Welcome to the Elk Page!
We would like to welcome all of our new children and families to Elk Class and take the opportunity to introduce ourselves. Mr Allsopp is the Elk class teacher. Also we have the support of Mrs Harrison, Mrs Green and Miss Ferguson.
We can’t wait to get started on our exciting journey in Year 2. In the autumn term we will be learning all about London including finding out what happened during the Great Fire of London. We will also do lots of whacky science experiments to find out about properties of materials.
We kindly ask parents to label all items of clothing (especially jumpers, cardigans and PE kits!) Children will be bringing home their new homework books in the first two weeks. Your support in completing homework is really appreciated.
In Elk Class we love to read. As in Year 1 we will continue to encourage children to read each day and we hope to have your support in this. Please ensure your child returns their reading book to school every day. Keep an eye out for some fun reading competitions and a new parents/grandparents reading club in Years 1 & 2 – more information very soon!
Finally, please feel free to come in for a chat at the end of the school day if you have any questions or concerns. If that isn’t convenient, please give the office a ring and we’ll make sure you get a call back on the same day.
Mr Allsopp and the Elk team.
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Putting Out The Fire!
We were so excited to welcome members of the Grantham Fire Service to Belmont to talk to the children about fire safety. We had great fun learning about the fire engine and were able to climb inside and then have a go using the hose!
You can find more photos in the Gallery.
Orion and the Dark
This fantastic story by Emma Yarlett is about facing your fears. Orion is scared of a lot of things: monsters, wasps, popping balloons, and haircuts, for example. But the scariest thing of all is . . . the dark. The children loved reading about Orion, discussing each page and wrote some amazing poems for how he could overcome his fears.
We have four questions of the term for the children to find out the answers to. Why do we recycle?, Why do people look different?, How can you make music? and Why can’t I eat dessert all the time? We have been watching a science show called Storybots to help us find out the answers and the children have written some great responses.
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Southwell Minster Time Travellers
We had a wonderful day at Southwell Minister with the children from Elk class as part of our work on Christianity. The children took part in a range of activities, including making Green Man masks, retelling the story of Jonah and the Whale and learning about baptism and the Last Supper. We also had the opportunity to tour the Minster and see the musical instruments, stained glass windows and the gargoyles on the walls of the building.
Comparing Creation Stories
We have been working hard learning about Creation stories this term. The children wrote some really thoughtful responses. Below, you can see two super examples by William and Charlie.
Fallow and Elk - Gardening Afternoon
Our current science topic is plants so we thought it would be really fun to plant our own lettuce, observe how this grows over the next few weeks and, finally, enjoy using our home-grown produce to create a tasty salad. We first learnt how to sow the seeds thinly in lines in the soil. We then learnt how to cover this gently with more soil and water it all. So much scientific learning packed into one afternoon – we really enjoyed it! And it didn’t stop there… we then wanted to grow some potatoes too to see how these are grown so differently to lettuce!
We've Written A Letter To The SKDC!
We have been doing some geography fieldwork to find out about our local area. We have studied the houses in the area and the things there are to do around the school. The children came to the conclusion that there aren’t enough parks in this part of Grantham and they decided to write to South Kesteven District Council (SKDC) to suggest improvements to the park opposite the school on Harrowby Lane.
The Half Open Door
It is so exciting when the children bring in work they have done at home and I am really impressed by this story written by Faith. Have a listen below:
We were so excited to find frog spawn in the pond in our wildlife area!
Visit To Harrowby Lane Methodist Church
We recently went with the children in Fallow Class to the Harrowby Lane Methodist Church. We really enjoyed learning more about Celebration - in particular Baptism - and looking at the various artifacts in the church. Afterwards we wrote letters of thanks to Sue from the Church.
This term we have been learning all about Christopher Columbus - the children have amazed us with their knowledge! Thank you so much for using the knowledge organisers we sent home at the start of the term – it really has helped with your child’s understanding.
We completed our learning by answering the question “What sort of person was Christopher Columbus?” which produced some very different answers! We also painted Columbus’ ship, the Santa Maria.
Man On The Moon: A Day In The Life Of Bob
We had lots of questions about Bob, the Man on the Moon. After he kindly sent us his book we loved finding out the answers!
Miss MacLeod and I were very impressed by the work brought in by the children based on our topic of space. Thank you to everyone at home who helped and supported the children for this.
We have been learning about the different climates around the world. The children did a great job finding out the information!
We were very excited to make and sell our Christmas Fayre items. Don't they look great!
I am very pleased with the standard of work the children have achieved with their persuasive writing. You can see a super example below.
Improving Our Environment
As part of our topic on improving our environment, we decided to do a survey of the traffic that passes the school during the daytime.
We loved taking part in the KS1 Autumn Day this term where we were able to plant a mixture of bulbs on the school field. They should look wonderful next spring!
Our class, along with the children in Impala, had a fantastic morning playing games and exploring what life was like for our grandparents back in the 1960s! We also held interviews in the library for our grandparents to answer questions for us to use in our writing.
We had great fun creating our Kenning poems. Can you guess the answer to the riddles?
The children really enjoyed this activity!
Our Class Display
One of our first tasks this term has been to create a display to represent our class name, Elk. The children used pencils and pastels to create some fabulous drawings and we are very proud of our display in the hall.
DigiDog and DigiPup
We are so excited that DigiDog and DigiPup have joined Year 2 to help us with our e-safety learning this year. In class we will talking about the things we should teach DigiPup before we let him go online, and every weekend one of the children from the class will be able to take DigiPup home. We would like the children to talk with their family about how they can have fun online and what's okay and what's not okay to do on the internet. They can also write a DigiPup diary or story to tell us what happened when they took him home and how they made sure he stayed happy and safe.
You can read two super diary entries below.
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