Roman Shields

We have been looking at the Romans as part of our topic, and looked further into the Roman soldiers. We concentrated on their shields and what the different designs meant, finding that elements were for the Roman Gods. With this knowledge, we designed our own shields, thinking about incorporating the elements we had studied. We had to think about how we were going to make the shield and what resources and materials we would need.

Once we had designed them, we got on to making them. Most of the children decided to use cardboard and began making their shapes, before adding the handle at the back to help hold onto their shield. We painted them red to match the Roman soldiers, as this was a symbol for the God of war, Mars. We created our designs out of tin foil, wrapping paper, craft paper and metallic paints.

We really enjoyed making our shields and were really happy with the finished product.


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Whole School Art Project

On Tuesday the children had the chance to create some art for a whole School project run by Cara Patterson. The children were first taken up to the church to gather ideas as a whole school on what would look best. Then in the afternoon, class 2 had to play their part. we thought of some characters both fictional and historical, such as Mowgli from the jungle book and Henry VIII from the Tudor times.
We then worked in  pairs to draw our character using little detail, as we then had to paint them using acrylic paint, in order to add some more detail. Our paintings would then play a small part in the whole school outcome.

We really enjoyed the session and the pictures look amazing, so we are really proud of ourselves. We cant wait to see the final outcome.


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Searching for Autumn colours

The children made leaf mobiles with a variety of different coloured leaves.

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Roman Baths

At the beginning of the week class 2 took a trip to Bath to visit thee Roman Baths in order to kick start our topic, I am warrior, where we will be focusing on the Romans.

We started the day with a trip around Bath the see the city, and it was beautiful. In particular we enjoyed Parade park and some of the flower beds and statues, also the amazing cathedral that stands just next to the baths. After a walk around the city, we stopped for some lunch before starting our afternoon in the baths.

After lunch, we started a workshop within the baths, where we split into three groups. One group looked at Roman clothing and even got the chance to dress up. We found out that boys wear tunics and togas, where as girls wear tunics, scarves and belts.

The second group looked deeper into Roman mosaics and the patterns, pictures and stories that are represented within them. They had a go at making their own using magnetic tiles and whiteboards. Some of the designs looked fantastic.

The final group looked at Roman buildings and how they had dramatically changed from the Celts who were around before. We saw some real Roman bricks and saw how similar they are to our houses.

After the workshop we explore the baths and the routine the Romans would follow. In the great bath, we got to meet a Roman man, who spoke to us about the baths, slaves and the use of limestone.

We had a fantastic day and are really looking forward to learning more about the Romans.



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Mudslide and fire lighting

The children had lots of fun on the mudslide and practicing their fire lighting skills,ending of with a cup of hot chocolate,biscuit and a roasted marshmallow.





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Teamwork and having fun

The main focus was teamwork and communication.



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Children’s comments on the Devon Air Ambulance

Within our computing lessons, the children have been looking at logging on and off safely and have been starting to looking at commenting on the school blog.

I am asking the children to comment a fact below that they have learnt about the Devon Air ambulance over the last 2 weeks.

Hopefully we should have a lovely array of comments and facts from the Devon Air Ambulance.

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Navigating the school blog

In our computing lesson today, we looked again at how to log on to the computer corrrectly and load up the Google web page. From there, we typed to find the Goodleigh School website, in order to look at the class blogs.

We all managed this successfully and enjoyed reading some of the blogs, that had already been posted, especially the video ones. We will use this knowledge again next week to help log onto the class blog and comment on blogs that have already been published within the school website.

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Devon Air Ambulance Visit

On Monday Captain Dan Smith, a pilot with the Devon Air Ambulance came to visit Class 2. As part of our local heroes we are looking at the Devon Air Ambulance. We had lots of questions to ask him so that we can create our own fact books. We found out that it can take 20 minutes instead of 2 hours to get to the hospital if a patient goes by helicopter. We had a good look at his helmet to find out how he communicates with people on the ground and in the air.

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Everyday materials

We started by going out to the secret garden and playground to source objects and identify their materials.


When we returned to the classroom we shared what we had found and the materials they were made from. Then we spoke about how we knew which material it was made from using key scientific words such as waterproof, transparent, absorbent, rough, shiny and smooth.


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