Welcome to ELM CLASS!
Welcome back Elm! The sun is shining and we are ready for a new term of learning. I have been looking forward to setting some new challenges for us all. If you haven't emailed to say hi or let me know how you are doing please do firstname.lastname@example.org is the address you need and it would be great to hear from you. Thanks also to my regular emailers please keep it up!
Calling all children aged 4-11 years – sign up to the
‘Silly Squad Summer Reading Challenge 2020!’
The annual Summer Reading Challenge for children aged 4-11 years is being delivered online this year and supports reading and literacy and helps promote reading for pleasure.
This year’s challenge is already underway, but you can join in at any time. The theme is Silly Squad with a focus on the enjoyment of reading for pleasure; you can read anything that makes you happy and youcan register for the challenge here https://summerreadingchallenge.org.uk/
You can read books available at home, provided by school or those free to download and borrow from Worcestershire Libraries. Remember, library membership is free and Worcestershire residents of all ages can join instantly online with a digital membership – a wide range of junior fiction is available from the digital library including a dedicated ‘Silly Squad’ collection of books in ebook and eaudio format using the ‘Borrowbox’ app.
Unfortunately, due to the impact of Covid-19, Worcestershire Libraries are unable to host the Summer Reading Challenge in their library buildings or run any face to face events and activities. However, many library services, events and activities are now available online - visit the Digital Library Hub to explore or access the SRC events and activities via Worcestershire Libraries Facebook page.
Winners of the Haiku Competition
I am thrilled to announce that the winners of the Haiku Competition for Abbeywood are...
Harry Carter in Year 2 and Leo David in Year 3.
Here are their winning entries:
Tiny, fragile eggs
Wriggle in their warm nest,
Crack and see the world!
Harry Carter Year 2
A sparkling ocean.
Thunderstorm moving quickly.
The ocean is calm.
Leo David Year 3 Pine
Selfies with a difference photography competition
The winners of our final photography competition Selfies - with a difference are Luca, who used leaves to obscure his face, Lauren, who chose an interesting reflection and Isla, who headed underwater!
The entries this week were brilliant, so in addition to the winners, there are many highly commended entries displayed too.
In our Year 2 class, Elm Class, we are passionate about learning. We like to learn inside and outside, exploring the world around us and finding out new information. Please check in with the website to see what we have been up to recently!
Also, we have our daily track laps to keep us healthy, along with PE and Swimming. On a Tuesday morning, we go swimming and we have a PE session every other day of the week. So please leave your PE kits in school.
The Business of....Showbusiness
The Business of.....SHOW!
As a school theme we are looking into the business of the jobs world and how we can explore different careers and paths based on our skills and interests. We are specifically looking into what skills we would need for each job. As Elm have the special task of a Harvest Festival musical to perform, we talked to the children and decided we would explore the world of show biz!
Harvest Festival is 9:00am on 2nd October 2019
As part of the show business topic we were able to perform our music in harvest assembly. We practiced by looking at the layering of sound and the timbre (or texture) of eahc one. We were also able to lok at rhythm and neing 'in time' with one another.
Representing Numbers in different Ways
It important to represent numbers in a variety of ways using different objects and formats to sort them.
Here, we have been using the CPA approach to mathematics- Concrete (using 'things' to show) Pictorial (using drawings/jottings to show our ideas) and Abstract (where we use just the numerical representation but know it means that amount). This is a key building block and one we return to in manay maths sessions when working on or exploring new concepts.
Exploring through Art!
Today was very exciting as we explored the combining of colours and colour mixing through our fruit. We have been preparing the fruit and vegetable representations as part of our Harvest Assembly preparations.
We have looked at the process that the English National Opera go through to create costumes and we were inspired to take those job roles for ourselves.
Using our design brief and the m,odd board we had created Elm class designed their own costumes. We started by sketching a design to make a plan and then we used the plan to develop the 'real thing'.
We all started with a pillowcase but we could decide to turn that pillow case into any costume we wanted. The only rules were it had to cover our bodies, it had to be harvest themed and we had to join different materials together.
It was very tricky but we were able to work as a team to produces some high quality and stunning pieces.
We even had a tiara made by one of our students! Good work Elm.
Finding all the ways to make 20
We worked practically to find all ways to make 20 using our number rods.
We would make patterns and investigated how best we could work systematically.
Children in Need 2019
We were so lucky to have Pudsey come to visit our school. We were able to all raise money for this fantastic charity that helps members of our community and children all over the UK.
Which roles are important to the audience?
Today we sorted the different jobs that are part of running a Theatre. We debated which ones affected the audience and which we thought didn't and there were some strong opinions that were presented clearly. It was amazing to hear the arguments being put forward by different members of our class and built upon by others.
Sorry for the blurry photos!
Sorry for the quality of these images but it shows how much we love to dance! We have been using the dance Kidzbop on youtube to help us through these rainy days where we can't get outside to run our daily mile.
Try it our at home below!
Talk for Writing- The Bear and the Piano
There has been some amazing writing coming from Elm Class this week! Mrs Mills had to do LOTS of dancing. It has been really brilliant to see each writer recall the key phrases from the story and adapt it for themselves. It has been excellent to see the application of the skills we have been practicing. Mrs Mills wanted to upload the work from every book, it was so fantastic. Great work Elm!