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Autumn Term 2019- Our Precious Planet

We have been learning about Remembrance Day. We talked about the different colour poppies that we have seen and what each of these means. We also talked about how the poppy is seen as a sign of hope after they grew on the battlefields. Using egg cartons, we created our own poppies and these were put together into a wreath. We also used construction kits to design our own monuments and talked about where we could find memorials in Ripon. The children also produced some lovely hopes for the world. 

This half-term we are going to be learning about sculpture in art. This week we learnt about a sculptor called Marc Quinn who made sculptures from bread dough. He made a collection of sculptures based on his hands. We used this to inspire us and had a go at sculpting our own hands from playdough. It was really interesting to see the different methods that the children used. 
This week we took part in the Into Film Festival. We went to Masham Town Hall to watch Ballerina. Back at school, we talked about the main character's dreams and aspirations and how she made her dream come true. We recognised that she had help from other people but that she also had to work really hard herself to get what she wanted. We made our own aspiration balloons to show what we want to be when we grow up. There are lots of really interesting ideas! 

Autumn Term 2019-Choctastic

In PE, we were very lucky to join forces with Class 4. They designed lots of different games for us to develop our ball skills and we got the opportunity to take part in all of them. Thank you Class 4! 
For Judaism week we have been learning all about the Jewish festival of Sukkot. We made Sukkahs, tried bread and honey, learnt about different symbols used in the Jewish faith and designed our own synagogues in groups. 




To end our RE topic on Baptism, Father Donald came into school and did a mock Baptism for the children. It was a brilliant opportunity for the children to see some of the real objects used in a Baptism such as the oil. We then made booklets to share what we have learnt about Baptism over the half-term. We shared these with the children in Foundation Stage. 


Our final forest school session saw us inviting parents and carers to join us round the campfire. We sang campfire songs, toasted marshmallows and drank hot chocolate. A wonderful way to finish the half-term! 


Thank you so much to everybody who came to our chocolate shop! The children really love having you in school and sharing what they have been doing. A fabulous way to end our topic. 


In Forest schools we used the campfire to make popcorn. It took a while to pop but we got there eventually. Our classroom is now adorned with some beautiful bunting that we have decorated with natural dyes from leaves by leaf bashing. 
PE this week involved us playing crab football. It gave us a great chance to practise our control and stopping of the ball. Great team work too! 
It has been all systems go this week in Class 2 as we have been busy creating chocolatey treats for our chocolate shop. We iced buns, made crispie cakes and decorated marshmallows. 


In RE we talked about the promises that are made at a Baptism. We then wrote our own promises to God. With a partner, we made friendship bracelets and presented them to a friend, making a promise to them as we did. The children had some lovely ideas such as 'Ipromise to love you' 'I promise to let you join in my games' and 'I promise to share with you'. Well done Class 2. Really thoughtful promises and some really good concentration and perseverance when creating your bracelets. 


In Art, we have been creating our own chocolate bar wrappers. We explored reverse printing techniques to make different shapes and patterns on our wrappers. 
Our English lessons got very chocolatey this week! We worked in groups to create a chocolate pizza. Based on what we did, we then had to order a set of instructions that explained how to make the chocolate creation. We have really got the hang of using time words and being bossy and are looking forward to using these skills further in our writing next week. 
Mud monsters! Messy but lots of fun. 
The children have made an impressive start to their learning on addition! Take a look at their part whole models. 
In our topic lesson, we learnt about the History of Cadbury's. We found out that the company actually started with drinking chocolate as their first product and were really interested in the fact that they moved to a factory close to a canal (just like we have in Ripon) to make it easier to move things in and out. The children were able to draw on their English skills from instruction writing to add time words to their Cadbury's timelines. 
In Science, the children have produced some lovely writing about things that they can see in Autumn. They were able to draw upon their recent experiences in class to help them generate their ideas. We are in the process of putting all of the pieces together into a class book for our book corner. 


The children took part in a variety of activities to kick start our unit on writing instructions. They played noughts and crosses, magic squares, feed the teddy, built lego models and did French skipping. At the end of the lesson, the children were able to explain what things in the writing had helped them to understand what to do. These things included time words, pictures and a list of what you need.

To continue our work on Baptism, we went on a trip to Ripon Cathedral. We were given plans of the grounds and were able to put our map reading skills to good use again to find the different features. One of these was the font and the children were able to talk about what they had learnt about Baptism the previous week in great detail. The children even managed to make further links to our learning in Geography when they found a cushion with a map showing Ripon, Harrogate and York- the three places we had located on a map earlier in the week. We also took the time to think about and remember people who we miss and lit a candle to do this. The children were very respectful and thoughtful. Well done Class 2. 


Once we were back at school, the children shared items from their own Baptisms that they had brought in. 


Thank you to the parent helpers who came with us. We hope you enjoyed it as much as we did. 

In Forest Schools we have been using natural materials to make collages. We also used the fire pit to make our very own toast. Just what was needed on an Autumn afternoon. 



Our science lesson took us outdoors this week as we looked for signs of Autumn. Once we were back inside, we made a graph of the objects that we had collected to see which autumnal colours we had found. Using our skills of observation, we noticed that some colours were not very visible in our grounds. We talked about why this might be.. the weather, the time of year and also the types of tree in our grounds. 
We put our map reading skills to good use this week and were richly rewarded at the end of it! Using a map of the school grounds, we looked for the symbols that showed us where Mrs Thorpe had hidden... chocolate! 
In Forest Schools, we made chocolate bread which included us making our own dough! We also got the opportunity to continue honing our hammering skills to make models and use the mud kitchen. Great team work and collaboration was displayed across all activities. 
In RE this week we have learnt all about Baptism. We watched videos of a Baptism and looked out for special signs and symbols. We talked about what these signs and symbols remind us of and why they are used. We acted out a Baptism in small groups and designed cards to give to somebody on their Baptism day, using the special signs and symbols that we had spotted. 
In English, we have been creating our own 'Chocolate Monsters'. We are going to write stories about the adventures that they go on. 
Brilliant maths this week! We have been using symbols to compare numbers and show whether they are greater than, less than or equal to each other. 
Year 1 are really getting into the swing of their independent challenges now! The Chunk has been on the loose in our classroom and keeps on eating Mrs Thorpe's secret stash! The children have busied themselves designing and making traps to try and catch him. They have also designed their own monsters and enjoyed playing bingo, deciding whether words are real or nonsense. 
As part of our topic work, we have made maps of our school. We thought about the different places around us and then tried to place them in the right place. We are going to follow a map to find chocolates hidden for a Chocolate Hunt! 
Forest schools provided us with the opportunity to try some hammering this week. Mrs Goss was really impressed with our safety! Wemade dens and toasted delicious marshmallows too! 
We have continued to develop our football skills by practising using the inside of our foot to kick and pass. We have also learnt about using the laces of our shoes to make power shots and got chance to try this out after dribbling to the end of some cones. 


The chocolate fun continued in Forest Schools this week as we got to make our own chocolate banana treats! Delicious! 

In RE we have been thinking about how we can be a good Christian. We talked about the fact that following in Jesus' footsteps and following the Golden Rules at school would help us to do this. One of the children tried on Mrs Thorpe's trainers and walked in them. This was very tricky. She then walked in them again while Mrs Thorpe helped her. This made us think about the fact that it isn't always easy to follow in Jesus' footsteps but it is easier if we help each other to do it. 


We drew and wrote about ways that we could be a good person and recorded these in footsteps. We also made miniature versions of ourselves to go around our footprint display in class. 


To help us remember to follow in Jesus' footsteps, we have learnt a song. Try it at home (the tune is Frere Jacques). 


Our second unit of PE this half-term will be Gymnastics. For our first lesson, we focussed on travelling on different ways- high, low, forwards, backwards and sideways. The children showed great balance and creativity. Well done! 


With the help of our Year 2's, the Year 1 children were introduced to the formation of their first letter with a lead in- 'a'. We used a little rhyme to help us 'lead in, around the apple and down the leaf'. It was wonderful to see some children choosing to practise during their independent challenge time. They will be handwriting pros in no time! 
To launch our topic 'Choctastic!' we had our first educational visit of the year. We went to York Chocolate Story. We learnt lots about how chocolate is made and even got chance to make lots of delicious treats of our own. 
The Year 1 children have been doing really well with their independent challenges, applying skills taught and covered in class. They have been drawing self-portraits on the easel, making maps and models of our class trip and using their fine motor skills. Well done Year 1's. You have settled into Class 2 really well. 
Our first unit in PE is Football skills. We learnt how to keep the ball still, dribble around and keep control of the ball and turn. Great work Class 2! 
In RE, we are going to be looking at Baptism. To start with we heard a story about Jesus and his family going to the temple. We talked about our own family and places that we have visited with them. We then retold the story through pictures and acting. We also did a family survey around the class asking our friends how many people they have in their family, made family gallery pictures and designed family homes in the construction area. 

The children have settled in brilliantly to Class 2. Thank you for all of your support in getting them into school on time and allowing them to come in independently. It really makes a huge difference! 

We had our first session of Forest Schools this week. We explored the Forest Schools area, made nature crowns and drank hot chocolate around the fire. Mrs Goss said that the children were superstars. Well done Class 2. Lots more Forest Schools fun to come this half-term! 
In Maths, we have been learning about sorting. We practised sorting compare bears, shapes and other objects into groups and had to explain how we had sorted them. We were then given pictures of lots of different houses and had to sort them in as many different ways as we could. There were some great observation and thinking skills on display. 

We have painted some fantastic self-portraits to decorate our classroom. These portraits will be one of the first things that people see when they enter Class 2 and we think they will be a fantastic welcome! Mrs Thorpe was really impressed with our drawing and painting skills. 

Summer Term

Tell us a Tale! 

What a wonderful way to end our year! On Wednesday afternoon parents and carers joined us in class to make wands, swords and masks, make and launch catapults, decorate cakes and share fairy tale stories at our Fairy Tale Ball. 


The children dressed us as fairy tale characters and looked fabulous. Thank you for joining us-we all had a great time. The children love sharing their learning with you. 


Thank you for all of your support this year. Have a wonderful summer. 



Sports Week was a very busy week for Class 2! The week before we took part in Sports Day and showed great sportsmanship, teamwork and enthusiasm. Well done Class 2! 


During Sports Week itself we got to take part in karate and skipping workshops, designed our own sports day events, created our own games, played cricket and parachute games. We even squeezed in some maths by measuring how far we could throw a beanbag and developing our knowledge of time using stopwatches to time how many exercises could be completed in 1 minute.


We finished off our week by learning about healthy eating. We looked at the eat well plate and then made a healthy snack- a funny face rice cake. Thank you for all the contributions of fruit and veg. We certainly needed it after all that exercise! 









During Refugee week, we based much of our learning on stories. One story we read was called 'The Suitcase'. We talked about how refugees often have to flee their homes with few or no belongings, We then drew our own suitcases to show what we would take with us if we had to flee our homes. We then wrote prayers of thankfulness to thank God for the things in our lives. 


We also read 'Lubna and the Pebble'. In this story the pebble is a sign of hope and faith for the children. We talked about how the sign of the cross reminds us of God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit and that this is a symbol of faith and hope for us in our lives. We then designed and made holding crosses to go on our prayer table to be used during reflection times.

In Geography, we have been comparing Ripon to New York- taking our inspiration from a clip from 'Enchanted'. We then made travel brochures to encourage people to visit New York just like the princess had. We then linked this to our DT work to create New York style structures. Two groups managed to make a structure that stood at 29cm. Well done! 

In PE, we have been practising our agility. We used the agility ladders to move as quickly and accurately as we could using a variety of movements and patterns. 

In Art, we have finished our Matisse inspired castle banners. We think they look rather effective. 

In RE, we have been learning about the Ascension. We used paper cups to show what happened and thought about how Jesus made us a promise that he would send the Holy Spirit to watch over us so that we would never be alone. We then thought about the different promises that God has made to us and how God always keeps his promises. Using promise rainbows, we made our own promises to God. Some children linked this learning to the promises they make at Brownies and Rainbows. 
In Art, we have been looking at collages by Matisse. We noticed that he used lots of bright colours and different shapes. Using his work as inspiration, we have begun making castle banners. We made different tones of a colour baby adding white to make the background and will put different shapes on top. We look forward to showing you the final results. 
As part of our learning about rocks, we learnt how fossils are formed. We took part in a fossil hunt and followed a trail of fossils just like Hansel and Gretel followed a trail of breadcrumbs in the famous tale. Once we had collected all of the unicorn fossils, we noticed that they had letters on them. Eventually, we worked out that the fossils spelt out 'Hansel and Gretel'. This meant that Mrs Thorpe could give us the final important clue about where we would find the wicked witch! We were so pleased we captured her. 
Following our trip to Bolton Castle, we learnt a lot about Mary Queen of Scots. We made timelines to show the key events in her life. 
In RE, we have used Resurrection eggs to retell the Easter story up to where Jesus rose from the tomb. We went on an egg hunt around the classroom and found different clues inside each egg that linked to part of the Easter story. We ordered the clues and used them to retell the story. We then designed our own clues for our own Resurrection egg hunt. 
Continuing our rocks topic, we used our knowledge of porous and non-porous rocks to design a tower for Rapunzel. We had to make sure that the tower would keep her dry. The children displayed some fantastic team work. Well done!  
Our first science topic this term is Rocks. We have been exploring different rocks, grouping and describing them. We also tested whether different rocks were porous or non-porous. In our next science session we are going to design a tower for Rapunzel, making sure that we choose the least porous rocks to keep her nice and dry! 
We launched our topic with a fantastic trip to Bolton Castle. We learnt about some of the events from Mary, Queen of Scots life and were given the opportunity to have hands-on experiences of soldier drills, making plague bags and medieval dancing. We had a fantastic day and Mrs Thorpe was very proud of us as the staff at Bolton Castle commented on our excellent behaviour and enthusiasm! Well done Class 2 on an excellent start to Summer term. 

 Spring Term 2019

Oh, to be a Victorian!

This term we will be travelling back in time and learning what life was like for children in Victorian times. The children have returned to school raring to go! 
To finish our topic we had a wonderful Victorian Day. Parents and carers were invited in to take part in some of the activities that we have been learning about. We played Victorian games, planted a herb garden, made thaumatropes, did some rag rugging and even got the chance to put our parents through their paces in our Victorian schoolroom. We had a fantastic day- thank you to all of the parents and carers who attended. 
As part of our learning about plants, we went over to Spa Gardens to become tree detectives. We hunted for different leaves and used our identification sheets to see if we could work out what type of tree it was. We also decided whether the trees were deciduous or evergreen. We played tree tig where Mrs Thorpe called out a type of tree and we had to go an tig it. 
We did a Danceathon to raise money for CAFOD. Thank you so much to everybody who donated! We managed to raise a brilliant £53 and had lots of un and the same time. 
In RE, we have been learning about forgiveness. We decorated hearts and then cut them into pieces to make a jigsaw. This showed how our heart was hurt when somebody does something unkind to us. We then talked about how if somebody says sorry to us and we forgive them, this can help to heal our hearts. To show this we put our jigsaw pieces back together again.  We learnt about the story of The Lost Sheep. We retold the story and thought about the message behind it- that Jesus loves everyone of us just like the shepherd loved his sheep. We also learnt the story of The Last Supper where Jesus forgives Judas for betraying him. We made some beautiful cups to remind us of what Jesus said to his disciples "Take this and drink it. Do this to remember me". We talked about how Jesus is always with us and read the poem footprints on the sand. We have made our own book of footprints to explain times that Jesus was with us. 
Red Nose Day was lots of fun. We came to school in our own clothes, donning red noses if we had them and designed some red noses of our own. 
We carried on our learning about plants by finding out all about their lifecycles. We acted out what happens before producing a lifecycle of our own. 
We have received a reply from Jan Oke- the author that we wrote to earlier this term. We were very excited and she has written us a lovely detailed letter. 
In Science, we have started learning about plants. By the end of this topic we are hoping to use our new found knowledge to create a miniature Victorian garden! We have learnt about the different parts of a plant (petals, leaves, stem and roots) and the jobs that they do. We acted out being the different parts of a plant, observed daffodils to spot the parts and then created a plant collage of our own which we labelled. I think you'll agree the results look beautiful! 
We have loved linking our writing to the story 'Major Glad, Major Dizzy'. So much so that we wrote to the author to tell her all bout how much we liked her story. Fingers crossed we get a reply soon! 
In RE, just before half-term,  we started to think about Lent. We learnt about the different signs and symbols of Lent and what these mean. In our classroom window you can see a beautiful display of stained glass windows. We made these using the symbol of the cross and the colour purple. 
To complete our RE Unit on 'The Good News' we decided we wanted to share some of Jesus' Good News stories with the children in Foundation Stage. We worked in pairs to make a model of one of the stories that we have learnt about (Jairus' Daughter, The Feeding of the 5,000 and The Ten Lepers). We were then able to use our models to teach the children from Class 1 the story. They got to have a little play too. It was a lovely morning. 
To finish off our learning on light and dark, we worked in small groups to produce a shadow puppet show of a traditional tale. Shadow puppets were a form of Victorian entertainment. You will be able to see our puppeteers in action on our Victorian Day in April. 
Tuesday 5th February was Safer Internet Day. We talked about the different technology that the children use at home and they were very knowledgeable. We then read 'Buddy the Dog's Internet Safety Story'. The children were great at helping Ben make the right choices when he was using technology. They learnt a catchy song to remind them how to keep safe too. Please do talk to your children about keeping safe on the Internet at home. 
In English, we have started reading 'Major Glad, Major Dizzy' and are basing our next couple of weeks writing on this. The story follows the adventures of wooden soldiers dropped under the floorboards years ago. To kickstart our learning we made our own peg doll soldiers and sent them off in the classroom to get up to some mischief- just like they do in the story! They got up to all sorts like chilling in the 'hot tub', dancing with the princess, playing in the doll house and messing up the tea set in the sand! We wonder what they will get up to next? 
In Computing, we have explored editing one photo in lots of different ways using the iPads. We have displayed some of these in our shared area as a reminder of 'All different but all equal' from our mission statement. 
We have been further developing our pointillism technique by using our skills to complete a picture. The children showed great concentration and perseverance. I think we have a few budding artists among us! 
In RE, we have been learning about stories of times that Jesus has turned sadness into joy. One of the stories that we have looked at is 'The Feeding of the 5,000'. We acted out the story, made bread and made 'Good News' fish to show ways that we could spread the Good News of Jesus' love. The children came up with some really kind and thoughtful examples that really showed our school values. 
In Science, we have done lots of exciting, hands-on learning about shadows. Through exploring and investigating, we have discovered that shadows can be changed depending on where the light source is, how close the light source is and what material an object is made from. The children have been giving some great  explanations using scientific vocabulary. Well done! 
Taking selfies was the order of the day in Computing. We used the iPads to take a selfie of ourselves and then edited it so that it was black and white to give it a Victorian feel. We also learnt how to use the edit feature to add text and wrote our names. The Victorian gallery will be appearing soon in our classroom and shared area! 
In Science, we have been learning some very impressive scientific vocabulary. Our challenge was to design a monocle. Working in groups we used different materials and had to find the most suitable material for the monocle lens. Some of the materials were translucent, some were transparent and some were opaque. Our conclusion was that the transparent materials would make the most useful monocles. 
In Art, we have continued our work on pointillism by moving on to using the technique with paint. We painted hearts and will display them in our shared area at school with the different people that we are 'Learning to Love'. 
In Art, we have been looking at the technique of Pointillism which is used by the Victorian artist Georges Seurat. We explored using the technique with pencil crayons to colour in a picture. Our colour wheels gave use the chance to explore colour mixing. The primary colours of red, blue and yellow on the wheel were mixed to create the secondary colours of green, orange and purple. 
We have launched our topic with a fantastic visit to Ripon Workhouse Museum. We got the chance to experience what life would have been like if we had been a child living in the workhouse in Victorian times. Lots of activities were on offer and we tried our hand at planting, rag rugging, completing chores and playing games. Our schoolroom session gave us a real taste of school life in Victorian times which was very different to now! What an informative and exciting day! Thank you to the children for behaving so beautifully and to all of the staff at Ripon Workhouse Museum. 

 Autumn Term 2018

Our topic for Autumn term is 'We can be Heroes'. We are trying to have a particular focus on heroes in our local area.
 Class 2 enjoyed a wonderful Christmas party this week. We played musical bumps, musical statues, the chocolate game, corners and had a dance competition. We followed this up with crown making and a party tea.  The children were all extremely well behaved. Thank you for all the kind food donations. We hope you have a wonderful Christmas and New Year. 
Class 2 have been practising their sewing skills. We have used a running stitch to make a puppet. The children showed real resilience as it is not an easy skill to master. Check back on our class page to see the finished products. 
The children became chocolatiers for the morning. Lee Rushforth from Bear and Mouse Chocolate, came to work with the children. He explained to them how chocolate is made and then it was time for the practical part. They were able to smell and taste a variety of chocolate and toppings and even produced their own chocolate lollies and bars. Thank you to Lee for giving up his time. The children (and staff) had a wonderful chocolate-filled day. 
Forest Schools fun!  We have been having lots of fun exploring the outdoors. 
Class 2 spent a lovely afternoon at Ripon library. Claire, the librarian, read some stories to us and told us all about the library and the different things you can do there. After that, we got some time to explore the books in the library. Claire showed us how to use the poster and numbers on the books to find the types of books that we were interested in. It was so lovely to watch the children sharing books with their friends and the adults and to see how engaged they were with reading. Claire commented on how they clearly love books! 
The children also got some time to explore other activities on offer in the library such as colouring and the picture book quiz. 
Class 2 had a great time at their first Forest School session, making natural collages and exploring the mud kitchen.  
 In PE we have started a Gymnastics unit. We have spent the first week learning the different shapes that we will need to use: 'pike', 'tuck' and 'straddle'. We have also concentrated really hard on ensuring that we have 'good toes' not 'bad toes'. 
 In RE we have been thinking about things that make us wonder. After listening to the song 'Wonderful World' by Louis Armstrong, we worked with a partner to make models of wonderful things in our world. The children's creations were brilliant and varied from drones to flowers. 
We then listened to a poem by Jeannie Kirby about things that make us wonder. After listening to the poem, we realised that some questions or wonders cannot be answered. Coming up with our own wonders was really interesting and we drew pictures of them and used them to illustrate the poem. 
This week we have been learning all about Remembrance Day. We talked about the meaning of the different colours on the poppy and the fact that the poppy is a symbol of hope. Class 2 and 3's Field of Hope is on display outside school. Please have a look. It looks beautiful. We have collaged poppies and written hopes for ourselves, our families and the world onto leaves. 
Class 2 have been on a visit to Ripon Fire Station. We learnt all about the different ways that firefighters help people and were lucky enough to all get the chance to have a go at putting out a 'fire' with the hose. Lots of equipment and demonstrations were shown to us and think that the firefighters do an amazing job. Thank you to all the staff at the fire station for a really informative and entertaining morning. 
In topic this week we have started learning about the Wright Brothers who achieved the first powered airplane flight. As an introduction to the topic, Mrs Thorpe set us a challenge to see if we could make our own aeroplanes using lollipop sticks, craft sticks, card, pegs and glue. Working in pairs, we showed some really good team work.  We came up with lots of interesting designs. Once we had finished, we tested them out in the school hall to see which ones could 'fly' the furthest. We are looking forward to learning more about the Wright Brothers and their endeavours. 
On the last day of the half-term we painted our printed clay designs. They look really effective! Now we just need to thread them so that we can hang them as decorations. 
Linked to our senses learning in Science, we have made our own version of a 'That's not my...' book. We added different textures to each page for people to explore. 
 In RE, we have been learning about some of our new house Saints. We learnt about Saint Teresa's life and designed her rosettes as awards for all the amazing things that she has done.   We have also learnt about Saint John Paul. We looked at the Papal flag and retold events from his life in comic strip format. 
Class 2 have been to Ripon Cathedral. We followed a Cathedral trail and learnt some really interesting facts. We also visited the 'Fields of Mud, Seeds of Hope' exhibition which we found fascinating. 
On Friday, we carried on our learning about printing by using clay. We explored different objects and the type of marks they made in the clay. We then chose a design and left it to dry. Next week we will paint them and turn them into hanging decorations. 
In PE we have been learning to "Attack, Defend, Shoot'. Attacking came quite naturally as we all really wanted to score. We had to work a bit harder on our defending but we have made great progress across the half-term. Mrs Thorpe is really proud of us all. There has been lots of great team work going on. Well done Class 2!
 In Art, we have been making monoprints. We used Autumnal colours of red, orange and yellow to make prints of things that we had seen on our walk in Spa Gardens such as leaves, conkers, flowers and acorns. They look really effective and we are really proud of them! 
We have also learnt about Andy Warhol and his 'Pop Art' style. We used this as inspiration to display some outdoor rubbings that we had made. Very striking! 
 Today we went on a walking Ripon tour. We started off in Spa Gardens where we looked at the Lewis Carroll and World War 1 monuments. After that, we looked for signs of Autumn and made an autumnal nature bag to take back to school. Once we had had a quick snack, we continued our walk to the Market Square. Here we looked at the Obelisk and acted out the things that our Hornblower visitor talked to us about last week. We also spotted some other buildings of importance such as the Town Hall and the Wakeman House cafe which was the house of Hugh Ripley- the first Mayor and last Wakeman of Ripon. It was lovely to be able to see first hand some of the places that we have learnt and heard about. 
 On our return to school, linked to our Geography work on maps, we made pictorial maps to show our journey. We drew pictures of the different places that we had visited. 
There's a Doctor calling! Mrs O'Cofaigh visited us today to talk to us all her about her job. We learnt about how she became a doctor and the different things that she does to help people. It was a really hands on experience that the children loved. Thank you Mrs O'Cofaigh. 
Continuing our science learning on the senses, today we focussed on sight. We took part in lots of different activities that needed us to use our sense of sight. We used magnifying glasses to look at objects and talked about how this effected what we could see. We also played Kim's game where we put our memories to the test trying to remember what objects we had seen on a tray before it was covered. We also had the chance to go into a dark tent to experience what it is like to not be able to see properly. The activities helped us to realise and appreciate just how important our sense of sight is to us! 
It has been a busy day for visitors in Class 2. This morning we had a visit from an author called Eleanor McKone. She came in to read us the very first book that she has written. We found out lots of things about Australia, particularly some of the animals there.  
In the afternoon we had a visit from the Mayor's Sergeant and a Hornblower. They talked to us all about the tradition of the Hornblower in Ripon. We are looking forward to seeing some of the places that they mentioned on our Ripon walk next week. After hearing about the conversation that the Hornblower and the Mayor have every evening, we practised acting this out in small groups.  
Mrs Thorpe has had a tough week. Mr Thorpe made a mess of her tea the other night so she couldn't have anything to eat. He made it taste really sour! Class 2 were set the task of using their sense of taste to try the different ingredients that he might have muddled in. Some of the ingredients were salty, some were sweet, some were sour and some were bitter. We tried each ingredient and sorted them into groups. We managed to work out that Mr Thorpe had mixed lemons and limes into the recipe! 
In Science, we have started learning about our senses. We are thinking about how our senses help us and other people. Unfortunately, there has been a crime at St. Wilfrid's. Somebody has stolen Mrs Borchard's coffee!! Class 2 were tasked with the challenge to find out 'whodunnit!'  Mrs Thorpe collected evidence from various classrooms around school and the children used their sense of smell to work out which cup had the missing coffee in it! They also guessed what lots of the other things were too.  The children did a fantastic job and managed to deduce that the criminal was.... Mrs Alderson!! Mrs Borchard has now been happily reunited with her coffee. 
In Art, we are looking at printing. For our first lesson, we explored using different objects to print with to see which effects we liked the best. We are going to learn different printing techniques and use them to produce some Autumnal pictures. 
In topic, we have been learning about aerial photographs. We looked at different aerial photographs of places in Ripon and tried to guess where they were. We then labelled the features that we could see. Then, we worked as part of a team to build a model of a place in Ripon and took an aerial photograph of it using the iPad. After that, we looked on google maps aerial view and were very excited to see our school! 
In Science, we are learning about our body. We have learnt the names of lots of different body parts. We labelled our friends and had a great time! We also made up our own versions of the song 'Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes' in small groups.