Welcome to Swans!
Hello and Welcome to the Swans class. Our class is made up of year 2 and year 3 pupils. Mrs Smithson is the main class teacher, but the Swans are also taught by Mrs Brooke on Wednesdays (when Mrs Smithson is carrying out work linked to her role as Assistant Headteacher). Mrs Agnew assists us in our classroom work or sometimes take us out for group work.
I am the Assistant Head at Billinghay and I have been teaching here for 10 years, although I have been in the profession for 19 years. Throughout my career I have taught a range of ages, as well as mentoring students and newly qualified teachers, and I can honestly say I still enjoy being in the classroom. My subject specialism is English (or Literacy as we now call it) and I enjoy sharing stories with children and developing their writing skills.
When I am not at school I’m kept very busy with my husband and two boys! We’re often out walking or biking, we also like to go swimming and we occasionally have a go at baking. As a family we are also heavily involved in supporting the golf club in South Kyme. If I get some time to myself I like to curl up with a good book.
At the start of this school year our classroom will become a jungle as we investigate the topic “What’s that rumble in the jungle?” We will create a giant piece of art that will show the layers of the rainforest and find out about this habitat and how creatures survive and thrive there. Our next topic will be “Could the Great fire of London have been prevented”, so our role play area will be transformed into a fire station and we will hopefully go and visit our local fire station! We will also compare the Great Fire of London to the Great Fire of Billinghay!
After Christmas we have a challenge; “Can we find and capture the Iron Giant?” We will use Google Earth and maps to deduce where the Iron Giant has been and where he will be going to. We will use our Science knowledge, from investigating magnets, to devise a trap to capture him. This will lead into our DT project on making magnetic games. Our topic leading up to Easter will link to the book Lost and Found by Oliver Jeffers with the question “How did that Penguin get here? (and how did Scott get there?)”
Finally in the summer term we will have a Super heroes theme when we look at how we can become more powerful including putting the right fuel into our bodies, so we will make our own healthy snacks. We will have another link to a book, this time The Gruffalo’s Child by Julia Donaldson, as we ask “How can I throw my shadow?” Our last mini topic of the year will see us becoming weather experts as we investigate, measure and predict the weather and hopefully design, make and fly our own kites!