Welcome to Year 2!

The summer holidays flashed past in a blur of sunshine and fun but we’re delighted to be welcoming our new Year 2 pupils and parents.

Our topic for the next few weeks is The Great Fire of London and we have already been learning lots of interesting facts.

Our first spelling pattern has been introduced and we hope that the children have shared this with you at home. Some children have come in this morning feeling very proud that they were able to teach someone at home what a phoneme is. Don’t worry if you don’t know some of the terms the children are using – you can learn with us!

A Minecraft Masterpiece!

Year Two’s Kenyan ‘Unhomework’ continues to delight us! We commented last time that we were wondering what would come in next… Well, over the weekend we were amazed to see ‘Dessert number 1’ being completed in a brilliantly imaginative and unique way – it has been created using Minecraft! M from 2H has used his Minecraft skills to produce this wonderful depiction of the Kenyan flag. Not only that but he has been busy making Kenyan chapatis – and eating them of course!

Also emailed over the weekend was another ‘Safari in a Shoebox’ which used a younger sibling’s toy animals.

More wordsearches, a map and a selection of ‘starters’ and ‘desserts’ have also been sent in this morning – Year 2 have obviously been busy over the weekend… Later on we shall be trying some Kenyan donuts which have been made by J in 2W. We shall report back later with photographic proof and our verdicts!

 

Kenya Takeaway Unhomework

Last week Year Two’s new takeaway ‘unhomework’ menu was launched. The children were very excited to receive their menu. It includes many different choices – starters, main courses and desserts. The ‘unhomework’ tasks can be completed in any way you like! So far we have got loads of different and exciting projects on display and there are lots more to come!

As you can see, we have been very busy and are enjoying being able to choose what we are learning and how we are presenting our learning. We have jewellery, a Maasai mud hut, word searches, a LEGO model of a National Park designed by the builder, some Kenyan flags, some African drums, information about the big five and a map; not to mention several ‘safaris in a shoebox’! Mrs H, Mrs W, Mrs L and Mrs B are wondering what will come in next…

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Fasten Your Seatbelts

This morning Year Two were excited and surprised when they returned from break to be given boarding passes…to Nairobi in Kenya!  Having found our seats aboard the classroom aircraft we then viewed the LJS airways safety briefing. We watched in amazement as we took off from Heathrow; white board technology had allowed us to view this on screen from the cockpit. The 8 1/2 hour flight passed in a flash and in no time at all we were landing with a wonderful view of Nairobi!

We wanted to find out about Kenya but first shared our existing knowledge. Then we discussed what we would like to find out next. Mrs W and Mrs H were most impressed by the ideas and questions posed.

Having written down our questions we settled in for more discussion based around a presentation relating to the location of Kenya. We found it most interesting to compare Kenya with England and are looking forward to finding out more as the weeks go on.

Our time in Kenya was over all too quickly and before we knew it, we were landing back at Heathrow.photo bp

cockpit screen shot

 

Moving on… From 1666 to the Victorians!

This week sees a change of Humanities topic in Year 2. We have thoroughly enjoyed learning all about Samuel Pepys and the Great Fire of London but are just as excited to learn about the Victorians. Thursday and Friday will be particularly exciting as everyone in Year 2, including the teachers, will be dressing in Victorian style clothing and visiting Wisbech Castle as well as having a Victorian style school day! 

We are going to be finding out all about the reign of Queen Victoria, who was, until recently, the world’s longest reigning monarch. We will also find out about two amazing women who changed nursing for ever – Florence Nightingale and Mary Seacole. 

If you are planning a visit to London over half term, the Florence Nightingale Museum is located at St Thomas’ Hospital and is well worth a visit. Click here for more information! If you’re travelling by train, you might want to visit the Days Out Guide website beforehand as you can download a voucher which will entitle you to 2 for 1 entry to the museum with your train tickets! More about that here!

Building the (1666) Streets of London…

The finishing touches have been put on our Tudor style houses now and we were excited to see them being used to create a wonderful Great Fire of London display in the corridor. We started by covering boxes with sugar paper. Next we drew lines for the wooden frames and painted them on. Once they were dry we carefully added details such as the leaded windows and door handles using black felt tip pen. We think they look great! 

         

We have also been learning more about the monument to the fire which stands near Pudding Lane in London. James brought in his certificate to prove that he climbed the 311 steps to reach the top – we all thought he must have been really tired by the time he had climbed 311 steps down again! Libby showed us a photograph of herself and her brother standing at the bottom of the monument. If you’re going to London over half term, perhaps you will be abke to visit the Monument and maybe ebpven clib all those steps? Click here to find out more.

Durga Puja

We were extremely lucky to welcome two visitors to Year 2 on Friday afternoon. Tarannum’s Dad and Grandma came to tell us all about the Hindu festival of Durga Puja. We learned lots of things and all of the adults were most impressed at how well we had listened as we answered lots of difficult questions in the quiz at the end of the presentation. We all received medals and sweets and then enjoyed colouring in some pictures related to the story. Click here for more information about Durga Puja.

   
 

Evacuating London during the Great Fire – Y2’s boats are ready!

We are really enjoying finding out about the different aspects of the Great Fire of London. Lots of people saved their precious belongings on the boats of the Thames and many escaped on boats too. We are preparing a display for the corridor and needed some boats for the River Thames. We had to work really hard to follow the instructions to fold the boats in the right places at the right times! It was quite tricky but the finished boats look fabulous. We know that they wouldn’t really have been brightly coloured in 1666 but we want our display to be colourful and our boats to be individual. Why not have a go yourself? Click here to follow the same instructions that we used.