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Friday 21st July 2023
The last week in Deer Class! A totally action packed week in which many memories were shared and more made. After three awesome years at Jordans, our superstars enjoyed their final days in style. We had our last forest school session, made photo frames as mementos of each other, baked chocolate cup cakes in science, showcased talents in the Leavers' Assembly and danced gleefully at the Leavers' disco. A week they will never forget!
Friday 14th July 2023
In our Design and Technology lesson this week, Deer Class made moving pictures with wheel mechanisms. At the beginning of this project, we evaluated children's books with moving parts such as flaps. sliders, levers and wheels. We have spent the past weeks learning how to make each of these mechanisms. We have linked our learning to traditional tales, this week it was Little Red Riding Hood. In our scene from the story, the wolf appears to get closer and closer to Red Riding Hood. Turning the wheel makes one of 3 wolves appear in the window. The wolf gets progressively bigger in each picture so it looks like he is getting nearer!
We went exploring around the school grounds for a science investigation. The question was 'Where do you think the most woodlice will be living?' Would it be in the hedge? In the log pile? Under a stone? Or on a tree? The children enjoyed making predictions and testing their hypotheses.
Friday 7th July 2023
Deer Class and their parents spent a wonderful afternoon at Dropmore School yesterday for their annual country dancing festival.
We do-si-do-ed, we promenaded, we galloped, we weaved and we swung our partners! The children have been preparing for several weeks and looked splendid in their neckerchieves and skirts. It was a treat to watch our neighbouring small schools perform their show pieces as well as joining them for ensemble dances.
Friday 30th June 2023
We released our butterflies this week! Deer Class learned about the life cycle of butterflies in their science lessons. They then got to observe it in real life! Five caterpillars came to stay in the classroom two weeks ago. We watched them, we drew them and we measured their growth. One morning there were five chrysalises instead of caterpillars! In just seven days the metamorphosis was complete and the brand new butterflies could be released outside.
Most religions have special places where members can go to worship, pray, celebrate or just be still and silent.
Deer Class contemplated what their individual special place might be like. We discussed the activities we would like to do in our very own special place. These included reading, napping, playing games, listening to music and just thinking. The children designed the space and then made shoebox dioramas.
Friday 23rd June 2023
Deer Class have been punctuating speech this week. In Year 2, we learn a range of punctuation including commas, exclamation marks and question marks. We also use full stops and capital letters consistently in our sentences. When using speech marks , or inverted commas, the children learn to surround the spoken words and put a comma after the speech. Here are some examples of our fabulous writing!
Jordans had a wonderful sports day today. Our teams were named after the world class paralympians- Thomas Young, Kare Adenegan, Andrew Small and Maria Lyle. The children put their hearts into a variety of events like obstacle races, running races, egg and spoon and foam javelin throwing. In the afternoon, Deers tried out some sports where they experienced the challenges of paralympians. We played 'wheelchair bench ball', pulling ourselves around on the floor with our arms. We also tried the shot put with blindfolds. The dedication and fitness of our paralympian superheroes became clear.
Friday 16th June 2023
In our geography lessons, we are learning about maps. We are using the points of the compass and 'left', 'right' 'forwards' and 'backwards' to navigate. This week we discovered that map makers, or cartographers, use aerial photographs from aircraft and satellites to draw maps. Deer Class imagined what our classroom would look like from above. The children mapped out the furniture in the room and made a key to explain the shapes.
The children have been practising our Sports Day events today. They cheered on their classmates and participated in the races with determination. We worked on our agility, speed, balance and concentration. We are superheroes!
Friday 9th June 2023
Deer Class drew self portraits this week. We learned how to divide the face up into sections so that our features were in the right place. The children were surprised to learn that their eyes were in the middle of their face rather than at the top! We used mirrors to make sure that our mouths, noses and eyebrows were the right shape. Using a light pressure on the pencil allowed them to make corrections and rub out guide lines. Can you tell who is who?
Thursday 25th May 2023
It was our trip to Mop End on Wednesday! It was a beautiful, sunny day where the children spent the day enjoying the natural world.
Deer Class were invited to build on their scientific studies of plants and animals. The children immersed themselves in activities such as building up labelled pictures of trees and flowers, blindfolded tree hugging, walking in the woods with mirrors held to their eyes that only allowed them to see the sky, making potions from petals and grasses and pond dipping. They also spent some time in quiet reflection in the woods, listening to the birds singing, drawing and writing about what they could see around them.
Today, they wrote gleefully all about their experiences. Here are some quotes from their writing:
'We had to guess which tree we had hugged and it was really fun!'
'We put the mirrors to our nose and looked at the tall trees.'
'We saw some tall, beautiful bluebells in the deep, dark forest.'
'Our group found 4 newts. It was amazing!'
'Getting 4 newts was extraordinary!'
'It was the best day ever!'
Friday 19th May 2023
Our Religious Education topic this half term is 'Special Places'. Deer Class thought about places that were special to them, considering how their special place makes them feel and what activities they do in their special place. We then learned about places that are special to Christians, Sikhs, Moslems and Buddhists. We discovered some of the practices of religious people when they enter their place of worship such as washing, removing shoes and covering their heads. This week, we found out about the shape of Buddhist temples. They are built to symbolise the 5 elements of water, air, earth, fire and wisdom. The children designed their own temples, using the symbolic shapes of the elements.
We learned that a monoprint is a printed image that is used repeatedly to form a pattern. We had messy, creative fun printing found objects from around the classroom. The children experimented with repeating patterns and rotated patterns of printed objects.
Friday 12th May 2023
Heavier, lighter, grams, kilograms, mass and estimate were our mathematical key words this week.
Deer Class began by using balance scales to compare the mass of two objects. We then learned how to read weighing scales to determine the exact weight of our classroom objects. The children can even read scales when not every division is numbered!
Friday 5th May 2023
The whole school celebrated the upcoming coronation of KIng Charles III on Thursday. We spent a memorable day dressed in red, white and blue, learning about the traditions of a coronation and the history of our royal family. Deer Class also made origami crowns and lolly stick guards. We enjoyed a picnic lunch and a special cake that Deer Class had helped to make. The afternoon was full of fun as we danced on the playground.
Friday 28th April 2023
Year 2 had a treat today! We were visited by the artist, Miyuki Kasahara from Milton's Cottage in Chalfont St Giles. She is part of a project to create an environmentally friendly art installation at the historic site. The children learned how to make origami insects and animals. They were able to take some of their creations home, but also made butterflies from seed paper which will become part of the display at Milton's Cottage until October. This is part of The Wild Escape – a national initiative by The Art Fund to engage young people with nature and biodiversity. Inspired by the BBC series The Wild Isles, presented by Sir David Attenborough, it invites young people to create animal artworks inspired by UK wildlife within museum and gallery collections. Get creative with creatures and creepy crawlies in the Folding Wildlife origami workshop led by Japanese artist Miyuki Kasahara. Then look for them outside in the bug safari, and help to seed bomb so they can continue to encourage butterflies, bees and moths into the garden.
We explored the issue of consent in our PSHE lesson. The children learned the importance of asking permission for physical contact with others. Different people are comfortable with varying levels of contact. For instance, we are not all happy to be hugged or tickled. We also affirmed our own right to say no to any contact that we don't want. To illustrate this, we sat in a circle and asked our neighbour if we could hug them. The children employed their right to say yes or no and have their wishes respected.
How much are we influenced by gender stereotypes? In this lesson Deer Class sorted statements into groups, assigning them to boys and girls. The activity sparked lively discussion,
'My cousin does ballet and he's a boy.'
'Boys AND girls have long hair.'
'The England female football team are champions!'
'We all love cuddly toys.'
In the end, a wise child said 'I think they ALL belong in the middle,'
Friday 21st April 2023
Sketching a tree is a difficult skill involving close observation. The Deers had some tutoring and practice in how to draw the branches linking to the trunk before going to the Bluebell Woods. We had a peaceful, contemplative afternoon sketching our chosen trees.
Careful observation was also required in our science lesson this week. We used magnifying glasses to look at different seeds and bulbs.
They will all produce different flowers. Our mission was to notice the differences between these two kinds of plant producing structures.
The children planted them all and will be monitoring their progress. More photos to follow!
Friday 31st March 2023
In our R.E. lesson this week we used the drama technique of 'freeze framing' to retell the Easter story. We shared our photographs with the rest of the school on Wednesday in assembly. Deer Class loved seeing themselves on the big screen in the hall with captions to teach the younger children about this Christian festival.
On Thursday we made potato salad! Each child customised the recipe to their own taste.
Optional ingredients were black peeper, spring onions, Greek yoghurt or mayonnaise.
We all chopped cooked potatoes using the 'bridge' technique and cut chives using the 'claw' method.
The children tasted their own creations and evaluated the outcome. There were lots of smiling faces!
Friday 24th March 2023
We went off to the woods again on Monday! Deer Class had a wonderful time, despite the pouring rain. They played 'Marco Polo' which taught us how we can be found if we are ever lost. The searcher shouts 'Marco!' and the lost children reply 'Polo!'. We also played 'The floor is lava'. When given the instruction '3, 2, 1, floor is lava!' the children have to remove their feet from the ground. There were many giggles as we hopped onto logs and tree roots or grabbed hold of a firm low branch. In groups the children then busied themselves making dens for themselves or our friends, Jordy and Edward (the puppet squirrel and hedgehog)
Next week we will be making potato salad. In preparation for this we learned food hygiene rules on Thursday. Surfaces will be cleaned, hands washed and aprons worn. The children wrote the recipe for their salad and decided whether they would include any of the optional ingredients of spring onions, chives, Greek yoghurt or pepper. Using bananas to practise, they perfected the 'bridge' technique of chopping. We will be using this method to cut the potatoes next week. Yes, we did eat all the bananas!
Friday 17th March 2023
Meet The Recycling Children of Jordans! Inspired by Isatou Ceesay and the Recycling Women of The Gambia, we decided to find our own way of recycling plastic bags. We made friendship bracelets by cutting strips of plastic from different coloured bags and plaiting them.
Our writing task was to write instructions on how to make them. We used imperative verbs and time conjunctions.
Friday 10th March 2023
Hurray! It's Forrest School time again for Deer Class! Even more exciting is the fact that we went to Crutches Wood in Jordans Village instead of our own Bluebell Woods. The children got to explore a new woodland environment and make comparisons between the two areas. Along the route we were able to spot signs of spring such as crocuses, daffodils and blossom. We followed our 'Ready, Safe and Respect' rules at all times and enjoyed a wonderful afternoon.
We love healthy food in Deer Class, so Thursday afternoon was a treat! Our task was to evaluate different salads made from root vegetables. The children thought about the look, smell, taste and texture of the salads. They each wrote adjectives to describe them and rated them out of 10. We made a class tally chart at the end to establish the favourite. Was it beetroot salad? Coleslaw? Potato salad? Or carrot and raisin salad?
Friday 3rd March 2023
The Deer Class scientists have set up an experiment this week. We are growing cress seeds in different conditions to see how growth is affected. Some seeds will have no light, others no water, some no soil. We are also growing some seeds with all 3 of these factors. The growth of the seeds will be measured and recorded. This week we made predictions about the outcomes. We can't wait to see what we will find!
World Book Day
On Thursday we celebrated the joy of reading. We love dressing up at Jordans! Staff and pupils alike came to school in costume as book characters. We spent the day talking, drawing and writing about our characters. We also discussed our favourite books and authors. This wonderful day concluded with a gallery of everyone's work in the hall and a story telling session.
Friday 24th February 2023
We are all so happy to be back at school after our half term break! It is exciting to see signs of spring beginning to appear.
Deer Class used their close observation skills this week in our art lesson. We sketched a vase of tulips and here are the results:
Friday 10th February 2023
What a thrilling day we had on Tuesday! To round off our learning about Roald Dahl we visited his museum in Great Missenden.
We were treated to a guided tour of the exhibits and Deer Class were able to share their extensive knowledge about our famous local author, as well as learning more about his life and works. We loved hearing the story about how he put a dead mouse in a jar of gobstoppers at the sweetshop as a boy. We saw the hole that he cut in his armchair to accommodate the lump on his back. We dressed up as some of his favourite characters and pretended to be fighter pilots in a mock aeroplane. The children were a credit to our school, superbly behaved and full of enthusiasm!
Friday 3rd February 2023
In Deer Class we enjoy our daily oracy sessions where we discuss philosophical questions and ponder issues that affect our lives. Recently we have debated the following questions:
Should the school holidays be shorter to allow more time for learning?
What super power would you like to have?
Can we have happiness without sadness?
Is school uniform a good idea?
If you make a cake, should you get the biggest slice?
This week we tackled ‘Would you like to live forever?’
Here are some of the responses:
‘No, I don’t want to live forever because I want to find out if Heaven is real and if you can become a ghost.’
‘Yes, I’d like to live forever. I’d live on a farm and grow all my own food.’
‘No, because people I love will die and I want to see them again in Heaven.’
‘Yes, I’d like to live forever because there would be more time for eating!’
The children know how to use the language ‘I agree or disagree with………..because……..’
We love enriching our speaking skills and sharing our thoughts in a way that we might not do in other lessons.
Friday 27th January 2023
We have loved learning about the author Roald Dahl and his story The Enormous Crocodile. Our art work has centred around the illustrator of Roald Dahl's children's books, Quentin Blake. He has a very distinctive drawing style and uses water colour paints to colour his illustrations. Deer Class have looked at many of Quentin Blake's own books too, which he has written and illustrated. We copied some of his pictures and experimented with water colours to produce our own homages to Quentin Blake.
Friday 20th January 2023
Deer Class have been getting creative in Science this week. We have been learning about animals and their habitats. The children brought shoe boxes into school and transformed them into different natural habitats. Our dioramas depict jungles, under the sea, the arctic, woodlands and deserts. They are now proudly displayed in class!
Friday 13th January 2023
In maths this week we were looking at arrays. These are arrangements of objects in equal rows and columns.
They are a pictorial representation of times tables. By the end of the week the children were writing number sentences using the 'X' multiplication symbol. Here we are writing sentences to describe arrays.