Curlew Class 2021-2022
Mrs Pearce teaches Curlew Class, which comprises of 25 Year 2 children. Mrs Barnicoat and Mrs Barrett share the role of class teaching assistant across the week.
Please see our "Welcome to Curlew Class" transition slides below to gain further information about life in Year 2.
Curlews' Classroom 2021-2022
Take a look at our classroom in the photos below. As the year progresses, more images will be added.
Curlews' Class Topic and Science Knowledge Organisers
Please find Curlews' knowledge organisers for Topic and Science below. They contain all of the key information children need for the units and are created half-termly. In school, the children have knowledge organisers in their books and they use them to support their learning. For further curriculum information, please go to Curlews' 'Curriculum' page
Curlew Class Trips, Events and Activities
Pendennis Castle - Monday 4th October
We spent an excellent day at Pendennis Castle, learning about its history and enjoying its spectacular setting! Our day began with an overview of the castle's past, led by our wonderful guide, Jane. She was impressed with the knowledge we had already gained about Pendennis before visiting the site itself. We knew that King Henry VIII ordered the castle to be built and we also knew that its role, alongside its sister castle, St. Mawes, was to defend the inhabitants of Falmouth town against invasion. Well done, Hector for explaining this so well!
Jane told us about two of King Henry's wives, Catherine of Aragon and Anne Boleyn. We wore hats and headdresses to represent these key figures from the past. The class divided into two and fired pretend cannons at enemy ships as they passed through Carrick Roads. We loved acting and took our roles most seriously!
We stood outside the castle building itself and talked about the significance of its shape. Locryn commented that it was round in order to see potential invading ships coming from all angles! We discussed various defensive features including the ramparts, drawbridge, thick stone walls and portcullis. Ethan spotted mythical gargoyles which were both decorative and played a part in the drainage system.
In the education room, we were able to handle artefacts and replicas from the past. This was such a great experience and we felt privileged to be the first school to take part in the 'Now and Then' workshop since the onset of Covid. Each group had a 'treasure chest' to explore and our task was to predict the purpose of its contents. The chests contained objects related to eating, medical care, lighting or writing. We were surprised by the materials some of the items were made from and Jane told us that they would have been sourced locally in those days. The candles, for example, were made from beeswax.
After Jane explained the contents of the chests, we were then presented with clothes that various castle inhabitants would have worn. These included the 'pot boy', the governor, the gunner and the blacksmith. After trying on the garments, most of us decided that we would rather wear our present day clothes and also that we wouldn't have been too keen on living in the castle!
After lunch, we explored the inside of the castle itself - an experience that many Curlews thought was 'the best bit!' We looked at the large hearths, marvelled at the size of The Great Hall, imagined what the noise would be like in the cannon room and had a giggle at the 'toilet!' During our walk around the inside of the castle, we were able to see and feel the castle materials. This helped our Science learning to come alive. The thick stone walls and iron-studded wooden doors were right in front of our eyes!
The day flew by so quickly and many of us said that we would like to visit again! Many thanks to Mark, Rebecca and Krystina for helping out on our trip. Such a lovely day of learning!
At Mabe School, we feel that homework is an important part of each child's learning process. In Year 2, we ask that you support your children with the following activities. Please don’t hesitate to come and see us if you need further clarification.