WELCOME TO BASALT CLASS
BRING YOUR WHEELS TO SCHOOL DAY
To celebrate the Sustrans Big Pedal Week we have been thinking about ways we can keep active and reduce the use of our cars. We brought our bikes, skates and scooters to school.
In art we have been learning about artists who painted landscapes or cityscapes. This week we have been learning about the artist Vincent Van Gough and his famous painting 'Starry Night'. We used Van Goughs painting as inspiration for our own Starry Night pictures which we created using oil pastels.
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
BRITISH SCIENCE WEEK
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
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.
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.
'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.
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.
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
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!
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.