A Quick Catch Up…

It’s been a while since our last blog so here are a few photos and a little bit of information about what we’ve been up to!

Well… We’ve had another visit from the RNLI, this time from Mike Major who brought dressing up clothes as well as talking to us about Grace Darling.

We’ve finished our lifeboat and lighthouse models – they look fabulous!

We have raised money for the RNLI by wearing our wellies and doing a treasure hunt. Mrs W was thrilled that the Infants raised £420!

We have made our own string printing cards and printed seaside-themed pictures.

We’ve been pretty busy haven’t we?! Just over a week to the summer holidays and we’re as busy as ever, not to mention pretty hot with the lovely weather.

   
     

           

  

     

Lifeboats and Lighthouses – Year 2 will keep you safe at sea!

We have been thoroughly inspired by Grace Darling and the work of the modern RNLI and have been busy making clay models to reflect our topic. Ogre the past few weeks we have carefully modelled our clay and now in the middle of the important painting process. It is taking us a while to finish them but that is because we are taking great care to ensure that they are finely detailed and carefully finished. Here is a sneak preview… 

   

We do LEGO WeDo!

We have really enjoyed working with the LEGO WeDo kits this week. Working in pairs, we followed the onscreen instructions to construct the sailing boat model. Mrs W asked us to work with people who we wouldn’t normally work with and it was great to be with different people! Mrs W reminded us of the importance of following the instructions ‘to the letter’ and some of us heeded that advice whilst others didn’t… We soon found out why Mrs W had said ‘be careful’…! We discovered evidence that if any component is only slightly out of position there are major problems later on; either the model will not work or another component will not fit later in the build. We also found that we have to look very carefully to find the different components in our boxes! 

We really enjoyed making the models and programming them. 

                         

A Very Special Visitor

This afternoon we were very excited to welcome another visitor from the RNLI to talk to us about Grace Darling and the amazing work of the lifeboatmen and women. Mrs H and Mrs W were very impressed by all the information that we had remembered when we were aneri Mike’s questions. We also learned lots of new information. Did you know that the RNLI needs £150 million each year in order that they may carry out their work? We have a fundraiser next week so hope to help them out a little.

A particular highlight of the visit was when we re-enacted the Grace Darling story using a few costumes, a piece of rope, a couple of chairs and a pair of oars.

Huge thanks to Mike for coming to talk to us – we really enjoyed it!



Grace Darling brought to life…

The children in Year Two have loved dramatising the Grace Darling story over the last couple of weeks. First of all they worked in groups of three on a short play and even brought props in! After they had rehearsed and performed in front of an appreciative audience (the whole year group!) they were given the task of writing Act Two. The finalised scripts are very impressive and the children worked extremely well as teams. Each team member had a specific job to do – the scribe, sound checker and ideas person were all equally important and listening to each other proved to be crucial. 

Some Year Two children enjoyed the plays so much that they carried on at home and we were thrilled to hear tat this was happening. One interesting addition at home was that Grace Darling’s mother was admonished for applying lip gloss and delaying the rescue! What a wonderful thought…

      
                 

What do you know about water safety? We know lots!

Last Friday we were delighted to welcome Mike Alcock back to LJS to talk to Year 2 about the RNLI and water safety. Mike is a volunteer who visits groups and schools on behalf of the RNLI Education department. He told us how to stay safe at the beach and when near rivers and other bodies of water. We learnt the meaning of the different flags that can be seen at the beach and now know when we should and should not go into the sea. Mike also told us about that the dangers of the sun the how we can stay safe and protect our bodies.

Find out more about the work of the lifeguards by clicking here.
Both of our classes have Stormforce membership which is the junior club for children which helps to support the work of the RNLI. Every child received a magazine and some are already members. 

   

 Click her to find out more about Stormforce.

Marvellous Maypoles!

single plait in action Single plait wowThe infants treated us all to some wonderful country dancing this afternoon. The sun was shining and the skipping was a plenty. Year Two produced a double and single plait on the maypole, not to mention a variation on the traditional ‘Three in Hand’ which involved four pairs of children plaiting with all sixteen ribbons. They made it all look smooth and easy…no mean feat!

Judging by the smiles, head nods and foots taps from the audience the occasion was a great success. The weather was perfect too – what a wonderful way to spend a sunny May Day afternoon.

                    

Maybe Maypole…

It’s that time of year again! The Reception classes have have been learning to dance the Circassian Circle, Year 1 have been working hard on their two traditional-style dances and Year 2 have been getting themselves in a knot! Yes, knotting the maypole has been a regular occurrence in Year 2 during the last week but yesterday patterns started to appear… The single plait was looking good and Mrs W took the opportunity to introduce the second dance, the double plait. The children got the hang of the double plait instantly and Mrs W was delighted? So delighted, in fact, that she decided to introduce a third dance… The third dance is adapted from a traditional one called the Three in Hand and Mrs W has not yet decided whether or not it will actually make an appearance on Monday. Watch out for it on Monday!



We are Super Scientists!

We were very excited when we visited the LJS Science Fair in the hall yesterday. We had our own display all about electricity and circuits and were able to show our parents what we have been learning. We also got the chance to go round the fair and view the work of the Years 3, 4, 5 and 6 children who had worked in groups of 2 and 3 on protests of their own choice. The variety of the topics on show was astounding and we loved seeing our older friends with their work. We will be in Year 4 for the next Science Fair and some of us are already starting to think about what we would like to present for it!



Grace Darling – a true heroine

Welcome back! We hope you enjoyed the Easter break. Y2 all agree (both staff and children!) that it is lovely to have a holiday but great to be back at school.

We were very excited yesterday to begin learning about Grace Darling. We learned that Grace, along with her father, Longstone lighthouse keeper William Darling, carried out an incredibly courageous rescue in stormy seas in September 1838 when she was just 17 years old. We watched a video on the BBC website and another on the RNLI website to gather as much information as we could. It was all most fascinating and we can’t wait to find out more!

You can find the videos we watched by clicking here and here