Welcome to JC2
We are a class of 25 Y1 and Y2 children taught by Mrs Loram and our teaching assistant is Mrs Handy. We are all looking forward to an exciting year! Our first topic is 'Journeys' and we have already started to think about our journeys to school, what we can see and features of aerial view photos.
We have been talking about what we can see on our journey to school in the mornings and how the view through the car window is different to an aerial view. We have also been learning about compass points and here we are telling the Bee-bots where to go on the grids using the language North, South, East and West.
We went on a journey around the school grounds and to The Rec to see if we could spot a list of trees. We have been learning about deciduous and evergreen trees. How many do you think we spotted?
We have been on many journeys in our dance lessons too. So far we have been into space to the moon and on a pirate ship, where we visited an island to dig up some buried treasure!
Our new topic this term is Castles, Kings and Queens. We will be learning about different parts of castles and what they were used for, locations of castles using maps, making a timeline of famous queens, looking at different materials and hopefully visiting a castle. A busy term ahead!
We were visited today by a professional musician, Mr Fitton-Perkins, who is going to teach us how to play the violin for the next ten weeks. Today we learnt about crotchets, minims, treble clefs, how many notes there are and how to pluck the D string on the violins. We had a great time and we are looking forward to the next nine weeks!
We are now on our third week of learning to play our violins and the children have been amazing. Mr Fitton-Perkins has been extremely impressed with their attitude, listening and concentration skills and says that we are the best school he has visited for a long time! Sooner than expected he has said that the children are ready to start playing with bows. So well done JC2, keep it up!
We had a fantastic time on World Book Day! The children looked great in their costumes and we celebrated by playing some games and reading stories. I have never seen The Cat in the Hat or Harry Potter playing the violin before!
We welcomed a very special visitor for our Collective Worship this morning. For those of you that can remember the TV series Gladiators, you will recognise 'Ace'. He told us how he has become a Christian and his Gladiator outfit can be linked to believing in God. He invited some children up to see if they could pull him over in a tug of war!
This afternoon JC2 participated in a KS1 interschools dance competition against Dorma House. All the children thoroughly enjoyed themselves and our visitors danced brilliantly. A special mention to Estelle,who danced a solo and to Brody and Lily who did a duet together. They were all so brave! A big thank you to the Y6 children who choreographed the dances and to those that judged the competition. Their comments were mature and informative and their scoring system was fair. For the first time ever the schools managed to score the same amount of points so we both won! Thank you also to Mr Daldrey for organising the afternoon for us and as usual he was a brilliant host and without him we wouldn't be able to take part in these events. I was extremely proud of all the children in my class and they definitely all earned a house point for their efforts. Well done JC2!
We all enjoyed a fantastic trip to Warwick Castle yesterday! Thank you to Mrs McMinn and Miss Gould who came along to help and a big thank you to the PTFA who helped to keep the cost down by paying for the coach. We all thoroughly enjoyed ourselves and the children were extremely well behaved and all earned themselves a house point for their good behaviour. Our favourite part of the trip was The Falconer's Quest which told the story of how different birds of prey were introduced to the castle. We were extremely lucky with the weather too, as it started to rain while we were on our journey back to school. Take a look at some of the highlights of our trip.
JC2's topic for the summer term is 'Superheroes'. We will be reading fantasy stories, learning about real life heroes, our super senses, pop art styles and making superhero clothing amongst other things. We have made a start by reading the story 'Aisha the Superhero Princess' and looking at the pop art by Andy Warhol and producing our own. They will be displayed in the classroom soon!
Just a quick reminder about the homework system in JC2 this year. Homework is issued on Thursday and returned on the following Wednesday. However, if you wish to return it before Wednesday then that is absolutely fine. The Y2 children will receive Maths and English homework every week and the Y1 children will receive either Maths or English on alternate weeks. All children are expected to read every night and learn spellings, issued on Monday for a test on Friday. Happy homeworking!!
Show and Tell will be every Friday afternoon and each group will take it in turns. Your child will be able to tell you when it is their turn for a certain week. Show and Tell is designed for the children to practise their speaking and listening skills, whilst at the same time boosting their confidence to be able to talk in front of a group of familiar faces. The children do not have to show something every time, it may just be that they have something exciting or interesting that they want to share with the class.