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

Extraordinary Solar Eclipse

What an amazing morning! Mrs Pearson treated us to a wonderfully clear explanation of a solar eclipse this morning and we then watched live television footage on the large screen in the hall. Each year group was lucky enough to join Mrs Pearson on the playground to view the eclipse using special solar viewers to keep our eyes safe. Mrs Pearson had explained how dangerous it is to look straight at the sun, whether there is an eclipse or not. We looked down at the ground then placed the viewer over our eyes before looking towards the sun and the sight we saw was simply incredible! We also viewed the sun through an ordinary kitchen colander – each hole projected a crescent onto a piece of paper! 

Click here for more information about the eclipse!

We noticed that the birds stopped singing, the light outside was most peculiar and it got very, very cold.

We were , quite simply, overawed by the whole experience!

Terrific Tie Dye

Year Two art has been very exciting over the last couple of weeks. As well as completing our Kenyan silhouette pictures, we have been preparing plain white t-shirts for tie dyeing. Instead of string we have used elastic bands to tie the material. We had a few ideas as to how we could create different patterns and were all very excited to see them begin to come to fruition today. We learned that we could create striped by rolling the t-shirt up and then positioning rubber bands all along at intervals. Marbles and dice have been secured with rubber bands to leave small circular patterns. Sunburst patterns have also been popular – to achieve this effect we had to pull the middle of the t-shirt up into a point and then put rubber bands all along the piece which was sticking up. Some of us found twisting th stunner bands into place quite hard. Unsurprisingly the girls, who have lots of practice with hair bobbles, generally found it easier than the boys!

The process of dyeing began today and we have had three colours to choose from – red, blue and yellow. Not the house colours, in case you were wondering, but rather colours which might be used for clothing in Kenya. First we had to place the tied t-shirts in the bucket of dye and stir it very carefully with a stick. As you can imagine, we were covered with aprons and wore protective gloves too… Just in case!

After stirring it for a few minutes, the t-shirts were rinsed thoroughly and then came the tricky job of removing allthose pesky  rubber bands! The results were worth waiting for as you will see from the photos. We can’t wait to wear them!

Year Two’s OFoL Adventures at the Great Hall

Last Thursday Year Two were lucky enough to attend an Oundle Festival of Literature KidLit event with Alex Milway. Alex is an author and illustrator and he treated us by reading not just one but two of his books from the Pigsticks and Harold series. He also showed us how to draw both Pigsticks (a pig ego likes adventures) and Harold (a hamster who is Pigsticks’ ever-so-slightly reluctant assistant). We also saw a cartoon featuring the characters. Alex is hoping that it will be commissioned by  a TV company so we will be looking out for the intrepid adventurers hitting our screens in the future. We have got signed drawings on our classroom doors – they are fantastic!

Huge thanks to our wonderful PFA who fund our trips to the festival each year. 

Click here for more information about Alex Milway and his books.

African Drumming

What a treat we have had this afternoon in Year 2. As part of our Kenya topic, we were delighted that Mr Matthews found half an hour in his busy timetable to run an African drumming workshop. We all got to have a go with an African drum, actually called a djembe. Mr Matthews tapped out simple beat and we had to answer him with a specific rhythm. Some of us found it easier than others but we all really enjoyed ourselves. We noticed that the decoration on some of the drums was very colourful. Thank you, Mr Matthews!