Whilst the adults are voting in the General Election today, the children in Year 2 also took part in an election on Monday. Our election involved voting for the next representative on the School Council for when the children move into Year 3 in September. After a mammoth initial round of voting, we had a shortlist of 6 candidates from the 31 who put themselves forward. We even had official voting forms and voted individually, with Mrs W as the returning officer and Mrs L as the person who verified the count. The results will be revealed next week…
Today Year 2 braved the wind and showers for a trip to Twinlakes Park at Melton Mowbray. A fabulous time was had by all and there were smiles all round as boundaries were pushed, comfort zones were stepped out of and we supported each other, as well as having fun together. Some of us are not quite tall enough for some of the rides without an adult, so special thanks go to the staff who also stepped out of their comfort zones and ignored their own dislikes at times to accompany children. The Pirate Ship proved to be very popular, as did the Icarus ride where the participants lie face down and are then spun around in the air. The bouncing pillow was very bouncy, with the added bonus of being able to watch the caterpillar roller lasted as you bounce!
We then headed down to the train and had a ride around the park before returning to the log flume. Again, some of us needed an adult to accompany us – thank you! You will note that there appears to be a big splash in one of the photographs… Believe it or not Mrs W and two children are hidden somewhere in that splash! Most of us rode the log flume at least once, whilst a few watched from the viewing platform and got wet that way instead!
Lunch was the next port of call, although we had all been snacking – some of us had even eaten some of our lunch on the train…! Sandwiches (and some crusts) consumed, we then had a play on the enormous indoor play area (good timing as it turned out, as it was raining outside) and ran off some of the calories that we had just taken on board. The play area is so large that it can be quite challenging finding everyone to depart to the next area… Mrs W resorted to taking off her shoes and heading in to find the last 2 elusive children who were happily oblivious to our calls whilst having great fun in a ball pit at the very back!
The toboggan run involved dragging a large rubber ring up a tall ramp before flying down a huge slide on the ring – great fun and exhausting enough that one go each was sufficient! The bouncy cars were very popular and the adults were relieved that none of them were required to accompany children on there so soon after lunch! The buffalo roller coaster is bigger than the caterpillar version and lots of children went on over and over again, so it must have been good!
The fairytale castle climbing frame was also great fun and we moved on from there to the fort. Next to the fort we also had the choice of a jousting horse ride and we were impressed by some of the children who rode the plastic horses with straight backs and great techniques – those horse riding lessons are obviously paying off! The spinning tea cups were very fast and, again, some children returned to the queue over and over again.
The gift shop was the final port of call. What better way to end a trip than to wander round and round a shop for 20 minutes deciding how to spend your money? Everyone was pleased with their purchases and some bargains were found. The lady in the shop said that we were the best school group she had had in for a while. She complimented the children on their behaviour (she sometimes radios for back up!) and said that their manners were fabulous – well done children!
We then headed back up the hill to the minibuses and were driven back to Oundle. Thank you, Year 2, for a wonderful day. We all had fun and the staff were immensely impressed by your conduct throughout the day – we were proud to take you out. I think it’s safe to say that we will all sleep well tonight…
On Friday 28th April Laxton Junior School’s very first art exhibition was unveiled at the Yarrow Gallery in Oundle. The work on show is the culmination of lots of hard work by every child at LJS; some of the work was completed at out whole school Art Day in February; other pieces were created during the course of the year in class or at clubs. Every child has at least one individual piece on show, as well as having contributed to collaborative work. The result is quite spectacular! It is the first time in the 44 history of LJS that we have been given the wonderful opportunity to display our work in the Yarrow Gallery.
Yesterday Year 2 visited the gallery to admire their own work as well as that of everyone else. Many of the children and adults had already visited one or more times with their families but for some it was their first sight of the exhibition. Everyone was really excited to see their work displayed in such a professional way. It was fabulous to see the progression throughout the 13 artistic techniques a child should know. We could see how our work compared to other year groups who have used the same techniques. A series of seven drawings of shoes shows one drawing from each year group, demonstrating perfectly the progression in observational drawing from the age of 4 up to 11.
We loved peering through the Reception children’s Kandinsky installation, admiring the Year 6 totem representing a murmuration and Year 3’s birds in the sky, as well as the clay sculptures from Reception, Year 4 and Year 6. We even tried to recreate the faces we pulled for our photographic portraits!
The Year 2 work on display comprises:
an installation; a collaborative piece of work which was created by weaving a plethora of textures and colours of wool, ribbon and fabric onto CDs;
photographic portraits, taken by the children of their friends using iPads and then edited by the budding photographers;
photographs of natural collages, inspired by the artist Andy Goldsworthy;
a cloud of watercolour bubbles showing three watercolour techniques taught to us by Mrs Anna Sanderson on Art Day;
a collaborative textile piece which includes a square of fabric by every Infant pupil; Year 2 worked with Mrs Clayton on Art Day to produce tie-dyed squares to frame the work completed in Reception and Year 1;
pastel observational drawings of daffodils on mini canvases;
Kenyan inspired tie-dye t-shirts;
Kenyan and Oundle silhouette pictures with colour-washed sunset backgrounds;
a pointillism Masaai shield, recreated using every Year 2 child’s fingerprints in paint.
The exhibition is on daily but if you haven’t yet been, you’ll have to be quick – it closes at 5pm on Saturday 13th May for the final time! It is open to the public, free of charge from 10.30 to 1.00pm and 2.30 to 5pm daily.
Yesterday we had great fun with timelines in Year 2. To kick-start our Victorian topic, we had a look at a timeline representing Queen Victoria’s 63 years, 7 months and 2 days on the throne. In our groups (the Wonderful Ones, the Terrific Twos, the Thrilling Threes, the Fabulous Fours and the Fantastic Fives – because we are all amazing!), we worked as teams to sort the cards into date order. It was quite challenging and we thought the change from the 19th century to the 20th centre was particularly confusing! We had to listen to each other as well as discuss our thoughts and ideas. We enjoyed reading about the events and were horrified by some of the facts! Especially concerning was the thought that a factory act passed in 1847 meant that it became illegal for children to work for more than 63 hours per week in a factory! We worked out that before 1847 children could have worked for more than double the time we spend in school each week! Not only that but they would have had chores to do at home before and after work. We were also unimpressed at the thought that lunch would probably have consisted of no more than dry bread and some water.
We learned that school became available for children aged 5 to 12 in 1870 but that free schooling for all children was not available until 1880. We all decided that we were very lucky to be able to go to school 7 hours or so per day with breaks and a hot lunch…
We’ll keep you updated with more facts as we learn more about the Victorians and Queen Victoria.
Don’t forget to come dressed in Victorian-style clothing on Tuesday and Thursday next week, Year Two!
The corridor outside the Science Room and Year Two has been transformed in the last week or two. The Great Fire has been recreated, complete with Tudor houses, flames and origami boats on the River Thames.
We have also worked in groups to write eyewitness accounts of the fire from different viewpoints. Using Mrs W’s magic dust, we were transformed into the King, the Guardian of the Tower, a resident of Pudding Lane and Thomas Farynor the baker. We then took different roles to record our ideas. In each group there was a scribe or writer, an adjective King or Queen, a capital letter checker, a full stop checker and a spelling checker. We found that we had to talk and listen carefully in order to create our work. It was interesting working in a team and we were all really pleased with the writing that we produced.
Year 2 have been continuing to learn all about the Great Fire of London and the diarist Samuel Pepys. They have found out lots of interesting information about the terrible event in 1666, both in class and in ICT. A particular favourite has been a game based on the fire, in which the children learn at the same time as having fun – the very best type of learning! Several children have asked if they can play the game at home so here is the link if you would like to have a go. http://www.fireoflondon.org.uk/game Please note that it is not, unfortunately, iPad friendly as it uses a flash player but it works on either IE or Chrome, unlike Abacus which only works properly on Google Chrome, as some of you have discovered!