Helford Class (2014/15)

Welcome back to the Summer Term!

Click on this link to see this half term’s newsletter and find out what we will be learning in Helford Class:

Helford Class Letter Summer 1 2015 2

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

Our Artwork on Exhibition at Porthmeor Studios, St Ives – February 2015

Welcome back to the second half of the Spring Term. Thank you for your support with the children’s Home Learning over the half term break – I am very impressed with their research on famous people of the past.

Click on this link to find out more about what we will be learning during our latest topic: Helford Class Letter Spring 2 2015

These are our new curricular targets which we will be working to achieve this half term:

Happy New Year and Welcome Back to the Spring Term

Super Humans

This half term Helford Class will be following a unit of work on a theme that focuses on ‘The Human Body’. I am sure they enjoyed completing their super human challenges over the holidays. During this unit we will be focussing on Science and Technology.

Super Humans Launch Day

Monday 12th January

Please bring in something smelly from home (it could be a nice or not so nice smell) – little jar will be provided!

CLICK HERE to find out more about what we are learning: Helford Class Letter Spring 1 2015

CLICK HERE to see our Class Targets for Writing and Maths this Half Term: HV Targets Spring 1

Reading

As the year progresses the children in Key Stage 1 are enjoying new experiences with reading. Most of the children are so secure with their phonic knowledge that they now participate in daily Cracking Comprehension sessions aimed at Year 3 instead of Read Write Inc. It goes without saying that enjoying books and stories at home is still a crucial element of their progress in Literacy and many children are now choosing books to take home from our school library. It is the children’s own responsibility to change and return their books when necessary and to ensure that their reading diaries are signed daily by a grown up at home.

Remember: “The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.”

Multiplication

This half term we continue our focus on multiplication facts so please use any opportunity as home for the children to recite and recall these, including division facts which we now have a good understanding of! We have one multiplication superstar who has completed all of Stage One Bronze – Well done Hannah! Who will earn the next award…?

PE Kits

This half term Helford Class will have PE on Tuesday and Friday afternoons. Please ensure your child has the correct kit in school, along with appropriate outdoor footwear.

Home Learning

This will continue to be set on a Thursday and should be returned for marking by the following Monday. If Homework is handed in late it is unlikely that it will be marked that week.

Welcome back to the Autumn Term 2014!

Helford Class have made a fantastic start to the new term! It was great to see so many eager faces and happy smiles as the children entered for their first day. I was particularly impressed with the way they settled back into learning and participated in all activities confidently and enthusiastically. We are looking forward to a great year ahead!

Our Teaching Assistants are Mrs Lynes and Miss Harvey.

Helford Class Charter – CLICK HERE to read the rules we have come up with based on the 6Rs. Please discuss these at home.

What’s It Made Of?

During this half term, Helford Class will be following a unit of work on a theme that focuses on ‘Grouping and Classifying Materials’.

Materials are all around us. Everything we touch is made up of a material: wood, plastic, fabric, glass, gold, steel, etc. We use different materials to make different objects. Why? Because each material has its own special quality (or property) and we are going to find out what this is.

During this unit we will be focusing on Science, Technology and Geography. Please see our Curriculum Overview by clicking this link: Curriculum Overview – Autumn 1 – Helford Y1/2 to find out more detail about what we will learn across each subject this half term.

Reading Books

Thank you for your support in reading with your child every evening and ensuring their diaries are signed. The children are so enthusiastic about reading and keen to start working towards their first Judo wristband!

The children are responsible for ensuring they change their reading books when necessary and have an opportunity at the end of each day to this.

Attendance

Let’s keep up our brilliant attendance during the Autumn Term and we could be off on a special trip as a reward!

PE Kits

This half term Helford Class will have PE on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons. We will be taught tag rugby skills by a specialist coach from the Cornish Pirates on a Tuesday, and gymnastic skills for indoor PE on a Thursday. Please ensure your child has the correct kit (named) in school, 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.

Learning Online

Our Bug Club and MyMaths sites are invaluable as a learning tool at home. The children will be given updated log in details this week so that they can access them at home where possible.

Healthy Living

In Science, we’ve been learning about what our bodies need to stay healthy. We know all about the different food groups, and each made a healthy living food diary over half term. We tasted lots of different fresh fruit juices and made a tally chart then a bar graph in Maths to find out our favourite flavour juice.. it certainly wasn’t grapefruit!

Potty about Pottery!

We had a fascinating visit to the Royal Cornwall Museum as part of our Ancient Greece topic. We had to wear white gloves to handle some artefacts which were over 2000 years old! We had a go at designing our own pots with traditional greek patterns and images of Greek athletes in ther very first Olympic Games.

Here are some photos of us during our clay pottery workshop…

Our Day in the Office…

We have been writing our own Greek Myths based on the story of King Midas and the Golden Touch. Instead of writing them up, we used our computer skills and typed them on laptops!

You can read an excerpt from our stories by clicking this link:HELFORD MYTHS

Here is us hard at work…

 

 

 

Our Launch Day: The First Olympians – Monday 28th April 2014

We had a fantastic day this Monday celebrating all things Greek and learning lots about life in Ancient Greece, including the 12 Gods and Goddesses they believed in, and how to write using the Greek Alphabet! Ask us to sing you our song which helps us to remember it!

Below are some pictures of the activities we enjoyed on our launch day:

Choosing leaves for our crowns

Writing our names in Greek

Welcome back to the Summer Term!

The First Olympians

Topic Launch Day -Monday 28th April

Children may come dressed ready for their favourite sport, or in Ancient Greek attire!

People like to compete with each other in all kinds of ways – but especially in sport. We want to know who can run the fastest or which team can score the most goals. But where did the first sports competitions begin? We are going to go back in time to find out about the first Olympic Games held in ancient Greece. This half term we will be learning through History, Geography, Science and Art.

To find out all about our learning this half term, please click on this link for our Curriculum Letter: Helford Class Letter Summer 1 2014

 

Visit to St Michael’s Mount

We had a fantastic day learning more about our Cornish Legend, Jack the Giant Slayer, at St Michael’s Mount. Our favourite parts of the day were peering down the well to see the Giant’s eyes staring back, standing on Cormoran’s heart and feeling it beating, walking along the causeway before the tide came in, and travelling back to shore by boat! We even got to eat our lunch on the beach and had a guided tour of the Castle. When we stopped at the bottom of the path to tell the story, lots of people stopped to listen and were super impressed!

Here are some photos of our fantastic day out…

 

The Stories People Tell

For the second half of the spring term, our topic focusses on Myths and Legends. I have read some fantastic, imaginative stories that the children have written as part of their Home Learning over the half term holidays!

Our literacy fiction text is a Cornish Legend this half term and we will be learning Jack the Giant Slayer! To enrich our learning, we will be visiting St Michael’s Mount were the story is set, on Friday 14th March.

In addition to this, we will be taking part in a Giant Art project at the Royal Cornwall Museum on Monday 24th March. Check back soon for further details…

To find out more about our learning experiences this half term, please click on this link for our half termly curriculum letter: Helford Class Letter Spring 2 2014

Remember to continue using every opportunity for reading at home, as Dr Seuss will tell you: “The more you read, the more you will know. The more that you know, the more places you will go!”

Happy New Year and welcome back to the Spring Term!

Media Magic

This half term Helford Class will be following a unit of work on a theme that focuses on ‘Communication’. Check our class webpage for details and photos of our launch day later this week. During this unit we will be focusing on Music, Art, ICT, Geography, Science, History and DT.

In Geography we will be finding out

  • About other languages that we can learn to speak
  • About how people greet each other in different countries around the world
  • How to create a sound map of our school
  • How to present a news story about a world event

In Art we will be finding out

  • How a costume can tell us about a character
  • How painters and sculptors communicate a mood, feeling or idea

In Science we will be finding out

  • How sound travels
  • How we can use light to send Morse code messages

In History we will be learning

  • About inventors who have made famous communication invention
  • How communication has changed through the ages

Reading Books

In Helford Class we read with children individually every day in Read Write Inc or Guided Reading. As always, using every opportunity for reading and sharing books at home will have a positive impact on your child’s progress. Please record this in their reading journal and ask your child about our exciting new wristband reading scheme! This term we have invested in lots of new and exciting reading material and our reading books are now kept in Helford Class’ Reading Area.  Please encourage your children to be responsible for changing their own home/school reading book.

“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.”

Attendance

As you will be aware, the school has a significant focus on improving our attendance and I would like to take this opportunity to thank you and the children for the huge improvement Helford Class have made – we recently ranked 2nd out of all the classes!

PE Kits

This half term Helford Class will have PE on Tuesday and Friday afternoons. Please ensure your child has the correct kit in school, along with appropriate outdoor footwear.

Home Learning will be set on a Thursday and should be returned for marking by the following Monday. Homework tasks are closely linked to current learning and may involve a game or activity to complete at home together.

As always, please do not hesitate to contact me at school should you have any worries or concerns you wish to discuss.

Thank you for your support, and with best wishes for a Happy, Healthy 2014

Autumn Term 2

Seeing the Light

This half term Helford Class will be following a unit of work on a theme that focuses on ‘Light and Dark’. This week we have had great fun during our topic launch finding out about light and shadow, making shadow puppets and using torches in our darkened classroom. See some photos below…

During this unit we will be learning through Science, Art, Music and Geography.

In Art we will be finding out

  • How to show light and dark in our drawings and paintings
  • How artists have shown light and dark in their own paintings

In Geography we will be finding out

  • About what causes day and night
  • About countries that have very long summer days and very long winter nights
  • About different sources of light in our school and local area

In Science we will be finding out

  • About different light sources
  • How some materials can reflect light
  • How shadows are made

In Music we will be learning

  • About songs and music that have light and dark as their theme
  • How to make our own songs and music with light and dark as a theme

In PE we will be focussing on

  • Games and Dance

“The 6 Rs”

In order to teach the children to become successful learners and citizens, we are focussing on remembering the 6Rs… responsibility, resourcefulness, reflectiveness, readiness, resilience and relationships. Your child will be able to explain what these mean so please encourage them to discuss them with you at home.

Reading Books

In Helford Class we read with children individually every day in Read Write Inc but they are responsible for changing their own home/school reading books. As always, using every opportunity for reading and sharing books at home will have a positive impact on your child’s progress. Please record this in their reading journal.

PE Kits

This half term Helford Class will have PE on Thursday and Friday afternoons. Please ensure your child has the correct kit in school, along with appropriate footwear. Anyone without the correct PE kit in school will need to visit Mr Middlemore’s office and borrow one of the “spare” kits!

Home Learning will be set on a Thursday and should be returned for marking by the following Monday. Homework tasks are closely linked to current learning and may involve a game or activity to complete at home together.

We are all looking forward to a fantastic half term. Rehearsals are well under way for our Christmas Performance so watch this space!

As always, please do not hesitate to contact me at school should you have any worries or concerns you wish to discuss.

 

Welcome back to the Autumn Term 2013!

Helford Class have had a super start to Year 2 and impressed all the grown ups during their first week with their enthusiastic story telling skills and fantastic mental maths! Hopefully the children have been reciting the Three Wishes story and some of our Big Maths jingles at home.

The Things People Do

This half term Helford Class will be following a unit of work on a theme that focuses on ‘Jobs and work’. On Monday 16th September, we had great fun during our topic launch writing our own CVs, trying on different uniforms and finding out what different jobs entail. We even had a visit from a member of the community who brought us treats from their workplace – donuts from Tesco Bakery! Photos to follow…

Talk for Writing

In addition to our daily Read Write Inc sessions, Helford Class will take part in a Literacy session each day with an aim to improve our writing through the Storytelling process. The first story we will learn and adapt this term is called The Three Wishes, so please encourage your child to practise telling it at home to family and friends…

Reading Books

In Helford Class we endeavour to read with as many children as possible each day but children are responsible for changing their own books. As always, using every opportunity for reading and sharing books at home will have a positive impact on your child’s progress. Please record this in their reading journal.

PE Kits

This half term Helford Class will have PE on Monday and Thursday afternoons. Please ensure your child has the correct kit in school, along with appropriate footwear. Anyone without the correct PE kit in school will need to visit Mr Middlemore’s office and borrow one of the “spare” kits!

Homework will be set on a Thursday and should be returned for marking by the following Monday. Homework tasks are closely linked to current learning and may involve a game or activity to complete at home together.

We are all looking forward to a fantastic Autumn Term. As always, please do not hesitate to contact Miss Bellamy at school should you have any worries or concerns you wish to discuss.

Thank you for your support!

Miss Bellamy and the Helford class team

“Our Amazing World”

Helford Class have just launch our new Summer topic which is geography based. For our Launch Activity, we had a treasure hunt using photo clues! Each photo was a close up image of part of our school grounds. We had to work out where to find our ‘treasure’ by looking really carefully at the environment around us – it was trickier than you might think!

Then we had to solve an anagram which spelled out the title of our new topic…Our Amazing World.

Check back soon to find out more about what this topic involves and what we will be learning this Summer.

“Time Detectives” at the Royal Cornwall Museum…

We spent a fascinating day at the RCM in Truro learning about how life has changed on Earth over thousands of years. We look and lots of artefacts from the Bronze Age and beyond, took part in an archaeological dig and created our own fossils using Plaster of Paris.

Here are some photos of us getting messy and enjoying our learning:

Sensational Launch Day!

Helford Class launched their new topic last week with a fantastic day of discovery. We began thinking about our five senses by tasting unusual foods, playing a smelly guessing game, and even taking part in sensory PE with a blindfolded obstacle course! Ask us about how we can trick your eyes using optical illusions, or tangle your tastebuds using food colouring and flavoured yoghurt or mashed potato!

Here are some photos of us enjoying some of our sensory activities…

Happy New Year and Welcome back to the Spring Term!

Sensational!

This half term Helford Class will be following a unit of work on a theme that focuses on ‘The senses’.

During this unit we will be learning through Geography, Art, ICT, Science, DT and Music activities, as outlined below:

In Art, we’ll be finding out:

• About different artists and how their work appeals to our senses

• How colour, pattern and shape can be used to appeal to the senses

• How we can create our own art to show what we have learnt about the senses

In Music, we’ll be finding out:

• How we can create and remember a sequence of sounds

• How composers have used music to represent characters and places

• How we can create our own music to represent a character and a place

In Science, we’ll be finding out:

• About our senses and how we use them

• Finding out what happens when we are deprived of our senses

• How sound travels and how our senses of taste and smell are connected

• About the sensory qualities of different materials

In DT, we’ll be finding out:

• How to make a fruit salad by exploring taste, colour and texture

• About optical illusions and how we can fool the senses

• How to make our own optical illusion toys

In Geography, we’ll be finding out:

• How we experience and remember places through our sense of smell, taste, touch, hearing and sight

Reading Books

In Helford Class we endeavour to read with as many children as possible each day on a 1:1 basis but children are responsible for changing their own books during their daily independent learning time. As always, using every opportunity for reading and sharing books at home will have a positive impact on your child’s progress.

PE Kits

This half term Helford Class will have PE on Thursdays. Please ensure your child has the correct kit in school, along with appropriate footwear.

Homework

Homework will be set on a Friday and should be returned for marking by the following Wednesday. Homework tasks are closely linked to current learning and may involve a game or activity to complete at home together.

 

We wish you a Merry Christmas… and a Happy New Year!

Whoops-A-Daisy… Behind the Scenes

We hope you all enjoyed our Christmas performances this year! We had a great time learning the songs and speaking parts for Whoops-A-Daisy Angel, and were so proud of the way we performed on the night, and the following afternoon.

Here are some pictures of us preparing before the curtain went up…

Bendy Bodies!

In PE, we have been learning how to make different shapes with our bodies. We managed to work with a partner to make our bodies into letter shapes. Can you work out our message?…

Circus Science!

We spent a fun-filled afternoon learning about forces and gravity through lots of circus activities. Here we are finding out how to balance a clown on a tightrope, make a marble travel through a tube, and find our way through a maze using magnetism…

Welcome to Helford Class

Let’s Celebrate!

This half term we will be following a unit of work from the International Primary Curriculum which focuses on celebrations.

We had great fun on our Launch Day which coincided with Guy Fawkes Night. We learnt all about the Gunpowder Plot, made our own guy and enjoyed making hot chocolate with marshmallows as well as chocolate pears – our very own adaption of the popular toffee apple! We can tell you all about why we celebrate on November 5th each year, and can teach you a catchy rhyme to help you to remember….

Below are some pictures we took on our Launch Day. Read on to find out what we’ll be learning this half term during our Let’s Celebrate topic.

Here’s Luke dipping his pear in chocolate!

Rio is decorating his chocolate pear with sparkly sprinkles!

We took our Guy around to other classes to teach them about the Gunpowder Plot.

Yummy!

 

 

During this unit we will be focusing on History, Design & Technology, Art, Music, Physical Education, RE and Geography.

In History, we’ll be finding out:

• How people in our families celebrated in the recent past

• How particular past events are still celebrated

 

In D&T, we’ll be finding out:

• How to plan for a celebration

• How to design and make a product for a celebration

 

In Art, we’ll be finding out:

• How decoration is used in celebrations

• How the work of artists is used in celebrations

• How to make artefacts and images that could be used in celebrations

 

In Music, we’ll be finding out:

• How songs and music are used in celebrations in our own and other countries

• How to compose our own music for a celebration

 

In PE, we’ll be finding out:

• How to create a celebration dance

• How to improve the performance of our dance

 

In RE, we’ll be finding out:

• How different groups of people celebrate different events

• How different groups of people have different rules

 

In Geography, we’ll be finding out:

• What is the same and what is different between the celebrations in the home countries of the different children in our class

• How to work and celebrate with each other