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…
Our second activity is in full flow! We are using left over wool, ribbon and scraps of fabric to weave on old CDs – recycling at it’s best to.
They will be hung in the Yarrow Gallery as a piece of collaborative artwork. They are labour intensive but looking amazing! We are using a wide variety of textures, thicknesses and colours – the effect is spectacular. More updates as we do more…
Mrs W, Mrs H, Mrs L and Mrs B were delighted to welcome the new Year 2 pupils to school on Monday morning and we’ve all been enjoying getting to know each other. Nothing had prepared us, however, for the phone call that came in the middle of this morning’s Humanities lesson! We were busy learning about the Great Fire of London and Samuel Pepys when Mrs L and Mrs B rushed in to say that the LJS gardener was on the phone. Mrs W took the call and excitedly agreed that we would go out to the woodland garden to investigate! The box was apparently near the bird table and we all eagerly headed out to see if we could find it.
Imagine our amazement when we found the box, complete with a label that stated it was the property of Samuel Pepys and had been buried on 4th September 1666! Having discussed the sorts of things that Samuel Pepys buried in his garden to protect them from the fire, we decided that it would be OK to open it and take a look inside… There was no sign of his famous diary but we worked out that as it had been published many years before, someone else must have found that already. Some of his other treasures were in the box though, namely a bottle of wine and some cheese! Even better news was that somebody had replaced what would surely be very mouldy 350 year old cheese with in-date child-friendly cheese snacks! Some of us ate some of the cheese to check it was safe to eat…
We are loving learning about the Great Fire of London and Samuel Pepys. James was excited to tell 2W that he had visited the monument to the fire which on the corner of Fish Street Hill stands 61 metres from where the fire started. It is close to Monument tube station in London. If you’re in London, why not take a look? A word of warning though – although the monument is very tall at 202 feet, it is not easy to see until your are next to it and look up as it is surrounded by tall buildings! Click here for more information on the Monument.
The first week is flying by and we have been very busy with all sorts of new experiences with our new teachers, teaching assistants and classmates. The eagerly awaited string lessons took place this afternoon. The Music blog has been updated with news of the first Year 2 sessions – the link to the post is included for ease! http://ljsmusicblog.wordpress.com/2013/09/04/form-2-violins-and-cellos/
We also logged on to the computers this afternoon to learn a little about the Great Fire of London whilst having a bit of fun too! Please feel free to use the link below if your child would like to have another go at the game at home. http://www.fireoflondon.org.uk/game