3A have been having so much fun getting ready for Christmas. They have not allowed the strange times we are in get in the way of their excitement for this time of year. They have decorated the classroom, learnt a Christmas song in French and even stitched a tree on to their Christmas cards. They have learnt to be super resilient this week as stitching and singing in French was tricky. However, they all got there in the end and they are and should be extremely proud of themselves just as I am.
We had a drama group called ‘Stan’s Café’ come in to work with us. We started off by watching an old Formula 1 clip with a focus on the commentators describing what the viewer couldn’t the see. We explored the language they used and how they built up tension with their descriptions.
Following this, we went into the hall and played a game similar to Jenga. In pairs, we approached the game to pull the bricks out. While one child did this, the other pupils imagined that they were commentators and described what was happening. We had examples like: “Betty cautiously approaches the wall and gingerly pulls out her brick”
After that, we had got into teams and gave ourselves suitable racing names like Falcons, Quicksilver and Raddlebarn Racers. Two teams at a time then raced each other on a Scalextric track!
Everyone on the team had a different role and we rotated so everyone had a go at each part.
- Time keepers
- Track Marshalls.
We absolutely loved this activity and our teacher said it was magical watching each child grow in confidence and proudly commentate the race using the microphone.
The next day, we worked in pairs to write a 200-word newspaper report on the final race: Falcons versus Quicksilver!
As part of our geography topic, we carried out some work towards the Eco Schools Green Flag application. We analysed the Birmingham Travel Plan to identify any changes that have already been made as well as exploring the benefits and concerns of the introduction of Low Traffic Neighbourhoods. Finally, we created information posters to promote the use of The Blue Cycle Route to visit local places of interest.
This Christmas, Key Stage Two pupils have written Christmas cards to a primary school in France. We look forward to receiving some back!
What 2G thought about their Victorian Day…
Anna – I did not like eating the gruel, but I liked playing with the toys. I would not like to be a Victorian child. (2G)