Welcome to the Elk Page!
A warm welcome to the Elk Class page.
We are starting to produce Knowledge Organisers, which are the ‘go-to’ documents outlining the essential knowledge that the teachers will be covering across a unit of work; including dates, key personnel, vocabulary, definitions, and other contextual or technical information. These Knowledge Organisers will be shared with pupils, parents and carers – with the aim that everyone knows exactly what is being taught, and what the children need to learn.
Please feel free to use these as a reference guide for what your child is learning, and also as an opportunity to discuss the facts about the topic with your child and find out as much as you can about each subject. Any knowledge that your child acquires before a topic is taught in class will help them to deepen their understanding in lessons.
Knowledge Organisers can also be used to see if your child is able to start making links or offer explanations about the topics they are learning. Some of this term’s homework challenges will be to learn as much knowledge as they can about the Science and History topics.
We will continue to develop the use of Knowledge Organisers. I would, therefore, welcome your views and any suggestions you may have on this initiative.
Please don’t hesitate to pop in if you have any questions.
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2018 - 2019
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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