We have been having lots of fun completing Christmas crafts and playing in the snow in the run up to Christmas. We have sadly said goodbye to Miss Thomas after our last Christmas play production. We're looking forward to completing a topic on pirates in the new year
On Wednesday 1st November we visited Pershore fire station to find out how fires are fought today. This term we have been looking at the Great Fire of London and have been wondering why so many houses burnt down.
We have investigated how many proper firemen they had in 1666 (none!), what they wore (posh clothes and wigs!) and what they used to put out the fires (buckets of water from the river Thames).
At the fire station we were able to look at all the equipment that is used to put out fires, rescue animals from danger and save people from water. It was amazing how everything fitted in to the engine.
We had several questions for the firemen. Archie wanted to know how quickly they got dressed (about 10 seconds). He tried to put the clothes on at the same speed. I think he needs more practice!!
The best part of the morning was having a go with the fire hose. Everyone was allowed to squirt water across the car park. It was very hard to hold the hose still as the water came out very fast.
We had a great time at the fire station and it really helped us understand how differently fires are fought now to how they were fought in 1666.
This week Year 2 have been making gingerbread men because we were learning about the story 'The Gingerbread Man' for Harvest. When we were cooking we had to listen very carefully and follow instructions because we know that the kitchen could be dangerous. We made our own characters from the story and then decorated them. We loved making gingerbread men and had lots of fun, but we loved eating them more!
On Tuesday 26th September we took part in European Languages Day. We have been learning about The Netherlands. We dressed up in red, white and blue because these are the colours of the Dutch flag. We have had a continental breakfast, tasted some cheese and started a display of tulips.
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With SAT's out of the way, look what we have been doing in Forest School...
Reasoning in maths
We have been exploring different ways to reason in maths. Check out how clever we all are below!
We had a very special visit from two scurvy sea dogs. They talked about what life was like on a pirate ship and shared some very special pirate coins.
We have been doing some very practical problem solving in maths recently. we have been exploring what we know about certain numbers and sorting them according to what we know. We have also been learning how to add and take away using a numberline,
We had so much fun during science week. We looked at materials and their properties. We created fizzy pirate coins. We designed and made our own pirate ships and we watched Mr Hayhoe and Mrs Bulman complete some crazy science in assembly.
We have been learning lots of skills in cricket recently. We've enjoyed bowling and fielding and next we'll be learning how to bat.
We've been researching famous pirates and using Pic Collage we've created some posters.
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We did some fun fraction pizza work with our new year 5 teachers.
We had lots of fun just before half term in our pirate treasure hunt. We had to find the clues located on a map of the school then we solved arithmetic problems to crack a code to tell us where the treasure was buried.
We had lots of fun on WBD dressing up as our favourite characters and sharing some of our favourite books with each other.
We had lots of fun with Y3 teaching us all about the rainbow fish and creating some fantastic art work based on the book.
We were very lucky to have a very special visit from Lily's Grandfather this term. He is a member of the Tewkesbury Medieval Society. He came and spoke all about the different lifestyle they had and clothing they used to wear in medieval times. All of the children were very lucky to receive a replica medieval coin.
We had lots of fun learning all about the Spanish language. We learnt to count up to 20 in Spanish and we also learnt all of the colours and chose our favourite objects of that colour.
We have been looking at how we measure different things in maths. We have estimated and used decimeter sticks, rulers and meter sticks to measure different things in our classroom including ourselves.
We've learnt lots about castles during this half term, Our favourite day was when we got to out all we learned into practise. We designed our own castles then in teams built our favourites.
We had a fantastic time learning all about the attack and defence of a castle and even met some birds of prey. A fantastic trip with a celebrity spot!
We had so much fun. We made Diwali cards, did some Mehndi patterns on cut out hands but most of all we enjoyed our Bhangra dancing.
Shakespeare Birthplace Visit
Class 2 took part in a trip to Stratford Upon Avon to visit the Birthplace of Shakespeare. The children enjoyed a hands on workshop experience with many artefacts and objects. They also had a chance to go around the Birthplace itself and visit the famous statues of Shakespeare and his plays. Many thanks to Mrs Patrick, Mrs Page, Mrs Hutchinson and Mrs Chapman for all their help!
KS1 Queens Birthday Party
The children in Year 2 enjoyed dressing up and celebrating the Queens Birthday. We all wore our Knights uniforms or our Princess dresses and enjoyed making crowns, flags, dolls of the royal family and our very own paper plates. We also made sandwiches and decorated cakes for our very own tea party where we sang Happy Birthday to the Queen. It was a wonderful afternoon and made even more special by the visit of Play Group!
All the children through out the school enjoyed taking part in Den Day. We split into mixed aged teams and set about the task of designing, resourcing and then building our very own dens. The children loved the day and had tremendous fun. It was wonderful to see all our 4 BLP learning styles in full action, Resilience, Reciprocity, Resourcefulness and Reflectiveness. Well done everyone! Most importantly we raised a great deal of money for Save the Children!
Bellboating Day 2016
Class 2 had a great afternoon working hard on and off the river. They all took their turn on the Bellboat with Mrs Budrey paddling hard and enjoying all the river has to offer. On the bank we all had a great time playing 'Parachute Games' with our parent volunteers Mrs Willy, Mr Jenkins, Mrs Holley and Mr Barton. Thank you to one and all!
Class 2 over the Summer Term have been enjoying 'Forest School' with Miss Dobbs. They have enjoyed building Dens, exploring the forest school environment and enjoying chocolate and marshmallow biscuits! Thank you Miss Dobbs, it has been a great experience!
This term Year 2 have been exploring all elements of the China topic. It has formed the main parts of our Literacy where we have explored stories such as 'Shen and the Magic Paintbrush' written by .
We have also explored the Geography of the country looking at the Gobi Desert, the history of the country examining the Terracotta Army and the Chinese New Year.
We created a great end of term assembly for all the parents and developed a China dance. We also loved cooking Chinese Fortune Cookie biscuits that tasted great! we hope you enjoy all the photos!
During the Autumn term we had the visit of two firefighters. They taught us a great deal about modern firefighting and how to keep ourselves safe in the event of a fire. All the children loved the bag of goodies the firemen brought and we learnt a great deal!
We had a very busy and exciting time during the final few weeks of the Autumn Term. We all went on a special Christmas train, created some fantastic candle holders for the Christmas Craft Fair and really enjoyed putting on the performance of 'C is for Christmas' with the rest of Reception and Key Stage One. In amongst all of this we also completed our topic on 'Bang Goes the Theory' and carried out some electricity experiments with circuits! We are now all looking forward to the Spring term and China!