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Please remember water bottles, spellings and times tables booklets every day. Spellings are given on a Friday and are tested the Friday after.

Class Two

Welcome to Class Two's page. Our class is made up of 11 Year 2 children, 6 Year 3 children and 11 Year 4 children. We have two class teachers, Mr Attkins and Miss Dowling and one teaching assistant, Mrs Flaherty. Our teachers describe us as happy, polite and enthusiastic learners who are kind friends to one another. We love Dalton School very much and are looking forward to our learning this year. 

Our topic this term is 'Rock and Roll'. 

On our return to school this September we read 'The boy, the mole, the fox and the horse' by Charlie Mackesy. This was a wonderful book and the messages in the book have never been more relevant than at this time. We created some artwork for our classroom using two of our favourite quotes from this book. 

In Science we are learning about rocks. We began our learning by thinking about 'What is under our feet?'. We began our lesson sitting on the playground and thinking about what is beneath us. We thought there might be mud, stone, pipes, creatures and fossils. Later in the lesson we made our own 'dirt puddings' using different tasty ingredients which represented the different layers of the Earth. We took our puddings home and were able to tell our family what each layer represents. 

We are holding a 'rock' competition in our class. We have been set the challenge of bringing in a small rock and adding it to our rock table. These rocks will be used in our Science lessons over the next few weeks. 

In History we have been learning what life was like during the Stone Age. We know that a lot of the information we have about people living at that time comes from cave paintings. We have been studying these and looking at the things that people from the Stone Age painted on the walls of caves. We noticed that they drew images of people hunting, animals and often they drew hand prints. We had a go at making our own cave paintings. 

In topic we have been learning about Volcanos. We have been labelling volcanos and using scientific vocabulary to describe them. We have made our own volcanos using papier-mache. We had lots of fun getting messy with newspaper and pva glue. Once our volcanos had dried we painted them to make them look more realistic. 

We have also been learning about the Roman city of Pompeii and how this city was devastated by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius. We have been really enthusiastic about our learning and many of us have gone home and told our families about what happened in Pompeii.

Once our volcanos were finished, we had a go at building the Roman city of Pompeii using lego. We then placed our volcanos next to the 'city' we had created before we made a chemical reaction to make our volcanos erupt. It was a very exciting lesson. 

Today we have been learning about earthquakes. We have talked about tectonic plates and how the movements cause an earthquakes and how these can be measured using the Mercalli scale. We have been re-enacting an earthquake drill in class. When we heard the siren we had to get under the table and cover our head and shoulders. Later, we made structures using cocktail sticks and marshmallows placed in a tray of jelly. We tested our structures to see if they would survive an earthquake. 

We have been inspired by the artist Nick Rowland who creates his nature inspired artwork by adding layers. We used both chalk and paint to create these impressive erupting volcano paintings. Our work is proudly displayed around school.