Helford Class (2016/17)

Summer Term Project –

What makes your heart happy?

Helford Class have a very exciting term ahead… In Helford class we love the ‘Trolls’ movie! In the movie, the Bergens believe that eating a troll will give them a taste of happiness so we will begin our new project with the essential question: What makes your heart happy?  We have decided that we want to learn all about science, the human body and what happens to the food (and any Troll!) we may eat inside our bodies.

During this project, we will be focusing on Science, History, Geography, Art and DT and PSHE. Please see our Curriculum Overview overleaf for further details about what we will learn across each subject this term.

 

To launch our topic on Monday 24th April, we will be having a Troll day! Throughout the day, we will be watching the ‘Troll’ movie, discussing what makes us happy, and carrying out exciting, fun and ‘gory’ science activities all about the human body!

Please could your child dress up as a Troll for the day! This can be their favourite troll from the movie or their very own invented troll! If you are stuck for some ideas, get the hair spray out and create some tall troll hair!

 

Mini-Projects

Throughout the Summer Term we will be working on 4 mini projects with very exciting outcomes. These are planned to give the children a real thirst for learning and a wide ranging audience to appreciate their work. Our first mini project is based on where food comes from and where it goes. We will take a trip to heartlands for a ‘Little Kitchens Magic’ workshop (more details soon) where we will learn all about where different foods came from and how to cook them! Then we will be learning all about the human body; what happens to our food when we eat it and the effects that good and bad food have on our bodies. We will even have a visit from the dentist! We will then create a multi-media presentation of our findings on ‘how to keep our bodies healthy’ and present to children from another school.

Then, we will learn about the different minibeasts that we may find in a troll tree. We will hatch and raise our own butterflies, learning about what they eat and what they need to survive. We will then make our own mini-beasts hotels for our new school nature reserve! Next, we will learn about plants and their habitats, how the troll tree grows and what plants need to survive. We will learn about and create our own artwork in the style of Andy Goldsworthy to create our own art gallery for the public! Finally we will learn about healthy eating, the importance of diet and exercise, and plan a healthy meal for a ‘Bergen’ that truly makes them happy! Our project will cumulate in our own version of ‘Trollstice’ (A festival where Bergens gather once a year, to eat Trolls and be happy) where we will create our healthy meals to be judged by a professional chef!

Year 2 Summer-term-overview-2016-2017

Literacy and Numeracy

In literacy this term we will be learning the story of ‘The Troll.’ The children will then be writing their own inventive stories about their own mythical creature. We will also be learning to write explanation texts about life cycles and how the human body works.

 

Numeracy will be focused on improving the speed and recall of number facts and the mastery of problems involving all four operations. We will be continuing to focus on learning the 2’s, 3’s, 5’s and 10’s multiplication tables and having rapid recall of these multiplication facts.

 

PE days and kit

We will be starting with dance in the spring term. Our main PE day on Friday’s with our specialist P.E coach.

Please ensure that the children have all of their kit clearly labelled in a PE bag each week. It is very important for health and safety, that the children have the correct P.E kit in order to take part – we would also like the children to be looking smart for each lesson! Thank you for your support with this. The kit requirements are:

Boys – Blue shorts and a Tregolls t-shirt

Girls – Leggings or blue shorts and a Tregolls t-shirt

Footwear –PE plimsolls

If you have any issues with the PE kit please pop in and speak to us. I would also like to remind you that ALL earrings must be removed for P.E (This follows national health and safety guidance.)

 

Homelearning Requirements

As per the Homelearning Policy, children in year 2 should be spending 20 minutes on their literacy or numeracy task each week in addition to learning their multiplication tables (2’s, 3s, 5’s and 10’s) and reading 15 minutes per day. They will also be asked to practice up to 10 spelling each week and they will be quizzed weekly. Wherever possible, these homelearning tasks will reinforce skills being taught that week in class. The children will be set homelearning which challenges them and tests their resilience. Please support your child by offering advice and encouragement.

The children will be quized weekly on their multiplication tables and so, please support them by writing up tricky facts around the house for them to view regularly.

 

In addition to the weekly literacy or numeracy piece, the children should be reading for 15 minutes every day. Please question your child on what they have read and then sign their home-school reading records. This will need to be completed daily as we will be completing a daily reading chart in school each morning.

 

We would like to thank you again for your support with our spelling scheme. We are amazed at the amount of chn who are getting 100% right each week! This is having a fantastic impact on their writing outcomes.

 

Homelearning will be given out on Thursdays and collected in on Mondays. Spelling log books will go home on Thursdays with their individual words being tested on the following Thursday. We will ask for £1 for the loss of any spelling log and/or reading record.

Children have the responsibility to complete their homelearning. Please support your child in keeping their homelearning books neat and tidy. Thanks for your support with this; we cannot overemphasize the importance of learning away from school – it will support your child in making great progress this year.

 

SATS

In the final week of this half term, Year 2 will be taking their SATs assessments. This involves two Reading papers and two Maths papers throughout the week. These tests are nothing to worry about but please don’t hesitate to come and see me if you have any queries or would like some extra help with supporting your child at home.

 

Be sure to check the Helford Class webpage, our school Twitter feed (@TregollsAcademy) or Facebook page regularly to see examples of our learning, details about our curriculum and photos of us at work and play!

 

You should be aware by now we operate an open door policy at Tregolls, and therefore myself or Mrs Rees are always be on hand before or after school to discuss any issues you may have.

 

Our ultimate aim in Helford Class is for your child to enjoy coming to school and for them to achieve more than their potential!

Targets

These are the targets that we will be working on this half term:

Cooking!

We have been learning to design and make our very own pasties! Our evaluated products will be severed to Year 6 during ‘Trollstice’ and judged by a real chef!

Healthy Eating Workshop

Today we had a Little Kitchen’s Magicians healthy eating workshop where we cooked an alternative meal for a Bergen which could make them happy and healthy – Trolls just aren’t that tasty!

We learnt to cut, prepare and cook our own meals. We cooked chinese noodles, chicken tika rice salad and a special fruit salad. They were delicious and some may even appear on our school lunchtime menu! We learnt all about the Eatwell guide and how much of what we eat overall should come from each food group to achieve and healthy, balanced diet.

 

Click for a larger version of the eatwell plate

Tregollstice- Project Outcome

Today we held Tregollstice where we personally invited every member of Year 6 to taste our alternative meal for a Burgen. They gave us marks out of 10 and suggested how we could improve our cooking. Year 6 thought our pasties were delicious and so did Lizzie a professional chef from Little Kitchen’s Magicians! Lizzie then Judged our pasties and although she thought they were all amazing,  these were the results…

3rd Place went to Lily-May, Alisha and Layla for their tuna, mozzarella and sweetcorn pasty. Lizzie thought it was a wonderful way to include fish into your weekly diet.

2nd Place went to Archie, Sophie and Harvey who made a turkey, stuffing, cranberry and spinach pasty. Lizzie loved the inclusion of spinach and said it tasted Christmasy.

And the winners were…..

Leo, Dylan and Lacey for their Cheese, steak, sweetcorn and carrot pasty which was a gorgeous rainbow colour!

A huge well done to everyone and a great afternoon!

Superheroes Project Authentic Outcome

As you know our topic this term has been superheroes with the children answering the question ‘Who would be your superhero?’ The children designed their own superheroes and created a costume for them using printing and tie dying techniques. They have worked incredibly hard on designing their costumes as well as writing some amazing reports about them. We were extremely honoured and excited that Will White, an illustrator of comics, joined us  to judge our fashion show. Will thank you so much for coming!

https://bazbo.co.uk

 

 

 

Superheroes Project Launch Day!

A huge thank you to all our parents for our amazing costumes – we had such a fantastic day!

For our launch day, Helford Class Superheroes had to complete superhero problem solving challenges. Here are some of our challenges:

Ice rescue!

Can our superheroes rescue someone from a block of ice?

How are they going to get them out?! The superheroes only had 15 mins to rescue their figure without throwing it or smashing the ice. Can you guess which group rescued them the quickest?

Lava flow

Can our superheroes rescue Mr Thomas from an erupting volcano?

Each team of superheroes, using only two mats, had to get all their team members safely across the lava flow (without touching it!), rescue Mr Thomas and get him back across the lava flow to safety.

Wellie Tower

Can our superheros rescue someone from a burning building?

Using only the shoes available to their team, the superheroes had to construct the tallest tower. The team with the tallest tower at the end of the time was able to rescue Mrs Arnold from a burning building!

IT’S A BIRD… IT’S A PLANE… IT’S A…. SUPERMAN PAPER PLANE!

Can our superheroes rescue an overturned car and take it’s passengers to safety?

While Superman has inhuman strength, x-ray vision, and incredible speed and stamina, Superman is probably best known for his ability to fly. Our superheroes had to design and make a superman that could fly to an overturned car that needed rescuing. The Superman which was able to fly the furthest and most accurately was able to rescue the car’s passengers and take them to safety.

Spring Term Project – Superheroes!

We are all delighted to announce that the new Helford Class topic for the spring term will be Superheroes! The children asked to learn all about superheroes and how the human body works so we will be designing own superheroes that could help solve a world environmental problem, answering our key question, ‘How could your superhero help save the planet?’

Integrated Curriculum

During our superhero topic, we will be learning about world environmental issues and designing our own superheroes that could help save the planet. In Geography our superheroes will also be learning to use maps to locate the 5 oceans and 7 continents of the world while on superhero missions. During Science, we will be learning all about human survival, exercise and health, and how the human body works. To enhance our computer skills, we will be making simple superhero games. To conclude our project, the children will be designing and creating their superhero costumes in the style of Andy Warhol pop art and putting on a superhero fashion show!

To launch our topic on Wednesday 4th January, we will be having a Superhero problem solving day. Throughout the day, we will be working together, using our 6Rs (and our superhero powers!) to complete superhero challenges.

Please could your child dress up as a superhero for the day. If they already have a superhero costume – great! If not, don’t worry here are some homemade costume ideas:

  1. Wear leggings and a long-sleeve t-shirt.Most superheroes fully cover their skin to avoid being recognised.
  2. Disguise your face with a mask.As a superhero, it is extremely important that you hide your identity from potential enemies. Make a mask of some sort to disguise your face and prevent being discovered.
  3. Wear a cape. Most superheroes wouldn’t be caught without this most dashing of accessories. Make a cape from any rectangular piece of old fabric you have lying around, such as an old sheet that you can cut up.
  4. Rock a pair of boots.If you already own a pair of wellies or boots, add them to your outfit! Or Make duct tape boots. Duct tape boots are a fast and inexpensive alternative to buying boots. Put on a pair of old trainers and wrap a few layers of tape around the shoe and up around your calf as high as you want your boots to be.
  5. Long socks. Wear football or long socks with a pair of trainers.
  6. Add a superhero logo. Using felt tips, draw a superhero logo onto an old t-shirt.

Spring Term Project Timeline Planning – Helford Class

Spring Term Medium Term Planning – Helford Class 

Literacy and Numeracy

In literacy this term we will be learning the story of ‘Elliot the Midnight Superhero.’ The children will then be writing their own inventive stories where their superhero solves real life problems. We will also be learning to write non–chronological reports about their own superheroes.

Numeracy will be focused on improving the speed and recall of number facts and the mastery of problems involving addition and subtraction. We will be focusing on learning the 2, 3, 5 and 10 multiplication tables and having rapid recall of these multiplications facts.

RE

In RE, we will learn about Christianity, the church and the Christian Way of Life.

PE days and kit

We will be starting with gymnastic skills in the spring term with our main PE day on Friday’s with our specialist P.E coach.

Please ensure that the children have all of their kit clearly labelled in a PE bag each week. It is very important for health and safety, that the children have the correct P.E kit in order to take part – we would also like the children to be looking smart for each lesson! Thank you for your support with this. The kit requirements are:

Boys – Blue shorts and a Tregolls t-shirt

Girls – Leggings or blue shorts and a Tregolls t-shirt

Footwear –PE plimsolls

If you have any issues with the PE kit please pop in and speak to us. I would also like to remind you that ALL earrings must be removed for P.E (This follows national health and safety guidance.)

Homelearning Requirements

As per the Homelearning Policy, children in year 2 should be spending 20 minutes on their literacy or numeracy task each week in addition to learning their multiplication tables (2’s, 3s, 5’s and 10’s), practicing their spellings and reading 15 minutes per day. Wherever possible, these homelearning tasks will reinforce skills being taught that week in class. The children will be set homelearning which challenges them and tests their resilience. Please support your child by offering advice and encouragement.

The children will be quized weekly on their multiplication tables and so, please support them by writing up tricky facts around the house for them to view regularly.

In addition to the weekly literacy or numeracy piece, the children should be reading for 15 minutes every day. Please question your child on what they have read and then sign their home-school reading records. This will need to be completed daily as we will be completing a daily reading chart in school each morning.

We would like to thank you for your support with our new spelling scheme. We are amazed at the amount of chn who are getting 100% right each week! This is having a fantastic impact on their writing outcomes.

Homelearning will be given out on Thursdays and collected in on Mondays. Spelling log books will go home on Thursdays with their individual words being tested on the following Thursday. We will ask for £1 for the loss of any spelling log and/or reading record.

Children have the responsibility to complete their homelearning. Please support your child in keeping their homelearning books neat and tidy. Thanks for your support with this; we cannot overemphasize the importance of learning away from school – it will support your child in making great progress this year.

You should be aware by now we operate an open door policy at Tregolls, and therefore myself or Mrs Rees should always be on hand before or after school to discuss any issues you may have.

Our ultimate aim in Helford Class is for your child to enjoy coming to school and for them to achieve more than their potential!

 

Targets

These are the targets that we will be working on this half term:

HV Targets spring term 2016 (1)

Christmas Visitors…

 

Look who’s been to visit!

Stone Age Movie Makers

During the Autumn term, Helford Class have travelled back in time to different eras between the Ice Age and the Iron Age to learn about what life was really like. They have decided that in answer to their project question, ‘If you could travel back in time, where would you go?’ they would have like to have lived during the Stone Age.

So, to conclude our project they have written non-chronological reports to share the information that they have learnt about the Stone Age. They learnt to retell their writing in groups, producing and creating a multimedia presentations. They then filmed themselves retelling their reports, learnt to take pictures of the Stone Age artefacts that they have made, made slides using pic collage to insert into their presentations and then edited their work together to create this amazing video to showcase their learning.

Please click on this link to view and like our YouTube video!

Stone Age Survival Workshop

This week, during our ‘Time Travel Topic’, we traveled back in time to the Stone Age. We were lucky enough to have a workshop with a survival expert who taught us all about how Stone Age people survived. We learnt about what cavemen would have eaten and the tools they would have used. Our survival expert showed us how to make a spoon by gluing a mussel shell to a piece of wood. We melted sap to create the glue and also made string out of bark.

 

 Time Travel Launch Day!

What a fantastic day we had to launch our new Time Travel Topic! A huge thank you to all the parents and grown ups who helped to make all our brilliant costumes – the children looked amazing! We went back in our time machine to the Stone Age. All the children and adults dressed up as people or animals from the Stone Age and we went to The Royal Cornwall Museum for a workshop to learn all about what life was like back then. We studied Stone Age artifacts, ground corn to make flour, used sheep’s wool to make cotton and even made Stone Age pots! We had such a lovely day and learnt so much! See below for photographs…img_1061

Welcome to Helford Class

A very warm welcome to back! We hope you have had a wonderful Summer and are raring to go! We certainly have lots to look forward to in the coming term as we begin our new project with our essential question: Where would you go in your time machine?

During this project we will be travelling back in time to different eras to all learn about what life was like in the past. We will be focusing on Science, Art and DT, History and RE. Please see our Curriculum Overview overleaf for further details about what we will learn across each subject this term.

Year 2 Autumn-Term-Overview-2016-2017

Mini-Projects

Throughout the Autumn term we will be working on 4 mini projects with very exciting outcomes. These are planned to give the children a real thirst for learning and a wide ranging audience to appreciate their work. For our first mini project we will be travelling back to the Ice Age and will begin with an archaeological dig to find out about what life was like in the past! Next we will travel back in time to the Stone Age where we will be learning all about prehistoric tools and using them to cook a Stone Age diet with our bush craft expert. Then during the Bronze Age, we will be learning all about the discovery of Bronze and why this is was important to Cornish tin mining during an outreach workshop with Geevor Tin Mine. Finally, we will take a tour of the Cornish heritage sites visiting different Iron Age settlements as we travel back to the Iron Age.

To conclude our project, the children will be displaying their learning and the artifacts that they have made in the Royal Cornwall Museum for their very own Museum exhibition! We will inform you of more details nearer the time.

autumn project overview 3

Reading

Thank you for your support in reading with your child every evening and ensuring their diaries are signed. The children are responsible for changing their reading books when necessary and have an opportunity at the end of each day to this.

PE Kits

This half term Helford Class will have PE on a Friday afternoon with  our specialist sports coach, Patrick. In order to take part safely, all children must wear the correct kit, along with appropriate outdoor footwear.

Home Learning

We will continue to set Home Learning on a Thursday. Children are responsible for keeping their own books neat and tidy and handing in their Home Learning each Monday. Please ensure that they are handed in on time, and check the Home Learning Policy on the front of your child’s book for further information. Last year Helford Class maintained a 100% Home Learning record – let’s keep it up!

Targets

These are the targets that we will be working on this half term:

Lit Targets A1 2015 Maths Targets A1 2015

Be sure to check the Helford Class webpage or our school Twitter feed @TregollsAcademy regularly to see examples of our learning, details about our curriculum and photos of us at work and play!

As always, please do not hesitate to contact Mrs Gibson or Miss Bellamy should you have any queries or concerns you wish to discuss.

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