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Beckington and Mells

Church Schools Federation

“The best we can be”

Basalt

WELCOME TO BASALT CLASS

Dr Seuss Hats

During book week we learnt about Dr Seuss. He had an amazing collection of hats which he wore when he was writing. We had a go at making our own hats.

WORLD BOOK DAY

Wild Weather: Wind and Rain. 

 

We have been learning about the wind and rain as part of our topic on Wild Weather. We have started creating our own windsocks in order to test the strength of the wind. We have learnt all about the Beaufort Scale and are going to use this to measure the strength of the wind. To test how much rain falls in 1 day we have placed rain gauges in different areas of the school. Tomorrow we are going to measure how much rain water has been collected in each of the gauges.

A Wet and Windy Welly Walk

We enjoyed a very soggy afternoon on a walk to the woods. We enjoyed jumping in all the puddles along the way.

BRITISH SCIENCE WEEK

WILD WEATHER

This week we have been learning all about weather. We learnt all about the seasons and what weather was normal for these times of year. We explored the sun and how it gives us day and night. We followed our shadows on the playground to see how the earth moves throughout the day. We also made our own shadow puppets to explore how light is blocked by an object. We learnt about the water cycle and created our own water cycles in a bag. We then explored how clouds work.

Our new topic is SUPERHEROES! 

Throughout the Autumn term we will be learning all about superheroes. Please use the link below to access our topic balloon and find out what we will be learning about. 

Merry Christmas from Basalt Class

Christmas Lunch

MONEY

We  have been learning all about money. This week we held our film premiere of 'Tinsel and Tea Towels' our school production. In order to learn about the value of money the children completed tasks to earn money for buying a ticket, pop corn and a drink. The completed the tasks and then worked out how much money they had earned. 

POETRY

We read the poem The Sound Collector by Roger McGough and then had a go at writing our own Christmas themed poem as a class.

 

A stranger called this morning

dressed all in red and white

Took lots of sounds out of his sack

And made our Christmas bright.

 

The jingle of the bells

On the reindeer's collar

The clippity clop of the reindeer's hooves

As they start to hover.

 

The rustle of the wrapping paper

Of the presents under the tree

The rocking of the music

From the children's nativity

 

The banging of the crackers

at the Christmas dinner

The thudding of the snowballs

The cheering of the winner.

 

The sparkling of the shimmering star

On top of the spiky Christmas tree

The crunching as we step on the snow

The clicking of Santa's magic key

 

A stranger called this morning

His name was Santa Claus

Left us lots of fun and games

And a moment to stop and pause.

Live Lesson From Chester Zoo

We watched and joined in with the BBC live lesson from Chester Zoo. We learnt about why animals are the colour and patterns that they are.

Christmas Tree Angels

 

We made angels out of paper plates to sit on top of our Christmas trees.

Design and Technology - Sugar cube creations. 

 

This week in Design and Technology we have continued our learning about stable and unstable structures. We reviewed our newspaper towers from last week, which we all agreed were very unstable! and decided that this week we would build structures using sugar cubes, which we all predicted would be very stable.

Design and Technology - Stable Structures.

 

In our Design and Technology lessons this term we have been learning about stable and unstable structures. As part of our learning we have designed structures that we are going to be making using different materials. This week we built towers using newspapers and sellotape. They were very unstable and kept falling over! 

Children in Need 2020

We had great fun celebrating Children in Need on Friday 13th November. We made lots of yummy Pudsey bear biscuits, came to school dressed in spots as well as taking part in lots of fun Children in Need themed activities. 

BONFIRE NIGHT 

 

 'Remember, remember the 5th November, gunpowder treason and plot. I see no reason, why gunpowder treason should ever be forgot.' 

 

On 5th November Basalt class spent the day learning about Bonfire Night. We learnt about the story of Guy Fawkes, the history of Bonfire night, the rhyme remember, remember the 5th November, wrote Bonfire and Sparkler acrostic poems,  painted our own firework display and designed our own firework rockets and firework patterns. We had a great day learning about all about bonfire night. 

 

 

PUMPKIN HARVEST

Bread Making

We made pumpkin bread as part of our harvest cookery day. We shared this with Ragstone and Wenlock and enjoyed trying their soup and muffins.

 

Autumn Welly Walk

We walked to the woods to look for signs of autumn to help us with our senses poetry.

Earth Art  

Our art topic this term is 'Earth Art'. We have been exploring the work of different artists and sculptors who create artwork using only natural materials. Using their work as an inspiration we created our own woodland creatures from natural materials that we found around our school grounds. 

Year 2- Partitioning Numbers

Discovery Time

The Scream

By Edvard Munch

 

We looked at Edvard Munch's The Scream and had a go at creating some of our own using pastels and photography. We thought about what might be happening in the picture and talked about the emotion fear.

The Colour Monster

                                                                                             By Anna Llenas

During arts week we have been using the book The Colour Monster to help us think about our emotions. We have shared our own experiences and talked about how we might feel in different situations. We have explored different strategies for dealing with our emotions when they feel too big and we have shared what brings us joy!

Welly Walk 

 

During our Art fortnight we went on a welly walk to the local woods. We hunted for natural treasure to make into journey sticks and listened to the sounds that we could hear around us. We used the sounds we heard to he help create a nature symphony using instruments when we returned to school.