Welcome to the Unit Two Web Page
Welcome to the Unit Two web page. Here you will find galleries of pictures as well as information concerning what we are doing.
You will also find details of some of our homework tasks.
Please check back weekly so you can see what we are doing.
Storytelling - 24th January 2020
Storytelling is an exciting way to share stories and has been used throughout history, including during Viking times. This week the children have been learning a Norse myth by reading it and creating a storyboard of the key events. As a group, they then used them to tell the story to the rest of the class. I'm sure many of them will be keen to share their story telling skills with you at home.
Books are... 17th January 2020
Professor Brownstone's (a character in our new class book) most treasured possession is his collection of books. We discussed the value of books and created a class poem using our ideas.
Badgers' class poem:
Books are exciting and inspirational.
Books are incredible; they make you want to jump in.
Books can be sensational.
Books can make you feel alive.
Books can be portals to another world.
Books are a door to our creation.
Books are electrifying and thought provoking.
Books are time absorbing.
DRAGONS - 10th January 2020
We kick-started our Vikings: Dawn of the Dragons topic this week by immersing ourselves in all things dragon related. The children have displayed brilliant sketching skills; their dragon drawings below show great detail.
The children have also been studying kennings - a type of poem that describes something using clues rather than just saying what it is. Each line is two words long. The word kenning comes from a Viking phrase which means: 'to express a thing in terms of another' so it's like a mini riddle to describe something. The children have been developing their language skills using a thesaurus. There is a selection of some of the amazing kennings below for you to enjoy.
STONE AGE EXPERIENCE DAY
After learning all about the Stone Age, we wanted to find out how hard it would be to live in that
We had an exhilarating day learning how to make spears and hunt, creating cave paintings and preparing and cooking food over an open fire. We even had a go at lighting our own fires using a flint and steel instead of matches; it was really hard work but we all succeeded and felt very proud of ourselves.
Some of us definitely found our inner cave dweller and thoroughly enjoyed living in the wild!
Parents - you may have already heard about the lesson Unit 2 had on digestion last week (week beginning 2.12.19.) The children were equally amazed and disgusted at the same time! They learnt the names of the different parts of our digestive system and their function. We showed them the journey their food makes through their body. Ask them to explain the process to you (if they haven't already). The pictures below will compliment their explanation
This half term we have travelled back in time; way, way back to Prehistoric Britain. The Stone Age was when early humans sheltered in caves. We know this from the impressive cave paintings they left behind.
In Unit 2, the children have created their very own Stone Age cave.
Whistling Caves Adventure Day
What an amazing adventure! Unit 2 thoroughly immersed themselves in their adventure day. Each and every one of them took on the role of either Scott, Jack, Emily or Drift from Whistling Caves and brought not just the Whistling Caves book to life, but also their own magnificent stories. The school field was transformed into a campsite and the bushes and shrubs became the Whistling Caves.
The children spent the day doing a variety of activities whilst in role such as: Creating maps of their location, hunting for clues, painting the landscape just like Aunt Kate from the book enjoys doing and devouring a delicious picnic (that they had helped make) of sandwiches, ginger cake and chocolate & courgette cake!
The Great Bread Bake Off
The children in Unit 2 designed some very inventive and creative roll shapes and flavour combinations for the Great Bread Bake Off. The judges had an extremely difficult job in deciding who would be awarded Star Baker in each class.
Star Baker in Hedgehogs was Olivia
Star Bakers in Badgers were Ava and Naiimah
Star Bakers in Squirrels were Kyren and Ava. R
Have a look at the slideshow below to see some of the delicious bread rolls that filled the whole school with mouthwatering smells yesterday.
Author Visit in Unit 2
We had a special visitor in Unit 2 today – the fabulous author of our current class book 'The Mystery of the Whistling Caves: Helen Moss. She led a fascinating and inspiring workshop in each class on how to write a mystery story. She taught us to start with what goes missing, who took it and why before we start our story. Once we had these ideas firmly in place, we started to tell the story with our 3 main characters (and Drift the dog of course!) having fun together in Castle Key on the last day of the summer holiday. Drift finds a clue that leads the children on a hunt for a lost treasure map. Helen guided the children through the stages of how a mystery story develops. Each of the three classes will be using their new authorial skills to plan and write their own mystery story.
Our adventures around the UK
Using The Mystery of the Whistling Caves as inspiration, we have taken on the role of adventure seeking children just like Scott, Jack and Emily to discover more about the country we live in. Each week Unit 2 classes have been left a clue to solve in order to work out the location of the our next visit.