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### String Shapes

Published Friday, May 17, 2013.
Last updated: Friday, May 17, 2013

We have been looking at the properties of 2D and 3D shapes recently and we have just played a game using a piece of string and a small group of children working together as a team. The children had to try and make a given 2D shape, with each child playing a part, while at the same time using the appropriate vocabulary to describe and explain what they were doing. At the end, their was an extra challenge - trying to make a 3D shape with the same piece of string. Why don't you try it at home ... it is a lot of fun!

### Thai Temple Fair

Published Friday, May 17, 2013.
Last updated: Friday, May 17, 2013

Last year a lot of our children were involved in the making and running of the Thai Temple Fair but this year, it was our turn to go and support the children from Year 1. They had all been working hard, applying their Mathematical skills, to create a wonderful array of games to help raise money for their charity - the children of the Klong Toey slum. Our children loved being the "customers" this time, spending their money while having fun at the same time!

### Year 2 Swimming Gala

Published Friday, May 17, 2013.
Last updated: Friday, May 17, 2013

The children really enjoyed taking part in the Year 2 Swimming Gala this week; each and every one of them did their best and proved how much they had improved over the course of this year. It was wonderful to see so many parents in attendance, cheering all of the children on. There are a few photos below of some of our awesome 'fishes'!

Comment By Aki (Hanami's Mum)

A belated comment but it was a great day!
What an impressive group of swimmers!!!
Keep it up everyone!!!

Published on Wednesday, May 29, 2013

### Electricity - It's Shocking!

Published Friday, May 10, 2013.
Last updated: Friday, May 10, 2013

Next week, we will be investigating electricity; seeing what we can find out about static electricity and working out why a circuit works amongst other things. If the children have anything that they would like to bring into school to share with the rest of the class about electricity then they would be very welcome to do so.

The following link takes you to a National Geographic website where the children can turn the energy sources that the world uses on and off to see which part of the world uses what type of energy. If you turn them all off to start with then they can see which part lights up when one of the sources is turned back on - fascinating.

http://environment.nationalgeographic.co.uk/environment/energy/great-energy-challenge/world-electricity-mix

Published Friday, May 10, 2013.
Last updated: Friday, May 10, 2013

The children have enjoyed the story of the Lighthouse Keeper's Lunch and how Mr. and Mrs. Grinling had to think very hard to come up with a plan to make sure that the Seagulls could not steal his lunch. As part of their internalising the story we used a video link that we found:

http://vimeo.com/59083129

Enjoy!

### The Lighthouse Keeper's Lunch

Published Friday, May 03, 2013.
Last updated: Friday, May 03, 2013

We are reading the story about the Lighthouse Keeper (Mr. Grinling) and the problems he has with his lunch. We have looked for the story language, painted a story board to sequence the events and have put actions to each of the paragraphs - we have had a lot of fun! The version of the story we have taught is copied for you below so that you can talk to your children about it and get them to explain what they have done.

Enjoy! Have a wonderful long weekend.

Kind regards,

Mr. M.

The Lighthouse Keeper’s Lunch

Once upon a time there was a lighthouse keeper called Mr Grinling who lived with his wife Mrs Grinling and their cat, Hamish, in a little white cottage perched high on a cliff.

Every morning, Mr Grinling rowed across to the lighthouse to clean and polish it so that it shone brightly at night helping ships to pass by safely. Each morning, Mrs Grinling concocted a delicious lunch for her husband, packed it in a basket and sent it on a wire across the sea to the lighthouse.

One Monday something terrible happened. Mrs Grinling sent the food down the wire as usual but the lunch did not arrive. Not one, not two, but three scavenging seagulls saw the basket and stole the tasty meal for themselves.

“Clear off, you wretched seagulls!” cried Mr Grinling. But the seagulls took no notice.

That evening, Mrs Grinling came up with a plan. The next day, she tied a napkin around the basket but ... not one, not two, but three hungry seagulls saw the basket and devoured the tasty meal.

“Clear off, you varmints!” shouted Mr Grinling. But the seagulls took no notice.

That evening, Mrs Grinling hatched another plan. The following day, she placed Hamish in the basket with the lunch to scare away the naughty seagulls. But, Hamish was scared being in the basket so high above the sea. As he trembled and meowed, not one, not two, but three brazen seagulls saw the basket and gulped down the tasty meal.

“Clear off, you pests!” yelled Mr Grinling. But the seagulls took no notice.

That evening, Mrs Grinling racked her brains for another plan.

“Aha! I’ve got it!” said Mrs Grinling, excitedly.

The next day, Mr Grinling watched his wife prepare lunch.

“Mustard sandwiches,” he chuckled. “What an ingenious plan!”

As the lunch travelled across the wire, not one, not two, but three mischievous seagulls saw the basket and greedily pecked at the tasty meal. No sooner had they taken their first mouthful, there was a shout ...

“Yuck!” exclaimed the seagulls and they rose quickly to find a tastier meal.

Mr Grinling laughed jubilantly and sat down to enjoy a leisurely lunch in the warm sunshine.