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…
In Year Two we love a ‘Big Write’: we rearrange the tables in the classroom into a horseshoe shape, put some calming (LED) candles on a table in the middle, add in some soothing background music and write. Today we applied the ‘Big’ principle to another area of the curriculum – art. Today was ‘Big Print’ day although the children spent a few moments guessing what sort of ‘big’ activity lay ahead! Big Write, Big Clay Painting, Big Exam and Big Dream were put forward as suggestions…
After writing our names on the paper (an important but easily forgotten task!) we chose which colour paint to use for our own string prints. We made the blocks by gluing string on top of the seaside-themed pictures that we drew onto squares of cardboard. We carefully dabbed the paint onto the string before turning the block over and pressing it down onto the paper, whilst not smudging the image. We were really pleased with our work. We talked about how art is creative so it doesn’t always looke exactly like you think it’s going to but that’s ok!
Can you tell what our pictures are?
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.
Happy New Year to you all! We are delighted to be back at LJS after a restful Christmas break. We had great excitement in Tuesday morning when we arrived in our classrooms to find that the old grey carpets have been replaced with new blue ones and that we have brand new tables and chairs too! The tables tops are a light grey colour and the chairs are a smart purple colour – we love them! We think that the new chairs are much more comfortable and we all like the shapes of the tables too – rectangles and semi-circles. We asked if Father Christmas had delivered them on Christmas Eve but Mrs W explained that he would have been far too busy so they had been delivered the week before!
Our new topic is Kenya. We will be making comparisons between Kenya and England as we learn. On Tuesday we received a takeaway menu full of ‘Unhomework’ ideas. We were very excited to see all of the different tasks. We can complete each one in any way we wish. Mrs W and Mrs H told us that last year’s Unhomework included video clips, audio recordings, collages, booklets, posters, Prezi presentations, cooking, pictures, fact cards and even Minecraft! Our teachers can’t wait to see our Unhomework start to come in.
On Thursday we were a bit confused when we retuned from morning break and were given boarding passes! 2W had been transformed into an aeroplane with the classroom chairs being set out like an aircraft cabin. We sat down quietly and fastened our imaginary seat belts before watching a flight safety brief. We then took off from Heathrow and landed only minutes later in Nairobi, Kenya! The eight hour flight seemed to go by in a flash… Once ‘there’ we found out some information about the location of Kenya and the continent of Africa. We also discovered a little bit about the food and schools. The school room that we saw looked very different to our bright, colourful classroom. We noticed that Heathrow looked very different to Nairobi airport. There were lots of small aeroplanes at Nairobi airport and some were even on the grass – they were much bigger at Heathrow! Once we had found out some information we ‘flew’ back to Oundle in time for lunch!
On Friday morning, it happened! ‘It’ being SNOW! There was a definite air of excitement around the school and we have never put our coats on more quickly than when we were told that we could go outside in it! It’s a good job we went out before 9am – just as the weather forecasters had predicted, it had all gone by 10am!
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!