Welcome to Africa's page. On this page we will share the exciting things we learn about, the places we go and the events we take part in. Key information about the Year 2/3 curriculum can also be found on this page.
Teacher: Miss Wildon
Teaching Assistants: Miss Hegarty, Miss O'Neill and Mr Cawood
Hugh Templeton - Watercolour Artist
On one very special Tuesday, a special visitor came to our school. He was an artist who taught us how to paint with watercolour. This was something we hadn't ever tried before and looked really difficult. Actually, we all turned out to be artists!
Who doesn't like a fruit kebab? We learnt how to make them and even added a treat of melted chocolate! We also wrote instructions for how to make these so anyone can have a go.
To observe how plants grow, we planted runner beans. Firstly, we made a greenhouse with some damp cotton wool. We checked on our beans every day to see how they were growing. When the beans had grown big enough, we planted them in compost.
We all know our chickens, Henrietta, Rosie and Rainbow. We were looking after them and collecting eggs. We decided that along with our cress we would make egg sandwiches. We had great fun!
During our Growth and Green Fingers topic, we have been doing lots of different planting and observing how they grow. Check out our cress heads!
Do you want to build a robot?
We have been learning about body parts. We have looked at the body parts of humans, animals and now ROBOTS! We all designed our own and then make it using junk modelling. We tried to think of how we could make different body parts for our robots using things like boxes and bottles and a lot of sellotape!
Toys - Past and Present
This term we have been learning about the past and present through toys. To get us started, Alison came to visit us from Freshwater Theatre. We had four 'rooms' to visit in the Toy Museum. We visited different types of teddy bears where learnt about Theodore Roosevelt when he was out hunting. It is thought that since he saved a baby bear, this is why we call them 'Teddy' bears. We also saw lots of different types of dolls and moving toys. Finally, we invented our own toys with different moving parts and features.
The Great Fire of London
Freshwater Theatre came to visit this week to deliver a drama session. This gave us a WOW start to our topic, 'Fire, Fire!'. We put on our imagination hats and travelled back in time to the 1665 to find out about what London was like with the plague. We learnt all about London in the 1600s, how the fire started and Samuel Pepys and his diary. What an amazing experience to learn all that information through a drama session!
Learning with the Life Bus
This week we had a special visitor come and visit our class to help us learn about ourselves and our feelings. We met Tam the doll who helped us to learn about our parts of the body and how they work. We were especially interested in the Brain and how that helps us to learn. We also met Harold the giraffe who taught us ways of being kind to our friends. His friend Kiki was upset that she had been left out of a party so we spoke to her on the phone to give her advice of how to manage her feelings.
Africa have been learning how to stay safe when sharing pictures online. We looked at a picture a girl had shared and wrote emails to her helping her to be safer online. These emails tell her some things we shouldn't share online because they are personal. This could be our phone number, address or birthday. We need to make sure that when sharing pictures they are to our friends and family. Here are some of the emails we wrote.
Warburtons Visit Fairfield
Whilst learning how to write instructions, Africa were visited by Warburtons to find out some history about the company and make their own sandwich. Everyone was involved - even Mr Ashley! Take a look at our gallery to see us dressed up and eating our sandwiches.
Helmshore Textile Museum
We kick started the year with a trip alongside our topic of 'There's No Place Like Home'. This year we decided to learn about local mill towns with Bury inventor John Kay at the heart of it.
Alicja wrote - 'I liked the part of our trip where we went on a walk and learnt about new things. I found out that William Turner, the mill owner, owned the pubs, the shops, the church, the train station, the houses and the baths.'
Olivia also enjoyed the trip, especially the link with John Kay - 'I enjoyed learning about John Kay. He built the flying shuttle. Did you know that someone stole his idea and he didn't get any money for it. He ran away to France and died there'.