Welcome to Infant 2. My name is Miss Bottrell and I am the Class Teacher. I would like to thank all of the children and their families for making me feel so welcome as a new member of staff at Gunthorpe Primary School. We have so much to look forward to this year and I cant wait to learn lots of new things with you!
The Children in Infant 2 enjoyed a trip to the National Childhood Museum at Sudbury Hall this week. They took part in workshops to learn all about Victorian toys and how they work. We got the chance to play with lots of toys including Jack in a boxes, clockwork toys, acrobatic monkeys, puppets and many many more.
Over the topic the children have learnt all about which toys would belong to rich and poor Victorian families and we even had a go at making our own cup and ball toys, Thaumatropes and Christmas string puppets.
The children will also learn about toys from around the world, such as the Rubik’s cube and South American worry dolls. They will discover all about their purpose and popularity within history and the materials from which they are made.
University Day has become a firm favourite with the children. At the beginning of the day Mrs Brown reminded the children what it was all about and encouraged them to try new things and see what they could learn. Courses were designed around subjects which do not appear regularly in the curriculum.
Children could choose from such courses as ‘A Play in Half a Day’, ‘The History of Pop Music 1950 – 2000’. ‘Making Mosaics’, ‘Exploring Gunthorpe’, ‘Handball’, ‘Chinese experience’, ‘Cogs and Gears’ and the inevitable baking courses, of which there were two.
Here are some snapshots from the day.
In Infant 2, we love to celebrate the achievements of our friends as well as providing an opportunity for all children to share something special to them. We have introduced some new systems as well as continuing schemes across the whole school…
Writer of the Week
Each week, a child is chosen to be our ‘Writer of the Week’. This is our chance to celebrate the hard work and perseverance of writers in our class. It could be for really trying hard to improve handwriting and letter formation or for using amazing description and vocabulary. Each child’s achievement is entirely different to the other and here in Infant 2 we respect and value individual goals and love to celebrate them as a whole class. The ‘Writer of the Week’ receives a certificate and a golden ticket entitling them to sit at our ‘Writer of the Week’ table for one English lesson the following week. Not only that but they have their work displayed in our golden frame, get to use fancy stationery at their table and receive a sweet treat. The children are loving the big reveal every Friday, especially all of the anticipation that builds throughout the week as they work hard to become a ‘Writer of the Week’.
Show and Tell
Each Friday, a child from Infant 2 will come home with our shiny, golden show and tell box for them to return the following week with a hidden momento from home. This is their opportunity to bring in an item of their choice to share with their peers and for us to celebrate an achievement, special news or piece of interesting family history. Examples so far have been photographs of a new family puppy and a treasured toy car. It really is up to you and we cant wait to see and hear what you’ve hidden in our golden box!
Beans in the jar
Continuing with the school’s green card system, Infant 2 will be collecting green cards for any type of positive behaviour whether it be following our 5 school values; Service, Respect, Forgiveness, Determination and Friendship or for producing great work and being a great member of the class. For every 3 green cards earned, the children will exchange these for a bean in the jar. These are counted every Friday and when Infant 2 have reached 100 beans in the jar, we receive a class treat! Right at the beginning of the Year, Infant 2 got their heads together to brainstorm some ideas for class treats and we came up with 5. Each treat is written down and placed into a secret envelope to be chosen at random each time we achieve 100 beans in the jar. Prepare for picnics, cupcake decorating, popcorn and movies galore! Keep up the hard work Infant 2 and lets get that first class treat of the year! 🙂
As I’m sure you will all know by now the children in the infants are having weekly spelling tests (on Monday’s). So far everyone is doing really well and the children have been praised for revising lots at home. Thank you for your continued support with this!