This morning Year 2 (and Year 3) were lucky enough to go to the Shoo Rayner Kid Lit event at Oundle School’s Great Hall, as part of the Oundle Festival of Literature. Shoo spoke to us about how he writes his stories, how he plans his idea and drawings. He also told us that he is dyslexic and as a child, found it incredibly hard to write down all of the wonderful story ideas that he had in his head. He said that having a computer is helpful but he wishes he had learned to type properly. He also showed us how he draws his illustrations and read one of his books to us. We were inspired by his words of wisdom and really enjoyed the session. Our teachers were incredibly proud of our outstanding behaviour. A big thank you to LJS PFA for funding this visit. If you’d like to learn to draw like Shoo, try his YouTube channel!
We have been learning all about 3D shapes and have loved decorating nets to make some of our own. We made predictions about the different shapes that the nets would make. We impressed our teachers by remembering the words vertex (corner) and vertices (corners)! We are really good at counting the faces, vertices and edges on cubes, cuboids, square-based pyramids, cones and cylinders.
Year Two have loved learning about Africa and, in particular, Kenya. Our sunset pictures look pretty spectacular on display on the corridor and have now been joined by our African tribal face paint designs.
First we found out about face painting in tribes and what it means. We then created our own designs on paper face outlines before transferring our designs onto masks. We were able to use paint or felt tip pen on the masks and really enjoyed the process. We hope you like them!
Having waited patiently for a couple of weeks, the remaining Year Two children finally got to take their turn at African drumming on Wednesday. Mrs W got to join in too and was keen to hone the skills she had failed to display on stage at Crash into Christmas back in December!
Mr Matthews put us through our paces and taught us that us left hand would be used for the middle of the drum whilst the right would be on the edge. We managed to copy some simple rhythms and surprised ourselves by copying some more complicated ones too. We even had a go at making up our own rhythms and performed our solos really well. Huge thanks to Mr Matthews for giving us the opportunity to have a go. We loved it and a few of us were keen to ask our parents if we can take up percussion lessons. Incidentally, Mrs W’s skills were much improved – one child was heard to say, ‘You were much better than you were on stage, Mrs W. You seemed less nervous too!’.
We have been inspired by the African sunset prints in our classroom and have loved creating our own versions of a Kenyan landscape at sunset. We started by painting the background with a wash of graduated colours; we started with a thin mixture of yellow paint and then gradually added red paint, using each new shade on our paper. We then used black paper to make silhouettes of trees (baobab and acacia), animals and grass to stick onto the background. The effect is quite stunning and we love seeing our work on display in the corridor, although we were a little sad to see the Great Fire of London display come down!
In our ICT lessons this Quarter we have been really excited to be creating models with the LEGO WeDo kits. We have found that it is really important to follow the on-screen instructions really carefully and that working in a pair takes consideration and good teamwork. Taking your time is important too as a part in the wrong place makes a big difference later on. So far we have made Drumming Monkeys and Hungry Alligators and have been very excited when we have connected them to the computer to program them. We can’t wait to make Dancing Birds next…
Year Two have been finding out about the Dutch artist Hendrick Avercamp. Avercamp is famous for his winter scenes, usually featuring people skating. We looked at his use of detail and learned about artistic terminology such as perspective and horizon. We noticed that all of the people in the paintings are dressed in clothes that are very different to ours. We also noticed that his paintings usually feature horses and carts, a large building, smaller buildings and trees.
We really enjoyed drawing the detail on our own versions of the painting and included a horizon as well as trying to use perspective by including larger people towards the front of the picture and smaller ones further back. We coloured them in carefully using pencil crayons and then used a shimmery colour wash to add a feeling of ice and cold. We’re really proud of our pictures and hope you like them too!
On Wednesday afternoon some of Year 2 were lucky enough to have an African drumming session with our Percussion teacher, Mr Matthews.
As you can see we had a fabulous time and Mr Matthews was very impressed by our concentration and skills. The second group of children will gee a chance to have a go in the next couple of weeks. Many thanks to Mr Matthews for finding the time to work with us.
On the evening of Thursday 16th January Year 2 were thrilled to be invited to perform at a concert at Oundle School Chapel. The concert also featured performances by Oundle School Strings and the prestigious Royal College of Music String Band. We were very excited when we went to the chapel to rehearse in the afternoon! In the evening, six teachers and 24 children waited patiently for the concert to start; we were third on the programme so were lucky enough to listen to the older pupils and students perform first. It was, quite literally, breathtaking! We were amazed by the music that we heard and sat listening in awe. ‘Wow!’ was being mouthed as we listened and one Y2 pupil was heard to gasp, ‘They’re WAY better than us!’ Whilst that was true, we have to remember that we have only been learning to play our violins and ‘cellos for 4 months and the other performers have had many more years of practice! A particular highlight for some of us was seeing the incredibly large double bass instruments – some us even got to have a little go, despite the instruments being twice as tall as us! It was, quite simply, a fabulous evening and we loved listening to the music as well as playing ourselves.
On Friday 10th January Year Two, along with the rest of the Infant department, boarded a coach bound for Stamford as we headed off on our annual visit to the pantomime. It was the second year that we had visited Stamford and it is just the right distance away. As we walked from the bus station to the Arts Centre we were very excited to spot a Victorian post box!
The pantomime, by Polka Dot, was Jack and the Beanstalk and there were lots of funny moments. Simple Simon was superb and we even got wet!
When we got back to school we ate our packed lunches in our classrooms and chatted happily about the show.