What an incredible performance by Key Stage One in our production of Lights,Camel,Action. Well done everyone!
The children in Year 2 were investigating which material would be the most suitable to make a new umbrella for Winnie the Pooh to splash about in the rain with. It needed to be waterproof and light. Children had a range of materials to test including paper, cardboard, fabric, plastic and kitchen roll. Using straws, we dropped the water carefully onto the different materials.
Everyone worked hard and the class identified that plastic was the best material to make an umbrella for Winnie the Pooh as it was waterproof and light weight!
Today, 2W have been looking at how bicycle helmets can protect our heads and what materials they are made of. We investigated a wide range of materials and their properties to see which would protect against an impact best and why. We then created mini helmets for an egg (hard-boiled!) and tested our theories. I wonder which eggs survived in one piece? Great fun was had by all.
This week, 2W have been discovering many of the amazing inventions that were created during the Victorian era, (such as the flushing toilet) that we all use every day. We looked at the Penny Farthing and the first motor car amongst other inventions. The class then worked in groups to create a timeline of Victorian inventions.
On Monday 9th October, Year 2 went to visit Beaumanor Hall to take part in a Victorian Childhood day. Everybody came to school in their fantastic Victorian costumes, including the teachers! We had a superb day and learnt about the origins of the Hall and the family who lived in it. We then experienced life as a servant, working in the cellars, learnt why you needed a servant to get dressed if you were a rich Victorian, male and female. Then what life was like upstairs in the Hall. In the afternoon, the children joined a Victorian school with a very strict teacher complete with real ink and quill pens, dunce’s cap and cane! We had a superb day and the children behaved excellently. We would like to thank Mrs Mellors and Mrs Phoenix for helping us on our visit.
In Science this week, we have been thinking about how exercise helps our bodies. Children learnt that exercise gives our heart a workout and strengthens our muscles in different parts of the body. It also helps to keep us flexible and makes us feel good!
In the playground, children designed their own ‘keep fit’ warm up that could last for over a minute and they were then shared to the rest of the group. Everyone had fun in the sun!
It is the start of a new school year and 2W are looking forward to lots of learning adventures. We would like to welcome our new pupils to the school, Bryony, Archie and Xavier who have already settled into school life brilliantly. We are all making good friends and getting to know each other.
Year 2 performed in their summer showcase this morning and they all performed brilliantly. We are, as ever, so proud of them and it is the culmination of a wonderful year. I wish you all continued success at the Junior school and a great summer break.
Year 2 had a fantastic day at Beaumanor Hall yesterday, the weather was perfect and so was the behaviour of the children. They all took part in a Robin Hood Survival day and plenty of adventure was had by all. We made amazing Robin Hood hats using natural materials from the woods that Phillip Treacy would have been proud of. Then the class went on a woodland walk hiding from the Sheriff of Nottingham and collecting up the wanted posters before anyone got caught!
After lunch, we went back to the woods and the children were given the task of creating weatherproof dens using ropes, tarpaulin sheets and anything else they could find. These were tested with a watering can to mixed results but judging by the laughter and chatter everyone absolutely loved it, even if they did get wet. All of the hard work was rewarded with a cup of ‘Squirrel stew’ (hot chocolate) round a campfire. A perfect end to a perfect day.
On Tuesday, Year 2 went to visit the Senior school library to enjoy a talk by head librarian and archivist Ms Gunther about the history of our school. All of the children were completely engaged, finding out lots of information and they got to see documents which were over 200 years old, photographs of the school and its pupils from the turn of the last century and clothes worn by pupils from 70 years ago. It was a real privilege and we would like to pass on our thanks to Ms Gunther.