Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

Year 2 have been amazing during our final week of term. They thoroughly enjoyed our Christmas party day and behaviour has been outstanding.

Thank you to the Year 2 children for their hard work and determination over the autumn term; I know they will continue this with Miss Wigglesworth next term.

Have a lovely Christmas and a fantastic New Year.

Mrs. Binney

 

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Testing Materials

In Science this week we have been testing different materials. We tested a sock, playdough, a pipe cleaner, a plastic bottle, an elastic band, a drinking straw, a sponge and a towel. We were investigating whether each of these materials could be stretched, twisted, bent and squashed. We found out that a plastic bottle can be twisted, an elastic band can be stretched and a sponge can be squashed.

MAD Week

Year 2 are utterly exhausted after a fantastic week full of music, art and drama. We explored the painting ‘The Fighting Temeraire’ and took part in lots of different activities including:

  • Making ship’s biscuits by following a recipe
  • Printing
  • Dancing and singing sailor songs
  • Exploring primary colours and mixing them to make secondary colours
  • Mixing primary colours with black and white to tint and shade
  • Creating junk model ships
  • Blending to create a sunset using chalk pastels
  • Taste testing different foods that would have been eaten on a ship in the 1800s
  • Used instruments to create soft and loud sounds
  • Dancing to music to reinact the Battle of Trafalgar

“My favourite part was the junk modelling.” – Bailey

“I loved singing sailor songs.” – Rory

“I liked printing the best.” – Erin

“The best part was dancing for the Battle of Trafalgar.” – Freddie

“I have loved every activity this week.” – Henry

 

Mystery Jigsaw Piece

Mrs. Nealings dropped off a mysterious envelope this afternoon. Inside it contained a jigsaw piece. We have been trying to figure what it could possibly be? Our ideas include:

  • The sun rising
  • Part of a map
  • Part of a camel
  • Dust
  • The Desert
  • Smoke
  • Sand
  • Wheat
  • A close up of a brick

 

We will find out more information next week.

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Newcastle Castle

Year 2 have had another fantastic week. We were extremely excited to visit Newcastle Castle on Wednesday and we didn’t let the thrashing rain dampen our spirits!

We started our trip by looking at Coats of Arms and the meaning behind the colours and images presented on them. We then decided which colour and animal represents our personalities best before creating our own.

Following this, we learnt about the hierarchy system within a castle. We learnt how to curtsy and serve noble folk before getting into the role of servants and noblemen – if we dropped our goblets of wine then we were at risk of being thrown into the dungeon!

In preparation for the arrival of the king and queen, we learnt a dance and practised this with our partners – the men and woman had to come forward separately into the middle of the circle.

Before the arrival of the king and queen, we learnt about the different food that would be served at a feast before creating our own using playdough.

Finally it was time for the king and queen to arrive. They sat in their thrown with a soldier and taste tester by their side. A band played their instruments while servants presented the king and queen with their food. The taste tester needed to test the food first to check if it was poisoned… if it was then the servant would have been thrown into the dungeon!

After lunch we went on a tour of the castle. We were most excited to learn about the dungeon and why it would be extremely smelly in there!

Year 2’s behaviour and engagement was impeccable throughout and we had such a fantastic day.

 

 

 

Towers, Tunnels and Turrets

In our first topic lesson, we looked at the features of Medieval castles. We  then worked in teams to create our own castles using junk modelling materials. We had to think carefully about how the shape and features of our castles before gluing them together and painting them. Mrs. Binney was extremely impressed with the effort we made and our teamwork.