You are what you eat!

Year 2 have ended their mid term topic of ‘Brains, Bodies and Bones’ by examining how to keep a healthy brain – a good nights sleep, hydration, exercise, less screen time and healthy eating all being the best ways in which to do this.

So how does healthy eating affect your brain? We knew that unhealthy foods could affect our concentration, our ability to focus and sometimes even our energy levels. So, we decided to put our knowledge to the test. We would investigate how eating unhealthy foods and healthy foods would impact us when completing different tasks.

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It is a Gym Thing!

How lucky are we? Years 2,  3  and 4 were fortunate attend a special introductory session at the newly opened Provo Gymnastics Academy, Downtown. They climbed ropes, balanced on beams, made bridges on floor work and tried their hand at somersaulting from a bar.

The coaches got them warmed up and busy for 90 minutes non-stop.  They each had a fabulous morning using their ‘observation and listening’ skills to build on their balance, co-ordination, flexibility and strength.

Thank you to Denver and Shin, the two professional coaches, who worked with them. Check out the photos to see how much fun they all had!

And let’s not forget that in our Literacy Letterland learning energetic, Gentle Ginger helps us to read and spell the word ‘gymnastics’ and other words like magic, huge,  age and giant!

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Who knew that something so simple could become such a superpower?

Each year, watching this inspirational video resonates powerfully with our students.

Our Year 2 class have just watched it for the first time and it has been a really effective way to help them understand what mindfulness means. The video has become the catalyst for Personal, Health, Social and Economic Education (PHSE) discussions and helped the children begin to understand and manage their emotions as they learn and play together. When they remember to ‘just breathe’, they can find the clarity to calmly solve problems, resolve conflicts, find compromise and build resilience. 

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Our Year 2 Ospreys are Working Together like Birds of a Feather

Our Year 2 Osprey Class are ‘working together like birds of a feather.’
See how our class animal, the osprey, helps us with our learning. Listen to our ‘Meet the Parts of our Brain’ song. We hope you enjoy our presentation.

What’s on your mind?

Year 2 have welcomed in the new school by learning all about their body and their brain. So, what exactly does the brain do? Well, you only have to wander through our classroom to find out! As a get to know you activity, we explored the endless possibilities of ‘What’s on your mind?’ What do we think about when we are imagining, thinking, day – dreaming…?

Then, through songs and videos, we began to learn about the different parts of the brain and how they help us to navigate our every day to day life.

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‘Five Pirates’ – A Stop-Motion Animation By Year 2

This term the Year 2 class have been learning all about stop motion animation. They started with a short YouTube tutorial which led to them having a go at making their own short movie using everyday objects, toys and classroom resources. They then spent many hours working as a team to create the movie ‘5 Pirates’ which tied into this term’s topic ‘Land Ahoy’.

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Ahoy there!

Year 2 have started their Land Ahoy topic off with a great start!  We have gone slightly pirate crazy but amazing work is currently being designed, filmed, created, produced and even sewn!

We have some big projects that we are working on in class. One of them being a class stop animation of a pirate poem. Stop animation is a film process that allows the illusion of inanimate objects seemingly move on their own. So far, we have painted our back drops, created a pirate ship and started to build our main characters out of playdough. In order to create a successful animation, the children must take at least 12 photos for every single second of the film – that’s a lot of photos! We have enjoyed watching Morph and Wallace and Gromit as inspiration for our up – coming film.

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Hang on… Not another Superhero!

You might begin reading this blog, thinking, surely Year 1 and Year 2 have run out of superheroes to meet… after all Turks and Caicos is a small island! How wrong could you be! Our third visitor this time was no other than superhero Police Officer Peart–Barret all the way from Chalk Sound police station.

Police Officer Peart–Barret surprised us by coming to talk about his role within the community and answering the many, many questions the children had to ask him! He explained exactly how he helps the community before showing us some of his very special police equipment. This included a police radio, handcuffs, his police notebook and most importantly, his very own superhero badge.

 

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It’s superhero time…AGAIN!

Last week, Year 1 and Year 2 were lucky enough to be surprised by community Superhero, Dr Jo.  She gave us an amazing insight into what it takes to be a Superhero Doctor.  Would you believe that this week, we had another surprise Community Superhero come to Provo Primary School?!  Firefighter Gula arrived in his Fire engine to talk to us about how he serves the community, along with other men and women, as a member of the Turks and Caicos Fire and Rescue Service.

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Have you ever met a superhero…? We have!

Year 1 and Year 2 were truly in awe after meeting a real – life superhero. From the clues, can you guess who we might have met? They defeat germs and sickness, they take care of people, wear scrubs as their superhero costume and have lots of different tools to help people feel better. Have you guessed it? That’s right… Enter superhero – Dr. Jo!

We had a fantastic morning learning all about what makes Dr. Jo such a superhero. She explained what her day to day job is and how she must carefully examine her patients before deciding the best way to take care of them and defeat those horrible germs. Dr Jo showed us some of her tools she uses to examine patients – stethoscopes, thermometers, drips, blood pressure monitors, x – rays and bandages. As you can see Year 1 and Year 2 loved discovering and using all her tools.

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In Year 2 we are thankful for…

Year 2 have been learning about Thanksgiving this week. We started by learning and watching the story of how the first Thanksgiving was created. As a class we then spent time discussing what we were thankful for. Our class ideas ranged from being thankful to police officers/doctors and nurses/fire fighters/soldiers for taking care of us, being thankful to the school and the teachers, our family and friends, the Earth, nature and God. The children then individually spent time writing their own messages of thanks. I was really impressed with their thought – provoking ideas and wanted to share some of them with you.

I am thankful for my family because they take great care of me. ED

I am thankful for my friends because they are kind to me. JZJ

I am thankful for birds because they tweet and sing. TW

I am thankful for the trees because they make oxygen. BB

I am thankful for Provo Primary School because we get to learn new things every day. AP

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Look what we’ve been celebrating in Year 2!

Look what we’ve been celebrating!

We started this half term by celebrating Halloween. We worked individually to create potential designs for our Halloween Door. Once we had designed them, we looked at them all before taking part in a secret vote. Check out our winning design, hopefully you got to see it at the Halloween Party.

We also wrote our own ‘spook-tactular’ monster poems! Have a read of some of our favourite verses:

 

 

 

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Have you seen Cinderella…?

She was last seen dancing with the Prince at the Royal Ball and he is very keen to find her and marry her. Luckily, the children in Year 2 have made some wanted posters to try and find her. Please keep a look out, rewards vary from diamond rings, vacations, crowns, gold and even some dollars! Come and have a look at our wanted posters if you need a good description of Cinderella.

Year 2 have also been busy writing letters to the Fairy Godmother and writing diary entries about their time at the ball. We then spent time designing our own shoes before finally making them out of clay.

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Ahoy, me Hearties! It’s the Pirate Captain’s Cuisenaire Rod Challenge!

In my role as Principal, every day I take the opportunity to step away from the office admin duties to enjoy spending time in various classes and sharing in all the learning taking place.  This week, I had the pleasure of teaching a couple of short numeracy sessions with the Year 2 class.

I chose to review and apply their understanding of number bonds/number facts to 10 and 20, using the Cuisenaire Rods. Fitting in with their’ Sea Faring’ class topic, my activities were presented in the context of the children being sailors working for a notorious Pirate Captain (who was known for expecting a hardworking crew, but who also liked to have fun along the way).  I have to say… the Captain was extremely pleased with all of the Year 2 sailors – their key number skills were impressive and fortunately no one was made to scrub the poop deck or walk the plank and feed the fish!

Take a look at some photos of the mathematical adventure we had together as we weighed anchor and hoisted the mizzen! I think the Year 2s will agree that playing and learning at the same time is fun for everyone!

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Year 2 & 3 Take to the Ocean!

Land Ahoy!

Year 2 & 3 set out on an island-adventure last week – imagining they were exploring undiscovered lands. Year 2, as part of their topic on the seafaring history of the TCI, were ably assisted by their Year 3 friends in a variety of activities.

From keeping look-out for other pirate boats (most of which turned out to be tourists, but it’s always important to keep watch!) to mapping an uninhabited island, the children had a wonderful trip on our beautiful waters.

What a wonderful boat trip – filled with fun and exploration.

 

 

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Time to tessellate in Year Two!

Children in Year 2 have been having fun exploring tessellation while learning about 2D shapes. While devising increasingly complex repeating patterns, children had plenty of opportunity to practice their mathematical language.

It turns out, much to Mr Toby’s delight, that “THERE’S NO SUCH SHAPE AS A DIAMOND!” Instead, children learned to ask for a rhombus or parallelogram for their patterns!
Children began to talk about whether their patterns were symmetrical and whether they could really be repeated forever if we had enough pieces.

Great work Year 2!

 

 

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Roll Up for the Great Year 2 Bird Competition!

Year Two recently enjoyed the book My Dad’s a Birdman by David Almond. Before we reached the finale of the Great Human Bird Competition, we had a go at designing our very own birdmen and birdladies to take part in a flight of our own.We spent time thinking about what would make our design fly the furthest. Would it be large wings that would make the difference? Or should we be concentrating on making our model aerodynamic?! No, forget all that – the design should be light! Wait…that can’t be right…maybe it should be weighted at the front!

Everyone had their own theories and everyone thought their design was going to be the winning one!

Take a look at our fun designs and watch the slow-motion video to see if you can tell who won the competition!

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Celebrating Iguana Week


View a snapshot of our week’s learning about our endemic TCI Rock Iguana. Enjoy photos of our toddlers to Year 6 as you listen to the vibes of Correy Forbes and the Rakooneers. A special thank you to ‘Rocky the Iguana’ and Dr. Higgs from The National Trust and Amy Avenant from DECR for visiting us.

The ‘Make an Iguana Loose Parts Challenge’ has begun!

“Can you you build an iguana out of our loose parts resources?”

A group of Year 2s took on the challenge set this lunch time, and wow, what an amazing model they made!  Designing their ideas on paper first, and then building together, the group showed great teamwork and creativity!

Will others take up the challenge as our ‘Iguana Week’ continues…?

In JK and SK, the children took the opportunity to create iguanas from Duplo, playdough and paper.  Take a look at the photos of a few of their ingenious iguanas… in fact I’m pretty sure there are lots of photos around the school of other creations being made this week, that just haven’t made it to me yet.  Look out for further posts and take a look in your child’s classroom tomorrow to see what you can find!

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Year 2 find their Rhythm!

Music sessions in Year 2 have been filled with fun and noise this term, as children explored tempo, beat, rhythm and notes through a variety of percussion instruments.

Children explored how to clap a pulse and rhythm in time with each other. They explored a range of percussion instruments and found which could be used to play long (sustained) notes and which only played short sounds.

We then began to think about the rhythm of simple songs, and how long or short notes could be used to make a tune sound slow or fast. They practiced and performed a selection of simple tunes – trying to stay in time and maintain a consistent beat.

As all the instruments were percussive, it became a fun game to guess what the hidden tune was. Watch the video to see if you can identify what the children are playing!

 

What does 100 look like? Year 2 can show you!


Is it possible to build every number from 1 to 100? How would we do it? Which numbers are the hardest to make? Which number would need the most bricks?

Earlier this year, Year 2 investigated how we can represent numbers with Cuisenaire Rods. At first, children added huge rows of the white “1” bricks until, eventually, they lost count of how many they had. It was hard to know the difference between 42 and 43 – those numbers are so similar! [Read more…]

Provo Primary ‘Pantastic’ Show Tickets on Sale

Years 1-6 present…

Pantastic!

Friday 8th and Saturday 9th December

6pm @ Provo Primary School.

Tickets $10 (Children 12 and under free)            

Food and drink on sale.

Buy your tickets in the school office or on IsleHelp from Monday 27th onwards.

Email info@provoprimary.com or call 333 5638 for details or to make a reservation.

Synopsis:  It’s an adventure like no other as Peter Pan whisks the intrepid Darling children off to the fantastical world of Neverland.  It’s a world of Lost Boys and villainous pirates, fearsome natives and enchanting fairies. And boy do they fight!

When Wendy and Tiger Lily are kidnapped by the pirates, can the ever-youthful Peter find a way to rally the Lost Boys, appease the angry Natives and defeat the pirates once and for all? Or will Captain Hook play his final hand!

Year 1 & 2 Fantastic Gymnastics!

P.E. in Key Stage 1 has got off to a somewhat wobbly start this year. No, not because of the storms – because children in Year 1 & 2 have been busy developing their body control and balance in our Gymnastics sessions.

Sessions start with a range of active and tiring warm-up games aimed at teaching children to be aware of their own space and body movements. Children are improving their skills of observation quickly, while managing their speed and direction to avoid collisions. Warm ups are accompanied by screams and giggles that get all sessions off to a flying start.
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Year 2 Take to the Aisles of IGA

Wow! What a fabulous ‘behind the scenes’ look the Year 2 students had when they visited the IGA on a field trip. As part of our DT (Design & Technology) project this term, the children have been exploring and creating different cereal box covers. We’ve investigated why we think certain cereals appeal to children – like, maybe there is a fun character on the cover, maybe the box is very colourful, maybe the cereal box uses popular movie characters or even perhaps it offers a free gift inside! We used our trip to the IGA to get more inspiration for our next draft of our cereal box cover. Now, we need to think: How can we add more detail and what improvements can we make?

When we returned, I asked the children to write a retell in their journals. Below is one of the journal entries that was written by a Year 2 student:

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Spectacular Art for our PTA Auction Tomorrow

Take a look at all of this amazing art work created by each of our classes from Toddlers to Year 6!  I’m sure you’ll agree that it’s absolutely beautiful.

Well… it could be yours!

Bidding has already started at half day pick up today and will be open again after school.  Final bidding will take place at our 25th Anniversary PTA Event at the Shore Club on Saturday evening.  All proceeds from the art auction will go to our PTA Funds.

We are so proud of all the children for working together with these under the talented, creative direction of Mrs. Yorka and the teachers.

 

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