26 January 2021
Children need to learn more than just academically. Life skills go hand in hand with development and can help your child succeed later in life. These are essential life skills your child should know for full participation in everyday life.
Independence & Responsibility
If children aren’t taught responsibility and daily-living skills today, it would be a problem for them in the future. Teach these skills now, before it’s too late!
Some tasks they should learn to do on their own;
- Keeping themselves clean (brushing their teeth, washing their faces, bathing/ showering properly).
- How to tie their own shoelaces.
• Make their own bed.
• Set the dinner table.
• Help clear the table.
• Help with the washing up/ drying the dishes.
• Put their own dirty clothes in the laundry basket.
• Pack their own school bag.
• Pack their own lunch.
Make sure they know they can earn rewards if they do tasks well.
Health & First Aid Skills
• Empowering them with what to do in case of an emergency until they’re in the hands of an adult is vital.
• Essential first aid skills can start by showing them a first aid kit, its contents, when and how to use them.
• Remind your child about the importance of a healthy diet. This isn’t forcing them to eat vegetables, but discussing the health risks of eating too much junk food.
• Help them keep their fitness levels up. Join them for a little bit of exercise every day- Joe Wicks (or similar), cycling, at home circuits, Just Dance, trampolining etc.
- Teach them when and how to blow / wipe their own nose.
- Teach them how to eat with a knife and fork. The knife is in the hand they use to hold their pencil. The index fingers are used to push down on the knife and fork (see photo).
- Teach your child about how to behave when eating out; how to decide on what they want to eat and place their own orders.
Linked to independence and responsibility. Start small - keep their room clean, make their bed and putting their own things away.
Then expand to chores that support the household, such as dust the table one day and take the bins out on another. Ask them to set the dinner table in whichever way they think looks the best, make it fun by asking them to get creative with it.
People & Social Skills
It is important for your child to develop social and people skills.
• Model for them how to differentiate between good strangers and possible bad strangers.
• Teach them how to interact with good strangers.
• How to be friendly to others.
• Teach them how to make friends. What are the traits of being a good friend? What to do if someone is not a good friend to you.
Teach your child why looking after the environment is essential and how making small lifestyle changes at home helps.
Get them to practice eco-friendly habits in everything they do, such as-
• Not wasting water e.g. turning the tap off when brushing their teeth.
• Wearing a jumper instead of putting on the heating.
• Separating the rubbish for recycling.
• Collecting waste to throw in a bin.
• Gardening, in either a portion of the garden or potted plants. They can plant whatever they like and it is their responsibility to look after the plants.
You can do this by getting your child to claim responsibility for their own time.
• Having their own alarm clock that they can use to wake up on time for school, instead of waking them up.
• Using a planner to track their school work and other extra-curricular work or chores, to keep track of what needs to be done by when.
Money Management & Budgeting
This is quite a basic one among life skills. Give your child a certain amount of pocket money every week or every two weeks that they have to use for their expenses. If they wish to buy something a little more expensive, ask them to save up their pocket money to buy it. This will motivate them more.
Monday, 25 January 2021
Sunday, 24 January 2021
Year 2 have blasted off into Space this first half of the Spring Term and while we are here we have learnt how to draw rockets using lines and shapes to create impact!
Here are some of the children's work across the year group.
They're out of this world!