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!
Year 2 have been coding over the last few weeks. We have been using Espresso coding to write code and have created our own apps. Click on the link below to see some of the work we’ve done.
J from 2W brought in a tasty treat this morning in the form of Kenyan donuts.
They looked delicious and the smell was wonderful! We all tried one and they were just as delicious as they looked! Thank you, J!
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!
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…
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.
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!
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.