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King Arthur Class (Year 2 and 3)

Welcome to King Arthur's Class Page!

 

The adults in King Arthur are:

Miss Megan Bridge – Class Teacher

Mrs Georgie Elsworth - TA (Monday - Wednesday)

Mrs Nicki Collins - HLTA (Wednesday - Friday)

 

17/5/24 - Art

 

In Friday's art lesson, we explored the weaving technique used by the Ancient Maya and began to create our own designs. We can't wait to see the finished products next week!

10/5/24 - Art

 

This afternoon the children created Maya style masks based on their designs from last week. They made mosaic tiles from brightly coloured paper and arranged them in different patterns upon their masks. The children have loved learning about the significance of masks in Mayan culture!

1/5/24 - Class Trip

 

We had the most exciting trip today with our visit to Cheddar Gorge; we ventured back in time to the Stone Age and were shown how tools and fire were made, explored the stalactite and stalagmite formations in Gough's Cave, climbed the 274 steps of Jacob's Ladder before taking in the views at the lookout tower, and also had an interactive tour of Cox's Cave! The children loved seeing Cheddar through a prehistoric lens and asked lots of excellent questions, showcasing their knowledge of the prehistoric past which they learned during our Autumn Term topic. 

 

26/4/24 - Art

 

This afternoon, the children finished their Egyptian board games which they had been working on with Mr Plumbley. They used their designs to create their finished product and tested the game by playing it to evaluate its effectiveness. 

24/4/24 - Ansford Sports Festival

 

The Year Three children in King Arthur Class took a trip to Ansford Academy today in order to participate in their Sports Festival. They tried lots of new activities and put some newly learned balancing skills into practice. 

22/4/24 - SCARF Workshop

 

We had a visit from Jane today who delivered a PSHE workshop about wellbeing and feelings. The children loved learning some strategies to help them feel calm and they  discussed lots of things they were grateful for at home and school. 

22/4/24 - Earth Day 

 

As part of this year's Earth Day, the children came to school wearing an item of green clothing and participated in a virtual assembly delivered by David Attenborough's Planet Earth Team. They also created 'Earth Pledges' which included promises about how they are going to contribute to maintaining and protecting our planet and local environment. 

16/4/24 - Carymoor Workshop

 

We kicked off the Summer Term with a visit from Gary today, who works at Carymoor Environmental Trust. He explained the importance of reusing, reducing and recycling and showed us which products to put in the different types of waste bins. We also looked at some examples of products which have been repurposed for another use. The children were really engaged with the session and were keen to start recycling more both at school and at home! 

28/3/24 - Goodbye Freddie

 

Today we said goodbye (for now!) to our lovely classmate Freddie, who is off on a new adventure. Freddie has been such a kind and caring young man and we will all miss him so much! We wish him the best of luck at his new school 🌟

28/3/24 - Easter 

 

King Arthur Class have had a great week full of Easter themed activities, including an Easter Egg hunted donated by the PTFA, Easter crafts and our annual Easter Service, which unfortunately had to be held at the school due to the early April showers. Well done to Phoebe, Seb, Holly and Freddie for so clearly and confidently reading their Easter themed poems in front of the school! 🐰🐣

26/3/24 - Farm Talk

 

This morning, Mr Kellaway and Miss Goodwin came to visit King Arthur Class to discuss the different jobs and activities they do on their farm. They also explained the concept of an organic farm, which they are, and how they are working to farm sustainably. 

 

They also very kindly gave the children some activity packs from Arla, the company they supply their milk to.

22/3/24 - Tennis

 

This afternoon, the children participated in a trial tennis session by practicing their racket and ball skills before playing a game of tennis.

 

If your child would like to get involved with tennis, please see the flyer sent home with the children in their book bags for more information! 

22/3/24 - Art

 

On a Friday afternoon, the children have been working with Mr Plumbley in their art lessons to create Egyptian themed board games. They are looking great so far and we can't wait to see the finished product!

15/3/24 - Red Nose Day

 

Thank you to all who dressed in red and made a donation to Red Nose Day! The School Council will be announcing the total raised shortly 🔴

W/C 11/3/24 - Science Week

 

This year's Science Week theme was 'Time', so King Arthur Class have enjoyed participating in various activities designed to help them explore the scientific element of time. They explored the life cycles of various animals, participated in a live lesson delivered by a farm vet, designed their own sustainable farm for the future and even made their own plastic polymers. On Friday, they also brought in home-made rockets, which Mr Gordon blasted off onto the roof of the school 🚀🤦‍♀️

7/3/24 - World Book Day

 

We ventured into the world of books today; coming to school dressed as our favourite characters!

 

We had a costume parade, shared some of our favourite books and stories and participated in the book swap organised by Mr Gallagher. The children loved sitting down in our makeshift 'reading lounge' to enjoy a quiet moment with their new books. 

6/3/24 - Galliford Try Workshop

 

Today we were visited by Jean and Sam from Galliford Try, who came to talk to us about the work they do and to answer the children's questions about the new A303 road, which many of the children use to travel on.

 

The children were able to try on some of the PPE which many of the workers wear, as well as take part in a STEM activity. They were challenged by Sam to build a structure which would be strong enough to support his iPhone, using only 40 straws. Most were successful, but they realised that building a strong, sturdy structure is harder than it looks! 

1/3/24 - Egyptian Topic Day

 

King Arthur class were transported back in time to Ancient Egypt today, where they brought some of the rich history of this ancient civilisation to life!

 

The children arrived at school very excited and enthusiastic to show off their array of brilliant costumes – they well and truly immersed themselves in this experience.

 

Some of the highlights of the day included studying the Egyptian hieroglyphic system and they recorded their names in a cartouche. They also used their knowledge of 3D shape nets to construct pyramids and made miniature models of a sarcophagus. As well as this, the children followed a recipe for making an ancient Egyptian favourite, flatbread, which they kneaded and shaped themselves. They enjoyed eating this taste of history by dipping it into some delicious honey. In the afternoon, the children attempted to play another Egyptian favourite: the board game ‘Senet’. They also conducted some of their own research on the Egyptian gods and goddesses whilst listening to some traditional Egyptian music, and finished off an amazing day by playing the mummification game.

 

Cartouches

3D Pyramids

Year 2 Common Exception (Tricky) Words

21/2/24 - Class Plants

 

Thanks to the Eco-Council, we now have a new addition to our class - meet 'Venom', the Crassula Tarantula Plant! She will join our Crassula Ovata Money Plant, which the children call 'Daisy'. Both Freddie and Iyla are our plant monitors, who will ensure they are fed and watered regularly. 

19/2/24 - Maths

 

We have started a new unit on Shape today in maths. The children started by exploring the shapes' properties including the number of edges and vertices before comparing them, then they moved on to drawing some of their own irregular shapes. 

31/1/24 - Science

 

Today King Arthur Class conducted an investigation into the changeability of materials. They experimented with a variety of objects by squashing, twisting, bending and stretching to see if they could change their shape. They concluded that softer materials such as fabric, carboard and paper are more flexible, whereas harder materials such as metal and wood are more rigid and unchangeable. 

17/1/24 - History

 

The children had great fun learning about the (slightly gory!) process of mummification today and demonstrated their understanding by writing a set of step-by-step instructions. At the end of the lesson, we also played the mummification game and had a competition to see who could wrap their 'mummy' the fastest!

15/1/24 - Maths

 

This week, we are beginning a unit of work on money. Today, the children identified a variety of coins and notes and sorted them into the correct categories. We also looked at using the pounds £ and pence p symbols when writing values. 

12/1/24 - Art

 

Today we practiced drawing some symbols and patterns which we identified from ancient Egyptian artwork. Before this, we tea-stained our sketchbooks to make the paer look old and authentic.

10/1/24 - Science

 

We began our 'Everyday Materials' unit in science today, with a focus on identifying the everyday materials we use around the school; we went on a material hunt and recorded our findings in a table. Our conclusion was that we use a large amount of plastic, wooden and metal objects in our everyday lives! 

8/1/24 - Computing

 

Today we got the laptops out and practiced our typing skills and learnt how to use a word processing document. The children had fun experimenting with different font sizes and colours, as well as typing their own short stories. 

14/12/23 - Carol Concert

 

Last night, children from KS2 participated in a Carol Concert at the village church. They performed a range of traditional and modern songs and children from each class read some poems, prayers and Bible readings. Miss Bridge was particularly impressed with King Arthur Class for learning the words and performing without a backing track! It was a lovely event and a great way to begin the Christmas period 🎄

13/12/23 - Christmas Lunch 

 

The children enjoyed their Christmas lunch today, especially pulling their Christmas crackers and enjoying a delicious roast dinner!

11/12/23 - Special Visitors

 

To kick-start Christmas week at Countess Gytha, we had our annual special visit from a Wildcat Helicopter piloted by a squadron from RNAS Yeovilton. The children were beyond excited!

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6/12/23 - Christingle

 

We went down to the local village church today for our Christingle celebration. The children enjoyed sharing their winter themed artwork whilst a few children explained the meaning and significance of the Christingle. 

1/12/2023 - Christingle Making

 

To celebrate the start of December and in preparation for next week, volunteers from the village church came into school today to help us make our Christingles. The children loved discussing the significance of and assembling each element! 

29/11/23 - Children in Need

 

Countess Gytha had a surprise visit from Pudsey today, who came to thank them for the school's £270.00 donation to Children in Need. The children absolutely loved seeing Pudsey and all wanted to give him big hugs and high fives!

28/11/23 - Panto

 

"He's behind you!"

The children were delighted to watch our annual pantomime this morning and really enjoyed the performance of Beauty And The Beast. Some of their highlights included a flying Peppa Pig, amazing costumes and of course, getting to watch Mrs Hoddinott and Mr Gallagher dancing!  

24/11/23 - Colourful Classes

 

Today the children in King Arthur Class came to school dressed in the colour blue and brought blue donations in for prizes for the PTFA's Christmas Fair next Friday. 

23/11/23 - Maths

 

We have begun work on division in maths; the children have been practicing using either the sharing or bus stop methods to help them solve their calculations. 

21/11/23 - Quidditch

 

As part of our Harry Potter unit in English, the children have been learning how to write explanation texts. Today, we combined this unit with PE and learned how to play quidditch, so that we could write an explanation for muggles on how to play quidditch. 

17/11/23 - Children in Need

 

Thank you to everyone who made a donation for Children in Need today! The children looked great arriving at school in their spots, dots and odd socks! 

14/11/23 - Art

 

The children have been practicing their sketching techniques and this week they applied them to drawing a dragon's eye. We explored the different uses for H and B pencils and were really impressed with the range of cross hatching, stippling, pointillism and blending techniques demonstrated! 

10/11/23 - Remembrance 

 

Today some of the Gytha Troops children were invited to attend the Remembrance Service at RNAS Yeovilton. They were honoured to be able to stand with some of their parents and to observe the wreaths being placed for the memorial. 

9/11/23 - Maths

 

The children have this week begun a block of learning on multiplication and division and today their objective was to recognise and make equal groups. They used physical resources including pictures and cubes to assist with this.

1/11/23 - Music

 

This half term, King Arthur Class will be having music lessons on a Wednesday morning with Mr Male, focusing on how to play the ukulele. 

 

The children will also begin learning their songs for the KS1 Nativity and the KS2 Christmas Carol Concert.

20/20/23 - Disco

 

Thank you to the PTFA for organising yet another fantastic disco; the children really enjoyed getting dressed up and wearing their brightest colours for the UV theme!

20/10/23 - Environmental Education

 

Unfortunately the rain put a stop to our last trip outdoors for environmental education, but the children instead enjoyed making their own garlic bread from scratch using garlic picked from the allotment. It's safe to say there was a delicious smell coming from the practical room today! 

17/10/23 - Hello Yellow Day

 

Today the children came to school dressed in yellow to celebrate World Mental Health Day. Thank you to everyone who made a donation in support!

14/10/23 - Castle Cary Carnival

 

Some Little Miss and Mr Men from King Arthur Class, joined  Mr Gordon, Mrs Sherry and Mrs Hoddinott at Castle Cary Carnival on Saturday night. The children danced, laughed and interacted with the crowd as they walked through the street of Castle Cary. Well done to everyone who took part.

6/10/23 - Harvest Festival

 

This week, the children have combined Poetry Day with our annual Harvest Festival and wrote some lovely poems reflecting on the season of autumn. Four of the children were selected to read their poems in the church and they did a great job!

 

All of the poems written by the children were excellent, so if you would like to pop in and read your child's poem after school, please let Miss Bridge know!

26/9/23 - European Day of Languages

 

King Arthur Class picked Spain this year to celebrate European Day of Languages. Today, the children came to school in Spanish colours, taste tested some traditional Spanish foods such as tortilla and chorizo, and practiced writing and speaking some common Spanish phrases. 

22/9/23 - Jeans for Genes

 

The children came to school in their jeans today to raise money for children with genetic conditions. Thank you to everyone who donated!

19/9/23 - Art

 

We have been combining our history topic on the Stone Age with art this week, using charcoal and oil pastels to create cave drawings. The children crumpled and tea stained their paper to recreate a cave wall effect, before sketching their designs and symbols. 

18/9/23 - Science

 

King Arthur Class have been studying rocks in Science and exploring igneous, sedimentary and metamorphic rocks. Today, we conducted a series of tests, including an acidity test, an absorbability test and a hardness test, so that we could classify a variety of different types of rock into the three categories. 

12/9/23 - Computing

 

Our topic in Computing this half term is based on collecting, interpreting and presenting digital data. Today, the children looked at tally charts and how they can be used as a simple method for collecting small amounts of data. 

8/9/23 - Environmental Education

 

Today we walked down to the church and took some rubbings of the different textures we could find in nature, using paper and oil pastels. Whilst there, we discovered some beautiful patters and designs on some of the grave stones in the yard too!

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