Stebon Primary School

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Learning is very good at Stebon because expectations are high and the teachers give us confidence. Imtiaz
As a child at Stebon, I am happy to be here as I have good
friends. Emad
There are lots of activities that are really fun like tournaments in the summer. Sadia
You can do excellent things in art and do loads of projects and experiments. Shahriyar
This school is a safe, happy and friendly place to be. Jannah
I think the atmosphere is cheerful because learning is
fun! Fahim
I would say that teaching is of a high standard. Abidah
Everybody respects each other. We have an anti-bullying policy and playground buddies who help you find friends. Zainab
It is a wonderful place to be where everyone is treated the same. Muhibur
Playtimes are the best because we have lots of games to play with. Sadiya

Y2

Year 2 ~ Albert Einstein Class, Brian Cox Class & Marie Curie Class
Mathematical Intelligence

Albert Einstein Brian Cox Marie Curie

 

Year 2’s class names are inspired by three very special people indeed, two men & one woman, scientists all.

Brian Cox is a scientist, professor, TV presenter and rock star! He has presented many shows on TV & is famous for explaining scientific stuff in a fun and interesting way. Just the way we like it! Brian also came & opened our new extension in 2015 & was very excited to discover he had a class named after him.

Albert Einstein, with his crazy hair & moustache is probably the best-known scientist in the world. His theory of relativity with the famous formula E=mc2, won him a Nobel Prize in 1921, yet he famously said: “I have no special talent; I am only passionately curious.” What a guy!

Talking of Nobel Prizes, Marie Curie won two! She was the first woman ever to win one & the first person ever to win twice. A pioneer in the fields of physics & chemistry, she was most famous for her research on radioactivity (she even made up the word ‘radioactivity’) & she did it all despite being one of very few women working in science at the time.

All three scientists help us to see how fascinating the world around us is. We reckon we can become scientists & invent something amazing or make a ground-breaking discovery too!

Autumn term – Fire! Fire!

We start off in year 2 with a bang! Our classroom becomes a fiery furnace with lots of reds, oranges & yellows & we’ve got firefighters’ costumes & fire engines to use in our role play. And we need them because there’s fire-breathing dragons around too.

FireEverything we learn this term has a fiery theme; we find out about the Great Fire of London & the Gunpowder Plot & how those things affected London; we learn about heat & melting, about firework safety & how fires start & about the fiery parts of our planet like volcanoes. There’s lots of good fire paintings (we look especially at Turner) & we sing London’s Burning & loads of campfire songs. We write our own songs about fire & share them with the Y2 children from Bygrove School at ‘Campfire Night’ in December!

For our trips we go to the fire station & we make a fire escape plan when the fire brigade come to visit us in school. We also go to the Museum of London to research the Great Fire & to All Hallows Church.

By the end of the first term we think we know all about fire; how amazing & useful & dangerous & beautiful it can be. We’ve done an assembly for the rest of the school about Guy Fawkes & firework safety; we’ve written a diary like Samuel Pepys & instructions for melting chocolate safely. But the most exciting thing we’ve done is to make a model of London & set it on fire!

Spring term – Pirates of Poplar

Ahoy me hearties! Spring term sees us set sail aboard the good ship ‘Stebon’ to explore the oceans & seas, to find out about life on & below the ocean waves. From the very first time we set foot in the classroom in January, it becomes the vessel that will carry us across the term’s learning. There are treasure chests & pirate ships; the room is draped in blue & silver, turquoise & white & there’s an ‘under the sea’ role play den.

As you might expect, there’s a nautical theme to all our lPiratesearning this term; we read & write pirate stories & poetry about the sea but we also do information writing about sea creatures that we find interesting. Our science work is about floating & sinking, living things & how they are suited to their environments, our maths is set in the context of the water & we look at the work of the artist Guy Harvey who is also a marine biologist. In music, we learn about ‘The Aquarium’ but also listen to whalesong & in RE we consider the theme of fish & fishing in Christianity.

During the spring term we visit the London Aquarium & the Horniman Museum & even get to go & see the world famous Billingsgate Fish Market which is a 20-minute walk from our school.

By the end of the term we have conquered the ocean waves; we’ve made fish sculptures using wire, presented a poetry assembly for the rest of the school & even cooked some delicious fish together. And we’ve learned to speak like pirates too!

Summer term – Proud of Poplar

After the oceans & seas of the world, we return in the summer term to what’s under our noses – our local area, Poplar. What’s it like to live here? What are its defining characteristics? How has life for the people of Poplar changed over the years & how has Poplar helped to shape who we are? The classroom becomes an estate agent’s with pictures of all the different kinds of houses & flats in the area. There are maps & dolls’ houses & lots of Lego for house-building. Our specific task is to help a family recently arrived in the area to decide where they’re going to live.

All of our learning is set in the context of our local area. Maths involves looking at surveys & reading & presenting data in lots of different ways; we read the author Jeannie Baker (& do art in her style too) & books like ‘Moon Rabbit’ about belonging & we write poems about our homes & neighbours. In RE we look at all the different places of worship in Poplar & consider what they mean to the people who visit them & in PSHE we learn all about relationships and our own family trees. We also learn how to say the rooms in the house in Spanish & how to say where you live.

Apart from our walks around the local area, we also go on trips to the Ragged School Museum in Mile End to learn about what it would have been like to have been in a school in this area in Victorian times. We go to the Museum in Docklands & we even try to get the local MP to come in & visit.

By the end of the summer term, we have planned & presented an assembly about the history of our school, made a guide to & models of Poplar & written to the local MP to invite him to speak to us in school. But the best thing is that we get to plan & make a time-capsule for future generations to open maybe when they’re learning about Poplar!